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Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 has been launched successfully by European launch services provider- Ariane-5 rocket from French Guiana. It placed GSAT-31 in the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
Weighing about 2,535 kg, the GSAT-31 will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites.
GSAT-31 is to provide transponder capacity for supporting VSAT networks, Television uplinks, Digital Satellite News Gathering, DTH television services, cellular backhaul connectivity, and many such applications.
The New Mangaluru Port received a long-range vessel which was on its maiden voyage after being commissioned in Mangaluru. MT (Motor Tanker) Cielo Di Houston, constructed by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea, at its Vinashin facility in Vietnam, with Liberian flag, called on the Port. The vessel, with a deadweight tonnage (DWT) of 74,999 tonnes, came with 65,000 tonnes of ballast from Port of Singapore.
They welcomed Vessel Captain Shawkat Ali on behalf of Port Chairman M.T.Krishna Babu and presented him with a plaque and memento. It is customary to greet the crew of a vessel on her maiden voyage to any Port. MT Cielo Di Houston, 228 mt with 38 mt beams, sailed out of NMPT with 65,000 tonnes of high-speed diesel being exported by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL).
Google is to shut down its Google Plus platform, which had been originally conceived as a social networking option different from Facebook and Twitter. This announcement was made in December 2018. The reason for the shutdown was prompted by a major security breach, besides the lack of a growth trajectory that Google had anticipated.
The shutdown process has started. The option for users to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events is no longer available, since February 4. The option for using Google+ for comments was removed from Blogger on February 4, and from other sites, it will be removed by March 7. All the Google+ comments will be deleted starting April 2.
The Union Ministry of Coal on February 4, 2019, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Energy, the Republic of Poland in New Delhi on cooperation in the field of coal mining. The MoU was signed between Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Coal and Mines and Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State for Poland’s Ministry of Energy.
The objective of the MoU is to strengthen the 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.
India and Poland recently celebrated 60 years of vibrant diplomatic relations and also formalised cooperation agreements in different areas.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a cost of Rs.25 lakh on the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to stop dumping of sewage and untreated water in the Upper Ganga Canal.
Earlier, the State government submitted that a sewage treatment plant in Niwari will be installed within six months. But it failed to do so. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also directed the Urban Development Ministry to deposit a performance guarantee of Rs.35 lakh.
National Green Tribunal (NGT):
♦ Chairperson: Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel
♦ NGT is to handle the expeditious disposal of the cases pertaining to environmental issues.
A committee, chaired by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, approved wildlife clearance to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad fast bullet train corridor that encroaches upon a Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the home to leopards, in Mumbai.
The proposal involves diversion of 3.2756 ha of forestland from the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary and 97.5189 ha of land close to the boundary of the forest’s protected area. The project for one of India’s first ‘bullet trains’ was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad in September 2017. It is expected to be ready by 2022.
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change:
♦ The Ministry is responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating, and overseeing the implementation of environmental and forestry programmes in the country
♦ Formed: 1985
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi, India
♦ Minister: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Axis Bank, UCO Bank and Syndicate Bank are penalized with a total of Rs.5.2 Crore by RBI Bank for violating the guidelines in regulatory compliance.
The Segregation of the Penalised amount are as follows,
Axis Bank and UCO Bank imposed with a Penalty of Rs.2 Crore each for their not committing with the norms related to payment through cheques.
Further Axis Bank imposed a Penalty of 20 Lakhs for the detection and impounding of counterfeit notes.
Food delivery startup Swiggy a Bengaluru-based AI startup Kint.io for an undisclosed amount.
As part of the deal, Kint.io’s founding members Pavithra Solai Jawahar and Jagannathan Veeraraghavan will join the Swiggy team.
Founded in 2014, Kint.io specializes in applying deep learning and computer vision for object recognition in videos.
Acqui-hiring refers to buying out a company or an entity primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff rather than for its products or services.
Kala Ghoda festival, India’s largest multi-cultural street festival begins in Mumbai to celebrate its 20 years of art and culture through cinema, theatre, dance, literature, and sculpture.
Maneck Davar is Chairman of Kala Ghoda Association.
The festival hosted the exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and some rich history of Mumbai.
External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj and Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 30th National Road Safety Week, 2019 at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi.
The theme of the 30th National Road Safety Week is “Sadak Suraksha-Jeevan Raksha”.
The motor rally will cover around 7250 km and will travel through those places in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar which are historically associated with Gandhiji. Conclusion of the rally will take place at Yangon in Myanmar on the 24th February 2019.
The event was attended by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Mansukh L Mandavia and Shri V. Kalyanam, Personal Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi.
The main aim of the event is to generate awareness and sensitizing people about safe road usage.
After the City Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund scam, the BJP leaders demanded President's rule in the State. Saradha scam is about Rs.2500 crore. Centre declared that the incident bordered on the failure of constitutional machinery, but the situation was not grave enough to invoke Article 356 of the Constitution enabling the President’s rule.
President's rule is the suspension of state government and imposition of direct Central Government rule in a state. It is Under Article 356 of the Constitution of India.
A World Heritage Centre housing 'spiritual camps' of 45 countries would be set up at Mayapur, the global headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), in Nadia district.
The process for setting up the center got momentum after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inquired about the project at a recent administrative meeting in Nadia district.
The estimated cost of the proposed center will be around 3000 crores.
The Temple of Vedic Planetarium will come up at the first part of the World heritage center.
It will have one of the biggest domes in the world.
US announced that it is to withdraw from the INF treaty. After the announcement, the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the country is to make two types of missile in the year 2019-20.
The two types of missile Russia plans to develop are:
1) A land-based version of the seaborne Kalibr system equipped with a long-range cruise missile
2) Land-based long-range hypersonic missile
The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement. The INF agreement forbids ground-launched, short- and intermediate-range missiles, but not those launched from the air or sea.
Shehri Samridhi Utsav, an initiative of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), is launched with the aim to extend the reach of Deendayal Antyodaya Mission – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM).
About Shehri Samridhi Utsav
It is the National Exhibition and a sale of Self Help Group products and National Street Food Festival organized in New Delhi.
Through Shehri Samridhi Utsav scheme, Self Help Group members all over the places are linked to national government schemes like Swachchh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, and National Nutrition Mission.
Ministry of Union Labour and Employment allowed women to work in mines, both in opencast and underground, during the day and night, as part of the efforts to build more opportunities for women.
This decision has been taken in line with the recommendations of section 12 of the Mines act, 1952.