Current Affairs - June 2015

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Zaheer Abbas appointed as ICC President

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Zaheer Abbas has been selected the new President of International Cricket Council (ICC) for one year term.

He will be 13th President of ICC and succeeds Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh who had resigned from the post of ICC President in April 2015.

Decision in this regard was taken during the ICC Annual Conference week in Barbados.

Zaheer Abbas was a right-handed batsman. He had played 78 Tests and 62 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in his 22-year long illustrious career spanning from 1969 to 1985.

He had scored 5,062 runs in Test career and 2,572 runs in ODI career. He also had represented Pakistan in three World Cups in 1975, 1979 and 1983.

He also captained Pakistan in 14 Tests and 13 ODIs matches. In his career, he had scored 108 centuries. He was the only Asian batsman to score 100 first-class centuries and was also first batsman to score three consecutive centuries in ODIs.

It should be noted that he is the second cricketer from Pakistan to assume post of ICC President after Ehsan Mani, who was in office from 2003 to 2006.

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Union Cabinet gives nod to 6 new IIMs

Union Cabinet has approved setting up 6 new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country.

Decision in this regard was taken Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Now the total strength of IIMs increases to 19 from 13.

These new IIMs will be located at Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Amritsar (Punjab) and Sambalpur (Odisha).

These IIMs will begin functioning from temporary campuses and their first academic session will commence from 2015-16 with an intake of 140 students in the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) courses. The students will be get admissions to these institutes through Common Aptitude Test (CAT).

Background

In Union Budget 2015, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced a proposal for the setting up of five new IIMs in the country.  Apart from them an additional IIM was also proposed for Andhra Pradesh in line with Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

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India pledges 1 billion dollar aid for Nepal’s reconstruction

India has pledged an assistance of one billion US dollars to the quake-ravaged Nepal for its massive re-construction programme.

The announcement was made by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the International Donors’ Conference held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

One fourth of the assistance from India will be grant and it will be part of India’s existing bilateral developmental assistance of another one billion dollars over the 5 five years.

The International Donors’ Conference was organised by the Nepalese government to raise funds to re-build the country. It was attended by several countries including China, Japan and Britain, European Union (UN) besides world agencies like United Nations, World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Background

On 25th April 2015, Nepal was struck by 7.9-magnitude devastating earthquake. In this natural disaster around 9,000 people were killed and around 23,000 were injured. It had destroyed lakhs of houses.

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