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English Current Affairs 04th January 2018

National News
1.     Cabinet approves agreement between India and Myanmar on Land Border crossing
2.     Cabinet approves MOU between India and Israel cooperation in the OPI and Gas sector
3.     Cabinet approves Rs.6809 cr Zojila tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir will provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh which remains cut – off from the rest of world during winter due to heavy snowfall.
4.     Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Bilaspur.
5.     Parliament passed Insolvency and bankruptcy code Amendment Bill 2017.
6.     Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar directed the State irrigation department to implement the integrated Solar based Micro irrigation scheme in all district of Haryana.
7.     Haryana Government has Mandated installation of Solar photo voltaic power plant in new buildings as per specified norms
8.     Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal launched Chah Bagichar Dhan Puraskar Mela 2017-18 at a function held at Sarbananda Singha auditorium in Tinsukia, Assam. It is a scheme for ‘Tea Garden workers’
9.     Famous dhanu yatra festival held in Bargarh District of Odisha came to an end
Internation Affairs:
10.  Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands joined the United Nations(UN) Security Council as Non-permanent members.
11. The Central Bank of Pakistan approved the usage of Chinese currency, Yuan for bilateral trade with china
Banking and Finance
12.  Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley outlined the basic contours of the electoral bonds scheme including their denominations eligibility and validity
13.  SBI and NABARD have signed an agreement with five NGOs for the promotion of 2500 joint liability group(JLG) in select districts of West Bengal.
14. Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and India post payments Bank (IPPB) signed an agreement for the training of IPPB employees in the area of payment banking.
15.  Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank operationalised its first desktop ATM at Kasibugga.
16.  NABARD has sanctioned Rs.372.51 crore loan assistance to Odisha for irrigation and rural bridge project.
Awards and Recognition
17.   Jawaharlal Nehru port Trust has won “Samudra Manthan” Caring organization of the year award.
Appointments:
18.  Rajinder Khanna was appointed the Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA)
19.   AB Mathur appointed Government interlocutor for talks with United Liberation Front of Assam.
Obituray
20.   R. Margabandu former Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu passed away


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