Today In History – 31st March

Today in Indian History
Events for March 31

31-March-1663 Mir Jumla, Mughal Commander, passed away in Bihar.
31-March-1843 Balwant Pandurang Kirloskar (Annasaheb), first musical playwright of Marathi, was born.
31-March-1867 Prarthana Samaj was established by Ranade, Bhandarkar and others at Mumbai in 1864.
31-March-1871 Gangadhar Balkrishna Deshpande, freedom fighter and loyal Congress leader ‘Lion of Karnataka’, was born.
31-March-1904 British slaughter hundreds of Tibetans.
31-March-1913 Foundation stone of ‘Gateway of India’ was laid by Sir George Sydneham Clerk.
31-March-1926 Dattatray Balwant Parasnis, who made research in History, passed away.
31-March-1930 Shyamji Krishna Varma, freedom fighter, nationalist and patriot, passed away in Geneva.
31-March-1935 374 infants wed at a mass ceremony.
31-March-1942 During the 2nd World War, Japan was heavily successful in Burma and Andaman which posted a danger to the Indian Security.
31-March-1959 Dalai Lama fled China & was granted political asylum in India.
31-March-1964 Tram-way service ended in Mumbai (Bombay). This last electric tram left Bori Bunder (CST) for Dadar at 10 p.m., crowds lined the route all the way at that late hour to bid farewell to the common man’s transport medium.
31-March-1972 Meena Kumari, famous film actress, passed away.
31-March-1977 N. K. Mukarji was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary of India. He held this office till 31-03-1980
31-March-1980 Nirmal Mukherjee, the last Indian Civil Service Officer, retired from service as Cabinet Secretary.
31-March-1986 Bombay Telephone Nigam renamed as Mahanagar Telephone Nigam.
31-March-1990 Bharat Ratna, India’s highest award, was given to Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1841-1956) (Posthumous).
31-March-1992 Delhi beat Tamil Nadu in 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy.
31-March-1992 Madhav Sinh Solanki, External Affairs minister, resigns on Bofors letter issue.
31-March-1992 The PM to look after foreign affairs.
31-March-1992 The new five-year Export-Import policy relaxes restrictions.
31-March-1993 J.N. Dixit, Foreign Secretary, visits Myanmar and signs agreements on trade, control of drug trafficking and separatist movements along the borders.
31-March-1993 Kidnapped cardiac surgeon Dr. Abdul Ahad Guroo killed in Srinagar.
31-March-1993 Major changes in exim policy announced.
31-March-1994 Argentina President Carlos Menem visits India.
31-March-1994 U.R. Rao, retiring ISRO Chairman, announces agreement with Russia for supplying 7 cryogenic engines.
31-March-1994 The Supreme Court orders closure of 11 industrial units around Taj Mahal.
31-March-1995 Bombay beat Punjab in 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy.
31-March-1996 Karnataka defeat Tamil Nadu in first innings to win Ranji Trophy.
31-March-1997 Forex reserves touch a record $ 22.36 billions.
31-March-1997 Lakhubhai Pathak, prominent NRI businessman who had accused Narasimha Rao of cheating $ 100,000, died in London.
31-March-1997 The Bombay Stock Exchange crashes by 300 points.
31-March-1998 T. N. Mishra became the director of Central Bureau of Investigation (till 04/01/99).
31-March-1999 The PIO card, conferring privileges on persons of Indian origin settled abroad, is formally launched.
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