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Current Affairs Recap of the Week:- 7 March – 12 March 2016

Current Affairs Recap of the Week:
7 March – 12 March 2016
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•    The golfer who won the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship is - Adam Scott
•    The former chairman of the National Dairy Development Board who was conferred with the Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Shiromani Samman is – Amrita Patel
•    The famous Malayalam actor and folk singer who passed away on 6 March 2016 in Kochi is - Kalabhavan Mani
•    The team that won the third season of Pro Kabaddi League is - Patna Pirates
•    A new species of burrowing snake, named Melanophidium Khairei, is discovered in – Western Ghats
•    This many extra deaths will occur per million populations in India due to the impact of climate change on food production in 2050 as per a study published in the Lancet – 105
•    This online marketing portal was launched by the Union Government to provide access to markets to women self help groups spread all over the country – Mahila E-haat
•    Industries were re-classified as these four colour categories by the Union Government based on their pollution levels – Red, Orange, Green and White

•    To allow travelers to get their compartments cleaned by sending an SMS or by using an app or a designated website, the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 11 March 2016 launched an online service named - Clean My Coach
•    RITES (Public Sector Enterprise under Ministry of Railways) signed a contract to supply 18 Meter Gauge 1350 HP Diesel Electric Locomotives to - Myanmar Railway
•    Union Cabinet on 11 March 2016 approved the proposal to remove the criteria of minimum capacity utilisation for Single Super Phosphate (SSP) units that are eligible for subsidy, under - the Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Scheme
•    Worldwide Cost of Living Report 2016 that claims that Mumbai and Bangalore after Lusaka are among the cheapest cities in the world was released by – Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
•    According to Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide Cost of Living Report 2016 the priciest city of the world is - Singapore
•    India defeated this country in the final to win the record Sixth Asia T20 Cup of Cricket in Mirpur – Bangladesh
•    The year by which China plans to land a probe on Mars so as to coincide with 100th year of founding of Communist Party of China – 2021
•    He was inventor of E-mail who passed away in Washington at the age of 74 on 6 March 2016 – Ray Tomlinson
•    The place where National Conference of Women Legislators was held – New Delhi
•    The name of the inquiry commission that give clean chit to the Uttar Pradesh Government in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots: Justice Vishnu Sahai Inquiry Commission
•    The place where 17th International Congress on Infectious Disease was held – Hyderabad
•    The four colour classification scheme released by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for industries based on their pollution level – Red, Orange, Green, White
•    He is an Iranian billionaire who was sentenced to death for corruption by the Iran judiciary – Babak Zanjani
•    World Table Tennis Team Championship won by India in both the men and women category was held in this city – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
•    He will head a 17-member Indian wrestling team named for the Asian Olympic Qualification tournament, to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 18 March to 20 March 2016 – Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt
•    India agreed to collaborate with this country in standardization and improving the quality of AYUSH products – United States (US)
•    The economic growth rate set by China for the financial year 2016 – 6.5%
•    The Indian bank that was granted operating license along with three Asian Banks by the Myanmar government – State Bank of India
•    Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the services sector surged 85.5 percent in the first nine months of the financial year 2015-16 to reach - 4.25 billion dollars
•    She is a renowned Dogri poetess and writer who was awarded Krutitava Smagra Samman for 2015 by Bharatiya's Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata - Padma Sachdev
•    This spiritual organisation was fined 5 crore rupees by the NGT for causing damage to the Yamuna flood plain to organize 2-day World Culture Festival in New Delhi – The Art of Living Foundation
•    To this company the Ratna and R-series oil fields were given back on 10 March 2016 by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs - Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
•    This city will host the Maritime India Summit for 2-days beginning from 14 April 2015 – Mumbai
•    To achieve these objectives the revised policy on gas production from Deep Waters & HPHT areas was approved the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs – Marketing and Pricing freedom
•    The city which was ranked as the most expensive city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit is - Singapore
•    The Finnish city that will host the 2018 U-20 World Championships in Athletics is - Tampere
•    The Union Cabinet on 10 March 2016 approved the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy which will replace the - New Exploration Licensing Policy
•    The university that won the annual Visitor's Award for the Best University is - Tezpur University
•    The NITI Aayog in partnership with the UN in India and MyGov launched the - Women Transforming India initiative
•    The Centre and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) organised a three-day conference in New Delhi on the theme of - 'Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future'
•    Rest of India on 10 March 2016 won the Irani Cup Cricket title by defeating 41-time Ranji Champions - Mumbai
•    Union Government on 10 March 2016 appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan as the chairperson of - 21st Law Commission
•    Egyptian diplomat and former Foreign Minister who was named as Secretary General of the Arab League on 10 March 2016 - Ahmed Abul Gheit
•    Rajya Sabha on 10 March 2016 passed the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015 that seeks to set up a - Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA)
•    The Supreme Court on 10 March 2016 asked telecom operators to give an undertaking that they have not exceeded this percent of threshold limit of call drops as mandated in the regulations of TRAI – Two percent
•    Indian Naval Ship that will participate in the Mauritius National Day celebrations to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between the two nations - INS Tabar
•    Myanmar's lower house of parliament voted to confirm a close friend and confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as its presidential candidate - Htin Kyaw
•    The scheme that was approved by the CCEA to provide free LPG connections to the BPL households across the country - Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
•    This State became the first in the country to issue bonds under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana – Uttar Pradesh
•    India signed an agreement with this country to provide over 400 million US dollars to finance three water supply projects in that country – Sri Lanka
•    ISRO on 10 March 2016 launched the country's sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F, on board the trusted launch vehicle - PSLV C-32
•    The Allahabad High Court (HC) on 9 March 2016 asked the Uttar Pradesh (UP) to immediately stop illegal mining in reserved forest areas of - Sonbhadra district
•    The Rajya Sabha on 9 March 2016 passed National Waterways Bill, 2015 that seeks to unleash the navigation potential of - India's larger river ways resources
•    The eight time Grammy Award-winning Brazilian percussionist, who died on 9 March 2016 in Recife, Brazil at the age of 71 - Nana Vasconcelos
•    The first-ever all girls National Cadet Corps (NCC) Mount Everest expedition that was flagged off on 9 March 2016 will be led by - Colonel Gaurav Karki
•    A State's Council of Secondary Education made singing of National Anthem compulsory in all schools affiliated to the council - West Bengal
•    In the wake of a court order and wide-spread protest, the Kerala State Cabinet on 9 March 2016 withdrew its controversial order to fill up a portion of - Methran Lake & land filling at Kadamakkudi, Kochi
•    Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, on 9 March 2016 passed the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 that seeks to make amendments to the 48-year-old - Enemy Property Act, 1968
•    This pass at the height of 3727 feet lies on the crest of the Patkai Hills on the India-Burma border was in news in March 2016 - Pangsau Pass
•    As per ICC's announcement on 9 March 2016, the venue of India and Pakistan World T20 match has been shifted from Dharamsala to - Kolkata
•    The Union Government signed a Raptor Mou for Conservation of birds of prey in - Africa and Eurasia
•    The pharmaceutical company that announced the completion of the acquisition of privately held US-based GAVIS Pharmaceuticals LLC and Novel Laboratories (GAVIS) is - Lupin
•    The 100% subsidiary of Tata Power which signed an agreement to completely acquire Indo Rama Renewables Jath Limited (IRRJL) is - Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited
•    India extended 2 billion US dollar Line of Credit (LOC), the biggest credit line India has so far extended to any country, to - Bangladesh
•    The Act under which the Joint Secretary level Nominated Authority post was created in the Ministry of Coal by the Union Cabinet - Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015
•    The Union Cabinet gave its approval for entering into a MoU on setting up of this agency's South Asia regional training centre in India – International Monetary Fund
•    This company was given 12 industrial licenses by the DIPP for manufacturing defence systems - Reliance Defence
•    He was elected as the President of Aluminium Association of India - Tapan Kumar Chand
•    He was appointed as the head of United National Political Mission in Columbia – Jean Arnault
•    President Pranab Mukherjee on 8 March 2016 presented Nari Shakti Puraskar for the year 2015 to - 15 women, 5 organisations, one state and panchayat
•    The name of the combat operation launched by Meghalaya police against GNLA (Garo National Liberation Army) militants in the Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills districts - 'Hillstorm 3'
•    Rajya Sabha on 8 March 2016 passed Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 that seeks to replace - Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986
•    Theme of the Cycling event of Indian Army that was flagged off on 8 March 2016 from Pangsau Pass on the India-Myanmar border as part of the Assam Rifles 181st raising day celebrations - Cycle to Recycle
•    This State on 8 March 2016 announced inclusion of widow marriage under the state government's Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana - Madhya Pradesh
•    To help Latin America and the Caribbean countries fight against Zika virus, the Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 8 March 2016 approved - 2.3 million euro initiative
•    Under 2.3 million euro initiative, IAEA will transfer a form of pest control technique, that uses ionizing radiation to sterilize male insects mass-produced in special rearing facilities - Sterile Insect Technique (SIT)
•    These two UN Agencies jointly launched the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage - United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
•    Famous music producer George Henry Martin died on 9 March 2016. He was the producer of – The Beatles band
•    This bank launched the iWork@Home programme to facilitate its women employees work from home - ICICI Bank
•    The CMD of Mahindra & Mahindra Group who was conferred with France's Knight of the Legion of Honour – Anand Mahindra
•    This bank became the first to receive Small Finance Bank license from the Reserve Bank of India - Capital Local Area Bank Ltd
•    The scheme launched by the Karnataka Government to provide free treatment to road accident victims for the first 48 hours is - Mukhyamantri Santwana Harish Yojana
•    The multinational professional services firm that was appointed as the consultant of Indian Railways to discover the advertising potential in trains and stations is - Ernst & Young
•    Vivek Jain on 8 March 2016 was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of - CA Media Digital (India) Pvt. Ltd.
•    The multilateral military exercise between the Indian Army and Armies of countries from the ASEAN Plus which concluded on in Pune is – FORCE 18
•    International Women's Day was observed across the world on 8 March 2016 with the theme - Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality
•    International Women's Day was observed across the world on 8 March 2016 with campaign theme - #PledgeForParity
•    Institution that on 8 March 2016 released a report titled Women at Work: Trends 2016 which provides the latest data on women's position in labour markets is - International Labour Organization (ILO)
•    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 8 March 2016 announced to withdraw proposal to tax Employee Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawals which was announced in - Union Budget 2016-17
•    On the International Women's Day (8 March), the state that felicitated the acid attack survivors with the Rani Laxmi Bai award and financial assistance is - Uttar Pradesh
•    Congress deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, who resigned from the membership of the upper house on 8 March 2016 to pave the way for his return as a lawmaker from his home state of Himachal Pradesh - Anand Sharma
•    Reliance Jio announced to provide free Wi-Fi services at six cricket stadiums during the upcoming T20 World Cup matches in India, and the stadiums are in - Bangalore, Dharmashala, Kolkata, Mohali, New Delhi and Mumbai
•    US imposed sanctions on Chinese telecoms equipment giant ZTE for ties with – Iran
•    Former world number one tennis player who on 7 March 2016 in a press-conference announced that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open - Maria Sharapova
•    The US and South Korean troops on 7 March 2016 began their largest ever military exercises off the coast of the - Korean peninsula
•    Country that on 7 March 2016 announced that it will partner with India in turning Bhubaneswar into a smart city is - Germany
•    Indian Railways on 7 March 2016 formed a new Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to implement – Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet Train project

•    As per a study by the Lancet, extra deaths of this many people will occur due to the impact of climate change on food production in 2050 - 500000
•    This high court ruled that the national anthem should be sung in all private schools in the State during the morning assembly – Madras High Court

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