Current Affairs Today
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng announced his retirement from the South Korean national team.
The midfielder though decided to retire after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia yet decided to compete in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which held in United Arab Emirates, under the new national team coach Paulo Bento.
INS Dronacharya team won the Regetta trophy in the area Pulling Regatta Kochi 2019 of the (SNC Southern Naval Command) held in Kochi.
It is one of the most prestigious and traditional naval sporting activities conducted by the Southern Naval Command.
India's Women Cricket team captain, Mithali Raj became the first female player to play 200 ODIs during the 3rd and Final ODI against New Zealand.
Mithali Raj has played in 200 out of 263 ODI matches that India have played till now.
Mithali Raj has also scored highest runs in ODIs which is 6622 at an average of 51.33 including 7 centuries
She also holds the longest international career among all female players.
Paytm launched hotel bookings on its platform and acquired Night Stay, which offers deals on last-minute bookings at luxury hotels as the Alibaba-backed payments and e-commerce company expands its travel business.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi take on the financial estimates for New India is considering three options for a relief package to help farmers suffering because of low crop prices at a cost of as much as Rs. 3 lakh crore, according to three government sources.
The possibilities are a direct payment to all landowning farmers, compensation for those who sold produce below government prices, and a loan-waiver programme.
The government is keen to find a way to get money to farmers as quickly and simply as possible so that they can feel the benefits before the election.
India and Algeria are cooperating in space, defence and civil nuclear energy.
The President invited Algeria to consider investments in oil reserves, refineries and LNG terminals.
Extending cooperation to strategic areas Sushma Swaraj & Algerian Foreign Minister Messahel held productive talks on cooperation in sectors such as trade & investment, space, defense, hydrocarbon resources, mining, fertilizers, as well as regional & global challenges.
Golfer Vani Kapoor becomes the first Indian to grab Australian Ladies PGA Tour (LPGA) after securing 12th Rank tied with three others in the first-ever qualifying tournament at the Ballarat Golf Club in Australia.
Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami sanctioned Rs.158 crore for taking up drinking water supply schemes across the State. This approval is in view of the below normal rainfall during the north-east monsoon.
While Rs.122 crore has been earmarked to Chennai Metro Water to take up suitable drinking water supply works, another sum of Rs.36 crore was sanctioned to the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD Board) to take up drinking water supply works in the urban and rural areas of Tamil Nadu.
The CM also insisted that Metro Water, TWAD Board, Rural Development and MAWS Departments should complete the ongoing water supply works quickly and put them to use.
The Karnataka State Cabinet sub-committees, formed to tour drought-hit areas, is to submit their report to Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy on February 4. The committee, comprising Mr. Kashempur, Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge, Mines and Geology Minister Rajshekar Patil, and MLA Ajay Singh, visited the Kodchi village of Yalwar GP in Jewargi taluk and interacted with MGNREGA workers.
Due to the shortage of rainfall, the farmers had sown in less than 75% of the targeted area in the six districts of Hyderabad Karnataka. District authorities and CEOs had been instructed to provide additional days of employment under the MGNREGA even if the labourers had completed 150 working days. Replying to a question on the delay of payment under MGNREGA, Mr.Kashempur said it was so owing to shortage of allocation of funds by the Centre. The State government has released Rs.1 crore to task forces to tackle drought and authorities have been asked to address the drinking water problem on priority.
Tamil Nadu’s Chennai Corporation has seized 88 tonnes of banned plastics from various parts of the city in January. According to the data compiled by the civic body, the largest quantity of banned plastics has been seized from outlets in Kodambakkam zone.
The civic officials have seized 16.23 tonnes of banned plastics from Kodambakkam in the past 31 days of the ban. Madhavaram zone reported the lowest amount of banned plastics seized in the month in the city. Chennai Corporation collected 1.02 tonnes of banned plastics from all the 15 zones in the city. The civic body has planned to permit cement factories to use a portion of the plastics seized from traders. The seized plastics would also be used for relaying roads.
South Central Railway (SCR) got Rs.5,924 crore for 2019-20 from the year 2019 budget as against last year’s outlay of Rs.5,752 crore with the highest allotment made for doubling works of Rs. 1,905 crore.
Additional General Manager John Thomas said that the New lines got Rs.834 crore, passenger amenities Rs.229 crore and traffic facilities got Rs.138 crore.
The Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Andhra Pradesh is organizing a ‘Cancer Awareness Walk’ at RK Beach on the eve of World Cancer Day 3rd February 2019. The objective of the walk is to inform, raise awareness and inspire action with the theme: “I am and I will”.
The interim Budget 2019 contains several proposals aimed at reducing the tax burden on the salaried class and homeowners, increasing the tax rebate limit and amount for small taxpayers and exempting certain forms of rental income from tax.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal proposed amending Section 87A of the Income Tax Act to increase the rebate for taxpayers at the lower end of the spectrum.
Currently, the Section provides for a rebate of Rs.2,500 for all taxpayers with an income of less than Rs.3.5 lakh a year. So, a taxpayer earning Rs.5 lakh a year effectively paid tax (at 5%) on only Rs.2 lakh of that amount.
The U.S is suspending its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty effective February 2 and will withdraw from the treaty in six months. The announcement was made by the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty:
♦ Type of agreement: Nuclear disarmament
♦ Signed on: December 1987
♦ Location: Washington D.C
♦ Condition of the treaty: Ratification by the Soviet Union and United States
♦ It is a 1987 arms control agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union with an Unlimited duration
MyCityMyBudget initiative was launched in Banguluru, Karnataka. The city Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun launched the initiative.
The initiative provides citizens an opportunity to tell the BBMP exactly on what civic infrastructure issue, the money has to be spent on. Citizens may submit their budget inputs online by visiting www.ichangemycity.com
Now the people can send their inputs about the city’s road infrastructure, water, power, safety, transport to ichangemycity’s MyCityMyBudget initiative.