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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
India’s first fulldome 3D Digital theatre inaugurated in Kolkata
- Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the India’s first ‘fulldome 3D Digital Theatre’ at the Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal
- This facility is the first of its kind in the country and having a 23 metre titled dome to offer a fully immersive experience to the visitors
- It is fully funded by the Ministry of Culture at a cost of Rs 20 crore.
- The Science City is operated by the National Council of Science Museums under the Ministry of Culture.
Rajnath Singh launched pan-India number 112 for women safety
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi launched a range of citizen safety initiatives in New Delhi
- It includes the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), for women safety in 16 states and Union territories.
- The service has already been launched in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
- Persons in distress can dial a pan-India number 112. Under this system, all the states have to set up a dedicated Emergency Response Centre (ERC)
- A citizen may Press power button on a smartphone thrice quickly to activate a panic call to ERC. In case of a feature phone, long press on number 5 or 9 on the phone keypad will activate the panic call.The ERCs are connected to District Command Centres and the Emergency Response Vehicles
- An amount of over 321 crore rupees has been provided for this initiative through the Nirbhaya fund
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE
International annual Desert festival held in Jaisalmer
- The 40th International Annual Desert Festival held on the sand dune, Rajasthan
- The three-day festival, exhibits rich cultural heritage of the desert state, commenced with a colourful procession from Gadsisar lake fort.
- The festival is organised by the Rajasthan tourism and district administration.
Rajasthan assembly passed a billto scrapminimum qualification for local polls
- Rajasthan Legislative Assembly passed Rajasthan Municipalities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and The Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to remove the minimum education criterion for panchayat and civic polls candidates.
- The previous BJP government had introduced the minimum qualification of class 10 for ZilaParishad/Panchayat member election, and class 5 or 8 class for the post of sarpanch.
|Rajasthan Chief Minister||Ashok Gehlot|
|Rajasthan Governor||Kalyan Singh|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
J.P. Morgan becomes first U.S. Bank with a Cryptocurrency
- JPMorgan Chase & Co, America’s largest bank, is launched its own Cryptocurrency
- The cryptocurrency, called “JPM Coin,” which has a fixed value redeemable for one U.S. dollar
- The bank operates a massive wholesale payment business, with more than $6 trillion in client funds transferred each day.
- The crypto-currency, which runs on blockchain technology, has been used successfully to move money between the bank and a client account.
|JPMorgan Chase Headquarters||New York, United States|
|JPMorgan Chase CEO||Jamie Dimon|
Iran unveiled first semi-heavy missile-equipped submarine
- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has unveiled the first Iranian made semi-heavy submarine.
- The submarine named ‘Fateh’ (‘Conqueror’ in Persian), capable of being fitted with missiles
- The Fateh has subsurface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), capable of reaching Israel and U.S. military bases in the region
|Iran Currency||Iranian rial|
|Iran President||Hassan Rouhani|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE
RBI to give Rs. 28,000 crore to Government as interim dividend
- The Reserve Bank has announced that it will transfer an interim surplus of 28,000 crore rupees to the central government for the half-year ended 31st December 2018
- With this interim transfer, the government will get a total Rs. 68,000 crore from the central bank in the current fiscal. The RBI had transferred Rs. 40,000 crore to the government in August 2018.
- This will be the highest receipt from RBI in a single financial year for the government, exceeding the Rs 65,896 crore it received in FY16 and Rs 40,659 crore in FY18.
|RBI Governor||Shaktikant Das|
RBI Deputy Governor
|BP Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan, Viral Acharya and Mahesh Kumar Jain|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION
Sandeep Mohan Bhatnagar and Ashok Kumar Pandey appointed as CBIC members
- Senior IRS officers Sandeep Mohan Bhatnagar and Ashok Kumar Pandey have been appointed as members in the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC),
- Pandey is a 1983-batch Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officer, while Bhatnagar a 1984-batch IRS officer
- The CBIC board is headed by a chairman and can have a maximum of six members.
|CBIC Headquarters||New Delhi|
|CBIC Chairman||S. Ramesh|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS
De Goede and Van Dorenwon 2018 FIH world’s best players award
- Netherlands’ Eva de Goede and Arthur Van Doren of Belgium were named as the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Players of the Year for 2018.
- De Goede, 29, was named the Female Player of the Year, world champions Belgium’s Van Doren, 24, was picked up as the Male Player of the Year for a second consecutive time.
|Vincent Vanash(Belgium)||Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year|
|MaddieHinch (England)||Female Goalkeeper of the Year|
|Arthur de Sloover (Belgium)||Male Rising Star of the Year|
|Shane McLeod (Belgium)||Male Coach of the Year|
|Alyson Annan (Netherland)||Female Coach of the Year|
|Michelle Meister (Germany)||Female Umpire of the Year|
|MarcinGrochal (Poland)||Male Umpire of the Year|
|Luciana Von Der (Argentine)||Emerging women player|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE
4th Agri Leadership Summit held at Sonipat in Haryana
- Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the 4th Agri Leadership Summit at the proposed International Fruit and Vegetable Terminus in Ganaur, district Sonipat in Haryana
- The theme of the summit is “Entrepreneurship &Agri Business; Agri Allied – A Promising Sector and Agri Service- Direct Marketing”
- The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressed the closing ceremony of the Summit. He also presented the Haryana Kisaan Ratna Puraskaar and the Haryana Krishi Ratna Puraskaar.
|Haryana Chief Minister||Manohar lal Kathar|
|Haryana Governor||Satyadev Narayan Arya|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU
Indian Oil Corporation signed USD 1.5 billion deal to buy US crude oil
- Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has signed an annual deal worth USD 1.5 billion to import 3 million tonnes of crude oil in the fiscal year beginning April 1.
- This is the first time Indian refiner has signed an annual contract since the country in 2017 began importing crude oil from the US.
- India first imported US crude oil in October 2017, and since then oil firms have been buying oil from that country on a tender basis.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Israel to launch its first moon mission
- Israel is to launch its first moon mission, sending an unmanned spacecraft to collect data to be shared with NASA
- The 585-kilogramBeresheet spacecraft is to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida
- Mission control will be in Yehud, near Tel Aviv.
- The $100-million project will measure the lunar magnetic field to help understanding of the moon’s formation
|Israel Currency||Israeli new shekel|
|Israel President||Benjamin Netanyahu|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS
Mary Kom named as brand ambassador of PUMA
- Six-time world women boxing champion MC Mary Kom was named as a brand ambassador for global sportswear giant PUMA for a two-year period.
- Mary Kom is now PUMA India’s new ambassador for their women’s training category and will be representing the brand in marketing campaigns.
- She will lead PUMA’s #DoYou conversation that aims to motivate women across the nation to be strong and accomplish their goals