Current Affairs: 21 February 2019

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21 February, 2019

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  1. India’s first hi-tech forensic lab NCFL and CyPAD inaugurated in New Delhi

Cyber Prevention Awareness and Detection (CyPAD) Centre and the National Cyber Forensic Lab (NCFL) were inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and LG Anil Baijal in Dwarka, New Delhi. To spread awareness among school students and teachers, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has started a popular Twitter handle @CyberDost.

Source: – Money Control


  1. Commerce Minister launched ‘SWAYATT’ on GeM

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, launched SWAYATT in New Delhi. SWAYATT is an initiative to promote Start-ups, Women and Youth Advantage Through e Transactions on Government e Marketplace (GeM). This will bring together the key stakeholders within the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem to Government e-Marketplace the national procurement portal.

On this occasion, Commerce Minister also dedicated GeM Start-up Runway-an initiative of Gem in association with Startup India to facilitate Start-ups registered with Start-up India to access the public procurement market and sell innovative products and services to government buyers.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. PM Modi flagged off 1st ever Diesel to Electric Conversion Locomotive

Under ‘Make in India’ initiative, Indian Railways has created history by converting a diesel locomotive into electric locomotive for the first time in the world. This all new converted energy-efficient electric locomotive has been flagged off by PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi.

In a first of its kind notable initiative, the diesel locomotive which has been converted to electric locomotive by the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi. The entire project is an Indian R&D innovation for the entire world, says Indian Railways.

Source: – Financial Express


  1. Textiles Minister launched 4 projects in North-East for development of silk sector

Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, launched four projects in North East for the development of silk sector through video conference in New Delhi. Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated Muga silk seed production centre in Tura, Meghalaya, silk printing and processing unit in Agartala, Tripura, Eri spun silk mill in Sangaipat, Imphal and development of sericulture in Mamit, Mizoram.

The Minister also inaugurated new office building of Weavers Service Centres (WSC) in Indore, Madhya Pradesh and Kannur, Kerala. Muga Silkworm Seed Production Centre (SSPC), Tura, Meghalaya is one of the projects taken up directly by Centre Silk Board(CSB) for implementation under Integrated Sericulture Development Project (ISDP) of NERTPS for creation of seed infrastructure units in NE States.

Source: -Press Information Bureau


  1. Saudi to invest $100 billion in India

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Saudi Arabia will invest $100 billion in India and called it “a huge vote of confidence in the Indian economy.” “PM Narendra Modi welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s announcement to invest in areas like energy, refining and infrastructure,” MEA said. Crown Prince arrived for a two-day visit in India on Tuesday.

Source: – The Quint


  1. Development projects worth Rs. 3350 crores unveiled by PM in Varanasi

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi unveiled development projects worth Rs. 3350 crores for Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. These projects pertain to various sectors of Health, Sanitation, Smart City, Connectivity, Power, Housing and others.

PM distributed certificates to the beneficiaries of various schemes. He released commemorative postage stamp on completion of 100 Years of IIT BHU. He also inaugurated BHU Cancer Centre and Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Lahartara.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. World Day of Social Justice: 20 February

The World Day of Social Justice is celebrated annually all over the world on 20 February. The theme for WDSJ 2019 is “If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice”. The International Labour Organization unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization on 10 June 2008.

Source: – The United Nations


  1. Mobikwik Chief Operating Officer Mrinal Sinha quits

Mrinal Sinha has quit as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Gurugram-based mobile wallet startup Mobikwik. Sinha had joined the fintech startup in December 2014 as the Strategy Head, after his co-founded food logistics startup Brattle Foods was acquired by a unit of Kishore Biyani-led Future Group. Sinha was elevated to the role of Mobikwik COO in August 2015.

Source: – Entrackr


  1. Saudi becomes 73rd nation to sign International Solar Alliance

Saudi Arabia became the 73rd nation to sign the International Solar Alliance (ISA). ISA was unveiled by PM Narendra Modi and former French President Francois Hollande in 2015. The move came at Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visit to India.

Source: – DD NEWS

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