Daily Current Affairs 2 February 2018 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Govt makes PAN mandatory for transactions over ₹2.5 lakh
The government has made Permanent Account Number (PAN) mandatory for any entity conducting financial transactions of ₹2.5 lakh or more. Adding that an Aadhaar-like identity number is being developed for enterprises, the government said PAN will also be used as a Unique Entity Number for non-individuals from April 1.
Home Ministry allots ₹370 crore to strengthen border infrastructure
Laying emphasis on building infrastructure along the Indo-Pak and Sino-India borders, the government has sanctioned nearly ₹370 crore to the BSF and the ITBP for construction of bunkers and special climate- controlled huts in forward areas.
- BSF, ITBP will build bunkers, fortify border out-posts and construct special climate- controlled huts.
Railways to set up coach factory in Maharashtra
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the Railways will set up a coach factory in Maharashtra’s Latur district. The new coach plant will create an industrial ecosystem in the drought-prone region boosting shift from agriculture to industry.
Maharashtra govt approves new wildlife sanctuary at Ghodazari
The Maharashtra government has approved Ghodazari in Chandrapur district as a new wildlife sanctuary in the state. The sanctuary, in the North East of Tadoba, will include 159 sq km of Brahmapuri forest.
UAE launches world’s longest zip line
The United Arab Emirates has made a record by opening the world’s longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kms in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line in Ras al-Khaimah.
Canada moves to make its national anthem gender-neutral
Canada’s Upper House of Parliament has passed a bill to modify the country’s national anthem in a bid to make it gender-neutral. The words “thy sons command” in the second line of the anthem will be replaced with “all of us command”. The bill requires royal assent by Governor General Julie Payette to become law.
India unveils ‘world’s largest healthcare programme’
India announced a national healthcare scheme for half a billion of its poorest citizens in a major giveaway to voters in the final budget before a general election.
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India’s most vulnerable families would be able to access up to Rs 500,000 a year for hospital cover through the initiative.
- The government currently provides 30,000 rupees towards healthcare for poor families, but that sum is insufficient to cover most medical procedures.
Modi launches Khelo India Games
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launchhed Khelo India Games and said it was the first step towards making the country a strong contender at the Olympic level.
- A revamped version of the original National School Games, Khelo India is an U-17 event which will feature only 16 disciplines which have been identified as most likely to win medals at the Olympic Games.
- The best 1,000 athletes at the Khelo India Games will get scholarship of Rs 5 lakh every year for a period of eight years.
Neelam Kapur Appointed DG Of Sports Authority Of India
Senior-most Indian Information Service (IIS) officer Neelam Kapur was appointed Director-General of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
- She is at present the Principal Director General of the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP). It is for the first time that an IIS officer has been appointed as SAI chief.
Odisha bags ‘Geospatial World Excellence Award-2018’
Odisha has bagged ‘Geospatial World Excellence Award-2018’ for successful IT application for tracking of mineral production, dispatch and value accrued on real-time basis through its i3MS web-based software.
NITI Aayog’s Vinod Paul becomes the first Indian to receive WHO’s prestigious prize
In a first for an Indian, NITI Aayog Member Vinod Paul has been chosen to receive WHO’s prestigious IhsanDogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize for his services in the field of family health.
Magahi writer Madhukar awarded Sahitya Akademi’s Bhasha Samman
Magahi writer Shesh Anand Madhukar, who has been working extensively for the development of the language, was honoured with this year’s Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award.
PM Modi Pens Book ‘Exam Warriors’ to Help Students Reduce Stress
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new book – Exam Warriors – launched aims to help students breeze through their examinations.
- The book reportedly urges young students to tackle their examinations with zeal and energy. Modi has constantly reiterated the fact the exams should be viewed as ‘festivals’ in order to reduce stress, on his monthly talk show – Mann ki Baat.