DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 27 FEBRUARY 2019

National News Rising India Summit 2019 Held In New Delhi i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Network-18 Rising India Summit, held in New Delhi and laid out his vision for a ‘New India‘. The theme of the summit was, ‘Beyond Politics: Defining National Priorities’. ii. The Prime Minister discussed various topics including income tax and GDP numbers, India’s global standing, Jan Dhan accounts, and unemployment. Assam Launches PRANAM Commission To Protect Parents Of State Government Employees i. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the PRANAMCommission, which is a panel set up to look after the issues concerning a Bill brought in for the protection of parents of state government employees. ii. The Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 FEBRUARY 2019

National News PM Modi Inaugurated 40-Acre National War Memorial in New Delhi i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated a new National War Memorial, situated in the India Gate complex in New Delhi, to the nation.  ii. The National War Memorial, spread over 40 acres in the India Gate complex behind the canopy, is dedicated to soldiers killed during the Indo-China War in 1962, Indo-Pak Wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971, Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka and in the Kargil Conflict in 1999, and also those in the UN peacekeeping missions. Useful Info- The 42-metre-high India Gate was built during the British Raj as the All India War Memorial Arch… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 25 FEBRUARY 2019

National News  India Hosts ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit’ i. J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit’ in New Delhi, in the presence of  Ravi Shankar Prasad Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology.  ii. The global intergovernmental meeting on digital health is being hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP).   Bihar Becomes The 1st State To Deploy Dog Squad To Check Liquor Smuggling i. Bihar has become the first state to deploy specially-trained dogs to check smuggling of liquor which continues to take place inspite of the… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 24 FEBRUARY 2019

NATIONAL NEWS PM Modi unveils Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme in Gorakhpur Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Gorakhpur. PM-KISAN scheme, announced in the interim Budget, released earlier this month will provide Rs 6,000 per year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding/ownership of upto 2 hectares. The amount will be given in 3 installments of Rs 2,000 each. The amount will be transferred directly to the bank account of the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer. After launching the scheme, the Prime Minister also handed over certificates to select beneficiaries of the scheme. GST on affordable housing properties reduced to 1 pc The Goods and… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 23 FEBRUARY 2019

National News UP CM Launches Scheme For Adolescent Girls i. In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched Scheme for Adolescent girls (SAG). The scheme focuses on girls aged between 11 to 14 years who have left studies and will take steps for proper nutrition and special care for them. ii. The state government also decided to observe Adolescent girls day on 8th of every month at Anganwadi centres across the state. First Mega Food Park Of Tripura Inaugurated  In Agartala i. Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, inaugurated Tripura’s first mega food park named Sikaria Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd at Village Tulakona in Agartala. ii. It has been set up by Kolkata-based Sikaria Mega Food Park Private Ltd. on… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 22 FEBRUARY 2019

National News India, Sri Lanka Ink MoU To Establish Business Centre For ICT  Incubators i. India and Sri Lanka signed an MoU to establish a business center for ICT incubators in Jaffna (a city in Sri Lanka) through the grant of 25 crore Sri Lankan rupees from India. ii. The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Secretary, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Mr. S. T. Kodikara in Colombo in presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. Useful Info- Sri Lanka Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Currency:Sri Lankan rupee, Prime minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe. President Ram Nath Kovind Promulgates 4 Ordinances i. President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated four… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 21 FEBRUARY 2019

National News List of MoUs Signed During Visit of Prince of Saudi Arabia to India i. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was on a one-day state visit to India. He met PM and President of India.  Operation Digital Board Launched By HRD Ministry i. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry launched Operation Digital Board on the lines of Operation Blackboard to provide better digital education in school. ii. The government has aimed at equipping 9 lakh classrooms in schools and colleges across the country (7 lakh classrooms of 9th, 10th and 11th standards and 2 lakh classrooms of colleges and Universities) with digital facilities for teaching by 2022. MoU Between Environment Ministry and University of British Columbia on Forestry Science… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 20 FEBRUARY 2019

National News PM Modi Flagged Off 1st Ever Diesel To Electric Conversion Locomotive i. Under ‘Make in India’ initiative, Indian Railways has created history by converting a diesel locomotive into electric locomotive for the first time in the world. This all new converted energy-efficient electric locomotive has been flagged off by PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi. ii. In a first of its kind notable initiative, the diesel locomotive which has been converted to electric locomotive by the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi. The entire project is an Indian R&D innovation for the entire world, says Indian Railways. Saudi Becomes 73rd Nation To Sign International Solar Alliance i. Saudi Arabia became the 73rd nation to sign… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 19 FEBRUARY 2019

National News IAF Carried Out ‘Vayu Shakti’ Exercise At Pokhran i. Indian Air Force conducted mega exercise ‘Vayu Shakti’ in Pokhran, Rajasthan. The exercise was carried out day and night where the IAF showcased firepower capability of indigenously developed platforms and efficacy of missiles. ii. For the first time, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALP) and the Akash surface-to-air missile were deployed in the military exercise. MiG-29 fighter jet also participated in the exercise.  Useful Info- Chief of Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa. 4th Agri Leadership Summit 2019 Held At Sonipat, Haryana i. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh, inaugurated the 4th Agri Leadership Summit 2019 at theIndia International Horticulture Market (IIHM) in Ganaur, Sonipat district, Haryana. It was a 3-day… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 18 FEBRUARY 2019

National News India’s First District Cooling System To Be Built In Amravati i. United Arab Emirates (UAE) based international cooling provider,National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed) entered into a 30-year concession with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) to build India’s first district cooling system in Amaravati. ii. The agreement is for a contracted cooling capacity of 20,000Refrigeration Tons (RTs) and will cater to the State’s Assembly, High Court, Secretariat and other Government buildings currently being constructed, for which cooling services will start in early 2021. Useful Info- UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi, Currency: UAE Dirham. International News J P Morgan Became First US Bank With Cryptocurrency i. JP Morgan rolled out the first US bank cryptocurrency. The currency is designed to be decentralized so that no one… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 17 FEBRUARY 2019

NATIONAL NEWS Argentina President Mauricio Macri arrived in Delhi on 3-day official visit to India Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri arrived in New Delhi on a three-day India visit during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enhance cooperation in key sectors such as economy, nuclear technology and space. President Macri was received at the airport by Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. This visit will provide opportunity to the two sides to review progress in bilateral ties and to explore new avenues of cooperation.  Extra info.: Argentina Capital: Buenos Aires Currency: Argentine peso Country’s 1st semi high-speed train Vande Bharat Express leaves Delhi for Varanasi on first commercial run Country’s first semi high… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 16 FEBRUARY 2019

National News Expert Committee Recommends Rs 9,750 Monthly National Minimum Wage i. The Expert Committee led by Anoop Satpathy, Fellow of V. V. Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI), submitted its report on “Determining the Methodology for Fixation of the National Minimum Wage” to the Government. ii. It recommended the fixation of need-based National Minimum Wage (NMW) for India at Rs 375 per day or Rs 9,750 per monthirrespective of sectors, skills, occupations and rural-urban locations for a family comprising of 3.6 consumption units. The Present NMW is Rs. 4,576. India’s First Agromet Forecast Centre Inaugurated  In Karnataka i. Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the North Karnataka Agromet Forecasting and Research Centre… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 15 FEBRUARY 2019

National News India Withdraws Most Favoured Nation Status To Pakistan i. Following the attack in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama that left 44 CRPF personnel dead, India has withdrawn the MFN (Most Favoured Nation) status that it had granted to Pakistan. ii. The decision was taken during the Cabinet Committee on Security meeting held in New Delhi. India had granted the status to Pakistan in 1996, a year after WTO’s formation. Universal Old Age Pension Scheme Announced By Bihar Government i. Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar announced a Universal Old Age Pension scheme, named Mukhya Mantri Vriddha Pension Yojana(MMVPY), irrespective for all caste, community, religion, except for those who are retired from government organizations. ii. The scheme facilitates the amount of Rs. 400 monthly pension for all in… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 14 FEBRUARY 2019

National News India’s 1st Aqua Mega Food Park Commissioned in Andhra Pradesh i. Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal commissioned Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park at Tundurru Village in Bhimavaram Mandal, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh through video conferencing. ii. The park is promoted by Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park Pvt. Ltd. It will be the first Mega Aqua Food Park operationalised exclusively for fish and marine products processing in the state of Andhra Pradesh.  Useful Info- Andhra Pradesh CM: Chandrababu Naidu, Governor: ESL Narasimhan. The Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park Pvt. Ltd has been set up in 57.81 acre of land at a cost of Rs. 122.60 crores. Important Cabinet Approvals: 14th February 2019 i. The Union Cabinet… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 13 FEBRUARY 2019

National News PM Modi Launched Several Development Projects for Haryana i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several development projects at Kurukshetra in Haryana. ii. The important events are enlisted as follows: 1. Mr Modi dedicated to the nation the National Cancer Institute at Bhadsa in Jhajjar district. The institute is the state-of-the-art tertiary cancer care-cum-research centre constructed at the AIIMS Jhajjar campus. 2. Mr Modi also inaugurated Employees’ State Insurance Corporation’s (ESIC) medical college and hospital in Faridabad. This will be the first ESIC medical college and hospital in north India. 3. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of National Institute of Ayurveda in Panchkula which is being set up at Shri Mata Mansa Devi… Read More

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