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K C Reddy appointed in United Nations (UN) probe panel on Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a former Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer K C Reddy as the member of United Nations (UN) probe panel on Gaza. KC Reddy is only Indian to be part five-member panel to investigate Israeli attacks on UN shelters during the Gaza war and the discovery of Hamas weapons at UN sites.

The inquiry panel will be headed by retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert. Other members of the panel include Maria Vicien-Milburn of Argentina, Lee O’Brien of America, Pierre Lemelin of Canada and K.C. Reddy of India.

About United Nations (UN) probe panel on Gaza

  • The UN probe panel was set up by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon to probe the presence of arms on UN premises in the Gaza strip and the damage to its facilities during the conflict between Israel and Palestinian factions.
  • The five-member board will look into contentious incidents during the confrontation between Israel and the Palestinian organisation, Hamas, in July and August 2014.
  • The fighting raged in this time period saw entire neighbourhoods in the Gaza strip flattened and almost one-third of the area’s population uprooted.
  • In one incident in July, 15 Palestinians were killed and 200 injured by an Israeli rocket strike on a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
  • The overall violence had killed more than 2100 Palestinians and destroyed over 100000 homes.

About KC Reddy

KC Reddy belonged to the Meghalaya cadre of the IPS. He was awarded the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Reddy was formerly the chief security adviser to the secretary-general for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS).

Kerala became first state with bank accounts for all families

Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani has announced that Kerala has become the first state in the country to have bank accounts for all families under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY). This formal declaration was by minister at the State-Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meeting in Thiruvananthapuram.

Under the PMJDY, Kerala has opened about 13 lakh new accounts and has mobilised 326 crore rupees through intensive financial literacy campaigns launched under the support of the State Level Banker’s Committee (SLBC).

Kerala was able to achieve this target under PMJDY ahead of schedule because of Financial Literacy Centres which are active in all the 152 blocks of state. Under this scheme, 5.25 lakh rupees debit cards have been issued by all banks.

State government is also opening a second account separately for the woman in each household under PMJDY.