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Government launched online portal Rail Drishti Dashboard

  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched Rail Drishti Dashboard in New Delhi
  • Rail Drishti Dashboard, an online portal to keep people informed about ongoing Railway works
Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal
Constituency Rajya Sabha, Maharashtra

 Rajnath Singh inaugurated Waste to Wonder Park in Delhi

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated “Waste to Wonder” Park in Delhi
  • The park has been built by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC)
  • It is the first-of-its-kind tourist attraction in the world, with the replicas of the TajMahal, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, Rome’s Colosseum, and the Statute of Liberty which were opened for the public at the inauguration.
  • The SDMC has installed solar trees and rooftop panels that will generate 50 KW powers to lighten the park


Madhya Pradesh government launched ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched state’s flagship scheme ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ (MYSY)
  • The scheme guarantees 100 days of employment a year to urban youth along with a stipend of Rs. 4,000 a month
  • Only those youths, whose family’s annual income is less than Rs 2 lakh and who are in the age group of 21-30 years, are eligible for the scheme
Madhya Pradesh Capital Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath
Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandi benpatel

 Tamilnadu becomes first state to get second Coast Guard district headquarters

  • Tamil Nadu became the first state in the country to get a second Coast Guard district headquarters Thoothukudi.
  • The first district headquarters is Chennai.
  • Second Coast Guard district headquarters Inaugurated, by state Governor Banwarilal Purohit, with an aim to augment security mechanism on the eastern coast and the state in particular
Tamil Nadu Capital Chennai
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palanisamy
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit

Skill Development Minister inaugurated Skill Saathi Youth Conclave in Odisha

  • Union Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurated a “Skill Saathi Youth Conclave in Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Skill Saathi is a career counselling initiative of the National Skill Development Corporation, under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, to create awareness about the Skill India Mission and guide candidates by providing them with information on career paths and opportunities
  • The conclave mobilised over 2 lakh candidates who were counselled across 427 locations covering all blocks and urban local bodies, across 30 districts in the state.
Odisha Capital Bhubaneswar
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal


Zimbabwe banks start trading new currency

  • Zimbabwe banks start trading new currency RTGS dollar two days after the central bank announced measures to try and resolve a chronic monetary crisis.
  • The bank unveiled a foreign exchange trading system that effectively devalued its quasi-currency, the bond note, which was officially pegged at parity with the US dollar.
  • The new currency replaced electronic bank savings called digital dollars and the bond notes and was named after the real-time gross settlement system that banks use to transfer money between each other.
  • The rate of currency was initially 2.5 RTGS dollars per US dollar.
Zimbabwe Capital Harare
Zimbabwe Currency Dollar
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa


Indra Nooyi joins Amazon board of directors

  • Former PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi joins Amazon board of directors
  • Nooyi stepped down as CEO of Pepsico in October last year
  • She was the second women to be added on the Amazon’s board of Directors
  • Starbucks executive Rosalind Brewer was the first women joined the Amazon board.
Amazon Headquarters Seattle, Washington, United States
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos


Oscar Awards 2019

  • 91st Academy Awards (Oscars) has been announced at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood& Highland Center, the USA.
  • Rami Malek won the Best Actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Olivia Colman won Best Actress for ‘The Favourite’ and Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won the Best Director award for ‘Roma’ at the 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Category Winner
Best Picture Green Book
Best Actor in a Leading Role Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actress  in a  Leading Role Olivia Colman for The Favourite
Best Actor  in a Supporting Role Mahershala Ali for Green Book
Best Actress  in a Supporting Role Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk.
Best Animated Feature Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse
Best Cinematography Alfonso Cuarón for Roma
Best Costume Design Ruth Carter for Black Panther
Best Directing Alfonso Cuarón for Roma
Best Documentary Feature Free solo

Best Documentary Short

RaykaZehtabchi and Melissa Berton for Period. End of Sentence
Best Film Editing John Ottman for Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Foreign Language Roma (Mexico)
Makeup & Hairstyling Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney for Vice
Best Music Original Score Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther

Best  Music Original Song

Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt for SHALLOW  from A Star Is Born
Best Production Design Hannah Beachler (Production Design); Jay Hart (Set Decoration) for Black Panther
Best Short Film Animated Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb for Bao
Best Short Film Live Action Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman for Skin

Best Sound Editing

John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone for Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Sound Mixing

Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali for Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Visual Effects

Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm for First Man

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Charlie Wachtel& David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott& Spike Lee for  Blackkklansman

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly for Green Book


Health Minister inaugurated 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit

  • Health Minister JP Nadda inaugurated the 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit in New Delhi
  • The global intergovernmental meeting on digital health is being hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP).
  • The summit will provide an opportunity to support governments and health system reformers to improve the health and well being of their citizens through digital technologies


FAGMIL signed MoU with Himachal Pradesh Government to establish White cement Plant Project 

  • FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Limited (FAGMIL) signed MoU with Himachal Pradesh Government to establish a white cement plant near village NohraDhar in Sirmour district, Himachal Pradesh, at a project cost of approximately Rs. 605 crores.
  • It will be the 4th white cement plant in the country.The installed capacity of the plant would be 0.3 million tonnes per annum and it will generate the direct employment of approximately 150 persons. The plant is expected to be commenced by the year 2022
  • FAGMIL is a Government of India Undertaking, under the administrative control of Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India.It is engaged in mining and marketing of mineral gypsum in Rajasthan.


Abhijeet Gupta wins Cannes International Open trophy

  • Indian Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta finished with 7.5 points to win the Cannes International Open
  • He took an easy draw with Pier Luigi Basso of Italy in the ninth and final round.
  • This was gupta’s first solo International tournament victory
  • Abhijeet had also tied for the first place at the Delhi International open in January

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