Daily Current Affairs Updates: 29 May 2015

1) Maharashtra government launched Swachhata Saptapadi scheme:
--> On the lines of Centre government’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ the Maharashtra Government launched ‘Swachhata Saptapadi’ scheme.
--> The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
--> Under the new scheme, debris or waste will not be allowed to dump at dumping grounds and processing of waste will be made mandatory. 
current affairs 29 may 2015

2) Now, apply for SBI loans online:
--> Country's largest lender State Bank of India on 29 May 2015 launched an online customer acquisition solution through which one can apply for home, car, education and personal loans online.
--> SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya launched the application that will help customers gauge their eligibility and get a quote personalised to their requirement, the bank said in a statement.
--> The bank plans to launch a similar application on the mobile platform, soon.

3) Pradeep Kumar Sinha appointed new Cabinet secretary:
--> Power secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha was on 29 May 2015 appointed as the next Cabinet secretary of the government.
--> He will succeed Ajit Seth who has been holding the position for the last four years.
--> Sinha, a 1977-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been asked to take over as officer on special duty (OSD) in Cabinet secretariat, an official release said.
--> He will formally take over the new charge on June 13, it said.

4) 4th North East Youth Festival inaugurated:
--> 4th North East Youth Festival is being held from 29 May to 31 May 2015.
--> The Festival is being organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) on behalf of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

5) US removed Cuba from list of State Sponsor of Terrorism:
--> United States (US) in a landmark decision has removed Cuba from its list of State Sponsor of Terrorism.

--> In this regard US secretary of state John Kerry has signed an  order removing Cuba from the terrorism blacklist.

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