1. Ex-CJI HL Dattu selected as new Chairman of NHRC
i. Union Government has selected former Chief Justice of India (CJI) H L Dattu as new Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
ii. He will succeed Mr. K.G. Balakrishnan who had demitted office after his five-year term ended in May 2015. Since then Justice C Joseph is functioning as the acting Chairman.
2. Naval Exercise IBSAMAR 2016 between India, South Africa, Brazil kicked off in Goa
i. The fifth edition of IBSAMAR 2016 trilateral naval exercise between Brazil, India and South Africa kicked off in Goa. IBSAMAR is abbreviated as India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime.
ii. This is the for the first time the exercise is held in India as all the previous editions were held in South Africa since it began in 2006.
3. India’s first nuclear submarine INS Arihant passes deep sea tests
i. India’s first indigenously built nuclear armed submarine INS Arihant has successfully passed several deep sea diving drills as well as weapons launch tests.
ii. These successful tests undertaken off Vishakhapatnam coast where the submarine was build. These tests makes it ready for formal induction into the Naval Fleet.
4. India to host 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation
i. India is going to host Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation from 12 April 2016 to save tigers. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
ii. It will the third such conference on tiger conservation to be hosted by India that will see the participation of all 13 tiger range countries (TRCs). They are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
5. Rare Falcated Duck sighted in Goa
i. Birdwatchers for first time have sighted Falcated Duck in Goa which is considered as rare vagrant migrant bird species to the south of India. Earlier the bird was sighted two times in southern parts of India away from its natural migratory habitat in North India.
ii. For first time it was sighted in Tamil Nadu in 2012 and second time in Akola (Maharashtra) in January 2015.
6. World’s 1st fast-acting Anti-Rabies drug to be launched in India
i. World’s first fast-acting anti-rabies drug Rabies Human Monoclonal Antibody (RMAb) will be launched in India.
ii. The drug has been developed by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and US-based MassBiologics of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
7. 42nd Khajuraho Dance Festival begins in Madhya Pradesh
i. The 42nd edition of world famous Khajuraho Dance Festival began at Khajuraho in Chhatrapur District in Madhya Pradesh. It is a cultural festival that highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles.
ii. It showcases performances of some of the best exponents in the field of Bharathanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri and Kathakali.
iii. The performances includes Documentaries, Short Films related to fine Arts and Classical dance forms that are performed in open-air auditorium usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (Sun God) and Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
8. Tamil film Kanavu Variyam wins 2016 Remi Award
i. Tamil film Kanavu Variyam has won the prestigious 2016 Remi Award in the United States. The film has been directed and produced by a Chennai-based techie Arun Chidambaram and Karthik Chidambaram. Ii. The film deals with the incessant power cuts and shortage of electricity faced by the Indian villages. It stars Jiya as the lead character and the music is by Shyam Benjamin.
iii. The award will be presented to A Chidambaram during the 49th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival that will be held from 8 to 17 April, 2016
9. Sagar Sarhadi to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFP
i. Renowned scriptwriter Sagar Sarhadi will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the second edition of the International Film Festival of Prayag (IFFP). The festival will be held in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh from 26 February to 28 February 2016.
ii. Sarhadi will be honoured at the festival for his contribution to Hindi cinema over the years.
10. Assam Cabinet approved Metro Rail for Guwahati
i. The Assam Cabinet approved the detailed project report (DPR) for a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for Guwahati. The cabinet also gave green signal to setting up of the Guwahati Metro Rail Corporation Limited (GMRCL).
ii. State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will lay the foundation stone for the Metro project in Khanapara area on 29 February 2016.