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BANKING, ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL NEWS

Policy Repo Rate


Reverse Repo Rate
Marginal Standing Facility Rate
Bank Rate
CRR
SLR
RBI Reference Rate
INR / 1 USD
INR / 1 Euro
INR / 100 Jap. YEN
INR / 1 Pound Sterling
Base Rate
MCLR (Overnight)
Savings Deposit Rate
Term Deposit Rate > 1 Year

: 6.50%
: 6.00%
: 7.00%
: 7.00%
: 4%
: 21.25%
: 67.2415
: 74.9944
: 61.8300
: 96.9017
: 9.30% - 9.70%
: 8.90% - 9.15%
: 4.00%
: 7.00% - 7.50%

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Raghuram Rajan conferred with the


Central Banker of the Year Award 2016 The Reserve Bank of India Governor, Dr.
Raghuram Rajan conferred with the
Central Banker of the Year Award (Global
and Asia Pacific) for 2016 by The Banker,
a monthly publication of the Financial
Times Group focussing on banking.
RBI seeks additional 26k cr for PSU
banks - The RBI has sought an additional
26,000 crore from the government by
2018 for capital infusion into Public
Sector Undertaking (PSU) banks for
implementing Basel-III norms in the
banks. The government has already
pledged 70,000 crore for the purpose by
the end of FY19.
RBI formed Financial Inclusion Fund with
2000 crore rupees corpus: The Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) formed a single
Financial Inclusion Fund (FIF) with a
corpus of 2000 crore rupees. The fund
was formed by merging the Financial
Inclusion Fund (FIF) and Financial
Inclusion Technology Fund (FITF). This
fund will support the developmental and
promotional activities covered under the
financial inclusion initiatives.

PPF contributions to remain tax exempt


The Government today said PPF
withdrawals will continue to be fully
exempt from tax and only interest
accruing after April 1 on 60 per cent of
the contributions made to Employee PF
will be taxed.
IFC launches Uridashi Masala Bonds
These masala bonds were launched to
mobilise 30 crore rupees from Japanese
retail investors and will be sold to
Japanese household investors.

RBI floats draft framework for account


aggregator NBFCs

Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank


(KVGB) has won eight awards in
various categories for 2013-14 and
2014-15 from National Bank for

Agriculture and Rural Development


(Nabard).

Capital Area Bank first to get small


finance bank licence from RBI

SBI among 4 new foreign banks


allowed to operate in Myanmar

Yes Bank today launched an all-women


operated bank branch Yes Grace on
Cunningham Road in Bengaluru aimed at
offering customised banking solutions to
women.

Syndicate Bank 1,000 crore fraud

Govt removes proposed tax on EPF


withdrawals

Gujarat has topped the list of 21 states


with most investment potential that has
been drawn up by economic think-tank
NCAER

IMF to set up data sharing centre in


India

ICICI Bank rolls out iWork@home for


women employees

India, Bangladesh sign $2 billion deal


to implement socio-economic projects

RBI inks information exchange pact


with Bank of Israel

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala


approved by the Cabinet

Yes Bank in pact with India-Brazil


chamber for strategic cooperation

ONGC to invest $4-5 billion


deepwater KG-basin block

Prime
Minister
Narendra
Modi
inaugurated three major railway projects
in Bihar at an estimated cost of 7000
crore rupees.

ICICI Bank launches contactless mobile


pay solution iTap

RBI likely to pay Rs 57,000 crore in


dividends to government in 2016-17

Bangladeshs bank governor resigns on


$81 million cyber theft

Yojana

in

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Post Office account holders


operate their accounts from
branch

Indias forex reserves jumped by $2.5


billion to reach a record high at $355.9
billion for the week that ended on March
18, the Reserve Bank of India said on
Friday in its weekly statistical report.

India became second biggest investor


in London

India signs $35 mn loan with WB for


MP project

Indian-American
appointed
President, CEO of Bank of the West

Interest rate on PPF slashed from 8.7%


to 8.1%

RBI announces pvt placement of special


securities under UDAY

SBI leads mobile banking chart with


over 38% market share

ONGC to invest $5 billion to develop KG


basin deepwater block

Indian economy to grow 7.7% in 201617: ICRA

Govt. allows 100% FDI in e-commerce


marketplace model

Reserve Bank of India made life a bit


easier for banks by softening rules on
liquidity measurement and risk
management.

RBI cancels registration of 22 nonbanking


finance companies including Amazan
Capital and Mascot Commerce.

PFRDA: Swavalamban subscribers


switch to Atal Pension Yojana

German Bank to provide loan


assistance of Rs. 3,750 crores for metro
system of Nagpur
DCB Bank starts Indias 1st Aadhaar-based
ATMs

can
any

It said that banks do not need to consider


retail deposits with maturity beyond a
month for liquidity coverage ratio (LCR)
calculation, giving more flexibility in their
daily operations.
The Reserve Bank has revised certain
rules on measuring liquidity for Basel
III norms, providing exemption to
branches of foreign banks from
submitting statement with regard to
foreign currency.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley
launched the Pradhan Mantri Fasal
Bima Yojana and Unified Package
Insurance Scheme in Mumbai.
India has overtaken China in terms of
direct equity allocation by US
investors.
The data released by US Treasury shows
India makes up 1.8% of US foreign equity
holdings as on December 2015 as against
1.6% of China.
Indian Economy to grow at 7.2% in
2016-17: BMI Research

Indias forex reserves reach all


time high

as

can

Germanys Development Bank KfW to


provide loan assistance to metro system
for Nagpur

DCB Bank launches Indias first Aadhaarbased ATM

India may expand by 7.7% in fiscal


year 2017: Fitch

India to notch up to 7.5 pc growth in


201617: IMF

Postal department to launch payments


bank by January

RBI gave in-principle approval to Airtel


payments bank

India worlds largest remittance


recipient in 2015: World Bank

In its annual report Migration and


Development Brief, World Bank said,
India retained its top spot in 2015,
attracting about 69 billion US dollars in

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remittances, down from 70 billion in


2014.

NABARD lends Rs 1,000 crore to HSWC


for wheat procurement

Interest rates for NSSF loan to Centre,


states cut to 8.8%

Finance Ministry approves 8.7% interest


on EPF for 2015-16

India, US To Collaborate On Tackling


Offshore Tax Evasion

Experian India launches new fraud


solution for banking and insurance

India offers to invest $20 billion in oil


and other projects in Iran

Railway Ministry to set up Rs 1 lakh crore


Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh

India to get $250m for renewables


from New Development Bank

J&K Cabinet approves 5% interest subsidy


for flood-hit traders

A new multilateral lender set up by the


BRICS nations has approved its first set of
loans valued at 811 million US dollars
for renewable energy projects in four of
its member countries.

New Zealands $5 bill named best


banknote of the year

NABARD partners Germany for food


security initiative

Centre approves Rs.9,005 cr. more


investment in affordable housing in 3
States

Centre to increase monthly minimum


wages to 10,000 rupees for contract
labourers

Govt to launch Twitter Seva for startups


on April 21

World Bank Group to Invest 2.5 Billion US


Dollars in Education Projects

Indias trade deficit declines 5.07 billion


dollars in March

IMF, WB, UN and OECD form new group


to stop tax erosion

RBL Bank launches branch for startups

Gujarat govt exempts small salt producers


from VAT

Inflation in negative zone for 17th month,


at -0.85% in March

Anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman to


replace former US president on $20 bill

India replaces China as top FDI


destination in 2015: FDI Intelligence
Report

Govt. to appoint 10,000


distributors in FY17

India, France Launch $1


Potential Solar Programme

new

LPG

Trillion

1. RBI cancels registration of 22 NBFCs

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled


registration of 22 non-banking finance
companies (NBFCs) including Amazon
Capital and Mascot Commerce.

2. Swavalamban subscribers can switch


to APY: PFRDA

Subscribers of micro-pension scheme


Swavalamban, which closes on March 31,
can switch to the Atal Pension Yojana
(APY) and retain the governments cocontribution.

Under the scheme, the government


contributes Rs 1,000 per year to each NPS
account for the first four years.

3. Boost for e-commerce as Centre


permits 100 per cent FDI in online
market places

The government permitted 100% foreign


direct investment (FDI) under the
automatic route for retail trading, or B2C
(business-to-consumer) transactions, in
the marketplace model of e-commerce.

4. Gujarat to set up countrys first organic


farming university

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In 2016-17 state annual budget; state


government has allocated a fund of 10
crore rupees towards the university. It
also took steps like setting up of a cell to
implement its new organic farming
policy.

5. ADB, USAID to assist developing Solar


parks in India

The US Agency for International


Development
(USAID)
and Asian
Development Bank today signed a pact
for providing Rs 5,681 crore (USD 848
million) to develop solar parks across
India, as part of clean energy
infrastructure in the country.

6. ONGC to invest $5 billion to develop KG


basin deepwater block

The ONGC board has approved a $ 5.076billion field development plan for a
portion of its deepwater oil and gas block
in the Krishna-Godavari basin on the
east coast.

7. Indian-American
appointed
President, CEO of Bank of the West

as

Indian-American Nandita Bakshi has been


appointed the President and Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) of Bank of the
West, a subsidiary unit of French banking
giant BNP Paribas.

8. Jeff Bezos top


Leaders List

loans valued at 811 million US dollars


for renewable energy projects in four of
its member countries.

11. Centre to increase monthly minimum


wages to 10,000 rupees for contract
labourers

Indias forex reserves jumped by $2.5


billion to reach a record high at $355.9
billion for the week that ended on March
18, the Reserve Bank of India said on
Friday in its weekly statistical report.

The previous high stood at $355.4 billion


reported on June 27 of last year

Union
Labour
Minister
Bandaru
Dattatreya has said that the government
has decided to bring out an executive
order to increase minimum wages to
10,000 rupees per month for contract
labourers across the country.

12. Jharkhand
Government
launches
Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for
widows

It was launched by Chief Minister


Raghubar Das on the occasion of 125th
birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar.

The scheme (Yojana) aims at building


11000 units (houses) for widows in 201617 financial year with the budgetary
allocation of 80 crore rupees.

Under it, beneficiaries would get an


amount of 75000 rupees to build a house
in hilly terrains districts and 70000
rupees in plains area.

Fortunes Greatest

9. Indias forex reserves reach all time


high

According to a statement, the first group


of projects approved by the banks board
are in the area of green and renewable
energy.

13. India offers to invest $20 billion in oil


and other projects in Iran

India has offered to invest up to $20


billion in oil, petrochemicals and fertiliser
projects in joint ventures with Iran if
Tehran provides land and cheap gas, even
as there is no sign yet of an agreement on
the long-pending rights to develop
Farzad-B gas field in the Persian Gulf
discovered by staterun ONGC Videsh.

10. New BRICS-supported bank approves


first loans

14. India to get $250m for renewables


from New Development Bank

A new multilateral lender set up by the


BRICS nations has approved its first set of

The New Development Bank, the latest


multilateral funding institution in the

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financial world, has sanctioned a $250


million loan for India to fund its ambitious
scheme on new and renewable energy.

Industry body Internet and Mobile


Association of India, has appointed Paytm
founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma,
chairman of its the newly formed
payments banks group.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted


the first
payments
bank
license to Airtel M Commerce Services
(AMSL) which is a subsidiary of Bharti
Airtel.

Vodafone India business head(MPesa)Suresh Sethi, will be the vicechairman of the group.

All companies, which received inprinciple approval from RBI in August,


will
have
to
make
their
banks operational by March 2017.

Fitch Ratings expects India to be on the


top of the global growth ladder and
expanding by 7.7 per cent in the current
fiscal.

16. India worlds largest remittance


recipient in 2015: World Bank

Growth is expected to gradually


accelerate to 7.7 per cent in FY17 and 7.9
per cent in FY18, Fitch Ratings said in its
India-Global Economic Outlook (GEO)
Forecast.

15. RBI gave in-principle approval to


Airtel payments bank

In its annual report Migration and


Development Brief, World Bank said,
India retained its top spot in 2015,
attracting about 69 billion US dollars in
remittances, down from 70 billion in
2014.

20. India may expand by 7.7% in fiscal


year 2017: Fitch

21. India to notch up to 7.5 pc growth in


201617: IMF

17. Interest rates for NSSF loan to Centre,


states cut to 8.8%

The government has slashed interest


rates on loans from the National Small
Savings Fund (NSSF) to 8.8 per
cent from 9.5 per cent for FY17.
All the funds collected from small savings
such as National Small Savings
Certificate,
Kisan
Vikas
Patra
(KVP), Public Provident Fund (PPF) and
Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS) is
deposited in the NSSF.

18. Nauru becomes 189th member of IMF,


World Bank
The Republic of Nauru, a tiny South
Pacific island nation in Pacific Ocean
became the 189th member of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and
World Bank.
19. Vijay Shekhar Sharma appointed
chairman of IAMAI payments banks
group

MF in its latest, World Economic Outlook


report said, Indias growth is projected to
notch up to 7.5 per cent in 2016-17,
overtaking Chinas GDP by more than 1
per cent.

22. Postal department to launch payments


bank by January

The Department of Post will launch its


payments bank by January next year and
top management of the new-age venture
would be in-place by July.

23. India, Germany sign pact on Ganga


Rejuvenation

The project duration is three years from


2016 to 2018 and the German
contribution in the project will be to the
tune of 22.5 crore rupees.

24. Central govt employees get 6 per cent


DA hike from Jan 1

Dearness allowance (DA) for central


government employees has been hiked
to 125 %of basic pay, up by 6

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percentage
points,
from January 1, 2016.

with

effect

The Centre revises DA twice a year on


the basis of one year average of retail
inflation for industrial workers as per a
pre-determined formula.

25. Nita Ambani most powerful business


woman in Asia: Forbes

Germanys Development Bank KfW will


provide
loan
assistance
of three
thousand and 750 crore rupees for the
modern and sustainable metro system for
Nagpur city being executed by Nagpur
Metro Rail Corporation Limited.

31. Geeta Reddy is new Chairperson of


PAC

26. RBI cuts repo rate by 25 basis points to


6.5%; Keeps CRR unchanged

Congress senior MLA J Geeta Reddy has


been appointed as the new Chairperson of
the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of
Telangana.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cut


down key interest rates repo rate by 25
basispoints to 6.50 per cent from 6.75
per
cent in
its first
bi-monthly
monetary policyreview for the 2016-17
fiscal.

Capital Small Finance Bank, Indias first


small finance bank starts operation
on 24thApril 2016. It opened 10 new
branches in Punjab.

PNB becomes top mobiliser under Gold


Monetisation Scheme

Mahindra & Mahindra becomes first


Indian company to join EP100 campaign

Goldman Sachs launches online-only bank


for the masses

Maharashtra is the biggest contributor to


income tax collections in India

India to maintain 7.6% GDP growth in


2016: UNESCAP

Ind-Ra lowers GDP growth forecast to


7.7% from 7.9%

NABARD partners with Germany for food


security initiative

SIDBI signs MoU with Saarc Development


Fund

29. India ranks 6th in 2015 top-10


manufacturers list: UNIDO report

India to clock 7.4 pct GDP growth this


fiscal: Standard Chartered

India has been ranked sixth among the


worlds Top-Ten largest manufacturing
countries in the United Nations Industrial
Development Organization (UNIDO) 2015
Yearbook report.

ICICI Bank signs


Development Bank

SBI rolls out mVisa

Government releases Rs 9,367 crore


under MGNREGA to drought-hit states

India received $40.82 billion FDI till


December in FY16

SBI Chairman and Managing Director


Arundhati
Bhattacharya has
been
ranked second.

27. DCB Bank launches


Aadhaar-based ATM

Indias

first

DCB Bank has launched, Indias first of its


kind Aadhaar-based Automatic
Teller
Machine (ATM) in Mumbai. It is a card
less and PIN less ATM,customers can
transact
using
hisbiometric
details instead of the PIN.

28. Modi launches Stand Up India scheme

The scheme is intended to promote


entrepreneurship
among Scheduled
Castes, Schedule Tribes and women will
involve loans ranging from Rs. 10
lakh to Rs. 1 crore.

30. Germanys Development Bank KfW to


provide loan assistance to metro
system for Nagpur

MoU

with

New

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RBI to issue Rs 1000 banknotes with inset


letter R

Digital India eKranti programme to offer


passports, pension online

Kotak Mahindra becomes 2nd most


valued private bank

Indian economy projected to grow 7.3%


in 2016: UN

ICICI Bank launches business credit card


with Jet Airways

ICICI Bank launches business credit card


with Jet Airways

India to clock GDP growth of 7.4% in


FY17: HSBC

HDFC Bank launches SmartUp

RBS to close retail banking operations in


India

World Bank approves $625 m loan to


support rooftop solar programme in India

Public sector bank that is introducing a


performance management system for its
1.70 lakh employees to build individual
accountability - State Bank of India.

The European Central Bank has


announced that it will permanently stop
producing the 500 euro banknote by the
end of 2018.

The Reserve Bank of India has released


Draft Guidelines for on tap licensing of
Universal BanksPrivate Sector.

The Reserve Bank of India placed


consultation paper on regarding - Peer to
Peer Lending.

India tops global confidence rankings:


Nielsen

WB approves $625 m loan to support


rooftop solar programme in India

PayU India, Paytm get in-principle


approvals for consumer bill payment
services

Industrial output growth down in March;


at 2.4 p.c. in FY16

Indias rank in crony-capitalism index


that has released by the Economist in the
first week of May 2016- Ninth.

Mauritius, Singapore account for 50 p.c. of


total FDI into India

India 3rd in attractiveness index of


renewable energy: Report

Report of the financial institution says


that bribery and corruption cost the
world economy as much as 2 trillion
dollars
every
year
-International
Monetary Fund

The Union Government has released a


commemorative coin of hundred rupees
and a circulation coin of ten rupees on Maharana Pratap.

Reserve Bank of India has cancelled the


registration of how many non-banking
financial companies- Four

NTPC tied-up with Coal India Limited to


foray into Fertilizer Sector

RBI allows FPIs to invest in unlisted debt


securities

South Indian Bank announces tie up with


National Australian Bank

RBI cancelled Certificate of Registration of


four NBFCs

Punch Points

Reliance Jio launches JioMoney Wallet


service

Capital Area Bank first to get small


finance bank licence from RBI

India, China and four others courtiers sign


pact on tax info sharing

SBI among 4 new foreign banks allowed


to operate in Myanmar

RBI issues norms for prior approval of


branch offices by foreign entities in India

Govt removes proposed tax on EPF


withdrawals

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ICICI Bank rolls out iWork@home for


women employees

Centre to increase monthly minimum


wages to 10,000 rupees for contract

RBI inks information exchange pact with


Bank of Israel

NABARD lends Rs 1,000 crore to HSWC


for wheat procurement

India, Bangladesh sign $2 billion deal to


implement socio-economic projects

New Zealands $5 bill named best


banknote of the year

India became second biggest investor in


London

RBI cancels registration of 22 NBFCs

Indias forex reserves reach all time high $2.5 billion

ONGC to invest $5 billion to develop KG


basin deepwater block

Govt. allows 100% FDI in e-commerce


marketplace model

Modi launches Stand Up India scheme

RBI allows FPIs to invest in unlisted debt


securities

India may expand by 7.7% in fiscal year


2017: Fitch

India to notch up to 7.5 pc growth in


201617: IMF

RBS to close retail banking operations in


India

India to get $250m for renewables from


New Development Bank

Indias rank in crony-capitalism index


that has released by the Economist in the
first week of May 2016- Ninth.

4. R. M. Lodha Committee - on the IPL


betting scandal.

5. Dr. T. K. Viswanathan Committee - on


Bankruptacy Law Reforms

6. A. P. Shah committee - to look into the


dispute between Oil and Natural Gas
Corporation Limited (ONGC) and Reliance
Industries Limited (RIL) on Krishna
Godavari (KG) gas fields.

7. L. Narasimha Reddy Committee - to


look into the implementation of One Rank
One Pension (OROP) scheme for the exservicemen.

8. Arvind Subramanian Committee - on


Possible Tax rates under Goods and
Services Tax (GST)

9. M.B. Shah Committee - on Black


Money

10. RV Easwar Committee - to simplify


the provisions of the Income Tax Act,
1961.

11. T. Haque committee - NITI Aayog


constituted T. Haque Expert Group on
Land Leasing

COMMITTEE
Ajay Shankar Committee on Prior
Permission & Regulatory Mechanisms
Madhukar Gupta committee constituted to
suggest ways to strengthen security along
Indo-Pak border
Union Govt. constitutes B B Tandon
Committee to monitor Government
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Govt. constitutes Ashok Dalwai committee
for doubling farmers income
1.

2.
3.

Kamlesh Chandra Committee - to


examine the wage structure, service
conditions of the Gramin Dak Sevaks
(GDS) in the Department of Posts (DoP).
Adam Lewis Panel - to safeguard
integrity in International tennis.
Shyam Benegal Committee - to look into
revamp the film certification nuances by
Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC).

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12. R Gandhi committee - recommended


conversion of Urban Cooperative Banks
(UCBs) with business size of 20,000 crore
rupees or more into regular banks.

13. Deepak Mohanty committee to


frame action plan on financial inclusion.

14. A. P. Shah committee A high level


committee on the controversial issue of
payment of Minimum Alternate Tax
(MAT) by foreign institutional investors.

Which committee of Haryana that


submitted its report on Jat Quota
agitation to Haryana CM headed by Parkash Singh.

The three member committee constituted


by the Union Government to prepare a
policy framework for taxi and other
transport operators will be headed by Sanjay Mitra, the Road Transport
Secretary.

The person who will head the five


member
committee
to
give
recommendations
on
the
Fiscal
Responsibility and Budget Management
(FRBM) - NK Singh

15. Vijay Kelkar committee: on Revisiting


and Revitalizing the Public Private
Partnership (PPP) Model of Infrastructure
Development.

16. AK Bhargava committee: to look into


the issues of "Net neutrality".

Supreme court has appointed which


committee to oversee the functions of the
Medical Council of India?- RM Lodha
committee Note: The Supreme Court has
appointed a three-member high-powered
committee headed by former Chief Justice
of India RM Lodha to oversee the
functions of the Medical Council of India.

Other two members of the panel are


Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and
Auditor General (CAG) and Dr SK Sareen,
Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary
Sciences.

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SUMMITS

India to host 8th BRICS Summit 2016 in Goa


4th Nuclear Security Summit begins in Washington,USA
Arun Jaitley launches Make In India Conference in Sydney
North East-ASEAN Business Summit begins in Imphal
Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi has
inaugurated the 3rd Asia Ministerial
Conference on the Tiger Conservation
in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated
the Maritime India Summit 2016 inMumbai,
Maharashtra.
Heart of Asia conference held today in New
Delhi
World Economic Forum 2016 meeting
held in Davos, Switzerland.

The official theme of the 2016 meeting is


Mastering
the
Fourth
Industrial
Revolution
16th G -20 Summit 2016 - China
17th G -20 Summit 2017 Germany
The 42nd G7 Summit 2016 Japan
The 43rd G7 Summit 2017 Italy
The 44th G7 Summit 2018 Canada
4th Nuclear security summit 2016
United States.

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AWARDS

Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first-ever Best


Actor award: Oscar 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first
Oscar for survival epic The Revenant. It took
Leonardo a good 22 years to finally earn
the Academy Award.
Best Picture Spotlight
Resul Pookutty became first Asian to win
Golden Reel Award
Famous sound designer Resul Pookutty
became the first Asian to win the award
for Best Sound for documentary Indias
Daughter at the Motion Picture Sound
Editors (MPSE) 63rd annual Golden Reel
Awards.
Indira Gandhi International Airport wins
three international awards
Delhi international airport has received three
international awards, including for best
airport by size in the Asia Pacific region.
Best airport by size & region Asia Pacific
(25-40 MPPA).
Second best airport by region (Asia
Pacific).

Science journalist Pallava Bagla bags


national award
Bhagwati Lal Vyas selected for Bihari
Puraskar 2015
his anthology of Rajasthani poems Katha
Sun Aawe Hai Sabad.

Ratan Thiyam named for 11th META


theatre award

Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman and


Managing Director Anand Mahindra
has been conferred with Chevalier de
la Legion dHonneur (Knight of the
Legion of Honour) by the French
authorities.

Renowned Dogri poetess and writer


Padma Sachdev has been awarded
prestigious Krutitava Smagra Samman
for the year 2015.

The Haryana government


state-level award for year
district administrations
Bhiwani and Jhajjar for
improve sex ratio.

will confer
2015-16 to
of Narnaul,
efforts to

Manoj Kumar to be
Dadasaheb Phalke Award

conferred

Padma
Sachdev
awarded
Krutitava Smagra Samma

2015

Anand Mahindra conferred


Frances highest civilian award

with

Hanan Al Hroub wins 2016 Global


Teacher Prize

Kerala Tourism campaign wins Golden


City Gate Award

Andrew Wiles wins 2016 Abel Prize

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Geetakshi Arora wins first Noor Inayat


Khan Prize

M
Sukumaran
chosen
Kunhiraman literary prize

for

George
Grierson
prize for
remarkable works done for
propagation of Hindi abroad.

CV

Indian Diplomat Amitav


Honoured By Cyprus

his
the

Banerji

Skoch Lifetime Achievement Award


conferred on Venkaiah Naidu

Amitabh Bachchan won the best actor


award at 2016 National films awards

Kendra Sangeet Natak


Samman for 3 Odiya artists

Kangana Ranaut has been selected


for Best Actress award for her role in the
movie Tanu Weds Manu Returns.

Manoj Bajpayee to receive Dadasaheb


Phalke
Foundation
Award
for
Aligarh

Sudarsan Pattnaik bags gold medal at


Sculpture Championship in Moscow

Former bureaucrat NK Singh selected


for Japans highest civilian award

Pakistan woman rights activist wins


Nelson Mandela Award

The Special Breakthrough Prize in


Fundamental Physics has been announced
by recognizing the scientists and
engineers who contributed to the
momentous detection of- Gravitational
Waves.

Name of the actor who has won National


Film Award for Best Actor- Amitabh
Bachchan.

Maharashtras well-known businessmanpolitician also called The Man with the


Golden Shirt by his friends, who earned a
place in the Guinness World Records
(GWR) - Pankaj Parakh.

Indian author wins 2016 Commonwealth


Short Story Regional Prize- Parashar
Kulkarni.

The President of India conferred the


awards to the companies from various
sectors for promoting exports during the
year 2015-16.- Niryat Shree and Niryat
Bandhu Awards.

Indian author, Parashar Kulkarni has


been conferred with the Commonwealth
Short Story Prize for 2016, for the Asia

Late Capt. Shankar Laxman was


posthumously chosen for the 2016 Major
Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement
Award.
Vishwanathan Anand to be honoured with
Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award

Mother Teresa conferred with Founders


Award posthumously in UK

IIT-Kharagpur Wins Top Award For


Patents

Khadija
Ismayilova
awarded
UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press
Freedom Prize 2016

Priyanka Chopra to be awarded with


Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation
Award 2016

Padma Sachdev selected for 2015


Saraswati Samman

Vishwanathan Anand conferred with


Hridaynath Award

Ex-army chief J. J. Singh gets highest


French civilian honour

Geetha Johri becomes Gujarats first


woman DGP

President Pranab Mukherjee presents


Hindi Sevi Samman for 2012-14
President Pranab Mukherjee honoured
the Chinese professor Ge Fuping with the

Akademi

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region for his


Company'.

fiction - 'Cow and

The famous Indian music composer who


agreed to be the Goodwill Ambassador of
the Indian Olympic contingent is - AR
Rahman.
The awards given by Union Health
Ministry to mark the meritorious services
of nursing professionals in India. Florence Nightingale Awards 2016.
She is the captain of Indian women
hockey team and was recommended by
Hockey India for Arjuna Award - Ritu
Rani.
An Indian-American woman elementary
teacher from Texas has been honored by
US President Barack Obama for her
excellent work in the field of education Revathi Balakrishnan.

This Indian state tourism is the winner of


the Best Indian Destination for Wildlife
Award - Madhya Pradesh Tourism.

The former chairman of the Indian Space


Research
Organisation
has
been
honoured with the IAF Hall of Fame
award 2016 is -Udupi Ramachandra Rao.

The South Korean author, who won the


2016 Man Booker International Prize for
her novel 'The Vegetarian' is - Han Kang.

Indian artist who won the 2016 UN poster


contest on N-disarmament - Anjali
Chandrashekar.

The Indian American boy who the Intel


Foundation Young Scientist Awards of
50000 US dollar for developing a low-cost
electronically aided knee braceSyamantak
Payra.

Indian-American biotechnologist who has


been awarded with the University of
Houstons Distinguished Leadership in
Teaching Excellence Award in 2016- Rupa
Iyer.

Indian-American professor has conferred


with the US National Medal of Science
2015- Rakesh K Jain.

Indian awarded with Othmer Gold Medal


for Entrepreneurial Leadership 2016Mukesh Ambani.

The movie that won the 2016 Palme d'Or


at Cannes Film Festival is -I, Daniel Blake.

This Nobel Peace Prize winner authored


the book titled A Call to Mercy: Hearts to
Love, Hands to Serve Mother Teresa.

The American engineer who has won the


2016 Millennium Technology Prize Frances Arnold.

Malti Devi Gyan Peeth Puraskar for the


year 2016 is given in the field of
Education.

Who has been conferred the Nari Jagran


Samman-2016 award by the Nari Jagran
magazine in Varanasi - Heeraben.

Punch Points:

Indira Gandhi International Airport


wins three international awards

Manoj Kumar to be
Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Ratan Thiyam named for 11th META


theatre award

Vishwanathan Anand to be honoured with


Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award

Mother Teresa conferred with Founders


Award posthumously in UK

Priyanka Chopra to be awarded with


Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation
Award 2016

Maharashtras well-known businessmanpolitician also called The Man with the


Golden Shirt by his friends, who earned a
place in the Guinness World Records
(GWR) - Pankaj Parakh.

conferred

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NEW APPOINTMENTS (INDIA & INTERNATIONAL)

Alok Kumar Verma takes charge as


Delhi Police Commissioner

Ahmed Abul Gheit named as Secretary


General of Arab League

Rozle Prezelj elected Chairman of IAAF


Athletes Commission

Indian scholar H Deep Saini appointed


VC of Canberra University

Portugal nominated ex-refugee chief


Antonio Guterres for UN SecretaryGeneral

Htin Kyaw elected as first civilian


President of Myanmar

Mrugank Paranjape appointed as MD


and CEO of MCX

Fazle Kabir appointed Governor of


Bangladesh Bank

Sunil Sabharwal took charge as


Alternate Executive Director at IMF

Ashley Judd appointed as Goodwill


Ambassador by UNFPA

Justice Permod Kohli new Chairman of


CAT

General Lori Robinson nominated as


first US female combatant Chief

Justice Permod Kohli new Chairman of


CAT

Tapan Chand elected AAI chief

Balbir Singh Chauhan appointed as


Chairman of 21st Law Commission of
India

H L Dattu appointed as member of


International Coordinating Committee
Bureau

Lt Gen N P S Hira appointed as Deputy


Chief of Army Staff

Surya Deva Appointed As UN Human


Rights Commissioner

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Centre appoints A Ajith Kumar as


Rubber Board chief

Bhupendra Kainthola appointed FTII


Director

Mouamba Clement appointed as Prime


Minister of Congo

Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmars first


elected President

Vietnam s parliament elects first female


speaker - Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

Geeta Reddy is new Chairperson of PAC

Mehbooba Mufti sworn in as J&Ks1st


woman CM

Shri S. K. Bhagat appointed as DG of


Railway Protection Force

Tran Dai Quang sworn in as new


President of Vietnam

Sanjiv Misra appointed as NonExecutive Chairman of Axis Bank

Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson names as new


PM of Iceland

EBI approves Ashok Chawla as NSE


chairman

C P Gurnani appointed chairman of


Nasscom

Hashim Thaci sworn in as Kosovos new


president

Indian American Sikh woman from


California has been elected as the newest
national committee woman of the
Republican
National
Committee
Harmeet Kaur Dhillon Gdgd.

Union Government appoints Meeran


Borwankar as DG of BPR&D

Sushila Karki: First female Chief Justice


of Nepals Supreme Court

Vijay Shekhar Sharma appointed


chairman of IAMAI payments banks
group

Former Chief Executive of Future Group


who has been appointed as Managing
Director of Bharti Retail is - Kishore
Biyani.
Note:National
Statistical
Commission is an advisory body on all
statistical matters, set up to enhance
public trust in official statistics.

Senior lawyer whose name has been


recommended for elevation to as Judge on
Supreme Court by Supreme Courts
Collegium- L Nageshwar Rao.

Guinea Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz


has issued a presidential decree naming a
person as Prime Minister of the country Baciro Dja.

Renowned statistician who take over as


the part-time Chairperson in the National
Statistical Commission___. Dr. Radha
Binod Barman. The Commission is an
advisory body on all statistical matters,
set up to enhance public trust in official
statistics. The former KPMG Director who
has been appointed Senior Vice President
- Strategy & New Business Initiatives of
Housing.com is - Dilip Tuli

Chief Justice of Uttarakhand, whose name


has been recommended for transfer by

Susmita Pande appointed as Chairman


of NMA

Ajay Banga appointed as member of US


cybersecurity body

PCB appoints Inzamam-ul-Haq as new


chief selector

BCCI appoints Rahul Johri as its


first CEO

Indian-American Geeta Pasi nominated


as US envoy to Chad

Communist
Laos
appoints
president, prime minister

Goa Govt. appoints Justice P.K. Mishra


as Lokayukta

China suspends G-20 anti-corruption


task force

new

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the Supreme Court (SC) Collegium Justice KM Joseph.

Who has sworn-in as the chief minister of


West Bengal for second successive fiveyear term- Mamata Banerjee.

Senior IPS officer who has been appointed


as the Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation
Security is - Kumar Rajesh Chandra.
Note:- Senior IPS officer (1985- batch)
Kumar Rajesh Chandra is currently
working as Additional Director General
(Modernisation), Bihar Police.

He will assume the charge as the 23rd


Chief of the Naval Staff and 21st as an
Indian naval chief Vice Admiral Sunil
Lanba Note:- Presently he is serving as
Flag Officer Commanding in chief in the
Western Naval command in Mumbai.

The IPS officer of Delhi Police who has


been appointed as new Director General
of Tihar - Sudhir Yadav.

First female secretary general of FIFA Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura. Note:Samoura has worked on humanitarian
crises with the United Nations for 21
years, is currently based in Nigeria for the
UN Development Programme.

Interim President of Brazil following the


suspension of Dilma Rousseff - Michel
Temer. Note:- He played an important
role in the effort to impeach Dilma
Rousseff, the first woman Brazilian
President.
The Indian-American engineer, who has
appointed as the member of President's
Advisory Council on FaithBased and
Neighborhood Partnerships - Manjit
Singh.
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill
2016 incorporates recommendation of
the Joint Parliamentary Committee
headed by -Bhupender Yadav.
The senior advocate of Bombay High
Court has appointed as Additional

Solicitor General in Supreme Court is Atma Ram Nadkarni.

The Supreme Court struck down the


order of this regulatory body making it
mandatory for telecom companies to
compensate subscribers for call drops Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

The former Chief Justice of the


Chhattisgarh High Court has sworn-in as
the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High
Court is -Justice Navin Sinha.

The former Chief Justice of the Tripura


High Court who has been recently
appointed the Chief Justice of the
Chhattisgarh High Court is - Justice
Deepak Gupta.

Acting Chief Justice of Tripura High Court


-Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei.

The Ambassador of Mexico to Germany


who was recently appointed the Executive
Secretary of the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate
Change is - Patricia Espinosa Cantellano.

Rohit Philip has recently appointed as the


Chief Financial Officer of- IndiGo.

A noted expert in the study of function of


genes who has been appointed as the new
Director of the Centre for Cellular and
Molecular Biology is -Rakesh Kumar
Mishra.

Indian journalist who has been elected


unanimously as the Deputy Mayor of
Loughton town in the United KingdomPhilip Abraham.

Indian Foreign Service officer who has


appointed as the Ambassador of India to
Romania- A V S Ramesh Chandra.

First female president of Taiwan -Tsai


Ing-wen.

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra


Kazhagam supremo who has sworn-in as
the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J
Jayalalithaa.

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The person who sworn-in as the Chief


Minister of Kerala is -Pinarayi Vijayan.

EBI approves Ashok Chawla as NSE


chairman

The Hollywood celebrity recently


appointed as a visiting professor at the
London School of Economics is - Angelina
Jolie.

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill


2016 incorporates recommendation of
the Joint Parliamentary Committee
headed by -Bhupender Yadav

A. V. S. Ramesh Chandra has been


appointed as the Ambassador of India to
Romania.

The senior advocate of Bombay High


Court has appointed as Additional
Solicitor General in Supreme Court is Atma Ram Nadkarni.

The former Chief Justice of the Tripura


High Court who has been recently
appointed the Chief Justice of the
Chhattisgarh High Court is - Justice
Deepak Gupta.

First female president of Taiwan -Tsai


Ing-wen.

The person who sworn-in as the Chief


Minister of Kerala is -Pinarayi Vijayan.

Punch Points

Justice Permod Kohli new Chairman of


CAT

Tapan Chand elected AAI chief

Fazle Kabir appointed


Bangladesh Bank

H L Dattu appointed as member of


International Coordinating Committee
Bureau

Bhupendra Kainthola appointed FTII


Director

Governor

of

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CURRENT AFFAIRS

12

India signed MoU with World Bank for


Madhya Pradesh Higher Education

Top

Others in the list include CJSC Technip,


DHL, Dimension data, Saint Gobain, JT
International, Mobinil, Mobistar, Orange
and Valeo.

According to a UK real estate firm Savills


survey, London is the worlds most
expensive city to live and work in, ahead
of New York and Hong Kong.

The only India city on the list of top


20, Mumbai is ranked 17th ahead only
of Berlin, Johannesburg and Rio de
Janeiro.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has


launched Setu Bharatam Project to
make all national highways free of
railway crossings by 2019. This project
will be implemented by the Union
Ministry of Road Transport and
Highways.

Worlds most expensive train station


opened in New York at 9/11 site

President
inaugurates
National
Conference on Women Legislation :
New Delhi

Awards for 3 Haryana districts for


improving sex ratio: Narnaul, Bhiwani
and Jhajjar

Sataparna Mukherjee, a Class


student bags top Nasa scholarship

TCS recognised
Employer

as

Global

Internet for every home launched in


Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu government today launched


internet services to every household
through the state-owned Arasu Cable TV
Corporation.

Delhi first state to launch HPV vaccine

Infosys to collaborate with Microsoft


on analytics solutions

Bill Gates richest man in world : Forbes

India at 90th rank in terms of energy


security

India has been ranked at the 90th place in


a list of 126 countries compiled by WEF
on the basis of their ability to deliver
secure, affordable and sustainable energy.

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Goa among top destinations for Indian


women travellers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has


selected Nagepur village for adoption in
his Varanasi Constituency of U.P. for
development under the Saansad Adarsh
Gram Yojana (SAGY).

Tata Powers arm TPREL has signed a


pact with Indo Rama Renewables Ltd
(IRRL) to acquire its 100 per cent
subsidiary IRRJL, which owns a 30 MW
wind farm in Sangli District of
Maharashtra.

Tata Motors in pact for Indian Armys


combat vehicles programme

Australia
launches
aquaculture
challenge for sustainable fishing

Ford gets nod for tech, business centre


in Tamil Nadu SEZ

ISRO launches Sixth


Satellite IRNSS 1-F

National carrier Air India successfully


flew the Worlds longest all-woman
operated and supported flight from the
national capital New Delhi to San
Francisco (United States).

The Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, in


association
with
the
Karnataka
Horticulture Department, will conduct a
honey festival in Mangaluru on March 12
and 13

The Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, in


association
with
the
Karnataka
Horticulture Department, will conduct a
honey festival in Mangaluru on March 12
and 13

Mahindra Aerospace
operations in UAE

India will induct its first batch of


female fighter pilots in June

Germany
to
develop
Kochi,
Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar as smart
cities

Navigation

to

set

up

Parliament clears Bureau of Indian


Standards Bill 2015

Russia tops ranking for women in


senior business roles

Indo-Indonesia Joint Training Exercise


Garuda Shakti IV begins

First ever NCC girls Everest expedition


flagged off

Singapore retained worlds most


expensive
city:
EIU
(Economist
Intelligence Unit)

National Anthem compulsory in all


schools in WB

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu


launched Clean My Coach service

Made-in-India
Japan

India to supply 18 Meter Gauge Diesel


Electric Locomotives to Myanmar

Quikr launches service for doorstep


pickup & delivery of pre-owned goods

Project Mausam aims to explore MultiFaceted Indian Ocean World

57 countries are going to take part in the


first Maritime India Summit 2016
scheduled to be held in April 2016 in
Mumbai, Maharashtra.

India, US launched Fulbright Kalam


Climate Fellowship

Googles AlphaGo scores a hattrick by


beating champion Lee Sedol

Baleno

launched

in

Karnataka launches Mukhyamantri


Santwana Harish Yojana

China to set up International Maritime


Judicial Centre

India, ASEAN Plus military exercise


FORCE 18 concluded in Pune

Defence Expo 2016 held in Goa

Intl Childrens Film Festival for NE


Region begins in Gangtok

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Online portal Swayam being launched


to combat illiteracy: Smriti Irani

Samantha Gash to run for education in


India

Allahabad High Court celebrates 150th


foundation year

India Post releases customised My


Stamp on HAL

Mother Teresa to be made a saint on


Sept 4

Sundarbans
zone

Intl Food and Hospitality fair, AAHAR


2016 inaugurates in New Delhi.

NTPC starts 250 MW unit in Bihar

Centre releases Rs 609 cr


upgrading prisons in eight States

Health Ministry launches new anti TB


drug Bedaquilin

Modi to join world leaders in wax at


Madame Tussauds

Hinduja Brothers topped


Asian Rich List 2016

Worlds first fully electric double


decker bus launched in London

Agasthyamala
Biosphere
Reserve
among 20 World Heritage Sites

FICCI to fund construction of 250


toilets in govt schools in AP

India joins hands with Russia for


disaster management

Denmark worlds happiest country:


report

Nepal became Dialogue Partner of


Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Mehbooba
Mufti
elected
legislature party leader

Jeff Bezos top


Leaders List

Intl Day of Remembrance of Slavery


Victims & the Transatlantic Slave
Trade observed on 25th march.

Modi on TIMEs most influential people


on Internet for second year

India aims to become 100% e-vehicle


nation by 2030: Piyush Goyal

World Sufi Forum inaugurates in New


Delhi

Kejriwal named among worlds 50


greatest leaders by Fortune

Union Health Ministry


rotavirus vaccine Rotavac

Countrys
first
organic
farming
university to be set up in Gujarat

ADB, USAID to assist developing Solar


parks in India

Telecom Commission approved 112 as


Single Emergency Number for India

BHEL
commissions
40
MW
hydropower plant in West Bengal

Egyptian plane hijacked to Cyprus

for

National oil companies ONGC Videsh


Ltd, Oil India Ltd, Indian Oil
Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petro
Resources and Russias Rosneft signed
memorandums of understanding and
agreements on Wednesday to increase
Indias participation in the Siberian oil
and gas fields.

Priyanka & Raksha won Chameli Devi


Jain Award

India starts diesel


Bangladesh via rail

Cisco to set up Internet of Everthing


innovation centre in Vizag

Surat, Beas Indias cleanest railway


stations

India to set up Rabindranath Tagore


Memorial in Sri Lanka

Nauroz festival observed in J&K

exports

to

becomes

no-pollution

Britains

PDP

Fortunes Greatest

launches

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Playback Singer P. Susheela enters


Guinness World Records - highest
number of songs.

Govt provides facility of self-printing of ECGHS cards

Nita
Ambani
most
powerful
businesswoman in Asia: Forbes

Odisha Government
Adarsha Vidyalayas

Foundation stone for Haryanas first


Horticulture University laid in Karnal

Jannati Darwaja to be opened for annual


Urs in Ajmer

Saudi Arabia and Egypt to build bridge


over the Red Sea

Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani


Launches ISBN Portal

Rajasthan becomes the first state to pass


land title bill

Sajibu Cheiraoba festival celebrated in


Manipur

launches

100

Islam as state religion of Bangladesh

Liquor ban across Bihar

Govt. launches Startup India portal and


mobile app

Haryana makes educational criteria must


for urban local bodies elections

Kachhabali becomes
village in Rajasthan

Union Government imposes safeguard


duty on import of steel products

PM Modi conferred Saudi Arabias highest


civilian honour

Priyadarshini Chatterjee Wins Miss India


2016

India ranks 6th in 2015 top-10


manufacturers list: UNIDO report

Jharkhand to Have 2 Percent Employment


Reserved for Sportspersons

Sachin Tendulkar becomes the brand


ambassador of Skill India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched


the Stand up India scheme as part of the
goverments
efforts
to
support
entrepreneurship among women and SC
& STcommunities.

Centre to Issue Universal ID-Cards for


Differently-Abled People

Ajay Devgn and Kajol to be brand


ambassadors of Andhra Pradesh
tourism

1st

liquor-free

Worlds First White Tiger Safari Opens In


Madhya Pradesh

Haryana Government decides


rename Gurgaon as Gurugram

Worlds first public dengue vaccination


programme launched in Philippines

India, Germany sign pact on Ganga


Rejuvenation

Permanent memorial to Kalam at Dilli


Haat in INA

Bernie Sanders Wins TIME 100 Reader


Poll

Britain issues postage stamps to mark


400th anniversary of Shakespeares
death

PM Narendra Modi today launched Gram


Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan on 125th
birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao
Ambedkar at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.

Nauru becomes 189th member of IMF,


World Bank

India ranks 44th in 2016 Global


Connectivity Index

to

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UN observes birth anniversary of Dr.


Ambedkar for first time

Centre to release 10,000 metric tonnes


of pulses from buffer stock

Maharashtra becomes first state to


pass law against social boycott

Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2016 begins in


Ujjain

Kerala
Vishu

festival,

President nominates 6
members to Rajya Sabha

PM launched E-National Agriculture


market

India signs Paris climate pact along


with over 170 nations at UN

India, South Korea ink MoU for


cooperation in development of Ports

Pakistan, China to launch satellite to


monitor CPEC projects

69th Himachal Day


celebrated in the State

Delhi ranked 44th among worlds 50


future-ready cities

Panagarh airbase renamed


former IAF chief Arjan Singh

Sahapedia an online encyclopaedia


encompassing Indian history, art and
culture has gone live with about 5,000
pages on every imaginable aspect of
Indias cultural landscape.

Jharkhand
Government
launches
Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for
widows

Uber
partners
with
Commission in Tamil nadu

Govt plans to keep 1% of highways


project cost for road safety

Govt. releases commemorative coins to


mark Tatya Tope Martyrdom Day

India, Papua New Guinea sign four


agreements

PM Modi inaugurates super speciality


hospital in Katra

Nagalands Kohima declared smokefree city

Government merges Rajiv Gandhi Khel


Abhiyan with Khelo India

Railway Ministry to set up two new


Directorates

India, Mauritius ink MoU to promote


traditional medicine

Odisha CM launches 100 piped water


supply projects

Europe becomes worlds first region to


end malaria: WHO

Women
allowed
to
enter
Maharashtras Trimbakeshwar temple

Govt. decides Chandigarh to host


International Yoga day

India ranks 133 in 2016 World Press


Freedom Index

celebrates

harvest

has

been

after

Election

Important

Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar


Prabhu dedicated to the nation a high
speed Wi-Fi hotspot at the three Railway
Stations namely-Vijayawada, Kachiguda
and Raipur.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has


sent red corner notice to Interpol for
publication on the name of - Vijay Mallya.

The only Indian to figure in the Forbes


Money Masters: Most Powerful People in
the Financial World list is Uday
Kotak,CEO Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Union Government has notified that


the Department of Disinvestment is
renamed as Department of Investment
and Public Asset Management (DIPAM).

eminent

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Recently, The Supreme Court of India


banned all diesel cabs___. National Capital
Region-Delhi 14. Name of the two states
who signed a MoU with two states to
plant 5 trees alongside Railway land
Boundary- Haryana and Punjab.

15. According to a new report by Unicef,


some 75 million school age children in
crisis areas around the world are in
desperate need of -Educational Support.

The multilingual knowledge portal


www.bharatvani.in that was launched by
HRD Minster is an online repository of
dictionaries of what number of languages
from India 22

16. The world's largest unmanned surface


vessel that was tested by United States of
America (US) Navy in San Diego is named
as-Sea Hunter.

Railways week-long drive to showcase


achievements during last two years is
named - Rail Humsafar Saptaah.

17. Govt. approved establishment of third


National Investment and Manufacturing
Zone at __. Kalinganagar industrial area in
Jajpur (Odisha).

The Amendment to The Institutes of


Technology Act, 1961 that has been
approved by Union Cabinet will help in
incorporation of how many new IITs Six.

18. A jury in San Francisco cleared Google


of copyright infringement in a case
brought by Oracle over - Googles use of
Java in Android

Government has enforced the decision of


retirement fund body EPFO to almost
double the maximum sum assured under
its insurance scheme from 3.6 lakh to - 6
lakh rupees.

19. Country that gave its in-principle


approval to Reliance Power for its first
phase of its gas-based power project
Bangladesh.

Head of the Commission of Inquiry,


probing into the multi-crore chit fund
scam in Odisha that submitted its interim
report to the State government was Justice MM Das.

20. Brazils Lower House Speaker who


was suspended by Brazil's top court from
his mandate, following a request by the
country's Attorney General is - Eduardo
Cunha.

21. The city declared as the worlds most


polluted in terms of air quality is Zabol.
Note:- Irans south eastern Zabol city
ranks first among the most polluted cities
in the world, according to a report
released
by
the
World
Health
Organization.

22. He resigned from the post of


president of Union of European Football
Associations - Michael Platini.

23. Name of the malaria vaccine that


according to study done by American
researchers can offer protection against

112, the single emergency number that


will help people to reach immediate
services of police, ambulance and fire
department
will
be
operational
throughout India from - 1 January 2017
Note:- Single emergency number 112
of India will be similar to the 911 all-inone emergency service in the United
States. Customers will be able
communicate via SMS and the system will
be able to find the location of the caller
that will be shared with the nearest help
centre.

The cab company that will allow Paytm


wallet users to pay for their cab rides
abroad in Indian rupees by the end of May
2016 Uber.

The Australian entrepreneur claiming


himself as the creator of Bitcoin was in
news- Craig Wright 12. The combined
output of eight crucial infrastructure
sectors, that is, Core Sector accelerated in
March 2016 to 16-month high of - 6.4%

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malaria for more than a year PfSPZ


vaccine.

The first Muslim Mayor of London who


assumed the office on - Sadiq Khan.

24. The Iranian port that will be


developed with the help of India and will
enable India bypass Pakistan to have
access to Afghanistan Chabahar Port

President Obama on signed a National


Legacy Act into law officially making an
animal as countrys first national mammal
-American Bison.

25. The
state
whose
governor
promulgated
Official
Language
(Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 to
facilitate use of a language in transaction
of official businesses of the Government
Odisha

The country that has recently granted


political refugee status to Maldives' expresident Mohamed Nasheed is Britain.

A trilateral transit agreement has signed


these countries to facilitate seamless
transport of goods India, Iran and
Afghanistan.

Union Government has imposed a


complete ban on Indian citizens travelling
to which war struck countryLibya.

The United Nations World Humanitarian


Summit was held in Istanbul(Turkey).

The Union Cabinet gave ex-post facto


approval to MoU between India and
Maldives for - cooperation in the field of
tourism.

China signed an agreement with Sudan in


May 2016 to build-Nuclear Reactor.

The country hosting the 21st BXM Cycling


World Championship is Colombia.

State whose Health Minister announced


that the state government would enact
State Sports Council Act Haryana.

In Mizoram, the administration of a


district on the Mizoram-Bangladesh
border issued an order prohibiting import
of chicken, bird, duck and eggs from
Bangladesh and Tripura Mamit.

26. This State Government has launched


the Smart Villages programme to improve
public facilities in rural areas Gujarat.
27. As per the UGC Regulations 2016, this
many years of research existence is
needed for an institution to get
recognition as a deemed university 3
years.

Country that is set to print its own version


of the US dollar in order to ease a cash
shortage in the country Zimbabwe.

A province in Western Canada where a


state of emergency was declared due to a
massive wildfire that destroyed several of
homes is Alberta.

The three countries that agreed to


conduct coordinated sea patrols and
establish a hotline to combat piracy and
kidnappings are -Indonesia, Malaysia and
the Philippines.

Union Cabinet has approved SEBI to sign


MoU with this countrys Financial
Services Regulatory Authority onAbu
Dhabi.

The country with which India got its


Union Cabinets approval to sign the intergovernmental agreement Mauritius.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel


has inaugurated the Center of Perishable
Cargo complex at - Ahmedabad Airport.

The French socialist government survived


the noconfidence vote put forward by the
opposition in protest over -controversial
labour reforms.

The state whose agriculture project has


won the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) 2016 prize in
e-Agriculture category - Andhra Pradesh.

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Chief Minister of Uttarakhand who has


won the composite floor test in the
legislative assembly Harish Rawat.
The state where use of light and heavy
diesel vehicles, which are more than 10
years old, was banned in six major cities
of which state by National Green Tribunal
(NGT) Kerala.

The six regional languages in which the


official website of Prime Minister's Office
will be available are - Gujarati, Marathi,
Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.

The Uttar Pradesh government gave its


nod to develop nearly 200-km long
bicycle highway from - Taj Mahal of Agra
to the lion safari in Etawah.

Punch Points

Internet for every home launched in


Tamil Nadu

India at 90th rank in terms of energy


security

President
inaugurates
National
Conference on Women Legislation : New
Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has


selected Nagepur village for adoption in
his Varanasi Constituency of U.P. for
development under the Saansad Adarsh
Gram Yojana (SAGY).
Germany to develop Kochi, Coimbatore,
Bhubaneswar as smart cities

Made-in-India Baleno launched in Japan

Awards for 3 Haryana districts for


improving sex ratio: Narnaul, Bhiwani
and Jhajjar

ISRO launches Sixth Navigation Satellite


IRNSS 1-F

Allahabad High Court celebrates 150th


foundation year

National oil companies ONGC Videsh


Ltd, Oil India Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation
Ltd and Bharat Petro Resources

Nauroz festival observed in J&K

Priyanka & Raksha won Chameli Devi Jain


Award

India Post releases customised My Stamp


on HAL

Worlds First White Tiger Safari Opens In


Madhya Pradesh

Odisha Government
Adarsha Vidyalayas

Priyadarshini Chatterjee Wins Miss India


2016

India, Mauritius ink MoU to promote


traditional medicine

Government merges Rajiv Gandhi Khel


Abhiyan with Khelo India

India, South Korea ink MoU


cooperation in development of Ports

launches

100

for

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SPORTS

ICC suspended Aaron Phangiso for


illegal bowling action

Sharapova suspended
after failing drugs test

from

FIH promotes Napoleon


international Umpire

as

Lin Dan wins


Badminton title

All

Jitu Rai wins gold in 50m pistol event


at ISSF World Cup

Services wins 70th Santosh Trophy


football title 2016

Mumbai U-23 team clinched CK


Nayudu
Trophy
2015-16
India clinch Asia Cup T20 trophy for
record 6th time

First ever Paralympics Games begins in


Arunachal Pradesh

UN suspends Maria Sharapova as


Goodwill Ambassador

World Cup T20: RJio to give free WiFi


at 6 stadiums

FIFA admits taking bribes to hosting


World Cup

Indian mens and womens teams scripted


history by clinching the gold medals at the
World Table Tennis Team Championship
in Kuala Lumpur.

Chris Gayle becomes second player to hit


century in 2016 T20 World Cup after
Tamim Iqbal.

Patna Pirates wins 3rd season of Pro


Kabaddi League

Hardeep Singh qualifies for Olympic in


Greco -Roman wrestling

Singh

2016

tennis
England

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Yogeshwar Dutt wins Gold medal in


Asian
Olympic
Qualification
tournament

Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian


woman gymnast to qualify for
Olympics

Djokovic & Azarenka won BNP Paribas


Open titles

Nico Rosberg won 2016 Formula 1


Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix

9th International Abilympics starts


today at Bordeaux in France

Rafael Nadal wins Monte Carlo Masters


title

Nico Rosberg won 2016 Australian


Grand Prix

Shane Watson to
international cricket

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams bag


top honours at Laureus World Sports
awards

Kohli tops in ICC T20 rankings, India


also No.1

FIH announces new structure of intl


hockey events from 2019

Sergey Karjakin wins World Chess


candidates tournament

Hockey India decides to withdraw


from Sultan of Johor Cup

Indian Boxer Shiva Thapa wins Silver


medal

Indias Durga Thakur promoted as FIH


international umpire

West Indies wins 2016 ICC T-20 Cricket


World Cup

Former WWE
Chyna dies

West Indies won ICC World Womens


T-20 Cup 2016

BCCI waives USD 41.97 million claim


on the West Indies Cricket Board

Novak Djokovic wins 2016 Miami Open


Title

Flame for Rio Olympic Games Lit in


Greece

Nico Roseberg wins 2016 Bahrain


Grand Prix

Rafael Nadal wins 9th Barcelona Open


2016

Indian men win Asian Nations Cup


Chess tournament

Salman Khan appointed as Goodwill


Ambassador for 2016 Rio Olympics

BCCI to host first Day-Night test against


New Zealand this year India to host
2018
Commonwealth
Judo
Championships

Mairaj wins Indias first skeet medal at


a shooting WC

Govt to provide Rs 1 lakh per month to


Rio-bound athletes

India rower Dattu Bhokanal qualifies


for Rio Olympics 2016

India to host 2018 Commonwealth


Judo Championships

Riyad Mahrez becomes first African


footballer to win PFA Player of the
Year

retires

from

Danny Willett wins 2016 Masters Golf

Lee Chong Wei Wins 11th Malaysian


Open Title

Anthony Joshua Won International Boxing


Federation Title

WTA rankings:
retains top spot

Kane Williamson named Wisden


Almanacks Cricketer of the Year

Australia won the Sultan Azlan Shah


Cup 2016

Mary Kom named as AIBA ambassador


for
Womens
World
Boxing
Championship

Serena

Williams

womens

champion

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Natekar became first non-cricketer to


become a member of CCIs Legend Club

No tennis wild cards for Rio Olympics,


clarifies ITF

as third Goodwill Ambassador for India at


the Rio Olympics 2016 - Sachin
Tendulkar.

Winner of ninth edition of the Indian


Premier
League
2016Sunrisers
Hyderabad

Japan unveils Tokyo 2020 Olympic and


Paralympics emblems

ICC suspends the Cricket Association of


Nepal

Winner of the 2016 Indian Federation cup


football tournament -Mohan Bagan.

Garima wins gold at Commonwealth


Judo Championship

Sudha Singh qualifies for Rio Olympics


in 3000 m steeple chase event

World governing body for football, FIFA


appointed an Indian retired judge as
deputy chairman of its Governance
Committee - Mukul Mudgal.

Indian womens team has won a medal in


the re curve team final of Archery World
Cup held at the Yuanshen Stadium in
Shanghai, China.- Silver medal.

The number one seed tennis player who


won 2016 Mutua Madrid Open mens
singles title - Novak Djokovic.

The pair that won the 2016 Italian Open


womens doubles title is -Sania Mirza and
Martina Hingis.

The Nepali soldier has won the world's


highest marathon on Mount Everest is Bed Bahadur Sunuwar.

Name of the former Indian captain who


has been reappointed as ICC cricket
committeee chairman for a second term? Anil Kumble
The legendary cricketer who joined actor
Salman Khan and shooter Abhinav Bindra

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OBITUARIES

US actor George Kennedy passes away

Tamil Comedy Actor Kumarimuthu


passes away

Booker prize-winner Anita Brookner


passed away

Former NZ cricket captain Martin


Crowe passes away

Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan passed


away

E-mail inventor Ray Tomlinson passes


away

Former Intel CEO Andrew Grove passes


away

Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani


passes away

Story telling artiste V D Rajappan


passes away

Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff dies

Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma


passed away

Oscar winning actor Patty Duke passes


away

Noted film archivist P K Nair passes


away

Renowned Iraqi-British Architect Zaha


Hadid passes away

E-mail inventor Ray Tomlinson passes


away

Jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri dies at


83

Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani


passes away

Madras
Atomic
Power
Station
architect M.H.P.Rao passes away

Sir George Martin, fifth Beatle, passes


away

Kamla Advani passes away

Veteran journalist
passes away

Former Union MoS Dr. C Silvera passes


away

Hero group co-founder


Munjal passes away

Brazil musician
passes away

Nana

Vasconcelos

Rock legend Keith Emerson dies

Nobel laureate Lloyd S. Shapley passed


away

Yogendra

Bali

Satyanand

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Renowned Hollywood actress Doris


Roberts passes away

Former PM of Thailand Banharn Silpaarcha passed away

Music legend Prince dies at 57 years

Comedian Victoria Wood dies after


short cancer

Kerala cartoonist VT Thomas passes


away

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & DEFENCE

Agni-I successfully test fired off Odisha


coast

ExoMars 2016 spacecraft successfully


launched by Europe & Russia

President inaugurates aviation show in


Hyderabad

Haryana gets first Earthquake Warning


System in country

Railways join hands with ISRO for


effective use of space technology

To train professionals in aviation and


aerospace, the Telangana government has
tied up with Aero Campus Aquitaine and
Bordeaux Metropole of France.

ISRO established GIRI Radar System at


Tirupati

DefExpo 2016 begins in Goa

ISRO to launched record 22 satellites


in single mission

Modi & Belgian PM Charles Michel


jointly launch Asias biggest telescope

Indias first indigenously developed


sonar dome flagged off

First 3D map of Zika virus will help


develop treatments and vaccines

Suresh Prabhu flags off Indias fastest


train Gatiman Express

IAF conducts day-night exercise Ironfist 2016 at Pokhran firing range

China
successfully
retrievable satellite

H S Prannoy clinches mens singles title


at Swiss Open

Reliance Defence to design, develop


weapons, sensors for Navy

Researchers have developed the worlds


smallest nano scale diode that could
impact the development of molecular
electronic devices in future.

South Korea tops


Internet Speed

Pakistan Navy successfully


fires anti-shipZarb missile

Malaysia to launch counter-messaging


centre to fight IS in cyberworld

Google, RailTel expand free Wi-Fi


service to 9 more railway stations in
India

global

average

launches

test-

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Super computer Param Kanchenjunga


launched at Sikkim NIT

Indian Army conducts Shatrujeet


battle exercise in Rajasthan

Harsh Vardhan launches Twinning


Network Program in Kohima

Seven
women
officers
granted
permanent commission by Navy

ISRO Scientists develop worlds


lightest material Silica Aerogel

launch of Indias final navigation


satellite IRNSS-1G

China launches sounding rocket

India successfully launches seventh


navigation satellite

Indian Naval Ships Veer and Nipat


decommissioned

Russia launches first rocket from new


Vostochny Cosmodrome

China
has
developed
the worlds
first graphene electronic paper which will
catapult the material to a new level

Rahuri in Ahmednagar becomes first to


have Digi-Locker

BSF to put tallest Tiranga at Wagah


border by January 2017

The ship will participate in the ADMM


Plus Exercise on Maritime Security and
Counter Terrorism- INA Airavat.

The telescope used by Astronomers at


ESOs La Silla Observatory to discover
three planets with sizes and temperatures
similar to those of Venus and Earth TRAPPIST telescope.
The strain of bacteria that was found to
inject into mosquitoes to curb their ability
to transmit Zika virus, by the Brazilian
researchers is known as_. Wolbachia.
The instrument that helped NASA in
detecting presence of Atomic Oxygen in
the upper layers of the Martian

atmosphere - Stratospheric Observatory


for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

The indigenously developed Advanced Air


Defence interceptor missile that has been
test fired from the complex of Abdul
Kalam Island off the Odisha coast
Ashwin.

The
Maharashtra
Ex-Servicemen's
Corporation recently launched a military
tourism initiative in Pune, named - Veer
Yatra

NASA successfully has launched a super


pressure balloon from New Zealand's
South Island Wanaka Airport to conduct Near-space scientific investigations.

Chief of Air Staff who has become the first


CAS to fly the indigenously designed and
produced Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Arup Raha.

The 27th series of CORPAT has been


conducted between the Indian Navy and
Indonesian Navy.

Who has been appointed as Union


Government as the head of committee on
defence expenditure - Lt Gen DB
Shekatkar (retd).

Former Union minister sworn-in as the


Chief Minister of Assam - Sarbanand
Sonowal.

Fast Attack Craft ship has commissioned


into the Indian Navy in May 2016- INS
Tarmugli.

46th Commandant of the Indian Military


Academy is - Lieutenant General SK Saini.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has


inaugurated second submarine assembly
workshop at - Mazagon Dock Limited.

Name of the world's first holographic


flexible smartphone developed by the
Canadian researchers is Holoflex

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BOOKS & AUTHORS

Book titled Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a


Cover Up authored by- Rana Ayyub.

The author of the novel named The


Drowned Detective is - Neil Jordan.

The book titled Chaos and Caliphate:


Jihadis and the West in the Struggle for
the Middle East is authored by - Patrick
Cockburn.

The author of Shashi Kapoors biography


titled Shashi Kapoor the Householder,
the Star - Aseem Chhabra.

Who killed Swami Laxmananada is a book


written by - Kuldip Nayar.

India vs Pakistan: Why Cant we just be


Friends is a book written by -Husain
Haqqani.

Author of the book Who Killed Swami


Laxmanananda - Anto Akkara

The author of the book titled My


Favourite Nature Stories is - Ruskin Bond

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