04 March 2016 Current Affairs

Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma died

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma died in New Delhi on 4 March 2016. He was 68. Sangma was a nine-time member of the Lok Sabha and the Speaker in the 11th Lok Sabha. He was also the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990 and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly from 1990 to 1991. Born on September 1, 1947 in village Chapahati in the picturesque West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. A Congressman, who was one of the founding members of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), was expelled from it in July 2012 when he refused to accept his party’s decision to quit the race for India’s President. In January 2013, he formed the National People’s Party.

Manoj Kumar honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke award

Veteran Bollywood Actor and Director Manoj Kumar is to be conferred the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015 on 4 March 2016. Award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. Manoj Kumar is a recipient of National Film Award for the film “Upkar”. In the year 1992, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Manoj Kumar was born in July 1937, in Abbottabad, then part of Pre-Independent India.

Sunil Sabharwal took charge as Alternate Executive Director at IMF

Sunil Sabharwal, an independent Indian-American investor took charge as Alternate Executive Director at International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 4 March 2016. He took the charge after his appointed was confirmed by the US Senate. He becomes first Indian-American to occupy a key administration post at the IMF. Sabharwal had worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as Principal Banker from 1992 to 1996. Since 2006, he has been an independent investor in the payments sector. He had served as Chairman of the Board of Ogone, a European e-commerce payment services company.

Prime Minister Launches Setu Bharatam Programme

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Rs 50,000 crore Setu Bharatam programme for building bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways, in New Delhi on 4 March 2016. The Setu Bharatam programme aims to make all National Highways free of railway level crossings by 2019. The Minister informed that 208 Railway Over Bridges (ROB)/Railway Under Bridges (RUB) will be built at the level crossings at a cost of Rs. 20,800 crore as part of the programme.

Mumbai U-23 team clinched CK Nayudu Trophy 2015-16

Mumbai U 23 team won CK Nayudu Trophy 2015-16 title, by beating Madhya Pradesh at the MPCA Stadium in Indore on 4 March 2016. IDBI Federal Life Insurance awards the Mumbai Team with a cash prize of Rs. 20 Lakh.

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