DAILY GK UPDATE 11th JUNE

1.   
UPSC declares Marks Of All Candidates
i. The Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC) has
 made public marks obtained by candidates of prestigious civil services exams for
selection into IAS, IPS and IFS among others.

ii. UPSC, which conducts the test, has also
put marks of candidates
 who took the civil services (preliminary) and mains examinations
on its website.
iii. The
marks of candidates who
 did not qualify the civil services (mains) examination and that of
candidates who cleared 
the three-stage test
(preliminary, mains and personal interview) are on the website– www.upsc.gov.in
iv. It is for the first
time in the history
of the elite
civil services examination that UPSC declared the marks of
all candidates appeared in the exam.
v. In a list of 1,004 qualified
candidates in Civil Services Exam 2012,
 the topper Haritha V
Kumar has got 1,193 marks out of 2,250 (53 per cent)
 to top the 2012 civil services examinations.
vi. V
Sriram, who got second position, has got 51 per cent
 (1,149 out of the total of 2,250).
vii. The move to display final
marks on the UPSC website came
 following a direction from
the Central Information Commission (CIC).
viii.
Earlier, UPSC used to send the marks to all candidates
individually.
2.   
Prez
lays foundation stone of NCW HQs-Nirbhaya Bhavan
i. President Pranab Mukherjee today laid foundation stone of
Nirbhaya Bhawan, the permanent headquarters of the National Commission for
Women at a function in New Delhi
ii. The building, which will be the new
headquarters of the Commission, has been named after the brave girl, who died
in December last year after a courageous battle in most adverse and painful
circumstances
iii. Minister of State for Women and
Child Development Mrs Krishna Tirath expressed concernd over the decline in the
female sex ratio.
iv. National Commission for Women
Chairperson, Mrs Mamata Sharma underlined the need for working for the
empowerment of women, partiacularly in rural areas.
3.   
Veteran
Congress leader V C Shukla passes away
i. Senior Congress leader V C Shukla who
was severely injured in the Maosit attack in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on
25th of last month, died today.
ii. The 84-year-old Shukla was undergoing
treatment at a Gurgaon-based private hospital. 
iii. Prior to his shift to Gurgaon, Shukla
had undergone an operation at a Jagdalpur hospital for removal of the bullets
NOTE: Maoists had attacked a convoy of
Congress leaders in Bastar in which 28 people including the state Congress
chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh Patel , senior Congress leader Mahendra
Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudaliyar were killed and 36 others were injured
4.    US to host T20 matches between Pakistan and WI
i. The
Pakistan and the West Indies Cricket Boards have reached an agreement to play a
T20 international series in the United States in July this year.
ii. According to PCB
sources, the two boards have agreed to organise a two-match series in Miami and
Florida after Pakistan team’s tour to West Indies in July.
iii. The source said the
Pakistan team would tour West Indies from July 7 to play five ODI matches and
after that both teams would fly to Miami for the two T20 matches.
iv. In the recent past
West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have played T20 matches at Miami but the
outcome has not been encouraging because of complaints over pitch conditions.
5.   
Infinity Tower The world’s tallest twisted tower
i. The world’s tallest
twisted tower, the 
Infinity Tower was launched in Dubai Marina on 10
June 2013. 
ii. The Infinity tower features, its unique ability of twisting
to 90 degrees and the shape of the tower being aesthetically unique also allows
reduction of the wind forces on the tower because of its twisted shape. 
iii. Every floor of the tower is designed in the same way and is
like a pile of books with each book twisted slightly to get the twist and the
rectangular floors of the tower is surrounded by a cylindrical shaft that
contains lifts. 
iv. Built over a period of eight years, the Infinity tower has
570 residential units, which includes 495 apartments, with one to four
bedrooms, and penthouses.
v. The 75 storey 307
meter tall Infinity Tower has been developed by the makers of the tallest tower
of the world, 
Burj Khalifa.
6.    Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University
Foundation Stone Layed
i. The
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee laid the foundation stone of
 Atal
Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University at Bhopal. 
ii.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that language
has an important role
 between the Government and
people. Success of social welfare and development programme depends on
language. Therefore, we should
 encourage Hindi and other regional languages.
iii. Hindi has always played an
important role in the
 national integration. It is symbol of India’s social and cultural unity. 
iv. He said that recently, he had opened
Innovation Clubs in two Central Universities in Uttar Pradesh and Assam
 and attended innovation exhibitions organized in these
universities. He called upon the University to take the initiative to build a
strong innovation culture.
v. The President said that decade
of 2010-20 has been declared as the decade of innovation
.
7.   
India enter pre-quarters of World Team Squash C’ship
i. The Indian men’s squash team dished out a dominating performance to notch
up a commanding 3-0 win over Finland and enter the pre-quarters of the World
Team Championship in Mulhouse, France.
ii. After the tight
escape against Argentina, the eighth seed Indian team made the bold choice of
bringing in Ramit Tandon in place of Harinder Pal Sandhu. 
iii. The 22-year old Mustonen was heavy favourite going into the
match, given his 36th world ranking, a whopping 196 places higher than Tandon.
iv. The Indian wrapped
up the first game in quick succession as a shell-shocked Mustonen tried to
figure out what hit him in those opening minutes.
8.    Miss World axes
bikinis
i. Contestants at this year’s Miss World beauty pageant will not wear
bikinis in the parade in a bid to avoid causing offence in Muslim-majority
Indonesia
ii. The 137 women taking
part in the September contest will swap bikinis for more conservative attire,
such as traditional sarongs, for the beach fashion section.
iii. The contest is being held on the resort island of Bali,
where foreign tourists flock in their millions and the beaches are packed with
women sunbathing in skimpy swimwear.
iv. But Miss World
Organisation chairwoman Julia Morley insisted that none of the pageant’s
contestants would wear a bikini
v. We treasure respect
for all the countries that take part in the pageant,” she said, adding the
final outfits had not yet been finalised.
 
NOTE: i. The upcoming Miss
World pageant, to be held in Bali
and Bogor just outside Jakarta, has already stirred anger with the country’s
top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council, which has called for
its cancellation.
ii. Last year pop
sensation Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her concert in Indonesia after Muslim
hardliners threatened to burn down the venue and criticised her for only
wearing “a bra and panties”.
9.    Hospitalized Manna
Dey’s condition better
i. Legendary
playback singer, Manna Dey who is recuperating from age-related illness, has
shown “marginal improvement” on Monday, according to hospital sources.
ii. In hospital for
age-related illness, sources at Narayana Hrudayalaya said on Monday, “His
condition is slightly better than yesterday. 
There is marginal improvement. He is stable.”.
iii. Famous
for having sung more than 3,500 songs in different languages, including Hindi
and Bengali, the 94 year old Dey has had a career spanning seven decades.
iv. His famous songs
include ‘Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen’ , ‘Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli’ , ‘Yeh Dosti’ 
and ‘Ek Chatur Naar’.
v. He was hospitalized
on Saturday for chest infection, after which his health condition deteriorated.
10. 
India, Sri Lanka, West Indies to play
tri-series
i. India will play a tri-series ODI
tournament in the Caribbean soon after the Champions Trophy later this month,
BCCI has confirmed.
ii. BCCI’s Working Committee on Monday approved
2 tours for the Indian team including the tri-nation event. India, West Indies
and Sri Lanka will play the tournament. India’s tour to Zimbabwe will be in
July and August.
iii. Champions Trophy, which is currently
being held in England, ends on June 23.
Indian team’s tour Tour
this season:
i. Indian team’s tour of the West Indies
in June-July 2013

ii. Indian team’s tour of Zimbabwe
in July-August 2013
iii. India A’s tour of South Africa in
August 2013
iv. India under-19 team’s tour of
Australia in June-July 2013
v. India under-19 team’s tour of Sri
Lanka in August, 2013
11. 
WI posts 233 against India in Champions Trophy 
i. With the help of half-century of former captain Darren Sammy, West
Indies post 233 for 9 in alloted 50 overs against India in a Group B
Champions Trophy match today
ii. India have fielded an
unchanged side while the West Indies have replaced suspended Denesh Ramdin with
Darren Sammy.
12. 
South Africa beat Pakistan by 67 runs
i. South Africa defeated Pakistan by 67
runs in a must-win game at Edgbaston here Monday to keep themselves alive in
the Champions Trophy.
ii. Hashim Amla (81) top-scored in South
Africa’s 234 for nine and their depleted bowling attack was good enough to
dismiss Pakistan for 167 in 45 overs.
iii. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (55) batted for
long but could not get his team over the line.

iv. It was a crucial game for both teams
as they had lost their opening matches of the tournament. South Africa play
their last league match against the West Indies June 14 while Pakistan face
arch-rivals India June 15.