Politics


1. India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit Held in New Delhi

 

India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit 2018 was held in New Delhi. The two countries discussed trade relations in the agricultural sector. The summit was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.

Gajender Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Sergey Beletskiy, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Russia addressed the India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit.

Radha Mohan Singh is the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

 

2. Radio Umang: India's 1st Online Radio Station Launched

 

India's 1st Online Radio Station 'Radio Umang' was launched recently in India. Listeners can tune in to this online radio station through web streaming or download the app.

With 24 hours programming, it has found listeners in Hindi speaking regions of India and in over 60 countries worldwide.

 

3. West Bengal Becomes First State To Opt Out Of ‘Modicare’

Claiming that the Bengal government had already enrolled 50 lakh people under its own Swasthya Sathi programme, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced the decision to opt out of Centre’s ‘Modicare’ scheme.

This makes West Bengal the first state to withdraw from the ambitious programme. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the NHPS on February 1, making it the biggest global plan to provide quality health cover to a population larger than the combined citizenry of the US, UK, Germany and France.

NHPS stands for National Health Protection Scheme.

 

4. Chandrashekhara Kambara Elected New President of Sahitya Akademi

 

Kannada litterateur Chandrashekar Kambar has been elected as president of the Sahitya Akademi in the election held for the post. He has replaced Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari. Hindi poet Madhav Koushik has been elected as vice-president.

This is the second time election was held in the history of Sahitya Akademi, after Ananthamurthy’s election to the post. Prof.

Sahitya Akademi was founded in 1954.

 

5. DAC Approves Proposals Worth Rs. 15,935 crore

The defence ministry of India approved capital acquisition proposals worth Rs.15,935 crore which included the purchase of 7.40 lakh assault rifles, 5,719 sniper rifles and light machine guns to bolster the strength of the armed forces.

The long-pending proposals were cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the defence ministry's highest decision-making body on procurement. The meeting was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

For the Indian Navy, the DAC also approved the procurement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems  (ATDS) at a cost of Rs. 850 crore.

Baldev Singh was the first defence minister of Independent India.

 


Business


1. Bank of Baroda to Exit South Africa by March-End

 

State-owned Bank of Baroda has decided to exit by March-end its South Africa operations after 21 years amid a probe into alleged compliance lapses by the bank there.

The bank stated that it is exiting operations in South Africa as part of its strategic plan for rationalisation of overseas branches.

Bank of Baroda Chairman- Ravi Venkatesan, Managing Director & CEO- P.S.Jayakumar.

Of the total 5,558 branches, the Baroda (Gujarat) headquartered bank has 107 overseas branches.

 

2. RBI Relaxes Priority Sector Lending Rule for Banks

Reserve Bank of India has made banks' priority sector norms lenient by saying that all loans to micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) will henceforth qualify as priority sector lending. This was a long time demand from banks.

Till date, loans up to Rs 10 crore per MSME borrower was considered for priority sector calculation. The sub-target for bank lending to the micro enterprises has been 7.50 percent of adjusted net bank credit or credit equivalent amount of off-balance sheet exposure, whichever is higher. Foreign banks will also have to follow 8% sub-target for lending to the small and marginal farmers.

Dr Urjit Patel is the 24th Governor of RBI.

RBI Headquarters in Mumbai.