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Current Affairs of 20th February 2019 20 Feb 2019

National News

Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the One Health India Conference 2019 in New Delhi
The purpose of the conference was to launch India‘s new One Health Initiative – an intersectoral approach to tackling the most urgent health threats in India as well as in low- and middle-income countries across South and South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Union Home Minister launched various women safety initiatives
pan India number 112 was launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi in New Delhi. Projects are funded under the Nirbhaya Fund scheme.
Dial 112
In smartphones, press the power button of the phone thrice without any delay to activate a panic call to the Emergency Response Centre.
In feature phones, long press on the number 5 or 9 on the keypad to activate the panic call.
Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO)
Safe City Implementation Monitoring (SCIM) portal

Smriti Irani laid the foundation stone of a Hastshilp Complex in New Delhi

GoM headed Nitin Patel submitted recommendations on GST on Housing to Council
reducing the tax on cement from 28%to 18% to boost the realty sector in the meeting.
GST is currently levied at 12% on premium housing and 8% on affordable housing on payments made for under-construction properties

Report on “Magnitude of Substance Use in India” sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment submitted by NDDTC of AIIMS, New Delhi  

‘Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady’ project launched by K. J. Alphons in Kerala
Union Tourism Minister, Shri K. J. Alphons, inaugurated the ‘Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady’ project under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Ministry of Tourism, at Vagamon, Kerala.

It is the Ministry of Tourism’s flagship scheme for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner and focus on the development of quality infrastructure in the country, with the objective of providing better experience and facilities to the visitors and encourage economic growth.
♦ Capital – Thiruvananthapuram
♦ Chief Minister – Pinarayi Vijayan
♦ Governor – P. Sathasivam

Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill to make Sanskrit as the second official language of the state

Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences Amendment Bill, 2019 to rename Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences as Atal Medical and Research University, Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh Bovine Breeding Bill, 2019 to promote indigenous species of cows in the state by setting up sperm stations and using frozen semen in artificial insemination.
About Himachal Pradesh
♦ Capital- Shimla
♦ Chief Minister- Jai Ram Thakur
♦ Governor- Acharya Dev Vrat

Finance Minister of Uttarakhand Prakash Pant presented Rs 48,663.90 crore State budget for the financial year 2019-20
♦ Capital- Dehradun
♦ Chief Minister- T.S Rawat
♦ Governor- Baby Rani Maurya


Bank News

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) launched a new microinsurance plan ‘Micro Bachat’
A new microinsurance plan ‘Micro Bachat’ was launched by the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India.

RBI approved the transfer of Rs 28,000 crore as interim dividend to the Government of India
♦ Governor – Shaktikanta Das (25th Governor)
♦ Headquarters – Mumbai

Government relaxes Angel Tax norms for start-ups 
It will now recognize an entity as a start-up up to 10 years from the date of its incorporation or registration instead of the existing duration of 7 years.
It will also recognize an entity as a start-up if its turnover for any of the financial years since its incorporation or registration does not exceed Rs 100 crore unlike the previous amount of Rs 25 crore.

Awards And Recognitions

Sunil Chhetri awarded India’s first-ever “Football Ratna”

Overview of the Laureus Sports Awards 2019
Sportsman of the Year-   Novak Djokovic  (Tennis)  
Sportswoman of the Year-    Simone Biles   (Gymnastics)

Yuwa is a Jharkhand based NGO that fight gender discrimination by getting young girls to play football.


Appointments And Resigns

GC Anupama becomes first woman President of Astronomical Society of India
Astronomical Society of India
♦ Established- 1972
♦ Objective- Promotion of astronomy and other related branches of science.

Government reappointed A.K.Sharma as IOC Finance Director for 3 months
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)

Lt Gen Depinder Singh Ahuja became the Chief of Staff of Southern Command


Science And Tech

Chennai got its first Drainage-cleaning robot, Bandicoot

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated India’s first hi-tech forensic lab NCFL and CyPAD in Dwarka, New Delhi



Squash queen Nicol David to retire at end of 2018-19 PSA season 



‘Badge of Honor’ military novelist, W.E.B. Griffin, dead at age 89

Novelist, William E. Butterworth III, He joined the army at the age of 17 and has served in the Korean War.

Scientist Wallace Smith Broecker who popularized the term “global warming” passed away at the age of 87 in New York


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