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February 05, 2019

5th February 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (5th February 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 5th February 2019

International Current Affairs
  • The Chinese Lunar New Year is being celebrated around the world with lanterns, performances, decorations and food.
    • People are bidding farewell to the Year of the Dog in the 12-year Chinese astrological cycle and welcoming the Year of the Pig with hopes of happiness and good fortune.
  • Monaco's Prince Albert II, is on a week long visit to India. 
    • He is accompanied by a high-level delegation.
    • Aim of this Visit : To strengthen bilateral ties, specially in sectors such as trade and energy.
    • He called on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed opportunities for cooperation in areas of environment, specially renewable energy, investment into India, smart cities, marine ecosystems, tourism and people-to-people contacts.
    • Later he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and exchanged views on enhancing cooperation, especially in environment and climate change and renewable energy.
National Current Affairs
  • The Election Commission today announced that the Visually impaired and blind voters to get Braille Voter Slips in the Lok Sabha polls due later this year. 
    • This move is a part of Election Commision's 'Accessible Elections' Strategy.
    • The Election Commission also plans to provide braille election photo identity cards to visually challenged voters.
    • Important Points to Note :
      • Braille enabled slips were used in recently held assembly elections.
      • Electronic voting machines already have the braille feature.
  • The Uttar Pradesh state government has invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) banning strikes in all departments and corporations under it for a period of six months.
    • The order came after negotiations between government and state employees association failed on the issue of old pension scheme.
    • The employees association comprising teachers, officers and employees of state government has threatened to go on strike from tomorrow.
    • Employees are demanding old pension schemes instead of new pension schemes.
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a penalty of Rs 25 lakh on the Uttar Pradesh government for its failure to stop discharge of dirty water into Upper Ganga canal.
    • The green panel said that clean environment is a fundamental right and the apathy by the authorities has to be dealt with coercive action.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi jointly inaugurated the Interim High Court complex of the state in Nelapadu (Vijayawada). 
    • The two storied complex houses 16 court halls. 
    • The interim court was set up as actual High Court is being built in proposed Justice City in Andhra Pradesh’s capital Amaravathi.
  • The Punjab government approved a rural development scheme worth Rs 384.40 crore to supplement the ongoing works to build village infrastructure and provide essential amenities. 
    • Named ‘Smart Village Campaign’, the scheme would be financed with funds from the 14th Financial Commission and MGNREGA works.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed an order to extradite beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India.
    • Mallya has 14 days from now to appeal against the extradition order. 
    • Earlier, the Westminster Magistrates' Court had sent the case of Mallya to the Home Secretary for a decision on his extradition.
  • The government today announced that the Aadhaar number of small and marginal farmers will be optional for the 1st instalment of ₹2,000 under the recently launched Direct Cash Transfer Scheme.
    • Aadhaar is, however, compulsory for subsequent transfers. 
    • Note : Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had in Interim Union Budget 2019 announced income support of ₹6,000 per year to farmers holding cultivable land up to 2 hectares.
  • Veteran Marathi actor Ramesh Bhatkar (70) passed away.
    • Bhatkar was known for his roles in the TV series "Commander" and "Hello Inspector" and worked for more than 30 years as an actor in mainstream Hindi and Marathi films such as "Aai Pahije", "Kucch To Hai" and "Bhavesh Joshi Superhero".
    • His most recent movie was “The Accidental Prime Minister”.
New Appointments
  • Former mayor of San Salvador, Nayib Bukele has claimed victory in the El Salvador's presidential election
    • The new president will take office on June 1 for a five-year term. 
    • About El Salvador :
      • Capital : San Salvador
      • Official language : Spanish
      • Currency : US Dollar
      • Current President : Salvador Sánchez Cerén (Till 1st June 2019)
      • Vice President : Óscar Ortiz
  • United States President Donald Trump has nominated acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt as the Interior Secretary.
    • Bernhardt will replace Ryan Zinke, if the Senate approves his nomination. 
  • Former Law Minister of Nepal Nilambar Acharya has been appointed as country’s ambassador to India
    • The position of the Nepalese ambassador to India was vacant for more than a year after Deep Kumar Upadhyay resigned to join politics.
    • President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered oath of office to Acharya at Rastrapati Bhawan at Sheetal Niwas.
  • K. P. Singh, Senior Indian Police Service officer, took charge as officiating Director-General of Police, Haryana
    • This is in addition to his present duty as D-G Human Rights Commission.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to build an International Cricket Stadium in Dhaka's Purbachal area after the name of the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
  • Pakistan woman cricketer Sana Mir became only the 2ns Asian cricketer to feature in 100 T20I matches
    • Mir achieved the feat when she stepped onto the field in Pakistan's third T20I against the Windies in Karachi on Sunday. 
    • Note : Earlier, Pakistan's Shoaib Malik had become the first Asian cricketer to feature in 100 T20I matches.
  • Qatar won its first major soccer title by beating four-time champion Japan in the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup held in United Arab Emirates(UAE). Sudan born Almoez Ali, became the first player to score nine goals at a single Asian Cup.

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