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


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.

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.


2. Asian Development Bank and India Sign $84 Million Loan for Water Supply in Bihar

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.

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.

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.


3. Parivartan Scheme Launched in Haryana


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.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. India Signs MoU with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


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.

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.


5. Renowned Violinist MS Anantharaman Passes Away


Noted violinist M.S. Anantharaman, an exponent of Parur style of violin playing had passed away.

He was 94 and was proficient in Carnatic music.


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

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.

The Budget focuses on education and job creation.

Governor of Goa- Mridula Sinha.

Bhagwan Mahavir (Mollem) National Park is situated in Goa.



1. Paytm Launches Two Insurance Companies


Digital payments startup Paytm has launched two insurance companies, Paytm Life Insurance and Paytm General Insurance.

Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CFO Madhur Deora, and Shankar Prasad Nath are the three signatory stakeholders in both the companies.

Paytm is run by One97 Communications Ltd.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the founder of One97 Communications.

One97 Communications in all now have six companies under its umbrella including Paytm, Paytm Money, Paytm Mall and Paytm Payments Bank.


2. RBI Sets Up Committee Under YH Malegam to Monitor Bad Loans

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted an expert committee under the chairmanship of YH Malegam to look into a range of issues relating to classification of bad loans, rising incidents of frauds and effectiveness of audits.

Y H Malegam is a former member of the Central Board of Directors of RBI. A K Misra – Executive Director of RBI will be the Member-Secretary of the committee.

Dr Urjit Patel is the 24th Governor of RBI.

RBI Headquarters in Mumbai.