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Current Affairs of 16th February 2019 16 Feb 2019

National News

The 13th edition of International Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition ‘PETROTECH-2019’ held in New Delhi
The theme of PROTECH-2019 was “Shaping the New Energy World through Innovation & Collaboration”.

The government proposed Liberalization of e-Visa regime to make it tourist friendly

The expert committee headed by Anoop Satpath has suggested National Minimum Wage to be Rs. 9,750 

India’s fastest train, Vande Bharat Express, flagged off by PM Narendra Modi
Vande Bharat Express will travel from Delhi to Varanasi in 9 hours and 45 minutes
It can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph.

Finance Minister launched ‘Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan’ Scheme
Under this scheme, workers of unorganized sectors whose monthly income is less than Rs. 15,000 may avail the benefits by contributing Rs. 100 per month to further get Rs. 3000 per month after 60 years of age. An 18 years old worker has to contribute Rs. 55 per month to avail the benefit.

Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the North Karnataka Agromet Forecasting and Research Centre (NKAFC) in Dharwad, Karnataka

New Delhi hosted ‘India US CEO Forum’ and ‘India US Commercial Dialogue’
Ramesh Abhishek (Secretary of Department for the promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) and Kenneth Juster (US Ambassador in India) represented the sides respectively for India and US.
MoU signed between National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) of India and ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) of the United States for cooperation in matters related to accreditation.

World Sustainable Development Summit 2019 held at New Delhi
The theme of WSDS 2019 was ‘Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise’

Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated 58th Meeting of Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) in New Delhi

Bhubaneshwar held the 5th International Dam Safety Conference 2019
Odisha
♦ Capital – Bhubaneshwar
♦ Chief Minister – Naveen Patnaik
♦ Governor – Ganeshi Lal

Early Ed Asia 2019, Asia’s largest early childhood conference, held in Jaipur
Asia’s largest conference on Early Childhood, was held at the City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The motto of the event was ‘Our Children, Our Future’. 

International News

Security Protection Agreement signed between India and Sweden
Sweden
♦ Capital: Stockholm
♦ Currency: Krona
♦ Prime Minister: Stefan Lofven

“World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2019” report released by International Labour Organization
The report says unemployment rates will fall to 4.9% in 2019 and remains steady in 2020.
Key Points
International Labour Organization
♦ Headquarter: Geneva, Switzerland
♦ Director General: Guy Ryder
♦ Formed: 1919

India Withdrawn ‘Most Favoured Nation’ Status from Pakistan

Bank News

A loan agreement of $40 million (4 crore INR) was signed between the Government of India, Government of Himachal Pradesh  and World Bank, for bringing clean and reliable drinking water to the citizens of Greater Shimla area
Himachal Pradesh
♦ Capital – Shimla
♦ Chief Minister – Shri Jai Ram Thakur
♦ Governor – Acharya Dev Vrat

Amazon launched ‘Amazon Pay UPI’ in collaboration with Axis Bank for Indian Android users
♦ Founder, Chairman and CEO: Jeff Bozos

Appointments And Resigns

Union Minister Arun Jaitley resumed charge as Finance Minister

Science And Tech

Hardip Singh Puri launched the PMAY-U Mobile Application
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna – Urban (PMAY-U) mobile application at New Delhi.

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) launched a new portal ‘LADIS’ for real-time data on available depth on stretches of National Waterways.

NASA to launch SPHEREx mission to investigate Universe
aim to understand the origins of life and the universe, in 2023. 
The word SPHEREx is the abbreviation of Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer.

Obituary

Former Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza passed away

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) hall of fame, Pedro Morales, passed away at the age of 76.

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