1. Ivanka Trump unveiled the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative
Ivanka Trump revealed an effort aimed at helping 50 million women in the developing world get ahead economically over the next six years.
- The White House officially launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a government-wide project led by the senior adviser and daughter to President Donald Trump.
- The initiative will involve the State Department, the National Security Council, and other agencies. Ivanka Trump, who will attend the Munich Security Conference next week to promote the project, stressed that she sees this as a national security priority.
2. Indian Coast Guard and AAI signed MoU for maritime search and rescue Operations in Port Blair
Indian Coast Guard (ICG)and Airport Authority of India (AAI) signed a MoU with an objective to coordinate the aeronautical and maritime Search And Rescue(SAR) operations in congruence with the International Aeronautical Maritime Search And Rescue(IAMSAR) standards.
The MoU enhances Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC), Kolkata and Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Port Blair and AAI’s mutual interactions, interoperability, and validating procedures on the occasion of SAR operations.
3. Chennai Police Commissioner launched mobile app Digiscope
Chennai Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan launched mobile App ‘DigiCop’ of the city police department at the commissioner’s office in Chennai.
- This app as of now have details of 18,000 stolen mobile phones are stored.
- Using this app, the user can lodge mobile theft complaints and also check if the user’s mobile is in the police list of retrieved mobiles.
- Moreover, if someone is buying a phone from a second-hand shop they can verify if the phone is stolen or genuine.
- Using this app, Users can also follow, if their stolen two-wheeler had been traced by the police.
4. USFDA approved Laurus Labs HIV drug
Laurus Labs, a Pharma firm, has received tentative approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Tenofovir/Lamivudine/Dolutegravir (TLD) 300/300/ 50mg fixed dose combination drug. The product is the preferred first-line regimen for the treatment of people living with HIV.
- It will be available in the generic form in low and middle-income countries. The U.S. health regulator had given tentative approval under the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
- Meanwhile, the company has received an Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from USFDA for its Unit 6.
5. FIFA Rankings: India dropped out of 100 and Belgium remains at the top
AFC Asian Cup in UAE, the world ranking list had some changes, in which India is dropped out of the top 100 ranks, but Belgium ‘s pole position remained the same.
Changes in the Rank List
- India -103
- Qatar – 55
- Japan -27
- Korea Republic -38
- UAE – 67
- Jordan – 97
- iraq -80th
- Iran -22
- Uzbekistan – 89
6. Siamese fighting fish was named Thailands national aquatic animal
Tiny, testy and eye-catching with a colorful fin plumage, the Siamese fighting fish was named Thailand’s national aquatic animal. Known in the West as a betta fish, the underwater brawler is popular in home aquariums for its iridescent body and many-hued tail.
- The government said in a statement that the cabinet approved a proposal for the “fighting fish to be the national fish”, citing its historical and cultural significance.
- Thailand’s official national animal is the elephant.
7. HC nullified one year ban imposed on ads
The Karnataka High Court nullified the August 6, 2018 resolution of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Regional (BBMP) banning all forms of advertisements in open spaces in the city for a period of one year.
- Justice Sunil Dutt Yadav declared that it cannot be said the fundamental rights of the petitioners and existing advertisement bylaws of 2006 could be kept in abeyance till the new advertisement bylaws are brought into force. Such action would amount to an arbitrary exercise of power.
- Several advertisement agencies, which had enrolled with the BBMP under the provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976 and the Advertisement Bye-laws of 2006, had approached the court against the Palike resolution.
8. India became Worlds Second Largest Consumer and importer of LPG
As per Oil Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, India become the second largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) after China due to rising demands of cleaner alternatives to the traditional cooking fuels like firewood and cow dung.
- India surpassed Japan as the imports of LPG grew 12.5% over the last 5 years to 12 million metric tons.
- The demand for LPG is expected to rise by 34% from 2014 to 2025.
9. Narendra Modi to launch DD Arunaprabha
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch DD Arunaprabha in Arunachal Pradesh at Itanagar on 9th February. DD Arunaprabha is India’s public service broadcaster Doordarshan’s exclusive channel based in Arunachal Pradesh. This will be Doordarshan’s 24th channel.
- Established: February 1987
- Capital: Itanagar
- Governor: Brig. (Dr.)B.D.Mishra
- Chief Minister: Pema Khandu
- Official Language: English
10. Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate five national highway projects
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, is to inaugurate five national highway projects worth Rs.7,195 crore in Ayodhya.
- These projects include a 262-km stretch connecting Ayodhya to Chitrakoot, which will be developed at a cost of Rs.2,020 crore.
- Another project, called Kosi Parikrama Marg, will be launched to facilitate the movement of pilgrims around Ayodhya.
11. Naveen inaugurated the statue of Guru Padmasambhava
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik exposed a 19-foot-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, at Jirang in Gajapati district, Berhampur, Odisha.
- This 29 tonne stone statue is placed in the middle of ‘Padma Sarovar’, a large tank near Padmasambhava Mahavihara, the largest Buddhist monastery in eastern India. The Dalai Lama had inaugurated this monastery in 2010.
- Tibetan refugees settled in this region over six decades ago. Historians claim that Guru Padmasambhava, also known as second Buddha, was born and brought up in Odisha before he left for Tibet.