Top 5 Current Affairs: 30 November 2018
Revised GDP Back Series data: All you need to know about new GDP data
Nearly four years after moving to a new GDP series, the Union Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MOSPI) on November 28, 2018 released the revised Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data for the years 2004-2005 to 2010-2011.
Modifying the data of past years using 2011-12 as the base year instead of 2004-05, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) lowered the GDP growth rate under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government from 10.3 percent in financial year 2010-11 to 8.5 percent.
Emergency Response Support System: Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch Single Emergency Number '112'
Himachal Pradesh on November 28, 2018 became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number ‘112’ which will connect to police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state.
For this purpose, state established an ERC in Shimla along with 12 District Command Centres (DCCs) covering the entire state. The emergency number was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS).
Saubhagya Scheme: 8 States achieve 100% household electrification
RK Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy, on November 29, 2018 announced that 8 States have achieved 100 percent saturation in household electrification under Saubhagya Scheme. With this, there are now total 15 States in the country that have 100 percent household electrification.
These eight states are Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal. As many as 2.1 crore connections have been released under Saubhagya or Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana so far.
Jharkhand to provide free mobile phones to 28 lakh farmers, says CM
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on November 29, 2018 announced that the government will provide free mobile phones to 28 lakh farmers and a separate electric feeder for them for agriculture purpose by 2019/2021.
The information was shared by the Chief Minister while speaking at the inaugural function of the two-day Agriculture and Food Summit in Ranchi. The CM said that a separate electric feeder would be set up by May 2019 for farmers for agriculture purpose, providing them six hours of uninterrupted electricity.
Government launches new initiative to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages
The Union Government has launched a unique initiative called Bhasha Sangam to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages.
This initiative, which is a part of the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme, was launched on November 22, 2018 and will continue till December 21, 2018. Bhasha Sangam is a programme for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages.