Top 5 Current Affairs: 30 November 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launches Paytm Payments Bank

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 29 November 2017 officially launched the 'Paytm Payments Bank', India's largest digital wallet firm.

Paytm Payments Bank aims to bring Indians into 'digital economy'. With the launch of the Bank, Paytm account holders can enjoy the benefits like zero-balance account, free IMPS, NEFT, RTGS, UPI transactions and a complimentary virtual Rupay cards for online transactions.

Paytm Payments Bank is India's first only mobile bank that offers zero balance accounts, zero digital transaction charges and free personalised RuPay digital debit card. The bank also allows customers to withdraw cash from their RuPay digital debit card from any ATM.

One year of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana- Gramin: A Report

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin), under which a target of completing one crore new houses by 31st March 2019 was set, was launched on 20th November 2016 from Agra.Of this target, 51 lakh houses are to be completed by 31st March 2018.

To meet the target of 51 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) by March 2018, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), in partnership with the State Governments, has taken many steps, including setting a month-wise target for completion of houses.

Under the PMAY-G, the target for completion of 10 lakh houses by November 2017 has been achieved on 29th November 2017, i.e. before the set date for completion of 10 lakh houses.

Srikanth, Sindhu win top awards at Indian Sports Honours 2017

The Inaugural edition of the Indian Sports Honours, which was held in Mumbai, saw Kidambi Srikanth and P V Sindhu grab the top honours.

While ace shuttler Srikanth, who won four Super Series titles this year, won the Sportsman of the Year award, Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu won the Sportswoman of the Year award in the individual sport category.

In the team sport category, Ravichandran Ashwin, who recently achieved the feat of becoming the fastest bowler to reach 'Club 300' in Test cricket, was awarded Sportsman of the Year award, while women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj was awarded Sportswoman of the Year award.

Indian Coast Guard conducts marine pollution response exercise ‘Clean Sea- 2017’

The Indian Coast Guard on 29 November 2017 conducted a Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise 'Clean Sea - 2017' at sea off Port Blair, capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands .

The main objective of the exercise was to ascertain the preparedness of the Indian Coast Guard, resource agencies and other stakeholders in responding to a major oil spill in line with the provisions of the National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan.

The key highlight of the exercise was participation of one ICG Pollution Control Vessel and integration of the Indian Coast Guard Dornier/Chetak aircraft into the Oil Spill Disaster Management System for aerial assessment/ delivery of Oil Spill Dispersant for mitigation of the spilled oil.

India and Italy sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in health sector

India and Italy on 29 November 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector.

The agreement was signed by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda and Health Minister of Italy Beatrice Lorenzin.

The MoU is aimed at establishing comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health.


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