Current Affairs 2019

RIL hits ?9 trillion market cap, a first for an Indian company [18 Oct 2019]

The Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has become the first Indian company to cross ?9 trillion market capitalization after its shares rose nearly 2% to hit ?1,423. The shares have surged nearly 26% since January.

Global Hunger Index India slips to 102nd [15 Oct 2019]

India trails at a miserable 102nd among 117 countries in the 2019 Global Hunger Index (GHI) released on October 15. The rank is significant because the country seems to have regressed from its 95th rank in 2010 and stands way below its neighbours and BRICS' peers. Alarmingly, India was the worst performer when it came to child wasting (age appropriate weight), clocking a dismal 20.8 percent. Among infants aged 6-23 months, merely 9.6 percent received the 'minimum acceptable diet'. The child stunting rate at 37.9 percent, was also termed 'very high'.

Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo create history by jointly winning the Booker Prize [15 Oct 2019]

The prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction jointly goes to Canadian author Margaret Atwood for 'The Testaments' and Anglo-Nigerian author Bernardine Evaristo for 'Girl, Woman, Other'. Atwood becomes only the second female author to win the award twice.

Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2019 [14 Oct 2019]

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019 was awarded jointly to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty."

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 [11 Oct 2019]

The Nobel Peace Prize 2019 was awarded to Abiy Ahmed Ali "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea."

Forbes India Rich List 2019 [11 Oct 2019]

  • Mukesh Ambani - Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries (Net worth: $51.4 billion)
  • Gautam Adani - Founder and Chairman, Adani Group (Net Worth: $15.7 billion)
  • Hinduja Brothers - Hinduja Group (Net worth: $15.6 billion)
  • Pallonji Mistry - Shapoorji Pallonji Group (Net worth: $15 billion)
  • Uday Kotak - Founder and Chairman, Kotak Mahindra Bank (Net worth: $14.8 billion)
  • Shiv Nadar - Founder and Chairman, HCL Technologies (Net Worth: $14.4 billion)
  • Radhakishan Damani - Founder, Avenue Supermarts (Net worth: $14.3 billion)
  • Godrej Family - Godrej Group (Net worth: $12 billion)
  • Lakshmi Mittal - Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal (Net worth: $10.5 billion)
  • Kumar Birla - Chairman, Aditya Birla Group (Net worth: $9.6 billion)

2019 Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Austrian author Peter Handke [10 Oct 2019]

Austrian author Peter Handke has won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature. Peter Handke was awarded "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."

2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for work that led to smartphone batteries [09 Oct 2019]

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion batteries". John B. Goodenough was born in Germany in 1922 and is currently at the University of Texas in the US. M. Stanley Whittingham was born in 1941 in the UK and currently teaches at the Binghamton University in the US. Akira Yoshino was born in 1948 in Japan and is currently a professor at the Meijo University in Japan.

James Peebles, Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz win Nobel physics prize for discoveries in astronomy [08 Oct 2019]

Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics "for revealing the wonder of the evolution of the universe and discovering planets orbiting distant suns".

2019 Nobel Prize: Kaelin, Ratcliffe, Semenza jointly awarded for work on cells, oxygen [07 Oct 2019]

Scientists William G Kaelin, Jr, Peter J Ratcliffe and Gregg L Semenza received the Nobel Prize jointly for their discoveries of "how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability".

Naomi Osaka Won China Open [06 Oct 2019]

Japan's Naomi Osaka fought back from a set down to beat Australian world number one Ash Barty 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the final of the China Open in Beijing.

Dominic Thiem defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim China Open 2019 [06 Oct 2019]

Top seed Dominic Thiem overcame a one-set deficit to defeat third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men's final of the 2019 China Open.

American Muhammad breaks own world record to win 400m hurdles [05 Oct 2019]

American Dalilah Muhammad broke her own world record to win the women’s 400 metres hurdles at the world championships with a time of 52.16 seconds, edging out compatriot Sydney McLaughlin in a gripping race. The 29-year-old Muhammad, the 2016 Olympic champion, crossed the finish line 0.04 seconds faster than her previous world record set in July

Salwa Eid Naser elated with record 400m world title [04 Oct 2019]

Bahrain's Salwa Eid Naser destroyed the field and stunned Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo as she became the first Asian to win the women's 400 metres world title. The Nigerian-born Eid Naser, 21, surged past Miller-Uibo on the back straight to win in 48.14 seconds, the third fastest time in history.

Sachin Tendulkar gets Most Effective Swachhata Ambassador award at Safaigiri 2019 [02 Oct 2019]

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar bagged the 'Most Effective Swachhata Ambassador' award at India Today Group's fifth edition of the Safaigiri Awards for utilizing his popularity and fame to ensure India achieves its goal of a Swachh Bharat. Sachin Tendulkar has been promoting cleanliness drives in India for almost 10 years.

World Bank's Georgieva approved as new IMF chief [26 Sep 2019]

Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva was confirmed as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first head of the $1 trillion-asset global lender from an emerging market economy.

Amitabh Bachchan to be honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke award [25 Sep 2019]

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has been named for the prestigious Dada Sahab Phalke award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. The award is conferred by the Government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. It consists of a Swarn Kamal and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh rupees. The 76-year-old screen icon, who rose to stardom with his 'Angry Young Man' persona capturing the anger of the young generation in the 1970s with films such as "Zanjeer", "Deewar" and "Sholay", continues to be a force to reckon with in Indian cinema.

Gandhi Solar Park inaugurated at UN HQ [25 Sep 2019]

PM Modi along with others world leaders also inaugurated the Gandhi Solar Park at the UN headquarters and released a commemorative stamp issued by the UN on the occasion of Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.

Lionel Messi wins FIFA Player of the Year for record-sixth time [25 Sep 2019]

Argentine Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the best FIFA player of the year award for a record sixth time.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg wins Alternative Nobel [25 Sep 2019]

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is among four people named as the winners of a Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel". Thunberg is being recognized for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts, the prize foundation said. It added that the 16-year-old, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, personifies the notion that everyone has the power to create change. Her example has inspired and empowered people from all walks of life to demand political action.

PM Modi announces $150 mn line of credit to group of Pacific island nations [25 Sep 2019]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a $150 million line of credit to the group of Pacific island nations for undertaking solar, renewable energy and climate related projects based on their requirement.Modi, who attended the India-Pacific Islands Developing States (PSIDS) Leaders' Meeting, also announced a total allocation of $12 million to the member states towards implementation of high impact developmental project in the area of their choice.

Govt names new civilian award for national unity after Sardar Patel [25 Sep 2019]

The government has instituted a new civilian award in the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that would recognise notable and inspiring contributions towards India's unity and integrity. The award, which would not be conferred posthumously except in very rare and highly deserving cases, would comprise a medal and a citation.

PT Usha honoured with IAAF Veteran Pin [25 Sep 2019]

Indian track and field legend P T Usha was presented the Veteran Pin by the world athletics governing body, in recognition of her contribution to the growth of sport. IAAF chief Sebastian Coe presented her the Veteran Pin during the 52nd IAAF Congress.

Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta win world team snooker title for India [25 Sep 2019]

The Indian duo of Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta overcame a tough Thai team to emerge world champions in the IBSF World Snooker Team event.

U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the women's top award [24 Sep 2019]

U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the women's top award after helping her country to the World Cup title this year in a tournament considered to be a milestone in the development and expansion of women's football internationally.

Naomi Osaka becomes 1st Japanese won Pan Pacific Open since Kimiko Date [23 Sep 2019]

Naomi Osaka lifted her first trophy since winning the Australian Open in January, blasting past Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3 in the Pan Pacific Open final.Her victory marked a return to the ruthless form that helped world number four Osaka claim last year's US Open crown before her Melbourne success, with the 21-year-old not dropping a set all week in Osaka, Japan.

Amit Panghal has won a silver in World Boxing Championship [22 Sep 2019]

Amit Panghal, who created history by becoming the first male Indian boxer to qualify for a World Boxing Championship final, lost the final to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov. Panghal won the silver medal, becoming the first Indian male boxer ever to do so. He competed in the 52kg flyweight category.

Bajrang Punia clinches bronze in Wrestling World Championship [21 Sep 2019]

Bajrang Punia staged another late comeback in the 65-kg bronze medal match at the Wrestling World Championship in Kazakhstan. He had won a silver at this event last year. He had won a bronze medal in 2013.

Vice Chief of Air Staff RKS Bhadauria appointed next Chief of Air Staff [19 Sep 2019]

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, presently Vice Chief of Air Staff as the next Chief of the Air Staff after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC on 30th September 2019. Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria was commissioned into the Fighter Stream of Indian Air Force in June 1980, and has held various Command, Staff and Instructional Appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff.

Shri Rajnath Singh becomes first Raksha Mantri to fly ‘LCA Tejas’ [19 Sep 2019]

Shri Rajnath Singh has scripted history by becoming the first Raksha Mantri to fly the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas’. Shri Rajnath Singh undertook 30-minute sortie in the indigenously-built multi-role fighter aircraft with Air Vice Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari, at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru this morning.

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