Daily Current Affairs 14 July 2017 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Government aims to eliminate malaria by 2027, launches national strategic plan
Launching the national strategic plan for malaria elimination (2017-22), health minister J.P. Nadda said that the government would aim to eliminate malaria by 2027.
- According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, India accounts for 75% of all malaria cases in South-East Asia.
Ministry of Water Resources to Sign MoU with Ministry of Skill Development for the success of Namami Gange
Union Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation will sign an MoU with Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship for the success of Namami Gange programme.
- The MoU intends to develop skilled manpower for laying sewerage pipeline, plumbing works, construction of toilets, civil masonry works, waste collection and its disposal activities.
Railways Min dedicates country’s first solar powered DEMU train to nation
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has dedicated country’s first solar powered DEMU train to the nation at an event in New Delhi. The 1600 Horse Power train with solar powered coaches has special battery bank for use during night hours.
- The train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. The train will save about 21,000 Litres of Diesel and thereby bring cost saving of 12 Lakh rupees per year.
UP, Centre sign MoU for AIIMS at Gorakhpur
The Uttar Pradesh government has signed an MoU with the Centre for the construction of a 750-bed All India Medical Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Gorakhpur.
Raipur Airport Ranked First in Customer Satisfaction Index Survey
Raipur’s Swami Vivekananda Airport was ranked first in Customer Satisfaction among 49 airports in the country. Raipur Airport achieved 4.84 score on a five point scale index in the latest CSI survey conducted by an independent agency for the period of January-June 2017, followed by Udaipur, Amritsar and Dehradun airports which have scored 4.75, 4.74 and 4.73 respectively.
Maharashtra first state to have law against social boycott
With the President of India giving assent to the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016, Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to bring a law making social boycott a crime.
- The movement, initiated by late Narendra Dabholkar, gained momentum after he was shot dead and the Maharashtra legislature passed the law unanimously in 2016.
India ranks 116 out of 157 nations on SDG index
India is ranked 116 out of 157 nations on a global index that assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs) according to the SDG Index and Dashboards Report produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
- Sweden leads the list, followed by Denmark and Finland.
India has second highest number of adults planning to migrate, says UN migration agency
India has the second highest number of adults planning to migrate to other countries with the US and the UK among the most favoured destinations, according to a report by the UN migration agency.
- The UN migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in its report ‘Measuring Global Migration Potential 2010-2015’, which analyses people’s migration intentions globally for the period 2010–2015, noted that globally 1.3 per cent of the adult population or 66 million people said they were planning to migrate permanently within the next 12 months.
- The most popular destination for those planning to migrate is the US followed by the UK, Saudi Arabia, France, Canada, Germany and South Africa.
India contributes additional USD 1mn to UN partnership fund
India has contributed an additional million dollars to a UN partnership fund launched to support sustainable development projects across the developing world.
- The India-UN Development Partnership Fund was set up last month as a partnership between India and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). India had made an initial contribution of a million dollars when the fund was created and the amount was allocated for the implementation of a project benefiting seven Small Island Developing States in the South Pacific.
FINANCE & ECONOMY
YES BANK, OPIC and Wells Fargo tie-up to support women entrepreneurs, SMEs
India’s largest Private Sector Bank (PSB) YES BANK has announced its tie-up with Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, and Wells Fargo on an agreement to increase lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India.
- Under the agreement, OPIC will provide USD 75 million in financing and up to USD 75 million in syndicated financing jointly arranged by Wells Fargo Bank and OPIC to YES BANK.
Indian astronomers discover supercluster of galaxies, name it ‘Saraswati’
A group of Indian astronomers have discovered a massive supercluster of galaxies, and have named it Saraswati. The supercluster is about 4 billion light years away and spreads over a “great wall” about 600 million light years across. This makes it one of the largest superclusters to be discovered and also the furthest.
Vijaya Bank MD gets Skoch award
Kishore Sansi, Managing Director and CEO of Vijaya Bank, has been conferred the ‘Personality of the Year’ award by Skoch Consultancy Services. The award is part of the ‘Skoch Banking and Financial Leadership’ series.
President awards IIMB
President Pranab Mukherjee has awarded IIM Bangalore (IIMB) for making management education accessible to all through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). IIMB is the national coordinator for management education on the government’s Swayam platform and has completed five MOOCs on the platform so far.