Thursday, March 9, 2017
DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 8TH MAR 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the PM Shri Narendra Modi approved the proposal for revival of 50 under-served/un-served airports/airstrips of the State Governments, Airports Authority of India and Civil enclaves.
ii. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has also approved the Revised Cost Estimate-I of 400 MW Koteshwar Hydro Electric Project in Uttarakhand.
iii. The Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Portugal on cooperation in the field of IT&E which was signed on January 6 in New Delhi.
iv. The Cabinet has also given its approval for India’s accession to the Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets and for completion of necessary procedures for ratification, for its entry into force.
2. NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON JAL KRANTI ABHIYAN BEGINS IN NEW DELHI
i. A day long National conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan was inaugurated by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Sushri Uma Bharti, in New Delhi.
ii. Jal Kranti Abhiyan was launched on June 05,2015 by Uma Bharti with 4 important components: Development of Model Command Area, Jal Gram Yojana, Pollution Abatement and Mass Awareness Programme.
ii. Its objective is to strengthening grass root involvement of all stakeholders including Panchayati Raj institutions and local bodies for Participatory Irrigation Management.
3. CHHATTISGARH CM RAMAN SINGH PRESENTS RS 76,032 CR BUDGET FOR 2017-18
i. Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh presented the annual budget of Rs 76,032 cr for 2017-18 in the state legislative assembly. The main focus of the budget is on digital inclusion and infrastructure development and on welfare of poorest of poor and inclusive growth.
ii. The estimated expenditure is 7.58% higher than the revised estimate of 2016-17. The revenue surplus is estimated at Rs 4,781 cr, the Gross fiscal deficit is estimated at Rs 9,647 cr, which is 3.49% of the GSDP.
iii. The budget allocates 36% of expenditure for the development of scheduled tribe sector and 12% for the scheduled caste sector.
iv. The social sector expenditure is estimated at 41% and economic sector expenditure is 38% of the total expenditure.
v. Allocation for agriculture has been increased by 26% to Rs. 10,434 cr. Irrigation facilities: Rs. 5243 cr, . Organic Farming Mission: Rs. 25 cr, Divyang (specially-abled people) college at a cost of Rs 2.56 cr will be set up at Raipur for educational upliftment of special children
4. INDO-NEPAL JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE ‘SURYA KIRAN-XI’ BEGINS IN UTTARAKHAND
i. The 2-week long India-Nepal joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran-Xi‘begins in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.
ii. Its aim is to train both the troops in the area of various counter insurgency operations over a prolonged period.
iii. It will also focus on other important aspects such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and environmental conservation.
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