9 February 2019

●Exercise Cutlass Express 2019;-
↪It is an exercise designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security in East Africa
◆Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and is conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa
●Government e Marketplace (GeM) and Competition Commission of India (CCI) entered into a MoU to enable a fair and competitive environment in the e-Marketplace.
•GeM aims to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement
•CCI↪Is a statutory body to prevent activities that have an adverse effect on competition
●Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR);-
↪It is a missile propulsion technology jointly developed by India and Russia.
•Ramjet↪ is a form of air-breathing jet engine that uses the vehicle’s forward motion to compress incoming air for combustion without a rotating compressor
•DRDO successfully flight tested the second indigenously developed ‘SFDR’ propulsion based missile system.
●Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals(CMS);-
↪13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals (CMS) is going to be hosted by India during 15th to 22nd February, 2020 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. 
•CMS is only global and UN-based intergovernmental organization established exclusively for conservation and management of terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species
●National Deworming Day (NDD);-
↪is observed bi-annually on 10th February and 10th August in all states and UTs followed by mop-up activities
•It is a single fixed-day approach to treating intestinal worm infections in all children aged 1- 19 years.
•NDD program is a cost-effective program at scale that continues to reach crores of children and adolescents with deworming benefits through a safe medicine Albendazole
●Drugs Technical Advisory Board;-
↪is highest statutory decision-making body on technical matters related to drugs in the country.( It is constituted as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940)
◆Centre, in a notification, has said that medical devices — all implantable devices, CT Scan, PET and MRI equipment, defibrillators, dialysis machines and bone marrow separators — will be treated as drugs for human beings with effect from April 1, 2020.
●The Constitution (125th Amendment)Bill;-
↪to increase the financial and executive powers of the 10 Autonomous Councils in the Sixth Schedule areas of the northeastern region [amendment will impact one crore tribal people in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.]
•proposed amendments provide for elected village municipal councils, ensuring democracy at the grassroot level.
●Arundhati scheme;-{by Assam govt.}
↪aims to provide 1 Tola Gold to brides 【very good sahi ja raho ho๐Ÿ‘]belonging to all such communities of Assam where it is customary to provide gold at the time of the wedding
•scheme is limited for economically weaker sections, whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh.
◆scheme is named after Arundhati, wife of great sage Basistha.[ The government has set aside Rs 300 cr has been for the implementation]
●Generalised System of Preferences (GSP);-
↪is a U.S. trade program designed to promote economic growth in the developing world by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 4,800 products 
•President Trump is planning to withdraw the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) from India
•GSP removal will leave a reasonable impact on India as the country enjoyed preferential tariff on exports worth of nearly $ 5. 6 billion under the GSP route out of the total exports of $48 bn in 2017-18
●International IP Index 2019;-{released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC).}
↪Index evaluates the IP infrastructure in each economy based on 45 unique indicators, which are critical to the growth of effective IP systems.(patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, enforcement etc.
●Asiatic Lion Conservation Project;-
↪project include undertaking “habitat improvement” measures, making more sources of water available, creating a wildlife crime cell etc.
↪It would also involve having in place a GPS-based tracking system
•Asiatic Lions are listed as ‘Endangered’ under the IUCN Red List
●Govt. grants divisional status to Ladakh;-
↪It will comprise Leh and Kargil districts, with headquarters at Leh. [Earlier, Ladakh was a part of the Kashmir division.]
•With this, there shall be three administrative units of Jammu(26,293 sq. km ) ,Kashmir(15,948 sq. km)
and Ladakh(86,909 sq. km) in the State


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