Daily CURRENT AFFAIRS 24 DECEMBER 2017
- AT GANGA GRAM SWACHATA SAMMELAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES GANGA GRAM PROJECT
‘Ganga Gram’ project was launched at the Ganga Gram Swachata Sammelan in New Delhi by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation.
Under the clean Ganga mission-Namami Gange Programme the project was launched for holistic sanitation development in the villages on the banks of river Ganga.
- NATIONAL HIGHWAY INVESTMENT CELL CREATED BY NHAI
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has created National Highways Investment Promotion Cell (NHIPC) for attracting domestic and foreign investment for highways project. The cell will focus on engaging with global institutional investors, developers, construction companies and fund managers for building investor participation in road infrastructure.
- SCIENTISTS FIND A WAY TO SAVE WHEAT FROM STEM RUST DISEASE
In a development that could give much reprieve to wheat farmers across the world, scientists have gained gene-level insights into how a deadly fungus attacks the cereal crop, leading to its widespread destruction, as seen already in many countries in Africa and West Asia.
- ASTROPHYSICISTS SOLVE MYSTERY LINKED TO NEUTRON STAR MERGER
Astrophysicists using radio telescopes, including the one located on the outskirts of Pune, may have resolved some nagging riddles, following the first-ever detection of gravitational waves in August this year, leading to the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Prize for physics to three US scientists.
- INDIA INKS PACT WITH GERMANY FOR PARE HYDROELECTRIC PLANT PROJECT
A loan agreement for providing additional funding of euro 20 million was signed for the project ‘Pare Hydroelectric Plant’. It was signed under Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation.
Business And Economy
- INFOSYS COMPLETES RS.13,000 cr BUYBACK
IT services major Infosys today said it has completed its Rs. 13,000 crore buyback programme that saw participation from Sudha Gopalakrishnan, Rohan Murty and LIC among others. The buyback scheme – a first in the company’s over three decade history – commenced on November 30 and closed on December 14.
- YES BANK SETS UP MTN PROGRAMME TO RAISE $1 BN
Private sector lender Yes Bank today said it has established a Medium Term Note (MTN) programme to raise USD 1 billion (over 6,400 crore) by issuing debt securities on private placement basis. “The Bank has, on December 22, 2017, established a Medium Term Note programme for an amount of USD 1 billion, in order to enable the bank to issue debt instruments in the international capital markets, to eligible investors, from time to time, in one or more tranches and/or series,” Yes Bank said in a regulatory filing.