3 January 2018 Current Affairs

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1) The Rajya Sabha on 2 January 2018 made which unique record of sorts? – It took up all the Zero Hour issues and special mentions listed in the agenda for that period

Explanation: Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on 2 January 2018 announced that the upper house of Parliament has made a record of sorts on the day as it took up all the Zero Hour issues and special mentions listed in the agenda for that period.

For the first time since India attained Independence in 1947, all Zero Hour submissions, all Special Mentions were fully completed in the Upper House. In all, the House took up all the 10 listed and one additional Zero Hour submissions on the day.

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2) The Union Government closed subscription of which popular savings bonds with effect from 2 January 2018? – 8% Government Savings (taxable) Bonds 2003

Explanation: The Union Finance Ministry on 1 January 2018 announced that it will close subscription of 8% government savings (taxable) bonds 2003, with effect from 2 January 2018.

Thus subscription to this popular bond scheme closed w.e.f. 2 January 2018. This bond was started for subscription from 21 April 2003 and had a fixed tenure of six years, with no upper limit for investment. It was offered primarily to encourage retail investors to invest.

The decision to discontinue the bond comes in the backdrop of declining interest rate in other saving instruments, especially the post office small saving schemes.

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3) Lakhs of doctors and innumerable hospitals and nursing homes were planning to observe a 12-hour nationwide strike on 2 January 2018 on the call given by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). This strike call was given to protest against which bill? – The National Medical Commission Bill

Explanation: Lakhs of doctors across the country planned to observe a 12-hour nationwide strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on 2 January 2018 to protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. However, the strike call was withdrawn after the Union Government sent the bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

The doctor fraternity is of the view that the NMC Bill promotes crosspathy (those who have studied alternate medicine can practice allopathy), eases procedures for private medical colleges and will be dominated by the government.

The NMC Bill seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), the apex body for the medical fraternity since 1934, and form a new National Medical Council (NMC).

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4) India’s second largest rooftop solar plant was commissioned by GAIL at which place, as was announced on 1 January 2018? – Pata (Uttar Pradesh)

Explanation: State-owned gas utility GAIL has commissioned the country’s second largest rooftop solar power plant. According to a statement released by GAIL on 1 January 2017, it has installed a 5.76 MWp (Mega Watt peak) solar plant at its petrochemical complex at Pata in Uttar Pradesh. The plant over the roofs of warehouses covers a total area of 65,000 square meters.

Captive solar power initiative of GAIL will reduce carbon emissions by 6,300 tonnes per annum and help India achieve climate goals.

Tata Power Solar had in December 2015 commissioned a 12 MW solar rooftop project in Amritsar, which produces more than 150 lakh units of power annually and offset over 19,000 tonne of carbon emissions every year.

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5) What is the name of the new online portal for women empowerment that was launched by Maneka Gandhi, the Minister of Women & Child Development on 2 January 2018? – ‘NARI’

Explanation: ‘NARI’ is the name of the new online portal launched on 2 January 2018 by Women & Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. The portal primarily provides women citizens with easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women.

The NARI portal summarizes over 350 government schemes and other important information for the benefit of women, with more being added everyday. It provides links to the ministries, departments and autonomous bodies offering these schemes as well as easy access to online applications and grievance redressal.

NARI also provides information to women on issues affecting their lives. There are tips on good nutrition, suggestions for health check-ups, information on major diseases, tips for job search and interview, investment and savings advice, information on crimes and against women and reporting procedures, contacts of legal aid cells, simplified adoption procedures and much more.

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