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Centre appoints Harsh Bhanwala as new NABARD Chairman

Harsh Kumar Bhanwala has been appointed as Chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) by the Centre. Bhanwala, succeeds Prakash Bakshi, who retired as NABARD Chairman.  Previously, Bhanwala was an Executive Director at India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL), a state-owned infrastructure lender.

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China’s Jade Rabbit makes soft landing on Moon

China’s Chang’e-3 lunar spacecraft which is carrying its first moon rover Yutu or Jade Rabbit rover made a “soft landing” on the moon since 1976. With this accomplishment China has joined the elite club of the US and Russia to achieve this feat. The probe touched down on an ancient 400-kilometre (250-mile) wide plain known in Latin as Sinus Iridum, or The Bay of Rainbows.

What is Soft Landing?

Soft Landing is a landing by a spacecraft on the moon or a planet at a sufficiently low velocity for the equipment or occupants to remain unharmed.

About Chang’e-3 lunar probe
  • China’s first lunar rover mission aimed at exploring the Moon’s surface and looking for natural resources such as rare metals.
  • Launching Site: Xichang Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s southwestern Sichuan province
  • Launched on: December 2, 2013
  • Carrier: Long March-3B
  • Key Payload: Six-wheeled robotic rover called Yutu (or Jade Rabbit) and a landing module.
  • Landing Site: Sinus Iridum, or The Bay of Rainbows in the Moon’s northern hemisphere.

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Union Cabinet Okays fresh amendments to Code of Conduct for ministers

In a bid to curb the misuse of bureaucrats by ministers for political motives, both at the Centre and in the states, the government approved fresh amendments to a 50-year-old Code of Conduct for Ministers.

What are the approved amendments to the Code of Conduct for Ministers?

As a fresh amendment to the Code of Conduct for Ministers (CCM), a new clause aimed at checking the political executive from misusing bureaucrats for political purposes will be added to the CCM. As per Cabinet’s proposal, it will also help check civil servants from cultivating political backing. The new Paragraph 2 (f) will now read as: “After taking office, and so long as he remains in office, the minister shall:- uphold the political impartiality of the civil services and not ask the civil servants to act in any way which would conflict with the duties and responsibilities of the civil servants.”

Does Code of Conduct for Ministers have legal backing?

No. The CCM for Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and Ministers of the respective state governments has no legal backing. However, the current proposal expects all the ministers to adhere to the instructions mentioned in the document scrupulously. ,

When will the fresh CCM come into effect?

While the new clause will come into effect at the Centre immediately, it will be sent to the state governments for their adoption.