DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 29 MARCH 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. INDIA’S BIGGEST DEFENCE EXPO 2016 BEGINS IN GOA
i. India’s biggest ever land, naval and homeland security exhibition Defence Expo 2016 began in Goa.
ii. It was inaugurated by the Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
iii. This for the first time, the Expo is being held outside the national capital New Delhi.
iv. The 2016 theme is “Rise of Futurism” and its vision is to make India prosperous by establishing world class science and technology base in defence sector.
2. SERGEY KARJAKIN WON 2016 WORLD CHESS CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT
i. Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin won the FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament held in Moscow.
ii. He defeated American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana to won the award.
iii. He holds the record for the world's youngest Grandmaster ever.
3. USAID AND ADB SIGNED MOU TO DEVELOP SOLAR PARKS IN INDIA
i. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Asian Development Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate 848 million US dollars in funding to develop solar parks across India.
ii. This agreement will help to finance the development of solar parks in support of the Government of India’s renewable energy targets.
4. ZAHEER KHAN APPOINTED CAPTAIN OF DELHI DAREDEVILS FOR 2016 IPL SEASON
i. Zaheer Khan was appointed as captain of the Delhi Daredevils team for 2016 Indian Premier League season.
ii. He would replace South African all-rounder JP Duminy who was captain in the last season.
5. WORLD BANK APPROVED $250 MILLION LOAN TO SUPPORT ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION SECTOR REFORMS IN RAJASTHAN
i. The World Bank Board approved a 250 million US dollar Development Policy Loan for Rajasthan.
ii. The loan was granted to support the government of Rajasthan in improving the performance of its electricity distribution sector under the State’s 24x7 Power for All program.
iii. It will support in:
a. Strengthening governance in the distribution sector in the state by giving more operational autonomy to the utilities
b. Establishing targets for reducing the gap between the cost of supply and revenue recovery
c. Providing incentives to employees for improving performance
d. Improving the operational performance of the DISCOMs
6. ISRO SET TO LAUNCH RECORD 22 SATELLITES IN SINGLE MISSION
i. The Indian Space Research Organisation is set to made a record by launching a record number of 22 satellites in a single mission in May 2016.
ii. These satellites will be launched using ISRO’s workhorse Polar rocket PSLV C34 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
iii. The world record for sending highest number of satellites in single launch is hosted by USA of sending 29 satellites to the orbit in a single launch in 2013.