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SATH programme: NITI Aayog has unveiled a programme called SATH along with the state governments to kick start the process of transforming education and health sectors. SATH, which stands for ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital,’ will entail the government think tank to provide technical support to State governments in the two sectors. The programme aims to identify and build three future ‘role model’ states for health system.
‘Pralay Sahayam’ : A multi-agency exercise was conducted on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake as the final event of ‘Pralay Sahayam’ in Hyderabad . The event demonstrated efforts of all central and state agencies, National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the Armed Forces towards jointly tackling an urban flooding scenario in Hyderabad.
Saubhagya scheme : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or ‘Saubhagya’, to supply electricity to poor households. The scheme will cover all rural families after electrification of all villages by December end, this year. The total outlay for the Saubhagya scheme will be Rs 16,320 crore. The scheme will be funded by a 60 per cent grant from the government, with the states contributing 10 per cent and the remaining amount will be covered by loans. For special category states, the government will grant 85 per cent of the outlay, with the states contributing just 5 per cent.

International Affairs

7th ASEM Economic Ministers' Meeting: The 7th ASEM Economic Ministers' Meeting (ASEM EMM7) was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The ASEM was established in 1996 as an economic cooperation council of 53 Asian and European countries.
72nd session of United Nations General Assembly: 72nd Regular Session of UN (United Nations) General Assembly (UNGA 72) was held at UN Headquarters, in New York. Mr.Miroslav Lajcak presided over the 72nd session of the UNGA. External Affairs Minister of India Ms.Sushma Swaraj addressed the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly.
Global Competitiveness Index 2017-18: India remains the most competitive country in South Asia, appearing at No. 40 in the global competitiveness ranking of 137 countries by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The ranking is one lower than last year’s, but the two rankings are not comparable because of a change in the methodology. This index ranked Switzerland as the world’s most competitive economy
New Member of Interpol: Interpol has voted to admit Palestine as a full member, dealing a significant diplomatic blow to Israel, which has strenuously lobbied against Palestinian admission. The idea of INTERPOL was born in 1914 at the first International Criminal Police Congress, held in Monaco. Officially created in 1923 as the International Criminal Police Commission, the Organization became known as INTERPOL in 1956.

Economic Affairs

Inter-bank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the signing of the (i) Interbank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement and (ii) Cooperation Memorandum Relating to Credit Ratings by Exim Bank with participating member banks under BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism. As both the Agreement and the MoU are umbrella pacts, and are non-binding in nature, the Board of Directors of Exim Bank has been authorized to negotiate and conclude any individual contracts and commitments within their framework.
Bharat ke Kaushalzaade: Rural Skills Division, Ministry of Rural Development has organized ‘Bharat ke Kaushalzaade’, an event honouring beneficiaries of its key skilling programmes, on the eve of Antyodaya Diwas 2017. The event aims to celebrate and honour beneficiaries from both of MoRD’s flagship skill development programmes i.e. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI).

Science Affairs

Aquatic Rhabdops: A new species of non-venomous aquatic snake - Aquatic Rhabdops, which was misidentified since 1863, has finally been described and identified as a new species from the northern Western Ghats. The snakes belonging to the genus Rhabdops, are endemic to India and two species namely the Olive Forest Snake and bi-coloured Forest Snake were previously known.

Awards

Sarala award: Odia poet and short story writer Banaj Devi will be honoured with the 38th edition of prestigious Sarala award for her short story compilation "Kathapua". The annual Sarala Puraskar, recognised as one of the foremost literary awards of the state, comprises a cash award of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation.
2017 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize: Maryna Viazovska of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland has been selected for the 2017 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize. The prize will be awarded during December 21-22, 2017 at the International Conference on Number Theory at SASTRA University in Kumbakonam, Ramanujan’s hometown.

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