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Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare JP Nadda on 13 March 2016 launched Project ‘Clean Street Food’. The project of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) aims at to raise the safety standards of foods sold on streets across the capital city of New Delhi.In the first phase of the project, about 20000 roadside vendors will be trained on aspects of health and hygiene.FSSAI will partner with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to train street food vendors at more than 40 centres across Delhi.The food vendors will receive training under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) category of the Government’s flagship skills training scheme - Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).Under the Delhi Project, 20000 food street vendors would be trained, assessed and certified by seven training partners over the next four weeks at 40 training centres set up for the purpose across Delhi.The Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council (THSC), an affiliate of the National Skill Development Corporation, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship will be the training provider under the Project.Food vendors will receive Smart Skill-cum-Registration cards on completion of the training.Delhi Food Safety Commissioner and the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) are engaged in mobilization of street vendors across Delhi.

Sanjay Gupta, the Jagran Group CEO and Dainik Jagran editor was on 12 March 2016 presented with the Editor of the Year award at the 4th Indian Advertising Association (IAA) Awards in Mumbai.Sanjay Gupta received the award from Union Minister of State (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju.Other awards announced on the occasion includes for  Brand Endorser of the Year: Varun Dhawan, a Bollywood actor.TV Anchor of the Year award: Rajat Sharma of India TV.Media Person of the Year: Raj Nayak of Colors.CEO of the year: Kumar Mangalam Birla.Bharat Patel from Procter and Gamble was inducted in the IAA Hall of Fame for building the Vicks brand in India and making it a household name.The International Advertising Association (IAA) is a unique strategic institution that addresses the common interests of all the disciplines across the full spectrum of marketing communications from advertisers to media companies as well as breitling replica advertising and interactive agencies, direct marketing firms and even individual practioners.The India Chapter of IAA was incorporated in July 1991. IAA-IC promotes the freedom to compete through responsible commercial speech while defending consumer choice.The IAA recognises excellence and leadership in the fields of marketing, advertising and media.

India Inc. on 12 March 2016 formally adopted the United Nations' (UN) agenda for the world's sustainable development and the 17 goals identified for its implementation in Mumbai.The 11th National Convention on Sustainable Development Goals organized by the Global Compact Network in Mumbai, which was inaugurated by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, assumed significance as this is for the first time the UN is involving private and public sector corporates globally to drive its development agenda. This was the first such meeting which was held globally.Top 50 domestic corporate leaders such as the Tata Group, the Aditya Birla Group, Reliance, Vedanta, the Adani Group and public sector behemoth Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and several MNCs will officially adopt the Sustainable Development Goals 2020 (SDGs).The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the continuum of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were under implementation from January 2000 to December 2015. These 17 SDGs are being implemented from January 2016 to December 2020.17 Sustainable Development Goals are:No Poverty Zero Hunger,Good Health and Well Being,Quality Education,Gender Equality,Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy,Decent Work and Economic Growth,Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure,Required Inequalities,Sustainable Cities and Communities,Responsible Consumption and Production,Climate Action,Life Below Water,Life on Land,Peace Justice and Strong Institutions,Partnerships for the Goals.United Nations Global Compact is a UN initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible polices, and to report on their implementation.  Under the Global Compact, companies are brought together with UN agencies, labour groups and civil society.It is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with 13000 corporate participants and other stakeholders over 170 countries.The Global Compact Network India, an association of over 300 companies, functions as the Indian Local Network of UN Global Compact, New York

UNESCO on 12 March 2016 signed an agreement with CJ Welfare Foundation to start a pre-school animation series Rainbow Ruby to support girls’ education globally. The agreement was signed during the 2016 Global Education and Skills Forum, hosted by the Varkey Foundation in partnership with UNESCO.UNESCO joined a global partnership centered on an animation based character for its key initiative for the first time.The partnership builds between UNESCO and CJ E&M builds on theBetter Life for Girls campaign which was launched in November 2014. It aims to help address the lack of access to quality education faced by girls in developing regions.Rainbow Ruby follows a six-year old girl named Ruby as she transports to Rainbow Village where her toys come alive. Throughout the series Ruby experiences different professions, introducing preschool girls to the concept of a dream job, letting them imagine how their jobs can improve their lives in the future.The animation series will also brings awareness to the harsh reality that girls and young women in many developing regions may face because of their lack of education, preventing them from reaching their full potential and in turn, hindering economic growth and social progress.Rainbow Ruby is the first original global animation series by CJ E&M, Asia's leading content and Media Company as a co-production project with China Entertainment. It aims to help empower young girls to dream big and look to a bright future.CJ E&M is Asia’s leading content and media company headquartered in Seoul, Korea whereas China Entertainment Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of the China Animation Group which is mainly engaged in the films and TV serials production.DHX Media is the appointed distributor of Rainbow Ruby in the U.S., Canada, and (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) EMEA countries excluding France.

Lloyd Stowell Shapley, an American mathematician and Nobel Prize-winning economist, died on 12 March 2016. He was 92.Shapley, who contributed to the fields of mathematical economics and especially game theory, won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2012. He made fundamental contributions to economic theory and game theory.His work is central to the modern understanding of competitive behavior and its game theoretic underpinnings.In 1967, he, along with Bondareva, proposed the Bondareva-Shapley theorem. This work introduced the notion of “balanced,” a key notion to this day for understanding when games have nonempty cores.His interest areas include Non-cooperative market models, political games, cost allocation and organization theory.He, along with Alvin Roth, won the Nobel Prize for his work on the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design.The theory offers solution to a key economic problem - How to bring different players together in the best possible way.Alvin Roth used Shapley's theoretical results to explain how markets function in practice. Through empirical studies and lab experiments, Roth and his colleagues demonstrated that stability was critical to successful matching methods.Roth also developed systems for matching doctors with hospitals, school pupils with schools, and organ donors with patients.Apart from the Nobel, he won innumerable awards and honours that include John von Neumann Theory Prize and Golden Goose Award in 1981 and 2013 respectivel

An international team of scientists have discovered 250-million-year-old new fossil of reptile, named Teyujagua (fierce lizard) from Rio Grande do Sul, southernmost Brazil.The team comprising of scientists from three Brazilian Universities and one UK University discovered the fossil that gives insight into life just before dinosaurs appeared. It also helps in clarifying the initial evolution of the group that gave rise to dinosaurs, pterosaurs (flying reptiles), crocodiles and birds.The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) on 11 March 2016. The fossil is beautiful and fills an evolutionary gap, say scientists.The fossil was discovered in 2015 by a team from the Paleobiology Laboratory of the Universidade Federal do Pampa (Unipampa), in a Triassic rock exposure near the city of São Francisco de Assis.Teyujagua  was a small, quadrupedal animal, and grew up to about 1.5 metres in length.Its teeth were re-curved with fine serrations and sharply pointed, indicating a carnivorous diet.The nostrils were placed on the upper part of the snout, a typical feature of some aquatic or semi-aquatic animals, such as modern day crocodiles.It likely lived in the margins of lakes and rivers, hunting amphibians and procolophonids, extinct, small bodied reptiles similar to lizards. Its anatomy is intermediate between the more primitive reptiles and a diverse and important group called 'archosauriforms'. Archosauriformes include all the extinct dinosaurs and pterosaurs, along with modern day birds and crocodiles.The species has been identified from a mostly complete and well preserved fossil skull that the team has named Teyujagua paradoxa.The reptile, named Teyujagua or fierce lizard, is the close relative of a group that gave rise to dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds.Discovery of Teyujagua is important as it survived the great Permian–Triassic mass extinction event that wiped out about 90 percent of all species. The Permo-Triassic mass extinction (Great Dying or the Great Permian Extinction) occurred about 252 million years ago forming the boundary between the Permian and Triassic geologic periods, as well as the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras.

Noted Indian scholar and plant physiologist H Deep Saini has been appointed the next Vice Chancellor of the prestigious University of Canberra.Saini, 60, currently the Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga campus in Canada, will succeed Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker in September who steps down from the post in July after over nine years in the service.Chancellor and Chair of University Council Tom Calma AO said the University's governing body was delighted that the internationally experienced university leader and academic has agreed to become the University of Canberra's fifth Vice- Chancellor, the university said in a statement."Saini's outstanding academic pedigree and vast international experience will be key to delivering on our vision to be recognised as one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions; world-ranked, with regional, national and international reach," Calma said."Saini comes from a very senior position in a truly world- leading university and will be great for the University of Canberra," Parker said.Saini, a notable plant physiologist, said he was thrilled to be appointed the University's Vice-Chancellor at such a fantastic time for the institution.An alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, and later the University of Adelaide, Australia, Saini joined many Indian-origin educationists holding high positions in Canadian universities.Saini is a noted plant physiologist and is the past president of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists and the Federation of Canadian Plant Science Societies, Saini also visited India as part of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s ‘Clean Tech Mission to India’.

China’s Supreme Court has decided to set up its own International Maritime Judicial Centre (IMJC) to handle territorial disputes and protect its sea rights. It was announced by China’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Zhou Qiang at the annual meeting of the national legislature National People’s Congress (NPC). This move will help China to bolster its claims in the disputed South and East China seas and also help it become a maritime power.Presently China is locked in disputes with its neighbours over claims in the resource-rich South China Sea. The tensions have risen recently over China’s aggressive land reclamation continues to build artificial islands, airport runways and facilities on disputed reefs. Usually International maritime disputes between countries are usually brought before the United Nation’s International Court of Justice (ICJ). Earlier Philippines had filed an arbitration case against China over their competing claims in the South China Sea. But China has refused to participate.

Government has relaxed procurement norms related to experience and turnover for micro, small and medium startups with a view to enabling these ventures to be part of its public procurement.From April 2015, all PSUs, central government ministries and departments have been directed to procure at least 20% of products and services required by them from micro and small enterprises."If the MSMEs can deliver the goods and services as per prescribed technical & quality specifications, the norms on prior experience and prior turnover will be relaxed for them," the MSME Ministry is a release.The move will enable startup MSMEs to be a part of the mandatory 20% public procurement."The relaxation has been made to create a conducive environment for the startups in India, which is high on the agenda of the government," the MSME Ministry.A review of the mandatory procurement policy by MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra last month had found that less than half of the PSUs were complying with the mandatory 20% procurement of products and services from micro and small enterprises.Besides, to ensure better implementation of quality management standards/quality technology tools scheme under the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme,MSME Ministry has decided to conduct two international study missions in collaboration with CII and Consultancy Development Corporation in this fiscal ending March as well as in next financial year.

The 13th meeting of Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development was held on 14 March 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The meeting was held to promote the power of broadband networks and services for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.It brought the leaders from the public, private and social sectors together to seek the solutions to achieving education, equity and employment for all. The Broadband Commission also discussed among other issues like how to innovate in education through technology.The full meeting of the Commission revisited the issue of new broadband targets to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The meeting set the ground for new concrete, measurable broadband targets to be agreed for the next full meeting of the Commission in September 2016 at the New York meeting.The Dubai meeting of the Commission was held at the invitation of Broadband Commissioner Sunny Varkey, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, in the context of the Global Education and Skills Forum, and right after the joint ITU/UNESCO Policy Forum during UNESCO Mobile Learning Week.The Broadband Commission works to ensure that no one is left behind by leaving no one off-line.In 2015, 44 percent world population remains offline, including 36 percent of LDC population while there are 200 million fewer girls and women online than boys and men.

India successfully test-fired an indigenously built nuclear-capable Agni-I missile from a test range off the Odisha coast on March 14,2016.Capable of hitting a target at a distance of 700 km, the surface-to-surface missile was test-fired at 9.11 a.m. from a launch pad of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island (formerly Wheeler Island), 150 km from Bhubaneswar."It was test-fired as part of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) training exercise and the trial was successful," said an official of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).The medium-range ballistic missile developed by the DRDO, Agni-I missile is equipped with sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.It is capable of carrying a conventional payload of 1,000 kg or a nuclear warhead.It was successfully test-fired in November last year. 

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves was inaugurated on 14 March 2016 at Lima in Peru. The event will be held from 14 March to 17 March 2016 to address different issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post 2015 Development Agenda.It is a world meeting of the Committees of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) and experts directly involved in the practical implementation of biosphere reserves including representatives of governments, biosphere reserves, local communities, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, and organizations and institutions from all over the world working with the MAB Programme.The Congress will discuss on education for sustainable development, the economic viability of nature conservation systems, human migrations and protection of natural resources, among others.main objectives of The 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves are:To review of the implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995.To assess the lessons learned and the new challenges to be faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.To develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.

The Union Government on 9 March 2016 notified maximum sale price of Bt cotton seed for 2016-17. An announcement in this regard was made by the Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh.As per the notification, the price of BG-I version of Bt cotton hybrid (9450 grams of Bt Cotton plus 120 grams refugia) was fixed at 635 rupees, while the price of BG-II version was fixed at 800 rupees.The notification was released as per the Cotton Seed Price (Control) Order, 2015 that was issued under the Section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.In India, the Bt cotton seed market has been largely controlled by the private companies especially by the multinational companies like Monsanto.Though these companies ensured adequate supply of the seeds there were wide scale allegations that they were charging exorbitant prices that consequently became a cause of concern for small and marginalized cotton growing farmers.Against this backdrop, the Union Government issued the Cotton Seed Price (Control) Order, 2015 on 7 December 2015 in order to regulate Bt cotton seed prices and there by safeguard the interests of the farming community.As per this order, a nine-member committee was set up to recommend the maximum sale price after taking into consideration the seed value, licence fees including one-time and recurring royalty (trait value), trade margins and other taxes.

A Palestinian primary school teacher from a refugee camp, Hanan Al Hroub, on 13 March 2016 won one million dollar Global Teacher Prize. She was awarded for her outstanding contribution to the profession.Hroub, who runs the Samiha Khalil High School in Al-Bireh, Palestine, defeated nine other finalists from around the world, including India’s Robin Chaurasiya to win the award.The 2016 Winner of the Global Teacher Prize was announced by Pope Francis in a ceremony held at the Atlantis Palm Hotel in Dubai.Hroub uses a specialist approach in her school, which she developed, detailed in her book 'We Play and Learn' to overcome tense environments of the region under the shadow of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Hroub's approach has led to a decline in violent behaviour in schools where it was a frequent occurrence. She has also inspired her colleagues to review the way they teach and their classroom management strategies.Robin Chaurasiya runs a not-for-profit school in Mumbai for girls from the city's red light district of Kamatipura.The Global Teacher Prize is a 1 million US dollar award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.The prize serves to underline the importance of educators and the fact that, throughout the world, their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated. It seeks to acknowledge the impacts of the very best teachers – not only on their students but on the communities around them.The prize was set up by Kerala-born entrepreneur and educational philanthropist Sunny Varkey, to recognise one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers’ play in society.

Internationally renowned Jazz vocalist Ernestine Anderson died on 10 March 2016 in Seattle. She was 87.Over the course of a six-decade career, she received four Grammy nominations and released more than 30 albums.She sang along with music legends Russell Jacquet, Eddie Heywood, Shifty Henry and Johnny Otis and gained notoriety in the early 1940’s. She also performed with a Seattle contemporary and fellow Garfield High School graduate Quincy Jones, another famous black American musician.Seattle’s Bumbershoot arts festival awarded her its Golden Umbrella, an honour that evolved into the Mayor’s Arts Awards in 2002. The Low Income Housing Institute named one of its projects as Ernestine Anderson Place in 2012.

To demonstrate that communication can be delivered with good aesthetics, state-run BSNL plans to install 50 'zero base' mobile towers, which are better looking and multi-functional. The concept of a 'zero site' is that it can be used as a wi-fi hotspot, street light and camera and the radio units can be hidden inside the pole or underneath. BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava during his recent visit to Mobile World Congress, he witnessed solutions provided by equipment makers Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE regarding the zero base towers. We will ask for quotes from all these players for zero base towers...initially we will begin with 50 towers to demonstrate that how communication can be delivered with good aesthetics and good looking features.He added the cost will be a little higher than normal towers but as active infrastructure is allowed to be shared, the cost can also be shared among the operators and the city can look much cleaner. "Slowly we can replace all ugly looking towers which are spoiling the skyline to a very good camouflaged eye soothing towers," he added. The companies are expected to submit their quotes in March and in next six months, BSNL will come out with some kind of concept for the same. The average cost to set up a mobile tower is anywhere between Rs 8-10 lakh. 

Narendra Modi’s government launched the Swachh Bharat campaign in October, 2014.Since then various initiatives have been taken by the government to improve the cleanliness of the nation. As a part of it, the fund for Swachh Bharat Khosh is mobilized with 370 crores by the government.Swachh Bharat Khosh is a fund created to support the various cleanliness programmes across the nation.365 crores from Corporates and 5.95 lakhs from individuals and total fund as on January 31 is 369.74 crores.The funds are used for achieving the objective of improving cleanliness levels in rural and urban areas including in schools.For construction of toilets funds to the extent of Rs 359 crore have been released to various state level implementing agencies during December 2014 to January 2016.Utilisation certificate for Rs 09 crore have been received from state implementing agencies of Sikkim and Tripura.The release of funds is governed by Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines.The costing of projects to be financed by SBK is guided by cost norms of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has launched an interactive web portal of Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariat.The interactive portal facilitates ex-servicemen and dependents to submit online applications under various welfare contains website and workflow software for online submission of Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme for the sons and wards of the ex-servicemen. On this occasion, the Defence Minister also unveiled the user manual of the interactive web-portal.The portal, which is developed by National Informatics Centre at a cost of 58.93 lakhs rupees, will later contain workflow software for all the schemes of the Secretariat which will provide complete information about Kendriya Sainik Board secretariat, its welfare schemes and allied activities.It will also facilitate submission of applications online for assistance by ex-servicemen and war widows from 

The Uttarakhand government has presented a deficit budget of Rs 40,422.20 crore for 2016-17 with thrust on school education, disaster management, rural development and disaster management.Total expenditure for 2016-17 is estimated to be Rs 40,422.20 crore whereas total receipts for the fiscal are estimated to be Rs 39,912.00 crore, leading to a deficit of Rs 510.20 crore.The plan expenditure is estimated to be Rs 15,931.60 crore.The highest allocations have been made for school education at Rs 6,238 crore, followed by roads and bridges department at Rs 2,392.07 crore, rural development at Rs 2319.36 crore and disaster management Rs 2,131.56 crore.Besides,medical, health, family welfare, homoeopathic and ayush department has been allocated Rs 1,742.90 crore, internal security Rs 1,595.87 crore and Rs 1274.70 crore for irrigation and flood control.A provision of Rs 1,273.96 crore has been made for social welfare followed by Rs 902.99 crore for child development and women's empowerment.Presenting the pre-poll budget in the Assembly, State Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh said it reflects as much the aspirations of the people of the state as the state government'svision of inclusive development.She also spoke highly of the state government for working consistently to overcome the challenges thrown up by the 2013 disaster and streamlining 'chardham yatra' for which around 10 lakh pilgrims visited the state in the last season.Hridayesh said she was confident that the number of visitors to the four famous Himalayan shrines will double up next season which begins in May this year.An early warning system, automatic weather stations, automatic raingauge system and 64 automatically run MeT centres are being set up in a number of vulnerable areas of Dehradun, Tehri, Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts under the World Bank and Asian Development Bank aided skill development programmes.This is the last budget of the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat as the state goes to polls early next year.

Vijender Singh retained his unbeaten run inProfessional Boxing alive with yet another knockout win over Hungary’s Alexander Horvath at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.Indian boxing star Vijender Singh has achieved up his fourth consecutive knockout professional win by thrashing Hungary’s Alexander Horvath in under three rounds.The Professional boxing star eyeing to win the Asia title in front of my home crowd and lookingforward to record two more knockout wins in April before he plays in India.Hungarian agony ended barely a minute into the third round when Vijender’s body blows brought him to his knees, giving the Indian his fourth knockout triumph.Professional turned amateur boxer from Kaluwasin Haryana, He graduated from local college in Haryana.He practised boxing at the Bhiwani Boxing Club.He was coached by the Indian Boxing Coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu.Vijender represented India at the London 2012 Olympic Games.Vijender bestowed with number of awards, including the India’s highest sporting honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour.In June 2015, Vijender Singh ended his amateur career by turning professional as he signed a multi-year agreement with Queensberry Promotions throughIOS Sports and Entertainment. In his first professional boxing match he defeated his opponent Sonny Whiting.

Justice Ajit Singh was sworn in as Chief Justice (CJ) of the Gauhati High Court. He was administered the oath of office by Assam Governor P B Acharya as per the provisions of the Article 129 of Constitution. He was appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee as per provisions Article 222 of Constitution after following recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) T.S.Thakur.Justice Ajit Singh was born in 1956. He had enrolled as an advocate in 1979. He had practiced on Criminal, Civil, and Constitutional sides in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur. In 2002, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of High Court of Madhya Pradesh and later in 2003 as a permanent Judge. He was transferred to the Rajasthan High Court in March 2014.The Gauhati High Court includes the High Courts of Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated three major railway projects in Bihar at an estimated cost of Rs 7000 crore.Prime Minister dedicated a rail-cum-road bridge at Patna, inaugurated another at Munger and laid the foundation of additional bridge at Mokama over the River Ganga.Total cost of these three bridges is about Rs 7200 crore and these bridges will go a long way in giving connectivity to north and south Bihar.The Patna Ganga bridge (4.56 km) to the nation and inaugurated the freight operation through Munger rail-cum-road bridge.There are three bridges over the entire 460 km length of the river Ganga in Bihar - one road bridge at Naugachia, a rail-cum-road bridge at Mokama and the third road bridge Mahatma Gandhi Setu at Patna.The inadequate number of bridges had become one of the reasons hindering the development of one of the most populous state in the country.

The Allahabad High Court is celebrating its 150th foundation day today. President Pranab Mukherjee will be the Chief Guest at today’s celebrations. Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur and Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda are also among the dignitaries who will attend the function. Justice Thakur last evening inaugurated the dedicated the Digitization Centre of the High Court.On this occasion, CJI Justice Thakur dedicated digitization centre of Allahabad High court. Reserve bank of India (RBI) also released a 10 rupees coin. Postal department released a postage stamp and a Souvenir of the High court.Allahabad High Court was established in 1866 after seat was shifted from Agra to Allahabad in 1869. It had replaced the old Sadr Diwani Adalat. At that time, it was known as the High Court of Judicature for the North-Western Provinces and was renamed as Allahabad High Court in 1919. It is one of the first high courts to be established in India. It is fourth-oldest High Court in India after Calcutta, Madras and Bombay established under Indian High Courts Act 1861. Currently it is the highest judicial body of Uttar Pradesh and it has also a bench in Lucknow. Several political and legal luminaries were part of this historic court.

Kerala Tourism’s campaign titled ‘New Worlds’ has won the prestigious ‘Golden City Gate Award’ at the at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB-Berlin) 2016. The multimedia campaign contains three short films directed by reputed Malayalam filmmaker Anwar Rasheed. It has won the silver prize in 2016 Das Golden Stadttor or Golden City Gate, which is dubbed as the Oscar of tourism communication.The New Worlds campaign was launched internationally by UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai at the World Travel Mart in London. It portrays the importance of responsible tourism initiatives under taken in Kerala which have led to several life-changing stories and have become the heart of it.The film showcases tourists visiting local communities, sharing home-made cuisine and watching and engaging in cultural performances, demonstrates.It also attempts to present a real and authentic environment and a set of true stories of transformation and preservation involving tourism and the local communities in Kerala. Earlier, the Kerala Tourism had won the ‘Ulysses’ Prize of the UNWTO for its contribution as a global leader to sustainable tourism.Golden Gate Award is entitled as Oscar in tourism communication. It is awarded every year for the ultimate recognition in global tourism communication at the ITB-Berlin which is the world’s leading travel trade show.

A unit of the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat had to be shut down after a leakage was reported today morning. The leakage was reported in the primary heat transport system. No nuclear radiation has been reported.A "Consequent to a small leak in Primary Heat Transport (PHT) System, the reactor was shut down as intended as per design provisions. All safety systems are working as intended. The radioactivity/radiation levels in the plant premises and outside are normal," .Emergency services of the nuclear plant and Vyara district administration have been alerted.The power plant consists of two 220 MW reactors. The first reactor was commissioned in September 1992 and it started commercial production of electricity in May 1993.The second unit was commissioned in January 1995 and it began producing electricity commercially in September 1995.

China’s Lin Dan on 13 March 2016 earned his sixth All England badminton title. In the summit clash in Birmingham, Dan defeated compatriot Tian Houwei 21-9, 21-10.Dan, also a five times world champion and double Olympic champion, secured his sixth championship 12 years after his first and four years after his last.Lin, nicknamed Super Dan by his fans, added the title to his collection of wins in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012.In the women's final later, Nozomi Okuhara of Japan defeated two-time champion Wang Shixian of China 21-11, 16-21, 21-19.

India has banned the manufacture and sale of more than 300 combination medicines, including two widely used cough syrups, being sold without government approval, a senior health ministry official.The move is aimed at curbing the misuse of such medicines in India, where nearly half the drugs sold in 2014 were so called "fixed dose combinations." Combination drugs are used worldwide to improve patients' compliance, as it is easier to get patients to take one drug rather than several. But inconsistent enforcement of drug laws has led to the proliferation of hundreds of such medicines entering the market based on approval from regulators of individual states, rather than the central government. In 2014, India set up a committee to review more than 6,000 combinations that had entered the market based only on state regulators' approval. Policymakers gave pharmaceutical companies a chance to retroactively prove the safety and efficacy of these drugs by submitting data on their drugs. The committee was tasked with classifying the drugs into rational, irrational, and those that need further studies The banned medicines include the codeine-based cough syrups Phensedyl and Corex, the Times of India said in a report earlier on Saturday, citing unnamed sources. Phensedyl, made by US drugmaker Abbott Laboratories , accounts for about a third of the Indian cough syrup market, and its sales are estimated to make up more than 3 percent of Abbott's $1 billion India revenue. Corex is sold by Pfizer Inc. Reuters reported in December how a powerful antibiotic cocktail being marketed in India by a unit of Abbott and many other local companies did not carry approval from the central government. The combination was not approved for sale in major markets such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan and Australia. Several medical experts said it did not make sense to prescribe the cocktail for cold symptoms. However, Abbott's former and current medical representatives said the combination was being promoted and administered as a treatment for a wide variety of illnesses, including colds and fevers. 

Services on 13 March 2016 won the Santosh Trophy National Football Championships title. In the summit clash at SEC Railway Stadium in Nagpur, Services defeated host Maharashtra 2-1.Arjun Tudu, a national camper for the SAFF Cup in 2015, scored twice in the space of 11 minutes (26th and 37th) to help Services clinch their fifth title overall.Services took away 5 lakh rupees for winning the tournament while Maharashtra got 3 lakh rupees for finishing runners-up.Santosh Trophy, started in 1941, is an annual Indian football tournament. It is contested by states and government institutions. It was the premier football competition in the country before the National Football League started in the year 1996. The first winners were Bengal, who also leads the all-time winners list with 31 titles to date.The trophy is named after the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh (now in Bangladesh) who had been the President of the Indian Football Association, the football organisation of Bengal and the donators of the trophy.The runners-up trophy, Kamla Gupta Trophy, was also donated by late Dr. SK Gupta, ex-president, IFA in the memory of his wife. Third place teams receive the Sampangi Cup which was presented by the Mysore Football Association (now KSFA) in 1952, in the memory of Sampangi, a renowned footballer from Mysore.

The fourth edition of the joint exercise Garuda Shakti between India and Indonesia commenced on 10 March 2016 at Magelang, Indonesia.The joint training exercise will see an Indian Army platoon strength contingent carrying out cross training with a platoon from the Airborne battalion of the Indonesian Army. The selected Indian unit has had varied operational experience in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist operations in the Northern, Western and Eastern theatres.The Garuda Shakti IV will be a 13 days long exercise, which will conclude on 23 March 2016 at Magelang.The exercise is being conducted as joint Counter Insurgency operations exercise in urban and rural scenario and encompass various facets of tactical Counter Insurgency operations.The aim of the exercise is to build and promote positive relations between the armies of India and Indonesia and to enhance the ability of Indian and Indonesian Army to undertake joint tactical level operations in a Counter Insurgency environment under United Nations Charter.The scope encompasses visualization of insurgency related crisis situation in rural/urban setting in Counter Insurgency environment, learn each other's Counter Insurgency doctrines, tactics and share experience of Counter Insurgency operations.It also includes the ambit of identifying areas of expertise/specialization of each other, evolution of combat tactical drills for conduct of tactical Counter Insurgency operations and to undertake combined training for neutralization of insurgency threat. Indo-Indonesia Joint Training Exercise Garuda Shakti is conducted as part of military diplomacy between Indian and Indonesian Army alternatively in India and Indonesia respectively. The exercise is conducted on a reciprocal basis and its first edition was conducted in the year 2012 in India.The second edition was conducted in Indonesia in 2013 and third in India in 2014.The exercise is aimed at building and promoting positive relations between the two Armies of India and Indonesia.The opening ceremony for the exercise was conducted on 11 March 2016 at Magelang, Indonesia.

British Keyboardist and progressive rock legend Keith Emerson died on 10 March 2016. He was 71.Emerson, the co-founder of British prog-rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, was widely considered one of the top keyboard players of the progressive rock era.Apart from ELP, founded in 1970, Keith Emerson is best remembered for his role in The Nice, formed in 1967. The British musician and composer was born in Yorkshire in 1944.ELP rose to become one of the most popular bands of the 1970s, and were voted in at number seven on Rolling Stone’s 2011 Reader Poll of the best prog-rock acts of all time.