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1. India Inc first in the world to formally adopt UN’s SDG i. India Inc. is set to formally adopt the United Nations’ (UN) agenda for the world’s sustainable development and the 17 goals identified for its implementation.

ii. SDG- Sustainable Development Growth;

iii. MDG- Millenium Development Growth

iv. SDG- 17 goals; MDG- 8 goals

v. SDG will be a evaluated, monitored and reported in a time-bound manner

vi. MDG was in implementation from 2001-2015

2. SAARC Programming Committee meet begins in Pokhara


1. India successfully test-fired Agni-I ballistic missile

test-fired_exambeat.comi. India on 14 March 2016 successfully test-fired indigenously built nuclear-capable intermediate range Agni-I ballistic missile. It was launched from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) on the Odisha coast.

ii. The trial was as part of training exercise by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of Indian Army.

iii. The sophisticated missile covered 700 km distance within 9 minutes and 36 seconds. The latest trial of Agni-I followed the first successful test-fire that was conducted on 27 November 2015 from the same base.

iv. Agni-I was developed


1. IMF and India to set-up South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center in Delhi 

i. India and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have decided to set up South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Centre (SARTTC) in New Delhi. 

ii. In this regard, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). 

Key facts >. SARTTC will set up for enhancing capacity development and training officials in dealing with m


1. India to supply 18 Meter Gauge Diesel Electric Locomotives to Myanmar

myanmar_exambeat.comi. RITES (Public Sector Enterprise under Ministry of Railways) signed a contract to supply 18 Meter Gauge 1350 HP Diesel Electric Locomotives to Myanmar Railways.

ii. This supply will help Myanmar to meet increasing demand for passenger and freight traffic.

iii. This contract was signed at Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 4 March 2016.

iv. The supply contract of locomotives is a vital project being funded under an existing line of credit extended to Myanmar by Union Government. 

v. These locomotives will be manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi with several modern features like micro


1. NITI Aayog Launches 'Women Transforming India' Campaign

niti_exambeat.comi. The NITI Aayog (GOIs premier think tank) has launched the Women Transforming India initiative on 8th March the International Women's Day in partnership with the UN in India and MyGov. 

ii. Through this initiative the NITI Aayog seeks entries in the form of written essays or stories, preferably accompanied by photographs that set a context to the narrative. 

iii. These stories should reflect new ground broken by women in empowering themselves or others. It will also seeks to encourage and recognize women who have made a difference particularly by demonstrating leadership in the economic, socio-cultural and e


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