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Gktoday & Current Affairs 15 August 2018 : Daily GK Updates
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1. India Releases 470 million Nepali Rupees Grant For Terai Roads Project in Nepal
i. The Government of India has released 470 million Nepali rupees grant for Terai roads project in Nepal. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over a cheque of grant to Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport of Nepal, Madhusudan Adhikari in Kathmandu, Nepal.
ii. The amount has been released to maintain fund liquidity for the ongoing construction of 14 road packages under Postal Highway Project. With this payment, 2.35 billion Nepali rupees have been released so far out of total grant assistance of 8 billion Nepali rupees committed by the Government of India for implementing 14 packages under Postal Highway Project.
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Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is the current Prime Minister of Nepal.
Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the current President of Nepal and commander in chief of Nepalese Army.
The Nepalese Rupee is the currency of Nepal.
2. PM Modi Announces Launch of World’s Largest Healthcare Insurance On Independence Day
i. With an aim to provide country’s poor access to quality and affordable healthcare, government on announced the launch of Ayushman Bharat (now Jan Aarogya Abhiyan) on September 25, covering 50 crore people. Nearly 10 crore families will get health cover worth Rs 5 lakh each year under the scheme.
ii. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his last Independence Day address from the ramparts of Red Fort ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections. The world’s largest healthcare cover plan that covers 10 crore families provides 5 lakh cover to them each year.
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It was in Budget 2018 that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced Ayushman Bharat — National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS).
3. Film Actor Akshay Kumar Becomes Brand Ambassador For Road Safety Campaigns
i. Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety.
ii. Film actor Shri Akshay Kumar has featured in these films, which are directed by Shri R.Balki. Mr Gadkari announced the appointment of Shri Akshay Kumar as Road Safety Brand Ambassador.
4. NITI Aayog Launches ‘Pitch to MOVE’
i. NITI Aayog has launched “Pitch to MOVE” – a mobility pitch competition that aims to provide budding entrepreneurs of India a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a distinguished jury.
ii. Winners of the event will be felicitated by PM during the Global Mobility Summit. Pitch to MOVE aims to identify and incentivise the startups, which will help the Government realize its vision of Shared, Connected, Intermodal and Environment-Friendly Mobility for India.
5. Rifleman Aurangzeb, Major Aditya Kumar To Conferred Shaurya Chakra
i. Rifleman Aurangzeb and Major Aditya Kumar of Indian Army will be conferred the Shaurya Chakra along with 18 others Armed Forces Personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces.
ii. Besides, Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh will be awarded with Kirti Chakra posthumously. President Ram Nath Kovind has approved these names on the eve of Independence Day along with three Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 93 Sena Medals (Gallantry) and, 11 Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry).
iii. The President also conferred Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Group Captain Abhishek Sharma, Squadron Leader Vernon Desmond Keane and Sergeant Shashidhar P Prasad.
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General Bipin Rawat is the present chief of Indian Army.
6. Ramesh Powar Named Head Coach Of Women’s National Team
i. Former India spinner Ramesh Powar was named head coach of the women’s national team till the ICC World T20 in West Indies, scheduled to be held in November 2018.
ii. This was informed by BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary. Powar was appointed interim coach of the team last month after the resignation of Tushar Arothe.
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