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1. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 came into force 15 January 2016.
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The act aims at ensuring protection, proper care, development and social reintegration of children in difficult circumstances by adopting a child-friendly approach.
It permits trying of juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 years as adults for heinous offences.
Establishment of Child Welfare Committees (CWC) along with Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB) in each district.
Empowers JJB to examine the nature of crime and decide whether it was committed as a child mind or as an adult mind.
Based upon the preliminary inquiry of JJB, juvenile offender will be either sent for rehabilitation or will be tried as an adult.
The CWC will determine institutional care for juvenile in need of care and protection. Prescribes eligibility of adoptive parents and the procedure for adoption.
Penalties for cruelty against a child have been prescribed in case of offering a narcotic substance to a child and selling and abduction of a child.
1. The World Bank released a report titled World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends in Washington DC, the USA.
The report explored the impact of the internet, mobile phones, and related technologies on economic development across the world including India.
1. Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis have won the 2016 WTA Apia International title in the women’s doubles category.
2. Former World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin of Russia has been inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Dr. Jancy James, the first woman Vice Chancellor of Kerala, was selected for the Prof MV Pylee Award for the Distinguished Academician of India.
2. An independent Delhi-based writer Ankita Anand won the European Commission’s prestigious Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for 2015 in Asia and the Pacific amateur category.
3. The grand Annual 61st Britannia Filmfare Awards event was organized in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Bajirao Mastani with 8 awards was the film wining highest number of awards.
Awards in various categories are-
Best Actor: Ranveer Singh (Bajirao Mastani).
Best Actress: Deepika Padukone (Piku).
Best Film: Bajirao Mastani.
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani).
Lifetime Achievement: Moushumi Chatterjee.
Best Debut Director: Neeraj Ghaywan (Massan).
Best Debutant (Male): Sooraj Pancholi (Hero).
Best Debutant (Female): Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Laga Ke Haisha).
Critics Award for Best Film: Piku Critics
Award for Best Actor (Male): Amitabh Bachchan (Piku).
Best Actor Female Critics Choice (Female): Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns).
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Priyanka Chopra (Bajirao mastani).
Best Story: V Vijayendra Prasad (Bajrangi Bhaijaan).
Best Singer (male): Arijit Singh (Sooraj dooba hai from ‘Roy’).
Best Singer (female): Shreya Ghoshal (Deewani mastani from ‘Bajirao Mastani’).
Best VFX: Prana Studios (Bombay Velvet).
Best Dialogue: Anupam Roy (Piku).
Best Action: Sham Kaushal (Bajirao Mastani).
Best Cinematography: Manu Anand (Dum Laga Ke Haisha).
Best Choreography: Birju Maharaj (Bajirao Mastani).
Best Edit: Talvar
Best Production Design: Sujit Sawant, Saloni and Sriram Iyenger (Bajirao Mastani).
Best Costume Designer: Anju Modi and Maxima (Bajirao Mastani).
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. Union Government has signed a loan agreement with World Bank for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project to improve watershed management in rural rain fed areas.
The loan credit will support the watershed activities of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) in selected sites in 9 states -Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan.