12 June 2017 - Current Affairs

World’s largest floating Solar Farm launched in China

  • China has launched the world’s largest floating solar farm.
  • The 40-MW power plant has 1,60,000 panels resting on a lake that emerged after the collapse of a coal mine in central Anhui province.
  • It is part of Beijing’s effort to wean itself off a fossil fuel dependency that has made it the world’s top carbon emitter, with two-thirds of its electricity still fuelled by coal.

Govt launches Tele Law to provide legal aid in rural areas

  • Government has launched 'Tele Law' service to provide legal aid for the people living in rural areas through video conferencing.
  • The Ministry of Law and Justice partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will provide legal aid services through its Common Service Centres, CSC at the panchayat level, spread across the country.
  • In the first phase, the Tele-Law scheme will be tested as a pilot across 1000 CSCs in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The book “Indira Gandhi – A life in Nature” released.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi releases the book “Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature” written by former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh at Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum in New Delhi.
The book showcases how Indira Gandhi led India to the path of conservation and made it a priority of economic development.
The 488-page book was launched to mark the birth centennial year of the former Prime Minister.

Jeje Lalpekhlua wins AIFF Player of the Year award

  • India and Mohun Bagan striker Jeje Lalpekhlua received the All India Football Federation's inaugural player of the year 2016 award.
  • Sasmita Malik was adjudged the 2016 AIFF Women's player of the year.
  • The All India Football Federation, also simply known as the AIFF, is the governing body of association football in India.

EU, France grant 3.5m euros to curb emissions in India

  • Aiming to reduce emissions and promote sustainability to help India’s smart city programme, France and the European Union extended a grant of 3.5 million euros under the ‘Moblise Your City’ (MYC) initiative.
  • Three Indian cities -- Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad - will get the grant as part of the EU’s commitment under the Paris Climate agreement.
  • MYC aims to extend help to 100 cities globally to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by promoting sustainable urban transport and to promote sustainability in urban spaces.

Jnanpith awardee writer and poet C Narayana Reddy passes away

  • Noted poet and writer Cingireddi Narayana Reddy, recipient of the Jnanpith Award in 1988, passed away.
  • Reddy was a renowned Telugu poet who also wrote several songs for Telugu movies.
  • Reddy was awarded the prestigious Jnanpith award in 1988 for his poetic work Visvambara which was also translated in three other languages.

India, Mauritius sign pact to institutionalise cooperation between their parliaments

  • India and Mauritius signed a pact to institutionalize cooperation between Parliaments of the two countries.
  • The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was sgned by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Speaker of National Assembly of Mauritius Santi Bai Hanoomanjee.
  • There is a lot to be learnt by sharing the best practices and experiences as parliamentary democracies.

QIP credit positive for SBI: Moody’s

  • State Bank of India’s Rs. 15,000 crore capital raise via qualified institutional placement is credit positive for the bank as it strengthens its capitalisation and supports credit growth, particularly given the increasing requirements for equity under Basel III.
  • Using State Bank of India’s capital position as of March 2017, Moody’s estimated that the capital raise will increase the bank’s common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio by about 100 basis points to about 10.8 per cent.
  • The additional capital will support the bank’s solvency as its balance sheet expands.

Kutwal wins gold at world chess championship for differently-abled

  • Hashikant Kutwal, a railway employee with Pune Division, has won the gold medal at the 17th World Individual Chess Championship for differently-abled, held in Slovakia from May 27 to June 6, 2017.
  • In the World Championship, held by Physically Disabled Chess Association (PDCA), Kutwal won the gold medal after scoring 7.5 points from a possible 9.

Jelena Ostapenko wins French Open women’s crown

  • Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia beat Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at Roland Garros to win the 2017 French Open Women’s Singles crown and her first ever Grand Slam title.
  • Ostapenko, 20, is the first unseeded woman to win the French Open since Britain's Margaret Scriven in 1933.
  • Ostapenko is also the first player of Latvian origin - men or women - to win a Grand Slam event.

Dhanya-Sanmay win U-14 Asian junior tennis title

  • Dhanya Shah and Sanmay Gandhi clinched the Under-14 doubles title of the Asian Junior Tennis Championships at the Balewadi Stadium.
  • Second seeded Dhanya and Sanmay defeated Vishesh Patel and Shashidhar Kota 6-4, 7-6(4) in the final.

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