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FEBRUARY 2019-NATIONAL NEWS
Government Renames DIPP as Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade
PM Modi’s visit to Surat
Govt approves construction of 4 Lakh houses under PMAYU
Implementation models under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurates new campus of National Museum Institute at Noida
BESAFE’s 3rd Annual Conference on ‘Measurable impacts of behavioural based safety implementation in Indian Industry’ held in New Delhi
DAC approves indigenous construction of 6 submarines worth Rs. 40000 crore.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman approved the indigenous construction of 6 Projects 75 (India) submarines under the strategic Partnership model at the cost of Rs. 40,000 crore.
The construction of 6 submarines aims to boost Government’s ambitious ‘Make in India” program and it will provide a major boost to submarine design and manufacturing ecosystem in India.
This is the second project under Strategic Partnership (SP) model.
The first project was the acquisition of 111 utility helicopters for navy at the cost of 21000 crore in August, 2018.
DAC also approved the acquisition of around 5000 French-origin MILAN Anti-Tank Guided missiles for the Indian Army
Government sets up committee to explore prepaid payments by discoms to generator companies
Interim Budget 2019 Highlights:
Income tax reliefs:
Tax exemptions on investments:
Vision 2030 in Budget
ICT Academy bridge 2019 conference inaugurated in Chennai
Defence Ministry approves procurement of 73,000 assault rifles from US
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved the procurement of around 73000 Sig Sauer rifles from United States of America under fast track procurement mode.
The Procured rifles will replace INSAS rifles and the new rifles will be used by the troops deployed along the 3600 km border with China.
PM Modi inaugurates Railway projects in West Bengal
PM Modi dedicated the Railway electrification of 294 kilometer long Andal- Sainthia-Pakur-Malda and KhanaSainthia Sections to the nation in West Bengal also dedicated the 20 kilometer long Hijli - Narayangarh third line to the Nation.
Shri Piyush Goyal launches the IEA’s Report ''The Future of Rail''
National Foundation for Communal Harmony organized a special workshop under Know My India Programme held in Bangalore
On the lines of Know My India Programme,the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) organized a special workshop for 42 Youth in the age group of 15 to 22 years, who has suffered communal violence.
The Youth Participated in the Programme belongs to Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Gujarat along with 10 official mentors.
The programme was organized by the Art of Living Foundation.
Youth interacted with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual leader.
It is a unique programme initiated by the NFCH to bring together financially assisted children of the foundation from different states and regions of the country to promote oneness, fraternity and national integration.
President opens Ratrapathi Bhavan’s annual Udyanotsav
6.23 crore free LPG connections issued under PMUY
Oil Marketing companies (OMC) have released 6.23 crore free LPG connections to BPL (below poverty line) households, under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), across the country.
The aim of PMUY is to make available free and cleaner fuel in poor household kitchens.
A subsidy of Rs. 1600 is provided to state owned fuel retailers for every free LPG connection they provide to BPL families subject to the condition that no LPG connection exists in the name of any family member of the family, including the applicant.
LPG connection to be released on the name of an adult woman family.
Government notifies rules to allow women to work in mines
In the case of women employed in any mine above ground
In the case of women employed in any mine below ground
Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation launched Shehri Samridhi Utsav
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Antyodaya Yojana (DDU-AY)
MoU in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies was signed between India and Poland
The Objective Sof MoU includes:
Braile voter slips for visually impaired and blind
National Road Safety Week to be Launched in New Delhi
Monaco's Prince Albert II visits India
India introduces pre-departure orientation 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.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in collaboration with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is conducting the PDOT programme under the PravasiKaushalVikasYojna (PKVY).
PDOT and Arabic modules are currently catering to gulf countries.
The National Skill Development Corporation is the implementing agency for this programme.
However, MSDE has not signed any Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Asian countries under the ‘Skill India Programme’.
“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.
The “Darwaza Band -Part 2” has been supported by World Bank.
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”.
During the meeting of 3rd Indo-German Working Group for cooperation on water and waste management which concluded in New Delhi both sides discussed potential cooperation in this area.
Both sides decided to work on developing reference documents for the textile sector, Water Governance, Marine Litter, waste to energy landfill sites, water quality management, training and capacity building of local bodies and Circular Economy.
Indian delegation was led by Additional Secretary in the Environment Ministry Anil Kumar Jain while the German Delegation was headed by Director-General for Water Management and Resource Conservation, Dr. Regina Dube.
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for the establishment of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog for conservation, protection and development of cows and their progeny.
It will lead to the development of the cattle population in the country including the development and conservation of indigenous breeds.
The Aayog will work in collaboration with Veterinary, Animal Sciences or Agriculture University or departments or organizations of the Central or State Government engaged in the task of research in the field of breeding and rearing of the cow, organic manure, biogas etc.
Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog was announced in the budget on the 1st of this month.
An amount of 1 thousand 54 Crore rupees have been approved for a three year period till 2020.
CCEA also approved the creation of Agri-Market infrastructure fund for development and upgradation of Gramin Agriculture Markets.
A corpus of 2 thousand crore rupees will be created with NABARD.
CCEA also approved the continuation of the Central Sector Scheme of Exploration of Coal and Lignite for a period of 3 years from 2017-18 to 2019-2020.
Indian Coast Guard and the Airport Authority of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Coast Guard Regional Headquarters in Port Blair in the presence of Inspector General Maneesh Vishal Pathak, Commander Coast Guard Region (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) for coordination in the aeronautical and maritime search and rescue operations.
Memorandum of Understanding with Airport Authority of India (AAI) is aimed at strengthening mutual interactions, interoperability and validating procedures during conduct of search and rescue operations jointly by the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Kolkata, Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Port Blair.
The signing of an MoU between India and Malaysia for Mutual Cooperation to raise the status and prestige of the Practicing Company Secretary in both countries, and to facilitate the movement of the Company Secretaries across borders in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The proposal for an MoU between India and the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and with Electoral Tribunal of Panama (ETP) on cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration.
The MoU between India and Norway on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue.
The MoU between India and Brazil on cooperationin the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy.
The Union Cabinet accorded ex post facto approval to the MoU between the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, India and the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resource and Agriculture, Maldives signed on 17th December, 2018 during the State visit of President of Maldives to India.
The MoUbetween India and the United Arab Emirates on Development Cooperation in Africa.
The MoU entails setting up of a framework of cooperation between the two countries for implementing development partnership projects and programmes in Africa.
The MoU between India and Finland for collaborating based on mutual interest in the field of Biotechnology, for funding and implementing ambitious industry-led innovative and transnational projects within the broad scope of research development and innovation.
The MoU for promoting bilateral cooperation in the field of e-Governance.
The Agreement intends to promote close cooperation in the areas of e-Governance, IT education, Implementation and roll out of generic configurable e-Governance products/ devices in various sectors, development of Data Centers.
7th edition of Kolhapur International film festival inaugurated in Kolhapur, Maharashtra
It is eight day festival, in which Veteran actress Rohini Hattangadi is chief guest at the inaugural function.
Veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalaniwas honoured with the Kalamaharshi Baburao Painter Award for his contribution to the film industry.
Focus country of the festival is the Hungarian cinema.
AbhijitDeshpande, editor of Marathi films like ‘Deool’, ‘Bucket List’ and ‘Elizabeth Ekadashi’, will be presented the Chitramaharshi Anandrao Painter Award at the closing ceremony of the festival.
Sahapedia in partnership with UNESCO organized the second edition of India Heritage Walk Festival (IHWF) 2019 in Delhi.
It is also supported by the National Mineral Development Corporation.
The IHWF presented the PATA Gold Award 2018 in “Heritage and Culture” category for its first pan-India event.
This festival offers opportunity to discover the hidden gems linked to the history. In the list of heritage walks, Delhi has a new attraction.
GeM is a state-of-the-art national public procurement platform of Ministry of Commerce and Industries that has used technology to remove entry barriers for bonafide sellers and has created a vibrant e-marketplace with a wide range of goods and services.
Regularization of certain allowances being paid over and above the 50% (pre-revised) ceiling prescribed by DPE to the executives of certain operational category employees of AAI.
the proposal for Abolition of Institution of Income-Tax Ombudsman and Indirect Tax Ombudsman.
the proposal of Ministry of Power to allocate 85% of Power generated to Telangana and Jharkhand from Under Construction Projects of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited.
The introduction of National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019 to confer the position of National importance to Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Haryana, Kundli and Institute pf Food Processing Technology at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
An International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 to set up a consolidated authority to control and regulate financial services in International Financial Services Centres in India.
The Union Cabinet chaired by NarendraModi approved the setting up of a Circuit bench of Calcutta High court at Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and assess the progress of infrastructure facilities there.
The amendments to prohibit Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 to abolish threat of unlawful deposit schemes and prevent them from deceiving poor people.
The setting up of ‘RashtriyaKamdhenuAayog’ for conservation, protectiol and development of cows and to support small farmers by boosting their income.
The creation of Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund (AMIF) of Rs. 2000 crore in association with National Bank for Agricultural & Rural Development (NABARD) for the development and upgradation of marketing infrastructure in Gramin Agricultural Markets (GrAMs) and Regulated Wholesale Markets.
The scheme of “Broadcasting Infrastructure and Network Development” proposed by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at a cost of Rs. 1054.52 crore for three years (2017-18 to 2019-20).
The scheme of “Exploration of Coal and Lignite” which involves 24,41,500 meter of drilling and 3,575 line km of surface geophysical survey with an expected expenditure of Rs. 1875 Crore.
The proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy to set up 12000 MW grid-connected Solar Photovoltaic Power projects with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) support of Rs. 8,580 crore.
Delhi is richest state, Jain wealthiest community: NFHS-4 wealth index
According to wealth index released on basis of data from fourth round of National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-4) Delhi is richest state and Jain wealthiest community in the country.
The NFHS-4 was conducted among more than 6 lakh households in 2015-16.
It was largest sample size and was carried out just couple of years ago that provided useful source of information in analysing India’s socio-economic landscape.
PM Narendra Modi addresses Rally in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri
Prime Minister Narendra Singh Modi has marked a rally in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri making it the 3rd in the state within a week after 2 rallies in Thakurnagar and Durgapur.
He has inaugurated New High Court Circuit Bench in Jalpaiguri.
This will facilitate justice to public of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar in North Bengal.
During his day-long visit, he has inaugurated the four laning of the Falakata-Salsalabari section of National Highway-31 D.
Union Minister, Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 2nd Phase of River Information System (RIS) between Farakka and Patna on National Waterway-1 (River Ganga) in Prayagraj.
A new arrangement of Navigation Lock to enable breeding of Hilsa fish in River Ganga and to conserve the river ecosystem is being constructed with the cost of Rs. 361.35 Crore at NW-1 under Jal Marg Vikas Project and it is expected to be completed by June, 2019.
The 2nd Phase of RIS is aimed at enhancing swift electronic data transfer so as to boost movement of Cargo and Fishery Development in river Ganga.
One Control station will be made at Patna whereas 5 base stations will be made at Manihari, Bhagalpur, Munger, Barh and Hatidah under the 2nd Phase.
A Namami Gange Exhibition at kumbh Mela, Prayagraj and National Highway Projects of Rs. 7195 were also inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari.
India and Bangladesh have signed an MOU for training 1800 Bangladesh Civil Servants under Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DAR&PG).
The Mou was signed between the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) and the Ministry of Public Administration, and Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for the tenure of 6 years.
Government of India along with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change inaugurated a workshop on Global Environment Facility, UNDP Small Grants Programme (SGP) in New Delhi.
UNDP has been supporting Ministry Of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in implementing Global Environment Facility (GEF) and SGP since 1997.
The programme brought 110000 hectors of land in western ghats, Himalayan front and Arid and Semi-Arid and regions under sustainable land resources management.
SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives by enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods.
The Sentinelese Tribe are the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal in India.
The Sentinelese tribe is at the verge of extinction The North Sentinel Island along with 5 km coastal sea is remarked as a tribal reserve.
To make maritime sources like fish, turtle and many others readily available to this Tribal Groups (PVTGs),coastal sea up to a preset extent of 1 Km to 5 Km along the tribal territory is also been notified as a tribal reserve.
Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Restrictions under Foreigner (Restricted Area) Orders, 1963.
Visa Manual Conditions/ Passport Act 1920.
Indian Forest Act, 1927. Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers welfare issued Categorization of farmers in agriculture census Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Issued Categorization of farmers in agriculture census.
Agriculture census was held at 2015-16 which is conducted in every five years.
In the census operational holdings are categorised as marginal, small, semi-medium, medium and large classes.
Scheduled Castes, Scheduled tribes and others are the sub classification of operational holdings on the basis of social groups.
The government will focus in better and new technological solution for small and marginal farmers in order to improve and double this income by 2022.
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), National Agriculture Market Scheme (e-NAM), Soil Health Card, etc are various schemes implemented by Government of farmer welfare.
|1.||Marginal||Below 1.00 hectare|
|5.||Large||10.00 hectare and above|
J&K-based Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen banned: MHA
Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen came into existence in 1990 with the objective of “liberation of Kashmir
The Union Home Ministry has banned the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for promoting terrorism and radicalising and recruiting youth for terrorist activities in India.
The TuM carried out a number of terrorist attacks besides subversive acts, namely grenade attacks, weapons snatching incidents, supporting other terrorist outfits such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), etc.
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