Current Affairs Today
Padma Shri R.B. Patil, 93-year-old, passed away in Hubballi. He established North Karnataka’s first comprehensive centre for cancer in 1977 from voluntary donations.
Dr.Patil completed his education in England and continued to see patients until recently before his health deteriorated. The mortal remains of the surgeon were kept at his nursing home in Vidyanagar, Hubballi, for people to pay tributes.
The Bihar Cabinet has approved a draft Bill on providing 10% quota in government jobs and educational institutions to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) among the general category. The Bill is set to be tabled before the bicameral State legislature during the budget session beginning February 11.
The state government has already been giving education scheme benefits to the poor among upper castes having an annual income of less than Rs.1.5 lakh in wake of state upper caste commission recommendations.
Formed on: March 1912
Governor: Lal Ji Tandon
Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar
Official Language: Hindi
The Taliban said that it plans to send a delegation to Russia for a rare meeting with Afghan Opposition leaders. This is just days after peace talks with the U.S. that excluded the Kabul government. The two-day talk in Moscow will be attended by some of President Ashraf Ghani’s chief political rivals, but none of the government envoys tasked with Taliban negotiations.
Mr. Ghani has appealed to the insurgents to talk after being frozen out of six days of discussions between the Taliban and the U.S. in Doha in the month of January that sealed the outlines of a peace deal. It is expected that the former warlord Atta Muhammad Noor and former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, both Ghani rivals, will attend.
The U.S. special representative on North Korea, Stephen Biegun arrived in Seoul and held talks with his counterpart Lee Do-hoon. They discussed the pending issues including working-level talks with North Korea.
The talk with North and South Koreans is ahead of the second summit between President Donald Trump and the North’s Kim Jong-un. The agenda of the summit is expected to be settled during the talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
Kerala has become the first State to set up a Price Monitoring and Research Unit (PMRU). This unit will track violation of prices of essential drugs and medical devices under the Drugs Price Control Order (DPCO).
The move comes more than five years after the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) proposed such a system for the States and the Union Territories.
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA):
♦ Formed on: 1997
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi, India
♦ Chairman: Bhupendra Singh
♦ Parent: Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
♦ NPPA controls the prices of pharmaceutical drugs in India
The government has appointed P.V.Bharathi as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Corporation Bank. Earlier she has served as the Executive Director of Canara Bank.
Corporation Bank is public-sector banking The company headquartered in Mangaluru, India. She took charge on February 1, 2019. The bank has a pan-Indian presence.
The bank has a network of 2,600 fully automated CBS branches, 3,040 ATMs, and 4,724 branchless banking units across the country.
K.Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2018 will be conferred on P.S. Krishnan, former Secretary, Government of India. Dravidar Kazhagam leader Veeramani will felicitate the awardee at a function in New Delhi.
About the award:
Periyar International Inc., (USA) gives an annual award for outstanding contributions to Social Justice, which is named his honor. Mr.V.P.Singh, former Prime Minister of India, was the first recipient of the award. K.Veeramani is an Honorary Associate of Rationalist International.
The world celebrates the World Cancer Day on 4th February. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008.
The aim is to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The main goal is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer and is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer.
India’s Smriti Mandhana attained top in the ICC ODI rankings for batswomen, she grabs the first position after the match against New Zealand, whereas Ellyse Perry followed her in the second position and Indian ODI skipper Mithali Raj in the fifth position.
In the ODI Bowler’s ranking, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami is fourth, with Poonam Yadav at eighth, and spinner Deepti Sharma at ninth.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla as Director, CBI, for a period of two years. Shukla is at present Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation in Bhopal.
The CBI chief’s post has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI):
Formed: 1941 as the Special Police Establishment
Headquarters: New Delhi, India
Director: Rishi Kumar Shukla
Parent: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Former Pakistan women's cricket team skipper Sana Mir became the first Asian woman cricketer to play hundred T20 international matches.
The 33-year-old reached the milestone when she walked into the field for the ongoing third and final T20I against West Indies in Karachi.
Sana is the sixth woman cricketer to complete a century of T20 Internationals.
Daendra Dottin of West Indies tops the list with a total of 109 T20Is to her name.
Qatar won its first major soccer title by beating four-time champion Japan 3-1 in the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup held in United Arab Emirates(UAE).
Sudan born Almoez Ali, became the first player to score nine goals at a single Asian Cup.
He breaks the record of Iranian Ali Daei, who scored eight goals in1996.
Top scorer of the tournament was conferred to Almoez Ali(He created a Record After Scoring 9 Goals)
Best player of the tournament was conferred to Qatar Almoez Ali
Best goalkeeper of the tournament was conferred to Qatar Saad Al Sheeb.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved the procurement of around 73000 Sig Sauer rifles from United States of America under fast track procurement mode in a major move towards infantry modernization.
USA will have to deliver the Sig Sauer rifles which is used by US forces as well as several other European forces within one year of finalization of the deal.
The Procured rifles will replace INSAS rifles and the new rifles will be used by the troops deployed along the 3600 km border with China.
Ministry of Defence
♦ Union Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman
♦ Minister of State: Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh declared one of the rarest mammal, Indus River Dolphin, which is only found in Beas River, as Punjab State Aquatic Animal.
Chief Minister constituted a committee comprised eminent members of the State Board of Wildlife, including Major AP Singh, Hardit Singh Sidhu, Col. P.S. Grewal and Jaskaran Singh and officers of Wildlife Department, to examine certain issues related to formation of separate Directorate of Wildlife & Wetlands of Bir Moti Bagh wildlife Sanctuary to provide a natural habitat to various wildlife species .
Chief Minister approved to declare Kanjli Wetland and holy Kali Bein River as a wildlife conservation reserve to mark the historic celebration of 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev.
Chief Minister announced to ban the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Aceclofenac for veterinary use to ensure vulture conservation.
The second phase of Pasupu-Kumkuma (Turmeric-Kumkum) scheme and welfare pensions was launched by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu.
Around 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.
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.
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 around Rs 13200 crore.
Pensions of senior citizens, widows, handloom workers, fisherman, toddy tappers, single women, dappu artists, cobblers and AIDS patients will increase from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000.