Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 January 2018

Jan 4, 2018 17:05 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 January 2018

CCEA approves mandatory packaging of foodgrains in Jute Materials

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 3 January 2017 approved mandatory packaging of foodgrains and sugar in the jute material for the Jute Year 2017-18.  The Jute Year 2017-18 period is from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

CCEA approved the mandatory packaging norms under the Jute Packaging Material (JPM) Act, 1987. The approval mandates that 90 per cent of the food grains and 20 per cent of the sugar products shall be mandatorily packed in jute bags.

The decision will benefit farmers and workers located in the Eastern and North Eastern regions of the country in West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura.

Union Cabinet approves setting up of AIIMS in Bilaspur

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 January 2018 approved the establishment of AIIMS in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh.

The new AIIMS will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). The cost of the project is Rs 1351 crore.

The new AIIMS will be completed in a period of 48 months with a pre-construction phase of 12 months, construction phase of 30 months and commissioning phase of 6 months.

CCEA approves Jal Marg Vikas Project for enhanced navigation on National Waterway-1

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 January 2017 approved the implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1).

The project will be implemented at a cost of Rs 5369.18 crore with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank.  It is expected to be completed by March 2023.

The project will cover states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and major districts such as Varanasi, Ghazipur, Ballia, Buxar, Chhapra, Vaishali, Patna, Begusarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj, Musrhidabad, Pakur, Hoogly and Kolkata.

Nation-wide cleanliness survey 'Swachh Survekshan' launched

The nation-wide cleanliness survey 'Swachh Survekshan' was launched across India on 4 January 2018. The announcement for the same was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 December 2017 while addressing the nation in the 39th edition of his monthly radio-address 'Mann Ki Baat'.

The main objective of the survey is to evaluate the achievements in the cleanliness level in urban areas.

Deemed as the world’s biggest survey, it will be conducted in over 4,000 cities with a population of more than 40 crores. It will commence on 4 January and will run till 10 March 2018.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, UK to improve public transport

The Union Cabinet on 3 January 2018 approved the signing and implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and London’s transportation authority ‘Transport for London’ to improve public transport in the country. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The agreement is aimed to help improve the overall public transport system in India, improve passenger services and promote the use of high capacity buses in India. The agreement is expected to go a long way in strengthening ties and promoting bilateral relations between India and the United Kingdom.

Further, it will help in strengthening the integrated public transport for all. The move will, in turn, help people from the poorer strata of the society to have smooth access to a quality public transport system.

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