Current Affairs March 2016

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Oscar winning actor Patty Duke passes away

Acclaimed Actor and singer Patty Duke passed away due to Sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She was 69.

She had won Academy award (Oscar) in 1963 at the age of 16 for her portrayal of deaf blind political activist Helen Keller in The Miracle worker.

About Patty Duke

  • Born as Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, US.
  • She had started her acting career as a child and her first major role came in 1959, when she portrayed the blind and deaf Keller on Broadway.
  • She also was known for roles in Valley of the Dolls, My Sweet Charlie and Me, Natalie.
  • She was also known for TV show The Patty Duke which aired more than 100 episodes from 1963 to 1966.
  • In 1982, she was diagnosed with mental illness i.e. with bipolar disorder. Later she devoted much of her time to advocating for and educating the public on mental health issues
  • She had served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.


Telangana Government launches M-Wallet Mobile App

Telangana Government has launched M-Wallet, new mobile app to facilitate citizens to get digital copies of documents like driving licence and registration certificate.

It was launched by Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao and Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy in Hyderabad. It is first of its kind application to be launched in any state of India.

Key features of M-Wallet

  • M-wallet mobile application has been developed by Telangana Road Transport Authority for the Transport Department of the Telangana Government.
  • It helps user to download digital copies of documents like driving licence and registration certificate.
  • These digital documents could be produced by the users before the police and RTA authorities when demanded.
  • The application lets user to auto-fetch documents and also share documents. It also allows user to have all the documents on one single screen.
  • The documents downloaded once using application will be saved for future use in it. Using this application user can add multiple vehicles owned by him.


China launches 22nd BeiDou navigation satellite

China has successfully launched 22nd new generation satellite into space as part of its domestic BeiDou Navigation System (BDS).

It was launched using Long March-3A carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in the south-western province of Sichuan. It was the 225th launch of the Long March carrier rocket.

About BeiDou Navigation System (BNS)

  • BNS is 2nd generation of the Chinese navigational system seen as rival to the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • BeiDou is Mandarin means magnetic Compass which was one of the Chinese major invention in the history which had revolutionized the sea voyages.
  • The system comprises total 35 satellites in two separate satellite constellations (i) Limited test system (operational since 2000) (ii) A full-scale global navigation system which is currently under construction.
  • The BNS became operational in China in December 2011, with the constellation of 10 satellites.
  • In December 2012, the system began offering services to customers in the Asia-Pacific region and on its completion in 2020 it will provide services to global customers.
  • After completion, the project would become an equivalent of the US Global Positioning System, Russia’s Glonass, and Europe’s Galileo.
  • Applications: (i) Civilian services: navigation, messaging, transportation and weather forecasting sectors. (ii) Military applications: ensure privacy for its military communications and missile launches by reducing the dependence on US operated GPS.