1. First semi-high speed train Gatiman Express flagged off from Delhi
i. India’s First Semi-High Speed Train (SHST) Gatimaan Express was flagged off between New Delhi and Agra. It was flagged off by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Nizamuddin Railway station in New Delhi and reached Agra on time in 100 minutes.
ii. It is faster than Shatabdi Express which takes 117 minutes between two destinations.
2. Bihar Government imposes complete ban on alcohol
i. Bihar Government has taken a decision to completely ban on all types of liquor (alcohol) throughout the state including Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL).
ii. Decision in this regard was taken by the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna. Earlier on 1st April 2016, state government had banned country made liquor in the state except IMFL in the first phase. Now in the second phase, foreign liquor (IMFL) will also be banned with immediate effect. The production, sale and business of all types of liquor have been banned in the state.
iii. Henceforth person found indulging in manufacturing trade, transportation, sale and consumption of liquor across the state will be punished under the stringent provisions of the Bihar Excise (Amendment) Act, 2016.
iv. The Act has various stringent provisions including awarding ‘capital punishment’ for those who manufacture and sell illicit liquor that causes death.
3. DCB Bank launches India’s first Aadhaar-based ATM
i. DCB Bank has launched an India’s first of its kind Aadhaar-based Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) usage facility. Currently, this ATM has been placed in pilot site at DCB Bank at Peninsula Business Park, Lower Parel, Mumbai.
4. RBI cuts repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5%
i. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cut down repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5 per cent from 6.75 per cent, with immediate effect. It was announced in the first bi-monthly monetary policy review of the RBI for the 2016-17 fiscal.
5. World’s first public dengue vaccination programme launched in Philippines
i. The world’s first public dengue vaccination programme was launched in the Philippines with a French drug Dengvaxia (world’s 1st dengue fever vaccine) to combat mosquito-borne disease. Several hundred children aged between 9 and 10 were vaccinated with the injections in front of government health workers at a public school in eastern Manila.
6. World’s first White Tiger Safari opens in Madhya Pradesh
i. World’s first White Tiger Safari was inaugurated at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. It was inaugurated and opened to public by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
ii. The first of its kind safari is situated adjacent to the Mukundpur Zoological Park. It is spread over an area of 25 hectares and has been built at cost of 50 crore rupees.
iii. The safari houses three white tigers, including two females named Vindhya and Radha and one male named Raghu.
7. Vietnam Police Chief Tran Dai Quang sworn in as 9th President
i. Tran Dai Quang has sworn in as the ninth President of Vietnam after he was elected by country’s National Assembly. He succeeds Truong Tan Sang and shall have term of five years.
ii. He was elected as President after he had secured 91.5% votes i.e. 452 valid votes out of the total 494 members of the unicameral house.
8. Mehbooba Mufti sworn in as first woman Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir
i. Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed (56) took oath as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, bringing to an end the three-month Governor’s Rule in the state. She was administered oath to the office by Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan in the winter capital city of Jammu.
ii. Along with her 22 member council of ministers from BJP-PDP alliance also took oath. BJP leader Nirmal Singh took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of the state. Mehbooba Mufti succeeds her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the role who had died in January 2016.
iii. She is also second Muslim woman to become the Chief Minister of a state in India after Syeda Anwara Taimur who had served as the first Muslim woman CM of Assam from 1980 to 1981.
9. Kenya’s Kotut and Jepkesho win Paris Marathon
i. i. Kenya’s Cyprian Kotut claimed a double in the French capital within a month when he won this year’s Paris Marathon in personal best of 2 hours, 07 minutes and 13 seconds.ii. Kotut, the brother to three-time London Marathon champion Martin Lel, overtook Ethiopian Abraha Gebretsadik with three kilometres to go, pumping his pistons past the 40km mark in 2:00:34 to victory.
iii. Defending champion Mark Korir settled second in 2:07:31 as Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Stephen Chemlany waylaid Gebretsadik to ensure a Kenyan podium sweep in 2:07:39.
iv. Micah Kogo of Kenya settled fourth in 2:07:43 as Gebretsadik came in fifth in 2:08:05. The 24-year-old Kotut was fresh from Paris Half Marathon last month in 1:01:00. Having recorded a personal best of 59:12 for the half marathon in 2014, Kotut made his marathon debut in Milan in 2015 and finished second in 2:08:55.
v. Kotut became the 12th Kenya to win the race and put his case straight ahead of the national marathon team selection for Rio Olympic Games later this month after London Marathon on April 24.