Daily Current Affairs 19th January, 2017

Daily Current Affairs 19th January, 2017


West Bengal Set to Give Legal Protection to Hilsa Fish

  • The West Bengal State Department of Fisheries has announced to protect the endangered Hisla Fish from getting extinct and thus has proposed to introduce law to arrest anyone found in illegal catching, buying or selling of Hilsa fish weighing less than 500 gram


AAI receives 45 initial bids under Regional Connectivity Scheme

  • The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received 45 initial bids from 11 parties to fly routes under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) launched by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation. The initial bid proposals covers more than 200 routes and as many as 65 airports, 52 of them not served by any airline and 13 under-served airports.
  • Government has now invited counter-bids against these initial proposals.
  • After that, these routes will be awarded to bidders who quote the lowest Viability Gap Funding (VGF) requirement against the routes under the RCS.

About Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)

  • The RCS aims to boost air travel in Tier II and Tier III cities by capping fares at Rs 2,500 per one hour flight. The AAI is the implementing authority of the scheme.
  • Its objective is to make flying affordable for the masses, to promote tourism, increase employment and promote balanced regional growth.
  • As per the scheme, the Union Government will subsidise the losses incurred by airlines flying out of dormant airports to allow airlines to charge Rs. 2,500 for an hour’s flight to passengers.
  • About 80{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} of the subsidy will be collected by charging a levy of up to Rs. 8,500 on each departing flight of domestic airlines and the rest 20{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} will come from the respective state governments.

Digi Dhan Melas: Consumers, merchants win prizes worth Rs 61 Cr

  • Over three lakh 80 thousand consumers and twenty-one thousand merchants have won prize money worth around 61 crore rupees at 24 Digi-Dhan Melas across the country.
  • This was disclosed by the Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi Government’s efforts to give a boost to the digital payment systems and cashless economy have evoked good response from the people.

Only cash, deposits can be declared under PMGKY

  • Undisclosed income in assets such as jewellery, stock or immovable property or in foreign bank accounts will not be accepted under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY).
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes on stated that only undisclosed income in domestic bank accounts, post offices or stashed elsewhere will be accepted under the scheme.

PNB, India Post Bank team up

  • Punjab National Bank and India Post Payments Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding, whereby PNB will provide technology platform for pilot launch of IPPB on receipt of regulatory nod from the Reserve Bank of India.IPPB has been incorporated under the Department of Posts with 100 per cent government equity.

Bharti AXA General appoints Sanjeev Srinivasan as CEO, MD

  • Bharti AXA General Insurance today said it has appointed Sanjeev Srinivasan as CEO and Managing Director.


Government launches ShaGun portal to monitor Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

  • The Union Government launched a dedicated web portal ShaGun (http://ssashagun.nic.in) for monitoring the progress of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The portal was developed by World Bank in collaboration with Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. Its name has been derived from the words Shala (means schools) and Gun (i.e. Gunvatta meaning Quality).



Scientists names 3 diseases that could cause next global health emergency

  • Scientists have named three relatively little-known diseases they think could cause the next global health emergency.
  • A coalition of governments and charities has committed 460 million dollars to speed up vaccine development for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus.


Bengaluru Ranked Most Dynamic City in the World in WEF Report

  • India’s IT Hub, Bengaluru has been ranked at the top position in the 2017 City .
  • Momentum Index released the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting being held in Davos.

Meghalaya’s Mawlynnong village becomes a role model for cleanliness

  • Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya has become a role model for other states in maintaining cleanliness known as Asia’s cleanest village.
  • Mawlynnong has become tourists’ hotspot.The Secretary of the village committee stated that, all 90 families of the village constructed toilets in 1989.


Indian Women Boxers Score 6 Medals In Serbia

  • Haryana-girl Neeraj (51kg), competing in his maiden international tournament, stood out with a gold medal, while Sarjubala Devi (48kg), Priyanka Chaudhary (60kg), Pooja (69kg) and Seema Punia settled for silver medals. Veteran Kavita Goyat (75kg) was the lone bronze-medallist.






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