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HEAD TURNERS THIS WEEK


After the phenomenal response to the previous Weeks Digi Note,
Weve made some changes by highlighting the different sections and
focus on Oscar 2016 and Martin Crowe.
Digi Note shall only be successful if we understand the purpose of this
exercise, which is to keep you posted of the events in the week.
Best of Luck.

From The Newspapers

THE E

CONOMIC

IMES

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29-Feb-2016
Shri Vinod Rai, Former CAG of India, appointed as the Chairman
of Banks Board Bureau

With a view to improving the governance of Public Sector Banks (PSBs), the Government
had decided to set up an autonomous Banks Board Bureau.
The Bureau will recommend the selection of heads - Public Sector Banks and Financial
Institutions and help Banks in developing strategies and capital raising plans.
Now, the Government has announced the constitution of Banks Board Bureau which will
have three ex-officio members and three expert members in addition to the Chairman.
All the Members and Chairman will be part time.
The BBB, which will start functioning from 1st April, 2016 is constituted as follows:
Sl

Name/Designation

Designation

Shri Vinod Rai, Former CAG of India

Chairman

Secretary, Department Financial Services

Ex-officio

No.

member
3

Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises

Ex-officio
member

Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India

Ex-officio
member

Shri Anil K. Khandelwal, Former CMD of Bank of

Member

Baroda
6

Shri H.N. Sinor, Former Joint MD, ICICI Bank

Member

Ms. Rupa Kudwa, Former MD&CEO, CRISIL

Member

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Dinesh Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic


Affairs elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Council of
IFAD

Shri Dinesh Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of


Finance and Indias Governor to the International Fund for Agriculture Development
(IFAD), Rome was unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Council of
IFAD for a period of two years in its 39th Session held in Rome, Italy on 17th and 18th
February, 2016.
IFAD was set-up in 1977 as the 13th Specialised Agency of the United Nations and works
towards removing poverty and hunger in rural areas all over the world.
India is a founder member of IFAD and a key contributor among the member countries.
IFAD is managed by the two main governing bodies i.e. the Governing Council and the
Executive Board. The Governing Council is the highest decision making body and consists
of 176 member countries.

The 2016 Oscars winners list

Best picture - "Spotlight"


Best actor - Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
Best actress - Brie Larson, "Room"
Best supporting actor - Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"
Best supporting actress - Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"
Best director - "The Revenant," Alejandro G. Irritu
Best original screenplay - "Spotlight," by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Best adapted screenplay - "The Big Short," Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
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Best costume design - "Mad Max: Fury Road," Jenny Beavan


Best production design - "Mad Max: Fury Road," production design by Colin Gibson; set
decoration by Lisa Thompson
Best makeup and hairstyling - "Mad Max: Fury Road," Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega
and Damian Martin
Best cinematography - "The Revenant," Emmanuel Lubezki
Best film editing - "Mad Max: Fury Road," Margaret Sixel
Best sound editing - "Mad Max: Fury Road," Mark Mangini and David White
Best sound mixing - "Mad Max: Fury Road," Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Best visual effects - "Ex Machina," Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and
Sara Bennett
Best animated short film - "Bear Story," Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Best animated feature film - "Inside Out," Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
Best documentary, short subject -"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,"
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Best documentary feature - "Amy," Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Best live-action short film - "Stutterer," Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
Best foreign-language film - "Son of Saul," Hungary
Best original song - "Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre" Music and lyric by Jimmy
Napes and Sam Smith
Best original score - "The Hateful Eight," Ennio Morricone

Stan Wawrinka claims Dubai Tennis Championship crown

World number four Stan Wawrinka overcame the spirited challenge of Marcos Baghdatis
to win the Dubai Tennis Championship.
The Swiss triumphed 6-4 7-6 (15-13) for his ninth straight final win and his second title of
the season.
The French Open champion, 30, saved five set points in a tense tie-break and won when
a Baghdatis return went wide on a fourth match point.
It was Wawrinka's first time playing the tournament in eight years.
He had reached the final when Nick Kyrgios retired from their semi-final with a back
injury.
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Resul Pookutty becomes first Asian to win Golden Reel Award

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has made the country proud by becoming
the first Asian to win the award for best sound for documentary Indias Daughter at the
coveted Motion Picture Sound Editors 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards.
Pookutty, 44, who attended the awards ceremony here, took to Twitter to share his
excitement about winning the honour for British documentary maker Leslee Udwindirected Indias Daughter, made on the Delhi gangrape incident of December 2012,
which is banned in India.
The Oscar-winning sound engineer said that he was the first Asian to win the coveted
award at the 63rd Golden Reel Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) of
US for best sound.

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Rozle Prezelj elected Chairman of IAAF Athletes Commission

Slovenian high-jumper Rozle Prezelj was elected the Chairman of the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes' Commission in Monaco.
Prezelj took over as Chairman of the commission from Frank Fredericks with immediate
effect.
Born on 26 September 1979, Prezelj represented Slovenia at the 2004, 2008 and 2012
Summer Olympics.
His best result was at the 2008 Olympics where he finished 12th in high jump.

About International Association of Athletics Federations


The International Association of Athletics Federations is the international governing body
for the sport of 1912 as the International Amateur Athletics Federation by
representatives from 17 national athletics federations at the organization's first congress
in Stockholm, Sweden athletics.

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China Announces Plans To Launch Second Space Lab Tiangong2

China will send its second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 into space in the third quarter of
this year
As part of the country's space lab program, China also plans to launch the Shenzhou-11
spacecraft, which will carry two astronauts on board, in the fourth quarter of this year to
dock with Tiangong-2, according to the program's spokesperson.
China aims to have a permanent, manned and functional space station by 2022.

Hashim Thaci elected as President of Kosovo

Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci was elected as president of Kosovo by the Members of
Parliament amid the protests.
Hashim Thaci was a guerrilla leader during a conflict that led to Kosovo, a mainly ethnic
Albanian province declaring independence from Serbia.
He had also served as prime minister fell out with many opposition groups after helping
to negotiate with Serbia a deal that gave more autonomy to minority Serbs of Kosovo.
Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008. It has been recognised
by the US and many EU countries.
This self-declared independence was not recognized by Serbia and many other countries
around the world.
Kosovo and Serbia reached a landmark agreement to normalise their relations in April
2013.
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1st MARCH
Rahul Sachdev won 1st All India Open Invitational Snooker
Championship 2016

Rahul Sachdev won the 1st All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship 2016 in
This tournament was organized by Billiards and Snooker Association of Aurangabad and
had no relation with Cue Sports India.
Rahul defeated Pushpender Singh of Railways in the final with 5-3 Score.

Delhi airport bags three international awards

Indira Gandhi International Airport - IGIA has received three international awards,
including for best airport by size in the Asia Pacific region.
These awards have been given by the Airports Council International - ACI for 2015.
Delhi airport has retained the world's number one position for the second consecutive
year in 25 to 40 Million Passengers Per Annum category.
The two other awards are for best airport by size & region Asia Pacific and second best
airport by region.

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Vice Admiral HCS Bisht takes over as the Flag Officer


Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command

Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, AVSM took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief,
Eastern Naval Command from Vice Admiral Satish Soni.

Bengal village teen bags top Nasa scholarship

Eighteen-year-old Sataparna Mukherjee, a Class 12 student has been selected by the


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for its prestigious Goddard
Internship Programme under the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
She is among five scholars chosen from across the world for this programme.

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China to conduct over 20 satellite launches in 2016

China plans to conduct more than 20 satellite launch missions in 2016, which positions
China to exceed launches by the US,
China launched the first of a new generation of navigation satellites for its BeiDou
navigation system in 2015.
The next of these satellites is set to be launched this year.

Vice Admiral Bimal Verma AVSM takes over as Commander-inChief Andaman & Nicobar Command

Vice Admiral Bimal Verma AVSM took over as the 13th Commander-in-Chief of the
Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) succeeding Vice Admiral Pradeep Kumar
Chatterjee who retired after 39 years of illustrious service.

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Road named after Satyajit Ray Dharani in Kolkata

South Kolkata's Lee Road will be renamed Satyajit Ray Dharani after the legendary film
director, who lived in the vicinity, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
announced.
Ray resided close to Lee Road on Bishop Lefroy Road for years till his death in 1992, and
many of his masterpieces were planned and conceived from this house.

Public Provident Fund withdrawal exempted from tax: Govt

Government made it clear that Public Provident Fund will not be taxed on withdrawal.
Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said in a statement that only the interest that accrues
on contributions to Employee Provident Fund made after 1st of April this year will be
taxed
while
principal
will
continue
to
remain
tax
exempt.
Mr Adhia elaborated that 40 percent of the interest accrued on contributions made after
1st April will be tax exempted and remaining 60 percent will be taxed.
The Revenue Secretary also clarified that this is not a revenue mobilisation exercise and
this 60 percent will also be tax exempted if it is invested in a pension annuity scheme.

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2nd-3rd MARCH
Sanjiv Kapoor joins Vistara as chief strategy and commercial
officer

Former chief operating officer of SpiceJet Ltd Sanjiv Kapoor has joined TATA SIA Airlinesrun full service airline Vistara as its new chief strategy and commercial officer.
Kapoor will succeed Giam Ming Toh, chief commercial officer, Vistara. Giam Ming will
return to Singapore Airlines on completion of his deputation with Vistara.

Oscar-Winning Actor George Kennedy Dies at 91

George Kennedy, who won an Academy Award for his bruising performance in "Cool
Hand Luke" and later starred in the goofy "Naked Gun" franchise," died in Idaho. He was
91.
Kennedy, who stood nearly 6 feet tall, was a World War II veteran who broke into
acting, in part, through military dramas and TV Westerns. In 1967, he appeared in the
Oscar-winning World War II film "The Dirty Dozen."

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Bill Gates the richest man in the world, Mukesh Ambani at 36th:
Forbes

Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates continued his reign as the world's richest person with a
net worth of $75 billion, according to Forbes' annual ranking of billionaires, with Reliance
Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani leading the pack of 84 Indian billionaires in 2016.
Forbes said Ambani, 58, has retained his position as India's richest person despite shares
of his oil and gas giant Reliance Industries taking a hit due to lower oil prices.
He is ranked 36th on the list with a net worth of $20.6 billion.

"The Wall" to fortify Delhi: Rahul Dravid will mentor Daredevils


in IPL 9

Rahul Dravid, the former India captain and current India A and Under-19 coach, will
mentor the Delhi Daredevils side in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL),
the team announced.
The franchise also appointed Paddy Upton as head coach, to replace Gary Kirsten.

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IFC launches Masala Bonds to tap Japanese households

International Finance Corporation (IFC) launched its first Uridashi Masala Bonds
(Japanese bonds) to mobilise Rs 30 crore from Japanese retail investors.
The proceeds will be used for promoting private sector development in India, IFC said.
The bonds will be settled in yen and each bond is denominated at Rs 1, 00,000, the IFC
said, adding that the bonds will be issued on March 30, 2016 and mature on March 29,
2019 with an annual payout of 5.36 per cent.
Masala Bonds are rupee-denominated instruments sold only to offshore investors, while
Uridashi bonds are sold to Japanese household investors.

India at 90th rank in terms of energy security, access: WEF

India has been ranked at the 90th place in a list of 126 countries compiled by World
Economic Forum (WEF) on the basis of their ability to deliver secure, affordable and
sustainable energy, which was topped by Switzerland.

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4th-5th MARCH
Martin Crowe: Ex-New Zealand captain dies of cancer at 53

Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe died after a long battle with cancer.
He was 53.
Widely regarded as New Zealand's finest batsman, Crowe played 77 Tests from 19821995 and scored 5,444 runs at an average of 45.36.
The elegant right-hander also scored 4,704 runs at an average of 38.55 in One-Day
Internationals. Crowe was initially diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in 2012 but the
disease went into remission.

Poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas to be awarded Bihari Puraskar

Eminent poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas has been chosen for the 2015 Bihari Puraskar for his
anthology of Rajasthani poems 'Katha Sun Aawe Hai Sabad'.
A recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, Dr Vyas has highlighted the increasing tendencies
of commercialization and degradation of human values through his poetry.

IMF projects 7.3% GDP growth rate for India this fiscal
The International Monetary Fund has projected a robust growth rate of 7.3 per cent for
the country this fiscal, picking up to 7.5 per cent next year.
The agency's protections are lower than the government's estimate of 7.6 per cent
growth in 2015-16 while Reserve Bank sees economy expanding by 7.4 per cent this
fiscal.
Growth is projected at 7.3 percent for fiscal year FY2015-16, picking up to 7.5 percent in
FY2016-17
(at
market
prices), supported by stronger domestic demand
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Kerala begins air ambulance facility


In a first of its kind initiative, Kerala government has launched an air ambulance to be
used exclusively for speed in organ transplant.
The brand new six-seater ambulance is owned by the state-owned Rajiv Gandhi Academy
for Aviation Technology, Thiruvananthapuram that imparts training to commercial pilot.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy formally launched the air ambulance in
Thiruvananthapuram.

World Wildlife Day observed

World Wildlife Day was observed on 3 March 2016 across the world. 2016 theme is The
future of wildlife is in our hands, with African and Asian elephants being the main focus
of global campaigns.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at its 68th session held on 20 December
2013 decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day.

Five Indian women among Forbes Worlds Billionaires List


Five Indian women have made it to the Forbes list of worlds richest people in the world,
which saw 190 women billionaires a little over 10 per cent of the total count.
Among the Indian women on the list Savitri Jindal and family was ranked at the 453rd
place on the list with a net worth of USD 3.5 billion.
Indu Jain who chairs media conglomerate Bennett, Coleman & Co, was placed at the 549
rank globally. Her net worth stood at USD 3.1 billion.
Meanwhile, low profile heiress Leena Tewari debuted on the billionaires list. She chairs
and owns privately held Indian generics maker USV, known for its drugs for diabetes and
cardiovascular diseases, among much else. Leena Tiwari was placed at 1067 position with
a net wealth of USD 1.7 billion.
Vinod Gupta ranked 1577 with assets of USD 1.1 billion, is the wife of Qimat Rai Gupta,
who died in November 2014. She inherited her husbands shares in electrical firm Havells
India, though she doesnt hold an executive or board position.
Globally, the grand dame of LOral, Liliane Bettencourt and her children were ranked at
the top among the richest women in the world. She was placed at the 11th position with
a net worth of USD 36.1 billion

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Eric Schmidt of Alphabet to head Pentagon's innovation board


Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet the parent company of Google has been
picked by Pentagon to head a new advisory board on defence innovation.
Schmidt will be the chairman of the first Department of Defense Innovation Advisory
Board and will work with Carter to select up to 12 members of the board.

Emirates completes
commercial flight

world's

longest

non-stop

scheduled

An Emirates Airbus A380 jet has made what is believed to be the world's longest non-stop
scheduled commercial flight by distance.
The plane had covered a distance of about 14,200 kilometres when it touched down in
Auckland in New Zealand.
It took around the 17 hours and 15 minutes mark, although the return could be a few
minutes longer. The new non-stop Emirates route between Auckland and Dubai
reportedly reduces the current travel time by three hours.

PepsiCo inks sponsorship pact with BCCI

PepsiCo has inked a four-year ground sponsorship agreement with the Board of Control
for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The four-year ground sponsorship deal is for all domestic and international matches
played by team India (except IPL). The company will be the official refreshment partner,
official snacks partner and official sports drink partner with its brand Gatorade.
Last year, PepsiCo had pulled out of the title sponsorship deal for the Indian Premier
League.

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MG QUIZ
1. Indian Monetary Fund first Indo-American to be appointed to the post of alternate
governor of U.S.A?
1. Sunil Sabharwal
2. Aditya Sabharwal
3. Balbir Singh
4. Rajendra Singh
5. None of these
Answer 1
2. Recently launched by the Prime Minister "Setu Bharatam ". What is the amount
invested in the plan?
1.20,000 crore
2.30,000 crore
3.60,000 crore
4.50,000 crore
5.None of these
Answer 4
3. PA Sangma recently died. He was related to 1. Literature
2. Politics
3. Sport
4. Music
5. None of these
Answer 2

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4. Who was appointed prime minister of Jamaica?


1. Andrew Holness
2. William Kilson
3. Parent Aellen
4. O.J. Simpson
5. None of these
Answer 1
5. Worlds most expensive city according to UK real estate firm Savills survey .( living and
working ) ?
1. Mumbai
2. London
3. New Hampshire
4. Antwerp
5. None of these
Answer 2
6. Which skill training company tied up with BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry
for Skill India?
1. Infosys
2. Wipro
3. Technovations Services
4. Tata Communications
5. None of these
Answer 3

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7. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred which award on IAF 119 Helicopter unit?
1. President's Colours
2. President's Standard
3. President's Pride
4. President's height
5. None of these
Answer -2
8. Which hockey player of Indian origin has been honoured by the British Kolambian ?
1 .Balbir Singh
2. Daljit Singh
3. Sukhbir Sidhu
4. Gaganjit Singh
5. None of these
Answer 1
9. Founder of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI)?
1. OP Nayyar
2. SK Sehgal
3. PK Nair
4. JP Dada
5. None of these
Answer 3

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10. Who was selected for Dada Saheb Phalke award?


1. Manoj Kumar
2. Jitendra Kumar
3. Dharmendra Kumar
4. Amitabh Bachchan
5. None of these
Answer 1

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