English Current Affairs 03rd January 2018

National News
1.     Union Minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi launched a web portal, NARI which will provide information on all government schemes for women.
2.     The Haryana tourism department disclosed that Uttar Pradesh would be the theme state for the 32nd Surajkund International crafts Mela, which would be organized at Surajkund Faridabad from Feb 2 to 15
3.     Jharkhand CM launched “Saubhagya Yojana” a programme that would provide electricity to all the 29, 376 villages in the state.
4.     The Animal Husbandry department of Gujarat government has banned all voluntary animal care and non-government organizations working under the ‘Karuna Abhiyan’ to operate in residential areas during the Uttarayan festival this year.
5.     The Assamese and Manipuri language versions of Prime Minister’s official website www.pmindia.gov in were launched
International News
6.     Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced value added tax. These are the first two countries in the Gulf which have introduced the VAT system.
Banking and Finance
7.     HDFC Bank announced a partnership with Rajasthan Government to promote and nurture startups in the state.
No charges on debit card transaction charges for payments through debit card BHIM app and other payment Made for up to 2,000 from Jan 1, 2018.
8.     Parliament has passed the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Amendment Bill. The Bill allows the central government to increase the authorized capital of the Bank from 5 thousand crore rupees to 30 thousand crore rupees.
9.     Reliance Industries Limited has successfully commissioned its refinery off-gas cracker (ROGC) complex of 1.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) capacity along with downstream plants and utilities in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
10. Sathiyan has surpassed the legendary Sharath kama to become India’s highest ranked player in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings.
11. Eminent Urdu poet Anwar Jalapuri passes away at 71

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