Sany India launched India’s first locally manufactured electric dump.

  • Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Sany India launched the SKT105E Electric Dump Truck.
  • This marks the first instance of an electric dump truck being manufactured locally in the country.
  • Unveiled at the company's India facility, this truck is specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of open-cast mining operations.

RBI opens India's Sovereign Green Bonds to Foreign Investors.

  • Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) green lighted investments in the country’s Sovereign Green Bonds (SGrBs) by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIS).
  • A sovereign green bond is a type of debt security issued by a national government specifically to fund projects that have positive environmental and climate benefits.
  • These bonds are part of a broader category known as green bonds.

Senior citizens' fixed deposits jumped by 143% in 5 years: SBI Report.

  • The SBI Research Ecowrap report estimates that there are approximately 74 million term deposit accounts held by senior citizens in the country, with a total deposit amounting to Rs 34 lakh crore.
  • Government initiatives such as increasing the limit and rate under Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) and Mahila Samman Savings Certificate have also contributed to this trend.


India allows export of 10000 tonnes of onion to Sri Lanka.

  • India lifts partial ban on onion exports, allowing shipments to Sri Lanka and the UAE, with an extra 10,000 MT allocated to each.
  • In December last year, the government banned onion exports until March 2024.
  • In August, the government imposed a 40 percent duty on onion export.
  • Government strategies also include maintaining a larger buffer stock of onions to stabilize prices.

Amitabh Bachchan awarded "Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar".

  • Amitabh Bachchan is to be honored with the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar for his contributions to the nation and society.
  • The award celebrates impactful contributions in music, cinema, social service, and literature.
  • PM Modi was its 1st recipient, followed by Asha Bhosle in 2023.
  • A R Rahman will receive the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar for contribution to Indian music.

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