01 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

01 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

01 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Union budget 2019-20 presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal.

  • Today, The Interim Union Budget 2019-20 presented by the Union Finance Minister Piyush Vedprakash Goyal in Lok Sabha.
  • An interim budget is a temporary financial document that helps a business or public agency get through a period that's shorter than a typical budget cycle, which is normally one year.
  • An Interim Budget gives the complete financial statement, very similar to a full Budget.
Note: for more information click on Union Budget 2019-20

Arts and Culture

2. 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela begins today

  • Today, The cultural extravaganza Surajkund International Crafts Mela (33rd) has been inaugurated at Faridabad (Haryana).
  • This year Maharashtra is the theme state and Thailand is the Partner Nation.
  • At least 20 countries and all the states of India will be participating in the Mela.
  • Artistes will showcase the art, culture, heritage, handicrafts, and cuisine of the state.
  • Mela will remain open for public from 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM till 17th February.
  • Surajkund is located near the Surajkund village between the villages of Baharpur and Lakkarpur in Faridabad district of Haryana.
  • Surajkund built in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills with an amphitheatre-shaped embankment constructed in a semi-circular form.

National Appointment

3. Dilip Sadarangani appointed as the Chairman of Federal Bank

  • Kerala based private sector lender Federal Bank has appointed Dilip Sadarangani as the part-time chairman.
  • He has played key roles in setting up of IT infrastructure in different banks in India, Australia and Kuwait.
  • Reserve Bank has cleared the appointment of Sadarangani (in bank’s board since 2013).
  • Sadarangani holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, University of Bombay.
  • The Federal Bank is a major scheduled commercial bank in India, headquartered at Aluva, Kerala.
  • The chairman is the highest officer of an organized group such as a board, a committee, or a deliberative assembly.

4. Gupteshwar Pandey appointed as new Bihar DGP

  • Senior IPS officer (1987-batch) Gupteshwar Pandey has taken charge as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Bihar.
  • He succeeds current DGP K S Dwivedi (retired).
  • Earlier, Mr Pandey served as an SSP and SP in 26 districts of Bihar.
  • Currently, Mr Pandey was serving as the Director General (Training) of Bihar Police.
  • Mr Pandey was born in 1961 in a small village Gaura in Buxar district, Bihar.
  • In India, the Director General of Police (DGP) is a three-star rank and the highest-ranking police officer in Indian States and Union Territories.

National Affairs

5. Minister Rajvardhan Singh inaugurates Jharkhand International Film Festival

  • The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajvardhan Singh has inaugurated the second Jharkhand International Film Festival in Ranchi (1st-3rd Feb 2019).
  • The objective of promoting the Festival is to encourage states that have showcased the potential of promoting cinema.
  • It will also promote Jharkhand as a filming destination, while simultaneously giving a fillip to tourism in the region.

Science & Defense

6. Scientists develop an artificial pancreas smartphone app for diabetics

  • Scientists have developed an artificial pancreas smartphone (iAPS) app that will help in regulating blood sugar levels in diabetes patients.
  • This app is capable of interfacing wirelessly with glucose monitors, insulin pump devices, and decision-making algorithms.
  • The app is effective in regulating glucose levels under challenging conditions and is suitable for use in unconstrained environments.
  • The app system showed an improved time in the target glucose range (70-180 microgrammes per decilitre) and yielded a statistically significant reduction in time (below 70 microgrammes per decilitre).

International Affairs

7. Dubai Airport retains the top position as World’s busiest airport

  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) retained its position as the world’s busiest airport for international customer numbers for the fifth consecutive year with annual traffic for 2018 with Indian travellers emerging as the largest source of traffic for the airport which registered a record footfall of over 89 million.
  • It overtook the crown of the world’s busiest hub for international travel from London’s Heathrow in 2014.
  • The Dubai International Airport (DXB) was opened for civil aviation in July 1937.

8. Air India resumes its services from New Delhi to Najaf in Iraq

  • Air India is resuming its services from New Delhi to the holy city of Najaf in Iraq after 25 years.
  • Indian Ambassador to Iraq Dr Pradeep Rajpurohit said, the services will commence from the 14th of next month, and it is initially being planned for twice a week.
  • Najaf is a city some 160 kilometres from Baghdad. It is an important pilgrimage place considered sacred by Shia Muslims.

9. The International Year of the Periodic Table

  • The United Nations has announced, 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements to highlight its first publication in 1869.
  • It will help to raise the profile of how chemistry can provide solutions to global challenges in agriculture, education, energy and health.
  • The periodic table as we know it today was first designed by the Russian scientist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev.


10. Mithali raj becomes the first woman to play 200 ODI matches

  • India’s women's cricket team Captain Mithali Raj (36-year) has become the first woman to play 200 matches in the ODI (One-day Internationals) format when she played against New Zealand in Hamilton.
  • She already holds the record for being the most capped woman in one-day internationals.
  • Mithali's international career is fourth-highest behind only Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Javed Miandad.
  • She earned her 192nd cap to beat Charlotte Edward’s, former England captain when she led India against the English in the first match of their ICC Women’s Championship ODI series in April 2018.
  • Mithali Raj made her ODI debut in June 1999 (against Ireland) in Milton Keynes.
  • She is the highest run-scorer in women's international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 runs mark in WODIs.

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