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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH APR 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH APR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. PRADHAN MANTRI MUDRA YOJANA TOPS TARGET FOR 2016-17 LOANS CROSS TARGET OF RS 1.8 LAKH CR
i. Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tops target for 2016-17, loans cross target of Rs 1.8 lakh cr the Union Budget for financial year 2016.
ii. Loans extended under the PMMY during 2016-17 have crossed the target of Rs 1.8 lakh cr.
iii. PM Modi mentioned that there is an urgent need to focus on some 5.75 cr self-employed people who use funds of around Rs 11 lakh cr, and have an average debt of merely Rs 17,000 but they end up employing 12 cr people.

2. AFTER UP’S ANTI ROMEO SQUAD HARAYANA LAUNCHES OPERATION DURGA
i. Haryana announced the launch of Durga Vahini: police squads that aims to stop harassment of women on public spaces.
ii. Strong actions will be taken against “eve-teasers“. The state government had already established women police stations in all the districts to ensure women’s safety.
v. The campaign Operation Durga was launched after identifying places where such anti-social elements were indulging in eve teasing, stalking, vulgar comments, and other similar activities.
iv. Haryana govt to give free laptops to first 500 meritorious students

3. 33 YEARS OF OPERATION MEGHDOOT A SAGA OF UNMATCHED BRAVERY
i. After 33 years of Operation Meghdoot, the Indian Army’s longest deployment on strategically located Siachen Glacier celebrating a saga for bravery, courage, heroism and sacrifice on the world’s highest and coldest battle field.
ii. Two disputed boundaries with Pakistan and China. It lies in the Karakoram Range in the North West India. Siachen Glacier is 76.4 km long and covers about 10,000 sq km uninhabited terrain.
iii. On this day, a Platoon of 4 Kumaon led by then Captain Sanjay Kulkarni planted the 1st Indian Flag on Siachen Glacier at Bilafond La which began Operation Meghdoot.

4. ALIA BHATT FEATURES ON FORBES 30 UNDER 30 ASIA LIST
i. Actress Alia Bhatt has featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. She is the only Bollywood actress who has made it to this year.
ii. Indian actress Alia Bhatt has acted in over 20 high-earning Bollywood movies. At least 6 of the films she has acted in earned very well that is over $15 million


5. SAUDI ARABIA RAISES $9 BILLION IN FIRST GLOBAL ISLAMIC BOND ISSUE
i. Saudi Arabia raised $9 billion in its 1st global Islamic bond issue. The sale of Islamic bonds known as Sukuks.
ii. The global debt market for the 1st time raised $17.5 billion in a bond issue. It is the biggest ever bond sale from an emerging-market nation.
iii. Investors submitted more than $33 billion in bids. Saudi Arabia is tapping international and domestic markets to help finance a budget deficit that may reach $53 billion this year.
iv. Saudi Arabia has been hit by a drop in oil prices that’s why it is raising debt, cut spending and preparing the world’s largest initial public offering of state-owned oil company Saudi Arabian Oil Co.

6. WORLD BANK APPROVES $375-MN LOAN FOR INDIA’S 1ST WATERWAY PROJECT
i. World Bank has approved a $375 million loan to India for developing its 1st waterway project: The National Waterway. Under this project, a navigable stretch of 1360 km will be developed on River Ganga from Varanasi to Haldia.
ii. The project will put in place the basic infrastructure required to develop water transportation in this prospective region.
iii. As a part of the project, the outdated Farakka barrage lock-gate will be modernised, thereby facilitating smoother passage of vessels.

7. JHARKHAND POLICE INITIATES TARA ZAMEEN PAR PROGRAMME FOR UNDERPRIVILIEGED CHILDREN
i. With a motive to enlighten children in naxal-affected areas of Jharkhand’s Palamau district, Jharkhand Police has initiated Tare Zameen Par program to encourage children to lead happy lives.
ii. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Vipul Shukla appealed to locals to donate bags, shoes, books and clothes that will be distributed among poor children.

8. INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES ‘OPERATION CLEAN MONEY-II’ TO PROBE 60,000 PEOPLE
i. The Income Tax department launched 2nd phase of ‘Operation Clean Money’ under which it will probe over 60000 individuals including 1300 ‘high risk’ individuals.
ii. In this phase the identification was not based on any particular threshold transaction amount. Detailed investigation will be conducted for around 6000 high value property transactions and 6600 cases of outward remittances.

9. PM NARENDRA MODI’S NAGPUR VISIT TO COMMEMORATE 126TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. AMBEDKAR
i. PM Narendra Modi was on a day-long visit to Nagpur for a series of programmes to commemorate 126th birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the chief architect of Indian Constitution.
ii. PM Narendra Modi released 2 special commemorative postal stamps. One stamp depicts ‘Deekshabhoomi’ in its full glory and the other stamp bears twin pictures of Lord Buddha and Dr. Ambedkar.
iii. He formally launched BHIM-Aadhaar platform for merchants at a function organized by the Niti Ayog at Mankapur Indoor Stadium in Nagpur.
iv. He inaugurates new units in Koradi thermal power station in Nagpur.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHICH STATE’S POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS INITIATED ‘TARE ZAMEEN PAR’ PROGRAMME FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN?
a)  Maharashtra
b)  Jharkhand
c)  Rajasthan
d)  Gujarat
Q2. WHICH POLICE SQUADS HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED BY HARYANA STATE GOVT. TO STOP HARASSMENT OF WOMEN IN PUBLIC PLACES?
a)  ’Durga Vahini’
b)  ’Stree Shakti’
c)  ’Gulabi Squad’
d)  ’Pink Patrol’
Q3. WHICH COUNTRY HAS RAISED $9 BILLION THROUGH ITS 1ST GLOBAL ISLAMIC BOND ISSUE?
a)  UAE
b)  Qatar
c)  Oman
d)  Saudi Arabi
Q4. WHICH FINANCIAL INSTITUTION HAS APPROVED $375 MILLION LOAN TO INDIA FOR DEVELOPING ITS 1ST WATERWAY PROJECT – THE NATIONAL WATERWAY 1?
a)  New Development Bank
b)  International Monetary Fund
c)  World Bank
d)  Asian Development Bank
Q5. WHICH OPERATION HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT TO PROBE OVER 60000 INDIVIDUALS INCLUDING 1300 ‘HIGH RISK’ INDIVIDUALS, WHO UNDERTOOK HIGH VALUE CASH TRANSACTIONS DURING NOTE BAN PERIOD?
a)  Operation Clean Money II
b)  Operation Black Money II
c)  Operation Dhan Chase II
d)  Operation Swachh Dhan II

ANSWERS:
                                    1 - B    2 - A    3 - D    4 - C    5 - A







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