Current Affairs: 24 January 2019

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24 January, 2019

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    1. PM Modi inaugurates Subhas Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the Subhas Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort to mark the leader’s 122nd birth anniversary. The museum will showcase unknown and interesting facts about Netaji from his childhood days to documenting the Indian National Army trials. The museum showcases various artefacts related to Netaji including the wooden chair and sword used by the leader.

    Source: – The Indian Express


    1. Indian Navy coordinates largest ever coastal defence exercise: SEA VIGIL

    Ten years after “26/11”, the Indian Navy commenced the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast. Exercise SEA VIGIL, a first of its kind, is being undertaken along the entire 7516.6 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and is involving all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories along with all maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities.

    Exercise SEA VIGIL aims to comprehensively and holistically validate the efficacy of the measures taken since ’26/11. The exercise aims to simultaneously activate the coastal security mechanism across all States and Union Territories.

    Source: – Press Information Bureau


    1. Government constitutes NITI Aayog-led committee to monitor pricing of drugs

    The government has constituted a high power committee to monitor the pricing of medicines and healthcare products. The committee will be headed by a Niti Aayog member (Health). It will be tasked with recommending price controls and monitoring the prices of specific drugs and health products to ensure their affordability.

    The Standing Committee on Affordable Medicines and Health Products (SCAMHP) will be the recommending body to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). The committee will also include the chief economic adviser and other policymakers.

    Source: – India Today


    1. President Ram Nath Kovind confers Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019

    The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019. The awards were presented to 26 shortlisted awardees including one joint award for National Child Award (now renamed as Bal Shakti Puraskar) under the category of innovation, scholastic, sports, art and culture, social service and bravery.

    Under National Child Welfare Awards category, 2 individuals and 3 institutions were awarded. The names of awardees were finalized by the National Selection Committee under the Chairpersonship of Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.

    Source: – Press Information Bureau


    1. Omega Healthcare sign MoU with IIIT-Bangalore Omega Healthcare

    Healthcare Management Services has signed a pact with IIIT-Bangalore for advanced use of the latest technology in providing healthcare solutions. The MoU is aimed at building industry-grade Al engines that can be embedded as part of Omega’s business solutions to solve healthcare business challenges.

    The pact also entails research programmes in artificial intelligence (AI) and Data Science, aiming to focus on specific business-related processes along with expected outcomes, with the programme being collectively decided by both organisations.

    Source: – Business Standard


    1. Cabinet approves creation of National Bench of GSTAT

    The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the creation of National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT). The tribunal is the forum of second appeal in GST laws and the first common forum of dispute resolution between Centre and states. It’ll be presided over by a President and comprise one technical member each from the Centre and states.

    Source: – Livemint


    1. Important Cabinet approvals: 23rd January 2019

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals. The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows:

    The Cabinet has approved

    1. MoC between India and Japan in the field of Food Processing Industry.
    2. Extension of Delhi Metro corridor from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda Ghaziabad.
    3. Mou between India and Kuwait for cooperation on the Recruitment of Domestic Workers
    4. Amendment to the ‘Framework on Currency Swap Arrangement for SAARC Member Countries’ to incorporate ‘Standby Swap’ amounting to USD 400 million operated within the overall size of the facility.
    5. Creation of the National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT).


    1. Rishabh Pant named ICC Emerging Player of The Year

    Rishabh Pant was named the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Emerging Player Of The Year following an impressive show in India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia. The 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman scored 350 runs in the four-match Test series that India won 2-1 to script history in 71 years and 11 attempts.

    With an unbeaten 159-run knock in the 4th Test in Sydney, Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in Australia. Earlier, he equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December.

    Source: – NDTV


    1. Arunachal government declares Pakke Hornbill fest as ‘State Festival’

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu declared Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF) as the “State Festival” at Seijosa in East Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh. Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF) is only conservation festival of Arunachal Pradesh.

    He announced that Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department will fund the festival from 2020 and permanent infrastructure will be constructed for the festival ground. The PPHF festival was celebrated first time in 2015 to recognize the role played by the resident Nyishi tribe in conserving hornbills in the Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR).

    Source: – DTE


    1. Andhra Pradesh Cabinet decides to give quota for Kapus Community, EBCs

    Andhra Pradesh cabinet has decided to cater 5% reservation each for Kapu community and the economically backward classes (EBCs) among the forward castes. The cabinet approved the decision of doubling the welfare pensions given under the NTR Bharosa Scheme. Pensions of Rs 1000 and Rs 1500 are doubled to Rs 2000 and Rs 3000 respectively.

    It is believed that 54.61 lakh pensioners will be benefited from this decision. The cabinet decided to give exemption of life tax for autos and quarterly tax for tractors. It has also approved the proposal of motor vehicle tax arrears. In total 9.79 lakh vehicle owners will be benefited to the extent of Rs 66.50 crores.

    Source: – Press Information Bureau

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