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Current Affairs of 21st February 2019 21 Feb 2019

National News

On 19th February 2019 Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, launched SWAYATT in New Delhi
Key points:
i.SWAYATT (Start-ups, Women and Youth Advantage Through eTransactions) is an initiative to bring together the Indian stakeholders to Government e-Marketplace (GeM), the national procurement portal.
It is an initiative of GeM in association with Startup India. It will enable Start-ups registered with Start-up India to access the public procurement market and sell innovative products and services to government buyers.

Operation Digital Board launched by HRD Ministry to provide better digital education in school.
The government has aimed at equipping 9 lakh classrooms in schools and colleges across the country (7 lakh classrooms of 9th, 10th and 11th standards and 2 lakh classrooms of colleges and Universities) with digital facilities for teaching by 2022.

8th World CSR Congress 2019 in Mumbai
To promote Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Social Development.
It was attended by participants from 33 countries to encourage the efforts of individuals and organizations.
The theme of the year 2019 is ‘Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)’ to focus on corporate strategies, innovation, and strategic alliances.

International Vision Zero Conference’ to promote Occupational Safety and Health inaugurated in Mumbai, Maharashtra
To promote Occupational Safety and Health inaugurated in Mumbai, Maharashtrai.

The 4th edition of India’s biggest Global Conference on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices held in Bengaluru
The theme for India Pharma 2019– ‘Enabling Quality Affordable Healthcare’ and that of India Medical Device 2019 – ‘Med-Tech India: Gearing up for Ayushman Bharat’.
The aim of the conference was to highlight and facilitate the growth of the medical devices sector and its role in the provision of cost-friendly access and healthcare to the citizens.
♦ Capital- Bengaluru
♦ Chief Minister- HD Kumaraswamy
♦ Governor-VajubhaiVala

Regional Conference on ‘Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)’ organised by DEPwD at Kolkata, West Bengal
Key Points of DDRS-
i. It was established in 1999 by the Government of India.
ii. Under this scheme, monetary help is provided to around 600 NGOs which work in the field of education and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Out of these 600 NGOs, about 26% NGOs under DDRS and 46% of Special School for Children with Intellectual Disabilities are from Eastern and North-Eastern States.

‘KALIA Chhatra Bruti’ scholarship for farmers children launched by Odisha government 
Key points:
The scholarship shall be sent directly to the bank accounts of students who require it via. DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer).
The scholarship can be applied for online at kalia.co.in/scholarship portal from 19th February 2019 itself.
Children of KALIA(Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) Scheme beneficiaries who are eligible for the scholarship can avail monetary help in more than 13 professional/technical subjects viz- MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, B.Pharma, B. Sc Nursing, BVS and AH, B.E, B.Arch and B.Plan, B.Sc Agriculture, B.Sc Horticulture, B.Sc Forestry, B.Sc Fisheries, B.Sc Community Science in more than 30 government institutions.

Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala shall host the Attaukal Ponkala festival-one of the largest religious gathering of women on a single day.
A mixture of rice, jaggery and scraped coconut cooked in fresh earthen or metal pots, by lakhs of women, in order to worship the presiding deity of Attukal Bhagavathy temple.
♦ Capital- Thiruvananthapuram
♦ Chief Minister-Pinarayi Vijayan
♦ Governor-Palanisamy Sathasivam


International News

55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) held at Munich, Germany
An annual meeting that brings together leaders and security experts from across the world, was held from 15th to 17th February 2019.
♦ Capital – Berlin
♦ Currency – Euro
♦ Chancellor – Angela Merkel

Bank News

Draft guidelines for standard health product issued by IRDAI
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI)
Guidelines issued by IRDAI:
i. Grace Period for premium payment:
For Yearly payment of mode, a fixed period of 30 days is given as Grace Period
All other modes of payment except, Yearly payment of mode a fixed period of 15 days is allowed as a Grace Period.
There are four modes of payment viz-Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly.
ii. Basic Sum Insured under standard product:
Minimum limit– Rs.50000
Maximum limit- Rs.10 lakhs
iii. Age: Minimum entry age is 18 years and maximum age is 65 under Regulation 12(i) of HIR 2016, along with lifelong renewability. There is no maximum exit age. Dependent Child/children shall be covered from the age of 0 days to 25 years.
iv. Co-payment:5% of Co-pay will be part of the product feature.
v.The product will have the basic mandatory covers and no additional or add-on covers will be allowed.
Standard Health Product Covers:
Hospitalization expenses including room, nursing expenses, Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Cardiac Care Unit expenses, dental treatment, necessitated due to an injury, plastic surgery, necessitated due to disease or injury and domiciliary hospitalization.The Policy will also cover the expenses incurred on treatment under AYUSH.

Awards And Recognitions

Rajyavardhan Rathore presented the 7th National Photography Awards in New Delhi
13 people were awarded in total, in different categories.
The Professional category was themed as Women led Development, while the Amateur category was themed as Fairs and Festivals of India.
List of Awards:
Ashok Dilwali- Lifetime achievement award- cash prize of Rs. 3,00,000.
S L Shanth Kumar -professional category- cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000.
Arun Sreedhar, Kailash Mittal, Mihir Singh, Ms Ranita Roy and P V Sunder Rao -special mention awards in professional category- cash prize of Rs. 50,000
Gurdeep Dhiman -Amateur category- cash prize of Rs. 75,000.
Avijit Datta, Mahesh Balasaheb Lonkar, Manish Jaisi, S. Neelima and P. Ravi Kumar- special mention awards in the amateur category- cash prize of Rs. 30,000.


Appointments And Resigns

PayU India appoints Reliance Payments executive Anirban Mukherjee as CEO


Science And Tech

OFB Gets Bulk Production Clearance for 114 ‘Dhanush’ Artillery Guns
Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)
About Dhanush
It is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in India.
It has an inertial navigation-based sighting system, auto-laying facility, on-board ballistic computation and an advanced day and night direct firing system. Its self-propulsion unit allows it to negotiate and deploy itself in mountainous terrains with ease.

Tele-law mobile app, Nyaya Bandhu launched by Department of Justice
Key points:
i. It is pro bono legal service which is designed to connect practising lawyers and the registered eligible beneficiaries in a hassle-free manner.
ii. It will enable the para legal volunteers (PLV)’s to perform on field pre-registration of cases with a facility to seek appointment from the panel lawyer on date and time suitable to them.
iii. It contains facility to confirm and register the pre-registered cases, to enable online interface between the beneficiary and the panel lawyer through video conferencing and telephone facility.

Scientists discover massive mountains under Earth’s crust
These mountains are located in the Earth’s mantle at a depth of 660 km, and could provide a breakthrough on how the planet was formed.
Data obtained from a huge earthquake in Bolivia has been used to find mountains and other topography on a layer which is located at a depth of 660 km, separating the upper and lower mantle.




70th Strandja Memorial Tournament held in Sofia, Bulgaria
hosted by European Boxing Confederation(EUBC)
Russia topped the medals tally with 9 medals (5 Gold and 4 Bronze), followed by India at 2nd rank with 7 medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze) and the USA at 3rd with 8 medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 5 Bronze).

UAE Coach Irfan Ansari banned by ICC for 10 years
he was found guilty of making a “corrupt approach” to Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in 2017.



Hindi author and literary critic Namwar Singh passed away.


Important Days

February 20 observed as World Day of Social Justice
social justice based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
Objective:- This day promotes peaceful and prosperous coexistence among different nations. It also creates awareness throughout the world about values of gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants.
The theme of 2019 –  ‘If you want Peace and Development, Work for Social Justice’ to focuses on the goal of achieving full employment for the bottom 40 per cent of people and support for social integration.


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