Rajinder Khanna, the former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was on 2 January 2018 appointed as the new Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA).
Khanna served as the chief of India’s external intelligence agency RAW for a fixed two year period from December 2014. During his tenure, he led many counter-terrorism operations and is reportedly an expert on Pakistan and Islamic terrorism.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Parliament’s upper house, Rajya Sabha on 2 January 2018.
Parliament’s lower house, Lok Sabha had passed the bill by voice vote during its Monsoon Session in August 2017. The Bill will now be presented to the President for his assent and only after his approval it will become a law.
The Bill seeks to amend the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981. It will allow the central government to increase the authorised capital of NABARD from Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore.
In a bid to cleanse the system of political funding in the country, the Government of India notified the Scheme of Electoral Bonds.
With the issuance of electoral bonds, the donors can purchase electoral bonds from specific State Bank of India (SBI) branches, and receiving political parties can encash them only through a designated bank account.
The electoral bonds are considered as an alternative to cash donations made to political parties.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s Premier Container Port, has won the ‘Samudra Manthan - Caring Organisation of the Year’ award.
The award was instituted by Bhandarkar Shipping, which is a leading publication in the maritime industry. It aims to fuel healthy competition in the maritime sector and impart an impetus to the industry to emerge stronger to work for the benefit of trade and the economy.
Haryana government has announced that it will be implementing the integrated solar based micro irrigation scheme (ISBMI) in all districts of the State.
The government has in fact formed a Committee under the Chairman of Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) to chalk out a plan in this regard. Presently, this scheme is being implemented on pilot basis in commands of 14 different canal outlets spread over 13 districts of the State.