♦ Ministry of Textiles and Government of India launched 'Artisan Speak' at Elephanta Caves (UNESCO heritage site)
♦ The Aim is to strengthen the handlooms and textiles sector of India.
♦ It is organized by the Ministry of Textiles, in partnership with Reliance.
♦ The event has been held to showcase the GI Textiles of India, through a confluence of fashion, music and dance.
♦ Many textiles companies signed an agreement with the Office of Development Commissioner (Handlooms). Ministry of Textiles on the occasion.
♦ Maharashtra government has launched a Special scheme to curb infant deaths.
♦ Infant mortality is the death of young children under one year.
♦ Child Development Minister Pankaja Mundle distributed baby-care kits to the children born in primary health centers and government hospitals.
♦ The kit costs around Rs 2,000.
♦ The scheme is applicable only for the first child.
♦ The government allocated Rs.20 crore for the scheme.
♦ It will benefit around 4 lakh women across the state.
♦ Scientists developed an 'Artificial Pancreas' smartphone App for Diabetics.
♦ The app will help to analyze blood sugar levels in diabetes patients.
♦ This app is formed with the capacity to connect with glucose monitors, insulin pump devices, and decision-making algorithms.
♦ The central banks of UAE and Saudi Arabia launched a common digital currency called 'Aber'.
♦ It will be used in financial settlements between the two countries through Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers technologies.
♦ Both Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the United Arab Emirates Central Bank (UAEIB) are studying the impact on the improvement and reduction of remittance costs and the assessments of risks through digital currency 'Aber'.
♦ LT Gen Rajeev Chopra took charge as the Director General of NCC (DGNCC).
♦ He has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service in January 2018.
♦ Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has launched the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country.
♦ It is inaugurated at the fourth Convention of 2-day "Agrivision-2019" organized by Vidyarthi Kalyan Nyas in Pusa, New Delhi.
♦ This project (Rs 1100) is to be funded by the World Bank and the Indian Government on a 50:50 basis.
♦ To enhance the participation of students in agricultural business, READY (Rural Entrepreneurship Awareness Development Yojana) is also provided to the UG students.
♦ Israel Aerospace Industries signed an agreement with Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard for providing Naval Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) system in India.
♦ The agreement worth $93 million. Under the contracts, Israel Aerospace Industries will provide complementary systems for the air defense system.
♦ Gorkha Brigade received the best marching contingent trophy of the Republic Day parade.
♦ The CRPF won the best marching contingent prize for the para-military forces.
♦ Senior diplomat Sunjay Sudhir has appointed as Ambassador of India to the Maldives.
♦ He is a 1933 batch Indian Foreign Service officer.
♦ He currently works as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
♦ Interim Budget was presented in Parliament on 1st February 2019 by Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal. Goyal was appointed as the interim finance minister & corporate affairs minister because of Arun Jetly's health issues. The government has presented the vote on account. It was the last budget of the Modi government 2019 before the general election. A full-fledged budget will be presented after the House reassembles after the general election. The Interim Budget mainly focused on supporting needy farmers, workers in the unorganized sector, and salaried employees. An Interim Budget is a presented in the election year when the government is about to face general elections. ...........Click Here to Read More