1. India ratifies Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage
i. India has ratified Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), 1997 which sets parameters on a nuclear operator’s financial liability.
ii. In this regard, India has submitted the Instrument of Ratification of the CSC to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and shall come into force after 90 days i.e May 2016.
2. India becomes Associate Member of European Molecular Biology Organisation
i. India officially became the Associate Member State of European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
ii. In this regard, Union Ministry of Science and Technology has signed an agreement to acquire the status of Associate Member of EMBO.
iii. India is second country outside the European region to be an Associate Member State of EMBO. First one being Singapore which had signed such agreement with European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) in 2015.
3. Sarangi maestro Ram Narayan chosen for Bhimsen Joshi Award
i. Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan (88) has been chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016.
Pandit Ram Narayan is first internationally successful sarangi player and has popularised bowed musical instrument as a solo concert instrument in Hindustani classical music.
4. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) at Lepetkata, Assam and dedicated the facility to the nation.
ii. It is the first ever petro-chemical plant located in the entire North-Eastern region of Indian. It has been built at cost of 10000-crore rupees and shall be producing raw material for manufacturing plastic. Iii. Prime Minister also dedicated wax producing unit in Numaligarh Refinery Limited to the nation. It is India’s highest wax producing unit and shall be using indigenous technology.
5. 12th South Asian Games begins in Guwahati
i. The 12th edition of South Asian Games (SAG) has begun in Guwahati, Assam after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium. The 11-day event is being jointly hosted by Guwahati and Meghalaya capital, Shillong.
ii. Over 2,500 athletes from 8 SAARC nations viz. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives are participating in it. Total of 228 events in 23 sports disciplines will be played during the games, which India is hosting for the third time.
6. US Astronaut Edgar Mitchell passes away
i. United States (US) Astronaut Edgar Mitchell passed away Lake Worth, Florida under hospice care. He was 85. He was the sixth man to walk on the Moon.
ii. He had spent more than nine hours on the Moon’s surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region as part of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.
7. Corporation Bank inks pact with Universal Sompo for accident death coverage
i. Corporation Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Universal Sompo General Insurance Co Ltd for providing accident death coverage to its savings bank account holders under Corp Signature, Corp Super and Corp Saral category.
ii. According to this pact the bank provides free personal accident death cover of ₹10 lakh to its Corp Signature and ₹5 lakh to its Corp Super account holders.
iii. The MoU was signed in the presence of Jai Kumar Garg, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Corporation Bank, and VV Vendhen, Head (Bancassurance), Universal Sompo General Insurance Co Ltd.
8. Indian Origin Singaporean Is Diamond Trade Body’s New President
i. Vishal Mehta, A 34-year-old Indian-origin man based in Singapore was today appointed President of the newly- formed International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA).
ii.Vishal Mehta, CEO of a Singapore-based company which makes lab diamond, was named President of the IGDA, a platform of more than 10 leading grown diamond producers, distributors and retailers.
iii. Mehta is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore-based IIa Technologies which grows diamond from its state-of-the-art facility in the city state.
9. Kohli Replaces Finch As No 1 Batsman In T20 Internationals
i. Virat Kohli was rewarded for his stupendous performance in India's clean sweep against Australia in the T20 internationals as he replaced Aaron Finch as the top-ranked batsman in the ICC list for the shortest format.
ii. According to the press released by the ICC, Kohli who had scores of 90 not out, 59 not out and 50 in the three-match series, gained 47 ratings points to move ahead of Finch with 892 ranking points to his credit.
iii. Finch gained 14 points himself thanks to scores of 44 and 74 in Adelaide and Melbourne.
iv. India's Suresh Raina moved up three places to 13th after his impressive series, while opener Rohit Sharma also moved up four places to be placed 16th.
v. The latest rankings also confirmed India's ascension to No.1 in the world, while Australia have plummeted to eighth spot following the 3-0 series defeat.
10. Centre Approves Heritage Development Projects In Andhra & Telangana
i. The Union Ministry of Urban Development approved projects worth more than Rs.12 crore for improving tourist infrastructure in heritage locations in Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh and Warangal in Telangana.
ii. ii. An official press release said an Inter-Ministerial National Empowered Committee for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) approved the projects, which include a heritage park in Amaravati and developmental works at the 1000 Pillar Temple and Kazipet Durgah and rejuvenation of pondat Padmakshi Temple in Warangal city.
iii. Amaravati and Warangal are among the 12 cities included in the HRIDAY scheme for improving the social, cultural and economic ecosystems by augmenting necessary infrastructure with the objective of conserving the rich cultural heritage and enabling better facilities for tourists and pilgrims. More projects will be approved for Amaravati and Warangal in the near future.