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Banking Current Affairs : 18th March 2024

Today’s Current Affairs: 18th Mar 2024 for SSC CGL, State SSC, RRB, Railways, Banking Exam & IBPS, etc

Maharashtra Renames Ahmednagar as ‘Ahilyanagar’:

  • The Maharashtra Cabinet has announced its decision to rename Ahmednagar district as ‘Ahilya Nagar’. The renaming is in honor of the 18th-century Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar

PM Narendra Modi Launches PM-SURAJ National Portal;

  • Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi virtually launched the ‘Pradhan Mantri Samajik Utthan evam Rozgar Adharit Jankalyan’ (PM-SURAJ) national portal, aimed at uplifting the most marginalised sections of society, and sanctioned credit assistance for 1 lakh entrepreneurs from socially disadvantaged sections.

USOF, Prasar Bharati & ONDC Partnered to Offer Digital Services across Rural India:

  • Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) has signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Prasar Bharati and Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) to proliferate affordable and accessible digital services across India.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh Inaugurates National Speed Breeding Crop Facility in NABI, Mohali

  • Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, inaugurated the first-of-its-kind “National Speed Breeding Crop Facility”, at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) Mohali, Punjab.

L&T Finance signs Financing Pact with JICA for USD 125 million:

  • A loan agreement ceremony was held between the L&T Finance Holdings Ltd. (LTFH) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • This follows the signing of loan agreement in December 2023 by LTFH with JICA for up to USD 125 million to improve financial access in the India’s lagging states.

Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank launches New Loan Scheme ‘Vikas Spoorty:

  • Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) has launched a new loan scheme called ‘Vikas Spoorty’ to strengthen the rural credit delivery system and to motivate the common man to take up income-generating activities on a smaller scale.

NPCI signed MoU with IISc Bangalore for Joint Research on Blockchain and AI Technology:

  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has signed a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Banglore(Bengaluru, Karnataka), to conduct joint research on Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.

Krystyna Pyszkova of Czech Republic Wins Miss World 2024:

  • Krystyna Pyszkova from the Czech Republic won the Miss World 2024 title at the 71st Miss World Pageant held in Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Yasmina Zaytoun of Lebanon secured the 1st runner up position.