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Weekly Current Affairs (8th –14th March 2016)

Monday, Mar 14 - 2016 | By Odishabook.com

Weekly Current Affairs about the National, International, Banking, Business, Science & Technology, Appointments, Sports, Awards and Miscellaneous events were listed here for the candidates preparing for various competitive exams. 

14th March 
• Union Power Ministry named LED based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme as UJALA. 
• India and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have decided to set up South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Centre (SARTTC) in New Delhi. 
• Free Wi- Fi service launched at Srinagar International Airport. 
• Union Government mobilizes 370 Crore for Swachh Bharat Khosh. 
• Ajit Singh & Satish Mittal sworn-in as Guwahati & Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice. 
• Allahabad High Court celebrated its 150th foundation day today. 
• BSNL jumps into Video-On-Demand Service,Partners with Tata Sky to provide Instant Videos. 
• Government bans 350 drugs, including Phensedyl, Corex. 
• Google’s AlphaGo scores a hattrick by beating champion Lee Sedol. 
• India and United States have launched the Fulbright – Kalam Climate Fellowship. 
• Kerala Tourism campaign wins Golden City Gate Award. 
• Lt Gen N P S Hira has been appointed as Deputy Chief of Army Staff. 

13th March 2016 
• President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates Festival of Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
• Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 
• Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched the 'clean my coach' service. 
• HDFC Bank has chosen five start-ups it will work with to strengthen their web, mobile and payment offerings. 
• PSUs Spent Over Rs 2400 Crore In CSR In 2014- 15. 
• Union Cabinet approves New price formula for Undeveloped Gas Discoveries. 
• Tezpur University and JNU won the annual Visitor’s Awards for Central Universities. 
• Long march against Indo-Bangladesh power plant near Sundarbans started. 
• Kakrapar power station shuts down after leakage 
• Jitu Rai wins gold at Shooting World Cup 
• Vijender Singh clinches fourth successive professional win. 

12th March 
• Indian Railways signed Locomotives Export Contract with Myanmar Railways. 
• Mexican Foreign Minister, Claudia Ruiz-Massieu Salinas is arriving in New Delhi on two-day visit. 
• The Union Government has appointed the former Supreme Court Judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan as the Chairman of 21st Law Commission of India. 
• Kangana Ranaut becomes Reebok India’s brand ambassador. 
• The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said that Finland’s Tampere will host 2018 U-20 World Atheletics Championship. 
• Tezpur University and JNU won the annual Visitor’s Awards for Central Universities. 
• Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar launches Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariats interactive Web Portal. 
• Rajya Sabha passed Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015. 
• 34 Countries don’t have enough food for their people due to conflicts: UN. 
• India will launch 25 foreign satellites belonging to seven countries. 
• Haryana to organise National Level Freestyle Wrestling Championships on March 23 in Gurgaon. 
• ICICI Bank launched a credit-linked subsidy scheme for home loans under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). 
• Veteran Egyptian diplomat Ahmed Abul Gheit (73) has been selected as Secretary General of the Arab League. 
• NITI Aayog has launched the Women Transforming India initiative on 8th March. 

11th March 
• Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and Bahrain on Cooperation for Prevention of Human Trafficking. 
• Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) for providing free of cost LPG (cooking Gas) connections to women from BPL Households approved by the Cabinet. 
• Sir Dominic Asquith will be the new British High Commissioner in India. 
• India-Indonesia Joint Training Exercise Garuda Shakti has begun at Magelang in Indonesia. 
• S Rao will take over as the new public interest director and chairman of BSE. 
• Indo-Pak World T20 clash shifted to Kolkata from Dharamsala. 
• ISRO has successfully launched Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. 
• Eight times Grammy Award-winning Brazilian percussionist, Nana Vasconcelos (71) died in Recife, Brazil. 
• Mahindra Aerospace aims to set up operations in the UAE in the near future. 
• The RBI has signed a pact with Bank of Israel for exchange of information pertaining to banking supervision. 
• The Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat & Karnataka Horticulture Department will conduct a Honey Festival in Mangaluru on March 12 and 13. 
• Rest of India defeated Mumbai by 4 wickets to lift the Irani Cup Cricket Title. 

10th March 
• PM’s Employment Generation Programme aims to create over 4 lakh jobs in 2016-17. 
• Parliament has passed the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill 2015 with the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in last session. 
• Germany to develop Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Coimbatore as smart cities. 
• Parliament passes bill to enable govt. to standardize more products, Hallmarking of precious metals to be mandatory. 
• UNFPA, UNICEF launched Global Programme to Accelerate Action to end Child Marriage. 
• 57 countries are going to take part in the first Maritime India Summit 2016 scheduled to be held in April 2016 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. 
• Sun Pharma Signs MS Dhoni As Brand Ambassador For Revital H. 
• NTPC Bags Poll based Investor Communication Award. 
• The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar-2015’. 
• Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles in line with the country’s defence doctrine. 
• The State Council of Secondary Education has made singing of National Anthem compulsory in all schools in West Bengal. 
• India and Bangladesh signed 2 billion dollar credit agreement to implement socio-economic projects. 

09th March 
• Yes Bank launched an all Women operated bank branch ‘Yes Grace’ on Cunningham Road in Bengaluru aimed at offering customised banking solutions to Women. 
• On International Women’s Day, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha announced that the nation will see its first batch of female fighter pilots on June 18 this year. 
• Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman and Managing Director Anand Mahindra conferred with France’s highest civilian award. 
• The Reserve Bank of India will share FDI-related information with country’s intelligence agencies IB and RAW to check black money from entering the country. 
• Union Government announced to withdraw tax proposal on Employee Provident Fund. 
• South Korean and US troops began their largest ever military exercises in a test of their defences against North Korea. 
• Axis bank better placed than ICICI and other PSU Banks. 
• National Special Olympic for Special Children being organised in Shimla. 
• Amrita Patel awarded with Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Shiromani Samman. 
• Mikaela Shiffrin from the United States won the slalom competition of the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup. 
• The Sex ratio has come down in Gujarat placing it at 22nd rank in the Nation. 
• Fitch, the global rating agency has maintained India's growth forecast for India at 7.5 % for this fiscal (2015- 16). 

08th March 
• International Women's Day was observed across the world on 8 March 2016. 
• Indian Railways is all set to set up a Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology and Holistic Advancement (SRESHTA). 
• Oil Minister Lays Foundation Stone of Octomax Unit at Mathura (UP). 
• Finance Minister of India Mr. Arun Jaitley has indicated that the Government may merge 27 public sector banks into just six. 
• Google to sign up Telcom operators to provide internet to remote parts of the country. 
• Popular Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani (45) died at a private hospital. 
• The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released a new four colour Classification Scheme for industries based on their pollution potential. 
• Former world number one female tennis player Maria Sharapova (28) from Russia provisionally suspended after failing drugs test at Australian Open. 
• Telangana and Maharashtra Governments have signed MoU to set up an inter-state water board construct 5 barrages across Godavari and Pen Ganga rivers. 
• Indian Railways has formed a new Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to implement the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet Train project. 
• Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLCB) constituted a new National Cricket Selection Panel headed by former cricketer Arvinda de Silva. 
• Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched Mahila e-Haat portal in New Delhi. 
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has selected Nagepur village for adoption in his Varanasi Constituency of U.P. for development under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). 
• Renowned Dogri Poetess and writer Padma Sachdev has awarded prestigious Krutitava Smagra Samman 2015. 
• Olympic champion Jason Kenny won the men’s sprint title at the track cycling world championships.
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