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13th April, 2016
Appointment

Meeran Borwankar appointed as Director General
of Bureau of Police Research & Development
Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) is a
consultancy organisation under the Centre for modernisation
of police forces.
On 8 April 2016 Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Meeran C
Borwankar was appointed as the Director General (DG) of
BPR&D.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet appointed Borwankar
as the organisation’s DG till 30 September 2017.
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13th April, 2016
Regional

Haryana government decided to rename Gurgaon
and Mewat
On 12 April 2016 Haryana Government decided to rename
Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has grant approval to the
proposal.
People of Gurgaon sent representations at several forums to
change the name of Gurgaon.
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13th April, 2016
Economics

RBI gave approval to Airtel payments bank
Airtel M Commerce Services (ASML) is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Airtel, which offers mobile money services under
the brand name Airtel Money.
On 19 August 2015, RBI had issued in-principle approval to 11
applicants to set up payments banks.
On 11 April 2016 ASML, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, was
granted the first payments bank license from Reserve Bank of
India (RBI).
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All companies, which received in-principle approval from RBI in
August 2015, will have to make their banks operational by
March 2017.

13th April, 2016
Importants days

12 April observed as International Day of Human
Space Flight
International Day of Human Space Flight was observed on 12
April 2016.
The day is celebrated to recall Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri
Gagarin’s journey into outer space.
The 55th anniversary of First Human Space Flight was
celebrated at United Nations on 12 April 2016.
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13th April, 2016
India and the World

India, US agreed on “in principle” Logistics
Exchange Agreement
On 12 April 2016 India and the US agreed on an “in principle”
logistics exchange agreement to enable both militaries to use
each other's assets and bases for repair and replenishment of
supplies.
This agreement includes;
• To set up a new bilateral Maritime Security Dialogue between
officials of defence and foreign affairs ministries

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• To enhance on-going navy-to-navy discussions to cover
submarine-related issues
• Both countries will deepen cooperation in maritime domain
awareness by finalising a ‘White Shipping’ agreement in the
near future.

13th April, 2016
Policies/Initiatives

Namami Gange Programme
Namami Gange Programme of Union Government is about,
decrease in river pollution and to rejuvenate the Ganga.
On 13 April 2016 Union Ministry of Water Resources, River
Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and German
International Cooperation (GIZ) signed an Implementation
agreement for Ganga Rejuvenation under the Namami Gange
Programme.
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The ultimate goal is to adopt the successful river basin
management strategies used for Rhine and Danube and
replicate the same.

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