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5 February 2019

The Haryana government approved the Haryana Pharmaceutical Policy 2019, which envisages to establish a state-of-the-art pharma park at Karnal. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at Chandigarh, Punjab. The new policy aims to develop Haryana into a hub for pharmaceutical manufacturing by facilitating and creating a holistic industry and academia. The Cabinet also gave its nod for the Haryana Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Policy 2019 with an aim to create globally competitive MSMEs in Haryana.

5 February 2019

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) directed the Reliance Communications (RCom) or any third party cannot sell, transfer or alienate any of its assets (movable and immovable) without the appellate tribunal’s or the Supreme Court’s permission.  The directive came after RCom moved the NCLAT for withdrawal of its appeal against an NCLT order, directing the firm to pay Rs.550 crore to Ericsson, to pursue the resolution plan through the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) process.  Accepting RCom’s application for withdrawal of the said appeal, the NCLAT directed Ericsson to file its reply in the matter by February 8 and listed the matter for hearing for February 12. NCLAT also prohibited RCom’s guarantors and any third party from invoking any guarantee, mortgage or any other instrument without the NCLAT’s or Supreme Court’s prior permission.

5 February 2019

Farmers who wish to avail themselves of benefits under PM-KISAN must have Aadhaar identification to get the money from the second installment, which would be paid by July 2019. PM-KISAN is a new income support scheme announced in the Union Budget. However, this would not be compulsory for the first installment expected to be disbursed by March 31, before the Lok Sabha polls.  States have been told to prepare a database of beneficiaries, small and marginal landholder farmer families in all villages, including whether they belong to SC/ST, bank account, mobile, and Aadhaar details.

5 February 2019

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has linked all its reserves (in fixed deposits), totalling Rs.52,635 crore, to infrastructure projects of Mumbai, Maharashtra.  The BMC had borrowed around Rs.3,000 crore from fixed deposits (FDs) towards its projects but ended up needing just Rs.574 crore. It plans to borrow Rs.5,708 crore from FDs for its immediate needs and has set aside Rs.22,902 crore for committed liabilities.
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5 February 2019

The Indian Cancer Society (ICS) launched Swasth Naari, Shakti Hamaari campaign in Mumbai, Maharashtra to spread awareness of cancer among underprivileged women and enable early detection of the disease.  The campaign was launched on the occasion of World Cancer Day. ICS in collaboration with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca organized the campaign. It aims to conduct free and specialized cancer-screening camps for women in high-priority districts of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka.
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5 February 2019

The Telangana State government has approved for the creation of Mulugu as a new district. It is carved out from Bhupalpalli district.  This would be the sixth district to be created from the erstwhile Warangal district.  The State government has issued a notification calling for objections and suggestions from the public on December 31. The one-month period duration expired on January 30. There were no objections to the proposals from the public. The district headquarters is Mahabubabad. About the State: Formation: June 2014 Capital: Hyderabad Governor: E.S.L.Narasimhan Chief minister: K.Chandrashekar Rao Official Language: Telugu District headquarters: Mahabubabad

5 February 2019

Eleven European nations joined the U.S. in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim President. This is to heighten a global showdown over Nicolas Maduro’s socialist rule. The 11 EU nations followed suit are Spain, Austria, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, and Sweden. An interim president is a person who temporarily fills the role of a country's president when the incumbent president is unavailable (such as by illness or vacation) or when the post is vacant (such as for death, injury, resignation, dismissal).  Venezuela: Capital: Caracas Official language: Spanish President: Nicolas Maduro (partially recognized)                   Juan Guaido (partially recognized) Currency: Petro Bolivar Soberano (VES)

5 February 2019

The Karnataka Ministry for Youth Empowerment and Sports said that he has sought Rs.500 crore for the sports promotion and to build infrastructure facilities in the State Budget for 2019-20. Four divisions, the coastal region, Bengaluru, North Karnataka, and Hyderabad Karnataka, have been identified for sports promotion. The State government is yet to release Rs.5 crore for providing incentives to talented sportspersons and achievers.

5 February 2019

Dr M. Manikandan, Minister for Information Technology of Tamil Nadu inaugurated ‘ICT Academy Bridge 2019’ conference in the city that witnessed more than 1,000 participants from government, industry and academia. Organized by ICT Academy, the 37th edition of the conference is the largest Industry-Institute Interaction Event of Asia. The conference was organized under the theme “Fostering India for Industry 4.0”.  ICT Academy – TN Icon Awards 2019 ICT Academy conferred 3 industry icons of Tamil Nadu from 3 different sectors with ‘TN ICON 2019’ award for their outstanding contribution to the growth of their sectors through the extensive use of new age technology in their business/field. Awardees are: Shankar S, Film Director, Producer, Writer. Arun Alagappan, Executive Director, Cholamandalam. R. Dinesh, Managing Director, TVS Logistics Services Limited.

5 February 2019

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is empowering women entrepreneurs through its different schemes.   1.38 lakh projects have been set up by the women entrepreneurs under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) Scheme since inception and upto 23.01.2019.   The projects set up by women entrepreneurs are about 30% of total projects set up under PMEGP.  Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME, Giriraj Singh, informed this in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. PMEGP, a major credit-linked subsidy scheme since 2008-09, helps set up micro-enterprises and to generate employment in rural and urban areas of the country. The maximum cost of the project under PMEGP scheme is Rs.25.00 lakhs for manufacturing sector units and Rs.10.00 lakhs for units under the service sector. Under the scheme, women entrepreneurs are covered under Special Category and are entitled to 25% and 35% subsidies for the project set up in urban and rural areas respectively. For women beneficiaries, own contribution is only 5% of the project cost while for general category it is 10%.

5 February 2019

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the Indo-Monaco Business Forum in New Delhi. The Bilateral trade between India and Monaco in 2017-18 was USD 3.01 million, and there is immense potential to scale up the bilateral trade between the two nations.

5 February 2019

Indian squash player Ramit Tandon defeated Egyptian Mohamed El Sherbini in the finals to win the Seattle Open, a PSA challenger squash Tour event here. The top-seeded Indian, who rose to his career high ranking of 58 in the latest February list, won 11-4, 11-7, 2-11, 11-2 for his first PSA title in the new year and fourth title overall in his career. Tandon was fluent right through till the final and his only moment of hesitation came in the third game. A superior choice of strokes held the Indian in good stead besides the flourish in the finishes up front.

5 February 2019

Under this scheme, the beneficiaries will be provided with scholarships to pursue higher education in professional courses at free of cost. Children of farmers who have taken admission at Government Professional colleges on merit basis are eligible for this scheme. Odisha Government has also launched drinking water projects worth Rs 1,050 crore to supply safe drinking water in the district. About Odisha ♦ Capital: Bhubaneswar ♦ Governor: Ganeshi Lal ♦ Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

5 February 2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 from the spaceport in French Guiana. It weighs about 2,535 kg. The satellite is scheduled for launch on board the Ariane-5 from Kourou in French Guiana. The satellite provides Indian mainland and island coverage.  SAT-31 will be used for supporting Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) networks, television uplinks, digital satellite news gathering, DTH television services, cellular backhaul connectivity, and many such applications. ISRO said that two Ku-band beacon downlink signals are transmitted for ground tracking purpose.

5 February 2019

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a scholarship scheme named ‘KALIA Chhatravritti Yojana‘, for the children of farmers under Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme in Keonjhar district. Under this scheme, the beneficiaries will be provided with scholarships to pursue higher education in professional courses at free of cost. Children of farmers who have taken admission at Government Professional colleges on merit basis are eligible for this scheme. Odisha Government launched drinking water projects worth Rs 1,050 crore to supply safe drinking water in the district. About Odisha ♦ Capital: Bhubaneswar ♦ Governor: Ganeshi Lal ♦ Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

5 February 2019

According to a survey by Transparency International, Assam tops in the ranking of best practices followed by states in budget formulation.  Assam is the only state which has published a citizens budget in the public domain and Assam government is only government to conduct budget awareness campaign across 17 districts. Assam was followed by Andhra Pradesh and Odisha while Meghalaya, Manipur, and Punjab were figured at lower positions. About Transparency International ♦ Headquarter: Berlin, Germany ♦ Founded: 1993 About Assam ♦ Capital: Dispur ♦ Chief Minister: Shri Sarbananda Sonowal

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