www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs June 12, 2017 (12/06/2017)
Topic : Latest Diary of Events
India awards road contract to complete Kaladan project in Myanmar
The contract for building 109-km road connecting Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui in Mizoram border has been awarded by the government.
The construction is expected to start after the monsoon in October.
India entered a framework agreement with Myanmar for Kaladan project in 2008.
Construction began in 2010 with a deadline in June 2015. But, no headway was achieved on the road project.
Inadequate fund allocation and planning failure were seen as major reasons for the delay.
The Kaladan project connects Sittwe Port in Myanmar to the India-Myanmar border.
The project was jointly initiated by India and Myanmar to create a multi-modal platform for cargo shipments from the eastern ports to Myanmar and to the North-eastern parts of the country through Myanmar.
It is expected to open up sea routes and promote economic development in the North-eastern states, and also add value to the economic, commercial and strategic ties between India and Myanmar.
This project will reduce distance from Kolkata to Sittwe by approximately 1328 km and will reduce the need to transport good through the narrow Siliguri corridor, also known as Chicken’s Neck.
Topic : Sports and Medals
Rafael Nadal won historic 10th French Open title
Rafael Nadal won the French Open by defeating German’s Stan Wawrinka.
Nadal now has 15 Grand Slam titles in his career, trailing only Roger Federer, who has 18. The victory lifts Nadal’s tennis ranking back up to No. 2 in the world.
Rafael Nadal set a record winning his 10th French Open title. No other player has ever won 10 championships at the same event on 11th June 2017.
About Rafael Nadal:
He was born on 3rd June 1986 and called as “The King of Clay“, and he is a Spanish professional tennis player.
Rafael Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2011.
Topic : General Administration, Public Awareness, Govt., Welfare Oriented Schemes and their utilities
SATH Program launched by – NITI Aayog
NITI Aayog launched SATH Program for providing “Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital (SATH)” to the State Governments on 10th June 2017.
NITI Aayog started with an aim to initiate the transformation in the education and health sectors and also aims to address the need for technical support from NITI Aayog towards the states.
SATH program focuses to identify and build three future ‘role model’ states for health systems.
NITI defined a three-stage process – presentations by the states, expression of interest and assessment of commitment to health sector reforms.
Sixteen states expressed their interest, out of which fourteen made their presentations including Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Telangana,Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.
Out of these fourteen states, five were shortlisted and subsequently, three will be selected on the basis of objective assessment and further evaluations.
After the signing of MoUs, the program will be launched in the three selected states.
Topic : Political Parties in India, Latest Diary of Events
Tripura CPI(M) leader Jitendra Sarkar joined BJP
The former Speaker of Tripura Assembly, Jitendra Sarkar, and a sitting member (MDC) of the Tripura tribal autonomous district council, Joy Kishore Jamatia, joined the BJP.
Mr. Sarkar, a CPI(M) leader, has won the Assembly elections six times. He left the CPI(M) in 2008 over differences with senior leaders and joined the Congress in 2010. He rejoined CPI(M) last year.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events, Science & Technology
Tiny bird found trapped in 98-million-year-old amber
Scientists have discovered the most complete specimen of a tiny dinosaur-era bird.
This tiny bird trapped in 98-million-year-old amber, which has exceptionally well-preserved feathers, talons and other features.
This tiny bird excavated from a mine in Myanmar, the piece of amber holds the specimen of a group of extinct toothed birds called Enantiornithines.
Enantiornithines died out at the end of the Cretaceous period (about 145 million to 65.5 million years ago).
What is Amber?
Amber is fossilized tree resin, which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times.
Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects.
Amber is used in jewelry.
Topic : Sports and Medals
Kutwal won gold at world chess championship for differently-abled
Shashikant 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.
About Shashikant Kutwal:
Kutwal native place is Baramati taluka in Pune district of state of Maharashtra.
Kutwal was appointed with the Central Railway through sports quota in 2000.
Since then, he has been representing Central Railway, Indian Railways and India at various chess competitions.