10th March 2016

A.Lok Sabha passes Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016

1.Sabha has passed Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 by voice vote to make amendments to the Enemy Property Act, 1968. 

2.The bill replaces the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2016 promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee in January 2016. 

3.Proposed Amendments are Once an enemy property is vested to the Custodian it shall continue to be vested in him. 

4.It shall not revert back to enemy subject or enemy firm due to reasons such as death of subject or firm ceased to function. 

5.The law of succession does not apply to enemy property. Henceforth there cannot be transfer of any property vested in the custodian by an enemy till it is disposed of in accordance with the provisions of the Act. 

6.Expands the definition of the enemy to include
(i) legal heirs of enemies even if they are Indian citizens or of another country which is not an enemy (ii) Nationals of an enemy country who have changed their nationality to another country, etc. Enemy Property Act, 1968 The act provided for the continuous vesting of enemy property in the custodian. The possession of enemy properties spread across many states in the country vest with the Union Government through the Custodian of Enemy Property for India.

B.Beatles Producer George Henry Martin passes away

1.The legendary music producer George Henry Martin passed away in Wiltshire, England. 

2.He was 90. He was popularly known as the fifth Beatle as he had signed the rock band Beatles and became their indispensable mentor and collaborator. 

About George Henry Martin 

Born on 3 January 1926 in Highbury, London, England. He was an English record producer, composer, audio engineer, conductor, arranger, and musician. 

Awards and Honours: 

1.He has won 6 Grammy Awards in various categories between 1967 and 2007. 

2.He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1996 in recognition of his services to the music industry and popular culture. 

3.He holds Guinness World Records as the most successful producer ever, with more than 50 No. 1 hit records in the US and UK over the five decades period.

C.India inks Raptor MoU to save birds of prey

1.India has signed ‘Raptor MoU’, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on conservation of birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia. 

2.With this India becomes 56th county to sign the Raptor MoU under the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS). 

3.The MoU was singed Ambassador of India to the UAE Shri T.P Seetharam the Convention on Migratory Species Office in Abu Dhabi. 

4.Earlier in December 2015, the Union Cabinet in its meeting had approved the proposal of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to sign ‘Raptor MoU’. 

About Raptor MoU 
1.It is a multilateral agreement under Article IV paragraph 4 of the CMS and is not legally binding on signatory parties. 

2.It was CMS in October 2008 and came into effect on November 1, 2008. 

3.The MoU seeks willingness of the signatory states for working for conservation of the raptor species and their habitats. 

4.It covers 76 species of birds of prey under its ambit and an action plan has been formulated under it that envisages the conservation action for Raptor species. 

D.Indo-Indonesia Joint Training Exercise Garuda Shakti IV begins

1.The fourth edition of the India-Indonesia Joint Training Exercise Garuda Shakti has begun at Magelang in Indonesia. 

2.The 13 days (till 23 March) bilateral exercise aims at 
(i) Building and promoting positive relations between the Armies of India and Indonesia. 
(ii) Enhancing their abilities to undertake joint tactical level operations in a counter insurgency environment under United Nations Charter. 

Key facts 
1.In the 4th edition of the joint exercise Indian Army platoon strength contingent will carry out cross training with a platoon from the Airborne battalion of the Indonesian Army. 

2.The Indian Contingent has been trained for combat conditioning, firing, tactical operations, tactical skills and special heliborne operations training. 

3.Selected Indian unit has had varied operational experience in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist operations in the Northern, Western and Eastern theatres. 

4.The exercise will be conducted as joint Counter Insurgency operations exercise in urban and rural scenario and various facets of tactical Counter Insurgency operations (CIO). 

5.Both countries will share their experience of CIO and also the ambit of identifying areas of expertise, evolution of combat tactical drills of tactical and to undertake combined training for neutralization of insurgency threat. 

E.RBI inks information exchange MoU with Bank of Israel

1.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bank of Israel (BOI) for exchange of information pertaining to banking supervision. 

2.It was signed by Parvathy V Sundaram, Chief General Manager-in-Charge, Department of Banking Supervision on behalf of RBI and Hedva Ber, Supervisor of banks on behalf of BOI. 

3.With this RBI has signed 32 such MoUs, 1 Letter for Supervisory Co-operation and 1 Statement of Co-operation (SoC). 

4.By signing such MoU/SoC with supervisors of other countries, RBI is seeking to promote greater co-operation and share supervisory information among the authorities.

F.Parliament passes National Waterways Bill, 2015

1.The Parliament has passed National Waterways Bill, 2015 to clear decks for the conversion of 106 rivers and creeks across India into transport waterways. 

2.It was first passed in Lok Sabha in December 2015 i.e. in the winter session and later was passed by Rajya Sabha in March 2016 i.e. in the budget session. 

Key facts 
1.The National Waterways Bill, 2015 aims at declaring 106 additional inland waterways as National Waterways in addition to the five existing National Waterways. 

2.It repeals the existing five Acts that declare the existing 5 national waterways. These existing five national waterways are now covered under the new Bill. 

3.Thus the total number of national waterways number will go up to 111 from existing five national waterways. 

4.Inland waterways mainly comprise rivers, lakes, canals, creeks and backwaters. It extends about 14,500 km across the country. However, potential of this mode of transport has not been fully exploited so far.

G.CCEA approves Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

1.The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) for providing free of cost LPG (cooking gas) connections to women from BPL Households.
2.This scheme will be implemented by Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It will be for the first time ministry will be implementing a welfare scheme. 

3.Under the scheme Financial support of 1600 rupees for each LPG connection will be provided to the BPL households. 

4.The identification of eligible BPL families will be made in consultation with the State Governments and the Union Territories. 

5.It will be implemented over three years’ time frame namely in the FY 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. 

6.Government has earmarked 8000 crore rupees for providing five crore LPG connections to BPL households. 

7.The PMUY seeks to empowering women and protecting their health by shifting them from traditional cooking based on unclean cooking fuels or on fossil fuels that have serious health hazards to clean cooking gas.

H.ISRO successfully launches IRNSS-1F satellite

1.Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched India’s sixth navigation Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) 1F satellite. 

2.It was launched by ISRO’s workhorse satellite launch vehicle, PSLV-C32 rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. 

3.It was PLSV’s 34th mission. Key facts IRNSS 1F satellite is part of the space segment satellites of the IRNSS system that has total constellation of seven satellites. It has a 12 year mission life. 

Dimensions of IRNSS-1F:  
It is 44.4 metre tall and has a liftoff mass of 1,425 kg. Orbit: It will be located in the Geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) in the space with a 20,657 km apogee (farthest point to Earth) and 284 km perigee (nearest point to Earth). 

1.It equipped with two types of payloads viz. navigation payload and ranging devices. The navigation payload will be mainly used to transmit navigation service signals to the users. 

2.The ranging payload consists of a C-band transponder that will facilitate accurate determination of the range of the satellite. 

About IRNSS System 
1.IRNSS System consists of constellation of seven satellites of which three are geostationary and four are non-geostationary. 4 Geosynchronous satellites: 

2.They will be orbiting in pairs in two inclined geosynchronous orbits. When observed from the ground, these 2 pairs of satellites will appear to travel in figures of ‘8’. 3 geostationary satellites: 

3.They will be placed in the geostationary orbit over the equator. They match the Earth’s rotation and shall remain at a fixed position in the sky. Services: T

9th March 2016

A.India to host BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave

1.India is going to host BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave in Mumbai (Maharashtra), financial capital of India from April 14 to 16, 2016. 

2.It will be attended by the top Urban Policy makers and Planners from BRICS Nations viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 

Key facts 

1.The conclave will be joint initiative of Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Government of Maharashtra. 

2.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conference which will be attended by representatives of at least two cities from each of the BRICS nations. 

3.The three-day conclave will be organised by Mumbai First, a think-tank working to find solutions for city’s development.

B.Parliament passes Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015

1.Parliament has passed Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 to establish Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). 

2.The Bill replaces the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986. It was first passed in Lok Sabha during winter session in December 2015 and later in Rajya Sabha in February 2016. 

3.Now the bill will go Presidential assent as per provisions of Article 111 of the Constitution. 

Key facts 

1.The bill establishes BIS as a national standard body for development of standardization and assessment and quality assurance of goods, articles, services, processes and systems. 

2.It broaden the ambit of BIS and empower Union Government to make it mandatory to carry the standard mark for certain notified goods, articles, processes, etc. 

3.The Bill extends the ambit of BIS to include services, products and processes while ensuring production of world class goods. 

4.It make BIS a national standards body for introduce mandatory hallmarking of precious metals, prevent misuse of standard marks. At present, BIS is not formally recognised as a national standards body of the country, though it is representing India in various international bodies.

C.Karnataka launches Mukhyamantri Santwana Harish Yojana for free treatment to accident victims

1.Karnataka government has launched Mukhyamantri Santwana Harish Yojana to provide free medical treatment to road accident victims for the first 48 hours (2 days) in the nearest government or private hospital. 

2.The scheme has been named after Harish Nanjappa who had donated his eyes moments before his death. 

3.He had died as no help was provided to him after he was  severely injured in mishap in February 2016 . 

4.Under the scheme Immediate medical relief would be provided to the victim during the Golden Hour with financial aid up to Rs 25,000 during the first 48 hours of treatment. 

5.Financial assistance to victims of road accidents will be provided across the state irrespective of their financial status or nationality. 

6.All hospitals would be directed not to reject accident victims and they shall be provided proper medical care for first 48 hours and get treatment at any hospital.

D.Union Government announces to withdraw tax proposal on EPF

1.The Union Finance Ministry has announced to withdraw its proposal to tax Employee Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawals. 

2.It was announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha clarifying NDA government’s stand on the issue. 

3.However, government has not changed its plan to tax National Pension Scheme (NPS) withdrawals. Background Earlier in the Union Budget 2016-17, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed to tax EPF and NPS withdrawals with an effect from 1 April 2016. 

4.It was announced that 60 percent of the amount deposited in EPF account of the employee would be taxed at the time of withdrawal and remaining 40 percent would be tax free. 

5.However, the budget proposal had provided tax exemption if the employee re-invests 60 percent of the EPF in a pension or annuity fund. 

5.The proposal to tax EPF and NPS withdrawals was made to create a pensioned society, especially among employees in the private sector who have no provision for pension. 

6.What is Employee Provident Fund (EPF)? The Employee Provident Fund (EPF) is a retirement benefit applicable only to salaried employees. 

7.It is a fund to which both the employee and employer contribute fixed amount (percent) of the former’s basic salary amount each month. 

8.This percentage is pre-set by the government. At present, the entire EPF amount is tax free at the time of withdrawal if the employee has completed five years of continuous service.

E.ICICI Bank rolls out iWork@home for women employees

1.India’s largest private sector lender ICICI Bank has rolled out iWork@Home programme for its women employees for up to a year. 

2.It was launched by Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank on the occasion of International Women’s Day (8th March). 

Key facts 

1.iWork@Home programme is an information and communication technology (ICT) initiative that seeks to prevent women employees from dropping out of its workforce.

2.It is based on face recognition technology that will facilitate women employee to work from home and provide access to the bank’s core banking servers under. 

3.The technology has been developed by ICICI Bank in partnership with students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. 

4.This platform creates seamless virtual office-like environment that allows women employees to access to their required operating systems in a safe and secure manner. 

5.It will allow women employees to carry out multiple tasks that include checking documents for loan disbursement, processing of export-import documents for payments and image-based verification of cheques for clearance etc. 

6.The platform is highly secured as it allows employees to access only after facial recognition and logs her out if she leaves her seat.

F.First ever NCC girls Everest expedition flagged off

1.The first ever all girls National Cadet Corps (NCC) Mount Everest expedition was flagged off by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Rao Inderjeet Singh in New Delhi. 

2.The aim of mountaineering expeditions in NCC is to strengthen the character and instill qualities of courage, discipline, comradeship and leadership in the cadets. 

3.The team consisting of ten girl cadets is led by Colonel Gaurav Karki, along with fifteen service personnel. 

4.They will reach Nepal on 31st March 2016 and likely to summit the peak between 15 and 25th May, 2016. 

5.These 10 girls were selected from 100 girl cadets who were nominated to undergo the Customised Mountaineering Course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling. 

6.They were selected based on their performance in the first pre-Everest Expedition to Mt Deo-Tibba (19688 Feet) near Manali in Himachal Pradesh and second pre-Everest Expedition to Mt Trishul (23360 Feet). 

7.Mountaineering Expedition was introduced in NCC in 1970 as an adventure activity. Since then, every year NCC conducts two mountaineering expeditions one each for boy and girl cadets. So far NCC has launched more than 70 expeditions to various peaks.

G.57 countries to take part in first-ever Maritime India Summit 2016

1.57 countries are going to take part in the first Maritime India Summit 2016 scheduled to be held in April 2016 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. 

2.It was announced by the Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on the sidelines of media launch of the Maritime India Summit 2016. 

About Maritime India Summit 2016 

1.The maiden Maritime India Summit is scheduled to be held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It will be organised by Union Ministry of Shipping. 

2.It will be first such global summit of its kind that will also comprise of an Investors’ Summit along with exhibition and demo session. 

3.The main focus of summit is to give impetus to Make In India and blue economy. South Korea is the partner country for the summit. 

4.Earlier in February 2016, the Ministry of Shipping had launched website for maiden summit to facilitate investors and participants to access detailed information about the summit.

8th March 2016

A.Maria Sharapova provisionally suspended after failing drugs test at Australian Open

1.Former world number one female tennis player Maria Sharapova (28) from Russia has revealed that she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open. 

2.Due to this failure the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has provisionally suspended her till further action from Tennis for violating Anti-Doping Rule. 

3.She has been tested positive for meldonium, a substance that has been added in the forbidden list by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 1 January 2016. 

4.The Russian star tested positive for meldonium, a substance, she has been taking since 2006 for health issues. She had provided the anti-doping sample day after she had lost to Serena Williams (United States) in the Australian Open quarter finals. 

5.Currently she is ranked world No. 7 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).  She has won total 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles, two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open.

B.Haryana signs 11 MoUs on opening day of Global Investors’ Summit

1.Haryana Government has signed 11 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) involving a total investment of Rs 18,159 crores with different companies. 

2.These MoUs were signed in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on the first day of the two-day ‘Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit-2016’ held in Gurgaon. 

3.Singed MoUs are MoU of Rs 15,000 crores investment with ICICI Bank for financial services. MoU of Rs 2,000 crore investment with Bharti Airtel for Electronics, Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITeS). 

4.MoU of Rs 283 crores investment with Star Wire (India) Limited for manufacturing special and critical steel adopting high-tech technologies. Rs 200 crores investment MoU with Minda Kosei Aluminium Wheel Private Limited for automobile parts, alloy wheels. Rs 150 crores investment MoU with Plasser India Private Limited for manufacturing unit for track maintenance machines. Rs 190 crore investment MoU with Honda for worker housing. 

5.MoUs of Rs 100 crores each were signed with Minda Industries Limited and Mindarika Private Limited for automobile parts switches. Rs 80 crores investment MoU was signed with T.G. Minda Private Limited for automobile parts rubber hoses.

C.Former NDDB chief Amrita Patel gets Mahindra lifetime achievement award

1.Dr Amrita Patel was conferred prestigious 2016 Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Lifetime Achievement Award also known as the Krishi Shiromani Samman. 

2.The award was bestowed upon her by Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh for her contribution in the field of agriculture and to increase productivity and rural prosperity. 

3.Currently she is Chairman of Charutar Arogya Mandal. Earlier she had served as Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) from 1998 to 2014. 

4.Dr Patel had played a pivotal role in the implementation of NDDB’s Operation Flood which was the world’s biggest dairy development program that had transformed India from a milk-deficient nation into the world’s largest milk producer by surpassing the USA in 1998. 

5.The Operation Flood has helped to promote, finance and deliver variety of supporting services to a national cooperative dairy structure.  It has directly and indirectly transformed the lives of millions of marginalised and small farmers and milk producers.

D.Germany to develop Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Coimbatore as Smart Cities

1.Germany has decided to partner with India’s smart city programme and will help developing Kochi (Kerala), Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) as smart cities. 

2.It was announced by State Secretary in Germany’s Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Gunther Adler in New Delhi at the second meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Urban Development. 

3.These three cities are among the top 20 cities selected by Urban Development Ministry which are to be developed as smart cities. 

4.This decision was taken after Union Government had invited Germany to be a partner in its Smart Cities programme in 2015. 

5.Earlier Germany had set up a six-member joint committee with India to identify the cities which it could develop as smart cities. 

6.The joint committee had 2 representatives of Union Urban Development Ministry, 1 from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and 3 from Germany. 

7.It should be noted that Germany is India’s second largest bilateral donor after Japan with a record commitment of 1.5 billion Euros agreed in the year 2015.

E.Telangana, Maharashtra ink MoU for five irrigation projects

1.Telangana and Maharashtra Governments have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to set up an inter-state water board construct 5 barrages across Godavari and Pen Ganga rivers. 

2.The MoU was signed at a high level meeting held in Mumbai in which Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took part. 

Key facts 

1.Setting up of an inter-state water board on Godavari projects will end decades of discord between the two States on utilisation of water in the river Godavari and its tributaries. 

2.Both states already have expressed mutual consent to construct barrages at various points on these rivers to benefit farmers in both states. Of the five barrages, 

3.Maharashtra Government will take up construction of Penpahad and Rajapet barrages while Telangana will take up Chanak-Korata across Penganga River. 

4.Telangana will also construct Thammidihatti barrage (148 meters height) in Adilabad district across Pranahita a tributary to Godavari and Medigadda barrage (102 meters) in Karimnagar district across Godavari. 

F.8 March: International Women’s Day

1.Every year International Women’s Day is being observed on 8th March across the globe to highlight the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. 

2.2016 theme declared by United Nations: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. It reflects acceleration of the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. 

3.The theme also equally focuses on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. 

4.Governments, NGOs and other organisations across the globe observe this day by organising numerous events to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women 

5.International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed to observe March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace.

G.Air India operates world’s longest all-women flight

1.National carrier Air India successfully flew the World’s longest all-woman operated and supported flight from the national capital New Delhi to San Francisco (United States). 

2.The flight was operated as part of International Women’s Day celebrations and travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometres in close to 17 hours. 

3.The non-stop flight to San Francisco took off on 6th March 2016 from New Delhi. Key facts The flight was under the command of Kshamta Bajpayee and Shubhangi Singh. 

4.They were supported by First Officers Ramya Kirti Gupta and Amrit Namdhari. Entire operations in this historic flight on one of the world’s longest route were handled by women. 

5.They handled all operations including cockpit crew to cabin crew, check-in staff, doctor, customer care staff, ATC (air traffic control) and the entire ground-handling. 

6.Currently, National carrier Air India has about 3,800 women employees, including pilots, engineers, cabin crew, doctors, technicians, security personnel and executives.

7th March 2016

A.PM adopted Nagepur village in his Varanasi Constituency under SAGY

1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has selected Nagepur village in his Varanasi Constituency of Lok Sabha in Uttar Pradesh under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). 

2.Earlier in the first phase of SAGY, PM had adopted Jayapur village in Sevapuri Assembly segment of Varanasi in 2014. 

3.Nagepur village is mainly dominated by backward castes has been selected under the second phase of the Yojana.  

4.Almost all villagers in this village are either farmers or labourers. About Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) SAGY encourages Members of Parliament (MP’s) from both Houses to identify and develop one village from their constituency as a model village. Under this scheme, 

5.MPs will be responsible for developing the socio-economic and physical infrastructure of three villages each by 2019, and a total of eight villages each by 2024. 

Key objectives of the Yojana include: 

(i) The development of model villages, called Adarsh Grams, through the implementation of existing schemes, and certain new initiatives to be designed for the local context, which may vary from village to village. 
(ii) Creating models of local development which can be replicated in other villages.

B.SBI granted operating licence by Myanmar

1.India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has been granted preliminary approval to operate Myanmar. 

2.SBI was granted operating licence by Myanmar Government along with three other Asian banks. They are Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, Sun Commercial Bank of Taiwan and Shinhan Bank of South Korea. 

3.With this, total 13 foreign banks have now been given permission to operate inside the Myanmar so far in an attempt to attract overseas investment to the emergent nation. 

4.Under the earlier junta rule, Myanmar’s banking system was closed for decades to outside competition. 

5.However since 2011 after end a half-century of harsh military rule, Myanmar’s semi-civilian government has granted licenses for foreign banks to open business in the country in the hope of reversing isolation that saw the country become one of Asia’s poorest.

C.Popular Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani passes away

1.Renowned Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani passed away at Kochi, Kerala due to liver and kidney failure. 

2.He was 45. He had had acted in over 200 films in Malayalam and other South Indian languages including Tamil, and Telugu films. 

About Kalabhavan Mani 

1.Mani was born as Mani Raman Chenathunad Kunnisseri Veettil on 1 January 1971 in Chalakudy, Kerala. 

2.He had started his career as a mimicry artist with the Kalabhavan troupe, a centre for learning performing arts. 

3.He had entered Malayalam film industry as a comedian, later became an active artiste in South Indian films. He is best known for essaying character of villain roles. 


1.He had won the National Film Award and Kerala State Film Award in Special Jury Award in 1999 for his performance as Ramu in Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum. In 2002, he was also awarded Filmfare Awards in Best Villan (Tamil) category for the film Gemini.

D.India wins 2016 Asia Cup T20 trophy

1.India has won the 2016 Asia Cup T20 trophy for a record sixth time after beating Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the final. 

2.In the final match played at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur Indian team overhauled the chasing target of 121 runs set by Bangladesh by seven balls to spare. 

3.Bangladesh by batting first had posted target of 120 runs for five wickets in 15 overs to India. The match was reduced to 15-over-per side after a spell of thundershowers. 

4.Indian team made 122 for the loss of 2 wickets in 13.5 overs. India’s Shikhar Dhawan scored 60 runs and followed by Virat Kohli with 41 runs. 

Captain of India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni. 

Captain of Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza. 

Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan. 

Man of the series: Sabbir Rahman (Bangladesh). 

E.Patna Pirates wins 3rd season of Pro Kabaddi League

1.Patna Pirates has won the third season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) by defeating U Mumba. 

2.In the final match played at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, Patna Pirates defeated U Mumba by 31-28 score in the thrilling 40 minute play. 

Captain of Patna Pirates: Manpreet Singh. 

Captain of U Mumba: Anup Kumar. 

3.Rohit Kumar (Patna Pirates) was awarded Best Raider and Mohit Chillar (U Mumba) was awarded Best Defender of the Match. 

4.In this season, Rishank Devadiga (U Mumba) finished as the most successful raider with 106 points. 

5.Puneri Paltan was placed at the third place after defeating Bengal Warriors. 

About Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 

1.PKL is a professional Kabaddi (indigenous sport) league based on the format of the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket tournament. 

2.It is known as the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi for sponsorship reasons. It is currently managed by Mashal Sports. 

3.The first edition of the tournament was played in 2014 with eight franchises representing various cities in India. It was won by Jaipur Pink.

F.Capital Area Bank first to get small finance bank licence from RBI

1.Jalandhar based Capital Local Area Bank (CLAB) Limited became the first financial entity in India to get Small Financial Bank Licence by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). 

2.CLAB ltd claims to be largest local bank in the country with total 44 branches in five districts of Punjab. 

3.It will begin its operations as a small finance bank from April 13, 2016 and it will focus on the northern region for first five years of operations. 


1.Earlier in September 2015, RBI has granted in principle approval to 10 entities including CLAB ltd to set up small finance banks to provide basic banking services to small farmers and micro industries. 

2.The in-principle approval had enabled these entities comply with the guidelines on Small Finance Banks and the approval will be valid for 18 months. 

About Small Finance Bank 

1.The small finance bank will undertake basic banking activities of acceptance of deposits and lending to unserved and underserved to further financial inclusion in the country. 

2.It will provide banking facilities to the unbanked sections and thereby boosting saving habits. 

3.It will mainly target small business units, marginal farmers and unorganised sector entities through high technology-low cost operations.

G.E-mail inventor Ray Tomlinson passes away

1.Internet pioneer and e-mail inventor Raymond Tomlinson passed away in Washington, United States. He was 74 years old. 

2.Tomlinson invented direct electronic messages between users on different machines on a certain network in 1971. 

Key pioneering inventions First email system: 

1.He implemented it on the ARPANET system which is considered as the precursor to the Internet. Prior to this system, users could only write messages to others using the same computer. 

@ sign: To send electronic messages on different machines on a certain network successfully he had used @ sign to separate the user name from the name of their machine. 

2.Since then this separation scheme is used in email addresses and has become standard. About Ray Tomlinson Born as Raymond Samuel Tomlinson on April 23, 1941 in Amsterdam, New York, US. 

3.He had graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering. In 1967, he had joined the technology company of Bolt, Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies). 

4.In this company he had helped to develop the TENEX operating system including ARPANET Network Control Program and TELNET implementations. 

Awards and Honours: 

1.IEEE Internet Award (2004), George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award (2000). 

2.He was inducted in the Internet Hall of Fame (IHF) in 2012 by the Internet Society. IHF has mentioned that his email program has brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changed the way people communicate. 

ARPANET system: 

1.Abbreviated as Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). 

2.It was an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol). 

H.Dogri poetess Padma Sachdev awarded 2015 Krutitava Smagra Samman

1.Renowned Dogri poetess and writer Padma Sachdev has been awarded prestigious Krutitava Smagra Samman for the year 2015. 

2.She was bestowed with this award for her outstanding contribution in literature and great service to Dogri Language. 

3.It was presented to her by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. The award has been instituted by Kolkata based Bharatiya’s Bhasha Parishad and carries an amount of one lakh rupees, a shawl and citation. 

About Padma Sachdev 

1.Padma Sachdev is first modern woman poet of Dogri language. She also writes in Hindi. She has published her several poetry collection. 

2.Some of her books are Tavi Te Chanhan (1976), Nheriyan Galiyan (1982), Pota Pota Nimbal (1987), Uttar Vahini (1992) and Tainthian (1992). Her poetry collection Meri Kavita Mere Geet (My Poems, My Songs) has won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971. 

About Dogri language 

1.Dogri is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in India and Pakistan. In India, it is chiefly spoken in states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and northern Punjab. 

2.Dogri speakers are called Dogras and the Dogri-speaking region is called Duggar. It is one of 22 official languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of Constitution. 

I.Union Government launches online marketing platform Mahila E-HAAT

1.The Union Government has launched an online marketing platform Mahila E-HAAT to facilitate women entrepreneurs to sell their products to buyers. 

2.It was launched by Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi in New Delhi. The Mahila e-Haat portal can be accessed at  http://mahilaehaat-rmk.gov.in 

Key facts 

1.Mahila E-HAAT is an online marketing platform to facilitate women entrepreneurs to sell their products to buyers. 

2.It is an initiative mainly for women across the country and is part of Union Government’s flagship ‘Digital India’ and ‘Stand Up India’ initiatives. 


1.To strengthen the financial inclusion of women entrepreneurs by providing continued support to their creativity. Joint initiative of: Union Women and Child Development Ministry and Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK) for meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs. 


1.The initiative is unique as for the first time government will help women to sell products online. Women can sell their products like cloths, bags, jewelleries through this web portal. 

2.It is open to all Indian women citizens above 18 years of age and women Self Help Groups (SHGs) desiring for marketing their legal products/services. 

3.The entire business on the e-Haat platform can be easily handled through mobile phone. Comment This e-platform seeks to strengthen the socio-economic empowerment of women by mobilizing and providing better avenues to them.