The Centre and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a US$ 926 million dollar loan agreement to operationalize two lines of the Mumbai Metro Rail System. It is the single largest infrastructure project loan in ADB history approved by the ADB Board. The project will ease the distress of millions of commuters each day and help provide a cleaner and less congested city. Once operational by the end of 2022, an estimated two million passengers a day will use the two new lines.
The Centre has banned the Jamat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir for five years under the anti-terror law. The Jamaat is in close touch with terror outfits and is supporting extremism and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. The notification comes barely a few days after the Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested around 100 cadres of the group in the state. The crackdown comes after February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
Ravneet Gill has taken charge as MD and CEO of Yes Bank with immediate effect. His tenure as approved by RBI is 3 years from the date of his joining, i.e. March 1, 2019, to February 28, 2022. On January 24 Yes Bank has received RBI approval for its new MD & CEO to join on or before March 1, 2019. Ajai Kumar has ceased to be an Interim MD & CEO of the Bank with effect from the close of business hours of February 28, 2019.
Air Marshal RD Mathur AVSM VSM assumed charge of the Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force, at Shillong, as its Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief. He is an alumnus of St Joseph's Academy, Dehradun. Mr Mathur had joined the National Defence Academy in 1978 and was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1982. For his distinguished service, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2003 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014 by the President of India.
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has become the first batsman ever to smash 500 or more sixes in international cricket. In the 4th ODI against England, he scored 162 runs with 14 sixes and 11 fours. He now has 506 sixes in international cricket (98 in Tests, 305 in ODIs and 103 in T20Is). Chris Gayle has announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup. Gayle also breached 10,000-run mark in ODIs and become only the second West Indian after Brian Lara (10,405 runs) to achieve the milestone.