GS Paper I- Indian Heritage, Culture.

Chitraveena Maestro Ravikiran To Get ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ Title.


  • Chitraveena maestro N. Ravikiran has been selected for this year’s (2017) Sangita Kalanidhi award. Being a child prodigy, he won the scholarship of the Music Academy in 1969.
  • He will preside over the 91st annual conference to be held between December 15, 2017 and January 1, 2018. The award will be conferred on him on January 1, on the day of sadas.
  • Mr. Ravikiran first hogged the limelight when he appeared on the dais of the Music Academy as a two-year-old kid, responded to the questions on great maestros and identified ragas.


Key Things To Look Out For-

  • The Executive Committee of the academy which met on 16th July, 2017, unanimously chose Ravikiran for the coveted award, a press release said.
  • Ravikiran has fully lived upto his promise as a child prodigy and has risen to great heights of musicianship over an illustrious career, according to academy’s President, N Murali.
  • Noted ‘mridangam vidwan’ V Kamalakar Rao, Vocalist Radha Namboodiri were selected by the Committee for the ‘Sangita Kala Acharya awards’, respectively.
  • Ghatam exponent Sukanya Ramgopal and a leading representative of Odhuvar tradition, Muthu Kandasamy Desikar were selected for the “T T Krishnamachari Awards”.
  • The ‘Musicologist award’ would be conferred on T S Sathyavathi, while the ‘Pappa Venkataramiah award’ for Violin would be presented to ‘Thiruvallur’ Parthasarathy.
  • The awards would be presented during the ‘Sadas’ on January 1st, 2018.
  • The ‘Nritya Kalanidhi award for Dance‘ would be presented to bharatanatyam exponent, choreographer, Lakshmi Viswanathan during the inauguration of the annual dance festival scheduled to be held on January 3, 2018.

Sources- The Hindu, Business-Standard.


GS Paper II-Governance, Polity.

Matunga Is Now First All-Women Railway Station Of Mumbai As Well As India, To Get All-Women Staff.


  • In about a week from now (20th July, 2017), the Central Railway will hand over Matunga station to women staffers. Matunga will become the first railway station in the city – and the first station on Central Railway –to be operated by an all-women staff.
  • The station will have over 30 women staffers, including 11 booking clerks, 7 ticket collectors, 2 chief booking supervisors, 5 Railway Police Force personnel, 5 points persons, 2 announcers, and a station manager.
  • The man behind the move is DK Sharma, general manager, Central Railway.
  • Sharma said that it is about empowering women. Some of the passenger reservation centres and even ticketing systems for suburban trains are entirely handled excellently by women, so it was decided that an entire station should be handed over to them.



Key Points Of The Development In Railways-

  • Central Railway has taken a step towards women empowerment by appointing an all-female work staff at the suburban Matunga station.
  • This is not the first time the Central Railway is taking the lead in empowering women.
  • In 1992, its staffer Mamta Kulkarni became the city’s first woman station master. Kulkarni was posted in Kurla.
  • Matunga railway station, which is located in central Mumbai, gets a huge number of student populations as a lot of colleges are located in the area.
  • The all-women staff at the station comprises of 30 female workers.
  • Matunga station has now become the first such ladies special station.
  • Incidentally, a Metro station in Jaipur – Shyam Nagar – was the first in the country to run by women.

Sources- Hindustan Times, Mumbaimirror.

GS Paper III- Economic Development.

Jan Dhan Deposits Surge To Rs 64,564 Crore.


  • Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts have touched a new high of Rs 64,564 crore, of which over Rs 300 crore came in the first seven months of demonetisation, according to government data.
  • The Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet scheme, aims at bringing hitherto unbanked areas and people under a formal banking system. Bank accounts can be opened with a zero balance under the PMJDY.
  • Finance ministry data, accessed through a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by a PTI correspondent, show that there were about 28.9 crore PMJDY accounts on June 14, 2017.
  • Of these, 23.27 crore accounts were with public sector banks, 4.7 crore with regional rural banks and 92.7 lakh with private ones.

Key Points Of This Development-

  • The Jan Dhan accounts together have deposits of Rs 64,564 crore, the Finance Ministry data show. Public sector banks account for Rs 50,800 crore, regional rural banks for Rs 11,683.42 crore and private banks, Rs 2,080.62 crore.
  • On November 16, 2016, there were 25.58 crore PMJDY accounts with an aggregate deposit of Rs 64,252.15 crore, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar had told the Lok Sabha.
  • Thus, between November 16 last year and June 14 this year, Rs 311.93 crore had been added to Jan Dhan accounts.
  • The PM had on November 8, 2016 announced the demonetisation of 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes.
  • Following reports of alleged misuse of Jan Dhan accounts to convert black money into white after the note ban, the government had warned people that they would be penalised if they indulged in such activities.
  • In a press release issued on November 18, 2016, the government had said that there are some reports received that some people are using other persons’ bank accounts to convert their black money into new denomination notes.
  • This, it had said, had also been reported in Jan Dhan accounts.
  • The government had said such activities could attract penalty if it was established that the amount deposited in the account did not belong to the account holder.
  • Also the person who allows his or her account to be misused for this purpose can be prosecuted for abetment under the Income Tax Act, according to the government.
  • Alongside other facilities, PMJDY accounts also allow an overdraft facility of up to Rs 5,000 in one account per household, preferably held by a woman member.

Sources- Economictimes.