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April 14, 2016

Highlights of March 2016 Current Affairs (One-Liners)

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Friends, here are the Major Current Affairs Highlights of March 2016. These one-liners cover all important International, National, Banking, Technology, Books & Authors, Sports affairs of March month (from 1st to 31st March 2016). We will try to provide the pdf version soon, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best :)

March 2016 Current Affairs Highlights

  • 26th Foundation Day of NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) was observed on 1st March 2016.
  • 7th meeting of the Governing Board of the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) was held in New Delhi.
  • A 108-feet tall idol of Rishabhdeva, the first Teerthankar of Jains, has entered the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest Jain statue.
  • According the the recently released ASSOCHAM report, Odisha has the maximum share of over 17% in the total live investments worth about ₹33 lakh crore attracted by India’s manufacturing sector.
  • According to Symantec, India ranks third among countries with the most number of financial Trojan infections, after the US and Germany.
  • According to the World Happiness Report 2016 published by the United Nations, India has ranked 118th out of 156 nations in a global list of happiest nations. Denmark takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world.
  • After the ambitious Make in India Week, Mumbai will host another international summit, the BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave, on April 14.
  • Aiming to reduce road accidents by 50% by 2020, the Gujarat government  has announced the Road Safety Policy 2016.
  • Allahabad High Court has celebrated 150 years of its existence.
  • Amazon has recently launched 'women only' delivery centres, which will be completely run and managed by women. 
  • Amir Hussain Lone, who lost both his arms at the age of eight in an accident in his father's cricket bat making sawmill, is the current state para-cricket team captain of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched India’s first state-wide broadband project called AP FiberNet.
  • Andhra Pradesh government inaugurated India’s first river linking project viz. Pattiseema lift irrigation project connecting Godavari River with Krishna River from the ongoing Polavaram Multi-purpose Irrigation Project.
  • As per a report released by Water Aid, India has the world's highest number of people without access to clean water.
  • Australian golfer Adam Scott won the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship.
  • Authorities in China's capital Beijing have passed a new family planning rule to allow remarried couples to have a second child. The new law also grants 128 maternity leaves (98 earlier) for mothers and a 15-day holiday for fathers.
  • Autorickshaws that run on solar power were launched in Bengaluru.
  • Bangladesh left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny and pacer Taskin Ahmed were suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after having been found guilty of illegal bowling actions.
  • Beverage giants PepsiCo have been named as BCCI's official associate sponsor for all international matches in India.
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) announced that it successfully commissioned a 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Telangana.
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned its first 700-MW supercritical thermal unit in Karnataka.
  • 'Bharat Kesri Dangal', a freestyle wrestling tournament of 3 days, recently held at Gurgaon.
  • Bihar assembly unanimously passes the Bihar Excise Amendment Bill 2016 paving the way for liquor ban in the state from April 1 this year.
  • Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has presented Chattisgarh Budget 2016-17 with an outlay of 70,059 crore. The budget focuses on infrastructure, social sectors and agriculture.
  • China has launched CyberSecurity Association of China, its first cybersecurity public organisation aimed at better safeguarding national cybersecurity and guiding internet companies in perform their duties.
  • China is building a tsunami alert centre in South China Sea.
  • 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.
  • Citizens of Bhutan planted 1,08,000 trees to welcome the birth of a son to King Khesar and Queen Pema.
  • Delhi govt presents Rs.46,600 crore annual budget for Delhi
  • Delhi has became the first state in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children.
  • Delhi has become the first state (UT) in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children.
  • Delhi has topped the list for crimes against foreign tourists with 135 reported cases registered in 2014, while Goa stood second with 66 cases, as per the data by the National Crime Records Bureau. 
  • Denmark's 17-year-old Mohamad Al-Bacha was crowned the FIFA'16 world champion after winning the final in New York
  • Dubai has announced to host the Robot Olympics in December 2017.
  • E-commerce major Flipkart has launched its own wallet and payment method called ‘Flipkart Money’.
  • European and Russian space agencies have successfully launched ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, an unmanned spacecraft on a mission to find evidence of alien life that exists or may have existed on Mars.
  • Europe's largest floating solar farm has been built in London on the Thames river, featuring 23,046 solar panels and measuring 57,500 square metres or the size of eight football pitches.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched the one-day Make in India conference in Sydney and asked Australian businesses to make investments in India. 
  • Food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugrated International Food and Hospitality Fair, AAHAR 2016 in New Delhi. Over 90 countries were participated in this 31st edition of AAHAR fair.
  • Former Indian captain, Rahul Dravid has been named as the Mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Delhi Daredevils.
  • Former National 6Reds runner-up Rahul Sachdev clinched his maiden title by winning the 1st All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship.
  • Former USA basketball legend Michael Jordan was placed at the top of Forbes' 2015's list of highest-paid retired athletes.
  • Germany has announced that it will help India to develop 3 Indian cities as Smart Cities. They are, Kerala's Kochi, Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore and Odisha's Bhubaneswar.
  • Government has announced that more than four lakh Jobs will be generated under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) during 2016-17.
  • Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel has announced that the State is going to set up the country's first university focusing exclusively on organic farming and research.
  • Gujarat has topped the list of 21 states with the most investment potential, followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu, a report by government think-tank NCAER has revealed.
  • Hanle village in Ladakh was short-listed as a prospective site to house the World's largest telescope named 'Thirty Metre Telescope International Observatory', estimated to be worth around ₹98.26 crore.
  • Haryana CM Manohar Lal formally launched the Ujala (LED bulbs) scheme of Haryana Power DISCOMs. With this scheme, Haryana Govt is planning to distribute LED bulbs at highly discounted prices to nearly 44 lakh domestic consumers.
  • Haryana Government has changed the name of Mustafabad village in Yamuna Nagar district of state to Saraswati Nagar.
  • Holi, Diwali and Easter may soon be declared official holidays in Pakistan, based on a resolution adopted by Pakistan's National Assembly.
  • Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has decided to rope in the Indian Army to teach patriotism in universities controlled by the government.
  • ICICI Bank has launched iWork@home, an initiative that allows women employees to work from home for up to a year.
  • ICICI Bank today launched a Contactless option in its app 'Pockets'. This will allow users to make payments at outlets by tapping their smartphones.
  • In an effort to boost the economy, China’s central bank cut banks’ required reserve ratio by 0.5%.
  • India and France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur nuclear park in Maharashtra.
  • India and US launched the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship, in a new initiative to advance bilateral cooperation on climate change.
  • India has assumed BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) Chairmanship from the Russian Federation for the year 2016.
  • India has been ranked at the 90th place in a list of 126 countries on the basis of their ability to deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy.
  • India has distributed scholarships to over 800 Bangladeshi students under the 'Muktijodha Scholarship Scheme'.
  • India has observed the 10th Earth Hour on 19th March 2016 between 8.30 pm and 9:30 pm.
  • India has organized an international dialogue in Delhi during 10th & 11th March 2016 to present a model of 'no strings attached' assistance to developing countries that is unlike the western model of conditional assistance followed by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • India has reduced its financial aid to Nepal by 40% in its general budget for 2016-17 fiscal year to ₹300 crore.
  • India has signed an agreement to extend $2 billion as line of credit to Bangladesh.
  • India has won the 2016 Asia Cup T20 trophy for a record sixth time after beating Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the final.
  • India Inc. became first in the world to formally adopt the United Nations’ (UN) agenda for the world’s sustainable development and 17 goals identified for its implementation.
  • India is one of the five countries involved in developing vaccines to fight the Zika virus that affects newborns in 38 countries and territories. The other countries developing the vaccine are the US, France, Brazil and Austria.
  • India sent its first direct container vessel to Bangladesh from Andhra Pradesh's Krishnapatnam port, as a part of a coastal shipping agreement signed in November between both the countries.
  • India tops in Asian Development Bank's Growth outlook for Asia in 2016.
  • Indian badminton player HS Prannoy clinched the 2016 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold after beating Marc Zwiebler of Germany.
  • Indian limited-overs skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while playing against Bangladesh today in the ICC World T20, became the Fifth Indian batsman and the First T20I captain to cross the 1,000-run mark in T20 internationals.
  • Indian men's and Women's table tennis teams won golds in their respective categories in the second division of the 2016 World Table Tennis Championships.
  • Indian race walker Gurmeet Singh became the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal at the Asian 20 km Race Walking Championships, by defeating Japan's Isamu Fujisawa in the championship's 11th edition. 
  • Indian Railways has launched bar coding system for unreserved tickets to prevent revenue leakage and bring transparency in the ticketing system.
  • Indian shuttlers Tarun Kona and Alwin Francis won the II Peru International Series 2016 title.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch 22 satellites in a single mission, its highest so far, this May. The launch vehicle PSLV C34 will carry India’s remote sensing satellite Cartosat 2C along with 21 other satellites, including four micro-satellites and 17 nano-satellites.
  • Indian wrestler Hardeep has became the first Indian wrestler since Mausam Khatri 12 years ago to book a quota place for 2016 Rio Olympics in the Greco-Roman category.
  • India's Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve has been added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserve among 20 new sites.
  • India's biggest lender SBI is among four new foreign banks that have been given preliminary approval to open fully-owned branches in Myanmar.
  • Iran President Hassan Rouhani was on a 2-day visit to Pakistan. During the visit, Mr Rouhani discussed a pipeline project for transporting Iranian natural gas to Pakistan.
  • Jalandhar based Capital Local Area Bank limited (CLABL) became India's first Small Finance Bank (SFB) by flagging-off its operations on April 13, 2016.
  • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed that this year's Rio Olympics will be his last Olympics.
  • Japan has committed loans worth about ₹14,269 crore (242.2 billion yen) for five infrastructure development projects in India. The projects include the Dedicated Freight Corridor Project, Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project and Transmission System Strengthening Project in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Japan's multinational corporation SoftBank Group recently announced to split into two companies to separate its domestic and overseas business.
  • Kachhabali village in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district has became the first liquor-free village in the state after its residents voted in support of shutting down the only liquor shop in their panchayat.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presented a Rs. 1.63 lakh crore annual budget for the state.
  • Karnataka government has launched Mukhyamantri Santwana Harish Yojana to provide Free medical treatment to road accident victims for the first 48 hours (2 days) in the nearest government or private hospital.
  • Kazakhstan has banned smartphones in government offices and police stations to prevent information leak.
  • Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has inaugurated an Air Ambulance facility catering to patients with urgent medical requirements, including organ transplant.
  • Kerala Tourism’s new campaign on responsible tourism has bagged the prestigious 'Golden City Gate Award' at the world’s leading travel trade show ITB in Berlin.
  • Lin Dan from China has won the prestigious 2016 All England Badminton title in the men’s singles category.
  • Maharashtra government has approved the 'Prohibition on Social Boycott Bill' to tackle with social boycotting based on caste and community. Under this bill, the maximum punishment for social boycotting will be 7 years in prison or fine up to ₹5 lakh.
  • Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS 2016), the maiden flagship initiative of the Union Ministry of Shipping, was organised from 14 to 16 April 2016 at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. Republic of Korea is the partner country for MIS 2016.
  • Mumbai is likely to get a CBI branch for probing cyber crime offences. As of now, such a branch is only in the headquarters (Delhi).
  • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly recently returned to Earth after spending 340 days in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He has become the first US astronaut to spend the most time in space, at a total of 520 days.
  • NASA's Hubble telescope has broken the cosmic distance record by measuring the farthest galaxy ever seen (GN-z11) in the universe.
  • Nepal was officially made a dialogue partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a Beijing-based regional security grouping.
  • New Delhi has topped the list of top 25 destinations in India by travel website TripAdvisor as part of its 'Travellers' Choice Awards' for 2016.
  • Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.
  • Nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-I was successfully test fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Odisha's Abdul Kalam Island.
  • Oculus, the world's most expensive train station, which was built in New York, US, on the site of World Trade Center, which got destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, was recently opened.
  • Olympic gold medalist and Indian ace shooter Abhinav Bindra has set up a venture capital fund named 'Shooting Star LLP'.
  • Pakistan and Iran have signed 6 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to strengthen bilateral cooperation in health, commerce, finance and foreign services.
  • Patna Pirates beat U Mumba 31-28 to win 3rd season of Pro Kabaddi League
  • Playing against New Zealand in the opener of the ICC World T20, India crossed the 400 T20I wickets mark (excluding run outs), thereby becoming the seventh-highest T20I wicket-taking nation.
  • PM Narendra Modi announced that India will host the FIFA under-17 World Cup next year. 
  • President Pranab Mukherjee formally inaugurated the 5th edition of the India Aviation 2016. The five-day biennial aviation show was jointly organised by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at the Begumpet airport, Hyderabad.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has given the final clearance to the Aadhaar Bill, which will now allow the government to make the 12-digit unique identity number compulsory to access government services and benefits.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee on 5th March 2016 inaugurated a two-day National Conference of Women Legislators in New Delhi. Theme : Women legislators-building resurgent India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel remotely launched Asia's biggest telescope, the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), built with Belgian assistance.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched 'Kisan Suvidha' app for farmers to provide information on weather, market prices, seeds, fertilisers, crop protection and agricultural machinery.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has selected another village for adoption in his Varanasi Constituency of U.P. for development under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). Earlier, he had adopted Jayapur village in the same Varanasi constituency in the first phase in 2014.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 100 MW power supply to Bangladesh by remote control from Tripura’s Palatana plant on 23rd March 2016.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 3 day 'Krishi Unnati Mela' in Delhi for disseminating information on modernising the country's agricultural practices.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the ambitious Rs 50,800-crore Setu Bharatam project, under which a total of 208 railway crossings will be replaced by rail over bridges (ROBs).
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a three nation visit to Belgium, United States & Saudi Arabia.
  • Private lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank has tied up with National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) for Collateral Management and Warehousing Services.
  • Private lender Yes Bank launched an all-women operated bank branch ‘Yes Grace’ on Cunningham Road, Bengaluru aimed at offering customised banking solutions to women.
  • Railway Ministry launched Clean My Coach Service to ensure cleanliness in trains.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has presented a ₹99,693 crore annual budget for the state.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin became the first Indian bowler to collect 50 T20I wickets after picking David Warner's wicket against Australia.
  • Rest of India has won the Irani Cup Cricket title by beating Mumbai by four wickets.
  • Russia has slashed its space budget for 2016 to 2025 by 30%, from 2 trillion rubles ($29.24 billion) to 1.4 trillion rubles ($20.68 billion).
  • Scientists from Japan have discovered a new species of bacteria, called Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, that can eat plastic.
  • Services has won the 70th edition of Santosh Trophy Football Championships title 2016 by defeating hosts Maharashtra.
  • Shiva Thapa has become the first Indian boxer to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Shweta Rathore, the silver medallist at the 2015 Asian body building event, has bagged the Gold medal at the National body building Championship in New Delhi.
  • Singapore was ranked the world's most expensive city by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
  • South Korea's parliament has passed the country's first anti-terror bill, with opposition lawmakers leaving the plenary chamber after ending the nine-day marathon speeches.
  • State-owned Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has become the country's first lender to start the distribution of the government's Indian Gold Coins.
  • Tamil Nadu government recently launched internet services to every household through the state-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation.
  • Thailand is facing its worst drought in over 20 years, with water levels in the nation's largest dams below 10%.
  • The 4th Nuclear Security Summit -2016 was held in Washington DC, the United States.
  • The 9th edition of the biennial defence expo, Defexpo India 2016, organised by the Defence Ministry, was held in South Goa from 28th to 31st March 2016.
  • The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, had presented the Rs. 367.58 crore deficit budget.
  • The Cabinet has approved the signing of an MoU with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for it to set up the South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) in India.
  • The Centre has decided to issue universal ID cards for persons with disability, which will be valid throughout the country, unlike the state-issued certificates that are not recognised by other states.
  • The Centre has imposed President's Rule in Uttarakhand on grounds of "breakdown of governance".
  • The Delhi Daredevils have appointed former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan as their captain for the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League. 
  • The Director of School Education in Kashmir declared all schools in the valley as 'Polythene-free' zones.
  • The European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate (refinancing rate) to 0% from 0.05%.
  • The Fast patrol vessel (FPV) of the Indian Coast Guard ICGS Arnvesh was commissioned at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Federal Bank is set to launch a dedicated service for startups called 'Launchpad', to open incubation centres at its Bengaluru and Ernakulam branches.
  • The Finance Ministry has announced that the government will issue Gold bonds under the third tranche of its Sovereign Gold Bond scheme on March 29.
  • The first ever pollution-free, fully electricity-operated bus was launched in New Delhi.
  • The first Raisina-Dialogue 2016 was recently held at New Delhi. The theme of Raisina-Dialogue 2016 : Asia: Regional and Global Connectivity
  • The government aims to bring over 50% of farmers under insurance cover through the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in the next two years.
  • The government has amended the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to give an option to a subscriber’s spouse to continue to contribute to the account till the time the subscriber would have turned 60, in case of his/her premature death.
  • The government has approved 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Marketplace model of e-commerce under the automatic route.
  • The Government has decided to set up '1033' as a toll free national helpline number to report road accidents.
  • The government has formally withdrawn the recognition of Delhi Stock Exchange (DSE) after it was derecognised by markets regulator SEBI in November 2014 for "serious irregularities" in its functioning.
  • The government has hiked the Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees and pensioners today by Six Percent (6%).
  • The Government has launched 'Mahila E-Haat', a first of its kind online platform from the Women and Child Development Ministry to promote women entrepreneurs, particularly from rural areas.
  • The government has relaxed FDI norms for the insurance sector by permitting overseas companies to buy 49% stake in domestic insurers, subject to verification by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India.
  • The government has revised the 'Indian Customs Declaration Form' to include drones in the list of prohibited and dutiable goods, making it mandatory for the flyers to declare them from April 1.
  • The government is going to replace the existing Five-year plan system with a medium-term fiscal framework that will project fiscal allocations for the next three years beginning 2017-18.
  • The governor of Bangladesh Bank, Atiur Rahman, has resigned after $81 million was stolen from the central bank's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in February.
  • The Haryana Assembly has passed the Jat Quota bill unanimously after it was tabled for discussion on the same day.
  • The Haryana government has launched Project Salamati, making it the first state to implement the use of injectable contraceptives towards family planning.
  • The Health Ministry has banned the sale and manufacture of over 300 combination drugs that are being sold in India without government approval.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 6th navigation satellite into the Earth’s orbit on March 10.
  • The interest rate on Public Provident Fund (PPF) was cut from 8.7% to 8.1%.
  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH), has promoted Hockey India national-level umpire Nepoleon Singh as the International Outdoor Umpire.
  • The largest nuclear security centre in the Asia-Pacific region opened in Beijing, China.
  • The Maharashtra government exempted sugar exporting mills from paying cane purchase tax for the 2015 to 2016 marketing year, which began in October.
  • The Maharashtra government has decided to observe 2016 as the 'Year of Farmers Self-respect' in view of the prevailing drought across the state.
  • The Mumbai under-23 cricket team has won the Col CK Nayudu Trophy for the season 2015-16.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to share FDI-related data with the country's intelligence agencies, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), to check the black money entering India.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a currency swapping agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, under which RBI's Sri Lankan counterpart can withdraw up to $700 million for a maximum of three months.
  • The SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Programming Committee meet was held at Pokhara, Nepal, during 14th to 17th March 2016.
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's recommendation to make 112 the number for all emergency services such as Police, Ambulances, and the Fire Brigade in India was accepted by the Telecom Commission.
  • The UK lifted a 15-year-old ban on the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISFY), a pro-Khalistan group.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana, a Rs 8,000-crore scheme to provide cooking gas (LPG) connections free of cost to women members of poor households.
  • The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced a new Aadhaar Bill - the Aadhaar Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services Bill 2016 - in the Lok Sabha. The bill will provide a legal basis to the the unique identification number.
  • The United States and the Philippines have announced a new 10-year security pact to allow a rotating US military presence at five bases on the Philippines islands.
  • The United States will use a nuclear-capable B-52 warplane to bomb Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria starting April.
  • The UP Government announced to conduct a campaign titled Gauraiya Diwas on March 20th, at school levels to create awareness about the conservation of birds.
  • The World Health Organization has suspended the approval of tuberculosis drugs made by Mumbai-based Svizera Labs, a major supplier to developing countries, citing the company's unreliable manufacturing standards as the reason.
  • The world’s first amputee football training camp for kids aged 5 to 16 was held in Dublin.
  • The world’s first cyborg Olympics will be held in October this year in Switzerland.
  • TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and the ICRW (International Center for Research on Women) have come together to introduce the Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) program in public schools across Maharashtra.
  • Toorputallu and Pedhamyanavanilanka, two villages in Andhra Pradesh, will run completely on solar power from this year. These will be the first two villages in the country to be run 100% on solar power. These villiages were adopted by the  union minister Nirmala Sitharaman under Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna.
  • Union Defence Minister ‎Manohar Parrikar‬ flagged off India's first indigenously developed SONAR dome during the 9th Edition of Defexpo 2016‬ at Goa.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh recently announced that the government is planning to set up new nuclear power plants in Bihar, Haryana and Punjab.
  • United States President Barack Obama was on a visit to Cuba. He is the first US President to visit the country in 88 years.
  • US state, California had passed 'The End of Life Option Act'. With the help of this act, Terminally ill residents of the state will legally be allowed to end their lives with medication prescribed by doctors starting June 9 this year.
  • Uttar Pradesh government has made it mandatory for primary school students to sing the national anthem, 'Jana Gana Mana', every day.
  • Various banks have so far disbursed over ₹1.15 lakh crore under the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY).
  • Vijender Singh knocks out Hungary’s Alexander Horvath to register fourth consecutive win in Pro Boxing.
  • With 7% presence, India ranks 26th globally in terms of presence of women members on company boards.
  • With the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) allowing women to join its supervisory combat roles, women can now be inducted as officers in combat roles in all five Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).
  • Yes Bank, the India’s fifth largest private sector Bank has signed MOU with the India Brazil Chamber of Commerce for cooperation in knowledge sharing, consultancy, skill and technology.

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