0 Who won Femina Miss India World 2016 crown ? •+ Priyadarshini Chatterjee
“S’ Delhi-based Priyadarshini Chatterjee won the prestigious Fbb Femina Miss India World 2016 crown at a
grand finale on April 9, 2016 in Mumbai. Now she will represent India in the Miss World 2016 pageant. Femina Miss India 2015 Aditi Arya placed the Miss India crown on the head of the winner. Bangalore girl Sushruthi Krishna and Pankhuri Gidwani from Lucknow were announced the first and second runners-up of the contest respectively. Krishna also won the Beauty with a Purpose honour in the contest.
Padma Sachdev has been selected for the Saraswati Samman-2015 for -* Chitt Chete
Padma Sachdev was on April 12 chosen for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for 2015 for her autobiography Chitt-Chete written in Dogri language. Padma is an eminent poet and novelist of Dogri and Hindi language. It is the 25th edition of the Saraswati Samman which presently comprises an award money of ? 15 lakh, a plaque and a citation. Chitt-Chete was published in 2007. She has about 60 books to her credit. She has been recipient of numerous awards including a Sahitya Akademi honour in 1971 for her book of poetry—’Meri Kavita Mere Geet’.
Who has been honoured with the Global Indian of the Year award ? -* AishWarya Rai Bachchan
■s” Former Miss World and eminent Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honoured with the Global Indian of the Year award on April 11, 2016 at the NRI of the year award function in Mumbai. She dedicated the award to her daughter Aaradhya. Indian tennis queen Sania Mirza was also felicitated at the award ceremony. Altogether 17 personalities from different fields were honoured with the awards at the NRI awards ceremony in different categories.
- India completed its own navigational set-up mission with the launch of -* IRNSS-1G
India on April 28, 2016 completed its landmark mission for its own navigational system on par with USA’s GPS with the successful launch of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-IG (IRNSS-1G) the seventh and last in the constellation of satellites on board the ISRO’s trusted workhorse PSLV-C33 from Sriharikota. With this achievement India joined the elite club of USA, Russia, Europe and China, having their own navigation systems.
0 Who was named Captain of ICC World T20 Men’s team ? -*■ Virat Kohli
**■ India’s Virat Kohli was named the Captain of ICC World Twenty 20 Men’s team which ICC declared on April 4, 2016 on the basis of performances of cricketers in the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. Virat was adjudged the Man of the Tournament. Ashish Nehra was another Indian face in the ICC World T20 (Men’s) squad. West Indies World Cup winning women’s team Captain Stephanie Taylor was named the Captain of ICC Women T20 team. West Indies took home both men’s and women’s T20 World Cup titles in the world cup hosted by India this year.
0 Who launched the Stand-up India Scheme in Noida ? -*■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 5, 2016 launched the Stand-up India Scheme which facilitates bank loans between ? 10 lakh and ? 1 crore to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and women borrowers setting up enterprises. The government has asked each bank branch to distribute at least one loan to an SC/ST
entrepreneur and one loan to a woman entrepreneur under the Stand-up India Scheme. The logo of the scheme with the tagline ‘Karen Prayas, Paayen Vikas’ was also launched on the occasion.
- What is the name of India’s new fastest train ? »■* Gatimaan Express
»*■ Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on April 5, 2016 flagged off the much-awaited Gatimaan Express, the fastes: train of India at Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. Gatimaan Express covered the 187 km distance between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Agra Cantt stations in just 100 minutes, bettering the fastest train record held by Shatabdi Express. Gatimaan is also India’s first train to have train hostesses