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March 06, 2016

6th March 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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National Affairs
  • The first Raisina-Dialogue 2016 was recently held at New Delhi. 
    • The three day conference is joint initiative of Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an independent think tank based in India. 
    • This is a flagship conference on Geopolitics and Geo-economics 
    • The theme of Raisina-Dialogue 2016 : Asia: Regional and Global Connectivity
  • State-owned airline Air India is operating the world's longest all-women crew flight, from Delhi to San Francisco, today. 
    • The flight will return on March 8 to commemorate the International Women's Day
    • It is the airline's longest flight, covering around 14,500 km in 17 hours. 
    • Important Note : Air India was the first carrier to operate an all-women crew flight in 1985.
Business & Economy
  • Jalandhar based Capital Local Area Bank limited (CLABL), is set to become India's first Small Finance Bank (SFB) by flagging-off its operations on April 13, 2016.
    • The Punjab-based entity is the first among ten players to get final licence from the Reserve Bank of India.
    • Important Points to Note
      • CLABL is currently active as local area bank.
      • The CLABL will launch operations under a new name ‘Capital Small Finance Bank Limited’ on April 13, coinciding with the auspicious festival of Baisakhi (the beginning of rabi harvest that gives a major boost to rural spending) in Punjab.
  • State-owned airline Air India is operating the world's longest all-women crew flight, from Delhi to San Francisco, today. 
    • The flight will return on March 8 to commemorate the International Women's Day
    • It is the airline's longest flight, covering around 14,500 km in 17 hours. 
    • Important Note : Air India was the first carrier to operate an all-women crew flight in 1985.
  • India's biggest lender SBI is among four new foreign banks that have been given preliminary approval to open fully-owned branches in Myanmar
    • Important Note : This is the second time that Myanmar has allowed foreign banks to open fully-owned branches in the country, after the military seized power in 1962, following permits to nine banks in October last year.
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned its first 700-MW supercritical thermal unit in Karnataka.
    • The company has commissioned its indigenously developed unit with supercritical technology at Bellary Thermal Power Project in Karnataka.

Awards & Honors
  • Prof. Sirshendu De, Head of the Chemical Engineering department of the IIT, Kharagpur was selected for the Indian Desalination Association (IDA) Innovation Award 2016.
    • He was selected for the award for developing an ultra low-cost eco-friendly laterite based arsenic water filter.
  • The Advertising Club Madras conferred its 1st Distinguished Service Award on Srinivasan K Swamy, Chairman and Managing Director, R K Swamy BBDO for his outstanding contribution to the advertising industry.

Science & Technology
  • NASA's Hubble telescope has broken the cosmic distance record by measuring the farthest galaxy ever seen in the universe
    • The galaxy, named GN-z11 is so far that the light from its stars takes 13.4 billion years to reach the Earth
    • The galaxy is located in the direction of the constellation of Ursa Major.
  • China plans to land a probe on Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, the sole governing political party of the country. 
    • Important Points to Note :
      • China’s earlier attempt to send a probe to Mars had failed in 2011.
      • So far, only India, the US, Russia and the European Union have successfully carried out Mars exploration missions.
New Appointments
  • Sanjiv Kohli, High Commissioner of India to New Zealand, has been concurrently accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Samoa with residence in Wellington.
  • Union of European Football Associations named Theodore Theodoridis as interim general secretary.

Deaths
  • Malayalam actor and singer Kalabhavan Mani (45) passed away. 
    • He won the National Film Award for his role in the 1999 Malayalam film, 'Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum.' 
  • Tony Dyson (68), the man who designed the Star Wars droid R2-D2, passed away.
    • He was hired to build remote-controlled R2-D2 units for George Lucas' Star Wars films in the 1970s.
Sports
  • Patna Pirates beat U Mumba 31-28 to win 3rd season of Pro Kabaddi League
  • After taking the first wicket in the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh today, Ashish Nehra became the fourth highest T20I wicket taker for India with 26 wickets. 
    • The list is topped by Ravichandran Ashwin with 45 followed by Irfan Pathan with 28 and Yuvraj Singh with 27. While, Harbhajan Singh sits at the fifth spot with 25 wickets.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo became the second-highest goalscorer in La Liga history with 252 goals.

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