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Ordinance on Uttarakhand expenditure signed
- The decision in this regard has been taken at the Union cabinet meeting
- President Pranad Mukherjee signed the ordinance.
Maharashtra links colleges to National Cancer Grid
- Maharashtra signed MoU with the Tata Trusts to link all government colleges and medical colleges to the national cancer grid.
- For uniform cancer profiling and quality treatment.
- Initiative targets to have 50,000 bone marrow donors in the next three years.
- Will be a huge gift of hope for patients suffering from blood cancer, sickle cell, thalassemia, and other fatal diseases.
Phase I of Green Delhi initiative launched
- Initiative was launched in line with a detailed action plan submitted by the AAP government to the Apex Court.
- Huge rise in vehicular pollution because the number of vehicles plying on the roads of Delhi.
- Air pollution is the 5th largest killer in India by WHO Report.
Coastal circuit project in Goa gets approval
- Sum of 99.99 crores of has been given by the Center.
- Highest allocation received by Goa Tourism since 2010.
Amendments in Land Acquisition Act cleared by Gujarat Assembly
- Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement-Gujarat Amendment Bill- 2016 was passed in the Gujarat Assembly.
Isro to help Airports Authority of India construct airports
- Space technology will help in making the flights safer and provide the optimum utilization of the land.
- Will provide data on the landscape around the airports.
- Space technology is being used in the Aviation Sector is done on pilot basis in the Hyderabad and Port Blair airport.
Business and Economy
NSE launches Nifty MidSmallcap 400 index
- Will comprise of 400 companies which are the constituents of Nifty Midcap 150 and Nifty Small cap 250 indices across 18 sectors.
- Appropriate benchmark for mutual fund schemes which predominantly invests in small-cap and mid-cap companies equity stocks.
Safeguard duty on import of steel products
- Government in February fixed minimum import price on 173 steel products ranging between USD 341 to USD 752 per ton.
- imposed the Safeguard duty of up to 20% on steel imports until March 2018 to protect domestic manufacturers from cheap Chinese imports
- Finance ministry notification directs 20% ad valorem safeguard duty in the first year from September 14, 2015 to September 13, 2016 on hot-rolled flat products of non-alloy and other alloy steel in coils of 600 mm width or more.
Science and Technology
Vidyut PRAVAH app launched
- App is aimed at empowering common people to demand 24X7 power from the states
- Expected to take transparency to the next level and make state governments more accountable.
- The mobile application provides highlights of the power availability in India on real time basis.
Walk on Mars with Buzz Aldrin
- Guided tour of Mars using the HoloLens headset technology
- Technology will offer people a virtual tour of an area of Mars with astronaut Buzz Aldrin in an interactive exhibit using the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset.
- Aldrin, an Apollo 11 astronaut who walked on the moon in 1969, will serve as the “holographic tour guide”
- Guests will “visit” several sites on Mars, reconstructed using real images from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover
People in News
Masakui appointed as Ambassador to Zimbabwe
- Presently Director in Ministry of External Affairs
- He will succeed Surinder Kumar Datta.
Shubhdarshini Tripathi appointed as Ambassador to Jordan
- Presently Deputy Chief of Mission in Berlin
- Ms Tripathi will succeed Anil Trigunayat.
Nandini Singla appointed as Ambassador to Portugal
- Presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry
Satender Kumar accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to Barbados
- Ambassador of India to the Republic of Suriname
- Concurrently accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to Barbados
Australia pacer Clint McKay announces retirement from international cricket
- Will carry on playing in the English country circuit for Leicestershire and also play in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder.
Shiva Thapa wins Silver medal at Asian/Oceania Qualifying event in China
- Thapa has become the first Indian boxer to have sealed a berth for the Rio Olympics.
- Bagged silver medal after losing in the final of the Asian/Oceania Qualifying Tournament.
Renowned journalist Babu Bharadwaj died
- He was working as the chief editor of the online news portal Dool News.
- He had worked with Kairali TV, Chinta Magazine and Media One.
- First Joint Secretary of Students’ Federation of India
- Recipient of Kerala Sahitya Akademi award in 2006 for his novel titled Kalaapangalkkoru Gruhapadam.
Ranveer Singh “Maharashtrian of The Year”
- Award was presented by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
- “Lifetime achievement award” was bestowed upon 82 year old legendary singer Asha Bhosle.
Novelist Ahmed Naji bagged PEN Freedom to Write Award
- Jailed Egyptian author and journalist
- Naji will be accorded with the award at Pen America’s annual Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.