Daily GK Updates - 21st June 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. First International Yoga Day observed globally
i. The first International Yoga Day (IYD) was celebrated across the world on 21 June 2015. This edition of IYD was led by India and was marked by 192 countries across the globe.
ii.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi led thousands of participants of all ages at Rajpath yoga event. The celebrations were also held at the United Nations headquarter in New York which was led by External affair minister Sushma Swaraj. Numerous mass events were held in various cities across the world including New York London, Tokyo and Sydney.

2. Benazir Bhutto: A Multidimensional Portrait written by Dr Anna Suvorova
The book Benazir Bhutto: A Multidimensional Portrait was released on 26 May 2015. It was written by Dr Anna Suvorova of Russia.
ii. The book is devoted to the life and work of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007). She was the first female head of government in a Muslim state.
iii. The book is based on Bhutto's own books, articles and speeches and on the author's interviews with her close friends and colleagues.

3. Former Indian women's hockey captain Shashi Bala died
Former Indian women hockey captain Shashi Bala and her son Agrim Thakur died in a road accident at the Ropar-Nawanshahr-Phagwara area of National Highway 344-A in Punjab on 21 June 2015.
ii. 45-year-old Bala made her international debut in 1987 and captained national hockey team during the 1997 FIH Women World Cup Qualifier held in Harare, Zimbabwe.
iii. She was a member of the national team in the 1998 FIH World Cup in the Netherlands.
iv. After retirement, she coached Indian Railways hockey team and later became a selector of Hockey Punjab.

4.  Former Turkey President Suleyman Demirel died
Former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel died following a heart failure and a respiratory tract infection. He was 90. Demirel was one of the dominant figures in Turkey's politics for over half a century.
ii. He served as the President of Turkey from 1993 to 2000, but before that he also held the post of Prime Minister of the country several times in the 1960s and 1970s.

5. PM Modi leads Yoga Day celebration at Rajpath, India sets two world records
On a humid summer morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stretched his arms, bent his legs, rolled his neck and twisted every sinew in his body as India celebrated the first International Day of Yoga with gusto, muscling into the Guinness World Records.
ii. Late Sunday evening, it was announced that the Union ministry of Ayush had set two records — for the largest yoga session ever with 35,985 participants and for most nationalities, 84, taking part at a single venue.
iii. The earlier record on the first count was held by Vivekanand Kendra, a Gwalior-based institute, with 29,973 participants.

6. Govt to launch 1st One-Stop Crisis Centre under Nirbhaya Fund in Chhattisgarh
The first One-Stop Crisis Centre for women in distress out of the proposed 660 is set to be inaugurated in Chhattisgarh later this month under the Nirbhaya Fund.
ii. A Women and Child development ministry’s initiative, the Centre would act as a one-stop facility to provide all kinds of aid to women in distress including medical help, counselling, legal and police assistance, while ensuring anonymity of the victim.

7. India slips to 61st place on Swiss money list; Pak at 73rd
India has moved down to 61st place in terms of foreigners’ money in Swiss banks and it now accounts for a meagre 0.123 per cent of the total global wealth worth USD 1.6 trillion in Switzerland’s banking system.
ii. While the UK and the US have retained their top two positions with the largest shares of the foreign clients’ money with Swiss banks, Pakistan has inched up to 73rd place.
iii. Interestingly, just two big banks — UBS and Credit Suisse — account for nearly two-third of the total money kept by foreigners in Swiss banks, while their share in case of Indians is even higher at about 82 per cent.
iv. As per the latest data released by Switzerland’s central banking authority SNB (Swiss National Bank), Indians’ money in Swiss banks declined by over 10 per cent to about 1.8 billion Swiss francs (USD 1.98 billion or Rs. 12,615 crore) in 2014.

8. India loses to Bangladesh in 2nd ODI also
India lost the second cricket One-dayer against Bangladesh by six wickets and conceded a 0-2 lead in the three-match series.
ii. India: 200 all out in 45 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 53, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 47, Mustafizur Rahman 6/43).
iii. Bangladesh: 200 for 4 in 38 overs.(Shakib Al Hasan 51 not out, Litton Das 36; D Kulkarni 1/42).

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