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14th June 2018 Current Affairs-Bitwise


Government added 10 Iconic sites in 3rd phase of its flagship project of Swachh Iconic Places

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  • The government has added ten Iconic sites in third phase of its flagship project of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) under Swachh Bharat Mission
  • The sites are Raghavendra Swamy Temple of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, Hazardwari Palace of Murshidabad, West Bengal, Brahma Sarovar Temple of Kurukshetra, Haryana, Vidur Kuti in Bijnor and Nagvasuki Temple of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Mana village in Chamoli and Kanvashram in Uttarakhand. 
  • Besides, Pangong Lake in Leh-Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Ima Keithal of Imphal in Manipur, Sabarimala Temple of Kerala.
  • Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in a statement said, these sites have joined the 20 iconic places selected under Phase- I and II where special sanitation work is underway. 
  • The first phase was launched in 2016 while the second in 2017. Speaking at the launch of the third phase of the project in Mana village in Uttarakhand, Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary, Parameswaran Iyer said under it, the government will take up initiatives like improved sewage infrastructure, drainage facilities, installation of sewage treatment plant, improved sanitation facilities and water vending machines. 
  • He also added that solid and liquid waste management set-up, structure restoration, roads maintenance, lighting arrangements, beautification of parks, better transport facilities in approach and access areas will also be taken up at the main sites.

NITI Aayog to launch Composite Water Management Index
  • NITI Aayog has come up with the Composite Water Management Index in view of limitations on availability of water resources and the rising demand for water.
  • The index is a useful tool to assess and improve performance in management of water resources. It is an attempt to inspire States and Union Territories towards efficient and optimal utilization of water followed by recycling. The index can provide useful information which can be utilized to formulate and implement strategies for better management of water resources.
  • Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari will release the Index in New Delhi.


US government clears sale of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for $ 930M

  • US government has approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for 930 million dollars.
  • The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval and if no US lawmaker raises an objection, the contract will go ahead. 
  • Boeing and Indian partner Tata have begun to produce Apache fuselages at a plant in India, approval concerns a direct sale of finished products from the US manufacturers.
  • In addition to aircraft, the contract includes night vision sensors, GPS guidance and hundreds of Hellfire anti-armour and Stinger air-to-air missiles.


Union Cabinet approves HDFC Bank’s proposal to raise additional share capital of Rs 24,000 crore

  • Union Cabinet on 13th June approved the proposal for grant of permission to HDFC Bank to raise additional share capital of up to a maximum of 24,000 crore rupees.
  • The composite foreign shareholding in the Bank will not exceed 74 percent of the enhanced paid-up equity share capital of the bank. According to the Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, the proposed investment is expected to strengthen the capital adequacy ratio of the bank.
  • The Cabinet also approved reconstitution of North Eastern Council (NEC).
  • Home Minister will be the ex officio chairman of NEC and the Minister of State for DoNER will serve as Vice Chairman of the council. Under the new arrangement, it will provide a forum for discussing interstate matters more comprehensively and also consider common approaches to be taken in future.

Union Cabinet approves monetization of 3.70 acres of land at Pragati Maidan by ITPO
  • Union Cabinet has approved the monetization of 3.70 acres of land at Pragati Maidan by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) on long-term leasehold basis for 99 years for construction and running of a Hotel by a third party including private sector through a transparent competitive bidding process. 
  • This measure is part of the Phase - I of redevelopment project of Pragati Maidan which is Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) Project. It was approved by the CCEA in January 2017 at an estimated cost of 2254 crore rupees. The IECC project envisages construction of a world class state-of-the-art Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre.

Government approves revision of carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under PMAY (Urban)
  • The government has approved a 33 per cent increase in carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under its affordable housing scheme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) to attract more beneficiaries. 
  • The carpet area of a house has been enhanced to 160 square metres from 120 square metres for Middle Income Group-1, while it has been increased to 200 square metres from 150 square metres in case of Middle Income Group-2. 
  • The new rules will be effective from 1st of January, 2017, the date on which the scheme became operational. The enhancements will now enable more Middle Income Group customers to qualify for subsidy and avail the benefits provided under the flagship mission of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban. 
  • Apart from increasing the number of beneficiaries, the enhancement in carpet area will increase the construction activity and will give a push to housing sector. Under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme, each beneficiary can avail subsidy up to two lakh 35 thousand on purchase of a house under the scheme.


World Cup 2026: United States, Mexico and Canada joint bid wins right to host

  • The United States, Mexico and Canada won the right to host the 2026 World Cup after easily beating Morocco in a vote by FIFA member nations in Moscow on 13th June. The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.
  • Football's showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since 1994 when the United States hosted the tournament.


Bindeshwar Pathak was honoured with Japan's prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize

  • Noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, was honoured with Japan's prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize. The award was given under Culture and Community category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination.
  • Launched in 1996, the award honours people in Asia who have made significant contributions in one of the three areas of regional growth; science, technology & innovation and culture & community. The awards were created and presented by Nikkei Inc, one of the largest media corporations in Japan.
Published on 6/14/2018 4:18:00 PM