National News Weekly Current Affairs Update (4 April to 10th April 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 4 April to 10th April 2016.
- Information and Broadcasting Ministry has formed a 3 Member Committee to oversee the guidelines set for government advertisements by the Supreme Court are followed. It is headed by : B BTandon (former Chief Election Commissioner. The Chairman will be assisted by two members– Rajat Sharma (TV journalist) and Piyush Pandey (ad-man).
- Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is visiting India. India and the Maldives commemorated 50 years of diplomatic relations last year and both countries have historically close relationship. Note that- Gayoom has been amongst the SAARC leaders who attended the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Priyadarshini Chatterjee from Guwahati has been crowned the Miss India World 2016, at the 53rd edition of the beauty pageant held at the Yash Raj Studios. Sushruthi Krishna from Bengaluru and Pankhuri Gidwani from Uttar Pradesh became the first and second runners-up respectively.
- Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti took oath as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Note that: After prolonged uncertainty over the government formation, she will now be heading the coalition government with the BJP as the 13th CM of the state.
- Google has started rolling out healthcare information in India in the Knowledge Graph, providing data of over 400 health conditions in English and Hindi. Google Search will now display additional information when a user searches about common health conditions, highlighting typical symptoms, whether it’s contagious, what ages it affects, and more.
- The government has signed up cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to endorse the ‘I Support Skill India‘ campaign. The govt aims to help train 40.2 crore youth under the Skill India programme by 2022.
- The government has amended its norms regarding the information displayed on packaged food item packets. As per the amendments, name of manufacturer/ packager/ importer, net quantity of product, manufacturing date, retail sale price and consumer care contacts would have to be displayed prominently in at least 40% of the packet area, effective from July 2016.
- Union HRD Minster Smriti Irani has launched a web portal to simplify the process of registration and allotment of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs). Publishing houses and authors can now procure ISBNs within a week, while earlier the process used to take a few months. ISBN is a unique 13-digit number used to identify books, displayed in bar-code format.
- The Rural Development Ministry has released ₹12,230 crore to the states towards the implementation of MGNREGA. This fund release will help the states in managing their wage liability during the last financial year and will help them run the programme during the new financial year, 2016-17.
- Gujarat Governor has given his assent to Six out of the eleven Bills passed in the recently-concluded budget session of state Assembly. These are – Gujarat Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill; Gujarat Electricity Duty (Amendment) Bill ; Gujarat Stamp (Amendment) Bill ; Gujarat Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill ; Gujarat Tax on Entry of Specified Goods into Local Areas (Amendment) Bill ; Registration (Gujarat Amendment) Bill of 2016.
- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is introducing a Heat Index for the entire country starting this month.
- The heat index will be calculated based on humidity levels and actual temperatures.
- The index will be available on IMD’s website and the heat index data from all weather stations will be updated every three hours, along with warnings on possible health hazards.
- The Water Film Festival, a part of the India Water Week celebrations, has been inaugurated by Uma Bharti (Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in New Delhi).
- The film festival is organized by the Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS), a PSU under Ministry of Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
- The Union Government has approved country’s first Metrino Pod project i.e.Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) network for Gurgaon, Haryana. It will be completely private project and as for financing, the entire investment will be made by the private company that sets up the PRT.
- Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has officially launched the state-wide implementation of National Food Security Act, which has been renamed as ‘Maa Annapurna Yojna (Scheme)’. Under this, 3.82 crore people of Gujarat will be benefited. Each will get rice at Rs 3 per Kg and wheat at Rs 2 per Kg.
- The Delhi Police has made the licensing process for business establishments and arms possession online.
- The Karnataka government has prohibited taxi-hailing apps like Ola and Uber from applying peak-hour charges. Customers now do not have to pay anything extra to these companies above their fixed base fares. Note : During peak hours, taxi aggregators levy extra charges, two to three times the base fares, to compensate for the low number of available drivers.
- The first-ever North East-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Business Summit has kicked off in Imphal, Manipur with the focus on road connectivity, trade and tourism. The two day summit has been organized by Manipur Commerce and Industries Department (MCID) in collaboration with the Union Ministries of External Affairs and Development of North-Eastern Region(DoNER), Indian Chamber of Commerce(ICC) and Indian Chamber of Service Industries(ICSI).
- 33 year-old C Devi is the first transgender person to contest in Tamil Nadu’s assembly elections. Devi will contest against Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa in Chennai’s RK Nagar constituency on the Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) party’s ticket this May.
- Assam Rifles has inducted the first batch of 100 women personnel into the force. These women were recruited from rallies across the country.
- Odisha Government has launched Adarsh Vidyalaya (AV) project to provide modern schools facilities on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the underdeveloped rural areas of the state. It has been launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Sasan Ambagaon village in his home constituency Hinjli in Ganjam district.
- The Election Commission (EC) has lifted the ban on Kerala’s free rice supply scheme ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. The scheme, announced in the state’s 2016-17 budget, will supply 25 kg of rice to below poverty line (BPL) families. However, the EC said Ministers and MLAs cannot get involved in the rice distribution.
- The 3rd phase of Union Health Ministry’s universal vaccination programme Mission Indradhanush has begun. Under this universal vaccination programme, all vaccines will be made available free of cost and children will be vaccinated against seven preventable diseases. Under the last two phases nearly 39 lakh children have been fully immunised across the country. It will cover 216 Districts across several States including Bihar, Gujarat, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
- Mission Indradhanush depicts 7 colours of the rainbow which aims to cover all those children by 2020 who are either unvaccinated, or are partially vaccinated against 7 vaccine preventable diseases.
- The diseases include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B.
- The National Summit on Family Planning concluded in New Delhi. The summit has been held for two days. Theme of National Summit on Family Planning 2016 : New Choices, New Horizons.
- The birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution and Dalit rights activist, would be observed at the United Nations for the first time with focus on combating inequalities to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) features in the Thomson Reuters top 50 Indian Innovator companies and research organizations for the year 2015.
- Five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand will be honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award 2016.
- President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred the National Geoscience Awards – 2014. A total of 33 scientists will be awarded. The Awards has been to honour individuals and teams of scientists for their extraordinary achievements and outstanding contributions in fundamental and applied geosciences and mining and allied fields.
- A.K. Singhvi, Honorary Professor, PRL Ahmadabad received the Award for Excellence and Dr. Indra Kumar Sen, Assistant professor, IIT, Kanpur received the Young Scientist Award.
- The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted High-Level committee to suggest ways to tighten security along India-Pakistan border. It will suggest ways to strengthen the security along the India-Pakistan Border and address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing. This committee will be headed by : Madhukar Gupta (former Union Home Secretary).
- Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will establish ‘safe and easily accessible two-wheeler rentals’ for tourists visiting Maharashtra. The service will start in the hill station of Mahabaleshwar followed by other tourist destinations across the state. These tourists will need to provide an identity proof for availing the service.
- Retired Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court Justice Permod Kohli has been sworn in as the Chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).
- (5th April) is India’s National Maritime Day. On this day in 1919 navigation history has been created when SS Loyalty, the first ship of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company, journeyed to the United Kingdom.
- After the Bombay High Court had ruled that women cannot be barred from entering the temple ShaniShingnapur temple and has allowed them into the inner Sanctum. In a land mark decision the court said there should be no gender discrimination as far as entering a place of worship is concerned. The 400-year-old tradition at the temple in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has traditionally banned women from entering the shrine’s sacred platform.
- Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has declared that more than one billion Aadhaar numbers have been generated by the Unique Identification Authority of India in the past five and a half years.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the ‘Stand Up India’ scheme in Noida. Under this scheme, banks will give loans of up to ₹1 crore to SC/ST and women entrepreneurs. A corpus of ₹10,000 crore has been allocated to the scheme.
- Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has flagged off India’s fastest train, the “semi-bullet” Gatimaan Express, from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi. The train will run between Delhi and Agra. Gatimaan will operate six days a week, except on Friday and can attain a maximum speed of 160 km per hour. The train’s commercial run will commence from April 6.
- Mumbai has got its first air-conditioned suburban local train, built at a cost of ₹54 crore. The local train does not have any general or first class compartments. It will undergo software and technical updates in the coming month, and speed trials for another five to six months.
- The Delhi government has passed a proposal to build a memorial for late President APJ Abdul Kalam at Dilli Haat, south Delhi. The memorial will display his belongings and showcase his contributions to the field of science.
- Bihar government has imposed a complete ban on foreign and local liquor across the state, joining the list of completely dry states like Gujarat and Nagaland.
- The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) retrospectively with effect from 1st July, 2014. Decision in this regard has been taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. OROP will provide ex-servicemen of same rank and same length of service uniform pension regardless of date of retirement.
- The HRD Ministry has announced IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore as the best engineering and management institutes respectively in India. IISc Bangalore has been ranked the best Indian university on the list, while JNU and University of Hyderabad were ranked 3rd and 4th respectively.
- A statue of Punjab’s Maharaja Ranjit Singh will be installed in the French town of Saint-Tropez, the birthplace of the Maharaja’s Army General Jean-Francois Allard, in this September.
- The Tourism Ministry has sanctioned ₹20 crore for promoting tourism in Varanasi. Projects under this grant will include a sound and light show, a Buddha theme park in Sarnath and conservation of the temples of Gurudham and Markandey Mahadev. The infrastructure projects were approved by the ministry’s Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC).
International News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (4th April to 10 April 2016)
By reading the following Weekly Current Affairs 2016, you can know the highlights of the week starting from 4 April to 10th April in brief.
- Vietnam’s Parliament has elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the country’s Prime Minister.
- The Indian space agency ISRO and US space agency NASA will join hands for the first time to launch a Satellite that will help study earthquake and its patterns. The satellite is called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar). It will be designed to observe and take measurements of some of the earth’s most complex processes, including ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapse, and natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides.
- Iceland ruling coalition Government has named Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson as the new Prime Minister after igmundur Gunnlaugsson had stepped down.
- The Japanese government is set to begin a system that would allow foreign tourists to verify their identities and purchase goods and services using a fingerprint. The experiment would feature fingerprint scanners at popular tourist centers including souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and other establishments. The government aims to launch it by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Elon Musk-owned company SpaceX has successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching it to the International Space Station. It’s the first time SpaceX has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four failed attempts. With this, SpaceX has landed its rockets both on ground and ocean.
- Dominica’s Patricia Scotland has taken over as the first woman Secretary-General of the 53-member Commonwealth, succeeding India’s Kamalesh Sharma.
- India and Saudi Arabia have singed 5 agreements to boost the bilateral cooperation between the two nations. They are,
- Agreement on Labour Co-operation
- Executive Program for Cooperation in the Field of Handicrafts
- Framework for Investment Promotion Cooperation
- MoU in the Exchange of Intelligence related to Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Related Crimes
- Technical Cooperation Program
- American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift will be honoured with the first Taylor Swift Award at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards on May 10. This is the second time BMI is giving an Eponymous award after 1990, when it bestowed the Michael Jackson Award upon Michael Jackson.
- Note: Eponymous means Having same name.
- Mother Teresa has been posthumously conferred with the United Kingdom’s prestigious Founders Award 2016. Teresa’s only living relative Agi Bojazhiu (niece)has collected the award on her behalf.
- British royals, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be on a 7 day visit to India from 10th April. During this visit, they will participate in a charity cricket match at the Oval Maidan.
- US Secretary of State John Kerry has made a sudden visit to Afghanistan to show support for the Afghan government and its security forces. He is scheduled to meet President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah, political rivals who share power under the 2014 National Unity Government agreement.
- Saudi Arabia and Egypt have agreed to build a bridge over the Red Sea. The announced bridge will connect the two countries. It will help in boosting commerce between the two allied countries. It will also connect the two continents, Africa and Asia, and result in increasing trade between the two continents to unprecedented levels.
- The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has ranked India 6th in its biggest military spenders list for 2015. SIPRI’s study found that India’s military expenditure has been $51.3 billion last year. The United States has topped the list with military expenditure of $596 billion.
- A bronze bust of ancient Indian mathematician and astronomer Aryabhatta has been unveiled at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. It has been unveiled by Union Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani. The bust has been sculpted by renowned Indian sculptor Ram Sutar who has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian awards for his contribution to the world of art.
- The World Health Day, a global health awareness day, is being observed (7th April 2016). This day is being observed under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). Themes of World health day 2016 : Beat Diabetes.
- San Francisco has adopted a legislation mandating that employers offer new fathers full wages during their six-week paternity leave, making it the first such city in the United States. The law will be implemented in phases in businesses with over 20 employees.
- According to a Human Rights Watch report, nearly 20 million people in Bangladesh continue to drink water poisoned with high levels of arsenic. The HRW has blamed it on nepotism in the government, neglect by rich countries and NGOs losing sight of the problem. According to latest estimates, around 43,000 people die in Bangladesh every year from arsenic-related diseases.
- Myanmar’s (Burmese) Parliament has passed a bill that gives Aung San Suu Kyi a role similar to that of Prime Minister. The Lower House passed the bill to create the post of State Counsellor. This bill now requires the approval of President Htin Kyaw.
- The US Senate has approved Defend Trade Secrets Bill. This legislation provides greater legal protection to companies for their commercial secrets.
Economics News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (4th April to 10 April 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.
- The Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) in Hyderabad, under the Department of Atomic Energy, has set a new world record with production of 1,503 tonnes of nuclear fuel in 2015-16. NFC had earlier become the world’s leading producer in 2014-15, with a 1,252 tonne-production.
- State Bank of India (SBI) has lowered its lending rate for home loans by 0.10 percentage points to 9.45% and 9.4% for women. The new rate is applicable from April 1.
- The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has announced the appointment of CP Gurnani as its Chairman for 2016-2017. He succeeds BVR Mohan Reddy, who served as Chairman of NASSCOM for 2015-16.
- The RBI has cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to a five-year low of 6.5% in its bi-monthly monetary policy review. The key interest rate has been earlier cut by 125 basis points in 2015. Further, the RBI increased the reverse repo rate by 25 basis points to 6% while maintaining the cash reserve ratio at 4%.
- India has signed an MoU with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) for a possible $100 million line of credit to facilitate exports to IDB’s member countries. The Saudi Arabia-based bank currently has 56 member states including Egypt, Qatar and Kuwait, and promotes development in these countries by providing facilities and investments which are in accordance with the Islamic Sharia law.
- Reliance Foundation Chairperson Nita Ambani has been named the most powerful businesswoman in Asia by Forbes, leading a list of 50 women leaders from the region that includes eight from India. These are – SBI Chairman and Managing Director Arundhati Bhattacharya (2nd); Mu Sigma CEO Ambiga Dhiraj (14th position), Welspun India CEO Dipali Goenka (16th position), Lupin CEO Vinita Gupta (18th position), ICICI Bank Managing Director & CEO Chanda Kochhar (22th position), VLCC Health Care Founder and vice chairman Vandana Luthra (26th position); Biocon Founder, Chairman & Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (28th position).
- According to SocialCops’ analysis of data from the Annual Survey of Industries,53.2% of India’s factories are in five states (Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh) as of 2013-14. In comparison, the five states with the fewest factories (Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura) account for an estimated 0.42% of the total factories.
- Lamborghini India Pvt. Ltd has appointed Sharad Agarwal as its country headwith immediate effect. In his new role, he will oversee the functions of sales, marketing, after sales and network development of the company.
- Go Airlines (India) Ltd. has elevated its present chief executive officer (CEO)Wolfgang Prock-Schauer as the Managing Director. He will hold twin charge of both CEO & managing director.
- In accordance with the study by Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business, the Reliance Asset Management Company has been listed among the best employer brands. Reliance AMC is the only mutual fund company to get this recognition in India in the top 25 AON list for 2016.
- Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has appointed senior executive Manish Sharmaof India to its Global Executive Council. Sharma is the first Indian and fourth non-Japanese member of the 50-member Council headed by a global president.
Sports News Weekly Current Affairs Update – (4th April to 10th April 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.
- The International eGames Committee (IEGC) has announced that Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will host the first “E-Olympics”, an eGames tournament coinciding with the upcoming Rio Summer Olympics in August 2016. Games at the tournament will include FIFA, Call of Duty, DotA and Counter Strike among others.
- India beat Canada 3-1 in their third round-robin match of Sultan AzlanShah Cup held at Ipoh in Malaysia.
- Indian men have won the 2016 Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament by defeating Vietnam in the final round by 3-1 score played in Abu Dhabi.
- Waqar Younis has stepped down from his position as head coach of Pakistan following the team’s failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2016 ICC World T20.
- India’s Virat Kohli retained the top rank in the ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. Meanwhile, Indian bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra achieved their career-best rankings of seventh and eleventh respectively.
- Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman, Sarfaraz Ahmed has been named as the new captain of the T20I squad. Sarfaraz, who has been the vice-captain during the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20, will take over the reins from Shahid Afridi who skippered Pakistan in 43 T20Is from 2009 to 2016.
- Cyprian Kotut from Kenya has won the 40th edition of the 2016 Paris marathon in the men’s category. The women’s title has been won by Visiline Jepkesho (Kenya).
- Novak Djokovic won the Miami Open title. This is his 28th ATP Masters title. With this he surpassed Rafael Nadal’s record tally of 27. Note : This has been Djokovic’s fourth title of the year and overall his 63rd ATP title.
- The ICC has announced the team of the tournament for the World T20 2016.
- Virat Kohli has been chosen as the captain, while Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Quinton de Kock formed the batting lineup.
- David Willey, Ashish Nehra, Samuel Badree and Mitchell Santner formed the bowling attack while Andre Russell and Shane Watson were included as all-rounders.
- Veteran journalist and author Yogendra Bali has passed away. He served The Times of India as its roving correspondent till retirement.Some important books authored by him include ‘The Communal Bogey’ with foreword by late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, ‘Chandra Shekhar: A Political Biography,’ ‘Pawan Chamling: Daring To Be Different,’ and ‘Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji and Freedom Movement of India’.
- Senior BJP leader LK Advani’s wife Kamla Advani has passed away.
- Former Mumbai Ranji Trophy player Ranjan Baindoor has passed away. Mumbai left-arm spinner played for the then Bombay Ranji team from 1974-75 to 1984-85.
- Former Project Director of Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) Myneni Hari Prasad Rao passed away. He has been considered the Father or Architect of the MAPS and had served its first project director.
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