Current Affairs : 8 July 2016

Prakash Javadekar takes charge of HRD ministry

  • Newly-elevated Cabinet minister Prakash Javadekar took charge of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, HRD. 
  • He replaces Smriti Irani, who after serving as the HRD minister for two years, took charge of the Ministry of Textiles yesterday. 
  • He is the only Minister of State to be elevated to cabinet rank in reshuffle.

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Deepak Singhal becomes new Chief Secretary of UP

  • Principal Secretary of Irrigation Deepak Singhal has been appointed the new Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. 
  • He has replaced Alok Ranjan, who has got retire on 30 June 2016 after a three-month extension of service.

Namami Gange projects for cleaning river Ganga launched

  • Namami Gange programme for cleaning of river Ganga has been launched by Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti from Haridwar. 
  • She has inaugurated 231 projects under the Namami Gange Programme. 
  • These programmes were launched at many other places also for cleaning of Ganga and its tributaries from Gangotri to Howrah.

Odisha government doubles prize money of Unesco Kalinga prize

  • The Odisha government has decided to double the Unesco Kalinga prize-2017 money from 20 thousand to 40 thousand US dollars. 
  • The increase in the prize money was approved by the Odisha government.

Non-urea fertiliser prices slashed by up to Rs 5,000/tonne

  • The retail prices of non-urea fertilisers including DAP have been slashed by up to Rs 5,000 per tonne following drop in global prices of raw materials. 
  • According to Union Minister Ananth Kumar the state-run fertiliser firms Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers and National Fertilizers Ltd as well as private firm Indian Potash Ltd have agreed to reduce the price of non-urea fertilizers.

SBI Card launches premium credit card ‘ELITE’

  • SBI Cards and Payment Services (SBI Card) has launched a premium credit card ‘Elite‘. 
  • Elite is a bundle of several privileges and benefits for high net worth individuals . 
  • This card is launched on the Master Card World platform which is enabled with Near Field Communication technology.

Govt forms panel to examine desirability and feasibility of new financial year

  • The government has set up a four member committee to examine the desirability and feasibility of having a new financial year. 
  • Committee will be headed by former Chief Economic Advisor Shankar Acharya.

Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian gymnast to bag ‘World Class Gymnast’ award

  • India’s gymnast Dipa Karmakar created history as she clinched ‘World Class Gymnast‘ award by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). 
  • She is the first Indian gymnast to secure this award as ‘Gymnaste de Classe Mondaile’ given by FIG.

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