02nd February 2019 Current Affairs

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Government Sets Up Committee to Explore Prepaid Payments by Discoms To Generator Companies

  • On the recommendation of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the government constituted a committee under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to explore prepaid payments by state electricity distribution companies to power plants.
  • The formed committee, consist of the chairman of distribution companies of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and representatives from Union power ministry and power associations to look into problems of delayed payments from distribution companies to power generators.
  • The CEA led committee has been asked to submit its recommendations to the power ministry in one month.

Piyush Goyal is the first Chartered Accountant to present a Budget

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday became the first Chartered Accountant (CA) to present a Budget.
  • The 54-year-old, who’s also the Union Minister of Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal, was an all-India second-rank holder CA and second-rank holder in Law from Mumbai University.
  • Goyal has been an investment banker and also served on boards of SBI and Bank of Baroda.

Vani Kapoor Becomes First Indian To Grab Australian LPGA Card

  • Golfer Vani Kapoor has become the first Indian to grab Australian Ladies PGA Tour (LPGA) after securing 12th Rank tied with three others in the first-ever qualifying tournament at the Ballarat Golf Club in Australia.
  • Total 81 players participated in the Qualifying tournament out of which top-20 earned the card for LPGA.

South Korean Footballer Ki Sung-yueng Announces Retirement

  • Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng 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 held in the United Arab Emirates, under the new national team coach Paulo Bento.
  • He made his international debut on September 5, 2008 and ended his international career as the eighth-most capped South Korean player.

Yes Bank Senior Group President Pralay Mondal Resigns

  • Yes bank Senior group President and head of retail and business banking, Pralay Mondal resigned from his post. He will serve his notice until 31st March 2019.
  • Pralay Mondal joined Yes Bank in 2012.
  • The bank recently named Ravneet Gill as its new MD and CEO.
  • Former CEO Rana Kapoor has demitted office and Ajai Kumar will be the interim chief till Gill takes over.

Sanjiv Ranjan Appointed as The Ambassador of India To the Republic of Colombia

  • Ministry of External Affairs announced that Sanjiv Ranjan has been appointed as new Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.
  • Ranjan, who is the current Ambassador to Argentina, is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
  • Ranjan who is a 1993 batch Indian Foreign Service officer holds a bachelors in Economics from Delhi University and an M.A. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Former MP DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla appointed as new CBI Director

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led panel has appointed former Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new CBI Director for a period of two years.
  • Shukla is a 1983-batch Madhya Pradesh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.
  • He replaces Alok Verma, who was removed as CBI chief by a PM Modi-led panel on January 10.

World Wetlands Day: February 2

  • World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of February to raise global awareness on the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet.
  • The theme of World Wetlands Day 2019 is ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’.
  • Wetlands play a critical role in storing carbon and reducing the impact of extreme weather events associated with climate change.
  • They reduce flooding, replenish drinking water, filter waste, provide urban green spaces and are a source of livelihoods.

INS Dronacharya Wins Kochi Area Boat Pulling Regatta 2019

  • The INS Dronacharya team won the Regatta trophy in the Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2019 of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) held in the Ernakulam Channel.
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) School & Diving School secured the runners up position.
  • The Boat Pulling Regatta is one of the most prestigious and traditional naval sporting activities conducted by the Navy.
  • Six teams, formed from all major units of SNC based at Kochi, participated in the regatta.

Former IIMC Director Hiten Bhaya Passes Away

  • Former Planning Commission member and ex-director of IIMC Hiten Bhaya passed away in Delhi.
  • Bhaya was 98.
  • Bhaya was a member of the Planning Commission in the Rajiv Gandhi government and had also served as director of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and chairman of Hindustan Steel.

Bihar Cabinet approves 10% general category quota

  • The Bihar Cabinet on Friday approved the 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutes for economically weaker section in the general category in the state.
  • The government would table a new bill regarding the implementation of the quota in the coming budget session.
  • The cabinet meeting chaired by CM Nitish Kumar also passed 58 agendas placed before it.

Try out the quiz ?

1. The government has constituted a committee under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to explore prepaid payments. The committee will submit its recommendations to which ministry?

Correct! Wrong!

On the recommendation of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the government constituted a committee under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to explore prepaid payments by state electricity distribution companies to power plants.

2. Who has became the first Chartered Accountant (CA) to present a Budget?

Correct! Wrong!

Piyush Goyal is the first Chartered Accountant to present a Budget

3. Who has become the first Indian to grab Australian Ladies PGA Tour?

Correct! Wrong!

Golfer Vani Kapoor has become the first Indian to grab Australian Ladies PGA Tour (LPGA) after securing 12th Rank tied with three others in the first-ever qualifying tournament at the Ballarat Golf Club in Australia.

4. Footballer Ki Sung-yueng Announces his retirement, he is from which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has announced his retirement from the South Korean national team.

5. Pralay Mondal Resigned from his post, he was .....

Correct! Wrong!

Yes bank Senior group President and head of retail and business banking, Pralay Mondal resigned from his post. He will serve his notice until 31st March 2019.

6. Who has been appointed as new Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia?

Correct! Wrong!

Ministry of External Affairs announced that Sanjiv Ranjan has been appointed as new Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.

7. Who has been appointed as new CBI Director?

Correct! Wrong!

Former MP DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla appointed as new CBI Director

8. World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of February to raise global awareness on the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet.

9. Which team has won the Regatta trophy in the Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

The INS Dronacharya team won the Regatta trophy in the Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2019 of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) held in the Ernakulam Channel.

10. Hiten Bhaya has passed away, who was.......

Correct! Wrong!

Former Planning Commission member and ex-director of IIMC Hiten Bhaya passed away in Delhi. Bhaya was a member of the Planning Commission in the Rajiv Gandhi government and had also served as director of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and chairman of Hindustan Steel.

11. Bihar Cabinet approved the 10% reservation for general category. Who is current CM of Bihar?

Correct! Wrong!

The Bihar Cabinet on Friday approved the 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutes for economically weaker section in the general category in the state. The government would table a new bill regarding the implementation of the quota in the coming budget session. The cabinet meeting chaired by CM Nitish Kumar also passed 58 agendas placed before it.

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