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Current affairs of 5th February

Anjali Singh, Published On:05-Feb-2019


                          Current affairs

1.The Government of India has decided to launch a campaign with immediate effect and accorded the highest priority to saturate farmers for financial inclusion under Kisan Credit Cards (KCC).

  • This campaign will be launched through the Financial Institutions including Commercial Banks, Cooperative Banks and Regional Rural Banks in collaboration with the State Governments. The Department of Financial Services has already issued directives to the Financial Institutions under their purview in this regard.

2.Ministry of Coal entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland.

  • The MoU has been signed between Sh. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, Honorable Minister of State for Coal and Mines and Mr. Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Shri Suresh Kumar, and Ambassador of Poland HE Mr. Adam Burakowski were present on the occasion,  

The objective of this MoU is to foster relations in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies through the already established Joint Coal Working Group as well as research institutes and academia between the two countries covering the following areas.

  • To promote trade and investment in the coal sector, enhance the understanding of coal related energy issues, particularly clean coal technologies, and promote the exchange of information on policies, programmes and technologies with special emphasis on coal exploration and exploitation, research and development, technical cooperation and capacity building.
  • To review the activities implemented under MoU.
  • To identify other forms of cooperation mutually agreed upon by the Participants.

3.Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu,in his address at the first state level awareness programme on agriculture export policy said that in order to achieve the purpose of the policy clusters have been identified across the country for development of agriculture exports.

  • In Maharashtra, six clusters have been identified for grapes, mango, pomegranate, banana, oranges and onion for successful implementation.Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO’s) and co-operatives should be linked with the farmers and exporters.  
  • Required infrastructure needs to be provided in these clusters and use of latest technology in agriculture has to be adopted.
  • He also stressed on attractive packaging in order to increase the demand for the identified products.  
  • Indian Institute of Packaging has been roped in for working on packaging standards for international markets.

4.The objective of National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) is to facilitate creation of a comprehensive database on digital resources of India on information about India in an open access environment.

Salient features of NVLI are : -

  • Federated searching through multilingual user interfaces.
  • Virtual learning environment
  • E-Governance platform facilitating data analytics
  • Multilingual searching and retrieval on ontology/thesaurus based.

5.The Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is organising a meeting of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Cluster Group on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) on 5-6 February 2019 in New Delhi.

6.National Testing Agency (NTA) has launched a ‘mobile app’ through which students can practice or take mock tests on their own computers or smartphones.  

  • In order to ensure that no student is disadvantaged due to lack of resources, NTA has established a network of more than 4000 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) to acquaint the aspirants, especially those from rural areas with Computer Based Tests (CBTs).

7.Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is empowering women entrepreneurs through its different schemes.  

1.38 lakh projects have been set up by the women entrepreneurs under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) Scheme since inception.  

  • The projects set up by women entrepreneurs are about 30% of total projects set up under PMEGP.

8.Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural gas & Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan was handed over a case study on Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), undertaken by Professor SK Barua, former Director and Faculty member, IIM, Ahmedabad, after its registration.

  • In order to chronicle the journey of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), one of the largest social transformation programmes in the country to provide clean cooking fuel to Indian kitchens, a case study titled “Lighting up Lives through Cooking Gas and transforming Society” has been developed by Professor SK Barua, former Director, IIM – Ahmedabad, and one of the leading academicians in the country. The case study aims to understand how a seemingly simple mechanism of providing universal access to LPG has transformed the lives of the destitute, empowering them through socio- economic inclusion.

9.According to a survey by Transparency International, Assam tops in the ranking of best practices followed by states in budget formulation. Assam is the only states which has published a citizens budget in the public domain and Assam government is only government to conduct budget awareness campaign across 17 districts.

10.‘Sopan 2019’ – Festival for young artists, the 6-day long  music and dance festival to encourage young artists to take up traditional art took place in New Delhi.

  • It was Organised by Sahitya Kala Parishad and the New Delhi government, in partnership with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

11.The Kala ghoda festival-KAGF, India’s largest multi-cultural street festival begins in Mumbai to celebrate it’s 20 years of art and culture through cinema, theatre, dance,literature and sculpture

12.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched scholarship scheme named ‘KALIA Chhatravritti Yojana‘,for the children of farmers under Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme  in Keonjhar district.

13.Kerala became the first state to set up price monitoring and research unit (PMRU) to track violation of prices of essential drugs and medical devices.

14.Two regional rural bank – Pallavan Grama Bank and Pandyan Grama Bank will be amalgamated to form a single RRB i.e. Tamil Nadu Grama Bank in Tamil Nadu. The consolidation will be effective from April 1, 2019.

15.IndoStar Capital Finance Ltd (IndoStar) , a non-banking finance company, to acquired CV finance business , a subsidiary of IIFL Holdings .

                   Appointment and Resignation

16.Former executive director of Canara Bank ,P V Bharathi assumed charge as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the city-based Corporation Bank.


17.Former mayor Nayib Bukele won El Salvador’s presidential election.

                            Important Days

18.4th February is observed as World Cancer day.


19.Indian squash player Ramit Tandon win the fourth title of Seattle open title by defeating Mohamed El Sherbini of Egypt. Seattle Open is a PSA challenger squash Tour held in USA.

20.Haryana Hammers defeated defending champions Punjab Royals by 6-3 in the summit clash at the Gautam Buddha University indoor stadium, Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh to claim the fourth edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL).

21.Former captain of the Pakistan women team Sana Mir became the first Asian woman to play hundred T20Is.

22.Indian Cricket Team Vice-Captain, Rohit Sharma became the 14th Indian Cricketer to play 200 One Day International (ODIs) in the fourth Match against New Zealand held at Hamilton, New Zealand.

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information bureau website


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