19 June 2015 Current Affaris / GK / GA: International Yoga Day Rehersal at Rajpath, New Delhi. Thousands of people participated in rehearsal for international yoga day on Sunday and performed various “asanas”.

Note :

  • AYUSH ministry is the coordinating ministry for the inaugural event of international yoga Day.
  • Students from various schools, NCC cadets and other performed yoga asanas as per common yoga protocol.
  • United Nations in December 2014 declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, with 177 countries voted in favour.
  • The proposal was raised by PM Narender Modi during his first address to UN General Assembly in September last year.


SBI eforex, an Internet-based platform which enables customers to book their foreign exchange transactions online launched by State bank of India.

  • This smart platform facilitates the customers of the bank to obtain forex rates without having to physically visit the branch.
  • SBI eforex is an innovative platform incorporating robust security features and is designed to be user-friendly, fast and convenient.
  • It is a highly flexible product offering the facility to the customers to customise and set their own limits for deal size, daily transaction limits etc.
  • Details of all deals done are made available to the users on a real-time basis.
  • Under the forex segment, SBI had recently launched ‘Fx Out’ which enables sending of foreign currency remittances from any its branches in India.

Supreme court (SC) agreed to extend timeline for reexamination of AIPMT 2015. SC also directed CBSE to declare the result by August 17, 2015.

  • Earlier on June 15, SC cancelled the AIPMT 2015 and ordered for re conduct within four weeks.



Journalist and writer Aakar Patel appointed as Executive Director of Amnesty International (AI) India.

  • He will head AI India’s operations and its efforts to end human rights abuses in India and worldwide.
  • Patel as the organization’s chief political advisor, strategist and spokesperson will give direction to its goal of being an independent, effective, and deep-rooted organization in India.

Captain cool MS Dhoni fined 75 percent of match fees for shoving young Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman in first ODI against Bangladesh. It happened when dhoni was running for single and Rahman came in his way while completing his follow through.


NOWCAST, a weather alert service launched by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.

  • SMS alerts on extreme weather data like hailstorm, thunderstorm and squall originated by India Meteorological Department (IMD) will be sent to over one crore farmers whose mobile numbers are registered on government’s mKisan portal.
  • Further, the mKisan portal will send warning SMSs to farmers located in affected district/blocks. These warnings will help the farmers to take precautionary measures as needed and feasible.
  • The SMS will be sent in English, Hindi and regional languages as per farmers’ request.
  • This technological break-through is a collaborative effort between mKisan Portal developed by DAC, weather technologies adopted by IMD and GIS Portal of NIC.

www.farmer.gov.in/insurance , a web portal for Farmers also launched by Radha Mohan Singh. This portal will enable farmers to insure their crops under three schemes.

Prevailing provisions under which farmers can insure their crops are

  • National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS)
  • Modified National Insurance Scheme (MNAIS)
  • Weather based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS)

Besides, Coconut Palm Insurance Scheme (CPIS) also is applicable in some parts of the country


Gandhi medals to marks his 33 years of freedom struggle.

  • Now among the various Gandhi souvenirs and memorabilia that has been sold and collected for over the past half a century, will be added a set of limited-edition medallions highlighting milestones in his 33 years (1914-1947) of freedom struggle.
  • Alok Goyal, a Kolkata-based numismatic dealer, has created a series of medals on Father of the Nation.
  • So far, he has marketed five such medals beginning with Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa in 1914.

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China and Australia have signed a trade agreement that is set to increase market access for Australian beef and wine exporters while boosting Chinese carmakers and electronics producers who wish to sell their goods to Australians.

  • One flashpoint is the inclusion of an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause, which grants foreign companies the right to sue governments for breaching commitments in such agreements.
  • The Australian union movement has also raised concerns about the access to be granted to Chinese citizens under labour market provisions.

India offered its expertise to Tanzania in development of its potentially rich natural gas sector and decided to extend e-tourist visa to people of the African nation even as the two countries signed eight MoUs to expand engagements in diverse areas.

  • India is the largest trading partner of Tanzania in Africa with bilateral trade in 2013-14 being more than $4 billion.
  • During extensive talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, both the countries also decided to establish a Joint Working Group to strengthen cooperation in counter terrorism.
  • The MoUs signed included a loan agreement between Exim Bank and Tanzanian government on a line of credit for $268.35 million for extension of a pipeline project and cooperation in the field of hydrology, tourism and agriculture.

Captain cool MS Dhoni fined 75 percent of match fees for shoving young Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman in first ODI against Bangladesh. It happened when dhoni was running for single and Rahman came in his way while completing his follow through.


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