♦ The government has renamed the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) as Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.
♦ DIPP was framing policies only related to foreign direct investment, now DPIIT will also deal with issues concerning the promotion of internal trade, including retail trade; welfare of traders and their employees; matters relating to facilitating ease of doing business and startups.
♦ DPIIT will work under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
♦ INS Dronacharya team won the Regatta trophy 2019 in the Kochi Area Pulling Regatta of the Southern Naval Command held in the Ernakulam Channel.
♦ It is one of the most prestigious and traditional naval sporting activities conducted by the Southern Naval Command.
♦ India's cricket team captain, Mithali Raj has become the first female cricketer to play 200 ODIs during the 3rd and final ODI against New Zealand.
♦ The 36-year-old, Mithali Raj has also scored highest runs in ODIs with 6622 runs at an average of 51.33, including 7 centuries.
♦ She made her ODI debut way back in 1999.
♦ She has played in 200 out of 263 matches that India have played till now.
♦ Football player Ki Sung-Yeung has announced his retirement from the South Korean national team.
♦ The midfielder though decided to retire after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia yet decided to compete in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which is held in the United Arab Emirates, under the new national team coach Paulo Bento.
♦ He made his international debut on 5 Sept 2008.
♦ Reserve Bank of India has approved the appointment of Ajai Kumar as the interim CEO of Yes Bank from 1 February 2019, for one month or till Ravneet Gill Assume office as MD and CEO.
♦ Ravneet Gill is at present the head of the German-based Deutsche Bank in India. As per the report, he will take charge on or before 1 March 2019.
♦ Rana Kapoor stepped down as CEO on 31st January.
♦ Ministry of External Affairs appointed Sanjiv Ranjan as new Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.
♦ Ranjan is the current Ambassador of Argentina.
♦ He is a 1993 batch Indian Foreign Service officer.
♦ He served as Deputy High Commissioner of India to Mauritius from 2006 to 2009. Apart from this he held diplomatic positions in Indian Embassies in Madrid and Lima.
♦ Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command.
♦ He succeeded Vice Admiral Girish Luthra.
♦ He has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2006, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014 and Param Vishist Seva Medal in 2019 by the president of India.
♦ 12th Regional standards conclave held in Bhubaneswar (Odisha) on 1st Feb on the occasion of a 4th day of the trade fair.
♦ The conclave will have onlooker on industry, regulators, and experts sharing their views on the importance of Standards for Global trade, with focus on Odisha.
♦ India's unemployment rate hit a 45 year high of 6.1% in 2017-18, as per the National Sample Survey Office's (NSSO's) periodic labor force survey.
♦ Unemployment is higher in urban areas which is 7.8% as compared to 5.3% in rural areas of the country.
♦ The Unemployment rate is at its highest level as in 1972-73.
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