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21 FEBRUARY AND 22 FEBRUARY 2019

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BANKING AND ECONOMY

APPOINTMENTS

IMPORTANT DAYS

MISCELLANEOUS

NATIONAL NEWS

    1. The Delhi-based National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that creates the indelible ink (purple ink that used during elections), has a new concoction that when applied on the finger, doesn’t leave a trace.
      • It merely glows a bright orange when a low-intensity beam of ultraviolet light is shone on it.
      • The NPL prepared the ‘invisible ink’ as part of a pilot project mooted by the Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. (MVPL).
      • The MVPL, a Karnataka government company, has a monopoly on the manufacture of indelible ink since 1962.

     

    1. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has recently launched the Operation Digital Board.
      • It was launched on the lines of Operation Blackboard to provide better digital education in school.
      • It aims to set up one digital and interactive board per classroom in government and government-aided schools.
      • Digital board will be introduced from class 9 onwards from the academic year 2019-20.
    1. The 4th edition of International Conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device sector took place in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
      • The theme for India Pharma 2019– ‘Enabling Quality Affordable Healthcare’ and that of India Medical Device 2019 – ‘Med-Tech India: Gearing up for Ayushman Bharat’.
    1. A clearance for bulk production of 114 ‘Dhanush’ artillery guns has been received by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) from the Indian army.
      • It is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in India.
    1. The Union government has empowered Assam Rifles personnel to arrest anyone and search a place without warrant in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, and Mizoram.
      • Earlier, Assam Rifles was making arrests only in areas where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was in effect.
      • Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and parts of Arunachal Pradesh are currently under AFSPA.
    Section 41 of the Code of Criminal Procedure States that any police officer may, without an order from a magistrate and without a warrant, arrest any person.
    Section 47 gives powers for search of place entered by person sought to be arrested
    Section 48 says a police officer may, for the purpose of arresting without warrant any person whom he is authorised to arrest, pursue such person into any place in India
    Section 49the person arrested shall not be subjected to more restraint than is necessary to prevent his escape

     

    1. The 12th edition of Air show “Aero India-2019” was held in Bengaluru.
    1. The government of Nagaland has decided to make the Inner Line Permit applicable throughout the State, including the commercial hub of Dimapur.
      • Under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1853, non-Nagas should have ILP to visit the State, but Dimapur district was not included under the provisions.
      • Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the Government of India to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period.
      • It is required in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.
    1. Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated India’s first Humanoid Police Robot named KP-BOT
      • She is ranked as Sub-Inspector (SI), at the Police Headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
      • Kerala State Police Headquarters has become the first police department in the country to use a robot for police work.
      • The robot’s gender is declared female keeping in mind women empowerment and gender equality.

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    1. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has prescribed 150 minutes of weekly physical activity for the age group of 18-64 years to reduce the incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD).
      • Physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.
      • It is estimated to be the main cause for approximately 21%-25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and approximately 30% of Ischemic heart disease burden.

    BANKING AND ECONOMY

     

    1. The finance ministry announced to pump in Rs 48,239 crore in 12 Public Sector Banks in this fiscal to help them maintain regulatory capital requirements and finance growth plans.
    • The latest move is part of the ₹2.1 trillion Bank Recapitalization Plan announced in October 2017 to improve the health of the banking sector struggling with a pile of toxic assets.

     

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        1. The Central Board of Trustees of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) recommended hiking the interest rate to 65 per cent for the current financial year of 2018-19 from a five-year low of 8.55 per cent in the previous financial year.

         

        1. An internal RBI group had proposed that all new floating rate loans should be linked to one of four external benchmarks: the RBI’s repo rate, 91-day treasury bill Rate and 182-Day treasury Bill rate, and corporate deposit rates.

       

      APPOINTMENTS

      1. Anirban Mukherjee has been appointed as the CEO of PayU India owned by Naspers.
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          1. Praveena Rai has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of National Payments Corporation of India.
            • Dilip Asbe is the current CEO and MD of NPCI.
        2. The Supreme Court appointed Justice D K Jain as the first ombudsman for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

        IMPORTANT DAYS

        1. February 21 – International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

          MISCELLANEOUS

          1. Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala shall host the Attaukal Pongala festival-one of the largest religious gathering of women on a single day.
          • It is for long dubbed as the Women’s Sabarimala – had, in 2009, entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest gathering of women.
          • The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is lined with the makeshift stoves, turning the entire region into a festival zone.
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              1. A small brown rat of bramble cay melomys species lived on a tiny island off northern Australia and becomes the world’s first mammal to have become extinct due to “human-induced climate change”.

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