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17th March 2016

1) India has signed a pact with Australia under which the employees deputed to
Australia from India and viceversa need not make double social security
contribution. This agreement provides the exception to the employees who
have been deputed on a short term basis say less than 60 months from paying
social security contribution to both the countries.
2) India and China, Asias two fast growing large economies of the decade have
planned to liberalise trade ties as they exchange offers on tariff cuts in goods
imports. Against Indias offer to remove 5% of tariff lines under the 16country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), China
has expressed its willingness to abolish equivalent amount of tariff lines for
3) Punjab passed Punjab Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal land (Transfer of
Proprietary Right) Bill, 2016
4) Power generation in the first of two 600 MW has been synchronised at
the Singareni Thermal Power Plant (STPP) at Pegadapalli in Jaipur of
Adilabad District.Telangana will get an additional 1, 200 MW of power from
Singareni from May this year. One of the two thermal units (each 600 MW) of
Singareni Thermal Power Plants hasbeen trailed and another unit of 600 MW
would be synchronized in April this year.
5) Young women seeking Employment in the Delhi NCR region can receive
career Guidance from the newly launched Dedicated Counselling centres.
6) President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 5th edition of the India
Aviation 2016 and the five-day biennial aviation show jointly organised by the
Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry (FICCI) The theme of Indian civil aviation
sector:Potential as global manufacturing hub.About 25 countries and 200
major participants are expected to take part in the Indian Aviation show at
the Begumpet airport. Hyderabad.
7) Punjab Government notified Swine Flu under Epidemic Disease Act
8) The World Happiness report, 2016 released by Sustainable Development
Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative of the United Nations
placed India in 118th rank in terms of Happiness Index.
Denmark tops the list holding the tag of Happiest Nation in the world
9) The 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves was inaugurated in Lima,
Peru. It is a 3 day event from 14th to 17th March. The event will focus
on Sustainable Development Goals and the Post Development agenda of
The worlds first fully electric-powered double-decker bus has been
unveiled in London a month ahead of its road release.

The national Oil Giants namely ONGC Videsh Ltd, Oil India Ltd,
Indian Oil Corporation Ltdand Bharat Petro Resources and Russias
Rosneft have signed two separate memorandums of understanding, one
Heads of Agreement, and one sale purchase agreement worth $2 billion to
increase Indias participation in the Siberian oil and gas fields.



SBI ties up with Taxi Aggregator, Uber to provide instant vehicle

finance to driver partners on the latters platform. The loans could be

sanctioned in one day using an inbuilt digital offering.The loans

would be collateral free as well as carry a very competitive
interest rate.All loans will be covered under the
governments Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna Scheme.

Spain Major Gamesa Wind Turbines has won the solar energy order

from LAUGFS Power Ltd in Sri Lanka to provide solar power

in Baruthankanda village in Sri Lanka
14) Sir Andrew wiles has been awarded the 2016 Abel Prize, regarded as

mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize, for his stunning proof of

Fermats Last Theorem
Malaysian-born action heroine Michelle Yeohhas been appointed as
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill ambassador.


President Barack Obama selected the nations 113th chief justice

Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court choosing a centrist judge
meant to win over recalcitrant Senate Republicans


Bangladesh government has appointed former finance secretary

and Sonali Bank chairman Fazle Kabir as governor of the central bank
for four years.


18) American actress Ashley Judd has been appointed as their latest Goodwill

Ambassador byUnited Nations.

The first Paralympic Games in Arunachal Pradesh began at
the SangayLhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu,
Itanagar began on March 15 with Sport and Youth affairs
Secretary DaniSalu officially inaugurated the Open Event.


20) Shehnai Exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan Passes Away
21) Paul Daniels, TV Magician, Dies Aged 77

The Reserve Bank of India is likely to pay the government Rs 57,000
crore in dividends in 2016-17,
Central government is implementing the Centrally Sponsored Scheme
of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for providing financial
support to proposals contained in State Higher Education Plan (SHEP)
approved by the State Higher Education Councils (SHECs) in order to
achieve the objectives of equity, access and quality.

Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) became the 9th state to sign the
memorandum of understanding(MoU) for power distribution reforms, the
Ujwal Discoms Assurance Yojana (UDAY).
Indias largest telecom operator by subcriber base, Bharti Airtel, said
on Thursday that it has acquired Videocon Telecom for Rs 4,428 crore

18th March 2016

1) Surat has emerged to be the cleanest Railway Stations in India, followed

by Rajkot and Bilaspur. Varanasi stood last when evaluated onforty
cleanliness parameters which formed the basis of the survey.
2) Ministry of Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for developing Remote
Sensing and geographic information system (GIS) for Remote Sensing at
unmanned railway crossing and other uses. The MoU aims for developing

applications in the field of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information

System (GIS) for Remote Sensing at unmanned railway crossings
3) India and Bangladesh began a new era of petroleum trade with a special
goodwill train loaded with High speed diesel from India to Bangladesh. The 42

wagon rail rake is loaded with around 2500 MT High Speed Diesel. It
started off from Siliguri station to Parbatipur station over 516 kms
4) World Bank approves USD 35 million credit agreement to Madhya Pradesh for
the Citizen Access to Responsive Services Project.

5) Cisco to set up Internet of Everything (IoE) innovation centre

in Visakhapatnam

6) Bangkok is to impose a curfew during Songkran festival, the worlds biggest

water festival in April to show solidarity with farmers hit by drought.

7) IDBI Bank ATMs Can Be Used For Bond Purchase

8) London & partners, the official promotion company of London has revealed
that India is the second biggest investor in London after USA.

9) The 10th Asian film awards were presented in Macau, China. The
Assassin, a movie about a highly trained female assassin bagged prizes for,
best actress and best director. Assassin wins more than half of the 15

awards presented in the Asian film awards.


Priyanka Kakodkar and Raksha Kumar were named as joint winners of the

2015-16 Chameli Devi Jain Award. They were awarded for their work that
clubs social concern and compassion with pioneering reportage and analytical


Amar Abrol to succeed Mittu Chandilya as CEO of AirAsia India


Bharti Airtel acquire Videocon Telecoms spectrum in six circles for Rs 4,428

crore through a bandwidth trading deal


The India Meteorology Department (IMD) has indigenously

developed Drishti, an instrument that will provide real time visibility

information to pilots


Shweta Rathore wins Miss India title in Body building


Gayle become second player to hit century in 2016 T20 WC


Indias leading IT services provider Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

announced a partnership with the Virgin Money London Marathon for three


Meir Dagan, Ex-Mossad chief passes away

19th March 2016