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News Crackers- 8 March 2016

  • 8th March is observed as International Women’s Day across the globe. 2016 theme declared by United Nations: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The campaign theme for the day was #Pledge For Parity.
  • Air India has successfully flew the World’s longest all-woman operated and supported flight from New Delhi to San Francisco.
  • Union Government has announced to withdraw proposal to tax Employee Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawals which were earlier proposed in this years’ Budget.
  •  USA and South Korean troops are conducting  their largest ever military exercises off the coast of the Korean peninsula. Drills will include ground, air, naval and Special Operations components apart from the computer-simulated training.
  • Indian Railways has formed a new Special Purpose Vehicle (National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited) to implement the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet Train project.
  • Former Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Dr. Amrita Patel was conferred prestigious 2016 Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Lifetime Achievement Award also known as the Krishi Shiromani Samman.
  • Germany has decided to be partner in developing Kochi (Kerala), Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) as smart cities.
  • Tennis player Maria Sharapova(Russia) has been provisionally suspended after failing drug test. She has been tested positive for meldonium, a substance that has been added in the forbidden list by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 1 January 2016.


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