31.08.2017 Uttarakhand (UKPCS) Current Affairs



  • Centre lauds Uttarakhand’s swachh initiatives, urges other states to imbibe them


  • Uttarakhand’s Urban development initiatives of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan have been identified as “Best Practices” by the government of India and are being circulated to all the other states for replication. V K Jindal, joint secretary (Swacch Bharat Mission) has written a letter to the Mission Directors (across the country) for Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and asked them to follow the initiatives undertaken by the Uttarakhand to keep their cities clean.
  • Of the four major initiatives started by the BJP government of the Himalayan state is that Uttarakhand is aiming for at least 5 of their best urban local bodies under top-50 cities in the Swachh Survekshn-2018 ranking. The government is giving a cash reward of Rs Rs 75 lakh, Rs 50 Lkah and Rs 25 lakh to the cities, which obtain the top three positions in the cleanliness list.


  • A senior officer said, “The CM instructed for some innovative and positive measures to boost Swachh Bharat campaign in Uttarakhand. The state has already achived ODF state status for rural areas and we plan to achieve ODF status for urban areas by March 2018.”

Key initiatives


  • Drive to get three cities in top 50 list of Swachh Survekshn-2018


  • Clearing anti-littering and anti-spitting bill



  • Linking ACR report of officers with Swachh Survekshn-2018


  • Roping in district collectors to keep cities clean



  • India and Myanmar to sign MoU for conservation of quake-damaged Pagodas at Bagan.


  • The Union Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Myanmar for the conservation of earthquake-damaged pagodas at Bagan.
  • The MoU will be signed during the official state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Myanmar during 6-7 September 2017.


  • Pagodas are the Buddhist temple typically in the form of a many-tiered tower built in traditions originating as stupa in historic South Asia.




  • Ujjivan SFB receives scheduled bank status from Reserve Bank of India.


  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (SFB) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ujjivan Financial ServicesLimited included in the second scheduled to the RBI Act 1934 on 30th Aug 2017.
  • This grants the ‘Scheduled Bank’ status to Ujjivan Small Finance Bank’ from the date of notification.
  • Currently, Ujjivan SFB has 65 full-fledged brick and mortar branches in eight states and two Union Territories.
  • This status will enhance the market acceptability of the bank in its effort to garner institutional deposits at a competitive price and participate more actively in the inter-bank market. It also opens the door for issuing Certificates of Deposits (CDs), which will be an important source of funding.


  • Shri Rajiv Gauba takes over as Union Home Secretary


  • Shri Rajiv Gauba, IAS (Jharkhand cadre-1982 batch) took over as Secretaryto the Government of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Gauba joined the Ministry of Home Affairs as Officer on Special Duty on June 27, 2017.
  • He took charge as the Union Home Secretary upon the superannuation of Shri Rajiv Mehrishi.


  • Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail receives 2016 Saraswati Samman.


  • Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail (74) was bestowed with prestigious Saraswati Samman
  • He was awarded for his novel “Hawthan”portraits about cultural lives of traditional pottery community in Goa.
  • The award comprises of plaque and a cash prize of Rs.15 lakh by Union minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman an event held in New Delhi.


Gk bit – Saraswati Samman


  • Saraswati Samman is an annual award bestowed upon Indian citizen for his outstanding literary work written in any 22 Indian language mentioned in Schedule VIII of Constitution and published during last 10 years. The award has been named after Indian goddess of learning Saraswati.


  • It is considered one of the highest literary awards in India. It was established in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation. It carries cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque of goddess Saraswati. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was first recipient of this award for his autobiography published in four volumes.
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