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July 31, 2016

2016 Current Affairs Round Up for Banking and SSC Exams - Part 1

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh on 1st May 2016. 
    • The program aims to provide five crore LPG connections to women in Below Poverty Line (BPL) households over the next 3 financial years, at a cost of Rs. 8,000 crore. 
  • Padma Sachdev was selected for the Saraswati Samman for 2015 for her autobiography titled "Chitt-Chete", written in Dogri language. 
    • Dogri language is spoken in Jammu and Himachal Pradesh. 
  • Bangladeshi cricketer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been appointed National Goodwill Ambassador for Youth by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). 
  • Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Actor Ranveer Singh were honoured with the 2016 Dinanath Mangeshkar Prize. 
  • Hindi writer Sunita Jain has been selected for the 2015 Vyas Sam-man for her poetry collection "Kshama". 
  • Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff passed away on March 24, 2016.
    •  He won the Ballon d'Or award three times. 
    • He led the Netherlands football team to the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and received Golden Ball as player of the tournament. 
  • Ray Tomlinson, the US programmer credited with inventing e-mail died on March 6, 2016. 
  • Former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma passed away on March 4, 2016. 
    • He was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 1996 to 1998. 
    • He was elected to the Parliament's Lower House 9 times. 
    • He was the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990. 
  • Pakistan's Parliament is the first in the world to completely run on solar power. 
    • This venture has been supported by China.
  • Barack Obama became the first US President in 88 years to visit Cuba when he reached Havana on March 20, 2016. 
    • The last US President to visit Cuba before Obama is Calvin Coolidge in 1928. 
  • Denmark topped World Happiness Index 2016. 
    • India ranked 118 out of 156 countries. 
    • Burundi is at the bottom of the index. 
  • India and France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra. India will host the 8th annual BRICS Summit in October 2016 in Goa. 
    • The logo for the Summit is a lotus with colours from all the 5 member countries and a traditional "Namaste" in the center. 
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has declared Kerala as the first digital State in India. 
  • Yes Bank has received the inaugural Green Bond Pioneer Award in London, UK. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Shyama Prasad Mukherjee National Rurban Mission at Kurubhat village in Rajna-ndgaon district in Chhattisgarh on February 21, 2016. 
    • The mission would focus on developing 300 clusters by 2020 to spur economic, social and infrastructure development in rural areas. 
  • The first ever Make in India Week was held in Mumbai in February 2016.
  • Lin Dan of China won the All England Badminton men's singles title in March 2016. 
    • He won the title for the sixth time. 
    • Women's title was won by Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. 
  • Defending champion Services won the Santosh Trophy football beating Maharashtra in the final in March 2016. 
    • Rest of India won the Irani Cup cricket in March 2016. 
    • It defeated Ranji champions Mumbai. 
  • India won the Asia Cup cricket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cric-ket Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh. 
    • India defeated hosts Bangladesh in the final match. 
  • India won the Asia Cup for the record sixth time.
    • This the first time Asia Cup was played in T20 format. 
  • Egyptian diplomat and former Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit is the new Secretary Gene-ral of the Arab League. 
    • He succeeded Nabil El-Araby. 
  • Mehbooba Mufti, President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took oath as the first woman Chi-ef Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on April 4, 2016. 
    • Deputy Chief Minister is Nirmal Singh of BJP. 
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted Exercise Iron Fist 2016 in Pokhran, Rajasthan. 
    • The day night exercise was aimed at demonstrating IAF's combat and fire-power. 
    • The event was attended by the President Pranab Mukhe-rjee, Prime Minister Modi and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. 
  • Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was conferred the Skoch Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to inclusive growth and towards poverty alleviation. 
  • IT Minister of Telangana State K.T. Rama Rao was honoured with the Skoch Award in the Start Up India category for his initiative in establishing the path-breaking tech incubator T-Hub. 
  • British mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles has been named the winner of the 2016 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo. 
    • Abel Prize is awarded for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. 
    • It is named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802-29).
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 13th India-EU summit in Brussels on March 30, 2016. 
    • European Union is head-quartered in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. 
  • The two-day Nuclear Security Summit was held on March 31 and April 1, 2016 in Washington D.C., USA. 
    • It was attended by over 50 world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
    • The world leaders pledged to reduce nuclear stocks and pro-tect the active inventories from falling into the hands of terrorists. 
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Li-ving foundation organized the three-day World Cultural Festival in Delhi in March 2016. 
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was ranked 42nd on Fortune magazine's "World's 50 Greatest Leaders" list. 
    • He is the only Indian to feature in it. 
    • He was selected for his efforts towards curbing air pollution in Delhi. 
    • The list is topped by Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO. 
  • Chairman and Managing Direct-or of Mahindra & Mahindra Gro-up Anand Mahindra was conferred the French Knight of the Legion of Honour. 
  • Managing Director and CEO of Tech Mahindra C.P. Gurnani took over as the Chairman of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) for 2016-17. 
    • He succeeded BVR Mohan Reddy. 
  • Naushad Forbes, Co-chairman of Forbes Marshall, assumed office as the new President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on April 5, 2016. 
    • He succeeded Sumit Mazumdar. 
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia is the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. 
  • Serena Williams of USA is the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. 
  • A Ministerial Meeting of BASIC countries was held in New Delhi in April 2016. 
    • It was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. 
    • BASIC is a group of Brazil, South Africa, India and China. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel remotely launched Asia's biggest telescope the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIE-S), built with Belgian assistance on March 30, 2016. 
    • It is located at Devasthal near Nainital in Uttarakhand. 
  • Maritime India Summit was organized from April 14-16 in Mumbai. 
    • It provided a unique platform for participants to explore potential business opportunities in the Indian maritime sector. 
    • South Korea was the partner country. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched "Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan" on the occasion of Dr B.R. Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary on April 14, 2016 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. 
    • Mhow is the birthplace of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
  • The Haryana government has re-named Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh. 
  • The world's first sanctuary for white tigers was opened in Mukundpur in Madhya Pradesh in April 2016. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will close its corporate banking operations in India. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM), connecting 21 wholesale markets (mandis) from eight States. 
  • Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand defeated China's Li Xuerui to win the Yonex-Sunrise Indian Open Super Series women's singles badminton title in New Delhi in April 2016. 
  • West Indies clinched their second ICC World T20 title after beating England in the men's final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on April 3, 2016. 
    • It is the first team to win World T20 title twice. 
    • Marlon Samuels of West Indies was declared Man of the Match. 
    • India's Virat Kohli was adjudged the Player of the Tournament. 
  • West Indies women's team won their maiden ICC World T20 on April 3, 2016. 
    • In the final played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata West Indies defeated Australia. 
  • Australia defeated India to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey in Malaysia in April 2016. 
  • Dipa Karmakar is the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
  • 88th Academy Awards (OSCARS) 
    • Mad Max: Fury Road won highest Academy Awards this year. 
      • It bagged 6 Oscars. 
    • Best Picture - Spotlight 
    • Best Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) 
    • Best Actress - Brie Larson (Room) 
    • Best Director - Alejandro Inarritu (The Revenant) 
    • Best Foreign Language Film - Son of Saul (Hungary) 
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