Current Affairs: 22 February 2019

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22 February, 2019

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  1. Govt decides to stop sharing water flowing to Pakistan

Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that the government has decided to stop share of water which used to flow to Pakistan from India. “We’ll divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in J&K and Punjab,” he tweeted. Notably, India was given control of Beas, Ravi and Sutlej rivers under the Indus Waters Treaty.

Source: – ANI

 

  1. ‘KALIA Chhatra Bruti’ scholarship launched in Odisha

‘KALIA Chhatra Bruti’ scholarship for the children of farmers benefited under the KALIA scheme was launched by the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

It aims at providing financial assistance for technical and professional education to farmers’ children by creating a provision for the State government to bear all expenses involved in various levels of education. The scholarship shall be sent directly to the bank accounts of students who require it via. DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer).

 

  1. PF interest rate hiked for first time since FY16 to 8.65%

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has hiked interest rate on employees’ provident fund (PF) deposits to 8.65% from 8.55% for the 2018-19 financial year. This is the first interest rate hike by the retirement fund manager since 2015-16. EPFO has a subscriber base of about 6 crore and manages a corpus of more than 311 lakh crore.

Source: – Livemint

 

  1. Festival of India’ begins in Kathmandu

A month-long ‘Festival of India’ began in Kathmandu, Nepal, to familiarise the new generation of the country about the similarities between the two countries. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri jointly inaugurated the event.

Source: – AIR World Service

 

  1. PM Modi on 2-day visit to South Korea

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Seoul on a two-day visit to South Korea. Mr Modi will hold bilateral talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and receive the Seoul Peace Prize in recognition of his dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development.

Besides summit meeting with President Moon Jae-in, Prime Minister Modi will also have a number of engagements with the Korean leadership, businesses and Indian Community. PM will address the IndiaKorea Business Symposium and will also launch India-Korea Startup Hub.

Source: – Press Information Bureau

 

  1. Operation Digital Board launched by HRD Ministry

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry launched Operation Digital Board on the lines of Operation Blackboard to provide better digital education in school.

The government has aimed at equipping 9 lakh classrooms in schools and colleges across the country (7 lakh classrooms of 9th, 10th and 11th standards and 2 lakh classrooms of colleges and Universities) with digital facilities for teaching by 2022.

Source: – The Hindu Bussiness Line

 

  1. SC appoints its former judge DK Jain as BCCI Ombudsman

The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed its former judge Justice DK Jain as the first Ombudsman of the BCCI to resolve disputes under the cricket board’s new constitution. Justice Jain has been asked to take charge immediately. He will decide quantum of punishments for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya over their comments on women in ‘Koffee with Karan’.

Source: – India.com

 

  1. 4th India-ASEAN expo summit begins in New Delhi

The 4th India-ASEAN Expo and Summit started in New Delhi. This is a flagship event of Department of Commerce, being organized with FICCI to carry forward the momentum and to further strengthen India-ASEAN relations under the Act-East Policy.

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises of Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei. India’s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of our foreign policy and the foundation of our Act-East Policy.

Source: – Press Information Bureau

 

  1. Tele-law mobile app, Nyaya Bandhu launched by Department of Justice

A tele-law mobile application ‘Nyaya Bandhu’ was launched by the Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The application will benefit 73,000 paralegal volunteers (PLVs) of National Legal Service Authority and State Legal Services Authorities (SLSA) in the country who will be associated under Tele-Law service.

Source: – Live Mint

 

  1. 8th World CSR Congress 2019 held in Mumbai

World Corporate Social Responsibility Congress (World CSR Congress 2019) promotes Entrepreneurship, Social Development. The 8th World CSR Congress The theme of the year 2019 is ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ to focus on corporate strategies, innovation, and strategic alliances.

Source: – World CSR Congress

 

  1. Government approves air travel for CAPF personnel in J&K sectors

The Ministry of Home Affairs today approved the entitlement of air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu sectors to the personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). “This includes journey on duty and journey on leave, i.e while going on leave from J&K to home and return,” a statement read. The decision will benefit 7,80,000 personnel of the CAPFs.

Source: – The Quint

 

  1. Regional Conference on Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation scheme organised at Kolkata

A regional conference on ‘Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)’ was organised in Kolkata, West Bengal. DDRS is a scheme implemented by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

DDRS was established in 1999 by the Government of India. It is a central government scheme. Under this scheme, monetary help is provided to around 600 NGOs which work in the field of education and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

Source: – Press Information Bureau

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