Current Affairs : 13 July 2016

NABARD celebrates 35th foundation day

  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) ,the apex banking body of micro-financing and funding is celebrating its 35th foundation day today.

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Postal payment bank to revitalize postmen

  • Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced to launch the postal payment bank from September this year.
  • Postmen across the country will be provided 1.30 lakh hand-held devices and will function more like mobile ATMs in the rural belt of the country.

UP creates world record ​by planting over 5 cr saplings in ten hours

  • Uttar ​Pradesh ​ has created a world record ​by planting more than five crore saplings in just ten hours.
  • The forest department of the state started the largest statewide plantation drive in 24 hours from 10 ​AM. 

Delhi govt approves proposal to continue 50 pc subsidy on electricity bills

  • Delhi govt has approved a proposal to continue 50% subsidy on electricity bills in national capital.
  • The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

First woman Chief Justice of Nepal Sushila Karki takes oath

  • Sushila Karki has become the first woman Chief Justice of Nepal after taking oath of office and secrecy at a special programme organised at the Presidential Residence, Sheetal Niwas.
  • She will head the judiciary till June 6, 2017. 

Govt launches Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight

  • The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J. P. Nadda has launched a nationwide Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) to check child diarrhoeal deaths in New Delhi. 
  • It will be observed from 11th to 23rd July, 2016 across the country.

Swachh survey will be extended to 500 cities: Naidu

  • According to Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Swachh survey will be extended to 500 cities, which have population over one lakh.
  • States, cities, panchayats should give awards so that it becomes a movement. 

Nimi Sunilkumar wins Gourmand World Cookbook award

  • Cookbook author and food blogger Nimi Sunilkumar has won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for 2015-16. 
  • Her book “4 o’clock Temptations of Kerala” has been chosen for the award in the ‘Best Indian Cuisine Cookbook’ section.

India hockey squad announced for Rio Olympics

  • Indian Hockey Men's’ & Women's‘squads for Rio Olympics have been announced. 
  • Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh will captain the Men’s team and the experienced Sushila Chanu will lead the Women’s squad.

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