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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 29 February – 5 March 2016

Mar 5, 2016 18:02 IST

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

•    A two-day National Conference of Women Legislators will began in New Delhi on 5 March 2016 with theme - Women Legislators-Building Resurgent India

•    Indian shooter on 4 March 2016 clinched the 50m pistol gold at the ISSF World Cup in Bangkok is - Jitu Rai

•    The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on 3 March 2016 promoted Hockey India national-level umpire as the International Outdoor Umpire - Napoleon Singh

•    Indian film archivist and founder and former director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) who died on 4 March 2016 at the age of 82 - Paramesh Krishnan Nair

•    In Haryana, an institution ‘Gita Gyan Sansthanam’ will be set up at a cost of 100 crore rupees at - Kurukshetra

•    Election Commission on 4 March 2016 announced the schedule for the forthcoming Assembly elections in four States and one Union Territory, namely - Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry

•    India has filed a complaint in the World Trade Organisation, WTO, against the US decision to impose high fees on - Temporary Working Visas

•    Allahabad High Court asked Uttar Pradesh government to submit details regarding steps taken to stop cheating at mass level in ongoing UP Board Examinations for - High School and Intermediate

•    He took over as the new Police Commissioner of Delhi on 29 February 2016 – Alok Verma

•    The Socialist leader and former Maharastra Minister who died on 29 February 2016 in Nashik - Nihal Ahmed Maulavi Mohammed Usman

•    Indian Bollywood actress, who made her debut on the Oscars red carpet and presented the award on - Priyanka Chopra

•    The director of the film The Revenant who won the best director award at the 88th Academy Awards - Alejandro González Iñárritu

•    Tennis player who on 28 February 2016 won his ninth straight final to clinch the Dubai ATP Tennis title by defeating Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 7-6(13) - Stanislas Wawrinka

•    State government that on 28 February 2016 imposed a ban on the sale of army uniforms across the state - Punjab

•    First Chairperson of the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) that was constituted by Union Government on 28 February 2016 - Vinod Rai

•    People who were re-elected as President and General Secretary respectively of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) - Ramendra Kumar and Gurudas Dasgupta

•    To improve access to the justice delivery system to the poor and the underprivileged people, a state that on 28 February 2016 announced setting up of legal assistance cells at gram panchayat level - Odisha

•    The National Science Day was celebrated on 28 February 2016 with the theme - Scientific Issues for Development of the Nation

•    The industrialist who invested in home rental startup NestAway – Ratan Tata

•    This mine of Chhattisgarh became the first gold mine in the country to be auctioned – Baghmara/Sonakhan

•    This company won the Baghmara gold mine in auction - Vedanta Resources

•    Chairperson of the expert committee that was constituted to examine the Possibility of Replacing Multiple Prior Permissions with Pre-Existing Regulatory Mechanism - Ajay Shankar

•    Famous sound designer who on 27 February 2016 became the first Asian to win the award for Best Sound for documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ at the coveted Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards - Resul Pookutty

•    Slovenian high-jumper who on 27 February 2016 was elected the Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes' Commission in Monaco - Rozle Prezelj

•    India’s Governor to the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) who was unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Council of IFAD - Dinesh Sharma

•    The Visa on Arrival will be given to Japanese nationals at six airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad from - 1 March 2016

•    Union Government on 29 February 2016 constituted Mahesh Kumar Singla committee to consider Scheduled Tribe status to six Communities of Assam, and they are - Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes)

•    Peru on 29 February 2016 declared an emergency after a major oil pipeline burst affecting two rivers in the country's northwest, namely - Chiriaco and Morona

•    The company that acquired the cement units of Jaiprakash Associates Limited for 16500 crore rupees is - UltraTech Cement Limited

•    The photographer who won Sports Photographer of the Year at the 2015 Picture Editors’ Guild awards is - Tom Jenkins

•    The social networking site that launched #PositionOfStrength campaign to empower women to raise voices against any form of discrimination is - Twitter

•    The state that on 27 February 2016 was declared as the first digital state in India is - Kerala

•    The car racer who won the FMSCI Motorsports Man-of-the-Year Trophy is - Armaan Ebrahim

•    Oscar winning actor, who won Academy Award for the 1960s classic Cool Hand Luke, died in the city of Boise, Idaho on 28 February 2016 at the age of was 91 - George Kennedy

•    President Pranab Mukherjee on 27 February 2016 formally declared Kerala as - First digital state of India

•    The seventh in the series of Indo-Seychelles Joint Training Exercises that concluded on 29 February 2016 at Victoria, Mahe Island in Seychelles - Lamitye – 2016

•    The actor who won the Best Actor award at the Kerala State Film Awards 2015 is - Dulquer Salmaan

•    The race walker who won the gold medal in the men's 50km race walk event at the National Championships is - Basanta Bahadur Singh Rana

•    The Union Government in the first week of March 2016 ordered rebidding of this tunnel – Zoji La tunnel

•    The state government that decided to illuminate 25 municipalities in the state with LED bulbs in 100 days is - Telangana

•    Three British scientists who won the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize are - Tim Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris

•    He was named for Lifetime Achievement Award of the 11th edition of the Mahindra Excellence Theatre Awards (META) on 1 March 2016 - Veteran playwright and director Ratan Thiyam

•    India signed a financing agreement for IDA credit of 300 US dollars with the World Bank for this State Higher Education Quality Improvement Project on 1 March 2016 - Madhya Pradesh

•    Indian Railways launched this new system for unreserved tickets to bring transparency and prevent revenue leakage in the ticketing system in New Delhi on 1 March 2016 - Bar Coding System

•    Haryana government renamed village Mustafabad in Yamuna Nagar district to - Saraswati Nagar

•    Columnist and author from India who was chosen for the 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize for his novel “Em and The Big Hoom” in the fiction category - Jerry Pinto

•    Zero Discrimination Day was observed across the world on 1 March 2016. The day was observed with the theme - Stand Out

•    World Wildlife Day was observed on 3 March 2016 across the world with theme - The future of wildlife is in our hands

•    Former New Zealand captain who died of cancer on 3 March 2016 in Auckland at the age of 53 is - Martin Crowe

•    Eminent poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas was chosen for the 2015 Bihari Puraskar on 2 March 2016 for his anthology of Rajasthani poems - Katha Sun Aawe Hai Sabad

•    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 2 March 2016 gave its approval for winding up of an autonomous organization with immediate effect is - National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC)

•    Book titled “Who was Shivaji?” that came in news in first week of March 2016 was authored by - Govind Pansare

•    Telangana and Maharashtra governments reached an understanding on constructing five dams for irrigation purposes on three Rivers, namely - Godavari, Penganga and Pranahita

•    The investigations by Wildlife Monitoring Network Traffic in this country revealed the use of Facebook as an online marketplace for trade in endangered species - Malaysia

•    The Airbus A380 of this airlines on 2 March 2016 made the world's longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by covering a distance of about 14200 kilometers – Emirates Airlines

•    In a first of its kind initiative, Kerala government launched an air ambulance to be used exclusively for - Speed in organ transplant

•    This country was rocked by an earthquake of magnitude of 7.9 sparking the fear of repeat of the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami - Indonesia

•    The creator of television’s longest-running soap opera “Coronation Street” who passed away on 1 March 2016 is - Tony Warren

•    The Asian country that passed its first anti-terror bill is – South Korea

•    The State/UT that became the first state in the country to launch the HPV vaccine as a public health programme for school children is - Delhi

•    Mrugank Paranjape on 29 February 2016 was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of - Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd

•    The cryptography pioneers, who were honoured with the Association for Computing Machinery's 2015 A.M. Turing Award, are - Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman

•    The number of countries compiled in the fourth edition of the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2016 (EAPI) released by World Economic Forum (WEF) -126 Countries

•    The position of India in the EAPI Report 2016 released on 2 Mach 2016 by the World Economic Forum - 90

•    This country that topped the EAPI Report 2016 released by World Economic Forum on 2 Mach 2016 - Switzerland

•    He topped the Forbes list of World Billionaires 2016 that was released on 1 March 2016 - Bill Gates

•    The Parliament passed this bill to empower Union government to revise the limits of liability for airlines and compensation as per the Montreal Convention - Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 March 2016 launched the Setu Bharatam project that aims to make all national highways free of Railway crossings by - 2019

•    The tenure of Lok Sabha Speakership of PA Sangma who died on 4 March 2016 - 1996 and 1998

•    National Safety Day was observed across India on 4 March 2016 to commemorate establishment of - the National Safety Council (NSC)

•    Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on 1 March 2016 cleared the proposal to acquire two more Phalcon Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) at an expense of 7500 crore rupees under a tripartite agreement with - Israel and Russia

•    Union Government on 3 March 2016 signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to provide a loan of 1000 crore rupees to a Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU), named - Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) Limited

•    To protect the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe, UNHCR, UNICEF in February 2016 launched a Twenty Child and Family Support Hubs, known as - Blue Dots

•    As per the Draft Directions for NBFC - Account Aggregator released by the RBI, the Net Owned Fund of a NBFC should not be less than – 2 crore rupees

•    Honduran environmentalist leader and winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize who was shot dead at her home in the town of La Esperanza - Berta Caceres

•    The organisation which launched its first Uridashi Masala bonds to promote private sector development in India is - International Finance Corporation

•    The Ministry which hosted the first Raisina Dialogue 2016 between 1 March 2016 and 3 March 2016 - Ministry of External Affairs

•    The U-23 cricket team that won the Col CK Nayudu Trophy 2015-2016 is - Mumbai

•    The city where the world’s most expensive train station opened on 3 March 2016 is – New York

•    The painkiller whose long-term use is linked to lower risk for certain cancers, as per a study published in Jama Oncology, is – Aspirin

•    The University Grants Commission (UGC) asked varsities and colleges across the country to launch a special page on their websites for checking discrimination against - SC/ST students

•    He was the veteran All-India Forward Bloc leader who died on 3 March 2016 in Kolkata - Ashok Ghosh

•    Flipkart launched its own digital wallet that can be used for only Flipkart transactions on 3 March 2016 named as - Flipkart Money

•    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a resolution to impose new sanctions and tighten some of its existing measures on 2 March 2016 against - North Korea

•    He authored the book Fixed: Cash and Corruption in Cricket" (HarperCollins) that was in news in the first week of March 2016 - Journalist Shantanu Guha Ray

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