1.Economy

RBI revises Priority Sector Lending guidelines

The PSL guidelines have been revised as per evolving national priorities

The new guidelines will:

  1. Increase credit penetration into credit deficient areas
  2. increase lending to small and marginal farmers and weaker sections.
  3. Boost credit to renewable energy, and health infrastructure

New categories eligible for finance under priority sector are:

  1. Farmers for installation of solar power plants
  2. Loans for establishment of Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) plants
  3. Bank finance to start-ups of up to Rs 50 crore.

Quick Fact: PSL is an important role of the RBi where it specifies a portion of the bank lending for few specific sectors

2.Miscellaneous

New book release: The Little Book of Green Nudges: UN Environment Programme

The book consists of UNEP’s first book on behavioural science and nudge theory for environment change

It comprises 40 nudges, i.e. simple actions that make adoption of green choices much easier.

The book will encourage 200 million students globally to adopt environmentally friendly habits and greener lifestyles

Quick Fact: UNEP’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya

3.Person in News

Ayushmann Khurrana becomes Brand Ambassador of Bajaj Allianz Life

Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Limited is a private life insurer

As its ambassador, Ayushmann Khurrana will be promoting the products as well as the digital services 

He will be featuring in the company’s campaign ‘Smart Living’ of the private life insurer which consists of its Term Plan ‘Smart protect Goal’ and digital service ‘Smart Assist’ 

Quick Fact: Tarun Chugh is the MD & CEO of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Limited

4.Economy

First Foreign Investment in Jammu and Kashmir: Cannabis Medicine Project

India and Canada’s joint Cannabis Medicine Project is set to be the first foreign investment project there

It will be set up at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine in Jammu and Kashmir 

This will make JnK the first in the country to develop medicines from the cannabis plant.

Quick Fact: India is a signatory of the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961.

5.Person in News

Kesavananda Bharati passed away

Kesavananda Bharati was the head seer of Edneer Mutt in Kerala since 1961

He was famous for initiating the Supreme Court’s historic judgement that ‘Basic Structure of Constitution’ cannot be amended by the Parliament.

In the case, he had challenged three Constitutional Amendments passed by the Indira Gandhi Government to give power to the Parliament to change fundamental rights.

6.Environment

Kaziranga park to be expanded by 3,053 hectares

3,053 hectares have been added to Kaziranga National Park to connect it with Karbi Anglong hills and Nameri National Park

The move was made by the Government of Assam after 35 years

Kaziranga is a world heritage site with:

  1. the third highest tiger population after Jim Corbett National Park and Bandipur National Park
  2. two-thirds of world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, around 2500 in number
  3. 19,225 birds belonging to 96 species

Quick Fact: Alterations to wildlife sanctuaries and national parks can be made only after approval of National Board of Wildlife