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According to ‘Political Leaders Position and Action on Air Quality in India 2014-2019’ report: Kanpur ranked 1 as the most polluted city
The quality of air in Varanasi, Prime Minister Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha constituency, is positioned 3rd on the WHO’s (World Health Organisation) list of 15 most polluted cities in the world, by the ‘Political Leaders Position and Action on Air Quality in India 2014-2019’ report, released by Climate Trends. Kanpur (in Uttar Pradesh) is the most polluted city in the world and is positioned 1 on the list.
The air quality index (AQI) in Varanasi reached a warning 490 (notified as ‘severe’) in 2017 and 384 (notified as ‘very poor’) in December 2018.
14 of the 15 most polluted cities in the world (mentioned by World Health Organisation (WHO) are in India. Out of them, 4 are in Uttar Pradesh.
WHO’s report states that Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a rise in the number of people suffering from allergies and respiratory problems due to huge amount of construction in the city.
Faridabad in Haryana is in 2nd position after Kanpur, whereas
Delhi is ranked 6th on the list. Other than these, the list of the most polluted cities according to WHO include Gaya and Patna in Bihar, Lucknow, Cities of Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurugram, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur.
India and the Netherlands agreed to improve the bilateral cooperation in various fields
On 12th April 2019, India was agreed to improve the bilateral cooperation with the Netherlands in various fields, including political, economic scientific and cultural cooperation
Gitesh Sarma, the Secretary (West) in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) led The Indian delegation and Johanna (Yoka) Brandt, Secretary General in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Dutch delegation.
They exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues, including cooperation at the United Nations and other international fora.
At the 25th edition of the CII-DST Tech Summit which will be held in New Delhi in
PCI urges media to do objective reporting on polls
On 9th April, 2019, PCI (Press Council of India) havs issued some guidelines for media to do objective reporting on election polls and warned it against the practice of paid news.
As per the guidelines, newspapers are not expected to indulge in unhealthy election campaigns, reports about candidate or party during the election period.
PCI has warned media to publish false statements unverified allegations associated with personal character and conduct of any candidate
Election Commission invokes Article 324 to defer PM Modi biopic
India’s Electoral Commission has issued an order to ban display of any biopic or publicity material during Manual Code of Conduct, which could sub serve the purposes of any political entity or any individual entity connected to it.
The ban was concerned with the biopic film on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Election Commission has invoked powers under Article 324 to defer the display of any publicity until after the country’s parliamentary elections.
Banks close FY19 with 13.24% credit growth, deposits up 10.03%
According to the data of Reserve Bank of India data which was released on 11th April, 2019, bank credit rose 13.24% to Rs 97.67 lakh crore for the fortnight to March 29.
This is the second consecutive robust credit growth after the same had declined to 4.54 percent in FY17 at Rs 78.41 lakh crore, which was the lowest since 5 decades.
Deposits have grown by 10.03 percent to Rs 125.72 lakh crore during the same period.
HDFC Bank ranked No. 1 in India by the survey of Forbes
On 12th April 2019, as per the first Forbes World’s Best Bank survey, HDFC Bank has been recognized as number 1 bank by customers in India.
The research was done with the help of market research firm ‘Statista’. Forbes partnered with this firm to measure the best banks in 23 countries.
The survey was based on the customer’s satisfaction as well as 5 key attributes or ‘sub-dimensions’ of trust, terms and conditions, customer service, digital service, and financial advice.
ICICI Bank took the second spot and DBS bank grabbed the third position, followed by Kotak Mahindra Bank and IDFC Bank which are at the fourth and fifth spot. Also, the public sector banks like Syndicate Bank, PNB, Allahabad Bank, Vijaya Bank, and Axis Bank were in the top 10.
SBI signs its first ever co-origination loan agreement with PAISALO Digital Limited
With the profound vision of empowering the ‘Agri’, ‘MSME segment’ and small businesses, PAISALO Digital Limited signed the first co-origination loan agreement (designed at Rs.10,000 to 2 lakh) with State Bank of India (SBI). The company expects to pay out 200,000 loan applications in FY20.
IMO launches new rules on electronic information exchange
IMO (International Maritime Organisation) has mandated a new rule for national governments to launch electronic information exchange between ships and ports. This mandatory requirement came into effect from April 8, 2019.
Hong Kong surpasses Japan to be world’s 3rd biggest Stock Market
Stock market of Hong Kong has surpassed Japan to become the world’s third most valuable. Now Hong Kong’s stock market remains behind the US and China.
The Chief of the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC), Alice G. Vaidyan, honoured with the Freedom of the City of London
On 11th April 2019, The Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC), Alice G. Vaidyan has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of London for the recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK.
Indonesian Nuraeni Named Best Athletic Coach In Asia 2019
On 10th April 2019, Asian AthleticAssociation (AAA) declared Indonesian EniNuraeni as the best athletic coach in Asia for the short-haul run category in 2019. It was published by the Indonesian Athletic SportsAssociation (PB PASI).
PM Narendra Modi conferred with Russia’s highest State Honour
On 11th April, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the ‘Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle’, by Russia for exceptional services in promoting bilateral ties.
Telugu poet K Siva Reddy honoured with the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018
On 11th April 2019, Telugu poet K Siva Reddy has been honoured with the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2018 with a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees for his collection of poetry titled ‘Pakkaki Ottigilite’.
Gargi Kaul designated as new Secretary, Defence Finance
On 9th April 2019, Gargi Kaul, a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS) was appointed as the new secretary, Defence Finance as part of a bureaucratic reshuffle. The senior bureaucrat, Kaul currently serving as Financial Advisor (Defence Services), Ministry of Defence.