“Aviation Conclave 2019” inaugurated by Civil Aviation Ministry

On 27th February, 2019, Civil Aviation Ministry has organized “Aviation Conclave 2019” in association with Airport Authority of India (AAI), Airport Authority of India – Cargo Logistics & Allied Services Company Limited (AAICLAS) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The theme of the Aviation Conclave 2019 was “Flying for all”.

The motive behind this conclave was to lay impact on new aviation business in India, manufacturing of aircraft in India, transforming Indian airports to next-generation aviation hubs, financing and leasing of aircraft from India by Indian and foreign airlines and unleashing the air cargo potential by merging every village of India in global value chains.


CIPET centre inaugurated by Sadananda Gowda inaugurates in Tripura

Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, D V Sadananda Gowda, inaugurated a centre of the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) at Bodhjungnagar in Tripura.

The institute will produce 1500 skilled workers per annum.

CIPET was established in 1968 by Government of India with the assistance of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Chennai.

It is a premier national institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India fully devoted to Skill Development, Technology Support Services, Academic and Research (STAR).

The main objective of setting up of the institute was to develop manpower in different disciplines of Plastics Engineering & Technology as no similar institute was in existence in the country.

  • Headquarters – Chennai
  • Director General – Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Nayak


Skill Saathi Youth Conclave inaugurated by Dharmendra Pradhan in Odisha

Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated the first-ever, Nua Odisha – Dharmapada Samvaad – Skill Saathi Youth Conclave at Rail Auditorium in Bhubaneswar which was aired live across 427 locations in Odisha.

He also interacted with youth at remote locations, namely, MayurbhajSundergarhSambalpurKoraput and Berhrampurthrough video conference.

The following 5 young achievers from Odisha participated in the conclave and were also felicitated by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan:

  • Shri Amarendra Sahu – Founder NestAway
  • Flight Lieutenant Pallavi Mohapatra – Indian Air Force
  • Shri Jogabyasa Bhoi – a mountaineer who has climbed the highest peaks of 5 continents
  • Shri Chittaranjan Mohanty – Awardee of United Nations HiEERa (“heera”) award
  • Shri Vishal Singh – Founder, Kaivalya Vichar Seva Samiti (KVSS) and Gram Samriddhi Trust.


2 new NIDs inaugurated at Bhopal and Jorhat by Suresh Prabhu

National Institutes of Design (NID) at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jorhat in Assam were inaugurated by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, through video conference from New Delhi.

They are autonomous institutions and under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT),Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

NID Jorhat (Assam) is the first Design Institution at the national level in the North Eastern Region of India.

The recommendation for setting up design institutes, on the lines of NID Ahmedabad, in other parts of India, in order to promote design programs, was given by National Design Policy (2007).

new NIDs have been set up in Andhra Pradesh (Amaravati)Assam (Jorhat)Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) andHaryana (Kurukshetra) with a total outlay of Rs. 434 crore.


Smriti Irani inaugurated Titanwala Museum at Bagru, Rajasthan

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the ‘Titanwala Museum‘ which showcases the Chhipa community’s art of traditional hand-block printing at Bagru, Rajasthan.

The initiative of setting up the museum was taken up by Suraj Narayan Titanwala, as an effort towards preserving the art of traditional Bagru block printing.

The Museum will exhibit traditional tools and materials used in block making, historical wood blocks, raw materials for dyes and mordants, wide range of traditionally printed fabrics and the actual process of preparing the dyes, the act of dyeing, printing, washing and drying will also be showcased.
About Rajasthan
♦ Capital – Jaipur
♦ Chief Minister – Ashok Gehlot
♦ Governor – Kalyan Singh
Important Tribes of Rajasthan
Bhils , Damaria , Dhanka , Meenas(Minas) , Patelia , Sahariya


PRANAM Commission launched by Sarbananda Sonowal

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Commission, a panel set up to look after the issues with respect to the PRANAM Bill brought in for protection of parents of state government employees at GuwahatiAssam.

According to the Bill, if the PRANAM Commission gets a complaint that parents of a state government employee is being ignored, then 10% or 15% of the employee’s salary will be deducted by the government and paid to the parents or differently abled siblings.
About Assam
♦ Capital – Dispur
♦ Chief Minister – Sarbananda Sonowal
♦ Governor – Prof. Jagdish Mukhi


BioAsia 2019-Asia’s largest Life-sciences and healthcare forum held in Hyderabad

The 16th edition of BioAsia 2019 -Asia’s largest biotechnology and life-sciences forum was conducted in Hyderabad, Telangana. It was inaugurated by the Governor of Telangana –E.S.L Narasimhan .The theme of the conference was “Life Sciences 4.0 – Disrupt the Disruption”. BioAsia is an annual event organised by the Government of Telangana and it largely focuses on re-imagining healthcare after technological disruptions.

The Partner Country for the event is South KoreaSouth Africa and Spain are the international partners for the event.

Vaccine Skilling Program was launched to rope in skilled professionals for the growth of the industry.
About BioAsia
♦ Past editions of the conference have helped in bringing in investments of about Rs.15,000 crores and around 16,000 business partnering meetings have been organized during the event.
♦ Leaders and officers from 95 countries have attended the event and around 250 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) & Letters of Intent (LoIs) were signed at the forum.
About Telangana
♦ Capital- Hyderabad
♦ Chief Minister- K. Chandrashekar Rao
♦ Governor- E.S.L Narasimhan



UNICEF Head lauds Poshan Abhiyaan

UNICEF representative in India Yasmin Ali Haque lauded the contribution of Poshan Abhiyaan-a scheme by the central government in reduction of stunting, under-nutrition and anaemia in women and adolescents by providing monetary support via direct cash transfers.

It was launched in 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.

Quoting Haque, “Poshan Abhiyaan has got global recognition for its effort to eradicate malnutrition from India. Cash transfer is an additional support to the family income. The Poshan Abhiyaan is a massive step that realises the need for eradicating malnutrition”.


India ranked 47th in the “inclusive internet index 2019”

India ranked 47th in the ‘Inclusive Internet Index 2019’ which is prepared by the ‘Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for Facebook. The index was expanded to include 100 countries which will represent 94% of the world’s population and 96% of global GDP.

Sweden topped the index whereas Singapore ranked 2nd and USA ranked 3rd. India maintained its previous year rank.

According to the index, there are provable benefits from digital skill programmes, comprehensive female e-inclusion policies and targets for women and girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
About Facebook
♦ Headquarter: California, US
♦ Founder and CEO: Mark Zuckerberg


Economy and Finance

Corporation bank, Allahabad Bank and Dhanlaxmi bank are out of PCA framework

The Board for Financial Supervision (BFS) of the Reserve Bank of India has removed 2 public sector banks- Corporation Bank and Allahabad Bank and 1 private sector bank – Dhanlaxmi Bank from PCA (Prompt Corrective Action) framework.

According to BFS, Allahabad Bank and Corporation Bank had received Rs 6,896 crore and Rs 9,086 crore respectively which led to  increase in their capital funds and also increased their loan loss provision.

According to RBI, Dhanlaxmi bank was found to be not breaching any of the risk threshold of the PCA Framework, hence was removed out of the PCA Framework.
♦ Allahabad Bank CEO – Usha Ananthasubramanian, Headquarters – Kolkata (West Bengal)
♦ Corporation Bank CEO – Jai Kumar Garg, Headquarters – Mangalore (Karnataka)
♦ Dhanlaxmi Bank CEO – T Latha, Headquarters – Thrissur (Kerala)


Inland Waterways authority of India and Indian Oil Sign MoU on Fuel Needs for National Waterways

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for development of infrastructure for fuels, lubricating oil, LPG, Natural Gas and any other related fuel and gas for meeting the requirement of National Waterways.

Under the MoU, both the organisations jointly conduct techno-economic feasibility studies for preparation of detailed land requirement, storage facilities and other supporting infrastructure with details of the cost.

IWAI will provide inputs and information pertaining to National Waterways and its terminals with IOCL for implementing projects. It will also provide land to IOCL on long term lease basis for developing facilities at existing terminals within the approved guidelines of land lease policy of the Government.
About National Waterways Act
♦ Launched in 2016.
♦ 106 new National Waterways have been declared apart from the already existing 5National Waterways.
♦ Capacity addition of National Waterway-1has been taken up under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) with financial help from the World Bank.
♦ Under the JMVP, multimodal terminals are being developed at Haldia, Sahibganj, Varanasiand Intermodal terminals are being developed at Ghazipur and Kalughat. Also, Least Assured Depth (LAD) will be provided between Haldia and Varanasi for safe navigation of vessels.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 Awards

The National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 awards were given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

 It was organised by National Service Scheme (NSS) in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. The participants are in the age-group of 18-25 who participate in the District, State and National level Youth Parliaments. This year, the festival was conducted the District and State levels. There were around 56 contestants at the event in the national level.

The winners from the national level competition are:

  • 1stposition- Shweta Umre from Maharashtra
  • 2ndposition- Anjanakshi M.S from Karnataka
  • 3rdposition-Mamta Kumari from Bihar

Khelo India
The “Khelo India” app, which has been developed by Sports Authority of India was also launched at the event. It provides services such as locating the sports facilities in the country, their availability, rules of the games and checking the fitness levels of users.




Sanath Jayasuriya banned from all forms of cricket for 2 years

Former captain of Sri Lanka, Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket for 2 years after admitting breaching two counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
He admitted to being in breach of the following provisions of the Code:

  • Article 2.4.6 – Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU.
  • Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code.


National e-Governance Awards 2019 was presented by Shri Jitendra Singh on 27th Feb

Minister of state in Prime Minister’s office, Dr. Jitendra Singh presented National e-Governance Awards 2019 in New Delhi with a view to recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives.

To recognize the achievements in the area of e-Governance, the awards will be given in 6 categories including excellence in adopting emerging technologies, excellence in providing Citizen-centric delivery, etc.

Some of the best Government to Government (G to G), Government to Citizen (G to C) and Government to Business (G to B) initiatives taken by the Government departments are recognized in the award.


CZPDC Bhopal and WZPDC Indore honoured with Saubhagya Award

The Central Zone Power Distribution Company (CZPDC), Bhopal and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC), Indore were conferred with the “Saubhagya Award” under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana at the National Conference of Energy Ministers by the Union Minister of State for Energy, R.K. Singh.

The award includes a cash prize of Rs 100 crore each.

The CZPDC Bhopal is the first power distribution company in the India which has provided electricity to more than 7,85,000 houses and the WZPDC, Indore has done it for about 4,00,000 houses.


Govind Prasad Sharma appointed as NBT Chairman

The autonomous organization under the Department of Higher Education, National Book Trust (NBT) appointed educationist and authorGovind Prasad Sharma as its new Chairman replacing Baldeo Sharma.

Govind Prasad Sharma authored more than 6 academic books and several research papers. He also served as Vice Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education.

Mr. Sharma was born in 1939 and he had served as the Director of Madhya Pradesh Hindi Granth Academi and as the principal of Government PG College, Madhya Pradesh.


Hemand Bhargava appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of IDBI Bank

IDBI Bank (Industrial Development Bank of India) appointed Hemand Bhargava as non-executive non wholetime Chairman for a period of 3 years or till he continues as the chairman-in-charge and MD of LIC (Life Insurance Corporation of India).

Currently LIC is the majority shareholders in IDBI Bank with 51% stake. The Life Insurance has become the promoter of it after they acquired the stake from the Government of India.

The name of the bank is proposed for a change by LIC to either LIC IDBI Bank or LIC Bank which was approved by the IDBI Bank board subject to a ‘no objection’ from RBI, shareholders and availability of name.
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)
♦ Headquarter: Hyderabad
♦ Chairperson: Subhash Chandra Khuntia
About IDBI Bank
♦ Headquarter: Mumbai
♦ MD and CEO: Rakesh Sharma


Muhammadu Buhari got his second term as Nigeria’s President

Muhammadu Buhari, who is a member of All Progressive Congress (APC) has defeated Atiku Abubakar with more than three million votes in the election to become the President of Africa’s most populous country – Nigeria for the second time.’

About Nigeria
♦ Capital – Abuja.
♦ Currency – Nigerian Naira.
♦ Prime Minister -Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.


DAC approves Acquisition of Defence Equipment worth 2700 crores

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved the acquisition of defence equipment at cost of Rs 2700 crores.
The following was approved:

  • Cadet Training ships for the Indian Navy to impart basic sea training for officer cadets and women officer trainees. These ships would perform hospital ship duties, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, undertaking search and rescue (SAR) missions and non-combatant evacuation operations.


World NGO Day 2019 was observed on 27th Feb

On 27th January 2019, the human Right activists and all individuals celebrated world NGO Day 2019. It was officially recognized and declared by the 12 member country and first time marked by the rest of the world, UN, EU leaders and international organizations in 2014.

The day is for NGOs around the globe to display the efforts and achievements of non-profit and non-governmental organizations from all sectors. It also plays a significant role and is appreciated around the world.


Thought of the Day

“The more potent a thought is, the more it seems to repeat itself in our mind throughout the day. 

Quiz based on Daily Current Affairs 27th February 2019

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