DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 6 FEBRUARY 2019

National  Maharashtra Sets Up Panel To Review Welfare Schemes For Tribals i. The Maharashtra government has set up a committee to review various schemes being implemented for the welfare of tribals in the state.  ii. The 17-member committee, headed by former MLA and Shramjeevi Sanghatna president Vivek Pandit, will undertake the study of various works done for providing employment opportunities, minimum wages and proper livelihood to tribals. Transport Minister Launches Highway Projects In Odisha i. The Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone of three major highway projects with an investment worth Rs 2,345 crores in Odisha. The projects are aimed at ensuring speedy development in the state. ii. The three highway projects are expected to considerably improve connectivity of mineral-rich Angul and Dhenkanal districts with the… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 5 FEBRUARY 2019

National News Ministry of Coal Signs an MoU With Ministry of Energy, Poland i. Ministry of Coal of India entered into an MoU with the Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland. The MoU has been signed between Sh. Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Coal and Mines and Mr Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland. ii. The objective of this MoU is to foster relations in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies through the already established Joint Coal Working Group as well as research institutes and academia between the two countries Useful Info- Poland Capital: Warsaw, Currency: Polish zloty. Kala Ghoda Festival 2019 Begins In Mumbai i. The Kala Ghoda… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 4 FEBRUARY 2019

NATIONAL NEWS Head of state of Monaco Prince Albert II arrives in New Delhi The head of state of Monaco, Prince Albert II arrived in New Delhi on a week-long visit to India. He attended the India-Monaco Business Forum followed by a round-table on energy and climate. He will meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 February. The Head of state of Monaco is scheduled to visit Gandhi Smriti. He will also visit Udaipur in Rajasthan before heading home. Extra info.: Monaco Capital: Monte Carlo Currency: Euro 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav inaugurated in New Delhi The Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated the 21-day-long nationwide theatre spectacle Bhart Rang Mahotsav at Kamani Auditorium in New… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 3 FEBRUARY 2019

INDIAN AFFAIRS CM Naidu launches 2nd phase of Pasupu-Kumkuma scheme, welfare pensions On 2nd February 2019, 2nd Phase of Pasupu-Kumkuma (Turmeric-Kumkum) scheme and welfare pensions was launched by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu. Key Points i. 94 Lakh DWCRA (Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas) women will be given Rs 10000 in three installments under the Pasupu-Kumkuma scheme. ii. Under the scheme, Rs 2500 will be given on 1st February 2019, Rs 3500 will be given 8th March and Rs 4000 will be given on 5th April. iii. 54 Lakh pensions will be given to different categories of people each month and it will cost a monthly expenditure of Rs 1100 crore. The Annual Expenditure will be… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 2 FEBRUARY 2019

Appointments Sanjiv Ranjan Appointed As The Ambassador of India To The Republic Of Colombia i. Ministry of External Affairs announced that Sanjiv Ranjan has been appointed as new Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia. Ranjan, who is the current Ambassador to Argentina, is expected to take up the assignment shortly. ii. Ranjan who is a 1993 batch Indian Foreign Service officer holds a bachelors in Economics from Delhi University and an M.A. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Yes Bank Senior Group President Pralay Mondal Resigns i. Yes bank Senior group President and head of retail and business banking, Pralay Mondal resigned from his post. He will serve his notice until 31st March 2019. Pralay Mondal joined Yes Bank in 2012. ii. The bank… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 1 FEBRUARY 2019

National News  Government Renames DIPP as Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade i. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has been renamed as the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade with a mandate to deal with matters related to start-ups, facilitating ease of doing business among others. ii. The newly-named department under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will look into matters related to promotion of internal trade, including retail trade, welfare of traders and their employees, facilitating ease of doing business and start-ups.  Punjab Government Approves ‘Smart Village Campaign’ Worth Of Rs 385 Crores i. The Punjab government approved a rural development scheme worth Rs 384.40 crore to supplement the ongoing works… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 31 JANUARY 2019

National News  Israel Aerospace Industries Announces Agreement With Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard i. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced entering into agreements worth $93 million this for providing Naval Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) systems to India. The contracts for the air defence system were entered with the Indian Navy and the Cochin Shipyard. ii. Under the contracts, IAI will provide complementary systems for the air defense system. They involve follow up orders for a range of maintenance and other services for various sub-systems of IAI’s advanced MSRAM ADS. Useful Info- Israel Capital: Jerusalem, Currency: Israeli new shekel. Maharashtra Launched Special Scheme To Curb Infant Deaths i. The Maharashtra government launched a special scheme to curb infant deaths. Child Development Minister Pankaja… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 30 JANUARY 2019

National News  National Salt Satyagraha Memorial Inaugurated At Dandi i: In commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi dedicated grand and iconic ‘National Salt Satyagraha Memorial’ constructed by the Central Public Works Department at Dandi, Gujarat to the Nation. ii: This prestigious work entrusted to CPWD by the Ministry of Culture,Govt. of India has been completed by the dedicated team of CPWD in 20 months’ time well within the sanctioned amount of Rs. 72.23 crores. UP Government Approves Construction Of Ganga Expressway i: Uttar Pradesh state cabinet has approved construction of a four-lane Ganga Expressway connecting Prayagraj to Western Utter Pradeshwhich would cost about 36,000 crore rupees. ii: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated that this expressway will provide better… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 29 JANUARY 2019

National News GST On Haj Reduced From 18% To 5% i: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stated that GST on Haj has been reduced from 18% to 5% and this will significantly lower the airfare thus saving Haj pilgrims’ 113 crore rupees this year.  ii: Mr. Naqvi also stated that for the first time since the independence 2,340 women from India will go on 2019 Haj without Mehram. Odisha Announces Jiban Sampark Project i: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced “Jiban Sampark” project in partnership with UNICEF India to generate awareness about the development and welfare initiatives of state government among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups of the state.  ii: The announcement was made after Patnaik inaugurated the annual tribal fair popularly known as “Adivasi Mela”. Useful… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 28 JANUARY 2019

National News India’s Fastest Indigenous Train Renamed As Vande Bharat Express i. India’s fastest indigenous train which will run from Delhi to Varanasihas been named as Vande Bharat Express. Its previous name was Train 18. The new name has been given after taking suggestions from the general public. ii. It is a train built completely in India by Indian engineers in a span of 18 months and it is an example that it is possible to make world-class trains under Make in India.  Useful Info- Piyush Goyal is the present Railways Minister of India. John Mathai was the 1st Railways Minister of Independent India. The 16-coach train has been built by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai and cover the distance in 8 hours.… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 27 JANUARY 2019

NIC Hosts conclave on New Technologies On January 22,2019, Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of National Informatics Centre (NIC) inaugurated a two-day Technology Conclave in New Delhi.The conclave was inaugurated by Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.The theme of the conclave was “Technologies for NextGen Governance”.It concluded on 23rd January,2019. Key points: i. This Technology Conclave is considered to be the first move through a decade of digital technology and setting our path wide toward the New Digital India. ii. The technologies covered during this conclave were Big Data and Advanced Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning Methodologies, Cloud Native Scalable Applications, Micro-services, Software Defined Infrastructure and Cyber Security. About New… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 JANUARY 2019

India poised to become world’s 5th largest economy: Modi India is on the way to becoming the fifth largest economy in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said recently. He was addressing the India-South Africa Business Forumorganised jointly by Indian Industry Chambers CII, FICCI and Assocham in the presence of visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. According to the projections released earlier this week by British consultancy multinational PwC, India is likely to surpass the UK in the 2019 rankings of world’s largest economies, knocking the latter from fifth to seventh place in the global table. Health research money increased by Rs 147 crore in India Public funding in India in the field of research and development for… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 25 JANUARY 2019

National News ISRO Successfully Launched PSLV C44 Carrying Kalamsat & Microsat R  i. The Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched the PSLV C 44 carrying Kalam sat and imaging satellite Microsat R. The satellite was launched from the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.  ii. Kalamsat is a ten cm cube weighing one-kilogram communication satellite with a life span of two months.  Useful Info- ISRO Director: K. Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established in: 1969. DRDO Launches Long Range Surface to Air Missile Off Odisha Coast i. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) from naval warship INS Chennai. ii. The test was conducted off the coast of Odisha. The LR-SAM hit a low flying aerial… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 24 JANUARY 2019

National News Global Investors Summit Held In Chennai i. Tamil Nadu Government organised the 2nd edition of Global Investor summit in Chennai. The state government would soon unveil e-vehicle policy to give a boost to electric vehicles manufacturing in the state. ii. In the opening ceremony, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was the chief guest. Tamil Nadu government has allocated nearly Rs 75 crores to conduct the event. Useful Info- Tamil Nadu Governor: Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami (AIADMK), Capital: Chennai (Madras). PM Modi Launched Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana under which a group of Indian diaspora will be taken on a government-sponsored tour of religious places in India twice a year. ii. The first batch of 40… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 23 JANUARY 2019

National News Important Cabinet Approvals: 23rd January 2019 i. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals. The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows: ii. The Cabinet has approved-  1. MoC between India and Japan in the field of Food Processing Industry. 2. Extension of Delhi Metro corridor from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda Ghaziabad 3. MoU between India and Kuwait for cooperation on the Recruitment of Domestic Workers 4. Amendment to the ‘Framework on Currency Swap Arrangement for SAARC Member Countries’ to incorporate ‘Standby Swap’ amounting to USD 400 million operated within the overall size of the facility. 5. Creation of the National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT).  Indian Navy Coordinates Largest Ever… Read More

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