Daily Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Preparation: 9 October 2017

PM visits Vadnagar, launches Intensified Mission Indradhanush

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi visited his home town, Vadnagar, for the first time since assuming office of Prime Minister. At a public meeting, the Prime Minister launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush, to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunization coverage. It will provide greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunization coverage.

The Prime Minister also dedicated the GMERS Medical College, Vadnagar to the nation and launched the Innovative Mobile Phone Technology for Community Health Operation (ImTeCHO) for improving coverage of community based maternal, neonatal and infant health services to reduce neonatal and infant mortality in Gujarat by empowering health staff through use of innovative mobile phone application. GMERS Medical College serves nearly 400-500 outdoor patients and 80-100 indoor patients daily. He also launched some development works.


President Ram Nath Kovind launches Rs 100 crore clean water initiative

President Ram Nath Kovind has launched Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s Rs 100 crore clean water initiative for rural India at the math headquarters in the coastal hamlet of Vallikkavu in Kollam district of Kerala.

Kovind, who is on his maiden visit to the southern state after assuming office, inaugurated the ‘Jivamritam’ filtration system, envisaged to provide clean drinking water to 10 million villagers across the nation.

The programme was organised as part of the 64th birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, popularly known as ‘Amma’ among her devotees.

The Jivamritam project, which is initiated to provide clean drinking water will have specially designed filtration systems that will filter the water to its best. This whole project is funded by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, popularly known as ‘Amma’ among her devotees has worked precisely in these areas of social service.


RBI to soon launch financial literacy drive in 9 states

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is to launch a financial literacy drive in 80 blocks in nine states on pilot basis to educate people on e-transactions, formal sector borrowings and insurance purchases.

According to RBI, the pilot project will be commissioned in the 9 states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh by the 6 NGOs in collaboration with the sponsor banks.

The aim of the CFL (Centre for Financial Literacy) is to inculcate the habit of making a household budget and recording financial transactions, encourage transactions in savings accounts, and active saving by depositing in banks through fixed deposits and recurring deposits.