Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose recommended to be the first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman of India. Ghose was finalised and recommended by the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.
Read More: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/former-sc-judge-justice-pc-ghose-to-be-indias-first-lokpal/articleshow/68449719.cms
World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society (founded by WASM and WSF) and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year. Future date will be: Friday, March 13, 2020.
Hyderabad become top Indian city for the fourth year and is joined by Pune as the two cities ranked highest among the seven Indian cities surveyed for quality of living.
Mercer, a global consulting firm and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, released its 2018 Quality of Living ranking, highlighting its findings in its survey conducted annually. Vienna again topped the list that includes 450 cities globally.Read More : https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/hyderabad-ranks-1st-in-quality-of-living-index-report/article23310404.ece
State Bank of India (SBI) has enabled cardless ATM withdrawals through its mobile application Yono. The bank is providing payments at POS (Point of Sale terminals ) with the help of YONO App. YONO stands for “You only need one “.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/sbi-yono-app-to-allow-cardless-withdrawals/articleshow/68434871.cms
Among the leading brands in the water purifier industry, Kent RO Systems Pvt. Ltd. has been awarded with the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2018-19 for its RO+UV+UF technology at the Water Digest Water Awards .Read More : https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/kent-ro-receives-the-best-domestic-water-purifier-award-2019-119031400677_1.html
Swati Shingade of Pune, Maharashtra has bagged the first prize of DD MahilaKisan Award for 2018-19.
South African all-rounder JP Duminy announced his retirement from ODIs after the ICC World Cup in England. He will be available for South African team for T20 internationals.Read More : https://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/jp-duminy-announces-retirement-from-odi-after-icc-world-cup-2019/article26546715.ece
Google is finally shutting down its Instant messaging app “Allo”.Google Allo was an instant messaging mobile app by Google for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems, with a web client available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.Read More : http://www.byscoop.com/2019/03/12/mohua-partners-with-microsoft-for-swachh-bharat-e-learning-portal/
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has partnered with Microsoft India to use the platform Project Sangam of Microsoft on its Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal.
With this partnership, the MoHUA has increased the features on the Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal. With this now MoHUA has now trained more than 110,000 municipal functionaries on best sanitation practices across 4,000 plus cities in India.
International Football Federation (FIFA)
President Gianni Infantino has announced that India will host the U-17 Women's
World Cup in 2020. After the U-17 Men’s world cup of 2017 this will be the
second big event India will Host.
State Bank of India (SBI) the largest bank in the country has linked the savings rate and also short term loan interest rate to repo rate, the rate at which the banks borrow funds from the Reserve Bank of India.
India is the world’s largest consumer of gold, having the 11th largest gold reserve, with the current holding pegged at 607 tonnes, as per the latest report by the World Gold Council (WGC). U.S comes at the top in Gold Holding List.
World Kidney Day is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. World Kidney Day is observed annually on the 2nd Thursday in March
On the Occasion of 60th Anniversary American toymaker Mattel introduced new Barbie dolls honouring role models from 18 countries including India’s Olympian gymnast DipaKarmakar, US Open and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan and German double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Kristina Vogel, who was rendered paraplegic in a 2018 accident.
M R Kumar appointed the Chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Kumar will serve for next five years. T C Suseel Kumar and Vipin Anand have been appointed as Managing Directors of the LIC for five years.Read More : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/insure/m-r-kumar-appointed-lic-chairman/articleshow/68398526.cms
Private sector lender Axis bank which is Headquartered at Mumbai has named Rakesh Makhija as its new Non Executive part Time chairman. Makhija is appointed for the term of Three Years. Makhija has replaced Sanjiv Mishra for the post of Chairman.
UN refugee agency UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has announced that Abdul Aziz Muhmat who is a sudaneserefugee wins the Martin Ennals human rights prize .Mr. Muhamat spent five years in the Australian detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
West Indies famous batsman has announced the retirement from One day International Matches. Gayle said 2019 World Cup will be his last world cup. chris Gayle made his debut against India in 1999 in Toronto in the ODI format.
Indian Star player of Football Sunil Chhetri has been awarded with the First ever FootbalRatna award by football delhi.Chhetri is popularly known as “Captain Fantastic”.He also scored second highest Goals in International Matches
Read More :https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/football/story/honoured-by-kind-gesture-of-football-delhi-sunil-chhetri-on-receiving-1st-ever-football-ratna-1457556-2019-02-16
The central bank of India ,RBI has imposed a fine of 3.5 cr on three Public sector banks of India.Under the act Banking regulation 1949 RBI has the authority to give licence to every bank and fine any bank for violating the banking norms . A penalty of Rs 1.5 crore has been imposed on Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) and Rs 1 crore each on Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of India.
Bank of India:Mumbai
Oriental bank of Commerce : Delhi
Punjab National Bank :DelhiRead More : https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/rbi-imposes-rs-3-5-cr-penalty-on-3-psu-banks-119021401032_1.html
Vice president MVenkaiah Naidu’s Book “Selected Speeches :Volume 1” is released by the the former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi.This Book contains many speeches given by Venkaiah Naidu.
Read More : http://www.uniindia.com/pranab-to-release-book-of-venkaiah-naidu-s-speeches/india/news/1498730.html
Home Minister Rajnath Singhhas launched the single Emergency Helpline for immediate assistance for everyone who is in distress.The 112 helpline is an integration of police (100), fire (101) and women (1090) helpline numbers. The health helpline (108) will be integrated with it soon.
World sustainable development summit (WSDS) inaugurated by Vice president Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan ,Newdelhi . Theme of the summit was 'Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise',The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Read More :http://www.teriin.org/event/world-sustainable-development-summit-2019
Pramod Chandra Modyappointed as the new chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).CBDT is the policy making body of the Income Tax Department. Mody, is a Indian Revenue Service officer who replaced Sushil Chandra. Earlier Sushil Chandra is named as Election Commissioner .
Prakash Padukone has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement in sports.Virat Kohli and Jaspreet bumrah shared the Sportsman of the year award (Cricket).Indian women's cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana bagged the Sportswoman of the Year (Cricket) award.
Challachitram National Film Festival will be held at Guwahati in March 2019, with a special award for entries from the north-eastern region.The theme of the film festival is 'Our Heritage, Our Pride'.The three-day film festival will be held here from March 1.Read More :https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/challachitram-national-film-festival-to-begin-from-march-1-119021100674_1.html
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flagged of the India’s Fastest Train “Vande Bharat” From New delhi. Vande Bharat will run between New Delhi and Varanasi.Vande Bharat Express runs between the aforesaid destination for five days in a week except for Monday and Thursday.Read More :https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/pm-narendra-modi-flags-off-indias-fastest-train-vande-bharat/articleshow/68006132.cms
Ashwani Lohani has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India .Lohani will replace from Pradeep Singh Kharola.In December 2018, Mr Lohani retired as the Railway Board chairman.
Former Vice President Hamid Ansari has launched the new book of P Chidambaram (former Finance Minister) named “Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India” at Nehru Memorial Museum in New Delhi.This Book is on the country’s atmosphere of fear and how the constitutional values are being threatened
Indian Army showcased its artillery firepower by using ultralight Howitzers and indigenous Swathi weapon-locating radar at the annual ‘Exercise Topchi’ at Deolali Camp near Nashik, Maharashtra.They displayed rockets, missiles, surveillance, and target acquisition radars, remotely piloted aircraft and hi-tech equipment in addition to gunfire.
The Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan scheme launched on 15 Feb 2019 which was introduced in the budget.Under the scheme, workers of the unorganised sector of 18 to 40 years age will receive a minimum assured pension of three thousand rupees per month after attaining the age of 60 years.Only spouse will be eligible for the for family pension in case of demise of the pensioner i.e. children will not be eligible to receive the pension .This scheme is for theworkers in unorganised sector such as maids, drivers and so on whose monthly income does not exceed Rs 15,000. Under the scheme, pension of Rs 3000 per month will be given to eligible subscribers.
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Sushil as an Election Commissioner. Sushil will replace O.P. Rawat who is retired from the post.
The other two members of the Commission are Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner (EC) Ashok Lavasa. The Chief Election Commissioner heads the Election Commission of India, a body constitutionally empowered to conduct free and fair elections to the national and state legislatures.
Odisha Government is going to host the 5th International Dam safety Conference in Bhubaneswar. This conference is basically based on the safety and maintenance of the old constructed dams The event jointly organised by the Odisha government, the CWC and the World Bank under aegis of the ongoing World Bank assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) as a part of institutional strengthening.
The Meghalaya govt has decided to change the name of Dikkibandi stadium which is locate din Tura town after the name of former Lok sabha speaker A sangma.Asangma was also former Chief Minister of Meghalaya. Dikkibandi stadium was also known as MP Stadium.
Indian government has signed a Letter of Intent establishing the India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The joint initiative was signed by Anil Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC, and Nils RagnarKamsvag, Norway's Ambassador to India.
Norway Capital: Oslo, Currency: Norwegian krone.Read More :https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/india-norway-sign-first-joint-initiative-to-combat-marine-pollution-119021101425_1.html
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the CREDAI YouthCon -19 at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. Theme for the Conference is “Next Generation”.The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) is the apex body of all registered real estate builders and developers in India (established in 1999).
The First Annual Conference of Media Units working under I&B Ministry was organized at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Union Minister of State (IC) for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore Headed the Conference.The objective of the conference to give a unique platform to the officers of the Indian Information Service working in different Media Units to converge at an All-India level.Read More :http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=188524
The World Radio Day (WRD) is celebrated byUNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)every year on 13th February to celebrate radio as the medium for entertainment, information and the mode of communication. Theme for 2019 is "Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace ".
Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam has won Israel's prestigious Dan David Prize 2019 for his work on inter-cultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and people of North and South America during the early modern era.He won Israel’s prestigious USD 1 million dollar award in the category of ”Past Time Dimension” for his work in macro-history.
National Productivity Day is observed every year on 12th February. Theme for the National Productivity Week -2019 is ‘Circular Economy for Productivity & Sustainability’. Every year 12th to 18th of February is celebrated as the National Productivity Week.
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Ruchira Kamboj appointed as the Ambassador of India to Bhutan.Ruchira is currently working as High Commissioner of India to South Africa since 2017.Before this Kamboj has served as the Ambassador/PR to Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, Paris
The Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardha has announced the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) as the mascot for the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS). The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) will be held in Gujarat in 2020. Bird has been fondly named by the ministry as ‘Gibi‘.Read More : https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/centre-launches-logo-mascot-for-cop-13-on-migratory-species-to-be-held-in-2020-119020801013_1.html
The Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone of a Mega Food Park in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.This food park will boost up the growth of food processing sector in the state. Union ministry said “With Mega Food Park being set up here, at least 25 thousand farmers would benefit,”Read More : https://www.india.com/news/agencies/harsimarat-kaur-badal-lays-foundation-of-nandvan-mega-food-park-3567300/
Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Mehta is best known for her Elements Trilogy – ‘Fire’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Water’Mehta's 'Earth' was presented as an official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film by India.
Railway Sports Promotion Board lifted the 9th Senior National Men's Hockey Championship crown at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Railway Boys has defeated the defending champions Punjab by 3-2. Petroleum Sports Promotion Board beat Punjab and Sind Bank, 4-1 to clinch the Bronze medal.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/hockey/railways-edge-punjab-to-lift-senior-mens-national-hockey-title/articleshow/67929910.cms
International Day of Women and Girls in Science is being observed to highlight the work of female scientists throughout its divisions and agencies.Theme for 2019 is "Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth".
The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.Read More : https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/womenandgirlinscienceday
For First time World Pulses Day was celebrated on 10th February 2019. World Pulses day designated United Nations global event to celebrate pulses worldwide and continue the important gains made with the 2016 International Year of Pulses.
Read More: http://www.un.org/en/events/pulsesday/
The five-day Multinational Maritime Exercise "AMAN-19" started in Karachi. “Together for Peace” is the slogan for the exercise.Total 46 countries are taking part in this exercise. The Pakistan navy's ships, submarines, boats, marines and special forces will take part in this exercise.
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been elected as the chairman of the African Union at the continental body's summit in Ethiopia. he African Union is a continental union consisting of 55 countries of the continent of Africa, with exception of various territories of European possessions located in Africa.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/egypts-el-sisi-elected-new-chairman-of-african-union/articleshow/67930669.cms
The first batch of four CH-47F Chinooks heavy-lift helicopter ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF) received at the Mundra Port in Gujarat. In September 2015, India had signed a $2.5 billion with the US for the purchase of 15 Chinook heavy lift and 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.Read More : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/iaf-gets-four-chinook-heavy-lift-helicopters/articleshow/67928058.cms
Basant Panchami festival is being celebrated every year on the fifth day of the month of 'Magha' and marks the beginning of the spring season. Basant Panchami, the Hindu festival is celebrated across the country with zeal and prosperity.People wears yellow clothes and worship Mata Saraswati.Read More: https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/president-pm-greet-nation-on-basant-panchami-devotees-throng-ghats-to-take-holy-dip-119021000087_1.html
Minister Narendra Modi has formally inaugurated the three-day International Oil and Gas Conference ‘PETROTECH-2019’ (13th) at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.PETROTECH 2019 was organized by Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India. India’s ranking in consumption of crude oil and petroleum products is 3rd.Read More : https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/petrotech-2019-modi-to-inaugurate-meet-on-monday-before-magic-oil-talk-119020900900_1.html
RBI has announced increase in the limit on collateral-free agriculture loans to Rs 1.6 lakh from Rs 1 lakh.This step is taken by RBI to increase the liquidity in the farming sector, particularly among small and marginal farmers. In 2010, the collateral-free limit for crop loans and term loans was hiked from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.But his step can also increase the NPA(Non performing assests) of Banks
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of Tripura’s last ruler,Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya in Agartala,Assam. Before this Union government has also renamed the airport after Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya after the long-pending demand of the people of Tripura as well as the state government to pay tribute to the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state.
A 3 days largest Krishi Kumbh of Eastern India begins in Bihar. Krishi mela is inaugurated by Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh jointly. The aim of Krishi Kumbh is to promote modern techniques and diversification in agriculture that could help in doubling farmers income.
Indian Coast Guard and the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for coordination in the aeronautical and maritime search and rescue operations. The main aim of the MoU is to strengthen mutual interactions, interoperability and validating procedures during the conduct of search and rescue operations.
Former captain and super player Ricky Ponting has appointed as an assistant coach of Australia's men's team for the upcoming World Cup in England. Ponting will the batting lineup . Pointing will work with the current batting coach Graeme Hick.
Read More :https://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/ricky-ponting-named-australias-assistant-coach-for-world-cup-campaign/article26211668.ece
Indian squash player Ramit Tandon defeated Egyptian Mohamed El Sherbini in the finals to win the Seattle Open. Mr. Tandan won his first PSA title in the new year and fourth title overall in his career.
Indian player Rohit Sharma has become the highest run scorer in the Twenty20 International history .He was playing against New Zealand in Auckland.Earlier the record was on the name of New Zealand's Martin Guptill.
Rohit Sharma total scored 2288 Runs.In this list Virta Kohli comes at 4Th place.
The International IP Index 2019 released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranks India at 36 . India experienced its second consecutive year of growth in the IP global ranking, jumping eight places from 44th to 36th.
State Bank of India announced a cut in interest rate on home loans. With this cut, SBI becomes the first lender to cut down the home loan rates after the Reserve Bank of India cut the policy repo rate from 6.50 per cent to 6.25 per cent.
The Reserve Bank of India has slapped Rs 1 crore penalty on the country’s largest lender for violating banking norms which Section 47 A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.This 100 crore fine is imposed on SBI bank for not monitoring the end use of funds in respect of one of its borrowers RBI is headquartered at Mumbai.Read More : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/banking/rbi-slaps-fine-of-rs-1-cr-on-sbi/articleshow/67889197.cms
The “Parmanu Tech 2019” Conference was organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) at New Delhi. Issues on Nuclear Energy and Radiation Technologies will be discussedRead More : http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=188119
World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins a gold medal in 48kg category at the EGAT Cup in Thailand.Chanu has lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium. Chanu had missed many major world championships last year due to injury . Now she came back with the Gold
Father Francois Laborde (92-year) conferred with the Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour), the highest civilian award of France, in recognition of his work for specially-abled children. Father Francois Laborde set up a special organisation working for the development of specially-abled children, the destitute and the most deprived sections of the society.Read More : http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2019/feb/06/this-92-year-old-priest-from-bengal-was-conferred-frances-highest-civilian-honour-1935303.html
Senior IPS officer Dinkar Gupta appointed as the new Director General of Punjab Police .Gupta will replace Suresh Arora. Mr. Gupta had also served as Senior Superintendent of Police of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts for more than seven years.
Read More: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/dinkar-gupta-takes-over-as-punjab-dgp/articleshow/67892487.cms
Senior IAS Officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. . Pradeep Will replace Rajiv Nayan Choubey.At present Pradeep is the chief managing director (CMD) and Chairperson of Air India.
Digicop app has launched by the City Police Commissioner Dr. AK Viswanathan along with the actor Vijay Sethupathi, to cut down on mobile theft cases.With the help of app people can track the status of stolen two-wheelers and cell phones to nearest police station .With the help of this application second hand cell phone buyers can also verify the phones weather they are genuine or not.
Indian opener Smriti Mandhana becomes the first Women who scored the fastest fifty in Women’s T20Is. The left-handed batswoman scored a half century in just 24 balls in the 1st T20I against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
New Zealand’s Sophie Devine holds the record of the quickest half-century in women’s T20Is.Read More: https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/india-vs-new-zealand-smriti-mandhana-hammers-fastest-fifty-for-india-5571481/
Union Minister for petroleum and natural gas Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan has inaugurated the 2019 Asia LPG summit in New Delhi. This two-day event focused on ‘LPG – Energy for Life.’ India is the 2nd largest consumer of liquified natural gas (LPG) in the world. The summit has been organized jointly by the major Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum together with the World LPG Association (WLPGA) at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.Read More : http://www.asialpgsummit.com/
The Union Cabinet Headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a project of establishment of 'Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog' to conserve, protect and develop India's cattle population. Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog was announced in the budget of 2019-2020.This project will help in development and conservation of indigenous breeds of the cattle.
According to the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mahesh Sharma has Informed Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, and Humayun’s Tomb were the highest revenue generating monuments during 2015-2018. Taj Mahal is the top revenue-generating monuments during 2015-18 . Other top sites includes Sun Temple in Konark, Ellora Caves, Mamallapuram, Khajuraho group of monuments, and Ajanta caves.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/taj-mahal-and-agra-fort-are-among-the-two-highest-revenue-generating-monuments-for-2015-2018/as67882800.cms
Arunachal Pradesh having 26 major tribe is full of diverse cultures and festivals. Recently Nyishi tribe celebrated 'boori boot festival' with great Joy. Boori Boot means getting together to welcome the spring and successful harvest.It is a 3 days long Festival.
Macedonia has signed an agreement to join NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization). Macedonia will be the 30th member of NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. NATO’s Headquarters located in Brussels,Belgium.
US President Donald Trump has nominated senior Treasury official ‘David Malpass for the post of Head of the World Bank for a five-year term.Currently Jim yong kim is the head of the World bank which is Headquarter at Washington.
A special six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to decrease the repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25% in the last bimonthly policy review of 2018-19. Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das in Mumbai.
MSF (Marginal Standing Facility)
Qatar has created the most famous moment in its history after defeating Japan 3-1 in the final of the Asian Cup. Almoez Ali scored with a overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the Asian Cup to set Qatar.
The Fourth edition of International Spice conference will be hosted by All India spices exporters Forum(AISEF) from 28 January to 31 January 2019 in Hyderabad. The theme for the conference is “challenges of change-redefining the value chain “
Punjab Government has approved “Smart Village Campaign” for the development of Rural sector which will include building of village infrastructure and provide essential amenities to the people.This scheme will cost Rs 384.40 crore. Financing will be done from the 14th Financial Commission and MGNREGA.Read More: https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/pb-govt-okays-smart-village-campaign-worth-rs-385-cr-119012900902_1.html
The 8th Annual Pulicat Day will be observed on February 2 at Pazhaverkadu, to create awareness among people about the importance of protecting the Lagoon. Pulicat lagoon are shrinking day by day due to urbanization . This year’s World Wetlands Day under the theme of “Wetlands and Climate Change”.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/pulicat-day-on-feb-2-to-raise-awareness-on-shrinking-habitat/articleshow/67705699.cms
Pahang's Sultan Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah has become the king of Malaysia.He replaced Sultan Muhammad.He is the 16th King of Malaysia.
Malaysia Capital : Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Currency : Malaysian ringgit
Suman Kumari who passed her LLB examination from Hyderabad and did her Masters in Law from Karachi’s Szabist University has become the First Hindu woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Pakistan.
International Cricket Council CEO and former South Africa cricketer David Richardson announced that the 13th edition of Men's Cricket World Cup will be played in India in 2023. T20 World Cup Will also be played in India at the end of 2021.
India captain Mithali Raj became the first female cricketer who completed 200 ODI . Mithali's international career is the longest among all female crickerters.India have played total 263 matches out of which 200 is played by Mithali.
Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) India has appointed Punit Goenka as the New chairman Punit Goenka is the current managing director and CEO of Zee Entertainment . Goenka is replacing Nakul Chopra.
Dilip Sadarangani is appointed as the the part-time chairman of South-based private sector lender Federal Bank.
Sadarangani holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, University of Bombay.
Federal Bank is Headquartered at Aluva, Kerala.
The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) declared 2019 as "International Year of the Period Table of Chemical Elements"The periodic table of chemical elements is completing its 150th birthday, and the UN scientific agency has choosen this year to celebrate this event. UNESCO is headquartered at Paris,France .Read More : https://indianexpress.com/article/world/unesco-celebrates-150-years-of-chemistrys-periodic-table-5561030/
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajvardhan Singh has inaugurated Second Jharkhand International Film Festival 2019 in Ranchi,Jharkhand. The Aim of the Festival is to encourage states that have showcased the potential of promoting cinema.
Gupteshwar Pandey who is a 1987-batch Bihar cadre IPS officer appointed as the New DGP of Bihar. Gupteshwar has replaced K S Dwivedi Currently, Mr Pandey was serving as the Director General (Training) of Bihar Police.
Read More : https://indianexpress.com/article/india/new-bihar-dgp-gupteshwar-pandey-appeals-against-mob-lynchings-5563723/
Surajkund International Crafts Mela (33rd) has been inaugurated at Surajkund, District Faridabad .This mela will be Celebrated from 1st Feb to 17th February.The aim of the mela is to display crafts and loom techniques by organising demonstration sections in the Mela grounds. This year Maharashtra is the theme state and Thailand is the Partner Nation.
Under the Namami Gange programme National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has funded the Two programmes named as “Rag rag mein Ganga” and ‘Meri Ganga Quiz’ series. Doordarshan will launch these two programmes.
This will showcases spiritual, religious, cultural and socio economic heritage of River Ganga and its present ecological condition. It will also cover the Ganga’s journey from Gomukh to Ganga Sagar. ‘Rag rag mein ganga’ will be aired on DD National and will be 21-episode series anchored by a well-known actor, Rajeev Khandelwal.Read More : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/doordarshan-to-air-travelogue-series-rag-rag-mein-ganga-from-feb-2/articleshow/67774629.cms
Paytm has started hotel bookings on its portal and acquired NightStay, which offers great deals on last-minute bookings at luxury hotels.Paytm is constantly expanding its travel business by partnering with 5000 hotels .Its hotel partners include chains like Sarovar, Zuri, Treebo, Indian Hotels Co’s Ginger, Sterling and VresortsRead More:https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/paytm-enters-hotel-booking-business-buys-nightstay/articleshow/67748857.cms
Along with the growth of India, FMCG(fast Moving Consumer Goods)Sector is likely to grow in double digit.FMCG goods are those goods which sold quickly and at a relatively low cost. Examples include non-durable goods such as packaged foods, beverages, toiletries, over-the-counter drugs, and other consumables.
Ujjivan small Finance Bank launched a collateral free loan scheme name “Kisan suvidha” for small and Marginal farmers. This Loan facility can availed by the farmers for Agriculture,dairy purchase, post harvest transformation, Farm Implements purchase,fishery,sheep rearing,sericulture,mushroom farming etc.Ujjivan Small Finance Bank is headquartered at Bengaluru,Karnataka.100 crores are required to set up a small finance bank.
LT General Rajeev chopra has taken the charge of Director general of NCC .Rajeev chopra was Commissioned in the Madras Regiment in December 1980.He is also the Colonel of The Madras Regiment since Jun 2016.
Government of India Renamed the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) as the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).With the decision govt wants to bring internal and external trade under the commerce and industry ministry to deal with matters related to start-ups, facilitating ease of doing business .
On the Occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 71st death anniversary Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated Salt Satyagarha Memorial and Museum to the Nation.This Museum is opened at Dandi in Gujarat's Navsari district. This memorial is having the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 'satyagrahis' who had marched with him during the historic Dandi March in 1930 .
Union Minister of Tourism K.J Alphons has inaugurated the countries first Swadesh Darshan project in Sikkim which was approved by the Union Government is June 2015.This project is started at the Zero Point, Gangtok, Sikkim.The project is officially named as “Development of North East Circuit: Rangpo– Rorathang- Aritar- Phadamchen- Nathang-Sherathang- Tsongmo- Gangtok-Phodong- Mangan- Lachung-Yumthang- Lachen- Thangu-Gurudongmer- Mangan- Gangtok-Tuminlingee- Singtam”.The aim of this project is to provide infrastructure facilities like Tourist Information Centre, Meditation Centre, Organic Eco Tourism centre, Log Huts, Zip Line, Flower Exhibition Centre, Walkways, Souvenir Shops, Cafeteria, Rain Shelters, Wayside Amenity, Last Mile Connectivity, Parking, Public Toilets etc,.
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu has launched the India’s first Geographical Indication (GI) store at Dabolim International Airport in Goa. Prabhu said “Some geographies have expertise available which are not seen in any other place. In case of Goa, it is the culture, a geographical indicator, but also something which is coming out of nature like its cashews.” With the help of these stores every tourist can avail the unique things of particular state.
Former Power Minister and Current Union Minister of Railways ,Coal and Corporate Affairs Piyush Goyal is selected for the prestigious Carnot prize for his contribution in sustainable energy solutions.The Carnot Prize is named after French Physicist Nicolas sadi Carnot for the recognition of prominent contribution in energy .Read More :https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/piyush-goyal-to-receive-carnot-prize/article25263880.ece
Dubai International Airport for the fifth consecutive year in a row has retained its position as the world's busiest airport in 2018 .Largest source of traffic for airport is recorded with Indian travellers which registered a record footfall of over 89 million.
A common digital currency called "Aber" launched by the central banks of the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This tie up will be used in financial settlements between the two countries through Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers technologies.This tie up comes under the framework of ‘Proof-of-Concept’
Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been appointed as Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia. Poonam has been appointed for a second five-year term. She is the first woman to become regional director of WHO South-East Asia Region
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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced "Jiban Sampark" project in partnership with UNICEF India to generate awareness about the development and welfare initiatives . This project is for the welfare of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups at the annual Adivasi Mela-2019.
Read more : https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/odisha-s-jiban-sampark-to-reach-vulnerable-tribes-119012700030_1.html
The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet headed by Yogi Adityanath has approved construction of a four-lane Ganga Expressway which will connect Prayagraj to Western Utter Pradesh .Ganga expressway will cost around 36000 crore. Ganga Expressway would be longest in the world with 600 kilometres long . The expressway will provide connectivity in the state as it will pass through major cities of UP like Varanasi, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Pratapgarh, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Kanpur, Kannauj, Hardoi, Farrukhabad, Shahjahanpur, Badaun, Bulandshahr.Read More : https://www.financialexpress.com/infrastructure/roadways/worlds-longest-expressway-in-up-yogi-govt-approves-ganga-expressway-connecting-prayagraj-with-western-up/1458580/
To save the Tiger population in the State telangana government has decided to set up a protection force named as “save tiger Protection force”.This special force will consists of 112 members which was headed by assistant conservator of forests .
Committee on State Forest Protection headed by Chief Secretary S K Joshi.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/telangana-to-set-up-save-tiger-protection-force/articleshow/67654005.cms
India has ranked 78 in a global corruption index in 2018, while its neighbour China lagged far behind. India improved its ranking by three points to 78 in the list of 180 countries in the world. Denmark topped the list .
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has informed that the GST (goods and services Tax ) on Haj is reduced from 18% to 5% and this will help haj pilgrims in saving air fare Naqvi has also informed that for the first time 2,340 women from India will go on 2019 Haj without Mehram.
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January 30 is celebrated every year as the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi as Anti-Leprosy day . On this Occasion a campaign on Leprosy Awareness ‘Sparsh’ organized in all the Gram Sabhas of the country by the Central Leprosy Division of the Health Ministry.
Kashmir was the first state to have a Tulip garden in the state . Union Government has approved the development of Second Tulip garden of India in pithoragarh of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand’s first Tulip garden will cover around 50 hectares of forest land.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Laid the foundation stone of (All india institute of management) AIIMS at Thoppur near Madurai. This AIIMS will cost around 1264 crore and after its completion it will offer MBBS seats . The Mudurai AIIMS was approved by Union government in Dec 2018.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-modi-lays-foundation-for-aiims-in-tamil-nadu/articleshow/67708209.cms
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, has developed a app named as “Roshni” for the Blind people to help them in recognizing the New currency Notes.Due to the Size of the new notes of RS 10,20,50,100,200,500,2000 blind people find it difficult to recognize them.Once user will bring the notes in front of camera “roshni “app will provide audio Notification about the Note.
Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/app-developed-to-help-blind-identify-notes/articleshow/67664123.cms
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) won the first prize for its Kisan Gandhi theme at Republic Day. Theme of 'Kisan Gandhi' tableau "Mishrit Kheti, Khushiyon Ki Kheti" showing Gandhi with goats and a cow and Kasturba engaged with charkha and caring animals.It shows the importance of dairy farming , use of indigenous breeds and livestock-based organic agriculture for rural prosperity.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/icars-kisan-gandhi-tableau-bags-1st-prize-at-r-day-parade/articleshow/67726687.cms
The hindi word is choosen every year by Oxford Dictionary and this Year “Nari shakti” is choosen as word of the Year. The word “Nari shakti” derived from Sanskrit word in which ‘nari’ means women and ‘shakti’ means Power.Read More : https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/books/nari-shakti-chosen-as-hindi-word-of-2018-5556748/
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has renamed the India’s Fastest Train which will run from Delhi to Varanasi as 'Vande Bharat Express' (earlier, Train 18). This train is completely made by Indian engineers and it becomes the perfect example of Make in India.Read More : https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/train-18-renamed-vande-bharat-express-piyush-goyal/story/314157.html
Ministry of Tourism has organized the Bharat Parv celebrations at the Red Fort. Bharat parv is a part of Republic day celebration. Bharat Parv opened for public from 12 Noon to 10 PM every day from 26th to 31st January 2019. Objective Behind this celebration is to boost the Patriotic Mood and promote Cultural Diversity of India.Read More: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/things-to-do/bharat-parv-at-red-fort-a-vibrant-occasion-celebrating-indian-culture/as67738371.cms
2019 Australian Open (107th edition) was a Grand Slam tennis tournament that was held at Melbourne Park (Australia) from 14th to 27th January 2019. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic (world No.1) defeated Rafael Nadal to win his 7th Australian Open Men's Singles title at Melbourne.
Winners of Australian Open 2019:
Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
Naomi Osaka (Japan)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) & Nicolas Mahut (France)
Samantha Stosur (Australia) & Zhang Shuai (China)
Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) & Rajeev Ram (United States)
Mohammed Shami became the fastest Indian bowler to get 100 ODI wickets, during his New Zealand Tour. Shami reached this milestone in his 56th match, by taking the wicket of opener Martin Guptill. Mohammed beat Irfan Pathan's record.
The Reserve Bank of India has started two quarterly surveys named as Industrial Outlook Survey (IOS) and Services and Infrastructure Outlook Survey (SIOS) to check the Indian Manufacturing, services and infrastructure sector and business situation for the quarter January-March 2019.
27th Saraswati Samman was awarded to eminent Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra. Saraswati award for 2017 given to Yashaschandra for his poetry collection, 'Vakhar,' which was published in 2009.Sitanshu is given a plaque and Rs 15 lakh prize money by famed poet-lyricist Gulzar.Read More : https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/sitanshu-yashaschandra-saraswati-samman-vakhar-1437436-2019-01-23
The Rashtriya Bal Puraskar was awarded by President Ram Nath Kovind. Bal Shakti Puraskar cosists of a medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, book vouchers worth Rs. 10,000/-, a certificate and a citation. Six year old Eiha Dixit alone planted 500sapling and become the youngest one to get Bal Puruskar .
Read More : https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/president-ram-nath-kovind-rashtriya-bal-puraskar-1437013-2019-01-23
According to the Bloomberg 2019 India ranks at 54th position among the world's most innovative countries.
India scored 47.93 out of 100 in Innovative Index. South Korea has retained its top spot with a score of 87.38.
A dedicated woman squad of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has launched for the safety of the women in the premises of the Railway. Women Squad will consists of women sub-inspector and constables of the RPF at Kamkhaya Railway Station in Guwahati.Read More : https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/dedicated-rpf-women-s-squad-launched-in-nf-railway-119012300858_1.html
On the occasion of 122nd birth anniversary of Netaji subhash Chandra Bose PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Netaji Subhash chandra bose museum at Red fort,Delhi. The museum on Bose will showcases artefacts related to subhash Chandra which includes sword used by the leader, medals, badges, uniforms .
Union minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated a bridge over the Ravi river in Jammu & Kashmir . This inter state bridge will reduce the distance between Kathua in Jammu and Pathankot in Punjab to 8.6 km from 45 km. This bridge will cost nearly Rs 150 crore .Read More : https://indianexpress.com/article/india/jammu-kashmir-inter-state-bridge-nitin-gadkari-5547067/
Khelo Inida Youth Games second edition came to an end with the host finished it with maximum medals . Maharashtra has taken away the Overall Trophy with 85 gold, 62 silver and 81 bronze for a total of 228 medals.
A new e-commerce platform re-weave.in launched by Microsoft India for handloom weavers under its Project ReWeave. With the help of this platform artisans to buyers directly and can expand to newer customers and markets.
Read More : https://www.businesstoday.in/top-story/microsoft-project-reweave-helps-handloom-weavers-to-sell-products-online/story/311741.html
Bharat Ratna awardee C N R Rao who is a Eminent Scientist has been chosen for the first Sheikh suad International Prize for materials Research. Sheikh Saud International Prize for Materials Research is given by Centre for Advanced materials of the UAE.This award consists of Plaque,a medal and cash prize of USD 100000.
Central bank of Nepal has announced the ban of Indian currency notes above Rs 100. The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) Central bank of Nepal has made this decision that only Rs 100 and above denominations will be valid and can be freely exchangeable in Nepal.
To check the Overall security of coastal regions Indian Navy has started massive coastal Defence exercise named “sea vigil” .This exercise is to check 26/11 style attacks. The exercise will cover entire 7516.6 Km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) .
Reserve bank of India ,regulatory bank of Banking system in India has fapproved the appointment of V Vaidyanathan as MD and CEO of IDFC First bank for the next Three years. IDBI bank has recently updated its names as IDFC first bank after the merger with the NBFC capital first. Before this appointment Vaidyanathan was the founder and chairman of Capital First
Indian-American philanthropist and entrepreneur, Gurinder Singh Khalsa was presented with the prestigious 2019 Rosa park Trailblazer award .He was selected for the award by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine.This award is given for forcing the US authorities to change their policy towards the Sikh community.
Central Government has announced BHEL Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are merged together to build the first lithium Ion battery plant in India. The main Focus of this Merger is “Made by India, for India” . The Starting capacity of the plant will be 1GWh and it will be Increased up to 30 GWh in due course.Read More : https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/bhel-libcoin-to-build-indias-first-lithium-ion-battery-plant-govt-3409881.html
Foundation stone of “Haryana Bhawan “at the “statue of unity” laid by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal khattar in Gujarat.This Four story structure will cost Rs 12 Crore. Haryana became the first state to laid foundation stone construction of its state house in Complex.Read More : https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/haryana-bhawan-to-come-up-at-statue-of-unity-in-gujarat-119011900792_1.html
Tripura government has presented the official logo of the state’s tea to popularize the Tea and to promote the Tourism. The Logo depicts Tripura's iconic landmark, the "Neermahal" which is the largest water palace in India. Chief minister Biplab Deb informed the media that they started the exporting of tea to Bangladesh.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agartala/official-logo-for-tripura-tea-unveiled/articleshow/67621471.cms
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced extension of free health services under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana to all government medical college and hospitals. Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana also known cashless care which will be available sub-centres in villages and district headquarters hospitals. BSKY was launched on 15th August 2018 by Odisha Government.Read More : https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/odisha-extends-free-health-services-to-all-medical-colleges/article26019595.ece
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman inaugurated Diffo Bridge in Lower Dibang Valley District. Nirmala also visited the forward areas in Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh along India-China Border . The bridge is 426 mts in length and its work was started in 2011.
First Cremation ground for Cows wil be opened in Bhopal. Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma said: "The municipal corporation wants to prepare a cow cremation centre for their salvation. We will do it as soon as we find a suitable land for it."Read More : https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/bhopal-may-get-country-s-first-cremation-ground-for-cows-119011801103_1.html
Vinesh Phogat had biggest achievements last year in which she won gold at the Commonwealth Games, a silver in the Asian Championships in Bishkek and a gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta. Because of her outstanding performance she became the first Indian to be nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award.
The world’s first human rights TV channel has been launched in UK by the International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR).This channel is promising to show hidden stories ignored by mainstream media to the all.
Read More : https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/variety/first-human-rights-tv-channel-to-lend-voice-to-the-voiceless/article26006053.ece
Prabhat Singh Senior IPS officer has been appointed as Director General (Investigation) in the National Human Rights Commission.Prabhat singh is presently serving as Special Director of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).Singh has been appointed for a period up to April 30, 2020.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa takes oath as the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan in a ceremony held at the President's House which was also attended by foreign dignitaries, including India. President Arif Alvi administered oath to the new Chief Justice.Justice Asif Khosa has replaced Chief Justice Saqib Nisar.
Read More : https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/justice-asif-khosa-takes-oath-as-new-chief-justice-of-pakistan/article26024184.ece
Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) has decided and announced the launch of full fledge B.tech in Artificial Intelligence. IIT-H will start the new course from the new academic session which already offers AI-Machine learning(ML).
Artificial Intelligence will focus on application verticals such as healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility and many more.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated the country’s first National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai. The museum has been built in Rs. 140.61 crore by NBCC (India) Limited. The New Museum Building consists of four Exhibition Halls: Gandhi & Cinema, Children’s Film Studio, Technology, creativity & Indian cinema and Cinema across India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has start off a trade show In Gandhi Nagar.This trade show is a part of 9th Edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global summit 2019.This show is organized in around two lakh sq mt area of an exhibition ground. In this show around 25 industrial and business sector are displaying their products.Read More : https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/pm-inaugurates-global-trade-show-at-vibrant-gujarat-summit/article26014925.ece
Minister of State in Department of Space Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the 1st batch of UNNATI programme of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
UNNATI stands for Unispace Nanosatellite Assembly and Training programme. Under the 1st batch of the program, India will provide 2 months training to 32 participants from 18 countries from Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Panama and Portugal.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Bank of Maharashtra for not compliance of Know Your Customer guidelines and fraud-classification norms.Last Year also RBI had imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on BoM on account of delay on the part of the bank to detect and report fraud in an account.
State bank of India has agreed to provide a consortium finance to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Pet Nagpur Mumbai “Samruddhi corridor” expressway project. SBI has agreed to lend Rs 8500 crore and other lender banks include Punjab national Bank,Bank of Baroda ,Bank of Maharashtra and LIC( Life Insurance Corporation).Estimated cost for the project is Rs 50000 Crore
Congress leader and former Union minister C P Joshi was elected as the Speaker of the 15th Rajasthan Assembly with consensus of all parties. Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh administered the oath of office. Mr. Joshi has been elected from the Nathdwara assembly constituency.Read More : https://indianexpress.com/article/india/cp-joshi-elected-rajasthan-assembly-speaker-5542108/
Mohammed Ali Qamar India’s first Commonwealth Games gold medalist has taken over as the chief coach for the country’s female boxers. Qamar replaced veteran Shiv Singh. Ali Qamar has been an assistant coach in the national camp for more than a year. Ali Qamar is a Arjuna awardee and worked for Railway sports Promotion Board for More than three years
British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a confidence vote by 325 votes to 306 - a majority of 19, averting a general election. After her win, Theresa May called her MPs to put self-interest aside and work together to find a way forward for Brexit.
Gukesh becomes India’s 59th Grand Master .Tamil Nadu’s D Gukesh has become 2nd youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the title. Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest-ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and seven months in 2002.Read More : https://www.hindustantimes.com/other-sports/chennai-s-gukesh-crowned-world-s-second-youngest-grand-master/story-147lqBbm5SDlCMTogCteAL.html
The Central government has announced the names of the winners of the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015-2018.WHO Goodwill ambassador Yohei Sasakawa has been selected for the Gandhi Peace prize 2018. Gandhi peace Prize will be given to Mr Sasakawa for his work towards the eradication of the disease in India and across the world. Gandhi Peace Prize consists an award of one crore, a citation a plaque and a handicraft item
Senior Bureaucrat Jaideep Govind has been appointed as Secretary General of NHRC(l Human Rights Commission)
Goving is presently serving as Special Secretary and Financial Adviser in Ministry of Rural Development.He is from 1984 Batch of IAS officier of M.P cadre.
The Department of science and technology with public Broadcaster has launched two Science channels named as DD Science and India science.With the Aim to launch 24/7 channels dedicated to science Harvardhan has launched these two channels.India science is a Internet based channel and DD Science is a one hour slot on Doordarshan national channel.Read More : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/dd-science-india-science-channels-launched/articleshow/67542600.cms
Puducheery government has decided to ban the production,sale and use of Single-use plastic products in the state from march 1. The Government has taken this decision to ban on plastic use because they want to gift plastic free Puducherry to the future generations.https://indianexpress.com/article/india/puducherry-govt-to-ban-single-use-plastic-products-from-march-1-cm-5536587/
2019 Japan Prize has been awarded to Two scientists for their outstanding performance in the advancement of science and technology and for promoting Peace and prosperity .One of them is India born named Dr Rattan Lal Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. is honored with the Japan prize 2019Read More : https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/india-born-dr-rattan-lal-honoured-with-2019-japan-prize-119011600399_1.html
The central government has formed a seven member Group of Ministers(GOM) to Boost the Real estate under the GST scheme.Nitin Patel (Deputy chief Minister )Will be the Head of GOM. Finance minister of Punjab,kerala,U.P,Karnataka and Maharashtra will be thr Members . A major Concerning subject is the GST rate on under-construction residential properties.
Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs inaugurated the 1st National Level Sports Meet for the students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) at G.M.C Balayogi Stadium, Hyderabad.
The important feature of Sports meet has been the platform made available to tribal students studying in EMRS from the remote corners of north east India to Himachal Pradesh in North to Kerala in South and Gujarat in West to exhibit their latent talent in sports which would otherwise not be possible in normal case.READ MORE : https://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Sports/2019-01-17/First-EMRS-National-Sports-Meet-2019-concludes-/476450
The International Cricket Council named Manu Sawhney as the new Chief Executive Officer. Manu will take over David Richardson after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup . Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing director of ESPN sport stars will join the ICC by Next Month.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated India’s largest startup ECOSYSTEM in the state. The Integrated Startup Complex under the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) consists of 1.8-lakh-square-feet facility housing incubation set-ups across a string of segments in modern technology.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Bolangir-Bichhupali railway line in Balangir, Odisha. Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for a permanent building at the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Sonepur.Prime Minister inaugurated new Passport Sewa Kendras at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapur, Puri, Phulbani, Bargarh and Balangir.
Nepal Army chief P urna Chandra Thapa has arrived India on Four day Visit. General Thapa is conferred with Honorary “General Of Indian Army” by President Ram Nath Kovind . This will strengthen the deep roots of two armies .During the visit of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat he was also conferred with Honourary general of the Nepal Army by Nepalese president Bidya Devi Bhandari During his visit to Nepal.
Stphen Constantine has decided to step down after Indian Team’s exit from the Asian cup from the position of Head coach of Indian football team .India lost from Bahrain in the last Group A match by 0-1.
After the match Constantine said ““I’ve been here for four years. My objective from day one was to qualify for the Asian Cup and I’ve done that and we’ve broken a few records as we’d done that. I’m exceptionally proud of the players and everything they’ve given.”
Shivajirao Deshmukh former chairman of state legislative Council and senior congress leader is passed away due to prolonged illness. Deshmukh had served as the Revenue Minister in the Vasantsada Patil government from 1976-85
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the Philip Kotler Presidential award in New Delhi.It is the first ever kotler prize for Narendra Modi. Philip kotler award is given for the Outstanding leadership in country.The main focus of this award is ‘people,profit and planet.Read More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-modi-receives-philip-kotler-award/articleshow/67525994.cms
Yes Bank has appointed Brahm Dutt as Non executive part-time chairman .He is also holding the position of chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.Yes Bank is the fourth largest private bank of India which is headquartered at Mumbai.
Read More: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/banking/yes-bank-appoints-brahm-dutt-as-non-executive-part-time-chairman/articleshow/67499732.cms
15 Jan is celebrated as 71st Army Day in India on Tuesday. It is celebrated every year on 15 Jan when General KM Carriappa took over the command of Army .This day is dedicated to Brave soldiers of the Indian Army Who always fought for the safety of people of country.
Namita Gokhale won the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel “Things to Leave Behind“
Gokhale was awarded in the ‘Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’ category at the inaugural edition of Bhopal Literature and Art Festival (BLF) .
Just after one day of president’s nod to 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutes to economically weaker sections in the general category is Implemented by Vijay rupani in Gujrat.Gujrat become first state to implement it.
‘One family, One job ‘ scheme launched by Sikkim chief minister Pawan kumar chamling in Rajgar Mela 2019. Under this scheme for every family one govt job will be allotted. The new recruits are being taken in 12 government departments.
Chamling announced 20000 youth will immediately get jobs under this scheme.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 3 crore on Citibank India for not complying with directions Mentioned in Banking Regulation act 1949. This fine is imposed not to adhere ‘Fit and Proper’ directions of director of the bank
IDFC Bank re-named as IDFC First Bank
Private lender Bank IDFC has changes its name as IDFC first Bank. Name of the bank is changed after the merger with NBFC (Non banking finance company) Capital First.
Rajyavardhan Rathore launches National Youth Parliament Festival 2019
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col Rajyavardhan Rathore launched the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 in New Delhi. Theme of the festival is- “Be the Voice of New India” and “Find solutions and contribute to policy”.
In this festival the youth between of 18 to 25 years can participate ,discuss and debate on how yo make a New India.
Government launches National Clean Air Programme(NCAP)
Union Government has launched a National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) .NCAP aims to tackle the challenge of Increasing Pollution in India. Harsh Vardhan ,Union Minister for environment ,Forest and climate change sets a budget of Rs 300 Crore for the First Two years. It is a Five year Term plan and its aim is to reduce 20-30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024 .Read More : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/government-launches-national-clean-air-programme/articleshow/67474160.cms
The Sino-Indian Digital Collaboration Plaza (SIDCOP) has been launched by Union Government to bring IT companies and Chinese Enterprises closer to each other. National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) is the IT regulatory body of India who launched SIDCOP on behalf of Government. SIDCOP will provide market access to Indian IT firms in the huge Chinese market.
ISRO announces Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru
K.Siva chairman of ISRO (Indian space research Organisation) announced Setting up human space flight centre in Bengaluru to make India’s maiden human mission to space a reality.Gaganyaan will be the India’s mission which will send Astronauts to space .
Gaganyaan will be headed by R.Hutton .This will send three Astronauts to orbit and will cost 10000 crore Project.Read More: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/isro-announces-human-space-flight-centre/article25967944.ece
National youth day is celebrated on 12 January on the birth occasion of Swami Vivekananda (156th ).Theme for 2019 is “Youth and Nation Building “
On the Birth Occasion of Swami Vivekananda Jharkhand chief Minister Raghubar Das has uncover the tallest statue of Swami Vivekanad at Ranchi Lake.
The Indian Paint Association (IPA), the apex body of the nation's paint industry declared that the 29th biennial Indian Paint Conference would be held in Agra, Uttar Pradesh from eleventh to thirteenth January 2019. This would be the biggest expo of the assessed INR 500 billion (50,000 Crore) Indian Paints and Coatings industry.Read More: https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/29th-indian-paint-conference-2019-to-be-held-in-agra-119011000665_1.html
Hyper-spectral Imaging Satellite was launched from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre by PSLV-C43 on 29th of November.
Features of HysIS
• It has been placed in the Polar Sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of over 600 km.
• It carries two Payloads, viz. Visible Near Infra-red (VNIR) and Shortwave Infra-red Range (SWIR).
• Its high spectral cameras can penetrate through soil for up to 5 cm, depending on soil type.
• The mission life is 5 years.
Application of HysIS
• Agriculture application: It can detect the health of crops and plants
• Defense application: it can detect landmine over ground as well as few centimeter underground.
• Mining: it can help in mineral exploration
• Forestry & environment: it can flow of streams even under thick forest cover.
Farmers’ income can be doubled in assured manner by progressive MSP as recommended by Swaminathan Committee.
Before making any conclusion, we first try to answer these Questions:
1. What is MSP and what is its need?
2. How MSP is calculated in India?
3. What are the limitations of MSP in doubling farmers’ income?
4. What are the other alternatives, other than MSP, that can be used to double farmers’ income?
MSP, the Minimum Support Price is the minimum price promised by the government to the farmers.
Need of MSP
1. Minimum income to farmer
2. Food security
1. Agriculture production
2. Rural economic growth
3. Sustainable economic growth
1. Rural-urban divide
2. Rich-poor gap
MSP in India
CACP adopts different methods to calculate MSP. They are
1. 1.A 2 cost
2. 2.A 2 + FL cost
3. 3.C 2 cost
4. C 3 cost
Limitations of present methodology
1. Demand- supply conditions of the market
2. Inter-crop price parity
3. Agriculture – industrial products price parity
4. Price trends in the domestic market
5. Price trends in the international market
6. It fails to analyzes terms of trade
How to double farmers’ income through MSP?
1. Suggestion by Swaminathan Commission should be implemented i.e. government should declare MSP at C 2 + 50%.
2. The price disparity created since independence must be gradually gapped down.
Shortcomings of MSP
3. Retail chain
4. Road & telecom connectivity
The Union Cabinet on September 26, 2018 approved the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 (NDCP-2018), the new telecom policy of the country that aims to provide broadband access to every citizen at 50 Mbps speed by the year 2022. The National Digital Communications Policy 2018, which envisions attracting $100 billion investments into the country’s digital communications sector, aims at creating at least 40 lakh new jobs in the sector in the next four years. The cabinet also accorded approval to the re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the Digital Communications Commission. The National Digital Communications Policy will at end result in broadband for all, creation of four million additional jobs in the Digital Communications sector. It will enhance the contribution of the Digital Communications sector to 8 percent of India's GDP from around 6 percent in 2017. It will propel India to the Top 50 Nations in the ICT Development Index of ITU (International Telecom Union) from 134 in 2017. It will enhance India's contribution to Global Value Chains and ensure Digital Sovereignty. The government targets to achieve these objectives by 2022.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on September 19, 2018 signed an agreement on denuclearisation, defusing crisis on the Korean peninsula and reducing military tensions. The talks were hosted by North Korea in its capital city Pyongyang. The North Korean leader welcomed the South Korea President at the Sunan International Airport, at the start of Moon’s three-day visit to the nation. North Korea has agreed to permanently dismantle engine testing facilities and missile launch pads in the presence of international inspectors. The North Korean leader stated that his regime is also willing to take additional steps in accordance with the June 12 North Korea-US Joint Declaration, such as dismantle the country's largest nuclear facility in Yongbyon if the US takes corresponding measures. The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre is a major complex and its permanent closure would be a significant move towards ensuring that the North gives up its nuclear arsenal. Besides this, Kim Jong Un pledged to visit Seoul, which would be the first visit by a North Korean leader to the South since the Korean War. The leaders of the two militaries, South Korean defence Minister Song Young-moo and North Korea's Minister for the People's Armed Forces No Kwang-chol also signed a declaration, agreeing to a wide range of steps aimed at further reducing military tension on the Korean Peninsula. Both the leaders want the US to sign off on formally ending the Korean War, which still technically continues because no peace treaty was signed. There have been military tensions between the two countries for a long time. This move will lead to good relation between the two countries. The main agenda of the Moon-Kim meeting was to enhance ties between the two Koreas and push the talks on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The agreement also outlined plans to reconnect a cross-border railway, to allow letter exchanges and video calls between citizens and to seek to file a joint bid to co-host the 2032 Olympics. The other objectives of South Korean President in the North are expected to be largely focused on cultural and symbolic activities designed to project an image of cross-border friendship.
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