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June 8th Current Affairs

International Issues

The Russian Strategic Rocket Forces, RVSN, has successfully test-fired a Topol RS-12M Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, ICBM. The missile, launched from Kapustin Yar launch site in the southern Russian region of Astrakhan, hit the target in Sary Shagan range in Kazakhstan with required accuracy.

The RS-12M Topol is a single-warhead ICBM that entered service in 1985. The Russian military announced last year the service life of the Topol missile could be extended to 2019. The 45-ton three-stage missile has a maximum range of 10,000 km and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of 550 kilotons.

Forcing some one to marry against their will is to become a criminal offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A proposal to this effect is expected to be announced by the British government.

It is estimated that there are between five and eight thousand victims of forced marriages in England. Most of the families come from Pakistanis, Bangladeshi and Indian communities.

Shri Ajit Singh, the Minister of Civil Aviation has set up a Committee to determine the inter-se seniority of the employees of erstwhile National Airports Authority (NAA) and International Airports Authority (IAA) which got merged into Airports Authority of India (AAI). 

The Minister has set up this Committee to settle the issue of seniority of the employees of erstwhile NAA and IAA which is pending since they got merged into AAI through an Act of Parliament in 1995.

National Issues

The government said that the guidelines for the integrated water shed management programme will be revised. Mr. Jairam Ramesh said that after deliberations with the State Government it has been found that the current guidelines are very rigid and provide no flexibility to state government according to their requirement.

The Minister also informed that the state government has also demanded that the cost of 15000 rupees per hectare demarcated for naxal affected areas for the water shed management programme should also be extended to areas with special problems.

The Minister said that another important decision reached at was to release the money for the programme on rural development for NAREGA model which is twice every year. The release will be based on the annual action plan of the state government.

The first instalment will carry 60 percent of the amount while the second and final instalment will carry 40 percent after the completion of the first phase. The Minister also expressed the need for authentic data to satellite imagery for effective programme implementation.

The Planning Commission has allocated 36,000 crore rupees for the 12th Five Year Plan, up from 7,800 Crore rupees in the previous Plan to give a big boost to sanitation in the rural areas.

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who is also in-charge of the Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation, said the Planning Commission's decision reflects the priority UPA government places on sanitation in rural India.

Noting that 60 per cent of open defecation in the world are in India, the Minister said, it is a matter of continuing anguish and shame for all citizens. Mr. Ramesh said the government has vowed to achieve total sanitation in the country in the next 10 years. Mr. Ramesh said, the total sanitation campaign will now be known as Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan.

The Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee would inaugurate the 28th Annual Conference of Chief Commissioners and Directors General of Income-Tax on 11th June, 2012. The two day Conference would be held on 11th and 12th June, 2012 at Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital. The Minister of State for Revenue Shri S.S.Palanimanickam would also grace the occasion. 

The Finance Minister Shri Mukherjee will also release “Let Us Share”- Vol. V’- a compilation of best practices and orders of the Department.

The Conference would commence with a presentation on “Economic Development, Governance and Taxation” by Dr. Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance. It would be followed by a talk on “Technology Trends and Implication for Tax Administration” by Shri Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI. 

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has sanctioned Central Assistance of Rs. 7764.45 lakh to 26 States for conducting the annual sports competitions during 2012-13 under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) scheme.

Under the ‘Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) scheme, which was introduced in 2008-09, playfields are developed and maintained in villages and block panchayats across the country in a phased manner and competitions are conducted annually at block, district, state and national level. 

51,759 village panchayats and 1,538 block panchayats have been covered under the PYKKA Scheme, during the last four years (2008-09 to 2011-12) for development and maintenance of playfields.

Bilateral Issues

Afghanistan and China have agreed to strengthen bilateral relations through strategic and co-operative partnership based on the five principles of peaceful co-existance.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Chinese President Hu Jintao had in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations, regional and international issues of common interest and reached broad consensus.

In view of complex changes in regional and also in international situation the two leaders agreed to jointly tackle challenges and uphold regional peace, stability and development. They also agreed to develop bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective.

The joint declaration issued at the end of President Karzai’s China visit says the strategic partnership will facilitate the efforts to consolidate the traditional friendship of the two countries, expand cooperation in various fields, including political, economic, cultural and security related areas.

China committed to provide 24 million dollars in aid to Afghanistan and also offered assistance in various fields ranging from border security to disease control. Afghanistan reaffirmed its commitment to the one-China policy. 

The first Bi-lateral maritime exercise between India and Japan `JIMEX 12` (Japan India Maritime Exercise) will commence, 09 June, off Tokyo. Units of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) participating are twodestroyers; one maritime patrol aircraft and a helicopter. Indian Naval units participating are INS Rana, INS Shivalik, INS Karmukh and INS Shakti. The four ships

entered Tokyo on 05 Jun 12 after visiting Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and Republic of Koreaenroute. The three day stay in Tokyo coincides with commemoration of 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Japan.

The Third meeting of the India- Kazakhstan Joint Working Group on Textiles took place on the 7-8th June, 2012 at Gurgaon. The Indian side was headed by Shri V Srinivas, Joint Secretary (Exports), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Kazakhstan side was headed by Ms. Natalia Komogortseva, Head of light Industries Division, Committee of Industry, Ministry of Industry and New Technology of Kazakhstan. The two parties reviewed programme of action charted out in the 1st meeting.

The JWC in its 3rd Session considered the issues at length like: incentives available for Textiles and Clothing sector for investment; development of textiles sphere of cotton and MMF blends, particularly through setting up of JVs in the SEZ “Ontustyk”, profile of Kazakhstan imports of textiles and clothing and its major source of such imports along with the investment opportunities in SEZ “Ontustyk”. 

The issue of training to Kazakhstan nationals in various levels of textiles and clothing manufacturing traders was discussed in details. The JWC also discussed the training facilities available in the Kazakhstan and the bilateral exchange programmes that it has currently with other countries in the field of textiles and training.


Indian American academic Renu Khator, the Chancellor and President of University of Houston, has won the Light of India Award that honours excellence and exemplary achievement of Indians living abroad.

The 56-year old, was one of six global leaders nominated in the categories of excellence in education and academics. Eminent global leaders in their fields selected winners of the Jury awards, while the Popular Choice awards were determined by online vote totals.

Among the 19 recipients honored, she was the only honoree to receive awards in both categories for which she was nominated - the Jury Award and the Popular Choice Award.

Renu Khator, who comes from a small UP town of Farrukhabad, earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kanpur. Khator is the University of Houston System's first woman chancellor and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the United States.


The UEFA EURO Cup football Championship 2012 begins in the Poland capital, Warsaw. The 23-day event is jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine. 16 European countries have qualified for the competition; play-offs for which were played in November last year.

All the 16 teams have been divided in four groups. In the first match, Poland will take on Greece, while in the second fixture, Russia will clash with Czech Republic. The final match will be played on the 1st of July.

The first EURO Cup was played in 1960 and since then it takes place every 4 years, in the even numbered year between World Cup tournaments.

Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi won their second Grand Slam title together and first French Open trophy after beating the Mexican-Polish combine of Santiago Gonzalez and Klaudia Jans Ignacik in the mixed doubles final, in Paris.

Playing their third Grand Slam final together, the seventh seeded Indian pair scored a 7-6, 6-1 win over the Polish-Mexican pair in one hour and 13 minutes at the Court Philippe Chatrier.

It is second career Grand Slam title for Sania, while 12th Major trophy for Bhupathi, who now has won eight mixed doubles trophies. Sania and Bhupathi had won the 2009 Australia Open and it is their first Grand Slam title since then.

Sania had become first woman tennis player from India to win a Grand Slam with that Australian Open trophy.

India's International Master N Srinath and Woman FIDE Master Ivana Maria Furtadao have won the Boys and Girls titles respectively in Asian Junior Chess Championships at Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

A Tamil Nadu Chess Association release in Chennai said Srinath, hailing from Tamil Nadu, emerged as the new champion when he drew his ninth and final round game against International Master Vakhidov Jahongir of Uzbekistan.

Srinath won the title with a tally of eight points. By winning the event, the Indian also earned his maiden Grandmaster norm. In the Girls section, Woman FIDE Master Ivana Maria Furtado of Goa won the title with seven and a half points.

Woman Fide Master Rucha Pujari of Maharashtra collected the bronze in the event. Both Rucha Pujari and Woman International Master Vo Thi Kim Phung of Vietnam, who got the Silver, were awarded the medals on account of tie-break score of six and a half points each.



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