Current Affairs – February 06, 2018

Sudeep Lakhtakia took charge as new Director General of NSG

Senior IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia took charge as the new Director General of National Security Guard (NSG). He succeeds S P Singh who retired from the post and will hold the post till July 2019. Sudeep Lakhtakia is 1984-batch IPS officer of the Telangana cadre. Prior to this post, he was serving as a Special Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters in New Delhi. The NSG was raised as the federal contingency force to counter terrorists and hijack-like incidents in 1984. The commandos of the force are based in five hubs across the country, apart from their main garrison in Gurgaon’s Manesar. They also render personal security to some of the most high-profile VVIPs like Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and some chief ministers.

The first ever International Kala Mela inaugurated by the Vice President in New Delhi

The International Kala Mela has been organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi in partnership with IGNCA of the Ministry of Culture. The Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Administrator of Lalit Kala Akademi, Shri C.S. Krishna Setty and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, the Vice President said that Culture is like the heartbeat of a civilization and it is an expression of its worldview, a symbol of its value system. He further said that it represents the hopes and aspirations of its people and it chronicles the saga of their lives. It springs from the depths of their hearts and touches the inner core of humanity and is truly the barometer of the quality of life, he added. More than 800 artists from across the world are taking part in the Festival.

Environment Ministry launches ‘Green Good Deeds’ campaign for climate change and global warming

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has appealed to the teaching community to join the “Green Good Deeds” campaign, launched by the Ministry to sensitize the people and students, in particular, about climate change and global warming. Addressing about 700 principals of all government schools from North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the Minister said that environment is a matter of global concern, as never before.The Minister reminded the teachers of their “Green Social Responsibility” (GSR), similar to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Referring to the crucial role played by “Polio Sainiks” from municipal corporation schools in the Pulse Polio campaign, he underlined the need for “Green Sainiks” to broad-base the Green Good Deeds movement and to take it down to the grassroots level successfully.

2018 Kala Ghoda Arts festival organized in Mumbai

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual multicultural festival held in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai. Kala Ghoda Arts festival 2018, which is the 20th edition of this festival, began on February 3, 2018. This year’s theme is ‘Hara Ghoda’ (Green Horse) focusing on sustainability and environment-friendliness. Art enthusiasts can witness an amalgamation of contemporary art illustrations, dance, theatre, music, literature, and food during the course of this 9-day art festival. This festival is organized by Kala Ghoda Association, which was formed in 1998 with an objective of maintaining and preserving the heritage and art district of South Mumbai.

PAN a must for transactions above rs 2.5 lakh or more

Seeking to widen the tax base, the Budget for 2018-19 today provided for making PAN mandatory for any entity entering into a financial transaction of Rs 2.5 lakh or more with effect from April 1. The 10-digit Permanent Account Number (PAN) would be used as Unique Entity Number for non-individuals, said the memorandum to the Finance Bill 2018. “It is proposed that every person, not being an individual, which enters into a financial transaction of an amount aggregating to Rs 2.50 lakh or more in a financial year shall be required to apply to the Assessing Officer for allotment of PAN,” it said.

Maratha Light Infantry to celebrate 250 years tomorrow

The Maratha Light Infantry celebrated 250 years of its existence on 4 February 2018. The first battalion of the regiment was raised as ‘Second Battalion Bombay Sepoys’ on this day in 1768. February 4 is celebrated as “Maratha Light Infantry Day” across the regiment throughout the country. The date holds historic significance as on this day in 1670, Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji conquered famous Kondana Fort (now known as Sinhgad) near Pune, Maharashtra. The Maratha Light Infantry is infantry regiment of the Indian Army. It was formed in 1768, making it most senior light infantry regiment of the Army. At present, it has around 21 regular battalions, four Rashtriya Rifles battalions, and two Territorial Army battalions. It is the only regiment which has contributed two battalions of special forces to Indian Army.

Hyderabadi girls win gold and silver at the first-ever International Regatta at Puducherry

In an exemplary show of grit and skill in the face of fierce winds and treacherous waves, two girls from Telangana — Tungara Mahboobie and Lakshmi Nookarathnam, made the country proud by clinching gold and silver at the recently-concluded first-ever International Regatta at Puducherry. Titled “Sailing The East Coast”, the three-day Indo-French bilateral event saw the two 14-year-olds sail past experienced sailors from France and India to claim the top spots. Both students of Marredpally Govt School, Secunderabad, Mahboobie and Nookarathnam showcased ruthless professionalism throughout the races.

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