Current Affairs This Week (27-03-2016)

  • Manish Sharma CEO of Panasonic Corporation
    Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has appointed senior executive Manish Sharma to its global executive council, inducting an Indian onto the coveted decision-making body of the $80-billion company for the first time ever.
  • India’s first cash giving app ‘CASHe’ launched
    India’s first cash giving app has just Launched and this is named as CASHe. This new application is very helpful and provides users a personalized experience to borrow cash anytime, anywhere within minutes for their needs.
  • World Health Day being observed on April 7th
    The focus this year is on action required to halt the rise in diabetes cases around the world. With the aim to raise awareness on different health issues 7th April is observed as World Health Day every year.
  • World’s largest oil firm Aramco plans to invest in India
    The world’s largest oil firm with crude reserves, plans to make major investment in India’s petroleum sector as it considers India the most preferred destination to invest at a time when the global economy is in a crisis.
  • Bahrain Grand Prix
    Nico Rosberg who is a mercedes driver won the 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. This final race was held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir near the capital Manama.
  • Eco-friendly nanotechnology for water purification
    Indian scientists: The team from Institute of Advance Study in Science & Technology (IASST), Guwahati in Assam developed an eco-friendly nanotechnology for water-softening applications.
  • First woman Chief Minister of J&K – Mehbooba Mufti
    On 4 April 2016, Mehbooba Mufti took oath as the first woman Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) at Raj Bhawan in Jammu. The swearing-in ceremony was presided over by J&K Governor NN Vohra.
  • Jailed Egyptian Novelist to receive PEN/Barbey Award
    PEN America declares the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award upon imprisoned Egyptian novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji. The award will be presented to Naji at Pen America’s annual Literary Gala in New York.
  • Johan Cruyff, Total Football pioneer, dies at the age of 68
    The Holland football legend Johan Cruyff has died of cancer. The Dutchman, who on three occasions was voted the world player of the year, guided Holland to the World Cup final in 1974.
  • Largest sample of 9 monster stars
    British astronomers have discovered largest sample cluster of nine monster stars named as R136.
    It is located in the Tarantula Nebula within the Large Magellanic Cloud a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way.
  • India Post releases customised ‘My Stamp’ on HAL
    India Post has released a customised commemorative stamp on HAL in recognition of the company’s 75 years services to the nation.
  • Bill introduced in US Congress to help India join APEC
    Membership in APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) would provide India a constructive forum to glean insight from other Asian countries that have already taken significant steps to advance their economies
  • World Tuberculosis Day
    Every year March 24 is being observed as World Tuberculosis (TB) Day to build public awareness about the global epidemic of TB and efforts to eliminate the disease. 2016 Theme: Unite to End TB.
  • Six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur
    India and France have signed an MoU for the construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra, two countries decided to conclude the techno-commercial negotiations for the project by the year end.
  • Obama first US President in 80 years to visit Cuba
    The visit, the first by a sitting US president in 88 years, is the culmination of events which began with the normalization of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba.
  • New model to determine the age of stars
    Scientists have developed a new model for understanding how stars similar to our Sun evolve, which may help determine the age of stars more precisely than current methods.
  • 9th International Abilympics started in France
    9th International Abilympics started at Bordeaux in France. Abilympics is coined from Olympics of abilities of persons with disabilities.It is a global work skills competition held every four years.
  • N Korea fires short-range missiles into sea
    North Korea fired several short-range rockets or missiles into the sea off its east coast, just days after test-firing two medium-range missiles in defiance of UN sanctions.
  • The quest for methane on Mars
    Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to the Red Planet. The satellite, called the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), was lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
  • Myanmar gets its first public listing
    First Myanmar, Myanmar Citizens Bank and Myanmar Thilawa SEZ are among the initial batch of six companies approved for listing. After a delay of more than 20 years, Myanmar’s stock exchange opened its first business with single company.
  • China launches 22nd BeiDou navigation satellite
    The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan. It is the 22nd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, which is being developed as an alternative to U.S. GPS.
  • P. Susheela enters Guinness World Records
    The Guinness Book of Records has officially credited her for singing 17, 695 songs (solo, duet and chorus backed songs) in twelve Indian languages, Asia Book of Records has recognised her for singing close to 17, 330 songs.
  • First state to implement use of injectable contraceptives
    Haryana Chief Minister launched Project Salamati, making Haryana the first state to implement the use of injectable contraceptives as a family planning measure.
  • Union Government unveils Defence Procurement Procedure 2016
    It was unveiled by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the sidelines of the Defexpo-2016 held in Goa. The DPP 2016 will replace the Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 (DPP 2013) and shall come into force on 1 April 2016.
  • ISRO to launch record 22 satellites in single mission
    India is launching a record number of 22 satellites, in a single mission. It is the highest number of satellites ever to be launched by the space agency, which had earlier sent ten satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.
  • India-US to sign MoU for building LIGO project
    India and US will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) tomorrow for building a state-of-the-art LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational – wave Observatory) project in the country.
  • NITI Aayog to introduce model law on land leasing
    NITI Aayog, the government’s premier think-tank, is set to introduce a model law on land lease that will not only improve agricultural efficiency but also quicken the pace of industrialisation.
  • Indian personalities at the Madame Tussauds
    The famous wax museum Madame Tussauds will soon immortalise Prime Minister Narendra Modi in wax. Sculptor Marie Tussauds, who belonged to Strasbourg, France, founded the museum. Her first sculpture was of philosopher Francois Voltaire
  • World Theatre Day 2016 observed globally
    The Russian Dramatist Anatoly Vasiliev was the World Theatre Day International Message Author 2016. Vasiliev is a noted Russian theatre director and one of the leading European contemporary stage directors.
  • ISRO established GIRI Radar System at Tirupati
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) established the Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer (GIRI) near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. It is a 30 MHz radar system that will be engaged in meteor and space weather research.
  • Padma awards, 56 personalities honoured
    President Pranab Mukherjee honoured 56 eminent personalities with Padma awards at the Civil Investiture Ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President presented five Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and 43 Padma Shri awards.
  • Mr.Kejriwal named among world’s 50 greatest leaders.
    Fortune’s third annual ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ list features persons from across the globe from the fields of business, government, philanthropy and the arts who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.
  • Hinduja Brothers topped Britain’s Asian Rich List 2016
    The India-born brothers G P Hinduja and S P Hinduja topped the Asian Rich List 2016.The annual rankings showed that they had added one billion pounds to their personal fortune in a year to be worth an estimated 16.5 billion pounds.
  • Village in Nagpur gets bus link for first time
    The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) launched a bus service to the Khairi Sita village in the district, It took almost 69 years since Independence for a State Transport bus to reach a tiny village.

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