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Daily Update On Current Affairs - June 25, 2017

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Haryana Govt To Implement Health Insurance Scheme For Poor


Haryana government will implement a health insurance scheme in the state to provide free health services to the poor. The state government will bear the cost of the premium. Chief Minister Manohar Lal said this after inaugurating a medical college and hospital at Mohri village in Kurukshetra district yesterday. He said the state government is establishing medical colleges in every district to meet the shortage of doctors in government hospitals. Chief Minister also said that as many as 28 colleges will be established in the state over the next two years. He said private organisations have been invited to establish Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy colleges in the state.

India And Portugal Sign 11 MoUs For Cooperation In Various Areas Including Double Taxation Avoidance, Investments, And Space Research

India and Portugal have agreed to set up a joint fund of four million Euros to support bilateral collaboration in cutting edge technology. This was disclosed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening in his press statement at Lisbon after the meeting of the two leaders. Citing a 17 percent growth in bilateral trade and doubling of FDI from Portugal during past one year, the Prime Minister said economic ties between the two countries are on an upward trajectory. He said, Portuguese economic rebound and strong growth in India offer excellent opportunities for the two countries.

Government Clears Proposal To Set Up A New Airport At Jewar In Greater Noida

Government has cleared a proposal for setting up a new airport at Jewar in Greater Noida. Briefing media in New Delhi, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said, in-principle approval for a greenfield airport at Jewar has been granted to cater to the growing flying requirements of National Capital Region. He said, the Noida International Airport will cater to 30 to 50 million passengers per year over the next 10 to 15 years.  The Minister also said the area notified for Noida Airport is three thousand hectares and the first phase will be developed for one thousand hectares. He said they are expecting 15 to 20 thousand crore rupees of investment. Mr Raju said his Ministry will continue to add significant airport capacity all over the country.

Maharashtra Government Announces A Mega Loan Waiver Of 34 Thousand Crore Rupees For Farmers

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today announced a mega farm loan waiver package of 34,000 crore rupees for farmers in distress in the state since 2012 due to continuous drought. Named after Maratha warrior king Shivaji Maharaj, the programme will benefit 89 lakh farmers and make 40 lakh agriculturists debt-free. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that farmers who have taken loan upto 1 lakh 50 thousand will be waived off completely and those farmers who have paid back their loans regularly, will get 25 percent loan return benefit. CM said that the decision will reflect upon 7/12 extract of agricultural land records of 40 lakhs farmers. Fadnavis further said that this scheme is not applicable to the government employees except class IV staff, ministers , ex-ministers and taxpayers. He also said that this will surely increase the financial burden on state but the government will tie up with banks and look for the solution. The cut off date for the loan waiver scheme is June 30, 2016.

RBI: Fiscal Deficit Of States Soars To Rs 4.93 Trillion In FY 16


According to ‘Handbook of Statistics on States 2016-17‘, the gross fiscal deficits of all the states have soared to Rs 4,93,360 crore in fiscal 2016 from Rs 18,790 crore in FY1991. This is the second edition of RBI’s statistical publication. ‘Handbook of Statistics on States 2016-17 follows a ‘one-indicator-one table’ approach. It covers all sub-national statistics on socio- demographics, state domestic product, agriculture, industry, infrastructure, banking and other fiscal indicators across the states during the period 1950-51 to 2016-17. The handbook also provides data on the state-wise availability of power, per capita availability of power, installed capacity of power, and power requirement, the length of national highways, roads and state highways, and railheads.

Sahara Life Insurance Cannot Sell New Plans; To Service Existing Polices: IRDAI

In an order, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has directed Sahara India Life Insurance to continue collection and accounting of the renewal premium and service the existing business and policyholders without any interruption. However, insurer is not allowed to procure or collect proposal deposits and underwrite new business with effect from the close of business on June 23, 2017. The company should duly inform the agents and other distribution channels about the same. it said.

UNESCO: Paris Agreement Only Way to Save Coral Reefs

A report by UNESCO has concluded that cutting down emissions and delivering the Paris Climate agreement to be the only ways out to save coral reefs the world over. This is the first global assessment of the impact of climate change on world heritage listed coral reefs. The assessment studies the impact of climate change on 29 world Heritage-listed coral reefs.

Palbinder Kaur Shergill Becomes First Turbaned Sikh Woman To Be Appointed As Judge In Canada Supreme Court


Palbinder Kaur Shergill has become the first turbaned Sikh woman to be appointed as Canad’s Supreme Court judge. The announcement was made by the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould. The appointment of Shergill as Supreme Court Judge of Canada is considered as a milestone for the Sikh community in Canada.

Imran Khawaja Appointed As ICC Deputy Chairman

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Imran Khawaja as its deputy chairman. Imran Khawaja is Chairman of Associates counties and a veteran administrator from Singapore. Recently, the ICC Full Council had brought a constitutional change approving the creation of the post of deputy chairman. Imran Khawaja was part of a five member ICC working team that framed ICC’s new constitution last year. Following his election, Khawaja will deputise the ICC meetings in the absence of chairman Shashank Manohar.


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