Current Affairs: 18 February 2019

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18 February, 2019

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  1. Himachal passes bill to make Sanskrit 2nd official language

The Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Saturday passed the Official Language (Amendment) Bill 2019 to make Sanskrit the second official language in the state. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh and was passed without discussion. The Assembly also renamed Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Source: – PTI


  1. Security to 5 separatist leaders withdrawn by J&K administration

In the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack, the J&K administration has withdrawn security to five separatist leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Lone. No security cover will be provided under any pretext to these five leaders and some other separatists, officials said. The security personnel belonged largely to CRPF and other para-military forces.

Source: – The Indian Express


  1. Sikkim CM announces 33 lakh for families of CRPF martyrs

Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling on Sunday announced 33 lakh each as compensation to the families of the CRPF jawans who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack. “The government of Sikkim… [will] sponsor the education of their (the martyrs’) children,” Chamling said in a tweet. On Friday, Chamling had condemned the attack and tweeted, “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families”.

Source: – The Quint


  1. Telangana govt announces creation of two new districts

Telangana government on Saturday announced the creation of two new districts-Narayanpet and Mulugu, taking the number of districts in the state to 33. Narayanpet has been carved out of Mahabubnagar district and Mulugu from Jayashankar Bhupalpally district. During his election campaign, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao had promised to create the districts within three months of coming to power.

Source: – The News Minute


  1. Punjab CM announces pension for slain CRPF jawan’s parents

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced a monthly pension of $10,000 to the parents of the CRPF constable Kulwinder Singh martyred in the Pulwama attack. The pension will be given in addition to the 37 lakh ex gratia and 35 lakh cash in lieu of land to his parents. Singh also announced naming a local school after the constable.

Source: – The Print


  1. PM Modi lays foundation of Bihar’s first metro rail in Patna

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation of Bihar’s first metro in Patna. The Patna Metro Rail Project will be built at an estimate of over 13,300 crore and will be completed in five years. The metro rail, which will provide an alternate mode of conveyance to around 26.23 lakh people, will have two corridors.

Source: – The Quint

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