INDIAN AFFAIRS


Monthly Current Affairs March 2016 “INDIAN AFFAIRS” key points to Remember.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) introduced two prime projects
=> NationalWaterway No 2 – Brahmaputra River between the Bangladesh border and Sadiya (Assam) – Rs 50.76 crore
=> Ro-Ro ferry service between Dhubri & Hatsingimari
Haryana government announced to rename Mustafabad village as Saraswati nagar.
Knight Frank Wealth Report 2016 – Mumbai, with 1094 billionaires(21st )followed by Delhi at
545(23rd )
Chennai gets first smart self cleaning toilets in India – 183 by Eram scientific solution
Carriage by Air amendment bill to empower Union government to revise the limits of liability for airlines and compensation as per the Montreal Convention which India accepted in 2009.
Telengana government to replace the existing bulbs with LED in 25 municipalities within 100 days – G Jagadish Reddy
12th South Asian Games decided to set up Tikhor Park (Games Mascot) in Guwahati and Shillong with Rs. 2 Crore
PM Narendra Modi Launches Setu Bharatam Project to ensure our highways without railway crossings, the Setu Bharatam Project.
Outlay: Rs. 50,800 cr and Target: 2019
Allepey, the Venice of the East, and a favourite tourism spot in Kerala- India’s first 75-seater Solar Ferry – built by NavAlt
Raisina-Dialogue – the three day Flagship Programme on Geopolitics and Geo-economics began in New Delhi – Sushma Swaraj
Sri Arun Jaitley introduced the Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and other Services) Bill, 2016.
Japan International Cooperation Agency has pledged Rs. 5700 crore to up gradation of National Highway projects in North East India.
NH 54 in Mizoram and NH 51in Meghalaya.
Election Commission of India announced Assembly Elections dates for Kerala, West Bengal,Tamilnadu, Assam, and Puduchchery – April 4 and May 16 and May 19.
Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) signed a MoA with the Union Government to get a loan of Rs. `1000 crores.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited owned Commissions Supercritical Thermal Unit – 700 MW at Bellary Thermal Power Project in Karnataka.
The traditional Spring Festival of Mizoram, Chapchar Kut, was celebrated across the state on March 5, 2016.
Nagaland Information Commission regarded as one of the best of its kind in the entire country.
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the National conference of Women legislators at Vigyan Bhawan – 33% reservation for women in legislation
Indian Railways to set up special wing for research SRESHTA – Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology and Holistic Advancement
UP gov passed the UP revenue code amendment bill that facilitates Dalits to sell their land to Non-Dalits.
Pre-British era revenue law was replaced by UP Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016
GOI will digitalise all the 1.29 lakh rural post offices by 2017 – Rs. 4909 crore
Gov started the second edition of Gyan sangam and in the third phase of Gyan sangam it has planned to focus on Consolidation of banks – Jayant sinha
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan laid out the foundation stone for Octomax unit in the oil refinery at Mathura
=> First high octane gasoline production unit – Rs 5,000 crore “novel technology”.
The Sex ratio in Gujarat(22nd) fallen significantly from 920 in 2001 to 919 in 2011.
Union Government proposes to launch a River Information System (RIS), the system is similar to Air Traffic Control.
Mumbai to host BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave in April involving top Urban Policy makers and Planners from BRICS Nations – April 14-16
Germany partnered with India’s flagship program Smart City Mission to develop Bhubaneswar, Kochi, and Coimbatore as smart Cities.
Women’s Day News box
=> ICICI bank announced a work-from-home programme for the women workers iWork @ home platform
=> Air India flew its first world’s longest all women flight from New Delhi to San Francisco.
=> Tata housing tying up with SBI to provide special home loan – part of Her Ghar scheme
=> SBI life insurance launched the Smart Women Advantage scheme for life cover, savings and female-specific critical illness benefits
=> India’s rank in women representation has slipped from 117 to 144.
=> Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched Mahila e-Haat portal in New Delhi to enable women to sell their products across the nation
=> India’s air force will induct its first female fighter pilots in June – Bhawna Kanth, Avani
Chaturvedi and Mohana
Haryana Global Investors Summit 2016 – Gurgaon
=> Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit-2016 – 25 lakh crore
48-year-old Enemy Property Act to allow the custodians to continue to hold sway over enemy properties
=> To amend the Enemy Property Act, 1968.
Gujarat govt.topped the list of states with most investment potential
=> Report released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
=> Top 5: Gujarat, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra
Govt. mulls Wind Energy Potential to promote wind energy projects – interest discount of 0.25 %
Saudi Arabia and India hold talks on regional and global issues of mutual interests.
=> Sushma Swaraj and Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir in New Delhi.
Rajya Sabha passes Bureau of Indian Standards bill – to make BIS, a national standards body.
The first Maritime summit to be held at India – 57 countries from the world.
Rajya Sabha passed National Waterways Bill 2015 by the Minister of Road Transport and Highways and shipping, Mr. NitinGadkari
Cycling event of Indian Army with theme “Cycle to Recycle” flagged off from Pangsau Pass in the India-Myanmar border.
Theme: Cycle and Recycle
National Anthem compulsory in all schools – West Bengal Gov
Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill – the favour of protection of Home buyer – 70% sale proceeds
Union Cabinet approved the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP).
=> It will enhance domestic oil and gas production,
Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs to amend the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925
Union Cabinet gave its approval for the BIMSTECConvention on mutual legal assistance in Criminal Matters.
=> 7 countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand
IMF will establish a knowledge-sharing centre in India,
=> Technical support and assistance to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bhutan.
Cabinet approved amendment to mining law-Mines and minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill 2015 to transfer of mining lease for captive mines.
Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar bill 2016 – to avail the subsidies and schemes of the Government
Kakrapar atomic power Plant in Gujarat was shut down after leakage developed of heavy water.
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PM Narendra Modi inaugurated three Railway projects at Bihar – Rs.7200 cr
=>Patna Rail-cum-road Bridge
=> Mokama double line Railway bridge
=> Munger rail-cum-road Bridge
Govt to computerise all ration shops by 2019 by installing electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) devices
Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat has conducted a ‘honey festival’ in Mangaluru
Foreign Minister of the Government of Mexico, H.E. Ms Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, visited India
on two day visit to India
=> Mexico in the international context a
Allahabad High Court(1866) celebrates its 150th Foundation Day on 14th March 2016 –
Conference – “Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future” held in New Delhi by Government of India and the IMF
UP Govt approved a policy for senior citizens monthly pension from Rs. 300 to Rs. 400.
India’s First Education Focused Accelerator Programme Edugild Started At MIT,PUNE
=>Edugild CEO – Rishi Kapal
Jammu & Kashmir adopted new industrial policy 2016 to attract an investment of Rs.2000
crores – Governor N N Vohra
Maharashtra gov passed the prohibition of social Boycott bill – 7 years in prison or fine up to 5
lakh rupees or both
International Children’s Film Festival ‘The Golden Elephant’ for the North East Region began in
Gangtok
Order Amendment Bill, 2016 passed in Lok Sabha to amend the Constitution Scheduled Castes Order 1950.
=> 5 states: Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal
The largest fair on Food & Hospitality Sector AAHAR 2016 – 31st edition was inaugurated by Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana Loans worth Rs1.09 lakh crore have been sanctioned to small entrepreneurs
=> Loan between Rs.50, 000 and Rs.10 lakh
The Centre has released 609 crore rupees for upgrading prisons in eight States
=> Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh,Maharashtra, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.
Union Government given final approval for setting up a Mega Food Park in Khammam District of Telangana- Rs. 108.95 crore
India signed Social Security Agreement Pact with Australia(14th country)
India and China Exchange Tariff Cut Offers to liberalise trade ties as they exchange offers on tariff cuts in goods imports.
Punjab Assembly passed the Punjab Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal land bill-2016.
=> Contradiction of the construction of contentious Sutlej Yamuna Link.
Career Guidance Counselling Centres launched in Delhi to improve employment opportunities for women.
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 5th edition of the India Aviation 2016 in Hyderabad
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan- ‘Ek Kadam Swachhta Ki Aur’ Survey
=> Surat Cleanest Railway Station and Varanasi Dirtiest railway station
Cisco to set up Internet of Everything (IoE) innovation centre in Visakhapatnam
=> Part of the inauguration of India’s first statewide broadband project-AP Fiber Net in Visakhapatnam
=> PM Modi inaugurated the first World Sufi Forum- Bain-ul-Aqwami Sufi Conference in New Delhi.
=> Indian Airforce to conduct day-night exercise ‘Iron-fist’ at Rajasthan’s Pokhran firing range
Gov of Goa declared Feni as “Heritage spirit of Goa.” under the Goa Excise Duty Act, 1964.
SC allowed photographs of CMs, Governors & Ministers in Public advertisements – Justice Ranjan
Gogoi bench
Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu unveiled Model Building Bye-Laws, 2016 for granting permission for construction of buildings –
Narendra Modi inaugurated three-day ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ in New Delhi
=> To provide information on new farm schemes and technologies for farmers
=> Krishi Karman Awards for 2014-15: Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Meghalaya, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal
=> Commendation awards: Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa
Union Health Minister J P Nadda, launched Bedaquiline new anti-TB drug for Drug Resistant TB
Mumbai’s Wilson College adopts railway station for cleanliness as a part of the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan
BHEL commissioned another 270 MW unit at Goindwal Sahibcoal-fired power project in Punjab
India will host the 8th BRICS Summit from 15 October to 16 October 2016 in Goa announced by External affairs ministry
Punjab Assembly has passed a bill Punjab Settlement of Agricultural Indebtedness Bill, 2016 to provides relief to the farmers
The Union ministry of Health & Welfare launched a study on Longitudinal Ageing of Indians termed as LASI(Longitudinal Ageing Study in India)
=> 6% of the total population of India is eld
India Post released customised commemorative stamp on HAL to recognize the company’s 75 years services to the nation
Government clears new Defence Procurement Policy to make equipments locally and fund private-sector R&D
NTPC commissioned a 250 MW Unit-I of its arm at Bihar
PM Inaugurates Power transmission line between India & Bangladesh from Agartala
Bangladesh providing 10GB Internet Bandwidth to India
Himachal, Mumbai to have electric buses from Tata motorsunder its flagship scheme Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India).
Gov approved 11 highway projects with a total length of about 453 km and worth of Rs 6,284 crore
Swachh Bharat rankings – Cleanest building
=> Rashtrapati Bhavan, UPSC Building, Hyderabad House, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan and Vigyan Bhavan
110 gram panchayats in Chhattisgarh were declared open defecation-free under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Mehbooba Mufti elected as first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Andhra Pradesh gov inaugurates India’s first lift irrigation project at Pattiseema village
=> It connects river Godavari with Krishna
BHEL commissions 600 MW unit of Singareni project in Adilabad
Ayurveda, Arogya fair is a four day programme which began in Goa.
=> Organised by AYUSH ministry and Confederation of Indian Industry  Objective is to popularize the Indian Medicinal system.
India decided to provide electricity operated cars at zero down payment making it as a 100% e- vehicle nation by 2030 said by Piyush Goyal
4th unit of 195 Mw of Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (MTPS) was successfully synchronised with the national grid.
Madhya Pradesh to have its first Indo Tibetan Border Police weapon training centre at Batiagarh, Damoh – Rs 2100 crores
The Union Minister of health and welfare J P Nadda launched Rota virus vaccine in Bhubaneshwar
Maharashtra gets its first set of Women Commanders to protect forest – a batch of 20 women
Common Yoga protocol revealed for 2nd International day of Yoga(June 21) by the AYUSH
minister Shripad Yesso Naik
The President rule imposed in Uttarakhand when the congress ruled government faced the opposition from the 9 rebel MLA’S.
The Economic Advisor of Himachal Pradeep Chauhan released Sixth Economic Census of Himachal Pradesh – 100 per cent establishments
=> First state in the country to complete the census and release the report
Adapting homes for the differently-abled’ scheme
=> 6 months pension would be given in advance to persons
BHEL commissioned 40 MW hydropower generating unit at the Teesta low dam hydro electric project (HEP) in West Bengal.
Haryana gov approved the Jat reservation bill to provide reservation to Jats and four other castes(Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois and Tyagis)
Gov reconstituted the Board of trade headed by the commerce minister and first meeting will be held on April 6
Madhya Pradesh to join National Agri Market platform
=> PM Modi to launch it from the state on April 14 to mark B R Ambedkar’s birth anniversary.
Haryana becomes 1st to launch Injectable Contraceptive – Salamati
=>To maintain a healthy balance between the births of children by using injectable contraceptive
Gujarat to set up a University exclusively focussed Organic Farming – Rs 10 crore
Gov notified the new Aadhaar Act, 2016 – the numbers assigned by it a statutory backing for
transfer of subsidies and benefits
Telengana CM Chandrasekhar Rao passed the bill Payment of Salaries and Pensions and Removal of Disqualifications(Amendment) Bill-2016 for hike in salary of MLA’s and MLC’s.
Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla Launched Innovative Entrepreneurship & Skill Development Programme of MANAS through Renowned Experts in Different Skill Sets
Finance minister Arun Jaitley launched the ‘Make in India’ conference in Sydney.
Gov will share the results of government recruitment exams and PSUs which will be shared with private player for job opportunity
Kachabali village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan become the first in state to vote in support of
closing down the only liquor shop in the village.
Financial capital of India Mumbai to get its first Arbitration Centre for dealing the financial disputes.
Government Unveils unified building bye laws proposed by Venkaiah Naidu
=> Amended after a gap of 33 years and it enables the single window approval
=> The permissions time 14 from 40 and time limit come down from 60 to 30 days
BHEL commissioned 250 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Bihar.
The national anthem must be sung by the Students every day in the primary schools of Uttar Pradesh – UP CM Akilesh Yadav
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