Current Affairs: 12 February 2019

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12 February, 2019

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  1. Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated 13th PETROTECH 2019 in Greater Noida

The 13th International Oil and Gas Conference – PETROTECH – 2019 got underway at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. Over 95 Energy Ministers from partner countries are expected to participate in the three day Conference.

The theme of the conference is ‘Collaborating For Sustainable and Secure Energy Access for all’. India is the third largest consumer of crude oil and petroleum products and the government has taken several measures to provide energy for all.

Source: – DD News


  1. Himalayan Cloud Observatory set up in Tehri

A Himalayan Cloud Observatory is set up in Tehri district of Uttarakhand with a motive to forecast and monitor cloudburst incidents in the Himalayan region and help to minimize the damage.

The Observatory is established in the SRT campus, in Tehri and is in the testing period. This is the second observatory in the country to monitor cloud activities by the Indian Science and Technology Department and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur that can function in high-altitudes.

Source: – Business Standard


  1. MOU signed between EIL and Mongolia for project management consultancy for oil refinery

An MoU was signed between Engineers India Limited (EIL) and Mongolia for Project Management Consultancy for oil refinery. EIL is a PSU under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of PETROTECH-2019 event at Greater Noida, UP.

The MoU is for Project Management Consultancy services for construction of an oil refinery plant in Mongolia by EIL. The government of Mongolia is in the process to set-up 1.5 MMTPA greenfield crude oil refinery in Sainshand province, under Line of Credit (LOC) extended by Government of India.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. INS Trikand participates in exercise ‘Cutclass Express 2019’

INS Trikand, the frontline warship of the Indian Navy, participated in a multi-national training exercise ‘CUTCLASS EXPRESS 2019’. The annual Exercise Cutlass Express is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and conducted by Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF).

It is the eighth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise and was held in the vicinity of Djibouti, Mozambique and Seychelles. The aim of the exercise was to improve law enforcement capacity, promote regional security and progress inter-operability between the armed forces of the participating nations for the purpose of prohibiting illegal maritime activity in the Western Indian Ocean.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. Egypt’s President El-Sissi elected as Chairman of African Union

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been elected as the chairman of the African Union at the continental body’s summit in Ethiopia. El-Sisi’s election brings an end the one-year chairmanship of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

Source: – AIR World Service


  1. PM Modi inaugurates Visakhapatnam Strategic Petroleum Reserve facility

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the 1.33 million metric ton capacity Visakhapatnam Strategic Petroleum Reserve facility at Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.

He also inaugurated Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited’s Vashishta and S1 development project located in the Krishna-Godavari Offshore Basin. Mr Modi also laid the foundation stone for setting up of a new terminal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) at Krishnapatnam.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. Twitter CEO told to appear before Parliamentary Panel, given 15 days

Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other officials to appear before it on 25 February over perceived bias against right-wing Twitter handles. Twitter India representatives had arrived to appear before the panel today. However, the committee passed a resolution that they won’t meet any officials until senior members or CEO appears before it.

Source: – The Quint


  1. Great Indian Bustard announced as the new mascot for COP-13

Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, announced the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) as the mascot for the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) to be held in Gujarat in 2020. He also revealed that the bird has been fondly named by the ministry as ‘Gibi’.

CMS-COP 13 is a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory species and their habitats. It has over 120 participating countries. So far, 12 COPs (Conference of Parties) have been convened. The Government also launched a website for the COP-13.CMS COP is also known as the Global Wildlife conference.

Source: – Business Standard


  1. Ruchira Kamboj appointed India’s ambassador to Bhutan

Ruchira Kamboj was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Bhutan. She is serving as the High Commissioner of India to South Africa since 2017.

A 1987-cadre Indian Foreign Service (officer), she is expected to take up the assignment shortly. Kamboj has previously served as the Ambassador/PR to Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, Paris.

Source: – ANI News

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