Daily Current Affairs 13 July 2018 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Govt launches Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018
Government launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 in New Delhi. The month long survey will begin on 1st of next month.
- It will be done through an independent survey agency to rank all districts and states of the country on the basis of qualitative and quantitative evaluation in villages.
Govt allows photography at all protected monuments except Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and Taj Mahal
The Archaeological Survey of India has issued an order allowing photography within the premises of all centrally protected monuments or sites, except at Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and Taj Mahal.
Ministry of Water Resources launches ‘Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puruskar Pao’ contest on water conservation
In an attempt to engage with the people of India on the important issues of water conservation and water management, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has launched a video contest titled “Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puruskar Pao”.
- The Ministry has joined hands with MyGov portal of the Government of India to run the contest.
Pilot launched to confirm 10 cr Modicare beneficiary families
The National Health Agency (NHA) has launched a pilot for the Beneficiary Identification System (BIS) for confirmation of 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families eligible for health coverage under Ayushman Bharat, or Modicare.
- The BIS will apply the identification criteria as per the guidelines of Ayushman Bharat — National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) on Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) database to confirm the beneficiaries.
Telecom Commission of India approves Net Neutrality
The Telecom Commission has approved the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) net neutrality recommendations that bar service providers from discriminating against internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access.
- The decision that aims to ensure open and free Internet in the country was taken at a meeting of the Commission, the highest decision-making body in the Department of Telecommunication in New Delhi.
Aadhaar-enabled DBT savings estimated over Rs 90,000 crore
UIDAI announced that the estimated savings and gains since the inception of Aadhaar-based Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) stood at over Rs 90,000 crore as on March 31 this year.
Niti Aayog proposes 15-point action plan to deal with air pollution
Niti Aayog has proposed 15-point action plan for combating air pollution in ten most polluted cities in the country, including Delhi, Kanpur and Varanasi.
- The draft action plan titled ‘Breathe India’ includes encouraging electric vehicles, phasing out private diesel vehicle and development of crop residue utilisation policy.
- According to a recent WHO database (2018), Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Varanasi, Agra, Gurgaon, Muzaffarpur, Lucknow and Patna are the top ten most polluted cities in India.
Kochi Metro Rail launches dormitory accommodation
India’s first air-conditioned Bed Space Dormitory- Peter’s Inn, was thrown open for public at MG Road Metro Station in Kochi, Kerala.
- The dormitory has 200-bed cabins with 40 toilets. The Bed Space Dormitory has been designed like an AC train compartment coach.
Mukesh Ambani Dethrones Alibaba’s Jack Ma As Asia’s Richest Person
Reliance Industries Chairman and India’s richest person Mukesh Ambani dethroned Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba’s Co-founder Jack Ma to become Asia’s richest person as RIL shares hit an all-time high.
- Ambani’s net worth now stands at $44.3 billion as compared to Jack Ma’s $44 billion wealth, according to Bloomberg. Ambani has added $4 billion to his wealth this year.
Novel computer mimics human brain networks
Scientists have developed a computer that mimics the brain’s neural networks, and could overcome the speed and power consumption problems of conventional supercomputers.
- The custom-built computer named SpiNNaker produced results similar to that of the best brain-simulation supercomputer software currently used for neural-signalling research.
- The system may help advance our knowledge of neural processing in the brain, to include learning and disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
World’s 1st Colour X-Ray Performed On a Human
New Zealand scientists have performed the first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on a human. The device is based on the traditional X-ray but incorporates particle-tracking technology developed for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
- This colour X-ray imaging will produce more accurate pictures & help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses.
BANKING & FINANCE
RBI Made Purchaser’s Name On Face Of Payment Instrumentalities Compulsory
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made it compulsory to incorporate purchaser’s name on the face of payment instrumentalities like demand draft, pay order, banker’s cheques and other instruments to prevent money laundering.
- It has been done in order to address the concerns arising out of the anonymity and to prevent money laundering.
Panel proposes auction of NPA security receipts worth Rs 90,0000 crore
The committee on bad-loan resolution led by Punjab National Bank chairman Sunil Mehta has suggested a live auction mechanism to help banks free up security receipts worth Rs 90,000 crore in their investment books that can used to revive credit growth.
- Recommendations were reviewed that seek to achieve this through an asset trading platform (ATP) recommended under Project Sashakt, the broad contours of which had been announced on July 2.
Hima Das becomes 1st Indian woman to win gold at IAAF World U- 20 Athletics Championships
Hima Das created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under- 20 Athletics Championships in Tempere, Finland. She clinched the top spot in the women’s 400 meters final race on the third day of the competitions.
Mohammad Kaif announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Indian Cricketer Mohammad Kaif has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at the Lord’s during the epic Natwest Trophy final in 2002.
Veteran journalist Kalpesh Yagnik passes away
Veteran journalist and Dainik Bhaskar Group Editor Kalpesh Yagnik has passed away following a heart attack. He was 55.