14th February 2019 Current Affairs

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Parliament passed Personal Laws Bill 2019

  • Parliament passed the Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with Rajya Sabha’s approval on 13 Feb 2019.
  • The Lok Sabha had passed the bill in the last session.
  • The Bill seeks to uphold the rights of people with leprosy, as the disease is curable.
  • The Rajya Sabha also passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill 2019.

Women with four children to get life tax exemption in Hungary

  • According to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, women in the country with four children or more will be exempted for life from paying income tax.
  • The move aims at boosting the country’s population.
  • For women who raise at least four children, a subsidy of USD 8,825 will be given for the purchase of a seven-seat vehicle.
  • A low-interest loan of 35,300 US dollars for women under the age of 40 who are marrying for the first time will be introduced.
  • Prime Minister Orban also announced a seven-point plan to increase the fertility rate in the country.

Bradley Cooper Wins Best Director from PETA for ‘A Star Is Born’

  • Bradley Cooper has been awarded the ‘Oscat’ by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
  • The animal rights organisation awarded Cooper “for his enlightened decision to cast his own canine companion in ‘A Star Is Born’ rather than using one supplied by a notorious animal exhibitor”.

British Academy Film Awards announced

  • The film “The Favourite” won seven honours in British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)- 2019 in London.
  • The Favourite won best actress for Olivia Colman and best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hair.
  • Also, Netflix production ‘Roma’ also had a successful night picking up four prizes – best film, best director, best cinematography and best film not in the English language.
  • Rami Malek won the best actor for playing Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

CBDT Chief Sushil Chandra Appointed as Election Commissioner

  • President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Sushil Chandra as an Election Commissioner.
  • The post had fallen vacant after the appointment of the then Election Commissioner Sunil Arora as Chief Election Commissioner on superannuation of his predecessor O.P. Rawat in December 2018.
  • Former bureaucrat Ashok Lavasa is the first and senior-most Election Commissioner.
  • A 1980-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) official, Mr. Chandra is an IIT graduate. His appointment comes weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Ashwani Lohani: Air India CMD

  • Ashwani Lohani, a retired bureaucrat, was appointed the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India, on 13 Feb 2019.
  • This will be his second tenure.
  • In August 2017, he was named the Chairman to the Railway Board and retired on December 31, 2018.
  • Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola was appointed as new Civil Aviation Secretary, earlier on Feb 6.

Indian Army Carried Out the Annual Exercise Named ‘Exercise Topchi’

  • Indian Army showcased its artillery firepower by using ultralight Howitzers and indigenous Swathi weapon-locating radar at the annual “Exercise Topchi”.
  • The exercise was held at Deolali Camp near Nashik.
  • Aviation and surveillance capabilities were also showcased.
  • There were a showcase of display of rockets, missiles, surveillance, and target acquisition radars, remotely piloted aircraft and hi-tech equipment in addition to gunfire.
  • The precision displayed while delivering the explosives in the target area stunned all those present.

Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand

  • One of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest multinational military exercises, Cobra Gold began in Thailand with around10,000 personnel and 29 countries as participants.
  • It is aimed at enhancing interoperability, strengthening relationships among participating nations.
  • This year’s exercise is the 38th of its kind.

Cabinet approves Patna Metro Rail project

  • The Union Cabinet approved the Patna Metro Rail Project to boost transport facilities in the capital city of Bihar.
  • The Cabinet has also hiked the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Raw Jute by Rs 250 to Rs 3950 per quintal for 2019 -20 season.
  • The MSP is expected to ensure appropriate minimum prices to the farmers and step up investments in jute cultivation.
  • Cabinet also approved the continuation of Credit Linked Capital Subsidy and Technology Up-gradation Scheme beyond 12th Plan for three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with a total outlay of two thousand 900 crore rupees.

Rajasthan passes 5% quota bill for Gujjars, four other communities

  • Rajasthan government has passed a Backward Classes, Amendment Bill, 2019 to provide 5% quota in jobs and educational institutions to ‘Gurjars’ and four other communities.
  • The state government has also decided to increase the ceiling of creamy layer from Rs. 2.5 lacks to Rs. 8 lacks.
  • The Gurjar community has been holding agitations since Friday across the state demanding five per cent separate quota for them.

P Chidambaram’s Book “Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India” Launched

  • Former Vice President Hamid Ansari launched the new book of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram named “Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India” at Nehru Memorial Museum, New Delhi.
  • The book is a collection of essays on the country’s atmosphere of fear and how the constitutional values are being threatened.

Try out the quiz ?

Q.1 Which of the following Bill has recently Passed by Rajya Sabha in which rights of people with leprosy Involved?

Correct! Wrong!

Parliament passed the Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with Rajya Sabha’s approval on 13 Feb 2019.

Q.2 Hungarian Government has announced to exempt life time Tax conditions for How Many Children in a family?

Correct! Wrong!

According to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, women in the country with four children or more will be exempted for life from paying income tax.

Q.3 For which movie Bradley Cooper has won Best Director from PETA?

Correct! Wrong!

Bradley Cooper Wins Best Director from PETA for ‘A Star Is Born’

Q.4 Which of the following Movie Has won 7 awards in BAFTA?

Correct! Wrong!

The film "The Favourite" won seven honours in British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)- 2019 in London.

Q.5 Who is new Election commissioner of India?

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CBDT Chief Sushil Chandra Appointed as Election Commissioner

Q.6 Who has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India?

Correct! Wrong!

Ashwani Lohani, a retired bureaucrat, was appointed the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India, on 13 Feb 2019.

Q.7 On which place Indian Army has conducted Annual Exercise Named ‘Exercise Topchi’?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian Army showcased its artillery firepower by using ultralight Howitzers and indigenous Swathi weapon-locating radar at the annual “Exercise Topchi”. The exercise was held at Deolali Camp near Nashik.

Q.8 In Which place Cobra Gold military exercise has been conducted?

Correct! Wrong!

One of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest multinational military exercises, Cobra Gold began in Thailand with around10,000 personnel and 29 countries as participants.

Q.9 Rajasthan Has passed how many percentage reservation bills for Gujjars?

Correct! Wrong!

Rajasthan passes 5% quota bill for Gujjars, four other communities

Q.10 Who has launched the new book of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram named “Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India” at Nehru Memorial Museum, New Delhi?

Correct! Wrong!

Former Vice President Hamid Ansari launched the new book of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram named “Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India” at Nehru Memorial Museum, New Delhi.

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