Current Affairs Update 20 June 2015

 No Tour de France with earphones: France announced ban on earphones for Drivers and Cyclists 

Tour de France - Stage 3France has announced a ban on wearing earphones while driving a vehicle and riding a cycle. The ban will come into effect from 1 July, 2015.

To reduce deaths due to accidents: The ban was announced with an aim to reduce deaths due to accidents. The announced ban was done to cut down death toll on the roads in France and to improve driver’s attention while driving. The officials said that one in 10 deaths was linked to mobile phone use while driving.

Heavy Fines: Those found using earphones while driving a vehicle or riding a cycle will be fined 135 Euro (214 US dollar) and lose three license points. However, use of phone while having the caller on loud speaker will be allowed.

 Cristiano Ronaldo, a football star now owns a Galaxy labeled CR7 

Cristiano RonaldoScientists named a newly discovered galaxy after Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo. The galaxy was labeled as CR7 (COSMOS Redshift 7).

CR7 Quickfacts: CR7 is three times brighter than the brightest distant galaxy known till now, called Himiko. This brightest galaxy was discovered in the early universe that contains the first generation of stars.

The Portugal captain and the Real Madrid superstar was bestowed with the honour by the European Southern Observatory(ESO).



 SGPC celebrated 350th foundation day of Shri Anandpur Sahib 

350-year-anandpur-sahibShiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has celebrated the 350th foundation day of the of Sri Anandpur Sahib, the sacred town founded by 9th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Teg Bahadar Ji father of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji (10th Guru of Sikhs). The supreme elected Sikh body announced its decision to organize a large scaled program at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib located in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab State on the historical anniversary days of June 17th-19th, 2015.


 ChAFTA: China and Australia Free Trade Agreement signed 

China and Australia Free Trade Agreement signedChina and Australia signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) at Canberra in Australia.

The historic agreement was signed by China’s Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and Australia’s Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

Features of ChAFTA

  • Tariff free access of Australian dairy farmers, wine-makers and other sectors to the huge market of China.
  • Chinese carmakers and electronics producers will benefit who wish to sell their goods to Australians
  • Cotton, wheat, sugar, rice and oilseeds industries were kept out of the agreement.