National - 2017 JANUARY

January 1

Updated status of Rescue and Relief work at Rajmahal project of ECL in Jharkhand.
Rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL)/ Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), State Government & Experts have been continuously carrying out rescue work at the accident site of ECL’s Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project in district Goda, Jharkhand and unfortunately the casualties have increased.

Senior citizens to get 8% interest on deposits up to Rs. 7.5 lakh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a fixed 8 per cent return on 10 year bank deposits of up to Rs. 7.5 lakh.
Senior citizens (60 years and above) will get monthly interest under this scheme, Modi his address to the nation on the eve of New Year.
Under the scheme, senior citizens will receive a fixed interest rate of 8 per cent for a period of 10 years, on deposits up to Rs. 7.5 lakh.

Credit guarantee for MSMEs doubled to Rs. 2 crore: PM Modi.
The government doubled the credit guarantee limit for small and medium businesses to Rs. 2 crore to help them tide over the liquidity problems.
Addressing the nation on the eve of the New Year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi just like the agriculture sector, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) is vital for the economy.
The government has taken certain decisions in the interest of small and medium businesses, which will also boost employment.
Government underwrites loans given by banks to small businesses through a trust. So far, loans were covered upto one crore rupees.

TANGEDCO to float another tender for 500 MW solar power.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has permitted the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to float another tender to procure 500 MW of solar power through competitive bidding.
The move follows the tepid response to TANGEDCO’s earlier tender, which drew 20 bidders for setting up solar power plants in the State for a combined capacity of 122 MW. The benchmark rate for the tender was Rs. 5.10 per unit.

Delhi Police to get 15,000 personnel.
The Home Ministry has cleared a proposal to add 15,000 personnel to the Delhi Police and the Finance Ministry has been requested to sanction it.
The Minister was speaking at the Delhi Police’s function 'Alankaran Samaroh', meant to celebrate the promotions awarded to over 25,000 police personnel over the last one year.
The Delhi Police chief further announced that provisions were made for out-of-turn promotions of women police personnel for the first time.

January 2

PM Narendra Modi’s Key Announcements on New Year’s Evening.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government would give the rebate of three and four percent on interest rates to the people who seek loans to build their houses in 2017.
"To make the people of the middle class and the poor to buy or build their homes, the government has brought to schemes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana'', Modi in his address to the nation on New Year's Eve.

World famous 11-day gala festival Bargarh Dhanua Jatra begins.
World famous Bargarh Dhanua Jatra is all set to begin as all the rituals were conducted before Goddess 'Samaleswari' - the presiding deity of the event and western Odisha.
The artisans are busy giving final touches to stage for the 11-day gala festival.
The event which will set the stage for all mythological places related to Lord Krishna based in the ancient city itself.
While Bargarh will become the Mathuranagari, Ambapalli area will stage as Gopapur, the parenting place of Krishna. Similarly, Jeera river will act as river Yamuna and Hatapada mandap will be Raj darbar of king Kansa.

BHIM becomes most popular Android app in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the digital payments app BHIM from National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and it is now the top free app on Google Play Store.
The digital payments app which brings a singular app for all UPI-based payments, was unveiled and in just three days climbed to top of the charts.
BHIM app has been downloaded more than 1 million times and has a 4.2 rating on the Play Store.

Chhattisgarh hosts Digi-Dhan Mela in Raipur.
To promote digital mode of payment and transactions in locals of Chhattisgarh state, Digi-Dhan Mela will be organised in the capital Raipur.
Union Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will attend this programme.
Users of digital payment mode like, Ru-pay Card, USSD, UPI and AEPS will be given prizes through lucky draw.
The state government will also organize slogan, poster and jingle competitions to promote digital payment in Chhattisgarh.

January 3

Maharashtra Government Bans use of Purse Seine Nets for Fishing.
The Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil has assured a delegation of fishermen that criminal cases would be registered against trawlers engaged in illegal 'purse seine net fishing' along the State coast.
Patil met the delegation, along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, at Mantralaya.
''The illegal purse seine nets from 600 trawlers at Sassoon Docks would be seized and criminal cases filed against those concerned'', Maharashtra Fishermen Action Committee president Damodar Tandel.
Fishermen have requested the Government to ban the 'purse seine net fishing' along the Konkan coast, which they say is depriving thousands of fishermen of livelihood and depleting the fish stock.

MP plans to develop 1,100 climate-smart villages.
Madhya Pradesh has embarked on an ambitious plan to develop 1,100 climate smart villages with an aim to prepare farmers to manage the climate change risks timely and ensure good productivity.
"The government has been planning to develop 1,100 villages as climate-smart villages in a period of next six years'', state Farmer Welfare & Agriculture Development Department Principal Secretary Dr. Rajesh Rajora.

January 4

Election Commission to announce poll dates for upcoming assembly elections.
The Election Commission (EC) will announce the dates for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.
The commission plans to hold seven-phased assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and single-phased ones in the other states.
The EC held a meeting yesterday with chief electoral officers in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa to fine tune arrangements.

Textile Ministtry launches BunkarMitra - Handloom Helpline Centre.
''Bunkar Mitra'', the Government of India’s Helpline for Handloom Weavers, went live.
The helpline was launched by the Union Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani on the occasion of ''Good Governance Day''.
The Ministry to monitor issues on which maximum complaints are received, so that corrective actions can be taken accordingly.
Smt. Irani congratulated the Development Commissioner (Handlooms) and appreciated the time-bound manner in which the helpline is designed to address to respond to weavers’ queries and grievances.
This helpline can be accessed by dialing the toll free number 1800-208-9988. Weavers can call from anywhere in India, from any number.

Uttar Pradesh: Digi Dhan Mela being organised in Meerut.
Through such Melas, common people are motivated towards higher usage of digital transactions by offering incentives like Lucky Grahak Yojana for Consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for Merchants.
The mela also offers training to auto and taxi drivers and farmers to accept online payments via the newly launched BHIM app. 
Digi Dhan Mela in Meerut is being organised at Cahudhary Charan Singh University campus Governor Ram Naik will inaugurate the Mela this afternoon. 

Govt launches UDAY web portal & app for transparency.
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal launched the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) Web Portal & Mobile App. 
It would track and monitor the progress of DISCOMs on operational and financial parameters under the UDAY scheme. 
An important part of the ‘Digital India Initiative’, the portal/app will ensure transparency, enhance accountability of various stakeholders and facilitate view of near real time progress, enabling consumers to demand better services for them.