Sunday, March 18, 2018


  Ireland & Afghanistan awarded Test status by ICC Ireland and Afghanistan have been granted Test status by the International Cricket Council. International Cricket Council is headquartered in Dubai.
 Qatar Airways voted best airline in the world Qatar Airways has been named Best Airline in the World for 2017 by leading consumer aviation website Skytrax .
 Kenneth Juster to be new US ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster, a top aide of US President Donald Trump, is set to be America’s new ambassador to India, the White House said.
 Estonia to open the world’s first data embassy in Luxembourg The world’s first ever data embassy is set for launch next year after the Estonian government signed a deal with Luxembourg.
 Unicef names 19-year-old Syrian refugee as youngest goodwill ambassador The UN children’s agency announced the appointment of its youngest goodwill ambassador — 19-year-old Syrian refugee and education activist Muzoon Almellehan.
 Agri. Microbiologist Dr Shrihari Chandraghatgi gets Japan Award Indian Agricultural Microbiologist Dr Shrihari Chandraghatgi, President & CEO, EcoCycle Corporation, has been conferred with Ministry of Environment Award in Japan for developing cutting edge technologies to address environmental problems.
 India re-nominates Justice Dalveer Bhandari for another term as ICJ judge Justice Dalveer Bhandari has been nominated by India as its candidate for another nine year term as judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN.
 India re-nominates Justice Dalveer Bhandari for another term as ICJ judge Justice Dalveer Bhandari has been nominated by India as its candidate for another nine year term as judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN.
  Rajiv Gauba to be next Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, currently Union Urban Development Secretary, will be the next Home Secretary, an official statement said.
  Free education for girls in Punjab from Nursery to PhD The Punjab Government has announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD. Fulfilling another poll promise, he announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges.
 Indore India’s first city to use robot to control unruly traffic The number one clean city of India, Indore has got another milestone to its name. This commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh has reportedly become the first city in India where robot is being used on an experimental basis to control its ever growing and unruly traffic.
 First air corridor between India and Afghanistan inaugurated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor during a ceremony at the Kabul International Airport—a direct route that bypasses Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce.
 Vanuatu president Baldwin Lonsdale dies after heart attack The president of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died after a heart attack at the age of 67. Mr Lonsdale, an Anglican priest, had been leader of the Pacific archipelago since September 2014.
 India and ADB Sign $275 Million Loan for Upgrading Urban Services in Madhya Pradesh The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $275 million loan on 19th June, 2017 for improving urban services in 64 small towns in the State of Madhya Pradesh.
 Ram Nath Kovind resigns as Bihar Governor On June 19, the BJP announced the name of 71-year-old Mr. Kovind, a low-profile Dalit leader and a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, as its nominee for President.
 Eighth Session of the Implementation Review Group of UNCAC at Vienna, Austria The Central Vigilance Commissioner Shri K.V. Chowdary presented country statement at the Eighth Session of the Implementation Review Group of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) at Vienna, Austria.
 2017 BIO International Convention The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) BIO 2017 is being held in the San Diego Convention Centre, San Diego from 19th June t0 22nd June, 2017.
 Australia announces online visa applications for Indians from 1 July There has been a significant increase in demand for Australian visas in India with the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination, an official statement said.
  World Refugee Day: 20 June On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2001, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.
 International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: 19 June On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
 International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: 19 June On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
 Champions Trophy: Pakistan clinched title beating India by 180 runs Pakistan produced an incredible display to thrash fierce rivals India and win the Champions Trophy at The Oval.
 AIIB approves Argentina, Madagascar and Tonga as new members The board of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved the applications of Argentina, Madagascar and Tonga to be members, the China-backed multilateral development bank said.
 RBI directs IDBI Bank to start insolvency for Lanco Infra The company is among 12 firms identified by the central bank with a combined debt of over Rs 1,50,000 crore, a quarter of the total NPAs, for proceedings under the newly enacted Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
 106th International Labour Conference, 2017 An Indian Tripartite Delegation led by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Shri Bandaru Dattatreya participated in the ILC.
 India Wins Re-Election to United Nation’s Eco and Social Council India was among 18 nations to be elected to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN with 183 votes. Japan followed India with the second highest votes in the Asia Pacific category.
 AIIB grants $150 mn loan to India Infrastructure Fund China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved $150 million equity investment loan to the India Infrastructure Fund, the bank’s first such loan to fund private projects. The AIIB was officially established in 2016 with 57 founding members.
 India-Australia naval exercise ‘AUSINDEX 17’ begins Navies of India and Australia are participating in bilateral maritime exercise AUSINDEX-17 with an aim to enhancing interoperability and cooperation between the two forces.
  India Top Remittance-Receiving Country In 2016: UN Report Indians working across the globe sent home USD 62.7 billion last year, making India the top remittance-receiving country surpassing China, says a UN report.
 World Bank approves $500 million grant package for Afghanistan projects The World Bank has approved financing worth more than $500 million for Afghanistan to support a string of projects to boost the economy, help improve service delivery in five cities and support Afghan refugees sent back from Pakistan.
 Neeru Chadha becomes First Indian Women to be elected to International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas  Law expert Neeru Chadha has been elected to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas (ITLOS). With this election, she has become the first Indian women to win a crucial election to a top UN judicial body that deals with disputes related to the law of the sea.
 India-South Korea sign Agreements to Push Infrastructure Development and Bilateral Trade  India and South Korea has signed an agreement for $10 billion assistance for infrastructure development projects in India, including smart cities. It includes $9 billion in concessional credit and $1 billion in Official development assistance (ODA).
 Bhupen Hazarika Award conferred to Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi  The Bhupen Hazarika National Award, 2017 has been conferred upon the noted writer Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi. This is the fifth edition of the award which was first conferred in 2012. The award has been instituted by Sarhad, a Maharashtra-based organisation. The award honours an outstanding literary work at national and international level. The award consists of 51,000 rupees, a memento and a certificate.
 China launches its First X-ray Space Telescope  China has launched its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts. The telescope weighing 2.5 tonne was sent to the space using China’s Long March-4B rocket. The satellite was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
 AIIB Approves $150 million for India Infrastructure Fund  China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved $150 million equity investment loan to the India Infrastructure Fund. This loan will be the bank’s first equity investment to fund private projects.
 UN General Assembly Approves Creation of New UN Office of Counter Terrorism The United Nations General Assembly has approved the establishment of a new United Nations office of counter-terrorism to help Member States implement UN’s global counter-terrorism strategy.
 Justice PN Bhagwati, a Pioneer of Judicial Activism Passes Away Former Chief Justice of India Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati who is considered as a pioneer of Judicial Activism has passed away. Justice Bhagwati was 95 years old.
 Virat Kohli Creates Record by becoming Fastest Batsman to Score 8000 runs in ODIs  India’s Skipper Virat Kohli has created a record by becoming the quickest batsman to score 8000 runs in one-day international cricket beating South Africa’s AB de Villier’s record by seven fewer innings.
 India, Pakistan become full members of SCO Capping a two-year-long process, India and Pakistan have became full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a China-dominated security grouping that is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO.
 Haryana Government appoints BS Sandhu as state’s DGP B S Sandhu, a 1984-batch IPS officer has been appointed as the new Director General of Police in Haryana, replacing current chief K P Singh.
 Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies He rose to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films Melvin and Howard, Swing Shift, Something Wild.
 Union Government launches MSEFC Portal and MyMSME Mobile App Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Council (MSEFC) portal will facilitate implementation of delayed payment provisions of the MSMED Act 2006.
 Puducherry farmers to get free power The Puducherry government has decided to give free electricity supply to small and other classes of farmers.
 India successfully test-fires Agni-III ballistic missile Agni-III’s first user successful trial was carried out on 21 September 2012.
 PM Narendra Modi launches UDAN scheme, flags off first UDAN flight on Shimla-Delhi route Simultaneously, PM Narendra Modi also launched the inaugural UDAN flights on Kadapa – Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad routes.
 India notifies conformity to UN resolution of imposing sanctions on North Korea The resolution prohibits the sale of luxury goods including jewellery, gems, yachts and luxury automobiles like racing cars that could directly contribute to the development of North Korea.
 Veteran actor Vinod Khanna passes away He is best remembered for his performance in films like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Gaddaar, Jail Yatra, Kuchhe Dhaage, Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajput, Qurbani, Dayavan, and others.
 Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar appointed as Director General of Central Reserve Police Force On the other hand, Union Government also appointed R. K. Pachnanda as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
 Uttar Pradesh cancels 15 government holidays Uttar Pradesh State government has cancelled almost 15 public holidays that marked the birth and death anniversaries of eminent personalities.
 India wins elections to two UN subsidiary bodies India, along with 12 other members, was elected for the period of three years to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
 India wins elections to two UN subsidiary bodies India, along with 12 other members, was elected for the period of three years to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
 No red beacon on Delhi HC judges cars Delhi High Court judges have decided to give up the use of red beacons starting immediately. The decision follows Union Cabinet’s ruling that bans the use of beacon lights from 1 May 2017.
 SC sets 25% of net salary of husband for maintenance to an estranged wife The decision was made by a bench of justice R Banumathi and Justice MM Santanagoudar while directing a man to pay his ex-wife Rs 20000 out of a monthly salary of Rs 95527.
 Union Government and Naga rebel groups agree to extend ceasefire till April 2018 The decision over extension of ceasefire was taken at a meeting held between the officials of the Union Home Ministry and the Ceasefire Supervisory Board of Naga armed factions on 17 April 2017 in New Delhi.
 India develops National Action Plan to combat Antimicrobial Resistance The plan highlights the need for tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) across multiple sectors such as human health, animal husbandry, agriculture and environment in consideration of the “One-Health” approach.
 Union Cabinet approved to introduce Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017 in Parliament National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 calls for repealing the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 along with Savings Clause.
 President of India Inaugurates Global Exhibition on Services President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the third edition of the Global Exhibition on services on 17 April. The four-day event will be held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.
 President of India Inaugurates Global Exhibition on Services President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the third edition of the Global Exhibition on services on 17 April. The four-day event will be held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.
 Prakash Javadekar launches Portal and Mobile App of RUSA  Home | Exam Specific Current Affairs CATEGORIES TEXT SIZE COMMENT SHARE Prakash Javadekar launches Portal and Mobile App of RUSA Apr 18, 2017 09:34 ISTJitesh Jha RUSA portal and App for higher education launchedThe Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, on 17 April 2017 launched its own portal and mobile app.
 Nation-wide training programme launched for Elected Women Representatives of Panchayats The National Commission for Women of the WCD Ministry in collaboration with TISS developed the module.
 Railways Ministry launches first-ever train with glass roof coaches on Visakhapatnam-Araku route Coaches also feature LED lights, rotatable seats, GPS based info system, etc.
 Cab safety measures for women included in new Taxi Policy Guidelines These measures have been recommended by the Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, WCD Minister, to the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping (MoRTH).
 PM Modi inaugurates new units in Koradi thermal power station in Nagpur These dedicated thermal power stations include three super-critical units 660 MW each at Koradi, two of 500 MW each at Chandrapur and one of 250 MW at Parli.
 126th Birth Anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar observed nationwide Ambedkar was an ardent champion of fundamental rights which is enshrined in Part-III of the Indian Constitution.
 Union Cabinet approves signing of Framework of Understanding for hydrocarbon cooperation with Bangladesh The proposed Framework of Understanding aims to establish a cooperative institutional framework mechanism to facilitate and enhance India-Bangladesh bilateral cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
 Union Cabinet approves signing of Framework of Understanding for hydrocarbon cooperation with Bangladesh The proposed Framework of Understanding aims to establish a cooperative institutional framework mechanism to facilitate and enhance India-Bangladesh bilateral cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
 Union Cabinet approves setting up of Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy at Visakhapatnam The institute will be set up as "an Institute of National Importance" through an Act of Parliament.
 Parliament passes HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017 The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill was passed on 21 March 2017 in the Rajya Sabha.
 Supreme Court rejects Compensatory Power Tariff for Adani Power, Tata Power Following this ruling, both the companies witnessed a dip in their share prices by up to 18 per cent on BSE.
 Parliament passes Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017 The Bill amends the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 and the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964.
 SoI proposes joint mission with Nepal to re-measure Mt Everest’s height The principle mapping and survey organisation of India has proposed an Indo-Nepal joint exercise to re-measure the height of Mount Everest.
 Union Minister launches ‘nakshe’ portal to celebrate Survey of India’s 250 Anniversary The Union Ministry has launched a new web portal, ‘nakshe’ on the occasion of Survey of India’s 250 Anniversary.
 Two day Convention on World Homoeopathy Day concludes in India As per the Ministry of AYUSH, the objective of this convention is to deliberate on the existing scenario of Homeopathy in India.
 Lok Sabha passes Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 The Bill seeks to give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes.
 Union government to revive 40-year-old North Koel Irrigation project The Union government has decided to restore a 40-year-old project to do away with water woes in Bihar and Jharkhand.
 Union government to revive 40-year-old North Koel Irrigation project The Union government has decided to restore a 40-year-old project to do away with water woes in Bihar and Jharkhand.
 Parliament clears decks for GST rollout from July 1 Once the new regime is implemented, harassment of businesses by different authorities will end and India will have one rate for one commodity throughout the country.
 First Air services agreement between India and Georgia approved by Union Cabinet The union cabinet of India approved the signing of an air services agreement between India and Georgia enabling enhanced and seamless connectivity between the two nations.
 Union Cabinet approved five agreements with Bangladesh including Audio Visual Co-Production The Cabinet has approved an MoU between India and Bangladesh for fairway development of Ashuganj-Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara River.
 Union Cabinet approves closure of Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana The scheme was launched with an aim to cover 5 million overseas blue collar Indian workers who have the ECR category passports in 17 countries.
 PM Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s longest Chenani-Nashri tunnel Chenani-Nashri tunnel is not only India’s longest highways tunnel but also Asia’s longest bi-directional highways tunnel.
 Textiles Minister launches PowerTex India scheme for powerloom sector Centre launched a new comprehensive scheme that is aimed at the development of the powerloom sector. Among its nine main components are two new schemes, Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme (PMCS) for powerloom weavers and solar energy scheme (SEC) for powerlooms.
 India declares its Association status with International Energy Agency India as an Association member of IEA will serve as a bridge and platform for deeper cooperation and collaboration between IEA Member and Association countries.
 India declares its Association status with International Energy Agency India as an Association member of IEA will serve as a bridge and platform for deeper cooperation and collaboration between IEA Member and Association countries.
 India signs loan agreement with NDB for development of roads project in Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Government and the Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation (MPRDC) are the implementing agencies of the project.
 SC bans sale and registration of Non-BS-IV Compliant Vehicles The court noted that vehicles, that do not meet the Bharat Stage-IV emission standards, take primacy over the health hazard of millions of countrymen.
 India became net exporter of electricity for first time Export to Nepal and Bangladesh increased by 2.5 and 2.8 times respectively in last three years.
 Lok Sabha passes four GST Bills It empowers the centre to impose an additional tax of up to 1 per cent on the inter-state supply of goods for two years or more.
 Union Government launches Online Film Certification System E-Cinepramaan This online certification system will enable in making the CBFC Office paper less.
 Sahitya Akademi awardees cannot return award: HC The ruling was given by a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.
 Parliament passes Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016 The Bill describes mental illness as “a substantial disorder of thinking, mood, perception, orientation or memory that grossly impairs judgment, behaviour, capacity to recognise reality or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, mental conditions associated with the abuse of alcohol and drugs.”
 Law Commission of India submitted report on Hate Speech The Law Commission of India submitted the report on ‘Hate Speech’ in pursuance of a recommendation made by the Supreme Court of India.
 Union Government sanctioned 101 Integrated Cold Chain Projects These new projects will lead to the reduction in wastage in agri supply chains and will create huge employment opportunities.
 India-Nepal petroleum pact renewed As per the revised petroleum pact, which was supposed to expire on 31 March 2017, Indian Oil will supply one million tonnes fuel annually to Nepal for 5 years.
 SC asks Centre, J&K government to decide Muslim minority status in state Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing in the court on behalf of Centre said it is a national issue as in some states the community, which is part of minorities nationally, is in majority.
 Union Petroleum Ministry launches MoPNG e-Seva The MoPNG e-Seva portal will be a single point interface for all customers to reach out to the government for addressing their feedback or grievances related to Oil & Gas Sector on social media.
 Can colour-blind people pursue MBBS: SC to Medical Council of India The committee shall include experts from genetics, ophthalmology, psychiatry and medical education from AIIMS, New Delhi and PGIMER, Chandigarh.
 PM Modi among Time magazine contenders for most influential people Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi features among the names of probable contenders for Times most influential people 2017 list.
 India becomes the third largest aviation market in domestic traffic India beat Japan to become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic. India’s domestic passenger traffic stood at 100 million in 2016, which is only behind the US (719 million) and China (436 million).
 Arun Jailtley handed over DRDO developed products to Indian Navy The three Naval Systems - USHUS-II Submarine Sonar, Directing Gear for Hull Mounted Sonar Array and RLG based Inertial Navigation System for Ship Applications (INS-SA) – will boost India’s maritime security.
 Rajya Sabha passed Employee’s Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 The Employee’s Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the over nine-decades old Employee’s Compensation Act, 1923.
 Five Indian cities included in World Heritage List Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and Mumbai are the five cities that were included in the tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
 Suresh Prabhu announced scaling up of VIKALP Scheme for Railway Passengers The expanded VIKALP scheme will enable the Indian Railways to get more revenues without any increase in the number of train services. Union Cabinet approves
 Union Cabinet approves proposal for amendments to NABARD Act, 1981 The proposed increase in the authorized capital of NABARD will allow the organisation to respond to the commitments it has undertaken.
 Union Ministry of Railways releases new Water Management Policy On this occasion, the Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu presented GreenCo Certificates to three units of Indian Railways for their eco-friendly initiatives.
 India slips to rank 131 in Human Development Index, Norway tops again India has been ranked 131 in the Human Development Index, below two of its SAARC counterparts Sri Lanka and Maldives, which have been categorised in the high human development category.
 Union Government sanctions more affordable houses for urban poor in Puducherry, Telangana and HP Central assistance of Rs 27766 crore was approved for construction of these houses.
 Aadhar Card to be made mandatory for ITR and PAN Card Applications With this, Aadhaar enrolment number while filing ITR could also be accepted. However, failing to declare Aadhaar may lead to PAN being deemed invalid.
 Madhabi Puri Buch appointed as Whole Time Member of SEBI This appointment marks the first time that a woman and a person from the private sector was chosen for a key post in SEBI.
 Upendra Tripathy appointed as Interim Director General of ISA The participant countries of the ISA that will be headed by Upendra Tripathy come either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
 Majuli to be India’s first carbon neutral district and biodiversity heritage site Important for Exam: 2 people agreed In addition, the Chief Minister also launched Forests are Lives campaign to underline the importance of Assam’s rich forest and biodiversity.
 President of India presents Gallantry Awards President Pranab Mukherjee presented Gallantry awards to Armed Forces Personnel to acknowledge their undaunting courage, exemplary leadership and gallantry beyond the call of duty.
 RS passes HIV, AIDS Bill, 2014 by voice vote Indian parliament’s upper house on 21 March passed a crucial bill that not only protects the rights of those afflicted by HIV and AIDS but also ensures that nobody is denied treatment.
 World Water Day observed with theme Why Wastewater? World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water, the UN’s inter-agency collaboration mechanism for all freshwater related issues, in collaboration with governments and partners.
 World Down Syndrome Day observed on 21 March Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. It affects approx 1 in 800 live births.
 Union Government designated 14 Olympians as National Observers The observers help the sports authorities in the preparation and implementation of the long term development plan with respect to priority sports.
 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited expected to deliver 123 Tejas aircrafts to IAF by 2024 Together with its variants, Tejas is the smallest and lightest multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft of its class.
 Union Cabinet approved four GST related Bills The approval paves the way for the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 1 July 2017.
 World Sparrow Day 2017 observed globally The World Sparrow Day was conceptualised by Mohammed Dilawar, an Indian conservationist who started the Nature Forever Society.
 Sports Ministry to launch a search portal to spot young sports talent in rural India Indian sports ministry is going to launch a talent search portal to root out young sports talent in rural India.
 First ever Made-in-India train flagged off at Dadar station Indian Railway minister, Suresh Prabhu flagged off India’s first ever made-in-India train at Dadar station on 18 March 2017.
 Five-month-long economic blockade of Manipur comes to an end The blockade on two-highways of Manipur came to an end a day before the floor test of the new BJP-led coalition government of the state.
 Mumbai lose its permanent status in BCCI Mumbai lost its permanent voting status at BCCI in accordance with the new constitution of the Indian Cricket Board.
 Yogi Adityanath sworn-in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the President of the BJP Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of several BJP ruling-States attended the swearing-in ceremony.
 India and Brazil sign agreement to protect rights of detached workers India and Brazil signed a Social security agreement that establishes the rights and obligations of nationals belonging to both the countries and provides for their equal treatment.
 Union Government approves National Health Policy 2017 It envisages providing larger package of assured comprehensive primary health care through the ‘Health and Wellness Centers’.
 Union Cabinet approves Policy for Early Monetization of Coal Bed Methane Gas Marketing As per the policy, the Contractor, while discovering the market price for Arms Length Sales, has to ensure a fully transparent and competitive process for sale of CBM. While doing so, the Contractor must also take care of the fact that the best possible price is realized for the gas without any restrictive commercial practices.
 Twenty projects approved for implementation of Namami Gange Programme in Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and Delhi The approved plan for Haridwar is aimed at treating sewage water generated by not only city’s 1.5 lakh local dwellers, but also by people who visit the place for various purposes.
 Commerce Minister launched a new scheme to address needs of exporters Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 15 March 2017 launched TIES, a new trade scheme that aims to address the issues in the export industry.
 FTII and Canon sign MoU to promote short courses in Film & Television Basically, Canon partnered FTII for its Skilling India in Film and Television (SKIFT), an initiative designed to spread the art of cinematography and film making across the country.
 Union Cabinet approves revised pact on Border Haats with Bangladesh between the two countries, two each in Meghalaya and Tripura, which were started in the backdrop of MoU and Mode of Operation of Border Haats signed between Bangladesh and India in October 2010.
 Union Cabinet approves Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017 The Cabinet also decided to enable these institutions to grant degrees to their students in the academic courses conducted by them.
 Union Minister Uma Bharti introduced bill on inter-state river water dispute in Lok Sabha The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was introduced in Indian Parliament’s lower house on 14 March 2017 by Union Minister Uma Bharti.
 Three-day International conference on Occupational, Safety and Health to begin in Delhi The 3-day International Vision Zero conference is going to be organised in New Delhi from 15-17 March 2017.
 Lok Sabha passes the Enemy Property Bill 2016 The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha with some amendments. The amendments to the bill in were moved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha.
 India suspends cross-LoC travel to Pakistan from Poonch district India has suspended cross-border travel along the Poonch-Rawalakote road after Pakistani troops opened fire in certain areas of the Poonch district, damaging the cross-border Trade Facilitation Centre.
 India, Belgium signed Protocol amending Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and protocol India and Belgium on 9 March 2017 signed a protocol that amends the existing agreement and protocol between the two countries for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income. The protocol was signed in New Delhi.
 Parliament passes Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 The Bill had already been passed by the Rajya Sabha in August 2016 during the Winter Session.
 Union Environment Ministry launches web portal for obtaining CRZ Clearances MAR 09, 2017- The portal was launched as a part of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ module of the Union Government.
 Veteran journalist Arvind Padmanabhan dies MAR 09, 2017- Before joining the IANS, Arvind Padmanabhan worked with the PTI, The Times of India and TV18.
 Former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray passes away Ray was also an eminent socialist politician, a Gandhian, and had also served as a former Union minister.
 Environmental pollution kills 1.7 million children each year: WHO The WHO went on to state that indoor and outdoor air pollution, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, second-hand smoke and inadequate hygiene take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years.
 Former IFS and MP Syed Shahabuddin passes away Syed was well known for his concern in the Shah Bano Case and antagonism to the Demolition of Babri Masjid.
 Jawaharlal Nehru University wins Visitor’s Award for the Best University 2017 On the other hand, Deepak Pant from Central University of Himachal Pradesh won the Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation.’ He won the award for development of a reactor for direct conversion of waste plastic to LPG in small scale.
 Operation Thunderbird & Operation Save Kurma of WCCB These two operations were convened by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) to check wildlife crimes throughout the country.
 Singer Rihanna conferred with 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award by Harvard University Born in Barbados, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has sold more than 200 million records.
 DRDO hands over 3 products to Indian Army The products were developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) and the Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE).
 Universal Basic Income: A Path Breaking Idea The Economic Survey of India has proposed the idea of a Universal Basic Income in Inda. This idea is wildely debated idea at present time. Here, we have analyzed why it is important for country like India and what kind of challenges it will face in implementation.
 Annual Survey of India’s City Systems 2016 released The survey advised the urban local bodies to strengthen their foundations – quality of laws, policies and institutions - to deliver a high quality of life to all citizens.
 Suresh Prabhu launched freight sector initiatives to transform Indian Railways On this occasion, the pilot project for green transportation was inaugurated for the National Capital Region to reduce congestion on Delhi roads.
 SC appointed SIT detects 70 thousand crore rupees Black Money After a high-level meeting of SIT on black money, Justice Arijit Pashayat that SIT is hopeful that the amount will rise substantially further in the coming days
 Andhra Pradesh Cabinet accepts naming of Tirupati Airport as Sri Venkateswara Airport The decision was taken by the State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, in Amaravati. A proposal for renaming the airports would now be sent to the Union Government for approval.
 Sam Querrey beats Rafael Nadal to win ATP Mexico Open title It is Querrey’s first win over Nadal, improving his FedEx Head2Head record against Nadal to 1-4. Querrey is also the first American champion in 24-year history of the ATP Mexico Open.
 Rekha – The Untold Story authored by Yasser Usman Rekha, who was not loved by her father, was pushed into Bollywood by her mother’s gambling habit as a fourteen-year-old. Later, she rose to become the most glamorous female lead of the film industry.
 Chandigarh to host Destination North East 2017 Chandigarh is all set to host Destination North East 2017, a three-day event that aims to display the North East Region as a potential destination for investment.
 West Bengal grants official language status to Kurukh The official language status was given to the endangered language by the state government in February 2017. However, the announcement was recently made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
 Punjab Minister inaugurates the largest tricolour on tallest flag post at Attari Border Built at an approximate cost of Rs 3.50 crore, the post was developed as a part of a project of the Amritsar Improvement Trust Authority of Punjab Government.
 Thomas E Starzl, pioneering liver surgeon, passes away He performed the first human liver transplant in 1963. He performed the first successful human liver transplant in 1967. He performed both the transplants at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
 Delhi LG approves hike in minimum wages by 37 per cent As per this Delhi Cabinet’s decision, for an unskilled worker the minimum wages will be Rs 13350 per month against the existing Rs 9724 per month
 Bharti Airtel, Millicom International sign agreement to combine operations in Ghana The agreement was signed between Tigo Ghana Limited, subsidiary of Millicom and Airtel Ghana Limited, subsidiary of Airtel.
 Current Affairs One liner of the day: 3 March 2017 3 March 2017: The one liner of 3rd March covers important current happenings that are relevant to competitive exams. The day’s one liner’s cover
 Operation Thunderbird & Operation Save Kurma of WCCB These two operations were convened by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) to check wildlife crimes throughout the country.
 Union Government notifies Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017 Section 5 of the Act bars any person from knowingly or voluntarily, holding, transferring or receiving any specified bank note after the expiry of grace period.
 NMCG, Rotary India signs MoU for Namami Gange Programme The collaboration between NMCG and Rotary India is a significant step in involving various stakeholders and communities in Ganga rejuvenation.
 Union Government launches Swachh Shakti Saptah to highlight women’s role in Swachh Bharat Mission Swachh Shakti Saptaah will culminate with a mega-event in Gujarat named Swachh Shakti 2017 where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 6000 women sarpanches.
 India signs Financing Agreement with World Bank for Tejaswini The project will be delivered in 17 Districts of Jharkhand. In the 17 project districts, there are about 2.1 million adolescent girls and young women in the 14-24 age group.
 National Consultation Workshop on Urban Development held in New Delhi In the workshop, sessions were held on important themes like AMRUT reforms, 14th Finance Commission, Urban Transport and Smart Cities Mission.
 UK-India Year of Culture 2017 launched Major UK and Indian institutions will also participate in the events such as the BFI National Archive and India@UK2017.
 Indian Railways launches New Catering Policy 2017 IRCTC will manage catering service on all mobile units including catering services on all the trains started on short notice.
 Railways Ministry inaugurates Antyodaya Express and Humsafar Express This fourth Humsafar Express will cross the entire country from North to South.
 Civil Aviation Minister inaugurated India’s first Integrated Heliport Civil Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi has inaugurated India’s first integrated heliport in Delhi. The facility is expected to reduce the congestion at the Delhi airport.
 The Supreme Court on 28 October 2016 said Armed forces are answerable to the government ‘otherwise there will be martial law in the country’ The Supreme Court on 28 October 2016 said Armed forces are answerable to the government ‘otherwise there will be martial law in the country’
  Armed forces are answerable to government: SC The Supreme Court on 28 October 2016 said Armed forces are answerable to the government ‘otherwise there will be martial law in the country’ new
 Armed forces are answerable to government: SC The Supreme Court on 28 October 2016 said Armed forces are answerable to the government ‘otherwise there will be martial law in the country’.
 Startups can raise USD 3 million via ECBs annually: RBI Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 27 October 2016 permitted startups to raise external commercial borrowings (ECBs) of up to USD 3 million in a financial year. Under this, Funds can be raised with a minimum maturity of 3 years.
 Union Cabinet approves New Productivity Linked Reward Scheme for port and dock workers The Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 approved the New Productivity Linked Reward (PLR) Scheme for all Major Port Trusts and Dock Labour Board employees and workers for the years 2015-16 to 2017-18.
 Union Cabinet approves agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 27 October 2016 approved the agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan.
 Union Cabinet approves agreement between India and Estonia on the transfer of sentenced persons The Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 approved the signing and ratification of agreement between India and Estonia on the transfer of sentenced persons.
 Union Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service The Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 approved the first Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS).
 Punjab Directorate wins NCC National Games Punjab Directorate on 27 October 2016 won the 2016 National Cadet Corp (NCC) National Games.
 India, New Zealand sign three pacts including avoidance of double taxation India and New Zealand on 26 October 2016 signed three agreements in the areas of double taxation avoidance, food security and sports.
 New species of millipede found in Sequoia National Park, California A group of researchers discovered a tiny threadlike millipede in the unexplored dark marble caves in Sequoia National Park in California.
 World Bank releases report titled Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All The World Bank Group on 25 October 2016 released the report titled Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All.
 Global CO2 concentration reaches 400 parts per million in 2015: WMO The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on 24 October 2016 released annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.
 Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 United States Grand Prix Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on 23 October 2016 won the 2016 United States Grand Prix.
 Iraq’s Parliament passes law banning alcohol Iraq’s Parliament on 22 October 2016 passed a law banning the sale, import and production of alcohol in the country.
 Manipur government Union Government holds tripartite talks with Manipur government, KNO, UPF
 TRAI TRAI recommends Rs 3050 crore penalty on Airtel, Vodafone & Idea
 Rajasthan HC  Rajasthan HC dissolves state’s OBC Commission
 UDAN for Regional Air Connectivity Union Government launched UDAN for Regional Air Connectivity
 Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar The Adivasi Will Not Dance authored by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
 IGKV Chhattisgarh  IGKV Chhattisgarh develops protein-enriched rice variety
  Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor India, World Bank sign $650 Million agreement for Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
  Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor India, World Bank sign $650 Million agreement for Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
 Indian football team Indian football team achieves highest FIFA ranking in six years
  US Presidential elections Tweetcast to predict vote in upcoming US Presidential elections
 Krishi Vigyan Kendra Union Government to establish Krishi Vigyan Kendra in each district
 Police Commemoration Day Police Commemoration Day observed across India
 Dalai Lama Milan confers honorary citizenship on Dalai Lama
 Nobel Prize Winners List of Nobel Prize Winners 2016: In Pictures
 Indian Navy commissions fast attack craft INS Tihayu Vice Admiral SV Bhokare assumes office as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy
 SBI declares Silchar SBI declares Silchar as its 5th zone in North East India
 Pakistan Pakistan to enforce complete ban on Indian TV, radio contents from 21 October
 Ro Pax Ferry Service in Gulf Union Government funds Ro Pax Ferry Service in Gulf of Cambay under Sagarmala Programme
 Union Government directs car Union Government directs car makers to declare emission details of every vehicle
 Maharashtra  Maharashtra launches Kaushalya SETU initiative
 WBO Indian Boxing Council inducted into WBO with voting rights
 World Railway Shooting Championship Cup Indian Railways wins World Railway Shooting Championship Cup
  produce electricity from water  Scientists at Delhi produce electricity from water without using energy
 Sir David Cox International Prize in Statistics awarded to Sir David Cox
 Kochi  Kochi becomes first Indian city to host FIFA U-17 World Cup
 Tasmanian devil kill Milk of Tasmanian devil kills several drug-resistant superbugs: Study
 India, Myanmar signed 3 MoUs India, Myanmar signed 3 MoUs including Cooperation in the field of Power Sector
 Saudi Prince  Saudi Prince executed for murdering a compatriot
 BP Plc  Union Government grants BP Plc licence to set up petrol pumps in India
 Irom Sharmila  Irom Sharmila announces formation of political party named Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance
 GST  GST Council reached consensus on state compensation; base year to be 2015-16
 Kigeli V Ndahindurwa Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, last king of Rwanda, dies
 Zero Effect scheme in Ludhiana PM Modi launches National SC/ST hub and Zero Defect – Zero Effect scheme in Ludhiana
 S P Yadav  S P Yadav elected new President of North Zone of Urology Society of India
 Maternal obesity Maternal obesity may affect biological age of children: Study
 3 hydropower projects PM Modi inaugurates 3 hydropower projects in Himachal Pradesh
 Kigali Kigali Agreement to phase out HFCs reached
  INS Arihant India completes nuclear triad with INS Arihant
 Robert De Niro  Robert De Niro to be honoured with Chaplin Award by Film Society of Lincoln Center
 China China successfully launches longest Manned Space Mission
 Fortification of Food National Summit on Fortification of Food inaugurated in New Delhi
  TAFISA World Games Indian Wrestlers bagged four medals at 2016
 BRICS  BRICS nations signed three agreements
 Bangladesh Bangladesh, China sign 26 agreements in various fields
 C Radhakrishnan C Radhakrishnan chosen for Mathrubhumi Literary Award 2016
  Saraswati River  KS Valdiya led expert committee finds Saraswati River did exist
  Water resources India, Hungary sign two agreements including co-operation in Water resources
 Varanasi stampede Varanasi stampede: Around 25 people killed and several injured
 Boxer Neeraj Goyat Boxer Neeraj Goyat retains WBC Asia Welterweight title
 BRICS BRICS summit concluded with adoption of Goa Declaration
 World Food Day World Food Day 2016 observed across the world
 International Day  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty observed
 India, Russia signs 16 MoUs  India, Russia signs 16 MoUs including procurement of the S-400 air defence system
 Democracy Maldives to leave Commonwealth after Warnings over Democracy
 BRICS U-17 Brazil wins 1st BRICS U-17 football tournament
  UNESCO Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO after it passed resolution on Jerusalem
 greenhouse gas HFC-23 by 2030 India decided to eliminate potent greenhouse gas HFC-23 by 2030
 PM Narendra Modi  PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Shaurya Smarak in Bhopal
 Kirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad  Kirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad awarded with IAFP Young scientist scholarship award 2016
 International Day  International Day of Rural Women 2016 observed across the world
 Safe Motherhood Week  Safe Motherhood Week starts in Uttar Pradesh
  IISER  Researchers at IISER used human hair to produce cathodes for solar cells
 Draft National Water Framework Bill Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 brought to resolve issue of river water sharing
 World Sight Day  World Sight Day 2016 observed with theme Stronger Together
 Ajay Kumar Bhalla Ajay Kumar Bhalla appointed as Director General of Foreign Trade
 agro irradiation centres India, Russia sign agreement to set up agro irradiation centres
 WHO WHO releases Global Tuberculosis Report 2016
 UN Secretary-General Portugal’s Antonio Guterres appointed UN Secretary-General
 SEBI Gurumoorthy Mahalingam appointed as Whole-Time Member of SEBI
 Arundahti Roy  Author Arundahti Roy announces second novel titled The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
 EXIM bank and NDB MOU Union Cabinet approves MoU between EXIM bank and NDB
 Bhumibol Adulyadej Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, passes away
 CCEA  CCEA approves revision of ethanol prices for supply to Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies
 electroactive bandages NASA develops electroactive bandages for wound healing
 Union Cabinet  Union Cabinet approves setting up of IIM at Jammu
 Standard Chartered Bank  Standard Chartered Bank ties-up with Uber to offer discounts
 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature
 Renu Pall Renu Pall appointed as Ambassador of India to Austria
 Global Hunger Index 2016  Global Hunger Index 2016 released: India ranked at 97th position
 Virat Kohli  Virat Kohli presented with ICC Test Championship mace
 HIMANSH HIMANSH, India’s remote and high-altitude station opened in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
 Dharmendra Pradhan Dharmendra Pradhan launches National Seismic Programme in Mahanadi Basin
 56-hour gun battle 56-hour gun battle in Pampore ends; two militants killed
 International Day for Disaster International Day for Disaster Reduction observed with theme Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, Reducing Mortality
 Tsunami First World Tsunami Awareness Day to be celebrated at AMCDRR
  three match test series  India clean-sweeps three match test series against New Zealand
 Telangana redraws Telangana redraws its map by adding 21 new districts
 Morocco Morocco: Abdelilah Bekirane appointed for another term as PM
 Aiyah Aiyoh, Aiyah words added to Oxford English Dictionary
 International Day of the Girl Child International Day of the Girl Child 2016 observed across the world
 Oliver Hart, Bengt Holmstrom Oliver Hart, Bengt Holmstrom win 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences
 Hubble Space Telescope Hubble Space Telescope detects Great Balls of Fire
 Chiraharitae New termite species named Chiraharitae discovered
 Srabani Nanda Sprinter Srabani Nanda wins 24th Ekalabya Award
 Fadnavis  Fadnavis inaugurates India’s first International Arbitration Centre in Mumbai
 PV Sindhu PV Sindhu appointed as Brand Ambassador of Vizag Steel
 World Mental Health Day  World Mental Health Day observed with theme Psychological First Aid
 divorce wife Hindu husband can divorce wife if she tries to separate him from aged parents: SC
 Russia vetoes Russia vetoes UN resolution to stop bombing of Aleppo
 World Post Day World Post Day 2016 observed with theme Innovation, Integration and Inclusion
 Apes Apes can think like humans: Study
 Shami Chakrabarti  Indian-origin barrister Shami Chakrabarti appointed to UK shadow cabinet
 Air Force Day  84th Air Force Day observed across India
 Najeeb Jung Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung dissolves Delhi Waqf Board
 Myanmar US lifts economic sanctions on Myanmar
 UNSC UNSC extends measures to curb migrant smuggling off Libyan coast
 Disaster Risk Reduction India to host Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
 polythene free zones ASI protected historical monuments and archaeological sites declared polythene free zones
 Nobel Peace Prize 2016  Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wins 2016 Nobel Peace Prize
 Indo-Pak border Indo-Pak border to be completely sealed in next 2 yrs: Home Minister
 Heisnam Kanhailal p Theatre legend Heisnam Kanhailal passes away
 Hurricane Matthew Hurricane Matthew Death toll mounts to 300 in Haiti
 BVR Mohan Reddy  BVR Mohan Reddy appointed as Honorary Consul of Germany in Hyderabad
 World Economic Outlook IMF releases World Economic Outlook; Sees subdued Global Growth
 Pawan Chamling Pawan Chamling honoured with Sustainable Development Leadership Award
 RBI releases report of IWG RBI releases report of IWG on Rationalisation of Branch Authorisation Policy
  anti-honour killing and anti-rape legislations Pakistan passes long-awaited anti-honour killing and anti-rape legislations
 Pranab Mukherjee Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates first World Sustainable Development Summit
  Jitu Rai  Shooter Jitu Rai bags silver at World Cup in Italy
  Litoria Bella New frog species named Litoria Bella discovered in Australia
 Rafale deal Rafale deal: Reliance, Dassault Aviation set up joint venture
 JSC Vankorneft by ONGC Videsh CCEA approves acquisition of 11% stake in JSC Vankorneft by ONGC Videsh
 Gaganjeet Bhullar Gaganjeet Bhullar wins 2016 Shinhan Donghae Open
 UNESCO Nearly 69 million new teachers needed to achieve global education goals: UNESCO report
 Venkaiah Naidu Venkaiah Naidu releases book titled Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy
 Public Debt Management Cell Union Finance Ministry sets up Public Debt Management Cell
 Antonio Guterres Former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres selected to be UN Secretary-General
 Oil India Limited Oil India Limited signs MoU with University of Houston
 Indian Bridge Management System Nitin Gadkari launches Indian Bridge Management System
 CBDT Sushil Chandra appointed CBDT Chairman
 GSAT-18 ISRO’s communication satellite GSAT-18 successfully launched from French Guiana
 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova drugs ban reduced from two years to 15 months
 John F Richards Prize Nayanjot Lahiri wins 2016 John F Richards Prize
 Pakistan passes long-awaited anti-honour killing and anti-rape legislations Pakistan Parliament in a joint sitting on 6 October 2016 unanimously passed two bills, one seeking to curb murders in the name of honour and the other to punish rapists by use of modern technology of DNA testing in probes involving rape cases.
 Indo-Pak border to be completely sealed in next 2 yrs: Home Minister Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 7 October 2016 said that Indo-Pak border will be completely sealed by December 2018. The action was taken amid the rising tensions between the two nations mainly after the army strike on militant bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
 Tamil Nadu tops list of endemic flowering plants Botanical Survey of India (BSI) in the last week of September 2016 announced that almost one of every four species of flowering plants found in India is endemic to the country. Of these, Tamil Nadu garners the highest number of species with 410.
 Karnataka starts releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for irrigation purpose Karnataka on 3 October 2016 started releasing Cauvery water from Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) dam. It was released after the legislature passed a Resolution authorizing the state government to take appropriate decisions to release water.
 Union Cabinet approves amendments to HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 The Union Cabinet on 5 October 2016 approved the amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014.
 India, Singapore sign three MoUs strengthening ties on countering terror, skill development India and Singapore on 4 October 2016 signed three Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) agreements during the visit of Singapore Premier Lee Hsien Loong to India.
 France becomes first country to ban plastic cups and plates France has become the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates.
 Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and African Asian Rural Development Organization The Union Cabinet on 5 October 2016 approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development.
 Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and European Union on water cooperation The Union Cabinet on 5 October 2016 approved the signing of MoU between India and European Union in the field of water resources.
 Union Cabinet approves amendments to HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 The Union Cabinet on 5 October 2016 approved the amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014.
 India ratifies historic Paris Climate Agreement India on 2 October 2016 ratified historic Paris Agreement on climate change, giving a significant push for the deal to enter into force by the end 2016. The agreement is expected to give momentum to implementation of measures at international level to control global warming.
 Kersti Kaljulaid elected as first female President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid on 3 October 2016 was elected as the President of Estonia by the parliament.
 Karnataka starts releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for irrigation purpose Karnataka on 3 October 2016 started releasing Cauvery water from Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) dam. It was released after the legislature passed a Resolution authorizing the state government to take appropriate decisions to release water.
 Tamil Nadu tops list of endemic flowering plants Botanical Survey of India (BSI) in the last week of September 2016 announced that almost one of every four species of flowering plants found in India is endemic to the country. Of these, Tamil Nadu garners the highest number of species with 410.
 Daniel Ricciardo wins 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo on 2 October 2016 won the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix held at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia.
 BRICS Nations adopt New Delhi Declaration of Education The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa) on 30 September 2016 adopted the New Delhi Declaration of Education.
 CCEA approves implementation of Project SAKSHAM The world’s first baby was born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people. The baby was born in Mexico.
 Railways Ministry launches various Railways Services Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on 29 September 2016 launched various Railways Services and dedicated them to the nation
 WHO declares Region of the Americas as Measles free The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 27 September 2016 declared the Region of the Americas as Measles free. The declaration came during the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
 Union Cabinet approves India-Singapore MoU in the field of Industrial Property Cooperation The Union Cabinet on 28 September 2016 approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Singapore in the field of Industrial Property Cooperation.
 Alexander Zverev defeats Stan Wawrinka to win St Petersburg Open Men’s Singles title German tennis player Alexander Zverev on 25 September 2016 defeated Stan Wawrinka to win his first tour title in the St. Petersburg Open final.
 First Russia-Pakistan joint military exercise Druzhba-2016 begins in Cherat The first Druzhba-2016 (Friendship-2016) Russian-Pakistani joint military exercise commenced on 24 September 2016 in Cherat, Pakistan. The exercise will conclude on 10 October 2016.
 Mission Parivar Vikas to be launched in seven states for improved family planning services The Union Health Ministry has decided to launch Mission Parivar Vikas in 145 High Focus districts in seven states for improved family planning services. The Mission will be implemented in all the 145 districts at one go.
 PM approves constitution of two committees for birth centenary of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 September 2016 approved the constitution of two committees for the commemoration of the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
 UN Security Council adopts resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament The UN Security Council on 23 September 2016 approved a resolution urging quick global implementation of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban treaty that would ban tests of nuclear weapons.
 India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2016 begins in Vladivostok The eighth edition of India-Russia Joint Military Exercise ‘INDRA-2016’ begun in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia. The main focus of this edition of the joint exercise is on Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate.
 Delhi government raised Doctors retirement age to 65 Delhi government on 23 September 2016 increased the retirement age of doctors working in its hospitals to 65 years. Earlier, the retirement age of doctors was 62.
 Hindi and Urdu writer Reoti Saran Sharma passes away Reoti Saran Sharma, the renowned Hindi and Urdu writer, playwright and television personality, died in New Delhi on 23 September 2016. He was 92 years.
 IAF successfully fired long range air-to-air MICA missile from Mirage-2000 combat aircraft Indian Air Force on 23 September 2016 successfully fired the recently acquired long range air-to-air MICA missile on a manoeuvring target from Mirage-2000 Upgrade combat aircraft.
 India, France inked deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets India and France on 23 September 2016 inked the 7.8-billion Euro deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets. As per the deal, the aircraft will be equipped with latest missiles and weapon system like Meteor and Scalp.
 NITI Aayog chalks up plan to secure 50 medals in 2024 Olympics NITI Aayog, the think tank of union government, has devised a short –term and medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 summer Olympics.
 Sanjay Dutta, Ritesh Sarothiya selected for Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards Two Indian forest officials, Sanjay Dutta and Ritesh Sarothiya, have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards honours individuals engaging in exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife.
 L&T bags 100 million dollar order from Vietnam Border Guard Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has landed a 99.7-million dollar (around 660 crore rupees) contract from Vietnam Border Guard to design, construct and supply high-speed patrol vessels. The contract provides for supply of 12 vessels in next 30 months.
 2016 Right Livelihood Award announced The 2016 Right Livelihood Award widely referred as the Alternative Nobel Prize was announced on 22 September 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
 Delhi Government to have state-level bravery awards The Delhi government on 21 September 2016 cleared a proposal of having state-level bravery awards. These awards will be given out on Independence Day and Republic Day every year.
 Union Cabinet approves Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 The bill consolidates the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues.
 IWAI signs contract with DST IWAI signs contract with DST, Germany for designing Special Vessels for NW-1
 GAIL pipeline project CCEA approves 5176 crore rupees Capital Grant for GAIL pipeline project
 IOCL, GAIL sign MoU IOCL, GAIL sign MoU for taking equity stake in Dhamra LNG terminal
  World Bank  Junaid Ahmad appointed as World Bank Country Director for India
 Global Citizen Award Adi Godrej conferred Clinton Global Citizen Award
 Hindustan Diamond Company Private Limited Union Cabinet approves Winding up of Hindustan Diamond Company Private Limited
 Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor ADB approves 631 million US dollars loan for Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor
 Calcutta High Court Girish Chandra Gupta sworn in as Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court
 Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup BPCL lifts title of Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup Hockey Tournament
 Samoa tax India, Samoa tax information exchange agreement approved
 Ramachandra Guha released Democrats and Dissenters authored by Ramachandra Guha released
 Andaman & Nicobar Islands Union Cabinet approves submarine optical fibre cable connectivity with Andaman & Nicobar Islands
 Rail budget Union Cabinet approves merging of Rail budget with Union Budget
 Economic Freedom of the World 2016 Report released:  India stands at 112th spot on WEF Index
 Aung San Suu Kyi honoured as 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard Foundation Nobel laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on 15 September 2016 honoured as the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by the students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation.
 National Board for Wildlife approves first phase of Ken-Betwa project The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) on 20 September 2016 approved 10000 crore rupees Ken-Betwa project, India’s first inter-State river interlinking project.
 MIT develops a spectroscopic technique to detect Martian life Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US have developed a spectroscopic technique that would help the 2020 Mars Rover to non-invasively identify sediments that are relatively unaltered, and maintain much of their original composition.
 Cauvery Supervisory Committee directs Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs of water per day for 10 days The Cauvery Supervisory Committee headed by Shashi Shekhar on 19 September 2016 directed Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu. As per the committee’s direction, Karnataka will have to release 3000 cusecs water per day from 21 to 30 September 2016 to Tamil Nadu.
 HRD Minister inaugurates Super Computer PARAM-ISHAN at IIT Guwahati Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on 19 September 2016 inaugurated the super computer PARAM ISHAN at IIT Guwahati campus.
 BCCI partners Janalakshmi Financial Services for three years The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 15 September 2016 tied up with financial services firm Janalakshmi Financial Services (Jana) as an associate sponsor.
 Russia: Ruling United Russia party wins parliamentary election President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party on 19 September 2016 won the Russian parliamentary election by securing 343 seats of the total 450 in Duma, the lower house
 Cauvery Supervisory Committee directs Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs of water per day for 10 days The Cauvery Supervisory Committee headed by Shashi Shekhar on 19 September 2016 directed Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu. As per the committee’s direction, Karnataka will have to release 3000 cusecs water per day from 21 to 30 September 2016 to Tamil Nadu.
 Indian Railways launches Yatri Mitra Sewa for elderly, differently-abled Indian Railways on 19 September 2016 launched Yatri Mitra Sewa to facilitate access to wheelchairs, battery operated cars and porter services. The service was launched to make rail travel comfortable for elderly, differently-abled and ailing travelers.
 Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passes away Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passed away on 16 September 2016 following a brief illness in Montauk, New York. He was 88.
 Union Government notifies new import policy for marble & travertine blocks Union Government on 18 September 2016 notified the new import policy for marble and travertine blocks and marble and granite slabs. The policy will come into effect from 1 October 2016.
 China and Russia conduct naval exercises Joint Sea-2016 to improve security The Chinese and Russian navies on 19 September 2016 concluded Joint Sea-2016, eight days of naval exercises, in the South China Sea.
 Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze in World Deaf Shooting Championships Hearing-impaired Indian shooter Priyesha Deshmukh on 14 September 2016 won the bronze medal in her first-ever international competition at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships.
 Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma conferred with Arjuna Award Sports Minister Vijay Goel conferred Arjuna Awards on cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at a function in New Delhi. Sharma was given the award for 2015 and Rahane for 2016.
 India announces major initiative for R&D into Next Generation HFC refrigerant alternatives The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on 15 September 2016 announced an ambitious collaborative R&D programme to develop next generation, sustainable refrigerant technologies as alternatives to HFCs.
 Track Asia Cup 2016 concluded; Indian finished second The 2016 Track Asia Cup concluded on 16 September 2016 at the Cycling Velodrome in IG Stadium in New Delhi. Hong Kong topped the chart with 18 medals which comprise 11 Gold, four Silvers and three bronze.
 India, Nepal sign three agreements including improvement of road network India and Nepal on 16 September 2016 signed three MoUs and agreements to enhance the bilateral agreement between the two nations.
 India declares itself free from bird flu India declared itself free from the highly contagious avian influenza (H5N1) or bird flu from 5 September 2016. The declaration was made by the Department of Animal Husbandry under the Agriculture Ministry.
 Indian-American Dinesh Bharadia wins 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award India-born researcher Dinesh Bharadia on 14 September 2016 was chosen for the prestigious Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award.
 His Bloody Project authored by Graeme Macrae Burnet shortlisted for Man Booker prize Novel titled His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet was in news in September 2016. It came in news after being shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker prize.
 East Bengal wins Calcutta Football League 2016 Indian football giants East Bengal on 16 September 2016 won the Calcutta Football League (CFL) for the seventh consecutive time.
 India, Sri Lanka sign MoU to support fishermen in Hambantota district India and Sri Lanka on 15 September 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support livelihood of the fishing and farming communities in Hambantota district of Sri Lanka.
 Barack Obama designates first US Marine National Monument in Atlantic Ocean The United States President Barack Obama on 15 September 2016 designated the country’s first marine national monument, Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, in the Atlantic Ocean.
 India declares itself free from bird flu India declared itself free from the highly contagious avian influenza (H5N1) or bird flu from 5 September 2016. The declaration was made by the Department of Animal Husbandry under the Agriculture Ministry.
 UIDAI bans sharing of Aadhaar details In a step to ensure that the details of Aadhaar is not misused, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asked agencies in possession of Aadhaar number of an individual to not publish or post the information publicly.
 US sign 38 billion dollars deal with Israel The United States on 14 September 2016 signed a 38 billion dollars deal with Israel to provide the country with military assistance over a 10-year period, from 2019 to 2028. The deal is the largest such agreement the US has ever had with any country.
 Indian cyclists bag 6 medals on opening day of 2016 Track Asia Cup Indian Cyclists won six medals, including three gold, two silver and one bronze on the opening day of the Track Asia Cup 2016 in New Delhi.
 India Blue wins 2016-2017 Duleep Trophy tournament Gautam Gambhir-led India Blue on 14 September 2016 won the inaugural day/night Duleep Trophy Cricket tournament held in Greater Noida.
 China, Vietnam agreed to properly manage differences over South China Sea China and Vietnam on 13 September 2016 agreed to properly manage their differences over territorial disputes in the South China Sea and safeguard stability. This followed as an international tribunal rejected the Chinese claims over the region on a petition brought before it by the Philippines.
 Sushmita Rai wins Bronze at World Martial Arts Masterships Sikkim’s Sushmita Rai in the second week of September 2016 won a bronze medal at the recently concluded World Martial Arts Masterships 2016, which was held at Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do of South Korea.
 Indian Railways Men Hockey Team wins MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament Indian Railways Men Hockey Team on 11 September 2016 won the MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament 2016 in Chennai. It is for the first time that Indian Railways clinched the title.
 India-Afghanistan inked agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation India and Afghanistan on 14 September 2016 signed an Extradition Treaty to facilitate exchange of wanted terrorists and criminals.
 Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong to be appointed as Director of the Board South Korean electronics major Samsung Electronics announced on 12 September 2016 that Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong will be appointed as a registered executive director on the board.
 Union Cabinet approves establishment of Higher Education Financing Agency The Union Cabinet on 12 September 2016 approved the creation of the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA).
 Union Cabinet approves extension of contract between India and ISA for exploration of Polymetallic Nodules The Union Cabinet on 12 September 2016 approved the extension of contract between Ministry of Earth Sciences and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration of Polymetallic Nodules.
 Deepa Malik becomes first Indian woman to win medal at Paralympics Indian athlete Deepa Malik on 12 September 2016 became the first Indian woman to bag a medal at the Paralympics.
 Union Government issues model guidelines for states to curb Ponzi schemes The Union Government on 12 September 2016 issued model guidelines for states to regulate direct selling and multi-level marketing businesses while prohibiting pyramid structures as well as money circulation schemes. The guidelines were issued to protect consumers from Ponzi frauds.
 Union Government issues fresh guidelines for flexi-fund for CSS Union Government on 9 September 2016 issued fresh flexi-fund guidelines for Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS). The guidelines would give more freedom to states in spending money under the CSS to meet local developmental requirements.
 Union Cabinet approves formation of GST Council The Union Cabinet on 12 September 2016 approved the process, formation and functioning of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council.
 Stan Wawrinka defeats Novak Djokovic to win 2016 US Open Men’s Singles title Third seed Stan Wawrinka on 11 September 2016 defeated world number one Novak Djokovic to lift the 2016 US Open Men’s Singles title.
 CBDT launches e-nivaran to resolve Income Tax grievances Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 8 September 2016 launched e-nivaran (electronic resolution) facility for online redressal of taxpayers’ grievances. The grievances can be related to refunds, Income Tax Returns (ITRs), Tax Deducted at Source (TDS), and Permanent Account Number (PAN) among others.
 RBI cancelled certificate of registration of five NBFCs The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 8 September 2016 cancelled the certificate of registration of five non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). Now, these companies will not be able to transact the business of a non-banking financial institution as laid down under clause (a) of Section 45-I of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
 Mariyappan Thangavelu wins India’s first Gold medal at Rio Paralympic Games Mariyappan Thangavelu won India’s first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics. He won the gold in the Men’s High Jump T-42 event with a leap of 1.89 metres.
 RBI cancelled certificate of registration of five NBFCs The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 8 September 2016 cancelled the certificate of registration of five non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). Now, these companies will not be able to transact the business of a non-banking financial institution as laid down under clause (a) of Section 45-I of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
 Swachh Survekshan for rural areas released, Mandi and Sindhudurg topped the charts The results of the 2016 ‘Swachh Survekshan’ (Cleanliness Index) for rural India was released on 8 September 2016. Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) and Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) were declared as the cleanest districts in India.
 Swachh Survekshan for rural areas released, Mandi and Sindhudurg topped the charts The results of the 2016 ‘Swachh Survekshan’ (Cleanliness Index) for rural India was released on 8 September 2016. Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) and Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) were declared as the cleanest districts in India.
 Mariyappan Thangavelu wins India’s first Gold medal at Rio Paralympic Games Mariyappan Thangavelu won India’s first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics. He won the gold in the Men’s High Jump T-42 event with a leap of 1.89 metres.
 GST Bill gets nod by President Pranab Mukherjee President Pranab Mukherjee on 8 September 2016 gave his assent to the Constitution 122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014 as per Article 111 of Constitution of India. With this assent, the bill becomes law and allows rolling out a new indirect tax regime.
 Union Government launches Integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses and Vehicle Registration Certificates Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, on 7 September 2016 jointly launched Integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses (DL) & Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC) in New Delhi.
 NASA launches OSIRIS-REx to collect samples from asteroid The US space agency, NASA, on 8 September 2016 launched OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft. The unmanned spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, blasted off onboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
 ISRO launches advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched advanced weather satellite, INSAT-3DR on 8 September 2016.
 2016 Paralympic Games began at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The 2016 Summer Paralympic Games began on 7 September 2016 at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games will conclude on 18 September 2016.
 WHO certifies India free from Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus India on 6 September 2016 received certificates from World Health Organisation (WHO) recognising the elimination of Yaws and Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) from the country.
 UN Charter translated into Sanskrit Language This came following the pioneering efforts of Jitendra Kumar Tripathi, the Secretary of the Lucknow-based Akhila Bharatiya Sanskrit Parishad.
 India, Greece sign Air Services Agreement under Open Sky  India, Greece sign Air Services Agreement under Open Sky Policy
 Union Government approves 450 crore rupees for Swadesh Darshan Scheme The Union Government on 7 September 2016 approved projects worth about 450 crore rupees under Swadesh Darshan scheme for five states.
 Union Government launches NIDHI for nurturing ideas and innovation into start ups Union Government on 6 September 2016 launched a new program called National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI). The initiative aims at nurturing ideas and innovation into successful start ups.
 Nearly 50 million children uprooted worldwide: UNICEF The report titled Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children states that millions of children are still migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life.
 Union Government launches dedicated pan-India helpline for power outages With this, consumers can now get an update from power distribution companies about outages in their area by dialling 14401.
 World’s oldest cricketer Lindsay Tuckett passes away With the death of Tuckett, the distinction of the oldest surviving cricketer in the world now passes to all-rounder Johnny Watkins, who is 93.
 Indian conservationist Bibhuti Lahkar wins Heritage Heroes Award of IUCN The Heritage Heroes Award is aimed at recognising outstanding efforts around the globe in making a difference in the conservation of World Heritage sites in challenging situations.
 Newly discovered fish of genus Tosanoides named after Barack Obama The fish is found only within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a World Heritage site encompassing 1510000 square kilometres of ocean waters.
 Union Government notifies National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme The National Policy of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015 launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi focuses on apprenticeship as one of the key components for creating skilled manpower in India.
 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket destroyed in explosion It was the second time in just over a year that SpaceX has lost a Falcon 9 rocket, which is slated to launch NASA astronauts for the first time in 2017.
 CIL, ICFRE signs MoU to monitor Environment related issues in Coal Mining Projects The arrangement would help CIL in proper compliance and monitoring of the conditions that are laid down by the MoEF&CC for environment and forest clearances.
 Railway launches insurance scheme for passengers travelling on e-ticket The facility available only for confirmed and RAC ticket passengers will not be applicable for children up to 5 years of age and foreign citizens.
 India, Egypt sign agreement in area of Maritime Transport The agreement on Maritime Transport would help the two nations to step-up co-operation on the seas not only in terms of maritime commerce but also in transit of naval vessels.
 Union Government notifies National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme The National Policy of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015 launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi focuses on apprenticeship as one of the key components for creating skilled manpower in India.
 Veteran trade union leader Sharad Rao passes away Rao is acknowledged for his role in mobilising the work force in both the organised and unorganised sectors. He also served as the leader of Mumbai Autorickshawsmen’s union, the largest rickshaw union in the city.
 Water table rises in Ganga basin but so does salinity: Study The study also highlights the fact that unsustainable levels of groundwater extraction are largely limited to urban agglomerations in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
 Union Cabinet approves creation of PDF to catalyse Indian economic presence in CLMV countries CLMV countries namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam have a unique position in the regional value chains and offer a gateway for market access to China/EU and other markets due to various trade agreements.
 Union Cabinet approves simplification of FDI Policy 2016 in various sectors The FDI policy amendments are aimed at providing ease of doing business in the country leading to larger FDI inflows contributing to growth of investment, incomes and employment.
 AK Sinha committee constituted to study silt in river Ganga in Bihar Union Government on 1 September 2016 constituted an expert committee to study slit in river Ganga in Bihar.
 Union Cabinet approves dissolution of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited The Union Cabinet on 31 August 2016 approved the proposal for dissolution of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited (CIWTC).
 CRPF decides to appoint P V Sindhu as Commandant and brand ambassador The force has moved a formal proposal in this regard to the Union Home Ministry. After getting required sanctions, Sindhu will be honoured and presented the rank badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF at a ceremonial event.
 Union Cabinet approved grant of Permanent Residency Status to Foreign Investors The Union Cabinet on 31 August 2016 approved the scheme for grant of Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to foreign investors subject to the relevant conditions as specified in the FDI Policy notified by the Government from time to time.
 MoUD and Amar Chitra Katha signs MoU to publish and distribute comic book on Swachh Bharat Mission The book would comprise a series of inspirational stories from the mission, cleanliness rankings of cities, the public figures and ambassadors, environmental impact.
 Nico Rosberg wins 2016 Belgian Grand Prix It was Rosberg’s first ever win at Spa and sixth of the 2016 season. This win has narrowed the gap between Hamilton and him to nine points in the championship standings.
 India, US signed LEMOA The agreement does not allow each nation to set up bases on the other, but to use bases and equipment only for operating together when they choose to.
 Madhukar Gupta Committee on border protection submits report to MHA The committee was formed to suggest ways to strengthen the border protection along the border with Pakistan and address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing along Indo-Pakistan border.
 International Day Against Nuclear Tests observed globally The Day was first celebrated in 2010 and since then, the day has been observed by coordinating various activities throughout the world such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions and others.
 Bombay High Court allows entry of women inside Haji Ali Dargah The court said that the ban on entry of women inside Haji Ali Dargah violates their fundamental right to practice any religion.
 UNU-EHS releases World Risk Report 2016: India ranked 77th in World Disaster Risk Index The World Risk Index is an integral part of the report as it ranks 171 countries according to the risk of becoming a victim of a disaster as a result of natural hazards such as floods, cyclones, or earthquakes.
 Unified Payments Interface introduced by banks UPI, a product of NPCI, will help move India towards a cashless economy and will allow account holders across banks to send and receive money from their smartphones using virtual payments address without entering bank account details.
 ISRO successfully test-fires Scramjet Rocket Engine With this, India has joined the select league of four space faring nations that have demonstrated flight testing of Scramjet engines.
 Humans have been causing global warming for almost two centuries: Study The results of the study suggest that global warming began during the early stages of the Industrial Revolution. The warming was first detectable in the Arctic and tropical oceans around the 1830s.
 PM announces Task Force to prepare action Plan for next three Olympics Games The Task Force will prepare overall strategy for sports facility, training, selection procedure and other related matters.
 Union Minister Maneka Gandhi launches POCSO e-box POCSO e-box is an initiative of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, is a platform where a child victim of sexual abuse can report their cases online.
 Union Cabinet approves revised Indo-Cyprus DTAA With the revision of the treaty now approved by the Cabinet, capital gains will be taxed in India for entities resident in Cyprus, subject to double tax relief
 Union Government, US sign MoU for cooperation in the field of traditional medicines It aims at collaborating, identifying, and development and dissemination of science-based standards in medicines field. It will promote the safety, quality and integrity of traditional medicines and botanical dietary supplements.
 G Satheesh Reddy conferred first IEI-IEEE Award The award was presented by the Institution of Engineers (India) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Asia Pacific region. The award is in recognition of Reddy’s significant national contributions towards missiles and aerospace technologies.
 Sania Mirza becomes World No 1 in ATP Women’s Doubles Tennis rankings She topped list after teaming up with new partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic. Sania recently ended her partnership with Martina Hingis after three Grand Slam victories and 11 WTA doubles titles together.
 New World Wealth Report 2016 released: As per the rankings in the report, India is the seventh richest country in the world with a total individual wealth of 5.6 trillion US dollars.
 Union Government formed Task Force to study structure of organised Group A Central Services The task force was constituted in accordance with the direction of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will be headed by T Jacob who is an Additional Secretary in the Department of Personnel Training (DoPT).
 Singapore’s longest serving president S R Nathan was of Indian-origin and the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. For his contribution towards strengthening bilateral relations with India, he was conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2012 by the Indian Government.
 Gujarat to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup The Kabaddi World Cup matches will be held in The Arena by TransStadia, upcoming state-of-the-art stadium in Ahmedabad. The tournament will ta
 India, Germany sign agreement on vocational training The agreement was signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and German International Cooperation (GIZ).
 The Ocean of Churn In the book, Sanyal narrates a fascinating tale about the earliest human migrations out of Africa and the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar, medieval Arab empires and Chinese treasure fleets, the rivalries of European colonial powers and a new dawn.
 Summer Olympics 2016 concluded at Rio de Janeiro The United States topped the medal table for the fifth time in the past six Summer Olympics, winning 46 gold medals and 121 medals overall. Great Britain and China finished in second and third respectively.
 Gymnothorax indicus, new species of eel found in Bay of Bengal The eel was studied by the scientists at Sankarpur fishing harbour in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district. It was collected in a trawl net by fishermen in northern Bay of Bengal, about 70 km off the coast.
 Vyas Samman award 2015 Sunita Jain received the award by West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi. Jain, through her poetry, portrays the fine emotions between poet Tulsidas and his wife Ratnavalli in Kshama.
 Intel unveils Project Alloy is a headset that uses the RealSense technology enabling people to use their hands to interact with elements of the virtual world. There is no need for cables to connect to the computer.
 Usain Bolt wins ninth Olympic gold Earlier on 14 August 2016, Bolt clinched gold in the 100-metre final at the Olympics to become the first man to win the event three times at consecutive Olympic Games.
 9th edition of Global Innovation Index 2016 released India has ranked 66th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index. In this edition, India has jumped up by 15 spots from 81st position in 2015 GII.
 World’s biggest aircraft Airlander 10  This flight of the 92-metre ship, nicknamed the Flying Bum for its shape, lasted for about half an hour. The aircraft completed a series of flight manoeuvres and landed safely.
 SBI board approved merger of 5 associate banks The board also finalised the share swap ratio for three of the listed subsidiaries and Bharatiya Mahila Bank. The listed subsidiaries of the SBI are - State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore.
 Union Government launched TARANG They were developed by Rural Electrification Corporation Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL), a subsidiary of Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd., under the Digital India initiative.
 Najma Heptullah appointed as Governor of Manipur Heptullah will be the 18th Governor of the state. Before her appointment, V Shamuganathan, the Governor of Meghalaya, was looking after the state of Manipur since September 2015.
 World Culture Festival of AOL  The 5-member committee was formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the wake of allegations that the festival caused extensive damage to the biodiversity and aquatic life of Yamuna in March 2016.
 NASA selects six companies  NASA and industry partners will expand commercial development of space in low-Earth orbit. In addition, they will also work towards improving deep space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions.
 India’s first Nuclear Suppliers’ The India Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) has become the 27th such insurance pool in the world as countries such as France, Russia, South Africa and the U.S. have put in place such similar risk transfer mechanisms.
 International Youth Day celebrated on 12 August The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is - The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.
 International Youth Day celebrated on 12 August The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is - The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.
 International Youth Day celebrated on 12 August The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is - The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.
 Australian Open Squash 2016 title To win the title, the top seed Dipika defeated eighth seed Mayar Hany of Egypt 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 in the 40-minute final. For Dipika, this was the first title win in 2016.
 World Bio-Fuel Day  The day is celebrated annually to mark the extraordinary achievement of Sir Rudalph Diesel (inventor of the diesel engine) who successfully ran mechanical engine with Peanut Oil for the first time.
 Michael Phelps becomes first swimmer With his 13th individual gold medal, Phelps broke a 2168 year old Olympic Record, set by Leonidas of Rhodes, who had held the most Olympic Individual titles of all time, with twelve.
 CCEA approves proposal of R&D project It will enable domestic industries to design, manufacture and commission higher efficiency coal fired power plants with indigenously developed technology and manufacturing processes.
 M S Subbulakshmi With this, Rahman will become the second Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform at the UN. She was invited by the then UN Secretary General U Thant to perform at the UN headquarters in 1966.
 China launches Gaofen-3 Satellite With 12 imaging modes, the high-definition observation satellite is capable of taking wide pictures of the Earth and photographing detailed scenarios of specific areas.
 Rhino horn verification process or this purpose, the state government has instituted a Rhino Horn Verification Committee headed by former forest officer Mohan Chandra Malakar.
 RBI releases Third Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2016-17 One of the key announcements under the policy was that the RBI Governor Raghuram G Rajan kept the Repo Rate under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) unchanged at 6.5 percent.
 Russia, Turkey agrees to restore ties after diplomatic rift The two nations agreed to patch the restrained relations and pledged to restore close economic relations. Russian trade sanctions on Turkey would be phased out step by step.
 Rajya Sabha passes Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws Amendment Bill, 2016 The Bill seeks to amend the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, the Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993, the Indian Stamps Act, 1899 and the Depositories Act, 1996.
 Smiles originated 30 million years ago: Study The study was conducted by team of researchers including Fumito Kawakami, Masaki Tomonaga and Juri Suzuki of Kyoto University in Japan and was published on 3 August 2016.
 India’s first tiger repository The Tiger Cell will assist in population assessment of tigers, law enforcement, wildlife forensics, infrastructural development and mitigation, smart patrolling and advisory role in policy formulation.
 Mental Health Care Bill, 2013 The Bill that repeals the Mental Health Act, 1987 states that every person shall have the right to access mental health care and treatment from services run or funded by the government.
 Yoga guru TKV Desikachar passes away He was known for transforming the way yoga was practised and turned it into both a wellness concept and a therapy.
 Lodha Committee recommendation on BCCI reforms Four member panel headed by Justice (retd) Markandey Katju was by BCCI to advice on SC verdict on implementation of Justice Lodha committee recommendations.
 Lodha Committee recommendation on BCCI reforms Four member panel headed by Justice (retd) Markandey Katju was by BCCI to advice on SC verdict on implementation of Justice Lodha committee recommendations.
 Lodha Committee recommendation on BCCI reforms Four member panel headed by Justice (retd) Markandey Katju was by BCCI to advice on SC verdict on implementation of Justice Lodha committee recommendations.
 Swachh Survekshan-2017  Cities will be ranked based on the reports by urban local bodies on the progress made towards construction of toilets, feedback of citizens and independent observation of sanitation levels
 2nd National Handloom Day The date August 7 was chosen as on this day in 1905 the Swadeshi Movement was formally launched, at a massive meeting in the Calcutta Town hall. The movement involved revival of domestic products and production processes.
 2016 Rio Olympics The 31st Summer Olympic Games officially began on 5 August 2016 with inaugural ceremony held at the Maracana Stadium in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
 CSIR-CFTRI develops Nutrice Cream Nutrice cream is an Omega-3 and Vitamin-E enriched frozen nutritional dessert from vegetarian source. This product will provide the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of omega-3 for children in one serving.
 RBI constitutes Tarun Ramadorai Committee  It will have representation from financial sector regulators namely, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).
  Tokyo Olympics The Organising Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Games proposed the five new sports in response to the new flexibility provided by Olympic Agenda 2020.
 Youssef Chahed appointed as PM of Tunisia Prior to this, Chahed was Minister for Local Affairs of Tunisia. He is an agricultural sciences specialist and academic who has taught in France and Tunisia.
 CCEA approves Ghatampur Thermal Power Project The project will be installed through a Joint Venture Company named Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited, which is formed jointly by Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited.
 Narsingh Yadav Reports say fate of the 26-year-old grappler still lies in the hands of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which will take decision whether he is eligible to take part in the Olympic.
 SAARC Immigration Authorities Usman A. Bajwa, Pakistan’s Director General Immigration and Passports, chaired the meeting, which aimed at formulating recommendations to be presented in the meetings of Home Secretaries and Interior Ministers meetings.
 Aadhaar-linked e-Signature facility With over a billion Aadhaar cardholders and about 25 million transactions taking place every quarter, digital signatures are expected to save time, money and paper.
 Shubha Mudgal to be awarded Mudgal will be honoured for her outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill. She will be presented with the Award on 20 August 2016 at Jawahar Bhawan Auditorium.
 accepted resignation of Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP General Secretary Saroj Pandey have been appointed as the observers to oversee the election of new legislature party leader in the State.
 Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016  The Bill seeks to amend the Dentists Act, 1948 as well as the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016. It seeks to introduce a uniform entrance examination for all dental educational institutions.
 CO2 into usable fuel The researchers used a metal compound called tungsten diselenide, which was fashioned into nanosized flakes to maximize the surface area and to expose its reactive edges.
 Rio Olympics NADA found that the wrestler is a victim of sabotage done by a competitor and thus deserves the benefit of article 10.4 of the NADA’s anti-doping code.
 Malaysian security  Among those powers conferred to the council is the ability to take charge of security forces and declare security areas for up to six months within which authorities can arrest, search or seize without warrants.
 Indian Medical Council 2016 The Bill provide for conduct of uniform entrance examination for admission to all medical educational institutions at the undergraduate and post-graduate courses from next year.
 R D Burmania The book throws light on the legendary musician Rahul Dev Burman, whose cabaret tunes still reverberate at pubs and discotheques.
 Ex-CMs The verdict was pronounced on a 2004 plea filed by a UP-based NGO Lok Prahari, which sought a direction against allotment of government bungalows to former CMs and other what it said non-eligible organisations.
 RTI ACT 2005 Union Government issued a notification mentioning SFC has been brought under sub-section (2) of Section 24 of the RTI.
 Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Patna High Court Justice Ansari had worked twice as Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court since December 2014 before being sworn in as its 39th Chief Justice. Justice Ansari retires on 29 October 2016.
 Satish Mathur appointed DGP of Maharashtra Police Earlier, Mathur was Additional DGP of the state’s Anti-Corruption Bureau, during which he solved few high profile cases like multi-crore rupee irrigation department scams and others.
 Jharkhand government to form separate cell for Primitive Tribes Group Particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG) (earlier known as Primitive tribal group) is a government of India classification created with the purpose of enabling improvement in the conditions of certain communities with particularly low development indices.
 Luke Aikins became first person to jump from 25000 feet without a parachute or wing suit 42-year-old, Aikins, completed the stunt without mishap, landing almost in the middle of the 100ft by 100ft (30.5-by-30.5-meter) net.
 Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first female governor Yuriko Koike garnered more than 2.9 million votes in the election, defeating her opponents, Hiroya Masuda and Shuntaro Torigoe, by a wide margin.
 India to host Kabaddi World Cup in October 2016 The participants of the tournament include India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya.
 Justice DB Bhosale sworn-in as Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Justice Babasaheb Bhosale succeeds Justice DY Chandrachud who was elevated as a judge of Supreme Court in May 2016.
 Mohun Bagan Ratna conferred on Syed Nayeemuddin Nayeemuddin was chosen for the prestigious award for his overall contribution to the club and the country both as a player and as a coach. The former India captain became the 16th recipient of the prestigious award.
 Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 German Grand Prix of F1 The 2016 German Grand Prix turned out to be fourth consecutive win for Hamilton. The previous three are 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix, 2016 British Grand Prix and 2016 Austrian Grand Prix.
 Railway Minister flags off maiden broad-gauge train service between Agartala and Delhi The ‘Tripura Sundari Express’ will run weekly between Agartala and Anand Vihar in Delhi. It will have commercial stoppages at 16 stations and cover a distance of 2461 kms in 46 hours and 50 minutes.
 India Rising: Fresh Resolution to rename Madras HC as Tamil Nadu HC passed, New Fears authored by Ravi Velloor  globally United The resolution was presented in light of the High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016, which was introduced in Lok Sabha and seeks to modify the names of the High Court’s (HCs) of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 observed Joint Indo-Thailand Military Exercise ‘Maitree’ culminates
 India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears authored by Ravi Velloor It describes key aspects of the country’s development in the last 10 years, expressing fresh hopes but also new fears under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Luke Aikins became first person to jump from 25000 feet without a parachute or wing suit International Day of Friendship 2016 observed globally United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 observed Joint Indo-Thailand Military Exercise ‘Maitree’ culminates
 Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from international football Germany football captain Bastian Schweinsteiger (31-year) has retired from the international football. He plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester United and the German national team. He was an instrumental player for Germany when they won the World Cup in 2014, scored 24 goals and earned 120 caps for his nation.
 Russian Olympic team heads to Brazil for Rio Olympics The Russian Olympic team has gathered at an airport in Moscow’s Sheremetevo airport to fly to Brazil for the Rio Olympics. A total of 106 Russian athletes from 7 sports had been excluded from the national team for the Rio Olympic Games over the doping scandal.
 West Bengal tourism department launches app An android mobile app has been launched by West Bangal Tourism Department,aiming to attract the travelers across the world. This app is based on the theme of “Experience Bengal“. It would be loaded with facilities like maps and directions.
 Four new writers get Jananpith ‘Navlekhan’ award Four new writers have got the Bharatiya Jnanpith’s 11th Navlekhan award for the year 2015 . Amlendu Tiwari (Parityakt), Balram Kawant (Sara Morila), Om Naagar (Nib Ke Chire Se) and Tasneem Khan (Yeh Mere Rahnuma). All awardees were chosen by a selection panel headed by senior writer and journalist Madhusudan Anand, comprising eminent literary figures Vishnu Nagar, Govind Prasad and Om Nischal.
 3rd India Education fair begins in Dhaka 3rd India Education Fair has begun in Dhaka . Over 35 premier Indian educational institutions including schools, colleges, and technical institutes under one roof to provide educational opportunities to Bangladeshi youth. The event has been Inaugurated by Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Sringla.
 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton accepts US presidential nomination Hillary Clinton ( 68-year) accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president with a message stressing the need to unite in order to confront the nation’s challenges. Clinton is the first woman ever nominated for president by a major US political party.
 The European Union appoints chief Brexit Negotiator The European Commission appoints has appointed Michel Barnier, as its Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc. He will take up his post on October 1. Barnier is former French Financial Services Commissioner. Earlier, he has served as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in French government. He had the reforms in the banking union, financial sector and digital single market in the EU.
 A K Mittal The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the re-appointment of A K Mittal as Chairman Railway Board (with effect from August 1, 2016) for a period of two years. Mittal is a 1976-batch officer of Indian Railway Stores Service.
 International Tiger Day being observed today Every year 29th July is celebrated as the International Tiger Day. ii. The day is celebrated to raise awareness for tiger conservation and to give worldwide attention to the preservation of tigers. iii. It was founded in 2010 at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit, with the aim to double the big cat population by 2022.
  Aadhaar Union Government notifies Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016
 NBCC Union Cabinet approves disinvestment of 15% in NBCC
 Theresa Theresa May appointed Prime Minister of United Kingdom
 Fertilizer Units Union Cabinet approves revival of defunct Fertilizer Units in Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni
 Ashok Patnaik  Ashok Patnaik appointed as CEO of NATGRID
 IDFC Bank IDFC Bank acquires micro lender Grama Vidiyal
  ‘Sankat Mochan’  Operation ‘Sankat Mochan’ launched to evacuate Indian citizens from South Sudan
 William H McNeill Historian William H McNeill passed away
 ICC releases Rankings ICC releases Test, ODI, and T20I Rankings
  Philippines on South China Sea Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of The Philippines on South China Sea
 Rudraneil Sengupta  Ringside With Vijender authored by Rudraneil Sengupta released
 fintech start-ups SBI inks MoU with IIT Bombay to promote fintech start-ups
  coal fired power plant India and Bangladesh sign deal for construction of coal fired power plant
 Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba  Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba commissions Marine Commandos’ base INS Karna
 PM Modi’s four nation tour  PM Modi’s four nation tour to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique concluded
 Diarrhoea Control Union Ministry of Health launches Nationwide Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight
 Rio Olympics Six more Indians qualify for Rio Olympics
 Megaliths study Pre-historic Megaliths study indicate Khasis lived Meghalaya since 1200 BCE
 Bornean Orangutan  IUCN declares Bornean Orangutan as critically endangered
 Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plan Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant attains criticality
 India, South Africa India, South Africa signed four agreements
 Tathagata Roy  Tathagata Roy sworn-in as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
 Radhika Menon Radhika Menon becomes first woman to bag IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
 Euro 2016 football championship;  Portugal wins Euro 2016 football championship; defeated France 1-0
 Andy Murray Andy Murray won men’s singles title of 2016 Wimbledonwon men’s singles title of 2016 Wimbledon
 Amal Dutta Legendary football coach Amal Dutta passes away
 NATO  NATO Summit 2016 concluded in Warsaw
 BRICS  2nd Anti-Drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies of BRICS concluded
 Kerala Government proposed 14.5 per cent fat tax Kerala Government proposed 14.5 per cent fat tax on junk food
 India, South Africa announced MoUs/Programm India, South Africa announced MoUs/Programme in four areas of cooperation
 Kevin Turner Kevin Turner resigns as Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft
  Abdul Sattar  Eminent Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi died
 India, Mozambique sign MoUs India, Mozambique sign MoUs on drug trafficking, pulse trading and sports
  Lidudumalingani Mqombothi  South African writer Lidudumalingani Mqombothi wins 2016 Caine Prize
  ‘Big Brother’ law Russian leader Putin signs ‘Big Brother’ law
 Haritha Haram Second phase of Haritha Haram programme launched in Telangana
  Moodstocks Google acquires Paris-based startup Moodstocks
 NASSCOM NASSCOM unveils India’s first Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things
 NASSCOM NASSCOM unveils India’s first Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things
  Omi  Noted music director Omi passes away
 International Gymnastics Federation Dipa Karmakar named World Class Gymnast by International Gymnastics Federation
  National Green Highways Mission Union Government launched National Green Highways Mission
 Deepak Singhal  Deepak Singhal appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh
 laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez New Tarantula species named after Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 Namami Gange 231 Projects under Namami Gange launched all over country
 India ranks 91  India ranks 91 in Networked Readiness Index 2016
 Jagannath Rath Yatr Jagannath Rath Yatra begins in Puri, Odisha
  North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un US sanctions North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for human rights abuses
 SBI Mingle SBI launches social media banking platform SBI Mingle
 Myspeed App TRAI launches Myspeed App to measure real time mobile internet speed
  Debshankar Mukhopadhyay Zee Learn appoints Debshankar Mukhopadhyay as CEO
 minimum wages for part-time workers Rajasthan becomes first state to introduce minimum wages for part-time workers
 R Thiruppathi  R Thiruppathi Venkatasamy appointed as Accountant General of Tamil Nadu
 Subvention Scheme for farmers Union Cabinet approves Interest Subvention Scheme for farmers
  National Apprenticeship Union Cabinet approves National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme
 Diesel vehicles SC-appointed Green Panel recommends high pollution cess of 20-22% on diesel vehicles
  Madhya Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods  MP Cabinet approved Madhya Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods in Local Areas Amendment Bill, 2016
  GPRA Union Cabinet approves redevelopment of seven GPRA colonies in Delhi
 The High Courts Bill, 2016 Union Cabinet approves The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016
 Enayam Union Cabinet approves setting up of Major port at Enayam in Tamil Nadu
  Abbas Kiarostami Acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami dies
 MoU between India & Mauritius  MoU between India & Mauritius in the field of Rural Development & Poverty Alleviation approved
 Niranjan Mukundan Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan wins eight medals in IWAS World Games
 Noel Neill Noel Neill, first actor to play Lois Lane in Superman, dies
  Kuiper Belt NASA extends New Horizons mission to Kuiper Belt
 Index 2016  Logistic Performance Index 2016 released by World Bank
 NASSCOM NASSCOM unveils India’s first Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things
 Minimum wages Act 1948 Rajasthan becomes first state to introduce minimum wages for part-time workers
 Ministry of Tourism Ministry of Tourism releases data on domestic and foreign tourist visits to states and UTs
 Ozone layer Ozone layer in Antarctic is healing: Study
 Prashikshak Union HRD Ministry launches teacher education portal Prashikshak
  LCA Tejas inducted in IAF Indigenously built LCA Tejas inducted in IAF
 Lesbians, gays and bisexuals Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are not third gender: Supreme Court
 World Bank sign Declaration for promoting Solar Energy International Solar Alliance Cell and World Bank sign Declaration for promoting Solar Energy
 Rodrigo Duterte swor Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippines’ president
 CBDT notifies Rules CBDT notifies Rules for calculating Fair market value of Assets
 56th National Inter-state Athletics Sameer emerges fastest athlete of 56th National Inter-state Athletics
 Alvin Toffler Writer and futurist Alvin Toffler dies
 Argentina Women won 2016 Argentina Women won 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey title
 Financial Powers of Ministries Union Government enhances Financial Powers of Ministries, Departments
 Blockchain technology  RBI to study Blockchain technology to curtail paper currency
 Bud Spencer Italian film actor Bud Spencer dies
 method to kill cancer cells in two hours Researcher develops non-invasive method to kill cancer cells in two hours
 KG Subramanyan Renowned painter KG Subramanyan passes away
 Shijian-16 series satellite China launches second Shijian-16 series satellite
 Climate change impact on animal Climate change impact on animals in Himalayas to be recorded by ZSI
 oshihiro Suzuki  Suzuki Motors appoints Toshihiro Suzuki as CEO
 SCO Summit 2016 SCO Summit 2016 concludes in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
 MoU between UPSC and Royal Civil Service Commission Union Cabinet approved MoU between UPSC and Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan
 10th National Statistics Day  10th National Statistics Day celebrated with theme Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare
 National Mineral Exploration Policy Union Cabinet clears National Mineral Exploration Policy
 World Bank approves $201.50 million  World Bank approves $201.50 million for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project in India
 NS Vishwanathan  NS Vishwanathan appointed Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India
 CSIR-CIMFR CSIR-CIMFR inked MoU for coal quality analysis with coal supplying companies
  7th Pay Commission Union Cabinet approves recommendations of 7th Pay Commission
 Exercise Jalrahat Exercise Jalrahat for flood Relief in Assam started
  Human Capital Report 2016 World Economic Forum released the Human Capital Report 2016
 Isak Chishi Swu Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu dies
 Sanjeev Rajput Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup
  UNSC members Ethiopia, Bolivia, Sweden, Kazakhstan elected non-permanent UNSC members
 Tejaswini Project in Jharkhand World Bank approves $63 million for Tejaswini Project in Jharkhand
 Majuli  Majuli in Assam declared as island district
 Ukf Mark Schneider Nestle named Ukf Mark Schneider as CEO
  boost healthcare facilities for pregnant women Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan: A scheme to boost healthcare facilities for pregnant women
 Xerxes Sapur Desa Xerxes Sapur Desai, founder of Titan, dies
  UN honour for corporate sustainability initiative Social entrepreneur Zubaida Bai wins UN honour for corporate sustainability initiative
 Vision-2018 RBI publishes Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018
 Projects for 20 Smart Cities in Pune PM Narendra Modi launches Projects for 20 Smart Cities in Pune
 LED can adversely impact human health Excessive blue light emitted by LED can adversely impact human health: AMA
 world’s first electric road Sweden inaugurates world’s first electric road
 Iceland’s presidential election Gudni Johannesson wins Iceland’s presidential election
  Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana Odisha Government launches Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana
 Sujoy Bose  Sujoy Bose appointed as CEO of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
 UP government declares all natural calamities UP government declares all natural calamities will be treated as state disaster
 Sericulture in Poyen Village of Kargil Scientists succeed in introduction of Sericulture in Poyen Village of Kargil
 Panama Canal  Expanded Panama Canal reopens after 9 years of work
 Lionel Messi retires  Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile
 ISSF World Cup Jitu Rai wins silver in ISSF World Cup
  bio-ink for 3D printing Scientists develop bio-ink for 3D printing with stem cells
 India became 35th full member of Missile Technology  India became 35th full member of Missile Technology Control Regime
 Sanjay Malik Nokia appoints Sanjay Malik as India Head
 China launches first Dark Sky Reserve in Tibet China launches first Dark Sky Reserve in Tibet to limit light pollution
 Anju Bobby George & Pullela Gopichand Anju Bobby George & Pullela Gopichand taken as members of Khelo India
 International Day in Support of Victims International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed
 Argentina to win 2016 Chile beat Argentina to win 2016 Copa America Football tournament
  IIFA Awards 2016 International Indian Film Academy IIFA Awards 2016 presented
 N Srinivasan N Srinivasan re-elected President of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for 15th term.
 International Day against Drug Abuse International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed with theme Listen First
  Kavalam Narayana Panicker  Noted Malayalam theatre artist Kavalam Narayana Panicker passes away
  Road Accidents in India Growing menace of Road Accidents in India
 India’s longest river bridge across Ganga near Patna ADB approved $500 million loan to build India’s longest river bridge across Ganga near Patna
 International Olympic Day International Olympic Day celebrated on 23 June
 Nepal bans citizens from working Nepal bans citizens from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya
 Yasmin Sooka Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka to chair panel on human rights in South Sudan
 Right to Information bill with amendments Sri Lankan Parliament passes Right to Information bill with amendments
  Seafarer 2016  Day of the Seafarer 2016 observed with theme At Sea For All
 India-US Defence India-US Defence and Security Cooperation: Analysis
 India’s first pilot programme Union Government launched India’s first pilot programme to run two wheelers on CNG
 European Union in historic referendum Britain votes to exit European Union in historic referendum
 District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees Union Government approved setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees.
 Sanjay Mittal IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal awarded with G D Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2015
 UK Prime Minister David Cameron UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced resignation after Brexit vote
  FARC rebels sign ceasefire Colombia government, FARC rebels sign ceasefire
 London’s Dudley Zoological Gardens Darjeeling Zoo to receive snow leopard from London’s Dudley Zoological Gardens
  Indian Cricket Team BCCI appoints Anil Kumble as head coach of Indian Cricket Team
 Calder Memorial Trophy Artemi Panarin wins 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy
 Tech Mahindra Ltd  Tech Mahindra Ltd acquires UK-based BIO Agency Ltd
 EU reached agreement EU reached agreement on new border force to tackle migrant crisis.
 Amjad Sabri Amjad Sabri, a famed Pakistani Qawwal, shot dead in Karachi.
 Aveek Sarkar resigns Aveek Sarkar resigns as Chief Editor of ABP Group of Publications
 PayPal  PayPal appoints Anupam Pahuja as India Country Manager and MD
 Manipur Legislative Assembly President Pranab Mukherjee returned 3 bills for reconsideration of Manipur Legislative Assembly
 World Hydrography Day World Hydrography Day 2016 observed
 SoftBank SoftBank Group names Ken Miyauchi as President and COO
 Olympian Anju Bobby George Olympian Anju Bobby George resigned as president of Kerala Sports Council
 T20 Series India won three-match T20 Series against Zimbabwe, 2-1
 Textile and Apparel Special package for employment generation and promotion of exports in Textile and Apparel sector approved.
  Fund of Funds for Startups Union Cabinet approved establishment of Fund of Funds for Startups
 World Bank World Bank releases India Development Update 2016
 K2-33b K2-33b, a newborn Exoplanet around a young star, discovered by NASA
  Early Humans discovered in the Cave Kuumbi Cave: Bone artefacts used by Early Humans discovered in the Cave
 UNCTAD  UNCTAD released World Investment Report 2016
 Digital Archive of United Kingdom Six Indian WW1 warriors gets place in Digital Archive of United Kingdom
 Minority Status to Jew community Maharashtra Cabinet approves Minority Status to Jew community
 30th member in MTCR India became 35th full member of Missile Technology Control Regime
 Rio Olympics Sprinter Dutee Chand qualifies for Rio Olympics
 Spectrum Auction Union Cabinet approves largest-ever Spectrum Auction
 Information bill with amendments Sri Lankan Parliament passes Right to Information bill with amendments.
 Aadhaar Aadhaar to be linked with caste, domicile certificates
  Child Labour Tracking System Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Child Labour Tracking System
  Kepler-1647b Jupiter-like planet, Kepler-1647b, orbiting two stars discovered
 Israel Israel elected as Chair of a permanent committee of UN for the first time
  Gopal Rai  Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai resigns
 Peter Thomson Peter Thomson of Fiji elected as President of 71st session of United Nations General Assembly
  Deutsche Bank Gunit Chadha resigns as CEO of Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific Region
  Shiyal Bet gets power Gujarat’s Shiyal Bet gets power after 70 years of Independence
  Conservation & Preservation of Lakes Union Government approves Measures for Conservation & Preservation of Lakes in Bengaluru
 Pranab Mukherjee Ivory Coast honours President Pranab Mukherjee with its highest civilian Award
 First US credit card for use in Cuba Florida’s Stonegate Bank to issue first US credit card for use in Cuba
  Money Laundering Court Vijay Mallya declared as Proclaimed Offender by Money Laundering Court
  Shashank S Shah  Indian Diabetes specialist Shashank S Shah wins Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award 2016
 Thermal Power Plant BHEL commissions 195 megawatt unit at Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Plant
 India, Taiwan MoU/Agreements India, Taiwan MoU/Agreements on bilateral relations approved
 Membership of the International Continental  India’s membership of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program approved
 1000 MW Wind Power Project  Union Government launches Scheme for setting up 1000 MW Wind Power Project connected to CTU
 Exploration of Polymetallic Sulphide India, ISA contract for exploration of Polymetallic Sulphides in Indian Ocean Region approved
 Bramble Cay melomys Bramble Cay melomys is first mammal declared extinct from human-caused climate change
 Scientists Underwater Robots to be used to Study Indian monsoon:
 Gregory Rabassa American Literary Translator Gregory Rabassa dies
 Merger of SBI Union Cabinet approved merger of SBI with its five subsidiaries
 Recovery of bad loans Union Cabinet approved Bill to fast track recovery of bad loans
 Recovery of bad loans Union Cabinet approved Bill to fast track recovery of bad loans
 Niraj Mittal DBS Bank appoints Niraj Mittal as institutional banking head
 Plastic waste in building roads Maharashtra Government decides to use plastic waste in building roads
 Swadesh Darshan Scheme Pan-India Ramayana & Krishna Circuit under Swadesh Darshan Scheme approved
 Parcel Cargo Train Express Railway Ministry launched Liberalised Policies on Parcel Leasing and Parcel Cargo Train Express
 Anne Hathaway Hollywood actor Anne Hathaway appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
 Mobile App for volunteer work Union Government launches Vidyanjali Mobile App for volunteer work at government schools
 Ann Morgan Guilbert Famous TV actress Ann Morgan Guilbert dies
 Powerful nuclear icebreaker Arktika, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker launched by Russia
 Supriya Sahu  Senior IAS officer Supriya Sahu appointed as Director General of Doordarshan
 Gravitational waves LIGO team announced second detection of gravitational waves
 Syed Nayeemuddin Syed Nayeemuddin, former Indian football team coach, to be conferred with Mohun Bagan Ratna
 Methane Leak NASA spots Single Methane Leak from Space using Hyperion spectrometer
 Rio 2016 Rio 2016 unveils official slogan for Olympic and Paralympic Games
 Dolphins sanctuary North America to have its first sanctuary for dolphins
 Manimala Devi  Veteran Odia actress Manimala Devi passes away
  Anjan Dutta Assam PCC president Anjan Dutta dies
 Narendra Modi RAPID, five-point charter for tax administrators, outlined by Narendra Modi
 Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir Indian-origin Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir nominated as US Ambassador to Malaysia
  Human Genome Project Scientists announces Human Genome Project-Write to synthesize entire genome
 supercomputer Tianhe  China to operationalise the exascale supercomputer Tianhe -3 by 2020
 Sunil Mittal Sunil Mittal elected Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce
 Malware Infection  Microsoft released Malware Infection Index 2016
 India Post  India Post launches logo and tagline design contest for India Post Payments Bank
  Satyagrah Express  Union Railway Minister dedicates Champaran Satyagrah Express at Motihari
  Global Peace Index ranks IEP released the 2016 Global Peace Index, India ranks 141
 Gordie Howe Gordie Howe, legendary ice hockey player dies
  Agribusiness platform networks NRDC inks MoA with Andhra Pradesh government to establish smart agribusiness platform networks
 UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Major General Per Lodin appointed to head UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan
 Nuclear Fuel Complex G Kalyanakrishnan took over as Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex.
 Ranjit Sub-1 & Bahadur Sub-1 Researchers in Assam developed two rice variants, Ranjit Sub-1 & Bahadur Sub-1, for submerged areas
 Joint statement on India-US Joint statement on India-US endurance as global partners in 21st Century released
 India-US inked 8 MoU India-US inked 8 MoUs to bolster economic growth & sustainable development
 NATO launches biggest ever Joint Military Exercis NATO launches biggest ever Joint Military Exercise Anaconda-16 in Poland
 Internet Saathi, Google and Tata’s joint-initiative Internet Saathi, Google and Tata’s joint-initiative, launched in West Bengal.
  elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in four countries including Thailand.
 Ban Ki-Moon UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon honoured with Russia’s Order of Friendship
 KK Katyal Veteran Journalist KK Katyal passes away
 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova receives two-year suspension for failing drug test
 Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya awarded Regius Professorship by Queen
 Ridley Scott Ridley Scott to receive American Cinematheque Award
 Gravitational waves LISA Pathfinder mission demonstrates ways to detect gravitational waves.
 International Monetary Fund approved International Monetary Fund approved 1.5 billion US dollar loan to Sri Lanka
 Mirza Imtiyaz Mirza Imtiyaz Judicial Commission constituted to probe Mathura violence
 Shahid Rasool Shahid Rasool takes charge as Director of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.
 World Cup 2016 Lucknow to host Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2016.
 Tintu Luka Tintu Luka won silver at Josef Odlozil Memorial Athletics Meet in Prague
 Mobile App RajVayu Rajasthan Government launches Mobile App RajVayu on Air Quality Index.
 Illegal Migrants No detention for Illegal Migrants under 2008 Return Directive: EU Court
 Umang Bedi Facebook India appoints Umang Bedi as Managing Director.
 gigantic exoplanet Scientists discovered a gigantic exoplanet, HATS-18b.
 Surya Mitra Mobile App Union Government launched Surya Mitra Mobile App.
 Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch green-concept based State Data Centre
 India signed MoU with USA India signed MoU with USA to facilitate hassle-free entry of Indians to US
 India, ADB sign $120 mn loan India, ADB sign $120 mn loan pact for irrigation in Odisha
 World Oceans Day World Oceans Day observed across the world
 Amber Gurung Amber Gurung, composer of Nepali National Anthem, passes away
 Viktor Korchnoi Chess Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi dies
 d Union Government signed Loan Agreement ADB and Union Government signed Loan Agreement to upgrade 176 Km of roads in Jharkhand
 DNA molecules  Scientists identified a process to remove DNA molecules from X-Files
 CGPCS India becomes co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness under CGPCS
 Rajiv Gauba Rajiv Gauba Committee on Decongestion of Traffic in Delhi submitted report
  Climate challenge World’s space agencies join hands to face climate challenge
  Canarias Einstein Ring  Astrophysicists discover Canarias Einstein Ring in space
 National Water Framework Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 released
 Kulmeet Bawa Kulmeet Bawa appointed Adobe MD for South Asia
 Deshauna Barbe US Army Reserve officer Deshauna Barber crowned as Miss USA 2016
 Swachh Yug campaign Swachh Yug campaign to make gram panchayats along Ganga open defecation free
 Dia Mirza  Dia Mirza named Ambassador for Swachh Saathi programme
 Ashok Ganapathy Ashok Ganapathy appointed as Director of Airtel Business
  IT and Electronics Start-up  Gujarat Government unveiled IT and Electronics Start-up Policy 2016
 Jai Jawan Awas Yojna Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar lays foundation stone for Jai Jawan Awas Yojna
  Dolphin Guwahati declares Gangetic River Dolphin as its ‘city animal’
  Solar 1 GW Delhi Government approves solar policy with 1 GW target by 2020
 Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win 1st French Open title.
 toxic sulfur dioxide emissions NASA Scientists finds 39 unreported human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions.
 State Bank of Travancore CR Sasikumar takes over as MD of State Bank of Travancore.
  Transgenders Odisha becomes first Indian state to give pension and food benefits to transgenders.
 India, Qatar India, Qatar inked 7 agreements to boost cooperation.
 Public Grievance Redressal Act Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launches Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act.
 Business Bill, 2016 passed Assam Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016 passed by State Assembly.
 N K Chari N K Chari takes over as MD of State Bank of Mysore.
 Garbine Muguruza  Garbine Muguruza of Spain won 2016 French Open Women’s Singles tennis title.
 Leander Paes & Martina Hingis Leander Paes, Martina Hingis won 2016 French Open Mixed Doubles tennis title.
 Nita Ambani Nita Ambani becomes first Indian women to be nominated for International Olympic Committee.
 V Narayanasamy V Narayanasamy sworn-in as Chief Minister of Puducherry.
 World Environment Day Suresh Prabhu launches Tiger Trail Circuit Train on World Environment Day.
 Manohar Aich Manohar Aich, India’s first Mr Universe passes away.
 N Ramachandran IOC honours IOA chief N Ramachandran with Olympic Order.
  Basic income proposal rejected by Switzerland voters. Switzerland voters reject unconditional basic income proposal in referendum
 Sulabha Deshpande Veteran actor Sulabha Deshpande passed.
  Illegal trade in wildlife World Environment Day observed with theme Zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife.
 Aggression 2016 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2016 observed.
 DG of National Anti-Doping Agency Navin Agarwal appointed DG of National Anti-Doping Agency
 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali, the All-time Greatest of Boxing, dies at 74
 Shangri-La Dialogue  Asia’s largest annual security forum Shangri-La Dialogue inaugurates in Singapore
 Afghan-India Friendship Dam PM Modi, Ghani inaugurates Afghan-India Friendship Dam
  BS Bassi Former Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi appointed UPSC member
 Direct Tax Dispute Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme 2016 comes into force
  Varanasi Metro Rail UP Government approves Detailed Project Report of Varanasi Metro Rail
 Index of Industrial Production Index of Industrial Production of Eight Core Industries for April 2016 released
 Razak Khan Noted comedian Razak Khan passes away
  trade show COMPUTEX  Asia’s largest technology trade show COMPUTEX started in Taipei
 National Disaster Management Plan Prime Minister releases National Disaster Management Plan to make India disaster resilient
 CEO of BCCI Rahul Johri assumes charge as first ever CEO of BCCI
 India Post Payments Bank Union Cabinet approves setting up of India Post Payments Bank
 India, Qatar MoU on tourism India, Qatar MoU on tourism approved by Union Cabinet
 Civil Aviation Authority Union Cabinet approves MoU between DGCA and French Civil Aviation Authority.
 Sri Lanka seam bowler  Sri Lanka seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekara retires from Test cricket
 Unseen Indira Gandhi released The Unseen Indira Gandhi authored by Dr KP Mathur released
 Wildlife Conservation approved India-US MoU on enhancing cooperation in Wildlife Conservation approved
  Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase-I Union Cabinet approves Proposal for Extension of Corridor-1 of Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase-I
  Indian Boxing Council Commonwealth Boxing Council grants affiliation to Indian Boxing Council.
 IIT Kharagpur Researc Indus Valley Civilization is 8000 years old: IIT Kharagpur Research.
  Green Economy Visionary Award Indian banker Raghavan Seetharaman awarded Green Economy Visionary Award.
  Ballistic Missile Proliferation India joins Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation.
 National Company Law Tribunal Constitution of National Company Law Tribunal and Appellate Tribunal Notified.
  Mau-Tarighat Railway line project Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves Mau-Tarighat Railway line project.
 Balu Anand died Tamil actor-director Balu Anand died.
 Genocide German Parliament passes Resolution recognising Massacre of Armenians as Genocide.
 India, Tunisia sign MoUs India, Tunisia sign MoUs for co-operation in IT, handicrafts sector
 Investment in Clean Energy Research India announces to Double Investment in Clean Energy Research in next five years.
 P Sreeramakrishnan P Sreeramakrishnan elected as Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly.
 International Arbitration Centre Singapore International Arbitration Centre to open Representative Office at GIFT City.
 Kharif Crops for 2016-17 CCEA approved Minimum Support Prices for Kharif Crops for 2016-17 Season
 P Dhanapal  P Dhanapal re-elected as Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Speaker
 TRAI launches DND Services  TRAI launches DND Services Mobile Application to register complaints against pesky calls, SMSes
 Retirement age of doctors Union Government approved retirement age of doctors of Central Health Services to 65.
  F1 Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.
 Alastair Cook Alastair Cook becomes youngest cricketer to score 10000 Test runs.
 Suresh Chatwal Veteran TV and film actor Suresh Chatwal passes away.
 Surajit Kar Purkayastha Surajit Kar Purkayastha appointed Director General of West Bengal Police.
  G7 Summit 42nd G7 Summit concluded in Japan.
 Tippeligaen Gurpreet Singh Sandhu becomes first Indian to play in Tippeligaen.
 Draft Trafficking Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2016 released.
 Admiral Sunil Lanba Admiral Sunil Lanba takes charge as 21st Navy Chief.
 Javare Gowda Noted Kannada writer D Javare Gowda passes away.
 Geospatial technology Railways. PEC sign MoU to set up Kalpana Chawla Chair on geospatial technology.
 Rodrigo Digong Duterte Philippine parliament declared Rodrigo Digong Duterte to be president-elect
 World No Tobacco Day 2016 World No Tobacco Day 2016 observed across the world.
 CEAT CEAT Cricket Awards 2016 conferred.
 Women’s World Boxing Championships Sonia Lather won silver in Women’s World Boxing Championships.
 Present Drought Situation Present Drought Situation & Steps Taken by Modi Government.
 Scholastic Asian Book Award Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar wins 2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award.
 United Nations Peacekeepers 2016 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2016 observed with theme Honouring Our Heroes.
 Indian Premier League SRH defeated RCB to win maiden Indian Premier League title.
 Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar President Pranab Mukherjee presented Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar 2016.
 Springer Theses Award Indian-American scientist Arnab De wins Springer Theses Award.
 Rio 2016 Olympics Discus thrower Seema Punia qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympics.
 Mazgaon Manohar Parrikar inaugurates second submarine assembly workshop in Mazgaon.
  Quantum Communication Satellite Hacked. China to launch first hack proof Quantum Communication Satellite
 High-Speed Spanish Talgo Train Trial run of High-Speed Spanish Talgo Train conducted in India.
 European Champions League Real Madrid wins 2016 European Champions League.
 Chabahar Port Dea Chabahar Port Deal: How India gains from it?
 Amit Kumar Saroha wins Gold in 2016 Para athlete Amit Kumar Saroha wins Gold in 2016 French Open Athletics Championship in Doha
 Union Territory to sign 24x7 Power Supply Lakshadweep became first Union Territory to sign 24x7 Power for All document
 ARUSH Commissioned ARUSH is the seventeenth ship in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited.
 Net Zero Energy Buildings(NZEB) India’s first integrated web portal to promote Net Zero Energy Buildings launched.
 Biodiversity Award 2016 Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh bagged India Biodiversity Award 2016.
 BrahMos Missile Land attack version of BrahMos missile successfully test fired by Indian Air Force.
 Harvard Alumni Award Sunil Bharti Mittal receives 2016 Harvard Alumni Award.
 Oracle A jury in San Francisco cleared Google of copyright infringement in a case brought by Oracle over - Google’s use of Java in Android.
 Rana Ayyub Book titled Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up that was released in May 2016 is authored by- Rana Ayyub.
 Baciro Dja Guinea Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz issued a presidential decree naming a person as Prime Minister of the country - Baciro Dja
 National Education Policy Committee for Evolution of a National Education Policy submits report to Union HRD Ministry.
 Mamata Banerjee sworn Mamata Banerjee sworn-in as West Bengal Chief Minister for a second term.
 Third NIMZ of India. Union Government approves third NIMZ of India in Odisha.
 HIV drug Efavirenz Strides Shasun receives tentative nod from USFDA for HIV drug Efavirenz.
 Cancer-causing chemical found in Delhi. Cancer-causing chemical, potassium bromated/iodate, found in bread samples from Delhi: CSE
 RG Jadhav died Noted Marathi writer RG Jadhav died.
 Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan sworn-in as Chief Minister of Kerala.
 Approval to Amendments in Constitution Union Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to Amendments in Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950
 Thermal power development India, Japan MoU on sustainable, stable and low-carbon thermal power development approved
 MoU between India and Maldives Union Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to MoU between India and Maldives for cooperation in field of tourism
 Union Road Transport Minister Gadkari Union Road Transport Minister Gadkari launches safety feature-rich Nirbhaya buses.
 Millennium Technology  US engineer Frances Arnold becomes first woman to win Millennium Technology Prize.
 Juvenile Justice Act Draft Model Rules 2016 under Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 released
  Passenger Satisfaction Survey India’s first ever Passenger Satisfaction Survey conducted at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
 Six new IITs Union Cabinet gives nod for incorporation of Six new IITs; Upgrades Indian School of Mines to IIT
 KC Mathew died Veteran Communist leader KC Mathew died
 E-waste in world India emerges as 5th largest producer of e-waste in world: ASSOCHAM-KPMG study.
 Modi@2 Modi@2: Key initiatives, Achievements and Challenges
 Oil Prices Collapse As Oil Prices Collapse, Indians Left Unemployed Head Home From Gulf
 US National Medal Indian-American Rakesh K Jain received US National Medal of Science 2015 from Barack Obama.
 World Health Statistics 2016 World Health Statistics 2016: Monitoring Health for the SDGs released
 Cyclonic storm ROANU Cyclonic storm ROANU to strike Andhra Pradesh coast: IMD
  India-Indonesia CORPAT 27th India-Indonesia CORPAT concludes in Belawan.
 Binali Yildirim Binali Yildirim set to become Prime Minister of Turkey.
  Double Taxation Avoidance  India and Slovenia sign Protocol amending India-Slovenia Double Taxation Avoidance Convention.
 NATO US House of Representatives gave nod to bolster defense ties with India on par with NATO.
  NEET Union Cabinet approved ordinance to keep States out of NEET for one year.
 Money laundering SEBI tightens P-Notes norms to check money laundering.
 BCCI president Anurag Thakur unanimously elected BCCI president.
 Biological Diversity 2016 International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 observed across the world.
 defence cooperation India, Oman signed 4 MoUs/Agreements on defence cooperation
 defence cooperation India, Oman signed 4 MoUs/Agreements on defence cooperation
 UN appoints Special Envoys on El and Climate UN appoints Mary Robinson and Macharia Kamau Special Envoys on El and Climate
 Chabahar Port Development India and Iran sign 12 Bilateral Agreements in various areas including Chabahar Port Development.
 Angular Momentum Scientists discover a new property of Light based on Angular Momentum.
 PEHAL programme Himachal Pradesh launched PEHAL programme for Shimla district
 Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility World Bank Group launched Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility.
 Nuclear Power Corporation  S K Sharma appointed CMD of Nuclear Power Corporation of India.
 NGT bans heavy diesel vehicles NGT bans over 10-year-old light, heavy diesel vehicles in six Kerala cities.
  Smart Village programme Gujarat Government launched Smart Village programme to improve public facilities.
 Narendra Modi  Prime Minster Narendra Modi visited Iran.
  Indian Military Academy Lieutenant General SK Saini takes over as 46th Commandant of Indian Military Academy.
 World Humanitarian Summit United Nations World Humanitarian Summit concluded in Istanbul
 National Capital Goods Union Cabinet approved National Capital Goods Policy 2016
 Eclat Health Solutions Telangana Government, Eclat Health Solutions signed MoU to invest $15 million
  Intelligent Operations Centre A software solution named Intelligent Operations Centre, which was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee, is designed by - IBM
 Indonesian Navy The 27th series of CORPAT was conducted between the Indian Navy and –Indonesian Navy.
  Tata Institute of Social Science The Centre for Environmental Health launched by Union Health Minister JP Nadda is a joint initiative between - Public Health Foundation of India and the Tata Institute of Social Science.
 AIADMK The political party that emerged triumphant in the 2016 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Election is – AIADMK
  National Draft Policy Government unveils National Draft Policy for Women 2016
 NK Singh committee NK Singh committee formed to review and give recommendations on FRBM roadmap
 World Hypertension Day observed World Hypertension Day was observed on 17th May. The theme this year was "Know Your Numbers" as the goal is to increase awareness about high blood pressure (BP) within populations around the world.
 #EmergencyLessons UNICEF, EU launch #EmergencyLessons campaign on education in crisis zones
 Coal India joint venture NTPC forms joint venture with Coal India.
 Anacor Pharma Pfizer to buy Anacor Pharma in $5.2 bn deal
 Heads Together British royals launch "Heads Together" campaign to change views on mental health
 Yaogan-30 China launches Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellite
 super pressure balloon NASA launches super pressure balloon to conduct near-space scientific investigations
 I-T dues in advance RBI asks assessees to settle I-T dues in advance; allows 29 banks to accept payments
 Swachh Office Govt launches Swachh Office drive across India
 Mr. Pradeep Kumar Sinha Cabinate Secretary of India.
 Mr. Rajeev Maharshi Home Secretary of India.
 Mr. S Jaishankar Foreign Secretary of India.
 Mr. Ratan Battal finance secretary of India.
 Mr. Surendra Kumar Bhagat Director General of Railway Production Force (RPF).
 11 May National Technology Day. Theam-Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan.
 Mr Micky Aurthor  Coach Of Pakistan Cricket Board (Belongs to South Africa)
 ICICI Bank It become the first bank in India which Participating in BRICKS Bank. Chairman- Mr K.V.Kamath
 DBS Bank It become the first bank in India which launch the Mobile Banking Only (Paperless Banking).
 Haryana Backward Classes Act 2016 notified Haryana Government on 13 May 2016 notified the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016. The act was enacted to provide reservation to Jats and four other castes in services and admission in educational institutions in the state.
  Criminal Defamation Law Supreme Court upholds validity of Criminal Defamation Law.
 Baba Hardev Singh dies in Canada road accident Nirankari Spiritual leader Baba Hardev Singh dies in Canada road accident.
 National Intellectual Property Rights Policy Union Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy.
 Jat quota Agitation Parkash Singh panel submits report on Jat quota Agitation.
 UP Board Result 2016 UP Board Result 2016: 10th (High school), 12th (Intermediate)
 Fighter aircrafts Sea Harriers Nickname of the fighter aircrafts Sea Harriers, which was decommissioned by Indian Navy on 11 May 2016 - White Tigers
  Madhya Pradesh Tourism This Indian state tourism is the winner of the Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award - Madhya Pradesh Tourism.
 Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Chief Minister of Uttarakhand who won the composite floor test in the legislative assembly on 11 May 2016 – Harish Rawat.
 Highway from - Taj Mahal of Agra The Uttar Pradesh government on 11 May 2016 gave its nod to develop nearly 200-km long bicycle highway from - Taj Mahal of Agra to the lion safari in Etawah.
 West Indian commentator who died on 11 May 2016 The famous West Indian commentator who died on 11 May 2016 in Barbados is - Tony Cozier.
 Captain of Indian women hockey team She is the captain of Indian women hockey team and was recommended by Hockey India for Arjuna Award - Ritu Rani
  Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) He was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by the Board on 12 May 2016- Shashank Manohar.
 Drowned Detective The author of the novel named The Drowned Detective is - Neil Jordan
  Florence Nightingale Awards 2016 The awards that were given by Union Health Ministry to mark the meritorious services of nursing professionals in India on 12 May 2016 - Florence Nightingale Awards 2016.
 Fatma Samoura First female secretary general of FIFA - Fatma Samoura.
 Mrs Radha Kumar Appointed as the Director General of United Nation University Council
 Mr Sunil Lamba Chief of Indian Navy

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