1. PM launches “PM-KISAN” from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) from Gorakhpur.
  • The Prime Minister said that farmers can now avail credit upto Rs. 1.60 lakh, through Kisan Credit Cards. He also touched upon other welfare schemes for the benefit of farmers.
  • The Prime Minister congratulated the farmers for the launch of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. He also congratulated farmer families engaged in dairy farming, and fisheries, as they now have access to Kisan Credit Cards.

2. Manpreet Singh honoured with AHF's Player of the Year

  • Indian Hockey Team captain Manpreet Singh has been honoured with the 2018 Player of the Year award by the Asian Hockey Federation.
  • Indian Hockey Women team’s striker Lalremsiami bagged the Rising Player of The Year prize.
  • Manpreet led the Indian team to an unbeaten streak at the Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat where the team was declared joint winners with Pakistan.

3. Cobra Gold joint military exercise held in Thailand

  • Twenty-nine countries, including Indonesia, concluded the biggest Asia-Pacific military joint exercise ever in Thailand.
  • Around 4,500 personnel from the army, navy and the air forces participated in the 2019 Cobra Gold to evaluate their troops through the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (Calfex), among other activities.
  • This year’s event also marks the first joint cyber operation that aims to identify and protect important information in case of a cyberattack.

4. Oscars Awards 2019 announced ; Bohemian Rhapsody wins four Academy Awards

  • Bohemian Rhapsody might have won the most Oscars at the 2019 Academy Awards with four wins. Black Panther and Netflix's Roma also ended up with three awards on the night.
  • Colman, 45, earned one of the highest honors for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite as she beat out Close, 71, whom many predicted would would reign victorious for her role in The Wife.
  • Best Picture- Greenbook, Best Actress in a Leading Role- OliviaColman for the Favourite
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role- Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody.

5. Rajnath Singh inaugurates Waste to Wonder Park in Delhi

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new park which houses the replicas of seven wonders of the world at Sarai Kale Khan
  • The park, which is called the 'Waste to Wonder Park', was built by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).
  • It is the first-of-its-kind tourist attraction in the world, with the replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, Rome's Colosseum, and the Statute of Liberty.

6. Govt releases draft e-commerce policy.

  • The governmentreleased the draft national e-commerce policy proposing setting up a legal and technological framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow.
  • The draft policy said the framework would be created to provide the basis for imposing restrictions on cross-border data flow from specified sources.
  • The policy aim at sector growth along with make in India, Digital India.

7. Odisha approves Rs 466 crore sanitary napkin scheme for girls.

  • Odisha government Friday approved a Rs 466 crore Khusi scheme aimed at improving menstrual hygiene among adolescent girl students in the state.
  • The state cabinet approved the scheme Khusi with an outlay of Rs 466.08 crore over a period of five years.
  • Under the scheme, free sanitary napkins will be provided to 17.25 lakh adolescent girl students of Class-VI to XII studying in government and non-government aided schools of the state.

8. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated VIVID 2019

  • VIVID-Vision Insight and Voices as India goes Digital”- the District Informatics Officer (DIO) meet, is being organised by National Informatics Centre (NIC)
  • The meet is held as an initiative to interact with the DIO’s and to share their experiences as well as contribution, as digital change-makers at the grass-root level in the States.
  • The National meet will cover a wide range of relevant topics in various technical sessions sessions including Emerging Technologies , Cyber Threats & Counter , Enterprise Level Applications, and many other relevant topics.

9. Bihar Becomes First State in India to Have Special Dog Squad For Detecting Liquor Consignment.

  • The state, two years after imposing a complete ban on liquor, has now become the first state in India to have a special dog squad for detecting liquor consignment.
  • At present, 20 trained dogs are part of the squad. The canines were provided with nine months of training.
  • The Bihar Police has spent Rs Rs 1.71 lakh on each dog, including the purchase and training cost.

10. Odisha launches boat ambulance service for remote areas

  • The Odisha government has launched a boat ambulance service to ferry patients to hospitals in remote areas at a cost of Rs 5.40 crore.
  • While the first such boat ambulance was introduced at Batighar under Mahakalpada tehsil in the coastal Kendrapara district.
  • The floating ambulances will cater to the needs of people in areas where the '108' ambulance service has failed to make headway, due to lack of proper road route.

11. JioSaavn only Indian company to make it to '50 Most Innovative Companies' list

  • India based global audio and music streaming service JioSaavn announced that it has secured the first rank India-wise and 28th rank globally in the 2019 list of "50 Most Innovative Companies".
  • JioSaavn is the only Indian company that made it to the list, published by US-based business publication Fast Company.
  • The other domestic companies that ranked top on the India list of "Most Innovative Companies" include branded budget hotel marketplace OYO, biodegradable sanitary pad manufacturers Sathi and ride-hailing service Ola.
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