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Top Current Affairs: 26 December 2017

Dec 26, 2017 17:19 IST
Top Current Affairs: 26 December 2017

Electronic Human Resource Management System launched to enable easy governance

The DoNER, Space and Public Grievances & Pensions Minister, Jitendra Singh launched the electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS) in Delhi on 25 December 2017.

The system is a step in the direction of a fully automated Human Resource Management System with a target to bring all the government employees on the employee portal so that all processes of personnel management starting right from hiring to retiring will be on the digital platform.

The software will give a comprehensive and combined view of the human resource deployed by the Government.

Government directs NGOs to open account in designated banks for transparency

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order on 21 December 2017, directing all non-governmental organisations, business entities and individuals who receive funds from abroad to open accounts in any of the 32 designated banks.

The directive to the NGOs, companies and individuals is aimed at providing a higher level of transparency and hassle-free reporting compliance. The NGOs have been directed to comply with the order within one month, latest by 21 January 2018. Following this, the organisations or individuals will have to intimate the details of their bank accounts to the ministry by filling the prescribed form.

Jai Ram Thakur to be sworn in as 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh

Five-time BJP MLA Jai Ram Thakur was named as the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh along with being elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party in the state. He will be sworn in at the historic Ridge Ground in Shimla on 27 December 2017.

The 52-year-old BJP leader edged past party veterans in the race to the top post and he will be the first leader from the politically-significant Mandi region to lead the hill state. Mandi has 10 Assembly seats, second only to Kangra's 15.

He was elected as CM of Himachal Pradesh and BJP legislative party leader on 24 December 2017 after the defeat of the party’s main chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal in the November assembly elections.

Atal Innovation Mission selects additional 1500 schools for setting up of ATLs

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the Union government’s flagship program to promote innovation and entrepreneurship nationwide in schools, universities and industry, has selected additional 1500 Schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs).

With the announcement, the total number of schools selected under the mission equals to 2441 across India. The AIM began its operations over a year ago. The addition of these schools will give a major boost to realize the vision of the mission to ‘Cultivate One Million children in India as the Innovators of tomorrow’.

The Atal Tinkering Labs aims to be innovative play workspaces for students between Grade VI to Grade XII, which stimulate innovations combining science & technology.

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