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August 01, 2016

2016 Current Affairs Round Up for Banking and SSC Exams - Part 2

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  • Former Supreme Court judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan has been appointed Chairman of the 21st Law Commission. 
    • He is currently heading the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred the King Abdula-ziz Sash honour by Saudi Arabia on April 3, 2016. 
    • It is the highest civilian honour of Saudi Arabia. 
  • Filippo Grandi of Italy is the new UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 
    • His tenure is for five years. 
    • He succeeded Antonio Guterres of Portugal. 
  • Tsai Ing-wen is the first female President of Taiwan. 
    • She belongs to Democratic Progressive Party. 
  • Dinesh Sharma of India was elected to the 12 member Board of Directors of the China- sponsored Asian Infrastructure Inve-stment Bank (AIIB). 
    • This bank is headquartered in Beijing, China. 
    • It has 57 founding members, including India. 
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) test-fired its indigenously built surface to air Akash missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha. 
    • Its range is 25 kilometers. 
  • President Pranab Mukherjee awarded India's highest peacetime gallantry award Ashok Chakra, posthumously to Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami on Janu-ary 26, 2016. 
  • Padma Awards were announced on January 25, 2016. 
    • The list comprises 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shree awardees. 
    • 19 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons in the category of foreigners, NRIs, and PIOs and 4 posthumous awardees. 
    • Rajinikanth, Ramoji Rao, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, V. Shantha (Medicine), Dhirubhai Ambani (posthumous) were given Padma Vibh-shan. 
    • Anupam Kher, Udit Nara-yan,Vinod Rai, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and D. Nageshwar Reddy (Medicine) are some of the recipients of Padma Bhushan. 
    • Ajay Devgan, Priyanka Chopra, Madhur Bhandarkar, Deepika Kumari (sports) are some promi-nent awardees of Padma Shri. 
  • Indian author Anuradha Roy won the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel "Sleeping on Jupiter" at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. 
  • Delhi-based writer Ankita Anand won the European Commission's Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015. 
  • Kidambi Srikanth of India won the Syed Modi International Grand Prix badminton title in Lucknow. 
  • P.V. Sindhu won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton women's singles title. 
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia clinched his sixth Australian Open tennis men's singles title when he defeated Andy Murray of Britain in the final in Melbourne in January 2016. 
    • Women's singles title was won by Angelique Kerber of Germany. 
      • She defeated Serena Williams of USA in the final. 
    • India-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the Australian Open women's doubles title. 
  • French President Francois Hollande was the Chief Guest at India's 67th Republic Day celebrations. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the President of France Francois Hollande laid the foundation stone of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) headquarters in Gurgaon on January 25, 2016. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Start Up India initiative in New Delhi on January 16, 2016. 
    • A separate fund will be created with Rs 10,000 crore corpus for the development of innovation-driven enterprises. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared Sikkim as the first Organic Farming State of India. 
  • 12 Pacific Rim countries signed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in Auckland, New Ze-aland on February 4, 2016. 
    • These 12 countries are
      • Singapore, 
      • Mala-ysia, 
      • Vietnam, 
      • Brunei, 
      • Japan, 
      • Canada, 
      • USA, 
      • Mexico, 
      • Peru, 
      • Chile, 
      • Australia 
      • New Zealand. 
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an internati-onal public health emergency over the spread of mosquito-borne Zika virus. 
    • Zika virus is linked to birth defects in Americas. 
  • China's President Xi Jinping formally opened Asian Infrastru-cture Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing on January 16, 2016. 
    • China's former Finance Minister Jin Liqun was elected the first AIIB President. 
  • Veteran actor Manoj Kumar was chosen for the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2015. 
  • Lionel Messi of Argentina won the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best football player for the fifth time. 
    • Carli Lloyd of USA won the women's award. 
  • Former Supreme Court Chief Justice S.H.Kapadia passed away in Mumbai on January 4, 2016. 
    • He was the 38th Chief Justice of India. 
  • Telangana became the first State to make gender education compulsory at the graduate level. 
  • The 103rd Indian Science Cong-ress was held in Mysore in January 2016. 
    • The theme is "Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India". 
  • The Union Cabinet approved the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, a crop insurance scheme. 
    • There will be a uniform premium of only 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops. 
    • In case of annual commercial and horticulture crops, the premium to be paid by farmers is 5%. 
  • India defeated Afghanistan in the final to lift the South Asian Foot-ball Federation (SAFF) Cup in Thiruvananthapuram in January 2016. 
  • Christine Lagarde of France was re-elected Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to a second five- year term in February 2016. 
  • Taylor Swift's "1989" won the Album of the Year at this year's Grammys in Los Angeles, USA in February 2016. 
  • Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was chosen for the first World Sanskrit Award. 
  • Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan was awarded Pride of Kerala award. 
  • Harper Lee, a renowned American author passed away on February 19, 2016. 
    • She authored "To Kill a Mockingbird". 
  • Italian author Umberto Eco, famous for his novel "The Name of the Rose", passed away in Rome on February 19, 2016. 
  • Former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali of Egypt passed away in Cairo on February 16, 2016. 
    • He served from 1992 to 1996. 
  • Former RBI deputy governor S.S.Tarapore passed away on February 2, 2016. 
    • He was the Chairman of a committee on capital account convertibility. 
  • Former Army Chief General K. V. Krishna Rao, who also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, passed away on January 30, 2016. 
  • Mysore in Karnataka ranked the cleanest city in India while Dhanbad in Jharkhand came at the bottom of 73 major cities in the Swachh Survekshan-2016. 
  • The International Fleet Review (IFR) was conducted in Visakhapatnam from February 4 to 8, 2016. 
    • "United through Oceans" was the motto of the IFR. 
  • West Indies beat India by five wickets to win the ICC Under-19 world Cup title in Mirpur, Bangladesh on February 14, 2016. 
  • David Warner was named Austr-alia's Test Player of the Year. 
    • He was given the Allan Border Medal. 
  • Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul retired from international cricket. 
    • He scored 11,867 runs in 164 Tests. 
  • India won 188 gold, 90 silver and 30 bronze medals at the 12th South Asian Games held in Guwahati and Shillong in February 2016. 
    • India topped the medals table with 308 medals. 
  • Former Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu took over as the new Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on February 29, 2016. 
    • He will have tenure of five years. 
  • President Pranab Mukherjee's book "The Turbulent Years: 1980-1996" was released. 
  • India's first nuclear submarine INS Arihant passed deep sea tests. 
  • The fifth edition of exercise IBSAMAR (India, Brazil, South Africa Maritime) was conducted in Goa in February 2016. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched "Setu Bharatam" On March 4, 2016. 
    • It is a program to build bridges for safe and seaml-ess travel on national highways. 
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