Current Affairs This Week (10-04-2016)

  • P&G stops sale of Vicks Action 500 Extra
    FMCG firm Procter and Gamble (P&G) has discontinued the manufacture and sale of its popular brand Vicks Action 500 Extra with immediate effect after the government banned fixed dose combination drugs.
  • China to set up maritime judicial centre
    China’s Supreme Court is setting up its own international maritime judicial centre to handle territorial disputes.
    The top court gave few details in its announcement, but said the centre would help China become a maritime power.
  • ExoMars 2016 spacecraft successfully launched
    An unmanned spacecraft named ExoMars 2016 was successfully launched jointly Europe and Russia to search for biosignatures on Mars (or Martian life) in past or present.
  • SC to set up Constitution Bench
    The Supreme Court decided to set up a five-judge Constitution Bench to debate the establishment of National Court of Appeal, for the first time in the country’s history.
  • Myanmar President Htin Kyaw
    Myanmar’s parliament elected a close friend and confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as President, making Htin Kyaw the first Head of State who does not hail from a military background since the 1960s.
  • Allahabad High Court celebrates 150th foundation year
    The Allahabad High Court celebrated its 150th foundation day on 14th March 2016. President Pranab Mukherjee was the Chief Guest of the celebrations.
  • More than 50 animal species critically endangered
    Studies conducted by Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have recorded 96,000 species of animals from India. Out of these animal species, more than 50 have been assessed as critically endangered and 310 as endangered.
  • Plastic degrading bacteria isolated
    A bacterium species capable of breaking down plastic- poly or PET has been identified by a team of Japanese researchers. The bacterium uses two enzymes in sequence to break down the highly biodegradable-resistant polymer PET.
  • Bermuda Triangle mystery almost solved?
    The scientists believe that the mystery is linked to the discovery of a series of underwater craters at the bottom of the Barents Sea.
  • Pulluvila- a sleepy Kerala hamlet
    Pulluvila has earned a place for itself on the global sanitation map it boasts of the world’s first eToilet, which also uses technology that turns waste into fertilizer, generates power, and even makes potable water.
  • Abel prize won by Oxford professor
    British mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Abel prize, widely regarded as the Nobel for mathematics for Fermat’s Last Theorem proof
  • Bharti Airtel acquired Videocon’s spectrum
    Bharti Airtel Ltd., India’s largest mobile phone operator, on 17 March 2016 announced the acquisition of Videocon Telecommunications Ltd’s entire spectrum for 4428 crore rupees.
  • Israel Kristal as world’s oldest living man
    Mr Kristal has lived through both World Wars and survived Nazi war camp Auschwitz in the 1940s before relocating to Israel. Kristal claims the title at the age of 112 years and 178 days as of 11 March 2016.
  • Punjab Govt notifies swine flu under Epidemic Disease Act
    The notification issued by Govt said all hospitals will have to inform the Department of Health about a case of ILI (Influenza like Illness) having chronic diseases, so that such cases are treated at the earliest.
  • Articles from Gumnami Baba’s boxes deepen Netaji mystery
    A few articles recovered from the last box that belonged to Gumnami Baba, a monk, who lived incognito in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad town deepens the mystery surrounding Netaji.
  • N Korea test fires two mid-range ballistic missiles
    North Korea test fired what appeared to be two medium-range ballistic missiles today, just days after leader Kim Jong-Un promised a series of nuclear warhead tests and missile launches.
  • TGO begins 7-month journey to the Red planet
    A spacecraft designed to search the atmosphere of Mars for clues of life on the surface of the red planet has successfully launched.
  • Revised pensionary benefits under OROP
    The Defence ministry has released revised pensionary benefits to over 2 lakh Defence pensioners drawing service/disability pension.
  • 108 ft tall Jain idol makes Guinness World Record
    A 108-feet tall idol of the first Teerthankar of Jains Lord Rishabhdeva, located at Nasik in Maharashtra, has entered the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest Jain statue.
  • Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan passes away
    Eminent Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan, one of the best-known players of the shehnai after the legendary Bismillah Khan, passed away in Kolkata on Wednesday, following a prolonged illness.
  • SEBI cracks whip on defaulters
    Cracking its whip on ‘wilful loan defaulters’, markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India decided to bar them from raising public funds through stocks and bonds as also from taking board positions at listed companies.
  • India’s first fully solar-powered educational institute
    Even as the world debates the need for renewable energy amid concerns of climate change, a school, Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education has become India’s first fully solar powered educational institute.
  • Yogesh Deshmukh Takes Over As Chief Of Parliament Security
    Senior IPS officer Yogesh Deshmukh today took over as the chief of Parliament security in New Delhi.
    Mr Deshmukh, a 1995-batch police officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was serving in the Railway Ministry as Director (Vigilance).
  • Grandpa Astronaut To Break Scott Kelly’s Space Record
    Jeff Williams, 58, is the first American to make three long-duration flights to orbit, and will break a US record set by astronaut Scott Kelly earlier this year.
  • President inaugurates Festival of Innovations
    President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated an exhibition of grassroots innovations in Rashtrapati Bhavan, kicking off thereby a week-long Festival of Innovations.
  • Anand crushes Svidler to come back in hunt in Candidates
    Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand staged a brilliant comeback by crashing through the defences of Peter Svidler of Russia in the sixth round of Candidates Chess tournament.
  • Surat, Rajkot Cleanest Railway Stations in India
    Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara – all in Gujarat – are among the 10 cleanest railway stations in India, according to a survey released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The survey was conducted in 407 railway stations.
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna
    Designed to provide continuous power supply to rural India, ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana’ is a scheme launched by the government of India, named in honour of Indian political philosopher Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
  • NASA successfully tests RS-25 Rocket Engine
    Creating a major milestone toward the next great era of space exploration on the potential journey to Mars, NASA, successfully tested its first deep space rocket RS-25 for 500 seconds on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis.
  • UN suspends Maria Sharapova as Goodwill Ambassador
    The United Nations (UN) has suspended Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova as Goodwill Ambassador of the organisation after she was tested positive on doping allegations.

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