Daily GK Update 9 & 10 April 2017

 National News

Deendayal Rasoi Yojna launched in Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh government kick-started its ambitious‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’ under which subsidised meals will be available at Rs 5 per plate to people, especially the economically disadvantaged sections of society.

26 projects worth Rs2100 cr approved for Namami Gange project
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)has approved 26 projects worth Rs 2,154.28 crore under the Centre’s ‘Namami Gange’ programme, aiming to reduce the river’s pollution load.

North India to get DNA bank for wildlife
North India is all set to get its first Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) bank for wildlife in Bareilly. It will help in research and also in bringing down poaching. At present, the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) in Hyderabad is the only such facility in the country.

ISRO And Agriculture Ministry Team Up To Geo-Tag Agricultural Assets
The Agriculture Ministry
joined hands with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a wing of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to geo-tag agricultural assets for their real-time monitoring and effective utilization.
ii.The Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) of the Agriculture Ministry and NRSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard.

International News

India, Australia sign 6 pacts
The Pact  aimed at boosting counter terrorism cooperation after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull. 
The discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern.

India, Russia team up to promote innovation and R&D
India has signed a joint declaration with Russia to promote innovation and the R&D ecosystem between the two countries.
‘The declaration was signed between the Department of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation on the sidelines of the Global R&D Summit 2017.

Flipkart Buys eBay India
India’s largest e-commerce player Flipkart buys eBay’s India business, and closing a $1.4 billion fund-raising round from Tencent, eBay and Microsoft.

12th Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant held in Vairengte 

i. The 12th edition Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant 2017 has begun at Vairengte in Mizoram. 

 Banking & Economic

Rajnath Singh launches Akshay Kumar’s portal ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ on the occasion of the ‘Shaurya Diwas
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the website and app named ‘Bharat Ke Veer‘, to facilitate the monetary contribution to the kin of soldier personnel killed in action.
This website is technically supported by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and powered by State Bank of India.

RBI allows banks to invest in REITs & InvITs
The Reserve Bank of India has allowed banks to invest in Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) and Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs), a move that will help revive the cash-starved infrastructure sector.
Banks are allowed to invest in equity-linked mutual funds, venture capital funds (VCFs) and equities to the extent of 20% of their Net Owned Fund (NOF).

Smita Sandhane appointed first woman chief  MD of Saraswat Bank
Saraswat Bank,
the largest lender in the co-operative space, has appointed Smita Sandhane as its Managing Director (MD) with effect from 01st April 2017.

Appointments & Resigns

Venkaiah Naidu launches 352 housing projects in 53 cities
Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu launched 352 projects in 53 cities in 17 States across the country with an investment of Rs 38,003-cr to build 2,03,851 affordable houses.

Asha Khemka  British-Indian educationist named ‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year’
Indian-origin was named  Asha Khemka   ‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year’ at an event in Birmingham, England.

Important days

World Homeopathy Day: International Convention Organised in New Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the National Convention on World Homeopathy Day on 10 April 2017 at New Delhi.
The theme of the convention is “Enhancing Quality Research in Homeopathy through scientific evidence and rich clinical experiences

 Sports

Hamilton beats Vettel to win his fifth Chinese Grand Prix
Mercedes’ British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton defeated Ferrari’s four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel to lift his fifth title at the Chinese Grand Prix.

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