Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the important Current Affairs from 16th to 20th September, 2016. These are important for the upcoming IBPS PO VI Mains, RBI Assistant, NIACL AO and Bank of Maharashtra PO Exams.
Asian Development Bank approves $631 mn for East Coast Economic
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
approved to dole out $631 million for developing India’s first coastal
industrial corridor along the Vishakapatnam-Chennai coastline.
- Out of the total grant released
by the ADB, $500 million would be invested in infrastructural development while
the remaining would be used for industrial policy and business promotion.
- This is the first phase of
development in the 2,500-kilometre-long East Coast Economic Corridor project
that is being considered cruciual in spurring development in India’s eastern
coast and establishing seamless trade links with South and Southeast Asia.
- The financial institution
estimated a fourfold increase worth $64 billion in the annual industrial output
along the corridor by 2025.
- The 800-kilometre-long coastline,
extending from Kolkata in West Bengal to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, will connect
four regional economic hubs-Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Amaravati, and
Yerpedu-Srikalahasti-and other neraby industrial areas.
- The Urban Climate Change
Resilience Trust Fund will be making a grant of $6 million, which will be
utilised in building infrastructure reislilent to climate change and for
managing costs incurred by the local government along the corridor.
- In addition to this, the Indian
government will also make an investment of $215 million to the project that is
going to cost $846 million.
Highway tolls across India to go cashless with Paytm-enabled FASTag
- India’s largest payment and
commerce platform Paytm, on Tuesday, announced partnership with the National
Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to enable cashless transaction on highway
tolls across the country.
- The Paytm FASTag will allow
commuters to pass through 350 toll plazas covering 55,000 kms, without having
to stop. The vehicle tag employs RFID technology to allow cashless toll fee
payment with the Paytm wallet. Paytm aims to collect over Rs. 1,800 crore in
toll charges in the coming months, said Kiran Vasireddy, Senior Vice President,
- He said cash transactions slows
down traffic at important toll plazas as attendants and motorists are left
grappling with the hassles of dealing in loose change. The roll-out of
Paytm-enabled FASTag will come as a relief to both commuters and toll plaza attendants
and help towards the national cause of saving fuel.
- With this move, Paytm is inching
closer to its vision of making cashless transactions a way of life across
India. This will propel India towards becoming a cashless economy in the truest
sense of the word, he added.
Syndicate Bank opens national processing centre in Manipal
- Arun Shrivastava, Managing
Director and Chief Executive Officer of Syndicate Bank, opened the bank’s
national processing centre in Manipal on Tuesday.
- This centre is part of the
business process re-engineering (BPR) pillar of ‘Project Ananya’.
- (‘Project Ananya’, which is a
transformation programme initiated by the bank, has four pillars. They are:
BPR, digital banking, sales and CRM, and HR development.)
- KT Rai, General Manager of the
bank, who is in charge of ‘Project Ananya’, said that this digitally enabled
processing centre will cater to a number of processes for branches across
IOC, GAIL to sign pact to take 49% stake in Adani project
- State-owned refiner Indian Oil
Corporation (IOC) and GAIL India will sign a pact on Wednesday to take 49 per
cent stake in Adani Group’s Rs 5,000-crore Dhamra LNG project in Odisha.
- While IOC will take 38 per cent,
GAIL will pick 11 per cent stake in the proposed 5-million tonne a year
liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Dhamra by financial year
- Adani Petroleum Terminal will
hold 49 per cent in Dhamra LNG Terminal
— the firm setting up the LNG plant. The remaining 2 per cent interest
will be held by financial institutions.
- Sources said a formal agreement
signing ceremony is planned on Wednesday where Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan,
who also hails from Odisha, will also be present.
Uber inks pact with tech startup incubator T-Hub
- Taxi-hailing app Uber on Tuesday
signed a pact with technology start-up incubator T-Hub, set up by Telangana
government, for UberExchange programme.
- As part of the deal, T-Hub will
be leveraging its expertise in shortlisting 20 start-ups through existing network
of both the organisations, according to Eric Alexander, Head of Business, Uber
- T-Hub will invite start-ups to
apply for the UberExchange programme through an online application process and
encourage participation and representation from start-ups across the country,
Union Government notifies new import policy for marble & travertine
- Union Government on 18 September
2016 notified the new import policy for marble and travertine blocks and marble
and granite slabs. The policy will come into effect from 1 October 2016.
- The new policy ends the
quantitative restriction on the import of marble and travertine blocks as well
as the cumbersome and restrictive import licensing system.
- The Minimum Import Price (MIP)
for marble blocks has been reduced to 200 US dollar per metric ton. The basic
customs duty on import of marble and travertine blocks has been increased from
10 percent to 40 percent to address the interest of domestic producers.
- Similarly, the MIP on the import
of marble slabs is being reduced to 40 US dollar per square metre and the basic
customs duty on the import of marble slabs is doubled to 20 percent.
- The MIP on the import of granite
slabs has been reduced to 50 US Dollars per square metre and the basic customs
duty on import of granite slabs has been doubled to 20 percent.
Union Government approves 500 crore rupee projects for development of
tourism in J&K
tourism in J&K
- The Union Government approved
projects worth 500 crore rupees for integrated development of tourism in Jammu
and Kashmir under Swadesh Darshan scheme.
- The Central Sanctioning and
Monitoring Committee for the scheme approved the projects as part of
Development Package of Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan (PMRP).
- The new projects include
Integrated Development of Tourist facilities at Mantalai – Sudhmahadev –
Patnitop Circuit (for 99.99 Crore rupees), Baramulla-Kupwara-Leh circuit (for
99.98 Crore rupees), Rajouri – Bafliyaz – Shopian – Pulwama Circuit (for 99.99
Crore rupees) and Anantnag-Kishtwar- Pahalgam – Daksum – Ranjit Sagar Dam
Circuit (for.99.75 Crore rupees).
- Nearly 100 crore rupees have been
approved for integrated development of tourist facilities in lieu of damaged
assets in the floods.
India, Nepal sign three agreements including improvement of road
- India and Nepal on 16 September
2016 signed three MoUs and agreements to enhance the bilateral agreement
between the two nations.
- The agreements were inked during
the four-day-visit (from 15 September to 18 September 2016) of Nepal Prime
Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda to India.
The inked MOUs and agreements are
- MoU for project management
consultancy services for upgradation/improvement of road infrastructure in
Terai area of Nepal – The services will be provided by NHIDCL in pursuance of
the MoU signed on 20 February 2016.
- First Amendatory Dollar credit
line agreement between Nepal and EXIM Bank: Amendatory agreement to 1 billion
US dollar Line of Credit agreement signed on 25 November 2014, enabling
reapportioning of unutilised funds for post-earthquake reconstruction projects
- Dollar Credit line agreement
between Nepal and EXIM Bank: New Line of Credit agreement for 750 million US
dollar for post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal.
India, Sri Lanka sign MoU to support fishermen in Hambantota district
- India and Sri Lanka on 15
September 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support livelihood
of the fishing and farming communities in Hambantota district of Sri Lanka.
- The project envisages gift of
equipment and tools such as grub hoes, bicycles, life jackets and sewing
machines, worth 300 million SLR, to the fishing and farming communities in
Hambantota district. Part of the grant is expected to be used for developing
fisheries villages under a national programme.
- More than 75000 people across the
district will get direct benefit from the project. The project will be
implemented in consultation with the relevant local authorities.
Non-Financial News related to India:
Govt. announces 27 new Smart Cities
- The government on Tuesday
announced 27 cities as a new batch of Smart Cities. In the third round of
competition, Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister for Urban Development, announced the
list of new cities.
- Maharashtra tops the list with
five cities — Aurangabad, Kalyan-Dombivli, Nagpur, Nashik and Thane — while
Tamil Nadu and Karnatak come second with four cities each. Tamil Nadu has
Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur and Vellore, while Karnataka has Hubli-Dharwad,
Mangaluru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru.
India successfully test fires long range surface-to-air Barak-8 missile
off Odisha coast
off Odisha coast
- India on 20 September 2016
successfully test-fired the most advanced surface-to-air missile ‘Barak-8’ off
the Odisha coast. The long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed
jointly with Israel, was launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test
Range in Chandipur in Balasore district.
- The 4.5-meter missile weighs
around 3 tonnes and can carry a payload of 70 kilograms. The system also
includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for
detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.
- The missile swung into action
after getting a signal from the radars to intercept a moving aerial target
supported by an unmanned air vehicle ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal.
- As a precautionary measure,
Balasore district administration had made adequate arrangements to temporarily
shift 3700 people residing within the 2.5 km radius. The fishermen were also
asked not to venture into the sea during the launch.
Advertisements issued by Delhi government violated Supreme Court
- A committee set up by the Union
Government said that the Delhi government splurged the exchequer’s money on
advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party that
violated Supreme Court guidelines.
- The three-member panel headed by
former Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon has asked the Delhi government to
reimburse the money expenditure since the violation of the Supreme Court order
of 13 May 2015, has taken place. The other two members of the panel were adman
Piyush Pandey and journalist Rajat Sharma.
Indian Railways launches Yatri Mitra Sewa for elderly,
- Indian Railways on 19 September
2016 launched Yatri Mitra Sewa to facilitate access to wheelchairs, battery
operated cars and porter services. The service was launched to make rail travel
comfortable for elderly, differently-abled and ailing travelers.
Highlights of the Yatri Mitra Sewa
- Yatri Mitra or Passenger Friend
service can be an assistant or any other person nominated for the purpose.
- The service will be available at
major railway stations across the country.
- It can be availed at the time of
online booking of tickets by calling or messaging 139 or by simply dialling a
dedicated mobile phone number to be activated for the purpose.
- Passengers can also access the
Mobile app to avail the service in the future. The App will be developed by the
Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).
- Once the service is booked, the
IRCTC will ensure the Yatri Mitra receive the passenger at the entrance of the
station and help in boarding the train safely.
Cauvery Supervisory Committee directs Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs
of water per day for 10 days
of water per day for 10 days
- The Cauvery Supervisory Committee
headed by Shashi Shekhar on 19 September 2016 directed Karnataka to release
3000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu. As per the committee’s direction,
Karnataka will have to release 3000 cusecs water per day from 21 to 30
September 2016 to Tamil Nadu.
- The other members of the
committee are Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry
and Central Water Commission chairman. It will once again meet in October 2016.
- It seems that the decision of the
committee will go in vain as no consensus was reached between the two states
regarding the release of water. Karnataka had opposed the release of water due
to ground reality and drinking water problems in the state.
- Earlier on 5 September 2016, the
Supreme Court asked Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to approach the panel and till
then asked Karnataka to release 15000 cusecs of water per day for 10 days to
Tamil Nadu. Later on 12 September, it revised the limit to 12000 cusecs per day
till 20 September 2016.
HAL gets APAQG membership with voting rights
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL) was on 16 September 2016 conferred with the prestigious membership of the
Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) under the category Full Member
with voting rights.
- With this, India became the
seventh nation to join the APAQG under TRHE International Aerospace Quality
Group (IAQG). The other nations of APAQG are China, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia,
Singapore and Japan.
Naropa Festival: Devotees visit Indian Himalayas to celebrate Buddhist
- A once-in-12-years festival of
Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition began on 16 September 2016 at the
Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage in Ladakh region of India. The festival will
conclude on 22 September 2016.
- Hundreds of thousands of monks,
devotees and tourists have reached Ladakh for the Naropa Festival, which is
also called as the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas.
- The Naropa Festival draws huge
numbers of Buddhists, especially those from the Drukpa branch which is
traditionally practised in Ladakh and Bhutan.
- Dancers in bright, silk costumes
and striking headgear performed to drum and pipe music as part of the festival
being held in a mountain village to commemorate the 1000th birth anniversary of
Buddhist saint Naropa.
HRD Minister inaugurates Super Computer PARAM-ISHAN at IIT Guwahati
- Union Human Resource Development
Minister Prakash Javadekar on 19 September 2016 inaugurated the super computer
PARAM ISHAN at IIT Guwahati campus.
- Students and faculty members of
IIT Guwahati are expected to derive huge benefit from the facility.
- It is the fastest and most
powerful computer in North East, Eastern and Southern region.
- It has been jointly developed by
IIT Guwahati and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, C -DAC.
Guided Missile Destroyer Ship Mormugao launched in Mumbai
- The Guided Missile Destroyer,
Mormugao, second ship of Project 15B,was launched on 17 September 2016 at
Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.
- This marks a significant
milestone in the annals of the Indigenous Warship design and construction
programme of India.
- Project 15B ships feature cutting
edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class
anywhere in the world.
India announces major initiative for R&D into Next Generation HFC
- The Ministry of Environment,
Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on 15 September 2016 announced an ambitious
collaborative R&D programme to develop next generation, sustainable
refrigerant technologies as alternatives to HFCs.
- This R&D initiative brings
together Government, research institutes, industry and civil society to develop
long term technology solutions to mitigate impact of currently used refrigerant
gases on the ozone layer and climate. With this initiative, India reaffirms its
commitment to working with all other nations to safeguard the Earth’s natural
Some of the key players of the
- The Council of Scientific &
Industrial Research and its allied institutions
- Department of Science and
- Centre for Atmospheric &
Oceanic Sciences as well as key industry players in the sector
- Members of this initiative have
already had multiple rounds of consultation to reach a consensus on the
contours and decide on the roadmap for this initiative.
UIDAI bans sharing of Aadhaar details
- In a step to ensure that the
details of Aadhaar is not misused, the Unique Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI) asked agencies in possession of Aadhaar number of an individual to not
publish or post the information publicly.
- It said that the agencies will
have to ensure security and confidentiality of the 12-digit resident
identification number under the Aadhaar Act.
- The core biometric information,
collected by the Authority, cannot be shared with anyone for any reason.
- Any violation of the Aadhaar Act
will constitute an offence and is punishable under the Act.
- The agencies that collect the
Aadhaar number will also have to specify whether submission of the number or
proof of Aadhaar is mandatory or voluntary.
- The regulations also provide for
obtaining consent of the Aadhaar number holder for collection, storage and use
of the same for specified purposes.
Indo-US combined military exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 begins
- Yudh Abhyas 2016, a joint military
training exercise of Indian and US Armies, commenced at Chaubattia,
- Company strength army personnel
from USA and an equal number of Indian soldiers are taking part in the two
weeks long joint training exercise. The exercise will see them hone their
tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism in a UN
Peace Keeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a Brigade level.
- During the exercise, the two
sides will jointly train, plan and execute series of well developed tactical
drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar declares Charkhi Dadri as 22nd district
- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar
Lal Khattar on 18 September 2016 announced Charkhi Dadri as the 22nd district
of the state.
- The state CM made the
announcement at a public rally in Dadri in Bhiwani district. He also announced
that developmental projects worth 112 crore rupees had already been completed
in the Dadri assembly segment during the two year tenure of his government.
- On the other hand, Khattar also
inaugurated nine development projects worth 45 crore rupees in Dadri.
Virat Kohli appointed as Brand Ambassador of Punjab National Bank
- Indian test skipper Virat Kohli
was on 17 September 2016 appointed as Brand Ambassador of state-owned Punjab
National Bank (PNB). Kohli has been an Account Holder of the bank since the age
of 16 years.
- Since its inception in 1895, PNB
has been people’s bank serving millions of customers throughout India. Over the
years, the Bank has established itself as a major player in Indian banking
- The bank undertook this move to
improve its image which has taken a hit due to rising bad loans.
- For the first quarter that ended
in June 2016, the bank’s profit declined by a 58 percent to 306 crore rupees on
account of mounting bad loans. During the quarter, provision towards
non-performing assets (NPAs) jumped almost three-fold to 3620 crore rupees from
1291 crore rupees.
Bangladesh’s Junaid Ahmad new World Bank head in India
- Junaid Ahmad has become the World
Bank’s Country Director for India, replacing Onno Ruhl who served a four-year
term based out of the national capital.
- Hailing from Bangladesh, Ahmad
was Chief of Staff to the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim before being
elevated to the current position.
- Ahmad holds a PhD in Applied
Economics from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Administration from
Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.
- India is the World Bank Group’s
largest client, it said.
- As of June 2016, the bank’s net
commitments to India stood at $27 billion (International Bank for
Reconstruction and Development $16 billion, International Development
Association $11 billion) across 95 projects.
GlaxoSmithKline picks insider Emma Walmsley as new CEO
- GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday
it had chosen Emma Walmsley, head of consumer healthcare, as its new chief
executive, after considering internal and external candidates.
- Walmsley, who joined Britain’s
biggest drugmaker in 2010 from L’Oreal, will replace Andrew Witty who had
previously announced his decision to retire on March 31, 2017.
- The decision will disappoint
investors such as Neil Woodford, a top shareholder and a critic of the
drugmaker’s current structure, who had wanted to see an outsider replace Witty.
However, Walmsley had always been tipped as a strong internal candidate, along
with pharmaceuticals boss Abbas Hussain and manufacturing head Roger Connor.
- Her appointment is likely to be
seen as a signal that GSK will retain the consumer business as a core part of
Jet Airways names Jayraj Shanmugam as its chief commercial officer
- Jet Airways has appointed its
senior vice president (products and services) Jayraj Shanmugam as its new chief
- The post of chief commercial
officer was vacant for about a year following the resignation of Raj Sivakumar.
The airline is yet to fill up the post of a full time of chief executive
officer and its chief financial officer Amit Agarwal holds charge as acting
- In other management changes the
airline’s senior vice president (sales and marketing) Colin Neubronner recently
moved to Singapore and will be in charge of Gulf and South East Asia operations
while airline’s vice president (global sales) Suresh Makhija has quit the
Anandi Ramalingam assumed charge as Bharat Electronics Limited’s first
- Anandi Ramalingam on 16 September
2016 assumed charge as functional/whole time director of Bharat Electronics
- Ramalingam has assumed charge as
Director Marketing. It is the first time that a woman has been appointed as the
Director of the company.
- Earlier, Ramalingam served as the
General Manager heading the Military Communication Strategic Business Unit
(SBU) at BEL’s Bangalore Complex.
- Ramalingam had joined
BEL-Bengaluru in March 1985 after completing her BE in Electronics and Communication
engineering from the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.
Indian-origin Ravi Reddy appointed as Head of International Society for
- An Indian-origin South African
Ravi Reddy was on 18 September 2016 appointed as the Head of International
Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), headquartered in Amsterdam.
- With this, Reddy became the first
person from the African continent to head ISBT, a global organisation of
medicine professionals working for the safety of blood transfusion worldwide.
- The ISBT, now with 100 member
countries, was established in 1935 as a platform for exchanging knowledge and
advancing the blood-transfusion practice.
Alka Sirohi appointed UPSC chairman
- President Pranab Mukherjee on 17
September 2016 appointed Alka Sirohi, a member of the Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC) as its Chairman.
- Sirohi’s appointment will be
effective from 21 September 2016.
- Sirohi was sworn in as Member of
UPSC in January 2012, after a long and successful career in the Indian
Administrative Service (IAS).
- Sirohi will succeed Deepak Gupta,
who will be attaining 65 years of age on 20 September 2016.
- In November 2014, Gupta was
appointed as the UPSC chief, breaking away from the tradition of appointing the
chief from the serving members of the commission.
Nadia Murad Basee Taha appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador
- Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who
survived trafficking at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL), on 16 September 2016, was appointed the United Nations Office on Drugs
and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human
- The appointment marks the first
time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed with this distinction.
- The induction ceremony took place
in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber in the New York United
China and Russia conduct naval exercises Joint Sea-2016 to improve
- The Chinese and Russian navies on
19 September 2016 concluded Joint Sea-2016, eight days of naval exercises, in
the South China Sea.
- The Joint Sea-2016 was launched
as a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the
backdrop of regional territorial disputes.
- The exercises was conducted
following a spike in tensions after Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague
rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and slammed it for causing
environmental damage there.
Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze in World Deaf Shooting Championships
- Hearing-impaired Indian shooter
Priyesha Deshmukh on 14 September 2016 won the bronze medal in her first-ever
international competition at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships.
- The Championships was held in
Kazan, Russia from 7 September to 15 September 2016.
- Deshmukh won the bronze in the
10m air rifle category.
- The shooter won the medal after
scoring 180.4 points.
- Deshmukh had qualified for the
medal round after scoring 404.9 in the qualification round.
Track Asia Cup 2016 concluded; Indian finished second
- The 2016 Track Asia Cup concluded
on 16 September 2016 at the Cycling Velodrome in IG Stadium in New Delhi. Hong
Kong topped the chart with 18 medals which comprise 11 Gold, four Silvers and
- On the other hand, India the
hosts of the tournament ended their campaign at second position with 16 medals,
including five gold, four Silver and seven bronze.
- India’s Deborah Herold, in her
Final Sprint event, clinched the top position with a time of 12.576 minutes and
12.493 minutes in the first and second rounds, respectively. She beat Zhaojuan
of Hong Kong, who clocked 12.820 minutes and 12.734 minutes in both the rounds
to settle for silver. The third position was taken by Farina Shawati of
Malaysia with a time of 12.552 and 12.342.
Indian shooters clinched three gold medals at ISSF Junior World Cup
- Indian shooters clinched seven
medals, including three gold, on the opening day of the International Shooting
Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun at
Gabala in Azerbaijan.
- A total of 279 junior athletes,
representing 27 countries, are battling it out in 18 events.
- Subhankar Pramanick: He clinched
gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event. The Indian shot 205.5 overall to finish
top of the podium. Czech Republic’s Filip Nepejchal (205.2) followed in second
position, while Romania’s Dragomir Iordache (185.1) was placed third at the end
of the finals.
- Subhankar, along with team-mates
Fateh Singh Dhillon and Ajaey Nithish, also helped the Indian team to win a
silver in the event.
- Sambhaji Patil: He won the junior
men’s 25-metre standard pistol event by shooting 562 to easily beat Australians
Sergei Evglevski and James Ashmore.
Awards & Honors:
Malayalam critic M Leelavathy chosen for N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award
- Eminent Malayalam critic and
academician M Leelavathy was on 17 September 2016 chosen for the prestigious N
Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016, instituted in memory of well-known short
story writer N Mohanan.
- An expert panel comprising
journalists M G Radhakrishnan and M Saritha Varma and Athmaraman, selected
Leelavathy for the biennial award considering her contributions to Malayalam
language and literature.
68th Primetime Emmy Awards announced
- The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy
Awards was announced on 18 September 2016 at the Microsoft Theater, Los
Angeles, California, U.S.
- The Game of Thrones won best
drama series at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, while Veep took home the top
- The People v. O.J. Simpson:
American Crime Story also earned several awards, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won
her fifth consecutive Emmy in the lead comedy actress category.
His Bloody Project authored by Graeme Macrae Burnet shortlisted for Man
- Novel titled His Bloody Project
by Graeme Macrae Burnet was in news in September 2016. It came in news after
being shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker prize.
- His Bloody Project, a crime
thriller, narrates a story in which a triple murder in a remote community in
the Scottish Highlands leads to arrest of a young man, Roderick Macrae. It
talks about a memoir by the accused that makes it clear that he is guilty;
however, the country’s finest legal and psychiatric minds fails to uncover what
drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence.
- It is one of the six books that
were shortlisted for the £50,000 award that will be announced on 25 October at
The other five books are
- The Sellout by Paul Beatty
- Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
- Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
- All That Man Is by David Szalay
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by
Indian-American Dinesh Bharadia wins 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran
Young Scholar Award
Young Scholar Award
- India-born researcher Dinesh
Bharadia on 14 September 2016 was chosen for the prestigious Marconi Society
Paul Baran Young Scholar Award.
- Bharadia was chosen for his
contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile
telephony and data on the same channel. His research disproved a 150-years long
assumption that it is not possible for a radio to receive and transmit on the
same frequency band because of the interference that results.
- Bharadia will receive the award
at a ceremony in Mountain View, California, on 2 November 2016.
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma conferred with Arjuna Award
- Sports Minister Vijay Goel
conferred Arjuna Awards on cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at a
function in New Delhi. Sharma was given the award for 2015 and Rahane for 2016.
- Earlier, the two cricketers could
not receive the awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee as they were
participating in international tournaments.
- The Arjuna Awards, instituted in
1961, are given to sportspersons for consistently outstanding performance for
four years preceding the year of award and who have also shown qualities of
leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline. The awardees are given a
statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress and award money of 5 lakh rupees.
International Day for
the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2016 observed across the world
the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2016 observed across the world
- The 2016 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone
Layer was observed across the world on 16 September 2016. The theme for the
year 2016 is Ozone and climate: Restored by a world united.
- The theme for the 2016 International Ozone Day recognizes
the collective efforts of the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal
Protocol towards the restoration of the ozone layer over the past three decades
and the global commitment to combat climate change.
- The UN General Assembly in 1994 proclaimed 16 September as
the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer to commemorate
the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the
Ozone Layer in 1987.
playwright Edward Albee passes away
playwright Edward Albee passes away
- Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passed away on
16 September 2016 following a brief illness in Montauk, New York. He was 88.
- He authored many of the masterpieces such as Who’s Afraid of