Weekly Current Affairs February 2019: Week IV

Weekly Current Affairs February 2019: Week IV

National Events

  • The Central government has increased the minimum selling price (MSP) of sugar by Rs. 2 per kg to Rs. 31. Minimum Selling Price Minimum Selling Price is the rate below which the mills cannot sell sugar in the open market to wholesalers and bulk consumers like beverage and biscuit makers.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs had organised a training course for the officials of the Government of Nepal on ‘Global Perspectives on Public Financial Management’ at the Institute of Government Accounts and Finance (INGAF) in New Delhi.
  • The training programme was part of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.
  • The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was instituted on 15 September 1964 as a bilateral programme for providing assistance from the Government of India.
  • Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated National Cancer Institute (NIC) at Badhsa in Jhajjar district of Haryana. 
  • Prime Minister also inaugurated an ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Faridabad. It is the first Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College and hospital in North India.
  • National Productivity Council (NPC) is celebrating National Productivity week from February 12th to 18th, 2019. This year, the theme is “Circular Economy for Productivity & Sustainability”. This theme will help NPC to meet its zero waste goal.
  • National Productivity Council (NPC)
    • Circular Economy is based on the model of Make, Use and Return. 
    • It controls the finite stocks and reuses them by recycling and thus balances the resource flow.
    • National Productivity Council is an autonomous registered society under DIPP (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade), Ministry of Commerce & Industry. 
    • It was established in the year 1985. 
    • Its core function is to promote and adopt the new and improved culture of productivity in India.

State Events

  • India’s First District cooling system will come up in Amravati, capital of the Andhra Pradesh. The government of Andhra Pradesh has entered into a 30-year concession with UAE-based international cooling provider.
  • The Rajasthan Assembly has passed the Rajasthan Backward Classes Amendment Bill, 2019. The bill aims to address the demands of the Gujjars who are protesting for reservations. It provides five per cent quota in jobs and educational institutions to Gurjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria communities.

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