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Current affairs- July 1, 2016

Clarification regarding transgender
Supreme Court has refused to modify its 2014 order on transgenders while clarifying that lesbians, gays and bisexuals are not third gender. Clarification in this regard was asked by additional solicitor general (ASG) Maninder Singh, appearing for the Centre. The court has clarified that lesbians, gays and bisexuals are not transgenders.

MHA opposes visa-free entry
The home ministry has shot down the commerce ministry’s ambitious proposal for `visa-free’ entry for business visitors and tourists from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) countries, citing security concerns.
  • RCEP nations include Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

International Solar Alliance Cell and World Bank Signs Declaration for Promoting Solar Energy
In a significant push for solar power, the World Bank has signed an agreement with the International Solar Alliance (ISA)—launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Paris climate summit last year—to mobilize $1 trillion in investments by 2030. This agreement establishes the World Bank group as a financial partner for the alliance.
  • As part of the agreement, the World Bank Group will develop a roadmap to mobilize financing for development and deployment of affordable solar energy, and work with other multilateral development banks and financial institutions to develop financing instruments to support solar energy development.

 World Bank has announced $ 1 billion:
The World Bank has announced $ 1 billion in support of India’s ambitious solar generation plans, its largest financing of solar projects for any country in the world. The projects now under preparation include solar rooftop technology, infrastructure for solar parks, bringing innovative solar and hybrid technologies to the market, and transmission lines for solar-rich States. The commitment includes an agreement for a $ 625 million grid-connected rooftop solarprogramme for financing the installation of at least 40 megawatts of solar photovoltaic installations.

Rim of the Pacific  excercise-2016:
The United States-led biennial maritime warfare exercise Rim ofthe Pacific (RIMPAC) recently began its five-week run off Hawaii, bringing together 27 countries around the Pacific Ocean to increase their interoperability at sea. 

Defence Communication Network:
The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar recently dedicated the Defence Communication Network (DCN) to the nation. The DCN is a strategic, exclusive, secure and state-of-the-art communication network. Implementation of DCN is a proof of strength of the Indian industry and has reaffirmed the emphasis of the Government on Make in India, program. 

Prashikshak, the teacher education portal for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) was recently launched by the government. It is a unique IT Initiative taken up under DIET. 

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