By: D.K Chaudhary
Birth Anniversary of Savitribai Phule: 3 January
i.Hailed as the country’s first woman teacher, Savitribai Phule was also a social worker and a poet. Born on January 3, 1831, in Maharashtra’s Naigaon.
ii.2017 marks her 186th birth year. Savitribai Phule is credited with laying the foundation of education opportunities for women in India and played a major role in improving women’s rights in the country during the British Raj.
iii.Many of her poems were against discrimination and spoke about the need to get educated. She campaigned against untouchability, Sati tradition, child marriage and other social evils most of her life.
BHIM becomes most popular Android app in India
i.Govt’s online payments app, BHIM is now the number one free app on Google Play Store. The app was launched by PM Modi to simplify digital payments.
ii.The app, with a rating of 4.2, has been downloaded more than 1 million times.Within 48 hours of being launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the app named BHIM was India’s most-popular, registering the maximum downloads of any free Android app in India.
iii.The app was launched on 30 December 2016, to simplify digital payments. The app has already been downloaded 3 million times.
iv.BHIM – which stands for Bharat Interface for Money – is named after Dr BR Ambedkar.
India 3rd among nations offering highest salaries to expats
i.India has ranked third among the countries offering the highest average annual salary to expatriates, according to HSBC Holdings data.
ii.Notably, Switzerland offers an average salary of $188,275 a year to expats, the highest in the world and almost twice the global average.
iii.Further, the best employment packages, including health benefits, are found in Middle East countries like Bahrain.
PM inaugurate Indian Science Congress at Tirupati
i.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the five-day annual Indian Science Congress at the Sri Venkateswara University.
ii.‘Science and Technology for National Development’ would be the focal theme of the Indian Science Congress, Prof D Narayana Rao, General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA).
Chandrababu Naidu Launches Arogya Raksha Scheme to cover APL Families
Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has launched a new health scheme, Arogya Raksha Scheme Tummalapalli Kalakshetram in Vijayawada to provide the medical treatment to the people of the Above Poverty Line at Rs. 1200 premium per annum
Banks cut base rates: home, corporate loans to be cheaper
i.Housing, auto and corporate loans are all set to become cheaper with half a dozen PSU and private banks steeply reducing benchmark lending rate by up to 1.48% after spurt in deposits following demonetisation.
ii.Taking a cue from State Bank of India, other lenders including largest private sector lender ICICI Bank and state-owned Oriental Bank of Commerce and Andhra Bank announced a cut in the marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR).
iii.SBI along with PNB and Union Bank of India, yesterday reduced the lending rate by a good 0.9% after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his new year eve address urged the banks to focus on the needs of poor and lower middle class and middle class.
Centre launches mobile app for Haj applications