Daily GK Digest – Feb 16 – Top Current Affairs

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Daily GK Digest – February 16th, 2017 for top current affairs of today. 

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Here is the daily GK Digest for February 16th, 2017.

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

Middle Income Group Scheme by SC

  • The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has introduced the Middle Income Group Scheme.
  • It is a self supporting scheme which provides legal services to the middle income group citizens i.e. citizens whose gross income is not exceeding Rs.60,000 per month or Rs. 7,50,000 per annum.
  • As per the Supreme Court rules it is only through advocates on record cases can be filed before it.
  • A sum of Rs.500/- shall be payable to the Supreme Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Society (SCMIGLAS) as service charges.

EK Palaniswami takes over as 29th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

  • Edappadi K. Palaniswami took over as Tamil Nadu’s 29th Chief Minister on February 16, 2017.
  • He heads a 31-Member Cabinet. Except O. Panneerselvam and K. Pandiarajan, Mr. Palaniswami has retained the outgoing Council of Ministers.
  • Mr. Palaniswami is given 15 days to prove his majority.
  • The Governor’s invitation came “in acceptance” of the letter submitted by Mr. Palaniswami on February 14.

Union cabinet clears merger of SBI with its associate banks

  • The union cabinet yesterday approved the proposed merger of State Bank of India (SBI) and five subsidiaries—a combination that will create the first Indian lender to rank among the world’s top 50.
  • State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT) will merge with the country’s largest bank, State Bank of India.
  • The cabinet approved the merger proposals submitted by the boards of these banks, finance minister Arun Jaitley said at a press briefing, adding that a proposal to merge Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with SBI is still under consideration.

Government launches TAMRA App

  • The government has launched Transparency, Auction Monitoring and Resource Augmentation (TAMRA) mobile application and portal to ensure transparent award of statutory clearances for mining operations.
  • The government has prepared an ambitious plan to put 280 mines with mineral reserves worth over Rs 10 lakh crore for bidding to increase the share of mining in Indian economy.
  • TAMRA was simultaneously launched across 12 mineral rich states, through video-conferencing.

Constitution Bench to decide petitions on triple talaq: SC

  • A five-judge constitution bench would be set up by the Supreme Court to hear and decide on a batch of petitions relating to the practice of triple talaq, ’nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims.
  • A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar took on record three sets of issues framed by parties with regard to the cases and said the questions for consideration of the constitution bench would be decided on March 30.
  • Referring to the legal issues framed by the Centre, it said all of them relate to the constitutional issues and needed to be dealt by a larger bench.