Current Affairs India - 24 January 2016

1. Deposits in accounts opened under the government-s flagship financial inclusion programme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), have crossed the Rs. 30,000 crore mark and nearly 20.38 crore bank accounts were opened under the PMJDY as on the 20th January, as per latest data published by the Indian Government. These bank accounts had deposits of Rs. 30,638.29 crore (about $4.5 billion).

Accounts with no balance in them were as high as 76.81% of the total opened under the scheme as on 30th September 2015. They have come down to just about 32% at the end of December 2015, which is a significant improvement in terms of financial inclusion plan.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made public digital copies of 100 secret files relating to Subhas Chandra Bose on his 119th birth anniversary (23rd January), as he promised to his family members earlier. The files were declassified and put on digital display at the National Archives of India (NAI) here by the Prime Minister, who pressed a button in the presence of Bose family members. These files may throw some light about his life after 1945 if he could have survived the 1945 plane crash in Taiwan.

3. India-s largest flag was hoisted at Pahari Mandir in Ranchi by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today. The flag measures 66 feet in height and 99 feet in length and it was hosted on a pole with 293 feel height which makes it world-s largest and the highest hoisted Indian flag till now. This flag will remain hoisted for 24 hours and shall be illuminated with the help of twenty sodium vapor lights at night.

4. Amit Shah has been re-elected as BJP President for the new term of 3 years at a ceremony held in the Party headquarter today. On the occasion, Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Manohar Parrikar, BJP ruled states chief ministers, party office bearers and other leaders were present at the party headquarters.

5. India's Ace Shuttler, PV Sindhu won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton title after defeating Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour 21-15, 21-9 in the final at Penang today. This is her Fifth career Grand prix gold and first title of the year 2016.