Current Affairs This Week (20-03-2016)

  • Ex-DRDO DG Dr Avinash Chander awarded Aryabhata Award
    Dr Avinash Chander, former scientific advisor to the defence minister and ex-DRDO chief, today received the prestigious Astronautical Society of India’s Aryabhata Award.
  • President to declare Kerala as first digital state
    With high e-literacy rate and mobile penetration (32 m connections) and It is also the first to complete the national optic fiber network project which helps to provide high-speed internet in all gram panchayats and remote areas.
  • Jurassic fossil site discovered in Argentina
    Paleontologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of a major Jurassic-era fossil site. The site, which spans (60,000 sq. km) in Patagonia, came to light this week with the publication of a report in the journal Ameghiniana .
  • Resul Pookutty becomes first Asian to win Golden Reel Award
    Resul Pookutty has made the country proud by becoming the first Asian to win the award for best sound for documentary “India’s Daughter” at the coveted Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards.
  • Ahmedabad to host 13th World Spice Congress
    The theme of the biennial global event will be ‘Target 2020: Clean, Safe and Sustainable Supply Chain’, The WSC seeks to hammer out a credible and actionable roadmap to further push the growth of spices industry.
  • Lok Sabha Passes Election Laws (Amendment) Bill
    The Lok Sabha passed a bill to grant voting rights to people who became citizens of the country following the exchange of enclaves between India and Bangladesh.
  • India makes their mark at the RichList with 111 billionaires
    Asia is the world’s new billionaire’s hub; India added 14 to its list of richie rich for 2016.
    From 97 in 2015, India now has 111 billionaires with RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani at 21 in the global list of the wealthy.
  • February 28 : National Science Day
    This Day is celebrated in India to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928. For his discovery, Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
  • Chief Minister opens Ulaga Tamil Sangam in Madurai
    After 35 years of its conception, Ulaga Tamil Sangam has come into existence in Madurai. The announcement on the formation of Ulaga Tamil Sangam, which will function as an umbrella organisation of Tamil associations all over the world.
  • Hashim Thaci elected Kosovo’s new president
    Kosovo’s MPs have elected Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci as president. Mr Thaci, 47, was a guerrilla leader during a conflict that led to Kosovo – a mainly ethnic Albanian province – declaring independence from Serbia.
  • Peru declares emergency after oil spill hits rivers
    Peru has declared an emergency three weeks after a major oil pipeline burst, affecting two rivers in the country’s northwest.
  • Mahesh Kumar Singla committee
    The Union Government has constituted a committee to consider Scheduled Tribe status to six Communities of Assam. These six Communities are Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes).
  • Union Budget 2016-17
    Affirming that the economy is right on track, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2016-17. Citing that the CPI inflation has come down to 5.4% from 9 plus.
  • BRICS Bank to provide its first loan to India on Solar…
    The NDB which is likely to begin its operations in 2 months has decided to fund for green projects initially, with India and China in the priority list. India is likely to receive loan for its solar project in April from the NDB.
  • Energy efficient model bio-supercomputer developed
    Scientists have created an energy efficient model biological supercomputer that can process information very quickly and accurately using parallel networks in the same way that massive electronic computers do.
  • East coast set to get sixth doppler radar
    A new doppler radar to boost the weather forecasting system in the cycloneprone eastern coast will be commissioned in Gopalpur in Odisha The others are located in Chennai, Kolkata, Machilipatnam, Visakhapatnam and Paradip.
  • DIPP’s Shankar Committee recommendations
    (DIPP)’s expert committee to examine the possibility of replacing multiple prior permissions with pre-existing regulatory mechanism has submitted its recommendations aimed at promoting ease of doing business in the country.
  • Mizoram launched National Food Security Act, 2013
    Mizoram Government officially Launched National Food Security Act, 2013 and will come in effect from March 1, 2016.The Act was launched by Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister John Rotluangliana at Aizwal in Mizoram.
  • Railways launch bar coding of unreserved tickets
    Railways launched bar coding system for unreserved tickets to prevent revenue leakage and bring transparency in the ticketing system.
  • World’s longest flight’ lands in Auckland
    An Emirates Airbus A380 touched down in New Zealand , completing what is believed to be the world’s longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight.
  • ‘Brain Prize’ for UK research on memory mechanisms
    Three British researchers have won a prize worth one million euros, awarded each year for an outstanding contribution to European neuroscience.
    This is the first time the Brain Prize has been won by an entirely UK team.
  • India joins hand with World Bank
    A financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 300 equivalent for the ‘Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Quality Improvement’ Project was signed with the World Bank.
  • Haryana renamed Mustafabad village as Saraswati Nagar
    Haryana government has changed the name of village Mustafabad as Saraswati Nagar in district Yamuna Nagar.A notification to this effect has been issued by Haryana Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
  • Sachin joined UNICEF’s ‘Team Swachh’ initiative
    Rajya Sabha MP and Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar has joined ICC and UNICEF’s effort to build a social movement for sanitation and toilet use, thereby leading to an open defecation-free India.
  • Govt. to tap CSCs for rural banking access
    The government is looking to leverage its technology and Common Services Centres (CSCs) to enable easy access to banking services, particularly in rural areas.
  • SBI opens Japan Desk in New Delhi
    State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday launched Japan Desk, a first-of-its-kind initiative to facilitate Japanese corporates looking to invest here with banking and advisory services.
  • Carriage by Air amendment bill passed by Rajya Sabha
    A bill that would enhance compensation for air travellers in case of death, injury, lost baggage or even inordinate delay in flights was passed by the Rajya Sabha .
  • Chandigarh airport to be named after Bhagat Singh
    Punjab and Haryana governments have finally agreed to name the Chandigarh international airport after legendary freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh.
  • Soudi Arabia has turned on Lebanon with a vengeance
    Soudi Arabia after pouring billions into rebuilding the country following successive Israeli invasions and air raids, the Saudis find that they cannot prevent the Shia from expressing their fury at Riyadh.
  • SEBI bans 16 firms from commodities
    Markets regulator SEBI cracked down on 16 entities for irregularities in the commodities derivatives market by banning them till further orders for manipulating trading in castor seeds futures on National Commodity

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