 The recommendation by the Parliamentary
Panel to grant minority status to migrant
Kashmir Pandits in J & K has led to strong
protest from the Sikhs and pok refugees.
 Andhra Pradesh govt. has made up its mind to
name the new capital city proposed to be built
near Tullur in between Vijayawada and Guntur
as Amavarathi.
 Supreme Court of India struck down the
controversial provision section 66 A and
section-79 of Information Technology Act
which has been used by police to arrest for
posting allegedly offensive content on
 The proposal of Similipal Tiger Reserve to
launch a state of the art e-patrolling system
will be extended to all tiger reserves in the
country manned by the National Tiger
Conservation Authority.
 Chief Election Commissioner of India H.S.
Brahma said the EC will complete the linking
of Aadhar with Electoral Photo Identity Card
by August 2015.
 Union
Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal announced
that Union Government has approved 17 mega
food parks for food processing across the
country out of these 17 food parks, 7 parks
have been allotted to state agencies whereas 10
to private players in 11 states. These food
parks will attract more investment in the
concerned states and generate employment
opportunities. It will also benefit five lakh
farmers who are suffering due to lack of
storage and proper transport system.
 Indian Railway Catering and Tourism
Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the
Union Bank of India (UBI) and the National
Payment Corporation of India (NPCI)
launched RuPay pre-paid debit card service for
the railway passengers. By using RuPay prepaid cards, passengers now can book their
tickets, do shopping and pay service bills.
These cards will be made available from UBI
offices or through IRCTC online. RuPay is
India’s own card payment gateway network
like Master Card and Visa. It provides an
alternative system for banks to provide debit
card service.
 Union Government sanctioned 2,000 crore
rupees as a relief package for the areas affected
by drought in Maharashtra in the year 2014.
Apart from this decision, Union goverment
also decided to sanction the required assistance
from NDRF to the flood hit Himachal Pradesh
and Uttar Pradesh.
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Maharashtra Government has made the sale of
Gutka in the state a non-bailable offence
under Section 328 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
It should be noted that Maharashtra was fifth
state to ban gukta after Kerala, Madhya
Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and first state
to ban Pan Masala.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced for
the setting up of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh PG
Institute for Horticulture Research and
announcement was made after he paid homage
to martyrs on the occasion of 84th Martyrdom
Day at the National Martyrs Memorial in
Hussainiwala, near Firozpur in Punjab
Union Ministry of Health and Welfare
launched Media Campaign for Mission
Indradhanush. The media campaign includes a
song composed by Bollywood lyricist and
scriptwriter Javed Akhtar. The campaign was
launched for creating awareness regarding the
importance to fully immunize every child
against all vaccine preventable diseases in the
country. The week-long drive will start on
World Health Day on 7 April 2015 and will be
repeated on the 7th day of each of the
following four months. It will cover all
children less than two years of age and
pregnant women.
 A plane of Lufthansa Airline of Germany
crashed in a remote area of French ALPS
killing 150 persons.
 As the 18th round of Joint Border talk India &
China agreed on steps for border peace. India
is considering granting tourist visa on Arrival
Facility to Chinese nations.
 USA lawmakers urged Obama to send lethal
arms to Ukraine.
 USA vowed to fund Afghan forces through
2017 to help shore up stability.
 Indian-American writer Akhil Sharma beat
authors from around the world to win the
prestigious British Literary prize for “Family
 US agreed to keep 9800 troops in Afghanistan
through the end of 2015 . The decision on the
change of plan was announced at a press
conference in Washington between President
Barack Obama and President Ashraf Ghani.
Economy & Banking
 ADB said economic growth in Asia will be led
by India for the next couple of years.
 Central sector PSU were allocated 38 coal
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Indian tech companies will get benefit due to
USA relaxing L-1-B visa for corporate
NNDC received the Most Efficient Navaratna
of the year award.
PNB to raise Rs. 1800 cr. through long-term
bond for funding infrastructure projects.
 The 62nd National Film Awards for year 2014
was announced on 24 March 2015.
Court directed by Chaitanya Tamhane was
selected as the Best feature film. Mary Kom
(Hindi) directed by Omung Kumar was
selected as the Best Popular film providing
wholesome entertainment.
The 62nd National Film Awards in the various
categories are as follows
 Best Actor- Vijay for Nanu Avanalla
Avalu (Kannada).
 Best Actress- Kangana Ranaut for Queen
 Best Direction-Srijit Mukherji, Director
of Chotushkone (Bengali).
 Best Film on Social Issues- Chotoder
Chobi (Bengali) directed by Kaushik
 Best Supporting Actor- Bobby Simhaa
for film Jigarthanda (Tamil).
 Best Supporting Actress- Baljinder Kaur
for film Pagdi The Honour (Haryanavi).
 Best Children’s Film- Kaakkaa Muttai
(Tamil) and Elizabeth Ekadashi (Marathi).
 Best Child Artist- Vignesh & Ramesh for
Kaakkaa Muttai (Tamil).
 Special Jury Award- Bhaurao Karhade,
Director of Khwada (Marathi).
 Best Cinematography- Sudeep Chatterjee
for film Chotushkone (Bengali).
 Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut
Film of a Director- Aditya Vikram
Sengupta for Asha Jaoar Majhe (Bengali).
 Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature
Film on National Integration – Chotoder
Chobi (Bengali) directed by Kaushik
 Best Writing on Cinema- Silent Cinema:
(1895-1930) authored by Pasupuleti
Purnachandra Rao.
 Veteran actor and film producer Shashi Kapoor
has been named for the prestigious Dada Saheb
Phalke Award 2014. He is the 46th film
personality to receive this honour. India’s
highest award in cinema. Established in 1969
to commemorate the birth centenary year of
father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke.
 Renowned Indian Ecologist Madhav Gadgil
has won the prestigious Tyler Prize 2015 for
Environmental Achievement. He will share
this prize with noted American marine
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ecologist and environmental scientist Jane
Lubchenco. Madhav Gadgil is second Indian
to receive this prize. First was Father of Indian
Green Revolution MS Swaminathan in 1991.
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 Indian-American Renu Khator on 18 March
2015 was elected as the Chairperson of the
Board of Directors of the American Council on
Education (ACE). ACE is the major
coordinating body for US colleges and
universities. She succeeded James H. Mullen Jr
and she will serve for a period of one year.
 New Zealand scripted history by making their
maiden cricket World Cup final appearance
with a stunning four-wicket win in a nervewrecking clash against the South Africa at
Auckland,New Zeland.
 Scientists at Australian National University
(ANU) found the world’s largest asteroid
impact zone in the Warburton Basin of central
Australia. The findings were published in the
March 2015 issue of Journal Tectonophysics.
The impact zone is 400-kilometer (250-mile)
wide area. The previous largest asteroid impact
zone was found in the Vredefort crater in
South Africa.
 World Tuberculosis Day (WTD) 2015 was
globally observed on 24 March 2015. The
theme for the year 2015 is continuation of the
2014 theme Reach the 3 Million. The main
sub-theme and message for the year 2015 is
Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone.
Today’s Banking Term
Negotiable Order of Withdrawal Account (NOW):
 A savings account from which withdrawals can
be made by negotiable orders of withdrawal
(functional equivalent of checks). This is an
interest-bearing account for which the bank
must reserve the right to require the depositor
to provide at least seven days notice of his/her
intent to withdraw funds.
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