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Appointments

1. ActressVidyaBalanappointedasbrandambassadorofSamajwadiPensionYojanabyUttarPradeshgovernment.
2. AjaySinghisnewlyelectedpresidentofBoxingFederationofIndia(BFI).
3. AleksanderCeferinhasbeenelectedasUEFA(UnionofEuropeanFootballAssociations)president.
4. AliBongoOndimbareelectedasPresidentofGabon(CentralAfrica).
5. AlkaSirohihasbeenappointedasChairmanofUnionPublicServiceCommission.
6. AllIndiaManagementAssociationelectedSunilKantMunjalasitspresidentfor201617.
7. AnandiRamalingamappointedasFirstwomandirectoronboardofBharatElectronicsLtd(BEL).
8. AnoopKumarSharmaappointedasCMD(ChairmanandManagingDirector)ofShippingCorporationofIndia(SCI)for3years.

9. ArunGoyalhasbeenappointedAdditionalSecretaryinGoodsandServicesTax(GST)Council,whichisheadedbyFinance
MinisterArunJaitley.Itismandatedtodecideontaxrateexemptedgoodsandthethresholdlimit.
10. AuditBureauofCirculations(ABC)electedIVenkataschairmanfor20162017.
11. BCCIappointedMSKPrasadaschiefselectorofIndianCricketTeam,whileAjayShirkehasbeenreelectedasBCCISecretary.
12. BHVSNarayanaMurthyhasbeenappointedasDirectorofResearchCentreImarat(RCI)ofDefenceResearchDevelopment
Organisation(DRDO).
13. BykytzhanSagintayevappointedasPrimeMinisterofKazakhstan.
14. CKAsnaniappointedasChairmanandManagingDirector(CMD)ofUraniumCorporationofIndiaLimited(UCIL).
15. ChennamaneniVidyasagarRaohasbeenmadeactinggovernorofTamilnadu.NotethatheisalsoGovernorofMaharashtra.This
arrangementwasdoneaftertenureofK.Rosaiah(previousgovernorofTamilnadu)endedon31August2016.
16. DeepKumarUpadhyayreappointedasNepalsambassadortoIndia.
17. DilipKumarMandalhasbeenappointedmanagingdirector(MD)&chiefexecutiveofficer(CEO)ofIDBIAssetManagement
Company(AMC).
18. FormerFinanceSecretaryAshokChawlahasbeenappointedasChancellorofTheEnergyandResourcesInstitute(TERI)
University.
19. GCGuptaappointedasChiefJusticeofCalcuttaHighCourt.
20. Governmentappointed3economistsonMonetaryPolicyCommittee(MPC)PamiDua,ChetanGhateandRavindraDholakia.
21. GovernmentappointedNavtejSarnaasAmbassadortoUnitedStatesofAmerica.MonikaKapilMohtaisappointedasnext
AmbassadortoSweden.
22. GovernmentappointedR.SubramaniaKumarasExecutiveDirectorofIndianOverseasBank.
23. GovernmentofArunachalPradeshappointedActorJohnAbrahamasbrandambassadorforstatetourismtoboosttourism.
24. GovernorofMeghalaya,V.ShanmuganathanhasbeengivenAdditionalchargeasGovernorofArunachalPradeshafterremoval
ofJyotiPrasadRajkhowafrompost.
25. IndianoriginSouthAfricanRaviReddyhasbeenappointedasHeadofInternationalSocietyforBloodTransfusion(ISBT).
26. JSatyanarayanahasbeenappointedasparttimeChairmanofUIDAI(UniqueIdentificationAuthorityofIndia).
27. JSatyanarayanahasbeenappointedasparttimechairpersonofUniqueIdentificationAuthorityofIndia(UIDAI).
28. JapaneseautomobilemakerIsuzuappointedHiroshiNakagawaasheadofIndiaOperations.

29. JimYongKim(SouthKorea)hasbeenreappointedasPresidentofWorldBankforasecondfiveyeartermbeginning1July
2017.
30. JunaidAhmad(Bangladesh)hasbeenappointedasWorldBank'sCountryDirectorforIndia,replacingOnnoRuhl.
31. KKAggarwalelectedasPresidentofIndianMedicalAssociation(IMA)for201617.
32. KeralagovernmentappointedLegendaryCricketerSachinTendulkarasbrandambassadorforantiliquorandantidrug
campaigntocreateawarenessamongpeopleagainstalcoholismanddrugabuse.
33. MadhusudanSahoohasbeenappointedasthenewchairmanofInsolvencyandBankruptcyBoardofIndia(IBBI)for5years.
34. MichelTemerhasbeenappointednewPresidentofBrazil.
35. MohanMShantanagoudarappointedasChiefJusticeofKeralaHighCourt.
36. MukundChoudharihasbeenappointedasCharmanandManagngDirectorofPSUMOIL(ManganeseOre(India)Limited).
37. NadiaMuradBaseeTaha,ayoungYazidiwomanwhosurvivedattackofIslamicStateterrorists,hasbeenappointedasGoodwill
AmbassadorforDignityofSurvivorsofHumanTraffickingoftheUNOfficeonDrugsandCrime(UNODC).
38. NotedAmericanhealthcarecompanyAbbottLaboratoriesAmbatiVenuasHeadofIndiaOperations.
39. O.P.SinghhasbeenappointedasDirectorGeneralinCentralIndustrialSecurityForce(CISF).
40. OmPrakashKohlihasbeenappointedas26thgovernorofMadhyaPradesh.KohliisalsoGujarat'sGovernor.Hehasbeengiven
additionalchargeofMadhyaPradeshafterRamNareshYadavstenuregotover.
41. PunjabNationalBankappointedCricketerViratKohliasbrandambassador.
42. R.K.PachnandahasbeenappointedasDGinNationalDisasterResponseForce(NDRF).
43. RIO2016OlympicsBronzeMedalistSakshiMalikhasbeenappointedWrestlingDirectoratMaharshiDayanandUniversity
(Rohtak).
44. ReligareEnterprisesappointedSunilGodhwaniasChiefExecutiveOfficer(CEO).
45. RiyadhMathewhasbeenelectedasChairmanofPressTrustofIndia(PTI).
46. SSMallikarjunaRaoappointedasanexecutivedirectorofSyndicateBankandAtulKumarGoelappointedasanExecutive
DirectorinUnionBankofIndia.
47. SanjayKumarSrivastavahasbeenappointedasChairpersonofNationalAuthorityforChemicalsWeaponsConvention.
48. SanjivSinghappointedasChairmanofIndianOilCorporationLtd.
49. SatbirSinghappointedasIndia'sAmbassadortoAlgeria.
50. ShaktiSinhaisappointedasdirectorofNehruMemorialMuseumandLibrary(NMML).
51. SouthKoreanelectronicsmajorSamsungappointedLeeJaeyongasexecutivedirectoronboard.
52. SudhirPratapSinghhasbeenappointedasDirectorGeneralinNationalSecurityGuard.
53. SurinderSinghappointedasChiefofArmy'sWesternCommand.
54. VijayKelkarelectedasnewPresidentofIndianStatisticalInstitute(ISI),replacingFormerformerRBIgovernorCRangarajan.
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Awards

1. 5daylong22ndGuruKelucharanMohapatraAwardFestival(Odisha)
GuruKelucharanMohapatraAward2016forlifetimeachievementJharanaDas(Cinema)andGuruKishoreKumar
Mohanty(Odissi).
GuruKelucharanMohapatraYuvaPrativaSamman2016RajibBhattacharya(Odissi),MadhusmitaMohanty(Odissi),P.
PraveenKumar(Bharatanatyam)andRupakKumarParida(Odissivocal).
2. 68thEmmyAwards,television'sbiggestawardceremony,heldinLosAngeles(USA)
Category

Winners

Outstandingdramaseries

GameofThrones

Outstandingcomedyseries

Veep

Besttelevisionmovie

Sherlock:TheAbominableBride

Outstandingleadactorinadramaseries

RamiMalekMrRobot

Outstandingleadactressinadramaseries

TatianaMaslanyOrphanBlack

Outstandingleadactorinacomedyseries

JeffreyTamborTransparent

Outstandingleadactressinacomedyseries

JuliaLouisDreyfusVeep

3. 73VeniceFilmFestival(World'sOldestFilmFestival)
GoldenLionTheWomanWhoLeft(Philippines)byLavDiaz
GrandJuryPrizeNocturnalAnimalsbyTomFord

SilverLion
AmatEscalanteforUntamed
AndreiKonchalovskyforParadise
VolpiCup
BestActorOscarMartnezforDistinguishedCitizen
BestActressEmmaStoneforLaLaLand
MarcelloMastroianniAwardPaulaBeerforFrantz
4. AirportsAuthorityofIndiasTirupatiAirportawardedBestTouristFriendlyAirportundercategoryforStateAnnualExcellence
Awardsfortheyear201516byAndhraPradeshTourism.
5. ChineseactionmoviestarJackieChanwillbeawardedwithhonoraryAcademyAward(Oscar)byAcademyofMotionPicture
ArtsandSciencesforhisextraordinaryachievementsinmovies.HonoraryOscarwillbegiventoeditorAnneCoates,casting
directorLynnStalmasteranddocumentarymakerFrederickWiseman.
6. CricketersAjinkyaRahaneandRohitSharmaconferredwithArjunaAward.AwardwasbestowedbySportsMinisterVijayGoel.
RohitSharmawasgiventheawardfor2015andRahanereceiveditfor2016.
7. EcologistandconservationactivistBibhutiLahkar(fromAssam)becamefirstAsiantowinprestigiousHeritageHeroesAward
ofInternationalUnionforConservationofNature(IUCN).
8. FederalBankhaslauncheditssecondSkillAcademyatCoimbatore(TamilNadu),Thefirstonebeinginauguratedlastyearat
Ernakulam.
9. FirstJesseOwensOlympicSpiritAward2016willbeposthumouslybestowedtoOlympicchampionMuhammadAli,whopassed
awayrecently.
10. FirsteditionofLonavlaInternationalFilmFestivalIndia(LIFFI)BestActorNawazuddinSiddiqui(forManjhiTheMountain
Man)BestActressTannishthaChatterjee(for'RoughBook'),BestDirectorAnantMahadevan.
11. GovernmentappointedS.SivakumarasaMemberofthe21stLawCommissionofIndia(LCI).HeistheprofessorattheIndian
LawInstitute(ILI)inNewDelhi.
FormerSupremeCourt(SC)judgeJusticeBalbirSinghChauhanisChairmanofcommission.
12. HaryanawonBestHorticultureStateawardofIndianCouncilofFoodandAgriculture(ICFA),foritsconcertedeffortsmadeto
increaseincomeoffarmersinhorticulture.ThisawardwasfgivenduringAgriculturalLeadershipSummit2016thatorganizedby
ICFAinNewDelhi.
Besides,2016BestAgricultureStateawardgiventoOdishaforitseffortsfordevelopmentofagricultureandbringingrural
prosperity.
HorticultureinHaryanaAtpresent,about2.5lakhhectaresoflandisunderhorticultureinHaryana.Thestategovernment
hasambitioustargettoincreaseitupto9lakhhectares.Forthispurpose,stategovernmenthasdecidedtosetaHorticulture
University.
13. HindustaniclassicalsingerShubhaMudgaltobehonouredwith2016'LalitArpanSamman'.
14. India'sSandartistSudarsanPattnaikwonpeople'schoiceprizeforhissandsculptureMahatmaGandhiWorldPeaceat9th
MoscowSandSculptureChampionship2016.
15. IndiabornscientistRameshRaskarhaswon2016LemelsonMITPrize.HeisanassociateprofessoratMassachusettsInstitute
ofTechnology(MITs)MediaLabandisknownforhiscoinventionofanultrafastimagingcamerathatcanseearoundcorners,
lowcosteyecaresolutions.Italsoenablesuserstoreadthefirstfewpagesofabookwithoutopeningthecover.
16. IndianNGOSlumSoccerwonfirsteverFIFADiversityAwardforitsfightagainstdiscriminationandpromotediversityin
football.
17. IndianSpaceResearchOrganisation(ISRO)andBollywoodactorsKatrinaKaifandJuhiChawlaareamongrecipientsof
PriyadarshiniGlobalAwards2016,institutedbysocioculturalandeducationalorganisationPriyadarshiniAcademy.
18. IndianWriterMeghnaPantwillbehonouredwithKumaonLiteraryFestivalsFON(FellowsofNature)SouthAsiaShortStory
AwardinNaturewritinginOctoberforhershortstoryPeopleoftheSun.
19. IndianAmericanVinayaManchaiahnamedasFutureLeaderofAudiologyandinductedinto2016classoftheJergerFuture
LeadersofAudiologybytheAmericanAcademyofAudiology.
20. IndianAmericanphysicianauthorAbrahamVergheseselectedbyUSAfor2015NationalHumanitiesMedal,alongwith11
othersrecipients.
21. IndianbornresearcherDineshBharadiawon2016MarconiSocietyPaulBaranYoungScholarAwardforhiscontributionto
radiowaves.

22. IndianoriginSouthAfricangirlKiaraNirghinwonGoogleScienceFairprize2016.Shewongrandprizeof50000USdollars
scholarshipforusingorangepeeltodevelopacheapersuperabsorbentmaterialthathelpssoilretainwater.
23. IndianoriginpersonNarendraBabubhaiPatelhonored'LifetimeAchievementAward'atAsianAchieversAwardsforhisworkin
medicalprofessionandpubliclifeinBritain.
24. IndoJapanesePriyankaYoshikawahasbeennamedMissJapan.
25. IndustrialistAdiGodrej(ChairmanofGodrejGroup),conferredwith10thAnnualClintonGlobalCitizenAwardforleadershipin
businessandphilanthropy.
26. JanShikshanSansthanMalappuramwonUNESCOConfuciusPrizeforLiteracyinrecognitionofitsliteracylinkedskill
developmentactivitiesamongunderprivilegedinruralareas.
27. JohnDandCatherineTMacArthurFoundationannounceditsClassof2016,consististing23exceptionallycreativepeople.It
inlcudes2IndiansManuPrakashandSubhashKhot.
Dr.SubhashKhotwonNevanlinnaPrizein2014andworksintheoreticalcomputerscience.
ManuPrakashisaphysicalbiologistandinventorandhasinventedseveraldevicesthatsupportfrugalscience.Heismostly
knownforFoldscope,amicroscopemadebyfoldingpaperlikeinorigamiandsportingaglassbeadlens.
28. KarnatakaVikasGrameenaBankwon4awardsforinclusiveinsurancefor2016fromSkochGroup.KVGBoperatesin9districts
ofKarnatakaandhasbrought28lakhpeopleunderPradhanMantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojna,PMSurakshaBimaYojnaandPM
JanDhanYojna.
MicrofinanceinstitutionUjjivanFinancialServiceswonPlatinumAwardforInclusiveInsurance.
29. KiranMazumdarShaw(ChairpersonofBioconLimited)hasbeenhonoredasKnightoftheNationalOrderoftheFrenchLegion
ofHonour(ChevalierdelOrdreNationaldelaLgiondHonneur)forhercontributiontobiosciencesandresearch.
30. LopamudraRautstayedsecondrunnerupatMissUnitedContinents2016,heldinEcuador.JeslynSantosfromPhilippineswon
MissUnitedContinents2016title.
31. MisbahulHaqbecamefirstPakistanitoreceiveprestigiousICCTestChampionshipmace.Hehasbeenhonoredforinspiring
PakistantoreachtotopofICCTestTeamRankings.
32. MusicdirectorandviolinistUttamSinghfor2016LataMangeshkarAwardforLifetimeAchievementbyMaharashtra
government.
33. NationalawardwinnerdirectorKGGeorgeselectedforJCDanielaward2015,KeralaGovernmentshighesthonorfor
outstandingcontributiontoMalayalamcinema.
34. NotedBJPleaderandRajyaSabhaMPSubramanianSwamyhasbeenhonouredwithTamilRatnaawardbyAmericaTamil
Sangam(ATS)inUSA.
35. NotedOdiaPoetHrushikeshMallickhonouredwith37thprestigiousSaralaAwardforhispoetryworkJejeDekhiNathiba
Bharat.
36. NotedTeluguwriterKalakaluriEnochconferredwithMoortideviAwardofBharatiyaJnanpithfor2015.
37. PunjabNationalBankhasbeenadjudgedbestinRajbhashaKirticompetitionforimplementationofOfficialLanguagePolicyin
201516.
38. RightLivelihoodAward2016(alsoknownasalternativeNobel)givento
SyrianWhiteHelmetsalsoknownasSyriaCivilDefenceisaSyriancivilorganisationofemergencyrespondersinrebelheld
areas.
EgyptsMoznHassanandNazraforFeministStudies
RussianmathematicianandhumanrightsactivistSvetlanaGannushkina
TurkishNewspaperCumhuriyet
Thelaureateswillsharethe3.0millionkronor(350000dollar)prize.
39. ScottishActorEwanMcGregorwillreceiveBritanniaHumanitarianAwardatBritishAcademyBritanniaAwardsinUSA.
40. ScriptsofAdilHussainstarrers"Sunrise"and"Parched"havebeenarchivedatOscarlibrary(AcademyofMotionPictureArts
andSciences).
41. ShortFilmMurga(directedbyKatyayanShivpuri)wonfirstprizeatSwachhBharatShortFilmFestival(SBSFF),organisedby
NationalFilmDevelopmentCorporation(NFDC).
42. SpiritualleaderSriSriRaviShankarwillbehonouredwithSimonWiesenthalCentreshighesthonourtheSimonWiesenthal
HumanitarianLaureate,byaprominentJewishhumanrightsorganisationforpromotinghumandignityandtoleranceamong
people.

43. StuartBlackburn'sNovelbasedonApatanitribeofArunachalPradeshnamedIntotheHiddenValleyhaswon2016MM
BennettsAwardforHistoricalFictioninUnitedKingdom.
44. TRZeliang(ChiefMinisterofNagaland)won2016PangkorDialogueAwardinMalaysiafortheeffortsmadebythepeopleofthe
stateforenvironmentalpreservationandpromotion.
45. TamilcrimethrillerVisaranaiischosenasIndiasofficialentrytoOscars2017(89thAcademyAwards)inBestForeign
LanguageFilmcategory.
46. TheHinduhasbeenawardedSilverandBronzeawardsinReaderEngagementcategoryofSouthAsianDigitalMediaAwardsat
WANIFRA(WorldAssociationofNewspapersandNewsPublishers)India2016conferenceinKolkata.
47. TwoIndianforestofficialsRiteshSarothiyaandSanjayDutta,havebeenselectedfor2016ClarkR.BavinWildlifeLaw
EnforcementAwards.
48. WestBengalgovernmentwillconfer2016BangabibhushanawardtolegendarysingerLataMangeshkar.
49. WriterMeghnaPantwonFellowsofNature(FON)SouthAsiaShortStoryAwardinNaturewriting,forhershortstoryPeopleof
theSun.
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Books

1. RekhaTheUntoldStory,biographyofactressRekhahasbeenauthoredbyYasserUsman.
2. BookAnythingbutKhamoshi:TheShatrughanSinhaBiography,isauthoredbyBharathiSPradhan.
3. BookDoNotSayWeHaveNothinghasbeenauthoredbyMadeleineThien.Itisastoryonclassicalmusicinrevolutionary
China.
4. BookDriven:TheViratKohliStory,hasbeenauthoredbysportsjournalistVijayLokapally.
5. BookHisBloodyProjecthasbeenauthoredbyGraemeMacraeBurne.
6. BookHotMilkhasbeenauthoredbyDeborahLevy.
7. BookImagineMeGonehasbeenauthoredbyAdamHaslett.
8. BookShantikiTalaashmeinZindagi,writtenbyRadhikaNagrathhasbeenreleased,byUttarakhandGovernorKKPaul.
9. BookTheLastInningandBeyond,authoredbyU.D.Choubey,andSmritiRajvardhinihasbeenreleased.
10. BookSixMachine:IDontLikeCricketILoveIt,isautobiographyofWestIndiancricketerChrisGayle.
11. BookCitizenandSocietywrittenbyVicePresidentMohdHamidAnsarihasbeenreleased.
12. MinisterofState(IC)forDevelopmentofNorthEasternRegion,JitendraSinghreleasedBookNorthEasternCouncil:AStoryof
SagacityandSuccesss.
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Committees

1. ArvindPanagariyacommitteesubmitteditsreportaboutdefiningpovertyandpreparearoadmaptoalleviateit.Ithassuggested
tosetupcommitteetoidentifypeopleBelowPovertyLine(BPL).
2. CommitteeheadedbyChiefEconomicAdvisorArvindSubramanian,whichwasformedtotackleshortageofpulses,hasrecently
submitteditsreport.
3. GovernmentconstitutedcommitteetostudysiltinriverGangainBihar,tobeheadedbyA.K.Sinha.
4. ParliamentarycommitteeheadedbyMVeerappaMoilyhasbeenconstitutedtoreviewallbudgetaryreforms.
5. S.N.DhingraCommitteesubmittedreporttoHaryanagovernmentongrantingofChangeofLandUse(CLU)licencesin4
villagesofGurgaonduringruleofthepreviousCongressgovernment.
6. TocommemoratebirthcentenaryofJanaSanghideologuePanditDeendayalUpadhyay,149memberCommitteehasbeenmade
underPMNarendraModi.
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Days

1. 08SeptemberInternationalLiteracyDay.2016isobserving50thInternationalLiteracyDay.2016Theme:ReadingthePast,
WritingtheFuture.
India'sNationalLiteracyMission(NLM)wasinitiatedin1988.In1951,whenfirstCensuswasconductedafter
Independence,literacyrateofcountrywasmerely18%.However,inlastCensusheldin2011Indiahasachievedaliteracy

rateofaround73%.Thepresentnationalgoalistoachieveliteracyrateof80percentbyendof12thPlanPeriod
2. 14SeptemberNationalHindiDivas.
3. 15SeptemberEngineersDayinIndia.ItiscelebratedeveryyearinIndiaonSeptember15,inmemoryofBharatRatna
MokshagundamVisvesvaraya.HewaschiefengineerofKrishnaRajaSagaradaminMysoreandalsochiefdesignerofflood
protectionsystemforHyderabad
4. 15SeptemberInternationalDemocracyDay.2016ThemeisDemocracyandthe2030AgendaforSustainableDevelopment.
5. 17SeptemberInternationalCoastalCleanupDay.
6. 2SepWorldCoconutDay.
7. 21SeptemberInternationalDayofPeace.2016ThemeisTheSustainableDevelopmentGoals:BuildingBlocksforPeace.
8. 26September:InternationalDayfortheTotalEliminationofNuclearWeapons.
9. 27SeptemberWorldTourismDay.Themeof2016isTourismforAllpromotinguniversalaccessibility.
10. 28SeptemberWorldRabiesDay.2016ThemeisRabies:Educate.Vaccinate.Eliminate.
11. 29SeptemberWorldMaritimeDay.2016ThemeisShipping:indispensabletotheworld.
12. 5SeptemberInternationalDayofCharity.ItmarksdeathofMotherTeresa(1997).
13. 5thSeptemberNationalTeachersDayinIndia.ObservanceofthisdaycommemoratesthebirthdayofIndiasfirstVice
PresidentandsecondPresidentDrSarvepalliRadhakrishnansince1962.
Onthisoccasion,AssamCMSarbanandaSonowalinauguratedAsiasbiggestdigitallibrarydedicatedtomemoryofDr.APJ
AbdulKalam,formerPresidentofIndia,inNITSilchar.ThisworldclasslibraryisestablishedwiththehelpofUniversityof
Illinois,USA.
14. MLeelavathichosenfor2016NMohananSuvarnaMudraAwardforherremarkablecontributiontoMalayalamlanguageand
literature.
15. September10WorldSuicidePreventionDay(WSPD).2016themeisConnect,Communicate,Care.
16. September16InternationalDayforPreservationofOzoneLayer.2016themeisOzoneandclimate:Restoredbyaworld
united.
17. September29WorldHeartDay.2016themeisLightYourHeart,EmpowerYourLife.
18. September30InternationalTranslationDay.2016themeisTranslationandInterpreting:Connectingworlds.
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Defence

1. 12thJointmilitarytrainingexercisebetweenIndiaandUSAYudhAbhyas2016beguninUttarakhand.Itis2weeklong.
2. EighthIndiaRussiaJointMilitaryExerciseINDRA2016beguninVladivostok(Russia).
3. FirstmilitaryexercisebetweenRussiaandPakistannamedDruzhba2016(Friendship2016)heldinPakistan.
4. GuidedMissileDestroyerMormugao,SecondShipofProject15bLaunchedatMazagaonDocksMumbai.
Project15Bhas4GuidedMissileDestroyersinmaking,FirstShipofProject15BwasWarshipINSVisakhapatnamand
secondisnowMormugao.
5. HindustanAeronauticsLimited(HAL)successfullytestfliedindigenousLightUtilityHelicopter(LUH),beingdevelopedfor
Armedforces.LightUtilityHelicopter(LUH)iseightseaterchopperwithamaximumWeightof3,150KgsandfittedwithSafran
HEArdiden1Uengineof750KWpower.
6. IndianAirForce(IAF)successfullytestfiredrecentlyacquiredlongrangeairtoairMICAmissilefromMirage2000Upgrade
combataircraft.
7. IndianArmyhassetupArmyDesignBureau(ADB)inanattempttoreduceimportdependence,aspartofgovernmentsMakein
Indiainitiative.ArmyDesignBureauwillprovidebetterunderstandingofArmysrequirementstoresearchorganisationsand
industryfordevelopinghightechdefenceproductsinIndiaItself.
8. IndianArmysuccessfullyconductedsurgicalstrikesonterrorlaunchpadsacrossLineofControlinPakistanOccupiedKashmir
(PoK).Over40terroristsand2PakSoldierswerekiledduringstrikes.SurgicalstrikeswereIndiasfirstdirectmilitaryresponseto
attackonUriarmybasebyPakistanbasedmilitantsthathadkilled18Indiansoldiers.
9. IndianCoastGuard(ICG)commissionedoffshorepatrolling(OPV)vesselnamedSarathi.
10. IndianNavyawardedamajor$81millioncontracttoAmericanCompanyBoeingforsupplying22Harpoonmissilesystemsfor
Shishumarclasssubmarines.
11. JointIndiaKazakhstanArmyexercisePRABALDOSTYK16beingheldinKaragandaregionofKazakhstan.

12. WaterJetFastAttackCraft(WJFAC)TIHAYU,builtbyGardenReachShipbuildersandEngineersLimited(GRSE)hasbeen
handedovertoIndianNavy.
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Economy

1. 22ndIssueofAnnualissueofIndia'sExternalDebthasstatedthatIndia'sExternaldebtiscurrentlyUS$485.6billionatendof
March2016,increasingbyUS$10.6billion(2.2%)overpreviousyear.RiseinExternalDebtwasduetoriseinlongtermdebt
particularlyNRIdeposits.
2. FoodandConsumerAffairsMinisterRamVilasPaswanissuedguidelinesforstatestoregulatedirectsellingandmultilevel
marketingbusinessestoprotectconsumersfromPonzifrauds,titledDirectSellingGuidelines2016framework.
Directsellinghasbeendefinedasmarketing,distributionandsaleofgoodsorprovidingofservicesasapartofnetworkof
directselling.
Legitimatedirectsellingisdifferentiatedfrompyramidandmoneycirculationschemesinordertohelpidentifyfraudulent
companies.MoneyCirculationSchemehassamemeaningasdefinedunderPrizeChitsandMoneyCirculationSchemes
(Banning)Act,1978.Itbarsdirectsellingcompaniesfromcharginganyentryfeefromagentsorcompellingthemtobuy
backunsoldstocks.
Itlaysdownremunerationsystemforpersonengagedindirectsellingfirmsonsharingofincentives,profitandcommission.
ItAddsprovisionforappointmentofmonitoringauthorityatbothUnionandstateleveltodealwiththeissuesrelatedto
directselling.
NotethatSEBIhasearliernotifiedthatitisnothavingregulatorypurviewofPonzischemes.
3. AndhraPradeshtoppedamongstatesinattractingindustrialinvestmentsin201516,withinvestmentofRs21,914croreoutof
theRs1,38,700croregrossinvestmentsacrossIndia.ItpushedpreviousyearstopperMaharashtrato3rdspot.
4. AnilAmbaniledRelianceCommunications(RCom)signedadealwithMaxisCommunicationsBerhad(MCB)formergerof
wirelessbusinessesofAircelLimitedwithitself.Mergedentitywillbecountrysfourthlargesttelecomcompanyintermsof
customersandrevenue.
MergedcompanywillhavesecondlargestspectrumholdingamongstalloperatorsinIndia,aggregating448MHzacross
850,900,1800and2100MHzbands.
ItwillbeoneofIndiaslargestprivatesectorcompanies,withanassetbaseofover$9.7billion(Rs.65,000crore)andnet
worthof$5.2billion(Rs.35,000crore).
RComandMCBwillholda50%stakeeachinthemergedentity.
5. Asia'soldestbourseBombayStockExchange(BSE)becamefirstIndianstockexchangetofileIPOpaperswithmarketregulator
SecuritiesandExchangeBoardofIndia(SEBI)foritsInitialPublicOffering(IPO).
6. AsianDevelopmentBank(ADB)approved$631millionloanforbuildingIndiasfirstcoastalindustrialcorridorbetween
Visakhapatnam(Vizag)andChennai.Fundwillhelpdevelopthefirstkey800kmsectionoftheplanned2,500kmEastCoast
EconomicCorridor.
7. BHELcommissioned4thandlastunitofthe4x40MWTeestaLowDamHydroElectricProject(HEP)StageIVinWestBengal.
8. BombayStockExchange(BSE)becameAsia'sfirstStockExchangetopartnerupwithTwittertoprovideliveupdatesofS&PBSE
Sensexlevels,stockpricesandopeningandclosingfiguresofSensexcompaniestomillionsofinvestors.
9. CabinetCommitteeonEconomicAffairs(CCEA)approvedenhancingbufferstockforpulsesupto20lakhtonnes(domestic
procurementandimportsof10lakhtonneseach).
10. CabinetCommitteeonEconomicAffairs(CCEA)approvedwindingupofHindustanDiamondCompanyPrivateLimited
(HDCPL)asithadbecomeinconsistentwithchangingtimestofacilitatetheconstantsupplyofroughdiamondsandtomakeIndia
anInternationalDiamondTradingHub.HDCPLwasa50:50jointventureoftheCentralGovernmentandDeBeersCentenary
MauritiusLimited(DBCML).
11. CabinetCommitteeonEconomicAffairsapprovedviabilitycapitalgrantofRs.5,176crores(40percentoftotalcostofRs.12,940
crore)toGAILIndiaLimitedfordevelopmentof2539kmlongJagdishpurHaidiaandBokaroDhamraGasPipeline(JHBDPL)
project.JHBDPLprojectwillconnectEasternpartofthecountrywithNationalGasGrid.
12. CabinetCommitteeonEconomicAffairsapprovedProjectSAKSHAMasaNewIndirectTaxNetwork(SystemsIntegration)of
theCentralBoardofExciseandCustoms(CBEC).Totalcostis2256crores,tobeincurredover7years.Implementationstrategy
fortheprojectwillbetonsurereadinessofCBEC'sITsystemsbyApril,1,2017,whenGSTistobeintroduced.AllTaxpayers/

lmporters/Exporters/DealersundervariousindirecttaxlawsadministeredbyCBEC(presentlyabout36lakhs),likelytogoup
toover65lakhsafterintroductionofGST.Sakshamwillhelpin
ImplementationofGoodsandServicesTax(GST).
ExtensionoftheIndianCustomsSingleWindowInterfaceforFacilitatingTrade(SWIFT).
13. CentralBoardofDirectTaxesreceivedRs.65,250croresaspartofIncomeDisclosureScheme2016thatprovidedopportunityto
thosewhohadnotpaidfulltaxesinthepasttocomecleanbydeclaringtheirincomeandpaying45%informoftaxesandPenalty.
BenefitsofDeclarationinlcudeNowealthtaxonassetdeclared,NoenquiryunderIncomeTaxActorWealthTaxActand
ImmunityfromtheBenamiTransaction(Prohibition)Act,1988.ItwillbringRs30000Taxesrevenueforthegovernment.
14. CompetitionCommissionofIndia(CCI)imposedpenaltyofRs6,700croreson10cementcompaniesincludingACC,Lafarge,
Ultratech,JayprakashAssociates,Binanietc.
15. CompetitionCommissionofIndia(CCI)imposedpenaltyofoverRs6,700croreon10cementcompaniesincludingACC,
Lafarge,Ultratech,JayprakashAssociates,BinaniandtheirtradeassociationtheCementManufacturersAssociation(CMA)on
chargesofcartelisation(

).
16. DCBBanklaunchedmVisa,amobilebasedpaymentsolutionthatwillmakepaymentsatretailoutletsmucheasier.
17. DepartmentofInvestmentandPublicAssetManagement(FinanceMinistry)appointedICICIPrudentialAssetManagement
CompanyLtdasassetmanagementcompanyforcreationandlaunchofanewExchangeTradedFund,comprisingofsharesof
listedCPSEsandothercorporates.
18. FirstmeetingofGoods&ServicesTax(GST)Councildecidedtoexemptbusinesseswithannualturnoverbelow20lakhoutof
GSTnet.
Itwillgiverespitetoapprox60LacassessesfrompayingGST.Itwillalsoreduceexpenditurefortexcollectionagenciesas
these60lacassessesonlycontributeapprox2%ofIndirectTaxrevenue.
BusinessesinNortheasternandhillstateswillbefreeofGSTforforannualturnoverbelowRs.10lakh.
AdministrativeControl
StateswillhavesolejurisdictionoverassesseeshavingaturnoverofRs.1.5croreorless.
Incaseturnoverexceedes1.5crore,administrativecontrolwillbejointlywithcentralandstategovernments.
Existing11lakhservicetaxassesseeswillcontinuetobeunderthejurisdictionoftheCentre.
BaseYear:TheGSTCouncilalsoagreedtosettle201516asthebaseyearforcalculatingthecompensation.
19. FlipkartbecameFirsteCommmerceFirmtocross100million(10Crore)registeredusersmark.Itadded2.5croreusersinpast
6months.
20. GlobalonlinepaymentserviceproviderPayUacquiredIndianpaymentstechnologyplayer,CitrusPayfor$130million(Appox
800Crores).CitrusPaysMDAmrishRauwilltakechargeofthemergedentity,andaschiefexecutiveofPayUinIndia.
21. GovernmentlaunchedprogramNationalInitiativeforDevelopingandHarnessingInnovations(NIDHI)fornurturingideas
andinnovationintosuccessfulstartups.
22. GovernmentannouncedplanstodoublenumberofschemesunderDBT(DirectBeefirTransfer)to147byMarch2017(Currently
74).
23. GovernmentannouncedthatSecurityguardswillneedtobegivenminimumsalaryof15000permonth,withclassifyingthem
amongskilledworkers.Armedsecurityguardsandsupervisorswillbeclassifiedashighlyskilledworkersandwillentitle
minimummonthlywageof25000.
24. GovernmentapprovedVarishthaPensionBimaYojana(VPBY)2003andVaristhaPensionBimaYojana(VPBY)2014,alongwith
expendituresincurredonsubsidyamountreleasedtoLICforbothschemes.BothschemeswereimplementedthroughLife
InsuranceCorporationofIndia(LIC).Totalnumberof3,17,991annuitantsarebenefitedunderVPBY2014and2,84,699are
benefitedunderVPBY2003.
25. Governmentapprovedassistanceof1269crorerupeesfordroughtaffectedMaharashtra(589croresfordamagetoKharifcrops
and679crorerupeesforRabicrops).
26. GovernmentapprovedclosureofHindustanCablesLimited(Kolkata).TotalcashinfusionforclosureofcompanywillbeRs.
1309.90croreandnoncashinfusionofRs.3467.15croreintheformofconversionintoequityofGovernmentofIndia'sloan
(includinginterest)outstanding.
TherewasnoproductionactivityincompanysinceJanuary2003.
EmployeeswillbeofferedattractiveVRS/VSSPackageatnotional2007payscales.
27. GovernmentapprovedestablishmentofHigherEducationFinancingAgency(HEFA)togivepushforcreationofhighquality
infrastructureinpremiereducationalinstitutions.

HEFAwillbejointlypromotedbyMinistryofHumanResourceDevelopment(MHRD)andidentifiedPromoter(aPSUBank
ortheGovernmentownedNBFC)
HEFAwillhaveanauthorisedcapitalof2,000crorerupeesandgovernmentequitywouldbe1,000crorerupees.
ItwouldleverageequitytoraiseuptoRs.20,000croreforfundinginfrastructureanddevelopmentprojectsofworldclass
LabsinIIMs/IITs/NITsandsuchotherinstitutions,througha10yearloan.
28. GovernmentapprovedextensionofcontractwithandInternationalSeabedAuthority(ISA)forexplorationofPolymetallic
Nodules(PMS),till2022.
Polymetallicnodules(PMN)arealsoknownasmanganesenodules.Theyarepotatoshaped,largelyporousnodulesfoundin
abundancecarpetingtheseafloorinthedeepseaoftheworldoceans.
Besidesmanganeseandiron,theycontainnickel,copper,cobalt,lead,molybdenum,cadmium,vanadium,titanium.Ofthese
metalsnickel,cobaltandcopperareconsideredtobeofeconomicandstrategicimportance.
29. GovernmentapprovedformationofGoodsandServicesTax(GST)CouncilasperArticle279AofConstitution,alongwith
CreationoftheGSTCouncilSecretariatinNewDelhiandseveralotherkeypostsintheGSTCouncil.
Constitution(122ndAmendment)Bill2016(forintroductionofGST)wasapprovedbyPresidentafterbeingratifiedby15
states(AssamFirstandGoa15th).AfterassentofPresident,billbecomeslawasConstitution(101stAmendment)Act2016
andItadsaddsArticle279AinConstitution.
AsperArticle279A(1)ofamendedConstitution,GSTCouncilistobeconstitutedbyPresidentwithin60daysof
commencementofArticle279A.
CompositionofGSTCouncil
AsperArticle279A,GSTCouncilwhichwillbeajointforumofCentreandStates.Itshallconsist
UnionFinanceMinisterasChairperson.
UnionMinisterofState(MoS)inchargeofRevenueoffinance(Member)
MinisterInchargeoftaxationorfinanceoranyotherMinisternominatedbyeachStateGovernment(Members)
AsperArticle279A(4),GSTCouncilwillmakerecommendationsonimportantissueslikeGoodsandservicesthatmaybe
subjectedorexemptedfromGST.
30. GovernmentapprovedproposalsofMinistryofFinancerelatedtocertainbudgetaryreforms
MergerofRailwaybudgetwithGeneralbudget
PesentationofseparateRailwaybudgetstartedintheyear1924,andhascontinuedafterindependenceasaconvention
ratherthanunderConstitutionalprovisions.
CapitalatchargeofRailwaysisestimatedatRs.2.27lakhcroreonwhichannualdividend(approx9700crore)ispaid
byRailwaystoGovernment,whichwillnowbewipedoff.
AdvancementofthedateofBudgetpresentationfromlastdayofFebruary
AdvancementofbudgetpresentationwouldpavewayforearlycompletionofBudgetcycleandenableMinistriesand
Departmentstoensurebetterplanningandexecutionofschemesfromthebeginningofthefinancialyearand
utilizationoffullworkingseasons.
ExactdateofpresentationofBudgetfor201718wouldbedecidedkeepinginviewthedateofassemblyelectionstobe
heldinStates.
MergerofPlanandtheNonPlanclassificationinBudgetandAccounts
Plan/NonPlanbifurcationofexpenditurehasledtoafragmentedviewofresourceallocationtovariousschemes,
makingitdifficultnotonlytoascertaincostofdeliveringaservicebutalsotolinkoutlaystooutcomes..
EarmarkingoffundsforScheduledCastesSubPlan/TribalSubPlanwillbecontinued.Similarly,allocationsforNorth
EasternStateswillalsocontinue.Thiswouldhelpinresolvingthefollowingissues.
31. GovernmentapprovedsimplificationofForeignDirectInvestment(FDI)Policy2016invarioussectorsasannouncedinJune
2016.ChangesinFDIPolicyare
DefenceSectorFDIbeyond49%hasbeenpermittedthroughgovernmentapprovalroute,incasesresultinginaccessto
moderntechnologyinthecountryorforotherreasons.FDIlimitalsomadeapplicabletoManufacturingofSmallArmsand
AmmunitionscoveredunderArmsAct,1959.
FoodProductsmanufacturedorproducedinIndia0100%FDIundergovernmentapprovalroutefortradinginrespectof
foodproductsmanufacturedinIndia.
Pharmaceutical100%FDIunderautomaticrouteingreenfieldpharmaceuticals.FDIupto100%undergovernment
approvalinbrownfieldpharmaceuticalsalsohasbeenapprovedand74%FDIunderautomaticrouteinBrownfield

pharmaceuticals.
CivilAviation100%FDIunderautomaticrouteinBrownfieldAirportProjects.FDIlimitraisedto100%inScheduledAir
TransportServiceandregionalAirTransportService.
AnimalHusbandry100%FDIallowedinAnimalHusbandry(includingbreedingofdogs),Aquaculture,Piscicultureand
ApicultureunderAutomaticRoutewithoutrequirementofcontrolledconditions.
PrivateSecurityAgencies49%FDIpermittedunderautomaticrouteandFDIbeyond49%andupto74%willbepermitted
throughgovernmentapprovalroute.
SingleBrandRetailEntitiesundertakingsinglebrandretailtradinghavebeenrelaxedfromlocalsourcingnormsupto3
yearsthatwereputearlier.Entitiesinsinglebrandretailtradingofproductshavingstateofartandcuttingedgetechnology
havebeenrelaxedfromlocalsourcingnormsupto5years.
32. GovernmentapprovedtoenableRichardson&Cruddas(1972)LimitedtocomeoutofpurviewofBoardforIndustrialand
FinancialReconstruction(BIFR)byconvertingintoequityofGovernment'sloanofRs101croresgiventotheCompanyalongwith
interestamountingtoRs424Croresaccruedonthisloan.
33. Governmentapprovedtoraise31300croresinFY201617toaugmentinfrastructurespending.Ithasapprovedtoservice
principalandinterestagainstExtraBudgetaryResources(EBR)ofRs.16,300crorebyGovernmentforinfrastructurespending.
34. GovernmentbannedagenciesinpossessionofAadhaarnumberofCustomerstopublishorpostinformationpubliclytoensure
thatthedetailsarenotmisused.
35. GovernmentcleareddealwithFrance'sDassaultfor36Rafalefighterjets,worthapprox7.878billionEuros.
36. Governmentdisinvested7%ofitsstakeinHindustanCopperLimited,togetapprox400crores.
37. GovernmentissuedfreshflexifundguidelinestogivemorefreedomtostatesinspendingmoneyunderCentrallySponsored
Schemes(CSS)tomeetlocaldevelopmentalrequirements.Undernewnorms,flexifundsineachCSShasbeenincreasedfrom
current10%to25%forstatesand30%forUnionTerritories.
38. GovernmentnotifiedconstitutionofSixMemberMonetaryPolicyCommittee(MPC).ReserveBankofIndiaAct,1934(RBIAct)
hasbeenamendedbytheFinanceAct2016,toprovideforastatutoryandinstitutionalisedframeworkforaMonetaryPolicy
Committee.MonetaryPolicyCommitteewillfixbenchmarkpolicyrate(reporate)requiredtocontaininflationwithinthe
specifiedtargetlevel.CompositionofMPC
UrjitPatelRBIGovernor(Chairperson)
RGandhiDeputyGovernorRBIinchargeofMonetaryPolicy(Member)
MichaelPatraExecutiveDirectorofRBI(Member)
GovernmentNominatedMembersChetanGhate(IndianStatisticalInstitute),PamiDua(DelhiSchoolofEconomics)and
RavindraH.Dholakia(IndianInstituteofManagementAhmedabad).MembersappointedbyGovernmentwillholdpostfor
4years.
39. Governmentnotifiednewimportpolicyformarble&travertineblocks,aimedatbalancinginterestsofdomesticconsumers,
producersandprocessors,andeaseupimporting
Policyendsquantitativerestrictiononimportofmarbleandtravertineblocks.
MarbleBlocksbasiccustomsdutyonimporthasbeenincreasedto40%andMinimumImportPrice(MIP)hasreducedto
200USD/metricton.
Marble&GraniteslabsBasiccustomsdutyonimportdoubledto20%andMIPonimportisreducedto40USD/square
metreforMarbleand50USD/squaremetreforGrainteslabs.
40. GovernmentraisedEmployeesProvidentFund(EPF)investmentinExchangeTradedFund(ETF)from5to10%,considering
goodreturnsinETFinvestment.Inlastoneyear,EmployeesProvidentFundOrganisation(EPFO)invested6577crorerupeesin
ETFwithagoodreturnof13.24%.
41. GovernmentraisedsalarycapofbeneficiariestoRs.21,000permonthfromRs.15,000,toincreasenumberofpeopleeligiblefor
EmployeesStateInsurance(ESI)thatwhichprovidesmedicalcaretoindustrialworkersandtheirdependents.Itmeansall
industrialworkersdrawingasalaryofuptoRs.21,000willbeeligibleforhealthcareatmorethan1,500clinicsandhospitalsrun
byEmployeesStateInsuranceCorporation(ESIC).Itwilladd30lakhworkerstoESICpool.ItwilladdnearlyRs.3,000croreto
thelabourministryrunESICscorpusannually.
42. HDFCBanknamedIndiasmostvaluablebrandfor3rdconsecutiveyear,asperBrandZTop50listreleasedbyWPPGroup.
HDFCBankwasfollowedbyAirtelandSBIinthelist.
43. HDFCErgoGeneralInsuranceCompany(HDFCERGO)hascompletedacquisitionof100percentsharesofL&TGeneral
InsuranceCompany(L&TInsurance)forRs.551crore.

44. ICICIBankbecamefirstIndianBanktodeploySoftwareRoboticsforperformingover200businessprocessesacrossvarious
functions,includingretailbankingoperations,agribusiness,trade&foreignexchange,treasuryandhumanresources
management.
Softwareroboticstakesupseveralactionsdoneusuallybyhumansandsavetimeandincreaseefficiencybyautomatingthese
repetitive,highvolumeandtimeconsumingtasks.
Softwarerobotscanperformover10lakh(1million)bankingtransactionseveryworkingday.
45. ITmajorInfosyslaunchedSkavaCommerce,anewstandardforecommerceplatformforretailers.InfosyshadacquiredinJune
2015for120milliondollars.SkavaCommerceplatformcanhelpbrickandmortarretailerstoquicklylaunchnewofferings,
improveconversionratesoftrafficcomingfromdigitalchannels.
46. IndianOilCorporationLimitedandGAILLimitedsignedMoUwithDhamraLNGTerminalPrivateLimitedfortakingequityin5
MMTPAcapacityLNGReceiving,StorageandRegasificationTerminal.DhamraLNGterminalisbeingbuiltbyAdaniEnterprises
LtdatDhamraPort,Odisha.
47. KarnatakaBanksignedMoUwithBirlaSunLifeAssetManagementCompanyfordistributionofmutualfundproducts.
48. MobiKwiklaunchedBubblePinasaonestepofflinepaymentsmode,whichallowsuserstomakepaymentswithoutdata
connection.
49. MobileWalletPaytmLaunchedserviceforenablingRailwayTicketBookingsonbehalfofIRCTC.
50. MobilepaymentsandloansstartupftcashlaunchedUnifiedPaymentInterface(UPI)formerchantsinassociationwithICICI
Bank.
51. PresidentPranabMukherjeehavehisassenttoConstitution(122ndAmendment)(GST)Bill2014asperArticle111ofthe
Constitution.Withthis,billbecomeslawandanewindirecttaxregimewillnowbeimplementedinIndiawithconceptofone
nation,onetaxGST(GoodsandServicesTax).
GSTisasingleindirecttaxthroughoutcountry.ItsubsumesmostoftheCentralandStateindirecttaxessuchasValueAdded
Tax(VAT),exciseduty,servicetax,centralsalestax,additionalcustomsdutyandspecialadditionaldutyofcustoms.
Constitution(122ndAmendment)(GST)Bill,2014willenterintothestatutebookasTheConstitution(101stAmendment)
Bill,2016.
52. PrivatesectorAxisBanktiedupwithBanarasHinduUniversity(BHU)toofferspecialisedbankingcourses.
53. QatarNationalBank(QNB)receivedapprovalfromIndia'sregulatoryauthoritiestobeginoperationsincountry.
54. RelianceIndustrieslaunchedJioTelecomServiceofferingfreevoicecallsandzeroroamingchargesforitscustomersasapartof
JioWelcomeOffer(from5September2016upto31December2016).
55. ReserveBankofIndia(RBI)approved26000crorescashcreditlimit(CCL)forpurchasingpaddyinPunjab.
56. RuralhousingschemeIndiraAwasYojana(IAY),startedbyformerPrimeMinisterRajivGandhi,hasbeenrenamedasPradhan
MantriAwasYojana(PMAY).ItwillbeeffectivefromApril1,2017.Underthisscheme,governmentisaimingtoconstructone
crorehousesby2019.
57. SouthernIndiaEngineeringManufacturersAssociation(SIEMA)signedagreementwithAnnaUniversityforjointworkon
projectsrequiredforindustries.
58. Standard&Poor's(S&P)GlobalRatingsforecastedrelativelyhighqualityandsteroidfreeGDPgrowthof8%forIndiaovernext
fewyears.
59. StateBankofIndia,PunjabNationalBank,IDFCBank,anddigitalwalletPaytmwillstartissuingelectronictagstovehiclesfor
tollcollection.
60. TamilNadugovernmentallotted204croresforThaalikuThangam(GoldforMangalsutra)schemeunderamarriageassistance
programmeschemefortheyear201617tobenefit12,500women.
61. TelanganagovernmentsignedMoUwiththeGoagovernmenttohelpGoaininformationtechnology(IT)development.
62. ToboostIndustrialActivities,GovernmentapprovedspecialTaxRebateforSettingupIndustrialUnitsin7districtsofAndhra
Pradesh,tillMar31,2020.Anymanufacturingundertakingsetupduringconcernedperiodinconcerneddistricts,iseligiblefor
15%ofhigheradditionaldepreciationand15%ofinvestmentallowanceoncostofplantandmachineryacquiredbyit.Districtsare
Anantapur,Chittoor,Cuddapah,Kurnool,Srikakulam,VishakhapatnamandVizianagaram.
63. Tohelpexporters,DepartmentofCommercebroughtchangesinMerchandiseExportsfromIndiaScheme(MEIS)
Additionof2901newproducts,takingnumberofitemscoveredunderschemefrom5012to7103.
IncreaseinMEISratesRatesof575productitemsfallingunder11productscategorieshavebeenincreased.
TotalannualgovernmentsupportunderMEISschemeenhancedto23,500crorefrompresentRs.22,000crore.
64. VijayaBanklaunched3innovativeappsVPAYQWIK,Vijaya*99#andVeConnect+.

65. WorldBankannouncedtoinvestover1,000crorerupeesinAssamforbettermentofinlandwaterways,includingghats.
66. eCommerceplatformPaytmwillenablehealthinsurancefor3lakhautoandcabdrivers(inpartnershipwithTATAAIGGeneral
Insurance)thatacceptitswalletaspaymentsystem.NewhealthinsuranceschemecovershospitalisationexpensesofuptoRs
50,000.
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International

1. TechgiantsMicrosoft,GoogleandSalesforceadoptedEUUSPrivacyShieldframeworkmtobeabletoreceivepersonaldata
fromEuropeanUnion(EU)incompliancewithnewstandards.Theyarenowamong103companiesoutof5526signatoriesto
replacedefunctSafeHarbourframework.
2. 193countriesofUnitedNations(UN)signeddeclarationtomakeworldfreeofofdrugresistantinfectionsorAntimicrobial
resistance(AMR)orsuperbugs.
ItisthefourthtimeaUNdeclarationhasbeenreachedonahealthissue,followingHIVin2001,noncommunicablediseases
in2011andEbolain2013.
Antimicrobialresistance(AMR)orsuperbugshappenswhenmicroorganismssuchasviruses,bacteria,fungiandparasites
changewhentheyareexposedtoantimicrobialdrugs.Asaresult,medicinesordrugsbecomeineffectiveandinfections
persistinthebodyfutherincreasingtheriskofspreadtoothers.
3. 19thSouthAsianAssociationforRegionalCooperation(SAARC)SummittobeheldinIslamabad(Pakistan)hasbeenpostponed,
afterIndiaandfourothercountriesboycottedit.
4. 20thIndiaInternationalseafoodshow(IISS)2016heldinVisakhapatnam(AndhraPradesh)withthemeSafeandSustainable
IndianAquaculture.
5. AnewGuinnessworldrecordforthelargestLEGOshiphasbeensetinDenmark,whereemployeesofashippingcompany
successfullyconstructedtheincredible2,860kgboatusingoveronemillioninterlockingplasticbricks.TheblueandwhiteLEGO
boatmeasures12.035metresinlength.
6. Afghanistansignedpeaceagreementwithoneofcountry'slargestmilitantgroupsHezbeIslami.
7. AllIndiaRadio(AIR)launchedawebsiteandmobileappforitsBalochiservicetoreachpeoplewhospeakBalochilanguage
acrossglobe.
8. AsperaMastercardReport,FiveIndiancitiesMumbai(27),Chennai(30),Delhi(48),Kolkata(62)alongwithPune(91)
rankedintop100destinationcitiesfor2016.Asiancitiesmakeuphalfofglobaltop10citiesandBangkok(Thailand)isattop.
9. CanadasBritishColumbiaprovincebecamefirstforeigngovernmenttoissuemasalabonds,arupeedenominatedbond.Itissued
Rs500crorerupeedenominatedoverseasbonds(masalabond)onLondonStockExchange(LSE).BritishColumbiasissued
masalabondwaspricedfor6.62%semiannualyieldwith3yeartenor.
MasalaBondsarerupeedenominatedbondsissuedtooverseasbuyers.ItisaimedatboostinginvestmentsintoIndias
infrastructuresector.
10. Chinabuiltworld'slargestradiotelescopenicknamedTianyan(HeavenlyEyeorTheEyeofHeaven)orthefivehundredmetre
aperturesphericalradiotelescope(FAST).
Itisworldslargestfilledaperture(singledish)radiotelescopeandthesecondlargestradiotelescopeaftertheRussian
RATAN600.
Itismadeupof4,450panelsandhasreflectoraslargeas30footballpitches.Ithas500metersdiameter,givingitmore
sensitivity.
11. ChinaandRussiacarriedoutjointnavalexerciseJointSea2016inSouthChinaSea.
12. ChinaandVietnamagreedtomanagetheirdifferencesoverterritorialdisputesintheSouthChinaSeaandsafeguardstability.
13. ChinablockedXiabuquRiver(atributaryoftheBrahmaputraRiver)inTibet,toconstructahydroproject.ThisBlockademay
impactwaterflowsintoIndiaandBangladesh.
14. Chinacompletedover20,000kmsofBulletRailwaytracknetwork,becomingworldslongestbullettrainnetwork.
15. ChinasuccessfullylaunchedTiangong2spacelab,onboardofLongMarch2FT2rocket.Tiangong2(meansHeavenlyPalace
2)spacelabispartofChinasambitiousProject9212spacestationprogramaimedatcreatingathirdgenerationspacestation.It
hasreplacedChinasnowdefunctTiangong1spacelabmissionwhichhadendeditsoperationallifeinMarch2016.
16. ColombianvotersinareferendumrejectedpeacedealwithRevolutionaryArmedForcesofColombia(FARC)rebels,with50.2%
pollinginopposition.DealwasearliersignedbyPresidentJuanManuelSantosandFARCleaderTimoleonJimenezafter4years
ofnegotiations.

17. DuringvisitofAfghanistanPresidentAshrafGhanitoIndia,IndiaandAfghanistansignedExtraditionTreatytofacilitate
exchangeofwantedterroristsandcriminals.Alongwith,Bothcountriessignedagreementsonpeacefulusesofouterspace
technologyandcooperationincommercialandcivilmatters.IndiaalsocommittedtoextendonebilliondollarstoAfghanistanas
developmentaid.
18. EgyptianPresidentAbdelFattahElSisivisitedIndiaandsignedagreementforcooperationinareaofMaritimeTransport.
19. ElectionCommissionofIndia(ECI)grantednationalpartystatustoAllIndiaTrinamoolCongress(TMC)PartyledbyWest
BengalChiefMinisterMamataBanerjee,afterTMCfulfilledrequiredconditionstobecomeanationalpartyaftergettingstatusof
statepartyin4states.
TMCisrulingWestBengalGovernmentandhasitspresenceinnortheasternstatesManipur,ArunachalPradeshand
Tripura.
Withthis,TMCbecameseventhnationalpartyinthecountryalongwithBharatiyaJanataParty(BJP),Congress,Bahujan
SamajParty(BSP),NationalistCongressParty(NCP),CommunistPartyofIndia(CPI)andCommunistPartyofIndia
Marxist(CPM).
IfanypoliticalpartySecuresatleast6%ofthevalidvotespolledinany4states.itiseligibleforgettingconsideredfor
nationalpartystatus.
InAugust2016,ECIbroughtchangesinParagraph6CofElectionSymbols(ReservationandAllotment)Order1968to
reviewstatusofpoliticalpartiesevery10years,insteadofpresentnormof5years.
20. EuropeanUnionapprovedratificationofParisAgreementonClimateChange.
28EUNationscontribute12%globalgreenhousegas(GHG)emissions.
Onceall28EUnationsratifytheagreement,TheParisAgreementonClimateChangewillbereadytoenterintoforceas
cumulativeemissionsofratifyingpartieswillgobeyond55%.
21. Facebook,Amazon,Google,IBMandMicrosoftjoinedupforpartnershiponartificialintelligence(AI)andmachinelearning.
22. First5DayBRICSFilmFestivalheldinNewDelhi.
RussianactressYuliaPeresildwonthebestfemaleactorforherroleintheRussianmovieBattleforSevastopol.
SouthAfrica'sThaboRametsiwonBestactortitleforhisfilmKalushi.
RaamReddy'sKannadafilmThithiconferredBestFilmawardat1stBRICSFilmFestival..
BestDirectorAwardHuoJianqi(China).
Specialjuryaward:BrazilsPhillipeBarcinskiforBetweenValleys.
23. Forbes'50MostPowerfulWomenInternationalList
LististoppedbyBancoSantandersAnaPatriciaBotin,followedbySBIChiefArundhatiBhattacharya(2nd).
India'sICICIheadChandaKochhar(5th)andAxisBankCEOShikhaSharma(19th)arealsoinList.
24. Forbes'bestpaidtelevisionactressesList2016
ColombianAmericanactressSofiaVergaratoppedListforfifthtimeinarowwithearningsof$43Million.
IndianActressPriyankarankedranked8thwithearningsof$10million.
25. Fortune19thMostPowerfulWomenlist2016
LististoppedbyMaryBarra(CEOofGeneralMotorsCompany),withIndraNooyi(CEOofPepsiCo)and2ndplaceand
MarillynHewson(CEOofLockheedMartin).
Thereare22femaleCEO,downfrom27lastyearinthisyear'slist.
26. GermanmultinationalpharmaceuticalcompanyBayeraccquiredUSABasedMonsantofor66BillionUSD.
27. GooglerolledouttravelappGoogleTripsandmessagingappAllo.
28. GovernmentapprovedMoUs
WithSingaporeforcooperationinIndustrialPropertyCooperation.MoUwillbesignedattheupcomingvisitofSingapores
PrimeMinistertoIndiafrom47October,2016.
GovernmentapprovedMOUwithSouthKoreaonMutualRecognitionofCertificates.
29. GovernmentapprovedNewAgreements
TechnicalArrangementwithSwitzerlandontheidentificationandreturnofSwissandIndianNationals.
MoUwithKenyaoncooperationinNationalHousingPolicyDevelopmentandManagement.
MoUwithMozambiqueoncooperationinthefieldofYouthAffairs.
MOUwithSouthAfricainthefieldofInformationandCommunicationTechnologies.
30. GuinnessWorldRecordsofficiallydesignatedAssamsMajuliaslargestriverislandinworld.

MajuliislandissituatedinBrahmaputraRiver,coveringareaof880sqkm.IthastoppledpreviousrecordheldbyBrazils
MarajoislandinAmazonriver.
Islandhastotal144villageswithapopulationofover160,000andadensityof300individualspersquarekm.
InJune2016,AssamGovernmenthadofficiallydeclaredtheislandasthedistrictmakingitIndiasfirstislanddistrict.
31. HP(HewlettPackard)acquiredSamsung'sprinterbusinessfor$1.05billion.
32. IndiaandChilesigendagreementtoexpandscopeoftheirexistingPreferentialTradeAgreement(PTA)bycoveringmoregoods
fortariffconcessions.
33. IndiaandChinahaveholdfirstHighLevelDialogueonCounterterrorismandSecurityheldinBeijing(China).
34. IndiaandSriLankasignedMoUtosupportlivelihoodoffishingandfarmingprojecttocommunitiesinSriLankassouthern
Hambantotadistrict.
35. IndiaapprovedrevisedDoubleTaxAvoidanceAgreement(DTAA)withCyprus,forcheckingtaxevasion.
36. IndiacomplainedtoWorldTradeOrganization(WTO)aboutsupportgiventorenewableenergyindustryinUSAtoits8states
Washington,Montana,California,Massachusetts,Connecticut,Delaware,MichiganandMinnesota.
ComplaintagainstUSisaboutuppropinguprenewablesectorwithillegalsubsidiesandputtingnecessitytobuylocalgoods
ratherthanimports.
Earlierin2013,IndiafiledquestionsatWTOaboutsuspectedsubsidiesinsolarprogrammesinfourUSstatesDelaware,
Minnesota,MassachusettsandConnecticut.InMay2016,IndialostacaseatWTOaftertheUScomplainedaboutIndias
nationalsolarprogrammeoverillegalsubsidiesanddomesticcontentrequirements.
37. IndiaratifiedParisAgreement(onClimateChange)thatwasadoptedby185nationsinDecember2015.Indiahadsignedthis
AgreementinApril2016.Atotalof191countrieshavesignedtotheParisAgreementsofar.
AsperprovisionsofParisAgreement,treatywillcomeintoforceasandwhen55countriescontributingto55%oftotal
globalemissionratifytheagreement.Sofar,62countries(IncludingIndia)haveratifiedit,accountingintotalfor51.89%of
totalglobalgreenhousegasemissions(India'spartis4.1%).
38. IndiasignedMoUwithGreecetoallowunlimitednumberofflightsintoeachotherscountriesandalsoinitiatedairservice
agreementforopenskies.GreecebecomesfirstcountrywithwhichIndiahasinkedanopenskyarrangementunderitsnewcivil
aviationpolicy.
39. Indiasuccessfullytestedsurfacetoairmissile(LRSAM)Barak8MissileoffOdishacoast.Barak8missileislongrangenuclear
capableballisticmissile,developedjointlybyIsraelandIndia.
40. IndiawillhostnextAnnualMeetingsofAfricanDevelopmentBank(AfDB)GroupinAhmedabad(Gujarat)inMay2017.Itwill
beattendedbyover5000delegatesfrom80membercountriesoftheAfricanDevelopmentBank.
41. India'sHindustanAeronauticsLimited(HAL)becameseventhmemberofAsiaPacificAerospaceQualityGroup(APAQG)under
categoryFullMemberwithvotingrights.OthernationsofAPAQGareSouthKorea,China,Indonesia,Singapore,Taiwanand
Japan.
42. India,USAandAfghanistanreaffirmedtheirsharedinterestsincombatingterrorismandadvancingpeaceandsecurity.Inthis
regard,atrilateralstatementwasissuedaftermeetingoftheirdelegatesinNewYorkonthesidelinesof71stsessionofUNGeneral
Assembly.
43. IndianConsortiumcomprisingofOilIndiaLimited,IndianOilCorporationLimitedandBharatPetroResourcesLimited
acquired23.9%stakeinJSCVankorneftand29.9%stakeinLLCTaasYuryakhfromRosneftOilCompany(Russia).
44. IndianInfrastructureGiantLarsen&Toubro(L&T)won99.7milliondollar(around660croresINR)contractfromVietnam
BorderGuardtoconstruct12highspeedpatrolvesselsin30months.
45. IndiraGandhiInternational(IGI)AirportbecameAsiaPacificsonlyairporttoachieveacarbonneutralstatus,asannouncedby
AirportsCouncilInternational(ACI).
ThisrecognitionhasupgradedIGIairportsstatustoLevel3+,Neutrality,highestlevelforairportsacrosstheworld.
IGIairportismanagedbyprivateoperatorDelhiInternationalAirportLtd(DIAL),whichhastakenseveralinitiativesto
makeIGIairportrecognizedatGlobalScale
Ecofriendlyvehicles
84MWsolarpowerplant
Terminal3isaLEEDgoldcertifiedgreenbuilding
WaterConservation,preconditionedairsupplysystems,Energyefficientlightingsystemsandbridgemounted
equipment.

46. InlandWaterwaysAuthorityofIndia(MinistryofShipping)signedcontractwithDST,Germanytodesignvesselsthatare
especiallysuitedtonavigate1620kmstretchofNW1,aimedatprovidingsafe,environmentfriendlyandeconomicalmodeof
transportationthroughNationalWaterway1.
47. IntelacquiredcomputervisionfirmMovidius,whichpartneredwithGoogletodevelop3DspacemappingtechnologyforProject
Tangodevices.
48. LGElectronicstiedupwithAmazon.comInconsmarthomeservices.ThistieupwillhelpenablingservicesofAmazonsuchas
AlexavirtualassistantonsomeofLG'sdevices.
49. MexicohassetupitsthirdconsulateinIndia(andfirstinSouthIndia)inChennaithatwillcatertoTamilNadu,Kerala,
Karnataka,AndhraPradeshandTelangana.
50. MicrosoftandAdobepartneredtopromoteuseofeachother'scloudcomputingtoolsamongtheirmutualcustomers.
51. MinisterforStateforCommerceandIndustryNirmalaSitharamanvisitedSriLankaforfortalksonEconomicandTechnological
CooperationAgreement(ETCA).SheannouncedthatIndiaisgoingtoinvest2billiondollarsinSriLankainthenext34years.
52. NationshaveadoptedNewYorkDeclarationforRefugeesandMigrantsattheUnitedNationsGeneralAssembly(UNGA).
Declarationexpressespoliticalwillofworldleaderstoprotectrightsofrefugeesandmigrantstosavelivesandshareresponsibility
forlargemovementsonaglobalscale.
53. OrganisationofPetroleumExportingCountries(OPEC)agreedtocutoilproductionforthefirsttimesince2008afteran
informalmeetinginAlgeria.Itwasdecidedtoreduceoutputto32.533.0millionbarrelsperday(bpd)fromcurrentoutputat
33.24millionbpd.
Indiais3rdlargestimporterofcrudeoilimports85%oftotaloiland95%ofnaturalgasfromOPECnations.Decisiontocut
productionmayresultinspikeinoilpricesinIndia.
Inrecenttimes,loweroilpriceskepttheIndianeconomyontheshiningpathandmanagedtokeepinflationundercontrol
makingitfastestgrowingeconomyinG20countries.
AboutOrganizationofthePetroleumExportingCountries
OPECconsistsof14oilexportingdevelopingnationsthataccountfor43%ofglobaloilproductionand73%ofthe
worldsoilreserves.ItwasEstablishedin1960inBaghdad,Iraq.
OPECMembersAlgeria,Angola,Libya,NigeriaandGabon(fromAfrica)Indonesia,Iran,Iraq,SaudiArabia,Kuwait,
Qatar,UnitedArabEmirates,EcuadorandVenezuela.
54. PakistanslowerhouseofparliamentpassedalandmarkbilltoaddressHinduminoritysconcernsoverregistrationofmarriages,
aimedatprotectingwomensrights.
55. PowerfultyphoonMegirecentlyhitislandnationTaiwanwithwindsupto230km/hr.
56. ReportbyUniversityofQueensland(Australia)
Estimated1.3millionsquaremiles(3.3millionsquarekm)wildernesshasbeenreducedby10%since1990.
AmazonbasinandcentralAfricahavebeenhitthehardest.
Total30.1millionkm2(around20%ofworld'slandarea)nowremainsaswilderness.MajorityinNorthAmerica,North
Asia,NorthAfrica,andAustralia.
57. RussianstatenuclearagencyRosatomandCuba'sMinistryofSciencesignedanagreementoncooperationinpeacefulatomic
energy.
58. ScientistsfromUSA'sMassachusettsInstituteofTechnology(MIT)developedanovelspectroscopictechniquetofindsignsof
extraterrestriallifeonMars.TtechniqueisincorporatedoninstrumentSHERLOC(ScanningHabitableEnvironmentswith
RamanandLuminescenceforOrganicsandChemicals).ItwillbelaunchedbyNASAsnewMarsrovertobelaunchedin2020to
findsignsoflifeonMars.
59. SixmembercountriesofSouthAsiaSubregionalEconomicCooperation(SASEC)programBangladesh,Bhutan,India,
Maldives,Nepal,andSriLankareleasedOperationalPlan20162025.
SASECOPwasEstablishedin2001,topromoteregionalprosperitybyimprovingcrossborderconnectivity,boostingtrade
amongmembercountries,andstrengtheningregionaleconomiccooperation.
AsianDevelopmentBank(ADB)isthesecretariatandleadfinancieroftheSASECprogram.Todate,ADBhasapproved40
SASECprojectsworthalmost$7.7billionintransport,energy,tradefacilitation,andinformationandcommunications
technology.
60. SpaceXFalcon9rocketexplodedonitsCapeCanaverallaunchpadduringatest,destroyingacommercialsatellitethatFacebook
hadplannedtousetoextendInternetaccessinAfrica.
61. TimesHigherEducationworldrankingsindex

OxfordUniversity(UK)toppedthelist.ItbecomefirstUKuniversitytotopTimesHigherEducationWorldUniversity
Rankingsinthe12yearhistoryofthetable.
ChinasPekingUniversityisat29thandTsinghuaUniversityisat35th.
NationalUniversityofSingapore,isbestinAsiawith24thrank.
IndiasIndianInstituteofScience,Bangaloreisatitshighesteverpositionin201250band.
Overall,289Asianuniversitiesfrom24countriesmakeoveralllistof980institutionsandan19areintop200,upfrom15
lastyear.
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7 PrincetonUniversity

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8 ImperialCollegeLondon

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62. TransportationappUberlaunchedanewinitiativeinpartnershipwithMarutiSuzukiandNationalSkillDevelopment
Corporation(NSDC)forcreatinglivelihoodopportunitiesfor10Lakhpeopleby2018.
63. Trialoperationofworld'slargestpermanentshipliftdesignedbyChineseandGermanengineersonChina'sThreeGorgesDam
began.
64. TyphoonMalakashitsouthernJapan,bringingdamagingwindsofupto180Km/hr.
65. TyphoonMeranti(Ferdie)hitsChinasFujianProvincewithwindsof173km/h.
66. UN2016SustainableDevelopmentGoals(SDG)Report(firstglobalanalysisthatassessescountriesonSDGhealthperformance
)
Indiaranked143rdoutof188countries.
LististoppedbyIceland,followedbySingapore,Sweden,AndorraandUK.
AboutSDG
TheSDGsare17universalgoals,169targetsand230indicatorssetbytheUnitedNationsin2015toguidearangeof
pressingproblemsincludingfoodandwatersecurity,povertyandclimatechangeupto2030.
TheSDGsfollowandexpandontheMillenniumDevelopmentGoals(MDGs)whichexpiredattheendof2015.
67. UNCharter(seminaltreatyofUnitedNations)hasnowbeentranslatedintoSanskrit.TheCharterisavailableinallsixofficial
languagesoftheUN(Arabic,Chinese,English,French,RussianandSpanish).
68. USappointeditsfirstAmbassadorJeffreyDeLaurentistoCubain55years.
69. USAandVietnamesenaviesbegun7thannualNavalEngagementActivity(NEA)inVietnam.
70. USAsigneda38billionUSDDealwithIsraeltoprovideReceivemilitaryassistancefromIsraeovera10yearperiod(2019
2028).Israelwillreceive3.8billiondollarsannuallyfromUSA,upfrom3.1billionUSDcurrentlygivesIsraelannuallyunder10
yeardealthatendsin2018.
71. USAwillbepartnercountryin8thVibrantGujaratGlobalSummit2017tbeheldatJanuary89,2017.
72. UnitedNationsChildren'sFund(UNICEF)releasedreportUprooted:Thegrowingcrisisforrefugeeandmigrantchildren.
Accordingtothereport,nearly5Croremillionchildrenhavebeenuprootedacrossglobeandmillionsmigratinginhopeoffinding
abetter,saferlife.
73. UnitedNationsPanelonAccesstoMedicinessuggesteddelinkingdrugpricesfromresearchanddevelopment(R&D)costsand
placinghumanrightsoverintellectualpropertylawsofpharmaceuticalcompanies.Allcountriesmustfreelybeabletouse
flexibilitiesgrantedunderTRIPS(TradeRelatedAspectsofIntellectualPropertyRights)toaccessaffordablemedicines.
74. UnitedNationsSecurityCouncil(UNSC)approvedresolutionforquickglobalimplementationofComprehensiveNuclearTest
Bantreaty(CTBT)tobantestsofnuclearweapons.
CTBTbansallnuclearexplosionsforbothcivilianandmilitarypurposes.ItwasadoptedbyUNGAunderresolution50
(1996).

Treatywillenterintoforce180daysafterratificationfromallUNMembers.Sofar,183countrieshavesignedCTBTand166
haveratificatiedit.
75. Wipro'sfastmovingconsumergoods(FMCG)armacquiredChina'sZhongshanMaErDailyProducts.
76. WorldEconomicForumGlobalCompetitivenessReport20162017
Top5Switzerland(1st),Singapore(2nd),UnitedStates(3rd),Netherlands(4th)andGermany(5th).
BRICSCountriesChina(28th),Russia(43rd),SouthAfrica(47th)andBrazil(81st).
IndiafactsIndiahasjumpedto39th(16placesupfrom55thin201516),beingthehighestrisingeconomydueto
improvementingoodsmarketefficiency,businesssophisticationandinnovation.Indiasoverallcompetitivenesshas
increasedduetoimprovementsininstitutionsandinfrastructurealongwithrecentreformssuchasopeningtheeconomyto
foreigninvestorsandincreasingtransparencyinthefinancialsystem.
77. WorldEconomicFreedomIndex(WEFI)2016byCentreforCivilSocietyandCanadasFraserInstitute
Indiahasbeenranked112thoutof159countriesinList.
Economicfreedomindexisdirectlyproportionaltofreedomandopportunitiesavailabletoitscitizens.Peopleincountries
withhigheconomicfreedomenjoygreaterprosperityandlongerlives.
Top10HongKong(1st),Singapore(2nd),NewZealand(3rd),Switzerland(4th),Canada(5th),Georgia(6th),Ireland(7th),
Mauritius(8th),UAE(9th)andAustralia(10th).
Bottom10Iran(150th),Algeria(151st),Chad(152nd),Guinea(153rd),Angola(154th),CentralAfricanRepublic(155th),
Argentina(156th),Congo(157th),Libya(158th)andVenezuela(159th).
USAisat16th,Germanyat30thandJapanat40th.
IndiasNeighboursBhutan(78th),Nepal(108th)andSriLanka(111th),China(113th),Bangladesh(121st)andPakistan
(133rd).
78. WorldHealthOrganisation(WHO)officiallydeclaredSriLankaasmalariafree,aftercertifyingthatmalariahasbeencompletely
eliminatedfromislandnation.
79. WorldHealthOrganisationdeclaredAmericas(SouthandNorth)asMeaslesfree.Americasarefirstinworldtohaveeliminated
measles.
80. WorldHealthOrganization(WHO)releaseditsreportonpollutionandclaimedthat92%ofworldspopulationlivesinplaces
whereairpollutionlevelexceedWHOlimits.Estimated6.5milliondeaths(11.6%ofallglobaldeaths)areassociatedwithindoor
andoutdoorairpollution.
81. World'sfirstdailydriverlessbusservicehasstartedinLyon(France).Thebusescanholdupto15passengersandfeatureslike
LIDARradartechnologyandmotionsensorswillhelptoavoidaccidents.
82. World'slargestemitterofharmfulcarbonemissions,ChinahasratifiedtheParisglobalclimateagreement.Itisaimedat
reducingfactorscausingclimatechange.
83. World'slargestsolarpowerplant,withaninstalledcapacityof648MWhasbeencommissionedatKamudhiinRamanathapuram
districtofTamilNadu.IthasbeenSetupbyAdaniGroup,onanareaofaround5,000acresandattotalcostofRs4,550crores.
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Meetings

1. IUCNWorldConservationCongress2016heldinHawaii(USA).InternationalUnionforConservationofNature(IUCN)listed
easterngorilla,thelargestlivingprimate,ascriticallyendangeredinitslatestredlistofthreatenedspecies.Themeof2016IUCN
CongressisPlanetattheCrossroads.
2. 11thGroupofTwenty(G20)Summit2016heldinHangzhou(China).Themeof2016G20SummitisTowardanInnovative,
Invigorated,InterconnectedandInclusiveWorldEconomy.
G20leaderspledgehavepledgedtocontinuetoworkforagloballyfairandmoderninternationaltaxsystem,fostergrowth
andrefrainfromcompetitivedevaluationofcurrencies.TheyvowedtogoaheadonongoingcooperationonBaseErosion
andProfitShifting(BEPS),exchangeoftaxinformation,taxcapacitybuildingofdevelopingcountriesandtaxpoliciesto
promotegrowthandtaxcertainty.
ThesummitwasattendedbyPMNarendraModionIndia'sBehalf.
3. 13nationsparticipatedinSouthAsiaBiosafetyConference(SABC)atHyderabad(Telengana),aimedatsharingexperiencein
biotechnology,environmentalriskassessmentandbiosafetyregulationinSouthAsia.
4. 17thNAM(NonAlignedMovement)SummitheldinMargarita(Venezuela,attendedbyVicePresidentM.HamidAnsarion
India'sBehalf.

5. 2daylongBRICSConventiononTourismheldinKhajuraho(MadhyaPradesh).
6. 2016AsianMinisterialConferenceonDisasterRiskReduction(AMCDRR)willbehostedbytheGovernmentofIndia(GoI)in
NewDelhionNovember2016.
7. 2016IndiaUSEconomicSummitheldinNewDelhi.
8. 2016InternationalBuddhistConclavewillbeheldinSarnath(UttarPradesh)inOctober2016topromoteBuddhistsitesin
BodhgayaandSarnath.
9. 28thand29thAssociationofSoutheastAsianNations(ASEAN)SummitheldinVientiane(Laos),chairedbyLaosPresident
ThonglounSisoulith.ThemeofsummitwasTurningVisionintoRealityforaDynamicASEANCommunity.ASEANMembersare
Indonesia,Malaysia,Philippines,Thailand,Singapore,BruneiDarussalam,LaoPDR(host),Vietnam,MyanmarandCambodia.
PMNarendraModialsoattended14thASEANIndiasummit.11thEastAsiaSummitwasalsoheldalongside.
IndiaandVietnamsigned12agreementsindifferentareasofcooperationincoudingouterspaceExploration,double
taxationavoidance,cooperationonUNpeacekeepingoperation.Health,cybersecurity,advancedITtraining,sharingof
shippinginformationbetweentheNaviesofthetwocountriesetc.PMNarendraModialsoannouncedalineofcredit(LoC)
of500millionUSDtoVietnamtofacilitatedeeperdefencecooperation.TheLoCwillbeusedbyIndiasL&Ttobuildoffshore
highspeedpatrolboatsforVietnameseCoastGuards.
10. 2ndmeetingofExpertstostrengthenSAARCAntiTerrorismMechanismheldinDelhi.
11. 3GuinnessWorldRecordscreatedatSamajikAdhikaritaShivirandSchemeofAssistancetoDisabledPersonsfor
Purchase/FittingsofAids/Appliances(ADIP)CampinNavsari(Gujarat)
FirstrecordHighestnumberofOillampslitsimultaneouslyatsinglelocation,989Divyangscametogethertosetthis
record.
SecondrecordBiggestWheelchairLogo,with1,000participantsinwheelchairsdepictedamessagesayingHappyBirthday
PMinTricolour.
TorldrecordMostpeoplefittedwithHearingAidin8hoursatSinglelocation(600HearingAidsFitted).
12. 3dayBRICSconferenceonUrbanTransitioninBRICSHeldinVisakhapatnam(AndhraPradesh).
13. 33rdInternationalAssociationofScienceParksandAreasofInnovation(IASP)WorldConferencehostedbyMoscow(Russia).
14. 4thMeetingofBRICSMinistersofEducationheldinNewDelhi.
15. 5thBiotechnologyIndustryResearchAssistanceCouncil(BIRAC)2016InnovatorsMeetheldinNewDelhiwiththemeBiotech
InnovationEcosystemStrategizingtheNextLeap.
16. 60thAtomicEnergyAgency(IAEA)GeneralConferenceheldinVienna(Austria).HighlightsincludeagreementbetweenRussia
andCubaoncooperationinfieldofpeacefulatomicenergyuse.
17. 69thsessionofWHORegionalCommitteeofSouthEastAsiaRegionheldinColombo(SriLanka).MinisterofHealth&Family
WelfareJPNaddavisitedonIndia'sBehalf.
Duringthismeet,Indiaalongwith10othermembercountriesofWorldHealthOrganisations(WHOs)SouthEastAsian
RegionalCommitteehasdecidedtosetupadedicatedfundaimedatbuildingpreparednessforhealthemergenciesinregion.
ThejointfundingstreamwillbeestablishedundertheSouthEastAsiaRegionalHealthEmergencyFund(SEARHEF).
18. 6thmeetingofBRICSonAgricultureandAgrarianDevelopmentheldinNewDelhi.
19. BRICSEnvironmentMinistersmeetheldinGoa.
20. BRICSLabour&EmploymentMinisterialMeetingheldinNewDelhi.
21. BRICSWellnessWorkshopheldinBengaluru(Karnataka).InauguralNationalFaironcomprehensiveIndianMedicinesystem
(AROGYA)wasalsoheldalongside.
22. FirstBRICSYoungScientistsConclave2016hostedbyIndiainBengaluru(Karnataka).
23. FirstIoT(InternetofThings)IndiaCongress2016heldinBengaluru(Karnataka).
InternetofThings(IoT)isasystemofinterrelatedcomputingdevicesanddigitalmachinesorpeoplethatareprovidedwith
uniqueidentifiers.Thusitisaninternetworkingofphysicaldevices,vehicles,buildingsandotheritems,embeddedwith
sensorsandconnectivity.Theinternetworkingcantransferdatawithouthumaninteraction.
24. IndiaSanitationConferencenicknamedINDOSANheldinDelhi.
25. MeetingofsecurityinchargesofBRICSNationsheldinNewDelhi,hostedbyNationalSecurityAdviser(NSA)AjitDoval.
26. MinistryofCommerceandIndustrywillorganize2ndAdvantageHealthCareIndia2016(AHCI2016),anInternationalSummit
onMedicalValueTravelinGreaterNoida(UttarPradesh)inOctober2016,withaimofPromotingHealthcareServicesExports
fromIndia.
27. NorthEastConnectivitySummitheldinAgartala(Tripura).

28. Odishagovernmenthosted2016NationalconferenceonlabourinBhubaneswar,inassociationwithInternationalLabour
Organisation(ILO).
29. ThefirsteverUnitedNationsSummitforRefugeesandMigrantshasbeenheldatUNGeneralAssemblyinNewYork(USA),for
savinglivesofover6.5crorerefugeesandmigrants.
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National

1. 2worldrecordsmadebyIndianArmyDAREDEVILSteamofCorpsofSignals.
WorldRecordforLongestcontinuousridestandingontheseatofamotorcyclebrokenbyCaptManpreetSinghbycovering
75.2Kmin02:24:12hours.
WorldRecordforHandleBarRidingonaMotorcycleunderfreshcategoryestablishedbyHavildarSandeepKumar,
coveringadistanceof46.9Kmin01:27:31hours
2. 9thIndiaChem2016InternationalConferenceinauguratedbyAnantKumar(MinisterforChemicals&Petrochemicals)in
Mumbai(Maharashtra).ItisorganizedbyDepartmentofChemicalsandPetrochemicalsandFICCI.
3. IncredibleIndiaTourismInvestmentSummit2016heldinNewDelhisVigyanBhawan.
4. AccordingtoEndemicVascularPlantsofIndiaReportbyBotanicalSurveyofIndia(BSI)
18,259floweringplantsarereportedinIndia,4,303(over23%)arefoundonlyinIndia(endemictoIndia)
TamilNaduaccountsforthehighestnumberofspecieswith410,followedbyKerala(357species)andMaharashtra(278
species).
5. AgricultureMinisterRadhaMohanSinghlaidfoundationstoneofGokulGramatMathurainUttarPradeshforconservationand
developmentofnativecattlebreeds.Governmentwillsetup14suchGramsacrosscountryaspartofRashtriyaGokulMission.
6. AndhraPradeshbecame2ndstateafterGujarattoachieve100%electrificationofhouseholds,asperreportbyJMFinancials.
About35%ruralhouseholdsinUttarPradesh,MadhyaPradesh,Bihar,OdishaandAssamstilllackedaccesstopowersupply.
7. Annual5daysocioreligiousSolungfestivalofAditribestartedinArunachalPradesh.
8. ArunachalPradeshsfirstPradhanMantriJanAushadhiStoreopenedinItanagar.
9. AsperlatestNationalSampleSurveyOffice(NSSO)sanitationsurveyinruralareas,SikkimiscleaneststateinIndia,followedby
Kerala,MizoramandHimachalPradesh.Jharkhandcomeslastinlistof26states.
10. AssamtourismunveileditsnewlogowithtaglineAwesomeAssam,aimedatpromotingstateglobally.
11. BiharSchoolExaminationBoard(BSEB)willlinkexamformswithAadhaarcardtoavoidduplication.Itisbeingdoneafterthe
recenttoppersscam.
12. CabinetCommitteeonEconomicAffairsapprovedinitiationofThirdPhaseofTechnicalEducationQualityImprovement
Programme(TEQIP)asaCentralSchemewithoutlayofRs.3600crore(1330croreasexternalassistancefromWorldBank).
TechnicalEducationQualityImprovementProgramme(TEQIP)commencedin2003withWorldBankassistanceasalong
termprogrammetobeimplementedin3phases.FirstphaseendedonMarch31st,2009.Itcovered127institutesacross13
States.
TEQIPIIcommencedinAugust2010,covering23Statesand191Institutes.TEQIPIIwillconcludeinOctober2016.
FocusStatesin3rdPhaseofTEOIPare
3HillStatesHimachalPradesh,JammuandKashmirandUttarakhand.
6LowIncomeStatesBihar,Chhattisgarh,Jharkhand,MadhyaPradesh,RajasthanandUttarPradesh.
8NorthEasternStatesItincludessevenNortheaststatesplusSikkim.
UnionTerritoryofAndamanandNicobarIslands.
13. CauverySupervisoryCommitteeheadedbyShashiShekhardirectedKarnatakatorelease3000cusecsofwaterperdaytoTamil
Nadu.
14. CentralBoardofDirectTaxes(CBDT)launchedenivaranfacilityforonlineredressaloftaxpayersgrievances.Thesegrievances
canberelatedtorefunds,IncomeTaxReturns(ITRs),TaxDeductedatSource(TDS),andPermanentAccountNumber(PAN).
15. CentreforStrategicandInternationalStudies(USA)'sreportonstatusofWomen'sparticipationinworkplacesinIndia
Sikkimisattopwithhighestpossible40pointsscore.
Delhibeingatbottomwithscoreof8.5,reflectingdelhishowsworststateforworkingwomenamongallstatesinIndia.
IndiahasleastrateforwomenparticipationinworkplacesJust24%.
16. ChandigarhAdministrationandFrenchDevelopmentAgency(AFD)signedMoUonSmartCityProjectand'Technical
Cooperation'inthefieldofSustainableUrbanMobility.

17. ChhattisgarhGovernmentlaunchedStartUpChhattisgarhprogrammetoencourageentrepreneursinstate.
18. ChhattisgarhgovernmentlaunchedofficialAIRRegionalNewsUnit(RNU)sFacebookpageatRaipurRadiostation.
19. Chinasuccessfullytestedaradarsystemthatusesquantumentanglementtobeatstealthtechnologyofmodernmilitaryaircrafts.
Previously,USAwasonlycountryhaivingstealthdefeatingquantumradartechnology.
Quantumradarusesquantumentanglementphotonstoprovidebetterdetectioncapabilitiesthanconventionalradar
systems,withinrangeof100kilometers.
Iteasilytracksaircraftsusingstealthtechnologyortargetsemployingactivecountermeasurestojamorbaffleenemyradar.
20. CoalIndiaLimited(CIL)signedMemorandumofUnderstandingMoUwithIndianCouncilofForestryResearchandEducation
(ICFRE)foreffectivelymonitoringofenvironmentrelatedissuesincoalminingprojects.
21. DelhiPolicelaunchedmobileapplicationforseniorcitizenstoprovideimmediateassistancetothemindistress.
22. Delhigovernmentincreasedretirementageofdoctorsworkinginitshospitalsto65years,from62earlier.
23. Delhi'sRaceCourseRoadhasnowbeenrenamedasLokKalyanMarg.IthasOfficialResidenceofIndia'sPrimeMinister.
24. DepartmentofAnimalHusbandry,DairyingandFisheries(MinistryofAgricultureandFarmerswelfare)declaredIndiafree
fromAvianInfluenza(H5N1).
25. DepartmentofPostslaunchedtollfreenumber1924toregisterpostalcomplaints.Servicewillbeoperationalfor12hourson
workingdaysbetween0800hrsto2000hrs.
26. DepartmentofTelecom(DoT)introducedhelplineUrjaMitraforupdatesaboutelectricitysupply.Consumerscannowdial
14401andgetupdatefromtheirrespectivepowerdistributioncompaniesaboutoutagesintheirareathroughUrjaMitra
Helpline.
27. FinanceMinistrydecidedthatsportsinfrastructurewillbeincludedunderharmonisedmasterlistofinfrastructuresubsectors.
28. FirstNomadFilmFestival2016startedatIndiaIslamicCulturalCentreinNewDelhitoraiseawarenessandchangeperceptions
regardingdenotifiedtribes.ThetribeswerelistedasCriminalTribesunder1871CriminalTribesActduringtheBritishrule.
29. FirstexhibitiononchildhoodcancerawarenessheldatTajMahalinAgra(UttarPradesh).
30. FirstphaseofESIC(EmployeesStateInsuranceCorporation)PilotProjectofTelemedicineServiceslaunchedforproviding
specialistmedicalservicesatadistancetoinsuredworkers.
31. Forbes''100RichestIndians'list
RelianceIndustriesChairmanMukeshAmbanihastoppedthelistwithnetworthof22.7BillionUSD.Itishisninth
consecutiveyearattopoflist.
SunPharmaceuticalsfounderDilipShanghviatnumber2and3rdspottakenbyHindujabrothers.4AzimPremji(Wipro),
5thPallonjiMistry.
PatanjalicofounderAcharyaBalkrishnaenteredThisyear'sForbesRichestIndiansListwith$2.5billionnetworthowingto
his97%stakeinPatanjaliAyurvedLtd
FlipkartscofoundersSachinBansalandBinnyBansaloptedoutoflist.
TechEntrepreneursBhavin&DivyankTurakhiaenteredintolistwithcombinednetworth1.3BillionUSD,aftersellingtheir
successfulonlineadvertisingventureMedia.nettochineseconsortiumfor900MillionUSD.
32. GoaTourismdepartmentwillhostthefirstofitskindVintageBikeandCarFestival2016onOctober1,2016.
33. GoawillhostabirdfestivalfromNovember11to13withGoa'sstatebirdBulbulaslogoforthefestival.
34. Governmentannounced2,520crtobespentonrejuvenationofghatsandinfrastructureinUttarPradesh'aVraanasiCity,to
makeitSuramya,Samunnat,SanyojitKashiunderSmartCityPlan.
35. Governmentannouncedspecialpackageof200croresforJammuandKashmirtoengageyouthofstateinsportingactivities.
36. Governmentapproved450crorerupeesforMadhyaPradesh,Uttarakhand,TamilNadu,UttarPradeshandSikkimunder
SwadeshDarshanscheme.
UttarakhandJageshwarDevidhuraKatarmalBaijnathsiteswithtotalcost83crores.
Coastalcircuit(TamilNadu)DevelopmentofChennaiMamamallapuramRameshwaramManpaduKanyakumari.
RamayanaCircuit(UttarPradesh)DevelopmentofChitrakootandShringverpur.
NorthEastcircuit(Sikkim)Developmentofculturalcentre,paraglidingcentreandcraftbazaarformountaineeringand
meditationhall.
HeritageCircuitinMadhyaPradeshDevelopingTourismInfrastructureGwaliorOrchhaKhajurahoChanderiBhimbetka
Mandu.
37. Governmentapproved500CroresaspartofPrimeMinisterReconstructionPlan(PMRP)fordevelopmentoftourisminJammu
andKashmir.

38. GovernmentapprovedchangingnameofGurgaontoGurugram.Withthis,bothcityanddistrictofGurgaonwouldbeknownas
Gurugram.
39. GovernmentapproveddirectcommunicationlinkthroughadedicatedsubmarineOpticalFibreCable(OFC)betweenChennai
(mainlandIndia)andAndaman&NicobarIslands,connectingmainlandwithPortBlairandfiveotherislandsLittleAndaman,
Havelock,CarNicobar,KamortaandGreatNicobar.Estimatedcostofprojectis1102.38crores.
40. GovernmentapprovedtoenactAdmiralty(JurisdictionandSettlementofMaritimeClaims)Bill2016,relatedtopowersofHigh
Courtsinrespectofclaimsassociatedwithtransportbyseaandnavigablewaterways.ItalsorepealedfiveobsoleteBritishstatues
onadmiraltyjurisdictionincivilmattersAdmiraltyCourtAct1840,AdmiraltyCourtAct1861,ColonialCourtsofAdmiraltyAct
1890,ColonialCourtsofAdmiralty(India)Act1891,andProvisionsofLettersPatent1865.
41. GovernmentapprovessubsidizedhelicopterservicesinStateofJammuandKashmirandHimachalPradeshonapilotbasisin10
sectors,asperstipulationthatmostinaccessibledestinationpointsshouldbechosen.
42. GovernmenthasapprovedsixproposalstosetupcentresofexcellencetopromoteandfundstartupsunderNationalInitiative
forDevelopmentandHarnessingInnovation(NIDHI)(DepartmentofScienceandTechnology).ProposalsIncludedSINEIIT
Bombay,VentureCenterNCLPune,CIIEIIMAhmedabadandaresearchparkatIITGandhinagar.
43. GovernmentlaunchedanewserviceintegrationofDigiLockerwithDrivingLicenses(DL)&VehicleRegistrationCertificates
(RC).ItwasLaunchedbyMinisterofRoadTransport&HighwaysandShippingNitinGadkariandMinisterofElectronics&
InformationTechnologyandLaw&JusticeRaviShankarPrasad.
Withthisintegration,peoplewillnolongerneedtocarryaroundphysicalcopiesoftheirDrivingLicencesandRCs.Using
DigiLockermobileapp,theycaninsteadaccessdigitalcopiesofthesameontheirmobilephones.
DLsandVRCdocumentswillbenowissueddirectlytotheDigiLockersofindividualsindigitalformats.Thesedigitalcopies
canbesharedwithothergovernmentdepartmentsasidentityandaddressproof.
44. GovernmentreleasespecialCommemorativePostageStamponoccassionof100thanniversaryofLadyHardingeMedicalCollege
(Delhi).
45. GrandBuddhistfestivalNaropawhichoccursinevery12years,startedat17thcenturyHemisMonasteryinLadakh,Jammuand
Kashmir.
46. GujaratgovernmentsignedMoUwithMinistryofCivilAviationandAirportAuthorityofIndia(AAI)todevelop11smallairports
andairstripsunderCentresRegionalConnectivityScheme(RCS)toboostregionalairconnectivityinState.
GujaratbecamethirdStateafterJharkhandandMaharashtratohavesignedsuchagreementunderCentresRegional
ConnectivityScheme(RCS).
47. GumthalaGarhuVillagenearPehowainKurukshetradistrictinHaryanabecamethefirstWifihotspotvillageinHaryana.
48. HaryanaGovernmentannouncedCharkhiDadrias22nddistrict.Atpresent,itispartofstateslargestdistrictBhiwani.
49. HealthMinistryrecentlylaunchedLeprosyCaseDetectionCampaign(LCDC)toeradicateleprosyfromIndia.
50. HealthMinistrywilllaunchMissionParivarVikasin145districtsof8States,toimprovefamilyplanningservices.Aimisto
reachreplacementlevelfertilitygoalsof2.1by2025.StatesareUttarPradesh,Bihar,Rajasthan,MadhyaPradesh,Chhattisgarh,
JharkhandandAssam.
51. HimachalPradeshcabinetamendedHydropowerPolicy2006inrespecttotransferofsharestononHimachalis.
NowHimachaliscansellortransfer49%equitysharestononHimachalisatanystageafterallotmentofprojectsupto2MW
capacityandfulldisinvestmentaftertwoyearsofcommissioningofprojects.
52. HimachalPradeshgovernmentnotifiedguidelinesfortransparentauctionandscientificminingandhikedpenaltyforoffences
underminingact.Imprisonmentuptotwoyearsorfineupto25000rupeesorbothhasbeenmadeforthoseinvolvedinillegal
miningofminerals.
53. HimachalPradeshgovernmentsignedMoUwithSingaporegovernmentfordevelopingasmartintegratedtownshipinJathiadevi
nearShimlaairport.
54. HomeMinisterRajnathSinghlaidFoundationStoneforconstructionofInfosysRedCrossSaraitodayatthePostGraduate
InstituteofMedicalEducationandResearchinChandigarh.
55. IndiadeclareditselffreefromhighlycontagiousAvianInfluenza(H5N1)orbirdfluandhasnotifiedittoWorldOrganizationfor
AnimalHealth(OIE).
56. IndianRailwayslaunchedYatriMitraSewa,tomakerailtravelcomfortableforelderly,differentlyabledandailingtravellers.
57. IndiasfirstinternationalconferenceoncookinggasheldinBhubaneswar(Odisha).
58. IndiaslargestcivilianresearchanddevelopmentagencyCouncilofScientificandIndustrialResearch(CSIR)completedits
platinumjubilee(75yearsofoperations).CSIRbecameoperationalon26September1942.

59. JammuandKashmirgovernmentlaunchedScootyforCollegeGirlsScheme.Asperthescheme,eligibilityforascootyisbased
onminimumpercentageandannualfamilyincomeof65%andRs.4lakhrespectively.Collegegoinggirlstudentswillbegiven50
%subsidyonpurchaseofaScooty.
60. KarnatakaStateWildlifeBoarddeclaredAnkasamudratankinHagariBommanahallitalukasabirdconservationreserve.Thisis
firstbirdconservationreservedeclaredintheentireHyderabadKarnatakaregion.
61. MinisterofFoodProcessingIndustriesHarsimratKaurBadallaidFoundationStoneofLudhianaMegaFoodPark.,tobe
developedatcostof117croresoveranareaof100acres.
62. MinistryofCivilAviationandAirportsAuthorityofIndiasignedMOUwithPuducherryGovernmentforRegionalConnectivity
Scheme.
RCSiskeycomponentoftheNationalCivilAviationPolicyandwouldbeinoperationfor10years,providingconnectivityto
unservedandunderservedairportsofcountry.
Farefora1hourjourneyofappx.500kmonafixedwingaircraftorfora30minutejourneyonahelicopterwouldnowbe
cappedatRs.2,500.
PuducherryisfirstUnionTerritorytohavesignedRCS.BeforePuducherry,statesofGujarat,JharkhandandMaharashtra
havesignedthisagreement.
63. MinistryofCivilAviationapproved4newairportprojects3inAndhraPradesh(Bhogapuram,Dagadarthi(Nellore)and
Orvakallu(Kurnool))andKothagudeminTelengana.
64. MinistryofCivilAviationprohibiteduseofSamsungsGalaxyNote7smartphoneonboardanaircraft.Thishasbeendonein
lightofseveralincidentsglobally,involvingbatteryofSamsungGalaxyNote7.
65. MinistryofDrinkingWaterandSanitation,RuralDevelopmentandPanchayatiRajreleasedSwachhSurvekshanforruralIndia.
Atotalof22hilldistrictsand53plainareaswereassessedunderGraminSwachhSurvekshanlaunchedinMay2016.
MandiwasjudgedascleanestdistrictinHillscategoryandSindhudurgascleanestinPlainscategory.
MinistrycommissionedQualityCouncilofIndia(QCI)tocarryoutassessment.
Eachdistricthasbeenjudgedonfourdistinctparameters.
Householdshavingaccesstosafetoiletsandusingthem(toiletusage,wateraccessibility,safedisposalofwaste)(40%)
Householdshavingnolitteraround(30%)
Publicplaceswithnolitterinthesurrounding(10%)
Householdshavingnostagnantwastewateraround(20%)

OverallRankingSwachhSurvekshanGramin

Category

Rank

District

State

CleanlinessScore

Hills

Mandi

HimachalPradesh

98.4

Hills

WestSikkim

Sikkim

96.4

Hills

Shimla

HimachalPradesh

94.1

Plains

Sindhudurg

Maharashtra

96.8

Plains

Nadia

WestBengal

95.0

Plains

Satara

Maharashtra

92.9

66. MinistryofExternalaffairs(MEA)launchedaregistrationmodulemadad.gov.inforIndianstudentsstudyingabroadsothey
couldbereachedincaseofemergency.
67. MinistryofHomeAffairsapproveduseofPelargonicAcidVanillylAmide(PAVA)shellsasanalternativetopelletgunsforcrowd
controllinginJammuandKashmir.PAVAsheelsalsocalledNonivamidearechillifilledgrenades.Theyarelesslethalcompared
topelletgunsanddonotcausephysicalinjury.
68. MinistryofPetroleum&NaturalGaslaunchedGas4Indiacampaign,aimedatpromotinguseofnaturalgasinthecountry.
69. MinistryofUrbanDevelopmentshortlisted27citiesfrom12Statesinlistof3rdbatchofSmartCitiesMission.Thesecitieswere
shortlistedbasedonscoresobtainedinlatestroundoftheSmartCityChallengecompetitioninwhichtotal63citieshad
participated.CompetitionwastoppedbyAmritsarinPunjab.With5cities,Maharashtrahasthehighestnumberofcities.
70. MobilephoneMakerGioneesignedMoUwithHaryanagovernmenttosetupmanufacturinghubwithinvestmentofRs500
crore(laterwouldbeincreasedto1,500crores).

71. NHPC(NatinalHydroPowerCorporation)signedpactwithBHELforrenovationof180MWBairaSiulpowerstationin
HimachalPradesh.
72. NationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministration(NASA)forfirsttimesuccessfullysequencedDNAinspace,onInternational
SpaceStation(ISS).ThegenomesequencingwasundertakenbyastronautKateRubinsaspartofBiomoleculeSequencer
experiment.
TheexperimentswereundertakenbyusingcommerciallyavailableDNAsequencingdevicecalledMinIONonsamplesof
mouse,virusandbacteriaDNA.
ThisexperimentprovidesawaytosequenceDNAinspacewhichcanhelpastronautstodiagnoseanillness.
73. NationalBoardforWildlife(NBWL)approvedRs.10000croreKenBetwariverinterlinkingproject.ItisIndiasfirstinterState
riverinterlinkingproject(UttarPradeshMadhyaPradesh).Mainfeatureofthisprojectisa230kmlongcanalandaseriesof
barragesanddams(MakodiaandDhaudhandams)connectingKenandBetwarivers.Itwillirrigate3.5lakhhectaresinMadhya
Pradeshand14,000hectaresofUttarPradesh,inBundelkhand.
74. NationalMissiononBioeconomylaunchedinShillong(Meghalaya)byInstituteofBioresourcesandSustainableDevelopment
(IBSD)underMinistryofScienceandTechnology.Thepurposeofthemissionistoboostruraleconomybyutilizingbioresources.
75. NotedYogGuruandfounderofPatanjaligroupBabaRamdevlaidfoundationstoneofPatanjaliMegaFoodandHerbalParkin
OutskirtsofNagpur.
76. Nuakhai,agrarianmassfestivalofKosalipeoplecelebratedinwesternOdishatowelcomenewriceoftheseason.Everyyear,the
festivalisobservedonpanchamitithi,thedayafterGaneshChaturthi.
77. OdishaCMNaveenPatnaikannouncedtosharehisthoughtsondifferentissuesthroughradiofor10minuteseverymonth,
throughBijuGoanRadio.
78. OdishaGovernmentlaunchedBijuKanyaRatnaYojana(BKRY)forimprovingSexRatioatBirth(SRB)andChildSexRatio
(CSR)inthethreedistrictsGanjam,DhenkanalandAngul.
79. Odishagovernmentlaunchedpensionschemeforconstructionworkers,whichwillbenefit25lakhbeneficiaries.
Constructionworkersabove60yearswillgetpensionofRs300/monthwhileworkersabove80yearswillgetpensionof
500/month.
Earlier,OdishagovernmentlaunchedMahaprayanschemefortakingbodiesfromhospitaltodeceasedshouseandBiju
KanyaRatnaschemethataimstoimprovechildsexratio.
80. Odishagovernmentsigned15yearleaseagreementwithFalconMarineExportsforoperationofJagatjoreShrimpCulture
ProjectincoastalKendraparasddistrict.Itwillfetchrevenueof13crorerupeestogovernment.
81. ParyavaranBhawanlocatedinCGOComplex(NewDelhi)hasbeenrenamedasPanditDeendayalAntyodayaBhawan,
highlightingAntyodayaPhilosophyofPanditDeendayalwhoadvocatedupliftmentofthepooreststrataoftheSociety.
82. PatnaHighCourtquashedBihargovernment'sdecisiontocompletebanningliquorinthestate,sayingthatitsisultraviresto
Constitution(beyondstategovernment'slegalauthority).LiquorbanlawwasmademorestringentafterAssemblypassedBihar
ExciseandProhibitionBillthatstatedalladultmembersoffamilycouldbearrestedfor7yearsifliquorwasfoundstoredinhouse.
83. PuducherryLtGovernorKiranBedilaunchedShramdaanmovementaspartofSwachhBharatandSwachhPuducherry
initiative.
84. RajasthanHighCourtbecomeFourthStatetoprovideeStampfacility,afterDelhi,ChhattisgarhandHimachalPradesh.
85. RajasthanbecamefirstIndianstatetoadoptcentresStreetLightingNationalProgramme(SLNP)inallitsurbanlocalbodies
(ULB).Almost5lakhconventionalstreetlightshavebeenreplacedwithLEDstreetlightsacrossthestate.
86. RajasthanseducationdepartmentpartneredwithUSAbasedtechnologyfirmCiscotopromotedigitallearningacrossstateusing
virtualdigitalroomsolutions.
87. ReserveBankofIndia(RBI)cancelledcertificateofregistrationof5nonbankingfinancialcompaniesSimco
Consultants,LunkadSecurities,RajvirMarketingandInvestmentsandCrystalInvestmentsandShriJayaInvestmentsAgency.
CertificateswerecancelledinexerciseofthepowersconferredonitunderSection45IA(6)oftheReserveBankofIndiaAct,
1934.
88. SoftwaremajorInfosysenteredintoajointventure(JV)withSaudiPrerogativeCompanytoofferITservicesinmiddleeastern
country,with70%ofJVownedbyInfosys.
89. SouthernstateofKeralaenteredintojointventureagreementwithRailwaysforrailprojectsinstateunder51:49equity
partnership.
90. TelanganagovernmentsignedMoUwithIndianSpaceResearchOrganisation(ISRO)topromoteeducation.ISROwillhelpto
improveservicesofTelanganaseducationalchannelManaTVbyusingSatcom.

91. ToboosttourisminStateofJammu&Kashmir,GovernmentextendedfacilitytotravelbyanyairlinestovisitJammu&Kashmir
onLTC(LeaveTravelConcession),underSpecialDispensationSchemeforCentralGovernmentemployees,foruptoSeptember
2018.
92. UttarPradeshgovernmentappointedActorNawazuddinSiddiquiasbrandambassadorofitsflagshipprogramme'Samajwadi
KisanBeemaYojana'.SchemeprovidescashlesstreatmentuptoRs2.5lakhandRsonelakhfororgantransplant.
93. WaterResourcesMinistrysignedMoUwithAgricultureMinistryforspeedyimplementationofNamamiGangeprogramme,by
encouragingfarmersofover5,000villagesalongGangaRivertotakeuporganicfarmingtocurbpollutioncausedbychemical
fertilisers.
94. WestBengalgovernmentannouncedtoinstallmonorailfromBudgeBudgeinSouth24ParganastoRubyConnectorinKolkata,
a14kilometrelongmonorailroute.Itwillcost4216crorerupees.
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Persons

1. 105yearoldKunwarBaihasbeenchosenastheSwachhBharatAbhiyanmascot,aftershefelicitatedbyPMShriNarendra
Modiforbuildingtoiletbysellingoffhergoats.
2. AlexanderTsybulsky,DeputyMinisterofEconomicDevelopmentofRussianvisitedIndiafor4thMeetingoftheIndiaRussia
WorkinggrouponPriorityInvestmentProjects.
3. Australia'soldestsurvivingTestcricketer,LenMaddockspassedaway.
4. BangladeshGovernmentexecutedJamaateIslamileaderandmediatycoonMirQuasemAliforwarcrimescommittedduring
country's1971LiberationWar.
5. BangladeshnotedwriterSyedShamsulHaqpassedaway.
6. CrownprinceofAbuDhabi,SheikhMohammedbinZayedAlNahyanwillbechiefguestfor68thRepublicDaycelebrationson
26January2017.
7. FirstPresidentofUzbekistan,IslamKarimovpassedaway.
8. FormerAustraliancricketerandAustralianrulesfootballplayer,MaxWalkerpassedaway.
9. FormerunionministerandseniorBJPleaderArifBegpassedaway.
10. GovernmentremovedSushilMuhnotfrompostofChairmanandManagingDirectorofBankofMaharashtra.
11. IndiaPostreleasedacommemorativestamptohonourMotherTeresascanonization.
12. JamesGordonCarr,MinisterofNaturalResourcesofCanadavisitedIndiaforparticipatingin3rdIndiaCanadaEnergy
Dialogue.
13. MaheshSharma,MinisterofState(I/C)forCulture&TourismvisitedAustraliaandattendedConfluenceFestivalofIndiain
Australia.HealsoreceivedthreeancientartefactsstolenandsmuggledoutofIndiaandacquiredbyNationalGalleryofAustralia
SeatedBuddha,GoddessPratyangiraandWorshippersofBuddha.
14. MinisterofAgricultureandFarmersWelfare,RadhaMohanSinghvisitedIsrael.
15. MohammadAshrafGhani,PresidentofAfghanistanvisitedIndia.
16. MotherTeresa,aRomanCatholicreligioussisterandmissionaryhasbeenproclaimedaSaintbyPopeFrancisinaceremonyat
theVatican.
17. NepalPrimeMinisterPushpaKamalDahalPrachandavisitedIndia.MOUssignedare
CreditlineagreementIndiawillprovideUS750milliondollarstoNepalforpostearthquakereconstructionprojects.Itis
inadditionto1BillionUSDLoanagreementsignedbetweenGovernmentofNepalandEXIMBankofIndiainNovember
2014.
MoUforUpgradationandImprovementofRoadInfrastructureinTeraiAreaofNepal.
18. NepaleseHomeSecretaryLokDarshanRegmivisitedIndia.
19. NotedAssamesepoetandauthorNalinidharBhattacharyyapassedaway.
20. NotedGolfPlayerArnoldPalmer(USA)passedaway.HewasknownasthekingofgolfandwaspartofTheBigThreeingolf
during1960s,alongwithJackNicklausandGaryPlayer.
21. NotedOscarwinningUSAdirectorCurtisHansonPassedaway.
22. NotedUSAplaywrightEdwardAlbeepassedaway.
23. NotedUrdupoet,novelistandshortstorywriterKashmiriLalZakirpassedaway.
24. ShimonPeres,FormerPresidentofIsraelpassedaway.
25. SteelMinisterBirenderSinghvisitedUnitedKingdomandLuxembourg.

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Science

1. ScientistsfromLouisianaStateUniversitydiscoveredanewGhostSnakeSpeciesofelusive,palegreyreptilesdwellingat
AnkaranaNationalParkinMadagascar.ItisnamedasMadagascarophislolo.
2. AteamofscientistsartAustralianUniversityofWollongonghasdiscoveredworld'soldeststromatolitefossilsabout3.7billion
yearsoldinworldsoldestsedimentaryrocksinIsuaGreenstoneBeltalongedgeofGreenland'sicecap.
3. Accordingtothescientistsandwildlifeconservationists,Gangeticriverdolphins(NationalAquaticAnimalofIndia)areatthreat
withdecvelopmentofNationalWaterways.
RiverdolphinsarefoundinGangaandBrahmaputraanditstributaries.Ithasbeendeclaredendangeredspeciesandis
protectedunderScheduleIoftheWildlifeProtectionAct,1972.Freshwaterdolphinsrelyonbiosonarmethodtomove
aroundastheyarealomstblind.
4. CSIRCEERIlaunchedHandheldGPSEnabledKsheerTesterToolonoccasionofits64thFoundationDay.Itwillenablepeople
totackleanationallevelhealthhazardduetoadulterationinmilk.
5. HumanResourceDevelopmentMinisterPrakshJavadekarlaunchedPARAMISHANsupercomputeratIITGuwahati.Itis
fastestandmostpowerfulcomputerinnortheastern,easternandsouthernregions.
6. ISROsuccessfullyLaunchedadvancedweathersatelliteSCATSAT1and7othercopassengersatellitesonboardthePSLVC35.
371kgSCATSAT1meantforoceanandweatherrelatedstudies.Thiswasplacedintoa730kmpolarsunsynchronousorbit.
Othersevensatellites,including3fromAlgeriaand1eachfromtheUSandCanada.
ItwasISROslongestmissionspreadover2hoursand15minutes.
7. IndianInstituteofTechnology,Bombay(IITB)studentscreatedPratham,a10KGmicrosatelliteaimedattotalelectroncountof
theionosphere.ItwillbelaunchedbyIndianSpaceResearchOrganisation(ISRO).
8. IndianSpaceResearchOrganization(ISRO)successfullylaunchedadvancedweathersatelliteINSAT3DR,onboardof
GeosynchronousSatelliteLaunchVehicle(GSLVF05).ItwaslaunchedfromSatishDhawanSpaceCentreinSriharikota.
Itwasseventhsuccessfulmissionthisyear,includingIRNSSseriesandscramjetpropulsionmission.
INSAT3DRweighs2,211kgandwillsupplementservicesofINSAT3DlaunchedfromFrenchGuianainJuly2013.Ithas
designedmissionlifeoftenyears.
Itwillprovideservicecontinuitytoearliermeteorologicalmissionsandfurtheraugmentthecapabilitytoprovidevarious
meteorological,searchandrescueservices.
OthersatellittesIncludePratham10kgsatellitedevelopedbyIndianInstituteofTechnology(IIT)Bombay.Itwillbeused
tostudythetotalelectroncountinspacewitharesolutionof1kmx1kmlocationgrid.
9. Indianresearchersmademajordiscoverybyunderstandingmechanismsbywhichprematurebirths(between28and32weeksof
gestation)occur(Normallyapregnancylastsabout40weeks).
Indiawith35%accountsforthehighestburdenofpretermbirthsintheworld.
IndianresearchershavefoundthatgrampositiveGroupBStreptococcus(GBS)bacteriathatproducesmallballoonscalled
membranevesicles.Thesesmallballoonscontaintoxinsthatkillbothfoetalandmaternalcellsanddestroythecollagenthat
bindsthecellstogetherandcallforapretermbirth.
10. IndiasfirstLIGO(LaserInterferometerGravitationalWaveObservatory)laboratorywillbesetupinAundhinHingolidistrictof
Maharashtra.Itwillbe3rdsuchlaboratoryinworldandfirstoutsideUSA.TheexistingtwolaboratoriesarelocatedinHanford,
WashingtonandinLivingston,Louisiana.
11. IndiaslargestpharmaceuticalcompanySunPharmasigneddealwithInternationalCentreforGeneticEngineeringand
Biotechnology(ICGEB)forclinicaldevelopmentCissampelospariera(Cipa),Indiasfirstvaccine(drug)fortreatmentofdengue.
12. Invasivespecies(Dangerous)ofGiantAfricanLandSnail(GALS)sightedinGoa.Itisamongworlds100mostinvasivespeciesas
listedbyInternationalUnionforConservationofNatureandNaturalresources(IUCN).
Itsthreatsincludeharmtocropsandlocalflora,displacinglocallandsnailsspecies(XetatleKonge)andmaycausebrain
fever(eosinophilicmeningitis)inhumans.
13. NASAsCassinispacecraftenteredinthefinalyearofitsvoyagetosaturn,beginningNovember30,2016Cassiniwillmakethe
closesteverobservationsofSaturn.
CassinispacecrafthasbeenstudyingSaturn,itsringsandmoonsforover12years.
14. NewspeciesofalizarddiscoveredinMaharashtra,namedasCyrtodactylusVaradgiriiorGirisGeckoellaafteraBengalurubased
scientistVaradGiri.Ithasbeendiscovered130yearsafterlastsuchgeckowasdiscovered.

15. ResearchersfromPune(Maharashtra)producedhighqualitycarbonfromsugarcanewastewithinminutesbyusingalowpower
Rank
NPC
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
microwavesystem.Theyusedacosteffectiveandquickprocesstoconvertsugarcanebagasseintoanodegradeporous,
conducting,activatedcarbonmaterialforuseinLiionbatteries.Theprocesswillbringdownthetimetogetanodegradecarbon
dramatically.Thus,itwillhelptoreduceelectricalenergyinputsubstantially.
16. ScientistsdiscoveredanewspeciesofPika(amammalbelongingtotherabbitandharefamily)inHimalayasinSikkim.Ithas
beenidentifiedasOchotonasikimaria.
17. ScientistsdiscoveredanewspeciesofpterosaurfromearlyJurassicperiodinthePatagoniaregionofSouthAmerica,namedas
Allkaurenkoi.
18. USAScientistsgrown3dimensionallungsinlab,usingstemcells.Thelungswerecreatedbycoatingtinygelbeadswithlung
derivedstemcellsandthenallowingthemtoselfassembleintotheshapesoftheairsacsfoundinhumanlungs.Laboratorygrown
3DlungscanbeusedtostudydiseasesincludingIdiopathicPulmonaryFibrosis(IPF)whichhasbeendifficulttostudyusing
conventionalmethods.IPFisachroniclungdiseasemakeslungsthickandstiff.
19. USA'sNationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministration(NASA)launchedunmannedOSIRISRExspacecrafttocollectsamples
fromanasteroid101955BennuandreturntoEarthin2023,withatleast60gramsofdebrisanddirtfromasteroid101955Bennu.
OSIRISRexstandsforOrigins,SpectralInterpretation,ResourceIdentification,SecurityRegolithExplorer.NASAscientists
feelthattheBennuasteroidholdcluestotheoriginofthesolarsystemandthesourceofwaterandorganicmoleculesfound
onEarth.
20. WorldsfirstroboticoperationinsidethehumaneyehassuccessfullyperformedbyBritishsurgeons.
21. WorldsfirstthreeparentbabyboywasborninMexicotoaJordaniancouplewithhelpacontroversialnewfertilitytechnique
thatincorporatesDNAfromthreepeopleintheembryo.ThethreeparenttechniquealsoknownasMitochondrialdonation
(MitochondrialReplacementTherapy)allowsparentswithraregeneticmutationstohavehealthybabies.
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Sports

1. 12theditionofAsiasoldestandworlds3rdtoughestmountainbiking(MTB)racestartedfromShimla(HimachalPradesh)with
67participantsfrom14countries.Total650kilometerswouldbecoveredbytheparticipantsduringtheirjourney.
2. 15thSummerParalympicGames2016ConcludedinRio(Brazil)
Stats
Itwas15thParalympicGames,continuingsince1960.
MottoofRioParalympics2016ANewWorld.
Tomisofficialmascotof2016SummerParalympics(whileViniciusisofficialmascotof2016SummerOlympics)
4342Athletesparticipatedin528eventsin22sportswith159Nationsparticipating.
Indiaat2016RioParalympicGames
Indiasentdelegationof19athletesatRioParalympics.
Indiawon4Medals
MariyappanThangavelu(Tamilnadu)GoldinMen'sHighJump
DevendraJhajharia(Rajasthan)GoldinMen'sJavelinThrow
DeepaMalik(Haryana)SilverinWomen'sShotPut
VarunSinghBhati(UttarPradesh)BronzeinMen'sHighJump
MajorFactsof2016RioParalympicGames
MedalTally(Top10Nations)
Rank

NPC

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

China(CHN)

107

81

51

239

GreatBritain(GBR)

64

39

44

147

Ukraine(UKR)

41

37

39

117

UnitedStates(USA)

40

44

31

115

Australia(AUS)

22

30

29

81

Germany(GER)

18

25

14

57

Rank

Rank
NOC

NPC
Gold

Silver
Gold Bronze
Silver

Total
Bronze

Total

Netherlands(NED)

17

19

26

62

Brazil(BRA)

14

29

29

72

Italy(ITA)

10

14

15

39

10

Poland(POL)

18

12

39

Indiaranked43rdwith4Medals.
3. 15thSummerParalympicGamesbeganatMaracanaStadiuminRiodeJaneiro,Brazil.TheSummerParalympicGameswill
concludeon18September2016.4,300athletesfromover160countriesareparticipating.
4. 2016BrazilOpenGrandPrixBadminton
Men'sSinglesZulfadliZulkiffli(Malaysia)
Women'sSinglesBeatrizCorrales(Spain)
Men'sDoublesMichaelFuchs&FabianHolzer(Germany)
Women'sSinglesBarbaraBellenberg&EvaJanssens(Germany)
MixedDoublesPranaavJerryChopra&N.SikkiReddy(India)
5. 2016TrackAsiaCupconcludedinNewDelhi.HongKongtoppedtablewith18medals(11Gold)andIndiaendedatsecond
positionwith16medals(5gold).
6. 5thAsianBeachGamesheldinDanang(Vietnam),
Indiasentacontingentof208membersforthesegames.
IndianwomensbeachkabadditeamwongoldbydefeatingThailandandShwetaRamdasMorewongoldinwomen's48kg
52kg.
Indiastayed16thwithtotal24medals(G2,S4,B18).
MedalTable
Rank

NOC

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Vietnam(VIE)

52

44

43

139

Thailand(THA)

36

24

30

90

China(CHN)

12

18

19

49

Iran(IRI)

21

Mongolia(MGL)

19

Cambodia(CAM)

21

Qatar(QAT)

Jordan(JOR)

13

UnitedArabEmirates(UAE) 4

10

Malaysia(MAS)

14

7. ArmyGreenwon2016DurandCupFootballTitlebydefeatingNerocaFC,finalplayedinNewDelhi.
8. AustraliaMadeHighestT20InternationalScoreof263aganstSrilanka.
9. BangladeshnamedformerSriLankancricketerThilanSamaraweeraasbattingconsultant.
10. BharatPetroleumCorporationLtdwonObaidullahKhanHeritageCupHockeyTournamentbydefeatingRailways.
11. BoardofControlforCricketinIndia(BCCI)tiedupwithfinancialservicesfirmJanalakshmiFinancialServices(Jana)asan
associatesponsor.TheagreementalsogivesJanalakshmibenefitsofprominenceinstadiumbrandingandongroundadvertising
for68matchesinthreeyears.
12. EastBengalFCwonCalcuttaFootballLeague(CFL)forseventhconsecutivetime,defeatingMohammedanSportingClub.
13. EnglandMadeHighestODIScoreof444aganstPakistan.
14. FirstBRICSU17FootballTournamentwillbeheldinGoainOctober2016.
15. FormerIndianFasdtBowlerZaheerKhaninductedasanHonoraryLifeMemberoftheMaryleboneCricketClub(MCC)in
England.HeisthethirdIndianplayertoreceivethisdistinctionthisyearafterVirenderSehwagandAnjumChopra.
16. GovernmentsuspendedtalksonIndiaPakistanIndusWatersTreaty,inwakeofUriTerroristattacksonIndianArmythatkilled
our19Troops.KeyHighlightsare
SuspendtalksonthePermanentIndusCommission(PIC),thedisputeredressalmechanismuntilterrorismstops.
Buildmorehydropowerprojectsonwesternrivers(Indus,Jhelum,Chenab)toexploitfullpotential.
ExpediteconstructionofPakalDul,Sawalkot,BursardamsinJammuandKashmir.
Use20%ofriverwaterallocatedundertreatyforJammuandKashmirfarmers.

AboutIndusWatersTreaty
IWTisawaterdistributiontreatybetweenIndiaandPakistan,signedbythenPrimeMinisterJawaharlalNehruand
PresidentofPakistanAyubKhaninKarachionSeptember19,1960.ItwasbrokeredbyWorldBank.
Treatydealswithsharingofwaterof6riversBeas,Ravi,Sutlej,Indus,ChenabandJhelum.Aspertreaty,control
overthreeeasternriversRavi,BeasandSutlejwasgiventoIndia.WhilecontroloverthreewesternriversIndus,
JhelumandChenabwasgiventoPakistan.
ItallowsIndiatouseonly20%ofwaterofIndusriverforirrigation,powergenerationandtransport.
Itismostsuccessfulwatertreatyinworld.
17. ISSFJuniorWorldCupforpistol,rifleandshotgunheldinGabala,Azerbaijan.YoungIndianshooterSubhankarPramanickhas
wongoldmedalin50metrerifleproneevent.
18. IndiaBluewoninauguralday/night201617DuleepTrophyCrickettournamentbydefeatingIndiaRed.Itwas55thseasonof
DuleepTrophyandwasplayedwithapinkball.
19. Indiawillhost2016TrackAsiaCupcyclingcompetitioninNewDelhi.
20. IndiawonItsHistoric500thtestmatchagainstNewZealand,playedinGreenPark(Kanpur).
21. IndiawonUnder18MenshockeyAsiaCupbydefeatingBangladesh.
22. IndianBadmintonPlayerRituparnaDaswonPolishOpenafterdefeatingRasikaRaje.
23. IndianRailwayswonMCCMurugappaGoldCupHockeyTournament2016bydefeatigIndianOilCorporation.
24. IndianTableTennisPlayerSathiyanGnanasekaranwonBelgiumOpentitleafterdefeatingBelgium'sNuytinckCedric.
25. IndianTableTennisPlayerSathiyanGnanasekaranwonmenssinglestitleofBelgiumOpenbydefeatingNuytinckCedric.
26. IndiasloneindividualOlympicgoldmedallist,AbhinavBindraofficiallyannouncedhisretirementfromshooting.
27. IndiassquashplayerVelavanSenthilkumarwonUnder19AsianJuniorIndividualsquashchampionshipinMalaysia,by
defeatingJordansMohammadAlSarraj.
28. JavelinthrowerAnnuRanibrokeherownnationalrecordandbecamefirstIndianwomantocross60mmarkdurin56thOpen
NationalAthleticsChampionshipsinLucknow.
29. MSDhoninamedcaptainoftheWisden'salltimeIndiaTestXIteam.
30. MercedesdriverNicoRosbergfromGermanyhaswonthe2016ItalianGrandPrixofFormulaOne.
2016FormulaOneseason
Total21GrandPrixRacestobeorganizedacrosstheworldin2016.Calendaris
GrandPrix Date

Winner

Australia

20March

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Baharain

3April

NicoRosberg(Germany)

China

17April

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Russia

1May

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Spain

15May

MaxVerstappen(Netherlands)

Monaco

29May

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Canada

12June

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Europe

19June

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Austria

3July

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Britain

10July

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Hungary

24July

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Germany

31July

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Belgium

28August

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Italy

4September NicoRosberg(Germany)

Singapore

18September

Malaysia

2October

Japan

9October

USA

23October

Mexico

30October

Brazil

13November

AbuDhabi

27November

31. MercedesdriverNicoRosbergfromGermanyhaswonthe2016SingaporeGrandPrixofFormulaOne.
2016FormulaOneseason
Total21GrandPrixRacestobeorganizedacrosstheworldin2016.Calendaris
GrandPrix Date

Winner

Australia

20March

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Baharain

3April

NicoRosberg(Germany)

China

17April

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Russia

1May

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Spain

15May

MaxVerstappen(Netherlands)

Monaco

29May

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Canada

12June

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Europe

19June

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Austria

3July

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Britain

10July

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Hungary

24July

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Germany

31July

LewisHamilton(Britain)

Belgium

28August

NicoRosberg(Germany)

Italy

4September NicoRosberg(Germany)

Singapore

18September NicoRosberg(Germany)

Malaysia

2October

Japan

9October

USA

23October

Mexico

30October

Brazil

13November

AbuDhabi

27November

32. NITIAayog(thinktankofgovernment),hasformedashorttermandmediumtolongtermactionplantohelpIndiaachieve50
medalsin2024summerOlympics.
33. OlympicCouncilofAsiadeclaredthat2026AsianGameswillbehostedbyJapan.
2018AsianGameswillbehostedbyIndonesiaand2022editionwillbeheldinChinesecityofHangzhou.
34. RituannouncedherretirementfromIndianwomen'shockeyteam.
35. SaniaMirzaandherCzechpartnerBarboraStrycovawon2016TorayPanPacificOpentrophyinwomensdoubleseventin
Tokyo(Japan).
36. Servicesemergedasoverallchampionsat56thAtheleticsOpenNationalsheldinLucknow(UttarPradesh).
37. SikkimsSushmitaRaiwonbronzemedalatWorldMartialArtsMasterships2016inSouthKorea.Csompetitionisconsidered
Olympicsformartialartswith2073participantsfrom87countries.
38. SocialJustice&EmpowermentMinisterThawaarchandGehlotannouncedCashawardsofRs90lakhsannouncedforRio
Paralympics2016MedalWinnersunderAwarenessGenerationandPublicity(AGP)scheme
GoldmedalistsMariyappanThangaveluandDevendraJhajhariaawardedRs30lakhcashprizeeach.
SilvermedallistDeepaMalikgets20lakhandVarunSinghBhatigets10lakhforwinningbronze.
39. SpinnerRavichandranAshwinbecamefastestIndianandsecondoveralltotake200Testwickets,reachingitinhis37thTest
againstNewZealand.
40. SportsAuthorityofIndia(SAI)andAllIndiaFootballFederation(AIFF)jointlylaunchedonlineportalforitsGlobalScouting
Programme(GSP),aimedatenablingIndianslivingabroadtoplayinIndiasteaminFIFAunder17worldcupscheduledin2017
inIndia.
41. SriramBalaji(Tamilnadu)won$10,000ITFmensFuturestennisheldinThailandbydefeatngtopseedSeongChanHongof
Korea.
42. StPetersburgMen'sTennisOpen
SinglesAlexanderZverev(Germany)
DoublesDominicInglot(UnitedKingdom)andHenriKontinen(Finland)
43. USOpenTennis2016Winners
Mens'SinglesStanWawrinka(Switzerland)defeatedNovakDjokovic(Serbia)
Women'SinglesAngeliqueKerber(Germany)defeatedKarolinaPliskova(CzechRepublic)
Men'sDoublesJamieMurray(UnitedKingdom)andBrunoSoares(Brazil)defeatedPabloCarreoBustaandGuillermo
GarciaLopezofSpain.
Women'DoublesBethanieMattekSands(USA)andLucieSafarova(CzechRepublic)defeatedCarolineGarciaandKristina
MladenovicofFrance
MixedDoublesLauraSiegemund(Germany)/MatePavic(Croatia)defeatedCocoVandewegheandRajeevRamofUSA.
44. USATennisPlayerSerenaWilliamscreatedhistorybysettingarecordofmostnumberofGrandSlammatcheswinswithher
308thwin.SheleftpastRogerFederer'srecordof307GrandSlamMatchwins.

45. WorldDeafShootingChampionshipsheldininKazan,Russia.IndiasPriyeshaDeshmukhwonabronzemedalin10metresair
riflecategory.
46. World'soldestcricketer,LindsayTuckett(SouthAfrican)passedaway.
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