Daily GK Updates - 5th June 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. Delhi Metro got its first driver-less train
Delhi Metro on 4 June 2015 received its first driver-less train from Korea-based manufacturer. The train is equipped with several advanced features and will be operational on sections of Phase-III of the network, set to be operational by December 2016.
ii. Manufactured at Changwan in South Korea, the new train has undergone significant technological as well as eco-friendly upgrades. Many additional features have been added to increase passenger comfort.

iii. The train will be more energy efficient because of improved design features such as better regeneration of energy during braking, energy efficient sub systems like LED lighting and air conditioning systems.
iv. The train is are designed for a maximum speed of 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph
v. Due to the absence of cabin for the operator, these train will be able to accommodate 2280 passengers, which is 240 more than the regular six-coach Metro train.

2. Sundaram Ravi inducted into Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2015-16
i.  Ending an 11-year wait, Sundaram Ravi on Thursday became the first Indian after S Venkataraghvan to be inducted in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires following an annual review and selection process.
ii. New Zealand's Chris Gaffaney and Ravi were promoted from the International Panel of Umpires to the Elite Panel, replacing Kiwi veteran Billy Bowden and the retiring Steve Davis, stated an ICC media release.

3. World Environment Day observed globally
World Environment Day (WED) was observed globally on 5 June 2015 with theme Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.
The host country for the WED 2015 is Italy and the celebrations will be organized by Expo Milano 2015 that will run from 1 May to 31 October 2015 and will see the participation of 140 plus countries.
iii. The day is observed to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

4. AB De Villiers conferred with South Africa Cricketer of the Year Award for 2015
AB de Villiers won as many as five awards, including the South African Cricketer of the Year for a second consecutive time at a gala function, hosted by Cricket South Africa (CSA) in Johannesburg.
ii. Besides being voted the Cricketer of the Year for the second successive season, the South African batting great on Wednesday night bagged four more accolades out of total nine major awards.
iii. The 27-year-old batsman was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year, Cricketers’ Cricketer of the Year, SA Fan’s Cricketer of the Year and also got the ‘So Good Award’ for scoring the fastest century in the history of ODI cricket against the West Indies in December 2014.
iv. Other major awards were clinched by Morne van Wyk, who won the T20 Cricketer of the Year, Dale Steyn received the Delivery of the Year and Rilee Rossouw was named the SA Newcomer of the Year.
v. Shabnim Ismail got the Women’s Cricketer of the Year award.

5. 45.52 lakh enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana in Karnataka
i. In Karnataka, about 45.52 lakh people have enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), 19.84 lakh people under under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyothi Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and 0.18 lakh people enrolled under Atal Pension Yojana (APY).

6. Indonesian Open: Kashyap defeats World No. 1 to enter semis
Ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap rallied to shock World No. 1 Chen Long, continuing his giant-killing spree to enter the men’s singles semifinals of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament.
ii. Kashyap, ranked 12th in the world, came from behind to beat the top seed Chinese 14—21 21—17 21—14 in a contest that lasted an hour and three minutes.
iii. The Commonwealth gold-medallist was consistent with his smashes and impeccable with his net play against his more fancied opponent.
iv. Coming into this match, Long had a 7—1 head-to-head record against Kashyap. The numero uno shuttler over the last two years has emerged as China’s successor to the incomparable Lin Dan.

7. World Bank approves $ 250 million loan for Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project in J&K
i. World Bank has approved 250 million US dollars loan for Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).
ii. The project will be funded by loan credit from International Development Association (IDA), a World Bank’s concessionary with a maturity of 25 years, including a 5 year grace period.
iii. The recovery project will play important role in reconstruction of flood-affected public infrastructure. It includes roads, bridges and public infrastructure.
iv. It will also strengthen the capacity of state government to respond and better manage natural disasters in future.
v. It will focus on 20 districts of state and help to rebuild damaged public buildings such as schools, hospitals, higher education buildings, fire stations, selected block and district offices.
vi. The project will also focus on disaster risk mitigation in state and strengthen the capacity of government entities in disaster risk management.

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