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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meet held in Delhi
- 5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meet held in Delhi
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen co-chaired the meeting
- The last Joint Consultative Committee Meeting between the two countries was held in October 2017 at Dhaka
- The Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh arrived in New Delhi on a four day visit to India. It is the first high-level visit from Bangladesh since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s victory in the parliamentary elections in December last year
|Bangladesh Prime Minister||Sheikh Hasina|
Smriti Irani launched India Size project in Mumbai
- Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani launched the India Size project in Mumbai
- A first-of-its-kind project in the history of the country
- India Size aims to arrive at a standard Indian Size for the ready-to-wear clothing industry, on the lines of the standardized sizes available in countries such as the USA and the UK.
- India size project will benefit manufacturers, consumers and generate data which will help tap into the potential of the sector
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE
Delhi government launched bike ambulance services
- Delhi government has launched bike ambulance services to ensure health assistance reaches on time in the congested areas of the national capital.
- The bike ambulances, which will be called the “First Responder Vehicles“, will have a portable oxygen cylinder, first aid kit and dressing materials, air-splints, GPS and a communication device.
- Against the sanctioned funds of Rs 40 lakh, the project was completed at Rs 23 lakh
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE
NTPC inks Rs 2,500 crore loan pact with HDFC Bank
- State-run power giant NTPC has signed an agreement with HDFC Bank for a Rs 2,500 crore loan to part finance capital expenditure
- The loan is extended at an interest rate linked to three-month marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) of the bank
- The loan has a door-to-door tenure of 15 years and will be utilised to part finance the capital expenditure of NTPC
|HDFC Bank Headquarters||Mumbai|
|HDFC Bank CEO||Aditya Puri|
|HDFC Bank Tagline||We understand your world|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS
92-year-old priest Francois Laborde was conferred France’s highest civilian honour
- Francois Laborde, a 92-year-old priest, from Bengal, was conferred the Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) the highest civilian award of France in recognition of his work for specially-abled children.
- He is the third person from the state to have been awarded the Legion of Honor after film maestro Satyajit Ray and actor Soumitra Chatterjee.
- Father Francois Laborde has set up the Howrah South Point, an organisation working for the development of specially-abled children, the destitute and the most deprived sections of the society.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE
American members of US-India CEO Forum announced
- The first meeting of the US-India CEO forum will be held in New Delhi on February 14.
- US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced the names of the American private sector members of the US-India CEO Forum among whom are MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga and Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf.
- The US CEOs serve two-year terms and are selected from respondents to a Federal Register Notice calling for CEO-level applicants to the US Section of the Forum
- It will be co-chaired by Ross and Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu.
- James Taiclet, chairman, president, and CEO, American Tower Corporation will be the US private sector co-chair of the forum.
|USA Capital||Washington DC|
|USA President||Donald Trump|
‘Parmanu Tech 2019’ conference held in New Delhi
- Parmanu Tech 2019’ conference held in New Delhi
- The conference was organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to discuss issues related to Nuclear Energy and Radiation Technologies.
- The Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh delivered the keynote address at the ‘Parmanu Tech 2019’ conference
CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOBILE APP AND PORTAL
Chennai city Police Launched Mobile App ‘Digicop’
- Tamil film actor Vijay Sethupathi launched the mobile App ‘DigiCop’ of the Chennai police department
- The application was developed by Nasscom
- Using the App, people can track the status of stolen two-wheelers and cell phones.
- The details of 18,000 stolen mobile phones are stored in the App. So next time someone is buying a phone from a second hand shop they can verify if the phone is stolen or genuine.
- Using DigiCop App, people can verify IMEI, report lost two-wheelers and phones, know the nearest police station, police news and traffic alerts.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION
Rahul Jain took charge as the General Manager of Integral Coach Factory
- Rahul Jain has taken over as General Manager of Integral Coach Factory (ICF)
- Jain, was former Assistant General Manager at Western Railway,
- He belongs to the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineer (IRSME) cadre and his appointment comes after former ICF GM Sudhanshu Mani retired on December 31.
- Mani is regarded as the architect of India’s first self-propelled long distance “Train 18”, which was later named “Vande Bharat Express”.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING AND INDEX
India jumps eight places to 36th spot in US Chamber’s global IP index
- India has jumped eight places to 36th position on the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, which analyses the IP climate in 50 global economies
- India’s eight-point jump in 2019 from 44th position in 2018 is the highest increase among 50 nations mapped by the index
- The US, the UK, Sweden, France and Germany remained the top five economies on the intellectual property index in 2019 retaining their spots from the last year
- The index brought out by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranks countries based on 45 indicators that are critical to an innovation-led economy supported by robust patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets protection.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU
GeM and CCI signed MOU to enable a fair and competitive environment in the e-Marketplace
- Government e Marketplace (GeM) and Competition Commission of India (CCI) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to enable a fair and competitive environment in the e-Marketplace.
- GeM is a state-of-the-art national public procurement platform of Ministry of Commerce and Industries, which has used technology to remove entry barriers for bonafide sellers and has created a vibrant e-marketplace with a wide range of goods and services.
- Competition Commission of India is a statutory body of the Government of India, responsible for enforcing the Competition Act, 2002 throughout India and to prevent activities that have an adverse effect on competition.
|Competition Commission of India (CCI) Chairman||A.K. Gupta|
|Competition Commission of India (CCI) Headquarters||New Delhi|
|Government e Marketplace(GeM) CEO||S. Radha Chauhan|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS
Mirabai Chanu won gold at EGAT Cup in Thailand
- World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand.
- Chanu won the 48kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event.
- The 24-year-old Manipuri lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium.
Vidarbha lift their second consecutive Ranji Trophy
- Vidharbha lifted the Ranji Trophy for the second time in a row, defeating Saurashtra by 78 runs at Nagpur
- Vidarbha became the sixth team to win back to back Ranji Trophy titles
- Left arm spinner, Sarwate was adjudged man of the match.
9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 Begins In Hisar, Haryana
- The 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 begins in Hisar’s Astroturf International Hockey Stadium, Haryana Agricultural University.
- RSPB will begin their campaign against Hockey Rajasthan in the Pool A opening match during the 11-day domestic extravaganza
FIFA Rankings: India dropped six places to 103rd Rank
- The India national football team has dropped out of the top 100 in the FIFA Rankings being ranked in 103rd place in the revised list released
- The last time India were outside the top-100 in the FIFA rankings was on February 15, 2018.
- Asian Cup champions Qatar have made giant strides in the rankings. Their maiden title has seen them gain 38 places to move up to 55th place in the update
- Belgium remains at the top of the FIFA rankings, sitting merely one point above world champions France.
- Brazil, Croatia, and England complete the top five, while former World Cup champions Germany remains in 16th position.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARIES
Longest-serving US congressman John Dingell passed away
- John Dingell was first elected in 1955, serving in the House of Representatives for the next 59 years.
- He retired in 2015
- He holds the record for longest-ever serving Congressperson in American history