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Current Affairs of 19 Feb 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:19-Feb-2018


1.       Asmita Yojna to be launched by Maharashtra Government

• Maharashtra government is all set to launch Asmita Yojna on International Women’s Day next month.

• This scheme will provide Asmita cards to beneficiary girls while participating SHGs will be entrusted with the task and supply of sanitary pads.

Under the scheme, girls in Zila Parishad schools will get sanitary napkins at Rs. 5 per packet while rural women can avail it at a subsidized rate of Rs. 24 and Rs. 29.


2.       India-Iran inks nine pacts

• There are nine agreements signed between India and Iran during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to India including connectivity related to Chabahar port and on double tax avoidance.

• The other areas of agreements are security, trade, energy and various other things.

• The Capital of Iran is Tehran and the currency is Iranian Rial.


3.       Atal Bhujal Yojna: Ambitious water conservation scheme

• To tackle ever-deepening crisis of depleting groundwater level, the Union Government has formulated Atal Bhujal Yojna.

• It is a project of Rs. 6000 crore under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

• It also focuses on revival of surface water bodies so that groundwater table will rise.

• The major water-stressed states -Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, UP, Rajasthan and MP will be targeted in the first phase.



4.     Hyperloop transportation system between Mumbai and Pune

• Maharashtra Government and the Virgin Group have signed an agreement to build world’s first hyperloop transportation system between Mumbai and Pune.

• This project will reduce travel time between two mega cities to 20 minutes from three hours at present.

• The hyperllop will be a fully electric system and will have a capacity travel up to 1000 Km per hour. 


Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express

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