Gujarat Current Affairs

Islamic Development Bank to open its first branch in India at Ahmedabad

Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has decided to open its first branch in India at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

In this regard, IDB and its private sector arm, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), already have met with top officials of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), EXIM Bank and India’s other nationalized banks.

This announcement comes as part of MoU signed between IDB and India’s EXIM Bank during Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in April 2016.

As part of the MoU a US 100 million dollars line-of-credit (LoC) was to be given to IDB’s member countries to facilitate exports.

Besides, IDB also has decided to provide Gujarat state 30 medical vans as part of its social sector initiatives.

About Islamic Development Bank

  • The IDB is a multilateral development financing institution based in in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Presently, it has 56 Islamic countries as its members.
  • It was founded in 1973 by the Finance Ministers at the first Organisation of the Islamic Conference (now Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).
  • IDB’s objective is to foster the economic development and social progress of member countries as well as the Muslim community in accordance with principles of Islamic (Shariah) law.

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Gujarat Government launches Smart Village program

Gujarat Government has launched Smart Village program to improve public facilities in the villages.

It was launched by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on the occasion of completion of two years of her Government.

Key facts

  • Under this programme, 300 villages will be selected for Smart Village program.
  • Villages will be shortlisted by the state-level committee consisting of experts on the basis of Gram Panchayat’s performance through a transparent process.
  • It seeks to make villages ‘smart’ on the lines of Smart Cities that will help them become self-reliant, clean and hygienic.
  • Toilets, cleanliness, drop-out rate in primary schools, malnutrition ratio, Anganwadi facilities, vaccination of children, ATVT services are some parameters on which village will be adjudged as ‘Smart Village’.
  • These villages will get 80 lakh to 2 crore rupees cash assistance from the state government to improve public facilities in the villages.

Besides, CM also felicitated Sarpanchs of villages from the state which have completed 100 percent toilet targets.

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Veteran Gujarati folk singer Diwaliben Bhil passes away

Veteran Gujarati folk singer Diwaliben Bhil passed away in Junagadh, Gujarat. She was 80.

Diwaliben Bhil had given her voice to various Gujarati folk songs, film songs and Garba (Gujarati folk dance).

About Diwaliben Bhil

  • She was born in tribal family in Gir jungle and was married at the age of 9. Later at age of 20, she shifted to Junagadh.
  • She received fame after Akashwani team found out her singing talent and recorded her song when she was signing Garba in Vanzari chowk area of Junagadh.
  • Later she was invited to sing in Akashwani and recorded her first song, ‘Ful utarya fulwadi ae re lol’. Since then she performed on All India Radio and Doordarshan.
  • Award and Honours: Union Government had honoured her with Padma Shri award in 1991.

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