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Current Affairs For 4 March 2016
March 4, 2016

State bans use of non-essential plastics

  1. Thursday, the State Cabinet approved the final draft notification on banning utilisation of non-essential plastics. Officials of the Department of Forests, Environment and Ecology, who drafted the notification, believe that this will spur the use of eco-friendly materials, and reduce the amount of plastics in garbage dumps.
  2. With enforcement of the ban involving multiple departments, officials said a workshop will be conducted for all stakeholders to create awareness.


Veteran Left leader Ashok Ghosh dead

  1. Veteran All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) leader and senior-most leader of the Left Front in West Bengal, Ashok Ghosh, died here on Thursday. He was 94. He had been on ventilator support for over a month.
  2. “He indeed was one of the key leaders of the Front after Jyoti Basu,” said Shyamal Chakravarty, senior CPI(M) leader. Mr. Ghosh played a significant role in providing advice and support to his comrades in Bangladesh during the Liberation War of 1971.


ASEAN-Plus military drill begins in Pune

  1. Military personnel of adversarial world powers converged upon the Aundh Military Station in Pune to thrall spectators with the largest Multinational Field Training Exercise (FTX) ever conducted on Indian soil.
  2. The spectacle is an elaborate and ambitious military training exercise involving Army units from eighteen countries, often locked as adversaries in the arena of global realpolitik.
  3. The week-long exercise, being held from March 2 to 8, is christened ‘Force 18’ (initially labelled ‘FTX-2016’).


Four-nation counter-terror mechanism to guard Silk Road

  1. A top General of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has visited Afghanistan to work out a regional counter-terrorism mechanism with an eye on safeguarding the ‘One Belt One Road’ connectivity initiative in Eurasia.
  2. General Fang Fenghui, PLA’s Chief of General Staff and member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) — the apex body steering the armed forces — has proposed formation of a regional counter-terrorism mechanism that will also include Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan as members.


Central bank issues draft norms for NBFC-AA


  1. The Reserve Bank of India has issued draft norms for the creation of a new entity in the non-banking financial sector, namely NBFC – Account Aggregator (AA) and proposed that the minimum capital for start such an activity will be Rs. two crore.
  2. NBFC –AA will act as an account aggregator to enable the common man to see all his accounts across financial institutions in a common format. The idea of such an NBFC had emanated from the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC).


A stroll in the park for India

  1. India accomplished an all-win record, outshining United Arab Emirates by nine wickets  with 9.5 overs to spare in its concluding round-robin league outing of the Asia Cup T20 here at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
  2. India scored the required runs in just 10.1 overs after UAE, deciding to bat, capitulated, scoring 81 for nine in the allotted 20 overs.
  3. With its berth in the final already secured, India made the promised changes, bringing in left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for regulars R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Ashish Nehra.


BJP clinches poll tie-ups with BDJS in Kerala, AGP in Assam

  1. The BJP on Thursday formally announced two crucial tie-ups for the upcoming Assembly polls, with the Asom Gana Prishad (AGP) in Assam and the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) in Kerala joining the NDA fold. The two tie-ups are seen as important for the BJP as it wants to consolidate the anti-Congress votes in Assam, and make inroads in Kerala, a State where the party has only a marginal presence.


“Quantum jump in budget allocation for the Northeast”

  1. There has been a “quantum jump” in allocation for the Northeast in the Union budget 2016-17 and it will help all-round development of the region, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.
  2. Mr Singh said the announcement of Organic Value Chain Development Scheme, with an allocation of Rs 115 crore, will prove to be a “game-changer” for the entire region.


M.P. has 397 tigers, count up by 89

  1. Madhya Pradesh now has 397 tigers, as per the latest State government census, an increase of 89 big cats since the last counting done in 2014, a senior official has said.Notably, Madhya Pradesh had lost its ‘Tiger State’ tag to Karnataka a few years back.
  2. Madhya Pradesh is still trailing behind Karnataka by nine tigers, according to the national tiger survey of 2014.
  3. During the 2014 survey, 406 tigers were found in Karnataka, followed by 340 in Uttarakhand and 308 in Madhya Pradesh.


Martin Crowe: Ex-New Zealand captain dies of cancer at 53

  1. Tributes flowed on Thursday for former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe, who died after a long battle with cancer. He was 53.
  2. Widely considered New Zealand’s finest batsman, Crowe was initially diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in 2012 before the disease went into remission.