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Current Affairs of 19th February 2019 19 Feb 2019

National News

The scrapping of Section 66A of IT Act, SC directs states to sensitise cops
Section 66A of IT Act provided jail term for people sending offensive contents on the internet. It was scrapped by Supreme Court on March 24, 2015.

IAF carried out ‘Vayu Shakti’ exercise at Pokhran
Indian Air Force
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
♦ Chief of Air Staff- Air Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa

4th Agri Leadership Summit 2019 at the India International Horticulture Market (IIHM) in Ganaur, Sonipat district, Haryana
♦ Capital – Chandigarh
♦ Chief Minister – Manohar Lal
♦ Governor – Satyadeo Narain Arya

Bill passed by Rajasthan Assembly to scrap minimum education qualification for Civic polls
The Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Rajasthan Municipality (Amendment) Bill, 2019 have been passed in the Rajasthan Assembly in order to do away with the currently existing minimum education criterion for panchayat and civic poll candidates.

On 17th February 2019, 40th International Annual Desert Festival kicked off in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It will exhibit the rich cultural heritage of the state and attract thousands of tourists from all over the world to the Golden City.

2 new Districts created in Telangana
Mulugu and Narayanpet.
Key points Telangana
♦ Capital- Hyderabad
♦ Chief Minister- K. Chandrashekar Rao
♦ Governor- E.S.L. Narasimham.

Kannadigas to be given priority in private sector jobs
Karnataka to give 100% reservation to Kannadigas in jobs lying under the Group C and Group D category in the private companies, that are getting support from the government.
♦ Capital- Bengaluru
♦ Chief Minister- H.D Kumaraswamy
♦ Governor- VajubhaiVala

International News

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant led high-level delegation visited Saudi Arabia
take part in discussions with the Saudi Centre for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP) and with Ministerial level representations from 12 Saudi Ministries in Riyadh.
Discussions on possible opportunities of joint cooperation and collaboration across sectors like energy, food processing, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, mining, ICT, tourism, defence etc. were held at the NITI Aayog-SCISP Workshop led by Amitabh Kant and  Dr Faisal Al Sugair, CEO, SCISP.
About Saudi Arabia
♦ Capital – Riyadh
♦ Currency – Saudi Riyal
♦ King – Salman

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build US-Mexico border wall

Awards And Recognitions

Mallakhamb coach, Uday Deshpande and batswoman, Smriti Mandhana, were awarded the Maharashtra State Government’s Shiv Chhatrapati Award by the State’s Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao at an event held at the Gateway of India, Mumbai.

Jharkhand’s NGO Yuwa won Laureus Sports for Good Honour
Yuwa, working for girl empowerment, became the third Indian entry to receive this honour.
♦ Capital -Ranchi
♦ CM- Raghubar Das
♦ Governor -Draupadi Murmu

Rabindranath Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony awarded by the President
for the year 2014, 2015 and 2016 at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.
The awardees were:
Shri Rajkumar Singhajit Singh for the year 2014
Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh) for the year 2015
Shri Ram Sutar Vanji for the year for 2016

Bureaucrat Dhanya Sanal K. became the first woman to climb Agasthyarkoodam peak in Kerala. 
There was an unofficial ban for women to trek the peak which was swept aside by Kerala High Court.
It is a pilgrimage centre of Hindu Puranas for the devotees of Agasthya. Agasthya is considered as the father of Tamil language and Malayalam language.

Appointments And Resigns

CBIC appoints Sandeep Mohan Bhatnagar and Ashok Kumar Pandey as its members
CBIC chairman – S. Ramesh

Mary Kom designated as women’s training Ambassador of PUMA

Science And Tech

India’s first ‘Fulldome 3D Digital Theatre’ inaugurated by Mahesh Sharma
At the Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal.

AntBot, the first walking robot to navigate without GPS, developed
It has been designed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille University researchers at ISM, on lines similar to desert ants who use polarised lights and UV radiation to navigate in space.

Iran’s first semi-heavy missile-equipped submarine unveiled
named “Fateh” (“Conqueror” in Persian), capable of being fitted with missiles.
It has subsurface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 2,000 km (1,250 miles) and is capable of reaching Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.
Key Points of Iran-
♦ Capital – Tehran
♦ Currency – Rial
♦ President – Hassan Rouhani


83rd edition of the Senior National Badminton Championship begins in Guwahati

Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep to win Qatar Open
Held in Doha, Qatar. 

India Win Team Event At Mallakhamb World Championship in Mumbai
This sport involves athletes performing various yogic and gymnastic poses while hanging from a rope or on a pole.
♦ Capital- Mumbai
♦ Chief Minister-Devendra Fadnavis
♦ Governor-C. Vidyasagar Rao

Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke a 22-year-old indoor world record in the 1,500 meters
♦ Capital- Addis Ababa
♦ President- Sahle-Work Zewde
♦ Prime Minister-Abiy Ahmed

Chris Gayle announces retirement from ODI
After the forthcoming World Cup in England and Wales.

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