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March 2016 Current Affairs Bankers Adda 26th Foundation Day of NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) was observed on 1st March 2016. 7th meeting of the Governing Board of the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) was held in New Delhi. A 108-feet tall idol of Rishabhdeva, the first Teerthankar of Jains, has entered the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest Jain statue. According to the World Happiness Report 2016 published by the United Nations, India has ranked 118th out of 156 nations in a global list of happiest nations. Denmark takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world. After the ambitious Make in India Week, Mumbai will host another international summit, the BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave, on April 14. Aiming to reduce road accidents by 50% by 2020, the Gujarat government has announced the Road Safety Policy 2016. Allahabad High Court has celebrated 150 years of its existence. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched India’s first state-wide broadband project called AP FiberNet. Andhra Pradesh government inaugurated India’s first river linking project viz. Pattiseema lift irrigation project connecting Godavari River with Krishna River from the ongoing Polavaram Multi-purpose Irrigation Project. As per a report released by Water Aid, India has the world's highest number of people without access to clean water. Australian golfer Adam Scott won the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship. Authorities in China's capital Beijing have passed a new family planning rule to allow remarried couples to have a second child. The new law also grants 128 maternity leaves (98 earlier) for mothers and a 15-day holiday for fathers Beverage giants PepsiCo have been named as BCCI's official associate sponsor for all international matches in India. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) announced that it successfully commissioned a 600 MW coalbased thermal power plant in Telangana. Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned its first 700-MW supercritical thermal unit in Karnataka. 'Bharat Kesri Dangal', a freestyle wrestling tournament of 3 days, recently held at Gurgaon.


Bihar assembly unanimously passes the Bihar Excise Amendment Bill 2016 paving the way for liquor ban in the state from April 1 this year China is building a tsunami alert centre in South China Sea. China plans to land a probe on Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, the sole governing political party of the country. Citizens of Bhutan planted 1,08,000 trees to welcome the birth of a son to King Khesar and Queen Pema. Delhi govt presents Rs.46,600 crore annual budget for Delhi Delhi has became the first state in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children. Denmark's 17-year-old Mohamad Al-Bacha was crowned the FIFA'16 world champion after winning the final in New York Dubai has announced to host the Robot Olympics in December 2017. E-commerce major Flipkart has launched its own wallet and payment method called ‘Flipkart Money’. European and Russian space agencies have successfully launched ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, an unmanned spacecraft on a mission to find evidence of alien life that exists or may have existed on Mars Former Indian captain, Rahul Dravid has been named as the Mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Delhi Daredevils. Former National 6Reds runnerup Rahul Sachdev clinched his maiden title by winning the 1st All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship. Former USA basketball legend Michael Jordan was placed at the top of Forbes' 2015's list of highest-paid retired athletes. Germany has announced that it will help India to develop 3 Indian cities as Smart Cities. They are, Kerala's Kochi, Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore and Odisha's Bhubaneswar. Gujarat has topped the list of 21 states with the most investment potential, followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu, a report by government thinktank NCAER has revealed. Hanle village in Ladakh was short-listed as a prospective site to house the World's largest telescope named 'Thirty Metre Telescope International Observatory', estimated to be worth around 98.26 crore. Haryana CM Manohar Lal formally launched the Ujala (LED bulbs) scheme of Haryana Power DISCOMs. With this scheme, Haryana Govt is planning to distribute LED bulbs at highly discounted prices to nearly 44 lakh domestic consumers.


Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has decided to rope in the Indian Army to teach patriotism in universities controlled by the government. ICICI Bank has launched iWork@home, an initiative that allows women employees to work from home for up to a year. ICICI Bank today launched a Contactless option in its app 'Pockets'. This will allow users to make payments at outlets by tapping their smartphones. In an effort to boost the economy, China’s central bank cut banks’ required reserve ratio by 0.5% India has been ranked at the 90th place in a list of 126 countries on the basis of their ability to deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy. India has distributed scholarships to over 800 Bangladeshi students under the 'Muktijodha Scholarship Scheme'. India has observed the 10th Earth Hour on 19th March 2016 between 8.30 pm and 9:30 pm India has signed an agreement to extend $2 billion as line of credit to Bangladesh. India has won the 2016 Asia Cup T20 trophy for a record sixth time after beating Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the final. India Inc. became first in the world to formally adopt the United Nations’ (UN) agenda for the world’s sustainable development and 17 goals identified for its implementation. Indian wrestler Hardeep has became the first Indian wrestler since Mausam Khatri 12 years ago to book a quota place for 2016 Rio Olympics in the Greco-Roman category. India's Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve has been added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserve among 20 new sites. India's biggest lender SBI is among four new foreign banks that have been given preliminary approval to open fully-owned branch in mynmar Jalandhar based Capital Local Area Bank limited (CLABL) became India's first Small Finance Bank (SFB) by flagging-off its operations on April 13, 2016. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed that this year's Rio Olympics will be his last Olympics. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presented a Rs. 1.63 lakh crore annual budget for the state. 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.


Kazakhstan has banned smartphones in government offices and police stations to prevent information leak. Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS 2016), the maiden flagship initiative of the Union Ministry of Shipping, was organised from 14 to 16 April 2016 at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. Republic of Korea is the partner country for MIS 2016. Mumbai is likely to get a CBI branch for probing cyber crime offences. As of now, such a branch is only in the headquarters (Delhi) New Delhi has topped the list of top 25 destinations in India by travel website TripAdvisor as part of its 'Travellers' Choice Awards' for 2016. Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Australian Grand Prix. Nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-I was successfully test fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Odisha's Abdul Kalam Island. Oculus, the world's most expensive train station, which was built in New York, US, on the site of World Trade Center, which got destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, was recently opened. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel remotely launched Asia's biggest telescope, the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), built with Belgian assistance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched 'Kisan Suvidha' app for farmers to provide information on weather, market prices, seeds, fertilisers, crop protection and agricultural machinery Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the ambitious Rs 50,800-crore Setu Bharatam project, under which a total of 208 railway crossings will be replaced by rail over bridges (ROBs). Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a three nation visit to Belgium, United States & Saudi Arabia. Private lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank has tied up with National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) for Collateral Management and Warehousing Services. Rest of India has won the Irani Cup Cricket title by beating Mumbai by four wickets. Russia has slashed its space budget for 2016 to 2025 by 30%, from 2 trillion rubles ($29.24 billion) to 1.4 trillion rubles ($20.68 billion). Scientists from Japan have discovered a new species of bacteria, called Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, that can eat plastic. Tamil Nadu government recently launched internet services to every household through the stateowned Arasu Cable TV Corporation.


Thailand is facing its worst drought in over 20 years, with water levels in the nation's largest dams below 10%. The 4th Nuclear Security Summit -2016 was held in Washington DC, the United States. The European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate (refinancing rate) to 0% from 0.05%. The Fast patrol vessel (FPV) of the Indian Coast Guard ICGS Arnvesh was commissioned at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The Federal Bank is set to launch a dedicated service for startups called 'Launchpad', to open incubation centres at its Bengaluru and Ernakulam branches

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