23rd February 2019 Current Affairs

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President Bashir Declares Year-Long State of Emergency in Sudan

  • Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has declared a year-long state of emergency, dissolving his cabinet and local governments throughout the country.
  • Omar al-Bashir in a televised address called on Sudan’s parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to run for another term in a presidential election in 2020.
  • Since December 2018, various areas in Sudan, including the capital Khartoum, have been witnessing popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.

CBDT Set Up Panel to Help Bring Down Tax Litigation

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) formed a 4-member committee, headed by income tax commissioner Sanjeev Sharma, to look into the matter of taxation related pain points and submit its final report and recommendations by mid-March.
  • It will tackle the issue by addressing some current pain points and recommending some steps borrowed from international best practices.

Shooter Apurvi sets world record, wins India's 1st gold at Delhi WC

  • Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist Apurvi Chandela broke the women’s 10m Air Rifle category world record to clinch India’s first gold medal at the New Delhi World Cup on Saturday.
  • The 26-year-old finished with a total of 252.9 points, breaking the previous world record (252.4 points) achieved by China’s Ruozhu Zhao at Changwon World Cup in 2018.

Digital India Awards conferred for Excellence in Web Space

  • The Digital India Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India by National Informatics Centre, MeitY, to promote exemplary initiatives in e-governance using the medium of World Wide Web.
  • Hon’ble Minister of Electronics&IT, Law & Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad conferred “Digital India Awards 2018” in an exclusive ceremony.

Divya Karnad Becomes First Indian Woman to Receive Future for Nature Award

  • 33-year-old Ashoka University teacher and Wipro Sustainable Fellow, Divya Karnad became the First Indian Woman to be honoured with the ‘Future for Nature Award’ for her work on marine conservation.
  • She is the second Indian to receive this award after Dr. Charudutt Mishra.
  • The award is given to 3 people annually, and this year it was given to Oliver Nsengimana and Fernanda Abra along with Divya Karnad.
  • It is a prestigious international award that celebrates achievements in protecting wild animals and plant species.

PV Sindhu 1st woman to co-pilot made-in-India Tejas fighter jet

  • Badminton player PV Sindhu has become the first woman to fly in made-in-India Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
  • The 23-year-old co-piloted the aircraft as part of the Women’s Day observed at Aero India 2019 show in Bengaluru on Saturday.
  • The homegrown aircraft was flown by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday, who hailed it as “wonderful aircraft”.

Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti chief dies in road accident in UP

  • Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti chief and campaigner for construction of Ram Temple, Jagadguru Hansdevacharya, was killed in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao on Friday.
  • The incident happened when the seer’s SUV collided with another vehicle, injuring him and three others.
  • All of them were rushed to a hospital, where Hansdevacharya succumbed to his injuries, according to officials.

Odisha To Give Free Sanitary Napkins To 17 Lakh School Girls

  • The Odisha Cabinet approved the ‘Khushi ‘scheme to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls across the state.
  • The scheme will benefit nearly 17.25 lakh school girls from Class VI to XII studying in government and government-aided schools.
  • The state government will spend INR 466 crore over a period of 5 years to implement the scheme.

UP CM Launches Scheme for Adolescent Girls

  • In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched Scheme for Adolescent girls (SAG).
  • The scheme focuses on girls aged between 11 to 14 years who have left studies and will take steps for proper nutrition and special care for them.
  • The state government also decided to observe Adolescent girls’ day on 8th of every month at Anganwadi centres across the state.
  • State Government will also launch Nutrition Campaign for the adolescent girls on 8th March.

Try out the quiz ?

1. President Omar al-Bashir has declared a year-long state of emergency, dissolving his cabinet and local governments throughout the country. Omar al-Bashir is president of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has declared a year-long state of emergency, dissolving his cabinet and local governments throughout the country.

2. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) formed a 4-member committee, to look into the matter of taxation related pain points and submit its final report and recommendations by mid-March. Who will be the head of this committee?

Correct! Wrong!

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) formed a 4-member committee, headed by income tax commissioner Sanjeev Sharma, to look into the matter of taxation related pain points and submit its final report and recommendations by mid-March.

3. Shooter Apurvi Chandela has set world record, wins India's 1st gold at Delhi WC in which category?

Correct! Wrong!

Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist Apurvi Chandela broke the women's 10m Air Rifle category world record to clinch India's first gold medal at the New Delhi World Cup on Saturday.

4. Who has conferred with Digital India awards 2018 for Excellence in Web Space?

Correct! Wrong!

The Digital India Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India by National Informatics Centre, MeitY, to promote exemplary initiatives in e-governance using the medium of World Wide Web. Hon’ble Minister of Electronics&IT, Law & Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad conferred “Digital India Awards 2018” in an exclusive ceremony.

5. Divya Karnad has become first Indian woman to receive 'Future for Nature Award'. She has got this award for which of the following work?

Correct! Wrong!

33-year-old Ashoka University teacher and Wipro Sustainable Fellow, Divya Karnad became the First Indian Woman to be honoured with the ‘Future for Nature Award’ for her work on marine conservation

6. Who has become the first woman to fly in made-in-India Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas?

Correct! Wrong!

Badminton player PV Sindhu has become the first woman to fly in made-in-India Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

7. Jagadguru Hansdevacharya has passed away. He was the chief of ...........

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Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti chief and campaigner for construction of Ram Temple, Jagadguru Hansdevacharya, was killed in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao on Friday.

8. Odisha Govt will give free sanitary napkins to 17 Lakh school girls under which scheme?

Correct! Wrong!

The Odisha Cabinet approved the ‘Khushi ‘scheme to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls across the state.

9. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched a Scheme for Adolescent girls (SAG) for which age group who have left studies?

Correct! Wrong!

In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched Scheme for Adolescent girls (SAG). The scheme focuses on girls aged between 11 to 14 years who have left studies and will take steps for proper nutrition and special care for them.

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