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Daily Current Affairs,1st February 2019

1. Sultan Abdullah sworn in as new Malaysian King
Sultan Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah was sworn as the 16th King of Malaysia.
  • He was elected after Sultan Muhammad V abdicated the throne earlier this month.
Points to Remember
  • Malaysia practices the system of a constitutional monarchy.
  • According to its Constitution, the King, who represents the country at official events, is elected every five years from among the nine Sultans on a rotational basis.
2. UAE, Saudi central banks launch common digital currency called 'Aber'
The central banks of the UAE and Saudi Arabia have launched a common digital currency called "Aber".
  • It will be used in financial settlements between the two countries through Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers technologies.
  • Through this digital currency, both the United Arab Emirates Central Bank (UAECB) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) are studying the impact on the improvement and reduction of remittance costs and the assessments of risks.
3. Air India resumes its services from New Delhi to Najaf
Air India is resuming its services from New Delhi to the holy city of Najaf in Iraq after 25 years.
  • The services will commence from the 14 March, and it is initially being planned for twice a week.
  • Najaf is a city, 160 kilometres from Baghdad.
  • It is an important pilgrimage place considered sacred by Shia Muslims.
Points to Remember
  • Capital : Baghdad
  • Currency : Iraqi dinar
4. DAC approves indigenous construction of 6 submarines worth Rs 40000 cr
The Defence Acquisitions Council, DAC chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved indigenous construction of six submarines worth 40 thousand crore rupees.
  • It is the second project under the Ministry's ambitious strategic partnership model aiming to boost the government's Make in India' program.
  • The first project to get the government's nod for implementation under the new model was the acquisition of 111 utility helicopters for the Navy at a cost of over 21 thousand crore rupees in August 2018.
  • Defence Acquisitions Council has also approved the acquisition of about five thousand MILAN Anti Tank Guided Missiles for the Army.
5. Govt approves construction of over 4.78 lakh more affordable houses
 The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 4,78,670 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
  • The approval was given in the 42nd meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee.
  • The cumulative number of houses sanctioned under PMAY(U) now is 72,65,763.
Points to Remember
  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is an initiative by Government of India in which affordable housing to the poor.
  • It has two components
  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY-U) for the urban poor.
  • Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) (PMAY-G and also PMAY-R) for the rural poor.
6. LT Gen Rajeev Chopra takes over as DG NCC
Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra assumed the appointment of Director General of NCC (DGNCC).
  • Commissioned in the Madras Regiment in December 1980, Lt Gen Chopra is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
  • He has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service in January 2018.
7. Gupteshwar Pandey appointed as new Bihar DGP
Gupteshwar Pandey has been appointed as new Director General of Police (DGP) of Bihar.
  • He succeeds  K S Dwivedi, who  retired on 31 January 2019.
  • Gupteswar Pandey is a 1987 batch IPS officer.
  • Prior to this appointment he was DG of Bihar Police Academy and Bihar Military Police.
8. Govt announces Rs 6000 per year cash support to small and marginal farmers
Under the scheme called Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, Rs 6,000 will be transferred into bank accounts of farmers holding up to 2 hectares of land in three equal instalments.
  • This scheme was announced during the Budget speech in Lok Sabha.
  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said it will benefit 12 crore farmers.
  • It will be implemented from the same fiscal.
9. Indian Captain Mithali Raj becomes 1st female cricketer to play 200 ODIs
Indian captain Mithali Raj became the first female cricketer to play 200 ODI.
  • The 36-year-old is also the highest run-getter in ODIs with 6622 runs at an average of 51.33.
  • Mithali made her ODI debut way back in 1999 and has featured in 200 games out of the 263 ODIs India have played.

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