Daily Current GK Update
13 February, 2019
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Meghalaya government to rename Dikkibandi Stadium after P A Sangma
The Meghalaya Cabinet has decided to rename the Dikkibandi stadium in Tura town after former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma. The state Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma approved the recommendations received from the state naming authority tasked with the job to name roads, and institutions after personalities. The Dikkibandi Stadium was formerly known as MP stadium. Purno A Sangma is also a former chief minister of Meghalaya.
Source: – Business Standard
NTPC signs pact with SBI for Rs 5000 crore term loan
State-owned power giant NTPC has announced that it has signed a term loan agreement for Rs 5,000 crore with State Bank of India. The loan facility is extended at an interest rate linked to 3-Month MCLR of the Bank. This loan has a door to door tenure of 15 years and will be utilised to part finance the capital expenditure of NTPC.
Source: – The Moneycontrol
Senior National Badminton Championships begins in Guwahati
The 83rd edition of Senior National Badminton Championships has begun in Guwahati. Defending champion Saina Nehwal and last edition’s runner-up PV Sindhu will be the biggest attractions in Women’s Singles.
The Men’s Singles will be without defending champion HS Prannoy and runners-up Kidambi Srikanth who are suffering from injuries. This is the first time the Nationals is returning to the North-East since Guwahati last hosted it in 2010.
Source: – DD News
3-Day Long Krishi Kumbh held in Bihar
In Bihar, Governor Lalji Tandon and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh jointly inaugurated the three-day Krishi Kumbh in Motihari. Over 15000 farmers from different states and about two hundred agricultural scientists participating in the Kumbh.
The objective of Krishi Kumbh is to promote modern techniques and diversification in agriculture that could help in doubling farmers income. The government is creating strong infrastructure from “Beej to Bazar” for enhancing the income of farmers.
Source: – AIR World Service
Lok Sabha passes Finance Bill 2019
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Finance Bill, 2019. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had in the bill proposed to raise tax rebate for people with annual income up to 25 lakh from $2,500 to 312,500, which will result in them not having to pay any tax. The tax-related proposals were aimed at helping the poor and middle-class, he said.
Source: – Bloomberg Quint
PM Modi launches dedicated channel ‘DD Arunprabha’ for Arunachal Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a dedicated 24×7 Satellite channel, ‘DD Arunprabha’ for Arunachal Pradesh during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Tripura.
DD Arunprabha is the Doordarshan’s second channel for the northeastern region; DD Northeast was the first one. The channel will familiarise people across India with the beauty and the culture of the State.
Source: – Hindustan Times
India and Norway launched initiative to combat marine pollution
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change signed a Letter of Intent establishing the India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Earlier, the Indian and Norwegian governments agreed to work more closely on oceans by signing a MoU and establishing the India-Norway Ocean Dialogue during the Norwegian Prime Minister’s visit to India in January. Both the governments launched the first Joint initiative under this new partnership.
Source: – Press Information Bureau