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Important Current Affairs 20th February 2019

GOVERNMENT SCHEME:

Number 112 launched for women safety.

• Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Emergency Response Support System, ERSS, for women's safety in 16 states and Union territories.

• Persons in distress can dial a pan-India number: 112.

• The Home Minister also launched 2 portals - Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal.

Nitin Gadkari launched a portal.

• Shri Nitin Gadkari launched PCS1x at the Regional Maritime Safety Conference in Mumbai on 19 Feb 2019.

• It has been developed in record time by the Indian Ports Association.

• The platform allows improvement in payment cycle, transparency of transaction cycles, detailed tracking of vessels and berthing schedules

NATIONAL NEWS:

Steel Minister dedicates SPU to nation.

• Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh dedicated SAIL’s Steel Processing Unit (SPU) at Bettiah in West Champaran, Bihar to the nation on 18 Feb 2019.

• This unit will produce high-quality steel tubes and pipes.

• With an installed capacity of 50,000 tons per year, this Unit will play an important role in the development of the predominantly agriculture intensive area.

Drainage-cleaning robot introduced in Chennai.

• A drainage-cleaning robot has been introduced for the first time in Chennai as part of efforts to get rid of manual scavenging.

• The robot named Bandicoot was introduced at a cost of 18 lakh rupees and was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Minister Kadambur Raju.

• Drainage cleaning can be detected by viewing the blockages on the screen.

SUMMITS AND CONFERENCE:

Conference on Pharmacy inaugurated.

• The 4th edition of India’s biggest Global Conference on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices was inaugurated in Bengaluru on 18 Feb 2019.

• The theme of ‘India Pharma 2019’ is ‘Enabling Quality Affordable Healthcare & that of ‘India Medical Device 2019’ is ‘Accelerating Growth to Achieve Universal Healthcare’.

• The event was organized by the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) and FICCI.

POLITY:

Himachal Pradesh assembly passed Bill.

• The Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill to make Sanskrit the second official language of the state.

• The Himachal Pradesh Official Language Bill, 2019 (Amendment) was introduced by Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh Thakur.

• It was passed without any discussion.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

RBI to inject Rs 12,500 crores.

• The RBI would inject Rs 12,500 crore into the system through purchase of government securities on Feb 21, 2019, to increase liquidity.

• The purchase will be made through open market operations (OMOs).

• The eligible participants should submit their offers in electronic format on the RBI core banking solution (EKuber) system on February 21.

RBI to pay Rs 28,000 cr as interim dividend.

• The Reserve Bank will pay an interim dividend of Rs 28,000 crore to the government

• This is the second successive year when the RBI will be transferring an interim surplus.

• RBI had given Rs 30,663 crore as dividend to the government in 2017-18.

• The central bank transfers its surplus amount to the government, under Section 47 of the RBI Act, 1934.

RBI released a warning.

• RBI has released a warning regarding an app called Any Desk

• You should not download this app through social media or any other channel, doing so might empty your bank account within minutes.

• RBI alerted banks about potential fraudulent transactions on the unified payments interface (UPI) platform.

SPORTS:

Jitendra Singh won 50km event.

• Jitendra Singh Rathore claimed the top honours in the men ’ s 50km race walk competition at the 6th National Open Race Walking Championships that concluded in Chennai.

• Suraj Panwar of Uttarakhand won the boys 10km race.

• The gold medal in the girls 10km race was clinched by Roji Patel of Uttarakhand.

INTERNATIONAL:

Iran launched a submarine.

• Iran launched a new locally-made submarine capable of firing cruise missiles on 17 Feb 2019.

• Named the Fateh, the new submarine is Iran's first in the semi-heavy category.

• The near 600-tonne underwater vessel is equipped with torpedoes and naval mines in addition to cruise missiles.

• It can operate more than 200 metres below sea level for up to 35 days.

AGREEMENT :

India and Morocco signed 4 MoUs.

• India and Morocco signed four MoUs in Rabat on 18 Feb 2019.

• The MoUs include setting up of Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and Cooperation in Housing and Human Settlement.

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