Current Affairs Sep 2016 - Miscellaneous


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  • Reliance Industries Limited in September 2016 launched the telecom service Reliance Jio.

  • A team of scientists discovered the world’s oldest stromatolite fossils in the Isua Greenstone Belt recently. These Fossils are 3.7 Billion Years Old.

  • Lt Gen Bipin Rawat recently took over as the Vice Chief of Indian Army.

  • The Indian film director, Govind Nihalani, was recently honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal at the Lonavla International Film Festival India.

  • Indian Railway launched an insurance scheme for passengers travelling on e- ticket with insurance cover up to 10 lakh rupees.

  • Insurance scheme for passengers travelling on e-ticket launched by Indian Railway will be available after paying a premium of 92 paisa.

  • The Kudankulam Plant Unit-2 was in August 2016 synchronised with Southern Power Grid at Tamil Nadu.

  • Bala Girisaballa was appointed as the CEO of Microsoft Accelerator in India recently.

  • Noted poet, Kashmiri Lal Zakir, who wrote Sindur ki Raakh in 1955, died recently.

  • The famous humanist French photographer who died recently is Marc Riboud.

  • Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik recently won the People’s Choice Prize for his sand sculpture titled Mahatma Gandhi – World Peace at the Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship 2016.

  • The two day “BRICS Convention on Tourism” began at World heritage site, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.

  • Ali Bongo Ondimba was re-elected as President of Gabon.

  • Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, decided to share his thoughts on different issues through the radio for 10 minutes every month.

  • As per RBI’s Annual Report 2015-16, the Indian economy is likely to expand by what 7.6% in 2016-17.

  • Delhi government capped the cost of chikungunya serology test to Rs 600.

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation gave green signal for expansion of Agartala airport.

  • Singapore advised all pregnant women with symptoms associated with Zika, to be tested for the virus.

  • The typhoon, Lionrock, killed about ten people after it struck Japan in last week of August 2016.

  • Bhutan became the fourth Asian country to host a tournament on the Asian Tennis Tour in September 2016.

  • Jharkhand became the first state in the country to implement Public Fund Management System (PFMS).

  • Bangladesh Cricket Board named former Sri Lankan cricketer Thilan Samaraweera as their batting consultant for their home series against England.

  • Minakshi from CISF created a new record in the Women's Hammer Throw at the 65th All India Police Athletics Championship in Hyderabad.

  • The agrarian mass festival of western Odisha that was celebrated is Nuakhai.

  • The 28th ASEAN Summit began in Laos capital Vientiane.

  • Rajasthan High Court recently launched e-stamping facility.

  • Urjit Patel recently assumed charge as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He is RBI’s 24th Governor.

  • A 22-year-old Japanese-Indian, Priyanka Yoshikawa, was crowned Miss Japan. She was born in Tokyo to an Indian father and a Japanese mother.

  • Former IAS officer, J Satyanarayana, was recently appointed the part-time chairperson of Unique Identification Authority of India.

  • The first edition of Nomad Film Festival 2016 began recently in New Delhi.

  • The tennis star who set a new record of most number of Grand Slam matches wins is Serena Williams.

  • Complying with the Supreme Court direction, Karnataka released Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

  • Satbir Singh, from 1985 batch of Indian Air Force presently posted as Additional Secretary in the Ministry, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

  • The veteran journalist associated with Sulabh Patrika who passed away recently is Ramsewak Shrivastava.

  • The drama series, Game of Thrones, became the Most-Awarded Drama in Emmy History.

  • The Union Cabinet approved the formation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. The Council will be created as per Article 279A of the amended Constitution.

  • Himachal Pradesh notified the guidelines for transparent auction and scientific mining and hiked the penalty for offences under the mining act.

  • Surgeons from The United Kingdom performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye.

  • Pankaj Advani became the first Indian cueist to win a medal at the Sangsom 6 Red Snooker World Championship.

  • In order to maintain the records and data base of Indian students studying abroad, Government of India has launched a Student Registration module in MADAD portal "madad.gov.in".

  • Vietnam won its first-ever Paralympic gold medal after para weightlifter Le Van Cong lifted 183 kgs, to set a new world record at the event.

  • Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, appointed Karen Karapetyan as the Prime Minister of Armenia.

  • Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India appointed Liro Rossi as the Chief Executive Officer of Holiday Club resorts.

  • Bombay Stock Exchange became the first Indian stock exchange to file Initial Public Offering with SEBI.

  • Chhattisgarh state government officially launched AIR Regional News Unit’s Facebook page.

  • Fortune’s list of most powerful women based outside the US was topped by Banco Santander's Ana Botin.

  • Indian’s in the Fortune’s list of most powerful women based outside the US are SBI Chief Arundhati Bhattacharya (second), ICICI head Chanda Kochhar (fifth) and Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma (ninteenth).

  • China and Vietnam on 13 September 2016 agreed to properly manage their differences over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

  • The typhoon that became the strongest in 21 years that brought violent winds in Taiwan is Meranti.

  • The para-athlete, Thangavelu Mariyappan, will be India’s flag bearer in the closing ceremony of the Rio Paralympics.

  • The Reliance Communications recently agreed to merge with Aircel. The parent company of Aircel is Maxis Communications.

  • Indonesia recently announced to resume work on Giant Sea Wall to save its sinking capital.

  • The Defence Ministry has written a letter to CBI seeking a probe into the allegations of kickbacks in the 2008 deal with Brazilian aircraft maker, Embraer.

  • Former England batsman, Graeme Hick, signed a deal to become Australia's batting coach until March 2020.

  • Tariq Hameed Karra, one of the founding members of ruling PDP and MP, resigned from the party and membership of Parliament.

  • India declared itself free from the highly contagious infectious viral disease of birds, Avian influenza (H5N1) or bird flu.

  • The first woman governor of Arizona, Rose Mofford, passed away recently.

  • Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank has bagged four awards for inclusive insurance for 2016 from Skoch Group.

  • Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd, a microfinance institution, has won the Platinum Award for Inclusive Insurance at the SKOCH Insurance Awards 2016.

  • The Telangana and the Goa state governments signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) wherein Telangana will help Goa in the development of IT industry, hand-holding start-ups and training of skilled human resources.

  • The scripts of Adil Hussain-starrers Sunrise and Parched have been archived at the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • The UPSC member, Alka Sirohi, was recently appointed the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission.

  • Indian wrestler, Manisha, won gold medal in Junior World Wrestling Championships.

  • First Indian music and dance festival aimed to showcase the country's rich and diverse culture was kicked off in Sydney, Australia.

  • China was hit by Typhoon Meranti recently.

  • Kerala objected to the Genetically-Modified (GM) mustard from being considered for commercial cultivation in India.

  • Two-day North East Connectivity Summit was held in Agartala.

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the premature repatriation of Dr. Subash Chandra Khuntia, IAS(KN:1981), Secretary, School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development to his parent cadre with immediate effect.

  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the “Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit (IITIS)-2016” organized by Ministry of Tourism.

  • The Southern India Engineering Manufacturers’ Association (SIEMA) has inked an agreement with Anna University, Regional Campus, Coimbatore (AURCC) to work jointly on projects required for industries.

  • PV Bharathi was recently appointed as the Executive Director (ED) of Canara Bank.

  • UK and Australia were requested by Assam Government to immediately rectify their travel advisory to its citizens to the state.

  • Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar was sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court.

  • Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the 10% reservation given to economically weaker sections in Haryana.

  • In Odisha, about 52000 government primary and upper primary schools functioning under the School and Mass Education Department, have no teacher for each class.

  • The Muslim Brotherhood has made a return to parliament in Jordan after winning 16 seats in the 130-member house.

  • Government's think-tank Niti Aayog has devised a short-term and medium-tolong term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 summer Olympics.

  • The United Planters' Association of Southern India (UPASI) and the China Tea Marketing Association (CTMA) signed an MoU to work jointly towards sustainable development of the tea sector.

  • Andhra Bank has entered into an agreement with Cigna TTK Company Ltd, and Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd for providing health and general insurance respectively.

  • Lady Hardinge Medical College got a commemorative stamp at its Centenary Celebrations.

  • Senior IPS officers Sudhir Pratap Singh has been appointed as Directors General of counter-terrorism force National Security Guard (NSG). Sudhir Pratap Singh, a 1983 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre, is ADG, Central Reserve Police Force.

  • The Odisha Government recently launched Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana in Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Angul districts of the state.

  • Eastern Gorilla, an ape species, has recently been declared as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

  • The village that has become the first Wifi hotspot village in Haryana is Gumthala Garhu.

  • Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg, won the 2016 Italian Grand Prix.

  • International Day of Charity is observed globally on 5 September.

  • Haryana decided to develop 340 villages as Horticulture Villages at a cost of 93 crore rupees during the Golden Jubilee year of the State.

  • India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy won the 2016 Brazil Open Grand Prix.

  • Odisha signed a long-term lease agreement with Falcon Marine Exports for the operation of Jagatjore Shrimp Culture Project.



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