Current Affairs India - 17 March 2016

1. India has been ranked at 118th position as per World Happiness Index, as per the fourth World Happiness Report released on 16th March. Its neighbors have secured better ranks which include China at 83rd, Pakistan 1t 92nd, Bangladesh at 110th etc. Among BRIC nations, Brazil secured best rank at 17th, followed by Russia at 56th. The happiness ranking was based on individual responses to a global poll conducted by Gallup.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been included in the list of the most influential people on the Internet, as per TIME magazine which described him as an -Internet star- who often uses social media to -conduct diplomacy-. The list includes US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband Kayne West, author J K Rowling, former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join the ranks of famous global leaders at Madame Tussauds in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok, as per the announcement made by the world famous wax museum describing him as a -hugely important figure in world politics-. The Prime Minister had given the museum-s team of artists and experts a sitting at his residence in New Delhi for the same purpose as well.

4. Central government has announced a Scheme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in order to provide financial support to State Higher Education Plan (SHEP) proposals approved by the State Higher Education Councils (SHECs). Currently 115 Universities and 1218 colleges have been approved by RUSA PAB for infrastructure grants. The key aim is to ensure adequate availability of quality faculty in all higher educational institutions and ensure capacity building at all levels to achieve the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) target of 25.2% by the end of 12th Plan and 32% by the end of 13th Plan.

5. AirAsia India announced that Amar Abrol, former CEO of Tune Money, will succeed Mittu Chandilya as the CEO of AirAsia India with effect from 1st April 2016. Mittu Chandilya will continue until the end of April in order to ensure a smooth transition of the CEO role.

Amar Abrol joined Tune Money in 2013 after spending 19 years with American Express including leadership roles in multiple markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, India and Malaysia.

6. India-s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel acquired Videocon Telecom for Rs 4,428 crore which will help the former to get the rights to use 2X5 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 band allocated to Videocon by the government in April 2013.Post this deal, Bharti-s 4G coverage will go up to 19 circles from the current 15 circles.

7. Famous Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan passed away in Kolkata. He was 77. He was suffering from kidney related problem and hospitalized from the past few days.  He was one of the best players of the instrument after the legendary Bismillah Khan. He was awarded with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2009 and Bangabhushan award in 2012 of West Bengal government.