Current Affairs 17 April 2016

BRICS Bank Disburses $250 Million Loan For Renewable Energy Project To Canara Bank

The New Development Bank (NDB), commonly known as BRICS bank, has sanctioned its first batch of loans, including $250 million to India’s renewable energy projects.
The NDB approved four green renewable energy projects from India, China, Brazil and South Africa entailing financing of $811 million.

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India, US To Collaborate On Tackling Offshore Tax Evasion

India and the US have agreed to enhance collaboration on tackling offshore tax evasion and increase cooperation in sharing of cross-border tax information.
Mr Jaitley and Mr Lew were joined by other senior officials from both sides including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan.

Canada Ranks Near Bottom On UNICEF's 'fairness' Report Card

Canada's poorest children are falling further behind, according to a UNICEF report card that ranks the country in the bottom third among OECD and EU nations when it comes to inequality in the well-being of its youngest citizens.
Report released in Paris presents an overview of inequalities in child well-being in 41 countries of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Jharkhand Government launched Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana For Widows

Raghubar Das, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand has launched the "Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana" for widows on the 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar.
The objective of the scheme is to create equality and harmony in society, ensuring all round development.
The scheme has a target to build 11,000 houses for the current financial year with a budget allocation of Rs. 80 Crore.

Delhi Government Bans Sale Of All Forms Of Chewable Tobacco For 1 Year

Delhi government has banned for one year the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco, including "guktha, pan masala, khaini and zarda", in the national capital.
The Department of Food Safety department issued a notification in this regard. According to the notification, unpackaged products of chewable tobacco, too, are covered under the ambit of the ban.

Ukrainian Parliament Appoints Groysman As New Prime Minister

Ukraine's parliament approved presidential ally Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister on Thursday in the biggest political shakeup since a 2014 uprising brought in a pro-Western leadership.
President Petro Poroshenko hopes the appointment of the former parliamentary speaker will end months of political deadlock that has delayed billions of dollars in foreign loans needed to shore up Ukraine's war-battered economy.

PP Pandey Appointed As In-Charge Of Gujarat DGP

PP Pandey, a senior IPS officer has been appointed as the in-charge director general of police (DGP) of Gujarat. He has succeed Mr. P C Thakur, who was transferred to New Delhi.

Panagarh Airbase Renamed After Former IAF Chief Arjan Singh

The Union Government has renamed Panagarh Air Force Base of West Bengal as Air Force Station Arjan Singh, to honour the Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. It was renamed on the occasion of his birthday.
This can be termed as a rare honour to the nation’s oldest soldier Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh.

Former Malian Photographer Malick Sidibe Passed Away

The award winning Malian photographer, Malick Sidibe has passed away recently. He was 80 year old.
Sidbe was known for his black and white studio portraits that captured the lives of young Malians in the 1960s and 1970s.

69th Himachal Day Being Celebrated In The State

Himachal Pradesh is celebrating 69th Himachal Day. On the occasion, a state­level function would be held at Ghumarvin town in Bilaspur district where Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will unfurl the national flag.
Similarly, the ministers of state council would preside over functions in all the district headquarters.
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