The Daily Brief – 23rd February 2019

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  1. The Central government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada to work on various environmental issues including climate change, forest resource management and wildlife. The MoU will assist in the exchange of students, researchers and faculty, developing research projects, livelihood opportunities and augment the income of the forest-based communities.
  2. Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has been appointed as an ambassador of Swasth Immunised India campaign launched by Serum Institute of India (SII) and Network 18. The campaign is aimed at spreading awareness on the importance and benefits of immunisation among the masses. The campaign is aimed at dispelling myths and misconceptions pertaining to the administration of vaccination among Indians.
  3. President Ram Nath Kovind has given the assent for the amendments to the Indian Stamp Act 1899 introduced as part of the Finance Act 2019. The amendments let the creation of the legal and institutional mechanism to enable states to collect stamp duty on securities market instruments at one place by one agency. The amendments will rationalise and harmonise the system of levying stamp duty and help curb tax evasion.
  4. Iran will hold a three-day navy drill Velayat 97 in a vast area of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean including a sensitive global shipping route with an aim to evaluate the navy’s equipment, practice launching weapons and enable the troops to gain readiness for a real battle. The drill also includes missile launches from the vessels.
  5. The Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled the Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG) at the Aero India 2019 with an aim to provide an innovative solution to meet the ever-increasing need for drinking water worldwide. The Atmospheric Water Generator would generate water straight from the humidity present in the atmosphere through a novel technology.

    Sushma Swaraj
  6. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart from Spain Josep Borrel at Madrid’s Viana Palace, the Spanish foreign ministry’s official headquarters to discuss the most pressing issues on the international agenda. Both India and Spain supported the promotion of multilateralism and a rules-based concept of free trade. Sushma Swaraj was presented with Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit medal to honour India’s support for Spanish victims of the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015.
  7. The Festival of India in Nepal is organised by the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu with support from India’s Ministry of culture. The festival is aimed at consolidating and strengthening our existing age-old relations, reinforcing sensibilities, affinities and shared cultural bonds between the people of 2 countries.
  8. Union Minister for Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari announced that the Government has decided to stop the share of river waters which flow into Pakistan. The Government will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to the people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. According to the Indus Waters Treaty, subject to certain conditions, India has the right to use water flowing in eastern rivers, namely, the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej while Pakistan controls the right to use water in western rivers, namely, the Indus, the Jhelum and the Chenab.

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Today’s Quiz

1. Who has been appointed as an ambassador of Swasth Immunised India campaign?





2. Which country will hold navy drill Velayat 97





3. Atmospheric Water Generator would generate water from ____





4. Who has been presented with Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit medal to honour India’s support for Spanish victims of the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015?





5. Where is the Festival of India being organised by the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center?





6. The Government has decided to stop the share of river waters which flow into _____









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