1. Women with four children to get life tax exemption in Hungary
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that women in the country with four children or more will be exempted for life from paying income tax. The move aims at boosting the country’s population.
- The PM said that this is a way of defending Hungary’s future without depending on immigration.
- For women who raise at least four children, a subsidy of 8,825 US dollars will be given for the purchase of a seven-seat vehicle.
- The Prime Minister also announced a seven-point plan to increase the fertility rate in the country.
2. Deepa Mehta will Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
Acclaimed Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
- The Canadian Screen Awards are awards given annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television recognizing excellence in Canadian film, English-language television, and digital media productions.
- Mehta’s “Earth” was submitted by India as its official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and “Water” was Canada’s official entry for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. “Earth” was the first to receive an Oscar nomination.
3. Centre named Great Indian Bustard as the mascot for COP-13
The Centre announced the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) as the mascot for the 13th UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS)(COP 13), scheduled to be held in Gujarat next year.
- The bird has been fondly named by the ministry as ‘Gibi’.
- The CMS COP-13 is a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of the migratory animal.
- The COP-13 will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from February 15-22, 2020.
4. Jamie Chadwick became the first female driver to win MRF Challenge title in Chennai
Jamie Chadwick from Bath, England made history by becoming the first female driver to win the MRF challenge title after scoring a triple win in the final round in Chennai.
- She won 3 out of the 5 races to close an 18-point margin in Max Defourny of Germany
- She won 6 out of 15 races in the series which had stated in November and included events in Dubai and Bahrain.
5. Australia spin legend Shane Warne named brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals
Australia spin legend Shane Warne was entitled as the brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Indian Premier League.
- Shane Warne was the captain Rajasthan Royals for four seasons until 2011 and after that, he retired from all form of cricket.
- But this year the Australian will be associated with the team in a new role. Warne went on to captain RR for four seasons until 2011, after which he retired from all forms of cricket.
6. Meghalaya government to rename Dikki Bandi stadium after P A Sangma
Meghalaya Cabinet decided to rename the Dikki Bandi stadium in Tura town after former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma.
- Purno Agitok Sangma served as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990.
- He began his political journey with the Congress party and represented the Tura constituency of Meghalaya in Lok Sabha multiple times.
7. The government has notified eight medical equipments as Drugs
The government has notified eight medical equipments as Drugs under Section 3 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 with effect from April 1, 2020. The decision was made after consultation with the Drugs Technical Advisory Board.
The notification brings all the implantable and diagnostic devices will come under the regulatory framework.
The equipments are:
All implantable devices, CT scan, PET equipment, MRI equipment, Defibrillators, Dialysis machines, Bone marrow separators, X-ray machine.
About Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB):
- DTAB is the highest statutory decision-making body on technical matters related to drugs in India
- It was constituted under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
- DTAB is part of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
8. 11th February declared as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 11th February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in order to achieve full and equal participation and access to women and girls in science and to further achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
- The theme for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science was “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth.
- In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
9. Ruchira Kamboj was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Bhutan
Ruchira Kamboj was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Bhutan. She is currently serving as the High Commissioner of India to South Africa since 2017.
- She is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
- She is a 1987-cadre Indian Foreign Service (officer). Kamboj has previously served as the Ambassador/PR to Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, Paris.
10. Hindi included as third official court language in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi has decided to include Hindi as the third official language used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English.
- The move was aimed at providing foreigners better access to justice, without a language barrier.
- An estimated 3.3 million Indian expats live in UAE, and a large number of them are blue collared workers.
- The Indian community in the UAE constitutes 30% of the total population.