G.K Update 24th February 2018

By: D.K Chaudhary

1. Asian Development Bank and India Sign $84 Million Loan for Water Supply in Bihar
i. The Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $84 million loan for improvement and expansion of water supply in Bhagalpur and Gaya towns in Bihar.
ii. The tranche 2 loan is part of the $200 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for the Bihar Urban Development Investment Program that was approved by ADB in 2012.
iii. The loan will have a 25-year term, including a grace period of 5 years, an annual interest rate determined in accordance with ADB’s lending facility based on the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR), and a commitment charge of 0.15% per year.
  • Founded on 19 December 1966 ADB has its Headquarter in Manila, Philippines.
  • President of ADB is Takehiko Nakao.

2. NER’s 1st Regional Centre for Agriculture with Israeli Collaboration to be Inaugurated in Mizoram

i. Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr Daniel Carmon has stated that a Centre for Agriculture, with the collaboration of Israeli expertise, is going to be inaugurated in Mizoram in March 2018.
ii. This will be the first such centre in the North East region (NER) of India that is being established with Israeli collaboration. It has been set up at a cost of Rs 8-10 crore.

Mizoram CM- Lal Thanhawla, Governor- Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma.

  • Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary (TR) and Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary are situated in Mizoram.

3. Parivartan Scheme Launched in Haryana

i. The Haryana government launched Parivartan, a scheme designed to address 10 issues, including cleanliness and pollution, in 46 developmental blocks of the state. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

ii. The important issues include facilitation of financing, making agriculture profitable and sustainable, improving health services, and implementing Swachh Bharat.

  • Sultanpur National Park and Kalesar National Parks are situated in Haryana.

4. Manohar Parrikar Presents Rs 17,123-crore Goa Budget

i. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar presented in the state assembly Rs. 17,123-crore budget for 2018-19, an increase of 6.84% over the ongoing fiscal.

ii. The Budget focuses on education and job creation.

  • Governor of Goa- Mridula Sinha.
  • Bhagwan Mahavir (Mollem) National Park is situated in Goa.
5. India Signs MoU with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
i. An MoU between the Government of India and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was signed in New Delhi. The agreement was signed to usher the “programme based research support” in addressing current and future global and local developmental challenges.

ii. IDRC has funded 551 research activities worth CA$159 million in India through institutions, researchers and NGOs.

  • IDRC was founded in 1972.
  • Jean Lebel is the President of IDRC, Canada.

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