Current Affairs April 15, 2017 –  After UP’s anti-Romeo squad, Haryana launches ‘Operation Durga’


Adityanath, Centre ink pact for 24×7 power supply in UP:


The Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre entered into an agreement which promises to provide 24×7 power supply to all the households in the state. The ‘Power for All’ pact was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power Piyush Goyal at 5 Kalidas Marg.

PM Narendra Modi launches BHIM-Aadhaar platform to push digital payments:


Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the BHIM-Aadhaar platform, putting in place yet another keystone of a digital payment system that will help India make the shift to a less-cash economy. The biometric-based indigenous payment solution will enable real-time bank-to-bank money transfers even for those without a phone and at no additional cost. 

Centre launches Aadhaar seeding application:


The Central Board of Employees Provident Fund (CBEPF/EPFO) held its 217th special meeting in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Minster of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya. He inaugurated the Aadhaar seeding application.

With the implementation of the Aadhaar Seeding Application, a provident fund member or pensioner can walk into any field offices of the EPFO or CSC outlets with UAN and Aadhaar and seed the Aadhaar with the UAN.

After UP’s anti-Romeo squad, Haryana launches ‘Operation Durga’:

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launches ‘Operation Durga’ campaign aimed at ensuring safety of women in Haryana. Twenty-four teams have been formed to check crimes against women across Haryana.

The Haryana government has also set up women police stations in all districts to ensure safety of women and provide them with a safe place for lodging complaints.

Banking & Business

BRICS bank plans to issue rupee, Yuan bonds this year:

NewDevelopment Bank (NDB), set up by the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — plans to issue bonds this year in the Indian rupee and Chinese Yuan, its President K V Kamath said.

The bank sold its first $437 million Yuan-denominated bonds in China last year in July to fund clean energy projects in member-states.

Masala bonds of $300-500 million of masala bonds will be issued after July, added Kamath. Masala bonds are rupee-denominated bonds issued outside India.

Income Tax department launches ‘Operation Clean Money’-II, to probe 60,000 people:

The income-tax department has identified more than 60,000 persons, some of them described as “high-risk”, under the second phase of Operation Clean Money launched to detect the generation of black money after demonetisation. 

Coal India to set up methanol plant in WB:

    World’s largest coal miner CIL will diversify into coal to chemical business and is planning to set up a coal-based methanol plant in West Bengal.


Dr. Mukulita Vijayawargiya takes charge as Whole Time Member, IBBI:

Dr. Mukulita Vijayawargiya took charge as Whole Time Member, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) in New Delhi. Dr. Vijayawargiya was a member of Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee (BLRC) based on which, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.


Advani reclaims Asian billiards crown:

    Sixteen-time World Champion Pankaj Advani won his sixth Asian billiards title, defeating Sourav Kothari 6-3 in an entertaining final. He had won the 6-red snooker last year. He will next travel to Doha to compete in the Asian snooker championship beginning on April 22.


Sculptor and painter S. Nandagopal passes away:

Eminent sculptor S. Nandagopal died of a massive cardiac arrest at his home in the Cholamandal Artists Village. He was 71. He was the recipient of the National Award, Lalit Kala Academy.