Which state government launched ‘Parivartan’, a scheme designed to address 10 issues in 46 developmental blocks of the state?
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched ‘Parivartan’, a scheme designed to address 10 issues in 46 developmental blocks of the state. 10 Issues to be addresses under ‘Partivartan’ Scheme: facilitation of financing, improving health services, making agriculture profitable and sustainable, implementing Swachh Bharat, engaging the youth, decongesting market areas, checking air pollution, effective policing, ensuring availability of identity-related services and ensuring road order and conduct.46 top officials of the state, including those from the IAS, IFS and IPS cadres, have been allotted one block each, wherein they will undertake work related to the above stated 10 issues. Performance of officials will be based on 38 parameters placed under these 10 issues. This scheme will not only help in achieving developmental objectives of Haryana State Government but will also provide practical training to employees
Which is the first state in India where business and investment projects can now be cleared digitally, without any human interface?
Uttar Pradesh (UP) has become the first state in India where business and investment projects can now be cleared digitally, without any human interface. This has become possible with launch of ‘Nivesh Mitra’, a digital platform which will serve as a single-window clearance system. ’Nivesh Mitra’ was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration session of the UP Investors’ Summit in Lucknow. UP State Government has brought 20 departments under the ambit of ‘Nivesh Mitra’ and application for 70 clearances can be made through this platform. Any interested investor, sitting anywhere in the world, would only require to submit details of the project, along with required documentation, on the Nivesh Mitra website. Post satisfactory assessment of documents, the respective departments would clear the project file digitally.
In which Indian state, “Centre for Agriculture”, with collaboration of Israeli expertise, is going to be inaugurated on March 7, 2018?
Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr Daniel Carmon has stated that a Centre for Agriculture, with collaboration of Israeli expertise, is going to be inaugurated in Mizoram on March 7, 2018. This will be the first such centre in the North East region (NER) of India that is being established with Israeli collaboration. It has been set up at a cost of Rs 8-10 crore. This Centre has been set up with the tripartite collaboration of India’s Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of Israel and State Government of Mizoram and is exclusively for processing of citrus fruits. Although the Centre is located in Mizoram, it will cater to the whole North East Region (NER) of India.
Which State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taoyuan City of Taiwan for better technology partnership in the state?
Telangana State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taoyuan City of Taiwan for better technology partnership in the state. This MoU was signed during World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018, in Hyderabad. The MoU was signed by Telangana’s Information Technology Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and Taoyuan City Director of the Board, Robert Huang in presence of Telangana’s Minister for Information Technology and Industries, K.T. Rama Rao. Taoyuan City is home to many firms specialising in emerging technology viz. Internet of Things and robotics. As per the terms of the MoU, Taoyuan City and Telangana Sate Government will engage in an economic exchange of technology companies.
What is the contribution of India, for the rehabilitation works in Tonga, after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita?
India has contributed USD 1 million for the rehabilitation works in Tonga, after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita. United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation has stated that, the Tonga Government will identify the rehabilitation projects to be supported by the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. India has allocated USD 500,000 in the India-UN Development Partnership Fund for rehabilitation purpose and USD 500,000 will be given for immediate relief assistance. The India-UN Development Partnership Fund is led and supported by Indian Government. It is managed by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted an expert committee under the chairmanship of _________________ to look into a range of issues relating to classification of bad loans, rising incidents of frauds and effectiveness of audits?
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted an expert committee under the chairmanship of YH Malegam to look into a range of issues relating to classification of bad loans, rising incidents of frauds and effectiveness of audits. Y H Malegam is a former member of the Central Board of Directors of RBI.Other member of the Committee: Bharat Doshi – Member of Central Board of RBI, S Raman – Former Chairman and MD of Canara Bank and Nandkumar Saravade – Chief Executive Officer of Reserve Bank Information Technology Pvt Ltd (ReBIT). A K Misra – Executive Director of RBI will be the Member-Secretary of the committee.
Which is the India’s first major railway station to be completely managed by women personnel?
Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar railway station became India’s first major railway station to be completely managed by women personnel. The all-women railway station was inaugurated by North Western Railway Zone general manager TP Singh. Gandhi Nagar station is located on the Jaipur-Delhi rail route. It has over 50 trains passing through and 25 trains halting there. It handles 7,000 passengers on a daily basis. Women staff have been appointed in various posts like point women (who change the tracks), station manager, chief reservation supervisor, assistant reservation supervisor, inquiry counter and reservation clerk, ticket checker etc. Sanitary napkin vending machine has been installed at the station. Women employees have been trained to function independently. CCTV cameras have been installed for security purposes and real time monitoring.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a defence industrial production corridor worth Rs 200 billion will be established in _____________?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a defence industrial production corridor worth Rs 200 billion will be established in Bundelkhand. Bundelkhand is a region located between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Narendra Modi said that, out of the two defence industrial production corridors announced in the union budget, one will be built in Bundelkhand. He made this announcement in the ‘Investors Meet’ at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow. He said that, this project will bring an investment of Rs 200 billion. It will generate employment opportunities for 2,50,000 people. This corridor will connect Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi and Chitrakoot. The first out of the two defence industrial production corridors is built between Chennai and Bengaluru. It will link Kattupalli port, Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore and Hosur.
To strengthen which 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh, the Central Government has sanctioned a special package?
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that, the Central Government has sanctioned a special package to strengthen security in 3 eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh: Tirap, Changlang and Longding. The special package for strengthening security has been sanctioned to handle the prevailing insurgency problem in Arunachal Pradesh. This special package also includes creation of new posts, purchasing of vehicles and equipment for police. Rajnath Singh made this announcement at the 31st Arunachal Pradesh statehood day programme. He ensured that funds from the government will be dispensed at the earliest for the construction of 20 police stations in the three districts. He also ensured that a forensic science laboratory will be sanctioned for Arunachal Pradesh
India has ranked ______ out of 180 countries in the global Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, released by Transparency International?
India has ranked 81st out of 180 countries in the global Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, released by Transparency International. This index ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 indicates no corruption. Data from Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has also been incorporated in the analysis. The index is compiled annually by Transparency International; an international non-governmental organization based in Berlin, Germany. Transparency International was founded in 1993 with a purpose to combat global corruption and prevent criminal activities arising from corruption.
Which State Cabinet approved long-term bauxite linkage policy that would help Vedanta’s Lanjigarh alumina refinery to source bauxite from government-owned Mining Corporation?
On February 21, 2018, Odisha State Cabinet approved long-term bauxite linkage policy that would help Vedanta’s Lanjigarh alumina refinery to source bauxite from government-owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC). Vedanta, which has invested more than Rs 50000 crore in two smelters, refinery and power plants in Odisha has been facing constraints in ore supply as it has no captive blocks in Odisha. Due to raw material crunch, Vedanta had set a target to produce only 1.25 million tonnes in 2017-18. As per Odisha State Cabinet’s decision, 70 per cent of the total production by OMC will now be available for long-term linkage.
Indian government notified the revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and which other country?
Indian government notified the revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Kenya. It has been stated that, the revised DTAA will enhance transparency in tax matters, control tax evasion, and eliminate double taxation. It will also improve the flow of investment, technology and services between India and Kenya. The revised DTAA offers reduction in withholding tax rate on dividend and interest to 10 % from 15 %. The withholding tax rate on royalties, and fees for management, professional, technical services has been decreased to 10 % from 20 % and 17.5 % respectively. The revised DTAA issues a new Article on Limitation of Benefits to provide treaty benefits to bona-fide residents of India and Kenya. It will also prevent treaty abuse by third country residents. It will enable domestic law to prevent tax evasion. The revised DTAA has been upgraded to the latest international standard to make available exchange of information to the maximum extent. Also a new Article on Assistance in Collection of Taxes has been issued to provide assistance in collection of tax revenue claims between India and Kenya.
In which city of UK, the 71st British Academy Film Awards ceremony, popularly referred to as BAFTA Awards 2018 was held at?
71st British Academy Film Awards ceremony, popularly referred to as BAFTA Awards 2018 was held on February 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The ceremony was hosted by English actress Joanna Lumley. Drama film, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’ got the most awards (in 5 categories), while ‘The Shape of Water’ was credited with most nominations (in 12 categories). English Actor, Gary Oldman won the Leading Actor Award for playing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the film “Darkest Hour.”
India successfully conducted a night trial of Prithvi-II, an indigenously developed nuclear capable missile, from a test range in Odisha. What is the strike range of this missile?
India successfully conducted a night trial of Prithvi-II, an indigenously developed nuclear capable missile, from a test range in Odisha. Prithvi-II was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, as part of a user trial by the Indian Army. Prithvi-II is a surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 350 km. It has the ability to carry 500 to 1,000 kg of warheads. It uses liquid propulsion twin engines. The launch activities were carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army. It was monitored by the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise.
Who is the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo?
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. Avani Chaturvedi achieved this feat by flying a MiG-21 “Bison”. She took off the MiG-21 “Bison” from the Jamnagar base of Indian Air Force (IAF). She already has the credit of being one of the first three women to undergo fighter pilot training in the Indian Air Force. The other two women are Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh. Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were commissioned as flying officers into the fighter stream after finishing basic training in June 2016, on experimental basis for 5 years initially.
What species is Hexanchus vitulus, which was recently discovered in the Atlantic Ocean?
A new shark species named “Atlantic sixgill shark” was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean. Through genetic testing it has been proved that, the new shark species named “Atlantic sixgill shark” is different from the similar ones found in Indian and Pacific Oceans. Hence they have not been associated with the existing species Hexanchus nakamurai. This new species is named Hexanchus vitulus. The findings have been published in the journal Marine Biodiversity. The “Atlantic sixgill shark” is up to 6 feet long. They feature unique, saw-like lower teeth and six gill slits. They date back to nearly 250 million years ago and are one of the oldest creatures on Earth.
Kalyan Singh Chouhan recently passed away. Who was he?
Kalyan Singh Chouhan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Nathdwara, died after fighting cancer for a long time, in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Kalyan Singh Chouhan entered politics in 1988. He joined the Congress Party and became sarpanch from Kotharia gram panchayat in Rajsamand district. He was Khamnor Pradhan from 1998 to 2000 and Up-Zila Pramukh in the 2000 to 2005 period. Later Kalyan Singh Chouhan joined BJP. He became MLA twice.
Which country hosted the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship 2018?
Indian “A” team won gold at the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship held in Gold Coast, Australia, between 14 and 18 February 2018. The Indian “A” team was headed by Kiran Nadar. The team members were Keyzad Anklesari, B. Satyanarayana, Rajeshwar Tewari, Jaggy Shivdasani and Sunit Chokshi. The Indian “A” team defeated the Australian team with a score of 103-65. Indian “A” team won gold in the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship.
M S Anantharaman, who passed away recently belonged to which profession?
On 19th February 2018, M S Anantharaman, a popular violinist, passed away due to age-related ailments, at his residence in Mylapore, Chennai. MS Anantharaman was 94 years old. He was born in Parur, Kerala. He was taught to play violin when he was just six years old. He was associated with the Parur School of Music. His father was Sundaram Iyer, a great violinist. His brother M S Gopalakrishnan was also a violinist. He familiarised the Parur bani along with his brother.