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Current Affairs of 28th February 2019 28 Feb 2019

National News

Civil Aviation Ministry Suresh Prabhu has organized “Aviation Conclave 2019” in association with Airport Authority of India (AAI). The theme of the Aviation Conclave 2019 was “Flying for all”.
The motive behind this conclave was to lay an impact on new aviation business in India, manufacturing of aircraft in India, transforming Indian airports to next-generation aviation hubs, financing and leasing of aircraft from India by Indian and foreign airlines.
During the ‘Aviation Conclave 2019’, Government of India has released the new rules in case of delayed, cancelled or diverted flights and other issues.
New Rules
i. In case the flight is delayed by up to 4 hours, the passenger can avail free meal and refreshments.
ii. In case, the flight is delayed for more than 6 hours, passengers will be availed for the option of an alternate flight or full refund of the ticket and will be provided free hotel accommodation in case the flight was scheduled between 20:00 and 3:00 hours.
iii. In case a person dies on-board or suffers from body injury only due to the airline fault, airlines will be liable to pay Rs. 20 lakh. 
iv. The airline must facilitate an alternate flight within one hour of the original flight on which boarding was denied due to over-booking.

Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, D V Sadananda Gowda, inaugurated a centre of the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) at Bodhjungnagar in Tripura.
CIPET was established in 1968. The main objective of setting up of the institute was to develop manpower in different disciplines of Plastics Engineering & Technology as no similar institute was in existence in the country. Its Headquarters is in Chennai.

Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated the first-ever, Nua Odisha – Dharmapada Samvaad – Skill Saathi Youth Conclave at Rail Auditorium in Odisha.

National Institutes of Design (NID) at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jorhat in Assam were inaugurated by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu.

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the "Titanwala Museum" which showcases the Chhipa community’s art of traditional hand-block printing at Bagru, Rajasthan.
The Museum will exhibit traditional tools and materials used in block making, historical wood blocks, raw materials for dyes and mordants, the wide range of traditionally printed fabrics and the actual process of preparing the dyes, the act of dying, printing, washing and drying will also be showcased.

20th India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) was held in New Delhi and co-chaired by the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu and the Deputy Minister of Economic Development (Italy), Mr Michele Geraci.
The 19th Session of India-Italy JCEC was held in Rome in 2017.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has unveiled an 800-kg “Astounding Bhagavad Gita” at ISKCON temple in Delhi. This book is the world’s largest sacred book and was prepared by ISKCON devotees.
ISKCON- The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is a worldwide confederation of above 400 temples and runs over 100 vegetarian restaurants and a wide variety of community-serving projects.

PRANAM Commission launched by Sarbananda Sonowal
The Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Commission, a panel set up to look after the issues with respect to the PRANAM Bill brought in for protection of parents of state government employees at Guwahati, Assam.
According to the Bill, if the PRANAM Commission gets a complaint that parents of a state government employee are being ignored, then 10% or 15% of the employee’s salary will be deducted by the government and paid to the parents or differently abled siblings.

BioAsia 2019-Asia’s largest Life-sciences and healthcare forum held in Hyderabad
The theme of the conference was “Life Sciences 4.0 – Disrupt the Disruption”. This event is largely focused on re-imagining healthcare after technological disruptions.
The Partner Country for the event was South Korea. South Africa and Spain were the international partners for the event.


International News

India ranked 47th in the “inclusive internet index 2019”
Prepared by the ‘Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of Facebook. 
Sweden topped the index whereas Singapore ranked 2nd and USA ranked 3rd.

Bank News

Board for Financial Supervision (BFS) of the Reserve Bank of India has removed 2 public sector banks- Corporation Bank and Allahabad Bank and 1 private sector bank – Dhanlaxmi Bank from PCA (Prompt Corrective Action) framework.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for development of infrastructure for fuels, lubricating oil, LPG, Natural Gas and any other related fuel and gas for meeting the requirement of National Waterways.

Awards And Recognitions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 Awards
The theme of the event “Be the Voice of New India” and “Find solutions and contribute to policy”.
The winners from the national level competition are:
1stposition- Shweta Umre from Maharashtra
2ndposition- Anjanakshi M.S from Karnataka
3rdposition-Mamta Kumari from Bihar
The “Khelo India” app, which has been developed by Sports Authority of India was also launched at the event. It provides services such as locating the sports facilities in the country, their availability, rules of the games and checking the fitness levels of users.

Minister of state in Prime Minister’s office, Dr Jitendra Singh presented National e-Governance Awards 2019 in New Delhi with a view to recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives.

The Central Zone Power Distribution Company (CZPDC), Bhopal and West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC), Indore were conferred with the “Saubhagya Award” under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. The award includes a cash prize of Rs 100 crore each.
The PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana- Saubhagya was implemented by the Central Government on 25th September 2017, and intends to provide electricity to all Below Poverty Line (BPL) houses of rural and urban areas.

Appointments And Resigns

National Book Trust (NBT) appointed educationist and author Govind Prasad Sharma as its new Chairman.

IDBI Bank (Industrial Development Bank of India) appointed Hemand Bhargava as non-executive non whole time Chairman for a period of 3 years or till he continues as the chairman-in-charge and MD of LIC (Life Insurance Corporation of India).

Muhammadu Buhari, who is a member of All Progressive Congress (APC) has defeated Atiku Abubakar with more than three million votes in the election to become the President of Nigeria for the second time.

Science And Tech

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved the acquisition of defence equipment at cost of Rs 2700 crores.


Former captain of Sri Lanka, Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all forms of cricket for 2 years after admitting breaching two counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Important Days

World NGO Day 2019 was observed on 27th Feb.

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