01 February 2019 Current Affairs

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Union budget 2019-20 presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal

  • Today, The Interim Union Budget 2019-20 presented by the Union Finance Minister Piyush Vedprakash Goyal in Lok Sabha.
  • An interim budget is a temporary financial document that helps a business or public agency get through a period that’s shorter than a typical budget cycle, which is normally one year.
  • An Interim Budget gives the complete financial statement, very similar to a full Budget.

Other Name – Annual Financial Statement (Article 112),

Types – Revenue Budget and Capital Budget.   

Government Renames DIPP as Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade

  • The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has been renamed as the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade with a mandate to deal with matters related to start-ups, facilitating ease of doing business among others.
  • The newly-named department under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will look into matters related to promotion of internal trade, including retail trade, welfare of traders and their employees, facilitating ease of doing business and start-ups.
  • The order has been approved by President Ram Nath Kovind.

 

 

OPD Wing of ESIC Hospital inaugurated

  • Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment S.K. Gangwar, inaugurated OPD Wing of ESIC AYUSH Hospital, Narela in Delhi.
  • This is the first dedicated Ayush Hospital of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and is being constructed with a cost of Rs. 30 crores.
  • All the facilities under Ayush such as Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Siddha, Unani and Yoga will be provided in this hospital.

Founded          – 24 February 1952

Headquarters  – New Delhi, India

No Income Tax for incomes up to ₹5 lakh

  • Govt. announced that individual taxpayers with annual income up to ₹5 lakh will not have to pay any Income Tax.
  • Those with gross income of up to ₹6.5 lakh also won’t have to pay any tax if they make investments in prescribed methods.
  • This will give ₹18,500 cr tax benefit to 3 cr middle class people.
  • He also said that Income Tax returns will be processed in 24 hours and refund initiated.

Germany, France, UK set up INSTEX

  • Germany, France and the UK have set up a payment channel with Iran called INSTEX.
  • This was done to help continue trade with Iran and overcome US sanctions.
  • This special payment system will help save the Iran nuclear deal by allowing Tehran to keep trading with EU companies.
  • US had reimposed sanctions on Iran after US President Donald Trump abruptly quit the nuclear accord in 2018.

INSTEX – Instrument In Support of Trade Exchange

Founded ­­– 2015

Mithali raj becomes the first woman to play 200 ODI matches

  • India’s women’s cricket team Captain Mithali Raj (36-year) has become the first woman to play 200 matches in the ODI (One-day Internationals) format when she played against New Zealand in Hamilton.
  • She already holds the record for being the most capped woman in one-day internationals.
  • Mithali’s international career is fourth-highest behind only Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Javed Miandad.
  • She earned her 192nd cap to beat Charlotte Edward’s, former England captain when she led India against the English in the first match of their ICC Women’s Championship ODI series in April 2018.

Record Against – New Zealand

Highest Scorer – 6622 runs

Gupteshwar Pandey appointed as new Bihar DGP

  • Senior IPS officer (1987-batch) Gupteshwar Pandey has taken charge as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Bihar.
  • He succeeds current DGP K S Dwivedi (retired).
  • Earlier, Mr Pandey served as an SSP and SP in 26 districts of Bihar.
  • Currently, Mr Pandey was serving as the Director General (Training) of Bihar Police.

DGP – Director General of Police

Other Name – State Police Chief

Rajiv Nayan Choubey becomes Member, UPSC

  • Rajiv Nayan Choubey took the Oath of office and Secrecy as Member of Union Public Service Commission on Feb 1, 2019.
  • He is an officer of the 1981 batch of Indian Administrative Service of Tamil Nadu Cadre.
  • The oath was administered by the Chairman of UPSC, Shri Arvind Saxena.

Formed – October 1, 1926

Headquarters – Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,New Delhi

2019 Announced as The International Year Of The Periodic Table

  • The United Nations has announced, 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements to highlight its first publication in 1869.
  • It will help to raise the profile of how chemistry can provide solutions to global challenges in agriculture, education, energy and health.
  • The periodic table as we know it today was first designed by the Russian scientist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev.

Travelogue show launched on Doordarshan

  • Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari launched travelogue show “Rag Rag Mein Ganga” on Doordarshan in New Delhi.
  • It has been made by DD in collaboration with National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to relay the need of rejuvenating River Ganga.
  • He also launched the quiz show “Meri Ganga”.

Formed – 15 September 1959

Motto – Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Bharat Parv concluded on Jan 31 in Delhi

  • The closing ceremony of ‘Bharat Parv’ took place in Delhi on 31st Jan, 2019 in the presence of Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons.
  • The Parv was organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India at the Red Fort, New Delhi from 26th to 31st January, 2019.
  • 27 States participated in the event by setting up of Stalls, Showcasing their food, handicrafts and tourism products.

Starting year – 2016

Conducted By – Ministry of Tourism

Try out the quiz ?

1. Union budget 2019-20 presented by Finance Minister. Who is the current Finance Minister of India?

Correct! Wrong!

The Interim Union Budget 2019-20 presented by the Union Finance Minister Piyush Vedprakash Goyal in Lok Sabha.

2. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade is the new one of organisation?

Correct! Wrong!

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has been renamed as the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade with a mandate to deal with matters related to start-ups, facilitating ease of doing business among others.

3. Minister of State for Labour & Employment S.K. Gangwar inaugurated OPD Wing of ESIC AYUSH Hospital in which state?

Correct! Wrong!

Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment S.K. Gangwar, inaugurated OPD Wing of ESIC AYUSH Hospital, Narela in Delhi.

4. Govt. announced that individual taxpayers with how many lakhs of annual income will not have to pay any Income Tax?

Correct! Wrong!

Govt. announced that individual taxpayers with annual income up to ₹5 lakh will not have to pay any Income Tax.

5. Germany, France and the UK have set up a payment channel with Iran. What is the name of that payment channel?

Correct! Wrong!

Germany, France and the UK have set up a payment channel with Iran called INSTEX.

6. Who has become the first Indian women's cricket team Captain to have played 200 matches in the ODI format when she played against New Zealand?

Correct! Wrong!

India’s women's cricket team Captain Mithali Raj (36-year) has become the first woman to play 200 matches in the ODI (One-day Internationals) format when she played against New Zealand in Hamilton.

7. Who is new DGP of Bihar?

Correct! Wrong!

Senior IPS officer (1987-batch) Gupteshwar Pandey has taken charge as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Bihar.

8. Rajiv Nayan Choubey becomes member of UPSC, who is the current chairman of UPSC?

Correct! Wrong!

Rajiv Nayan Choubey took the Oath of office and Secrecy as Member of Union Public Service Commission on Feb 1, 2019. The oath was administered by the Chairman of UPSC, Shri Arvind Saxena.

9. Which organisation has announced 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table?

Correct! Wrong!

The United Nations has announced, 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements to highlight its first publication in 1869.

10. A travelogue show 'Rag Rag Mein Ganga' has been launched by.........

Correct! Wrong!

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari launched travelogue show “Rag Rag Mein Ganga” on Doordarshan in New Delhi.

11. Bharat Parv concluded in Delhi. This Parv was organized by which Ministry?

Correct! Wrong!

The closing ceremony of ‘Bharat Parv’ took place in Delhi on 31st Jan, 2019 in the presence of Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons. The Parv was organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India at the Red Fort, New Delhi from 26th to 31st January, 2019.

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