Daily GK Updates - 11th June 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. Parkash Singh Badal conferred with Sant Namdev National Award
i. Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal was conferred the prestigious 14th Sant Namdev National Award- 2015 by Pune based Sarhad foundation.
The award was presented to him by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in the presence of the organisers of the Sarhad foundation.
iii. He was awarded was bestowed upon him for promoting peace, communal harmony and universal brotherhood. The award comprised of citation, a monetary prize of 101000 rupees and a memento.
iv. Parkash Singh Badal is the longest-serving Chief Minister of Punjab with over 15 years in office. Currently, he is heading Akali Dal-BJP coalition government.

2. Senior scientist Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar appointed as Director of CSIR-IICT
i. Senior scientist Srivari Chandrasekhar has been appointed Director of the city-based CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), a premier research institute of the Central Government.
ii. Chandrasekhar was named to the top post by Prime Minister  Narendra Modi in his capacity as President of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which functions under Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
iii. Chandrasekhar joined IICT in 1986 as a Junior Research Fellow and grew up to the level of Chief Scientist in 2010. Since then he has been leading one of the largest groups at the IICT, Natural Products Chemistry.

3. Union Cabinet gives nod to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement
. Union Cabinet meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement.
ii. The agreement which is similar to the SAARC Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) seeks to regulate the vehicular traffic of passenger, personal and cargo amongst BBIN countries.
iii. The agreement will be signed on 15th June 2015 at the Transport Minister’s meeting in Thimpu, Bhutan.

4. MS Dhoni sole Indian in Forbes list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015
i. Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among Forbes magazine’s 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, the only Indian sportsman on the list that has been topped again by American boxer Floyd Mayweather and includes golfer Tiger Woods, tennis star Roger Federer and Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
ii. Dhoni has been ranked 23rd on the Forbes list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015, dropping a notch from his ranking of 22 last year.
iii. Dhoni’s total earnings stood at USD 31 million, including amount from salary/winnings at USD 4 million and endorsements worth USD 27 million.

5. 349 new species of flora and fauna discovered in the past one year in India
. Scientists and taxonomists India have discovered 349 new species of flora and fauna in the past one year.
ii. Of these discovered flora and fauna 173 species are genera of plants and 176 species of animals.
iii. The list of new discovered species was published by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) both headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.

6. Indian-origin scientist Manu Prakash developed World's first water-based computer
. Indian-origin scientist Manu Prakash developed World's first water-based computer.
ii. Manu Prakash is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University.
iii. He built a synchronous computer that operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets.
iv. The work combines Prakash's expertise in manipulating droplet fluid dynamics with a fundamental element of computer science - an operating clock.

7. Kapil Mishra named as Delhi Law Minister
i. Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Kapil Mishra was named as the new Law Minister of Delhi.
ii. 34-year-old Mishra, who represents Karawal Nagar Assembly seat, will succeed Jitendra Singh Tomar who resigned on 9 June 2015 following his arrest in fake degree case.
iii. Mishra has been associated with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal since the days of India Against Corruption (IAC).

8. Indian-origin researcher develops a tool to predict solar storm a day prior
. NASA researcher has developed a device that can predict dangerous solar geomagnetic storms at least a day in advance.
ii. solar storms can disrupt telecommunications and can cause power outages however,  but with the help of this new device we protect systems on the Earth from the coronal mass ejections (CMEs).  
iii. CMEs are huge bubbles of gas threaded with magnetic field lines that are ejected from the Sun over the course of several hours.

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