Current Affairs, News & Facts of 17 Mar 2016

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  • India Aviation 2016 begins in Hyderabad


    India Aviation 2016 begins in HyderabadIndia Aviation 2016,  the country's biggest civil aviation show, kicked off in Hyderabad, Telangana. The five day biennial aviation show was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at Begumpet Airport (also known as Hyderabad Old Airport).

    Theme for the year 2016 : Theme of this edition is "Indian civil aviation sector: Potential as global manufacturing MRO hub."

    Key Facts

     (1) The conference agenda, has been jointly developed by the ministry of civil aviation and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on the lines of Make in India. 

    (2) The event aims to showcase India as a hub for aerospace manufacturing and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhauling) services. It would also highlight the emerging investment opportunities in the Indian aerospace manufacturing market.

    (3) Leading aircraft and helicopter manufacturers like Boeing, Airbus, Textron, Embraer, Gulfstream, Dassault, Agusta Westland, Bell Helicopters, Russian Helicopters will take part in the show.

    (4) There will be an international conference and four different business sessions for India aviation. A global CEOs Forum will also be held in conjunction with the show.

  • Fazle Kabir appointed as Governor of Bangladesh’s Central Bank


    Fazle Kabir appointed as Governor of Bangladesh’s Central BankFazle Kabir-eminent Bangladeshi economist and banker has been appointed as the new Governor of  Bangladesh’s central bank. He will succeed former chief Atiur Rahman who had resigned from his post on grounds of moral responsibility for the theft of USD 100 million by unknown hackers from the central bank’s official account with New York Federal Reserve Bank.

    Fazle Kabir : Kabir graduated from University of Chittagong in economics. He started his career in 1980 with Bangladesh Railway as an assistant traffic superintendent. He was appointed as a senior secretary to the ministry of finance in 2012. He had also served on the board of state-owned Janata Bank.

    Background :  On the night of February 4, unknown hackers had breached the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York using information stolen through the malware. They transferred money valuing around USD 100 million from the nation’s foreign reserves, making it one of the largest cyber heists in history. Of the total USD 101 million -- USD 81 million entered the Philippines and the rest went to Sri Lanka to be used in casino business.


  • US President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland for US Supreme Court


    US President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland for US Supreme CourtPresident Barack Obama has nominated veteran appeals court judge Merrick Garland  to be the next US Supreme Court Justice. He was picked to replace long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13. The appointment has to be ratified by the Senate.

    Merrick Brian Garland is viewed as a centrist and moderate. He is praised by senior Republican figures. Currently he is serving as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 

  • Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan passes away  


    Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan passes awayEminent Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan, one of the best-known players of the instrument after the legendary Bismillah Khan, passed away on 16th March 2016 following prolonged illness in Kolkatta, West Bengal. He was 77.

    He had played Shehnai at the inauguration ceremony of Doordarshan television channel in 1973 with Pandit Ravi Shankar and also had rendered its signature tune.

    He had also performed in several countries including Belgium, Russia, Switzerland, France, Tunisia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hongkong and the Philippines. 

    He hailed from a family of renowned Shehnai exponents from Benaras and was known for his innovative style and mastery over the classical and semi-classical and folk music repertoire.

    Awards and Honours: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2009), Bangabhushan award (2012) by West Bengal government etc.

  • Lok Sabha passes The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016


    Lok Sabha has passed Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that seeks to include certain communities in the list of Scheduled Castes (SC) in Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala and West Bengal. It also has provisions for exclusion of certain communities from Odisha and removal of area restriction in respect of certain communities.

    Article 341: The Constitution provides certain privileges, concessions to the members of Scheduled Castes which are notified under the provisions of Article 341. It empowers Parliament to include or exclude castes from the list of Scheduled Castes in the notification. The article also empowers the President to specify castes which will be deemed as Scheduled Castes through a notification.

    Communities included in the list of Scheduled Castes :

    Chhattisgarh:  Sais, Sahis, Sarathi, Soot-Sarathi, Thanwar communities have been included in the list.
    Haryana :  Aheria, Aheri, Hari, Heri, Thori, Turi  communities have been included in the list.
    Kerala: Peruvannan community has been included in the list and Modification in the area of specification of Malayan community. 
    Odisha: Exclusion of Bariki and Kummari communities from the list.
    West Bengal: Removal of area restriction of Chain community. 


  • PM Modi among TIME’s 30 Influential People on Internet


    PM Modi among TIME’s 30 Influential People on InternetPrime Minister Narendra Modi has made it to TIME magazine’s list of “30 most influential people on the Internet” for second year Consecutively. The magazine called Modi an “internet star” boasting more than 18 million Twitter followers and over 32 million Facebook likes. 

    Other celebrities featured on the list include world famous author rapper Kanye West, author JK Rowling, US presidential hopeful Donald Trump and former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner.


    Complete list of  "Time Magazines 30 Most Influential People on the Internet"

    1. Kanye West (US)
    2. Joy Cho (South Korea)
    3. James Corden (UK)
    4. Laci Green (US)
    5. Josh Holz and Daniel Lara (US)
    6. DJ Khaled (US) 
    7. Johnetta Elzie (US)  
    8. DeRay Mckesson (US) 
    9. J.K. Rowling (UK) 
    10. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (Sweden) 
    11. Donald Trump (US) 
    12. Lele Pons (US)
    13. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 
    14. Caitlyn Jenner (US) 
    15. Essena O’Neill (US) 
    16. Narendra Modi (India) 
    17. Elise Andrew (UK) 
    18. Ken M (US) 
    19. Lilly Singh (Canada) 
    20. Matt Drudge (US) 
    21. Angie Nwandu (US) 
    22.  Andrew Bachelor (Canada) 
    23. Kayla Itsines (US) 
    24. Peter Bouckaert Kim Kardashian West (US) 
    25. Josh Ostrovsky (US) 
    26. Drake (US) 
    27. Tess Holliday (US) 
    28. Helen Van Winkle (US)

  • Punjab notifies swine flu under Epidemic Disease Act


    Punjab notifies swine flu under Epidemic Disease ActThe Department Of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab government has notified the disease of swine flu (H1N1), under the Epidemic Disease Act. Before issuing the notification, the department constituted a state advisory committee under the chairmanship of Dr D Behera, which observed that swine flu patients, who suffered from other chronic diseases, had a high mortality rate as compared to patients who did not have chronic diseases. It was also observed that patients who were treated by private doctors were referred to higher centres only when they became critical, thereby increasing the death rate.

    As per the notification

    1. All hospitals, government as well as private, will have to inform the department of health about a case of ILI (Influenza like Illness) having chronic diseases, so that such cases are treated at the earliest.

    2. All hospitals will also have to keep a suspected as well as confirmed case of swine flu in isolation to contain the spread of the disease.

    3. The treatment of swine flu is provided free of cost to patients as recommended by the government. All private and government hospitals will have to abide to this notification.

  • Sir Andrew Wiles wins Abel Prize for solving 300-year-old math mystery


    Sir Andrew Wiles wins Abel Prize for solving 300-year-old math mysterySir Andrew Wiles, 62, has won "Abel Prize" the world’s top prize for mathematics and half a million pounds for solving the 300-year-old mystery surrounding Fermet’s Last Theorem which was formulated by French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1637.

    Fermat’s Last Theorem : Formulated by the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1637, the theorem states: There are no whole number solutions to the equation xn + yn = zn when n is greater than 2.

    He will receive the prize worth 500,000 Pound (Rs 4.7 crore)  from Crown Prince Haakon of Norway at a ceremony in Oslo in May.


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