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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 14 March – 19 March 2016

Mar 19, 2016 13:41 IST

Jagranjosh.com brings for its reader recap of the important current affairs of the week in bulleted form.

•    The IT firm that signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Olympic Gold Quest organisation to support Indian woman athlete at Rio is - Genpact
•    The American tourist who on 16 March 2016 was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labour for subversion by North Korea’s Supreme Court is - Otto Warmbier
•    The railway station that was declared as the cleanest in India, as per the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) survey is – Surat
•    The Indian-origin student who was awarded the inaugural Noor Inayat Khan Prize in London is - Geetakshi Arora
•    The movie that was named the top LGBT film of all time, as per the poll conducted by the British Film Institute is – Carol
•    The village that became the first open defecation-free village in Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh is - Vanjangipeta
•    The actor who portrayed the character of Benny on L.A. Law, who died on 18 March 2016 in Hollywood, California is - Larry Drake
•    The Indian IT service, consulting and business solutions company that was named official technology partner for Virgin Money London Marathon is - Tata Consultancy Services
•    S Sridhar on 18 March 2016 appointed was appointed as the Managing Director of - Pfizer India
•    The Supreme Court allowed publication of photographs of Governors, Chief Ministers and the Ministers of the department concerned in - Government Advertisements
•    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 18 March 2016 launched the first phase of Fiber Grid project to provide broadband connectivity to all the households at a throwaway price in - Visakhapatnam
•    The city which is hosting the first-ever World Sufi Forum – New Delhi
•    The mobile phone operator that announced the acquisition of Videocon Telecommunications Ltd’s entire spectrum in 6 circles is - Bharti Airtel
•    The youngest person to climb the Mt. Kangchenjunga base camp in Sikkim is - Suryassangyini Chaudhary
•    The film that bagged prizes for best actress and best director at the 10th Asian film awards - The Assassin
•    This country of African continent sentenced 89 members of Nigerian militant group Boko Haram to death - Cameroon
•    Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the 6th National Community Radio Sammelan in - New Delhi
•    Germany decided to close its embassy in Ankara and its consulate in - Istanbul
•    China unveiled its latest spy plane equipped to handle electronic warfare, dubbed as - Scout Electronic Reconnaissance Aircraft CSA-003
•    A team of biologists from this university successfully created a tiny liver that functions as efficiently as human one - Yokohama City University, Japan
•    Lower house of Congress of this country approved a proposal that lifts a ban on abortion in cases of rape, when there is health risk for the mother, or when the foetus is not viable - Chile
•    He was conferred with Skoch Lifetime Achievement Award on 17 March 2016- Venkaiah Naidu
•    He was appointed as director of Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited following the resignation of Vijay Mallya on 17 March 2016- Russell Adams
•    The state government that classified its country liquor as Heritage Spirit of state on 17 March 2016- Goa
•    The Indian bank that claimed the top slot in mobile banking on 17 March 2016 - State Bank of India
•    The position at which India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood in Times Magazine 30 Most Influential People on the Internet list - 15
•    The exception given to these Sikhs in 1944 for voting in elections under the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925 will be removed if the Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill 2016 becomes an Act - Sehajdhari Sikhs
•    Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar announced launch of his premium menswear apparel and accessories brand named – True Blue
•    National Research Development Corporation signed a License Agreement with Kudos Laboratories India for commercialization of- Anti-Diabetic Drug Ayush-82
•    The British mathematician who won the 2016 Abel Prize is - Andrew Wiles
•    The state that notified swine flu (H1N1) disease under the Epidemic Disease Act is - Punjab
•    He replaced the former Governor of the Bangladesh Bank Atiur Rahman - Fazle Kabir
•    As per the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education, this many million girls between 6 and 15 age are out of school in the world – 63 million
•    In this city the 5th edition of India Aviation was inaugurated by the President Pranab Mukherjee – Hyderabad
•    She was appointed as a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador to promote the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda - Michelle Yeoh
•    The American actress who was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by the UN Population Fund - Ashley Judd
•    Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan died in Kolkata was exponent of this Indian musical instrument – Shehnai
•    The US President Barack Obama nominated an appeals court judge for the post of Chief Justice of Supreme Court - Merrick Garland
•    The United Nations Social Development Network (UNSDN) released World Happiness Report (WHR) 2016 in Rome ahead of the UN World Happiness Day observed on - 20 March 2016
•    India’s rank in 2016 World Happiness Report released in March 2016 – 118
•    The country that topped the 2016 World Happiness Report released in March 2016 - Denmark
•    Festival that marks Thai New Year and often referred to as the world's biggest water fight was in news in third week of March 2016 - Songkran festival
•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2016 will join the ranks of prominent global leaders at the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds at - London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok
•    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) suspended this tennis star as a goodwill ambassador - Maria Sharapova
•    Lok Sabha passed Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that seeks to amend - Constitution Scheduled Castes Order 1950
•    Union Government imposed anti-dumping duty of up to 44.7 percent on import of plastic-processing machines for five years on the imports from - Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam
•    In UK, the world's first fully electric double decker bus was launched by - London's transport authority
•    Punjab Finance Minister, Parminder Singh Singh Dhindsa presented 2016-17 budget for estimates of - 86 thousand 387 crore rupees
•    The pilots of this airlines made history by becoming the company's first all-female flight crew when they flew the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Brunei to Jeddah - Royal Brunei Airlines
•    The Reserve Bank Governor of Bangladesh who resigned following 80 million dollar cyber theft from the Bank's Reserve Fund Account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Atiur Rahman
•    Maharashtra Assembly passed a bill to amend the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act 1950 that provides for - De-registration of long-defunct trusts
•    The book titled Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography was written by – Pramod Kapoor
•    The theme of the World Consumer Rights Day that was observed on 15 March 2016 – Antibiotics off the Menu
•    The theme for the World Kidney Day that was observed on 10 March 2016 - Kidney Disease & Children. Act Early to Prevent It!
•    This bank announced the launch of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology based payment solution Touch & Pay – ICICI Bank  
•    7th meeting of the Governing Board of the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre was held in- New Delhi
•    This state government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Government under the Scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) - Jammu & Kashmir
•    The Union Tourism Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with this organization to promote Responsible and Sustainable tourism -  Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI)
•    The campaign that was launched at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima - My Biosphere, My Future
•    She was announced to be granted sainthood by Pope Francis - Mother Teresa
•    The India-based software engineer who won the Unite Ideas #LinksSDGs Data Visualization Challenge is - Abdulqadir Rashik
•    Priyanka Kakodkar and Raksha Kumar were named as joint winners of - 2015-16 Chameli Devi Jain Award
•    The institute that set up India's first education technology accelerator called Edugild is - Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune
•    The pharmaceuticals company that received the final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to manufacture and market Frovatriptan Succinate tablets in the American market is - Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
•    First of its kind, the Career Guidance Counselling Centres was launched at this place to improve employment opportunities for young women – Delhi-NCR
•    The Supreme Court on 15 March 2016 asked the Centre and states to frame rules, regulations and guidelines related to adoption under - The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015
•    He was elected as the first civilian president to lead the country after 53 years of military rule by Myanmar's Parliament on 15 March 2016 - Htin Kyaw
•    The State Administrative Council that approved the Industrial Policy-2016 on 14 March 2016 - Jammu & Kashmir  
•    Food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on 15 March 2016 inaugurated international food and hospitality fair in New Delhi - AAHAR 2016
•    The country in which Australia re-opened its trade office in March 2016 - Iran
•    The country that declared a two-month extension on emergency powers meant to help shore up the country's crippled economy on 14 March 2016 - Venezuela
•    As per the ILO study, this many percent of world’s domestic workers are excluded from social protection – 90 percent
•    This country on 14 March 2016 became the second African nation to commit to end modern slavery – Mauritania
•    In this city the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women was inaugurated on 14 March 2016 - New York
•    The theme of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women - Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development
•    In this country the UNICEF successfully tested usage of drones for transporting blood samples of suspected HIV infected infants – Malawi
•    The doping agency that was given pre-Olympic drug testing role in March 2016 belongs to – United Kingdom
•    The Booker prize-winning British author and renowned art historian who died on 10 March 2016 is - Anita Brookner
•    A state Cabinet on 14 March 2016 approved a policy for senior citizens under which the government will set up old age homes - Uttar Pradesh
•    The State Cabinet on 14 March 2016 approved a proposal to constitute a State Food Commission (SFC) as per the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 is - Odisha
•    Supreme Court of a country in March 2016 announced that it will create its own international maritime judicial centre - China
•    The team that won the 20th edition of the Lloyd Business Today Pro-Am of Champions golf tournament is -Delhi
•    The Indian scholar who on 9 March 2016 was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Canberra is - H Deep Saini
•    The former HSBC India chairperson appointed as an independent non-executive director of Altico Capital India is - Naina Lal Kidwai
•    The private sector bank that signed an MoU with India Brazil Chamber of Commerce for strategic cooperation is - YES Bank
•    The professional services firm selected as consultant for payments bank by India Post is - Deloitte
•    He was appointed as the head of high level committee to look into issue of missing files related to Ishrat Jahan case - BK Prasad
•    These two space agencies collaborated to send an unmanned spacecraft ExoMars 2016 to smell Mars' atmosphere for gassy evidence that life once existed on the Red Planet, or may still be are – European Space Agency and Roscosmos
•    UNESCO’s 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves was inaugurated on 14 March 2016 at -Lima
•    The indigenously built nuclear-capable intermediate range missile test-fired by India on 14 March 2016 - Agni-I ballistic missile
•    The 13th meeting of Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development was held on 14 March 2016 in -Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
•    The men’s singles title of the 2016 All England badminton title was won by - China’s Lin Dan
•    She is a Palestinian primary school teacher from a refugee camp who won one million dollar Global Teacher Prize for the year 2016 - Hanan Al Hroub
•    Partner country for Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS 2016) scheduled to be organized from 14 to 16 April 2016 at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mumbai - South Korea
•    Services on 13 March 2016 won 2016 Santosh Trophy National Football Championships by defeating - Maharashtra
•    An international team of scientists discovered 250-million-year-old new fossil of reptile, from Rio Grande do Sul, southernmost Brazil named - Teyujagua (fierce lizard)
•    American mathematician and Nobel Prize-winning economist died on 12 March 2012. He won the Prize in 2012 for his contribution for the field of – Game theory
•    The Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1998 batch who on 12 March 2016 was appointed as the High Commissioner of India to Fiji is - Vishvas Vidu Sapkal
•    A new species of thumbnail size frog, named Microhyla laterite, was discovered in coastal town of – Manipal in Udupi District, Karnataka
•    The title of multimedia tourism campaign of Kerala that won the silver prize of 2016 Golden City Gate Award at the ITB-Berlin is - New Worlds
•    UNESCO signed an agreement with CJ Better Life to start a pre-school animation series for the education of girls globally called - Rainbow Ruby
•    The 1999 batch IFS officer who on 10 March 2016 was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Cote d'Ivoire is - R. Ravindra
•    The Wholesale Price Index for February 2016 was pegged at - (-) 0.91%
•    These authorities were declared as Public Authorities under the Right to Information Act, 2005 by the Central Information Commission - Cabinet Ministers in States and the Union
•    Internationally renowned Jazz vocalist who died on 10 March 2016 in Seattle - Ernestine Anderson
•    The state that presented the first e-Budget of India on 10 March 2016 - Andhra Pradesh
•    The Union Government on 9 March 2016 notified maximum sale price of Bt cotton seed for the first time under - Cotton Seed Price (Control) Order, 2015
•    This State on 1 March 2015 approved the Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill, 2016 – Maharashtra

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