Weekly Current Affairs February 2019: Week III

Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Weekly Current Affairs February 2019: Week III

National Events

  • India has set the target to eliminate Tuberculosis in India by 2025.
  • To evolve a strategy in this regard, India has put in place National Strategic Plan 2017 – 2025 which sets out the government plans of how the elimination of TB can be achieved.
  • Elimination of a disease is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as there should be less than 1 case of TB for a population of a million people.
  • India is now the second largest consumer and importer of the LPG in the world. 
  • Import of LPG The import of LPG grew by 12.5 per cent over the past five years 
  • India now stands at the second position when it comes to the import of LPG surpassing Japan.
  • India is at second place behind China.

State Events

  • PM Narendra Modi laid Foundation Stone for the Sela Tunnel Project in Arunachal Pradesh across Sela Pass.
  • PM Narendra Modi launched various developmental works in the state of Arunachal Pradesh which includes DD Arunprabha – a dedicated 24×7 Satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The government of Meghalaya has decided to rename the Dikkibandi stadium after P A Sangma.
  • The Sarthi Sandesh Vahini vehicles were flagged off by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
  • The Uttar Pradesh state family welfare department has initiated the Sarthi Sandesh Vahini mission to spread awareness regarding family planning in urban and rural areas.

Government Schemes

Know India Programme

  • Ministry of External Affairs
  • It is a flagship initiative for Diaspora engagement which familiarizes Indian-origin youth (18-30 years) with their Indian roots and contemporary India
  • It was a three-week programme in existence since 2003
  • In 2016, the scheme was revamped to increase duration from 21 to 25 days, with a 10-day visit to one or two States and preference given to PIOs from Girmitiya countries.
  • Since 2016, six KIPs are being organised in a year.
  • An online portal (kip.gov.in) has been launched in 2017 exclusively for Know India Programme.
  • A maximum of 40 Indian Diaspora youth are selected for each programme and provided full hospitality in India.
  • 90% of the total cost of international airfare is also paid by the Ministry.
  • The entire process of applying, processing etc. is now through a portal (kip.gov.in).


  • The government of Assam has announced a new scheme called Arundhati to provide gold at free of cost to the brides.
  • Under the scheme, the government of Assam aims to provide 1 Tola Gold to brides belonging to all such communities of Assam where it is customary to provide gold at the time of the wedding.
  • The government has set aside Rs 300 cr has been for the implementation of the Arundhati Scheme.
  • The benefit under Arundhati scheme can be availed upon formal registration of marriages under Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 & the gold will reach beneficiaries right in time for the social marriage. The scheme is limited for economically weaker sections, whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh.

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