DAILY GK UPDATES: 22nd JUNE 2012

1. United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day was observed on June 20 each year. The theme for this year’s Refugee Day was ‘Restoring Hope’. 
2. Indian women’s Kabaddi team today defeated Thailand in the final to clinch the gold medal in the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China.
3. India and Russia are to step up their bilateral trade to 20 billion dollars by 2015. 
NOTE:- Two countries will double their trade from 9 billion dollars in 5 years. 
4. Air India forms implementation and anomaly rectification committee to implement Dharmadhikari Committee’s recommendations.
NOTE: – Dharmadhikari panel was set up to lay the roadmap for the vital HR integration of the two airlines Air India and Indian Airlines. 
The committee, in its report has suggested that in order to remain in the competitive field, Air India will have to be in line with the international aviation industry benchmarks.
5. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister S. Jaipal Reddy today launched a LPG Portal to ensure transparency in the delivery of domestic LPG cylinders to consumers. 
6. SEBI notified new rules for ownership and governance of stock exchanges to encourage the setting up of new bourses and enable exchanges to get listed.
7. Ruling Pakistan People’s Party today named former IT Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf as it candidate for the post of Prime Minister hours before a special session of Parliament convened to elect a new premier.
8. Pakistani authorities today announced the schedule for the bye-election to the parliamentary seat that was held by former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani before his disqualification by the Supreme Court.
9. Maharashtra Chief Minister ordered an inquiry into the massive fire accident in the state secretariat. Mumbai Police has registered a case of accidental death after three persons died in the massive fire in Maharashtra. 
10. Union Labour Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge inaugurated the country’s first Apex Hi-Tech Institute in Bangalore today. The total cost of project was 32 crore, the institute will train master trainers of ITIs and other vocational training institutes of the country. 
11. Former Indian ambassador to US Abid Hussain passed away at the age of 85 in London.
12. Radha Vinod Raju, the founding director of National Investigation Agency (NIA) died at the age of 62.
13. Calcutta High Court today held the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011 as unconstitutional and void. The legislation enabled the government to recover the disputed Singur land from Tata Motors, who was leased 997 acre of land at Singur in Hooghly district by previous left front government in the state.
14. Army has stopped entertaining those candidates for recruitment who have engraved tattoos on their bodies. This has been done by the Indian Army to shun those supporting unnatural personal identity marks.
15. An Indian Industrial delegation arrives on a five day visit to Muscat today to explore the opportunities for new business and industrial collaboration with Omani counterparts. 
NOTE:- The visit has been organized by the Embassy of India in Oman to strengthen the economic ties between India and the Sultanate of Oman.

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