DAILY GK UPDATE 23RD JUNE

1.   
India lift Champions Trophy 2013
i. India clinched the ICC Champions Trophy, in its last
edition, with a nerve-wracking five-run victory over hosts England in a
rain-hit final in Birmingham.

ii. India’s five-run win over England on
Sunday has given their leader MS Dhoni a rare triple, that of becoming the
first captain in world cricket to have won all major ICC trophies.
iii. After
frustrating showers reduced the contest to a T20 affair, India first scored 129
for seven and then restricted England to 124 for eight in a topsy-turvy game
that went down to the wire.
iv. Ravindra Jadeja (33 no and 2/24), declared man of the match, made
another all-round contribution which proved to be telling in the context of the
match.
v. Shikhar Dhawan declared man of the tournament for having brilliant
series including three centuries and golden bat award
.
vi. The sizeable Indian
crowd erupted in joy when Ravichandran Ashwin (2/15) finished the final over
with James Tredwell unable to hit the required six off the last delivery.
vii. This was India’s
second Champions Trophy title having won the first one jointly with Sri Lanka back in 2002.
viii. That India won the championship
two days before the 30th anniversary of maiden World Cup triumph back on June
25, 1983.
2.   
Shikhar Dhawan voted Player of the
Champions Trophy
i. India opener Shikhar Dhawan was on
Sunday named the Player of the Series in the ICC Champions Trophy, which India
lifted after beating hosts England by five runs in Birmingham. 
ii. Dhawan, in his first ODI series since
the summer of 2011, finished as the leading run-scorer with 363 from five matches, including
consecutive hundreds and one half-century, at a staggering average of 90.75 and
strike-rate of 101.39.
iii. The 27-year-old left-hand batsman
began the tournament with a 94-ball 114 in India’s 23-run win over South Africa
at Cardiff and in his next innings scored a match-winning 102 not out off 107
balls against West Indies at The Oval.
iv. A brisk 48 followed in the eight-win
win over Pakistan, followed by a 92-bak 68 against Sri Lanka in the semi-final.
v. In Sunday’s final, Dhawan scored 31
off 24 balls. Along the way, he forged two century and two half-century opening
wicket partnerships with Rohit Sharma as India tried out a new opening
combination.
3.   
Italy
Became 5th Country To Ratify Istanbul Convention
 i. Italy has
ratified Istanbul Convention which aims to combat violence against
women.
ii. The Italian Senate unanimously
approved the 2011 Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating iiiolence
against women and domestic violence on Wednesday.
iii. The Istanbul Convention describes
violence against women as a form of discrimination and as a violation of human
rights.
vi. It also defines crimes against women
that are punishable, including psychological violence, stalking, physical
violence, sexual violence and rape, forced marriage, female genital mutilation,
forced abortion, forced sterilization and sexual harassment.
v. Thus approval makes Italy the fifth country to actually ratify
the Council of Europe convention.
vi. So far, only four other countries have
ratified the treaty, and only one of those, Portugal, is a member of the
European Union.
vii. The Istanbul Convention gained
political momentum in Italy after House Speaker Laura Boldrini revealed that
since she had been elected to lead the Chamber earlier this year, she had
become the target of a widespread threats and grotesque photomontages on the
Internet.
NOTE: i. For the treaty enter into force, it
must be approved by the governments of at
least 10 countries
, and at least eight
European Council member
countries.
ii. The other countries that have ratified
the Istanbul Convention are EU candidate
countries Turkey and Montenegro, and EU potential candidate country Albania.
4.   
Government constituted a Committee to
revise Newspaper Advertisement Rates
i. The Union ministry of
Information and Broadcasting on 23 June 2013 constituted a committee headed by JS Mathur to review the rate revision
of the newspaper advertisements.
ii. The committee will
also look into different parameters on the basis of which advertisements are
issued.
iii. JS Mathur is the
Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
5.   
UIDAI won 21st Century Achievement
Award 2013
i. The International Data
Group (IDG) Computerworld Honours Program, Computerworld Honors Laureate has
honored Government of India initiative UIDAI with 21st Century
Achievement Award 2013
 under the category ‘Economic
Development’. 
 
ii. The award has been conferred in
recognition to the pivotal role played by UIDAI in leveraging technology
to change people lives, streamline delivery of welfare services and provide
opportunity to people to participate more fully in society.
iii. The Computerworld Honors Program,
recognizes and honours visionary application of Information Technology
promoting positive social, economic and social change.
iv. Computerworld is honored to recognize
the outstanding accomplishments of 2013 class of Laureates and to share their
work.
6.   
IIFCL MF launches infrastructure debt
fund
i. IIFCL Mutual Fund launched its maiden
infrastructure debt fund (IDF) scheme with the support of investors viz. 
Canara Bank and HUDCO being the strategic investors and Corporation
Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce & IIFCL being the
other investors.
ii. The maiden IDF scheme will mainly
undertake investment in debt securities
or securitised debt instruments
of infrastructure companies, infrastructure
capital companies or infrastructure projects, SPV, bank loans etc with the
investment objective of capital appreciation and trade on the stock exchange,
aimed at development of bond market in the country. 
iii. IIFCL is targeting an initial corpus of $1 billion by
attracting both domestic and international investors.
iv. The regulations for infrastructure
debt fund, through mutual fund and NBFC
route
, were issued by the financial regulators, SEBI and RBI, following the
announcement made by Government of India in financial year 2011-12. 
v. After launching the
new scheme here, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the fund would help
mobilise long-term financing for infrastructure projects.
vi. IIFCL
chairman S.K. Goel
said the IDF will complement commercial banks in providing
the required long-term funding to infrastructure sector and help in addressing
their asset liability mismatch.
7.   
Committee on indecent depiction of
women in media
i. The Union Ministry of Women and Child
Development (WCD) has set up a committee to finalize modalities for a media
campaign against indecent portrayal of women in mass media.
ii. The committee will be headed by WCD
Additional Secretary K. Ratna Prabha
and will comprise senior members from the
Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting among others.
iii. “The committee
will work towards finalising modalities of a media campaign, through print and
electronic media, to instil a sense of respect for women in all spheres of life
iv. The aim of the
campaign is to instill respect for women in all spheres of life. 
v. The committee looking to draw up
a national campaign to sensitise families regarding the values of girls,
through depicting women achievers, abhor civil practices like female foeticide,
dowry, child marriages, etc.
8.    John Kerry arrives in India on
three-day visit
i. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in New Delhi on
Sunday onto participate in the fourth round of Indo-US strategic dialogue even
as US announced to invest $100 million in India’s burgeoning clean energy
sector.
ii. Kerry, 69, accompanied by a high-level
delegation arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit, the first one after
assuming the charge of the State Department earlier this year.
iii. He will co-chair the India-US
strategic dialogue with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid during which
key issues like bilateral trade, defence and security cooperation besides
energy and higher education would be discussed.
iv. This investment, through the Agency’s
Development Credit Authority, is expected to create hundreds of additional
megawatts of sustainable energy capacity and will help to advance India’s clean
energy industry.
v. During the talks, India will seek from
the US information on the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar besides putting
across its concerns about the H1B and L category visas  that has raised
concerns among the Indian industry, especially the IT sector.
vi. The issue of market access, nuclear
liability bill and American National Security Agency’s Internet snooping
programme are also likely to be discussed.
9.    Silver Medal for boxer Manjeet Singh at China Open
i.The Indian challenge at the third
China Open boxing tournament in Guiyang came to an end with super heavyweight
boxer Manjeet Singh losing out in the title.
ii. The 21-year-old, making his
international debut, did well to go all the way to the final, in the end coming
short in the ultimate hurdle. But the burly police boxer put up a sterling show
in what was a fight to the finish.
iii. Manjeet, who beat Wang Zhi Bao from
China in the semis, was up against another local lad Akepeer Yusuf of the China
B team in the fight for the yellow metal.
iv. Yusuf made an aggressive start making
full use of his long reach. But Singh, a two time Youth National Championship
bronze medallist, displayed some good ring movement and in-fighting to land a
few telling blows on Yusuf in the second round
v. However in the final round, the
Chinese boxer was more dominant with his precise attacks which kept the Indian
on the back-foot. Manjeet lost on a split decision.
vi. The Indian men’s team returns from the
event with one silver medal and three bronze medals. Sunil Kumar (52 kg), Ajay
Kumar (56 kg) and Jaideep (75 kg) had to be content with a bronze after losing
out in the Round of 4.
10. 
MS Dhoni becomes first captain to win
all ICC trophies
i. India’s five-run win over England on
Sunday has given their leader MS Dhoni a rare triple, that of becoming the
first captain in world cricket to have won all major ICC trophies.
ii. The ICC Champions Trophy followed
Dhoni leading India to glory in the 2007
World Twenty20 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011.
iii. His team entered the tournament on the
back of the IPL 6 spot-fixing controversy which threatened o seriously unravel
the credibility of Indian cricket.
iv. In the end, they remained unbeaten in
England and Wales, opening the tournament with victory of South Africa at
Cardiff and wrapping it up with a narrow win over the hosts in Birmingham.
India won all six matches in the Champions Trophy.
v. In addition to laying his hands on
all three ICC trophies, Dhoni led India to the top of the ICC Test rankings in
December 2009.