Current Affairs India - 9 March 2016

1. President Pranab Mukherjee presented Nari Shakti Puraskar for the year 2015 to 15 women, 5 organisations, one state and panchayat at the Rastapati Bhavan yesterday on the eve of International Women-s Day. The awards are given by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development every year to institutions and individuals who have made exceptional contribution towards empowerment of women specially belonging to vulnerable and marginalised sections of society.

Haryana was awarded as a state for demonstrating improvement with work in improving Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) during 2015. Anganwadipuram Gram Panchayat, Mallapuram of Kerala was awarded for their work towards women empowerment.

2. Mumbai will host BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave in April this year which will involve top Urban Policy makers and Planners from BRICS Nations, as announced by the government today. The BRICS Friendship Conclave will be a joint initiative of Ministry of External Affairs and Maharashtra Government to be held between 14th and 16th April this year.

3. Karnataka state government has launched Mukhyamantri Santwana Harish Yojana to provide free medical treatment to road accident victims for the first 48 hours (2 days) in the nearest government or private hospital of the accident spot. The scheme has been named after Harish Nanjappa who had donated his eyes moments before his death without getting proper medical help after accident.

4. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against several senior executives of Syndicate Bank and some business persons for their alleged involvement in a scam of Rs 1,000 crore. It is alleged that the accused, along with some senior bank officials, committed a fraud of nearly Rs.1,000 crore by resorting to discounting fake cheques and bills against fake letters of credit (LC) and arranging overdrafts against non-existent LIC policies.

5. India-s private sector bank, ICICI bank Ltd. announced its latest initiative on the eve of International Women-s day to allow its 21,000 women workforce to work from home for up to a year and even take their children on business trips.

The iWork@home initiative was taken based on a survey result which revealed that those women employees who quit job primarily did so because of child care responsibilities, and long commutes.

6. India-s largest Pharma Company Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited has appointed Indian Cricket team captain for ODI and T20 MS Dhoni as the Brand ambassador for its top selling health supplement brand Revital H. He was selected because of his reputation for pushing limits and achieving more and perfect combination of physical fitness, strategic thinking and decision making.