Current Affairs, News & Facts of 25 Jun 2015

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  • Central Government launches Bhuvan Ganga Mobile App to aid Clean Ganga Mission
    • The Union Government has launched  a mobile application, where the public can upload pictures of pollution sources of the Ganga river for further action by the authorities concerned
    •  To effectively plan and monitor the Centre's flagship Clean Ganga Mission Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti launched Bhuvan Ganga Mobile Application and web portal after signing of an MoU between the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO
    • Bhuvan Ganga portal is an exclusive web portal deployed in ISRO Bhuvan's geoportal with all geospatial layers related to river Ganga.
    • The Mobile Bhuvan app is a user-friendly Android-based application to enable public to collect and report information on various pollution sources that affect the water quality of river Ganga which will be used as a tool to support decision making and planning for the Clean Ganga Mission
    • The first version of the app is available for download in the Bhuvan Ganga web portal ( mobile app will provide a platform for crowd sourcing to monitor pollution in river Ganga and enable decision makers to prioritise interventions
    • NMCG has identified the need of utilising the space and other cutting-edge technologies for effective planning and monitoring the activities taken up for Clean Ganga Mission.
  • Bharti  Airtel launches 4G services in Mysore
    • Bharti Airtel biggest telecom operator of India has launched 4G services in Mysore that will allow its customers to access high speed access to the Internet 
    • This will allow  Airtel customers in the city to enjoy 4G LTE technology and experience most advanced internet customers  can now avail a  complimentary upgrade to Airtel 4G at 3G prices 
    • According to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India and IMRB International, India has reached 143 million social media users in April. Of these, 61 per cent access social media on their mobile devices
    • In April 2012, Airtel had launched India's first 4G services in Kolkata. Its 4G services are now available in Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Pune, Chandigarh and Amritsar. 

    Advantages of 4G :-
    Airtel 4G will enable superfast internet speeds and allow customers to enjoy capabilities such as high definition video streaming with zero buffering, downloading 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, uploading entire photo albums in less than five minutes, connecting multiple devices without compromising on the experience

  • Renowned Journalist Praful Bidwai passes away
    • Renowned  journalist, author and anti-nuclear activist Praful Bidwai has died at the age of 66 in Amsterdam following a cardiac arrest
    • Bidwai was a fellow at Transnational Institute at Amsterdam, an organisation of international scholar-activists.
    • He was also a founding member of an anti-nuclear group Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament (MIND) set up after the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests.
    • In 2000, Bidwai and Vanaik were awarded the Sean McBride International Peace Prize by the International Peace Bureau for  their work opposing nuclear weapons development in South Asia
    • His last book, the Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future came out in 2012
    • Bidwai studied science and technology, philosophy and economics at IIT, Bombay. He also keenly pursued development studies, political science and research in the labour movement and environmental issues
  • Former World number one tennis player,Steffi Graf appointed as Kerala Ayurveda’s brand ambassador
    • Steffi Graf the Tennis legend has been appointed the Ayurveda brand ambassador of Kerala.
    • The Kerala tourism department was given sanction to sign an agreement with Graf to become Ayurveda brand ambassador as part of the department's 'Visit Kerala Scheme',
    • Kerala tourism department had already held discussions and reached an agreement with the German former World number one tennis player, who had bagged 22 Grand slam single titles
    • Steffi Graf, who retired in 1999, married former World No. 1 men’s tennis player Andre Agassi in October 2001.
    • Kerala’s Ayurveda is an ancient system of health care and is famous for its holistic effect on body and mind it attracts large number of people from the country and abroad every year
  • Government cancels licences of over 2,000 NGOs
    • Central government has cancelled the licences of over 2,000 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) across the country, which would prevent them from receiving foreign funds
    • Licences of 964 NGOs were cancelled in Maharashtra, followed by 740 in Uttar Pradesh and 614 in Karnataka. The licences of 88 NGOs were also cancelled in Tamil Nadu.
    • The decision to cancel the registration of these entities under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act was taken by the Union Home Ministry after the NGOs allegedly failed to submit their annual returns and in view of other anomalies
    • In two earlier rounds of crackdown this year, licences of nearly 13 thousand NGOs were cancelled for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, FCRA
  • Monsoon session of the Parliament to begin from July 21
    • The Monsoon Session of  Parliament is all set to begin on July 21 and conclude on August 13.The monsoon session which is generally a four-week affair will be a truncated three-week affair this year.
    • Lok Sabha had 35 sittings during the budget session, the highest in the last five years, while Rajya Sabha held 32 sittings 

    Key measures pending in Parliament :-

    • The amendments to the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 
    • The Railways (Amendment) Bill,
    • The Waterways Bill, the GST Bill,
    • The amendments to the land acquisition bill,
    • Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill 
    • Benami Transactions (Prohibition) amendment Bill, 2015 

    The period during which the House meets to conduct its business is called a session. Article 85 empowers the President to summon each House at such intervals that there should not be more than 6-month's gap between the two sessions. Hence the Parliament must meet at least twice a year. In India, the parliament conducts three sessions each year.

    1. Budget session: In the months of February to May.
    2. Monsoon session: In the months of July to September.
    3. Winter session: In the months of November to December
  • Tribal leader and six-time Lok Sabha MP Dileep Singh Bhuria passes away


    • Dileep Singh Bhuria who was BJP’s senior tribal leader and six-time Lok Sabha MP passed away at a hospital in Gurgaon after a brief illness. He was 71
    • Dileep Singh Bhuria  represented Ratlam-Jhabua seat in Madhya Pradesh, he had emerged as a prominent adivasi leader of the party in the state

    About Dileep Singh Bhuria:-

    • Born on June 19, 1944, Bhuria was first elected as MLA from Petlawad seat in 1972
    • He was first elected as MP from Jhabua seat in 1980 on Congress ticket. He won from the seat five times from 1980 to 1996
    • Following differences with Congress General Secretary and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh over the issue of tribal CM, he left the party and later joined BJP
    • In 1998, he lost the seat to Congress leader Kantilal Bhuria, but won it again in 2014
    • He also served as National SC/ST Commission Chairman during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government.
  • EPFO makes Universal Account Number (UAN) mandatory for all employers
    • Retirement fund body EPFO has notified an order to make Universal Account Number (UAN) mandatory for all employers covered under the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952 
    • The UAN facility was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October last year. The UAN remains portable throughout the lifetime of an employee and they don't have to apply for PF transfer claims at changing jobs 
    • Universal Account Number is even more beneficial for workers in the construction sector, who often change their contractor after short span of time and take up new jobs after fining one contract. 
    • The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had issued over four crore UANs to employers across the country in July last year. 
    • As many as 56.34 lakh workers have activated their portable PF account numbers. All subscribers have to activate their UAN themselves by logging into the account. 
    • As many as 2.8 crore UANs are ready for activation but these many account holders have not provided their bank account details as per the EPFO website. 
    • Although bank account details are necessary for using UAN for various claims including PF withdrawals. However, those subscribers who have UAN but not provided bank account details can activate their UAN and access it online 
  • Bhutan to host 6th edition of literature fest 
    • The happiest country in the world Bhutan is set to hold the 6th edition of its annual Mountain Echoes literary festival in capital Thimphu.
    • An initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation in association with Siyahi, a literary agency, the festival is being powered by the Rajasthan government.
    • The festival is scheduled to be held from August 19 to August 22 and will coincide with the year-long celebrations of the fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck's 60th birthday in Bhutan.
    • Every year, the festival hosts writers, poets, visual artists, curators, film critics and commentators from the world over, who engage in cultural dialogue and interactions on myriad subjects, in scenic Thimphu for three days.
    • Some of the names to watch out during the festival are author and entrepreneur, Ashwin Sanghi, journalist, Bahar Dutt Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, authors Chetan Bhagat, Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen, Yonten Dargye and health and Wellbeing author, Josephine Chia
  • TV actor Sanjit Bedi, known for his role in TV serial Sanjivani passes away
    • Television actor Sanjit Bedi popularly known as Dr Omi in popular television show Sanjeevani passed away
    • The actor was reportedly suffering from a brain virus following which he was in coma since long time
    • The actor was part of popular television shows like Jaane Kya Baat Huyi, Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasman, Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka, Kasautii Zindagii Kay amongst quite a few other Balaji shows
  • Central Board of Direct Taxes would now send I-T refunds directly in to the bank accounts
    • Income Tax department has introduced a new plan which will ensure that any refund on tax paid is safely deposited in their personal bank account as soon as it is processed and released. 
    • Prior to this I-T refunds over the value of Rs 50,000 were sent via cheques through postal department but this system will be ended as IT department has decided to use Banking services for the same. 
    • Since the problem of wrong refunds or no refunds at all was continuing unabated so Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) got in touch with banks and their regulator, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) 

    Where was the problem?

    • In the e-environment, when a refund is sent directly to a taxpayer's bank account, the existing protocols are such that banks do not match the name to the account number. They only look at the account number and to whichever account number the cheque is issued, the (refund) will get credited there.
    • There are instances where people quote wrong account numbers and, if  refunds were sent to those account numbers, and the banking system does not match the account number with the name and so the funds go to different accounts due to which tax payers get aggrieved.
    • Now there would be some kind of prior matching with the bank when a taxpayer gives his account number once the IT department get  the comfort-level that the bank account number and the name of the taxpayer matches the refund wold be pushed in to the account automatically to the bank account rather than sending them through speed-post, which is the current practice 
  • India emerges as third largest FDI source for United Kingdom
    • India has emerged as the third largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for United Kingdom (UK) after United States (US) and France in terms of number of projects.
    • Investment from India increased by 65 per cent, making it the UK's third largest source of FDI accounting for over 9,000 new and safeguarded jobs
    • The annual investment figures from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) for 2014-15 show Britain attracted 1,988 FDI projects - 12 per cent more compared to 2013-14, estimated to have brought with them almost 85,000 new jobs and 23,000 safeguarded jobs across the UK.
    • UK has maintained its position as the number one destination for FDI in Europe after attracting a record number of projects from over 70 countries including India which has brought  largest financial value and associated jobs over the past year.
    • The UK's strong performance during 2014 has seen the country's inward FDI stock - the value of accumulated FDI in the UK - break the 1 trillion pound-level for the first time which is highest in Europe and the third in the world after the United States and China.
    • The US remains the largest source of inward investment, with a total of 564 projects in 2014/15, followed by France (124 projects).
    • There was also evidence of a strengthening relationship with China with 112 projects, including 13 from Hong Kong, in 2014-15 resulting in almost 6,000 new and safeguarded jobs.

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