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National – Across the India:
1. The Environment Ministry notified Construction & Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016 for the first time.
The rules were notified to effectively tackle the issues of pollution and waste management.
The basis of these rules is to recover, recycle and reuse the waste generated through construction and demolition.
2. Haryana became the first state in the country to implement the use of injectable contraceptives as a family planning measure.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has launched ‘Project Salamati’ in assistance of Pathfinder International.
Under the Project Salamati, injectable contraceptives would be available free of cost at all primary health centres, community health centres, sub divisional and district hospitals.
International – Across the Globe:
1. The Government of Russia approved a deal for ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) to acquire 15 percent stake in Vankor oilfield from Rosneft.
The deal is worth 1.3 billion US dollars. It was signed between the OVL and Rosneft in September 2015.
This deal is in addition to another deal that was signed between the OVL and three other oil companies in March 2016.
Awards & Recognition:
1. P. Susheela Mohan, renowned playback singer entered the Guinness Book of Records for singing 17695 songs in 12 Indian languages in the last week of March 2016.
Asia Book of Records also officially recognized Susheela for singing most number of songs in Indian languages.
Guinness Book of Records officially credited her for singing 17695 songs (solo, duet and chorus backed songs) in twelve Indian languages, Asia Book of Records recognized her for singing 17330 songs.
P. Susheela Mohan is associated with the South Indian cinema for over six decades.
She was the first playback singer to receive the first National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1969.
She was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in January 2008.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Htin Kyaw was sworn-in President of Myanmar at a joint session of parliament in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.
With this, Aung San Suu Kyi’s close aide Kyaw also became the first elected civilian leader to be the President of the country after 53 years of military rule.
Besides, the military also appointed its own nominees for three key ministries namely defence, home affairs and border affairs.
Bills – New & Amendments:
1. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla launched innovative entrepreneurship and skill development programme of Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) through leading national and international experts in different skill sets.
The innovative Scheme proposes to use leading celebrities who belong to Minority communities in various skill sets as the driving force behind the skill development projects in their respective fields.
It is for the benefit of marginalized sections of minority communities.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed 11 unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs).
CBDT has so far entered into 59 bilateral or unilateral APAs. 50 of these agreements have been signed in the current financial year 2016-17.
The Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) programme was introduced in India by the Finance Act, 2012.
Science & Technology:
1. China on 30 March 2016 launched its 22nd satellite for its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).
The satellite was launched aboard a Long March-3A carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
The BeiDou system will be completed in 2020 and will comprise over 30 satellites.
It was the 225th launch of the Long March carrier rocket.