Current Affairs Pocket : 5th Jan. 2018
India Excludes Pakistan from a SAARC Initiative
- India excluded Pakistan from the list of SAARC member countries with which it will be connecting its state-of-the-art National Knowledge Network (NKN) for sharing scientific databases and remote access to advanced research facilities.
- The government has kicked off the process of appointing a telecom company that will connect and extend the NKN to research and education networks in six South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation member states — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
World’s Biggest Cleanliness Survey ‘Swachh Sarvekshan 2018’ Launched
- The world’s biggest cleanliness survey ‘Swachh Sarvekshan Survey 2018‘ was launched in India by PM Narendra Modi. It will be conducted from the 4th of January to 10th of March. The survey will evaluate achievements in cleanliness level of urban areas.
- The cleanliness survey was launched in 2016 as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The main objective of Swachh Survekshan is to encourage large-scale citizen participation and create awareness towards making towns and cities a cleaner and better place to live in.
Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank Introduces Desktop ATMs in Rural India
- The Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank (APGVB) has operationalised its first desktop ATM in Telangana. The mini-ATM within the branch premises will facilitate customers to withdraw small amounts.
- At the same time, regular bank account holders can withdraw money and do other banking activities. With these ATMs, there will be no need for separate ATM rooms, so there is no security issue. This initiative is the biggest under the SBI and among the best regional rural banks (RRBs).
India and Israel MoU between on Cooperation in Oil and Gas Sector Approved
- Cabinet has approved the signing of MoU between India and Israel on cooperation in the Oil and Gas Sector.
- The cooperation envisaged under the agreement will facilitate promotion of investments in each other’s countries, technology transfer, R&D, conducting joint studies, capacity building of human resources and collaboration in the area of Start-ups.
Namami Gange Projects Worth Rs. 295 crore Approved by NMCG
- National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved five projects worth Rs. 295.01 crore.
- Three projects pertain to sewage management in West Bengal at an estimated cost of Rs 278.6 crore, one relates to sewage management in Uttarakhand at an estimated cost of Rs 4.68 crore and one project worth Rs 11.73 crore is related to ghat improvement works in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.