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India celebrates 67th Republic Day 

India celebrates 67th Republic Day India celebrated 67th Republic day 26th January 2016 by displaying its cultural diversity, economic progress and military might were on display at Rajpath, New Delhi. In the national Capital, President Pranab Mukherjee unfurled the national flag and took salute of the parade at Rajpath. French President Francois Hollande was chief guest of Republic Day function. With this he beamce 5th highest dignitary from France to be Chief Guest of Indian Republic Day parade.

  • Gallantry awards 2016 

President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award Ashok Chakra to Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami posthumously. On the eve of 67th Republic Day celebrations President has approved 365 Gallantry awards and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others. It includes one Ashoka Chakra, 4 Kirti Chakras and 11 Shaurya Chakras.

Awardees are 
Ashok Chakra: Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami (Posthumous). He belonged to 9 PARA (Special Force) and laid down his life while fighting LeT militants in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. 
Kirti Chakra: Subedar Mahendra Singh of 9 PARA (Special Force). Sepoy Jagdish Chand (Posthumous) of 546 DSC Platoon.
Shaurya Chakra: Colonel Santosh Mahadik (Posthumous) of 41 Rashtriya Rifle (PARA).

  • 2016 Padma Awards
President Pranab Mukherjee has announced the names of recipients of year 2016 Padma awards. He approved conferment of 112 Padma Awards.
2016 Padma Vibhushan Awards 
It is the second highest civilian award. It is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service. 
Sr. No            Name                            Field                                           State 
1 Yamini Krishnamurthi             Art-Classical Dance                       Delhi
2 Rajinikanth                                Art-Cinema                                Tamil Nadu 
3 Girija Devi                                 Art-Classical Vocal                  West Bengal 
4 Ramoji Rao                              Literature & Education          Andhra Pradesh 
5 Dr. Viswanathan Shanta        Medicine- Oncology                 Tamil Nadu 
6 Shri Shri Ravi Shankar               Spiritualism                         Karnataka 
7 Jagmohan                                   Public Affairs                             Delhi 
8 Dr.Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre Science & Engineering            Karnataka 
9 Avinash Dixit (Foreigner)      Literature & Education            United States 
10 Dhiru Bhai Ambani (Posthumous) Trade & Industry           Maharashtra 

2016 Padma Bhushan Awards 
It is the third highest civilian award. It is awarded for distinguished service of high order. 
Sr. No  Name                                             Field                                           State 
1 Anupam Kher                                 Art-Cinema                               Maharashtra 
2 Udit Narayan Jha                          Art-Playback Singing                Maharashtra 
3 Ram V.  Sutar                                Art-Sculpture                            Uttar Pradesh 
4 Heisnam Kanhailal                      Art-Theatre                                   Manipur 
5 Vinod Rai                                       Civil Service                                   Kerala 
6 Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad Literature & Education        Andhra Pradesh 
7 Prof. N. S. Ramanuja Tatacharya  Literature & Education      Maharashtra 
8 Dr. Barjinder Singh Hamdard      Literature & Education              Punjab 
9 Prof. D. Nageshwar Reddy        Medicine-Gastroenterology  Andhra Pradesh 
10 Swami Tejomayananda             Spiritualism                            Maharashtra 
11 Hafeez Contractor                       Architecture                            Maharashtra 
12 Ravindra Chandra Bhargava    Public Affairs                          Uttar Pradesh 
13 Dr.Venkata Rama Rao Alla     Science & Engineering        Andhra Pradesh 
14 Saina Nehwal                             Sports-Badminton                    Telangana 
15 Sania Mirza                                 Sports-Tennis                           Telangana 
16 Indu Jain                                      Trade & Industry                           Delhi 
17 Swami Dayanand Sarawasati  Spiritualism                              Utttarakhand 
18 Robert Blackwill  (Foreigner)   Public Affairs                            United States 
19 Pallonji Shapoorji  Mistry (NRI/PIO) Trade & Industry               Ireland 

  • Union Government launches Sahaj Scheme for online booking of LPG cylinders 

Union Government has launched Sahaj Scheme for online booking of LPG cylinders. It was launched by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Dharmendra Pradhan as part of Government’s 2016-Year of the Consumers initiative.
Features of Scheme
  • Consumers can book LPG cylinders online through the unified web portal www.mylpg.in which is available in 13 languages. 
  • People can apply online for new LPG connection and they need not visit to the LPG distributors for it. This facility is available around the clock and with online or offline payment options. 
  • LPG cylinders will be delivered at home even in their absence.

  • India ranks 76 in 2015 Corruption Perception Index
India has been ranked 76th out of 168 countries in the recently released 2015 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The 2015 CPI was the 21st edition of the annual index and was published by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI).
Top 5 Countries: Denmark (score 91), Finland (score 90), Sweden (89 score), New Zealand, Netherlands (87 score) and Norway (87 score). Bottom 5 Countries: Angola (rank 163), South Sudan (rank 163), Sudan (rank 165), Afghanistan (rank 166), North Korea (rank 167) and Somalia (rank 167). BRICS Countries: South Africa (rank 61), India (76), Brazil (rank 76), China (rank 83) and Russia (rank 119). SAARC Countries: Bhutan (rank 27), India (rank 76), Sri Lanka (rank 83), Pakistan (rank 117), Nepal (rank 130) and Bangladesh (rank 139) and Afghanistan (rank 166).

Actress Rekha conferred 2016 Yash Chopra Memorial Award 

Rekha Veteran Bollywood actress and Rajya Sabha MP Rekha has been conferred with the third edition of Yash Chopra Memorial Award. The award was bestowed upon her by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao in recognition of her talent and contribution to the film industry