Current Affairs in Short: 16 January 2019
In Rajasthan, senior leader of Congress and former Central Minister C.P Joshi was elected as Speaker of the 15th Legislative Assembly. Leader of the Rajasthan house, Ashok Gehlot proposed Joshi’s name for the speaker which was seconded by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, leader of opposition Gulab Chand Katariya, and leaders of other parties.
CP Joshi elected as Rajasthan Assembly Speaker
• In Rajasthan, senior leader of Congress and former Central Minister C.P Joshi was elected as Speaker of the 15th Legislative Assembly.
• Leader of the Rajasthan house, Ashok Gehlot proposed Joshi’s name for the speaker which was seconded by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, leader of opposition Gulab Chand Katariya, and leaders of other parties.
• Addressing the house after taking charge as speaker, Joshi appealed assembly members to optimally utilise the time of the house.
• The first session of the assembly began on January 15, 2019.
Khelo India: Maharashtra tops Medal tally with 177 medals
• Maharashtra is leading in the Medal tally of Khelo India Youth Games with 177 Medals including 64 Gold as on January 16, 2019.
• Delhi is on number 2 with 121 medals including 47 Gold, and Haryana is on number 3 with 110 Medals including 37 Gold.
• In semi-finals Maharashtra beat Punjab 7 - 6 and Delhi beat Gujarat 7 - 6. Leage matches of Basketball.
• Rajasthan and Haryana have won their matches.
RBI announces OMO purchase of government securities on January 17
• Reserve Bank of India will inject Rs 10,000 crore into the system through the purchase of government securities to increase liquidity.
• The purchase will be made through Open Market Operations (OMOs).
• The eligible participants should submit their offers in electronic format on the RBI Core Banking Solution (E-Kuber) system.
• The RBI plans to inject liquidity of Rs 50,000 crore under OMOs.
9th International Micro irrigation conference begins in Aurangabad
• The 9th International Micro irrigation conference began on January 16, 2019 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
• The conference will focus on the theme of “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”.
• The conference will discuss, deliberate and strategize with eminent stakeholders including farmers, to create awareness about the use of Micro Irrigation on a large scale.
• 740 delegates including 100 foreign delegates from 56 countries and as many 100 Agricultural scientists will attend the conference.
PM Modi dedicates Kollam Bypass of Kerala to the Nation
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Kollam Bypass of the Kerala to the Nation.
• The Kollam Bypass on the National Highway-66 considerably reduces travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, besides avoiding traffic congestion in Kollam town.
• This is the first National Highway project in the country taken up on a 50:50 Centre-State partnership.
• The 13-kilometre-long two-lane bypass is constructed at a cost of Rs 352 crore. It has three major bridges over the Ashtamudi lake, having a total length of 1540 metres and an underpass.
• The Prime Minister unveiled a plaque launching the completion of several developmental projects undertaken in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple complex in Thiruvananthapuram under Swadeshi Darshan scheme.
Newly built broad gauge railway line inaugurated in Una district of Himachal Pradesh
• Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha inaugurated the newly built broad gauge railway line between Amb Andora and Daulatpur chowk in Una district in Himachal Pradesh.
• Around Rs 335 crore have been spent to build the 16 km railway line which includes 10 bridges with no level crossing.
• The project will not only increase the railway connectivity but also play significant role in economic development of the state.
• The Union Government has increased the railway budget from Rs 108 crore to Rs 385 crore.
MP launches Rs 50000 crore 'Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana'
• In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched the Rs 50000-crore farm debt-waiver scheme named 'Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana'.
• It would benefit 55 lakh small and marginal farmers.
• The scheme is an investment in the economy, which can't be strengthened without farmers.
• The state cabinet gave its nod to waive crop loans of 55 lakh farmers on January 5, 2019.
Maharashtra cabinet approves schemes for financial welfare of OBCs and SC/ST communities
• The Maharashtra Cabinet approved schemes worth over Rs 700 crore for financial welfare of OBCs and the SC/ST communities.
• The State Cabinet approved eight different schemes to provide financial support in the forms of the individual loan, group loan and interest subvention to OBCs, SCs and STs.
• It cleared Rs 250 crores for the OBCs, while a sum of Rs 300 crores have been allotted to the SCs/STs.
• It was also decided to prepare a special scheme for the Wadar, Ramoshi and Pardhi castes that fall under Nomadic Tribes and Denotified Tribes category.