Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (01st to 07th February 2019)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs 1st week of February 2019. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming NIACL AO Mains 2019 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

Current Affairs: Important Days

Date Important days Theme
February 2 World Wetlands Day
February 4 World Cancer Day I Am and I Will

Current Affairs: National

  1. The agriculture ministry released the final estimates for 2017-18 and the first estimates for 2018-19 of area and production of horticulture crops. As per the final estimates of 2017-18, horticulture production stood at record 311.7 MT
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Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh
Constituency Purvi Champaran,Bihar
  1. The country’s tourism sector fetched 234 billion US Dollar revenue last year, registering a growth of over 19%
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Minister of  Tourism (State) (I\C) Alphons Kannanthanam
Constituency Kanjirappally
  1. Department of post will soon set up its own insurance company which will deal with its business of two products Postal life insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance.
  2. Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal launched the report “The Future of Rail” of International Energy Agency (IEA)
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Minister of Railways & Coal Piyush Goyal
Constituency Maharashtra, Rajya Sabha
International Energy Agency Headquarters Paris, France
International Energy Agency Executive Director FatihBirol
  1. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Railway electrification of 294-km long Andal-Sainthia-Pakur-Malda andKhana-Sainthia sections in West Bengal

6.    India-Monaco Business forum held in New Delhi

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Monaco Capital Monte Carlo
Monaco Currency Euro
 

Monaco Prince

Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi
  1. The total steel production in the country has increased from 88.98 MT in 2014-15 to 103.13 MT in 2017-18
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Minister of Steel Birender Singh
Constituency Haryana, Rajya Sabha
Minister of State for Steel and Mines VishnudeoSai
  1. The National Green Tribunal imposed a cost of Rs. 25 lakh on the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to stop dumping of sewage and untreated water in the Upper Ganga Canal.
  2. Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation launched ShehriSamridhiUtsav initiative
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Minister of State (I\C)Housing and Urban Affairs  

Hardeep Singh Puri

Constituency Rajya Sabha (Uttar Pradesh)

10.  India and Germany join hands on water and waste management

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Germany Capital Berlin
Germany Currency Euro
Germany Prime Minister Angela Merkel
  1. Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen launched ‘Darwaza Band – Part 2’ campaign in Mumbai

Current Affairs: International

  1. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has opened a new centre, set up by the government in partnership with the UN to fight climate change and boost sustainable development in Africa. The new centre is located near the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome
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 Italy Capital Rome
Italy Currency Euro
Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte
  1. The United Nations announced 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements
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United Nations
Headquarters New York, United States
Secretary General AntónioGuterres

3.    Sri Lanka celebrating its 71st Independence Day on 4 February

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Sri Lanka Capital Colombo, Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Lanka Currency Sri Lankan rupee
Sri Lanka President MaithripalaSirisena
  1. Pakistan Army successfully test-fired the short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile ”Nasr” with a strike range of about 70 km
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Pakistan Capital Islamabad
Pakistan Currency Rupee
PakistanPrime Minister Imran Khan
  1. Thailand makes Siamese fighting fish national aquatic animal
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Thailand Capital Bangkok
Thailand Currency Thai baht
Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
  1. Macedonia signed an accord to join NATO to become the 30th member of the US-led alliance
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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Macedonia Capital Skopje
Macedonia Currency Macedonian Denar
Macedonia President GjorgeIvanov

Current Affairs: State

  1. Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurated a Passport Service Centre at Kotputli in Rajasthan.
  2. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot announced the monthly allowance scheme for educated, unemployed youth.
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Rajasthan Capital Jaipur
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot
Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh
  1. Mizoram government has banned import of pigs and piglets
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Mizoram Capital Aizawl
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga
Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan

4.    Indus River Dolphin declared Punjab’s State aquatic animal

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Punjab Capital Chandigarh
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh
Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore

5.    Sikkim state government signed MoU with Microsoft for digital learning

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Sikkim Capital Gangtok
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling
Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad
  1. Kerala has become the first State to set up a price monitoring and research unit (PMRU) to track violation of prices of essential drugs and medical devices
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National Pharmaceutical Pricing AuthorityHeadquarters New Delhi
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority Chairman Bhupendra Singh
                      Kerala Capital Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
Kerala Governor P. Sadasivam
  1. “Sopan 2019” The Festival of Young Musicians and Dancers held in New Delhi

8.    Haryana government approved new MSME, Pharma policies to boost development

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Haryana Capital Chandigarh
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar lal Kathar
Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya
  1. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for three highway projects worth over Rs. 2345 crore rupees
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Odisha Capital Bhubaneswar
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal
  1. Madhya Pradesh government makes it mandatory for industries to hire 70% locals
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Madhya Pradesh Capital Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath
Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandibenpatel

11.  ‘Boori Boot Yullom’ festival begins in Arunachal Pradesh

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Arunachal Pradesh Capital Itanagar
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu
Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra

12.  Maharashtra government sets up panel to review welfare schemes for tribals, the 17-member committee, headed by former MLA VivekPandit

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Maharashtra Capital Mumbai
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
Maharashtra Governor Chinamani Vidyasagar Rao

Current Affairs: Banking and Finance

  1. RBI lifted lending curbs on three public sector banks (PSBs), Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra and Oriental Bank of Commerce to exit the PCA framework
  2. The RBI has imposed a monetary penalty of  2 crore each on UCO Bank and Axis Bank, and Rs. 1 crore on Syndicate Bank.
  3. RBI imposed a penalty of Rs. 1 crore fine on Union Bank of India
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Union Bank of India Headquarters Mumbai
Union Bank of India Tagline Good people to bank with
Union Bank of India MD and CEO RajkiranRai G
  1. Sixth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement
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RBI Headquarters Mumbai
RBI Governor Shaktikant Das
RBI Deputy Governor BP Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan, Viral Acharya and Mahesh Kumar Jain
Repo Rate 6.25%
Reverse Repo Rate 6.00%
MSF Rate 6.50%
Bank Rate 6.50%
CRR 4%
SLR 19.25%
  1. Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (SFB) launched Ujjivan Bank KisanSuvidha loan to offer financial credit services to small and marginal farmers
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Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Headquarters Bengaluru, Karnataka
Ujjivan Small Finance Bank MD & CEO SamitGhosh
  1. The government revised its forecast for GDP growth for 2017-18 to 7.2% from the earlier estimate of 6.7%. It also revised the actual growth rate in 2016-17 to 8.2% from the 7.1% estimated earlier
  2. Delhi based P2P Lending platform, Lendbox has received its NBFC Peer-to-Peer (P2P) certification from the RBI.
  3. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has bought a 14% stake in micro-financier Annapurna Finance for Rs. 137 crore
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Asian Development Bank Headquarters Mandaluyong, Philippines
Asian Development Bank President TakehikoNakao
  1. The Ministry of Finance has announced the amalgamation of two regional rural banks in Tamilnadu- Pallavan GramaBank, sponsored by Indian Bank and Pandyan Grama Bank, sponsored by Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) into a single regional rural bank in the state and name the new entity as Tamil Nadu Grama Bank
  2. Fitch Solutions, the research arm of Fitch Group, projected the government’s fiscal deficit to overshoot the budgeted target by 0.2 per cent to 3.6 per cent of GDP in 2019-20 fiscal.

11.  FDI declines 11% to $22.66 billion during April-September

12.  Fino Payments Bank introduced sweep account facility in association with Suryoday Small Finance Bank

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Fino Payments Bank Headquarters Navi Mumbai
Fino Payments Bank MD & CEO Rishi Gupta
Suryoday Small Finance Bank Headquarters Navi Mumbai
Suryoday Small Finance Bank MD & CEO R Baskar Babu
  1. The Indian Banking Association (IBA) issued advisory guidelines requesting banks to waive off the various fees to Kisan Credit Card

Current Affairs: Business

  1. Indian payments conglomerate Paytm Acquired hotel booking platform Nightstay, launching the domestic hotel bookings on its platform for an undisclosed amount
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Headquarters Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Paytm CEO Renu Satti
  1. The Punjab National Bank associated life insurance company, PNB MetLife has introduced the ace shuttler PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador.
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PNB MetLife MD & CEO AK Srivastava
Headquarters ‎Mumbai
  1. Indostar Capital Finance to buy India Infoline Finance’s(IIFL Finance) Commercial Vehicle Finance Business
  2. Swiggyacqui-hires Bengaluru-based AI startup Kint.io, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup, for an undisclosed sum.

 Current Affairs: Appointments

Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra Director General of NCC (DGNCC)
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P Western Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Ajai Kumar Interim MD-CEO of YES bank
SanjivRanjan India’s Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia
Rishi Kumar Shukla CBI director
NilambarAcharya Nepal’s ambassador to India
Pradeep Singh Kharola Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation

Current Affairs: Cabinet Approvals

  1. MoU between India and Malaysia for Mutual Cooperation in the field of Company Secretaryship
  2. MoU between India and Election Management Bodies of Namibia and Panama
  3. MoU between India and Norway on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue
  4. MoU between India and Brazil on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy
  5. MoU between India and Maldives for Establishing Mutual Cooperation to Improve the Ecosystems for Agribusiness
  6. MoU between India and the UAE on Development cooperation in Africa
  7. Signing of Agreement between India and Ukraine for cooperation in Agriculture and Food Industry
  8. MoU between India and Finland in the field of Biotechnology
  9. MoU between India and Uzbekistan for promoting Bilateral cooperation in the area of e-Governance
  10. Establishment of Circuit Bench of Calcutta High Court at Jalpaiguri
  11. Introduction of National Institutes of Food Technology, Enterpreneurship and Management Bill, 2019 in the Parliament
  12. Establishment of RashtriyaKamdhenuAayog for Conservation protection and development of cows and their progeny
  13. Proposal for Official Amendments to the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018
  14. Abolition of Institution of Income-Tax Ombudsman and Indirect Tax Ombudsman
  15. Framework Agreement between India and Indonesia on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes

Current Affairs: Committee

  1. The government has constituted a committee under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), On the recommendation of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, to explore prepaid payments by state electricity distribution companies to power plants
  2. Punjab government sets up committee to boost dairy sector

Current Affairs: Awards and Honours

  1. The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has been named a winner under the ‘miniratna’ category by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
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National Film Development Corporation of India Headquarters Mumbai
National Film Development Corporation of India Chairpersons Ramesh Sippy

2.     SBI UK chief SanjivChadha honoured with ‘Freedom of the City of London’ award

Current Affairs: Summit and Conference

  1. PETROTECH-2019,the 13th International Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition, being organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, is all set to be inaugurated on February 10, 2019
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Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan
Constituency Deogarh, odisha

2.    37thedition of  ‘ICT Academy Bridge 2019’ conference inaugurated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Theme of the event – “Fostering India for Industry 4.0”,

  1. International Spice Conference 2019 held in Hyderabad. Theme of the conference is “Challenges of Change: Redefining the Value Chain”

4.    67th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference organised by AFMC, Pune

5.    WLPGA 2019 ASIA LPG summit held in New Delhi

6.    BPRD organized 2nd National Conference of Micro Missions of National Police Mission in New Delhi

Current Affairs: Mobile Application

1.    National Testing Agency (NTA) launched mobile application for mock tests

2.    PradhanMantri Jan ArogyaYojana App launched on Google play store

Current Affairs: Ranking

  1. According to Transparency International, Assam occupied the top slot in the ranking of best practices followed by states in Budget formulation,
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Transparency International Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Transparency International Managing Director Patricia Moreira

Current Affairs: MOU

  1. Ministry of Coal entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland.
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Poland Capital Warsaw
Poland Currency Polish złoty
Poland President AndrzejDuda

2.    Indian Coast Guard signed MoU with AAI for maritime search and rescue

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Indian Coast Guard Headquarters New Delhi
Indian Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh
AAI Headquarters New Delhi
AAIChairman GuruprasadMohapatra

Current Affairs: Defence

  1. The Defence Acquisitions Council, DAC chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved indigenous construction of six submarines worth 40,000 crore rupees.
  2. Israel Aerospace Industries announced entering into agreements worth $93 million for providing Naval MRSAM (Medium Range Surface to Air Missile) systems to India. The contracts for the air defence system were entered with the Indian Navy and the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL)
  3. The Defence Ministry has cleared a long-pending proposal of the Army to procure around 73,000 assault rifles from the US under fast track mode
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Constituency Rajya Sabha, Karnataka

Current Affairs: Science and Technology

  1. Scientists have created an artificial intelligence (AI) based system that directly translates thoughts into intelligible, recognisable speech. The technology developed by researchers from Columbia University in the United States

Current Affairs: Sports

  1. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a five year global partnership deal with beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola Company. Coca-Cola the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage partners of the ICC until 2023.
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ICC Headquarters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ICC Chairperson ShashankManohar
ICC CEO Dave Richardson
  1. Mithali Raj, India’s One-day International (ODI) captain becoming the first female cricketer to play 200 ODIs.
  2. Qatar won its first soccer title by beating four-time champion Japan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final
  3. VaniKapoor became the first Indian to earn a card for the Australian Ladies PGA Tour (LPGA) after coming through its first-ever Qualifying Tournament at the Ballarat Golf Club in Ballarat, Australia
  4. INS Dronacharya wins Kochi area boat pulling regatta trophy

6.     India’s Smriti Mandhana becomes number 1 in latest ICC women’s ODI rankings

7.     Haryana Hammers beat defending champions Punjab Royals to lift (Pro Wrestling League)PWL 4 title

  1. Pakistan’s Sana Mir becomes first Asian woman to play hundred T20Is
  2. Indian squash player RamitTandon defeated Egyptian Mohamed El Sherbini in the finals to win the Seattle Open

Current Affairs: Obituaries

Person Field
HitenBhaya Former Planning Commission member and ex-director of IIMC
Ramesh Bhatkar Marathi actor
PriyanathDey freedom fighter and former Odisha MLA
Harihar Karan Senior Congress leader and former minister of Odisha
Ladu Kishore Swain Odisha MP

 

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