Current Affairs Today
Narasimhan Ram, Chairman, the Publishing Private Limited, has been appointed President of the Alliance for Media Freedom (AFMF), a cross-media advocacy and action group of media organization, promoters, and journalists.
While appointing him as the president of the Alliance, his role in thwarting the efforts of governments and authoritarian elements to impede the independent functioning of the media was commended.
Bihar left-arm spinner Ashutosh Aman etched his name in record books, surpassing the great Bishan Singh Bedi as the highest wicket-taker in a Ranji Trophy season after claiming his 65th scalp in Moun-ul-Haq stadium Patna, Bihar.
Ashutosh Aman hails from Gaya, Bihar and he is also an employee in Indian Air Force.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) signed an MoU, kick-starting cooperation in building energy efficiency.
According to the MoU, BEE and CPWD will cooperate on promoting designs and construction of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant new buildings, star rating of CPWD managed buildings across the country with no registration or renewal fee, awareness of energy efficiency in the building sector and support for capacity building of CPWD officials in ECBC.
Centre introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Trade Unions Act, 1926. The Centre said that the Bill would grant recognition to trade unions, ensure representation of workers in tripartite bodies and check arbitrary nomination by the government. The CPI(M) members protested against introducing the Bill and walked out in protest.
National Consultation on Child Protection’ for 2019 was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development.
The meeting was organized to follow up on the exercise of monitoring of the CCIs by States/UTs, to deliberate upon various aspects of child protection and to take stock of the efforts made by States/UTs regarding improvements in the Child Care Institutions.
The Centre has launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), a programme to reduce particulate matter (PM), pollution by 20-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024.
The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which was formally unveiled is envisaged as a scheme to provide the States and the Centre with a framework to combat air pollution.
The World Health Organisation’s database on air pollution over the years has listed Tier I and Tier II Indian cities as some of the most polluted places in the world. In 2018, 14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities were in India.
President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Birendra Prasad Baishya, has been named Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
It is for the first time that the Weightlifting has been accorded with the honor of Chef de Mission for the Olympics.
The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of three All India Institutes of Medical Sciences in Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat. The institutes will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. These will be in Samba in Jammu at a cost of Rs. 1,661 crore, in Pulwama in Kashmir at a cost of Rs. 1,828 crore, and in Rajkot, Gujarat, at a cost of Rs. 1,195 crore.
The objective is to establish the new AIIMS as Institutions of National Importance for providing quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, nursing education and research in the region.
The Cabinet approval also involves the creation of a post of director with a basic pay of Rs. 2,25,000 for each of the three AIIMS. The cost of construction, operation, and maintenance of the three AIIMS will be fully borne by the Central government.
Glenmark Specialty S.A., the Suisse subsidiary of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd., has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Yuhan Corporation for commercialising its novel nasal spray Ryaltris in South Korea.
The agreement with Yuhan is Glenmark’s second regional licensing deal for Ryaltris. In July 2018, it entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Seqirus Pty. Ltd. to commercialise Ryaltris in Australia and New Zealand.
As per the the agreement, Glenmark will be responsible for manufacture and supply of the product, while Yuhan will be responsible for regulatory filing and commercialization of Ryaltris in South Korea.
The 16th edition of the three-day life-sciences and healthcare forum BioAsia is to begin from February 25, 2019. The event is being organised by the Federation of Asian Biotech Association and the Government of Telangana. Hyderabad will be hosting the programme.
As part of the forum, ‘Startups Stage’ would set the tone for companies working on solutions in pharma, bio-tech, life sciences, health-tech and med-tech sector to showcase their products or services.
China is developing an advanced compact size radar for the Navy which can maintain constant surveillance over an area of the size of India.
The ship-based Over-the-Horizon (OTH) radar system "will increase (the Chinese) Navy's information gathering capabilities in critical areas" including the South China Sea, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
The World Bank has said that India's economy will accelerate to 7.5% in 2019-20 as consumption remains robust and investment growth continues in the country.
It also added that India will retain its position as the fastest growing major economy in the world.
World Bank's report has also projected India's 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal years' growth rate at 7.5%.
In South Asia, Pakistan's growth rate is forecast to fall drastically from last fiscal year's 5.8 per cent to 3.7 per cent this fiscal year.
After Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, Chhattisgarh has become the third state to withdraw the General Consent given to CBI to probe cases in the state.
The CBI must now seek permission before investigating any fresh cases in Chhattisgarh.
The new political parties seeking registration include
♦ Bhartiya Vikash Dal United,
♦ Loktantrik Jan Swaraj Party,
♦ National Awami United Party,
♦ Purvanchal Navnirman Party,
♦ Rashtriya Janshakti Samaj Party,
♦ Sakala Janula Party, and
♦ Swatantra Party.
The Lok Sabha elections are slated to be held either in the month of April-May.
There are currently nearly 2,000 registered parties, out of which only a few are recognised by the EC.
Out of the recognised parties, seven are national parties, while 59 are of the state level.
A report by World Economic Forum (WEF) said that India is set to become the world's third largest consumer market behind only USA and China by 2030.
Consumer spending in India is expected to grow from 1.5 trillion US dollar at present to six trillion US dollar by 2030.
With the annual GDP growth rate of 7.5 percent, India is currently the world's sixth largest economy.