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Current Affairs 2 Jan.2017
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Bharatiya Jananpith announces Navlekhan award 2016


  • Two new Hindi writers Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh have been chosen for Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award for the year 2016, the literary organisation announced
  • Two new Hindi writers Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh have been chosen for Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award for the year 2016, the literary organisation announced


NHPC CMD K M Singh honoured at 10th ENERTIA Awards 2016


  • State-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Chairman and Managing Director K M Singh has been conferred the ‘Power & Energy Persona’s Award for Individual Excellence’ at the 10th ENERTIA Awards 2016 — India and South Asia’s awards for excellence in sustainable energy and power.
  •  Singh received the award from Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Upendra Tripathy


Govt permits 12 PSU banks to raise Rs 3,000 cr from market


  • In a bid to strengthen capital base of public sector banks (PSBs), the government has allowed 12 lenders to raise nearly Rs 3,000 crore via preferential shares over and above the Rs 22,915 crore capital support committed to them in July last year.
  • Budgetary provision of Rs 25,000 crore has been made for 2016-17 and the government has already allocated Rs 22,915 crore to 13 PSBs on July 19, 2016 of which 75 per cent has been allocated in first tranche while remaining amount will be released on assessment of performance of PSBs, the Department of Finance in its year-end review for 2016.

3% interest waiver on Rs. 12 L loans for constructing rural homes


  • PM Narendra Modi  said the government will waive off 3% interest on loans up to Rs. 2 lakh taken for construction, repair, and renovation of houses in rural areas.
  • Poor and middle-class citizens will get a 4% interest waiver on loans up to Rs. 9 lakh, and a 3% exemption on loans below Rs. 12 lakh, PM Modi added.


4% rebate on home loans up to Rs. 9 lakh, 3% on Rs. 12 lakh: PM


  • While addressing the nation on New Year’s eve, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new housing loan scheme, under which poor and middle-class citizens will get a 4% exemption on interest on loans up to Rs. 9 lakh.
  • Further, home loans of up to Rs.12 lakh will also get an exemption of 3% on the interest.


Sikkim becomes India’s first fully organic state


  • Sikkim has become the first state in India to go fully organic.
  • Around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land were gradually converted to certified organic land in accordance with guidelines laid down in National Programme for Organic Production, as per reports.
  • Sikkim was also accorded the status of the cleanest state in India by the National Sample Survey Office in September


Karjakin pips Magnus Carlsen to win World Blitz Chess C’ship


  • Russia’s Sergey Karjakin pipped Norway’s Magnus Carlsen on the basis of a better tiebreak record to win the World Blitz Chess Championship title in Doha, Qatar
  • Karjakin, who lost his Classical Chess World Championship match to Carlsen last month, ended at par with Carlsen, but was awarded the title for having better individual results between the two.


Britain’s Andy Murray conferred with Knighthood


  • World number one tennis player, Britain’s Andy Murray, has been conferred the Knighthood in the New Year’s honours list in Britain. 2016 was Murray’s most successful year after winning the Wimbledon title for the second time and defending his gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
  • Four-time Olympic gold-winning distance runner Mo Farah was also included in the list.


India’s 1st transgender school opens in Kerala


  • India’s first transgender school, Sahaj International, was inaugurated in Kochi (Kerala)
  • The alternative learning centre, which works in collaboration with the National Institute of Open Learning, will help the transgenders who dropped out of school to appear in Class X and XII examinations.
  • The school is headed by six transgenders and a woman and has 10 students.