Daily Current Affairs: February 04, 2017

Current Affairs February 4, 2017

RBI proposes to waive off bank transactions charges and decrease interest rate for credit cards

RBI has deregulated interest rates on credit card dues. RBI has decided that till March 3, 2017, banks and prepaid payment instrument issuers shall not levy any charges on customers for transactions up to Rs. 1,000 settled on Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

Acid attack victims to get Rs 1 lakh extra as aid under PM’s Nation Relief Fund

With an aim to provide “immediate relief” to lakhs of acid attacks victims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved additional financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh from the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

  • Under the Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF) scheme of the Union Home Ministry, the states are required to pay a minimum amount of Rs 3 lakh to acid attack victims.
  • The additional assistance provided from PMNRF will be over and above the amount of Rs 3 lakhs.

Haryana to create land bank

In an attempt to avoid farmers’ agitations against land acquisition process, Haryana BJP government has decided to create a “land bank” by buying land from those farmers who are wish to sell their land for future projects.

  • Under this concept, there will be no forcible land acquisition. This will be win-win situation for government as well the sellers of the land

Bihar introduces third gender category in school exams

For the first time since the Supreme Court recognised transgender people as a third gender in 2014, as many as 18 students in Bihar have been allowed to appear for the Board exams conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) under the third-gender category.

NTPC appoints Anand Kumar Gupta executive director

Vikram Limaye is the new NSE CEO and MD

The NSE’s board approved Limaye’s name for the top position. He will succeed  Chitra Ramkrishna, who resigned two months back.

Achamkulangare Gopinathan re-appointed to UN Joint Inspection Unit                       

Achamkulangare Gopinathan, a top Indian diplomat, has been re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to the Joint Inspection Unit, the only independent external oversight body of the UN system.

Former CBI director Joginder Singh passes away

Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Joginder Singh passed away after a prolonged illness.

Eminent litterateur Pathani Patnaik passes away

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