1. Centre approved Centre for Classical Language at Tirur
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development approved the establishment of a Centre for Classical Language at the Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, Tirur, Kerala.
- The Ministry has communicated the decision to the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru. It is said that the State government would be required to prepare a detailed project report and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry.
- The proposed center would spur the development of Malayalam language and help the Malayalam university also.
2. Ajay Maken, AICC party’s Delhi unit president, resigned his position
Ajay Maken, Senior Congress leader, and former Union Minister, stepped down as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) party’s Delhi unit president. He cited the health-related issues as the reason for his resignation.
- P.C. Chacko, AICC in-charge of the Delhi unit, confirmed Mr. Maken’s resignation.
- The party is looking for a successor to replace his position. former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former Delhi Minister Yoganand Shastri are being considered as his replacements
3. PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate 8 projects in Manipur
During his visit to Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to inaugurate 8 projects and lay the foundation stone for 4 new schemes. The projects include the integrated check post in Tengnoupal district, Dolaithabi Barrage project of Imphal East district, FCI food storage godown in Imphal East district and the Buffer water reservoirs in Ukhrul district.
- PM Modi will also inaugurate improved and upgraded water supply for Churachandpur zone, eco-tourism complex at Thangapat in Kangpokpi district, an integrated tourist destination in Noney district and the water supply scheme at JNV, Lambui and its surrounding villages.
- He will lay the foundation stone for four projects that include Infrastructure development of Dhanamanjuri University in Imphal West district, flood lighting of hockey stadium and the main stadium at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal East district and AstroTurf laying in Langjing Achouba of Imphal West district. Security measures have been tightened in the entire state in view of the prime minister’s visit.
4. Pujara faces 1258 balls in Australia series, breaks Dravid’s record
30 years old Indian Batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara faced 1258 balls in the ongoing test series so far against Australia to become the batsman who had faced highest deliveries in a test series in Australia beating India’s Former Captain, Rahul Dravid’s record of 1203 balls.
5. Rishabh Pant 1st ever Indian wicketkeeper to slam Test ton in Australia
India’s wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a century in Test against Australia on Australian soil after hitting 159 runs on the 2nd day of 4th Test Match at Sydney, Australia.
Rishabh pant broke Farokh Engineer’s record of highest Test runs against Australia on Australian soil. Farokh Engineer scored 89 runs in 1967.
6. Climate warming shows its impact on Oysters
Climate change took a toll on French oyster farmers. Oyster farmer’s along France’s Emerald Coast said that the long drought in France took a heavy toll, leading to smaller harvests.
- Cold weather normally encourages a needed rest for oysters to mature. But this winter has so far been unusually warm and, paradoxically, too rainy. Rains may bring minerals that favor plankton growth, but they also mean the mollusks spend too much energy eating. As winters get warmer and summers drier many Oyster growers worry there will soon be fewer of the mollusks to go around.
- In 2017, the roughly 4,500 oyster growers in France sold 1,00,000 tonnes. CNC national shellfish producer’s association reported that the Oyster farmers will see volumes down by 20 to 30% in 2019. It also said that Climate warming is starting to have an impact on Oysters.
7. PayU India CEO Amrish Rau joined parent company Naspers as head of financial technology
PayU India’s CEO Amrish Rau joined as the head of financial technology partnerships and investments for Naspers’ fin tech business.
- Nasper is South African parent of PayU.
- Rau will continue to report to Laurent le Moal the chief executive of PayU, which is headquartered in the Netherlands.
8. Vivek Bhatia appointed as MD & CEO of ThyssenKrupp Industries India
ThyssenKrupp, the German industrial giant, appointed Vivek Bhatia as the Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ThyssenKrupp Industries India. Mr.Bhatia was earlier the CEO – Asia Pacific at ThyssenKrupp AG, driving group activities for all ThyssenKrupp companies in the region. Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Mr. Bhatia was earlier with Boston Consulting Group, India.
9. Parliament passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment), Bill
Parliament following the approval from the Rajya-Sabha passed a bill to provide retrospective recognition to central and state government funded institutions offering B.Ed and related courses that are not recognized under the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act. The NCTE (Amendment) Bill which will be a one-time measure would help over 17,000 students who have obtained B.Ed degrees from those institutions which do not have NCTE approval for the course under the 1993 law.
- 23 state and central universities and colleges offering B.Ed courses were found not recognized by the Council.
- The government would ensure that the quality of institutes offering B.Ed courses is maintained and proposes to start an integrated course in B.ED as in Law and other courses from 2020.
10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 12 projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore on his one-day visit to Imphal, Manipur
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s one day visit to Imphal, Manipur, he inaugurated 12 projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore.
- The 12 projects consisting of eight key development projects related to water supply and tourism and four schemes in Manipur.
- These include:
- An Integrated Check Post at Moreh, Imphal, at a cost of over Rs. 125 crores, that will facilitate customs clearance, foreign currency exchange, immigration clearance.
- the Dolaithabi Barrage Project which completed at a total cost of Rs. 500 crore,
- the FCI Food Storage Godown at Sawombung that had begun in December 2016,
- He dedicated to the nation the 400 kV Double Circuit Silchar-Imphal Line that was made at a cost of Rs. 700 crore.