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February – 2019

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2019

 

2019 - International Year of Indigenous Languages and International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements

 

Defence

 

The place in Maharashtra where the Indian Army conducted its​​ annual artillery fire power exercise Topchi – Deolali

The five-day multinational maritime exercise conducted at​​ Karachi, Pakistan​​ with participation of 46 countries and slogan​​ "Together for Peace" – Aman-19

The multinational training exercise held from 27​​ Jan to 06 Feb 19 in the Western Indian Ocean with participation from​​ USA, India, Netherlands and several East African​​ countries was named –​​ CUTLASS EXPRESS – 19

 

Persons

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The new Chairman of CBDT appointed to replace Shri Sushil Chandra who has taken​​ over as Election Commissioner –​​ Shri Pramod Kumar Mody

The American economist who has been nominated by the US President to be the next World Bank President –​​ David Malpass

 

Places

The place in Haryana where setting up​​ All India Institute of Medical Sciences​​ was approved by the Union Cabinet​​ – Manethi (Rewari Dist)

The places in Madhya Pradesh and Assam where National Institute of Design were inaugurated through video conferencing in New Delhi – Bhopal and Jorhat

The venue of​​ first ever Drone Olympics, a competition for UAVs​​ (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) held from 18 to 21 February 2019 –​​ Bengaluru

 

The emirate of​​ UAE which has declared Hindi to be its third official language in its courts​​ to make the justice delivery simple – Abu Dhabi

The place in​​ Haryana where the​​ state-of-art National Cancer Institute​​ was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi –​​ Jhajjar

The European nation which has signed an accord to join the​​ North Atlantic Treaty Organisation​​ becoming its 30th member –​​ Macedonia

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The place in West Bengal where Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of Circuit Bench of Calcutta High Court having jurisdiction over four districts namely Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar​​ – Jalpaiguri

 

Themes

The theme​​ of​​ National Science Day 2019 observed on 28 February​​ 2019 – Science for the People and People for Science.

The tagline for the air show Aero India-2019 (12th edition) held at AF Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru –The Runway to a Billion Opportunities

The theme​​ of​​ World Sustainable Development Summit​​ 2019 from 11 to 13 Feb 2019 – Attaining the 2030 Agenda;​​ Delivering on our Promise

 

Railways

The headquarters of the​​ newly formed railway zone, South Coastal Railway (SCoR)​​ –​​ Visakhapatnam

The railway manufacturing unit which has launched the first electric locomotive converted from a diesel engine – DLW, Varanasi

 

Sports

The team which has scored the highest ever total in T20 internationals by scoring 278 against Ireland in Dehradun (surpassing Australia's 263​​ against Sri Lanka in 2016)​​ – Afghanistan

The Indian hockey player who was named​​ the Asian Hockey Federation's Player​​ of the Year 2018 –

Manpreet Singh

 

The team which has won the Irani Cup 2018-19 season​​ – Vidarbha

The former badminton player of India who​​ was awarded the​​ Sport star Lifetime Achievement Award –Prakash Padukone

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The Indian cricketer who has become the highest run scorer in T20 internationals surpassing​​ New Zealand's Martin Gupthill – Rohit Sharma

The team which has won the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 defeating Saurashtra in the finals in Nagpur –Vidarbha

The Indian cricketer who has become the first woman in the​​ world to play 200 one-day internationals​​ when she played against New Zealand in Hamilton​​ – Mithali Raj

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States

The state which has​​ approved Sanskrit as the second official language after Hindi – Himachal Pradesh

The state which has declared​​ the​​ Indus Water Dolphin to be its State Aquatic Animal – Punjab

The State which has launched​​ the Annadata Sukhibhava Scheme​​ under which​​ farmers having land less than 5 acres will receive Rs. 9,000 in addition to Rs. 6,000 announced by the Central Govt –​​ Andhra Pradesh

 

Miscellaneous

The Indian bank which has joined hands with World Bank and UN Women to launch new social impact bonds exclusively for women, called​​ Women’s Livelihood Bonds (WLBs) – SIDBI

India's first humanoid robot developed by Asimov Robotics inaugurated by the Kerala CM for induction into its police force is named – KP-BOT

The new MSP (Minimum Support Price) of​​ sugar hiked​​ from Rs. 29 for the year 2019 - 20 – Rs. 31

The public sector undertaking which was declared winner under Miniratna Category by Ministry of MSME for exemplary work amongst CPSEs for promotion of SC/ST entrepreneurs –​​ NFDC

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The theme​​ state and partner country of the Surajkund Crafts Mela​​ held at Faridabad in Haryana from 01 to 17 Feb 2019 – Maharashtra and Thailand

 

91st Academy Awards (Oscars)

Best Picture – Green Book directed by Peter Farelly​​ 

Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron for Roma

Best Actor - Rami​​ Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody​​ 

Best Actress - Olivia Colman for The Favourite

Best Animated Film - Spiderman : Into the Spider Verse by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey,​​ and Rodney Rothman

Best Foreign Language Film - Roma (Spanish and Mixtec) submitted by Mexico

Best Documentary - Short Subject Period. End of Sentence by Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton Most nominations - The Favourite and Roma (10 each)

Indian entry in the Foreign Language Film category -​​ Village Rockstars (Assamese) (Not nominated)

 

Pradhan​​ Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM KISAN)

  • Launched by the Prime Minister at Gorakhpur on February 24,​​ 2019

  • Benefit:​​ Rs 6,000 will be given per year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding/ownership of upto 2​​ hectares.

  • The amount will be given in three installments of Rs.2000​​ each.

  • The amount will be transferred directly to the bank account of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit​​ Transfer.

  • It is estimated to benefit more than 12 crore small and marginal​​ farmers.

  • PM KISAN is a​​ Central Sector scheme with 100% funding from Government of India. The Scheme becomes effective from 1.12.2018 for transfer of benefit to eligible​​ beneficiaries.

 

Emergency Response Support System (ERSS)

Launched in - 16 States/UTs (Andhra Pradesh,​​ Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, ​​ Daman & Diu, J &​​ K)

Features -​​ One can dial 112 or use Panic Button on their phones or 112 India Mobile App​​ to connect to a single emergency services number 112 which will combine Police, Fire, Health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre in the State.

 

The emergency response system can be triggered in the following manners:-

On the smart phones, the power button (which is dedicated panic button) when pressed three times​​ quickly

 

Laureus World Sports Awards 2019

Awarded by - Laureus Sport for Good Foundation​​ 

Sportsman of the Year -​​ Novak Djokovic (Serbia)​​ 

Sportswoman of the Year​​ -​​ Simone Biles (USA)

Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award - Arsene Wenger (France - Football)​​ 

Breakthrough of the Year -​​ Naomi Osaka (Japan)

Comeback of the Year - Tiger Woods (USA)

 

83rd Senior National Badminton Championship 2019

 

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Title

Winner

Runner-up

1.

Men's Singles

Saurabh Verma

Lakshya Sen

2.

Women's Singles

Saina Nehwal

PV Sindhu

3.

Men's Doubles

Pranav Chopra and Chirag Shetty

MRArjunandShlok

Ramchandran

4.

Women's Doubles

Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat

MeghanaJakkampudiand

Poorvisha Ram

5.

Mixed Doubles

Manu Attri and K Maneesha

Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg

 

Abbreviations in News

PM-KISAN: Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi KUSUM: Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan

SWAYATT:​​ Start-ups, Women and Youth​​ Advantage Through eTransactions

 

Books in News

India Unmade​​ - Yashwant Sinha Let's Talk on Air - Rajiv Anand​​ Bakshi

Undaunted, Saving the Idea of India - P. Chidambaram

The Third Pillar - Dr. Raghuram Rajan