Daily Current Affairs 24th June 2017
RBI releases Handbook of Statistics on Indian States 2016-17
Reserve Bank of India released the second edition of its statistical publication titled “Handbook of Statistics on Indian States 2016-17”. This publication follows the ‘one indicator-one table’ approach. Some important points
- Total Population 2011- 1,21,08,55,000
- Rural Population 2011- 83,34,63,000
- Urban Population 2011- 37,71,06,000
- Population Increase from 2001-2011 – 17.70% [Highest in Dadra and Nagar Hawelli- 55.88% followed by Meghalaya- 29.85%]
- Sex ratio-2011 – 943 [Highest in Kerala- 1084 followed by Puducherry- 1037 ; Lowest daman and Diu- 618 ; In states lowest Haryana- 879]
- Literacy rate 2011- 72.99% [Highest Kerala- 94% ; Lowest Bihar- 61.80%]
- Density of Population 2011- 382(per sq km) [Highest- NCT of Delhi]
As in 2015(end of March), Southern Region had maximum number of offices of Scheduled Commercial Banks with 36,654 offices while individually state Uttar Pradesh had maximum number of office of SCB- 15,773
India, Russia sign roadmap to boost bilateral military cooperation
The meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission (17th edition) on Military Technical Cooperation concluded in Moscow, Russia, in which Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu signed a roadmap for boosting bilateral military cooperation.
Maharashtra Government announces farm loan waiver of Rs 34,020 crore
- Name of the loan waiver scheme- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Krushi Sanman Yojana
- Total amount of loan to be waived- Rs 34,020 crore
- Farmers to be benefitted- 89 lakh [40 lakh farmers debt-free and providing relief to 49 lakh others]
- Debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh each will be written off
- All BJP ministers and legislators of the state would contribute a month’s salary towards the loan waiver.
World Drug Report 2017: 29.5 million people globally suffer from drug use disorders, opioids the most harmful
As per the World Drug Report 2017 released by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2015 about a quarter of a billion people used drugs. Of these, around 29.5 million people – or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population – were engaged in problematic use and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence. Opioids were the most harmful drug type and accounted for 70 per cent of the negative health impact associated with drug use disorders worldwide.
- This year marks 20 years of the World Drug Report.
‘US approves sale of 22 Guardian drones to India’
The US has cleared the sale of 22 Guardian drones to India. The deal is estimated to be worth two to three billion dollars.
Centre gives green signal for Greater Noida International Airport
The Centre has granted approval for a greenfield International Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida. The proposed airport will come up at Jewar near the 165-km Yamuna Expressway. Noida International Airport will cater to 30-50 million passengers per year over the next 10-15 years.
Maharashtra government to launch ‘My Plant’ mobile app on tree plantation
Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Friday announced that a mobile app named ‘My Plant’, which would help in recording data about tree plantations in the state, would be launched on July 1. The forest department has set a target of planting four crore saplings through public participation between July 1 and 7.
Ministry of Urban Development launched the ‘City Liveability Index’
The Ministry of Urban Development has launched the ‘City Liveability Index’ for measuring the quality of life in 116 major cities including smart cities, capital cities and cities with a population of above one million each.
- In a first of its kind Index to be introduced in the country, cities will be assessed on a comprehensive set of 79 paratmeters
- Minister of Urban Development- Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu
ASSOCHAM paper reveals shortage of 3 lakh Yoga teachers in India
A paper released by ASSOCHAM states that India faces a shortage of about 3 lakh yoga instructors as against the requirement of over 5 lakhs yoga practitioners.
Imran Khawaja appointed as ICC deputy chairman
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Chairman of Associates Imran Khawaja as its deputy chairman. Khawaja, a veteran administrator from Singapore, was unanimously elected for the post created following the constitutional change approved at the ICC Full Council on Thursday.
WB Govt. honoured with UN Public Service Award for Kanyashree Prakalpa
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday received the highest prize in United Nations Public Service Award for the state government’s Kanyashree Prakalpa (Girl Child) scheme in The Hague, Netherlands.
West Bengal Government’s ‘Kanyashree Prakalpa’ is an intiative to improve the life and the status of the girls and help them pursue higher studies by providing financial help to the economically backward families. It also aims to prevent child marriage.
CM Naveen Patnaik confers Biju Patnaik Award on scientist Lalit Mohan Das
The prestigious Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence, 2014 was conferred on scientist Lalit Mohan Das for his outstanding contribution to science.
- Similarly, the CM awarded scientists Pradeep Kumar Chand, Swati Mohanty and Ajay Parida with the Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award.
Nisha Dutt gets social entrepreneur of year award
Nisha Dutt, Chief Executive Officer of Hyderabad-based Intellecap has been honoured with the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award at The 7th Asian Awards in London. She is the first Indian woman leader to have been conferred with this recognition.
Leander Paes-Adil Shamasdin wins Aegon Ilkley Challenger title
Veteran tennis star Leander Paes won the Aegon Ilkley Challenger trophy with Canadian partner Adil Shamasdin, following a come-from-behind win over Brydan Klien and Joe Salisbury
From Oct.1, DRS to be used in T20Is Cricket format
The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ committee has approved all recommendations made by the ICC cricket committee in May, which include the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in all T20I games and teams not losing a review when an LBW review comes back as Umpire’s Call. The other changes approved by the committee include: Bat size restrictions, Punishments for on-field misconduct and Run-out rule change.
England’s Jason Roy becomes first player to be given out obstructing the field in T20Is
England batsman Jason became the first ever batsman to be given out obstructing the field in T20 Internationals (T20I) during his side’s three-run defeat against South Africa at The Cooper Associates County Ground.
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