23.02.19 West Bengal (WBPSC) Current Affairs





  • China has unveiled its ‘first female AI news anchor’


  • China’s state-owned TV channel Xinhua unveiled the world’s first female Artificial Intelligence(AI) news anchor.


  • The AI anchor has been developed by state-run news agency Xinhua in collaboration with tech firm Sogou Inc.


  • The AI robot anchor, Xin Xiaoment, can mimic human facial expressions and mannerisms while reading reports.


  • The AI anchor will make her professional debut during the upcoming two sessions Political meetings of China’s nations legislature in March.


  • Oscars 2019: Full list of winners


  • The 91st Academy Awards has been announced at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


  • The full list of winners are:
  • Best Picture: “Green Book”
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma”
  • Best Actress: Olivia Colman for “The Favourite”
  • Best Actor: Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Best Supporting Actress: Regina King for “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for “Green Book”
  • Best Foreign Language Film: “Roma” (Mexico)
  • Best Animated Feature Film: “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”
  • Best Original Screenplay: “Green Book”
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Best Original Score: “Black Panther”
  • Best Original Song: “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
  • Best Documentary Feature: “Free Solo”
  • Best Documentary Short Film: “Period”





  • PM Modi launched PM-KISAN scheme by transferring 1st installment of Rs 2,000 to farmers


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, PM-KISAN scheme at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.


  • Mr Modi marked the launch of the PM-KISAN scheme, through press of button, to electronically transfer the first installment of 2 thousand rupees to selected farmers.


  • The amount will be transferred directly to the bank account of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer.


  • The amount will be given in three installments of 2 thousand rupees each


  • The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana was announced in the interim Budget 2019-20.


  • Under the Scheme, Rs 6,000 will be given per year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding of up to 2 hectares.


·         Phase-II of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Programme Approved


  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Chaired by the Prime Minister,  Narendra Modi has given its approval for the Phase-II of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Programme that aims to achieve cumulative capacity of 40,000 MWfrom Rooftop Solar (RTS) Projects by the year 2022.
  • The programme will be implemented with a total central financial support of 11,814 crore.


·         FDI during Apr-Dec 2018-19 falls 7 percent to USD 33.49 billion


  • Foreign direct investment(FDI) into India contracted by 7 per cent to USD 33.49 billion during April-December in the current fiscal.
  • Foreign fund inflows during April-December 2017-18 stood at USD 35.94 billion.
  • Singapore was the largest source of FDIduring April-December 2018-19 with USD 12.97 billion inflow, followed by Mauritius (USD 6 billion), the Netherlands (USD 2.95 billion), Japan (USD 2.21 billion), US (USD 2.34 billion), and the UK (USD 1.05 billion).



  • Govt launches Rail Drishti Dashboard


  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched Rail Drishti Dashboard in New Delhi.


  • The Dashboard has been launched to keep people informed about the work going on in the Railways across the country.


  • The customer or railway passenger will get an exposure through this dashboard to the multifaceted transformation underway in Indian Railways across the country.


  • This dashboard can be accessed using a desktop/laptop or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet and the url of the dashboard is “raildrishti.cris.org.in”.




  • President presented Gandhi Peace Prize


The recipients of the award are as follows:


  • Vivekananda Kendra for the year 2015.


  • Akshaya Patra foundation and Sulabh International for 2016.


  • Ekal Abhiyan Trust for 2017.


  • Yohei Sasakawa for 2018


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