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12 Feb 2019

Daily Current Affairs – February 10 & 11,2019

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IMPORTANT DAYS

National Productivity Week
  • National Productivity Council (NPC) is celebrating its 61st Foundation Day on 12th February with the theme “Circular Economy for Productivity & Sustainability”. NPC observes foundation day as Productivity Day and the National Productivity Week from February 12-18, 2019.

NATIONAL

HIMACHAL PRADESH
CM Jai Ram Thakur presents budget of over Rs 44,000 crore for 2019-20
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presented a budget of over 44,000 crore rupees for financial year 2019-20 at the State Assembly in Shimla. The budget is an increase of 7 per cent which is around 3,000 crores more of current financial budget.

Cremica Food Park, the1st Mega Food Park of Himachal Pradesh
  • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal today inaugurated Cremica Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd. The Park is located at Village Singhain Una District of Himachal Pradesh.

  • This is the first Mega Food Park operationalized in the State of Himachal Pradesh.

KERALA

The Institute of Advanced Virology (IAV)
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the Institute of Advanced Virology (IAV) in Thiruvananthapuram.  A first of its kind research institute that is linked to the Global Virus Network (GVN), it will operate from the Bio 360 Life Sciences Park at Thonnakkal in the capital city.

ODISHA
Expedite implementation of Forest Rights Act’
  • The Odisha State Food Commission has again asked the State government to expedite implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, that would help ensure food and nutritional security to the vulnerable section of society.

INTERNATIONAL

Democrat Amy Klobuchar to contest for US president in 2020 election
  • In the United States, Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced that she will contest for president in the forthcoming Presidential election in 2020.

Poland to buy mobile rocket launchers from US
  • Poland will buy mobile rocket launchers worth 414 million US Dollar from the United States, as Warsaw seeks closer ties with Washington amid concerns over a resurgent Russia.

SCIENCE

IIT Madras identifies unique pathways of eye cancer
  • Based on computational modelling, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have identified the biochemical pathways that eye cancer (retinoblastoma) preferentially chooses for growth and survival. The pathways chosen are very different from the ones that normal, healthy cells choose.

RANKINGS & INDEXES

ICC T20 rankings
  • In the latest ICC rankings for T-20, Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up to grab a career-best second position. India maintained its second position behind Pakistan despite dropping two ranking points.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

PETROTECH-2019
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 13th International Oil and Gas Conference – PETROTECH-2019 in Greater Noida.He said there is a need to move towards responsible pricing of Oil and Gas to balance the interests of both the producer and the consumer.

International Symposium on “Advances in Agro meteorology for managing climatic risks of farmers”,
  • The Association of Agro meteorologists (AAM) has organized a 3 day International Symposium on “Advances in Agro meteorology for Managing Climatic Risks of Farmers” (INAGMET-2019) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India).

  • The symposium is jointly organized with India Meteorological Department, Indian Centre of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Indian Agricultural Research Institute and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Two day Conference on Unani Medicine for Public Health
  • Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur, inaugurated the two-day National Conference on Unani Medicine organized by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) as a part of 3rd Unani Day celebration here in New Delhi.

Swachh Shakti-2019
  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will participate in Swachh Shakti 2019, a convention of Women Sarpanches and distribute the Swachh Shakti-2019 awards.

  • Swachh Shakti-2019 is a national event which aims to bring in to focus the leadership role played by rural women in Swachh Bharat Mission. Women Sarpanches and Panches from all over the country will be attending the event.

SCHEMES

Open Acreages Licensing Policy (OALP)
  • Union Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched the bid round –III under Open Acreages Licensing Policy (OALP) at Greater Noida, the venue of PETROTECH-2019.

Green Good Deeds’
  • Launched by the Environment Ministry last year, the ‘Green Good Deeds’ campaign — aimed at protecting the environment and promoting healthy living — mentions a list of 500 activities for protecting the environment.

New Ports under Sagarmala Project
  • The Minister of State for Road Transport, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers informed that 14 number of CEZs in 8 states have been identified under the Sagarmala Programme.In the state of Kerala, one CEZ namely “Development of CEZ in Kerala –Malabar” has been identified under the Sagarmala Programme.

Light House Projects challenge” launched 
  • The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has instituted a challenge for States/ UTs to select six sites across the country for constructing the Lighthouse projects under GHTC-India. MoHUA encourages all States/ UTs to participate in this challenge proactively.

Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme (CHYLP)
  • The scheme for Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme (CHYLP) envisaged enriching awareness of Indian culture and heritage amongst the youth in order to promote, understand and develop fondness for India’s rich cultural heritage, with a view to develop appropriate leadership qualities amongst youth.

Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes
  • The Government is implementing a Scheme namely “Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes”.

  • The objective of the Scheme is to improve financial and socio-economic status of the old aged artistes and scholars who have contributed significantly in their specialized fields of arts, letters etc.

APPOINTMENTS

          • Egypt’s President El-Sissi – Chairman of African Union

MOU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVALS

MOU signed between EIL and Mongolia
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Engineers India Ltd, a PSU under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and the Government of Mongolia through Mongol Refinery State Owned LLC was signed, on the sidelines of PETROTECH-2019 event at Greater Noida, UP. The MoU is for Project Management Consultancy services for construction of an oil refinery plant in Mongolia by EIL.

DEFENCE

Exercise Rahat’ in Jaipur
  • In Rajasthan, Jaipur based Sapta Shakti Command of Indian Army is conducting a two- day Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise “Exercise Rahat”.

SPORTS

Statesman Challenger” trophy
  • John Morris Ajax Fire Engine on Belsize Chassis (1914) of Pre-world war-I vintage among the proud possessions of Indian Railways preserved at National Rail Museum (NRM), New Delhi has participated in the Statesman 53rd edition Vintage car rally and has been awarded with Statesman Challenger Trophy.

Chennai Open ATP Challenger title
  • In Tennis, France’s Corentin Moutet has clinched the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tournament title after beating Andrew Harris of Australia 6-3, 6-3 in the singles final.

Tennis: Prajnesh Gunneswaran breaks into men’s singles top 100
  • Prajnesh Gunneswaran has made it to the top-100 of Men’s Singles Tennis rankings with a jump of six places that took him to 97.

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