Current Affairs February 7 2019

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Overview Of Official Visit Of Monaco’s Prince Albert II To India

  • Prince Albert II of Monaco made his first Official 2 days Visit to India along with a high level delegation on 4-5 February 2019 to review the bilateral relations between India and Monaco.
  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu addressed India-Monaco Business Forum which was hosted by New Delhi. It was marked by the presence of Monaco’s head of state – Prince Albert II………………..Click here to Read more

Government launched Pre-Departure Orientation Training programme for Migrant workers
A Pre-Departure Orientation Training (PDOT) programme has been launched by Government to orient potential migrant workers with regard to culture, language, do’s and don’ts in the emigration process and safety measures.
Key Points
i. PDOT has been administered by the Ministry of External Affairs in alliance with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
ii. It has been conducted under Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY)
Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY)
Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY) is a skill development program for India Youth who are seeking overseas employment opportunities. It is implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

2019 Asia LPG Summit organized by World LPG Association
On 5th of February, 2019, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for petroleum and natural gas, inaugurated the 2019 Asia LPG summit in New Delhi.

About the summit
i.This two-day event will focus on ‘LPG – Energy for Life.’
ii. India is the second largest consumer of liquified natural gas (LPG) in the world under the flagship ‘Ujjwala’ scheme, and in take of  LPG in households is  providing access to cleaner cooking fuel .

AYUSH Minister inaugurated Conference of State AYUSH Ministers in New Delhi
The Ministry of AYUSH organised Fourth Conference of State AYUSH and Health Ministers conference in New Delhi.It was inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare Shripad Yesso Naik.

About the Conference
i. The programme is inaugurated to discuss about National AYUSH Mission (MAM), Integration of AYUSH services in Ayushman  Bharat, Medicinal Plants, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy educational Institutes, Quality Control of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy drugs, Drugs Central Sector Schemes and special programmes and projects.  
ii. During this meeting, Shripad Yesso Naik stressed about India to develop bilateral cooperation with USA in areas of Research, Capacity Training and scientific endeavors in the meeting to be held next month in New Delhi .
Related News
♦ Minister of State (Independent charge) AYUSH -Shripad Yesso Naik
♦ Constituency – North Goa (Goa)

‘Darwaza Band – Part 2’ campaign was launched by Swatch Bharat Mission Grameen
On 06th February 2019, the “Darwaza Band- Part 2” campaign was launched by Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen focuses on sustaining the open defecation free status of villages across the country.

The campaign launched by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in Mumbai in the presence of actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Key points
i. The “Darwaza Band -Part 2” has been supported by World Bank.
ii. Three “Darwaza Band Part 2” films were launched by Amitabh Bachchan and dedicated re-adaptation of a poem of his father late Harivansh Rai Bachchan to the Swachh Bharat Mission “Swachh Tann, Swachh Mann, Swachh Bharat,Mera Parichay”.
About Swachh Bharat Mission
i. Initiated on 2nd October 2014, the aim of the Swachh Bharat Mission is to provide sanitation facilities to every family.
ii. It has two sub mission

  • Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) under ministry of drinking water and sanitation.
  • Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) under ministry of Urban Development

iii. Over 50 crore people stopped defecating in the open since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission  and with over 5.5 lakh villages have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) and the national sanitation coverage is now 98% compared to 39% in 2014.

Schemes for Socio-economic development instigated by National Minorities Dev. and Finance Corp
The National Minority Development and Finance Corporation executed diverse schemes for the socio-economic development of the ‘backward sections’ amidst the notified minorities.
Key Points
i. Schemes are being executed by State Channelizing Agencies represented by state government.
ii. Credit schemes like Term loan, Micro Finance, Educational loan, etc. and Promotional schemes like Vocational training, Marketing assistance, etc. have been implemented.
iii. Beneficiaries are classified under 2 categories-
Credit link 1- Those who have annual family income of Rs.98,000 for rural areas and Rs.1.20 lakh for urban areas.
Credit link 2- Those who have higher family income eligibility criteria of upto 6 lakhs.

Maharashtra govt constituted a committee to review welfare schemes for tribals
The Maharashtra government has formed a 17-member committee, for the revision of various schemes, implemented, for the welfare of tribal’s in the state.
i.The committee is headed by former MLA and Shramjeevi Sanghatna president Vivek Pandit.
ii.It will suggest measures to ensure that children in tribal regions were not deprived of education.
About Maharashtra
♦ Chief minister – Devendra Fadnavis Trending
♦ Capital – Mumbai
♦ Governor – C. Vidyasagar Rao

Boeing 747-200-Air India’s first ever Flight Simulator was exhibited in Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai
Air India’s First ever Flight Simulator named ‘Boeing 747-200’ was exhibited in Nehru Science Centre,Mumbai during Innovation Festival.The Simulator was acquired by Air India in 1980,which is designed and manufactured by the CAE(Canadian Aviation Electronics),Canada.
i. After serving 21 years, it became obsolete, so donated to Nehru Science Centre, with a purpose to create awareness about the significance in the field of aviation among the public in general and students in particular.
ii. During the occasion Airports Authority of India and National Council of Science Museums signed a Memorandum of Agreement worth 2 crore rupees for development of Aviation Gallery – Hall of Aerospace, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai.


IBA issued advisory to waive off various charges for Kisan Credit Card
Indian Banking Association (IBA) has recommended banks to exempt farmers from processing, documentation, inspection, ledger folio charge and various service charges for Kisan Credit Card loans upto Rs. 3 Lakhs.
Key Points
i. These guidelines came to highlight as nominal amount of charges were collected by some schedule commercial banks for agriculture loans.
ii. Government will launch campaign through various financial institutions for financial inclusion with spontaneous effect to farmers.
iii. Kisan Credit Card aims to provide adequate and timely monetary help from banks to farmers to meet short term credit requirement for agriculture purposes.


Fiscal Deficit of April-December raised to 112% of FY19 budget target
India’s fiscal deficit has touched 112% of the FY19 Budget target of Rs. 6.24 lakh crore during the period of 9 months from April to December 2018.

Key Points
i. The data was presented by the Controller General of Accountant (CGA) which manifested that fiscal deficit of previous fiscal was 13.6%.
ii. Fiscal deficit was at 7 lakh crores during this financial year.
iii. Fiscal Deficit is the gap between income and expenditure of the government.

India’s export growth may diminish to 7.3% in FY19
As per a statement released by Government, India’s export may slow down to 7.3% in 2018-19 from earlier growth rate of 9.8% of 2017-18 due to poor growth of traditional exports like gems and jewellary, marine, farm and engineering.
Key points
i. On 5th February 2019, a meeting was held to discuss the problems being faces exporters and to examine the ways by which India’s growth rate may reach up to $ 325 billion by March 2019. The Liquidity Crunch and Global factors are also responsible for the slow export growth.
ii. India’s overall export were $498.61 billion in 2017-18 but in 2018-19, it is expected to come down to $325 billion.


President Of India Presents Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2017

  • On February 6 2019,Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for 2017 was presented by President Ram Nath Kovind to 42 artists in a ceremony held in New Delhi.
  • It is the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists………….Click here to Read more

Winners of Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards – 2017:

Category Winner
Hindustani Vocal Music Lalith J. Rao
Hindustani Vocal Music Umakant & Ramakant Gundecha (Gundecha Brothers — Joint Award)
Hindustani Instrumental Music — Tabla Yogesh Samsi
Hindustani Instrumental — Shehnai/Flute Rajendra Prasanna
Carnatic Vocal Music M.S. Sheela
Carnatic Instrumental Music — Veena Suma Sudhindra
Carnatic Instrumental Music — Mridangam Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan
Carnatic Instrumental Music — Flute Shashank Subramanyam
Other Major Traditions Of Music — Sugam Sangeet Madhurani
Other Major Traditions Of Music — Sugam Sangeet Haimanti Sukla
Other Major Traditions Of Music — Gurbani Gurnam Singh


SBI UK chief conferred with “Freedom of the City of London”
On 6th February 2019, the State Bank of India’s Uk chief Shri Sanjiv Chadha has been honoured with the ‘Freedom of the City Of London’ by city of London Corporation.
The award recognized his contribution in promoting the bilateral relations.
Key points
i. Sanjiv Chadha took up the position in 2014 and he will be succeeded by Sharad Chandak after his term completion, this year.
ii. Pt.Jawaharlal Nehru was the previous Indian recipient of this award and other recipient includes author JK Rowling and actor Dame Judi Dench.
About SBI
♦ Headquarter: Mumbai
♦ Chairman: Shri Rajnish Kumar

Ernest and Young  announced the finalists for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2018’ awards
On February 4,2019,EY, the global professional services organisation, released a list of 16  country’s ‘most exceptional’ entrepreneurs as finalists for the ’20th Entrepreneur of the Year India 2018′ award.
i. The Finalists were selected by an eminent eight-member independent Jury Panel led by Uday Kotak, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer,Kotak Mahindra Bank.
ii. The national winner will represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) in Monte Carlo from 5 – 9 June 2019.
iii. Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Ltd will be felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

MSME to honour NFDC for promotion of SC/ST entrepreneurs
On February 5,2019,National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has been named a winner under the ‘miniratna’ category by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
It is felicitated  for their exemplary work towards promotion of SC/ST entrepreneurs.
About NFDC
♦ NFDC – National Film Development Corporation (NFDC)
♦ Headquarters – Mumbai
♦ Founded – 1975


Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola named as Civil Aviation secretary
On February 6, 2019, 1985 batch IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre, Pradeep Singh Kharola has been designated as the new civil aviation secretary.

i. He will succeed Rajiv Nayan Choubey, who retired on January 31,2019,  and took over as member in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Rahul Jain named as the new General Manager of ICF
On February 6,2019,Former Assistant General Manager at Western Railway,Rahul Jain took charge as the General Manager of Integral Coach Factory.
i. He succeeded Sudhanshu Mani ,who is known as the  architect of India’s first self-propelled long distance “Train 18″, which was later named “Vande Bharat Express” by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.


Fino Payments Bank and Suryoday Small Finance Bank come together to offer sweep account facility
Fino Payments Bank (FPB) has joined hands with Suryoday Small Finance Bank in order to initiate sweep account facility.
Key points
i. As per Reserve Bank of India, Payments banks can only take deposits upto ₹ 1 lakhs but this partnership will allow customer to seamlessly transfer the excess amount from their Fino payment bank (FPB) account to Suryoday Small Finance bank (SSFB) account.
ii. The Customer who wants to use Sweep Account Facility needs to activate the facility by FPB’s Mobile App or by visiting FPB’s branch.
About Payment Bank and Small finance bank
i. Payment  bank were formed after the recommendation from Nachiket Mor committee in 2014.Airtel bank was the first payment bank of India.
ii. Small Finance bank were formed after the recommendation from Usha Thorat committee in 2015. Capital Small finance bank was first small finance bank of India.
Suryoday Small Finance Bank
♦ CEO & MD: R Baskar Babu
♦ Headquarters: Navi Mumbai
Fino Payments Bank  
♦ CEO & MD: Rishi Gupta
♦ Headquarters: Navi Mumbai


App of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) introduced
The app of world’s largest cashless health insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) aka Ayushman Bharat has been launched on Google play store to access scheme details in New Delhi. It was launched by Indu Bhushan, CEO of  PM-JAY.

i. This scheme aims at making interventions in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems, covering both preventive and promotive health, to address healthcare holistically.

India’s 40th Communication Satellite, GSAT-31 has been successfully launched from French Guiana
On 6th February 2019, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched its 40th communication satellite “GSAT-31” from French Guiana by Arianespace launch vehicle.It will replace the InSAT satellite.

Key Points
i. GSAT-31 will enlarge the Ku-band transponder capacity in geostationary orbit and will bestow the linkage to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites.
ii. It will be beneficial for Television related up-links, connectivity, services, cellular backhaul connectivity, etc.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
♦ Chairman: K. Sivan
♦ Headquarter: Bengaluru, Karnataka


Smriti Mandhana scores fastest T20I fifty
India’s opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana striked the fastest fifty for India in Women’s T20Is.
i.She struck a half century in  24 balls in the 1st T20I against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
ii.Smriti Mandhana is entitled in the 6th position in the list of fastest fifties,whereas New Zealand’s Sophie Devine leads the record of the quickest half century in women’s T20Is.
She have set the record in 2005 against India when she struck fifty in 18 balls.


Odisha’s BJD MP Ladu Kishore Swain passed away at 71
On February 6,2019, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP, Ladu Kishore Swain passed away at the age of 71 due to kidney-related ailments in Bhubaneswar.

Ladu Kishore Swain was member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly from 2004 to 2009 and also the President of CARD Bank from 1992-95.

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