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Day To Day Current Affairs - 23rd October 2014

Day To Day Current Affairs - 23rd October 2014

1.    Manohar Lal Khattar takes over as new Haryana CM;
i.Senior BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar has been sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Haryana today. 
ii. Khattar and his ministerial colleagues were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at a ceremony at Panchkula which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

iii. Several Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, the Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan also attended the ceremony. 
iv. Those sworn-in as Cabinet Ministers were: Ram Bilas Sharma, Capt Abhimanyu, O P Dhankar, Anil Vij, Rao Narbir Singh and Kavita Jain. 
v. This is the first time that the state has got a BJP chief minister. He will be the fifth non-Jat Chief Minister of Haryana. 
vi. Khattar, 60, who won the Assembly polls from Karnal, in his maiden electoral appearance, administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at around 1120 hrs at the ceremony held at HUDA Ground in Panchkula near Chandigarh.

2.    India world’s 4th largest steel maker at 62.41 MT in Jan-Sept
i. With 62.41 million tonnes output, India remains the world’s fourth largest steel producer in the first nine months of the current year, preceded by China, Japan and the US.
ii. World Steel Association (WSA) data showed India’s steel production grew by 1.8 per cent, the second highest among the top four steel producing nations, during the January-September period from 61.27 MT in the same period last year.
iii. India has been the world’s fourth largest steel maker for the last four years. The order is likely to remain unchanged in current year too, an industry expert said.
iv. During the first nine months, China produced 618 MT steel which is a little more than half of world’s total production at 1,231 MT.
v. China logged 2.3 per cent growth during the period. But its steel production remained static in September, as per data revealed by WSA, at 67.5 MT when compared with the same month last year.
vi. Japan remained the remote second with 83.1 MT production during the nine-month period clocking just 0.8 per cent growth over 82.4 MT production in the same period last year.
vii. The US stood at the third spot with 66.33 MT production compared to 65.3 MT output during the January—September period of the last year.

3.    SBI launches mPassBook facility on its smartphone application
i. The nation's largest lender State Bank of IndiaBSE 0.26 % (SBI) launched a facility called 'mPassBook' today, on its 'State Bank Anywhere' mobile application, for its retail banking users.
ii. Launching the facility, SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya, said that 'mPassBook' is an electronic application of a physical passbook for savings bank and current accounts.
iii. The facility is currently available on Android phones but would soon be available on iOS and Blackberry phones too.

4.    PM  announces Rs.745 crore for Kashmir's damaged homes, hospitals
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced Rs.745 crore relief for rebuilding damaged homes and hospitals in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.
ii. Speaking to media persons at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar, Modi said the Union government would do everything possible to help rebuild the lives and livelihood of people who suffered in last month's floods in the state, an IANS report stated.
iii. Modi said the loss memo of Rs.44,000 crore submitted to the Centre by the state government was being considered, and announced an immediate relief of Rs.570 crore for rebuilding of damaged homes and Rs.175 crore for similarly affected hospitals in the state.

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