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PM Modi launches road, sewerage projects in Maharashtra

PM Modi, launched the four-laning of Solapur-Osmanabad section of NH-211, underground sewerage system and three sewage treatment plants.It was launched in road and underground sewerage system projects developed at an investment of Rs.1,100 crore.

Mr. Modi also laid the foundation stone for a Rs.1,811 crore housing project of 30,000 units under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.Mr. Modi commissioned the four-laned 98.717 km Solapur- Tuljapur-Osmanabad section on NH-211 (New NH-52). The Rs.972.50-crore toll road project will improve connectivity between Solapur and the Marathwada region.
About Maharashtra
♦ Capital:Mumbai
♦ CM:Devandra Fadnavis
♦ Governor:Vidyasagar Rao
♦ India’s first Jean Monnet centre of excellence was opened in Mumbai.


Cabinet approves ST status to 6 Assam communities 

Union Cabinet has approved Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities of Assam.The communities that are proposed to be extended ST status include, Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutiya, Matak, Moran and the tea tribes.

The move came before the centre introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha.this amendment bill will give a status to the various tribal people
About Assam
♦ Capital:Dispur
♦ Chief minister:Sarbananda Sonowal
♦ Governor:Jagdish Mukhi
♦ The 3rd Dwijing festival took place in the bank of aie river at chirang district of Assam


Lok Sabha passes “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill – 2019”

The Lok Sabha passed “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019” by voice vote after a brief discussion.

The Bill has been formulated recognizing the need for regulation of the use and application of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) technology, for establishing identity of missing persons, victims, offenders, under trials and unknown deceased persons.

The bill was introduced by Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had set up a DNA profiling advisory committee.
About the Lok Sabha
♦ Speaker: Sumitra Mahajan (16th Lok Sabha)
♦ No. of Seats: 545


Lok Sabha has passed the Personal Laws (Amendment Bill), 2018

The Lok Sabha has passed the Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The bill was moved by Minister of State for Law PP Chaudhary. The bill was introduced as various recommendations were made to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce.

The bill seeks to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce in five personal laws Hindu Marriage Act(1955), Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act(1939),Divorce Act(1869), Special Marriage Act(1954) and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act(1956).

In 2010 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution on the ‘Elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members’, which was signed and ratified by India.

Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) approved by UGC for better research publications

The Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh announced that the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved list of journals and the proposal to establish a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE).

The good quality Research Journals in disciplines will be maintained by CARE and referred to as ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’. The disciplines are:

  • Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Arts, Culture, Indian Knowledge Systems etc.

The ‘CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’ will be regularly updated and published by the UGC and the Members of the Consortium at their respective websites and will be used for all academic purposes.

Indian Forest Service to be renamed as Indian Forest and Tribal Service: DoPT

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) proposed renaming of the Indian Forest Service as Indian Forest and Tribal Service.

The move was made for the IFS to be more receptive towards tribals and forest dwellers.

This was made after a directive from the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) suggested to do so.
About Indian Forest Service:
♦ It came into existence in 1996 under the All India Services Act, 1951.
Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT):
♦ Minister of State: Dr. Jitendra Singh.


Andaman to be First Island to operate seaplanes under UDAN-3

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has approved operations of seaplanes in the Andaman Islands under UDAN-3 (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) making Andaman the first island of India to operate seaplanes.

The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu has approved operations on 13 water aerodrome routes out of five are from Andaman islands which others are from dams in Gujarat and coastal areas in Kerala.
About Andaman & Nicorbar Islands
♦ Capital: Port Blair
♦ Lieutenant Governor: Admiral (Ret.) Devendra Kumar Joshi


J-K Law Department set up a 3-year state law commission under the chairmanship of Justice M K Hanjura

The Jammu and Kashmir Law Department set up a State law commission, for three years, under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd) M K Hanjura.

The Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Secretary Shri. Achal Sethi will be the ex-officio member of the commission.

The functions of the Commission are:

  • To identity redundant and obsolete laws that can be repealed and suggest measures for quick redress of public grievances
  • To examine the laws that affect the poor and carry out post-audit of socio-economic legislations,
  • To ensure speedy clearance of arrears and reduction in costs and quick and economical disposal of cases.

Jammu & Kashmir:
♦ Lakes: Mansar Lake, Dal lake, Anchar Lake, Khushal lake, Tarsar Lake.
National Parks in Jammu and Kashmir:
♦ Dachigam National Park, Hemis National Park, Kishtwar National Park, Salim Ali National Park


“Development of North East Circuit: Umiam (Lake View) – U Lum Sohpetbneng- Mawdiangdiang – Orchid Lake Resort” project under Swadesh Darshan inaugurated by Meghalaya CM

The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri. Conrad K Sangma, inaugurated the project “Development of North East Circuit: Umiam (Lake View) – U Lum Sohpetbneng- Mawdiangdiang – Orchid Lake Resort” under Tourism Ministry’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme.

The project was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in July 2016 for Rs. 99.13 Crores.

The Ministry has sanctioned 16 projects for Rs. 1349.04 crores covering all North Eastern States under its schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD.
About Swadesh Darshan:
♦ The scheme was launched in 2014 -15 and as on date the Ministry has sanctioned 74 projects worth projects for Rs. 5932.05 Crore to 30 States and UTs.
♦ 9 projects have been inaugurated as on date under the scheme.
Ministry of Tourism:
♦ Minister of State: Shri. K. J. Alphons.



UN office on drugs and crime (UNODC) released “Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018”

UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a latest Global Report on “Trafficking in Persons”, which reveals that the number of human trafficking victims around the world is on the rise while armed groups and terrorists are trafficking women and children to generate funds and recruit.

This report shows that human trafficking is on the rise with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys.

This report shows that more victims of human trafficking were reported to the United Nation’s agency in 2016 than at any time over the past 13 years.
About United Nation office on drugs and crime (UNODC)
♦ Headquarters: Vienna, Austria
♦ Executive Director: Yuri Fedotov
♦ Founded: 1997


Economy and Finance

RBI allows ‘tokenisation’ for more secure card transactions

The Reserve Bank of India has allowed tokenization of debit, credit and prepaid card transactions to enhance the safety of the digital payments ecosystem in the country.

The central bank has allowed card schemes like Visa, Mastercard and others to start issuing tokens for third party payment applications as well.

“Tokenisation and de-tokenisation” shall be performed only by the authorized card network and recovery of original Permanent Account Number (PAN) should be feasible for the authorized card network only.
About the RBI
♦ Headquarter: Mumbai
♦ Governor: Shaktikanta Das (25th governor)


NABARD through its venture capital entity NABVENTURES Ltd will provide early stage capital to agriculture and rural enterprises

NABVENTURES Ltd, the venture capital entity incorporated by NABARD under the Companies Act, will launch its maiden early stage capital fund offer to agriculture and rural enterprises.

This would support the agriculture and rural enterprises and fill the gap of adequate institutional support to them.
♦ It is incorporated to operate and manage SEBI registered Alternative Investment Funds (AIF) with a primary investment objective to contribute to the development of agriculture, allied sector, Food Processing and sectors contributing to rural development.
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai.
♦ Chairman: Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.


IRCTC tied up with Bharti AXA General insurance company to offer free travel insurance for air travellers

IRCTC tied up with Bharti AXA General insurance company to provide free travel insurance to the air travellers. This insurance is applicable to only those who book ticket in the official website of air ticketing irctc,IRCTC Air – air.irctc.co.in.

Through this tie up,every passenger would be availed of insurance upto 50 lakhs in case of accidental death or life time disability.This facility is made available to everyone irrespective of class of travel.Thee premium of the insurance will be borne by Irctc itself and it is applicable to both one way and round way travels.



Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Executive Committee announced that Egypt will host African Cup for the fifth time in 2019. South Africa was the other country who made a bid to host the event.

The Cup of Nations will take place from June 15 to July 13, 2019.

Guinea’s football federation announced that it has agreed to move its staging of the Nations Cup from 2023 to 2025.

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah retained his CAF Player of the Year Award at the CAF Awards on 08th January 2019 at Dakar, Senegal.
About Egypt
♦ Capital: Cairo
♦ Currency: Egyptian Pound
♦ President: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi


USA Cricket announced as ICC’s 105th member

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced USA Cricket as its 105th member. USA Cricket came into existence after USACA was expelled in June 2017 for lack of cooperation in terms of unifying the cricket community in the country.

The application of USA Cricket to become the 93rd Associate member in compliance with the ICC constitution, was accepted as per the recommendation of the seven-member Membership Committee to the ICC Board last year.

In October 2018 USA Cricket had appointed Paraag Marathe president of 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the 49ers as the Chair of the Board.
About International Cricket Council (ICC)
♦ Headquarter: Dubai, UAE
♦ Chairman: Shashank Manohar
♦ CEO: David Richardson



Andhra Pradesh’s Polavaram project enters Guinness Book of World Record for concrete pouring 

The Polavaram project of Andra pradesh got its place in the Guinness book of world record.This project entered the guinness by pouring 32,315.5 cubic meters of concrete non-stop in 24 hours.This project surpassed the leading record of 21,580 cubic metres which was achieved by Abdul Wahed Bin Shabib project

The state government invested Rs 15,380.97 crore on the project ; the central government is to release Rs3,517.84 crore.

Polavaram irrigation project,is a multipurpose terminal reservoir will irrigate 38.78 Lac acres of land
 About Andra Pradesh
♦ Capital:Amaravati
♦ Cheif Minister: Chandrababu Naidu
♦ Governor:E. S. L. Narasimhan
♦ With the start of a new year,Andhra Pradesh is to have a separate high court in its capital city.


2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year award given to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was conferred with the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year award, for the second time, in Senegal.

He also won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for the second time in December 2018.

He beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the title.
Other News:
Confederation of African Football (CAF) also announced that Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Confederation of African Football (CAF):
♦ Headquarters: Cairo, Egypt.
♦ President: Ahmad Ahmad.


‘Police-E-Eye’ app launched by Coimbatore city traffic police to enable report of traffic violations

Coimbatore city traffic police launched a mobile application ‘Police-E-Eye’ for the public to report on traffic violations to police and to keep a check on the same.

The app was developed by Aveon Infotech Pvt. Ltd under its Corporate Social Responsibility.

The violations so filed can be photographed which will be sent to the police along with the location, time and date with the help of GPS.
Tamil Nadu:
♦ Chief Minister: Edappadi K Palaniswam.
♦ Governor: Shri. Banwari Lal Purohit.

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