One liners 10th February

• Jharkhand Legislative Assembly passed Jharkhand State Scheduled Tribes Commission 2019 Bill with an amendment proposal brought by MLAs Radha Krishna Kishore, Shivshankar Oraon, Ram Kumar Pahan, and Laxman Tuddu.

• Macedonia signed an accord to join NATO to become the 30th member of the NATO military alliance. The historic agreement was signed between Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

• India Pavilion at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2019 was inaugurated by Mr Matthijis Wouter Knol, Director European Film Market (EFM).

• World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand. Chanu won the 48kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event.

• Government e Marketplace (GeM) and Competition Commission of India (CCI) entered into a MoU to enable a fair and competitive environment in the e-Marketplace. Chairman CCI, A.K. Gupta, CEO GeM, S. Radha Chauhan were present on the occasion.

• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a fine of Rs.1 crore penalty State Bank of India (SBI). This penalty was levied as the lender violated the RBI norms.

• Federal Competition Office (FCO), the German competition watchdog, said that Facebook users should be asked for consent before data collected by the group’s subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram and on third-party websites is combined with their social network account.

• A study says Climate change could lead to a decline of underwater kelp forests by impacting their microbiome. Ocean warming can change microbes on the kelp surface, leading to disease and potentially putting fisheries at risk. Blistering and bleaching of the kelp’s surface impact their ability to photosynthesize.

• Dinkar Gupta taken over the charge of Director General of the Punjab Police. He took over the charge as DGP from Suresh Arora yesterday at a simple ceremony at the Punjab Police headquarters at Chandigarh,.

• The Andhra Pradesh Assembly passed the Bills for 5% reservation each for the Kapus (Kapus, Telaga, Ontari and Balija sub-castes) and other Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the general category consequent to the 103rd amendment to the Constitution.

• The Karnataka Sahitya Academy announced special awards for 2018 to five writers, B.A. Vivek Rai, H.S. Venkateshmurthy, Deshamsha Hudagi, Saisuthe, and A.K. Hamppanna, for their contribution to Kannada literature. It has also chosen 10 writers for Sahityasri Award 2018.

• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced the policy repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25% in a bid to revive economic growth as it projected retail inflation to remain below its target of 4% for the next 12 months.

• Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairman Sushil Chandra said that with less than two months to go for the deadline to link Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Aadhaar, only a little more than half of PAN holders have linked them.

• Father Francois Laborde, a 92-year-old priest, was conferred the Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) of France. This is the highest civilian award. The award is to recognize his work for specially-abled children.

• Lok Sabha took up the Interim Budget 2019-20 for discussion. Initiating the discussion, Tathagata Satpathy of BJD accused the government of doing nothing for the farmer.

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