Current Affairs December 02, 2017
1. Cabinet approval for setting up National Nutrition Mission:
- The Union Cabinet has given approval for establishing National Nutrition Mission (NNM) for improving the nutritional status of children (0-6 years), pregnant and lactating mothers.
- The Mission, under the Ministry of Women and Child Development will monitor various schemes which have been framed for reducing malnutrition.
2. Agri-Business Consortium held in New Delhi:
- The 22nd meeting of the Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) was recently held in New Delhi.
- It was chaired by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
- SFAC was established in 1994 under the Societies Registration Act 1860 for small farmer’s welfare by linking them to agricultural value chain.
3. Nagaland Statehood Day:
- Nagaland has celebrated its 54th Statehood Day on 1st December at the Naga Heritage Village.
- The 10 day long 18th Hornbill festival was also inaugurated by President Ram NathKovind on the same day.
4. Defence Ministry launches Armed Forces Week:
- The Ministry of Defence launched the Armed Forces Week from 1st to 7th December.
- Defence Minister NirmalaSitharaman has appealed people to contribute towards the welfare of war-widows, children of martyrs and ex-serviceman by visiting http://ksb.gov.in.
5. International Storytellers Festival- Kathakar inaugurated in New Delhi:
- The 7th edition of the 3 day long ‘Kathakar-International Storytellers Festival’ has been inaugurated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs KirenRijiju in New Delhi.
- It is the only oral storytelling festival in India and is a part of GhummakkadNarain- the Travelling Literature Festival which was started under UNESCO in 2010.
- The festival will be hosted in Delhi, Gurugram, Noida and Mumbai this year.
6. Maharashtra- the most corrupt state for 3 consecutive years:
- According to the recently released National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, Maharashtra is the most corrupt state in India for the 3rd consecutive year.
- Odisha is on the second spot followed by Kerala.
7. PNB increases bulk deposit rate by 0.5%.
- Punjab National bank (PNB) has raised the interest rate on bulk deposit of over Rs 1 crore by 0.5 percent.
- The new rates will be effective from 1st December.
- Earlier, State Bank of India (SBI) has announced raising interest rate on bulk deposits by 1 percentage point across select maturities.
8. DiaMirza becomes UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India:
- Actor DiaMirza has been appointed as UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India.
- She has been chosen by the United Nations for her contribution to environment conservation.
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