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May 2016

  • International Labor Day was celebrated on 1 May 2016. The theme of the Day of 2016 was-“ Celebrating the international labor movement.”

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Ballia (U.P.)

  • India’s renewable energy sector has been ranked third in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) with China at second and the US on top.

  • Rodrigo Duterte, claimed victory in the Presidential Elections of the Philippines

  • The World Press Freedom Day was observed on 3 May 2016 across the world with the theme –“Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - This Is Your Right!”

  • Offshore patrol vessel ICGS Shaurya launched.

  • Kumar Rajesh Chandra appointed Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security

  • World leaders from 175 countries signed the historic Paris climate Agreement at United Nations Headquarters in New York 

  • Gujarat Government accorded minority status to the Jain community.

  • Asia's first Rice Technology Park to be

established in Gangavati, Karnataka

  • National Technology Day observed on May 11 across the country.

  • 10 May - World Migratory Bird Day observed with theme-“Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds.”

  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) conducted the trial run of the country’s first ever Metro train equipped to run in the driverless mode.

  • India and Mauritius signed a protocol on taxation 

  • Former India captain Anil Kumble was re-appointed ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket Committee

chairman for a second term of three years. 

  • The Union Ministry of AYUSH and the World Health Organization (WHO) on signed the Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) for cooperation on Global promotion of Traditional Systems of Medicine.

  • 15 May 2016 International Day of Families observed with theme Families, healthy lives and sustainable future.

  • India successfully test fired an indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile, Ashwin. It was launched from the complex of Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as Wheeler Island) off Odisha coast. 

  • Supreme Court appointed RM Lodha-panel to reform Medical Council of India

  • Indian Space agency ISRO's 6th navigation satellite IRNSS-1F was launched through PSLV C32 .

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) announced the commissioning of a 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh. The unit has been commissioned at the 1×600 MW Jhabua Thermal Power Project (TPP) located in Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh. 

  • Dutch teenager,Red Bull’s  driver Max Verstappen, became Formula One’s youngest race winner after winning the Spanish Grand Prix.

  • Fatma Samoura named first female secretary general of FIFA (International Federation of Association Football).

  • India ranked at ninth position in crony-capitalism index

  • 17 May 2016 :World Telecommunication and Information Society Day observed with theme ICT entrepreneurship for social impact.

  • 17 May: World Hypertension Day.

  • Switzerland Government has honoured late veteran filmmaker

Yash Chopra by unveiling his bronze statue at Interlaken. 

  • Sadiq Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London.

  • Vice Admiral Sunil Lamba appointed as Chief of the Naval Staff.

  • IIT student Nandini Bhandaru wins Young Scientist Award of European Material Science Research Society.

  • Kishore Biyani appointed as Managing

Director of Bharti Retail.

  • IISc professor Sriram Ramaswamy became Royal Society Fellow.

  • South Korean author Han Kang wins Man Booker International Prize 2016 for 'The Vegetarian'.

  • Parashar Kulkarni wins 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia Region.

  • Deepak Shodhan, India’s oldest living Test cricketer died.

  • ‘Dial '112' for emergency; single number from Jan 1,2017.

  • Rahul Dravid and Mahela Jayawardena appointed to ICC Cricket Committee.

  • Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won 2016 Italian Open title.

  • World’s largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Plant inaugurated in Amritsar.

  • FC Barcelona wins La Liga Champions Parade 2016.

  • HDFC Bank launches SmartUp for start-ups.

  • Shashank Manohar unanimously elected as Independent ICC Chairman.

  • SBI to merge 5 subsidiaries and Bharatiya Mahila Bank with itself.

  • Tsai Ing-wen sworn-in as 1st women President of Taiwan.

  • Indian-American Rakesh K Jain received US National Medal of Science 2015 from Barack Obama.

  • S K Sharma appointed CMD of Nuclear Power Corporation of India.

  • 22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity observed across the world.

  • Mukesh Ambani awarded with Othmer Gold Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

  • Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for sixth term.

  • ‘My Favourite Nature Stories’ authored by Ruskin Bond released.

  • 23 May: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.

  • Kiran Bedi appointed Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry.

  • Anurag Thakur unanimously elected BCCI president.

  • Ratan P Watal appointed as Principal Adviser for Social Sector in NITI Aayog.

  • Islamic Development Bank announced to open its first branch in India at Ahmedabad.

  • India's 1st reusable space shuttle, RLV-TD launched from Sriharikota.

  • Pankaj Advani wins Asian 6-Red snooker title 2016.

  • Mamata Banerjee sworn-in as West Bengal Chief Minister for a second term.

  • Book Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up authored by Rana Ayyub released.

  • US engineer Frances Arnold becomes first woman to win Millennium TechnologyPrize.

  • India and Iran sign 12 Bilateral Agreements in various areas including Chabahar Port Development.

  • Pinarayi Vijayan sworn-in as Chief Minister of Kerala.

  • Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar wins 2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award.

  • Sonia Lather won silver in Women’s World Boxing Championships in 57kg category.

  • Admiral Sunil Lanba takes charge as 21st Navy Chief.

  • Norway has become the first country in the world to prohibit deforestation.

  • Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh bagged India Biodiversity Award 2016

  • The Committee for the evolution of a National Education Policy submitted the report containing its recommendations to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).

  • AR Rahman conferred with Japan's Fukuoka prize 2016 for his contribution in asian culture.

  • Alastair Cook becomes youngest cricketer to score 10000 Test runs.

  • The First World Conference on Tourism for Development (WCTD) was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China from 18-21 May 2016.

  • The United Nations World Humanitarian Summit was held from 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul.

  • The 42nd G7 Summit was held at Ise-Shima in Japan for 2-days from 26 May to 27 May 2016. .During the summit, global economy and trade, climate change and energy, development, health and quality infrastructure investment were discussed by the leaders.

June 2016

  • World Milk Day observed globally on 01 June.

  • The world’s first 3D-printed aircraft THOR was unveiled by European aerospace company.

  • Sarbananda Sonowal (BJP) sworn-in as Chief Minister of Assam.

  • Switzerland on 1 June inaugu-rated Gotthard Base Tunnel, world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel. 

  • The United Nations General Assembly elected Israel to chair its Legal Committee, which is also known as the Sixth Committee. It is for the first time ever that Israel has been chosen to head one of its six permanent committees.

  • Nita Ambani becomes 1st Indian women to be nominated for International Olympic Committee.

  • The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) formed a committee of seven members, chaired by a ministry official, Neeraj Kumar Gupta on how to reduce cash transactions in the economy.

  • International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2016 observed on 04 June.

  • Indian Reserve Battalion to be named after Maharana Pratap.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with Amir Amanullah Khan Award, the highest civilian honour of Afghanistan.

  • Prime Minster Narendra Modi visited United States (US) on 6-8 June 2016. During the visit, India and the United States (US) have signed six agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields

  • India, Tunisia sign MoUs for co-operation in IT, handicrafts sector.

  • India’s first Mr Universe and body-builder Manohar Aich passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal at the age of 104.

  • V Narayanasamy sworn-in as Chief Minister of Pondicherry.

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia has won the 2016 French Open title in the men’s singles category, Djokovic defeated Britain’s Andy Murray

  • Odisha Becomes First Indian State To Give Pension And Food Benefits To Transgenders.

  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 will be played in the Indian city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. 

  • Lhakpa Sherpa, US-based Nepali climbed Mount Everest for the seventh time, breaking her own record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain by any woman

  • Himachal Pradesh became the first Indian state to have a State Data Centre (SDC). The centre was launched by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla.

  • Asian Development Bank and Union

Government signed Loan Agreement to upgrade 176 Km of roads in Jharkhand.

  • Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited India. During the visit, Thailand and India signed two agreements on cultural exchange and academic cooperation

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises, has been elected as the head of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), based in Paris,

  • Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74. he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.

  • India was ranked 141 on a Global Peace Index (GPI) for year 2016 out of 163 countries In a ranking of 163 countries, compiled by global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Syria has been named the least peaceful.On the other hand, Iceland was ranked as the world’s most peaceful Country.

  • S K Sharma was appointed the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).

  • Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wins Peru's Presidential Election.

  • World Oceans Day observed across the world on 8 June.

  • Indian Express columnist Inder Malhotra passed away in Delhi

  • The Loan and Project Agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of US$ 100 million for the Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project were signed between Government of India/Government of Karnataka and the World Bank

  • Anne Hathaway appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

  • Garbine Muguruza of Spain won the French Open Women’s Singles tennis title. In the final she defeated Serena Williams (United States). This was her first Grand Slam title.

  • Mercedes racing driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain won the Formula 1 Canada Grand Prix.

  • United Nations Chief Ban Ki-Moon honoured with Russia’s Order of Friendship.

  • Spanish pair of Feliciano López and Marc Lopez won the Men’s doubles title of 2016 French Open. In the final, they defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan pair from US.

  • Qatar-based Indian banker,Raghavan

Seetharaman awarded Green Economy Visionary Award..

  • Dia Mirza named ambassador for ‘Swachh sathi abhiyan’ under Swachh Bharat Mission.

  • World Day Against Child Labor observed on -12 June.

  • The official website of Prime Minister’s Office is now available in six major regional languages — including Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali 

  • India and World Bank sign agreement to improve efficiency and attractiveness of City Bus Services.

  • International Albinism Awareness Day observed worldwide on 13 June.

  • French pair of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won the Women’s doubles title of 2016 French Open. In the final, they defeated Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

  • World Blood Donors Day 2016 observed with theme-"Blood connects us all" on June 14.

  • Haryana to have the country’s first-of-its-kind AYUSH University as the State cabinet has approved a proposal to upgrade Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College, Kurukshetra, as a university

  • India-US inked 8 MoUs to bolster economic growth & sustainable development.

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed on 15 June.

  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the MoU for the cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sector with Taiwan.

  • India signs Europe-led clampdown on tax evasion and corruption.

  • Saina Nehwal wins Australian Open Super Series Badminton trophy 2016.

  • Leander Paes (India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) pair won the Mixed doubles title of 2016 French Open. In the final, they defeated Sania Mirza (India) and Ivan Dodig (Croatia) pair.

  • Priyanka Chopra nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star in Teen Choice Awards 2016.

  • Ivory Coast honours President Pranab

Mukherjee with its highest civilian Award.

  • India, Ghana sign three agreements to

strengthen co-operation in varied fields..

  • Forbes released the list of 2016 World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes. The list has been topped by soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo with earnings of 88 million US dollars.

  • World Day to Combat Desertification 2016 observed on 17 June.

  • Avani Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh,

Mohana Singh of Rajasthan and Bhawana Kanth of Bihar become Indian Air Force's first women fighter pilots.

  • Australia won Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 beats india in finals.

  • World Refugee Day observed on 20 June.

  • Anil Kumble appointed head coach of Indian cricket team.

  • Lakshadweep became first Union Territory (UT) in the counry to sign 24×7 Power for All document.

  • India, South Korea launches Korea Plus, an initiative to strengthen relations.

  • State Bank of India (SBI) named in Hall of Shame list of Banks funding Cluster Bomb Makers.

  • Guwahati, the Assam state capital became first city in the country to have its own ‘city animal’ with Kamrup metropolitan district administration declaring Gangetic River Dolphin as its mascot.

  • Kannada movie Thithi won Best Film Award at 19th Shanghai International Film Festival.

  • India on 27 June became the 35th full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

  • International Day of Yoga 2016 observed across the world on 21 June.

  • International Olympic Day celebrated on 23 June.

  • People of United Kingdom (UK) in a historic Brexit referendum have voted in favour of leaving European Union (EU). In the Brexit referendum,

  • PM Modi launches Projects for 20 Smart Cities in Pune.

  • Sweden inaugurates world's first electric road.

  • The Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron on 24 June announced his resignation hours after the Brexit vote that favoured leaving the European Union (EU).

  • Shooter Jitu Rai wins silver in ISSF World Cup.

  • Sweden on 22 June inaugurated a test stretch of an electric road With this, the country has become one of the first countries in the world to conduct tests with electric power on public roads.

  • International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed on 26 June.

  • 29 June National Statistics Day celebrated with theme Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.

  • NS Vishwanathan appointed Deputy

Governor of Reserve Bank of India.

July 2016

  • National Doctors’ Day 2016 observed across India on 1 July.

  • State Bank of India launches social media banking platform SBI Mingle.

  • The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Hague, the Netherlands has rejected China’s claims to economic rights across large swathes of South China Sea.

  • Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi dies aged 88.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned from his Rajya Sabha seat 

  • Portugal won Euro football championship 2016 ,beating France in the finals

  • India and Tanzania signed five agreements including water resources management and establishment of vo-cational training centre at Zanzibar.

  • The eleventh edition of Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) or ASEM2016 began in Ulaanbaatar,Mangoliya

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified India as Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free country. 

  • Andy Murray won 2016 Wimbledon men’s singles title. In final match he defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic

  • Theresa May appointed Prime Minister of United Kingdom.

  • PM Narendra Modi’s four nation tour to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique concluded.

  • The 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit concluded in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 

  • World Population Day 2016 observed with theme Investing in teenage girls on 11 July.

  • UNESCO, has added Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) and Chandigarh’ Capitol Complex in its list of World Heritage Sites

  • India has been ranked 105th position out of 130 countries globally on the 2016 Human Capital Index (HCI), which was recently released in the World Eco-nomic Forum (WEF) report.

  • Gurpreet Singh Sandhu becomes first Indian to play in Europa League.

  • Former Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid passed away 

  • Sushila Karki confirmed as Nepal's 1st woman Chief Justice.

  • Hockey player Joe Antic has passed away in Mumbai. He was 90 years old. 

  • NASA's Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter's orbit.

  • The Vice President of India Mohd Hamid Ansari has inaugurated a two day international conference titled “Yoga for body and beyond” in New Delhi.

  • World Youth Skills Day 2016 observed

globally on 15 July.

  • Misbah-ul-Haq becomes oldest captain to score Test hundred.

  • Serena Williams has won 2016 Wimbledon title in women’ singles category. she defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber In the final match.

  • Who Moved My Interest Rate? the book authored by Duvvuri Subbarao.

  • China has completed installation of the world’s largest telescope in Guizhou province.

  • Nelson Mandela International Day 2016 observed on 18 July.

  • Lewis Hamilton on 3 July won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

  • RBI sets up Sudarshan Sen-headed Interregulatory Working Group on Fin Tech and Digital Banking.

  • Dipika Pallikal Karthik in women's catrgory and Saurav Ghosal im men's category won73rd Senior National Squash Championship.

  • India’s Grand Master Harika Dronavalli has won the Fide Women’s Grand Prix trophy in Chendu in China.

  • India’s 1st Commercial Court & Disputes Resolution Centre inaugurated in Chattisgarh.

  • Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight with 93 petaflop/ second speed was declared as the world’s fastest supercomputer

  • SBI signs MoU with IIT Bombay to promote startups.

  • The Union Government constituted a high-level committee headed by Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian to tackle the shortage of pulses in India.

  • Serena Williams and Venus Williams won the 2016 Wimbledon title in the women’s doubles category by defeating Tímea Babos (Hungary) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) pair.

  • Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner named UNESCO Artist for Peace.

  • As per the recently released 2016 World Investment Report, India ranks 10th in FDI (Foreign Direct Invest-
    ment) inflows

  • Pema Khandu sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister.

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh by using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-34,

  • " The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable"authored by Amitav Ghosh released.

  • The Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) has become the first Indian company to issue rupee-denominated bonds “masala bonds” on London Stock Exchange (LSE). 

  • Radhika Menon becomes 1st woman to bag IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

  • World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has appointed Paul Romer as World Bank Chief Economist with effect from September 2016.

  • Rohit Khandelwal becomes 1st Indian to win Mister World title.

  • Gudni Johannesson has been elected president of Iceland.

  • book titled “Who Moved My Interest Rate” written by Duvvuri Subbarao, released in july.

August 2016

  • 1-7 August celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week.

  • Luke Aikins became 1st person to jump from 25000 feet without a parachute or wing suit.

  • India climbed 15 spots, from 81 last year, to 66 in the Global Innovation Index (GII), according to the rankings released by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

  • Anant Maheshwari named as President of Microsoft India.

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Brazil free of measles.

  • 31st olympic begins in Rio(Brazil) from august 6.

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launches Sachet portal to check illegal money collection.

  • first SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference (YPC) on `Peace and Harmony for Development’ held from 16 to 18 August in Islamabad.

  • Shubha Mudgal to be awarded Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award.

  • Vijay Rupani takes oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat.

  • Microsoft has announced the appointment of Sriram Rajamani as new managing director of its India lab, based in Bengaluru

  • The BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue was successfully concluded in Patna, Bihar.

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constitutes Tarun Ramadorai Committee on Household Finance.

  • Pramukh Swami, the 95-year-old founder of Akshardham temples, passed away 

  • Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' elected 39th PM of Nepal.

  • Air Marshal S Neelakantan has assumed charge as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command.

  • The 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget is set to come to an end from the next fiscal, with the Finance Ministry proposal to merge it with the General Budget. 

  • Nita Ambani becomes first Indian woman IOC member.

  • Anita Gopalan wins PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants 2016.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa jointly dedicated to the nation Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant through a video conference

  • Dinesh Kumar Khara appointed Managing Director of State Bank of India.

  • The European Union’s executive appointed Michel Barnier, former French Financial Services Commissioner, as its Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc

  • Former RBI Deputy Governor Anand Sinha appointed to the IDFC Bank board.

  • India’s first BIO-CNG fuel plant was inaugurated by Union Minister of surface Transport Nitin Gadkari and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, in Pune, Maharashtra.

  • Australia wins gold in first-ever Olympic Women's Rugby Sevens Championship.

  • Gymnast Dipa Karmakar becomes 1st Indian to qualify for Vault Finals in olympics.

  • Noted Malayalam filmmaker-scriptwriter TA Razaq passed away in Kochi. He was 58 years old.

  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has inaugurated 114-km long Rameswaram-Mana Madurai route as the country’s first green rail corridor with zero toilet discharge section.

  • World Bio-Fuel Day observed on 10 August.

  • The meeting of BRICS women parliamentarian’s forum concluded in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

  • Assam becomes 1st state to ratify The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014.

  • Michael Phelps(USA) becomes first swimmer to win four consecutive golds in same event in olympics.

  • Govt to set up panel to review e-commerce rules into all issues including foreign direct investment norms pertaining to the fast growing e-commerce industry in the country. The committee will be headed by the NITI Aayog CEO.

  • India is going to host global summit in November to eliminate the illicit trade of tobacco products. 

  • "The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History" authored by Sanjeev Sanyal.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has won the 2016 German Grand Prix title of Formula One.

  • Gujarat to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.

  • Havildar Hangpan Dada, who died in Kupwara after killing three terrorists, has been awarded Ashok Chakra, while Lt. Col. Niranjan Ek of the National Security Guard, who died during Pathankot operations, was awarded Shaurya Chakra

  • Banwarilal Purohit sworn in as Governor of Assam.

  • V P Singh Badnore sworn in as Governor of Punjab.

  • social activist Bezwada Wilson and musician TM Krishna, have won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016. They are among the total six awardees selected for the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award,

  • Sunita Jain conferred with Vyas Samman award 2015.

  • Rajya Sabha has passed the amendment in Maternity Benefit Act, which aims to raise maternity leave for women from 12 to 26 weeks,

  • Kamal Haasan chosen for France’s Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres.

  • China has launched the world’s first quantum communications satellite 

  • Dr. Urjit Patel appointed as 24th Governor of Reserve Bank of India.

  • Woman wrestler Sakshi Malik clinched the bronze in the 58kg category medal at the Rio Olympic Games

  • P V Sindhu wins silver in women's singles badminton event at Rio Olympics.

  • Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma to be conferred with Sangeet Martand Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • The Patna Pirates have won the fourth edition of STAR Sports-ProKabaddi League by defeating Jaipur Pink Panthers.

  • South India's 1st Children's Court inaugurated in Hyderabad.

  • World’s first self-driving taxis launched in Singapore.

  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for raising foreign shareholding limit from current 5% to 15% in Indian Stock Exchanges.

  • Abhinav Bindra to Head NRAI Review Committee on Rio Debacle.

  • US Postal Service honors Diwali Festival with a Forever Stamp.

  • Sakshi Malik named brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign in Haryana.

  • Gujarat becomes first state to distribute 2 crore LED Bulbs under UJALA.

  • CRPF decides to appoint P V Sindhu as Commandant and brand ambassador.

  • West Bengal to be renamed as Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English.

  • Man Kaur, 100-year-old athlete from India, wins Gold Medal at Masters Games.

  • National Sports Day celebrated on 29 August.

  • ISRO successfully test-fires Scramjet Rocket Engine.

  • Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan announced retirement from International Cricket

  • PM Modi announces Task Force to prepare action Plan for next three Olympics Games

  • Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket), Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S. Pradeep Kumar (Swimming) and Mahabir Singh (Wrestling) honoured with Dronacharya award .

    sep 2016

  • International Day of Charity observed

globally on 5 September.

  • 1st BRICS Film Festival begins in New Delhi.

  • Assam’s Majuli becomes 1st island district of India.

  • International Literacy Day 2016 celebrated across the world on 8 September.

  • West Indies opener Chris Gayle has launched his autobiography ‘Six Machine

  • joint military training exercise, ‘Yudh Abhyas 2016’ is set to be conducted in Uttarakhand during september.

  • The world’s largest indoor theme park is set to open in Dubai 

  • Mazumdar Shaw appointed Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour.

  • paralympics begins in Rio(Brazil) on september 7.

  • World's oldest surviving cricketer Lindsay Tuckett dies aged 97.

  • The Guinness World Records has declared Majuli in Assam as the largest river island in the world. 

  • India and Nepal have signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for post-earthquake reconstruction, Road infrastructure in Tarai and Line of Credit during the four days (from 15 to 18 September 2016) official state visit of Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda to India.

  • WHO declares Sri Lanka malaria-free.

  • Jan Shikshan Sansthan conferred with 2016 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy.

  • G20 summit concludes in China's Hangzhou.

  • India’s top women bankers, SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, ICICI head Chanda Kochhar and Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma, are among the 50 most powerful women based out-side the US, according to a list by Fortune which is topped by Banco Santander’s boss Ana Patricia 

  • The third edition of BRICS Urbanisation Forum Meet has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. 

  • Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar.

  • Mother Teresa canonised as Saint by Pope Francis at Vatican.

  • India, Kazakhstan joint bilateral military exercise PRABAL DOSTYK-16 began in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan.

  • Anjum Chopra becomes 1st Indian woman to be honoured with MCC life membership.

  • The first BRICS Wellness Workshop has concluded in Bengaluru, Karnataka in september.

  • The UN Charter has now been translated into Sanskrit.

  • Haryana bagged Best Horticulture State award.

  • Mariyappan Thangavelu has won India’s first gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He won the gold medal in the Men’s High Jump T-42 event with jump of 1.89 metres.

  • Two-day G-20 Summit of the world’s major economies has started in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

  • National Hindi Divas observed across India on 14 September.

  • India and Vietnam have signed 12 agreements for coop-
    eration in areas, including defence and IT. India also offered a grant of $5 million to set up a software park in Vietnam. 

  • The two-day long BRICS Convention on Tourism was inaugurated inKhajuraho Madhya Pradesh.

  • Deepa Malik becomes 1st Indian woman to win medal at Paralympics.

  • Indian Railways has launched ‘Yatri Mitra Sewa’ in a move to make rail travel comfortable for elderly, differently-abled and ailing travellers.

  • International Day of Democracy observed on 15 September.

  • Stan Wawrinka wins 2016 US Open Men’s Singles title.He beats Novak djokovic.

  • 17th NAM summit held in Venezuela .Vice President Hamid Ansari participated in summit from indian side.

  • World's first driverless bus service launched in France.

  • Anil Ambani led Reliance Communications (RCom) has signed a deal with Maxis Communications Berhad (MCB) for merger businesses of Aircel Limited with itself.

  • An agriculture museum has been inaugurated at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV) in Chhattisgarh.

  • Canada’s British Columbia province has become the first foreign government to issue of masala bonds

  • Indian-American physician-author, Abraham Verghese (61) has been selected for the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal. 

  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer observed across the world on 16 September 2016.

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR. The satellite was launched on board of Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F05), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg from Germany has won the 2016 Belgium Grand Prix of Formula One.

  • BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has been honoured with ‘Tamil Ratna’ award

  • Alka Sirohi appointed as UPSC chairman.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA’s Best Player in Europe for the second time

  • Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan was sworn in as the governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • 105-year-old Kunwar Bai, who was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building toilet by selling off her goats, has been chosen as the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ mascot. 

  • Indian-origin Ravi Reddy appointed as Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion.

  • The Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), ‘Tihayu’ built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata was handed over to the Indian Navy. 

  • A beauty queen with an Indian father and a Japanese mother Priyanka Yoshikawa was crowned Miss Japan

  • Virat Kohli appointed as Brand Ambassador of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Africa for cooperation in the field of Tourism

  • India, France ink deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.

  • India’s Devendra Jhajharia (36) has won gold medal in the men’s javelin throw, F46 event held at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He won the gold medal with world-record throw of 63.97 metres.

  • Four athletes, including P.V. Sindhu, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, shooter Jitu Rai ,Sakshi Malik received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 

  • Junaid Ahmad appointed as World Bank Country Director for India.

  • The government on 12 September has launched toll free number 1924 to register postal complaints, 

  • Industrialist Adi Godrej conferred Clinton Global Citizen Award.

  • Sikkim has been adjudged the cleanest state while Jharkhand comes last in the list of 26 states.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni named captain of India's all time Test XI by Wisden.

  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned well-equipped offshore patrolling (OPV) vessel named ‘Sarathi’.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi honoured as 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard Foundation.

  • Assam, CM Sarbananda Sonowal has inaugurated Asia’s biggest digital library dedicated to the memory of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, in NIT Silchar. 

  • Monika Kapil Mohta appointed as India's Ambassador to Sweden.

  • Aishwaryaa Dhanush was appointed United Nations Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Em-powerment in India.

  • The Department of Telecom (DoT) has introduced a new helpline called ‘Urja Mitra’ for updates about electricity supply. Consumers in India can now dial 14401 and get an update from their respective power distribution companies about outages in their area through the ‘Urja Mitra Helpline’.

  • 27 September - World Tourism Day observed

  • famous painter, writer and art historian Dinanath Pathy passed away following a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Bhubaneshar. He was 74years old.

  • CRPF has decided to appoint Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador and bestow the honorary rank of Commandant 

  • Gujarat government is planning to set up India’s first textile university at Surat 

  • Tirupati Airport awarded 'Best Tourist Friendly Airport'.

  • Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, has officially announced his retirement from shooting.

  • Former Italian president, prime minister and central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has died at the age of 95.

  • The Postal Department has released a commemorative stamp to honour the Mother Teresa’s canonization in Mumbai.

  • R Subramania Kumar appointed as Executive Director of Indian Overseas Bank.

  • Maharashtra and Telangana have signed agreement for three irrigation projects to be constructed on Godavari, Pranahita and Painganga rivers.

  • Indian Army conducts surgical strikes on terror launch pads in POK.

  • Jagdish Mukhi assumed office as the 12th Lieutenant Governor of the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

  •  Bakytzhan Sagintaev appointed as Prime minister of Kazakhstan 

  • The ElectionCommission has granted Nationalparty status to All India Trinamool Congress(TMC).

  • Music Director Uttam Singh will be honoured with 'Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement'.

  • India’s largest digital payment company, MobiKwik has launched a one-step offline payments mode, called Bubble Pin.

  • Indian-origin former Singapore President S R Nathan died after suffering a stroke. He was 92. 

  • Dr. Najma Heptulla was sworn-in as the 18th Governor of Manipur.

  • Michel Temer has been sworn in as the Brazil’s new president. 

  • The Naropa festival, which is held every 12 years, began in Ladakh.

  • Jim Yong Kim re-appointed as President of World Bank for second term.

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the scheme for granting of Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to foreign investors. However, this status will be subject to the relevant conditions in the FDI Policy .

  • Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 78.

  • Indira Gandhi International Airport becomes 1st in Asia-Pacific region to achieve carbon neutral status.

  • Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N. Ramachandran was awarded the Olympic Order.

  • Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, was sworn in as the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu. 

  • The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) e-box, in New Delhi. POCSO e-box is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children 

  • 28 September - World Rabies Day observed with theme Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.with theme Tourism for All - promoting universal accessibility.

  • World's largest solar power plant opens in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu.

  • V P Singh Badnore took oath as the new Punjab Governor and also as Administrator of Chandigarh Administration. 

  • Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Myanmar.

  • 29 September - World Maritime Day

observed with theme Shipping: Indispensable to the World.

  • Sindhudurg(Maharashtra)was judged as the cleanest in the ‘Plains’ category and Mandi(Himachal) in the ‘Hills’ category according to Gramin Swachh Survekshan. 

  • R Ashwin becomes fastest Indian & second overall to take 200 Test wickets.

  • Nadia Murad has been named the UN’s new Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. 

  • Haryana Government has announced Charkhi Dadri as the 22nd district of the state

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully test-fired its Scramjet Rocket Engine. which will use oxygen from the atmosphere thereby reducing launch cost, from the spaceport of Sriharikota.

  • World's largest radio telescope in search of extra-terrestrial life unveiled in China.

  • World's first three-parent baby boy born in Mexico

  • V K Sharma, currently one of the two managing directors at LIC, has taken additional charge as Chairman of LIC India

  • Gautam Gambhir-led India Blue has won the inaugural day/night 2016-17 Duleep Trophy Cricket tournament .

  • Andhra Pradesh has become the 2nd state in the country after Gujarat to achieve 100% electrification of households. 

  • International Translation Day observed across the world - 30 September.

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