1. Centre releases Rs. 65,000 cr under SC special assistance plan
a. The Centre has released Rs. 65,000 crore to States and union territories under the special assistance to scheduled castes sub plan till January end of the current fiscal, Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot.
b. The amount is more than 80 per cent of the total allocation of ?80,000 crore made under the Special Central Assistance to SC Sub Plan for 2017-18.
c. According to data provided by the Minister in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, ?65,003 crore has been released under the plan till January 31. The money is released to States and union territories subject to certain conditions, including that of submission of utilisation certificates.
d. The funds for welfare and development of SC under centrally sponsored and central sector schemes are released by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
2. Indian defence tech start-up CRON partners with Bangladesh’s GETCO
a. YourNest Venture Capital investee CRON Systems, an Internet of Things-based border security start-up, on Monday, announced its first global foray by entering into a partnership with Bangladesh-based GETCO group.
b. GETCO group, one of the oldest engineering consultancy and services companies to provide technology for perimeter security along the sensitive Bangladesh borders, will provide marketing and channel support for some of the breakthrough perimeter security products of CRON systems that are already being deployed by the Indian paramilitary forces.
c. Through this partnership, CRON systems would market and showcase its perimeter surveillance products across all stakeholders including the Bangladesh Government, border security forces and other decision-makers. CRON Systems is currently providing border surveillance systems to Indian paramilitary forces in areas like Jammu & Kashmir and being tested in other sensitive border areas.
3. Delhi govt set to announce rules to scrap old vehicles
a. The Delhi government is drafting rules for scrapping 15-year-old private vehicles in the national capital as directed by the National Green Tribunal, a senior official said on Monday.
b. The Delhi Scrapping of Vehicles Rules 2018, will be sent to the government, particularly the Law Department, within a couple of days for vetting, the official said. The draft rules will subsequently be put in public domain for comments and suggestions.
4. Kohli’s 33rd ton helps India beat South Africa in first ODI
a. Captain Virat Kohli further enhanced his reputation as a ‘chase master’ as he smashed his 33rd hundred to lead India to a six-wicket victory over South Africa in the first cricket one-dayer here. Kohli struck 112 off 119 balls with the help of 10 boundaries and put on 189 runs for the third wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (79 runs of 86 balls) as India chased down the target of 270 with 4.3 overs to spare.
b. It was the highest stand for India in South Africa, while Kohli notched up his 20th hundred in a run-chase, out of which 18 have been successfully converted to victories. After scoring freely all across the world, this was Kohli’s first ODI hundred on South African soil. Also, this was India’s first ODI win against South Africa at Durban, and only their sixth overall in bilateral engagements here since 1992-93.
5. U-19 World Cup: India beat Pakistan by 203 runs to enter finals
a. India reaffirmed their supremacy in age-group cricket as they walloped arch-rivals Pakistan by an incredible 203 runs to make it to their sixth ICC U-19 cricket World Cup final here today. This is India’s biggest win against Pakistan at the age group level as the gulf in standard was way too visible.
b. India have won the tournament in 2000 (under Mohammed Kaif), 2008 (Virat Kohli), 2012 (Unmukt Chand) while losing two finals in 2006 (Cheteshwar Pujara) and 2016 (Ishan Kishan).
c. The immensely talented Shubhman Gill hit classy unbeaten 102 off 94 balls to guide India to 272 for 9 after winning the toss and then seamer Ishan Porel (4/17 in 6 overs) scythed through the Pakistan top-order with a terrific opening spell to help them bowl out for a mere 69 in 29.3 overs.
6. Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Slam title
a. A tearful Roger Federer surged home to beat Marin Cilic in five riveting sets and win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne. The Swiss defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament before completing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in 3hr 3min.
b. Federer, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open men’s titles.
7. Don't Fall For So-Called Aadhaar 'Smart Cards', UIDAI Cautions Citizens
a. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Tuesday cautioned citizens against falling prey to so-called Aadhaar “smart cards” saying those printing them may steal data. “There could be a possibility of sharing Aadhaar details (personal sensitive demographic information) without informed consent with some devious elements,” the UIDAI said in a statement. (18% GST on Aadhaar Update Likely Soon)
b. The Aadhaar making agency added that yearning for the Aadhaar smart card may make people fall to the ploys of some unscrupulous elements who are printing Aadhaar on a plastic/PVC sheet and charging anywhere between Rs 50 and Rs 300 or more.
8. India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-1 missile
a. India successfully test-fired the indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
b. The missile, which was inducted into service in 2004, has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision. The test was conducted by the Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command.
9. Punjab govt to make MLAs pay their own income tax
a. Amid severe financial constraints, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has suggested that all MLAs in the state pay their own income tax, which is currently borne by the state.
b. The move may help the state save Rs. 11.08 crore annually, reports said. Notably, 95 out of the 117 MLAs are crorepatis, according to a report by Association for Democratic Reforms.
10. Assam government, Ola sign MoU for river taxi service
a. Cab-hailing startup Ola and the Government of Assam have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pilot an app-based river taxi service in Guwahati.
b. The river taxis will be machine-operated boats and users will be able to book the rides through Ola's app. It'll bring commute time down to 2-5 minutes from 45 minutes by road.