Current Affairs - 26 March 2016

ISRO established GIRI Radar System at Tirupati

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) established the Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer (GIRI) near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.

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Paytm hires Alibaba’s former executive as President 

  • Paytm, India’s mobile payment and commerce platform has appointed ex-head of Alibaba Group Holding’s wholesale business, Bhushan Patil as the company’s new President.

Kejriwal named among world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune 

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal has been named among the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine and is the sole Indian leader on the list topped by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 

India aims to become 100% e-vehicle nation by 2030: Piyush Goyal 

  • The government is working on a scheme to provide electric cars on zero down payment for which people can pay out of their savings on expensive fossil fuels, for becoming 100 per cent electric vehicle nation by 2030.

Int’l Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims & the Transatlantic Slave Trade observed 

  • Every year 25th March is being observed as International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Malaysia to launch counter-messaging center to fight IS in cyberworld 

  • Malaysia will set up its first counter-messaging center in a bid to curb the influence of the Islamic State in the cyberworld.

India’s forex reserves reach all time high 

  • India’s forex reserves jumped by $2.5 billion to reach a record high at $355.9 billion for the week that ended on March 18, the Reserve Bank of India said on Friday in its weekly statistical report.

Union Cabinet gives nod to implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin 

  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the implementation of the rural housing scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana- Gramin. 

Mint plant can help fight cancer: CIMAP Researchers 

  • Scientists at Lucknow​ based CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) have found that mint plant has medicinal values that can cure cancer.

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