Current Affairs March 2016

Haryana Assembly unanimously passes Reservation Bill

The Haryana Legislative Assembly has unanimously passed the  Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in services and admission in educational institutions) Bill, 2016.

Key Provisions

  • The bill seeks to provide reservation in services and admission in educational institutions to persons belonging to backward classes including Jats and five other castes.
  • The backward classes have been divided into three blocks as Block A, Block B and Block C.
  • Jats, Jat Sikhs, Ror, Bishnoi, Tyagi and Mulla/Muslim Jat have been included in the Block C.
  • It provides to give 10 percent reservation to these castes for class III and class IV posts and 6% in class 1 and class 2 posts.
  • These castes will be given 10 percent reservation for admission in educational institutions.

State Legislative Assembly also passed Haryana Backward Classes Commission Bill, 2016 for institution of a permanent Backward Classes Commission.


Sergey Karjakin wins 2016 FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament

Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin has won the prestigious FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament held in Moscow.

In the final Round 14, he defeated American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana scoring 8.5 points.

With this victory, he will now play with the incumbent world champion, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, in a match for the world chess crown in November 2016.

About Sergey Karjakin

  • Sergey Karjakin is a Ukrainian-born Russian chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy.
  • He holds the record for the world’s youngest Grandmaster ever after he had qualified for this title at the age of 12 years and 7 months.
  • He had won the 2012 World Rapid Chess Championship and the 2015 Chess World Cup.
  • He also had won the Norway Chess Tournament twice and the 2009 Corus Chess Tournament.
  • He was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the 2013 World Team Chess Championship in Antalya.