Current Affairs India - 4-5 March 2016

1. National Safety Day was observed on 4th March across the country on 4 March 2016 in order to raise awareness and enhance the safety among people. The National Safety Council was established on 4 March 1966 under the Societies Act in Mumbai and has a membership of 8,000.


2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched "Setu Bharatam" programme with a budget of Rs 50,000-crore to build bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways. With this scheme, the government aims to make all national highways free from railway crossings by 2019. As of now, 208 new road over bridges or road under bridges places have been identified for construction for Rs 10200 crore.


3. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) CEO and managing director N Chandrasekaran, former Chief Secretary of Gujarat Sudhir Mankad and non-executive chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Bharat Narotam Doshi were have been appointed as non-official directors to the board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) this week. The Reserve Bank's affairs are governed by a central board of directors. The board is appointed by the government of India which can have ten non-official directors from various fields and two government officials.


4. Central Government has announced to confer Veteran actor and director Manoj Kumar with the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015 for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl.


Monaj Kumar was awarded with the National Film Award for the film "Upkaar" and was also awarded with the Padma Shri by Indian government in 1992.


5. Famous playwright and director Ratan Thiyam has been selected for prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 at the 11th edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) for his contribution in the field of theatre and for creating a new language in theatre. With this award, he joins other theatre greats such as Zohra Sehgal, Badal Sarkar, Khaled Chowdhury, Ebrahim Alkazi, Girish Karnad and Heisnam Kanhailal. The awards consist of a specially designed trophy and a cheque of 1,00,000 rupees for the best production, 75,000 rupees for best original playwright and 45,000 rupees for all other award categories.


6. Indian e-commerce retailer Flipkart has launched a digital wallet called Flipkart Money with the aim of providing a new payment method to its customers and to compete with other mobile wallet schemes. The digital wallet called was launched on the company's Android app, where users can hold a balance of Rs.10,000 at a time.


7. Global e-commerce giant Amazon has announced to set up its second largest global delivery centre outside the USA in Hyderabad as a part of its future investment and growth within the country. This will be its largest Indian fulfilment centre (warehouse) over an area of 2,80,000 sq ft near Hyderabad.


8. Former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma passed away on 4th March. He was 68. He was the first tribal individual be a cabinet minister in 1995 and the Lok Sabha Speaker in 1996. He was also the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990 and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly from 1990 to 1991.


9. Famous Indian film archivist and scholar Paramesh Krishnan Nair passed away on 4th March. He was of 82. He was the founder and former director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) in 1964 and collected films from India and from all over the world. He has been credited with collecting more than 12000 films for the archive.


He was also awarded with the Satyajit Ray Memorial Award and is responsible for the existence of exhaustive archives in India, including films such as Raja Harishchandra (1913), Achhut Kanya (1936) and Uday Shankar's Kalpana (1948) etc.


10. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has promoted Hockey India national-level umpire Nepoleon Singh as the International Outdoor Umpire after his great performance in the recently-concluded 12th South Asian Games 2016. Nepoleon started his career as an umpire from Manipur in the third Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2013 held at Ranchi, Jharkhand.


11. Indian shooter Jitu Rai won gold medal in the 50m pistol round at the ISSF World Cup held in Bangkok after scoring 191.3 points in the final round. Pang Wei and Wang Zhiwei secured the second and third spot respectively.


12. The Mumbai under-23 team won the Col CK Nayudu Trophy by defeating Madhya Pradesh in the final match held at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. This was Mumbai-s second big title of the season following its 41st Ranji Trophy title last week. Mumbai team also won the title in 2015 and 2016 and now will be awarded with a cash prize of 20 lakh rupees as winning reward.