Current Affairs Today
Home Minister N.Chinarajappa inaugurated a centralized call centre in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. He also launched a website (www.saukaryam.in) that were developed as part of a pilot project for the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) by Malireddi Charitable Trust.
Mr. Chinarajappa exuded confidence that the website would become a platform for job seekers. MEPMA coordinator Srinivas and project coordinator Satya were present.
Natco Pharma has launched a combination drug Valsartan-Sacubitril tablet in India. It is used for certain types of heart failure and works by relaxing blood vessels, making it easier for the heart to pump blood. The company said that the drug was launched under its brand Valsac at an affordable price.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stated that GST on Haj has been reduced from 18% to 5% and this will significantly lower the airfare thus saving Haj pilgrims’ Rs.113 crore in 2019. Mr. Naqvi also stated that for the first time since the independence 2,340 women from India will go on 2019 Haj without Mehram.
Ministry of Minority Affairs:
♦ Formed on: January 2006
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
♦ Minister: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
♦ Before 2006, it was under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
♦ It is a regulatory body of the developmental programmes for the minority religious communities in India
Desam Sulochana, Chairperson Nandyal Municipal, Andhra Pradesh, has introduced a budget of Rs.200 crore for the 2019-2020 financial year. The announcement comes after the municipal council budget meeting held at Kurnool. The chairperson said that she met Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu when he came to Dibaguntla for the survey.
For the development of Nandyal city, Rs.1,000 crore was spent on roads, traffic signals, parks, and canals works. She also said that it is her good fortune to be elected as the first female municipal chairperson.
The University of Madras has received Rs.50 crore from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The grant of Rs.50 crore is under phase 2 of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan scheme. The grant is for research, innovation and quality improvement in the University.
A total of 10 universities belonging to category I will get Rs.100 crore and 17 universities falling into category II will receive a fund of Rs.50 crore. Among the grant, Rs.15 crore will be used for improving employment opportunities of students and entrepreneurship development. The rest, Rs.35 crore, will be used for innovative research and collaboration with a top foreign university.
Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan:
♦ Launched on - 2013
♦ It aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions and improves the overall quality of state institutions
♦ The funding would flow from the central ministry through the state governments/union territories to the State Higher Education Councils
As a measure to save the forest, the Telangana government has decided to monitor the forest cover continuously. For this, the State Government is planning to utilize satellite imagery. The State has accordingly roped in the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) for providing high-resolution satellite images to enable it to keep a tab on encroachments, if any, in the forest areas.
The NRSA with its set of satellites will regularly monitor the forest cover and report to the State Government any negative change (decline in the cover on account of encroachments and other reasons).
National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA):
♦ Location: Hyderabad, Telangana
♦ Parent: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
♦ It manages data from aerial and satellite sources.
Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has donated Rs.10 crore to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). The Kerala State Govt. has initiated an effort to rebuild the flood-hit state under the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. The CIAL Managing Director V.J.Kurian handed over the cheque to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund is an emergency assistance release mechanism granting immediate relief to families and individuals distressed by calamity, loss of life due to accidents and chronic diseases.
Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL):
♦ Airport type: Public
♦ Location: Kerala
♦ Established on: June 1999
♦ 4th busiest airport in India
♦ Managing Director: V.J.Kurian
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
India would be participating in the PISA assessment in 2012.
India participated in PISA 2009.
Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris launched her 2020 presidential bid. In a scathing criticism of President Donald Trump's policies.
The US is at an inflection point in the history due to the attack on democracy like never before. Addressing a cheering crowd in downtown Oakland, she said free press has been bullied and attacked, and democratic institutions undermined under the current leadership.
Harris also slammed Trump's policies at the border, and his decision to shut down the government. She denounced his plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border as a medieval vanity project.
A 54-year-old Harris, who was elected to the Senate in 2016, announced her run for the presidency last week.
She has been voted on top of the list of Democratic leaders aspiring to defeat Trump in the November 2020 election.
Jason Holder becomes the first player from the country in 45 years to top the list of all-rounders in the International Cricket Council Test Player Rankings after slamming an unbeaten double-century that helped script a memorable 381-run win over England in the first Test in Bridgetown.
West Indies legend Gary Sobers was at the top last in March 1974 and Holder now emulated him following his 202 not out off 229 balls in the second innings in Bridgetown which is the third highest score by a number eight batsman in Test history after the Pakistan pair of Wasim Akram (257 not out) and Imtiaz Ahmed (209).
PM Narendra Modi inaugurated an integrated refinery expansion complex of the public sector Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) at the Kochi Refinery, Kerala. Petrochemical complex, BPCL Kochi refinery is a Make in India initiative. It is aimed at reducing dependence on imports.
About Kochi Refinery:
♦ Industry type: Public Sector
♦ Headquarters: Kochi , India
♦ Founded on: April, 1963
♦ Parent: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
♦ It is the largest public sector refinery in India with a production capacity of 15.5 million tons per annum (MMTPA)
♦ India has 18 public sector refineries and five refineries in the private sector/or as a joint venture
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas:
Ministry responsible: Dharmendra Pradhan
The Ministry is responsible for the exploration, production, refining, distribution, marketing, import, export, and conservation of petroleum, natural gas, petroleum products, and liquefied natural gas in India
Kartik Sharma won the New South Wales Men’s Amateur Golf Championship held in Australia by defeating Australia’s Nathan Barberie in the scheduled 36-hole final.
He is playing for India as a part of National Squad since the age of 10.
Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh appointed Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia, for a second five-year term.
Her second term of office will begin on 1 February 2019.
She is the first woman to become Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region
Previous year,Thailand became the first in Asia-Pacific to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.
About World Health Organisation (WHO)
♦ Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
♦ Head: Tedros Adhanom
♦ Founded: 7 April 1948
Southern Railway bagged number one position for cleanliness in the country in the survey conducted by Trains Cleanliness Survey conducted by IRCTC.
Last year, Southern Railways also had a hike in their gross earning of more than six thousand crore rupees.
Shri Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for 231 projects worth Rs 715 crore and inaugurated 48 projects in the Ganjam District of Odisha.
Some of the Major Projects inaugurated by Naveen Patnaik are a 10-bedded geriatric ward (Rs 40 crore), bleaching store (Rs 29.64 crore), district vaccine store (Rs 79 crore) and Construction of OPD for eye department at the district headquarter hospital and city hospital.
Foundation stone for various projects was laid during the visit of Naveen Patnaik including Railway over the bridge at Jagannathpur and Ambapua with an estimated cost of Rs 30 and Rs 35 crore respectively and 9 Major Rail project (Rs 113.51 crore).
Foundation stone was also laid for the development of infrastructure of 11 tourism projects costing Rs. 4.78 crore in the district.