Current Affairs – February, 2016

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Union Government launches Swachh Paryatan mobile app

Union Government has launched ‘Swachh Parayatan’ mobile application to keep tourist places clean.

It was launched by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi.

Key facts

  • The project is being implemented by the Union Ministry of Tourism through Delhi eGovernance Society (DeGS) and National Informatics Centre (NIC).
  • Initially the application facility will be available for 25 Adarsh Smarak Monuments protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
  • The mobile app will be monitored by the project monitoring unit of Swachh Bharat Mission in the Union Ministry of Tourism.
  • This mobile app will enable citizens, tourists to take photograph of garbage seen at the monument and upload it on the app along with his or her remarks.
  • On uploading images and remarks in the app, it will send an SMS to the ASI Nodal Officer concerned with the monument to take further action to clean the garbage.
  • Thereafter, the Nodal Officer will send confirmation about the redressal of the complaint through an SMS.
  • Initially this application will be available only on Android Phones and later it will be made available on Apple and Microsoft platforms.

Indian-origin Amar Singh appointed as Police Commissioner of Kuala Lumpur

An Indian-origin Sikh Amar Singh has been appointed the Police Commissioner of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

With this, he becomes first person of Indian origin (PIO) and first Malaysian Sikh to achieve the highest police rank in the Muslim-majority country.

Prior to this appointment, he was serving as deputy director of CID. He will succeed Tajuddin Mohamed who has been transferred to federal headquarters as the Deputy Director of commercial CID.

About Amar Singh

  • Amar Singh is a third-generation policeman from his family. His father Ishar Singh and maternal grandfather Bachan Singh were from Punjab and both of them were policemen in Malaysia.
  • He had graduated in B.Sc from University of Malaya and also did his LLB from the University of Buckingham, UK. He also holds Diploma in Sharia Law.
  • Amar’s father Ishar Singh had joined the Federated Malay States Police in 1939 and was a pioneer member of the police jungle squad established during the Emergency.
  • His maternal grandfather Bachan Singh was a constable who joined the Malay police force in the early 1900s.