DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 1ST March 2017
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1. INDIA’S FIRST INTEGRATED HELIPORT INAUGURATED AT ROHINI IN NORTH DELHI
i. India’s first integrated Heliport was inaugurated by Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the Civil Aviation Minister at Rohini in North Delhi. The Heliport is the 1st of its kind facility in South Asia for rotor wing aircraft including their landing and takeoff and has been built by state-owned Pawan Hans Ltd.
ii. Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and B P Sharma, Pawan Hans CMD among others were present at the ceremony.
iii. The heliport consists of a terminal building having a capacity of 150 passengers, 4 hangars with the parking capacity of 16 helicopters and 9 parking bays.
2. MEITY TO PROMOTE DIGITAL TRANSACTIONS IN PLACE OF NITI
i. The Ministry of IT and Electronics has taken the responsibility of NITI Aayog to promote the digital transactions in India.
ii. MEITY is responsible for promotion of e-governance for empowering citizens as well as promoting inclusive and sustainable growth of IT and electronics in the country.
iii. It is also responsible for encouraging the growth of IT-enabled services industries.
iv. NITI Aayog will focus on monitoring and suggesting ways to improve various government schemes rather than getting involved with implementation.
3. BIHAR STATE GOVERNMENT PRESENTS RS 1.60 LAKH CR BUDGET FOR 2017-18
i. The Bihar State finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui presented the Rs 1.60 lakh cr budget for 2017-18 with no proposals of any fresh tax.
ii. A Rs 14,555 cr revenue surplus budget of Rs 1,60,085.69 cr is Rs 15389.42 cr more than 2016-17 budget estimate of Rs 1,44,696.27 cr.
iii. The state’s fiscal deficit has been estimated at Rs 18,112 cr which is 2.87% of the Gross State Domestic Product estimated at Rs 6.32 lakh cr.
iv. Of an estimated revenue receipt of Rs 1,37,158.41 cr of the state government in 2017-18, state’s own tax revenue is estimated at Rs 32,001.12 cr which is Rs 2,270.85 cr more than Rs 29,730.27 cr in 2016-17.
v. The state plans to borrow Rs 23,862 cr in 2017-18 and expects a share of Rs 65,326.37 cr in central taxes and Rs 36,956 cr in the form of grants-in-aid.
4. ORISSA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY PRESENTS STATE BUDGET 2017-18
i. The state Finance Minister of Odisha Pradeep Kumar Amat presented the State Budget for 2017-18 fiscal in the session of Orissa Legislative Assembly..
ii. Total Budget Outlay was of Rs. 1,06,911 cr while merging non-plan and plan expenditure.
iii. The new allocations have been made for the schemes and programmes. The largest outlay of Rs. 18,404 cr was allocated for education and skill developments while an outlay of Rs. 14,930 cr for agriculture.
v. Allocations have also been made for the completion of the ongoing projects and increase in social