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National News, Schemes, Acts & Bills
National Waterways Bill, 2015 An amendment will
be enacted to declare 106 additional inland
waterways as national waterways taking the total
number of nation waterways to 111 from existing 5.
Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of
Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) - SABLA has been
implemented by Govt. which aims at empowering
Adolescent Girls (AGs) between 11-18 years through
nutrition, health care and life skills education.

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December 2015 February 2016

Lok Sabha passed The Bureau of Indian Standards


Bill, 2015 to establish Bureau of Indian Standards
(BIS). The bill has proposed to make BIS as the
National Standards Body of India & enable the
government to bring more products, systems and
services under ambit of standardization.
National Good Governance Day is observed on
December 25 every year in India from 2014 to mark
the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal
Bihari Vajpayee.

India Ranks 130th in Human Development Index, as


per as per United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) report on account of rise in life expectancy
and per capita income. Norway topped the list
followed by Australia & Switzerland.

Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme


(ATUFS) has been introduced for technology
upgradation of the textiles industry by the Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by
the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015


The Bill seeks to make the arbitration process more
investor friendly, cost effective and suitable for
expeditious disposal of cases was passed in Lok
Sabha by voice vote.

Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was passed


on 14th December 2015.The landmark bill seeks to
overcome difficulties encountered in the setting up
of new nuclear projects and enhancement of
nuclear power generation.

Sikkim Declared Organic Farming State - Sikkim will


be the India`s first state to produce everything
though organic farming.

Government of India has sanctioned Rs.580 crore for


Agartala-Akhaura rail link Project, the the vital rail
link between India and Bangladesh after a span of
six years. The 1,650-km distance between Agartala
& Kolkata will be reduced to only 550 km once the
new rail track is linked through Bangladesh.

SETU (Self-Employment and Talent Utilisation) has


been established under NITI Aayog. It is a TechnoFinancial, Incubation and Facilitation Programme to
support all aspects of start-up businesses, and other
self-employment activities, particularly in
technology-driven areas.
India's first Aviation Park to come up in Gujarat with
facilities including an airstrip, training school, helipad
and space for setting up small manufacturing units,
among others to strengthen the aviation sector.
Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd
(GUJSAIL) will construct the park near Bagodara
village.
The results of Swachh Survekshan-2016 were
released .Out of 73 major cities, Mysuru emerged as
the cleanest city in India.
The Tithal beach in Valsad district of Gujarat is to
become Indias first disable friendly beach

Oct 30
Fall Festival

Indias first defense industrial park to come up at


Ottappalam as a part of the Make in India, Make in
Kerala project.
Meghalaya becomes the Indias fastest-growing
state with a growth rate of 9.7%
Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education
,Puducherry became Indias first fully solar-powered
educational institute.
India will host the 1st Global Maritime Summit in April
The Government of India announced the National
Capital Goods Policy for capital goods sector.
The nations first gender park to come up in the at
Kozhikode. Kerala.

Jan 1
New Year

Feb 2
No School

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December 2015 February 2016

The 9th 14-day India-Nepal joint military exercise Surya


Kiran IX started in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. The
training will also focus on humanitarian aid and
disaster relief including medical and aviation support.

Four Indian-Americans namely Anil K. Jain, Dr. Arati


Prabhakar, Ganesh Thakur & Dr. K.R. Sridhar have
been selected for the US National Academy of
Engineering (NAE) for their valuable contributions to
the society.

Govt of India launched the "24x7 Toll Free Tourist


Infoline in 12 International Languages including Hindi
& English on the existing Toll Free Number 1800111363
or on a short code 1363

National Deworming Day was observed on 10th


February, an initiative focused on reducing the threat
of parasitic worm infections, a widespread health
issue affecting over 241 million children in India alone.

India & China hold first joint tactical drill in ChushulMoldo area of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The
joint exercise was called "Sino-India Cooperation
2016".

Veteran director Aurobindo Mukherjee, who directed


Bengali classics such as Agniswar (1975), Mouchak
(1975) and Nishipadma (1970) passed away on 11th
February.

India ranks 37th in USCC's 2016 Intellectual Property


Index.The United States Chamber of Commerce
(USCC) announced its fourth annual International IP
Index 'Infinite Possibilities', which measures the state of
intellectual property (IP) environments around the
world.

IMPORTANT IN OBITUARIES

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the


Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) at
Lepetkata, near Dibrugarh

Eminent Urdu poet & Bollywood lyricist Nida Fazli


passed away on 8th February in Mumbai.

Indian economy is predicted to grow at a rate of 7.6


percent in the financial ending March 2016.
The Health Ministry launched the National Framework
for Malaria Elimination (NFME) 2016-2030 in order to
eradicate mosquito-borne diseases from India.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) decided
in favor of net neutrality & barred all service providers
from offering or charging discriminatory tariffs for data
services on the basis of content
Project Sunrise for prevention of AIDS in the 8 NorthEastern states was launched Union Health Minister J.P.
Nadda.
Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for North East India was
released by Govt of India to leverage the
hydrocarbon sector for development of the region in
Guwahati. It aims to double Oil & Gas production by
2030, make clean fuels accessible, generate
employment opportunities & promote cooperation
with neighbouring countries.

Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Sushil Koirala passed


away on 9 February 2016. He served as the Prime
Minister of Nepal from 11th February to 10th October
2015 and was the President of the Nepali Congress
party from 2010.

Sudhir Tailang, one of the famous Political Cartoonist


passed away on 6th February 2016 in Delhi.
Australia has announced the appointment of Indianorigin Harinder Sidhu as their next high commissioner
to India.
Union Government to set up National Organic
Farming Research Institute (NOFRI) in Sikkim for
extending technological support to organic farming
in the country.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad passed away
on 11th February; 3 days after he was miraculously
rescued from beneath 35 feet of snow after an
avalanche hit his post in Siachen Glacier at the height
of 19,600 feet. He was the lone survivor among 10
soldiers buried by the avalanche in Siachen on 3rd
February.
Former RBI Deputy Governor S. S. Tarapore passed
away
Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali
died

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International Events
Cyber Defence Cooperation, a technical
arrangement was signed between NATO Computer
Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) and the
Computer Emergency Response Team - European
Union (CERT-EU)
US President released the Cyber security National
Action Plan (CNAP) at the White House in the bid to
fortify America's digital defenses to protect its
citizens, government agencies and companies
against the vicious cyber attacks aimed at
everything from national defense and health care
to personal consumer data.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United
Nations (UN) launched an initiative to build climate
resilience initiative -- -Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape,
at the Paris climate conference, known as 21st
Conference of the Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC).
Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan assumed Presidency
of the Royal Society in London. He also received
India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma
Vibhushan, in 2010.
Pravin Gordhan, an Indian-origin politician has been
appointed South Africa's new Finance Minister
The 16th India-Russia Annual Summit was held in
Moscow with the Russian President Vladimir Putin to
strengthen the already close bilateral strategic
partnership.
Gambia has been declared the an Islamic republic
by its President Yahya Jammeh because Islam is the
majority religion of its citizens
International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on 9
December to raise awareness of corruption.The
theme for 2015 is 'Break the corruption chain'.
World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the
Zika virus outbreak as an International Emergency.
The 17th Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 will be
hosted by Berlin, Germany on April 18.

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National News
India-Nepal bus service resumes after 27 years. The
bus runs between Kanchanpur in Nepal close to
Banbasa border in Champavat district of
Uttarakhand and Anand Vihar, Delhi.
103rd Indian Science Congress (ISC) was
inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in Mysuru,
Karnataka. The theme for the event was 'Science
and Technology for Indigenous Development in
India'.
The Union Cabinet approved the Stand Up India
Scheme to promote entrepreneurship among SC/ST
and Women entrepreneurs.
Union Cabinet approves creation of a Credit
Guarantee Fund for Micro Units Development
Refinance Agency (MUDRA) loans. Credit
Guarantee Fund for MUDRA Units(CGFMU) will
guarantee loans sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri
Mudra Yojana with the objective to reduce the
credit risk to Banks/NBFCs/MFIs/other financial
intermediaries, who are Member Lending Institutions
(MLIs)
According to a report by top Thai Exporters body
India has gone past Thailand as the world's largest
rice exporter in 2015 byexporting 10.23 million
tonnes.
Maharashtra's first solar power operated mini-water
supply has been commissioned in Hingna village of
Mouda Taluka in Nagpur district.
Kate Atkinson has won the Costa Novel Award for
the 2nd time in 3 years for her 9th novel, "A God in
Ruins",
Costa First novel Award Author Andrew
Michael Hurley for the book The Loney
Costa Children Book Award - Author Frances
Hardinge for the book The Lie Tree
Costa Poetry Award Poet Don Paterson for
40 Sonnets
PM Narendra Modi launched the Shyama Prasad
Mukherjee Rurban Mission to transform rural areas to

get an urban look.

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Akash missile was successfully test fired on 28th
January 2016 from complex-3 of the Integrated Test
Range (ITR) at Chandipuri in Odisha
Bollywood actress Rekha was honoured with the 3rd
Yash Chopra Memorial Award on 26th January 2016
by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao
presented the award to the actress in recognition of
her talent and contribution to the film industry.
The first 20 winners of the nationwide competition to
pick cities and towns for a 'Smart City' project were
announced.
The list of 20 smart cities are Bhubaneswar, Pune,
Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur,
Visakhapatnam, Sholapur, Davangere, Indore, New
Delhi (New Delhi municipal council area),
Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belagavi, Udaipur,
Guwahati, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal.
Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and
Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the River
Information System (RIS).
International Kite Festival was held in Gujarat across
Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad city, Bhuj,
Porbandar, Modhera & Khambhat cities
Indias first radio taxi service has been launched for
the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)
community called Wings Rainbow

IMPORTANT IN SPORTS
Sapna Devi wins gold medal in women Wushu Taulu
competition
Pranav Dhanawade, a 15 year old school boy from
Mumbai created world record by scoring 1009 runs
at school level tournament
India won the SAFF Football Championships 2015 for
the 7th time defeating defeated Afghanistan.

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has started


Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) to
identify athletes & provide them support for
preparation.
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GALLANTRY AWARDS 2016


365 gallantry & defence awards were given away
at the 67th Republic Day Celebrations by President
Pranab Mukherjee.
Ashok Chakra
Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami (Posthumous),
Kirti Chakra
Subedar Mahendra Singh
Sepoy Jagdish Chand (Posthumous)
Shaurya Chakra
Colonel Santosh Yashwant Mahadik (Posthumous)
Sepoy Dharma Ram (Posthumous)
Major Praphul Kumar Bhardwaj
Lieutenant Harjinder Singh
Naik Kheem Singh Mehra
Major Anurag Kumar
Major Sandip Yadav
Naik Satish Kumar

61st FILMFARE AWARDS 2016


Best Film: Bajirao Mastani
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao
Mastani
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Ranveer Singh Bajirao
Mastani (Male)
Best Actor in a Leading Role:Deepika Padukone for
Piku (Female)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:Anil Kapoor for Dil
Dhadakne Do (Male)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:Priyanka Chopra for
Bajirao Mastani (Female)
Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh Sooraj
dooba (Roy)
Best Playback Singer (Female): Shreya Ghoshal for
Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Costume: Anju Modi & Maxima Basu for Bajirao
Mastani
Best Choreography: Pt. Birju Maharaj for Mohe
rang do laal (Bajirao Mastani)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Moushumi Chatterjee
RD Burman Award: Armaan Mallik
Best Debut (Male):
Sooraj Pancholi for Hero
Best Debut (Female): Bhumi Pednekar for Dum Laga
Ke Haisha
Best Debut Director: Neeraj Ghaywan for Masaan

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Syed Kirmani conferred with 2015 Col CK Nayudu


Lifetime Achievement Award.He is a former India
cricketer and member of the 1983 World Cupwinning squad.

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PADMA AWARDS DIGEST

PhonePresident of India conferred Padma Awards to 112


persons which comprises of
555-125-5789

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli was presented the


Polly Umrigar Trophy for Cricketer of the Year.
President Pranab Mukherjee unfurled the national
flag and took salute of the parade at Rajpath, New
Delhi.
Pv Sindhu Wins Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold
Badminton Title for the second time in her career
with a 21-15, 21-9 win over Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour.
Sania Mirza & Martina Hingis lifted their 3rd Grand
Slam title in a row at the women's doubles final at
the Australian Open tennis championships in
Melbourne, Australia.
Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela broke the world
record on way to winning gold in the women's 10
metre air rifle event at the Swedish Cup Grand Prix
The 2016 Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold
badminton tournament was held in Lucknow, India
at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium from 26
31 January 2016.
Virat Kohli became the No 1 batsman in T20
Internationals.
West Indies won the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 in
Mirpur against India.
The 12th South Asian Games 2016 was held at
Guwahati & Shillong, India from 5 February to 16
February 2016.It carried the Motto Play for Peace,
Progress and Prosperity
India topped the medals tally with a total of 305
medals.

10 Padma Vibhushan,
19 Padma Bhushan
83 Padma Shri Awardees.

Padma Vibhushan
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Yamini Krishnamurthi - Classical Dance


Rajnikanth - Cinema
Girija Devi - Classical (Vocal)
Ramoji Rao - Literature & Education (Journalism)
Viswanathan Shanta - Medicine (Oncology)
Shri Shri Ravi Shankar
Shri Jagmohan - Public Affairs
Dr Vasudeva Kalkunte Aatrre - Science & Engg
Avinash Dixit (USA) - Literature & Education
Dhirubhai Ambani - Trade & Industry

Padma Bhushan
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Sania Mirza - Sports


Anupam Kher - Cinema
Udit Narayan Jha - Singer
Ram V Sutar - Sculpture
Heisnam Kanhailal - Theatre
Vinod Rai - Civil Service
NS Ramanuja Tatacharya Sanskrit Scholar
Yarlagadda Lakshmi - Literature & Education

Padma Shri
o Ujjwal Nikam - Lawyer
o Ajay Devgn - Actor
o Priyanka Chopra - Actor
o SS Rajamouli Filmmaker/ Director
o Late Shri Saeed Jaffrey (NRI/PIO/ Posthumous)
o Madhur Bhandarkar - Filmmaker/ Director
o Srinivasan Damal Kandalai -Social work
o Deepika Kumari - Sports
o Sushil Doshi Sports Commentary

Gujarat Lions is the name chosen for the Rajkot IPL


franchise team that is to be lead by Suresh Raina.

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