Best of PIB: 30 Jan 2017

  • Meghalaya’s first ever Apparel and Garment Centre
    • The first garment Making Centre in Meghalaya was inaugurated near Ampati in South West Garo Hills today
    • The foundation stone for this centre was laid in 2015
    • It is being set up under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) of the Ministry of Textiles
  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)
    • Two pilot branches were launched in Ranchi and Raipur today
    • By September 2017, around 650 branches of IPPB will be opened
    • It has been set up us a 100% Government of India owned Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts
    • IPPB aspires to be the most accessible, affordable and trusted bank for the common man with the motto -“No customer is too small, no transaction too insignificant, and no deposit too little”
    • As per the guidelines issued by RBI, the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) would
      • Focus on providing basic financial services such as all kinds of payments; including social security payments, utility bill payments, person to person remittances (both domestic and cross-border),
      • current and savings accounts up to a balance of Rs 1 lakh
      • Distribution of insurance, mutual funds, pension products
      • Acting as business correspondent to other banks for credit products especially in rural areas and among the underserved segments of the society
    • A commemorative stamp and a logo of the new bank were also launched on the occasion
  • Task Force for constituted for preparing Action Plan for Next three Olympic Games
    • The PM has approved setting up of such committee today
    • The members are Pulella Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra, Rajesh Kalra, among others
    • The terms of reference are
      • To suggest a comprehensive action plan including short-term, medium term and long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028.
      • To suggest effective methods to identify core probable/medal prospects for 2020 Olympics, their coaches and support staff.
      • To suggest effective talent identification system for 2024 and 2028 Olympics.
      • To identify components of world class support system for elite sportspersons and lay down the pathway
      • To suggest ways to achieve synergy in the efforts of key stakeholders within Government of India and across State Governments, IOA, National Sports Federations, NGOs, etc.
      • To suggest ways to significantly improve the standards of coaching and sports scientist within the country.
      • To suggest ways to create and upgrade sports infrastructure necessary to train top-level athletes.
      • To make suggestion regarding foreign training and exposure of top-level athletes.
      • To make recommendations on any other matters referred to the Task Force by the Government of India.


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