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Health ministry notified eight medical equipment as ‘drugs’

  • To regulate medical and diagnostic devices in India,The health ministry has notified eight medical equipments including all implantable devices, as “drugs” under Section 3 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, with effect from April 1, 2020.
  • The medical equipment include all implantable medical devices, CT scan, MRI equipment, defibrillators, dialysis machine, PET equipment, X-ray machine and bone marrow cell separator
Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda
Constituency Himachal Pradesh, Rajya Sabha


Himalayan Cloud Observatory set up in Tehri district to monitor cloud activities

  • A Himalayan Cloud Observatory has been set up in Tehri district to receive forecast and monitor cloud burst incidents in the Himalayan region and help minimise the damage.
  • The Observatory has been established in the SRT campus and is currently in the testing period.
  • This is the second observatory in the country to monitor cloud activities by the Indian Science and Technology Department and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur that can function in high-altitudes.
Uttarakhand Capital Dehradun
UttarakhandChief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat
UttarakhandGovernor Baby Rani Maurya

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur laid foundation stone of Mega Food Park in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

  • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid foundation stone of a Mega Food Park in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
  • The Mega Food Park is being set up in over 57 acre of land at a cost of around 121 crore rupees. The Centre has also approved a financial assistance of 50 crore rupees to the project.
  • The Park will provide direct and indirect employment to five thousand persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers.
Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Constituency Bathinda, Punjab


RBI doubles the limit of ‘bulk deposit’ from Rs. 1crore to Rs. 2 crore

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to raise the criteria for ‘bulk deposits’ for banks to Rs. 2 crore from the current Rs. 1 crore, to provide more operational freedom to lenders to raise funds.
  • Interest rates on bulk deposits are marginally higher than on smaller-amount fixed deposits for similar maturity period.
  • The instructions regarding bulk deposits were last reviewed in January 2013 and defined as single rupee deposits of Rs 1 crore and above.
  • The proposal was suggested by the National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks and Credit Societies Ltd. (NAFCUB).
  • RBI also proposed that banks would maintain their bulk deposit interest rate cards in the core banking system for supervisory review.
RBI Headquarters Mumbai
RBI Governor Shaktikant Das
RBI Deputy Governor BP Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan, Viral Acharya and Mahesh Kumar Jain


Facebook acquired GrokStyle virtual search start-up to boost AI capabilities

  • Facebook acquired US-based virtual search startup GrokStyle, to enable users shop better using artificial intelligence capabilities, for an undisclosed amount.
  • San Francisco Based GrokStyle was founded in 2015
Headquarters California, United States
CEO Mark Zuckerberg


Egypt’s President El-Sissi elected as new chairman of African Union

  • Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been elected chairman of the African Union at the continental body’s summit in Ethiopia
  • The African Union (AU) is a continental union consisting of 55 countries of the continent of Africa.
  • El-Sisi’s election brought to an end the one-year chairmanship of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.
African Union Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

 Ricky Ponting appointed as Australia assistant cricket coach for World Cup

  • Former captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach of Australia’s men’s team for the 50-over World Cup 2019
  • Ponting was appointed after David Saker’s resignation from the post
  • Current batting coach is Graeme Hick
  • The main coach for the Australian Cricket team is Justin Langer


BAFTA Awards 2019 

  • 72nd edition of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awardswere presented
  • Legendary British actress Joanna Lumley hosted the show in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
  • “The Favourite” took the most awards with seven, including both actress categories for Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman and best original screenplay, though “Roma” nabbed the top prize for best film
  • The leading actor prize went to Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody” while favoriteMahershala Ali was lauded for “Green Book.”
Category Winner
Best film Roma
Best Outstanding British film The Favourite
Best Actress Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Best Actor Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Best Director Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
Best Costume Design Sandy Powell (The Favourite)
Best Film Not in the English Language Roma
Best Special Visual Effects Black Panther
Best Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer  


Best Cinematography Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Best Original Screenplay The Favourite (Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara)
Best Original Music A Star is Born

Best Adapted Screenplay

BlackKklansman (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott)
Best Rising Star Letitia Wright
Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Best Makeup and Hair Nadia Stacey (The Favourite)
Best Editing Hank Corwin (Vice)
Best Sound Bohemian Rhapsody
Best British Short Film 73 Cows
Best Production Design The Favourite
Best Animated Film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best British Short Animation Roughhouse
Best Special Visual Effects Black Panther
EE Rising Star Award Letitia Wright
Best Documentary Free Solo
BAFTA Fellowship Thelma Schoonmaker


Five-day multinational maritime exercise ‘AMAN-19’ begins in Pakistan

  • A five-day multinational exercise’AMAN-19′ has kicked off near the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan
  • The multinational maritime exercise as part of efforts to enhance cooperation in combating pirates, terrorists and smugglers.
  • Representatives from the navies of 45 nations, including the United States, Britain and Japan, are participating in the exercise
  • The Pakistan Navy’s ships, submarines, boats, marines and special forces will all take part in the exercise, along with the Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers
  • The exercise is conducted every two years since it was initiated in 2007.
Pakistan Capital Islamabad
PakistanCurrency Rupee
PakistanPrime Minister Imran Khan

INS Trikand participated in multinational training exercise “Cutclass Express 2019”

  • INS Trikand, a front-line warship of the Indian Navy, participated in a multinational training exercise ‘CUTCLASS EXPRESS – 19’
  • The aim of the exercise was to improve law enforcement capacity, promote regional security and progress inter-operability between the armed forces of the participating nations for the purpose of interdicting illegal maritime activity in the Western Indian Ocean
  • Naval Coast Guard and Marine Police personnel from a number of East African countries were jointly trained by mentors from USA, India, and Netherlands, with support of international organisations like the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Combined Maritime Force (CMF) and European Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR)
  • The exercise was conducted in two phases. The first, called the Command Post Exercise (CPX) was conducted from Jan 27 to Feb 2.
  • The second phase called the Final Training Exercise (FTX) was conducted from Feb 3-5. The closing ceremony of the event was held at the Djibouti Naval Base 

Indigenously developed “Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)” missile system was successfully flight tested in Odisha

  • The second indigenously developed ‘Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)’ propulsion-based missile system was successfully flight tested in Odisha by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • Unlike conventional rockets that carry propellant and oxidizer, Ramjet uses the air as an oxidizer just like a jet engine. Therefore the weight of the fuel required is eliminated
  • The first flight of SFDR, developed under a joint Indo-Russian R&D project, was tested in 2018. It had achieved the speed of Mach 3.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Constituency Rajya Sabha Karnataka
DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy


Corentin Moutet clinched Chennai Open ATP Challenger title

  • France’s Corentin Moutet has clinched the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tournament title after beating Andrew Harris of Australia 6-3, 6-3 in the singles final.
  • It was the second Challenger title for Moutet, who received $7,200 and 80 ATP points.

RSPB lift Senior National Men’s Hockey title

  • Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) lifted the 9th Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship crown at Gwalior
  • RSPB beat defending champion Punjab 3-2 and claim the gold medal
  • Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) beat Punjab & Sind Bank 4-1 to clinch the bronze medal.


Bollywood actor Mahesh Anand passed away

  • Popular Bollywood actor and ’90s villain Mahesh Anand passed away
  • He has worked in many hit Bollywood movies including Coolie No 1, Swarg, Kurukshetra, Shahenshah and many more.
  • Anand’s last film was Govinda’sRangeela Raja, which released this year in January.

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