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Appointments

1. AirAsiaIndiaappointedAmarAbrolasnewCEO.
2. AjitSinghwassworninasChiefJustice(CJ)oftheGauhatiHighCourt.
3. AliMohamedSheinwonPresidentialElectionsofsemiautonomousregionZanzibar.
4. AnilWadhwaappointedAmbassadorofIndiatoRepublicofSanMarino.
5. AnirudhSinghYadavappointedaschairmanofUttarPradeshPublicServiceCommission(UPPSC).
6. ArgentinianFootballPlayerLionelMessihasbeennamedasglobalambassadorforChinesetechcompanyHuawei.
7. BangladeshGovernmentappointedFazleKabirasnewGovernorofBangladesh'scentralbank.
8. CongoRepublicPresidentDenisSassouNguessowonreelectionforpresidentpost.
9. EconomistandformerDeputyGovernorofReserveBankofIndia,RakeshMohanjoinedNestleIndiaasanIndependentNon
ExecutiveDirector.
10. EgyptianAhmedAbulGheithasbeenselectedasSecretaryGeneralofArabLeague.ArabLeaguealsodeclaredLebanese
movementHezbollah,aShiapoliticalorganisationasaterroristgroup.
11. FaustinArchangeTouaderatookchargeasnewpresidentofCentralAfricanRepublic.
12. GovernmentappointedBalbirSinghChauhanasChairmanof21stLawCommissionofIndia(LCI).
13. HLDattuisappointedasmemberofInternationalCoordinatingCommitteeBureau(ICCB)ofNationalHumanRights
Institutions(NHRIICC)BureauinGeneva(Switzerland).
14. HtinKyawiselectedasfirstcivilian(nonmilitary)PresidentofMyanmarafter53yearsofmilitaryrule.
15. IndiabornacademicianSuryaDevaappointedasUnitedNations(UN)AdviseronHumanRightsandBusinesses.
16. IndianDirectSellingAssociation(IDSA)announcedJitendraJagotaasnewChairman.
17. IndianProfessorTVPaultookoveras56thpresidentofInternationalStudiesAssociation(ISA).
18. IndianAmericanNanditaBakshiisappointedasPresidentandChiefExecutiveOfficer(CEO)ofBankoftheWest,asubsidiary
ofFrenchbankinggiantBNPParibas.
19. IndianAmericaninvestorSunilSabharwaltookchargeasAlternateExecutiveDirectoratInternationalMonetaryFund(IMF).
20. ItfirmWiproappointedPaypalExecutivePatrickDupuisasanIndependentDirectoronWipro'sBoard.
21. JeanArnault(France)isappointedasheadofUnitedNationalPoliticalMissioninColumbia.
22. LoriRobinsonappointedasheadofUSmilitarysNorthernCommandamdbecamefirstwomantoheadaUScombatant
command.
23. MehboobaMuftiwillbecomethefirstwomanChiefMinisterofJammuandKashmir.
24. MrugankParanjapeisappointedasmanagingdirector(MD)andchiefexecutiveofficer(CEO)ofMultiCommodityExchange
(MCX).
25. NPSHiraisappointedasDeputyChiefofIndianArmy.
26. NALCO'sChiefTapanKumarisappointedaschiefofAluminiumAssociationofIndia.
27. NotedIndianscholarandplantphysiologistHDeepSainiappointedasViceChancellorofUniversityofCanberra,Australia.
28. NotedactressKanganaRanautischosenasbrandambassadorofReebokIndia.
29. NotedfashiondesignerRituBeriisappointedasadvisortoKhadiandVillageIndustriesCommission(KVIC)forpromotionof

khadiinIndiaandacrossworld.
30. PermodKohliisappointedasChairmanofCentralAdministrativeTribunal(CAT).
31. SSridharisappointedasmanagingdirectorofPfizerIndia.
32. SlovenianhighjumperRozlePrezeljhasbeenelectedaschairmanofInternationalAssociationofAthleticsFederations(IAAF)
Athletes'Commission.
33. SudhakarRaowillbenewChairmanandPublicInterestDirectorofBSE(BombayStockExchange).
34. SunPharmaappointedCricketerMSDhoniasBrandambassadorforitstopsellinghealthsupplementRevitalH.
35. TataConsultancyServices(TCS)CEONatarajanChandrasekaranisappointedasnonofficialdirectorstoboardofReserveBank
ofIndia(RBI).
36. USAPresidentBarackObamanominatedMerrickGarlandtobenextUSSupremeCourtJustice.
37. UnitedNationsDevelopmentProgramme(UNDP)appointedActressMichelleYeohasGoodwillAmbassador.
38. UnitedNationsPopulationFund(UNFPA)appointedAshleyJuddasitsGoodwillAmbassador.
39. UnitedNationsappointedRed,leaderofAngryBirdsmobilegamecharactersasanenvoytoinspireclimateaction.
40. UrbanDevelopment,HousingandUrbanPovertyAlleviationandParliamentaryAffairsMinisterMVenkaiahNaiduhasbeen
conferredwithSkochLifetimeAchievementAwardduring43rdSKOCHsummitinNewDelhi.
41. Vietnam'sNationalAssemblyelectedNguyenThiKimNganascountry`sfirstfemalehousespeaker.
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Awards

1. 10thAsianfilmAwards(Macau,China)
TheAssassinwon8awardsindifferentcategories.Itisa2015martialartsfilmbasedonstoryofhighlytrainedfemale
assassinandisdirectedbyTaiwanesedirectorHouHsiaoHsien.
BestFilm:TheAssassin.
BestDirector:HouHsiaoHsien(TheAssassin)
BestActor:LeeByunghun(TheInsideMen).
BestActress:ShuQi(TheAssassin).
BestSupportingActor:TadanobuAsano(JourneytotheShore).
BestSupportingActress:ZhouYun(TheAssassin).
2. 2016HockeyIndiaAnnualAwards
MajorDhyanChandLifetimeAchievementAwardShankarLaxman
DhruvBatraPlayerofYearP.RSreejesh(male),Deepika(female).
BaljitSinghGoalkeeperofYearSavita.PargatSingh
DefenderKothajitSingh,MidfielderRituRani,ForwardRani.
UpcomingPlayerHarjeetSingh(male),PreetiDubey(female)
PresidentsAwardforOutstandingAchievementMadhyaPradeshHockeyAcademy.
3. 63rdNationalFilmAwardsforyear2015
BestfeaturefilmBaahubali:TheBeginning(directedbyS.S.Rajamouli)
BestPopularFilmProvidingWholesomeEntertainmentBajrangiBhaijaan
BestActorAmitabhBachchan(Piku).
BestActressKanganaRanaut(TanuWedsManuReturns).
BestDirectionSanjayLeelaBhansali(BajiraoMastani).
BestFilmonSocialIssuesNiranayakam(Malayalam)
BestSupportingActorSamuthirakaniforVisaranai(Tamil).
BestSupportingActressTanviAzmiforBajiraoMastani(Hindi).
BestChildrensFilmDuronto(Hindi)
BestChildArtistGauravMenonforBen(Malayalam).
SpecialJuryAwardMargaritawithaStraw(Hindi)directedbyKalkiKoechlin.
BestCinematographyRemoDSouzaforBajiraoMastani.
IndiraGandhiAwardforBestDebutDirectorNeerajGhaywanforMasaan(Hindi).
NargisDuttAwardforBestFeatureFilmonNationalIntegrationNanakShahFakir(Punjabi)
4. AdvertisingClubMadrasconferredits1stDistinguishedServiceAwardonSrinivasanKSwamy,CMDOFRKSwamyBBDOfor

contributiontoadvertisingindustry.
5. AmritaPatelconferredwithprestigious2016MahindraSamriddhiIndiaAgriLifetimeAchievementAwardalsoknownasKrishi
ShiromaniSamman.
6. ArunaGaliwonawardforLaadliMediaandAdvertisingGenderSensitivity20142015forHerTelugublogVivakshaku
MugimpuPalakaali,selectedunderwebcategoryforbringingtoforecoreissuesfacedbywomeninagriculturesector.
7. BritishmathematicianAndrewWileswonprestigious2016AbelPrize.HewasselectedbyNorwegianAcademyofSciencesand
Lettersforsolvingacenturiesoldhypothesis(equation),FermatsLastTheorem.
8. DogripoetessandwriterPadmaSachdevisawardedbyKrutitavaSmagraSamman2015.
9. FinanceMinisterArunJaileypresented5thNationalPhotographyAwards
InadditiontotheLifeTimeAchievementAward,atotalof12awardswerepresented.
LifeTimeAchievementBhawanSingh
ProfessionalPhotographerAwardJavedAhmedDar
AmateurPhotographerHimanshuThakur
10. FranceawardedLegiondHonneur,FranceshighesthonourtovisitingSaudicrownprinceMohammedbinNayef.
11. India'sAbdulqadirRashikwonfirstprizeinUN#LinksSDGsDataVisualizationChallenge.Heisawardedforhissubmission
LinkstoSustainableCities,aninteractivevisualizationthatidentifieslinksbetweenSustainableDevelopmentGoal11(Sustainable
CitiesandCommunities)andother16Goals.
12. IndianAdvertisingAssociation(IAA)Awards2016
SanjayGupta(JagranGroupCEO)EditoroftheYear
BrandEndorserVarunDhawan(Actor)
TVAnchorRajatSharma(IndiaTV)
MediaPersonRajNayak(Colors)
CEOoftheyearKumarMangalamBirla
13. IndianGeetakshiArorahasbeenawardedFirstNoorInayatKhanPrizeforherexcellentdissertationonGoddessMythsin
GraphicNovels:ReimaginingIndianFeminity.
14. IndianauthorJerryPintowon2016WindhamCampbellPrizeforhisnovelEmandTheBigHoominfictioncategoryatYale
University(USA).
15. KeralaTourism'scampaignNewWorldswonGoldenCityGateAwardatInternationaleTourismusBorseBerlin(ITBBerlin)
2016.
16. Mahindra&MahindraGroupCMDAnandGMahindraconferredwithChevalierdelaLegiond'Honneur(KnightoftheLegion
ofHonour)byFrance.
17. MediaFoundation'sChameliDeviJainawardfor201516hasbeenjointlyawardedtoPriyankaKakodkarandRakshaKumar.
18. MinistryofEnvironment,Forest&ClimateChange(MoEFCC)notifiednewenvironmentstandardsforGensetsrunningon
variouskindsoffuelsincludingLPG,petrolanddieselinvariouscities,aimingtocontrolairandnoisepollutionemanatingfrom
Gensets.
19. MinistryofWomen&ChildDevelopmentgaveNariShaktiPuraskar2015to15women,5organisations,onestateandpanchayat
onoccasionofInternationalWomen'sDay.
HaryanaawardedforimprovingChildSexRatio(CSR)andSexRatioatBirth(SRB)in2015.
AnganwadipuramGramPanchayatinMallapuramofKeralaawardedforworkforwomenempowerment.
RaniLakshmibaiAward(NariShaktiPuraskar2015)alsogiventoTechnologyInformation,ForecastingandAssessment
Council(TIFAC)foritsworkunderKIRANIPRforwomenempowermentinR&DthroughIntellectualPropertyRights(IPR)
training.
20. NTPCwonResearchInvestorCommunicationAwardamongLargeCorporatesnanindependentpollofover3000Fund
Managers/Analysts/NonInstitutionalInvestors.
21. NotedActorManojKumarselectedfor47thDadasahebPhalkeAward2015.
22. NotedAmericansingerStevieWonderhonouredwithGlobalGreenHeroawardat13thAnnualGlobalGreenUSAPreOscar
party.
23. NotedMalayalamwriterMSukumaranhasbeenchosenforCVKunhiramanLiteraryPrize.
24. NotedplaywrightanddirectorRatanThiyamhasbeenselectedforprestigiousLifetimeAchievementAwardfor2016at
MahindraExcellenceinTheatreAwards(META).
25. NotedpoetBhagwatiLalVyashasbeenselectedfor2015BihariPuraskarforhisanthologyofRajasthanipoemsKathaSunAawe

HaiSabad,publishedin2010.
26. PMNarendraModiconferred201415KrishiKarmanAwardsduringKrishiUnnatiMelainDelhi
IndividualCrops
Haryana,AssamRice
RajasthanWheat
ChhattisgarhPulses
WestBengalOilSeeds
Totalfoodgrainproduction5winningstateswereawardedindifferentcategories.Eachstatewasawardedatrophy,a
citationandprizeof5crorerupees.Thesestatesare
MadhyaPradeshForproductiongreaterthan10milliontonnes
HimachalPradeshandOdishaForproductionbetween1and10milliontonnes
ArunachalPradeshandMeghalayaForproductionlessthan1milliontonnes
27. PalestinianteacherHananAlHroubhasbeenawardedwithonemilliondollar2016GlobalTeacherPrizeforheroutstanding
contributiontotheprofession.FinalistsalsoincludedIndiasRobinChaurasiyawhorunsanotforprofitschoolinMumbaifor
girlsfrom.
28. PranabMukherjeeconferredPadmaAwards2016.ItIncludedHaldharNag,66yearoldpoetinKoslilanguagewhowas
highlightenedasheusedtobea3rdClasspassoutandnowisacclaimedasamongtopPoetsinCountrywith5Thesiswrittenfor
him.CompleteListofPadmaAwardeesisasgiven
PadmaVibhushan
Ms.YaminiKrishnamurthiArtClassicaldanceDelhi
RajinikanthArtCinemaTamilNadu
SmtGirijaDeviArtClassicalVocalWestBengal
RamojiRaoLiterature&EducationJournalismAndhraPradesh
DrViswanathanShantaMedicineOncologyTamilNadu
RaviShankarOthersSpiritualismKarnataka
JagmohanPublicAffairsDelhi
DrVasudevKalkunteAatreScience&EngineeringKarnataka
AvinashDixit(Foreigner)Literature&EducationUSA
LateDhiruBhaiAmbani(Posthumous)Trade&IndustryMaharashtra
PadmaBhushan
AnupamKherArtCinemaMaharashtra
UditNarayanJhaArtPlaybackSingingMaharashtra
RamVSutarArtSculptureUttarPradesh
HeisnamKanhailalArtTheatreManipur
VinodRaiCivilServiceKerala
DrYarlagaddaLakshmiPrasadLiterature&EducationAndhraPradesh
ProfNSRamanujaTatacharyaLiterature&EducationMaharashtra
DrBarjinderSinghHamdardLiterature&EducationJournalismPunjab
ProfDNageshwarReddyMedicineGastroenterologyTelangana
SwamiTejomayanandaOtherSpiritualismMaharashtra
HafeezContractorOthersArchitectureMaharashtra
RavindraChandraBhargavaPublicAffairsUttarPradesh
DrVenkataRamaRaoAllaScience&EngineeringAndhraPradesh
MsSainaNehwalSportsBadmintonTelangana
MsSaniaMirzaSportsTennisTelangana
MsInduJainTrade&IndustryDelhi
LateSwamiDayanandSarawasati(Posthumous)OthersSpiritualismUttarakhand
RobertBlackwill(Foreigner)PublicAffairsUSA
PallonjiShapoorjiMistry(NRI/PIO)Trade&IndustryIreland
PadmaShri
SmtPrathibhaPrahladArtClassicalDanceDelhi

BhikhudanGadhviArtFolkMusicGujarat
SribhasChandraSupakarArtTextileDesigningUttarPradesh
AjayDevgnArtCinemaMaharashtra
MsPriyankaChopraArtCinemaMaharashtra
PtTulsidasBorkarArtClassicalMusicGoa
DrSomaGhoshArtClassicalVocalUttarPradesh
NilaMadhabPandaArtFilmDirectionandProductionDelhi
SSRajamouliArtFilmDirectionandProductionKarnataka
MadhurBhandarkarArtFilmDirectionandProductionMaharashtra
ProfMVenkateshKumarArtFolkArtistKarnataka
MsGulabiSaperaArtFolkDanceRajasthan
SmtMamtaChandrakarArtFolkMusicChhattisgarh
MsMaliniAwasthiArtFolkMusicUttarPradesh
JaiPrakashLekhiwalArtMiniaturePaintingDelhi
KLaxmaGoudArtPaintingTelangana
BhalchandraDattatrayMondheArtPhotographyMadhyaPradesh
NareshChanderLalArtTheatre&CinemaAndaman&Nicobar
DhirendraNathBezbaruahLiterature&EducationAssam
PrahladChandraTasaLiterature&EducationAssam
DrRavindraNagarLiterature&EducationDelhi
DahyabhaiShastriLiterature&EducationGujarat
DrSanteshivaraBhyrappaLiterature&EducationKarnataka
HaldarNagLiterature&EducationOdisha
KameshwaramBrahmaLiterature&EducationJournalismAssam
ProfPushpeshPantLiterature&EducationJournalismDelhi
JawaharlalKaulLiterature&EducationJournalismJammu&Kashmir
AshokMalikLiterature&EducationDelhi
DrMannamGopiChandMedicineCardioThoracicSurgeryTelangana
ProfRaviKantMedicineSurgeryUttarPradesh
ProfRamHarshSinghMedicineAyurvedaUttarPradesh
ProfShivNarainKureelMedicinePaediatricSurgeryUttarPradesh
DrSabyaSachiSarkarMedicineRadiologyUttarPradesh
DrAllaGopalaKrishnaGokhaleMedicineCardiacSurgeryAndhraPradesh
ProfTKLahiriMedicineCardioThoracicSurgeryUttarPradesh
DrPraveenChandraMedicineCardiologyDelhi
Prof(Dr)DaljeetSinghGambhirMedicineCardiologyUttarPradesh
DrChandrasekarShesadriThoguluvaMedicineGastroenterologyTamilNadu
Dr(Mrs)AnilKumariMalhotraMedicineHomeopathyDelhi
ProfMVPadmaSrivastavaMedicineNeurologyDelhi
DrSudhirVShahMedicineNeurologyGujarat
DrMMJoshiMedicineOphthalmologyKarnataka
Prof(Dr)JohnEbnezarMedicineOrthopaedicSurgeryKarnataka
DrNayudammaYarlagaddaMedicinePaediatricSurgeryAndhraPradesh
SimonOraonOtherEnvironmentConservationJharkhand
ImitiazQureshiOtherCulinaryDelhi
PiyushPandeyOthersAdvertising&CommunicationMaharashtra
SubhashPalekarOthersFarmingMaharashtra
RavinderKumarSinhaOthersWildlifeConservationBihar
DrHRNagendraOthersYogaKarnataka
MCMehtaPublicAffairsDelhi
MNKrishnaManiPublicAffairsDelhi

UjjwalNikamPublicAffairsMaharashtra
TokhehoSemaPublicAffairsNagaland
DrSatishKumarScience&EngineeringDelhi
DrMylswamyAnnaduraiScience&EngineeringKarnataka
ProfDipankarChatterjiScience&EngineeringKarnataka
Prof(Dr)GanapatiDadasahebYadavScience&EngineeringMaharashtra
Smt(Prof)VeenaTandonScience&EngineeringMeghalaya
OnkarNathSrivastavaScienceandEngineeringUttarPradesh
MsSunitaKrishnanSocialWorkAndhraPradesh
AjoyKumarDuttaSocialWorkAssam
MPanditDasaSocialWorkKarnataka
PPGopinathanNairSocialWorkKerala
SmtMadeleineHermandeBlicSocialWorkPuducherry
SrinivasanDamalKandalaiSocialworkTamilNadu
SudhakarOlweSocialWorkMaharashtra
DrTVNarayanaSocialWorkTelangana
ArunachalamMuruganthamSocialWorkTamilNadu
MsDeepikaKumariSportsArcheryJharkhand
SSushilDoshiSportscommentaryMadhyaPradesh
MaheshSharmaTrade&IndustryDelhi
SaurabhSrivastavaTrade&IndustryDelhi
ShDilipSanghviTrade&IndustryMaharashtra
DrKekiHormusjiGhardaTrade&IndustryMaharashtra
LatePrakashChandSurana(Posthumous)ArtClassicalMusicRajasthan
LateSaeedJaffrey(NRI/PIO/Posthumous)ArtCinemaUK
MichaelPostel(Foreigner)ArtArchaeologyFrance
SalmanAminSalKhan(NRI/PIO)Literature&EducationUSA
SmtHuiLanZhang(Foreigner)OthersYogaChina
PredragKNikic(Foreigner)OthersYogaSerbia
DrSundarAdityaMenon(NRI/PIO)SocialWorkUAE
AjaypalSinghBanga(NRI/PIO)Trade&IndustryUS
29. SirshenduDeofIITKharagpurselectedforInnovationAward2016byIndianDesalinationAssociation(IDA)SouthZonefor
developingultralowcostecofriendlylateritebasedarsenicwaterfilter.
30. SouthAsianPublicAffairsCouncil(SAPAC)inAustraliahonoredActorRandeepHoodawithachievementawardformakinghis
markinfilmindustry.
31. TezpurUniversitywonannualVisitorsAwardforBestUniversityandProf.RakeshBhatnagarandMolecularParasitology
GroupofJNUwonVisitorsAwardsforResearchandInnovation.
32. ThreeBritishscientistsTimothyBliss,GrahamCollingridgeandGrahamCollingridgehavewon2016GreteLundbeckEuropean
BrainResearchPrize(alsoknownasBrainPrize)forgivingvitalinsighthowhumanbrainremembers,learnsandnavigates.
33. TikkaShatrujitSinghisconferredwithKnightoftheLegionofHonourbyFrenchGovernment.
34. WhitfieldDiffieandMartinHellmanhonouredwithAssociationforComputingMachinery's2015A.M.TuringAward.
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Books

1. AishwaryaaDhanush,IndianfilmartisthaswrittenherautobiographyStandingOnAnAppleBox.Sheisdaughteroflegendary
actorRajinikanthandwifeofKollywoodactorDhanush.
2. BookFixed!CashandCorruptioninCricket,authoredbyJournalistShantanuGuhaRayhasbeenlaunched.
3. BookGandhi:AnIllustratedBiographyisauthoredbyPramodKapoor.
4. BookTheCultureHeritageofTransHimalayasKinnaurhasbeenwrittenbyP.S.NagiLoktus.
5. BookWhowasShivaji?authoredbyGovindPansarelaunched.
6. TheBiographyofActorandPoliticianShatrughanSinhaAnythingButKhamoshhasbeenreleased.

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Committees

1. CommitteemadebyCentralBoardofDirectTaxesunderAkhileshRanjan,toexaminebusinessmodelsforecommerceand
identifydirecttaxissuesinrelationtoecommercetransactionshassubmitteditsreport.
2. FinanceMinistryconstitutedaSubCommitteeunderHighLevelCommittee(HLC)toreviewissuesrelatedtoexciseduty.The
subcommitteewillbeheadedbyAshokLahiriandwillreviewexcisedutyimposedondifferentjewelleryarticlesinBudget2016
17.
3. GovernmentconstitutedacommitteeunderMaheshKumarSingla,toconsiderScheduledTribestatustosixCommunitiesof
Assam(KochRajbongshi,Moran,Matak,TaiAhom,ChutiaandAdivasi).
4. KarnatakaGovernmentlaunchedMukhyamantriSantwanaHarishYojanatoprovidefreetreatmenttoroadaccidentvictims
forfirst48hoursinnearesthospital.
5. PMNarendraModiconstitutedataskforceunderRajivKumar(AdditionalSecretaryinDepartmentofPersonnelandTraining)
torationalisecentralgovernmentstaffandensuretheirmaximumoptimisation.
6. TenureofAPShahCommitteelookingintodisputebetweenONGCandRILregardingblocksinKGbasinhasbeenextendedtill
31stJuly,2016.
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Days

1. 08MarchInternationalWomensDay.ThemeisPlanet5050by2030:StepItUpforGenderEquality.Thecampaigntheme
forthedayis#PledgeForParity.NITIAayoglaunchedWomenTransformingIndiainitiativeinpartnershipwithUN.
2. 1Mar40thCivilAccountsDayofIndia.
3. 1MarZeroDiscriminationDay.ThemeisStandOut.
4. 10MARCHWorldKidneyDay(SecondThursdayofMarch).Themefor2016isKidneyDisease&Children.ActEarlyto
PreventIt!.
5. 10theditionofWorldWideFundforNatures(WWFs)EarthHourobservedacrossWorld.
6. 15MarchWorldConsumerRightsDay.2016ThemeisAntibioticsoffthemenu.
7. 20MarchInternationalDayofHappiness.2016themeisAngryBirdsHappyPlanet.
8. 20Marchworldsparrowday.
9. 21MarchInternationalDayforEliminationofRacialDiscrimination.2016themeisChallengesandAchievementsofthe
DurbanDeclarationandProgrammeofAction.
10. 21MarchWorldPoetryday.
11. 21stMarchInternationalDayofForests.Themefor2016isForestsandwater.
12. 21stMarchWorldDownsyndromeDay(WDSD).2016themeisMyfriends,MyCommunity.
13. 22MarchWorldWaterDay.2016ThemeisBetterWater,BetterJobs.Onthisoccasion,SwedishfurniturefirmIKEA
announcedtocontribute12.4millioneuro(Rs92.84crore)toprovidesafewaterandsanitationto10lakhpeopleinIndiaand
IndonesiathroughWaterOrg.
14. 23rdMarchWorldMeteorologicalDay.Themefor2016isHotter,Drier,Wetter.FacetheFuture.
15. 24MarchWorldTuberculosis(TB)Day.2016ThemeisUnitetoEndTB.
16. 25thMarchInternationalDayofRemembranceoftheVictimsofSlaveryandtheTransatlanticSlaveTrade.2016Themeis
RememberSlavery:CelebratingtheHeritageandCultureoftheAfricanDiasporaanditsRoots.
17. 27MarchWorldTheatreDay.RussianDramatistAnatolyVasilievwasWorldTheatreDayInternationalMessageAuthor2016.
18. 3rdMARCHWorldWildlifeDay.2016themeisThefutureofwildlifeisinourhands.
19. Mar4NationalSafetyDay/WeekCampaigninIndia.2016themeisStrengthenSafetyMovementtoAchieveZeroHarm.
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Defence

1. CabinetCommitteeonSecurityapprovedpurchasing2PhalconAirborneWarningandControlSystems(AWACS),surveillance
aircraftsfromIsrael,atcostof7,500crores.
2. FastpatrolvesselofIndianCoastGuardICGSArnveshhasbeencommissioned.

3. FourthIndiaIndonesiaJointTrainingExerciseGarudaShaktiheldinIndonesia.
4. GovernmentunveiledDefenceProcurementProcedure2016(DPP2016),duringDefexpo2016heldinGoa.
DPP2016willreplaceDPP2013,ontherecommendationsoftheDhirendraSinghCommittee.
DPP2016willensuretimelyprocurementofdefence(military)equipmentsthroughoptimumutilizationofallocated
budgetaryresources.
CapitalAcquisitionsSchemesareclassifiedinto3categories
BuyschemeOutrightpurchaseofequipmentsunderthisschemearefurthercategorizedasBuy(IndianIDDM),Buy
(Indian),andBuy(Global).IDDMstandsforIndigenouslyDesignedDevelopedandManufactured.
BuyandMakeschemeProcurementsarecategorizedasBuyandMakeandBuyandMake(Indian).
MakecategoryScheme:Itseeksdevelopinglongtermindigenousdefencecapabilities.ItempowersDefence
AcquisitionCouncil(DAC)totakefasttrackroutetoacquireweapons,whichwerelimitedtothearmedforcestillnow.
Procurementofdefenceequipment:Arrangedindecreasingorderofpriorityarecategorizedas(i)Buy(IndiaIDDM).
(ii)Buy(Indian).(iii)BuyandMake(Indian).(iv)BuyandMake.(v)Buy(Global).
5. Haryanabecamefirststatetoimplementuseofinjectablecontraceptivesasafamilyplanningmeasure,underProjectSalamati
inassistanceofPathfinderInternational.
6. HindujaGroupsAshokLeylandDefenceSystemsLtd(ALDS)tiedupwithUSbaseddefencecontractorLockheedMartinCorp.
todevelopcombatvehiclesforIndianArmy.
7. IndiaissuedanordertoUSAforbuying15CH47Chinookand21AH64ApacheHelicoptersworthRs22,000crores.
8. India'sDRDOhasdevelopedaradarthatcanlookthroughawallof2030CMThickness,usingthermalimaging.TheImaging
RadarisnamedasDivyachakshuanddevelopedbyElectronics&RadarDevelopmentEstablishment(LRDE)basedinBangalore.
9. India'sfirstindigenouscompositessonardomeDesignedbyDefenceandResearchDevelopmentOrganisation(DRDO),hasbeen
deliveredtoMazgaondocksinMumbai.Allantisubmarinewarfare(ASW)shipshaveasonararrayfittedtoshipstructurebelow
waterline.Itactsasshipsunderwatereyesandears.
10. IndianAirForce'sExerciseIronFist2016heldinPokhran(Rajasthan).Itisabiennialeventthatshowcasesfirepowercapacity
ofIndianAirForce.
11. IndianNavyforfirstdeployedaP8ImaritimereconnaissanceaircrafttoSeychellesforsurveillanceinExclusiveEconomicZone
ofSeychelles.
12. IndiasbiggestdefecesecurityexhibitionDefenceExpo2016heldinGoa.Themefor9theditionofDEFEXPOisRiseof
Futurism.
13. IndigenouslydevelopedsurfacetosurfaceballisticmissileAgniIsuccessfullytestfired.Designedtocarrybothconventionaland
nuclearpayloadofabout1000kg.SpeedandRange:Itcantravelataspeedof2.5km/swithrangeupto1250kms.
14. IndoTibetanBorderPolices(ITBP)modernweaponandsupportweapontrainingcentrewillbesetupinDamoh,Madhya
Pradeshatcostof2,100crores.
15. MultinationalFieldTrainingExercise(FTX)FORCE18,involvingASEANPluscountriesheldinPune(Maharashtra).Sofia
QureshibecamefirstwomanofficertoleadIndianArmycontingentatamultinationalmilitaryexercise.
16. TataMotorssignedcontractwithIndianArmytosupply619unitsofitshighmobilityvehicle(HMV)6X6multiaxletrucksto
Army.
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Economy

1. 108feettallidolofLordRishabhdeva,thefirstTeerthankarofJains,carvedoutofasinglerock,hasenteredGuinnessWorld
RecordsasworldstallestJainstatue.ItislocatedonMangiTungimountainnearTeharabadvillageofNorthMaharashtra
district(Maharashtra).
2. AdityaBirlaGroup'sUltraTechacquiredJPGroupscementplantsforRs16,500crores.
3. AfterIRDAI'sapprovalofLifeinsurancecompanyofIndia(LIC)'sinvestmentproposalinPublicSectorBanks,LICannouncedto
buyAdditionalstakeinPublicSectorBanksDenaBankandAndhraBank.DenabanksoldsharesworthRs65croretoLICand
AndhraBanksold4.23%equitytoLIC.
4. AtendofDecember2015,India'sexternaldebtstoodatUS$480.2billion,increaseofUS$4.9billion(1.0percent)overMarch
2015.RiseindebtisduetolongtermexternaldebtparticularlycommercialborrowingsandNRIdeposits.
5. BajajFinanceannouncedtoenter20,000crorelifecaresegment.
6. BhartiAirtelwillbuyVideoconTelecom's4GspectruminsixcirclesforRs4,428crores.ItwillextendBhartiAirtel's4Gfootprint

acrossbandsto19circlesfrom15.
7. CabinetCommitteeonEconomicAffairsapprovedPradhanMantriUjjwalaYojanaSchemeforProvidingFreeLPGconnections
toWomenfromBPLHouseholdsatcostof8000crores.Undetthis,fivecroreLPGconnectionswillbeprovidedtoBPL
householdswithfinancialsupportof1600foreachLPGconnection.
8. CentralBoardofDirectTaxessigned11unilateralAdvancePricingAgreements(APAs),takingnumberofintoAPAsto59.
AdvancePricingAgreement(APA)programmewasintroducedin2012toprovideapredictabletaxregimeandreducelitigationin
transferpricingregime.
9. CinemaexhibitionchainPVRcinemasandeCommerceFirmPaytmtieduptosellPVRMovieTicketsatPaytm'secommerce
platform.
10. CommerceandIndustryMinistryapprovedforeigndirectinvestment(FDI)upto49%ininsuranceandpensionsector.
11. DepartmentofIndustrialPolicyandPromotion(DIPP)haspermitted100%FDIinecommerceretailing(LikeFlipkartand
Snapdeal),toattractmoreforeigninvestors.
12. DigitalpaymentsplatformFreeChargepartneredwithMexicobasedchainofmovietheatres,Cinepolistoprovideitscustomers
aneasywayofmakingpayments.
13. DomesticcardpaymentserviceproviderRuPaywilllaunchitscreditcardsegmentinSeptember2016byissuing1lakhCredit
Cards.NotethatRupayhasincreasingitsmarketshareto38%indebitcardsegment.
14. During5thNationalIndustrial&TradeFairorganisedbyDalitIndianChamberCommerce&Industry(DICCI),Government
announcedtoaimatcreating2.5lakhnewSC/STentrepreneursincountry,underStandupIndiaStartupIndiainitiative.
15. FederalBankwillopenstartupincubationcentersforstartupsinBangalore(Karnataka)andErnakulam(Kerala).
16. FinanceMinisterArunJaitleyannouncedtowithdrawproposaltotaxEmployeeProvidentFund(EPF)withdrawals.Asper
UnionBudget201617,60%ofamountdepositedinEPFaccountoftheemployeewouldbetaxableattimeofwithdrawal,and40
%wouldbetaxfree.
17. FinanceMinisterArunJaitleylaunchedNABARDAgriCreditMonitoringportal,whichwillhelpfinancialinstitutionstomonitor
statusofagriculturalloansgiventofarmers.HealsounveiledRoadmapofEShaktiExpansionProgrammeofdigitizationofSelf
HelpGroups(SHGs).
18. FinanceMinisterAurnJaitleylaunchedPradhanMantriFasalBimaYojanaandUnifiedPackageInsuranceScheme.Revamped
insuranceschemewillbelaunchedfromApril1,2016tocoverKharifcrops.Farmers'premiumwouldbe2%forKhariffoodgrains
andoilseedscropsand1.5%forrabicrops.
19. FinanceMinistryapprovedproposalofUttarPradesh,Rajasthan,JharkhandandChattisgarhstatesforissuanceofUjjwal
DiscomAssuranceYojana(UDAY)bonds.Thesestateshave35%ofalloutstandingloansofStateelectricitydistributionutilitiesin
India.Thesebondswillallowstategovernmentstotakeover75%ofpowerdistributioncompanies(DISCOMs)debtandpay
lendersbyissuingbonds.
20. GlobalratingagencyFitchpredictedIndia'sgrowthforecastat7.5%for20152016andalsoseeshighergrowtharound7.7%&
7.9%overnext2years.
21. GovernmentannouncedexclusiveanduniqueOrganicValueChainDevelopmentschemeforRs.115croreforNorthEastern
Region.ItisaimedatboostingorganicFarmingentrepreneurshipinNorthEast.
22. Governmentannouncedthatin20142015,116PublicSectorEnterprises(PSUs)spentRs2448CroresonCorporateSocial
Responsibility(CSR)activities.
23. Governmentannouncedtodigitallyconnectall1,29,323gramindaksewakpostofficesinruralareasacrosscountrybyMarch
2017.
24. GovernmentformallywithdrawnrecognitionofDelhiStockExchange(DSE)afterallegationsofseriousirregularitiesinits
functioning.
25. Governmentimposedantidumpingdutyofupto44.7%onimportofplasticprocessingmachinesfromChineseTaipei,
Malaysia,PhilippinesandVietnamforfiveyears.
26. Governmentinformedthatin201516,therehasbeenhighesteverproductionofureaincountrysinceindependence.245lakh
MTUreaswasproducedinIndiain201516,20lakhMTmorethanlastyear.
27. GovernmentnotifiedinterestratespayableonsmallsavingsforQuarterApril1June30,2016
PublicProvidentFund8.1%(Previously8.7%)
KisanVikasPatra7.8%(Previously8.7%)
FiveYearNationalSavingsCertificates8.1%(previously8.5%)
FiveyearMonthlyIncomeAccount7.8%(previously8.4%)

Girlchildsavingscheme,SukanyaSamriddhiAccount8.6%(previously9.2%)
Seniorcitizensavingsscheme8.6%(previously9.3)
28. Governmentnotifiedmaximumsaleprice(MSP)ofBtcottonseedfor201617.Aspernotification,PriceofBGIversionofBt
cottonhybridissetat635rupeeswhilePriceofBGIIversionisfixedat800rupees.
29. Governmentprovidedloanof1000crorerupeestoFertilizersandChemicalsTravancore(FACT)Limited,toberepaidwithin5
years.
30. Governmentwillannouncdapolicytogiveincentivesincludinginterestdiscountof0.25%forincreasingcapacityofWindmills
ofupto1MW.Mostofwindturbinesinstalledareofcapacitybelow500kWandatsiteswithhighwindenergypotential.Itwill
increaseinwindenergycapacityby3000MW.
31. Gujarattoppedlistof21stateswithmostinvestmentpotential,asperreportbyNCAER.GujaratisfollowedbyDelhi,Tamil
Nadu,AndhraPradeshandMaharashtra.
32. HimachalPradeshGovernmentreleasedits6thEconomicCensusreport.Itwasstartedin2012andcompletedintwophases.
HimachalPardeshisfirststatetocompleteeconomiccensusandreleasereport.
33. HitachiOmronTerminalSolutionshasestablishedanewcompanyinBengaluruasanATMmanufacturingcompany,toproduce
1,500unitsofATMspermonth.
34. ICICIBanklaunchediWork@Homeprogrammeforitswomenemployeestoenablethemtoworkfromhome.Byusingthe
platform,employeescancarryoutmultipledailybankingtasksfromhome.
35. ICICIBanklaunchedacreditlinkedsubsidyschemeforhomeloansunderPradhanMantriAwasYojana(PMAY).Underthis,
eligiblecustomerswillgetsubsidyat6.5%perannumonRs6lakhorloanamount,whicheverislower,forupto15years.
36. ICICIBanklaunchedcontactlessmobilepaymentsolutioniTA,Touch&PaybasedonNearFieldCommunication(NFC)
technology.ItwillenableICICIcustomerstomakepaymentsbywavingtheirsmartphonesnearanNFCenabledmerchant
terminal,byleveragingHostCardEmulationtechnique.
37. ICICIBanktiedupwithsportscarmakerFerraritolaunchcobrandedcreditcard.
38. IRDAI,RegulatoryauthorityofInsurancesectorhasapprovedLifeinsurancecompanyofIndia(LIC)'sinvestmentproposalin
PublicSectorBanks.
39. IndiaPostselectedDeloitteasconsultantforsettingupapaymentsbank.PublicInvestmentBoardhasapproved800crore
proposalofIndiaPostforthesettingupapaymentbank.
40. IndiaSignedUSD35MillionLoanAgreementwithWorldBankforMadhyaPradeshCitizenAccesstoResponsiveServices
Project.
41. IndiasignedLoanagreementofUSD250MillionForFirstProgrammaticElectricitydistributionReformDevelopmentPolicy
LoanforRajasthan.
42. India'sGDPwillgrowby7.9%in201617,aspredictedbycreditratingagencyCRISIL.
43. India'sHeroCycles,world'slargestbicyclemanufacturerbyvolumehasacquired60%stakeinSriLanka'sbicyclemanufactur
BSHVentures.
44. India'scurrentaccountdeficit(CAD)camedownto1.3%ofgrossdomesticproduct(GDP)($34billion)inthirdquarter(October
2015toDecember2015)from1.5%intheyearearlierperiod($38.6billion).
45. India'slargestsellingcar,MarutiAltocrossedlifetimesalemilestoneof30LakhUnitsin15years.ItisonlyIndianautobrandto
crossthismilestone.
46. India'slargesttelecomoperatorBhartiAirtelacquiredVideoconTelecomforRs4,428crores.
47. IndianOverseasBankbecamefirstbanktocommencesaleofIndianGoldCoin(IGC)inthedomesticmarketwithatieupwith
MetalsandMineralsTradingCorporation(MMTC).
48. IndianRailwayshasformedanewSpecialPurposeVehicle(SPV)toimplementMumbaiAhmedabadHighSpeedBulletTrain
project.EntityisnamedasNationalHighSpeedRailCorporation(NHSRC)Limited.
49. InternationalFinanceCorporation(IFC)ofWorldBanklauncheditsfirstUridashiMasalaBonds(Japanesebonds),tomobilise
30crorerupeesfromJapaneseretailinvestorsandwillbesoldtoJapanesehouseholdinvestors.Theproceedsfromthesebonds
willbeusedforpromotingprivatesectordevelopmentinIndia.
MasalabondsarerupeedenominatedinstrumentssoldonlytooffshoreinvestorsbyIndiancorporatesforraisingmoney
fromoverseasinvestors.
50. JalandharbasedCapitalLocalAreaBank(CLAB)LimitedbecamefirstentityinIndiatogetSmallFinancialBankLicenceby
ReserveBankofIndia(RBI).CLABltdhas44branchesin5districtsofPunjab.ItwillstartopeartingonApril13,2016.
Smallfinancebankswillundertakebasicbankingactivitiesofacceptanceofdepositsandlendingtounderservedpeopleto

promotefinancialinclusion.
DifferenceinPaymentBanksandSmallFinanceBanks
Title
Eligibility
Capital
Requirement

SmallFinanceBank

Professionalswith10yearsinfinancialservicesorpromotergroup CardIssuers,FinanceCompanies,BusinessCorrespondents,Telecom
with5yeartrackrecord

Companies,Retailersetc.

Rs.100CroreEquityCapital

Rs.100CroreEquityCapital

ScopeofActivity Providingbasicbankingfacilitiestopoorandsmallbusinessmen
Promoter
Contribution

PaymentsBank

AcceptDeposits,IssueDebitCards,Remittanceservices.Cannotissuecredit
cardsandcannotgiveLoans

Promotersinitialcontributionshouldbe40%loweredto26%in
Promotersshouldretaina40%stakeforfirstfiveyears.
12years

51. Jammu&KashmirStateAdministrativeCouncil(JKSAC)approved10yearIndustrialPolicy2016,aimedatattractingover2000
crorerupeesinvestmentperannum.ItIncludescreating15000employmentopportunitiesannuallyandcreationoflandbankof
2500acresacrossstate.AnassetreconstructioncompanyinpartnershipwithJ&KBankwillalsobesetup.
52. MemorandumofUnderstandingsignedbetweenIndianArmyandInduslndBankonDefenceSalarypackage.
53. MinisterofWomenandChildDevelopment,ManekaSanjayGandhilaunchedMahilaeHaatasonlinemarketingplatformfor
women.Itisauniqueonlineplatformwhereparticipantscandisplaytheirproducts,aspartofDigitalIndiaandStandUpIndia
initiatives.
54. PrivatesectorBankLakshmiVilasBanktiedupwithNationalBulkHandlingCorporation(NBHC)forcollateralmanagement
andwarehousingservices.
55. PunjabsignedMemorandumofUnderstanding(MOU)underSchemeUDAYUjwalDISCOMAssuranceYojanaandbecame
7thstatetodoso.CombinedDISCOMdebttoberestructuredfor7participatingstatesis1.6lakhcrores.Totaloutstanding
DISCOMdebtis4.3lakhcrores.
56. RajyaSabhapassedBureauofIndianStandardsBill,2015thatwillreplaceBureauofIndianStandardsAct,1986.
ItextendsambitofBureauofIndianStandards(BIS)toincludeservices,processesandproductswhileensuringproduction
ofworldclassgoods.
ItalsoproposestomakeBISanationalstandardsbody,introducemandatoryhallmarkingofpreciousmetals,prevent
misuseofstandardmarksandprovidesforrecallofISImarkedproductsnotconformingtorelevantstandards.
Earlier,theBillwaspassedbytheLokSabhaon3December2015.
57. ReserveBankofIndia(RBI)revisednormsoncapitalrecognition,makingavailableanadditionalRs.40,000croretoIndian
banks.ItisbigreliefforpublicsectorbanksastheyarefacinglowprofitabilityissuesduetoriseinNonPerformingassets.
58. ReserveBankofIndiareleasedNonBankingFinancialCompanyAccountAggregatorDirections,2016
NetOwnedFundshouldnotbelessthan2crorerupees.
Anaccountaggregatorwillnotbeabletoundertakeanyotherbusinessotherthanaccountaggregation.
Initially,onlyfinancialassetswhoserecordsarestoredelectronicallyandunderregulationoffinancialsectorregulatorslike
RBI,SEBI,IRDA,andPFRDAshallbeconsideredforaggregation.
Nofinancialassetrelatedcustomerinformationpulledoutaccountaggregatorfromfinancialserviceproviders.
Anaccountaggregatorwillnotsupporttransactionsinfinancialassets.
AboutAccountAggregator
Atpresent,personsholdingfinancialassetssuchassavingsbankdeposits,mutualfunds,insurancepoliciesetcdonot
getaconsolidatedviewoftheirfinancialassetholdings.Accountaggregatorcollectsandprovidesinformationof
customersfinancialassetsinaconsolidatedandorganisedmannertocustomer.
59. RidesharingserviceproviderUberopeneditsfirstAsianengineeringcenterinBengaluruhighlightingfocusonIndiatosolve
challengesofUberusersinIndia.
60. SecuritiesandExchangeBoardofIndia(SEBI)increasedForeignPortfolioInvestors(FPI)investmentlimitinGovernment
securitiesfrom135400to140000crores.ItwillboostinflowsofforeignfundsintoIndiancapitalmarkets.Limitwillfurtherbe
increasedto144000crorerupeesfrom5July2016.
61. SmallIndustriesDevelopmentBankofIndia(Sidbi)willberaising10000croresfor'StandUpIndiaFund'fromRBI,whichwill
bedisbursedtoDalitandwomenentrepreneurs.
62. SouthIndianBankannouncedtohaveachievedISO9001:2008certification.
63. StateBankofIndiahasbeengrantedapprovaltooperateinMyanmarbyMyanmarGovernmentalongwiththreeotherAsian
banksBankforInvestmentandDevelopmentofVietnam,SunCommercialBankofTaiwanandShinhanBankofSouthKorea.

64. SupremeCourtdirectedtelecomoperatorstoensurethresholdlimitofcalldropsof2percent%asmandatedinregulationsof
TelecomRegulatoryAuthorityofIndia(TRAI).
65. TRABrandTrustReport,IndiaStudy2016
AmazonisIndia'smosttrustedonlineshoppingbrandfollowedSnapdealandFlipkart.
Ebay,Myntra,Yepme,Jabong,Naaptol,ShopcluesandAskmebazaarintop10onlinebrands.
66. Thisyear,ReserveBankofIndiaandOtherGovernmentBanksareexpectedtopayRs.69,897croresdividendtoGovernment.
RBIwillhaveapprox57000Croresinthis.Itislesserthanlastyearinwhichgovernmentreceived73,905croresasdividendsfrom
governmentbanksandRBI.
67. WorldBankapprovedIDAcreditofUS$300MillionforMadhyaPradeshHigherEducationQualityImprovementProject.
68. YESBanksignedMemorandumofUnderstandingwithIndiaBrazilChamberofCommerce(IBCC)forcooperationinknowledge
partnerships,B2Bopportunitiesaandtechnologyinitiatives.
69. YesBanklaunchedanallwomenoperatedbankbranchYesGraceaimedatofferingcustomisedbankingsolutionstowomen.
70. ZeeMediawillacquire80%stakeinIndiaTodaygroup'slossmakingecommerceandTVentitiesTodayMerchandiseand
TodayRetailNetworkPvtLtdfor166crores.
Top

International

1. 1stdirectcontainervesselbetweenIndiaandBangladeshsentofffromKrishnapatnamport,carryingcottonset.Itispartof
coastalshippingagreementbetweentwocountriestofacilitateeasytrade.
2. 4thUnitedNationsWorldHappinessIndex(WHI)2016(publishedbySustainableDevelopmentSolutionsNetwork(SDSN))
Top10Denmark,Switzerland,Iceland,NorwayandFinland,Canada,Netherlands,NewZealand,AustraliaandSweden
Last10Rwanda(152nd),Benin(153rd),Afghanistan(154th),Togo(155th),Syria(156th)andBurundi(157th).
Indiarankedat118thplace,Nepal(78th),China(83rd),andPakistan(104th).
BRICSBrazil(17th),Russia(56th),China(83rd),SouthAfrica(116th)andIndia(118th).
3. GlobalTrendsinRenewableEnergyInvestmentreportofUNEnvironmentProgramme(UNEP)
IndiaandChinaleddevelopingcountriesininvestmentsmadeinrenewableenergyin2015.
Commitmentsofemergingeconomiesinrenewableenergyhassurpassedthosebywealthynations.
Developingnationscommitted156billiondollarsinnewrenewableenergyin2015year(19%morefrom2014),mainlyby
India,ChinaandBrazil.Developedcountries'contributioncamedownby8%centin2015to130billiondollars.
China'sinvestmentwas102.9billiondollars,IndiainvestedUSD10.2billion.
UnitedStates,Japan,UKBrazil,SouthAfrica,MexicoandChilewerealsointop10investingcountriesin2015.
4. AccordingtoWaterAidreportWater:Atwhatcost?,TheStateoftheWorldsWater,Indiahashighestnumberof7.6crore
peopleinworldwithoutaccesstosafewatersupply,followedbyChinaandNigeria.
5. Afterdelayofover20years,Myanmarsstockexchangeopenedforitsfirstdayofbusinesswithtradingofasinglecompany.It
cameafterMyanmarsdevelopmentacceleratingwithademocraticgovernmentbeingformedafterfivedecadesofMilitaryRule.
6. AgreementbetweenEuropeanUnion(EU)andTurkeytotacklemigrantcrisiscameintoeffect.Underthisagreement,migrants
arrivinginGreecewillbesentbacktoTurkeyiftheirasylumclaimisrejected.
7. AirIndiasuccessfullyflewWorldslongestallwomanoperatedflightfromNewDelhitoSanFrancisco(UnitedStates).Flight
wasoperatedaspartofInternationalWomen'sDaycelebrationsandtravelledadistanceofaround14,500kilometresin17hours.
8. Akamai'sStateoftheInternetreport
SouthKoreahasfastestaverageconnectionspeedintheworldat26.7Mbps,Swedensecondwithaveragespeedof19.1Mbps
andfollowedbyNorwayat18.8Mbps.
Indiaisat114thpositionwithanaverageinternetspeedof2.8Mbps.Chinais89thwithaveragespeedof4.1Mbps.
9. AmericancompanyCiscoSystemswillinvestover$100millioninIndiaovernext2yearstosupportIndia'splantoconnect
thousandsofitsvillagestotheinternetandcreatejobs.Around250,000studentswillbetrainedbyCISCOby2020.
10. AsperdatabyCBInsights,14Indianinvestorshavebeenfeaturedalistoftop100venturecapitalistsinworld.
11. AsperresearchofLancetjournalofOxfordMartinFutureofFoodProgramme
Climatechangewillresultinover5Lakhadultdeathsby2050worldwideduetochangesindietsandbodyweightfrom
reducedcropproductivity.
Chinawillseemoredeathsthananyothercountrywith251deathsperonemillionpopulation.Indiaisranked7overallwith
deathsof105permillion.

12. AspersecuritysolutionsfirmSymantec,Indiaranked3rdinnumberoffinancialTrojaninfectionswherecybercriminalsdefraud
customersofonlinebankingservices.Indiamovedupfrom5thpositionin2014to3in2015.Notethatglobaldetectionshave
droppedby73%.
13. AsianDevelopmentBank(ADB)andUnitesStatesAgencyforInternationalDevelopment(USAID)signedaMemorandumof
Understanding(MoU)fordevelopmentofsolarparksinIndia.Itwillfacilitate848millionUSdollarsinfundingtodevelopsolar
parksacrossIndia,withinitiallfocusonstateofRajasthan.
14. Bangladesh'ssupremecourtrejecteda28yearoldpetitiontoremoveIslamasofficialreligionofcountry.Islamwasintroduced
asstatereligionintheBangladeshiconstitutionin1988andagroupof15IndividualsfiledaPetitionagainstit.
15. ChinaannouncedtosetupitsownInternationalMaritimeJudicialCentre(IMJC)tohandleterritorialdisputesandprotectits
searights.
16. Chinalauncheditsfirstcybersecuritypublicorganizationaimedatbettersafeguardingnationalcybersecurityandguiding
Internetcompanies.
17. Chinasuccessfullylaunched22ndnewgenerationsatelliteaspartofitsdomesticBeiDouNavigationSystem(BDS)asarivalto
theUSsGlobalPositioningSystem(GPS).LaunchedusingLongMarch3Acarrierrocket.
18. EIUsWorldwideCostofLivingsurvey
Singaporeremainsworldsmostexpensivecityforthirdyearinarow,top5costliestcitiesare
Singapore
Zurich(Switzerland)
HongKong
Geneva(Switzerland)
Paris(France)
Top5cheapestcitiesLusaka(Zambia),Bangalore(India),Mumbai(India),Almaty(Kazakhstan)andAlgiers(Algeria)
19. Forbes30thannualbillionaireslist2016
MicrosoftCofounderBillGatesremainsworldsrichestpersonfor17thtimeinlast23years,withanetworthof$75
billion.
Totalbillionairesinworldare1810(190arewomen)withtheirnetworthof$6.48trillion.
USAleadswith540billionaires,followedbyChina(251),Germany(120)andIndia(84).
Top5BillGates($75billion),AmancioOrtega($67billion),WarrenBuffett($60.8billion),CarlosSlimHelu($50billion),
JeffBezos($45.2billion).
Youngestbillionaire19yearoldNorwegainAlexandraAndresen(1.76BillionUSD).
IndiaMukeshAmbani(38thrankswith$20.6billion),DilipShanghvi(44th),AzimPremji(55th).
20. FranceannouncedtoenditsOperationSangarisinCentralAfricanRepublicin2016.
21. GermanywillhelpdevelopingKochi(Kerala),Bhubaneswar(Odisha)andCoimbatore(TamilNadu)assmartcities.
22. GlobalEnergyArchitecturePerformanceIndex(GEAPI)ReportbyWorldEconomicForum(WEF)
Indiarankedat90thoutof126countriesonthebasisoftheirabilitytodeliversecure,affordableandsustainableenergy.
Top10countriesSwitzerland(1st),Norway(2nd),Sweden(3rd),France(4th),Denmark(5th),Austria(6th),Spain(7th),
Colombia(8th),NewZealand(9th)andUruguay(10th).
AmongBRICSBrazil(25th),Russia(52nd),India(90th)andChina(94th).
23. GovernmentapprovedMoUwithUnitedArabEmirates(UAE)onTechnicalCooperationinCombatingCyberCrime.
24. Governmentapproved2developmentprojectswithBangladesh.Theseprojectsare100MWpowerexportviatransmissionlines
betweenSurjamaninagar(Tripura)andSouthComillainBangladeshandIndias3rdInternetGatewayopticalfibreconnection
betweenCoxBazaarinBangladeshandAgartala(Tripura).
25. GovernmentapprovedAshgabatAgreement,aninternationaltransportandtransitcorridorestablishedin2011.Itestablishes
transportcorridorbetweenCentralAsiaandPersianGulfcountrieswithUzbekistan,Iran,TurkmenistanandOmanand
Kazakhstanasfoundingmembers.
26. GovernmentapprovedMoUwithUnitedArabEmiratestomobiliselongterminvestmentinNationalInvestmentand
InfrastructureFund(NIIF).
27. GovernmentapprovedsigningofBayofBengalInitiativeonMultiSectoralTechnicalandEconomicCooperation(BIMSTEC)
ConventiononMutualLegalAssistanceinCriminalMatters.
28. Hindujabrothers(GPHindujaandSPHinduja)namedrichestAsianoriginentrepreneursinBritainfor4thconsecutiveyear
withpersonalfortuneof16.5billionpounds.ListiscompiledbyUKbasedpublishinghouseAsianMediaandMarket.

29. IndiaandFrancesignedMemorandumofUnderstandingforconstructionof6nuclearreactorsatJaitapurnuclearparkin
Maharashtra.
30. IndiaandUSAlaunchedFulbrightKalamClimateFellowship,enablingIndianresearchscholarstoworkwithAmerican
institutionsinfieldofclimatechange.Itwillsponsorupto6IndianpostdoctoralresearcherstoworkinUSfor1year.
31. IndiaannouncedtobecomefirstnationtoformallyadoptUnitedNations(UN)agendafortheworldssustainable
developmentand17goalsidentifiedforitsimplementation,during11thNationalConventiononSustainableDevelopmentGoal
(NCSDG)organizedbyGlobalCompactNetworkinMumbai.
32. Indiabecame56thnationtosignRaptorMoU,MemorandumofUnderstandingonconservationofbirdsofpreyinAfricaand
Eurasia.
33. Indiadistributedscholarshipstoover800Bangladeshistudentsunder'MuktijodhaScholarshipScheme'.
Indiain2006startedthisscholarshipschemetostrengthenhistoriclegacywithBangladesh.
Underthescheme,descendantsoffreedomfightersgetselectedonmeritbasistopursueundergraduatestudies.Byfar,over
9500studentshavebeenbenefitedfromthisscheme.
34. IndiafiledcomplaintagainstUnitedStatesinWorldTradeOrganisation,accusingUSAofhighfeesonL1andH1Bcategoriesof
temporaryworkingvisas.AsperIndia,ItwouldimpactIndianITprofessionalsasitmakesIndianITcompanieslesscompetitive
inthatmarket.
35. IndiaovrertookChinaintermsofdirectequityallocationbyUSinvestors.AsperUSTreasury,Indiamakesup1.8%ofUS
foreignequityholdingsasagainst1.6%ofChina.USinvestorsdirectinvestmentinIndianequitiesrisenfrom$7billionin
September2013to$12billioninDecember2015.WhilethatforinChineseequitiesdeclinedfrom$12.8billionto$11.1billion.
36. IndiasignedMoUwithUSAforbuildingaLaserInterferometerGravitationalwaveObservatory(LIGO)projectforresearchon
gravitationalwaves.TheProjectiscalledIndIGO(IndianInitiativeinGravitationalwaveObservations).
37. Indiasignedsecondlineofcredit(LOC)agreementforproviding2billiondollarsindevelopmentfinancingtoBangladeshfor
variousdevelopmentprojects.ItwillbeprovidedthroughExportImportBankofIndia.
38. Indiawillsupply100megawattofelectricitytoBangladeshinreturnfor10gigabitspersecondinternetbandwidth.Aimisto
provideinternetconnectivitytoNorthEasternstates.
39. IndianLeadingITServicesProviderTataConsultancyServices(TCS)isrecognizedasGlobalTopEmployerbyTopEmployers
Institute.Theassessmentwasdoneamong1,072companiesworldwideacross9coreHRareas.
40. IndianMedicineMakerBioconLtdgotJapan'sapprovalforsellingitsbiosimilarInsulinGlargineinJapan.
41. InternationalAtomicEnergyAgency(IAEA)approved2.3millioneuroinitiativetohelpLatinAmericanandCaribbeancountries
fightagainstZikavirus.IAEAwilltransferSterileInsectTechnique(SIT)asapestcontrolthatusesionizingradiationtosterilize
maleinsectsmassproducedinspecialrearingfacilities.
42. InternationalLabourOrganization(ILO)releasedreportWomenatWork:Trends2016asapictureofwomenspositionin
labourmarkets
Reportsaysthatgenderequalityinworkplaceremainsquestionable.
Between1995and2015,globalfemalelabourforceparticipationdecreasedfrom52.4to49.6%whilethatformendecreaed
from79.9to76.1%.
Womenaremorelikelytobeunemployedthanmen,withglobalunemploymentratesof5.5%formenand6.2%forwomen.
Since1995,womensemploymentinserviceshasincreasedfrom41.1to61.5%.
Genderwagegapis23%,itmeansthatwomenearn77%ofwhatmenearn.
65%ofpeopleaboveretirementagewithoutanyregularpensionarewomen.
43. IranandPakistanmutuallyagreedtoboostbilateralcooperationonregionalsecurityandtrade.
44. IransignedanoilagreementwithFrance'sTotaltodevelopeSouthAzadeganoilfieldsharedbyIranandIraq.
45. IrantestfiredseveralballisticmissilesandbreachedUnitedNationsSecurityCouncil(UNSC)resolutionsthatcompelitto
refrainfromanyworkonballisticmissilesfor8years.
46. JapanNTTDatahasacquiredDell'sITServicesarmforover20000Crores.
47. JapancommittedforOfficialDevelopmentAssistanceloanofanamountofApprox.Rs.14,251CroresforTransmissionSystem
StrengtheninginMadhyaPradesh,OdishaIntegratedSanitationImprovementProject,DedicatedFreightCorridorProject(Phase
1),NorthEastRoadNetworkConnectivityImprovementProject(Phase1)andJharkhandHorticultureIntensificationbyMicro
DripIrrigationProject.
48. Japanesegovernmentstipulatedlongtermgoalofcuttinggreenhousegasemissionsby80%by2050.
49. JapaneseinvestmentbankSoftBankGrouphasannouncedtoseparateitsprofitabledomesticmobilebusinessfromits

internationalbusiness.BothsubsidiarieswillbecompletelyownedbySoftBank.
50. London&Partners,officialpromotionalcompanyforLondonannouncedthatIndiahasbecamesecondbiggestinvestorin
LondonafterUSA,with117%increaseinIndiancompaniesinvestinginLondonsince2005.
51. MalawiGovernmentandUNICEFsuccessfullytesteduseofUnmannedAerialVehicles(UAVs/drones)toexplorecosteffective
waysofreducingwaitingtimesforHIVtestingofinfants.
52. NepalhasbeenmadeadialoguepartnerofShanghaiCooperationOrganisation(SCO),aBeijingbasedregionalsecurity
grouping.SCOhas8MembersChina,Russia,Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan,Uzbekistan,IndiaandPakistan.
53. NepalsignedanagreementwithChinatobuildastrategicrailwaylinkbetweentwocountriesthroughTibet.
54. OrganisationforEconomicCooperationandDevelopment(OECD)releasedelectronicformatforexchangeofCountryby
Country(CbC)reportsbetweenjurisdictionsCbCXMLSchema.TheCbCreportsassisttaxadministrationsinobtaininga
completeunderstandingofhowMultinationalEnterprises(MNEs)operate.
55. Pakistanratified2005AmendmenttotheConventiononthePhysicalProtectionofNuclearMaterial(CPPNM)thatexpandsits
scopetocoveratomicfacilitiesandmaterialinpeacefuluseandstorage.
56. Perudeclaredemergencyfor3weeksafteramajoroil(3000Barrels)pipelineburstinnortheastregionaffectingtworivers
ChiriacoandMorona.
57. RailwaysFirmRITESLmitedsignedcontracttosupply18MeterGauge1350HPDieselElectricLocomotivestoMyanmar
Railways,tohelpMyanmarmeetincreasingdemandfortraffic.
58. RatingsagencyMoody'scutitsoutlookforChinafromstabletonegative,basedonexpectationsthatfiscalstrengthofChina
wouldbeslidingdownandnegativeoutlookcomesonheelsoffreshdatasuggestingeconomyofChinaiscontinuingtolosesteam.
59. RelianceDefenceinkedpactwithIsrael'sRafaelAdvancedDefenceSystemtosetupaJVinIndiaforspecialisedareasincluding
airtoairmissiles,withinvestmentofUSD10billion.
60. ReserveBankofIndia(RBI)signedMemorandumofUnderstanding(MoU)withBankofIsrael(BOI)forexchangeof
informationpertainingtobankingsupervision.
61. Russia'sowncreditratingsfirm,ACRAstartedfunctioningafterMoodysandFitchRatingsdecidedtostopissuinglocalratings
forRussianCompanies.
62. RussianGovernmentapprovedadealofONGCVideshLtd(OVL)toacquire15%stakeinVankoroilfieldfromRosneft.
63. SouthKoreapasseditsfirstantiterrorbillthatwasfirstproposed15yearsagoin2001afterthe9/11terroristattacksinUS.
64. SriLankanParliamentadoptedaresolutiontoconvertitselfintoaConstitutionalAssembly.
65. SyrianArmyregainedcontrolofancientcityofPalmyrafromIslamicStateofIraqandSyria(ISIS)terroristgroup.
66. Taiwan'sFoxconnTechnologywillacquireJapansSharpCorporationfor3.5billionUSdollars.
67. TelanganaandMaharashtraGovernmentshavesignedMemorandaofUnderstanding(MoU)tosetupaninterstatewaterboard
construct5barragesacrossGodavariandPenGangarivers.
68. Thailandgovernmentwillimplementcurfewduring2016Songkranfestivaltoshowsolidaritywithfarmershitbydrought.
SongkranfestivalisWorldsbiggestwaterfestival,celebratedeveryyearinThailandfrom13to15April.
69. TimeMagazine2016listof30mostinfluentialpeopleoninternet
Top5areKanyeWest(US),JoyCho(SouthKorea),JamesCorden(UK),LaciGreen(US),JoshHolzandDanielLara(US)
IndianPMNarendraModirankedat15thPlace.
70. UNICEFlaunchedaseriesofanimatedfilmstohelpframepositiveperceptionstowardscroresofMigrantsglobally,Called
UnfairyTales.
71. USandSouthKoreanbegantheirlargestevermilitaryexercises.ThesebilateralexercisescomejustafterUNpassedsanctions
againstNorthKoreafollowingitsrecentnucleartestandrocketlaunch.8weeklongdrillswillinvolve300000SouthKoreanand
15000USpersonnel.
72. USAreturnedanancientstatueofHindugodRamastolenfromCambodiaduringCambodiascivilwarin1970s.Thestatue
stands157centimetrestallandismissingitshead,armsandfeet.
73. UnitedNationsChildren'sEmergencyFund(UNICEF)andUnitedNationsHighCommissionerforRefugees(UNHCR)have
launchedBlueDothubstoboostprotectionforchildrenandfamiliesonmoveacrossEurope.
74. UnitedNationsEducational,ScientificandCulturalOrganization(UNESCO),InstituteofPhysicsreleasedeAtlasofGender
InequalityinEducation.
75. UnitedNationsPopulationFund(UNFPA)andUnitedNationsChildren'sEmergencyFund(UNICEF)jointlylaunchedGlobal
ProgrammetoAccelerateActiontoEndChildMarriage.
76. UnitedNationsSecurityCounciladoptedtoughestsanctionseverimposedonNorthKoreainresponsetoitsfourthnucleartest

androcketlaunch.
77. UnitedNationsSecurityCouncilextendedUNAssistanceMissioninSomalia(UNSOM)till31March2017.Resolutionwas
approvedtosupportatransparentelectoralprocessin2016anduniversalelectionsby2020.
78. WorldBankApprovedLoanof$100MillionforJordantohelpcreate100,000jobsforSyrianrefugeesanditsowncitizen.
79. World'smostexpensivetrainstationopenedat9/11siteinNewYork(UnitedStates),namedasWorldTradeCenter
TransportationHub.Itwasconstructedatcostof3.85billionUSDanddesignedbytheSpanishSwissarchitectSantiago
Calatrava.
80. WorldsfirstfullyelectricpowereddoubledeckerbuslaunchedinLondon(UK).ItisbuiltbyChinesemanufacturBYDandwill
beabletotravel180milesonasinglecharge.
Top

Meetings

1. 13THIndiaEUSummitheldinBrussels(Belgium)
PMNarendraModiVisitedonIndia'aBehalf.ItispartofhisTriNationJourneytoBelgium,USAadSaudiArabia.
PMModiandhisBelgiancounterpartCharlesMichelfromBelgiumRemotelyLaunchedAsiaslargestopticaltelescope
AryabhattaResearchInstituteofObservationalSciences(ARIES)atDevasthalinNainitalDistrict,Uttrakahnd.Ithasbeen
locatedataheightof2,500metresatDevasthalinNainitaldistrictandhasmirrorof3.6mdiameter.
EuropeanInvestmentBank(EIB),willlendIndia450million(approximatelyRs.3,300crore)towardsconstructinga
23kmlongLucknowMetroraillineandapurchasingafleetofnewtrains.EIBalsoapprovedtosetupItsregional
representationforSouthAsiainNewDelhi.
EUIndiaAgendaforAction2020IndiaandEUendorsedagendatoconcreteroadmapforEUIndiaStrategicPartnership
forupto2020.
EUIndiaBroadbasedTradeandInvestmentAgreement(BTIA)IndiaandEUagreedtofurthernegotiationsonearly
conclusionofBTIA.
JointDeclarationontheIndiaEUWaterPartnershipwasadoptedtoenhancecooperationonenvironmentissues,including
ontheCleanIndia'andCleanGangaflagshipprogrammes.
2. 13thmeetingofBroadbandCommissionforSustainableDevelopmentheldinDubai(UnitedArabEmirates).
3. 31steditionoflargestfaironFoodandHospitalitySectorinIndia,AAHAR2016heldinNewDelhi.
4. 4dayWorldSufiForummeetingheldinDelhi.ItisorganizedbyAllIndiaUlamaandMashaikhBoard(AIUMB).
5. 4thWorldCongressofBiosphereReservesheldatLima(Peru).AimistoaddressdifferentissuesrelatedtoSustainable
DevelopmentGoals(SDGs)andPost2015DevelopmentAgenda.MyBiosphere,MyFuturecampaignofUNESCOwaslaunched
onthisoccasion.
6. 57countrieswilltakepartinfirstMaritimeIndiaSummit2016tobeheldinApril2016inMumbai(Maharashtra).
7. 7thmeetingofIndoGermanScienceandTechnologyCentre(IGSTC)heldinDelhi.
8. 8thBRICSSummitwillbehostedinGoaon1516October2016.
9. FirstRaisinaDialogue2016,aflagshipconferenceonGeopoliticsandGeoeconomicsHeldinNewDelhi.Itisjointinitiativeof
MinistryofExternalAffairs(MEA)andObserverResearchFoundation(ORF)withthemeAsia:RegionalandGlobal
Connectivity.
10. GlobalBambooSummit2016tobeheldinIndiainApril2016atIndore(MadhyaPradesh).
11. IndiaAviation2016,aninternationalexhibitionandconferenceoncivilaviationheldinHyderabad(Telangana).
12. IndiawillhostBRICSFriendshipCitiesConclaveinMumbai(Maharashtra)inApril2016.
13. IndianInstituteofTechnologyPatnaorganisedFirstInternationalSymposiumonFifthGeneration(5G)technology,tobring
organizationstoshareviewsoverpossible5Gtechnologies.
14. IndianNavalshipBeasvisitedQatartoparticipatein5theditionofDohaInternationalMaritimeDefenceExhibition(DIMDEX).
15. NationallevelAROGYAFairorganizedbyMinistryofAYUSHinGoa.
16. RetreatforBanksandFinancialInstitutionscalledGyanSangamheldatStateBankAcademy,Gurgaon(Haryana).
17. SAARCministerialmeetHeldinNepal,AttendedbyExternalAffairsMinisterSushmaSwarajonIndia'sBehalf.
Top

National

1. AccordingtoareportbyNewWorldWealth
Indiasaw4thbiggestoutflowofHighNetWorthIndividuals(HNWI)globallyin2015withshiftingof4,000millionaires
overseas.
Francesawthemaximumoutflowofmillionaires(10,000),followedbyChina(9,000)andItaly(6,000).
2. AdaniGroupunitAeroDefenceSystems&TechnologiesLtdsignedagreementwithElbitISTARofIsraelandIndia'sAlpha
DesignTechnologiestoworkinfieldofunmannedaircraftsystems(UAS).
3. AgricultureMinisterRadhaMohanSinghlaunchedPusaKrishimobileappatKrishiUnnatiMelainNewDelhi.Itwillhelp
farmerstofindsolutionstoproblemsintheirfarmfieldsandalsogettinginformationaboutweather.
4. AndhraPradeshgovernmentinauguratedIndia'sfirstriverlinkingproject,Pattiseemaliftirrigationprojectconnecting
GodavariRiverwithKrishnaRiverfromongoingPolavaramMultipurposeIrrigationProject.Ithasbeencompletedinanyearby
HyderabadbasedMeghaEngineeringandInfrastructureLimited(MEIL).
5. ArtofLiving'sWorldCultureFestivalorganisedatYamunaFloodPlains,NewDelhifromMarch11to13,2016.ArtofLivingis
foundedbySpiritualLeaderSriSriRavishankar.
6. AspernewRestrictionsimposedbyRailways,Anunreservedtrainticketfortravellingupto199kmdistancewillnolongerbe
validafter3hoursofpurchaseoftheticket.Sojourneyhastobestartedwithin3hoursincaseofUnreservedticketsfordistances
upto199km.
7. BharatHeavyElectricalsLimited(BHEL)commissioneda600Mwcoalbasedthermalpowerplantofupcoming2x600Mw
SingarenipowerprojectinAdilabaddistrictofTelangana.
8. BharatHeavyElectricalsLimited(BHEL)commissionedsecond40MWhydropowergeneratingunitatTeestalowdam
hydroelectricproject(HEP)inWestBengal.
9. BharatSancharNigamLimited(BSNL)launchedfree4GWifiservicesatSrinagarinternationalairport(J&K).
10. BiharAssemblypassedBiharExcise(Amendment)Bill2016toenforcebanoncountrymadeliquorfrom1April2016.
11. CabinetCommitteeonEconomicAffairsapprovedwindingupofNationalManufacturingCompetitivenessCouncil(NMCC)asit
hasfulfilledmandateforwhichitwasconstituted.NMCCwasestablishedin2004asaforumforpolicydialoguetosustaingrowth
ofmanufacturingindustr.
12. CombatoperationofMeghalayapolice,Hillstorm3launchedinGaroHillsandWestKhasiHillsdistrictsagainstGNLA(Garo
NationalLiberationArmy)militants.
13. DakshinaKannadaZillaPanchayat(Karnataka)conductedahoneyfestivalinMangaluru.
14. DelhibecamefirststatetolaunchHumanPapillomavirus(HPV)vaccineasapublichealthprogrammeforschoolchildren.
15. DepartmentofIndustrialPolicy&Promotion(DIPP)launchedStartupIndiaportal(http://startupindia.gov.in)andmobile
application.
16. DharmendraPradhan,MinisterforPetroleumandNaturalGaseslaidfoundationstoneofCountry's1stitsofkindOctomaxunit
atMathurarefinery.Itwillhelpinproductionofhighoctanegasoline.
17. ElectionCommissionannouncedscheduleforAssemblypollsinWestBengal,TamilNadu,Kerala,AssamandforUTof
Puducherry.InAssamandWestBengal,electionswillbeheldinAprilwhileInTamilNadu,PuducherryandKerala,electionswill
beheldonMay16.ResultswillbeoutonMay19.
18. FirstU.SIndiaWorkshoponTraditionalMedicineheldinNewDelhi.
19. Firstoftwo600MWpowergenerationunitsatSingareniThermalPowerPlant(STPP)inAdilabadDistrict(Telangana)hasbeen
synchronised.
20. FivehealthcareATMsopenedinfourstatesMP,HimachalPradesh,OdishaandAndhraPradesh.TheseATMswouldtideover
shortageofdoctorswillalsosavefromtheriskofpilferageinfreedrugsprogrammes.
21. FoodandpublicDistributionMinisterRamVilasPaswanlaunchedDepotOnlineSystemofFoodCorporationofIndia(FCI)to
bringtransparencyandminimisestoragelossesoffoodgrains.
22. GoagovernmentclassifiedFeni,countryliquorasheritagespiritofthestate.Itisadistilledbrewmadefromcoconutorcashew
fruits.ItwasaccordedGeographicalindication(GI)tagin2000.
23. Governmentapproved1500millionUSdollarprojectofWorldBanktosupportSwachhBharatMissionGramin(SBMG).
24. GovernmentapprovedamendingSikhGurdwarasAct1925toremoveexceptiongiventoSehajdhariSikhsin1944tovotein
electionsforselectingmembersofboardandthecommitteesconstitutedundertheAct.
25. GovernmentapprovedextensionoftimeperiodofSpecialIndustryInitiativeforJ&K,Udaanschemetill201920.Udaan
providesexposuretoyouthofJammuandKashmirtobestofcorporateIndiaandcorporateIndiatorichtalentpoolavailablein
theState.

26. GovernmentapprovedimplementationofruralhousingschemeofPradhanMantriAwaasYojanaGramin,forproviding
assistanceforconstructionofpuccahousestoallhouselessindilapidatedhouses.
ExpenditureinvolvedisRs.81975croreina3years(201617to201819)foronecrorehouseholdsforconstructionofpucca
house.DelhiandChandigarhareexcludedfromscheme.
CostofhouseswouldbesharedbetweenCentreandStatesGovernmentsintheratio60:40inplainareasand90:10for
NorthEasternandhillystates.
Beneficiarywillalsobeentitledto90daysofunskilledlabourfromMGNREGA.
Governmentwillconstruct2.95crorehousesinruralareasunderitsambitiousHousingforAllby2022scheme.
Assistanceof1.20lakhtothoseinplainareasand1.30lakhtothoseinhillyanddifficultareas.
27. Governmentapprovedsettingup36thInternationalGeologicalCongresssocietyunderSocietyRegistrationAct1860for
organizing36thInternationalGeologicalCongress(IGC)in2020andpromotinggeoscienceinIndiansubcontinent.Eventwillbe
heldinNCR,DelhiinMarch26,2020withbudgetof52crores.
28. GovernmentlaunchedInclusivenessandAccessibilityIndexunderSugamyaBharatAbhiyancampaign,incollaborationwith
FederationofIndianChambersofCommerceandIndustry(FICCI).ThisIndexwillhelpcorporatestoparticipateinAccessible
IndiaCampaign(AIC)byevaluatingtheirreadinessformakingworkplaceaccessibleforPersonswithDisabilities.
29. GovernmentlaunchedvaccineforRotavirusvaccineaspartofUniversalImmunizationProgrammetopreventchildmortaility
duetoRotavirusdiarrhoea.
30. GovernmentnotifiedPlasticWasteManagementRules2016thatincludesincreasingminimumthicknessofplasticcarrybags
from40to50microns.
31. Governmentwilllaunch'Setubharatam'projecttomakeallNationalHighwaysrailwaycrossingfreeby2019bycostINR10,200
crores.
32. GovernmentwillorganizeaGramUdaySeBharatUdayAbhiyan(VillageSelfGovernanceCampaign)between14thApril
2016(BhimraoAmbedkars125thBirthAnniversary)to24thApril2016(PanchayatiRajDay).Itaimstogenerateeffortsto
increasesocialharmonyacrossvillages,strengthenPanchayatiRajandpromoteruraldevelopment.PMNarendraModiwill
inaugurateGramUdayseBharatUdayCampaigninMadhyaPradesh.
33. HaryanaAssemblypassedBackwardClassesReservationBill,2016
ItwillprovidereservationinservicesandadmissionineducationalinstitutionstobackwardclassesincludingJatsandfive
othercastes,dividedintoBlockA,BlockBandBlockC.Jats,JatSikhs,Ror,Bishnoi,TyagiandMulla/MuslimJatare
includedinBlockC.
Itprovides10%reservationtothesecastesforclassIIIandclassIVpostsand6%inclass1andclass2posts,alongwith10%
reservationforadmissionineducationalinstitutions.
34. HaryanaGovernmentchangednameofMustafabadvillageinYamunaNagardistricttoSaraswatiNagar(derivedfrom
mythologicalSaraswatiRiver).
35. HaryanaGovernmentlaunchedschemeAdaptingHomesfortheDifferentlyabled,underwhich6monthspensionwillbegiven
inadvancetosuchpersonsforadaptingtheirhomesaspertheirrequirement.
36. HaryanasNewSecretariatBuildinginChandigarhhasbecomefirstbuildinginthecountrytohaveanearlyEarthquake
WarningandSecuritysystem(onsite).
37. IndiaITMajorTataConsultancyServicespartneredforenhancingdigitalexperienceofparticipantsinLondonMarathon.
38. IndiaPostreleasedcommemorativestamponHindustanAeronauticalLimited(HAL)inrecognitionofHAL's75yearsofservice.
39. India'sAgasthyamalaBiosphereReserveincludedinWorldNetworkofBiosphereReservesofUnitedNationsEducational,
ScientificandCulturalOrganization(UNESCO).Itwasincludedalongwithother19sitesatInternationalCoordinatingCouncilof
theManandtheBiosphere(ICCMAB)programmeofUNESCOthatconcludedinLima(Peru).Indianowhas10ofits18biosphere
reserveslistedasUNESOC'sWorldNetworkofBiosphereReserves.
40. India'sfirst75seatersolarpoweredferrywillcomeupintourismspotofKeralaAllepey(theVeniceoftheEast).
41. India'sfirstselfcleaningsmarttoilets(Around180)havebeeninstalledinChennai(TamilNadu).
42. India'sfirststatewidebroadbandprojectAPFiberNetlaunchedbyAndhraPradeshgovernment.
43. IndianPharmaceuticalFirmGlenmarkreceivedfinalapprovalfromUSFoodandDrugAdministration(USFDA)tomanufacture
andmarketFrovatriptanSuccinatetabletsinUSA.
44. IndianRailwaysappointedErnst&Young(EY)asconsultanttoanalyzeadvertisingpotentialintrainsandrailwaystations.
45. IndianRailwayssignedagreementwithIndianSpaceResearchOrganisation(ISRO)forusingspacetechnologyforproviding
passengerinformationinalltrains.

46. InternationalMonetaryFundChiefChristineLagradevisitedIndiatoparticipateinMOFIMFMeetinDelhiwithTheme
AdvancingAsia:InvestingfortheFuture.SheannouncedthatIMFandIndiawilljointlysetupSouthAsiaRegionalTrainingand
TechnicalAssistanceCenterinDelhi.
47. JPNadda,MinisterofHealthandFamilyWelfarelaunchedtwomajorDigitalinitiativestoprovideeasyaccesstohealthservices
GISenabledHMISapplicationandselfprintingofeCGHScards.
48. JammuandKashmirbecame9thstatetosignMOUwithGovernmentunderUDAY(UjwalDISCOMAssuranceYojana),for
financialturnaroundofState'sPowerDistributionfacilities.
49. KachhabalivillageinRajsamanddistrictbecome1stLiquorFreeVilageinstateofRajasthan.
50. KarnatakaHighCourtruledthatreportofComptrollerandAuditorGeneralofIndia(CAG)cannotbesolebasisforanyliability
beingcausedorforprosecutiontobelaunched.
51. KarnatakadevelopedmobileapplicationMGNREGAMplatformtohelpimplementationofmonitoringMahatmaGandhi
NationalRuralEmploymentGuaranteeScheme.
52. LokSabhapassedAadhaar(TargetDeliveryofFinancialandOtherSubsidies,BenefitsandServices)Bill2016asaMoneyBillfor
givingstatutorybackingfortransferringgovernmentsubsidiesandbenefitstotargetedpeoplebyassigningthemAadhaarunique
identitynumbers.
UnderAadhaarscheme,Biometricdataof99croreIndianshavebeencollectedsofarandkeptinencryptedandsecureform.
53. LokSabhapassedConstitution(ScheduledCastes)Order(Amendment)Bill2016toamendlistofScheduledCastes(SC)from4
states
ChhattisgarhInclusionofSais,Sahis,Sarathi,SootSarathi,Thanwarcommunities
HaryanaInclusionofAheria,Aheri,Hari,Heri,Thori,TuriandRaiSikhcommunities
KeralaInclusionofPeruvannancommunity.
ExclusionofBarikiandKummaricommunities.
54. LokSabhapassedEnemyProperty(AmendmentandValidation)Bill2016tomakeamendmentstoEnemyPropertyAct,1968.
55. MSSwaminathanResearchFoundationsignedMOUwithBhubaneswarbasedKalingaInstituteofSocialSciences(KISS)to
establishaResearchChair,namedafterMSSwaminathan(fatherofIndianGreenRevolution).
56. MadhyaPradeshgovernmentannouncedinclusionofwidowmarriageunderMP'sMukhyamantriKanyaVivahYojana.
57. MaharashtraCabinetapprovedProhibitionofSocialBoycottBill,2016thataimsforprohibitionofsocialboycottofaperson/
groupbygroupslikeCastePanchayat.Afterapprovalofthisbill,MaharashtrawillbecomethefirstIndianStatetoenactalaw
againstsocialboycott.
58. MinisterforHealth&FamilyWelfareJPNaddalaunchedProjectCleanStreetFoodofFoodSafetyandStandardsAuthorityof
India(FSSAI).ItaimstoraisesafetystandardsoffoodssoldonstreetsacrossDelhi.
59. MinisterforMinorityAffairsNajmaHeptullalaunchedinnovativeentrepreneurshipandskilldevelopmentprogrammeof
MaulanaAzadNationalAcademyforSkills(MANAS).ItwilluseleadingcelebritiesbelongingtoMinoritycommunitiesinvarious
skillsetsasdrivingforcebehindskillskilldevelopmentprojects.
60. MinistryofEnvironment,ForestandClimateChange(MoEFCC)releasedFourcolourClassificationSchemeforindustriesbased
ontheirpollutionpotential.BasedonRangeofPollutionIndex,industrialsectorsarecategorisedinto4colourscategory
RedSeverePollutionwithPIscoreof60andabove.Theseincludesugar,thermalpowerplants,paintsareunderinit.
OrangeHighPollutionwithPIscoreof4159.Includes83industrieslikecoal,washeriesandautomobileservicing.
GreenLowPollutionwithPIscoreof2140.Includes63industriesinit.
WhiteLessPolutionwithPIscoreunder20.Theyare30nonpollutingindustries.
61. MinistryofHealthandFamilyWelfarelaunchedLongitudinalAgeingStudyinIndia(LASI).Itwillsurveymorethan60000
elderlyover25yearsplanandwillprovidevalidateddataonvariousissuesoftheelderly.
62. MinistryofTourismandEcotourismSocietyofIndia(ESOI)signedMemorandumofUnderstandingtopromoteSustainable
tourism.
63. MizoramandJapaneseInternationalCooperativeAgency(JICA)signedMemorandumofUnderstanding(MoU)onCapacity
EnhancementforSustainableAgricultureandIrrigationDevelopment.
64. NHAI(NationalHighwaysAuthorityofIndia)tiedupwithIndianSchoolofBusiness(ISB)Hyderabadasasignificantstepin
ensuringdevelopmentofmanagementcompetenciesofmanpower.
65. NationalFoodSecurityAct(NFSA)willbeimplementedin10morestatesfromApril1,2016.Totalnumberofstates
implementingNFSAwillriseto21.
66. NationalResearchDevelopmentCorporation(NRDC)gaveLicenseAgreementtoKudosLaboratoriesforcommercializationof

Ayush82,anAyurvedicformulationforpreventionandmanagementofdiabetes.Ayush82wasdevelopedbyCCRAS(Central
CouncilforResearchinAyurvedicSciences).
67. OneofMumbaioldestcolleges,WilsonCollegeadoptedCharniRoadRailwaystationforcleanlinessandupkeepaspartof
SwachchBharatAbhiyan.
68. PMNarendraModilaunchedKisanSuvidhamobileapplicationforfarmerstoprovideagriculturalrelevantbasicinformation
quickly.Itwillprovidebasicinformationonmarketprices,seeds,fertilizers,pesticides,weatherandagriculturemachineryetc.
69. PMNarendraModiselectedNagepurvillageinVaranasiConstituency(UttarPradesh)underSaansadAdarshGramYojana
(SAGY).
70. ParliamentpassedCarriagebyAir(Amendment)Bill2015toamendCarriagebyAirAct1972toempowerUniongovernmentto
reviselimitsofliabilityforairlinesandcompensationasperMontrealConventionthatIndiaacceptedin2009.NowBillwillgofor
PresidentialassentasperArticle111ofConstitution.
71. ParliamentpassedNationalWaterwaysBill2015forconversionof106riversandcreeksacrossIndiaintonationaltransport
waterways.
72. PowerMinisterPiyushGoyallaunchedmobileapplicationVidyutPRAVAHElectricity,PriceAvailabilityandHighlightsthat
cangiveinformationrelatedtoelectricityavailability,shortageandpricingonmobilephones.
73. PowerMinistrygavenamedUJALA(UnnatJyotibyAffordableLEDsforAll)forLEDbasedDomesticEfficientLighting
Programme(DELP).DELPprogrammewaslaunchedinJanuary2015forenergyconservationbyreplacing77croreincandescent
lampswithLEDbulbs.
74. Powergenerationunit1ofKakraparAtomicPowerStation(Gujarat)shutdownafterleakageofheavywater.
75. PresidentPranabMukherjeeinauguratedNationalconferenceonWomenLegislators:BuildingResurgentIndiainNew
Delhi.
76. President'sRulehasbeenimposedinNorthernStateofUttarakhand.
77. PunebasedMaharashtraInstituteofTechnology(MIT)hassetupIndia'sfirsteducationtechnologyacceleratorcalledEdugild.
ItwillfocusonStartupsfocusingeducationsector.
78. PunjabAssemblypassedPunjabSutlejYamunaLinkCanalland(TransferofProprietaryRight)Bill,2016thatseekstoprovide
transferofproprietaryrightsbacktolandownersfreeofcostfromwhomlandwasacquiredbyPuinjabgovernmentfor
constructionofSutlejYamunaLink.
79. PunjabGovernmentnotifiedswineflu(H1N1)underEpidemicDiseaseActtopreventspreadofdiseaseinPunjab.
80. RailwayMinisterSureshPrabhulaunchedCleanMyCoachservicetoallowtravelerstogettheircompartmentscleanedby
sendingSMSorusingapp/website.
81. RajyaSabhapassedRealEstate(RegulationandDevelopment)Bill2015toprotectinterestsofconsumersandenhancegrowthof
constructionsector
EstablishesstatelevelregulatoryauthoritiescalledRealEstateRegulatoryAuthorities(RERAs)andtribunalscalledReal
EstateAppellateTribunals(REAT)tosettledisputes.
70%oftheamountcollectedfrombuyersmustbemaintainedinaseparatebank(escrow)accountandmustonlybeusedfor
constructionofthatproject.
RealestatecontributesninepercenttothenationalGDP.
82. ResearchersdiscoveredSandeatingtadpolespeciesnamedMicrixalusherreiinWesternGhats.ThetadpolebelongstoIndian
DancingFrogfamily,Micrixalidae.
83. SupremeCourtapprovedGovernment'sguidelinestoprotectGoodSamaritans,whohelproadaccidentvictims,frombeing
unnecessarilyharassedbypoliceoranyotherauthority.TheseguidelinesarebasedonrecommendationsofKSRadhakrishnan
committee.
84. Suratrailwaystationiscleanestincountry,followedbyRajkotandBilaspur(Chhattisgarh),asperasurveybyIndianRailway
CateringandTourismCorporation(IRCTC).
85. TelanganaGovernmentlaunchedMWalletmobileapptofacilitatecitizenstogetdigitalcopiesofdocumentslikedrivinglicence
andregistrationcertificates.
86. TelecomCommissionapprovednumber112assingleemergencynumberforIndia,similarto911ofUnitedStates(US)and999
ofUnitedKingdom(UK).Fromnowonwards,Indiancitizensindistresswillbeabletogetallemergencyservicessuchaspolice,
firedepartmentandambulancebyjustdialling112.Itwilldirectthecalltoconcerneddepartmentsimmediatelyforhelp.
87. Tohelpfarmersinswitchingtounconventionalmethodsoffarming,Gujaratstategovernmentwillsetupcountry'sfirst
universityexclusivelyfocusingonorganicfarming.

88. TraditionalfestivalofChapcharKutofMizoscelebratedacrossnortheasternstateofMizoram.Thisspringfestivalcelebrated
everyyearinMarchafterJhum(shiftingagriculturebyclearingjunglebyburningandcultivatinginremnantsofburning).
89. TransportMinistrycancelledacontractwithIRBInfrastructuretobuilda$1.5billion(10500Crore)TunnelofLength14.8KM
(ZojiLaPass)inJammuandKashmir.
90. UttarPradeshGovernmentapprovedpolicyforseniorcitizens.Underthis,UPgovernmentwillsetupoldagehomesandalso
announcedincreaseinmonthlypensionfromexisting300to400rupees.
91. UttarPradeshlaunchedawarenesscampaignatschoollevelstocreateawarenessaboutconservationofbirds(Sparrows).
92. eCommercecompanyFlipkartlauncheditsownadvertisementplatforminnameBrandStoryAdswithover50leadingbrands
onboard.NotedBrandslikeYesBank,LOreal,Micromax,Intel,Gillette,DatsunandSonyhavesignedupwithFlipkartto
launchtheiradscampaignsontheplatform.
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Persons

1. ActressSonakshiSinhabecomeaGuinnessWorldRecordstitleholderasshealongwithseveralotherwomenparticipatedinan
initiativetosetarecordformostpeoplepaintingtheirfingernailssimultaneously.
2. AnilKumarSinghGayan,MinisterofHealthofMauritiusvisitedIndia.
3. Britain'sPrinceHarryvisitednepaltomark200thanniversaryofbilateralties.
4. DelhiChiefMinisterArvindKejriwalnamedamongworld's50topleadersbyFortunemagazine.
5. DeputyPrimeMinisterandMinisterforEconomyofLuxembourg,EtienneSchneidervisitedIndia.
6. EminentShehnaiexpertUstadAliAhmadHussainKhanpassedaway.
7. FormerLokSabhaSpeakerPurnoAgitokSangmapassedaway.
8. FormerNewZealandcricketcaptainMartinCrowepassedaway.
9. GuinnessWorldRecordsconfirmedMrIsraelKristalofIsraelasworldsOldestlivingmanatageof112years.
10. India'snotedfilmarchivistandscholarParameshKrishnanNairpassedaway.
11. InternetpioneerandemailinventorRaymondTomlinsonpassedaway.HePicked@symbolforEmailaddresses.
12. Kerala'snotedMalayalamactorVDRajappanpassedaway.
13. MotherTeresa,aRomanCatholicreligioussisterandmissionarywillbeelevatedtoSainthood(willbemadeasaintofRoman
CatholicChurch)onSeptember4,2016.
Asperrules,beingrecognizedasbeatification(blessed)requiresonemiraclewhileCanonization(sainthood)requirestwo
miracles.
ForMotherTeresa,shewasbeatifiedin2003bythenlatePopeJohnPaul.Now,PopeFrancishasapprovedrecognisinga
secondmiracleforMotherTeresasintercessionwithGodthatinvolvedhealingofamanwhowassufferingfromadeadly
braindisease.
14. NotedAmericanActorGeorgeKennedypassedaway.
15. NotedAmericanmathematicianandNobelPrizewinnerLloydStowellShapleypassedaway.
16. NotedBrazilmusicianNanaVasconcelospassedaway.
17. NotedBritishauthorandarthistorianAnitaBrooknerpassedaway.ShewonManBookerPrizein1984forhernovelHoteldu
Lacandwasbestsellingauthorwitharound25books.
18. NotedBritishmusician(Rock)KeithEmersonpassedaway.
19. NotedDutchfootballplayerJohanCruyffpassedaway.
20. NotedMalayalamactorKalabhavanManipassedaway.
21. NotedUKTelevisionmagicianPaulDanielspassedaway.
22. NotedUSactorGarryShandlingpassedaway.
23. NotedUSAwriterJimHarrisonpassedaway,bestknownforhis1979novelLegendsoftheFall.
24. NotedmusicproducerGeorgeHenryMartin(UK)passedaway.
25. NotedsingerP.SusheelaMohancreatedworldrecordforsinginghighestnumberofsongs.GuinnessBookofWorldRecordsand
AsiaBookofRecordscreditedherforsingingrecord17,695songsin12Indianlanguages.
26. OscarwinningNotedUSAactressPattyDukepassedaway.
27. RKDhowan,ChiefofNavalStaffVisitedUnitedKingdom.
28. SaudiArabForeignMinisterAdelbinAhmedAlJubeirvisitedIndia.
29. SecretaryGeneralofGeneva(Switzerland)BasedWorldMeteorologicalOrganization(WMO),PetteriTaalasvisitedIndia.

30. SuryassangyiniChaudharybecomeyoungestgirltoclimb16,300feethighMt.KangchenjungabasecampinSikkim,atageof6
years.
31. UP'sPallaviFauzdarmadearecordinLimcaBookbybecomingfirstsolowomantorideacrossManaPassinUttarakhand.She
drooveherwaytoaltitudeof5,638m(18,497ft)abovesealevel,onborderbetweenIndiaandTibet.
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Science

1. Anewfrogspeciesthatlivesincleanmountainbrooksandproducesaspecialsoundduringmatingseasonhasbeenfoundin
southwestChinasYunnanProvince,namedLeptolalaxtengchongensis(Asianlitterfrog).
2. AnunmannedspacecraftExoMars2016launchedjointlybyEuropeandRussiatosearchforbiosignaturesonMars.Itwas
launchedonaProtonMrocket.ExoMars2016isfirstofatwophaseofExoMars(ExobiologyonMars)program.
3. Britishastronomersdiscoveredlargestsampleclusterof9monsterstarsnamedasR136usingNASA/ESAHubbleSpace
Telescope.
4. DepartmentofheavyindustryapprovedHimachalRoadTransportCorporationandMumbaiMetropolitanRegionDevelopment
Authoritytointroducezeroemissionretrofittedelectricbuses.
5. Governmentannouncedthatoutof96,000animalspeciesfoundinIndia,morethan50animalshavebeenassessedascritically
endangered(CR)and310asendangered(EN).
6. HealthMinisterJPNaddalaunchedCartridgeBasedNucleicAcidAmplificationTest(CBNAAT)machinesforquickdiagnosisof
Tuberculosis(withintwohours).
7. HealthandFamilyWelfareMinistrylaunchednewantiTB(Tuberculosis)drugBedaquiline.
8. Indiawilllaunch25foreignsatellitesofsevencountriesin201617,mostofUSA(12).Sofar,57foreignsatellitesfrom21
countrieshavebeenlaunchedusingPolarSatelliteLaunchVehicle(PSLV).
9. India'sMeteorologyDepartmentdeployedindigenouslydevelopedDrishti,aninstrumentthatwillproviderealtimevisibility
informationtopilots.
10. IndianSpaceResearchOrganisation(ISRO)installedGadankiIonosphericRadarInterferometer(GIRI)RadarSystemat
NationalAtmosphericResearchLaboratory(AndhraPradesh).PrimaryobjectiveistoCarryoutunattendedobservationsfor
studyingforcingfromsunlikevariationinsolarflareandsolarflux.
11. IndianSpaceResearchOrganisation(ISRO)launhedSixthofSevenSatellitesofIndia'snavigationsatellitesystemIRNSS1F
(IndianRegionalNavigationSatelliteSystem).PolarSatelliteLaunchVehicle(PSLV)C32carrying1,425kgsatelliteliftedofffrom
SatishDhawanSpaceCentreinSriharikota.
12. IndianSpaceResearchOrganisation(ISRO)willlaunchrecordnumberof22satellitesinasinglemissioninMay2016,Polar
rocketPSLVC34.ItwillcarryIndiasCartosat2Calongwith21othersatellitesfromothercountriesincludingUS,Canada,
IndonesiaandGermany.Earlierin2008,ISROhadsenttensatellitesintoorbitinasinglemission.US'sNASAholdscurrent
worldrecordforsendinghighestnumberofsatellitesinsinglelaunchwhenitlaunched29satellitesinasinglelaunchin2013.
13. Indianscientistsclaimedtohavedevelopedherbalmedicineagainstmosquitobornedenguefeverusingalcoholicextractof
CissampelosparieraLinn(Cipaextract)derivedfromvelvetleaf,aspeciesoffloweringplant.
14. JapaneseresearcherssuccessfullyisolatedabacteriumspeciesIdeonellasakaiensis201F6thatiscapableofbreakingdown
plasticpolyethyleneterephthalate(PET)orpolyester.
15. Microsoftlaunchedartificialintelligence(AI)poweredbotTayonTwitter,foraplayfulchatwithpeople.
16. NASAInvitedIndiatojointlyexploreMarsandsendIndianAstranautstoMarsinJointMission.DirectorofJetPropulsion
LaboratoryofNASA,CharlesElachisaidthatIndiaandUScouldjointlyexploreMars.
17. NASA'sExpedition46CommanderScottKellyandhisRussiancounterpartMikhailKornienkoreturnedtoEarthAfterhistoric
340daystayatInternationalSpaceStation.
18. ProjectMausamofMinistryofCultureisimplementedbyArchaeologicalSurveyofIndia(ASI)forexploringIndianOceanworld
collatingarchaeologicalandhistoricalresearch.ItdocumentsdiversityofIndianOceanfromEastAfricatoSoutheastAsian
archipelago.
19. ResearchersdiscoverednewspeciesofburrowingsnakenamedMelanophidiumKhaireiorKhairesBlackShieldtailin
NorthwesternGhats.
20. ResearchersfromPurdueUniversityinIndianainUnitedStatesrevealedfirst3DmapoftheZikavirusstructure.
21. ScientistsatLucknow?basedCentralInstituteofMedicinalandAromaticPlants(CIMAP?)foundthatmintplanthasmedicinal
valuesthatcancurecancer.

22. Year2014recordedhighestanthropogeniccarbonreleasedinpast6.6croreyears,asperastudyatUniversityofHawaii.Current
carbonemissionsaremainlyfromburningfossilfuels,amounting10billiontonnesayear.Atthispace,temperatureswillriseby
upto4.8degreesCelsiusby2100.Itmaycausefloods,droughtsandmorepowerfulstorms.
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Sports

1. 17theditionofFIFAunder17WorldCupfootballtournament2017willbehostedbyIndia.ItwillbefirsttimeIndiawillhostan
internationalfootballcompetition.
2. 2016AllEnglandSuperSeriesBadmintonChampionships
Men'sSinglesLinDan(China)wonbydefeatingTianHouwei(China)
WomenssinglesNozomiOkuhara(Japan)wonbydefeatingWangShixian(China)
MensDoublesRussianpairVladimirIvanovandIvanSozonovwonbydefeatingJapanesepairHiroyukiEndoand
KenichiHayakawa.
WomensDoublesJapanesepairMisakiMatsutomoandAyakaTakahashiwonbydefeatingChinesepairTangYuanting
andYuYang
MixedDoublesIndonesianPraveenJordanandDebbySusantodefeatedDenmark'sJoachimFischerNielsenand
ChristinnaPedersen
3. 2016SwissOpenGrandPrixGoldbadmintontournament
Men'sSinglesHSPrannoy(India)
WomensSingleHeBingjiao(China)
MensDoublesKimAstrupandAndersSkaarupRasmussen(Denmark)
WomensDoublesShizukaMatsuoandMamiNaito(Japan)
4. 9thInternationalAbilympics(IA)GamesstartedatBordeaux,France.Abilympics,coinedfromOlympicsofabilitiesofpersons
withdisabilities,isaglobalworkskillscompetitionheldeveryfouryears.
5. ArmaanEbrahimwon2015FMSCIMotorsportsManoftheYearTrophybyFederationofMotorSportsClubsofIndia.
6. AustraliancricketerShaneWatsonannouncedretirementfromallformsofInternationalCricketafterendongoingICCWorld
Twenty202016.
7. AustraliangolferAdamScottwon2016WGCCadillacChampionshipatFlorida(USA).
8. BasantBahadurSinghRanawongoldinmens50kmracewalkeventin3rdeditionofNationalRaceWalkingChampionships
inJaipur.
9. BoardofControlforCricketinIndia(BCCI)enteredinto4yearpartnershipwithHyundaiMotorsasanassociatesponsorforall
internationalmatchesathome.
10. Delhiwon20thLloydBusinessTodayProAmofChampionsgolftournament.
11. DelhisIndiraGandhiInternationalAirport(IGIA)won3internationalawardsfor2015byAirportsCouncilInternational(ACI)
withscoreof4.96/5.AwardsareNumberoneairportforconsecutivesecondyearin25to40MillionPassengersPerAnnum
(MPPA)category,Bestairportbysize&regionAsiaPacificandSecondbestairportbyregion(AsiaPacific).
12. GoogleDeepMind'sGoplayingArtificialIntelligenceAlphaGodefeatedSouthKorea'stopplayerLeeSedol.
13. GurmeetSinghbecamefirstIndianathletetowingoldmedalinAsian20Kilometer(km)RaceWalkChampionshipsinJapan.
14. Indiawon2016AsiaCupT20Crickettrophyfor6thtimeafterbeatingBangladesh.ManoftheseriesSabbirRahman
(Bangladesh).MostrunsSabbirRahman(176)Bangladesh.MostwicketsAlAminHossain(11)(Bangladesh).
15. IndianGolferShivShankarPrasadChawrasiawon2016HeroIndianOpeninNewDelhi.
16. IndianboxerVijenderSinghwonhisfourthsuccessiveknockoutwininprofessionalboxingcircuit,beatingHungarys
AlexanderHorvathinunderthreeroundsinLiverpool.
17. Indianmen'sandwomen'steamwongoldatSecondDivisionofWorldTeamTableTennisChampionshipheldinKualaLumpur
(Malaysia).
18. IndianshooterJituRaiwonGoldin50mPistolMenfinaleventatInternationalShootingSportsFederation(ISSF)WorldCup
heldinBangkok(Thialand).
19. InternationalCricketCouncilsuspendedBangladeshbowlersTaskinAhmedandArafatSunnyillegalbowlingaction.
20. InternationalHockeyFederationpromotedHockeyIndianationallevelumpireNepoleonSinghasInternationalOutdoor
Umpire.
21. MohamadAlBachafromDenmarkwon2016FIFAInteractiveWorldCup(FIWC)inUSA.HeHedefeatedSeanAllenfrom

England.
FIFAInteractiveWorldCup(FIWC)annualinternationalcompetitionoffootballvideogamesisheldwithpartnershipfrom
EASportsandSonyComputerEntertainmentEurope.
22. Mumbaiunder23teamwonColCKNayuducricketTrophy201516bydefeatingMadhyaPradesh.
23. MumbaiwonRanjiCricketTrophyfor41sttime,beatingsaurashtra.
24. NationalSpecialOlympicforspecialchildrenorganizedinShimla(HimachalPradesh).winnerswillparticipateinworldwinter
gamesinAustriafrom14thto25thMarch,2016.
25. NicoRosberg(Germany)won2016FormulaOneRolexAustralianGrandPrix.
2016FormulaOneseason
Total19GrandPrixRacestobeorganizedacrosstheworldin2016.Calendaris
GrandPrix Date

Winner

Australia

20March

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Baharain

3April

China

17April

Russia

1April

Spain

15May

Monaco

29May

Canada

12June

Europe

19June

Austria

3July

Britain

10July

Hungary

24July

Germany

31July

Belgium

28August

Italy

4September

Singapore

18September

Malaysia

2October

Japan

9October

USA

23October

Mexico

30October

Brazil

13November

AbuDhabi

27November

26. NovakDjokovic(Serbia)andVictoriaAzarenka(Belarus)wonmen'sandwomenssinglestitlesofBNPParibasOpenatIndian
WellsTennisGarden(SouthernCalifornia).TournamentisalsoknownasIndianWellsOpen.
27. PatnaPirateswon3rdseasonofStarSportsProKabaddiLeague(PKL)bydefeatingUMumba.
28. PepsiCobecameBCCI'sofficialassociatesponsorforallinternationalmatchesinIndiafor4years.
29. RahulSachdevwonfirstAllIndiaOpenInvitationalSnookerChampionship2016atAurangabad(Maharashtra).
30. RestofIndiawonIraniCupCricket201516bydefeatingMumbai.
31. Russia'sSergeyKarjakinwonFIDEWorldChessCandidatesTournamentbydefeatingAmericanFabianoCaruana.
32. RussianTennisplayerMariaSharapovaprovisionallysuspendedafterfaileddrugstestatAustralianOpen.
33. Serviceswon70thSantoshTrophyFootballChampionships2016bydefeatinghostsMaharashtra.
34. SriLankanCricketBoardconstitutednewNationalCricketSelectionPanelheadedbyArvindadeSilva.
35. UnitedKingdomAntiDoping(UKAD)isgrantedroleoforganisingaworldwidefightagainstperformanceenhancingdrugsin
therunupto2016OlympicGamesinRio(Brazil).
36. UnitedNationssuspendedRussiantennisplayerMariaSharapovaasGoodwillAmbassadoraftershewastestedpositiveon
dopingallegations.
37. YogeshwarDuttwonGoldinAsianOlympicQualificationtournamentatAstana(Kazakhstan).HardeepSinghwonSilverMedal.
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