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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 28 March – 2 April 2016

Apr 2, 2016 11:26 IST

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

•    The payments start-up acquired by Flipkart on is - PhonePe

•    The Indian boxer who won silver medal in the 56 kilogram category at the Asian/Oceania Qualifying Tournament in Qian'an, China is – Shiva Thapa

•    The theme of the World Autism Awareness Day 2016 that was celebrated across the world on 2 April 2016 is - Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity

•    The Upper House of Myanmar's parliament approved a Bill on 1 April 2016 to give more powerful role over the country's parliament and government to - Aung San Suu Kyi

•    President Pranab Mukherjee on 1 April 2016 signed ordinance to authorise expenditure beyond April 1 in Uttarakhand which is under - President's rule

•    She is the first woman to be appointed as PAC chairperson on 31 March 2016 - J Geetha Reddy

•    Union Government launched a Mobile App to empower People to demand 24x7 Power for the states on 31 March 2016 - Vidyut PRAVAH

•    The administration of this Union Territory launched the Phase I of ‘Green Initiative’ at an estimated cost of 2 crore rupees - National Capital Territory of Delhi

•    These rules were notified by the Union Government to properly manage the 484 tons per day bio-medical waste from 168869 healthcare facilities (HCFs) across the country - Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016

•    The Legislative Assembly of this State passed a bill prescribing minimum educational qualifications to contest for urban local bodies – Haryana

•    The Union Ministry that launched the Startup India portal and mobile app in New Delhi on 31 March 2016 - Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry

•    Union Government released a single window interface for information on Intellectual Property and guidance on leveraging it for competitive advantage on 31 March 2016 - Indian Intellectual Property (IP) Panorama

•    India and the United States on 31 March 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on setting up Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in - India

•    The first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gold medal, who died on 31 March 2016 due to heart attack in Miami is - Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid

•    India and Sri Lanka on 31 March 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide 150 fishing boats and fishing equipment to 300 Tamil fishermen from - Mullaithivu in North Sri Lanka

•    To protect domestic manufacturers from cheap Chinese imports, Union Government extended the safeguard duty on steel imports until - March 2018

•    The Supreme Court asked the Union Government to inform the states having drought management cells and explain - reasons for not setting up district-level disaster management authorities in many states

•    Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, the municipality that is recently viewed as a hotbed of Islamist extremism, is located in - Belgium

•    The British entertainer, best known for BBC comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, who died on 31 March 2016 is - Ronnie Corbett

•    The village that became the first liquor-free village in Rajasthan is - Kachhabali village

•    The Director Legal & Government Affairs at Avon Beauty Products who was named as the Chairman of Indian Direct Selling Association is - Jitendra Jagota

•    The imprisoned Egyptian novelist who will be conferred the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award in May 2016 is - Ahmed Naji

•    The 4th Nuclear Security Summit began on 31 March 2016 in – Washington DC

•    58-year-old former math Professor was sworn-in as President of Central African Republic on 30 March 2016 in the capital Bangui is - Faustin Archange Touadera

•    Lady who was named as first chairwoman of National Assembly in Vietnam - Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

•    European Investment Bank (EIB) on 30 March 2016 announced that it will invest 33 billion rupees (450 million Euros) for the first metro line in - Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

•    French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on 30 March 2016 announced that France will end its Operation Sangaris by end of year 2016 in - Central African Republic

•    To create an integrated single window mechanism for online approval of building plans in Delhi, the Union Government on 30 March 2016 announced - Unified Building Bye-Laws

•    This biopharmaceutical company received the regulatory approval from Japan to sell its Insulin Glargine in the country – Biocon

•    This former RBI Deputy Governor was appointed as an Independent Non—Executive Director of Nestle India Limited – Rakesh Mohan

•    This State launched the Project Salamati to provide injectable contraceptive free of cost – Haryana

•    This company received approval from the Government of Russia to acquire 15 percent stake in Vankor oilfield for 1.3 billion US dollars – ONGC Videsh Limited

•    This department notified Guidelines for 100% percent FDI in Business to Business e-commerce - Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion

•    The 66-year-old poet class III dropout Haldar Nag who received Padma Shri in March 2016  write in this language of Odisha - Kosli language

•    This company agreed to buy Japan’s Sharp Corporation for 3.5 billion US dollars – Foxconn

•    This high court ruled in favour of entry of women into temples – Bombay High Court

•    As per the results of a survey of Labour Bureau, this many new jobs were created between January and September 2015 in eight labour intensive industries – 1.55 lakh

•    This city hosted the 13th India-EU Summit on 30 March 2016 - Brussels

•    This Indian company announced plans to restructure its UK steel business – Tata Steel Limited

•    The Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker died on 29 March 2016. Her name is - Patty Duke

•    The former President of the University of Southern California who passed away on 29 March 2016 is - Steven Sample

•    A group of scientists discovered sand-eating tadpole of Indian Dancing Frog Family Micrixalidae in – Western Ghats

•    The Japanese system integration company that is going to acquire Dell Services is - NTT Data

•    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 29 March 2016 flagged off India’s first indigenous composites bow mounted Sonar Dome during - DefExpo 2016 in Goa

•    Wipro Limited announced the appointed this person to its Board of Directors - Patrick Dupuis

•    He was sworn-in as the first civilian president of Myanmar on 30 March 2016 at a joint session of parliament in the capital Nay Pyi Taw - Htin Kyaw

•    China on 30 March 2016 launched its 22nd satellite for its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) aboard Long March-3A carrier rocket from - Xichang Satellite Launch Center

•    According to Brisbane researchers, this country overtook Australia as the world leader in invasive melanoma rates - New Zealand

•    The numbers of satellites to be launched by ISRO in a single mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in May 2016 is - 22

•    The playback singer who entered the Guinness Book of Records for singing 17695 songs in 12 Indian languages is - P. Susheela

•    The rule notified by the Environment Ministry on 29 March 2016 for the first time is - Construction & Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016

•    The technology institute that organised the First International Symposium on Fifth Generation (5G) technology is - Indian Institute of Technology Patna

•    The numbers of Non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) whose certificate of registration was cancelled by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 29 March 2016 - 22

•    The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 29 March 2016 decided to increase the Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) investment limit in Central Government securities from 135400 crore rupees to - 140000 crore rupees

•    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 29 March 2016 signed a Special Currency Swap Agreement with the Central Bank of - Sri Lanka

•    Indian Medical Association (IMA) urged the Union Government to ensure timely implementation of the 85 percent pictorial health warnings display on both sides of tobacco packages from – 1 April 2016

•    The third Asian Kho-Kho championship will begin on 8 April 2016 in - Indore

•    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 29 March 2016 inaugurated a new branch of the Union Bank of India in -Sydney, Australia

•    The Union Ministry that launched GIS-enabled HMIS application and the self-printing of e-CGHS cards on 29 March 2016- Union Health and Family Welfare

•    The Union Ministry launched innovative entrepreneurship and skill development programme of MANAS through leading national and international experts in different skill sets on 29 March 2016-  Union Minority Affairs Ministry

•    The Supreme Court approved the guidelines given by Union Government on 30 March 2016 to protect-Good Samaritans

•    The Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project connects these two major rivers in Southern India – Godavari & Krishana

•    This UN Agency launched the ‘Unfairy Tales’ animated film series on refugee and migrant children - United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

•    This category was created under the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 to augment indigenous defence production - Buy (Indian – Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured or IDDM)

•    The Supreme Court of this country on 28 March 2016 upheld the constitutional provision that declares Islam as the state religion - Bangladesh

•    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 28 March 2016 signed 11 unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs), taking the overall number to - 59

•    The author of Legends of the Fall who died on 26 March 2016 due to cardiac arrest is - Jim Harrison

•    The cricketer who topped the T20 rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) – Viraat Kohli

•    This badminton player from China won the New Zealand Open Grand Prix 2016 – Huang Yuxiang

•    The Russian grandmaster who won the FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament is - Sergey Karjakin

•    The American Franciscan nun and founder of the internationally-broadcast cable television and radio networks Eternal Word Television Network who died on 27 March 2016 is - Mother Angelica

•    The international financial institution that signed a MoU with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop solar parks across India is - Asian Development Bank

•    The Union Government notified the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 on - 26 March 2016

•    The Yokohama Rubber Company Limited inked an agreement with global investment firm KKR to purchase all of the shares of - Alliance Tire Group

•    It is the first direct container vessel between India and Bangladesh that flagged off from Krishnapatnam of Andhra Pradesh to Chittagong on 28 March 2016- MV Harbour-1 Vessel

•    The Telecom Commission approved the number as the single emergency number for India on 28 March 2016- 112

•    He was appointed as captain of the Delhi Daredevils team for 2016 Indian Premier League season on 28 March 2016- Zaheer Khan

•    The Motor Manufacturing Company that signed a follow-on contract with the Indian Army to supply 619 units of its 6X6 high-mobility vehicle (HMV) multi-axle truck on 28 March 2016 –TATA Motors

•    Delhi government presented 2016-17 annual budget for Delhi on 28 March 2016 which worth - 46600 crore rupees

•    India's biggest ever land, naval and homeland security exhibition - Defence Expo 2016 began on 28 March 2016 in - Goa

•    The film that won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film is - Baahubali: The Beginning

•    The player who won the 2015 Hockey India Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year for Women is - Deepika

•    The International Theatre Institute Centres and the international theatre community across the world celebrated the World Theatre Day 2016 on - 27 March 2016

•    The Indian-origin law professor appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council as an Adviser on human rights and multinationals and businesses is - Surya Deva

•    The plant that holds the compound called L-Menthol that can cure cancer, as per the research of CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, is – Mint plant

•    The state where President Rule was imposed on 27 March 2016 and the assembly was placed under suspended animation under Article 356 of the Indian Constitution - Uttarakhand

•    The state government that launched a new scheme, ‘Adapting homes for the differently-abled’ on 26 March 2016  - Haryana

•    The state that released the Sixth Economic Census on 27 March 2016 - Himachal Pradesh

•    The World Bank on 27 March 2016 agreed to provide concessional 100 million US dollar loan to Jordan for creating one lakh jobs for - Jordanian and Syrian refugees

•    The World Bank Board on 25 March 2016 approved a 250 million US dollar Development Policy Loan (DPL) for Rajasthan in improving the performance of its electricity distribution sector under - State’s 24x7 Power for All program

•    As per the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment, this country made highest investments in the renewable energy sector in the world in 2015 – China (102.9 billion US dollars)

•    The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016 released by the - United Nations Environment Programme

•    The ancient city of Palmyra is located in this country that was recaptured by the armed forces from the Islamic State terror group after 10 months – Syria

•    As per the UNEP’s Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016, India invested this much amount in the renewable energy sector in 2015 - 10.2 billion US dollars

•    It is with this State the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a MoU with this State for capacity enhancement on sustainable agriculture and irrigation development – Mizoram

•    She is the author of the book Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography - Bharathi S Pradhan

•    The National Tsunami Early Warning Centre (NTEWC) of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service (INCOIS) installed a Sea-Level Tide Gauge at - Gilakaladindi village in AP  

•    He was the former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on whom President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Padma Vibhushan Award on 28 March 2016 -   Jagmohan

•    He was a famous Industrialist who was posthumously conferred with Padma Vibhushan Award by President Pranab Mukherjee on 28 March 2016 - Dhirubhai Hirachand Ambani

•    Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced to set up first university that exclusively focus on - Organic farming

•    Indian-American who was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the West, a unit of BNP Paribas on 16 March 2016 - Nandita Bakhshi

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