Delhi pledges to clean Yamuna by 2025
Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has pledged to clean the Yamuna river completely promising to make the water fit to drink and bathe by the year 2025.
He has announced a six-point action plan to clean the holy river.
Yamuna River has become one of the most polluted rivers worldwide and is particularly polluted downstream of New Delhi.
Quick Facts: The Yamuna is the second-largest tributary of Ganga and the longest tributary in India.
The Ministry of Coal constitutes ‘Sustainable Development Cell’
The Ministry of Coal has constituted a Sustainable Development Cell in line with the commitment to clean energy.
The Sustainable Development Cell was constituted in the backdrop of the Prime Minister’s announcement on new climate targets at COP26 under the ‘Panchamrit Strategy’.
The SDC will mentor, advise and plan action of minimizing the adverse impact of mining.
SIDBI-Google join hands to support MSMEs
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has joined hands with Google India to support MSMEs
The partnership will pilot a social impact lending program providing financial assistance of up to INR 1 crore at competitive interest rates to MSMEs.
The main focus of the program is to support enterprises run by women entrepreneurs.
Quick Facts: SIDBI was established on April 2, 1990.
Japan PM unveils USD 490 billion stimulus package
PM of Japan Fumio Kishida unveils a record-breaking stimulus package which approximately equals 56 trillion Japanese Yen.
The plan comprises 100,000 yen payments for people aged 18 years or younger and aid for ailing businesses.
The Japanese government will also compile an extra budget by the end of 2021 to fund the stimulus program to deliver necessary aid to the public.
Odisha’s School Transformation Programme
Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated 130 reconstructed schools as part of a school transformation program.
The program has been launched to create an atmosphere to bring a competitive attitude among students.
In all, 351 transformed schools have been inaugurated in the state.
Quick Facts: Ashoka is the State Flower of Odisha.
Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi to be awarded the Film Personalities of the Year 2021
Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi will be facilitated with the Indian Film Personality of the Year award at the 52nd IFFI 2021 in Goa.
Actor Hema Malini is a 2-time BJP MP from Mathura while lyricist Joshi is a former chairperson of CBFC.
IFFI 2021 will kick off on November 20th in a hybrid format.
IndusInd Bank launches mobile app for merchants
IndusInd Bank has launched a comprehensive mobile app ‘Indus Merchant Solutions’ to enable merchants, retailers, and professionals to carry out banking transactions digitally on a single platform.
The app will enable merchants and retailers to undertake an array of activities.
The app can be used by any current account holder of IndusInd Bank and start using it.
Quick Facts: Sumant Kathpalia is the CEO of IndusInd Bank.