Current Affairs, News & Facts of 14 Mar 2016

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  • Arab League declares Hezbollah group a terrorist organization


    Arab League declares Hezbollah group a terrorist organizationThe Arab League has declared Lebanese movement Hezbollah a "terrorist" group, the move comes after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) had adopted the same stance.

    Decision regarding this was taken by Arab League foreign ministers during meeting at the organisation’s seat in Egypt’s capital Cairo. Nearly all 22 Arab League members supported the decision, except Lebanon and Iraq which expressed reservations. The United States, Canada and Australia already have listed Hezbollah as a terrorist group and the European Union (EU) has also blacklisted its military wing.

    Background :

    Hezbollah is a Shia political organisation with an armed wing that fights in neighbouring Syria to support the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Currently, it is fighting in Lebanon’s neighbouring Syria to support the Government of President Bashar al-Assad. It is backed by Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran, with whom relations of Saudi Arabia have worsened this year.

    Few days back Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leadar, accused Saudi Arabia of pressuring Lebanon to silence his group, which made Saudi Arabia very angry as very few in gulf dare to say against its royal family.

  • India, US launch Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship


    India, US launch Fulbright-Kalam Climate FellowshipIndia and the US have launched the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship,  an initiative to advance bilateral cooperation on climate change. The fellowship will enable will enable up to 6 Indian PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to work with US host institutions for a period of 6-12 months.

    The fellowship, named after the late Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, was launched as part of a commitment made by US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build long-term capacity to address climate change-related issues in both the countries. The fellowship will be operated by the binational US-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) under the umbrella of the prestigious Fulbright programme.

  • Lt Gen N P S Hira appointed Deputy Chief of Army


    Lt Gen N P S Hira appointed Deputy Chief of ArmyChief of the Army's Northen Command, Lt Gen N P S Hira has been appointed as Deputy Chief of Army Staff and would assume office on March 14. He is currently posted as Chief of Staff of Northern command at Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir.

    He was commissioned in the Sikh Light Infantry and has a rich experience of counter insurgency operations in JK and in the North East region, as well as conventional operations in Western Command. 

     (1) He commanded the Battalion in Assam (Op RHINO) during high violence period. The unit bagged 32 gallantry awards and COAS citation under his command.

    (2) He has commanded the 10 Infantry Division in the JK on Line of Control with distinction for which he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal. 

    (3) He had commanded 12 Infantry Brigade deployed on the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector. The Brigade earned an Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra and many more gallantry awards during his command.

  • National Led Bulbs Scheme named as UJALA


    National Led Bulbs Scheme named as UJALAPiyush Goyal Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy announced the name ‘UJALA’ for the LED based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), which is currently running successfully in over 120 cities across India. UJALA, an acronym for Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All, is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

    The National LED programme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 2015 with a target of replacing 77 crore incandescent lamps with LED bulbs.

    EESL has already distributed over 7.47 crore LED bulbs across the country resulting in energy savings of more than 2.66 crore kWh every day and has helped avoid peak demand of over 1944 MW. This has helped in reduction of over 21,550 tonnes of CO2 per day which is estimated to have a cost savings of Rs 10.64 crore per day.

  • Anand Mahindra conferred with France's highest civilian award


    Anand Mahindra conferred with France's highest civilian awardMahindra & Mahindra Chairman and Managing Director Anand Mahindra has been conferred with Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by French Government.

    Francois Richier, Ambassador of France to India, conferred the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) on Anand G Mahindra in recognition of his outstanding national and international achievements. 

    Mahindra is recognised as one of the most prominent business leaders in India, who has turned Mahindra & Mahindra into a global company of outstanding repute.

  • Justice Ajit Singh sworn-in as Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court


    Justice Ajit Singh sworn-in as Chief Justice of Gauhati High CourtJustice Ajit Singh has been sworn in as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court. The oath of office to the Chief Justice was administered by Assam Governor P B Acharya as per the provisions laid down in Article 129 of  the Indian Constitution.

    He was appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee following recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) T.S. Thakur. The Gauhati High Court includes the High Courts of Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

    About Justice Ajit Singh Justice

    Born in 1956, Justice Singh enrolled as an advocate in 1979. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh in 2002 and as a permanent Judge in 2003. He was transferred to the Rajasthan High Court in March 2014.

  • India to supply 18 meter-gauge diesel-electric locomotives to Myanmar


    India to supply 18 meter-gauge diesel-electric locomotives to MyanmarIndia will supply 18 metre gauge diesel electric locomotives to Myanmar, which will help Myanmar to meet increasing demand for passenger and freight traffic. In this regard, a contract was signed on March 4, 2016 at Naypyitaw, Myanmar, between RITES, an Indian public sector undertaking under the railway ministry and Myanmar Railways. 

    (1) The supply contract is a vital project being funded under an existing line of credit extended to Myanmar by India. 
    (2) These locomotives will be manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, with several modern features like microprocessor controls, fuel-efficient engine and ergonomic cab design. 

  • Services wins Santosh Trophy, 2016


    Services wins Santosh Trophy, 2016Defending Santosh Trophy champions Services  has won the 70th edition of Santosh Trophy Football Championships by defeating Maharashtra by 2-1 goal score, in the final match played at SEC Railway Stadium, Nagpur (Maharashtra). 

    They have appeared in the Santosh Trophy finals 10 times, and have won the trophy five times, 1st in 1960-61, second in 2012, third in 2013, fourth in 2015  and fifth in 2016.Services took away Rs 5 lakh for winning the tournament while Maharashtra got Rs 3 lakh for finishing runners-up.

    About Santosh Trophy

    Santosh Trophy is an annual Indian football tournament contested by states and government institutions. The first winners were Bengal, who also lead the all-time winners list with 31 titles to date. Trophy is named after the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh (that is now in Bangladesh), who had been the President of the Indian Football Association, the football organisation of Bengal and the donators of the trophy.

  • NITI Aayog launches ‘Women Transforming India’ campaign, in partnership with the UN


    NITI Aayog launches ‘Women Transforming India’ campaign, in partnership with the UNNITI Aayog - Government of India’s premier think-tank - has launched the ‘Women Transforming India’ initiative on the eve of International Women’s Day (8th March) in partnership with the United Nations and MyGov.

    Under the initiative :

    (1) Through the initiative, NITI Aayog is seeking for entries in the form of written essays/stories (not exceeding 500 words), accompanied by photographs that set a context to the narrative. These stories should reflect new ground broken by women in empowering themselves/others.

    (2) A shortlist of 8-10 best entries by a jury will be put to poll on to determine the top three entries. The final winning entry will be determined by a jury constituted by NITI Aayog.

    (3) Winning entries will receive a certificate of appreciation from NITI Aayog and the UN in India. Change makers may also have a chance to interact directly with policy makers in the Government of India, to enable affect positive policy action.

    Comment : This initiative is also a step forward in furthering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have Gender as a stand-alone goal. NITI Aayog has been entrusted with the responsibility to plan, monitor and coordinate SDG efforts across Central Ministries and State governments.

  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurates three major railway projects in Bihar 


    PM Narendra Modi inaugurates three major railway projects in Bihar Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three major railway projects in Bihar at an estimated cost of Rs 7000 crore. 

    These projects are :-

     (1) Rail-cum-road bridge at Patna over the River Ganga: It is 4.56 km long. 

    (2) Rail-cum-road bridge at Munger. 

    (3) Additional bridge at Mokama over the River Ganga: It is double line Railway Bridge. 

    Total cost of these three bridges is about Rs 7200 crore and these bridges will go a long way in giving connectivity to north and south Bihar.There are three bridges over the entire 460 km length of the river Ganga in Bihar - one road bridge at Naugachia, a rail-cum-road bridge at Mokama and the third road bridge Mahatma Gandhi Setu at Patna. The inadequate number of bridges had become one of the reasons hindering the development of Bihar which is one of the most populous state in the country.

  • Allahabad High Court celebrates 150th foundation year  


    Allahabad High Court celebrates 150th foundation yearThe Allahabad High Court celebrated its 150th foundation day today on 14th March 2016. President Pranab Mukherjee was the Chief Guest of the celebrations. Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur and Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda were among some of the dignitaries who attended the function. On this memorable occassion, Reserve bank of India released a 10 rupees coin. Postal department released a postage stamp and a Souvenir of the High court.

    About Allahabad High Court

    (1) The Allahabad High Court was established in 1869, after seat was shifted from Agra to Allahabad. It was originally founded as the High Court of Judicature for the North-Western Provinces at Agra on 17 March 1866 by the Indian High Courts Act 1861 replacing the old Sadr Diwani Adalat.

    (2) Sir Walter Morgan, Barrister-at-Law and Mr. Simpson were appointed the first Chief Justice and the first Registrar respectively of the High Court of North-Western Provinces.

    (3) It is fourth-oldest High Court in India after Calcutta, Madras and Bombay established under Indian High Courts Act 1861. Currently it is the highest judicial body of Uttar Pradesh and it has also a bench in Lucknow.

  • Lin Dan wins 2016 All England Badminton title


    Lin Dan wins 2016 All England Badminton titleLin Dan - professional badminton player from China has won the prestigious 2016 All England Badminton title in the men’s singles category by defeating teammate Tian Houwei with a score of  (21-9, 21-10) in the final match played at Birmingham, England. It was his overall sixth All England badminton title and earlier he had won it in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012.

    Winners in other category :

    Men’s Doubles category: Russian pair Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov bagged 2016 All England Badminton title in men’s Doubles category by defeating Japanese pair Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa with a score of (21-23, 21-18, 21-16 )

    Women’s singles category: Nozomi Okuhara from Japan has swon the title by defeating Wang Shixian from China with a score of  21-11, 16-21 and 21-19.

    Women’s Doubles category: Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi have won the title by defeating Chinese pair Tang Yuanting and Yu Yang with a score of (21-10 and 21-12)

    Mixed Doubles category: Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto has won the title by defeating the pair of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen from  Denmark with a score of  21-12 and 21-17.

    All England Open Badminton Championships

    The All England Open Badminton Championships is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious badminton tournaments. The first tournament held in Guildford in 1898, since then it is played annually. The tournaments were halted only twice during World War I from 1915 to 1919 and World War II from 1940 to 1946. Initially the championship was started in only three categories- Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles but in the year 1900 ndividual Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles titles were added. 

  • China to set up International Maritime Judicial Centre


    China to set up International Maritime Judicial CentreChina’s apex court will create an “international maritime judicial center” to handle territorial disputes and  protect its sovereignty and rights at sea. Announcement in this regard was made by China’s top judge Zhou Qiang at the annual meeting of the national legislature National People’s Congress (NPC). However the authority of any such stature is unlikely to be recognised by the many neighbours with whom China has territorial disputes.

    China’s Supreme Court has decided to set up its own International Maritime Judicial Centre (IMJC) to handle territorial disputes and protect its sea rights. It was announced by China’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Zhou Qiang at the annual meeting of the national legislature National People’s Congress (NPC). This move will help China to bolster its claims in the disputed South and East China seas and also help it become a maritime power.


    China claims a large part of South and East China Sea, creating multiple overlaps with areas claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. The tensions have risen recently over China’s aggressive land reclamation continues to build artificial islands, airport runways and facilities on disputed reefs. 

    Generally international maritime disputes between countries are usually brought before the United Nation’s International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Philippines currently has a case lodged against China at the UN's Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague but Beijing has refused to participate in the tribunal, saying the court has no power to rule on the matter.


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