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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 7TH JUNE 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 7TH JUNE 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. FIRST RURAL LED STREET LIGHTING PROJECT TO TAKE OFF IN ANDHRA PRADESH
i. Central government will be retrofitting 10 lakh conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights in Gram Panchayats of 7 districts in Andhra Pradesh. This will be India’s 1st rural LED Street Lighting Project.
ii. The project will be carried out through the Energy Efficiency Services Limited under the Ministry of Power. Gram panchayats of the districts of Guntur, Kurnool, Prakasham, Nellore, Kadapa, Ananthapur and Chittoor will be covered under the first phase of the project.
iii. French Development Agency Agence Française de Développement will fund the entire upfront capital cost of this project.

2. MOU SIGNED BETWEEN CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY FORCE & NATIONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
i. The Central Industrial Security Force and the National Skill Development Corporation has signed an MoU. The MoU aims at assisting retiring, retired, serving low medical category CISF personnel to acquire additional skills and facilitate their resettlement through a second career.
ii. The MoU will remain in effect for a period of 5 years starting from 2017 till 2022, subject to a mid-term review after 3 years.
iii. It will also provide welfare to wards, family members of serving CISF personnel, retired personnel and personnel killed in action.
iv. The MoU provides that CISF, NSDF and NSDC will work together at CISF units all across the country.
v. Under this MoU the Family Welfare Centres are functional and other CISF locations with an objective to impart skill development programs under the Skill India Mission.

3. MONTENEGRO BECOMES NATO’S 29TH MEMBER
i. Montenegro officially joined North Atlantic Treaty Organization and thereby became the 29th member country of NATO.
ii. The move came in the face of bitter opposition from Russia, which says NATO’s steady expansion into the former communist states of Eastern Europe threatens its own security and cannot go unchallenged.
iii. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance will benefit from Montenegro’s insight into the Balkans

4. INDIA SIGNS LOAN AGREEMENT WITH THE WORLD BANK FOR USD 39.2 MILLION FOR THE PROJECT “Assam Citizen Centric Service Delivery”
i. An agreement for IBRD Credit of USD 39.2 Million from World Bank for the project “Assam Citizen Centric Service Delivery” has been signed.
ii. The programme cost is 49-million dollar out of which 39.2-million dollar will be financed by the Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded-out of State Budget.
iii. The main objective of the project is to improve access in the delivery of selected public services in Assam.
iv. The project seeks to enable citizens to access services under the RTPS Act in a timely, efficient, and accountable manner.

5. VIJAYA BANK SET TO DEVELOP 100 DIGITAL VILLAGES
i. Vijaya Bank is set up to develop 100 digital villages in various States of the country. Its aim is to promote digital banking among the rural population.
ii. Vijaya Bank has inaugurated its 2031st ATM at Pandit Nehru Bus Station in the city of Vijayawada.
iii. Director of Vijaya bank B.S.Rama Rao has said that Vijaya Bank is the only public sector financial iinstitution to develop digital villages with focus on rural areas.
iv. Vijaya Bank has already developed 5 villages including the one in Guntur district. It will provide internet, mobile payment facilities, free Wi-Fi connectivity, ATM cards, online banking and others besides educating the villagers through door-to-door campaign.
v. Vijaya Bank also opens bank accounts to all the eligible villagers including children and encourages them to make transactions digitally. The bank has about 13 lakh mobile users and about 8 lakh Internet banking users.

6. AUTHORS NEELAKANTAN, SATPATHY TO BE HONOURED WITH KALINGA AWARDS
i. Popular writer Anand Neelakantan, author Paramita Satpathy and Odia poet Haraprasad Das have been announced as winners of this year’s Kalinga Literary Awards.
ii. Haraprasad Das will be conferred Kalinga Literary Youth Award.
iii. Anand Neelakantan will be conferred Kalinga International Literary Award.
iv. Paramita Satpathy will be conferred Kalinga Karubaki Award.

7. BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS DIA MIRZA APPOINTED WILDLIFE TRUST OF INDIA’S BRAND AMBASSADOR
i. Actress Dia Mirza on World Environment Day has appointed brand ambassador for the Wildlife Trust of India.
ii. Dia has lent her support to WTI’s wildlife conservation endeavours for several years now and is a founder-member of the organisation’s Club Nature initiative.
iii. She has been the face of several significant environmental and humanitarian campaigns and was last year made an ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Mission’s ‘Swachh Saathi’ programme.

8. NHB APPROVES MERGER BETWEEN AADHAR HOUSING FINANCE AND DHFL VYSYA HOUSING FINANCE
i. NHB approves merger between Dewan Housing group companies DHFL Vysya Housing Finance and Aadhar Housing Finance.
ii. DHFL Vysya Housing Finance Ltd and Aadhar Housing Finance Ltd will going to be merged into one to create a pan-India entity with Rs 3,300 cr of loan assets for financing affordable housing.
iii. The merger plan received backing from International Finance Company, which holds 20% in Aadhar Finance. It provides financial support to India’s scheme of promoting dwelling units for low income families.
iv. IFC would also raise its investment and hold 18% in the merged entity. Aadhar Housing is present in northern and western India while DHFL Vysya operates in the southern market.
vi. The government’s ‘Housing for All by 2022’ aims to provide finances for two cr affordable houses in urban areas and four cr affordable dwelling units in rural locations.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. INDIA’S FIRST RURAL LED STREET LIGHTING PROJECT WILL BE UNDERTAKEN IN WHICH STATE?
a)  Andhra Pradesh
b)  Telangana
c)  Haryana
d)  Punjab
Q2. NATIONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SIGNED MOU WITH WHICH CENTRAL ARMED POLICE FORCE FOR CONDUCTING SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS UNDER THE SKILL INDIA MISSION?
a)  CRPF
b)  ITBP
c)  CISF
d)  BSF
Q3. WHICH COUNTRY OFFICIALLY JOINED NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION AND THEREBY BECAME THE 29TH MEMBER COUNTRY OF NATO?
a)  Serbia
b)  Montenegro
c)  Bulgaria
d)  Croatia
Q4. WHICH PUBLIC SECTOR BANK IS GOING TO DEVELOP AS MANY AS 100 DIGITAL VILLAGES IN VARIOUS STATES OF THE COUNTRY AS PART OF ITS INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE DIGITAL BANKING AMONG THE RURAL POPULATION?
a)  Bank of India
b)  Punjab National Bank
c)  Bank of Baroda
d)  Vijaya Bank
Q5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR THE WILDLIFE TRUST OF INDIA?
a)  Dia Mirza
b)  Deepika Padukone
c)  Sushmita Sen
d)  Raveena Tandon

ANSWERS: 

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

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