• Current Affair ,19th February 2020

    • February 20, 2020
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    1. India to get Peninsular & Air Defence Command by next 2021, theatre commands by 2022



    • In order to deal with future security challenges, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has proposed Peninsular Commandby merging Western and the Eastern Command of the Indian Navy, which will spread from the Sir Creek near the Arabian Sea to the Sundarbans in the Bay of Bengal. It will be under the operational control of the Navy Chief and will have air assets and support from the army. This tri-services Peninsular Command will be responsible for dealing with maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). It will be rolled out by the end of 2021.
    • It should be noted that currently, there are about 19 military commands in the country and only two of them are tri-service commands – Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC)and the Strategic Forces Command, which looks after nuclear assets. ANC, the first tri-service command of the country, will remain as it is because it is focused on surveillance while the proposed Peninsular Command has focus on defence.
    • Theatre Commands by 2022:Instead of having separate commands for every service, the CDS is working on having a joint or theatre command, by the year 2022, that can carry out all war-fighting formations under a single commander. The commander could either be from the Army, Air Force or the Navy. Theaterisation means putting specific units of personnel from the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) — under a common theatre commander so they fight as a cohesive unit.
    • Air Defence Command by 2021:The other proposed command is the Joint Air Defence Command that will roll out by 2021. It will have air assets such as missiles from the army. The navy will also be a part of it. It’s aim is timely implementation of orders in case of aerial attacks.
    • The CDS is also looking to set up theDoctrine and Training command and Logistics command.


    1. 4th National Conference on PMFBY



    • the two-day long 4th National Conference on Review of Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)held in Udaipur, Rajasthan. It was inaugurated by Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, the conference saw the participation of 140 members representing different states, banks, insurance companies, RBI (Reserve Bank of India), NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development).  The first three editions were held in Lucknow, Bangalore, and Guwahati respectively.
    • Launched on 18th February 2016 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, PMFBY provides a comprehensive insurance cover to farmers against failure of the crop. Currently, the scheme has three active participants namely the state government, banking sector and the insurance sector. The scheme is being administered by the Ministry of Agriculture with an aim of supporting sustainable production in agriculture.





    1. Novel Corona Virus COVID-19


    • People who were quarantined at Manesar Army Camp on their return from China dispersed today after they tested negative for Novel Coronavirus. Today, 248 people were discharged. These people were brought to the camp by the government from Wuhan in China.
    • Yesterday, over 400 people who were kept at the ITBP Quarantine Facility in Chhawla, New Delhi were discharged after being found negative for Novel Coronavirus. The group included seven persons from the Maldives.


    1. IDSA to be renamed as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

    • Union Government has decided to rename the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, IDSA as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. The decision has been taken to honour the commitment and legacy of late Manohar Parrikar. It will align the vision and aspiration of the premier defence institute with the contribution of the former Defence Minister and Padma Bhushan awardee.
    • An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, throughout his career, late Manohar Parrikar showed a tremendous fighting spirit, taking on the odds with fearlessness. He was Defence Minister from 9th November 2014 to 14th March 2017 and steered the Ministry through the tough challenges of attacks like Pathankot and Uri and responded to these with exemplary boldness.
    • During his tenure as Defence Minister, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India’s security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen. His biggest contribution was towards the implementation of long-standing One Rank, One Pension, OROP demand for the Armed Forces. He initiated major military reforms with the objective of having better teeth-to-tail ratio by setting up an expert committee under Lieutenant General (Retd.) D B Shekatkar for enhancing combat capability and rebalancing defence expenditure.
    • An autonomous body under Ministry of Defence, IDSA was established as a registered society in New Delhi in 1965, dedicated to objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security. Its aim is to promote national and international security through the generation and dissemination of knowledge on defence and security-related issues. To achieve its goals, the institute undertakes scholarly research, policy-oriented research, dissemination of research findings, training and capacity building and public education.
    • The IDSA has a well-qualified multi-disciplinary research faculty drawn from academia and defence forces representing a diversity of views. Research at the Institute is driven by a comprehensive agenda and the need to provide impartial analysis and policy recommendations. Since its inception, IDSA has served as a forum to debate important aspects of national and international security. The institute conducts several national and international conferences every year and regularly holds round tables and workshops on important developments.


    1. Central Govt employees selected for appointment before 2004 but joined service on or after this can now opt to be covered under old Pension scheme

    • All Central Government employees whose selection for appointment was finalized before 1st of January 2004 but who joined service on or after this date, can now opt to be covered under the old Pension scheme instead of National Pension System, NPS.
    • Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said, this order is expected to give relief to several Central Government employees, some of whom were seeking court’s intervention to be covered under the old Pension scheme.
    • The Ministry said, Central Government employees will be given one time option to get coverage of Pension Rules, in place of the NPS. This option may be exercised by the concerned government servants latest by 31st of May this year.




    1. RPF arrests 59 persons for issuing railway tickets through illegal software


    • Railway Protection Force, RPF has arrested 59 persons so far who were indulged in issuing railway tickets through an illegal software.
    • Briefing reporters in New Delhi, DG, RPF Arun Kumar said, presently not a single ticket is being booked through an illegal software. He said, the illegal software blocked tatkal tickets in a very short period but after the action, the Tatkal tickets are now available for a long time.





    1. 12 civilians and a soldier killed in an attack by Rebels in Congo               
    • In Congo, 12 civilians and a soldier have been killed in an overnight attack by Rebels in a village in the eastern part of the country.
    • The officials said today, the attack by Allied Democratic Forces rebels on Alungupa village, the nearby city of Beni, occurred while the president of the National Assembly was visiting the city and meeting with survivors of past massacres.
    • Dozens of armed groups are active in mineral-rich eastern Congo.


    1. 88 more people test positive for COVID-19 on Diamond Princess cruise ship



    • In Japan, the health ministry today said, 88 more people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama have tested positive for COVID-19 taking the confirmed cases on the ship to 542. The ministry said, 611 people have tested positive for the virus in Japan.
      The government earlier today said all passengers and crew aboard a ship quarantined off Japan have been tested for the coronavirus, as more countries moved to evacuate citizens from the boat.
    • Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said that 65 passengers who tested negative will be allowed to leave the ship from tomorrow. He said, they are working to prepare disembarkation from tomorrow for those whose test results are already clear.
    • A health ministry official told, Around 500 passengers will leave from tomorrow. The Indian embassy in Japan today said, the six Indians infected with the novel coronavirus on board the quarantined cruise ship off the Japanese coast were responding well to the treatment.
    • A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people on board the ship that arrived at the Japanese coast earlier this month.


    1. Nepal: CBRI Roorkee organises workshop on post-earthquake reconstruction at Kathmandu


    • Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee organised a workshop on the post-earthquake reconstruction of schools and other educational facilities in Nepal at Kathmandu today. The workshop was aimed to provide best practices for delivering End to End construction management at all stages of the project including pre-construction, construction and post-construction.
    • Various stakeholders including officials of the Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Education) and District Level Project Implementation Unit (Education), Government of Nepal, contractors and site engineers participated in the workshop. It will pave the way for effective project implementation covering the aspects of Project Execution Guidelines, Good Construction Practices, Monitoring and Reporting to achieve the best quality of construction. Senior officials from the National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal and Embassy of India also graced the occasion.
    • The government of India is supporting the reconstruction of 70 schools and one library as part of its post-earthquake assistance in the education sector. CBRI Roorkee is providing Design Supervision and Project Management Consultancy Services for the reconstruction of 70 higher secondary schools in seven districts of Nepal.





    1. FIFA Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup


    • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launched an event in New Delhi today to unveil the five host cities for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup. In his remarks, Mr.Rijiju said he looked forward to the support from the whole country in making the tournament a rousing success. He said the Indian Under-17 women’s team will be playing in a FIFA tournament for the first time.
    • The host cities unveiled are Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai. They will play host to 16 teams who will compete across 32 matches to lift the coveted trophy in Navi Mumbai on November 21.


    1. AIFF receives ‘Grassroots Charter Bronze Level’ membership of AFC


    • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has received the “Grassroots Charter Bronze Level” membership of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The Asian sports governing body has confirmed this in a letter to the AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das.
    • This declaration accords AIFF the right to promote its grassroots events and activities with the support and recognition of the AFC in accordance with the applicable terms of the AFC Grassroots Charter. Expressing his happiness over the development,  AIFF President, Praful Patel said Indian football is headed in the right direction.


    1. Greatest woman golfer, Mickey Wright dies

    • Mickey Wright, often described as the greatest woman golfer of all times, died at Florida in the United States at the age of 85 yesterday. Her haul of 13 major victories included four US Women’s Open titles and four US Women’s PGA Championships.
    • Wright had accumulated 82 titles of Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour titles during a professional career which stretched from 1954 to 1969. She won the 1954 World Amateur Championship before turning professional the following season. Her retirement in 1969 which came at the relatively early age of 34, shocked women’s golf.


    1. Women’s Cricket: India defeat West Indies in Brisbane by two runs

    • In women’s cricket, India defeated West Indies in Brisbane today by two runs in the first warm-up game of the upcoming T20 World Cup.  Electing to bat, India posted 107 for eight in their stipulated 20 overs before returning to restrict West Indies to 105 for seven.
    • Spinner Poonam Yadav claimed three wickets. The 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will be the seventh tournament in the series. It is scheduled to be held in Australia from Friday when India take on hosts at Sydney in the opener.
    • The final will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the 8th of next month which marks International Women’s Day. The day aims to help nations worldwide eliminate discrimination against women and also focuses on helping women gain full and equal participation in global development.


    1. Asian Wrestling Championships




    • In wrestling, India’s Sunil Kumar reached the final of 87kg category on the opening day of the Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi today. He beat his Kazakh opponent Azamat Kustubayev, winning 11 points on the trot, to finish the bout at 12-8. In the 87kg final, Rome Ranking Series silver medallist Sunil will play against Azat Salidinov from Kyrgyzstan.
    • Earlier in the day, Arjun Halakurki lost his semi-final bout 7-8 in the 55 kg category against Iran’s Pouya Mohammad Naserpo. Arjun will now be up against Korea’s Donghyeok Won in the bronze medal playoff.
    • Other Indian wrestlers who crashed out today were Mehar Singh, Sajan and Sachin Rana in different weight categories.
    • The Chinese wrestlers are not taking part in the competition as the government has denied visas to the 40-strong Chinese contingent due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in their country.


    1. India claims five silver, six bronze medals at 2020 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships

    • India claimed five silver and six bronze medals at the ongoing 2020 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
    • In 45 kilogram category, K V L Pavani Kumari won silver medals in both youth girls and junior women section, while Sidhanta Gogoi claimed silver in youth boys and junior men events in 61-kilogram category after lifting a total of 145 and 269 kilograms.
    • Then, Mukund Aher in 49-kilograms then clinched a silver in youth boys category with a lift of 189 kilograms. In 45 kilogram category, Harshada Goud clinched two bronze medals with a lift of 139 kilograms in youth girls and junior women events.
    • Other lifters to win bronze medals are Boni Manghkya in 55 kg, Nirmala Devi in 59 kg, S Gurunaidu in 49 kg and Golom Tinku in 55 kg.
    • A total of 197 athletes from 20 Asian countries are participating in the event.



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