We’ve decided to provide “CURRENT AFFAIRS” of last eight months (From June onward). These notes will help you in GS/GK section a lot. We wish you all the very best for your upcoming exam.

Odisha Government launches Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana for HIV+ orphan children

i.Naveen Patnaik launches Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana to nurture orphan kids.

ii.The state government launched the Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana, a scheme to nurture the orphan and HIV-infected children residing in different child care institutions and orphanages.

Kisan Diwas is observed every year on 23 December across India 

i. Kisan Diwas is observed every year on 23 December across India Since 2001 to celebrate the birth anniversary of the fifth prime minister and kisan leader,Ch. Charan Singh.

ii. Kisan Diwan is also known as Farmers Day or Charan Singh Jayanti 

Lucky Grahak Yojana, Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana launched

i.Government of India has launched Lucky Grahak Yojana for Consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for Merchants to promote digital transaction.

ii.The schemes are aimed at encouraging people to move towards significantly higher usage of digital transactions through the offer of incentives.
iii.The first Lucky Grahak Yojana draw was held in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and name of 15 thousand lucky winners were announced.

Assam CM launches Atal-Amrit Abhiyan across the State

i.Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has launched ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’ Scheme across the State .

ii.The initiative is a health assurance scheme which will give comprehensive coverage for six diseases and cover all individuals in eligible families with annual income below Rs 5 lakh. 
iii.437 diseases are covered under this scheme.

‘Kuchipudi’ performers dance their way into Guinness World Records

i.Andhra Pradesh’s own classical dance ‘Kuchipudi’ found a place in the Guinness World Records yet again when a record 6,117 dancers came together to present a show at the IGMC Stadium in Vijaywada.

ii.Guinness adjudicator Rishinath declared that “Jayamu Jayamu” item presented in unison by the participants created a new record and handed over a certificate to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Central Government of India releases special stamp on freedom fighters &  Hardayal Municipal Heritage Public Library

Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications has brought out a Special Cover on freedom fighter ‘Shri Gaya Prasad Katiyar’ and a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on ‘Personalities Series: Bihar’ & a stamp on ‘Hardayal Municipal Heritage Public Library’.

Odisha Governemnt Launches Malaria control programme DAMAN

i.The Odisha government has decided to intensify state sponsored malaria elimination scheme ‘Daman’ (Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran) in eight remote districts of the state.

ii.The state government has approved the scheme to be implemented in 8,000 villages of these districts and adding the programme is an innovative and integrated approach for control and prevention of malaria.

Maharashtra CM launched ‘Transform Maharashtra’ initiative

i.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched an initiative ‘Transform Maharashtra’ at IIT Bombay’s ‘Mood Indigo’ festival.

ii.Under it, the chief minister will address issues related to youth in governance.

Odisha Names Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme after the freedom fighter Parbati Giri

i.The State Cabinet of Odisha on December 24 named the Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme worth Rs. 7,600 crore, after the noted freedom fighter and social reformer Parbati Giri as a mark of respect for her immense contribution to the freedom movement and service to the poor and needy.

ii.The scheme was named after Parbati Giri by the Chief Minister of state, Naveen Patnaik at a cabinet meeting.
iii.The State Cabinet has approved tender for 13 mega lift irrigation schemes with a total command area of 19,400 hectares in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts.

KVGB launches ‘Bank Sakhi’ scheme

i.The Karnataka Vikas Grameen Banks (KVGB) has come up with ‘Bank Sakhi‘ innovative scheme for employing women in villages to promote and improve the cashless transactions in rural areas.

ii.The Bank Chairman S.Ravindran revealed that the bank would appoint women business correspondents called ‘Bank Sakhi’ in select villages where this scheme would be implemented.  
iii.In order to start this, the bank had hired 11 ‘Bank Sakhi’ and had plans to appoint a minimum of 50 such women in different districts.
iv.The ‘Bank Sakhi’ will provide a range of financial services on behalf of the bank to her community.

Salman Khan launches his app ‘BeingInTouch’ on 51st birthday

i.Actor Salman Khan on Twitter has announced the launch of his app, ‘BeingInTouch‘, on his 51st birthday 27 December 2016. 
ii.The app will provide access to Salman’s social media accounts, along with his unseen pictures and videos. 
iii.The app users can also avail discounts from various brands on the app. 
iv.It is currently available for download on Google Play store.

China Passes Environment Tax Law to Curb Pollution

i.China has passed a new law to levy environment tax on polluters, especially on heavy industries. 
ii.The environment tax law was adopted by the legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) standing committee at a meeting in Beijing. 
iii.The law will be implemented on January 1, 2018.
iv.Battling recurring pollution enveloping its cities,The Environment Tax Law was adopted by the legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee 

Dr Barbara Jatta becomes first ever female director of Vatican Museums 

i.Dr Barbara Jatta(54) has appointed as the first female director of Vatican Museums by Pope Francis.

ii.It will be effective from January 2017 Jatta is currently working as the Deputy Director of the museums Since June 2016 
iii.With this appointments she will become the highest-ranking female administrator in the Vatican.

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