Current Affairs - June 2015

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Nico Rossberg of Mercedes wins Austrian Grand Prix of F1

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg from Germany has won the Austrian Grand Prix Formula One (F1) World Championship title.

It is Rosberg’s eleventh overall championship title and the third win in the 2015 season. First was the Spanish Formula 1 World Championship title won on May 10, 2015 and second was Monaco Grand Prix on May 24, 2015.

Nico Rosberg had also won the Austrian Grand Prix of 2014 season which was maiden win for Mercedes on this track.

Result of Austrian Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamiltion (Mercedes) from United Kingdom was placed at the second position.
  • Felipe Massa (Williams) from Brazil was placed at the third position.
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) from Germany stood at the fourth position.
  • While, Force India’s drivers Nico Hulkenberg from Germany and Sergio Perez from Mexico were placed at the sixth and ninth positions respectively.

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Commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo held in Belgium

A commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo was held in Belgium.

To mark this occasion several events were in Belgium and United Kingdom to remember the battle which led to defeat of French in June 1815.

The Battle of Waterloo was a pivotal moment in modern History of Europe. In this battle around ninety thousand French troops led by Napoleon Bonaparte were defeated which had ended their quest of conquering major parts this region.

The battle was fought on 18 June 1815 (Sunday) near Waterloo i.e. in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. French army was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, comprising Anglo-allied army and Prussian arm led by the Duke of Wellington and Field Marshal Bluecher. After the defeat in this war, Napoleon was exiled to the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, where he died in 1821.

The battle had played important role in redrawing the map of Europe and maintaining the peace in this continent for almost a century until the World War I (started in 1914) tore it apart again.

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First International Yoga Day observed globally

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. 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.

Background

  • The idea of celebrating the International Yoga Day was pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2014.
  • In December 2014, UNGA had unanimously adopted India-led resolution to observe 21st June as ‘International Day of Yoga’. This resolution was adopted under the agenda of ‘Global Health and Foreign Policy’.
  • 21st June was selected because it represents one of the two solstices and it is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere which has special significance in many parts of the world.

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