 JUNE – 2016

 "The Unseen Indira Gandhi", authored by Dr KP Mathur A
new book on the only female Prime Minister of India, Indira
Gandhi was recently released.
 A collection of around 81 unpublished short poems by
Rabindranath Tagore is being published for the first time in the
form of a book titled 'Knockings at My Heart'.
 A US panel has approved the first ever human trials of the
CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique, proposed by University
of Pennsylvania researchers.
 According to a Global Renewables Report 2015 India being
ranked among the top five nations in new investments, and in the
top four as regards creating jobs in the green energy sector.
 According to a joint study by Assocham and cKinetics, e-waste
generated by India is growing at a compound annual growth rate
(CAGR) of 30%.
 According to a report by software security group Kaspersky,
India ranks 4th in the list of hacked servers available for sale on
xDedic, an underground marketplace for compromised servers.
 According to a report on global nutrition, the percentage of
Indian children (38.7%) suffering from stunted growth due to
malnutrition is higher than that of the world average (23.8%).
 According to NASA data, May 2016 was the hottest May ever
on record.
 According to recently released BP Statistical Review of World
Energy, India has surpassed Japan to become the world’s
third-largest oil consumer.
 According to the Ministry of Power, 8,095 villages have been
electrified from April 2015 to June 2016 under the Deen Dayal
Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana.
 Aida Gemanque (106), known as Grandma Iaià, became the
oldest Olympic torchbearer, when she lit the cauldron in the
Brazilian city, Macapa.

 Aiming to cultivate a spirit of innovation in youth, the NITI Aayog
has decided to set up 500 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in schools
across the country.
 Aircraft manufacturer Airbus recently unveiled 'Thor', which it
claims is the world's first 3D-printed aircraft, at the 2016
edition of the Berlin Air Show.
 ALPHA, an AI developed by American graduate Nick Ernest, has
defeated a retired US Air Force Colonel Gene Lee in an aerial
combat simulator.
 American tennis player Serena Williams displaced Russia's
Maria Sharapova to top Forbes' list of world's highest paid
female athletes in the past year.
 An Egypt court has sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi
to life imprisonment for spying for Qatar.
 Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to go paperless
from August 15, in its endeavor to implement e-governance in
the state.
 As many as 60 nations, including India, have agreed on a general
framework for the first time to use satellites and coordinate
methods of monitoring greenhouse gas emissions.
 As per data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the
Indian economy has crossed the $2 trillion mark to hit its highestever value.
 As per the recently released 2016 World Investment Report,
India ranked 10th in FDI inflows. US topped the list.
 Asia’s largest annual security forum Shangri-La Dialogue was
inaugurated in Singapore to talk about security issues in the
Asia-Pacific region.
 Assam's Majuli, a 400-square-kilometre island in the
Brahmaputra river, became India’s first island district.
 Australia has won the 2016 Champions Trophy title of
Hockey by defeating India.
 Axis Bank has launched India’s first internationally-listed
certified green bond to finance climate change solutions
around the world at London Stock Exchange (LSE).

 Batsman Rohit Sharma has been featured as a superhero in the
comic series ‘Hyper Tygers’.
 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched the Bihar Public
Grievance Redressal Act empowering people to get their
grievances redressed within a specific time frame in the state.
 Britain voted to end its 43-year old association with the European
Union in a landmark referendum.
 British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation
after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum.
 California is now the 6th largest economy in the world with
its gross state product at $2.46 trillion, leapfrogging France,
which dropped to seventh, with a GDP of $2.42 trillion.
 Canada is going to make the plain packaging of cigarettes
compulsory in an effort to reduce smoking. Britain and Australia
had earlier made plain packaging of cigarettes compulsory.
 Canada's parliament has passed a contentious bill to allow
medically-assisted death for terminally ill people.
 Canadian PM Justin Trudeau will feature on the cover of Marvel's
fifth issue of 'Civil War II: Choosing Sides', which will be out on
August 31.
 Chile beat Argentina in Copa America shootout for second
successive year
 China has overtaken the US for the first time to become the
world leader in supercomputing, with a total of 167
supercomputers in the top 500 fastest supercomputers list.
 China has successfully launched a 23rd BeiDou Navigation
Satellite to support its global navigation and positioning network.
 China has successfully launched its 2nd Shijian-16 series satellite
for space research and experiments. The first Shijian-16 satellite
was launched in October 2013.
 Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight, built at a cost of
around $270 million (approximately Rs.1,820 crore), has topped
the list of the world's fastest computers.
 Corinthians boss Tite was named as the new coach of Brazil,
succeeding Dunga, who was sacked after the team’s humiliating
exit from the Copa America.

who recently quit Congress.  Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid was the only Indian to feature in former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara's alltime Dream XI. an online eSports tournament being held between June 3 and July 11. skateboarding. .  French firm Cooltech Applications has launched what it claims as the world's first commercially available magnetic refrigeration system.  Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi. and need to necessarily convert it into a foreign currency before leaving India. CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) launched an anti diabetic ayurvedic drug BGR -34. having special focus on encouraging new ventures by providing them various incentives and subsidies.  Five new sports – baseball. surfing.  Foreign nationals are not allowed to carry Indian rupee outside the country.  Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced the state's first ever 'IT and Electronics Start-up Policy'. sports climbing and karate – are set to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the International Olympic Committee recommended their inclusion.  Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will write a book titled 'A Century is Not Enough' based on his life and cricketing career. named his new political party as 'Chhattisgarh Janta Congress'.  E-commerce giant Flipkart has launched Flipkart Gaming Online Championship (FGOC).  Guwahati became the first Indian city to have an official city animal after the Gangetic River Dolphin was declared the city's mascot.  Delhi government has announced to rename the Barapullah flyover in Delhi after Sikh icon Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been named the most powerful woman in technology on the Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list.  Facebook recently launched a new feature that allows its users to upload photos with 360º views.  For the fifth consecutive year.

a ranking of developing countries in terms of ease of doing business. Syria ranked lowest in the list.  Iceland has topped this year's annual list of world's safest vacation spots released by the Global Peace Index. India is now ranked 35th as against the 54th spot it occupied in the previous 2014 report. The total length of the Indo-Bangladesh border is 4. .  In a first.  Himachal Pradesh became the first state in the country to have a State Data Centre (SDC).  In a bid to curb air pollution. the Shimla Municipal Corporation has set up a Garment Bank in the state run Kamla Nehru Hospital Shimla for new born babies.  In Global Retail Development Index.  In the latest World Bank ranking of the global logistics performance. Germany topped the rankings. to offer 101 people-oriented service online through an integrated data base. Haryana Government has launched Asia’s first ‘Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme’ at the Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre at Pinjore.  In Himachal Pradesh. Presently. respectively. the Chhattisgarh government has decided to ban trucks and buses older than 10 and 12 years. under which all the 228 B. and was followed by Luxembourg and Sweden. designed using green data centre concept.  In the light of the recent class XII Bihar board results scandal.Ed colleges of the state will be probed. India has moved up 13 places to second position behind China.096 km.  Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered the complete sealing of Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam by June 2017 to check illegal immigration. the Bihar Education Department has launched ‘Operation Clean Up’. tourist visa is granted only for visiting India for recreation and sightseeing among other things. India will give tourist and e-tourist visa to foreigners willing to undertake a short-term course in Yoga. of which 284 km falls in Assam.

India will receive licence-free access to a wide range of dual-use defence technologies. .  India has joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) against Ballistic Missile Proliferation by notifying the HCoC Central Contact in Vienna through diplomatic channels. Germany. Meanwhile. Iceland was named the world's most peaceful country.  India and Thailand have signed two agreements in culture and educational sectors to boost bilateral ties. low-risk Indian travellers on arrival in the US. Under this.  India and the US will sign a framework for a bilateral cyber relationship in the next two months.  India has been ranked 105th out of 130 countries on the World Economic Forum's Human Capital Index. and Serbia on the 163country list. at selected airports. Italy and Spain to clamp down on tax evasion and corruption. India and Switzerland signed an agreement to establish formal cooperation in the fields of skills development and vocational and professional education and training. France.  India and Tunisia have signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in Information Technology (IT) and promotion of traditional handicrafts.  India has become the co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness (WG-MSA) under Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).  India has performed the worst in the recent Global Slavery Index.  India has been ranked 141 on the 2016 Global Peace Index.  India has signed up to a scheme launched by Britain. falling behind countries like Burundi.  India became the only country outside US’ formal treaty allies to gain access to almost 99% of America’s defence technologies. compiled by an Australia-based human rights group.  India and the US have signed a MoU which will provide speedy security clearances for pre-approved.

ahead of the earlier decided 2021. Hindustan Turbo Trainer40 (HTT-40). a service under which baby food.  India.  Indian city Nagpur and the Chinese city of Jinan have became 'Sister Cities' after signing a pact which allows for the exchange of ideas and technology in the field of education.  India joins Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). . close to the disputed South China sea. is the oldest engineering college in the country. Japan was included in the exercise as a permanent member in 2015.  Indian teen golfer Shubham Jaglan recently clinched his maiden European Junior Championship held at the Craigielaw Golf Club in Longniddry. hot milk and hot water will be provided at stations. urban planning. and sports. Scotland. the US and Japan have recently started the MALABAR16 naval exercise off the Western Pacific coast.  Indian Badminton player Saina Nehwal defeated Chinese shuttler Sun Yu to win the Australian Open Super Series.  India’s indigenous basic trainer aircraft. India is going to open a new consulate in Seattle to cater to the Indian-American population living in the northwestern part of the US.  Indian Railways recently launched 'Janani Sewa'. Roorkee.  Indian Railways has decided to install bio-toilets in all coaches to ensure the entire rail network is a zero discharge zone by 2019. made its inaugural flight in Bengaluru. This panel will aim to facilitate parliamentary visits between both the nations. which was established in 1847 as Thomason College of Civil Engineering.  Indian Institute of Technology. With this. youth affairs. making the erstwhile Indo-US exercise a trilateral one. India has became the 35th member of MTCR.  India is going to setup a joint panel of parliamentarians with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a bid to boost bilateral strategic ties.

76% from the 5. This is the first time that Israel will preside over a permanent UN committee since joining the world body in 1949. .  India's Leander Paes will become the only tennis player in the world and the first Indian to make a 7th appearance at the Olympics.  India's Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation for the month of May climbed to 5.47% recorded in April.  Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will host India’s first day-night test match. has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SARRC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17.  Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) has won the Canada Grand Prix title of Formula One for the year 2016 .  Kolkata's Eden Gardens has hosted India's first-ever pink ball cricket match in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Super League final. marking a 17-month high. when New Zealand tour the country later this year. the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra.  Israel and Turkey announced a deal to end a six-year-long diplomatic standoff. after the BCCI allowed their participation in international leagues earlier this month. Indian women’s team all-rounder and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur has become the first Indian female cricketer to sign for an overseas T20 league.  Mahasthangarh.  ISRO is going to test indigenously developed Scramjet Engine Technology based on air-breathing propulsion in July 2016.  Maharashtra government has decided to use plastic waste along with tar in the building of roads. which began when nine Turkish activists were shot dead by the Israeli Navy in 2010.  Israel was recently elected to Chair the United Nations Legal Committee. Bangladesh.  Kerala government has decided to make the state's 590 km-long coastline "plastic and garbage free" by the end of this month.

an institute that supports women affected by violence. which will start operating from July.  Odisha government recently approved investment worth over Rs. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (Germany) has won the 2016 European Grand Prix of Formula One.  Microsoft recently launched 'Planner'.  Novak Djokovic has became the first player in tennis history to earn over $100 million in prize money. and how technology will shape the future.  Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has launched the women helpline number '181' in Dimapur and inaugurated 'Sakhi One Stop Centre'. . the company. a scheme to provide education loan at 1% interest to students pursuing higher studies. Presently.  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing his first book titled 'Hit Refresh' that describes his life.211 gram panchayats.  Odisha held a 4 day festival named 'Raja' to celebrate menstruation.  Non-banking lending firm SKS Microfinance has changed its name to Bharat Financial Inclusion. a new project management and team collaboration tool for Office 365 users.  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched ‘Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana’.000 crore in two projects which are likely to generate employment for about 1.1.  Mizoram will become the first hill state to launch a twowheeler taxi service.  Odisha government has approved a proposal of the Panchayati Raj Department to add 500 new gram panchayats in the state. The proposals include a Steel processing unit and a Logistics park.  Norway has become the first country in the world to prohibit deforestation. Odisha has 6.000 people.  Navy officer Ashutosh Pednekar has become the first Indian to win an International Racketlon Tournament.14% share in Sistema Shyam Tele-Services (SSTL).  Oil-to-telecom conglomerate Sistema has announced that it will acquire the Russian government's 17. the monthly biological cycle of women.

 Pakistan has in its annual budget announced that it will raise its defence budget by 11% to 860 billion Pakistani rupees.  Pakistan tightened its security on the border it shares with Afghanistan.  President Pranab Mukherjee was on a Six-day visit to Three African nations (Ghana. from 776 billion Pakistani rupees allocated last year. The plan focuses on improving disaster risk governance.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently visited Afghanistan. Opening batsman KL Rahul became the first Indian to score a century on his ODI debut. Ivory Coast and Namibia). There he inaugurated Afghan-India Friendship Dam (earlier known as Salma Dam).  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena jointly inaugurated the Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna through video-conferencing from Delhi. such a visit comes after two decades. better preparedness and re-building post-disaster. as restrictions on the Torkham border crossing came into effect from 1st June 2016. and the first since 2005.  Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the most famous athlete in the world in the list of 100 most famous athletes released by ESPN.  PM Narendra Modi recently released the first-ever National Disaster Management Plan which aims to make India disaster resilient and reduce the loss of lives and property. This is the maiden visit of any Indian President to Ghana and Ivory Coast whereas to Namibia.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2 day ‘Rajasva Gyan Sangam’. The previous best by an Indian on ODI debut was Robin Uthappa's 86 against England in 2006. With this Modi became the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress. after registering 100*(115) against Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the series.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the joint session of the US Congress. the first joint annual conference of the Central .

    Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). has been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest university graduate.  Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has flagged off India's first time-tabled freight train. Public sector aerospace and defence major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has unveiled indigenous Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) HTT-40 in Bengaluru. It is the world’s largest and most powerful vessel of its kind.  Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has became the first footballer ever to top Forbes' list of highest-earning athletes of the year. . Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited more nations and covered more air miles than US President Barack Obama in the first two years of their tenures. to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). named ‘Cargo Express’. Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has banned the use of sirens in the cars of VIPs in the union territory.  Russia has launched the new Project 22220 nuclear powered icebreaker named ‘Arktika’.  Punjab has become the first state in India to provide free treatment to confirmed cases of Hepatitis C.9 billion 'Project 22220'. a 96-year-old Japanese man.  Search giant Google India and Tata Trusts jointly launched Internet Saathi program in West Bengal to focus on training women and larger communities in the state to learn and explore various uses and benefits of the Internet. The giant vessel is a part of Russia's $1. from Delhi to Bengaluru.  Shigemi Hirata.  Russia recently unveiled the world's biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker 'Arktika'.  Retail giant Walmart has topped the Fortune 500 list for the fourth consecutive year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Uzbekistan.

 South Korea has retained the top spot in internet speed globally with an average speed of 29 Mbps in the first quarter of 2016. according to an Akamai report.  The 2016 Rio games will be the first Olympics after 112 years to host a Golf event.  Thailand is set to hold a referendum on 7 August this year on a draft constitution.  Telangana government has signed an MoU with California (US) for cooperation in fields of business innovation. an island in Gujarat's Amreli District has recently got electricity supply for the first time. in the first such vote since the National Council for Peace and Order assumed power in May 2014. alternative energy.3-kilometer long Gotthard Base Tunnel. Azerbaijan. This is the longest & deepest rail tunnel in the world.  Supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos was successfully integrated with the Sukhoi-30MKI frontline strike fighter of the Indian Air Force for an air-launched flight test programme.  Shooter Jitu Rai clinched the silver medal in 10-metre air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Baku.  Tamil Nadu teenager and International Master NR Visakh created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Mumbai Mayor's International Open Chess Tournament and lead a top-three sweep in Mumbai.  Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-Cha arrives in New Delhi on a three day visit to India. Shiyal Bet.  Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza won her maiden Grand Slam title after defeating the defending champion Serena Williams in the French Open finals.  Swedish national football team captain Zlatan Ibrahimović has announced that he will retire from international football after the Euro 2016. . and education. nearly seven decades after independence.  Switzerland recently inaugurated the 57. Trade and attracting investments from Thailand were high on the agenda.

 The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved first set of loans totalling US 509 million dollars to finance projects in four countries viz.  The Centre has ordered all the states to link Aadhaar card of school students to their caste and domicile certificate. an annual festival that celebrates fertility. The 2nd BRICS Youth Summit will be held in Guwahati from 1st to 3rd July 2016. Indonesia and Tajikistan.  The 4 Month disclosure window for domestic taxpayers to declare undisclosed income or assets opened on 1st June 2016.  The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) is collaborating with the Jadavpur University to start a . held at the Kamakhya Temple in Assam's Guwahati.  The Cabinet has approved raising the retirement age of Central Health Services staff from 62 to 65 years.  The Cabinet recently approved the merger of State Bank of India with Five of its associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank.  The annual 11-day-long 'Summerfest' music festival was recently held in Milwaukee. Bangladesh.  The Ambubachi Mela. The deadline to pay the due amount is November 30.  The cleanest village in Asia. the United States. is situated in India's north-eastern state of Meghalaya.  The Andhra Pradesh government on 29th June 2016 officially started functioning from the state's new capital Amaravati. The purpose of the programme is to change the mindset of the teachers. as part of the government's plan for consolidating public sector banks. Theme of the Summit 2016 : ‘Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges’. Pakistan. Mawlynnong.  The 8th India-China financial dialogue at the level of Secretaries which is scheduled for June 27 was postponed to July. as in some places in states teachers of a school considered it below their dignity to teach the lower level students.  The Assam Government has launched a unique initiative ‘Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra’ to link primary schools to high schools to colleges.

lakes and step wells. marshes. India has been placed at 70th position. The 'Good Country' 2015 index has named Sweden the best country in the world in terms of serving its citizens' interests and contributing to the 'common good of humanity'.) to make recommendations on pay scale revision of executives in PSUs. will begin on July 20. Theme of the meeting : "the Partnership for Infrastructure Development". the country's apex fashion body. Head of the Committee : Satyendar Jain (PWD minister) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Madhya Pradesh's Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL). hosted by FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India).100-crore research centre aimed at developing technologies related to cyber security and robotics for the defence forces. as part of its Rs. RUMSL will provide 150-200 MW solar power daily from 2017 to operate DMRC's trains. The government has announced that it will set up a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) to sell its shares in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and other private companies. The four-day long 'India Couture Week' 2016 (ICW).500 crore disinvestment target for the 2016-17 fiscal. The Eurozone has approved €7.5 billion (about $8. The government has constituted a committee headed by : Justice Satish Chandra (Retd. The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned the use of Potassium Bromate as a food additive following reports that it could cause cancer. .         Rs. The first Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was held in Beijing.000-odd water bodies including ponds.46 billion) in bailout funds for Greece.56. Under the agreement. three places after China. The Delhi government has set up a high-level committee to look into restoring the city’s 1. in what will be the first payment since 2015.

The theme will be : 'Gujarat Connecting India to the World'.  The government has extended the timeline for states to join the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) by a year to March 2017. It was measured on July 10.  The Government recently launched a campaign 'Swachh Yug' aimed at bringing about a behavioural change in people to make the villages along river Ganga open defecation-free. has been named the world’s best place to visit in 2016 by the US News & World Report.  The Himachal Pradesh government has launched a Rs. .  The Indian Army. has tied up with Tata Motors for the training of youth from Kashmir as automobile service technicians. Australia. USA. under its welfare and development initiative Operation Sadbhavna. The UDAY scheme aims at the revival of debt-laden power distribution companies (discom).640 crore project for Skill Dvelopment under which multipurpose training centres will be set up in rural areas.  The Gujarat Government recently announced the theme for Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2017 which is going to be held on January next year.  The Indian government and multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $120 million loan agreement to improve irrigation and water management infrastructure in Odisha.  The Great Barrier Reef situated off the coast of Queensland. The government has extended the ban on the import of milk and milk products from China for another year till June 2017.  The Highest Temperature to be ever recorded in the World stands at 56. India recorded its highest ever temperature of 51°C on May 19 this year in Rajasthan's Phalodi city.  The Income Tax (I-T) Department has announced that it will block the PAN of wilful tax defaulters in a bid to check their activities. Death Valley in California.7°C. 1913 at Greenland Ranch. as per the World Meteorological Organisation.

117 and 118 were Nihonium (Nh -113). Russia was banned in November 2015. The decision was taken on the recommendation of a committee on cancer prevention.  The Karnataka government banned Electronic cigarettes in the state.  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 22nd June 2016 launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.  The International Astronomical Union has named a 9.  The Lucknow city of Uttar Pradesh is going to host the 2016 Junior Men’s hockey World Cup.  The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has announced the names proposed for the new elements. 115. 1 tennis player Maria Sharapova for two years over doping charges. Moscovium (Mc-115).  The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has banned former Russian World No. . The names proposed for the elements with atomic numbers 113.  The Madhya Pradesh government signed an MoU with Chinese heavy machinery manufacturing firm Sany Group for working on investment proposals worth $1 billion.  The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has ruled that Russian athletes will remain banned from international competitions. The Indian government signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the latter to loan $200 million to upgrade 176 km of state roads in Jharkhand.8kilometre wide crater on Mars after Nepal's earthquakehit village of Langtang. Tennessine (Ts-117) and Oganesson (Og-118) . whose discovery helped complete the seventh row of the Periodic Table in December last year. after the World Anti-Doping Agency accused it of statesponsored doping.  The Jammu and Kashmir government ruled out a ban on the sale and trade of liquor.

This is world’s first 1. Russia.  The markets regulator SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has put in place a stricter KYC (Know Your Customer) norms and disclosure regime for Participatory Notes (P-Notes). established by the BRICS (Brazil. named KiloCore that has 1000 independent programmable processors. The Madras High Court ruled that banks can recover money from a person's savings bank account if the debtor fails to settle the loan dues despite reminders.  The scientists have developed d a microchip.  The Mizoram government has constituted a 'District Reorganisation Committee' which will be headed by : Chief Secretary Pu Lalmalsawma  The New Development Bank (NDB).  The North Korean Parliament appointed Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un as the 'Chairman of the State Affairs Commission'. .  The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) recently in Poland began its largest war games.000 troops from 24 countries and numerous vehicles and has been welcomed by the region's NATO allies. The bank will also issue bonds in other member countries in their local currencies to mitigate foreign currency risk of funded infrastructure projects.  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has notified the increase in the limits of foreign portfolio investors in YES Bank from 60% to 74% under the portfolio investment scheme.  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept the Repo rate unchanged at a five-year low of 6. Anaconda-2016.  The organisers of the Rio Olympics revealed the official slogan for the first Olympic games in South America . adding to his list of titles.5% in its bi-monthly monetary policy review. China and South Africa) countries is planning its first bond as a Yuan-denominated issue in China."A new world". The 10-day-long exercise involves 31.000-processor chip and has the highest clock-rate processor ever designed at the university level. India. in eastern Europe since the end of the cold war.

200-crore 'IT Innovation Start-up Fund’ to invest in startups operating in the financial technology space.  The Union Cabinet has approved a Rs. attract investments of $11 billion and generate $30 billion in exports  The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United States (US) to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking. allowances and pension of central government employees.e. Uzbekistan. A tree is recognised as a 'Heritage Tree' if it has a historical significance to the human settlement in the area. 2. through eNPS if they have Aadhaar Card or Permanent Account Number (PAN) card.  The Union Cabinet gave its approval to India Post to set up Payments Bank.6.  The Union Cabinet recently cleared the new Civil Aviation Policy. The Sikkim government has identified and listed 21 trees across the state to be tagged as ‘Heritage Trees’ due to their historical and cultural importance.000 crore special package for Textiles and Apparel sector to create one crore new jobs in three years.  The two day annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) 2016 was recently held in Tashkent.  The Union Cabinet approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which had proposed an average 23.500 for an hour-long flight. The state government announced the creation of 15 new districts across the state.  The state of Telangana has celebrated the 2nd anniversary of its foundation.55% increment in the salaries. NPS are being regulated .  The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a Rs. under which air flyers will now have to pay a maximum amount of Rs.  The Union Finance Ministry has announced that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can now open National Pension Savings (NPS) accounts online i. The government will set up 650 branches of the postal bank across the country by September 2017.

The Railways Ministry signed a MoU with Chandigarh-based PEC University of Technology to set up Kalpana Chawla Chair on geospatial technology for her contribution to aerospace engineering. The Union Ministry of AYUSH released a Yog Geet (Yoga Song) in connection with the celebration of International Day of Yoga–2016. affordable and sustainable air travel for passengers and air transportation of cargo with access to various parts of India and the world. The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) released National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) 2016. Department of Space have signed a MoU for geo-tagging the assets created under MGNREGA in each gram panchayat. secure. Sweden and Kazakhstan as the .2 million dollar grant agreement for the Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project. The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a Scheme for setting up of 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU). This grant agreement was signed under World Bank's Global Environment Facility (GEF) Programme.        by the PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority). The objective of the scheme is to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process. a regulator established by the Finance Ministry. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Ethiopia. The Union Rural Development Ministry and ISRO. Liberalised Comprehensive Parcel Leasing Policy (CPLP) and Liberalised policy on Parcel Cargo Express Trains (PCET). The Railway Ministry has launched two policies related to Parcel Cargo Train Express and Parcel Leasing. Bolivia. They are. The policy’s mission is to provide safe. This 3 minutes and 15 seconds song was written by Deeraj Saraswat in Hindi language and composed by Sumanto Ray. The Union Government and World Bank have signed a US 9.

5%.4% from the 2. The World Bank has slashed the Global Growth Forecast to 2. The West Bengal government. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently announced that Thailand has become the first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-baby transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). . sluggish demand in advanced economies. US.9% estimated in January due to stubbornly low commodity prices. The United States has recognised India as a major defence partner which will pave way to bring it closest US allies for defence related trade and technology transfer. has proposed a 9. The World Bank has signed an agreement with the India-led International Solar Alliance and committed to lending over $1 billion for Indian solar energy projects. UK. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has passed new regulations that enable male students to file complaints against sexual harassment. weak trade and diminishing capital flows. capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes has received clearance for testing in Nevada. The US Federal Reserve has decided to keep the key interest rates steady at 0.25-0. which has 12 loops was opened to the public in London. The US recently returned over 200 cultural artefacts worth an estimated $100 million to India during PM Narendra Modi's visit. Arcelor Mittal Orbit.1% increase in tax collection against the 2015-16 figure. The United States will lift the ban on openly transgender persons serving in the military starting next month.           nonpermanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). in its full-fledged Budget for 201617. The world's longest and tallest tunnel slide. The world's first passenger drone 'Ehang 184'.

 Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida.  US based private space transport service company SpaceX successfully launched two commercial satellites viz. colleges.  United Launch Alliance's 'Delta IV Heavy'.  Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM). To promote and disseminate Yoga practice. the bird which features in the company’s logo. USA has topped the list of world's top 25 amusement parks. storm and heat stroke to be treated as state disaster. is named ‘Larry’. America's Tim Kopra and Russia's Yuri Malenchenko.  UK astronaut Tim Peake and his crewmates. It will be called Maharana India Reserve Battalion.  Union Home Ministry has decided to form new reserve battalion. the world's largest rocket.  Twitter’s official mascot. released by American travel website TripAdvisor. submitted its report to Maharashtra Government.000 orbits of Earth.  Uttar Pradesh government declares all natural calamities including lightning. and universities across the state. Maharashtra government has decided to celebrate the 21st of every month as 'Yoga Day' across all schools. making it the first to honour contributions of gay Americans. was successfully launched carrying a classified payload for the US intelligence agency National Reconnaissance Office. returned to Earth after spending six months on the International Space Station. His mission took him on about 3. covering around 125 million km.  Top footballer Lionel Messi (Argentina) announced retirement from international football after Chile beat Argentina in the final of COPA America.  US President Barack Obama named the Stonewall riots site in New York a National Monument. This task-force was headed by : Kishore Tiwari (agriculture expert) . EUTELSAT 117 West B and ABS-2A. a Task Force on Farmers.

 According to Amnesty International. United Kingdom. has increased from 204 in 2013 to 260. Theme of the conference : "Lumbini.5 levels were recorded in Iran's Zabol (217). MAY. the number of endangered deer 'Sangai'. Delhi is no longer the world's most polluted city and is ranked 11th in the most polluted cities list.  7th President of India Giani Zail Singh's (5 May 1916 – 25 December 1994) 100th birth anniversary was observed on 5th May 2016.  According to a WHO report.560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha held in Khatmandu. India ranked 137th of 210 countries on electrification with 78.  According to SocialCops' analysis of World Bank data. Nepal: the birth place of Lord Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism and world peace". The highest PM2. Japan. China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees. The G7 countries are Canada. France. United States.  42nd G7 summit was held in Japan from 26th to 27th May 2016.  According to the latest census. The survey found Russia to be the least welcoming country. . Italy. followed by India's Gwalior (176). found only in Manipur.2016  18 year old Max Verstappen became the youngest driver in F1 history to win a Grand Prix as he finished first at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.  A two-day International Buddhist Conference to mark the 2.7% of its population having access to electricity. Germany.

 Andhra Bank will launch Bharat Bill Payment Service soon to enable customers make all utility bill payments.  All Gram panchayats in the country will have WiFi connectivity by October 2018 under the Bharat Net programme.  Andhra Pradesh Government has launched Chandranna Bima Yojana. India's Pankaj Advani become the first cueist to hold the world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time. President's rule has been imposed 115 times till date including the one in Uttarakhand recently. which will be the world's tallest.000 worshippers.  Ahead of the World No Tobacco Day.  All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA).300 meters below the Gotthard massif in the Swiss Alps. to popularise the Indian system of medicine. The Gotthard Base Tunnel will open for the first time on 1st June 2016. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs.  Algeria is building one of the world's largest mosques with a 265-meter tall minaret. any insured worker who .000-square meter Djamaa El Djazair mosque will reportedly be able to accommodate 1.  American professional tennis player. an insurance scheme for the working class people. Switzerland is going to open world's longest and deepest train tunnel. The 20. extending 57 km in length into the bowels of the earth 2.  After winning the Asian 6 Red Snooker championship.  An IPL-style T20 league is being scheduled to be hosted by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) in December 2016. the Assam government banned all forms of smoking in public transport vehicles. the first AIIMS-like institution for Ayurveda will be inaugurated in Delhi within three months.20. Serena Williams has won her fourth Rome Masters title and the first title in last nine months by beating compatriot Madison Keys. According to this scheme.  After 17 years of construction work.

Baba Ramdev and Amit Agarwal (Amazon India Head).          meets an accidental death and permanent disability will be paid 5 lakh rupees. marking the two years of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. the most for any state.5%) by September as there is sufficient liquidity in the system.510 days. As many as 2. Barcelona lifted a record 28th Copa Del Rey title after defeating Sevilla 2-0 in the finals. Andhra Pradesh is set to become the first State in the country to make all of its urban areas ‘Open Defecation Free’ by October 2nd this year. have been named in the list of ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ by American magazine Fast Company. followed by a full-scale launch in July. Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence has received 15 new industrial licences to manufacture a range of defence equipment. according to a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.508 cities across 26 states have been selected under the 'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana' for providing affordable houses to the urban poor. Banks in India are expected to cut lending rates by up to 50 basis points (0. . Andhra Pradesh is going to implement e-Office system in all 13 districts on a pilot basis in June. Australian researchers have built the world’s first Scanning Helium Microscope (SHeM) to examine materials without disturbing them. Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has reportedly confirmed that he created digital payment system ‘bitcoins’ and provided technical proof for his claims. As per Ministry of Home Affairs data. Punjab has been under President's rule for a total of 3. the highest held by a private firm in India. taking its total number of licences to 25.

 China's central bank has set the daily Yuan-fixing rate against the US Dollar at 6. the lowest level since February 2011. Ayan's cancer treatment. skill development training and self-defence courses for Safai Karamcharis and Scavengers.  Bollywood Actor Emraan Hashmi launched his book.  China's central bank has fixed the Yuan 0. the biggest downward movement since August 2015.  Border Road Organisation's (BRO) foundation day was observed on 7th May 2016. The country is planning to bring 100-200 people to Kolkata during Durga Puja.6% weaker at 6.  China is set to be associated with Kolkata's Durga Puja this year.5784. 'The Kiss Of Life : How a Superhero and My Son Defeated Cancer'.  Capital markets regulator SEBI has tightened the norms for participatory notes (P-notes) in order to check misuse of these instruments in round-tripping and money laundering. a remote sensing satellite to carry out land surveys and disaster relief.4943 against the US Dollar.  Britain has granted refugee status to Maldives' former president Mohamed Nasheed. .  Cab aggregator Ola has signed a MoU with National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) to focus on building a sustainable framework by supporting entrepreneurship. Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its alliance partners have won an absolute majority in 2016 Assam state assembly election by winning 87 seats (16.  China has successfully launched Yaogan-30.46% votes) in the 126 member House.  Carnival Corp’s 704-passenger cruise ship Adonia set sail from Miami to become the first US cruise ship to sail to Cuba in around 50 years. This book is about his struggle and hardship with his son.

 Drugmaker Aurobindo Pharma has received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacture and market an aesthetic injection in the American market.  Food regulator FSSAI has decided to remove Potassium Bromate from the list of permitted food additives. This comes after a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed that potassium bromate – banned in several countries – is a cancer-causing agent.  For the first time since its opening in 1889.82 billion. a 100-year-old retired South Carolina teacher set a new world record for the fastest 100-meter sprint by a 100-year-old.29 billion in the entire 2014-15 fiscal.000 crore) between April 2014-February 2016.  Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows in India till December in 2015-16 stood at $40.  Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the telecom sector stood at $4.09 billion (around Rs. . 27.  Ella Mae Colbert. Defending champions and hosts Pakistan defeated India 50-31 in the 3rd Asian Kabaddi Championship's final. Joe Root grabbed the top honours at the 2016 CEAT Awards as he was named International Cricketer of the Year as well as International Batsman of the Year. Paris' Eiffel Tower will be used as an apartment for a night during June's UEFA Euro-2016 football tournament.  England batsman.  European Union (EU) officials recently announced that all scientific articles in Europe supported by public and publicprivate funds will be freely accessible by 2020.  England's world number one Mark Selby won World Championship title of Snooker. compared to $44.  Football's world governing body FIFA has lifted the suspension on Indonesia which was imposed in May 2015 for political interference in the local football association.

fixes a $437 monthly pension to move towards a 'sustainable' system.  Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has accepted Indian Olympic Association's invitation to be India's Goodwill Ambassador at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Four more new vaccinations added to existing seven.  ICICI Bank has launched India’s first contactless business credit card in association with Jet Airways for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees.  ICICI Bank has became the first financial institution in the country to tie up with the New Development Bank (NDB). According to this expansion. Former Argentinian dictator Reynaldo Bignone (88) has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for conspiring to assassinate leftist dissidents as part of Operation Condor in the 1970s and 1980s.  Gujarat Government has launched Smart Village program to improve public facilities in the villages.  Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid and former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene were appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee for a three-year term. This is the fifth ship of a series of six Off-shore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) that the Indian Coast Guard had tasked the Vasco defence public sector undertaking to build. The reforms increase taxes on high earning individuals.  Greek Parliament has passed austerity reforms amid protests in the Greek capital Athens.  Government body National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has fixed the ceiling price of 54 drug formulations including those for the treatment of cancer and diabetes. .  Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Shaurya at Panaji.  Government expands its flagship vaccination programme Indradhanush. Former Indian captain Anil Kumble was re-appointed as the Chairman of the committee for another three-year term.

this co-branded credit card will help customers to save on their business expenses. experts andadministrators to improve the standard of the game in both nations. Atletico de Kolkata. claimed that former ISI chief Shuja Pasha said "Log hamarey thhe. from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Surya and Suji were the only two listed as ‘third gender’ in the electoral roll. operation hamara nahin tha". In a first in Kerala. announced the appointment of former Villareal coach Jose Francisco Molina Jimenez as their Head Coach for ISL-2016. Inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) champions. capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter the atmosphere. Former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States. In Haryana.        Named as the ‘Jet Airways ICICI Bank Business Advantage Card’. referring to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. coaches. Husain Haqqani. In his upcoming book titled "India vs. Pakistan". India and Japan have decided to exchange sports persons.4 billion in pending oil payments using European banks. two persons of the transgender community voted in Assembly elections. . India has successfully launched the first technology demonstrator of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV). India and Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance Research and Development (R&D) capabilities in biotechnology by launching a joint funding call. a committee on Jat Quota agitation headed by Parkash Singh (former DGP of Uttar Pradesh & retired IPS Officer) has submitted its report to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. India and Iran reached an agreement for the former to pay Iran $6.

behind the US and China. as a "goodwill gesture".  India has been ranked 3rd in the Attractiveness of Renewable Energy. India and Mauritius signed a pact to amend the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention.  India and the US held their first Maritime Security Dialogue in Delhi which focused on strategic maritime security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. aims to support WHO in the development and .  India has secured 9th position in the 2016 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index. The Naval ships. have been sent to the Colombo coast from the Southern Naval Command Kochi. INS Sunayna and INS Sutlej. The agreement titled 'Co-operation on promoting the quality.  India and Slovenia have signed a protocol to amend the bilateral Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine between WHO and AYUSH. ayurveda . unani and panchakarma.  India has signed a historic Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) with WHO for cooperation in promoting traditional medicine. India.5% on the $6.5 billion that refiners like Essar Oil and Mangalore Refinery owe Iran in oil dues. 2016-2020'. which is hit by cyclone Roanu.  India and New Zealand have signed a landmark Air Services Agreement paving the way for introduction of direct flights between the two countries.  India has agreed to pay an interest of 1. with relief materials to Sri Lanka.  India has signed a $100 million loan deal with the World Bank to develop the Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernisation Project that will provide piped water to different cities in the state. according to a report by consulting firm Ernst & Young.  India has sent two Naval ships. a move which will deliver for the first time WHO benchmark document for training in yoga .

Germany. 50 and the 20-over Cricket World Cups. Germany was declared the cleanest while Russia performed the worst in the study. India. China. Israel. discarding roughly 18. India Post's payments bank will start functioning from March 2017 and serve as a wider platform to implement financial inclusion programmes.400-kilometres long highway that will link India with Southeast Asia by land for the first time in decades. India. India is the only country to have won the 60. Canada.5 lakh tonnes of electronic waste each year. Iceland. the UK. according to a study by global body Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). India ranked 5th in the list of countries exporting counterfeit or pirated goods globally. India was ranked 9th out of 22 countries in the Crony Capitalism Index in a recent study by The Economist. and Australia). The application will enable users to make payments from their . India. Thailand and Myanmar are currently working on a 1. is also the 5th largest producer of ewaste. Japan. and New Zealand have signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for the automatic exchange of information on tax issues amongst countries. This brings the total number of signatories of the pact to 39 (including France. India. India has signed a pact to grant assistance worth $1 million over the next 10 years to a school in Afghanistan. Afghanistan ink historic trilateral transit agreement in Tehran to facilitate seamless transport of goods. India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a mobile-based payments solution ‘mVisa’. Iran. which has emerged as the world’s second largest mobile market.          implementation of the 'WHO Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023'.

as against 7. Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to conduct coordinated sea patrols and establish a hotline to combat piracy and kidnappings in waters bordering the three nations. Indian batsman Rohit Sharma inaugurated India's first sports expo in Pune. Indian Navy’s first indigenous Scorpeneclass stealth submarine.6%. Indonesia. INS Kalvari. Of the 11 tests held earlier. 2017. Indian tennis player Sania Mirza's upcoming autobiography ‘Ace Against Odds’ is set to be released in July this year. has recently launched for the first sea trial in the Mumbai naval dockyard. Gaurav Gill started the 2016 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) season on a winning note after finishing first in the Whangarei International Rally.2% witnessed in 2014-15. The service will also be accessible through phones whose network has been stopped. India's proposed single emergency number '112' will be operational from January 1. “Ashwin” was successfully test fired. in line with the official estimate.           smartphones by scanning a unique QR (Quick Response) code at merchant outlets. India's economic growth for the 2015-16 fiscal year stood at 7. Indian para-athlete. . discus and club thrower. Amit Kumar Saroha has clinched the gold medal in the men’s club throw F-51 event at the French Open Athletics Championship 2016. Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh kept his unbeaten record intact with a Sixth straight victory in his professional boxing career after he knocked out Polish boxer Andrzej Soldra in their encounter's third round. 9 were successful. Indian racer. Indian Women's Squash team won the Silver medal at the 18th Asian Squash Championship in Taipei. Indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile.

is the only Indian in Forbes' 'Money Masters: The Most Powerful People In The Financial World' list of 40. .  Jammu and Kashmir has banned the use of nonbiodegradable consumables including items made of plastic in government offices and official functions.  Lhakpa Sherpa. He ranked 33rd. within a year. breaking her own record for the most ascents to the world's highest mountain by a woman. with a net worth of $7. a 42-year-old US-based Nepali climber.000 mostly Somali refugees.  Kotak Mahindra Bank Chief Uday Kotak.  Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has been voted the 2016 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association. climbed the Mount Everest for the seventh time.  Kenya has vowed to close the world’s biggest refugee camp in Dadaab. IT services company Wipro has inaugurated Saudi Arabia's first all women business and technology park (WBP) at the Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh.  Karnataka government has decided establish the Asia’s first Rice Technology Park at Gangavati in Koppal district and a Maize Technology Park at Ranebennur in Haveri district.30.  Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress retained power in West Bengal.1 billion.  Italy's Giorgio Calcaterra touched the 88 km mark to win Red Bull's Wings for Life World Run 2016 racing event.  Lakshadweep became first Union Territory (UT) in the counry to sign 24×7 Power for All document.  Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK swept the Tamil Nadu polls to become the first incumbent regime to retain power in the state since 1984.  Jammu and Kashmir is the only Indian state to have a state flag and its own constitution. winning 211 seats in the 294-seat Assembly. home to 3.

an IBM-developed AI system capable of processing natural language. It will be installed at the 632-meter Shanghai Tower (China's tallest building).         the highest number of seats won by a single party in the state's history.230 meters per minute or 20. son of the 2004 Athens Olympics silver medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Manavaditya Singh Rathore.5 meters per second. having achieved a topspeed of 1. 'the world's first artificially intelligent lawyer'. This is the first staterun bank to open for IBU centre. Mumbai based IDBI Bank has decided to open an International Banking Unit (IBU) at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gandhinagar. As per the scheme Orphan students pursuing higher education (from Plus-II level) to post-graduation level. Nagaland has became the first state in the Northeast to introduce a financial literacy course through the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in schools. will be exempted of tuition fees. clinched the Gold medal in the Men’s Junior Trap event of the International Junior Shotgun Cup in Finland. Odisha Government has decided to launch Green Passage scheme for orphan students to ensure that they get free of cost higher education in the state. which is powered by Watson. New York-based law firm Baker Hostetler recently hired ROSS. admission fee and laboratory fees for higher studies. . Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed the fastest elevator in the world. Mohun Bagan FC has won the 2016 Indian Federation Cup football tournament title for the 14th time. Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched its digital wallet service 'JioMoney Digital Wallet'. Mumbai based Kotak Mahindra Bank has opened IFSC Banking unit at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) City.

The scheme aims to provide five crore free cooking gas (LPG) connections to below poverty line (BPL) families between 2016-19.  Private sector lender Yes Bank has received in-principle approval from markets regulator SEBI to act as custodian of securities. . broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of breaching the mark at the age of 31 years.000 Test runs. 157 days. Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd has commissioned 500 MW thermal power unit at Bokaro Thermal Power-Station of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) in Jharkhand. This card will offer her multiple entry.  Playing against Sri Lanka in the second Test. multi-purpose life long visa to visit India and exemption from reporting to police. This is the fourth women battalion of CRPF. Cook. The initiative is aimed at reducing pollution and keeping the Ganga river clean. Uttar Pradesh.  Public Sector undertaking. aged 31 years. Pakistan-born Bollywood singer and actress Salma Agha will get an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card.  PM Narendra Modi has launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Ballia. England skipper Alastair Cook became the youngest cricketer and the first Englishman to score 10.  Paramilitary force CRPF is set to deploy 567 women commandos in selected Left Wing Extremism-affected states for undertaking anti-Naxal operations.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched solar-powered eboats at the Assi Ghat in Varanasi.  Rajasthan is set to become the first state to issue newspaper advertisements for the post of Vice Chancellor of state universities.  Real Madrid FC won the 2016 UEFA Champions League for the record 11th time by defeating Atletico Madrid FC by 5-3 goals in penalty shootout. 326 days.

 SBI’s subsidiary Nepal SBI Bank has launched payment gateway to facilitate online trade and non-trade transactions between the Himalayan nation and India.  Saudi Arabia has joined Turkey.  Shashank Manohar has resigned as the President of the BCCI and also as the ICC Chairman.  Safra Catz.000-meter steeplechase category. a biography of veteran actor Shashi Kapoor authored by film journalist Aseem Chhabra was recently released.  Sevilla Football club was crowned the UEFA Europa League Champions for the third straight year after it defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the finals. David Weir became the first wheelchair racer to . the Star'.  Saudi Arabia's Justice Ministry has announced that brides in the country will now get a copy of their marriage contracts. the co-CEO of Oracle. Sudha Singh set a new national record in the 3.9 million package in fiscal 2015. emerged as the highest-paid US female executive with a $56.  Scottish professional tennis player Andy Murray has won his first Rome Masters title by beating Serbia's World number one Novak Djokovic. Rio Olympics qualified sprinter. thereby becoming the fifth player in the history of the sport to achieve this feat.  Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has remained as number one ranked player for 200 weeks.  SAARC nations have agreed to set up a uniform toll-free child helpline at a three-day meeting of the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children. Indonesia and the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) as a prospective founder member of a new Islamic Finance Infrastructure Bank.  'Shashi Kapoor: The Householder.  Six-time Paralympic gold medal-winning British wheelchair racer. a privilege that was reserved only to men.

As of now. to set up a 250 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Rourkela.          complete a mile-long race (approximately 1. State-owned major. State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) has posted a loss of Rs. This is the highest ever quarterly loss by an Indian bank. The 27th edition of the India-Indonesian CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) recently concluded in Belawan. 1. State-owned power generating firm NTPC has signed a joint venture agreement with state-run Coal India to revive plants run by the Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL).600 crore contract from NSPCL. Odisha. there are ten districts in the state. National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has signed a MoU with Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) to jointly explore the possibility of setting up an aluminium smelter in Iran. Indonesia. State-owned engineering firm BHEL has won a Rs.6 kilometers) in under three minutes. Sunrisers Hyderabad have defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 8 runs to clinch the IPL title for the first time.5. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to create more districts in the state. The ADMM-Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus) Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (Ex MS & CT) was held at Brunei on May 1. 2016. The total number of districts may go up to 24-25. a joint venture company of staterun NTPC and SAIL. State-run Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is going to be converted to a Green bank to enable it to access funds from overseas banks.367 crore for the quarter ended March. Spanish football giants Real Madrid were named 2016's Most Valuable Football Team for a fourth consecutive year by Forbes. .

. and decision making. This marks the largest addition to the fifteen-year-old list since 2009.  The BCCI has nominated Indian Test captain Virat Kohli for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Ajinkya Rahane for the Arjuna award.Guide to Travellers” for dissemination of information about Customs Baggage Rules. including IPR public awareness. to help in tracking the movement and management of solid waste.  The BJP has won a seat in the 140-member Kerala Assembly for the first time in history after its leader O Rajagopal emerged victorious from the Nemom constituency.  The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has launched mobile app “Indian Customs.5%. The Australian government has added 49 species of flora and fauna to the 'threatened' and 'endangered' list.  The Congress-DMK alliance claimed victory in Puducherry by winning 17 of the 30 seats with a combined vote share of 39. generation of IPRs. human capital development. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu recently announced. and its work is on track.  The first bullet train will run in India in 2023. Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS). and strong law enforcement.  The Central government is working on a programme named Bal Sansad (Children's Parliament) to help children develop skills like leadership. 2016. of which 9 are 'critically endangered'.  The Cabinet has approved India's first National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy.  The Environment Ministry has launched a web-based application.  The central government has imposed a complete ban on Indian citizens travelling to Libya "irrespective of the purpose" in view of the security situation in the North African country. The policy is guided by seven objectives.

428 crore worth of highway projects in Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh under its highways building programme National Highways Development Project. lets users search for text of one language in other languages. 2016. and autonomous regions began in the breakaway region of Abkhazia on 28th May 2016. These IITs will be set up at Goa. Bhilai (Chhattisgarh).  The government recently approved Rs. China from May 18 to 21. India’s first and largest multilingual dictionary in the form of a mobile app.4. currently featuring 35 multilingual dictionaries. 2016. Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh). Palakkad (Kerala).  The Haryana government has notified the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act. allowing 100% FDI through the automatic route.  The Gujarat government has issued a notification giving minority status to the Jain community.  The Income Tax department has launched 'e-nivaran' (electronic solution). Khanpur Nagrota (J&K) and Dharwad (Karnataka). a special grievance redressal .  The four-month compliance window for declaring domestic black money by paying 45% tax and penalty will open on June 1. The app.  The German government has decided to relax rules on cannabis use by seriously ill persons if no other treatment options are available.  The government has relaxed FDI norms for Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs). as per Budget announcements. de facto independent states.  The Football World Cup for unrecognized states.  The HRD Ministry has launched Bharatavani. The backward classes in the state will now receive reservation in services and educational institutions under the Act. The first World Conference on Tourism for Development (WCTD) was held in Beijing.  The Government has decided to set up six new IITs.

         system to fast-track grievances and ensure early resolution of taxpayers' complaints. The Indian Navy has retired the Sea Harrier aircraft of the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS 300) at a function aboard the INS Hansa in Goa. Chinki Yadav and Gauri Sheoran won the bronze medal in the 25m Pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation's Junior World Cup in Germany. A 100-feet high national flag mast shall also be erected near the sign. The Indian Navy has commissioned indigenously built highly maneuverable Fast Attack Craft INS Tarmugli at the commissioning ceremony held in Visakhapatnam. Beedis and Tobacco in the state with immediate effect. The Indian Army was held Chakravyuh-II. with 75 inches length and 41 inches breadth. Andhra Pradesh. The Jama Masjid in Gujarat’s Vadodara has claimed to have the world's largest Quran. The Jammu and Kashmir government has issued a notification banning the sale of Loose Cigarettes. The Indru Nag hillock in Dharamshala is set to have its own sign similar to the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. a major military training exercise to validate battle readiness and operational effectiveness of the Pivot Formation and Rapid Division. . HM Jyoti and Merlin Joseph broke the 18-year-old national record to finish 4th position at the IAAF World Challenge in Beijing. Srabani Nanda. The Indian Women Shooters team of Sanjana Sehrawat. in Rajasthan's Suratgarh. It is a follow up to 'Exercise Shatrujeet' by the Strike Corps (Strike One) in April 2016. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is going to give state-wise monsoon forecast from 2017 The Indian 4x100m women’s relay team comprising Dutee Chand.

The campaign will focus on welfare of the people and development of urban localities.  The Maharashtra government is planning to develop the Nandgaon industrial estate in Vidarbha's Amravati as a 'Textile Park' and promote Amravati as a 'Textiles City'. This initiative will give civilians a glimpse of the evolution and daily life of the Indian Military. US.  The Mutiara Trash Bank in the city of Makassar is one of around 2. The experimental inflatable room dubbed as BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) was deployed after it was successfully expanded and pressurized.800 banks in Indonesia which allow customers to repay monetary loans in terms of trash. an Islamic penal code which includes provisions of amputations and stoning.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully deployed the first experimental inflatable room attached to the International Space Station (ISS). The model was unveiled .  The Maharashtra Ex-servicemen Corporation (MESCO) – a Government of Maharashtra undertaking – has opened a unique new tourism initiative called "Veer Yatra".  The Lok Sabha has passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.  The Madhya Pradesh government will launch Nagaroday Abhiyan on the lines of Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan in the state in July-August.  The Malaysian government has submitted to parliament a 'hudud' bill.  The NASA has unveiled the first global digital elevation (topographic model) of Mercury.  The multilateral Red Flag Aerial combat exercises between US. The Jammu and Kashmir government will provide free medicines in all state-run hospitals from June 1. 2016 which aims at consolidating and amending laws related to reorganization and insolvency resolution in a timely manner. NATO and allied forces and India Air Force (IAF) were held in Alaska.

by
NASA’s
MESSENGER
(MErcury
Surface,
Space
ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) mission.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered a ban on
diesel vehicles older than 10 years in six cities of Kerala,
including Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.
The Odisha government has decided to grant Below
Poverty Line (BPL) status to the Transgenders in the
state. They will also be covered under the National Food
Security Act (NFSA).
The Odisha government signed a Memorandum Of
Understanding with Sulabh International Social Service
Organisation for construction and maintenance of ‘hybrid
toilet complexes’ in its nine cities.
The Palestinian Museum, a $24 million project, which has
been in making since 1998, was opened for the public on
May 18, 2016.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it
will shortly issue banknotes of Rs.1,000 denomination with
inset letter ‘R’ in both the number panels.
The Russian Tennis Federation has named suspended
tennis player Maria Sharapova, among four players, who
will compete in women's singles at the Rio Olympics.
The Sikkim government has banned the use and sale of
disposable foam food containers like cups and plates
across the state with immediate effect.
The Small Industries Development Bank of India
(SIDBI) and SAARC Development Fund (SDF) has signed
a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for mutual
cooperation and collaboration.
The Spanish authorities ruled that the Bull-lancing
festival 'Toro de la Vega' will take place as usual in
September but participants will no longer be allowed to kill
the bull.
The Spice Board of India is going to set up the country's
first spice museum at Willingdon Island in Kochi to let


travellers know about the history and evolution of the Indian
spice industry.
The state of Maharashtra was formed from the division of the
Bombay State on this day (May 1) in the year 1960.
The Supreme Court of India has appointed a threemember panel to oversee the functions of the Medical
Council of India. This panel will be headed by RM Lodha
(former Chief Justice of India (CJI)).
The Taj Mahal has ranked 5th on a list of world's top 25
landmarks for 2016 by travel website company
'TripAdvisor'.
The Telangana government has entered the Limca Book
of Records for conducting the most intensive household
survey by a state. In August 2014, four lakh government
employees covered over 1.09 crore households between 7
am and 8 pm in one day.
The Telangana government has issued orders to set up a
'Monkey Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre' in Adilabad
district, at a cost of ₹2.21 crore.
The Telangana government announced that it is going to
set up a Memorial in Hyderabad for those who sacrificed
their lives for the cause of a separate state.
The Transport Ministry has created a centralised online
database system 'Sarathi', which is operational in some
states, to track frequent traffic violators.
The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) signed between Indian Space
Research Organisation (ISRO) and the United Arab
Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) for cooperation in the
exploration and user of outer space for peaceful purposes.
The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for
the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) and Central Bank of United Arab Emirates
(UAE) on co-operation concerning currency swap agreement.
The Union Cabinet has granted ex-post facto approval to the
MoU signed between the Ministry of Tourism, Government of

India and the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Maldives for
strengthening co-operation in the field of tourism.
The Union Government Committee on Yoga Education in
Universities has submitted it's report. The committee has
recommended 7 programmes for implementation in
universities. It was headed by Professor H.R. Nagendra,
Chancellor,
Swami
Vivekananda
Yoga
Anusandhana,
Samsthana, Bengaluru.
The Union Government constituted a 5 Member committee
to comprehensively review and give recommendations on
the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management
(FRBM) roadmap for the future. This committee will be
headed by : NK Singh (former Revenue and
Expenditure Secretary).
The Union Government has given its final approval to setting
up of National Investment & Manufacturing Zone
(NIMZ) in Kalinganagar, Odisha.
The Union Government has launched ‘Qora’, an
indigenously developed affordable Faecal Incontinence
Management System (FIMS).
The Union Ministry of HRD has decided to launch ASMITA,
a student tracking system programme under Shala Asmita
Yojana (SAY). ASMITA - All School Monitoring Individual
Tracing Analysis.
The Union Ministry of Power and the United States Agency
for International Development (USAID) launched India’s
first integrated web portal (www.nzeb.in) designed to
promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings
(NZEB) in India.
The Union Ministry of Railways and Forest Department of
Haryana
&
Punjab
have
inked
Memorandum
of
Understanding (MoU) for plantation of trees alongside
Railway Track on Railway Land Boundary.
The Ministry of Railways has launched Rail Humsafar
Saptaah, a week-long initiative to highlight significant
achievements made by Indian Railways in all spheres.

 The 'Valravn' roller coaster.  The US Treasury Department has placed five countries – China. fastest and longest “dive coaster” in the world.  The White House has launched the National Microbiome Initiative – a new initiative aimed at studying microbial communities that could aid in the development of useful applications in several areas.  The University Grants Commission has reduced the working hours of college professors to 14 hours / week instead of 16 hrs / week following the instructions by the Human Resource Development Ministry.  The World Bank has announced a new programme Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) to mobilise funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks in the world's 77 least developed countries. .  The US Senate has passed a bill that will allow the families of 9/11 victims to file lawsuits against Saudi Arabia.  The US has designated two Pakistan-based Islamist groups with links to Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The United Nations has launched UN Zika Response MultiPartner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak. claimed to be the tallest. It will help countries and health agencies fight deadly disease outbreaks. an amusement park in Ohio. USA. Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) and Jama’at ul Dawa al-Qu’ran (JDQ). Germany. has opened at 'Cedar Point'. South Korea and Taiwan on its monitoring list aimed at tackling their trade imbalances with the US. Japan.  The US House of Representatives has passed amendments to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA)2017 to enhance the country’s defence cooperation with India. They are.

Netherlands. Top UK banks have reportedly shut over 600 branches across the country over the past one year as more people switched to banking online.  The world's largest cargo plane. Two Indian-Americans. the Antonov An-225 Mriya. GIFs. Nihar Janga (11) and Jairam Hathwar (13). videos and polls will no longer count as characters within a tweet in the coming months. RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) closed the most number of branches at 166 followed by HSBC (146). were declared co-winners of the US Scripps National Spelling Bee 2016 competition. . Top-ranked women's doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis have clinched the “ Internazionali BNL d’Italia” title in Rome. landed for the first time in India. Thrissur-based South Indian Bank has announced a tie-up with National Australian Bank (NAB) for online inward remittances from Australia at a competitive rate.5 megawatts was inaugurated by Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal at Dera Baba Jaimal Singh near Amritsar. The World's largest solar power plant on a Single rooftop with a capacity of 11.  The world's largest cruise ship 'Harmony of the Seas' set sail from England's Southampton on its maiden        voyage to Rotterdam. UK-born professional snooker player Mark Selby defeated China's Ding Junhui with a final scoreline of 18-14 to win his second World Snooker Championship title. The 362-metre long cruise is 50 metres longer than the Eiffel Tower and costs over $1 billion. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of China have organized the First World Conference on Tourism for Development in Beijing on 18-21 May 2016. Twitter has announced changes to its 140-character limit and names in replies and media attachments like photos.

citing internal threats and a United States plot to topple his government.  US President Barack Obama has visited Hiroshima during a trip to Japan and Vietnam.  Union Minister Maneka Gandhi unveiled the draft 'National Policy for Women.  US personal and consumer technology giant Apple Inc.  World number one Novak Djokovic beat defending champion Andy Murray in the Madrid Open final to win a record 29th Masters crown. The committee will be headed by : Lt Gen D B Shekatkar (retd).  With more than 1. opened a new Development Office in Hyderabad.  US based private space transport service company. Union Government has constituted 11 members committee to recommend measures to enhance the combat capabilities of the armed forces and rebalance the overall defence expenditure. This was the first visit to Hiroshima by a serving US President.  Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has declared a state of emergency for 60 days in the country. . Telangana. India has the largest postal network in the world.  Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has launched 20 Nirbhaya buses of Rajasthan State Transport Corporation with multiple safety measures to better protect women passengers.  US President Barrack Obama announced the lifting of a 50-year-old ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam.  US President Barack Obama signed National Bison Legacy Act into law officially making the American bison the country’s first national mammal.5 lakh post offices spread across the country. SpaceX has successfully launched Japanese JCSAT-14 communication satellite into the space. 2016' focusing on protecting women from cyber crime and recognising the rights of single women.

followed by services. Japan and India.  A Trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed in Science and Technology among Sri Lanka.  According to data by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. developed by 250 students of PES University in Bengaluru will soon be launched by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).2 billion at December-end.  33 year-old C Devi is the first transgender person to contest in Tamil Nadu's assembly elections. Computer hardware and software sector attracted the highest FDI.  According to a Finance Ministry report.32 billion during 2015. which the 17-time Grand Slam champion inaugurated himself.  A Nanosatellite named PISAT. China’s first robot security guard has made its debut. Zimbabwe is set to print its own version of the US dollar in order to ease a cash shortage in the country. 107. India's total external debt stood at $480. automobile industry and chemicals. trading business.  APRIL – 2016  “AnBot”. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India increased by 37% to $39.  A street in Switzerland has been named after tennis star Roger Federer. will be backed by 200 million dollars support from the Africa Export-Import Bank. known as bond notes.73 lakh crore. India's fiscal deficit in April-February stood at Rs. The cash. .1% of the full-year target.  According to data released by the Controller General of Accounts.5.

 Assam Rifles has inducted the first batch of 100 women personnel into the force.  Bihar government has imposed a complete ban on foreign and local liquor across the state.  Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has formally inaugurated the state's new Secretariat at the Velagapudi village in the new capital Amaravati. joining the list of completely dry states like Gujarat and Nagaland.  All tobacco products produced from April 1 will have 85% pictorial warnings on the packaging space.  At least 171 nations.  Argentina has returned to international markets after 15 years with a $16.  Australian medium-pacer Clint McKay has announced his retirement from international and Australis’a first-class cricket.  Ajay Lalcheta has been named the Captain of Oman’s national cricket team. including India. India has become the world’s fourth-largest spender on defence.  Britain celebrated the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II on 21st April 2016. According to research firm IHS. negotiated last year.5 billion dollar bond sale. have signed the Paris climate agreement at the UN headquarters. after it defaulted on $100 billion worth US dollar debt in 2001. over 640 million people in the world are obese.  British astronaut Tim Peake ran the 36th London Marathon from Space. following a 13. . The pact. is aimed at reducing carbon emissions to combat global warming.  As per a study published in The Lancet medical journal.  Australia has won the 25th edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2016 for record ninth time.1% increase in its 2016-17 defence budget.  Air India has announced the launch of non-stop flights to Vienna from New Delhi.

 Delhi-based researcher Sudha Gopalakrishnan launched a free online encyclopedia on Indian culture called “Sahapedia”.  Eight satellite-monitored 'laser walls' have been activated along the India-Pakistan International Border in Punjab. .  Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in a joint statement said that the two countries have agreed "in principle" to share military logistics. distribution and sale of Pan Masala.  DBS Bank. unveiled Digibank.  China and Pakistan have signed an agreement for the launch of a special satellite to monitor the development of the multibillion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.  Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees has been hiked to 125 per cent of basic pay. storage. Gutkha and all forms of Chewable Tobacco for one year. to guard areas where barbed wire fencing cannot be installed. Prince William and Kate Middleton were on a 7 day visit to India from 10th April. up by 6 percentage points. British royals.  Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that the 1.260 km of roads maintained by the Public Works Department (PWD) will be vacuum cleaned from 1st April as he launched the 'Greening Delhi' initiative. which is Singapore’s largest. India’s first mobile-only bank. targeting five million retail customers.  Cuba has lifted a decade-old policy that prevented Cubans from entering or leaving the country by a cruise ship or commercial vessel.  Delhi government banned manufacture. with effect from January 1. 2016.

 Government has set-up a Sub Committee headed by Ashok Lahiri (former Chief Economic Advisor) to interact with the trade and industry on the imposition of Central Excise Duty on jewellery. Under this Maa Annapurna Yojna.  Haryana government has decided to rename its largest city Gurgaon to 'Gurugram'.  Germany's Development Bank is going to provide loan of Rs.  In a first in the country. Senior Journalist has been appointed as Chairman of the Board. Maharashtra Assembly has passed the Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill. Inzamam-ul-Haq has been appointed as the Chairman of the senior selection committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board. penalising social boycott by extra-judicial bodies like caste panchayats and communities. Europe has become the world’s first region to wipe out Malaria.  Government has reconstituted Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) board.  Former Pakistan cricket team captain.  Garima Chaudhary has won the gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Judo Championship finals in the 63 kg weight category. .  Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel officially launched the state-wide implementation of National Food Security Act. a mosquito-borne vetor disease with zero cases reported in the year 2015.82 crore people of Gujarat will be benefited.  Greece passed an Asylum amendment bill that is needed for the implementation of the European Union-Turkey migrant deal that will take effect soon. Ram Bahadur Rai.  Heart of Asia (HoA) conference was held in New Delhi. 3. Focus of the conference was to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. 3.750crore for Metro system in Nagpur city. which has been renamed as ‘Maa Annapurna Yojna (Scheme)’.

open bank accounts and get PAN and Aadhaar cards. staying in India on a Long Term Visa.  India has banned the import of milk and milk products from China after finding them substandard. the main stadium of the St Lucia island has been renamed after him.  India has decided not to take Russia's support in Chandrayaan II project.  India has jumped three places to rank 133 out of 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders. In a first.  India and Mauritius inked an MoU to promote cooperation in traditional medicine and homeopathy. and is followed by Netherlands and Norway. private lender DCB Bank has started an Aadhaarbased ATM facility wherein a customer can transact using the biometric details instead of the PIN. .  India has hosted Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium (APRSS) from April 4 to 7 to discuss applications of remote sensing technologies for disaster mitigation and bettering global climate change monitoring. to buy property.  India extended a Line of Credit (LoC) of 1 billion US dollars to Mongolia.  India and China agree to establish hot-line between their armed forces. Finland has ranked first for the sixth consecutive year.  India and South Korea signed a MoU for cooperation and mutual assistance in development of ports.  In an effort to honour the West Indies T20I captain Darren Sammy.  India and Sri Lanka have signed an MOU to supply 150 boats and fishing equipment to the fishermen of Mullaitivu.  India has decided to allow People belonging to minority communities of Pakistan.

 Indian conglomerate Adani Group was granted approval from Australia's Queensland state government for three mining leases.  India retained its position as the world's largest remittance recipient in 2015. up from its previously held 9th rank.  India will be hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Jaipur.  India is expected to overtake the US as the second largest smartphone market by 2017. besides organising the Asian Cadet and Asian Junior Judo Championships in September in Kerala this year. according to a report by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). under the company's Carmichael project.  India has signed an MoU with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) for a possible $100 million line of credit to facilitate exports to IDB's member countries. with a proposed investment of $7.  Indian artistic gymnast Dipa Karmakar has created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics.  Indian Naval Ships namely Veer and Nipat. served for the defence operations under illustrious 22nd Killer Squadron decommissioned from the Indian Navy.  India will play their first day-night Test against New Zealand later this year. India has overtaken China as the world's top destination for Foreign Direct Investment by attracting greenfield capital investment worth $63 billion in 2015. .  Indian men have won the 2016 Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament by defeating Vietnam in the final round by 3-1 score played in Abu Dhabi.  Indian cricketer Virat Kohli was announced as the brand ambassador of the upcoming Premier Futsal League.7 billion. This will be the first time that Commonwealth Judo Championships will be held in India.  India was ranked Sixth among the World's largest manufacturing countries.

 Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced plans to set up a 'Department of Happiness' to infuse "positivity" into the lives of people.6.96 lakh crore in 2014-15. This committee to be headed by : B Tandon (former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC))  Japan-based conglomerate Seibu Railway is working to develop world's first virtually invisible train by 2018. wherein passengers will be able to cancel their reserved tickets booked through counters by dialing 139.  Information and Broadcasting Ministry has formed a 3 Member Committee to oversee the guidelines set for government advertisements by the Supreme Court are followed. Objective of this Scheme : To create equality and harmony in society.  Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez has been named as the PFA Player of the Year for the 2015/16 season.2.  Mairaj Ahmad Khan has won the Silver medal in the skeet event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.Novak Djokovic.  Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 : Sportsman of the year . Sportswoman of the year Serena Williams. .  Maharashtra contributed the highest (Rs. ensuring all round development.  Indian Railways will shortly be launching Phone Ticket Cancellation Service.77 lakh crore) among India’s states and union territories to the total national direct tax collection of Rs. within the validity of the pass.  Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched the "Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana" for widows.  Lee Chong Wei has won his 11th Malaysian Open title by defeating world number one Chen Long. Indian Railways has introduced ‘Indrail Pass’ aimed mainly at foreign visitors and NRIs to enable them to travel on any of its trains without any route restriction.

 Mercedes' Nico Rosberg has won the Bahrain Grand Prix.  Nagaland’s capital Kohima was declared ‘smoke-free’. .  Mumbai based Mahindra & Mahindra has become the first Indian company to join EP100.  NASA has successfully installed the first ever expandable structure.  Month long “Simhastha Kumbh mela” began in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.  Myanmar has banned all logging operations in the country's forests as part of its efforts to tackle deforestation. an international non-profit group that will work with the world’s most influential businesses in setting commitments to double their energy productivity. after Chandigarh. (Chandigarh>Kottayam>Sikkim>Kohima)  NASA has successfully tested a 3D-printed rocket engine turbo-pump. a maiden initiative of the Ministry of Shipping. Kottayam and Sikkim.  Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix.  Nepal's first woman President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will pay an official visit to India next month. This will be her first overseas trip after assuming charge. Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was on a two-day visit to India. on the International Space Station (ISS).  Maritime India Summit 2016. for its future Mars mission. Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.  Myanmar's (Burmese) Parliament has passed a bill that gives Aung San Suu Kyi a role similar to that of Prime Minister. Nagaland is the fourth in India to be declared "smokefree". with liquid methane as fuel. was held recently in Mumbai.  New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket. a global energy campaign headed by The Climate Group.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’ (Village Self Governance Campaign).  Nuclear capable undersea ballistic missile. at his birthplace at Mhow.  Odisha Government has launched Adarsh Vidyalaya (AV) project to provide modern schools facilities on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the underdeveloped rural areas of the state. banks will give .  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched an electronic trading platform. This is his 28th ATP Masters title. Madhya Pradesh. Under this scheme.  On the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Dr. North Korea has officially announced that it is blocking Facebook. was successfully test fired from an undisclosed location in the Bay of Bengal.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the 'Stand Up India' scheme in Noida. YouTube.  Pakistan has test fired anti-ship surface to sea “Zarb” missile from the coastal areas successfully. “Amaara”. to strengthen Panchayati Raj in villages and ensure social harmony in villages.  One of India's largest hospital chains Fortis Healthcare has launched the first pasteurised human milk bank. in Delhi and the National Capital Region.  Prevention of Blindness Week 2016 was observed from 1st of April to 7th of April 2016. for farmers to sell their produce. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Twitter and some other South Korean and "sex and adult" websites.  Pakistan and China have launched production of a new variant of the JF-17B multi-role combat jet. the National Agriculture Market (eNAM).  Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela has announced that the country will adopt international tax reporting standards by 2018. code named K-4.  Novak Djokovic won the Miami Open titile.

1 crore to SC/ST and women entrepreneurs. Riyad Mahrez (Algerian origin) became the first African footballer to win the Professional Footballers Association’s (PFA) Player of the Year award. making it the first such city in the United States. Scientists at NASA have proposed to deploy a robotic system. Rafael Nadal has won his 9th Barcelona Open title by beating Kei Nishikori. Saudi Arabia has laid out a plan to create the world's largest sovereign wealth fund of $2 trillion to help reduce the kingdom's dependence on oil. Shreya Iyer became the first Indian woman to compete in the two wheeler National Rally Championship.           loans of up to Rs. . from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has flagged off India’s fastest train. the fifth such edition of a joint training exercise between China and Pakistan was held during 9th to 30th April 2016. Saudi Arabia and Egypt agreed to build a bridge over the Red Sea. to explore Saturn’s Europa and Enceladus moons for alien life. Saudi Arabia and the United States have imposed joint sanctions targeting the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Shaheen-5. San Francisco has adopted a legislation mandating that employers offer new fathers full wages during their six week paternity leave. Rafael Nadal clinched his 9th Monte Carlo Masters title after defeating 29-year-old Frenchman Gaël Monfils in what was Nadal's 100th ATP World Tour final. the “semi-bullet” Gatimaan Express. called Icy-moon Cryovolcano Explorer (ICE).

a 7-year-old girl from Kashmir's Bandipora district.  Sri Lanka's veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has decided to retire from limited-overs cricket. The 8th International Seminar on Wheat and Wheat Products is scheduled to be held in Panaji.10 percentage points to 9.  The 11th edition of India-Mongolia joint military      training Exercise ‘Nomadic Elephant – 2016’ was held at Mongolia. Goa. The 153rd edition of the Wisden's list named Kane Williamson as Leading Cricketer in the World for 2015. The ban on countrymade liquor in Bihar took effect from 1st April after the state's liquor law was amended recently.  Spaceflight company Blue Origin has successfully launched and landed its reusable Shepard rocket for the third time. after it was successfully launched and landed once in November and then in January.  Punjab National Bank (PNB) has announced that it has become the largest mobiliser under the government's Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) launched in November last year.45% and 9. on July 1718.  Tajamul Islam. South Pacific island nation Nauru has become the 189th member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.4% for women. The 3rd phase of Union Health Ministry’s universal vaccination programme Mission Indradhanush began on 7th April 2016.  State Bank of India (SBI) has lowered its lending rate for home loans by 0. . The Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) based at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh has became the first e-Office electricity distribution company among all power utilities in India. is set to become the first Indian to participate in the World Kickboxing Championship.

wherein eateries serve meals to people in exchange for free coupons given by the authorities. . It will replace the existing trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (tOPV) which is being used for over three decades. which is currently combating drought and a migration crisis. China.  The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified Mumbai as the noisiest city in the country. The Border Security Force (BSF) has announced plans to unveil a 350-feet-high national flag. South Africa and India. a broad-based economic reform plan.  The Centre has amended the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act to expedite the process of dispensation of justice to victims of atrocities.  The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has approved its first package of loans worth 811 million dollars for 4 renewable energy projects in Brazil. in Chandigarh.  The first certified 18-rotor electric helicopter. and Bengaluru. called the Volocopter VC200. near the Attari-Wagah border by January 2017. the tallest in the country.  The European Union (EU) has announced that it is giving €38 million in cash aid to Caribbean country Haiti. The Vision charts out the roadmap for diversifying the Saudi economy in next 14 years and to ensure that Saudi Arabia can live without oil by 2020.  The district administration of Kerala's Kozhikode has launched 'Operation Sulaimani'.  The Department of Health and Family Welfare introduced a new polio vaccine. has completed its first manned test flight. Chennai. south Delhi.  The Delhi government has passed a proposal to build a memorial for late President APJ Abdul Kalam at Dilli Haat. Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV).  The Cabinet of Saudi Arabia kingdom has approved the Vision 2030. followed by Delhi.

as per a recent notification by the Director General of Foreign Trade. As per the amendments.75% in 2014-15. net quantity of product. retail sale price and consumer care contacts would have to be displayed prominently in at least 40% of the packet area.  The Government has increased minimum wage for contract workers to Rs. under the 'Taruni Suvidha Programme'. trade and tourism.  The HRD Ministry has announced .  The Gujarat government has announced to provide a pack of six sanitary napkins at the token rate of Rs. "taking into consideration the Consumer Price Index and Dearness Allowance.  The government has approved an interest rate of 8.7% on the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) for 2015-16 from 8.  The government has banned the import of dogs for breeding or any other commercial activity. With the hike.  The government has set up a Panel headed by : Ashok Dalwai to prepare a blueprint for doubling farmers’ income by 2022. Manipur with the focus on road connectivity. effective from July. CM. and the Speaker among others. The first-ever North East-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Business Summit held at Imphal.1 to all girls between the ages of 10 and 19.000 per month. the MLAs salary and allowances rose to ₹2. the state’s ministers.  The government has amended its norms regarding the information displayed on packaged food item packets. manufacturing date.10.32 lakh. name of manufacturer/ packager/ importer.10 lakh per month from ₹1.  The government has made it mandatory for all mobile phones sold in India to have a panic button starting 2017.  The Himachal Pradesh Assembly has passed a bill increasing the salaries and allowances of MLAs.

 The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is going to build Exclusive Holiday homes for its jawans. .  The Kerala HC has ordered a total ban on sound-making fireworks display at all religious places between sunset and sunrise.  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched navigation satellite IRNSS-1G successfully from Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota spaceport. including those of the states. following the recent Kollam temple tragedy which killed 109 people.  The limit on the investment by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) in government securities. The satellite has a 12-year life span and is seventh and last in the series of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). an eGames tournament coinciding with the upcoming Rio Summer Olympics in August 2016.IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore as the best engineering and management institutes respectively in India.  The Indian space agency ISRO and NASA will join hands for the first time to launch a Satellite that will help study earthquake and its patterns.  The International eGames Committee (IEGC) has announced that Brazil's Rio de Janeiro will host the first “EOlympics”.  The Indian Navy has recently announced that women officers completing seven years with the Navy will be eligible for permanent commission in the law.  The Karnataka government has prohibited taxi-hailing apps like Ola and Uber to apply peak-hour charges. The satellite is called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar).  The International Bank Note Society has named New Zealand's $5 note as the Banknote of the Year 2015. education and naval constructors branches.  The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is introducing a Heat Index for the entire country starting this month.

12. The New Development Bank (NDB). 2 lakh crore. named 'Param Kanchenjunga'. The RBI has reduced the minimum tenure of the masala bonds issued by companies to three years from the previously stated five years.503 tonnes of nuclear fuel in 2015-16. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has ranked India 6th in its biggest military spenders list for 2015. which is said to be the most powerful and fastest among all the 31 NITs. 14. has announced it has set a new world record with production of 1. The Lucknow Metro will get a loan of €450 million (around ₹3. Haryana. China and South Africa) Development Bank. with effect from April 4. Theme : New Choices. The Malaysian government has introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization Visa (e-visa) for Indian tourists on a short visit to the country.500 crore) from the European Investment Bank for its Phase-1A project. The NIT Sikkim has secured a rare distinction of having a Supercomputer. under the Department of Atomic Energy. . The Rural Development Ministry has released Rs. The Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) in Hyderabad. formerly referred to as the BRICS (Brazil.000 crore to Rs. New Horizons. has sanctioned a $250 million loan for a renewable energy scheme in India. India. The NABARD has entered into a collaboration with German government for a special programme on 'Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security'.230 crore to the states towards the implementation of MGNREGA.           has been increased by Rs. The National Summit on Family Planning was held in New Delhi. The Lok Sabha passed the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill. Russia. 2016 to provide statutory status to the existing Regional Centre for Biotechnology in Faridabad.

 The Union cabinet has given its formal approval for adopting the Statute of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN). The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has reserved seats for Transgenders under the Most Backward Class Category (MBC).  The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has announced the launch of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).  The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted High-Level committee to suggest ways to tighten security along India-Pakistan border.311 kg of gold with the Punjab National Bank under the three-year short term Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS).  The Union government has merged the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) with the Khelo India scheme which is based on Gujarat's Khel Mahakumbh. a regional inter-governmental body in combating wildlife crime in the region and beyond. Haryana.  The Tourism Ministry has sanctioned Rs. .  The two-day G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held at Hiroshima. Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) network for Gurgaon.  The Union Government has approved country’s first Metrino Pod project i.  The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) retrospectively with effect from 1st July. With this. which is scheduled to be held between August and September. [The committee will be headed by : Madhukar Gupta (former Union Home Secretary)]  The Union Railway Ministry has decided to create a 1 lakh crore rupees safety fund named Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh to strengthen safety measures on the rail network to prevent accidents. 2014. India will become member of SAWEN.e.  The Tirupati Balaji temple management has deposited 1.20 crore for promoting tourism in Varanasi.

 The US Air Force has set a new world speed record for a vehicle aided by Magnetic Levitation (maglev). Singapore and Sweden were ranked second and third.  World's first White Tiger Safari was inaugurated in Madhya Pradesh's Satna district by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.  The Water Film Festival.  The US Congress has formally invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the Congress on June 8. “Ex-Red Flag-16-1” which is scheduled from 28th April 2016 to 13th May 2016 at Eielson AFB Alaska. Delhi. respectively.  US Air Force (USAF) invites the Indian Air Force to take part in the Air Exercise.  The US topped the Global Connectivity Index 2016.  Waqar Younis has stepped down from his position as head coach of Pakistan following the team's failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2016 ICC World T20. a 3D animated child using 500 photos of real children from emergency-hit areas to raise awareness about children affected by conflicts across the world. a part of the India Water Week celebrations. River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation) in New Delhi. The United Nations for the first time observed the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar at its headquarters in New York. .  The world's largest wooden Charkha (spinning wheel) is going to be installed at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.  UNICEF has created 'Sofia'. during his visit to the country. was inaugurated by Uma Bharti (Union Minister for Water Resources.  West Indies won their second World T20 title after defeating England by four wickets.

• A 108-feet tall idol of Rishabhdeva. • 7th meeting of the Governing Board of the IndoGerman Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) was held in New Delhi. who lost both his arms at the age of eight in an accident in his father's cricket bat making . • According to Symantec. which will be completely run and managed by women. • Allahabad High Court has celebrated 150 years of its existence. • According the the recently released ASSOCHAM report. Odisha has the maximum share of over 17% in the total live investments worth about Rs. the BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave. India has ranked 118th out of 156 nations in a global list of happiest nations. • Amazon has recently launched 'women only' delivery centres. • Aiming to reduce road accidents by 50% by 2020. India ranks third among countries with the most number of financial Trojan infections. • According to the World Happiness Report 2016 published by the United Nations.33 lakh crore aNracted by India’s manufacturing sector. Mumbai will host another international summit. • Amir Hussain Lone. • After the ambitious Make in India Week. on April 14. the first Teerthankar of Jains. after the US and Germany. Denmark takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world. the Gujarat government has announced the Road Safety Policy 2016. MARCH – 2016 • 26th Foundation Day of NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) was observed on 1st March 2016. has entered the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest Jain statue.

• • • • • • • • • • • sawmill. India has the world's highest number of people without access to clean water. Autorickshaws that run on solar power were launched in Bengaluru. Andhra Pradesh government inaugurated India’s first river linking project viz. a freestyle wrestling tournament of 3 days. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) announced that it successfully commissioned a 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Telangana. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched India’s first state-wide broadband project called AP FiberNet. Bangladesh left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny and pacer Taskin Ahmed were suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after having been found guilty of illegal bowling actions. recently held at Gurgaon. Pattiseema lift irrigation project connecting Godavari River with Krishna River from the ongoing Polavaram Multi-purpose Irrigation Project. The new law also grants 128 maternity leaves (98 earlier) for mothers and a 15-day holiday for fathers. . Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned its first 700-MW supercritical thermal unit in Karnataka. Beverage giants PepsiCo have been named as BCCI's official associate sponsor for all international matches in India. As per a report released by Water Aid. is the current state para-cricket team captain of Jammu and Kashmir. Australian golfer Adam Scott won the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship. Authorities in China's capital Beijing have passed a new family planning rule to allow remarried couples to have a second child. 'Bharat Kesri Dangal'.

while Goa stood second with 66 cases.046 solar . an unmanned spacecraft on a mission to find evidence of alien life that exists or may have existed on Mars.46. • China plans to land a probe on Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. • Citizens of Bhutan planted 1. the sole governing political party of the country.• Bihar assembly unanimously passes the Bihar Excise Amendment Bill 2016 paving the way for liquor ban in the state from April 1 this year. its first cybersecurity public organisation aimed at better safeguarding national cybersecurity and guiding internet companies in perform their duties. • China has launched CyberSecurity Association of China. • Delhi has topped the list for crimes against foreign tourists with 135 reported cases registered in 2014. • Denmark's 17-year-old Mohamad Al-Bacha was crowned the FIFA'16 world champion after winning the final in New York • Dubai has announced to host the Robot Olympics in December 2017. featuring 23. • Europe's largest floating solar farm has been built in London on the Thames river. as per the data by the National Crime Records Bureau.600 crore annual budget for Delhi • Delhi has became the first state in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children. • Delhi govt presents Rs. • China is building a tsunami alert centre in South China Sea. • E-commerce major Flipkart has launched its own wallet and payment method called ‘Flipkart Money’. • European and Russian space agencies have successfully launched ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.000 trees to welcome the birth of a son to King Khesar and Queen Pema.08.

AAHAR 2016 in New Delhi. Hanle village in Ladakh was short-listed as a prospective site to house the World's largest telescope named 'Thirty Metre Telescope . Food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugrated International Food and Hospitality Fair. Germany has announced that it will help India to develop 3 Indian cities as Smart Cities.• • • • • • • • • • panels and measuring 57. Government has announced that more than four lakh Jobs will be generated under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) during 2016-17. Former Indian captain. Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel has announced that the State is going to set up the country's first university focusing exclusively on organic farming and research. Over 90 countries were participated in this 31st edition of AAHAR fair. Former USA basketball legend Michael Jordan was placed at the top of Forbes' 2015's list of highestpaid retired athletes. Rahul Dravid has been named as the Mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore and Odisha's Bhubaneswar.500 square metres or the size of eight football pitches. They are. Kerala's Kochi. Former National 6Reds runner-up Rahul Sachdev clinched his maiden title by winning the 1st All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship. a report by government think-tank NCAER has revealed. Gujarat has topped the list of 21 states with the most investment potential. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched the one-day Make in India conference in Sydney and asked Australian businesses to make investments in India. Delhi Daredevils. followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

With this scheme. an initiative that allows women employees to work from home for up to a year. ICICI Bank has launched a Contactless option in its app 'Pockets'.• • • • • • • • • • • International Observatory'.98. India has assumed BRICS Chairmanship from the Russian Federation for the year 2016. affordable and sustainable energy. based on a resolution adopted by Pakistan's National Assembly. Haryana Government has changed the name of Mustafabad village in Yamuna Nagar district of state to Saraswati Nagar. India and France have signed a MoU for construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur nuclear park in Maharashtra. HRD Minister Smriti Irani has decided to rope in the Indian Army to teach patriotism in universities controlled by the government. . Haryana Govt is planning to distribute LED bulbs at highly discounted prices to nearly 44 lakh domestic consumers. in a new initiative to advance bilateral cooperation on climate change. estimated to be worth around Rs. This will allow users to make payments at outlets by tapping their smartphones. Diwali and Easter may soon be declared official holidays in Pakistan. India and US launched the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship. Haryana CM Manohar Lal formally launched the Ujala (LED bulbs) scheme of Haryana Power DISCOMs. ICICI Bank has launched iWork@home.26 crore. Holi. India has been ranked at the 90th place in a list of 126 countries on the basis of their ability to deliver secure. India has distributed scholarships to over 800 Bangladeshi students under the 'Muktijodha Scholarship Scheme'.

France. • Indian badminton player HS Prannoy clinched the 2016 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold after beating Marc Zwiebler of Germany. The other countries developing the vaccine are the US.300 crore. while playing against Bangladesh in the ICC World T20. Mahendra Singh Dhoni.30 pm and 9:30 pm. • India is one of the five countries involved in developing vaccines to fight the Zika virus that affects newborns in 38 countries and territories.• India has observed the 10th Earth Hour on 19th March 2016 between 8. Brazil and Austria. became first in the world to formally adopt the United Nations’ (UN) agenda for the world’s sustainable development and 17 goals identified for its implementation. • India sent its first direct container vessel to Bangladesh from Andhra Pradesh's Krishnapatnam port. • India has signed an agreement to extend $2 billion as line of credit to Bangladesh. • Indian limited-overs skipper. became the Fifth Indian batsman and the First T20I . • India has organized an international dialogue in Delhi during 10th & 11th March 2016 to present a model of 'no strings attached' assistance to developing countries that is unlike the western model of conditional assistance followed by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development. • India has reduced its financial aid to Nepal by 40% in its general budget for 2016-17 fiscal year to Rs. • India tops in Asian Development Bank's Growth outlook for Asia in 2016. as a part of a coastal shipping agreement signed in November between both the countries. • India has won the 2016 Asia Cup T20 trophy for a record sixth time after beating Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the final. • India Inc.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch 22 satellites in a single mission. Indian shuttlers Tarun Kona and Alwin Francis won the II Peru International Series 2016 title.• • • • • • • • • • captain to cross the 1.000-run mark in T20 internationals. During the visit. Indian wrestler Hardeep has became the first Indian wrestler since Mausam Khatri 12 years ago to book a quota place for 2016 Rio Olympics in the Greco-Roman category. India's biggest lender SBI is among four new foreign banks that have been given preliminary approval to open fully-owned branches in Myanmar. India's Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve has been added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserve among 20 new sites. Indian Railways has launched bar coding system for unreserved tickets to prevent revenue leakage and bring transparency in the ticketing system. this May. by defeating Japan's Isamu Fujisawa in the championship's 11th edition. Mr Rouhani discussed a pipeline project for transporting Iranian natural gas to Pakistan. including four micro-satellites and 17 nano-satellites. Jalandhar based Capital Local Area Bank limited (CLABL) became India's first Small Finance Bank (SFB) by flagging-off its operations on April 13. The launch vehicle PSLV C34 will carry India’s remote sensing satellite Cartosat 2C along with 21 other satellites. Indian race walker Gurmeet Singh became the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal at the Asian 20 km Race Walking Championships. its highest so far. Indian men's and Women's table tennis teams won golds in their respective categories in the second division of the 2016 World Table Tennis Championships. Iran President Hassan Rouhani was on a 2-day visit to Pakistan. 2016. .

The projects include the Dedicated Freight Corridor Project.5 lakh. • Lin Dan from China has won the prestigious 2016 All England Badminton title in the men’s singles category. Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project and Transmission System Strengthening Project in Madhya Pradesh. • Kerala Tourism’s new campaign on responsible tourism has bagged the prestigious 'Golden City Gate Award' at the world’s leading travel trade show ITB in Berlin. • Kachhabali village in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district has became the first liquor-free village in the state after its residents voted in support of shutting down the only liquor shop in their panchayat.269 crore (242. the maximum punishment for social boycotting will be 7 years in prison or fine up to Rs. Under this bill. • Karnataka government has launched Mukhyamantri Santwana Harish Yojana to provide Free medical treatment to road accident victims for the first 48 hours (2 days) in the nearest government or private hospital.14. • Maharashtra government has approved the 'Prohibition on Social Boycott Bill' to tackle with social boycotting based on caste and community.• Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed that this year's Rio Olympics will be his last Olympics. • Japan's multinational corporation SoftBank Group recently announced to split into two companies to separate its domestic and overseas business. • Kazakhstan has banned smartphones in government offices and police stations to prevent information leak. • Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has inaugurated an Air Ambulance facility catering to patients with urgent medical requirements. . including organ transplant.2 billion yen) for five infrastructure development projects in India. • Japan has committed loans worth about Rs.

Republic of Korea is the partner country for MIS 2016. such a branch is only in the headquarters (Delhi). • New Delhi has topped the list of top 25 destinations in India by travel website TripAdvisor as part of its 'Travellers' Choice Awards' for 2016. the maiden flagship initiative of the Union Ministry of Shipping. commerce. at a total of 520 days.• Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS 2016). which got destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. • Mumbai is likely to get a CBI branch for probing cyber crime offences. on the site of World Trade Center. • Patna Pirates beat U Mumba 31-28 to win 3rd season of Pro Kabaddi League . He has become the first US astronaut to spend the most time in space. • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly recently returned to Earth after spending 340 days in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). • Oculus. • NASA's Hubble telescope has broken the cosmic distance record by measuring the farthest galaxy ever seen (GNz11) in the universe. finance and foreign services. US. • Pakistan and Iran have signed 6 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to strengthen bilateral cooperation in health. the world's most expensive train station. a Beijingbased regional security grouping. which was built in New York. Mumbai. was recently opened. • Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Australian Grand Prix. As of now. • Nepal was officially made a dialogue partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). • Olympic gold medalist and Indian ace shooter Abhinav Bindra has set up a venture capital fund named 'Shooting Star LLP'. was organised from 14 to 16 April 2016 at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre.

• President Pranab Mukherjee has given the final clearance to the Aadhaar Bill. • PM Narendra Modi announced that India will host the FIFA under-17 World Cup next year. • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 100 MW power supply to Bangladesh by remote control from Tripura’s Palatana plant on 23rd March 2016.• Playing against New Zealand in the opener of the ICC World T20. . market prices. crop protection and agricultural machinery. • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel remotely launched Asia's biggest telescope. which will now allow the government to make the 12-digit unique identity number compulsory to access government services and benefits. Hyderabad. • President Pranab Mukherjee formally inaugurated the 5th edition of the India Aviation 2016. the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES). Theme : Women legislatorsbuilding resurgent India. fertilisers. The fiveday biennial aviation show was jointly organised by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at the Begumpet airport. built with Belgian assistance. • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched 'Kisan Suvidha' app for farmers to provide information on weather. • President Pranab Mukherjee on 5th March 2016 inaugurated a two-day National Conference of Women Legislators in New Delhi. • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 3 day 'Krishi Unnati Mela' in Delhi for disseminating information on modernising the country's agricultural practices. India crossed the 400 T20I wickets mark (excluding run outs). seeds. thereby becoming the seventhhighest T20I wicket-taking nation.

24 billion) to 1.• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the ambitious Rs 50. • Shiva Thapa has become the first Indian boxer to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro. United States & Saudi Arabia. • Railway Ministry launched Clean My Coach Service to ensure cleanliness in trains. • Russia has slashed its space budget for 2016 to 2025 by 30%. • Scientists from Japan have discovered a new species of bacteria.800-crore Setu Bharatam project. called Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6. • Ravichandran Ashwin became the first Indian bowler to collect 50 T20I wickets after picking David Warner's wicket against Australia. • Private lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank has tied up with National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) for Collateral Management and Warehousing Services. Brazil. that can eat plastic. from 2 trillion rubles ($29. . under which a total of 208 railway crossings will be replaced by rail over bridges (ROBs).68 billion). the silver medallist at the 2015 Asian body building event. • Services has won the 70th edition of Santosh Trophy Football Championships title 2016 by defeating hosts Maharashtra. • Rest of India has won the Irani Cup Cricket title by beating Mumbai by four wickets.4 trillion rubles ($20. • Shweta Rathore. • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a three nation visit to Belgium. Bengaluru aimed at offering customised banking solutions to women. • Private lender Yes Bank launched an all-women operated bank branch ‘Yes Grace’ on Cunningham Road. has bagged the Gold medal at the National body building Championship in New Delhi.

• The Delhi Daredevils have appointed former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan as their captain for the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League. • The 9th edition of the biennial defence expo. which will be valid throughout the country.• Singapore was ranked the world's most expensive city by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). organised by the Defence Ministry. was held in South Goa from 28th to 31st March 2016. • The Centre has imposed President's Rule in Uttarakhand on grounds of "breakdown of governance". unlike the state-issued certificates that are not recognised by other states. • The Director of School Education in Kashmir declared all schools in the valley as 'Polythene-free' zones. the United States. • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has become the country's first lender to start the distribution of the government's Indian Gold Coins. • The 4th Nuclear Security Summit -2016 was held in Washington DC. • Thailand is facing its worst drought in over 20 years. • South Korea's parliament has passed the country's first anti-terror bill.05%. • Tamil Nadu government recently launched internet services to every household through the state-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation. . • The Cabinet has approved the signing of an MoU with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for it to set up the South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) in India. • The European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate (refinancing rate) to 0% from 0. Defexpo India 2016. • The Centre has decided to issue universal ID cards for persons with disability. with water levels in the nation's largest dams below 10%. with opposition lawmakers leaving the plenary chamber after ending the nine-day marathon speeches.

• The Government has launched 'Mahila E-Haat'. • The first Raisina-Dialogue 2016 was recently held at New Delhi. • The government has formally withdrawn the recognition of Delhi Stock Exchange (DSE) after it was derecognised by markets regulator SEBI in November 2014 for "serious irregularities" in its functioning. • The government has approved 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Marketplace model of e-commerce under the automatic route. to open incubation centres at its Bengaluru and Ernakulam branches. Andhra Pradesh. • The Finance Ministry has announced that the government will issue Gold bonds under the third tranche of its Sovereign Gold Bond scheme on March 29.• The Fast patrol vessel (FPV) of the Indian Coast Guard ICGS Arnvesh was commissioned at Visakhapatnam. • The first ever pollution-free. The theme of Raisina-Dialogue 2016 : Asia: Regional and Global Connectivity • The government aims to bring over 50% of farmers under insurance cover through the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in the next two years. • The government has amended the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to give an option to a subscriber’s spouse to continue to contribute to the account till the time the subscriber would have turned 60. • The government has hiked the Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees and pensioners by Six Percent (6%). fully electricity-operated bus was launched in New Delhi. a first of its kind online platform from the Women and Child . in case of his/her premature death. • The Federal Bank is set to launch a dedicated service for startups called 'Launchpad'. • The Government has decided to set up '1033' as a toll free national helpline number to report road accidents.

China. The government has revised the 'Indian Customs Declaration Form' to include drones in the list of prohibited and dutiable goods. The Maharashtra government has decided to observe 2016 as the 'Year of Farmers Self-respect' in view of the prevailing drought across the state. subject to verification by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India. Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 6th navigation satellite into the Earth’s orbit on March 10. The government has relaxed FDI norms for the insurance sector by permitting overseas companies to buy 49% stake in domestic insurers. The Mumbai under-23 cricket team has won the Col CK Nayudu Trophy for the season 2015-16. The Haryana government has launched Project Salamati. The International Hockey Federation (FIH). has promoted Hockey India national-level umpire Nepoleon Singh as the International Outdoor Umpire. making it the first state to implement the use of injectable contraceptives towards family planning.• • • • • • • • • • • Development Ministry to promote women entrepreneurs. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to share FDI-related data with the country's intelligence agencies. to check the black money entering India. The Maharashtra government exempted sugar exporting mills from paying cane purchase tax for the 2015 to 2016 marketing year. making it mandatory for the flyers to declare them from April 1. which began in October. The largest nuclear security centre in the AsiaPacific region opened in Beijing. The Health Ministry has banned the sale and manufacture of over 300 combination drugs that are being sold in India without government approval. particularly from rural areas. .

• The UP Government announced to conduct a campaign titled Gauraiya Diwas on March 20th.000-crore scheme to provide cooking gas (LPG) connections free of cost to women members of poor households. • Toorputallu and Pedhamyanavanilanka. and the Fire Brigade in India was accepted by the Telecom Commission. These will be the first two villages . • The world’s first cyborg Olympics will be held in October this year in Switzerland. citing the company's unreliable manufacturing standards as the reason. a Rs 8. a pro-Khalistan group. • The World Health Organization has suspended the approval of tuberculosis drugs made by Mumbai-based Svizera Labs. • The Union Cabinet has approved Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana. will run completely on solar power from this year. Ambulances.• The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's recommendation to make 112 the number for all emergency services such as Police. • TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and the ICRW (International Center for Research on Women) have come together to introduce the Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) program in public schools across Maharashtra. • The world’s first amputee football training camp for kids aged 5 to 16 was held in Dublin. two villages in Andhra Pradesh. • The UK lifted a 15-year-old ban on the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISFY). a major supplier to developing countries. at school levels to create awareness about the conservation of birds. • The United States and the Philippines have announced a new 10-year security pact to allow a rotating US military presence at five bases on the Philippines islands.

With 7% presence. Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar flagged off India's first indigenously developed SONAR dome during the 9th Edition of Defexpo 2016 at Goa. With the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) allowing women to join its supervisory combat roles. consultancy. India ranks 26th globally in terms of presence of women members on company boards. 'Jana Gana Mana'. Yes Bank. These villiages were adopted by the union minister Nirmala Sitharaman under Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna. skill and technology. US state. Vijender Singh knocks out Hungary’s Alexander Horvath to register fourth consecutive win in Pro Boxing. every day. the India’s fifth largest private sector Bank has signed MOU with the India Brazil Chamber of Commerce for cooperation in knowledge sharing. Haryana and Punjab. United States President Barack Obama was on a visit to Cuba. California had passed 'The End of Life Option Act'. He is the first US President to visit the country in 88 years. With the help of this act. . Uttar Pradesh government has made it mandatory for primary school students to sing the national anthem. women can now be inducted as officers in combat roles in all five Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). Terminally ill residents of the state will legally be allowed to end their lives with medication prescribed by doctors starting June 9 this year.• • • • • • • • • in the country to be run 100% on solar power. Union Minister Jitendra Singh recently announced that the government is planning to set up new nuclear power plants in Bihar.

worth around $20 million was discovered in Africa. followed by Chandigarh. breathing the air of the national capital has adverse effects on lungs which are worse than smoking cigarettes. along with its counterparts from China and Pakistan. Chandrayaan II.7% in 2013-14.  A report by the Central Electricity Authority has stated that power generation in India grew by 6% in January 2016. . the world's 27th largest diamond. Tiruchirappalli. New Delhi.  A 12-member team of the Indian Army was participated in the “Cobra Gold” multilateral exercises. and Visakhapatnam.  50% of government jobs in Assam will be reserved for women. India has been named the third most disaster-hit nation in 2015. has announced that India is ready to conduct its second moon mission. which was hosted by Thailand.  According to a government survey by the Quality Council of India.  A S Kiran.  According to a report by Delhi government. (Mysuru>Chandigarh>Tiruchirapalli>New Delhi>Visakhapatnam)  According to a recently released United Nation's report. with a growth rate of 9.  According to a report released by by IndiaSpend.  According to a report by Greenpeace.  A 404.2 carat diamond. Meghalaya has emerged as India’s fastest-growing state. It is by far the biggest diamond found in the region. FEBRUARY – 2016  12th South Asian Games began in Guwahati on 5th February 2016. Air pollution in India is higher than that of China. Mysuru has retained its position as the cleanest city in India. the Chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently announced.

former British PM Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman of the last two centuries. Muzaffarpur (Bihar) and Varanasi (UP) are most polluted cities in India.  Author Ruskin Bond has announced that he will be writing his autobiography in three volumes.  According to the data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).  Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi won the La Liga Player of the Month Award for the first time ever in his career. 96 million school children were covered under the Midday Meal Scheme in 2015-16. According to recently released MHRD data.  After scoring a total of 199 runs in three T20Is against Australia at an average of 199.94. Virat Kohli became the top-ranked T20I batsman in the world. [after Rajasthan. . Jharkhand.5 years of age) in India has increased since 2006.  Australia's Adam Voges surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s batting average of 99. 'The Kiss of Life: How A Superhero and My Son Defeated Cancer'.  According to SocialCops analysis of data from the National Tiger Conservation Authority.  Bihar became the 6th state to join Union Government’s UDAY Scheme for financial restructuring of debt of power distribution companies.  As per a survey of Britons by Scottish investment company Scottish Widows. the tiger population (over 1. Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat]  Bollywood actor Aamir Khan announced to join Maharashtra government's 'Drought Free Village Scheme'.00.  American space agency NASA has invited the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) among other space agencies for a meeting in the US to discuss a possible international collaboration on a Mars mission. Chhattisgarh.  Bollywood Actor Emraan Hashmi announced the title of his first ever book.

80% from 8.  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently visited Colombo to co-chair the 9th Joint Commission meeting and to discuss key bilateral and regional issues.  Celebrity chef and TV host Sanjeev Kapoor was elected to prepare the menu of food to be served on the Indian Railways.  Drug firm Aurobindo Pharma has received tentative approval from the US health regulator for its Ritonavir tablets used for treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.  Dubai International Airport was declared the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2015. .  Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) announced an increase in interest rate on Provident Fund (PF) deposits for 2015-16 to 8. the pink cricket ball to be used in day-night test matches will now have a black seam instead of white.75% in the previous two fiscals.  Dubai has confirmed plans to build the world's largest shopping mall named 'Mall of the World' at a cost of $22 billion.  British national newspaper. Britain is set to get the world's biggest wind farm after the proposal for the 1. The Guardian's Tom Jenkins was named as the Sports Photographer of the Year at the 2015 Picture Editors’ Guild awards.  Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced that India will induct three to four indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in 2016 and Eight squadrons in eight years. making him the first Indonesian Formula One driver. Tiangong 2.  British Formula One racing team Manor Racing has signed Indonesia’s Rio Haryanto.  China will launch its second space laboratory.2-gigawatt Hornsea Project One in northern England was accepted. into Earth’s orbit in the third quarter of 2016.  Cricket Australia has announced that after feedback from players.

 In a first-of-its-kind deal. Virender Sehwag appointed as the new mentor for Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit. UAE's national oil company Adnoc has signed a deal with the Indian government to store crude oil in India's maiden strategic storage and give two-thirds of the oil to India for free. .  Haryana is set become the first state in the country to complete aquifer mapping for its groundwater resources by May 2016. FIFA opened its new $140 million World Football Museum in Zurich. Kings XI Punjab for the forthcoming ninth season of the league.  Google's holding company Alphabet has overtook Apple to become the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world.  Google added flood alerts to its Google Public Alerts service in India. the first Royal Child of Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema was recently born in Thimphu's Lingkana Palace.  Gyalsey. a job fair for the transgender community was organised in Chennai. Grant Elliott and Zulfiqar Babar set a new world record for the highest 10th wicket partnership in a T20 game as they scored 63 runs in 32 balls.  'Hope for a New Life'.  In a landmark judgement. the Delhi High Court stated that the eldest woman of a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) can be its 'karta'.  Former Indian cricketer.  In a PSL match between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. a picture captured by Australian photographer Warren Richardson was named the 'World Press Photo of the Year 2015' at the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest.  For the first time in India.  Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was on his First official visit to India.

 India has launched the lightest gun ever which weighs as     less as 250 grams. India is going to host the 3rd edition of the Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation. and utilise India's $250 million post-earthquake reconstruction grant. India has surpassed the USA as the world's secondlargest smartphone market in terms of active unique smartphone users. MoU in health cooperation. crop science and biotechnology. that will include an airstrip. have signed an MoU to conduct a research programme in the field of crop science to help tackle global challenges in the areas of food security. in yet another indicator of the country's enduring failure to build a strong domestic defence-industrial base (DIB). improve cultural cooperation.  India and Brunei signed three agreements. including the Cambridge University. New Zealand's Brendon McCullum became the first cricketer ever to play 100 consecutive Tests since debut.  India and Nepal signed Nine partnership deals to help develop infrastructure. which was held from 13th February 2016 to 18th February 2016.  India and a consortium of top UK research institutions. India hosted heads of state from Sweden. MoU on Defence cooperation and MOU on cooperation in youth and sports affairs. Lithuania and Poland along with 25 ministers of trade and industry from countries including Japan and Germany for its mega 'Make in India' week. . and it has been named 'Nidar'. helipad and space for setting up small manufacturing units. In the last test series of his career. training school. India is set to get its first ever aviation park in Gujarat.  India continues to remain the world's largest arms importer. They are. accounting for 14% of the global imports in the 2011-2015 timeframe. Finland.

 India was crowned the overall champion at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) after finishing on top with a record 308 medals including 188 gold. as part of a user trial by the army.  India ranks first in Milk Production.  India women cricket team clean sweep three match ODI series against Sri Lanka.5% of World production.400 traditional healers as the number of tribal children falling victim to local healing practices in the district has increased.  India will launch The National Framework for Malaria Elimination. ahead of the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of 2030. a single window for inbound Japanese investments in India and vice-versa.  India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has launched ‘Japan Desk’.  India secured the top spot for the seventh straight quarter in Nielsen’s Consumer Confidence Index rankings for the December quarter. to train 4. accounting for 18. India ranked 37th among 38 countries. 90 silver and 30 bronze medals. called 'Jyoti'. Nabarangpur of Odisha launched a 45-day campaign.  India test-fired its indigenously developed Prithvi II missile from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha.  India’s poorest district.  India through the Department of Biotechnology. in USCC's Intellectual Property Index (IPI). aiming for an open defecation-free India. a programme aimed at eliminating malaria in the country by 2027. . Ministry of Science and Technology signed a Cooperation Agreement to acquire the status of the Associate Member State European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).  Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has joined ICC and UNICEF’s ‘Team Swachh’ initiative to build a social movement for sanitation and toilet use.

 Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). is set to launch India’s first solar mission called Aditya-L1.  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch the Cryogenic mark-III based GSLV satellite launch vehicle in December.  Indian Railways is set to export 120 Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches to Bangladesh for around Rs.367 crore. Indian long jumper Mayookha Johny leapt to the 6.  India's first professional e-sports league called the Indian Gaming League (IGL) was launched. .  Iraq has announced that it's security forces have started building a wall around the capital Baghdad in an effort to prevent attacks by the so-called Islamic State (IS).  India's largest wax producing plant was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in Assam.  India's first transgender sub inspector Prithika Hasini along with 21 other members of the community recently received appointment orders.  Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is working to establishment of a Satellite Tracking & Data Reception Station and Data Processing Facility for ASEAN Member countries in Vietnam. Qatar.  International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton has defeated World Boxing Association’s (WBA) super bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg.35meter mark to win the Gold medal at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha.  Indian Railways is building World's Highest Rail Bridge at Jammu & Kashmir.  India's Tourism Ministry has proposed that all international visitors using the electronic Tourist Visa facility get SIM cards on arrival.  India's first ‘Water Tourism Festival’ Jal Mahotsav was held in Madhya Pradesh's Hanuwantiya Island.

 ISRO is set to collaborate with the University of Toronto for a nano-satellite that will monitor the air pollution levels in some of the most polluted cities like Delhi.  Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that India’s second International Finance Centre (IFC) will be set up at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.  Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced free education for Scheduled Caste students in government colleges including.  Kerala emerged as the overall winner for the 19th consecutive time at National School Athletics championship.  Maharashtra government announced a 5% reservation for Mumbai's mill workers.  Japan has successfully launched ASTRO-H space observation satellite to probe mysterious black holes. Lucknow and Amritsar.  Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has announced that PM Modi will launch the Unorganised Workers’ Identification Number (UWIN) smart cards within a month for India's 40 crore unorganised sector workers. engineering and medical institutions.  IT giant Infosys is set to build the world's tallest 135-metre free-standing clock tower at its global education centre in Mysuru at a cost of ₹60 crore.  Japan is planning to build the 'Sky Mile Tower' skyscraper. 14 kilometres on the up line.  Madhya Pradesh's Katni district is all set to get India's longest railway bridge. women and kin of state martyrs in procuring autorickshaw permits to ensure greater participation of locals. ahead of the Make in India Week in Mumbai.  Long-distance runner Lalita Babar was named as the Sports Person of the Year during the India Sports Awards 2015. the first in the country.  Maharashtra has decided to set up Mumbai International Arbitration Centre. .

 National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 was officially launched in Mizoram  National Snooker Championship 2016 Winners . Indian mountaineer Toolika Rani has conquered Mount Kilimanjaro. will have electricity from the Independence Day this year.  Nearly 1. famous for its Hindu cave sculptures and located around 10 km off Mumbai coast.200 residents of the Elephanta island. Under this initiative. for the first time since issuing its initial rating in 1999. with a field of view 100 times larger than that of the Hubble Space Telescope.  Mumbai was crowned the champions of the Ranji Trophy for the 41st time after defeating Saurashtra in the final by an innings and 21 runs.  Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli was on a 5-day visit to India from 19th February 2016.  Mumbai has declared 16 no-selfie zones across the city after a spate of accidental deaths linked to “selfie fever”.Men's Category : Aditya Mehta. Women's Category : Vidya Pillai. it is planning to build underwater datacenters.  Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of Oman. Microsoft recently unveiled a new research initiative 'Project Natick'.  NatGeo India has launched 'Stand With A Girl' initiative. the poorest Gulf Arab country on the basis of economic output per person. in association with online fund-raising platform Milaap to support girl-child education.  Nearly four years after conquering Mount Everest.  NASA is developing a new space telescope called Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).  New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum Scored the fastest Century in Test History in 54 balls while playing his farewell test against Australia in Christchurch. the highest peak in Africa. between February 17 and 22. .

 Rajasthan government has issued a notification setting ₹5.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban (Rural-Urban) mission in Chhattisgarh.  Odisha has lifted the three-year-old ban on its ruling of not allowing tourists to visit the tribal regions in the state.  President Pranab Mukherjee declared Kerala as India's first fully digital state. Assam and dedicated the facility to the nation.  New Zealand defeated Australia by 55 runs in captain Brendon McCullum's final ODI to clinch the ChappellHadlee Trophy. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum retired from international cricket.  President Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated India's first "Gender Park" in Kozhikode.642 per month as minimum wage for domestic helps in the state.  Pakistan's parliament became the first in the world to fully operate on solar electricity.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) at Lepetkata. .  Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje launched the ‘School on Wheels’ initiative in Jaipur. Kerala. The initiative is aimed at bringing civic and infrastructural facilities to villages to bridge the rural urban divide.  Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been banned for 3 months by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for testing positive for the prohibited substance Chlortalidone (dope test). It is the first ever petro-chemical plant located in the entire North-Eastern region of India.  Pawan Negi became the most expensive Indian player to be bought at the IPL Auction 2016.

 Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the St Petersburg Ladies Tournament to clinch their fourth title of the season. . I  State Bank of India (SBI) in partnership with Snapdeal has launched a new branch 'SBI e-Smart SME' to provide working capital loans to sellers on e-commerce platforms.  Sindh became the first Pakistan province to adopt landmark Hindu Marriage Bill.  Slovenian high-jumper Rozle Prezelj has been elected the new Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes' Commission. an Indian teacher who teaches girls in the red light areas of Mumbai has been nominated for the Global Teacher Prize among the world's top 10 educators. 2015 in order to allow the minority community to register their marriages.  Scientists in the UK have created five-dimensional glass discs that can store 360 TB of data for up to 13.  Shane Watson became the most expensive player of IPL 2016. Jacob Oram and Brett Lee to take a hat-trick in Twenty20 internationals.  South African batsman David Miller has been named the captain of Kings XI Punjab team for the upcoming Indian Premier League season 9. Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani has announced the setting up of 'Dhirubhai Ambani Centre for Innovation and Research in Aerospace' in Bengaluru.  South African batsman Quinton de Kock became the quickest batsman to score 10 ODI hundreds after his 135 against England in the third ODI.  Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography 'Playing It My Way’ has entered the Limca Book of Records for being the 'Bestselling Adult Hardback on Release' across nonfiction and fiction categories.  Robin Chaurasiya.  Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera has became only the fourth bowler after Tim Southee.8 billion years.

 Team India's U-19 opener Rishabh Pant records the fastest fifty in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup against Nepal. The Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval for Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and 13 countries including Israel and Syria for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa launched Amma Drinking Water Scheme to provide free drinking water for poor sections. . Safe and Sustainable Supply Chain’.  Tata Motors announced that it has renamed its upcoming hatchback Zica as Tiago.  The 9th India-Nepal combined battalion-level military     training exercise 'Surya Kiran' was conducted at Pithoragarh from 8th to 21st February 2016. The Chhattisgarh government has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Railways to form a joint venture company with the Indian Railways.  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced Free bus travel for senior citizens in the Chennai metropolitan area from her 68th birthday on February 24. The Central Government has agreed to Jharkhand's proposal of setting up a Sanskrit University in the Deoghar district. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has slapped a five-year ban on Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf over charges of corruption and misconduct.  The Ministry of Railways signed an MoU with Government of Chhattisgarh for “Formation of Joint Venture Companies for Development of Railway Infrastructure in Chhattisgarh State". Theme of WSC 2016 : ‘Target 2020: Clean. Gujarat.  The 13th edition of World Spice Congress (WSC) was held at Ahmedabad.

 The first joint tactical exercise between border troops of India and China was recently conducted in the Chushul Moldo area.  The HRD Ministry announced to make the installation of the national flag compulsory in all central universities . to celebrate birthdays of girl students.  The Haryana government launched the 'Kanya Janamdin Utsav'.  The government has banned the sale of entry-level one-star air-conditioners in the Indian market and introduced improved energy efficiency guidelines for frost-free refrigerators.  The fifth edition of IBSAMAR 2016 trilateral naval exercise between Brazil.  The crown prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. 2020. with their parents.  The government is planning to establish India's first railway university at Vadodara. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently launched "BGR-34".  The Gurgaon administration has issued an advisory saying that an FIR will be filed against the residents if they waste water. was on a three-day visit to India from 10th February 2016. India's first antidiabetic ayurvedic drug for type two Diabetes mellitus.  The government has come out with draft rules on emission standards for Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) for various categories of vehicles manufactured on or after April 1.  The government launched Project Sunrise at Imphal for prevention of AIDS in the North-Eastern states.  The Father Agnel School in Greater Noida has been named India's greenest school by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). India and South Africa held in Goa. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed-Al-Nahyan.

university and schools cricket. The International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016. The International Swimming Federation named Fukuoka. an international military exercise was held in Visakhapatnam.           on a 207 feet high mast on their campuses to signify "strong and united India. has included two female officials in the 31-member Playing Control Team for March’s women’s World T20 tournament. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Rahul Dravid as member of newly constituted AntiCorruption Unit Oversight Group. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a new space observatory called ASTRO-H. Andhra Pradesh. to curb the increase of violent behaviour. UN's aviation agency. Japan. The Karnataka government has announced a housing scheme for over 600 transgenders facing social boycott in Bengaluru. Theme of IFR 2016 : “United through Oceans”. to host the 2021 world aquatics championships. has banned the shipment of Lithiumion batteries on all passenger flights starting 1st April 2016. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is planning to introduce red and yellow cards into club. .” The ICC removed India. The Jaypee Punjab Warriors has won the 4th edition of Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) title 2016. . The Indian Army has observed 68th 'Nowshera Day' on 9th February 2016 to commemorate the sacrifice of jawans who laid down their lives while fighting Pakistani intruders in the frontier town of Nowshera. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). for the first time. The ICC. England and Australia as the permanent members of its decision-making executive committee.

10.  The union power ministry electrified 245 villages in India during the first week of February under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna. India has the third highest underfive child mortality rate among SAARC countries with 48 deaths reported per 1000 live births.  The Seventh Joint Military Training Exercise between the Indian Army and the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) . and asked the railways to approach the state Government for moving further. as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. . Seychelles.  The Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education (SAICE).  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU) signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyber defense.  The Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex. Puducherry has become India's first fully solarpowered educational institute.LAMITYE 2016.  The National Green Tribunal (NGT) gave its approval to the controversial railway link between the Hubbali-Ankola in Karanataka. Victoria.000 crore corpus for ‘Stand Up India' fund from the Reserve Bank of India. was held at Seychelles Defence Academy (SDA). The Minister of State for Tourism.  The Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi announced that. Culture and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma launched the 'Swachh Parayatan' mobile app. world’s largest solar power plant.  The newly-formed Rajkot-based Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has been named as the Gujarat Lions. the app aims to ease the process of registering complaints from the general public about unclean areas and garbage piles in and around tourist destinations for "immediate action". was opened in the Souss-Massa-Drâa area in Morocco.  The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is going to raise Rs.

 UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino was elected as the ninth FIFA President. is set to go on its maiden voyage in 2018 from Jiangsu. China to Dubai. a total of 5. .07 lakh houses have been sanctioned so far.000 water ports in the country. The United Nations Postal Administration has released 6 new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian.  Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced that India is likely to spend about $1 trillion by 2030 on power infrastructure to provide 24/7 affordable electricity supply to its citizens.  The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a 132-foot unmanned ocean drone on April 7. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). the replica of the original ship that sank in the Atlantic Ocean almost 100 years ago.  Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in Urban areas. bisexual and transgender people. gay.  Union Government has sanctioned about 580 crore rupees for Agartala-Akhaura railway link Project to connect Kolkata (West Bengal) with Tripura via Bangladesh.  The UPA government's flagship rural job guarantee scheme. 2016.  Union Health Minister JP Nadda has approved Medical Council of India's proposal to amend the Indian Medical Council Act to hold a nationwide common medical entrance test.  Titanic 2. completed 10 years of implementation on 2nd February 2016. Oracle will open its first India campus in Bengaluru.  The World Bank has decided to lend support to the Rajasthan government on energy reforms.  Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the government plans to set up 2. out of which the three states of Andhra Pradesh.  Under the government’s 'Make in India' campaign. Telangana & West Bengal got 69%.

 Union Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Enterprise
and Innovation of Sweden have inked a MoU on Technical
Cooperation in Rail Sector.
 Vedanta Limited, a global diversified natural resource
company, won India’s first-ever gold mining lease auctioned
by the Chhattisgarh government.
 Vietnam has formally lifted the ban on import of Indian
groundnut, thereby providing market access after nine
months.
 Vietnam has inaugurated the world's longest three-rope
cable car system in the northern province of Lao Cai.
 West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has launched a project
'Muktir Alo' (Light of Freedom), under which sex workers
from Kolkata's Sonagachi area are being trained to
act in films and serials.
 World’s first fast-acting anti-rabies drug Rabies Human
Monoclonal Antibody (RMAb) was launched in India.
 World's first Boeing 727 is set to make its last flight, from
Paine Field to Boeing Field International (Washington), on
March 2nd 2016.

 JANUARY – 2016

 45 Indians and Indian-origin people made it to the Forbes 5th
Annual List of 30 under 30.
 A 11-year-old Indian-origin girl Kashmea Wahi, has
achieved the top possible score of 162 on a IQ test of
Mensa, becoming one of the youngest brainiest students
in the country.

 A 24-year-old referee from Dindigul (Tamil Nadu), Rupa Devi
has qualified to officiate international football matches
conducted by FIFA.
 A cafeteria, which serves food prepared by the inmates of
Poojappura
Central
Prison,
has
been
opened
in
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
 A friendship bus service between India and Nepal via
Champawat in Uttarakhand resumed after a gap of 27 years.
 A Joint Exercise named SAHYOG-KAIJIN-XV was
conducted in the Bay of Bengal Off Chennai between Indian
and Japan Coast Guard.
 A new Social Security Agreement signed between India
and Australia has come into operation enabling people of
both nations to avail retirement benefits in each other's
country, a pact likely to boost bilateral business linkages.
 A survey conducted by American media company US News
and World Report has named Denmark as the best country
in the world for women to live in.
 A two-wheeler taxi service, 'Bikxie Pink', for women has
been launched in
Gurgaon that is completely run by
women.
 A US-based startup has developed a smart wallet 'Walli'
priced under $100, that notifies the user of its location and
contents.
 According to a report published in The Lancet journal, India
witnessed the highest number of stillbirths in the world in the
year 2015.
 According to data from the US National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the year 2015 was
the Earth's warmest year in terms of average temperature in
136 years.
 According to Social Cops analysis, India has 10.1 million child
workers as of Census 2011.
 According to the new rule imposed by Indian Railways, any
individual will not be able to book more than six tickets
online in a month from IRCTC website from his/her user ID.

 According to the Press Information Bureau's recent
report, India moved 13 positions ahead from 65th to 52nd
rank in Tourism & Travel competitive index. Spain
topped the list.
 Ajit Chandila of Rajasthan Royals and Hiken Shah of
Mumbai have been handed a lifetime ban and a fiveyear ban respectively for their roles in the IPL spot-fixing
scam.
 Ambagarh Chowki, a tribal dominated naxal-hit block has
become Chhattisgarh's first open defecation-free
development block.
 An annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf” has gone
on sale in Germany.
 An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the Uttar
Pradesh cadre, Aparna Kumar, has successfully scaled the
17000-ft high Mount Vinson Massif, which is the highest
peak in the Antarctic sub-continent.
 Angelique Kerber has won Australian Open women's
singles title and her first Grand Slam by beating Serena
Williams.
 Arunima Sinha, the amputee mountaineer who set a
record by climbing the Mount Everest, has added another
feather in her cap by conquering Mount Aconcagua
(highest mountain outside Asia, at 6,960.8 metres) in
Argentina.
 As per the Global Human Development Report (HDR)
2015 by UN Development Programme (UNDP), Sri Lanka
has stood at the top position in terms of human
development.
 As per the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of
Children) Act, 2015, Selling cigarette or chewable tobacco to
those under the age of 18 will result in a maximum jail
term of up to seven years and also carry a fine of a Rs 1
lakh.
 As per the World Bank report, Indian Government has
succeeded in saving one billion US Dollars (Rs 650 crore

Australia's opening batsman David Warner has won the Allen Border Medal and also the Test Player of the Year honours. Brazilian Football Legend.5% tax on luxury items to mop up additional revenue for carrying development work. India's second Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette (ASWC) at Visakhapatnam. Kerala Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has announced plans to introduce mobile toilet vans that will be stationed in areas that do not have public toilets. BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha’s biography. Beverage giant Coca-Cola has announced that it will launch milk-based beverages under the brand name ‘Vio’ starting January 26. Bihar govt has decided to impose 13. Bombay Stock Exchange had recently become the world's fastest stock exchange clocking a median trade speed of six micro seconds. . Dhowan has commissioned INS Kadmatt. “Anything But Khamosh” was released. Ronaldinho has been named as the ambassador of the Nagjee International Club Football tournament to be played in Kozhikode. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has unveiled the bronze statue of great Ahom General Lachit Borphukan and his soldiers on the river Brahmaputra in Guwahati. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R. K. China has allowed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and 5 other international financial institutions to participate in the country’s inter-bank foreign exchange market. Asia's oldest stock exchange.            approx) per annum with the help of its Aadhaar ID which curbs corruption to a great extent. Bihar government has announced 35% reservation to women in government jobs in the state at all levels. Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has joined hands with the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) to develop a battery for passenger cars using technology which is in use to make batteries for space vehicles.

laser walls will soon be used to cover over 40 unfenced areas along the IndiaPakistan border as the Home Ministry has made this a top priority to prevent entry of terrorists.cn’ has become the world’s most commonly used in the internet.  China’s country code domain ‘. a tool that could help publishers in targeting appropriate audiences and better understand their interests. . China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military and improve its fighting capacity. General command for the People's Liberation Army. thus sharing the record with Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.  Chris Gayle equalled the record for fastest fifty in T20s as he scored his half-century off 12 balls.de’ domain.  Following the Pathankot attack. Missile force and Strategic support force.  Following a ruling by the Supreme Court.  China is planning to develop an "exascale" supercomputer that will be capable of performing more than a billion billion calculations per second.  China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in which India and 56 countries have joined as founding members was opened at Beijing on 16th January 2016 by President Xi Jinping. They are.  Deborah Herold from Andamans created history by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the Track Cycling World Championships to be held in London in March.  Facebook has launched Audience Optimization. helmets were made compulsory for pillion (a seat for a passenger behind a motorcyclist) riders in Bengaluru. surpassing Germany’s ‘.  Delhi Acers were crowned the champions of the inaugural edition of the Premier Badminton League after they defeated the Mumbai Rockets.

 For the first time in the history of India. who is also an ultramarathon runner. the Gujarat government is ready to set up a 750 MW solar park in the Banaskantha district. For the first time in Haryana.  In a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence. a strong contingent of French Army marched down the Rajpath on Republic Day along with Indian troops. Pat Farmer. Scheduled Tribes and Women Entrepreneurs.  In collaboration with the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. the Cabinet has approved 'Stand Up India' scheme to promote entrepreneurship among Scheduled Caste. the sex ratio at birth has crossed the 900 mark with 903 girls per 1.  Former world number one Victoria Azarenka won her first title since 2013 by beating Angelique Kerber in the Brisbane International final. the 23-year-old transgender actor and model has became the first transgender model to be signed by top modelling agency. . a computer program has for the first time defeated a professional player in the ancient Chinese board game of ‘Go’. 2020 to curb vehicular pollution.  Google. has set out on marathon 'The Spirit of India Run' covering 4600 km in 60 days.  French President France Francois Hollande is the Chief Guest of this year's Republic Day celebrations 2016.  Government decides to jump from Bharat Stage-4 to Bharat Stage-6 from 1st April.  Former World No.  Hari Nef. in partnership with Indian Railways.  Former Australian MP. launched its first free high-speed public WiFi service in the country at the Mumbai Central Railway Station.1 tennis player Marat Safin of Russia has joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  In order to boost entrepreneurship.000 boys as per records for December 2015.

23 million tonnes of rice.  India hs agreed to supply 300 MW of electricity to energystarved Nepal in the next one-and. aimed at enhancing resilience to floods and increase agriculture productivity. '123456' retained its top position for the third consecutive year. by collaborating with France.  India is planning to set up a National Water Informatics Centre in Delhi as part of its flood forecasting systems.  India will be the fastest growing big economy in the world in 2016.  India has emerged as one of the five most promising markets for businesses globally. .580 business leaders across 36 nations.  India ranks first in business optimism.  India has slipped from 78th to 89th Rank on an annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTC).a-half year as the two sides decided to expedite construction of cross-border transmission lines and boost bilateral cooperation including in power trade.  India has overtaken Thailand as the world’s largest rice exporter in the year 2015 by shipping (exporting) 10. improving its slot from 85 in 2014 and 94 in 2013.  India has won the T20 Blind Asia Cup 2016 by defeating Pakistan. a United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 report stated. a quarterly global survey of 2. In the list for the 25 worst internet passwords of 2015 by software security firm SplashData.  India signed a $250 million loan agreement with the World Bank for Bihar Kosi Basin Development project.  India has been ranked at 76th position in public sector corruption out of 168 countries in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2015. according to Grant Thornton International Business Report.

000 runs in the limited overs format. Wings Rainbow.  India's Apurvi Chandela sets a new world record by clinching Gold medal in women's 10 metre air rifle at Swedish Cup Grand Prix.  India’s first radio taxi service for the LGBT community.  India's Ace Shuttler. was flagged off. while playing against Australia in the third ODI. India will hold Exercise Force Eighteen. according to a recent UN survey on international migrant trends.  Indian Oil Corporation is the only Asian company that was offered a term contract by Nigeria for selling crude oil.  India's Siril Verma climbed up a whopping 11 places to occupy the Number One spot in junior men's singles category in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings. from Mysuru to Varanasi.  India’s first blind-friendly train.  India's diaspora population is the highest in the world with 16 million people from India living outside their country in 2015.  India's Srikanth Kidambi won his first Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold after defeating China's Huang Yuxiang in the final match in Lucknow.  Indian rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra was honoured with the International Shooting Sport Federation President's Button and Diploma of Honour. . became the fastest cricketer to score 7. made its maiden journey. one of the largest multi-national military exercises from March 2 to 8 in Pune as a part of its Look East policy. PV Sindhu has won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton title 2016. the highest honour of the sporting body.  Indian Shooter Apurvi Chandela emerges as the 'Shooter of the Tournament' in Swedish Cup Grand Prix.  Indian batsman Virat Kohli.

 Japan unveiled country’s first stealth fighter aircraft X-2.  Kerala government has decided to launch 'Gender Taxi (G-Taxi)'. a taxi service owned and operated by transgenders. collector of the Jalore district.  Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis unveiled “Laman Diva” as the logo of the first Make in India Week (will be held from 13th to 18th February 2016). Rajasthan.  Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered officials to impose ban on polythene in entire state from January 2017. It was Messi’s record breaking 5th Ballon d’Or Award  London Based marathon Runner.  Karnataka’s Malpe beach became India's first beach to provide free 24/7 WiFi service to visitors as the telecom company BSNL launched the facility. Rajasan.  Jitendra Kumar Soni.  Lionel Messi has won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’ Or Award after beating of the challenge from Ronaldo and Neymar.  Khesari Dal. 'Charan Paduka Yojna'. India's top pistol shooter Heena Sidhu claimed Gold medal in women's 10-meter air pistol event at the Asia Olympic Qualifiers.  Indo-French military exercise 'Shakti-2016' held at the Mahajan field firing range in Bikaner.  Italy's Ostana town recently witnessed the first birth of a baby in the past 28 years.  Kerala becomes the first state in the country to attain complete primary education. has started a scheme. Fauja Singh set a milestone as he took part in the 2016 Mumbai Marathon at the age of 104. widely known as the poor man's dal has received clearance for consumption from the Indian Council of Medical Research after a 55-year-long ban.  Maharashtra will be the first state in the country where women employees in government jobs can avail up to 180 .

representing the group of Asia-Pacific countries for the term 2016-2018. NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover has completed 12 years on the red planet. triggering a fiece gunbattle in which 7 security men were martyred and all the 6 infiltrators were gunned down. Maharashtra-based RBL Bank has launched a new platform called 'India Startup Club' (ISC) to provide all-around banking services to emerging entrepreneurs. 'Operation Dhangu' was the codename given to the mission to eliminate the terrorists from the Pathankot airbase after heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists stormed the Air Force base. ONGC has won the 26th Lal Bahadur Shastri hockey tournament by beating Indian Railways. the government has decided to merge the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with the External Affairs Ministry in sync with its broad principle of minimum government. Pakistan has successfully test-fired the Ra'ad air-launched cruise missile with a range of 350 km . National Bravery Awards for the year 2015 were given to 25 Children (22 boys & 3 girls). Nearly 12 years after it was set up to improve engagement with the Indian diaspora. Mumbai school cricketer Pranav Dhanawade became the first player to score 1000 runs in a single innings. NASA launched SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Jason 3 ocean monitoring satellite from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in the USA. Nepal has been elected to the Unicef executive board.           days’ maternity leave while having a baby through surrogacy. NOTA (None of the Above) option is being introduced for the first time in rural local body polls. maximum governance.

 Pakistan’s discarded Test opening batsman Imran Farhat announced his retirement from international cricket in a bid to appear in the Masters Champions League (MCL).  Scientists at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) in Hisar claimed to have successfully produced a cloned buffalo offspring 'Cirb Gaurav'.  Sahara Force India Academy racer Jehan Daruvala has won one of New Zealand’s most prestigious events.  Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered ban on manufacture of food products containing tobacco or nicotine like ‘gutkha’ and ‘pan masala’ in the State with immediate effect.  RIKEN group. titled The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time in New Delhi.  Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry launches nationwide LPG emergency helpline number 1906 for leakage complaints.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the autobiography of the promoter of Essel/ Zee Group Subhash Chandra. the Lady Wigram Trophy.  Pakistani singer Adnan Sami officially granted Indian citizenship by the govt. has received official credit for the discovery of element 113. .  Russia’s Ivan Popov has won the 14th Delhi International Open chess title. making the group the first in Asia to have its accomplishments enshrined in the periodic table. a Japanese team led by Kosuke Morita.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a book titled "Maru Bharat Saru Bharat" (My India Noble India) written by Jain Acharya Ratnasundersuriswarji Maharaj through video conference.  Private sector lender ICICI Bank has recently announced that it has entered South Africa by opening a full service branch at Sandton in Johannesburg.

 The Andhra Pradesh Government has launched Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme to support the tribal women in their quest for livelihood. ‘Towards a World of Equals. from the Telugu new year Ugadi. .  Telangana has become the first State to introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate level. Hyderabad.000 hectares of agricultural land into sustainable cultivation.  State-owned power equipment maker BHEL has commissioned two substations in Afghanistan.  The blanket ban on polythene bags in Uttar Pradesh began from January 21st and there will be complete ban on the manufacture.  Swiss legend Roger Federer has became the first male tennis player to win 300 Grand Slam matches. "Bhaktuni Chentaku Bhagvantudu" (God visiting the devotee). Rohith Vemula.  State Bank of India (SBI) has announced the launch of ‘SBI e-Smart SME’ to provide easy working capital to ecommerce players. expanding its footprint in the strife-torn nation. import. purchase and storage of all kinds of plastic bags. to probe the death of a Dalit scholar of HCU.’  The Andhra Pradesh endowments department has decided to introduce a novel scheme. Sikkim has become India's first fully organic state by converting around 75.  Telangana became the first State in the country where electronic motor insurance policies were legally accepted by police and transport departments with the launch of eVahan Bima. without repeating gender stereotypes in its bilingual textbook titled.  The Centre constituted a one-man judicial commission headed by Ashok Kumar Roopanwal (Retired HC judge).

 The Customs Department has launched a mobile app named 'Indian Customs-Guide to Travellers' to inform people about the Custom rules.000 departmental post offices under Core Banking System (CBS) by March this year.  The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully test fired the new PenetrationCum Blast (PCB) and Thermobaric (TB) Ammunition tank at Chandipur.  The HRD Ministry has formed a 12-member committee headed by Professor HR Nagendra.  The Indian Army asked civilians to avoid wearing "Armypattern" dresses and shopkeepers to refrain from selling combat clothes.  The Department of Posts (DoP) is planning to open 1. as it issued fresh guidelines to the public to prevent terror attacks. to increase the racial diversity in Academy Awards.  The government decided to extend the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme to 61 more districts this year to improve the skewed child sex ratio.  The decision to abolish interviews for Class-III and IV government jobs came into effect from 1st January 2016. in order to set up Yogic Art and Science departments in all universities across the country. a move that will make the commodity more competitive amid subdued demand and weakening prices. recruiting process and governing structure. .  The Government of India signed a loan agreement with World Bank for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project.  The first satellite of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space Data Highway project has blasted off to space aboard a Proton rocket from Kazakhstan.  The governing body of the Oscars has announced to make changes in its voting requirements. Odisha.000 ATMs and bring all 25.  The government has reduced export duty on iron ore pellets to zero from 5 percent.

 The Indian women's cricket team defeated Australia in the 2nd T20I by 10 wickets and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. non-linked. came into effect. The Indian team has won the 2015 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship for the seventh time.  The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) for web-based monitoring of watershed projects. a member of the World Bank Group.16 State budget. .  The Justice RV Easwar led Committee on simplification of Income Tax laws has recommended a 5% reduction of Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) rates for individuals and Hindu Undivided Families (HUF).  The Juvenile Justice Act. to set up the world's largest single-site solar energy plant. will soon begin helicopter tours to tourist attractions in and around Mumbai.  The Madhya Pradesh government has inked a pact with International Finance Corporation (IFC).  The Kerala Cabinet has decided to implement the ‘Sampoorna Arogya Keralam’ project announced in the 2015. which allows children aged 16 to 18 years and in conflict with law to be tried as adults in cases of heinous offences.  The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. with profit Endowment Plan called LIC Jeevan Labh.  The LIC (Life Insurance Corporation of India) has launched a new Limited Premium. in association with Pawan Hans.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) declared that its spacecraft Juno has broken the Solar Power Distance Record.  The Pin Code Week was celebrated in India from 15th to 21st January 2016 to distribute the message about pin code importance.

have chosen the name 'Rising Pune Supergiants' for the team.766 government jobs to its youth within a year.  The second volume of memoirs of President Pranabh Mukherjee titled “The Turbulent Years: 1980-1996” was released. enabling onshore fund management in India and reforming the AIF regulatory regime. This team will be lead by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. unlocking domestic pools of capital. . owned by Sanjiv Goenka.13. tweaking of safe harbour rules. State Bank of Travancore (SBT). for violation of some of its instructions.  The Punjab government has launched the state's biggest employment drive with an offer of 1.  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that it will soon introduce new currency notes of denominations 500 and 100 of the Mahatma Gandhi Series 2005 with additional security features.  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) relaxed norms for the units of banks operating from International Financial Services Centres (IFSC) and permitted them to open foreign currency current accounts.  The Supreme Court has issued an order stating that the husband will not have any right on the property of his wife if she dies under suspicious circumstances within seven years of marriage. The Pune IPL franchise.  The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) panel on Alternative Investment Funds(AIFs) has proposed creating a favourable tax environment for investors.  The RBI has amended the Gold Monetization Scheme (GMS) to permit proprietorship and partnership firms to make gold deposits under a joint deposit account in the name of the depositors.  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposes a penalty of 1 crore rupees on an SBI associate bank.

 The World Bank has extended an assistance of $20 million for the reconstruction and eco-development of the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in Vishakhapatnam.  The Union Cabinet thas given its approval for India becoming a member country of the International Energy Agency Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES) by signing the Implementing Agreement (IA).  The Union Cabinet has been approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Department of Space / Indian Space Research Organization (DOS/ISRO) and Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) on cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.  The United States has approved the sale of almost two billion US dollar worth of bombs and missiles to equip Iraq's squadron of F-16 attack jets in their battle against ISIS.  The Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department has announced that it will celebrate February 14 as State Tourism Day. The union cabinet approved the crop insurance scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) to boost the farming sector and ensure farmers' welfare.  The union government has granted infrastructure status to the shipyard industry in a bid to ease its financial stress.  The Union Government has launched Ganga Gram Yojana to develop 1600 villages in Uttar Pradesh (UP) situated along the banks of Ganga River.  The World Health Organization has formally announced the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. joining Sierra .  The Union Cabinet has approved MoU between India and United Kingdom for Cooperation in the field Public Administration and Governance Reforms.  The World Bank has projected a robust 7.8% growth for the Indian economy in the current year.  The World Bank has agreed to give a loan of USD 50 million for Nai Manzil Education and Skills Training for minorities.

Union Government has constituted a committee headed by Arvind Panagariya (vice-chairman of the NITI Aayog) to fast track the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor. Two Australians. . To put an end to recent controversies surrounding the Censor Board.          Leone and Guinea — the epicenters of the latest outbreak — as Ebola-free. Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski have designed a device called 'Seabin' with an aim to clean up the ocean trash. United States and Jordan have signed a Joint Action Plan (JAP) to improve efforts against nuclear and radiological smuggling. meant for connecting two cities with bullet trains. to work out a revamp plan and submit its report within two months. the Centre has set up a Committee headed by Shyam Benegal (noted film-maker). the State Bank of India (SBI) proposed to raise up to Rs. Vice President Hamid Ansari with Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy released a book titled "Jawaharlal Nehru and Indian Polity in Perspective" edited by former DGP P J Alexander.15. including public offer and overseas issuance of shares. To meet the Basel III norms. Uttar Pradesh won its maiden Mushtaq Ali Trophy with a 38 run win over two time champions Baroda in the final played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The world powers lifted economic sanctions against Iran after it had agreed to impose curbs on its nuclear programme in July. Union Government has launched a skill development scheme named "Nai Manzil" for girls belonging to the minority communities in the country. in Thiruvananthapuram. Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav launched a dedicated helpline for journalists with number 1880. in the next 14 months.000 crore from various means.

 With a total number of 2.  With the Rio Olympics round the corner. .635 passengers traveling through its station everyday.207. the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has signed a two-year commercial and marketing deal with Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS) to the tune of about Rs. 12 crore. VVS Laxman's knock of 281 against Australia in Eden Gardens in 2001 has been rated as the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years.  With all the trustees agreeing to the proposal of depositing the idle gold of the temple.  With the help of computer. the Dombivli station has became the most crowded cum fare generating station in the Mumbai suburban Railway network. the Somnath Temple Trust of Gujarat will become the first temple in the State to deposit in the Gold Monetisation Scheme.33. Scientists of Central Missouri (headed by Curtis Cooper) have discovered the largest prime number 2^74.  World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan has announced that the Zika virus has been spreading explosively.281 – 1.  Wipro Ltd chairman Azim Premji has named as the 'Most Generous Indian' in the Hurun India Philanthropy List 2015.