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Current Affairs in Short: 29 January 2019

Human Resources Development Ministry issued orders on revision of allowances and special allowances for teachers and equivalent academic cadre, Registrars, Finance Officers and Controller of Examinations in Central Universities and Colleges.

Jan 29, 2019 18:12 IST
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India bags the Award of Excellence for ‘Best in Show’ at New York Times Travel Show 2019

• India received the Award of Excellence for ‘Best in Show’ at the recently concluded New York Times Travel Show 2019.
• The New York Times Travel Show 2019 is the largest travel show in North America that was held during January 25-27, 2019 in New York, USA.  
• Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism received the Award of Excellence
• The Union Ministry of Tourism participated as the ‘ Presenting Partner’ in the New York Times Travel Show (NYTTS 2019) organised at Jacob K Javits Centre, New York.
• A high level delegation led by Yogendra Tripathi and a number of stakeholders from India’s tourism industry participated in the Show.
• A number of India centric activities were organised at the Show including ‘Focus on India’ and Consumer Seminars, Indian cultural performances, Indian Culinary Demonstration, Food tasting, etc.

High Level Committee approves Central assistance of Rs 7,214.03 crore to States affected by natural disasters

• The High Level Committee, chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the additional Central assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) of Rs 7214.03 crore to 6 States and one Union Territory.
• The funds alloted to these states are - Rs 317.44 crore to Himachal Pradesh, Rs 191.73 crore to Uttar Pradesh, Rs. 900.40 crore to Andhra Pradesh, Rs. 127.60 crore to Gujarat, Rs. 949.49 crore to Karnataka, Rs. 4,714.28 crore to Maharashtra and Rs. 13.09 crore to UT of Puducherry.
• The meeting of the Committee was held to consider the additional Central Assistance to these six States and one UT affected by floods, landslides, cloudburst & cyclone Gaja and drought (kharif) during 2018-19.

Prakash Javadekar to inaugurate New Campus for National Museum Institute at Noida

• Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development will inaugurate the new Campus of the National Museum Institute at A-19, Sector 62, NOIDA (Institutional Area).
• Since its inception, the Institute has been one of the leading centers in the country for training and research in the field of art and cultural heritage.
• It imparts higher education leading to Master of Arts and Ph.D in the field of History of Art, Conservation and Museology.
• The National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (NMI) is a registered Society (Deemed to be University) under the Societies Registration Act 1860, fully funded by Union Ministry of Culture which was formed and registered on January 27, 1989.

PM to lay foundation Stone for extension of Terminal Building at Surat Airport; to attend the New India Youth conclave in Surat

• The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Surat and Dandi in Gujarat on January 30, 2019.
• During the visit, the Prime Minister will lay the Foundation Stone for the extension of Terminal building at Surat Airport. The Terminal building is being constructed at a cost of Rs.354 crore with an area of over 25,500 square metres.
• In Surat, PM will interact with the youth at the New India Youth conclave. He will also inaugurate Smt. Rasilaben Sevantilal Shah Venus Hospital and visit the facilities there.
• PM’s next destination will be Dandi in Navsari district of Gujarat. He  will dedicate the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial to the nation on Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary.

Government enhances allowances for teachers, other staff in Central Universities, colleges

• Human Resources Development Ministry issued orders on revision of allowances and special allowances for teachers and equivalent academic cadre, Registrars, Finance Officers and Controller of Examinations in Central Universities and Colleges.
• This also includes centrally funded Deemed to be Universities. The order came into force with immediate effect.
• The revised special allowance per month for Vice Chancellor will be Rs 11,250, for  Pro-Vice Chancellor it will be Rs 9,000, for Principal in PG College it will be Rs 6,750 and for Principal in UG College, it will be Rs 4,500 per month.
• This move is likely to benefit 30000 teaching and equivalent staff in Central Universities and 5500 in Deemed to be Universities.

11 political parties from North-East to oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill

• 11 political parties of North East have decided  to oppose the Citizenship Amendment bill.
• The Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma  and Mizoram, Zoramthanga said that 11 parties resolved to jointly oppose the bill.  
• Both the leaders said that a delegation would meet President and Prime Minister of India to convey their concerns.
• The parties include Asom Gana Parishad, National Peoples Party, Mizo National Front and  others.
• Out of 11 parties, six are part of the North East Democratic Front , NEDA , a part of NDA.

Nari Shakti is Oxford Dictionary's Hindi Word Of The Year 2018

• Nari Shakti was chosen as the Hindi word of the year 2018 by Oxford Dictionary.
• The announcement was made during a session at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.
• The March 2018 recorded a large spike in the use of ''Nari Shakti'' as discussion began around Indian government's Nari Shakti Puraskar given by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
• The word was selected by the Oxford Dictionary (India) with help of a panel of language experts.
• In 2017, Oxford Dictionary had chosen 'Aadhar' as the word of the year.

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