Current Affair For Year “2016”

Cabinet approves policy on Promotion of City Compost

Date: January 21, 2016

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for a Policy on Promotion of City Compost.

Under the policy, a provision has been made for Market development assistance of Rs. 1500 per tonne of city compost for scaling up production and consumption of the product. Market development assistance would lower MRP of city compost for farmers. Compos...

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ISRO launched IRNSS 1E / PSLV C31

Date: January 20, 2016

ISRO on Wednesday launched 'IRNSS-1E' satellite from Sriharikota.IRNSS-1E is the fifth navigation satellite in the IRNSS space segment.

It carries two types of payloads -- navigation and ranging payload.

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Economic emergency declared in France

Date: January 19, 2016

French President Francois Hollande has announced what he called "a state of economic and social emergency" involving a €2 billion plan to revive hiring and catch up with the world’s economy.

The measures he proposed, however, are relatively modest, and he said they would not “put into question” the 35-hour workweek. With his country under a state of emergency sinc...

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‘Start-up India, Stand-up India’

Date: January 18, 2016

Prime Minister  has unveiled the ‘Start-up India, Stand-up India’ action plan in New Delhi to promote new ventures in the country. The major objective of this plan is to give impetus to innovation and encourage the talent among young people and remove onerous government regulations and red tape. 

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Anuradha Roy won DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016

Date: January 18, 2016

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 has been conferred upon Anuradha Roy for her novel Sleeping on Jupiter which deals with the subject of violence against women at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. Her novel deals with violence against women with story revolving around girl named Nomi and is set in Jarmuli, a city of temples.The jury panel  of The DSC Prize ...

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Changes made in Weather Forecasting Definitions : Indian Meteorological Department

Date: January 15, 2016

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has changed the languages & redefined many of its terms in weather forecasting to make the interface more audience friendly and fill the communication with civil administration.

India Meteorological Department has reviewed the terminology and factors determining each of these terms, based on supporting observational data.The ...

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India has largest diaspora population: "Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 Revision" UN report

Date: January 15, 2016

 The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in his report of survey on “Trends in International Migrant Stock” finds that India’s diaspora population is the largest in the world with 16 million people from India living outside their country in 2015.

Globally, there is 41% increase in comparison with 2000 in the number of international migrant per...

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Kerala: First state to achieve 100% primary education

Date: January 15, 2016

Kerala has become the first state in the country which have  the status of 100% primary education. It has been declared by Vice-President Hamid Ansari during his speech at special ceremony organised at Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala state achieved 100 per cent primary education through its flagship primary education equivalency drive  “Athulyam Aksharotsa...

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Cabinet approves India joining the International Energy Agency – Ocean Energy Systems

Date: January 14, 2016

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for India becoming a member country of the International Energy Agency - Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES) by signing the Implementing Agreement (IA). The nodal agency for the membership would be Earth System Science Organisation - National Institute of Ocean Technology (ESSO-NIOT) under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

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Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana – New insurance to the farming sector

Date: January 14, 2016

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today has approved the ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ - a path breaking scheme for farmers’ welfare.

The highlights of this scheme are as under:

i) There will be a uniform premium of only 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops. In case ...

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