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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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 12 FEBRUARY 2019

National News  PM Modi launches dedicated channel ‘DD Arunprabha’ for Arunachal Pradesh i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a dedicated 24×7 Satellite channel, ‘DD Arunprabha’ for Arunachal Pradesh during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Tripura. ii. DD Arunprabha is the Doordarshan’s second channel for the northeastern region; DD Northeast was the first one.  Meghalaya Government To Rename Dikkibandi Stadium After P A Sangma i. The Meghalaya Cabinet has decided to rename the Dikkibandi stadium in Tura town after former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma.  ii. The state Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma approved the recommendations received from the state naming authority tasked with the job to name roads, and institutions after personalities. Purno A… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 11 FEBRUARY 2019

SC directs NCM to decide on redefining ‘Minority’ The Supreme Court on February 11, 2019 directed the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to take a decision within three months on a representation seeking guidelines to redefine the term ‘Minority’. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay to re-file his representation to the Minority Commission and directed the Commission to take a decision in this regard within three months in the context of state-wise population of a community. First batch of 4 Boeing heavy-lift helicopters arrive in India from US The first batch of four Boeing heavy-lift Chinook Helicopters, CH-47F (I), arrived at the Mundra airport… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 10 FEBRUARY 2019

NATIONAL NEWS Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile ‘Helina’ test-fired in Balasore, Odisha India test-fired its helicopter-launched version of one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons from the Odisha coast. Helina, the helicopter-launched version of the Nag anti-tank guided missile with a hit range of 7-8 km, was launched from an Army chopper. The weapon system was tested for its full range near the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), it is one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.  Extra info.: DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi Smile Train India Launches a Toll-free Cleft Helpline on National Cleft Day To mark the second annual National Cleft Day, Smile Train India has officially launched the country’s… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 9 FEBRUARY 2019

National News India And Bangladesh Signed MoU for Training 1800 Bangladesh Civil Servants i. India and Bangladesh have signed an MOU for training 1800 Bangladesh Civil Servants at the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) an institute under the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DAR&PG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Govt. of India, over the next 6 years. ii. The MOU was signed between the NCGG and the Ministry of Public Administration, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh during the visit of the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. Useful Info- This is the second time that NCGG would be entering into an MOU for a training program for Bangladesh Civil Servants. Under… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 8 FEBRUARY 2019

National News GeM And CCI Sign MoU For Fair Environment In e-Marketplace i. Government e Marketplace (GeM) and Competition Commission of India (CCI) entered into an MoU to enable a fair and competitive environment in the e-Marketplace. Chairman CCI, A.K. Gupta, CEO GeM, S. Radha Chauhan were present on the occasion. ii. GeM is a state-of-the-art national public procurement platform of Ministry of Commerce and Industries, that has used technology to remove entry barriers for bonafide sellers and has created a vibrant e-marketplace with a wide range of goods and services. iii. Competition Commission of India is a statutory body of the Government of India, responsible for enforcing the Competition Act, 2002 throughout India and to prevent activities… Read More

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