Current Affairs – January 2016

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Union Government decides to directly shift from BS-IV to BS-VI Emission norms in 2020

Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has decided to implement the stricter emission norms of Bharat Stage (BS) VI from 1st April 2020 in a bid to curb vehicular pollution. Government will directly switch over to BS-VI emission norms from the present BS-IV emission norms and completely skip BS-V emission norms altogether. Decision in… Read More »


Union Cabinet approves creation of a Credit Guarantee Fund for MUDRA loans

The Union Cabinet has approved creation of a Credit Guarantee Fund (CGF) for Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) loans. The CGF is expected to guarantee more than 1,00,000 crore rupees worth of loans to micro and small units in the first instance. Features of scheme Credit Guarantee Fund for MUDRA Units (CGFMU) will guarantee… Read More »


Union Cabinet approves Stand Up India Scheme for women and SC/ST

The Union Cabinet has approved the Stand Up India Scheme to promote entrepreneurship among Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) and Women entrepreneurs. Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The Scheme seeks to facilitate at least two such projects on an average one… Read More »


Noted Gujarati writer Labshankar Thakar passes away

Noted Gujarati writer and poet Labhshankar Thakar passed away after prolonged illness in Ahmedabad. He was 80. He was modernist author of Gujarati literature with influence of existentialism challenging traditional literature styles. About Labshankar Thakar Thakar was born on 14 January 1935 in Sedla village near Surendranagar in Gujarat. He was popularly known by his… Read More »


Union Cabinet gives nod to Civil Aviation MoU between India and Singapore

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Singapore on cooperation in the field of civil aviation. The MoU was signed in November 2015 between Airports Authority of India (AAI) on behalf of Union Government and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) on behalf of Government… Read More »