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Current Affairs in Short: 3 January 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University in Phagwara near Jalandhar on January 3, 2019. He delivered the inaugural address before Nobel laureates, eminent scientists, policymakers, young researchers and school children from across the country and abroad.

Jan 3, 2019 17:35 IST
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PM Modi inaugurates Indian Science Congress in Jalandhar

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University in Phagwara near Jalandhar on January 3, 2019.
• He delivered the inaugural address before Nobel laureates, eminent scientists, policymakers, young researchers and school children, from across the country and abroad.
• PM Modi gave away the slogan of New India as “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan”.
• The theme of this five-day mega event is  ‘Future India: Science and Technology’.
• This meet brings together leaders in science and technology from the country and abroad every year and is one of the most popular events for researchers and students of science and technology.
• On the eve of the Science Congress, ‘Flame of Knowledge’ rally was organized to arouse the spirit of science and technology among all.

India Pharma 2019 & India Medical Device 2019 to be held in Bengaluru in February 2019

• The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), will organise the 4th International Conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device sector on February 18-19, 2019 in Bengaluru.
• The theme for India Pharma 2019 is ‘Enabling Quality Affordable Healthcare’ and that of India Medical Device 2019 is ‘Med-Tech India: Gearing up for Ayushman Bharat’.
• Over 150 CEOs of the global pharma and medical device industry are expected to participate.
• International Drug Regulators from 15 countries have been invited to the event for interaction with Indian Drug Regulators and Industry Regulatory Officers.
• Ambassadors and Commercial Counsellors of more than 50 countries have been invited for close interaction with India and participating Industry.

Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair declared as authorised Immigration Check post

• Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair was declared as an authorised Immigration Check post for entry into and exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers.
• This decision of the Union Government will open up the Port Blair Airport for direct international flight and immigration facilities.
• For this purpose, the Superintendent of Police (CID) of the Andaman and Nicobar Police has been appointed as the ‘Civil Authority’ for the purpose of the immigration check post.
• The Administration has taken up various measures to facilitate better and seamless connectivity.
• Efforts are being made for the early operation of international flights from the Airport.

Emergency-fame retired judge Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari dies

• Retired justice Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari, who delivered a landmark verdict during the Emergency on human rights, passed away in Nagpur on January 3, 2019 following a brief illness.
• Justice Dharmadhikari, 91, was also an eminent Gandhian, freedom-fighter, legal luminary and social activist. He is survived by a daughter and two sons.
• A recipient of many awards, including Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, Justice Dharmadhikari was appointed as a judge in Bombay High Court in July 1972.
• He served as Acting Chief Justice in Nagpur, and retired in November 1989.
• In his landmark ruling during the Emergency, Justice Dharmadhikari had held that apart from constitutional rights, the Right to Life is natural and a human right, and therefore, even during the Emergency, a citizen could approach the high court.
• Post-retirement, he was the Chairman of Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (1991-1992) and later a committee headed by him in 2014 had recommended a complete ban on dance bars in hotels/restaurants.

China's space probe ‘Chang'e-4’ lands on Moon's far side

• ‘Chang'e-4’, a Chinese spacecraft, has made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon.
• Earlier in 2013, China landed its rover on the moon, joining the United States and the Soviet Union as the only nations to have carried out a “soft landing” there, but the Chang’e-4 is the first to touch down on the far side of the moon that perpetually faces away from the Earth.
• The far side of the moon is relatively unexplored. It is also known as the dark side of the moon.
• The lunar explorer Chang'e signals its growing ambition to become a space power.
• Chang'e-4 will undertake astronomical observation, surveying the moon's terrain, landform and mineral composition, and measuring the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment on the far side of the Moon.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana achieves 6 crore mark

• Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu handed over 6 croreth LPG connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to Jasmina Khatoon from Shivpark, Khanpur, Delhi.
• In order to provide clean cooking fuel to BPL households in the country, the Government launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide 8 Crore deposit-free LPG connections to women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families with a budgetary allocation of Rs. 12800 crore.
• Implementation of PMUY resulted in significant increase in national LPG coverage, in general and Eastern States, in particular.
• The scheme has resulted in mass coverage of rural poor households and 48 percent of the beneficiaries are SC/STs.

Women's National Boxing Championship 2019: Key Highlights

• Chandigarh, Delhi and Punjab boxers fetched majority of the wins on the second day of the third Women's National Boxing Championships in Vijayanagara, Karnataka.
• The day began with a dominating performance by Delhi's Riya Tokas in the 54kg category as she beat V Vinodhini from Tamil Nadu.
• Sohini from Chandigarh showed her sublime form against Sai Sree Reddy from Telangana in the 69 kg category.
• Babita Bisht of Uttarakhand beat Suman Khoda of Rajasthan in the 69kg category.
• In the bantamweight category, Riya Chouhan of Punjab beat Poulomi Sarkar from Bengal.
• In the welterweight category, Gagandeep Kaur of Punjab beat Simran Mendon of Maharashtra.
• Himachal Pradesh's Sandhya defeated Sonal Rasal in the 64kg category.
• In the 60 kg category, Karnataka girl Bhavya won the bout against Som Maya Subba of Sikkim.

Punjab Cabinet approves plan to distribute smartphones among youth

• Punjab Cabinet approved the modalities for the distribution of smartphones, with graduating students of government schools, colleges and technical institutions to be covered in the first phase of the scheme.     
• Students would be required to submit a self-certification, stating that they do not already possess a smartphone.
• The scheme will give a further impetus to the state government’s digital empowerment agenda.
• In addition, one-time bundled 12 GB data and 600 local minutes talk time (voice) valid for one year would also be provided under the scheme.

Punjab Cabinet approves online transfer policy for teachers

• Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh approved the Online Transfer Policy-2019 of the School Education Department, thus ensuring equal opportunity for all employees using online method for seeking transfers.
• The transfer policy would become effective from academic session 2019-20.
• The policy would be applicable to all teaching cadre posts i.e. ETT, HT, CHT, Master, C&V, Lecturer, Vocational Masters, Principals and Headmasters, except employees on extension of services after attaining the age of superannuation.
• Posts of Ministerial cadre, Block Officers, District Officers, and Principal DIETs shall not be covered under the policy.
• The condition that the teachers would be compulsorily transferred after seven years of service in a particular zone/school has been removed.

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