Wednesday, 17 June 2015

12 June 2015 Current Affairs

World Day against Child Labour Observed On 12 June

World Day against Child Labour was observed across the world on 12 June 2015. For the year 2014 the theme is NO to child labour – YES to quality education!. The day is the United Nations observance to bring awareness against child labour. World Day against Child Labour is an initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO). It was launched in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and to take action and efforts needed to eliminate it.  Since then every year on 12 June, observance of this governments, workers organizations, employers, civil society as well as millions of people from around the world come together to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. According to recent global estimates, around 12 crore children between the age of 5 and 14 are involved in child labour. Main reasons of child labour are poverty, lack of decent work for adults and social protection, and failure to ensure schooling of children.

Three Indians Won Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Three Indians, including two women, have won an inaugural award set up by Queen Elizabeth II to recognise exceptional youths who are transforming the lives of others and making a difference in their communities from across the Commonwealth nations. The British monarch will present the awards to Ashwini Angadi, Akshay Jadhao and Devika Malik from India among 60 others at a gala ceremony in Buckingham Palace on 22 June 2015.

Chandigarh’s Iconic Rock Garden Creator Nek Chand Died

Nek Chand, creator of the iconic Rock Garden who has amazed people for decades with his unique sculptures made from waste, died on 12 June in Chandigarh. He was 90. Nek Chand Saini was known all over the world for his unique creation in Chandigarh, the Rock Garden. This sculpture garden was created from waste and other unused household materials. His creation Rock Garden of Chandigarh was opened for public on 24 January 1976. The garden is maintained by the Nek Chand Foundation, formed in 1996. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 1984.Born on 15 December 1924 in Shakargarh region, now in Pakistan, Chand immigrated to India with his family and settled in Chandigarh in 1950.

Dick Costolo Resigns as Twitter CEO

Dick Costolo resigned as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Twitter Inc after serving the company for five years. Costolo will demit the office of CEO on 1 July 2015. Costolo joined the company in 2009 as its Chief Operating Officer. In 2013, he helped the company to go public and recently he struggled to attract new users to the service.