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Current Affairs of 22nd February 2019 22 Feb 2019

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4 Ordinances including one criminalising practice of triple talaq promulgated by the President
Following are the 4 Ordinances:
i. It will protect the rights of married Muslim women and minimize the practice of divorce by triple talaq (talaq -e -biddat).
It also provides for payment of subsistence allowance and custody of minor children.
ii. The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019
It enables the BOG appointed in supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to continue to exercise the powers of MCI for a period of two years or till the Council is reconstituted (whichever is earlier), so as to ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country.
iv. The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019
It ensures a comprehensive ban on unregulated deposit-taking activity and for its effective enforcement.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 5th IDA Meeting held in NewDelhi
Island Development Agency (IDA) meeting held in New Delhi to review the progress made towards the “Holistic development of islands” program.
i. Bids for private sector participation in 3 tourism-based projects have been invited by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration, which include Eco-Tourism projects in Smith Island and Long Island and Tent City project in Aves Island.
ii. In Lakshadweep, 3 projects have been identified, namely Tourism projects in the islands of Kadmat, Minicoy and Suheli Cheriyakara. Environmental Clearance (EC), Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ)clearance and all other clearances required for these projects are being obtained.
iii. The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce, has issued a notification extending tax incentives for investments made in manufacturing and service sector in islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep which include:
Central Capital Investment Incentive for access to credit (CCIIAC)
Central Interest Incentive (CII)
Central Comprehensive Insurance Incentive (CCII)
Goods and Services Tax (GST) Reimbursement
Income Tax (IT) Reimbursement
Transport Incentive (TI)
Employment incentive (EI)
iv. 7 Islands have been identified for Seaplane Operation:
4 islands in Andaman & Nicobar – Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, Hutbay and Long.
3 islands in Lakshadweep – Kavaratti, Agatti and Minicoy.
CRZ clearance has been accorded for ‘Middle Strait Bridge’ on Andaman Trunk Road.
v. 10 Deep-Sea Modern Fishing Vessels are being procured by Lakshadweep Administration from Cochin Shipyard Limited for sustainably utilizing the potential of Tuna Fish.
vi. Export of seafood and coconut products is also encouraged to generate more employment opportunities in the islands.

The government signed MoU with Canadian University, UBC, for research on environment issues
For the next 10 years to explore opportunities for collaborations in the field of Forestry Science and to work on various environmental issues like Climate Change, Forest Resource Management and Wildlife.

NARI decided to drop the focus on AIDS and undergo change name
The National Aids Research Institute (NARI) has decided to drop its focus on research into the Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and to undergo a name change in the coming months.
About NARI
♦ Director – Dr Samiran Panda
♦ Headquarters – Pune, Maharashtra

Government announces free air travel for CAPF to Jammu & Kashmir
Free air travel of all personnel of the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) moving between Delhi and Srinagar, and Jammu and Srinagar on official duty, transfer, or on leave.


Bank News

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has recommended increasing the interest rate on Employees’ Provident Fund for 2018-19 to 8.65% from 8.55% benefitting 6 crores EPFO subscribers

FDI reduced by 7% to USD 33.49 bn during Apr-Dec 2018-19


Awards And Recognitions

TCS ranked as global Top Employer for the fourth year in a row

Appointments And Resigns

Additional charge as Secretary of Department of Fisheries given to Tarun Shridhar 

BFI President Ajay Singh appointed as the head of AIBA Elite Foundation
Boxing Federation of India 
AIBA (International Boxing Association) 
He has been elected to the post for a tenure of four years.

Former Judge, Justice D.K. Jain, appointed as First BCCI ombudsman by SC
The ombudsman will be resolving any issue that comes with regards to the players, as also financial issues.


Science And Tech

Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated first humanoid police robot in India, KP-BOT
KP-BOT, ranked as Sub-Inspector (SI), at the Police Headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Kerala State Police Headquarters has become the first police department in the country to use a robot for police work.
The robot’s gender is declared female keeping in mind women empowerment and gender equality.

China’s Xinhua unveils world’s first female AI news anchor

India’s LCA Tejas gets clearance for induction into IAF
Tejas– India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF). 
It will be inducted as a weaponised fighter jet.
Key points:
i. Tejas is India’s first indigenously made fighter jet.
ii. It performed air-to-ground attacks and air-to-air refuelling at IAF’s Vayu Shakti air display at Pokhran in Rajasthan on February 16.
iii. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd(HAL) plans to deliver 16 Tejas LCA by the end of the year.

Lockheed Martin unveiled new F-21 fighter jet to be made in India
US defence firm, Lockheed Martin, unveiled the F-21 multi-role fighter jet at Asia’s biggest air show Aero India-2019, which will be manufactured in India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s flagship programme ‘Make in India’.
♦ Chief – Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi

Rare frog species discovered in Arunachal Pradesh 
Arunachal Pradesh
♦ Capital – Itanagar, Guwahati (Judiciary)
♦ Chief Minister – Pema Khandu
♦ Governor – Dr B. D. Mishra

Tortoise feared extinct for 100 years spotted on Galapagos island
A species of tortoise- Fernandina Giant Tortoise, labelled by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered and possibly extinct for the last 100 years, was rediscovered in Galapagos Island of Fernandina.

Australian small brown rat becomes World’s first mammal to go extinct due to climate change
It was found only on a small sand island near the coast of Papua New Guinea.


Chris Gayle broke Shahid Afridi’s record for “Most Sixes in International Cricket”
West Indies’ batsman, Chris Gayle, broke the record for “Most Sixes in International Cricket” by achieving a feat of 477 international sixes. It was his 444th match.
♦ Chris Gayle has announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Shreyas Iyer slams 55-ball 147, highest ever T20 score by an Indian
In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 Group C match against Sikkim in Indore. 
This is the highest ever T20 score by an Indian cricketer.



Bengali singer Pratik Choudhury passed away at the age of 55

Hum Aapke Hain Koun Producer Rajkumar Barjatya Passes Away


Important Days

International Mother Language day observed on February 21, 2019
The theme for the year 2019- “Indigenous languages matter for development, peacebuilding and reconciliation”.
The idea of celebrating International Mother Language day came from Bangladesh and WestBengal, which celebrates this day as “Bhasha Shahid Dibash/Matri Bhasha Dibash/Language Martyrs’ Day” as a commemoration of Bangladeshis war to recognize the Bangla language.

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