June 2015 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs June 2015: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of June 2015 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Agreement Current Affairs
  • Indian President Pranab Mukherjee started his two-day Belarus tour by signing six bilateral agreements. The agreements signed include a protocol that amended the agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion, MoU between state owned communication agencies of both countries, cooperation in maintenance of standards between standard maintaining agencies, MoU between Belarusian ministry of finance and SEBI, MoU between Bellegprom and India's textiles ministry, and others.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Defence Research & Development Laboratory’s eminent scientist Dr Prakash Chand Jain has been conferred with the prestigious Dr Biren Roy Space Science and Design award. Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala, handed over the award to Dr Jain.
  • The 2015 Space Pioneer Award has been conferred to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for achieving the marvelous feat of successfully launching and operating Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). As per repots, the concerned award has been conferred by US’ National Space Society during 34th Annual International Space Development Conference.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Vedanta Resources has announced merger of profit making Cairn India Ltd. and Vedanta Limited. Vedanta Ltd. now holds 60 per cent stake in Cairn India and the merger will help the former to access the huge cash reserve of Cairn India, to the tune of Rs. 16,800 crore. Merger is expected to be closed by 31 March 2016. 
  • Reports say that inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India has increased by 112 per cent in April 2015, when compared to same period last year. In relation to March 2015, the total FDI inflow in April 2015 has increased by a mammoth 71 per cent. Amitabh Kant, secretary of DIPP, said that he is confident that India will receive record amount of capital inflows in the 2015-16 fiscal, owing to ease in business environment. In April 2015, total FDI amount stands at $3.6 billion.
  • Reports say that on the basis of concerns over wheat output in India on poor monsoon forecasts, global trading companies (Glencore, Louis Dreyfus, and Cargill) as well as flour millers have placed importing contract of 5,00,000 tonnes of Australian wheat since March 2015 at a price range of $255 to $275 per tonne. 
Top Economics Current Affairs
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of World Bank, Kaushik Basu, said after the release of the latest Global Economic Prospects report that India tops the list of major economies having highest growth rate. India’s growth rate this year is expected to be 7.5 per cent. The official figures of World Bank show that in terms of growth rate India may overtake China officially as the latter is expected to grow at 7.1 per cent this year. 
  • Data published by Reserve Bank of India show that up to June 19, foreign exchange reserve has increased to a record high of $355.46 billion, an increase of $1.17 billion. Gold reserves of India in the week to June 19 remained unchanged at $19.34 billion. Special drawing rights with IMF has increased to $4.07 billion, an increase of $26.6 million, and India’s reserve position with IMF jumped to $1.32 billion, an increase of $8.5 million.


Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that BSNL is going to provide its mobile subscribers free incoming roaming call facility from 15 June for one year and said that BSNL is recovering currently. BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava in a press meet said that this decision will of course reduce their revenue but they expect to offset the loss by the increase in number of subscribers due to the first mover’s advantage before the full mobile number portability (MNP) becomes effective from July 2015. 
  • Chennai Metro’s first phase was launched by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa through video conferencing. Each metro will have four coaches, where maximum capacity of every coach will be 1276 passengers. The total stretch the metro will cover is 10 kms, right from South Chennai’s Alandur to North Chennai’s Koyabedu. It will take the metro 18 minutes to cover the entire stretch, which will include seven stations.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Charles Correa, who is known as the face of urban modern architecture in India post independence, has died after suffering from a brief illness. At the time of his death he was 84 years old. 
  • Immediate successor of Noble laureate Late Mother Teresa as the head of Missionaries of Charity, Sister Nirmala, died at the age of 81. Officials at Missionaries of Charity said that Sister Nirmala was not well for the last few days. Her funeral will take place tomorrow at 4pm IST.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed through its Twitter account that former Indian stalwarts including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman have joined the newly-constituted advisory committee of the Indian cricket board. 
  • Police arrested Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar on charges of getting jobs on fake degrees. As per reports, he has been charged under IPC 420 (cheating), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 467 (forgery), and 468 (forgery with cheating purpose). He was taken to Vasant Vihar police station.
  • Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister J Jayalalitha has won a crucial bypoll that seals her provisional Chief Minister’s position. Jayalalitha won the poll from Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency by a margin of more than 1,51,252 votes from her closest contender from CPI – Mahendran. While the AIADMK chief received 1,60,921 votes, Mahendran received just 9,669 votes.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Campaign for Bihar Assembly election has gained momentum as main contending political groups have started taking dig at each other. In a press conference, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that by allying with RJD, Nitish Kumar has embraced the 15-year “Jungle Raj” rule during Lalu Prasad’s  regime and became the face of 'crime and corruption'. BJP has decided to go on joint campaign with Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). 
Top Science Current Affairs
  • A senior ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) official said that India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) “Mangalyaan” is all set to enter into an autonomous phase as the sun will snap communication between earth and the MOM satellite. ISRO is calling it the “blackout phase”. 
Top Special Day Current Affairs
  • PM Narendra Modi led celebration of first International Yoga Day by participating in a record breaking yoga session held in New Delhi’s Rajpath, where he was joined by an estimated 37,000 people. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the event today and said that this ancient Indian practice is both an art and science that helps people towards holistic well being including proper time-work management. PM Modi thanked United Nations for acknowledging the healing powers of yoga and declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day. 
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur confirmed media reports that Ravi Shashtri is going to be Team India’s interim coach during Bangladesh tour, which starts on 10 June. Thakur went on to say that the three separate coaches for batting, bowling, and fielding will be Sanjay Bangar, B Arun, and R Sridhar. 
  • World No. 12 Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the semi final match of $800,000 Indonesia Open Super Series Premier after defeating World No. 1 and top seed Chen Long by 14-21, 21-17, 21-14 at Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Though Chen started the first game on a positive note and won it 21-14, Kashyap fought back to win the second game 21-17.
  • Saina Nehwal, India’s ace shuttler and World No. 3 badminton player, lost in the quarter final match of Indonesia Open Super Series Premier at Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and crashed out of the tournament. She lost to Shixian Wang of China and the score is 21-16, 12-21, 18-21. 
  • India’s ace woman shuttler Saina Nehwal has moved one place up to become the World Number 2 badminton player, as per latest Badminton World Federation ranking list. Just a week back she slipped from her World number 1 spot to No. 3. P V Sindhu, a medallist in the Doubles World Championship, has retained her World No. 14 rank. 
  • India had a great day at Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship’s second day as the Indian wresters bagged four medals. The tally includes one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. The gold medal was won by India’s Sanjeet, who defeated Hamed Manafian Darband of Iran in 76 kg free style wrestling by 10-4. Silver medal was won in the women's 49 kg bout when India’s Kiran lost the fight to O Kyong Ryong of Korea in a well-fought match. Bronze medals were won in women's 43 kg and men's 69 kg free style categories. 
  • Recently published ICC Rankings of cricketers shows that Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has slipped out of the top 10 list and his current ranking is 11. While Murali Vijay achieved his career best ranking of 20th position by moving three positions ahead, the greatest gainer is Shikhar Dhawan who jumped fifteen positions ahead to 45th rank. Ajinkya Rahane also moved up to the career best 22nd rank by moving four places up. Ravichandran Ashwin, Team India’s ace off-spinner, gained one position to reach 16th rank.
  • Indian team of snookers, including Aditya Mehta and Pankaj Advani, has entered the quarter final match of Snooker World Cup, played in Wuxi, China. In the final round robin match, Indian team beat Singapore 4-1 and secured their place in the quarters.
  • Indian cricket team dodged the humiliation of 3-ODI Banglawash as they won the third and last match of the ODI series in Bangladesh by 77 runs. The game was played in Dhaka, Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. India batted first and piled up a commendable score of 317 runs at the loss of 6 wickets. However, chasing a target of 318 runs, Bangladesh crumbled and were all out at just 240 runs in 47 overs. 
  • Indian basketball fraternity got a boost when Satnam Singh, a basketball player from remote Balloke village near Ludhiana in Punjab, became the first Indian basketball player to be drafted in the renowned National Basketball League (NBA) of USA.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • India’s tech savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a smartphone application in his name – “Narendra Modi Mobile App”. He has asked citizens to stay connected all the time with the help of this new app. Reports say that people with this new app, downloaded to their Android smartphones, can receive latest posts at Narendra Modi’s blog, messages and emails from Mann Ki Baat aired on AIR, and latest news/updates from PM himself. 
  • Micromax has launched its new smartphone Canvas Silver 5, which they claim is the slimmest as well as lightest mobile handset in the world. It will cost a customer Rs.17,999 and will be available in the Indian market from month end.
  • PM Narendra Modi is all set to launch his ambitious pet project “Digital India” programme on 1 July. As per reports, the programme expects to bring advantages of digital services to every Indian. Reports say that the leading Indian business magnets such as Mukesh Ambani (MD and Chairman of RIL), Azim Premji (Wipro Chairman), Cyrus Mistry (Chairman of Tata Group), and Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft) will be present at the programme. They will also give brief messages along with presentation on revolutionalising Indian digital space.
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