Weekly Current Affairs Update (29 February – 6 March) – 2016

///Weekly Current Affairs Update (29 February – 6 March) – 2016

National News Weekly Current Affairs Update (29th February  to 6 March 2016)

The important weekly current affairs update have been listed below along with the other relevant and significant information regarding them. This compilation is not a substitute to regular newspaper reading. Rather, this will help in revision of all relevant current event happenings of the week starting from 29th February to 6 March 2016.

  • 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. 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. Air India was the first carrier to operate an all-women crew flight in 1985.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a two-day National Conference of Women Legislators in New Delhi. The conference is being organized at the initiative of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The conference is being attended by 300 women MLAs, MLCs, MPs, Union Ministers and Chief Ministers. Theme : Women legislators-building resurgent India.
  • The Centre has decided to issueuniversal 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. This move will allow the differently-abled to easily avail the benefits of various schemes and reservations. Note : The government plans to ensure complete accessibility for the disabled by 2019.
  • The Madras High Court has directed that the National anthem should be sung in all private schools in Tamil Nadu during the morning assembly. The directive was based on a PIL submitted by an ex-serviceman, which stated that the national anthem was not sung in various private schools while it was sung in central and state government schools.
  • As part of the ‘Digital India’ campaign, the government will digitalize 1.5 lakh post offices across India, including 1.3 lakh post offices in rural areas, by March 2017. A budget of ₹4,909 crore has been allocated for the same. Further, postmen across the country would be provided with solar-powered handheld devices that would be connected to national data centers.
  • (4th March) is National Safety DayNational Safety Week is being observed from 4th March 2016 to10th March 2016. The National Safety Day/Week Campaign is celebrated in India every year by the National Safety Council to enhance the safety awareness among people. Note : National Safety Council of India is a self-governing body (non profit and nongovernmental organization for public service) which was established on 4th of March in 1966 under the Societies Act in Mumbai. Theme of 2016 : “Strengthen Safety Movement to Achieve Zero Harm
  • (4th March) is Rashtriya Suraksha Diwas (National Security Day). This day is observed  to praise the work of security forces, who play a major role in maintaining peace and security of the people in India.  Note that: National Security Council (NSC), the apex agency that looks into the country’s political, economic, energy and strategic security concerns. The National Security Adviser of India is Ajit Kumar Doval. He is the Primary Adviser to the Prime Minister on issues related to National Security.
  • 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.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has 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). As part of the project, 1,500 bridges of the British era will be overhauled at an estimated expenditure of Rs. 30,000 crore.
  • Minister of Communications and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that, the government will soon launch BPO call centres in villages to empower and digitally connect with the common man.
  • 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. It was revealed by Global Energy Architecture Performance Index (GEAPI)Report compiled by World Economic Forum (WEF).
  • The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has 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 CBI has set up a working group to coordinate with various financial institutions to help curb financial frauds.
  • The Government has decided to set up ‘1033‘ as a toll free national helpline number to report road accidents. The helpline would also cater to other issues relating to the National Highways.
  • 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. This program is going to be implemented in 25,000 schools as a part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The program aims to inculcate gender-equitable values among children between the ages of 12 and 14.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has  proposed that only women members should address the Parliament on March 8, in an effort to mark the International Women’s Day. The Lok Sabha currently has 62 women MPs – over 11% of the total house strength of 545. This marks the highest ever representation of women in the Lower House.
  • Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has inaugurated an Air Ambulance facility catering to patients with urgent medical requirements, including organ transplant. The Kerala government will bear the expenses for the transport of organs through the facility, for which ₹5 crore has been earmarked. The service is expected to begin in two months, after the required aircraft is acquired.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has approved a first-of-its-kind policy on Internet of Things (IoT). The state government aims to set up 10 IoT hubs with private players’ participation and create 50,000 jobs.
  • Haryana Government has changed the name of Mustafabad village in Yamuna Nagar district of state to Saraswati Nagar. This new name was derived from mythological Saraswati River. The revenue records of state government claimed the old dried-up riverbed of mythological Saraswati River exists near the village.
  • The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation is planning to turn 100 ancient water tanks around the state into tourist hubs. In 16 months, the water bodies will reportedly be de-silted, and developed into amusement parks. The hills around them will be developed for adventure sports.
  • 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.
  • 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. Victims can now file a complaint with the Magistrate and the verdict should be out in six months.
  • Noted science journalist Pallava Bagla has been conferred with The national award for “Outstanding Efforts in the Field of Science and Technology Communication on Electronic Medium” for his efforts in science and technology communication on television.
  • Tamil Nadu government has launched internet services to every household through the state-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation.
  • Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda has been felicitated in Australia with an achievement award for making his mark in the film industry. He was honoured by the members of non-profit organization South Asian Public Affairs Council.
  • Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been named as theworld’s number 1 position for the second consecutive year in 25-40 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) category. The airport received three international awards, including one for the best airport by size in the Asia Pacific region. The two other awards for IGIA are for best airport by size and region Asia Pacific (25-40 MPPA), and the second best airport by region (Asia Pacific).
  • 7th day International Yoga festival commenced in Rishikesh.
  • Mumbai is likely to get a CBI branch for probing cyber crime offences. Presently, such a branch is only in the headquarters (Delhi).
  • A S Kiran, the Chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has announced that India is ready to conduct its second moon mission, Chandrayaan II. A completely indigenous mission, Chandrayaan II was earlier slated to launch in 2013, but was rescheduled to 2016 due to technical difficulties. Note that : Chandrayaan I, India’s first lunar probe, was launched in October 2008.
  • Maharashtra government announced a 5% reservation for Mumbai’s mill workers, women and kin of state martyrs in procuring autorickshaw permitsto ensure greater participation of locals.
  • Senior IPS officer Alok Kumar Verma took charge as Delhi Police Commissioner. He will replace BS Bassi who was at loggerheads with the AAP government on a range of issues in the last one year.
  • Former Chief Justice of India, HL Dattu joined as the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India. He will be seventh Chairperson of the Commission.
  • The government has come out with draft rules on emission standards for Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) for various categories of vehicles manufactured on or after April 1, 2020. Note that : The Centre has decided to directly implement BS-VI (equivalent to Euro VI norms) from the current BS-IV, for the supply of cleaner fuel. BS-VI grade fuel contains 10 ppm sulphur.
  • Punjab government imposed a ban on the sale of army uniforms across the state. Punjab had witnessed terror attacks in Pathankot and Gurdaspur in the recent past where militants had disguised themselves in the army fatigues

International News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (29 February  to 6th March 2016)

By reading the following Weekly Current Affairs 2016, you can know the highlights of the week starting from 29th February to 6 March in brief.

  • 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.
  • France‘s lower house of parliament has passed an amendment imposing a$385,000 fine on technology companies that refuse to provide encrypted data in terror-related cases.
  • Chinese censors have banned all depictions of homosexuality, underage relations, one night stands and extramarital affairs on television to regulate content that “exaggerates the dark side of society”. The ban also extends to drinking, smoking, reincarnation, and even suggestive clothing.
  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted the toughest sanctions ever imposed on North Korea in response to its fourth nuclear test and rocket launch. In this regard, the 15-member council passed a resolution drafted by the United States and backed by China.
  • Oculus, the world’s most expensive train station has been opened to the public in New York, US, on the site of World Trade Center, which got destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. Note that : The 350 feet long and 115 feet wide station, designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, was initially budgeted at $2 billion but was later completed for $3.85 billion.
  • (3rd March) is World Wildlife Day.  3 March is the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Theme for World Wildlife Day 2016 : The future of wildlife is in our hands
  • India is organising 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. Several experts on development related subjects from Asia, Africa and South America will be part of the conference.
  • India has reduced its financial aid to Nepal by 40% in its general budget for 2016-17 fiscal year to ₹300 crore. While the reduction in aid follows Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli’s visit to India, the government has reportedly also reduced financial aid to other South East Asian countries excluding Maldives.
  • UN Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura announced that the United Nations will conduct the next round of Syria peace talks on March 9.
  • China’s Navy launched its first self-propelled floating dock as a part of its efforts to modernise the Navy. The floating dock will allow the Navy to repair warships away from the coast and repair restore damaged ships even in combat zones.
  • The 7th Indo-Seychelles joint training exercises, aiming to improve interoperability between both armies in counter-insurgency operations, concluded at Victoria, Mahe Island in Seychelles. Focused on interoperability in drills pertaining to counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism, a number of activities and exercises were conducted during the joint training.
  • The Italian city of Verona has banned the opening of any new kebab or fried fast food shops in an attempt to preserve its “traditional appearance”.
  • Swiss voters rejected a plan that called for the automatic expulsion of foreigners from the country for minor offences like speeding. Under the plan, foreigners could be deported immediately for major crimes and also for their second minor offence in 10 years.

Economics News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (29 February  to 6th March 2016)

Important news and events in the economic world that happened over the whole week including the Sunday news has been listed here for quick revision.

  • State-owned airline Air India is operating the world’s longest all-women crew flight, from Delhi to San Francisco. 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Investors can apply for the bonds between March 8 and 14, to be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited and designated post offices. About ₹1,050 crore was raised from the first two tranches.
  • The JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) has pledged Official Development Assistance loan of Rs. 5700 crore in two installments for widening and up gradation of National Highway projects in North East India.
  • China Parliament’s spokesperson Fu Ying has revealed that China’s 2016 defense spending will increase by 7-8% from last year, the slowest growth since 2010.
  • The government appointed the CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) N Chandrasekaran and two others as Part-time non-official directors to the board of RBI. Former Chief Secretary of Gujarat Sudhir Mankad and Mahindra & Mahindra non-executive chairman BN Doshi were the other two appointed members. The government can nominate up to ten non-official directors to the RBI board.
  • According to a new report on smartphone sales by research firm IDC, Delhi has beaten Mumbai to become the biggest smartphone market in India. Further, 4G has set a new record by accounting for 45% of all online smartphone sales in urban India. Overall, Samsung emerged as the largest mobile brand in the country, followed by Micromax and Lenovo, respectively.
  • Google has announced that it is working with the UNICEF to analyze data for mapping and predicting the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children. The company announced a $1 million grant to UNICEF to support the development of the vaccines. Google has also started prominently providing information about the virus in its search engine.
  • E-commerce major Flipkart launched its own wallet and payment method called ‘Flipkart Money’. Currently available on Android devices, users can recharge the wallet with ₹10,000 at a time and a total of ₹25,000 can be added in a month.
  • 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. This comes in the backdrop of the 12th Plan period ending in 2016-17.
  • An Emirates Airbus A380 has completed the world’s longest direct commercial flight after landing in Auckland , having started the journey 14,201 kilometers away in Dubai.
  • Indian Railways has launched bar coding system for unreserved tickets to prevent revenue leakage and bring transparency in the ticketing system. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said bar coding of unreserved tickets, one of the rail budget 2016-17 commitments, will be launched in three stations of the city – New Delhi, Old Delhi and Nizamuddin.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh has announced that the government is planning to set up new nuclear power plants in Bihar, Haryana and Punjab. The government also aims to increase the nuclear power generation capacity by three times in ten years.
  • In a bid to deal with a spike in prices, the government is going to buy 15,000 tonnes of onions from farmers to create a buffer stock. The stock would reportedly be utilised for market intervention in the event of a price rise during lean months.
  • Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced that mobile phone production in India had more than doubled to 11 crore in 2015-16, against 5.4 crore units manufactured in 2014-15. The government has so far received proposals worth ₹1,20,294 crore for electronics manufacturing in India, out of which projects worth ₹18,000 crore have been given in-principal approval.
  • In an effort to boost the economy, China’s central bank cut banks’ required reserve ratio by 0.5%. Banks will have to keep less of their money in cash and will be able to lend more to people and businesses thereby injecting money into the financial system. This move can reportedly put further devaluation pressure on China’s currency, the yuan.
  • The government announced that the 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 Provident Fund will be taxed. All contributions and interest accrued to employee provident fund (EPF) before April 1, 2016, will not attract any tax on withdrawal. Withdrawal of principal amount contributed to EPF after April 1 would also remain exempt from any tax.
  • The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is going to raise ₹10,000 crore corpus for ‘Stand Up India’ fund from the Reserve Bank of India. The fund will be used to refinance the loans extended by the banks to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women entrepreneurs.

Sports News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (29 February  to 6 March 2016)

Important happenings in the field of sports have been given below. Since candidates don’t focus on sports news over the week, below you will find all the exam worthy details. We hope this weekly sports update is sufficient for your perusal.

  • Patna Pirates have defeated U Mumba 31-28 to win 3rd season of Pro Kabaddi League.
  • After taking the first wicket in the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh , 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.
  • 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 women’s team defeated Luxembourg 3-1 to win the gold medal for the first time in 12 years, while the men’s team defeated Brazil 3-2 in the final.
  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH), has promoted Hockey India national-level umpire Nepoleon Singh as the International Outdoor Umpire.
  • The Mumbai under-23 cricket team has won the Col CK Nayudu Trophy for the season 2015-16.
  • Indian shooter Jeetu Rai‬ clinches Gold in 50 m pistol event at ISSF World Cup in Bangkok. This is India’s first medal at the ISSF World Cup.
  • Beverage giants PepsiCo have been named as BCCI’s official associate sponsor for all international matches in India. The four-year deal would make PepsiCo as BCCI’s official partner for refreshment, snacks and drinks besides grounds where the firm will try to garner maximum visibility for their brands.
  • Nike has unveiled new kits for Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams for the upcoming ICC World T20. Showcasing the country’s signature blue, the jersey features a new collar design and four-way stretch pants with articulated patterning to withstand aggressive play.
  • 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. The 26-year-old uses his feet to field and bowl, and bats by holding the bat between his shoulder and neck.
  • Ace driver Armaan Ebrahim was honored with the Motorsports Man of the Year award  by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI). B.I. Chandhok received the lifetime achievement award for his immense contribution to the field of motorsports in the country.
  • Former National 6Reds runner-up Rahul Sachdev clinched his maiden title by winning the 1st All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship.
  • Slovenian high-jumper Rozle Prezelj has been elected the new Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes’ Commission. The 36-year-old, a three-time Olympian and a European Under-23 champion in 2001, will replace Namibian Frank Fredericks with immediate effect.
  • In the second and final day of the 3rd edition of the National Race Walking Championships,  Bahadur Rana won the Gold medal in the 50 km walk.

Obituaries

  • Malayalam actor and singer Kalabhavan Mani (45) has passed away. He won the National Film Award for his role in the 1999 Malayalam film, ‘Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum.’
  • Author Pat Conroy (70), has passed away. He was best known for his book, The ‘Prince of Tides’, in which he has shared his real-life experiences including his childhood as a “military brat” and his relationship with his abusive father. Conroy’s books won awards and were also made into Oscar-nominated movies.
  • Former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma (P A Sangma) died of heart attack. Sangma was a nine-time member of the Lok Sabha and the Speaker in the 11th Lok Sabha. He had also held important portfolios in the Union government. He was also the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990 and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly from 1990 to 1991.
  • PK Nair, the founder-director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI),passed away in Pune. Born in Kerala in 1933, Nair, a film archivist and scholar, preserved several major Indian films. ‘Celluloid Man’, a documentary film based on Nair’s life and work was directed in 2012.
  • Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has died of cancer at the age of 53. Auckland-born Crowe is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s best ever batsman. Crowe captained the Kiwis in 16 Test matches and his highest score was 299 against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 1991. He was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1985 and was player of the tournament in the 1992 World Cup after scoring 456 runs in nine matches.
  • Socialist leader and former Maharashtra Minister Nihal Ahmed Maulavi Mohammed Usman has passed away. Popularly known as Nihalbhai,  Ahmed was the former Maharashtra Minister of technical and higher education, state president of Janata Dal (Secular) and former legislator in the state Assembly for nearly three decades.
  • Legendary Tamil comedian Kumarimuthu (77) has passed away. He acted more than 500 films in Kollywood and did a variety of roles through his humorous acts. Some of his popular films are Oomai Vizhigal, Idhu Namma Aalu, Pudhu Vasantham, Idhayam, Sahadevan Mahadevan and Aanazhagan.

 

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  • Arun

    I am not able to find the pdf link of current affairs so that i can download them.

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