Top 5 Current Affairs: 14 February 2019
The US House of Representatives has approved a resolution that would end US support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen. The resolution would direct the US President to withdraw US military forces in or affecting Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda or associated forces.
Union Cabinet approves Introduction of Registration of Marriage of NRI Bill, 2019
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 13, 2019 approved the introduction of Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Bill, 2019 to create more accountability to Indian citizens living abroad.
The bill mainly seeks to offer more protection against the exploitation of Indian citizens, mostly Indian women by their NRI partners. It provides for amendment of the legal framework to act as a deterrent to the erring NRI spouses and creating more accountability and offer protection against exploitation of Indian Citizens, specially women married to NRIs.
US House passes a resolution to withdraw US military support in Yemen
The US House of Representatives on February 13, 2019 approved a resolution that would end US support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen.
The resolution would direct the US President to withdraw US military forces in or “affecting” Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda or associated forces. It is the first time the House of Representatives has ever supported a war powers resolution.
The vote is a sharp rebuke to Saudi Arabia for its conduct in the war conflict and a push-back against the Trump administration's close ties to the kingdom.
Bihar Government announces universal old age pension scheme-Mukhyamantri Vridhajan Pension Yojna
The state government of Bihar has announced a universal old age pension scheme called Mukhyamantri Vridhajan Pension Yojna (MVPY) for all people above 60 years of age.
The scheme will come into force from April 1, 2019. Except those senior citizens who have retired from government service, all will be eligible for 400 rupees monthly pension irrespective of caste, religion or community. The currently old age pension scheme is applicable to only the BPL category.
Cabinet approves continuation of Centre's tribal welfare schemes
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for continuation of sub-schemes under Umbrella programme for development of Scheduled Tribes from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020 with an outlay of Rs 11,900 crore.
The approved schemes include pre-matric scholarship, post matric scholarship, ashram schools, boys & girls hostels, vocational training, monitoring and evaluation, tribal festivals, tribal research, information and mass education and aid to voluntary organisation working for the welfare of scheduled tribes.
Third Indo-German Environment Forum held in New Delhi
The third Indo-German Environment Forum with the theme "Cleaner Air, Greener Economy" was held in New Delhi on February 13, 2019.
While inaugurating the forum, Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that India and Germany have had a rich cooperation engagement for the last 60 years which extends to sectors such as natural resource management, urban environment protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation and innovative green technologies.