23.02.19 Telangana (TSPSC) Current Affairs

TELANGANA

  • BioAsia 2019-Asias largest Life-sciences and healthcare forum held in Hyderabad

 

  • The 16th edition of BioAsia 2019-Asia’s largest biotechnology and life-sciences forum was conducted in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • It was inaugurated by the Governor of Telangana –E.S.L Narasimhan .
  • The theme of the conference was “Life Sciences 4.0 – Disrupt the Disruption”.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

 

  • China has unveiled its ‘first female AI news anchor’

 

  • China’s state-owned TV channel Xinhua unveiled the world’s first female Artificial Intelligence(AI) news anchor.

 

  • The AI anchor has been developed by state-run news agency Xinhua in collaboration with tech firm Sogou Inc.

 

  • The AI robot anchor, Xin Xiaoment, can mimic human facial expressions and mannerisms while reading reports.

 

  • The AI anchor will make her professional debut during the upcoming two sessions Political meetings of China’s nations legislature in March.

 

  • Oscars 2019: Full list of winners

 

  • The 91st Academy Awards has been announced at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

 

  • The full list of winners are:
  • Best Picture: “Green Book”
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma”
  • Best Actress: Olivia Colman for “The Favourite”
  • Best Actor: Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Best Supporting Actress: Regina King for “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for “Green Book”
  • Best Foreign Language Film: “Roma” (Mexico)
  • Best Animated Feature Film: “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”
  • Best Original Screenplay: “Green Book”
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Best Original Score: “Black Panther”
  • Best Original Song: “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
  • Best Documentary Feature: “Free Solo”
  • Best Documentary Short Film: “Period”

 

 

NATIONAL

 

  • PM Modi launched PM-KISAN scheme by transferring 1st installment of Rs 2,000 to farmers

 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, PM-KISAN scheme at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

 

  • Mr Modi marked the launch of the PM-KISAN scheme, through press of button, to electronically transfer the first installment of 2 thousand rupees to selected farmers.

 

  • The amount will be transferred directly to the bank account of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer.

 

  • The amount will be given in three installments of 2 thousand rupees each

 

  • The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana was announced in the interim Budget 2019-20.

 

  • Under the Scheme, Rs 6,000 will be given per year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding of up to 2 hectares.

 

·         Phase-II of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Programme Approved

 

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Chaired by the Prime Minister,  Narendra Modi has given its approval for the Phase-II of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Programme that aims to achieve cumulative capacity of 40,000 MWfrom Rooftop Solar (RTS) Projects by the year 2022.
  • The programme will be implemented with a total central financial support of 11,814 crore.

 

·         FDI during Apr-Dec 2018-19 falls 7 percent to USD 33.49 billion

 

  • Foreign direct investment(FDI) into India contracted by 7 per cent to USD 33.49 billion during April-December in the current fiscal.
  • Foreign fund inflows during April-December 2017-18 stood at USD 35.94 billion.
  • Singapore was the largest source of FDIduring April-December 2018-19 with USD 12.97 billion inflow, followed by Mauritius (USD 6 billion), the Netherlands (USD 2.95 billion), Japan (USD 2.21 billion), US (USD 2.34 billion), and the UK (USD 1.05 billion).

 

 

  • Govt launches Rail Drishti Dashboard

 

  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched Rail Drishti Dashboard in New Delhi.

 

  • The Dashboard has been launched to keep people informed about the work going on in the Railways across the country.

 

  • The customer or railway passenger will get an exposure through this dashboard to the multifaceted transformation underway in Indian Railways across the country.

 

  • This dashboard can be accessed using a desktop/laptop or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet and the url of the dashboard is “raildrishti.cris.org.in”.

 

 

 

  • President presented Gandhi Peace Prize

 

The recipients of the award are as follows:

 

  • Vivekananda Kendra for the year 2015.

 

  • Akshaya Patra foundation and Sulabh International for 2016.

 

  • Ekal Abhiyan Trust for 2017.

 

  • Yohei Sasakawa for 2018

 

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