19th February 2019 Current Affairs

Gujarat govt signs MoU with SBI to facilitate MSME loans


The state government of Gujarat has signed an MoU with State Bank of India (SBI), in order to provide enough credit to entrepreneurs in the MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) sector.

The top public sector lender will provide working capital to entrepreneurs aims to start new MSME within 15 days of making an application.

The agreement was signed between principal secretary M K Das and SBI Ahmedabad circle general manager Ramesh Kumar Agarwal.


Supratim Bandyopadhyay appointed as  PFRDA Chairman


Supratim Bandyopadhay has appointed as chairman of the PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority). for a period of 5 years.

Supratim Bandyopadhyay to succeed Shri Pankaj Jain.


Delhi’s IGI Airport has become the first single-use plastic-free airport of India


“Indira Gandhi International Airport” of Delhi has been declared by the Delhi International Airport Ltd as India’s first single-use plastic-free airport.

The airport is also certified as single-use plastic-free airport by the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development.


Kala Kumbh exhibition organised by the Ministry of Textiles  in New Delhi


Ministry of Textile has organised 'Kala Kumbh'-Handicrafts Thematic Exhibition in New Delhi.

The objective of the exhibition is to promote Geographical Indication (GI) craft and heritage of India.


JSW Steel allowed by NCLAT to acquire Bhushan Power


The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal has permitted the Rs 19,700 crore resolution plan of JSW Steel to take over the bankrupt Bhushan Power and Steel.


Sanjay Kothari selected as the new CVC and Bimal Julka selected as the new CIC


Sanjay Kothari, current Secretary to the President, has been selected as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner(CVC)  by a high powered selection committee headed by Narendra Modi.

Sanjay Kothari to succeed K. V. Chowdary as CVC.

Bimal Julka , current Information Commissioner, has been selected as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.

Bimal Julka to succeed Sudhir Bhargava as CIC.


Ashraf Ghani wins second term as Afghanistan’s President


Ashraf Ghani wins second term as Afghanistan president.

He defeated his closest opponent Abdullah Abdullah after winning the 9,23,592 votes or 50.64% of the total votes.

Mr. Ghani served as president of Afghanistan from 2014, and he also served as Finance minister of Afghanistan (2002-2004) and the Chancellor of Kabul University


Pakistan successfully tests nuclear-capable air launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II


Pakistan successfully completed the flight test of the air launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II with a range of 600 km significantly boosting the military’s “deterrence capability” on land and at sea. 


Worldwide Education for The Future Index (WEFFI) 2019, Finland tops


India ranked 35thin Worldwide Education for The Future Index (WEFFI) 2019.

The WEFFI report is created by The Economist Intelligence unit and commissioned by Yidan Prize foundation.

The index is topped by Finland, followed by Sweden in second place and New Zealand in third place.


GoI renamed IDSA as ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses’


The Government of India has renamed ‘The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses’ (IDSA) as ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses’ to honour late Manohar Parrikar.

Late Manohar Parrikar was a former defense minister and Padma Bhushan awardee. The Defense Minister chairs the Executive Committee of the IDSA Institute.


Australia appoints Barry O’Farrell as new high commissioner to India


Barry O’Farrell has been appointed by Australia as the next high commissioner to India.

He will succeed Harinder Sidhu as the high commissioner to India.


Soil Health Card Day was observed on February 19, 2020


Soil Health Card Day observed across the country on february 19, 2020.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme on February 19, 2015 at Suratgarh in Rajasthan, Jaipur.

The scheme aims at issuing soil health cards to farmers every 2 years to identify the nutritional deficiencies in the soil

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