12 March 2019 Current Affairs

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New Visa Agreement between India, Maldives Comes into Effect
The new visa agreement between India and Maldives came into force. The new policy provides a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India.

Shri S.S. Srinivas appointed as Officer on Special Duty
Shri S.S. Srinivas has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD), South Coast Railway by Ministry of Railways. He is an Indian Railways Personnel Service (IRPS) officer who previously held the post of Chief Personnel Officer (Administration), South Central Railway.

ED appointed Anup Kumar Dubey & Sushil Kumar as special directors
Anup Kumar Dubey and Sushil Kumar have been appointed as the special directors in the Enforcement Directorate (ED), according to a Personnel Ministry order. Both of them are Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officers. Mr. Dubey has been appointed as Special Director, ED in Delhi while Mr. Kumar in Chennai.

PNB Sanctions Loans Worth Rs 689 cr to 1,600
State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) has sanctioned loans worth Rs 689 crore to over 1,600 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through the psbloansin59minutes.com portal as part of its effort to promote such industries. Under the Mudra Yojana, the bank has offered loan to over 2.69 lakh small entrepreneurs this fiscal.

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister meets PM Modi
Saudi Arabia’s state minister for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi. Jubeir’s visit to India comes days after his trip to Pakistan’s Islamabad. Saudi minister’s visit comes after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s stand-alone visits to India and Pakistan soon after the Pulwama terror attack.

Jammu & Kashmir government to give monthly stipend and jobs
Draft on Reintegration proposes a monthly stipend and jobs for those who Shun militancy by the Jammu and Kashmir government. The move is to encourage the youths hailing from Jammu and Kashmir to Shun militancy. The government proposes to offer them a monthly stipend of Rs. 6000 and jobs.

PINAKA Guided Weapons System Successfully Test Fired
Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test fired the PINAKA guided WEAPON rocket system from Pokhran range in Rajasthan. The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system.

A 3-member mediation panel created by SC to settle Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Case
For the amicable settlement of Ayodhya’s Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, the five-judge bench, headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, constituted a three-member mediation panel headed by former Supreme Court (SC) judge Justice F. M. Kalifullah to resolve the issue.


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