Current Affairs 2019

Suman Rao crowned Miss India World 2019 [16 Jun 2019]

Suman Rao, a CA student from Rajasthan, emerged the winner of Miss India World 2019. The ceremony was held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium on June 15.

Akshaya Patra wins BBC award [15 Jun 2019]

Akshaya Patra, a non-profit organisation running one of the world’s largest school meals project in India, has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award for the programme. The award, presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol this week, recognises a person or project that is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better. The Bengaluru-based NGO was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by the World Service audience around the world.

Amitav Ghosh conferred Jnanpith Award [13 Jun 2019]

Author Amitav Ghosh was felicitated with the 54th Jnanpith Award for his “outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Indian Literature in English”. Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who was the chief guest at the event, presented the award to the author. Mr. Ghosh is the first English language writer to become a Jnanpith laureate.

New agency to develop space warfare weapon systems [12 Jun 2019]

The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the setting up of the Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO) which has been entrusted with the task of creating space warfare weapon systems and technologies.

Rafael Nadal racks up 12th French Open crown [10 Jun 2019]

Rafael Nadal won his 12th French Open crown, leaving Dominic Thiem crushed and a packed Parisian stadium shaking their heads in wonder. Nadal, who becomes the first player to win the same Grand Slam title 12 times, going past Margaret Court's 11 Australian Opens, now sits two major titles behind his great foe and men’s Grand Slam title record holder, Roger Federer.

Government of India, Government of Tamil Nadu and World Bank sign $287 million loan agreement [04 Jun 2019]

The Government of India, Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) and the World Bank today signed a $287 million loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme. The programme aims to improve the quality of health care, reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and fill equity gaps in reproductive and child health services in Tamil Nadu.

Mohana Singh becomes first woman fighter pilot to fly Hawk jet [02 Jun 2019]

Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh has become the first woman fighter pilot to fly by day a Hawk advanced jet aircraft. She achieved the feat at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station in West Bengal.

Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to secure sixth European crown [02 Jun 2019]

Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League Final at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain. Jurgen Klopp wins his first Champions League title as a manager.

Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC Chief of the Naval staff [31 May 2019]

Admiral Karambir Singh assumed command of the Indian Navy today (31 May 19) as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff. Admiral Karambir Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1981 and has flown extensively on the Chetak (Alouette) and Kamov helicopters. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both these institutions.

Y S Jagan takes oath as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh [30 May 2019]

Y S Jaganmohan Reddy became the second Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh since its bifurcation after he was administered the oath of office by Governor E S L Narasimhan at a ceremony in Vijayawada’s IGMC Stadium.

NCLT approves Tata Steel takeover of Bhushan Energy [30 May 2019]

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the resolution plan of Tata SteelNSE -1.08 % to acquire debt-ridden Bhushan Energy Ltd for around Rs 800 crore. The principal bench of NCLT Delhi also rejected objections from Bhushan Energy's former promoter Neeraj Singal opposing Tata Steels' bid. Under the resolution plan, Tata Steel will offer an upfront payment of Rs 730 crore. It would also pay Rs 50 crore additionally to operational creditors of the company.

Naveen Patnaik takes oath for fifth time [29 May 2019]

Naveen Patnaik is only the third Indian chief Minister after Pawan Chamling and Jyoti Basu to win five consecutive terms as chief minister. He is 72 years old currently, and if he completes this term fully, he would be very close to becoming the longest serving Chief Minister.

DRDO successfully test fires AKASH – MK -1S [27 May 2019]

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from ITR , Chandipur, Odhisa on 25 and 27 May 2019. Akash Mk1S is an upgrade of existing AKASH missile with indigenous Seeker. AKASH Mk1S is a surface to air missile which can neutralize advanced aerial targets. The Akash weapon system has combination of both command guidance and active terminal seeker guidance. Seeker and guidance performance have been consistently established in both the missions. All the mission objectives have been met.

Chandrani Murmu becomes youngest Member of Parliament [25 May 2019]

Chandrani Murmu, a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha. Chandrani Murmu represents tribal-dominated Keonjhar.

Successful Firing of BrahMos Air Launched Missile from Su-30 MKI Aircraft [22 May 2019]

IAF successfully fired the BrahMos air version missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target. The air launched BrahMos missile is a 2.5 ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile with ranges of close to 300 km, designed and developed by BAPL. The IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on 22 Nov 17. Today’s was the second such live launch of the weapon.

ISRO successfully launches earth observation satellite RISAT-2B [22 May 2019]

Indian space agency ISRO scripted history by successfully launching earth observation satellite RISAT-2B that would enhance the country's surveillance capabilities among others. The RISAT-2B (Radar Imaging Satellite-2B), meant for application in fields such as surveillance, agriculture, forestry and disaster management support, was released into the orbit around 15 minutes after the lift-off. It would replace the RISAT-2, which was successfully launched in 2009.

Pakistan appoints Moin-ul-Haq as India's new envoy [21 May 2019]

Career diplomat Moin-ul-Haq has been appointed as Pakistan's new High Commissioner to India to start a new process of engagement with the country where a new government will be formed soon, amid strained relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic in Italian Open [20 May 2019]

Rafael Nadal exacted the perfect form of revenge on Novak Djokovic after storming his way to a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title at the Italian Open.

In a first for Asia, Taiwan Bill legalises same-sex marriages [18 May 2019]

Taiwan's Parliament legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation. Lawmakers comfortably passed a Bill allowing same-sex couples to form "exclusive permanent unions" and another clause that would let them apply for a "marriage registration" with government agencies.

GS Lakshmi becomes first female ICC match referee [15 May 2019]

India’s GS Lakshmi has become the first female match referee after the International Cricket Council (ICC) named the 51-year-old in its list of elite match officials.

Beckenbauer named Football for Friendship ambassador [15 May 2019]

Two-time Ballon d’Or holder Franz Beckenbauer has been named the global ambassador of the Football for Friendship forum, to be held in Madrid later this month. The German legend will meet the participants of the forum and, based on personal experiences, present case studies that are relevant to achieving high professional success for beginner-level athletes.

DRDO Successfully Conducts Flight Test of ABHYAS [13 May 2019]

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted successful flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha. The flight test was tracked by various RADARS & Electro Optic Systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous way point navigation mode. The configuration of ABHYAS is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and uses indigenously developed MEMS based navigation system for its navigation and guidance. The performance of the system was as per simulations carried out and demonstrated the capability of ABHYAS to meet the mission requirement for a cost effective HEAT.

Emperor Naruhito takes the throne, and a new era arrives in Japan [01 May 2019]

The new emperor, Naruhito, who received the sacred imperial regalia that represents his rightful succession to the world’s oldest monarchy, takes the place of an enormously popular monarch.

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria takes over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff [01 May 2019]

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff. The Air Marshal is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. He was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF on 15 Jun 1980 and won the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in the overall order of merit.He has over 4250 hours of experience on twenty six types of fighters and transport aircraft with the unique distinction of being an Experimental Test Pilot, aCat ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor.

Indian and French Navies conduct Varuna 19.1 Bilateral Exercise Off Goa coast [01 May 2019]

The first part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise, Varuna 19.1 will be conducted off the Goa coast from 1st to 10th May 19. The upcoming 17th edition includes participation of the French Navy’s aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle, two destroyers, FNS Forbin and FNS Provence, the frigate FNS Latouche-Treville, the tanker FNS Marne and a nuclear submarine. From the Indian side, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, destroyer INS Mumbai, the Teg-class frigate, INS Tarkash, the Shishumar- class submarine, INS Shankul, and the Deepak- class fleet tanker, INS Deepak, will be participating in this exercise.

Dominic Thiem won Barcelona Open title [28 Apr 2019]

World number five Dominic Thiem captured his second title of the year after thrashing Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-0 in the Barcelona Open final.

Abhishek Verma wins gold in ISSF World Cup 2019 [27 Apr 2019]

Indian shooter Abhishek Verma not only won his first gold at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Beijing, China but also secured the fifth Olympic quota for the country by finishing top in the men’s 10m air pistol event. Shooting in his maiden ISSF World Cup final, the lawyer-turned-shooter led the field throughout to clinch the top spot with a total score of 242.7.

Bajrang Punia wins gold at the 2019 Asian Wrestling Championships [27 Apr 2019]

Bajrang Punia opened India’s medal tally at the Asian Wrestling Championships with a gold in the 65kg freestyle category, beating Sayatbek Okassov 12-7 in the final in Xi’an, China.

Shri Rajendra Kumar Nayak Took Over as CGDA [22 Apr 2019]

Shri Rajendra Kumar Nayak took over as the 52nd Controller General of Defence Accounts on April 22, 2019. He is from the Indian Defence Accounts Service of 1983 batch. He was Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts, Defence Accounts Department, Ministry of Defence before taking over as the CGDA.

Asian Athletics Championships 2019: PU Chitra wins gold [21 Apr 2019]

PU Chitra won gold in women’s 1500m (clocking 4:14.56) at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha. With this win, she also qualified for World Championships which will be held later in the year.

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