1. Deadline to link Aadhaar with bank a/cs extended to Mar 31
The government on Wednesday extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts to March 31, 2018, or 6 months from the date of commencement of account, whichever is later. Earlier in the day, the government had withdrawn the December 31 deadline. Last week, the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with PAN was also extended to March 31.
2. 'Feminism' named Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster
'Feminism' has been named the Word of the Year by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the word reported the sharpest increase in look-ups when compared to the previous year. The dictionary said there was an increase of 70% in searches when compared to 2016, with searches rising following the Women's March. There were also spikes in searches for the word 'dotard'.
3. India becomes 1st ever team to register 100 300+ ODI totals
India has become the first-ever team to register 300+ totals 100 times in ODIs, after posting 392/4 against Sri Lanka in Mohali on Wednesday. This was also the 25th instance of India scoring 350+ in an ODI innings, second-most by a team after South Africa (26). India were driven by captain Rohit Sharma's 208*, his record third ODI double hundred.
4. Rohit becomes 1st player in ODI history to hit 3 double tons
Rohit Sharma became the first-ever player in ODI history to hit three double hundreds, slamming his third in the Mohali ODI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Rohit hit his first double hundred in 2013, before making the highest-ever ODI score (264) against Sri Lanka in 2014. Rohit has scored a century in every ODI series he has played this year.
5. Tripura government women staff to get 24-month maternity leave
Ahead of the February Tripura assembly elections, the Left Front government announced 24 months of maternity leave to its women employees -- for the first two children. The weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Manik Sarkar, took the decision, information and finance minister Bhanulal Saha told the media. He said women employees can take the leave in one go or intermittently till the child turns 18.
6. Delhi govt to buy 600 electric buses out of green tax fund
Getting 600 electric buses, infrastructure for charging points, upgrading inter-state bus terminals and midi-buses to plug last mile connectivity– this is how the Delhi government plans to spend its money collected as Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) from good vehicles. After facing flak for leaving Rs 829 crore unused, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has finally chalked out an expenditure plan. Under this, Rs 400 crore collected as the ‘green tax’ will be used for buying around 500 electric buses.
7. India Signs Loan Agreement with World Bank for US$ 250 Million for “Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion” (SANKALP) Project
A Financing Agreement for IBRD loan of USD 250 million (equivalent) for the “Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) Project” was today signed with the World Bank. The Financing Agreement was signed in New Delhi by Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs Shri Sameer Kumar Khare on behalf of Government of India and Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.
The Objective of the project is to enhance institutional mechanisms for skills development and increase access to quality and market-relevant training for the work force.
8. DCI and NHAI sign MoU to facilitate supply of sand for highways construction work
An MoU was signed yesterday between Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for facilitating the supply of sand for highways construction work. Concessionaires working on highways projects have been facing a shortage of sand at many sites. The MoU aims to fill this gap by facilitating the availability of sand for these concessionaires.