Daily GK Update : 16 June 2015

1. Nirmala Sitharaman to lead Indian delegation to St. Petersburg
She will lead an Indian delegation for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2015, to be held at St. Petersburg between June 18-20

2. Sushma Swaraj flags off Kailash Mansarovar yatra through new route
The new route through the Himalayan pass of Nathu La, 4,000 metres above sea level, will facilitate more comfortable travel for the Indian pilgrims.

3. Six policemen killed in Afghan checkpoint attack
Unidentified number of militants attacked security checkpoints in Sarak-e-Bala area of Chardara district at midnight, triggering a six- hour clash.

4. Egypt court sentences Mohamed Morsi to life in jail for spying
He was sentenced on charges of spying for Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, and Iran.

5. India’s exports contract for a sixth month, down 20.2% in May
Trade deficit narrows to $10.4 billion last month from $10.99 in April, as imports fall 16.5%

6. Viswanathan Anand finishes fifth in blitz event of Norway Chess tournament
He lost to world champion Magnus Carlsen from a winning position to finish fifth in the blitz event.