One liners 2nd February

• U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who gained national prominence in the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, announced that he would seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election, injecting more youthful energy to the expanding Democratic field.

• The government has effectively given up on at least two of its more controversial legislations, the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the triple talaq Bill, that was awaiting consideration by the Rajya Sabha.

• The Home Ministry has been allocated over Rs.1 lakh crore for the next fiscal, with special emphasis on improving border infrastructure of police forces, in the interim Budget 2018-19.

• 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.

• The Centre has allocated Rs.500 crore for a new pension scheme for workers in the unorganized sector, even while reducing its allocation for an existing pension scheme by Rs.775 crore. The new scheme, to be called the Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan.

• Gupteshwar Pandey, the Senior IPS officer, took over as the new Director General of Police of Bihar. He succeeds K.S.Dwivedi. Mr.Dwivedi has been holding the position since March 1, 2018.

• China is to sign a $1 billion concessional loan agreement with Beijing. The agreement is to fund a major highway project linking Colombo to Kandy. The construction of the first phase of the road has been delayed for more than two years due to a lack of funding.

• Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) renamed as the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade with a mandate to deal with matters related to start-ups, facilitating ease of doing business among others.

• Yes Bank Senior group President and head of retail and business banking, Pralay Mondal resigned from his post.

• Ministry of External Affairs appointed 1993 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer Sanjiv Ranjan who is current Ambassador to Argentina as the new Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.

• Rajiv Nath conferred with prestigious Award of Appreciation by Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Honourable Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare for his contribution to the Global Public Healthcare sector in New Delhi.

• The Mizoram Government issued an order to ban the import of pigs and piglets because there is a possibility of an outbreak of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

• On the recommendation of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the government constituted a committee under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to explore prepaid payments by state electricity distribution companies to power plants.

• The Ministry of Home Affairs extended the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) by five more years. The Ministry said SIMI was declared an “unlawful association” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

• The 50-years of formalization of diplomatic ties between India and Bhutan, a two-day international conference on 8th-century Himalayan sage Guru Padmasambhava was held in New Delhi.

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