13 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

13 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

13 February 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Indian Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam wins Israel’s Dan David Prize 2019

  • Noted Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam has won Israel's prestigious Dan David Prize 2019 for his work on inter-cultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and people of North and South America during the early modern era.
  • He shares the USD 1 million award in this category with Prof Kenneth Pomeranz of the University of Chicago.
  • The award in the "Present" category was won jointly by Reporters without Borders and Professor Michael Ignatieff for "Defending Democracy”.
  • Sanjay Subrahmanyam is the son of strategic analyst K Subrahmanyam and brother of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar.
  • The international Dan David Prize is awarded annually to those who have made outstanding scientific, technological and humanistic accomplishments in fields representing the past, present and future of human achievement.
  • The Dan David Prize is a joint international enterprise endowed by the Dan David Foundation headquartered at Tel Aviv University.
S. No. Categories Names
1. Past (MACRO HISTORY) Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Indian historian) & Prof Kenneth Pomeranz (USA)
2. Present (Defending Democracy) Prof Michael Ignatieff (Canadian author)
Reporters without Borders
3. Future (Combatting Climate Change) Christina Figueres (Costa Rican diplomat)

Important Dates

2. 13th February: The World radio day

  • The World Radio Day (WRD) is celebrated every year on 13th February to celebrate radio as the medium for entertainment, information and the mode of communication.
  • The theme for this year is "Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace ".
  • In 2012, the day was celebrated following its declaration by the UNESCO General Conference.
  • The day provides an opportunity to honour how radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and promote positive dialogue for change.

Books & Authors

3. ‘Let’s Talk On Air: Conversations with Radio Presenters’ released

  • Today, the book titled “Let’s Talk On Air: Conversations with Radio Presenters” has been released on World Radio Day (WRD-2019) in Mumbai.
  • The book has been authored by Rakesh Anand Bakshi.
  • This book is depicted as a comprehensive guide on radio-presenting in India.
  • This book explains the lives of 14 popular radio presenters in India from the legendary Ameen Sayani to present-day RJs who have been entertaining us via the airwaves.

National Affairs

4. Dera Baba Nanak land check post designated as an immigration centre

  • As per Home ministry notification, The Union Government designated Dera Baba Nanak land Check post in Gurdaspur district of Punjab as an authorised immigration checkpoint to exit and entry for visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan.
  • All classes of passengers with valid travel documents can exit or enter through the post.
  • The government also appointed the Chief Immigration Officer as the Civil Authority for the purpose.
  • Earlier (On 26th November 2018), Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at an event at Mann village in Gurdaspur district.
  • On November 28, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the four-km corridor on the Pakistan side, which is expected to be completed by 2019.

5. I&B Ministry organizes the first annual conference of Media Units

  • Today, The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has organized the first annual conference of Media Units in New Delhi.
  • The conference has been chaired by Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.
  • The objective of the conference to give a unique platform to the officers of the Indian Information Service working in different Media Units to converge at an All-India level.
  • Through the Conference, the Ministry aims to strengthen synergy between the Media Units in order to ensure last mile delivery.

6. PM Narendra Modi addresses CREDAI YouthCon -19 in New Delhi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the CREDAI YouthCon -19 at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
  • The theme for this YouthCon is Next Generation.
  • Mr. Modi also visited the exhibition organized by Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI).
  • The annual conference will bring together the next generation of real estate builders and developers to enlighten their young minds and share their thinking and approach.
  • The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) is the apex body of all registered real estate builders and developers in India (established in 1999).

7. Meghalaya Govt. to rename Dikkibandi stadium after P A Sangma

  • The Meghalaya state Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has decided to rename the Dikkibandi Stadium in Tura town after P. A. Sangma (former Lok Sabha Speaker & CM Meghalaya).
  • The Dikkibandi Stadium was formerly known as MP stadium.
  • Earlier, the recommendations received from the state naming authority tasked with the job to name roads and institutions after personalities.

8. 5th International Dam Safety Conference starts in Bhubaneswar

  • The two-day 5th International Dam Safety Conference–2019 is being held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • This programme is based on the safety and maintenance issues of old dams and the international conference is a part of it.
  • The basic objective of the events is to give exposure to non-DRIP States as well as other stakeholders across the Country and World, to the best global practices and technological advancements to address the emerging dam safety challenges.
  • The event jointly organised by the Odisha government, the CWC and the World Bank under aegis of the ongoing World Bank assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) as a part of institutional strengthening.
  • Globally, India ranks third after China and the USA in terms of the number of large dams with 5264 large dams in operation and 437 large dams under construction.

9. 'Sapta Shakti' Command of Indian Army conducting 'Exercise Rahat' in Jaipur

  • Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise `Exercise Rahat´ concluded in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Indian Army was represented by Jaipur based Sapta Shakti Command.
  • The exercise was conducted in three places, in Jaipur it was in the form of a tabletop exercise and at Kota and Alwar it demonstrated on-ground capability and coordination among various stakeholders.
  • With a view to co-operating efforts for humanitarian assistance and Disaster Relief operations, NDMA coordinated the exercise.
  • Representatives from Armed Forces, National Disaster Management Response Mechanism (NDMRM), SDMA Rajasthan and DLMAs participated in the exercise.

10. Environment Ministry releases ‘India – Spearheading Climate Solutions’

  • Th Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has released a publication titled “India Spearheading Climate Solutions”.
  • This document mentions India’s key actions taken towards combating and adapting to climate change.
  • India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) that has eight major missions on Solar, Enhanced Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Habitat, Water, Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, Green India, Sustainable Agriculture and Strategic Knowledge on Climate Change.
  • International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of 121 countries, most of them sunshine countries.
  • It was founded in 2015 at Paris and was initiated by India. Membership now has been extended to all the members of the United Nations.

11. India and Norway launched an initiative to Combat Marine Pollution

  • The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change signed a Letter of Intent establishing the India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Earlier, Both countries have signed MoU (Memorandum of understanding) to establish the India-Norway Ocean Dialogue during the Norwegian Prime Minister’s visit to India in January.
  • Both the governments launched the first Joint initiative under this new partnership.

12. Himachal’s first mega food park inaugurated in Una

  • The Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal has inaugurated the mega food park at Village Singha in Una District, Himachal Pradesh.
  • This is the first Mega Food Park operationalized in the State of Himachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore.
  • It will boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with a particular focus on perishables
  • These mega food parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market along with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster-based approach.


13. Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinches silver in men's 67-kg category

  • Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga (16-years) has won the silver in men's 67-kilogram category in the EGAT's Cup International Weightlifting Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Lalrinnunga lifted 131 kilograms in the snatch and 157 kilograms in clean and jerk for a total of 288 kilograms.
  • The promising Mizoram weightlifter is, however, far behind the gold winner,
  • Deni (Indonesia) total lifted 303 kilograms and won the Gold medal.
  • Ruben Katoatau (Kiribati) took the bronze with a total lift of 285 kilograms.

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