G.K. Update 25 june 2016 (English)
By: D.K. Choudhary
i. The United Kingdom has voted by 52 % to 48 % to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum.
ii. According to a newspaper London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the Union but the remaining vote has been done against it which mainly contains the north of England. Voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Britain exit from the EU in large numbers.
iii. The decision launches what will be years of negotiations over trade, business and political links with the European Union, which will shrink to a 27-nation bloc. Meanwhile because of the referendum, the pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted to the results. Referendum turnout was higher than at last year’s general election.
2. Union Government approved setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees
i. Union Ministry of Urban Development has approved the setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees to promote people centric planning and execution of new urban development schemes.
ii. These committees will comprise of elected representatives of the country, thus giving Members of Parliament (MP) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) a say in the implementation of the urban development schemes.
iii. In a first of its kind, these Committees will oversee, review and monitor implementation of urban development, affordable housing and urban poverty alleviation programmes. Programmes to be monitored under this – Swachh Bharat Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) etc.
3. Union Government launches India’s first pilot programme to run two-wheelers on CNG in New Delhi
i. Odisha government has approved a proposal of the Panchayati Raj department to add 500 new gram panchayats before the 2017 three-tier panchayat polls.
ii. The decision has been taken based on the recommendation received from the district level, said secretary to Panchayati Raj department Deo Ranjan Singh.
iii. The state presently has 6,211 panchayats.
i. Technology services provider Tech Mahindra Ltd (TechM) has acquired UK-based digital transformation firm The BIO Agency Ltd.
ii. The acquisition was carried out in an all-cash deal for an enterprise value of up to 45 million pounds.
iii. Tech Mahindra will acquire 100 percent of shares of the company. The move will help Tech Mahindra to strengthen its digital portfolio in providing better digital strategy, services and customer experience. The acquisition will also help The BIO Agency to make sizable inroads into the telecommunications and enterprise clients of Tech Mahindra.
i. IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal has been awarded the twenty-fifth GD Birla Award for Scientific Research for the year 2015.
i. Exide Life Insurance has announced that they have signed India’s ODI and T20 cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador.
ii. Mr. Dhoni will feature in the Exide Life Insurance marketing campaign “Lamba saath, bharose Ki baat.” This is his first endorsement deal in the insurance category.
iii. As per the Director-Marketing of Exide Life Insurance Mohit Goel, Mr. Dhoni represents a unique blend of skill, commitment, and stability which are all personality traits that are relevant to the life insurance category. The private Life Insurance has commenced its operations in 2001-02 and is headquartered in Bengaluru.
i. Russian hockey winger Artemi Panarin, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, has won the 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy.
ii. The announcement was made by the US National Hockey League (NHL).
iii. In the selection process, Panarin received votes on all 150 ballots and was the top choice on 88 for 1258 voting points. He was followed by Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers (955) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (858). The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.
13. Harika wins best women’s player in Kazakhstan Blitz
i. Grand Master Harika Dronavalli added another feather to her cap by winning the best women’s player award in the Eurasian Blitz chess tournament in Kazakhstan.
ii. The India number two player picked up a cash prize of $2500 and 60 ELO points to regain her position in the top 10. Harika had won the best woman’s prize at the Zalakaros International Chess Festival in Hungary last week to jump to world number 9 in the classical rankings list.
iii. The 25-year-old’s win is particularly impressive as the Blitz tournament saw an elite field, including world number one Hou Yifan of China. she was tied with Yifan with 12.5 points at the end of the tournament and ended up victorious in the tie-breaker