Government Approved a National Mission on E-Mobility To Boost EV Manufacturing
The Centre formed National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage to finalise the framework for a Phased Manufacturing Program (PMP).
ICAP for providing thermal comfort to citizens released by Dr Harsh Vardhan
Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan released the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) aimed at reducing emissions and providing thermal comfort to citizens in New Delhi.
ICAP provides an integrated vision towards cooling across sectors encompassing inter alia reduction of cooling demand, refrigerant transition, enhancing energy efficiency and better technology options with a 20 year time horizon.
It aims at reducing cooling demand across sectors by 20% to 25% by 2037-38 and refrigerant demand by 25% to 30% by 2037-38.
It will provide thermal comfort for all, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, double farmers’ income as with better cold chain infrastructure, a grower will get better value of produce.
It seeks to reduce cooling energy requirements by 25% to 40% by 2037-38 and recognize “cooling and related areas” as a thrust area of research under the national Scientific & Technical Programme.
Hardeep Puri launched the Indian Urban Observatory and Video wall at New Delhi
Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep S Puri, inaugurated
The state-of-the-art India Urban Observatory and Video Wall at New Delhi.
The India Urban Observatory will will plug into the myriad sources of data from cities, both from real-time and archival sources.
It will help in getting up-to-date information on a meaningful set of indicators over various domains such as transport, health, environment, water, finance and so on, which will further assist in developing best practices, future strategies and policy interventions as and when required
The Video Wall, will showcase the insights gained from the Observatory and the various Missions/offices with the idea to proactively engage with citizens/visitors in spreading awareness about the various initiatives of the Ministry.
Liberalised Visa Regime between India and Maldives implemented
Maldives and India exchanged diplomatic notes for implementing the visa facilitation agreement, which was signed during President Ibu Solih’s visit in December 2018 and will come into effect from 11th March 2019.
The new agreement provides a very liberal visa regime for Maldivian nationals to visit India for tourism, business, education and medical purposes and also makes it easier for Indians to travel to Maldives for business purposes.
It allows Maldivian parents to obtain visas that will be valid during the duration of their children’s academic term and the facility will also be extended to the dependents of parents, enabling minor siblings to also remain with the family during their stay in India.
The attendants of Maldivian patients will also be able to get visas for the duration medical treatment sought in India now.
This is considered as India’s most liberal visa facilitation agreement with any country.
♦ Capital – Male
♦ Currency – Maldivian rufiyaa
♦ Prime Minister – Ibu Solih
Madhya Pradesh governor passed Ordinance to increase OBC quota
Madhya Pradesh governor, Anandiben Patel approved an Ordinance to increase reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Jammu and Kashmir government to give monthly stipend and jobs for those who Shun militancy
A Draft on Reintegration proposes a monthly stipend and jobs for those who Shun militancy by the Jammu and Kashmir government.
About Jammu and Kashmir
♦ Capital – Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter)
♦ Governor – Sathya Pal Malik
Finnish PM Juha Sipila resigned over failure of health care reform
Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila, along with his cabinet, resigned after failing to push through parliament plans to overhaul health services and social care in the face of an aging population, just a few weeks before the general elections.
He tendered his resignation to President Sauli Niinisto, who asked him to stay on as caretaker until the elections in April 2019.
Statistics Finland has estimated that more than a quarter of the population will be aged over 65 by 2030, making a more cost-effective welfare state a top priority.
The Prime Minister’s proposed solutions included creating regional authorities for health and welfare services, rather than the local municipalities that currently manage the system, and offering including private companies in the healthcare system to a greater extent to offer “freedom of choice”.
The plan involved a drastic reorganization of the way health care is administered at a local level as well as a greater role for the private sector.
♦ Capital – Helsinki
♦ Currency – Euro
♦ President – Sauli Niinisto
BANKING & FINANCE
Loans worth Rs. 689 crores sanctioned by Punjab National Bank to 1,600 MSMEs
The Punjab National Bank (PNB) has sanctioned loans amounting to Rs. 689 crore, to over 1,600 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) via the psbloansin59minutes.com portal.
The bank has sanctioned loans to more than 2.69 lakh small entrepreneurs under the Mudra Yojana during this fiscal till 14th February 2019.
38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament at Helsinki in Finland
38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament was organized by European Boxing Confederation from March 7, 2019 to March 10, 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.
India claimed one Gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze in the tournament. The list of Indian medalist is given below.
|Kavinder Singh Bisht||Gold||56 kg|
|Mohammed Hussamudding||Silver||56 kg|
|Shiva Thapa||Silver||60 kg|
|Govind Sahani||Silver||49 kg|
|Dinesh Dagar||Silver||69 kg|
|Sumit Sangwan||Bronze||91 kg|
|Saching Siwach||Bronze||52 kg|
|Naveen Kumar||Bronze||+91 kg|
♦ Capital – Helsinki
♦ Currency – Euro
♦ President -Sauli Niinistö
England defeated India to win Women’s T20I match
England defeated India in the 3rd and final Women’s Twenty20 International in Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, Assam.
About United Kingdom
♦ Capital – London
♦ Currency – Pound
♦ Prime Minister – Theresa May
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
Mohammad Shtayyeh appointed as the Prime Minister of Palestine by its President Mahmoud Abbas
The President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas appointed Mohammad Shtayyeh as the Palestinian Prime Minister.
Shri S.S. Srinivas appointed as Officer on Special Duty, South Coast Railway by the Ministry of Railways
Shri S.S. Srinivas has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD), South Coast Railway by Ministry of Railways. He is an Indian Railways Personnel Service (IRPS) officer who previously held the post of Chief Personnel Officer (Administration), South Central Railway.
His responsibilities would involve planning and conducting foundation work like surveying existing infrastructural facilities, requirement of land acquisition, preparation of DPR for additional requirements and the blue print for smooth transition of staff into the New Zone, for setting up of a New Zone at Visakhapatnam.
ED appointed Anup Kumar Dubey and Sushil Kumar as special directors
Anup Kumar Dubey and Sushil Kumar have been appointed as the special directors in the Enforcement Directorate (ED), according to a Personnel Ministry order.
Both of them are Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officers.
Mr. Dubey has been appointed as Special Director, ED in Delhi while Mr. Kumar in Chennai.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
An app to detect fake currency notes created by IIT-Kharagpur
An app to detect fake currency has been developed by Researchers at IIT Kharagpur.
The app works as follows:
- Upload the image of the currency note.
- The app would then perform verification of its authenticity with the help of 25 features that have been extracted from both the sides of the note.
- If a fake note is detected, a notification will be sent to the user.
Marshall Islands’ digital currency “SOV” to be released in 2019
The Marshall Islands is planning to release a digital currency called “SOV” this year in 2019, however, the launch date of the currency has not been decided.
Neema, an Israel-based company, is partnering with the Marshall Islands government to develop the digital currency.
With SOV, every account would be fully identified and buyers would be checked against the US Office of Foreign Asset Control so that only legitimate, law-abiding people can use the currency.
About Marshall Islands
♦ Capital – Majuro
♦ Currency – US Dollar
♦ President – Hilda Heine