Current Affairs Today
U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who gained national prominence in the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, announced that he would seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election, injecting more youthful energy to the expanding Democratic field.
Mr.Booker, 49, became the latest Democrat and the fourth U.S. Senator to announce a presidential bid in what is expected to be a crowded and diverse race to be the candidate to try to unseat President Donald Trump. The second-term Senator from New Jersey has appeared at political events in Iowa and New Hampshire as speculation mounted that he would parlay the Kavanaugh fracas into a presidential run.
The government has effectively given up on at least two of its more controversial legislations, the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the triple talaq Bill, that was awaiting consideration by the Rajya Sabha, after opposition parties made it clear that they could not guarantee smooth functioning of the House if any contentious bills were tabled.
With the numbers stacked against the government on both the contentious issues in the Upper House, the two bills, which were cleared by the Lok Sabha in the last session, will now lapse once the 16th Lok Sabha’s term ends. The decision on the bills to be tabled in the Upper House was taken at a meeting chaired by Rajya Sabha Chairman M.Venkaiah Naidu that included government representatives and opposition parties.
The Home Ministry has been allocated over Rs.1 lakh crore for the next fiscal, with special emphasis on improving border infrastructure of police forces, in the interim Budget 2018-19.
The Budget papers said that the Ministry has got Rs.1,03,927 crore for 2019-20 which is 4.9% more than Rs.99,034 crore given in 2018-19. This figure includes Rs.78.09 crore for the promotion of Hindi language.
The Delhi Police, which maintains law and order in the national capital, has been allocated Rs.7,496.91 crore while Rs.2,000 crore has been allocated for the development of border infrastructure.
K.P.Singh, Senior Indian Police Service officer, took charge as officiating Director-General of Police, Haryana. This is in addition to his present duty as D-G Human Rights Commission.
Mr.Singh has been assigned the charge of DGP of the Haryana police till the finalization of the ongoing process of regular appointment to the post as per guidelines of the Supreme Court. The tenure of incumbent DGP B.S.Sandhu, who was scheduled to retire in September 2018 ended on January 31 after he was granted a three-month extension in service earlier.
The Centre has allocated Rs.500 crore for a new pension scheme for workers in the unorganized sector, even while reducing its allocation for an existing pension scheme by Rs.775 crore.
The new scheme, to be called the Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan, will benefit unorganized sector workers who have a monthly income up to Rs.15,000. It will provide them a monthly pension of Rs.3,000 from the age of 60. The Centre expects 10 crore workers to get the benefit within the next five years.
Gupteshwar Pandey, the Senior IPS officer, took over as the new Director General of Police of Bihar. He succeeds K.S.Dwivedi. Mr.Dwivedi has been holding the position since March 1, 2018.
Mr.Pandey has been known for his hands-on style of policing and attempts at making the civil society an active participant in law enforcement.
China is to sign a $1 billion concessional loan agreement with Beijing. The agreement is to fund a major highway project linking Colombo to Kandy. The construction of the first phase of the road has been delayed for more than two years due to a lack of funding. Last year Sri Lanka has handed over a strategic port to a Chinese firm for a 99-year lease.
President: Xi Jinping
Currency: Renminbi (yuan; ¥)
Official Language: Chinese
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil
President: Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) 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.
The newly-named department under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will look into matters related to promotion of internal trade, including retail trade, the welfare of traders and their employees, facilitating ease of doing business and start-ups.
Yes Bank Senior group President and head of retail and business banking, Pralay Mondal resigned from his post. He will serve his notice till 31st March 2019.
Pralay Mondal joined Yes Bank in 2012 and he was elevated along with Rajat Monga who handled financial management as Executive Directors of the Yes Bank in September 2018.
About Yes Bank
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
♦ Founder: Rana Kapoor, Ashok Kapur
♦ Tagline: Experience our Expertise
Ministry of External Affairs appointed 1993 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer Sanjiv Ranjan who is current Ambassador to Argentina as the new Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.
Sanjiv Ranjan was born in 1966 and he holds bachelors in Economics from the University of Delhi and an M.A. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
He served as Deputy High Commissioner of India to Mauritius from 2006 to 2009.
♦ Capital: Bogota
♦ President: Ivan Duque
♦ Currency: Peso
Rajiv Nath conferred with prestigious Award of Appreciation by Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Honourable Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare for his contribution to the Global Public Healthcare sector in New Delhi.
Rajiv Nath honored for his valuable, remarkable and outstanding achievements in the field of healthcare & community services for affordable MedTech access & patients safety initiatives.
Rajiv Nath has also been appointed as the Member on Board of National Medical Devices Promotion Council by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to boost the Indian Medical Devices Sector and lead India to an export-driven market in the Medical Devices sector.
The Mizoram Government issued an order to ban the import of pigs and piglets because there is a possibility of an outbreak of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).
The PRRS disease is also called as Swine Flu, the virus of this disease generally transmitted from pigs and affects both pigs and humankind
Basically, the pigs imported from Myanmar are in suspect point, pigs imported from other countries too have been banned as a move to prevent the outbreak of the PRRS in the state.
♦ Capital: Aizawl
♦ Chief minister: Zoramthanga
♦ Governor: Kummanam Rajasekharan
On the recommendation of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the government constituted a committee under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to explore prepaid payments by state electricity distribution companies to power plants.
About the Committee
The formed committee, consist of the chairman of distribution companies of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and representatives from Union power ministry and power associations to look into problems of delayed payments from distribution companies to power generators.
The Ministry of Home Affairs extended the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) by five more years. The Ministry said SIMI was declared an “unlawful association” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The law aimed at effective prevention of unlawful activities associations in India. Its main objective is to make powers available for dealing with activities directed against the integrity and sovereignty of India.
Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI):
♦ Formed on: 1977
♦ Location: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
Mission of SIMI
(i)The "liberation of India" from Western materialistic cultural influence
(ii)To convert its Muslim society to live according to the Muslim code of conduct.
♦ Indian government describes it as a terrorist organization
♦ The Indian government banned it in 2001
♦ The ban was lifted in August 2008 by a special tribunal
♦ The ban was reinstated on 6 August 2008 on national security grounds
Ministry of Home Affairs:
♦ Formed: August 1947
♦ Headquarters: Ministry of Home Affairs
♦ Minister: Rajnath Singh
♦ It is responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy
The 50-years of formalization of diplomatic ties between India and Bhutan, a two-day international conference on 8th-century Himalayan sage Guru Padmasambhava was held in New Delhi.
This conference was organized by the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP) and was titled ‘Life and Legacy of Guru Padmasambhava’, was held on January 29-30.
Scholars from both countries participated in the conference and discussed the Guru who was born in India and moved towards Bhutan in the 8th century to spread Buddhism and Buddhist teachings all across the Himalayan region.
♦ Capital: Thimphu
♦ Currency: Ngultrum
♦ Prime minister: Lotay Tshering
♦ King: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck