Current Affairs – July, 2014

Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill gets Governors nod

The Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill, 2014, passed by the state assembly, has received Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia’s assent. The Bill seeks to set up a separate management committee for Sikh shrines in Haryana. The Bill empowers the Haryana government to create an ad hoc committee to manage the affairs of the state’s gurdwaras till members Read More…

Work on setting up ‘Rural ATMs’ underway: RBI

Encouraged by the Reserve Bank .of India (RBI), banks are working on setting up ‘Rural ATMs’ for dispensing currency notes of smaller denominations. Banks have been encouraged to find a solution for introducing rural ATMs. Generally, in city or urban centric ATMs, they will give out high denomination notes (Rs 1,000 and Rs 500), whereas Read More…

Nagoya Protocol gets 50th Instrument of Ratification

The Nagoya Protocol has received the required 50th instrument of ratification on July 14, 2014. India, having hosted CoP-11 to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in Hyderabad in October 2012, is currently the President of CoP till CoP-12 to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in October 2014. The Protocol on access and benefit sharing will Read More…

6th BRICS Summit: India’s PM Modi flies to Brazil

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flown to Brazil to participate in the sixth annual BRICS summit. The BRICS summit – a multilateral forum comprising of the upcoming economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – will be the first occasion that the Prime Minister will be interacting with world leaders after assuming office Read More…

9.48% increase in Railway revenues earnings during April – June 2014

The Indian Railways has registered a 9.48 % increase in its total approximate earnings on originating basis during April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 at Rs. 36674.17 crore compared to Rs. 33499.53 crore during the same period last year. Some other key financial figures registered during this period: The total approximate earnings from goods Read More…