Current Affairs 2019

Pune’s Varun settles for bronze in Bulgarian Junior International Badminton Championships 2019 [14 Aug 2019]

Varun Kapur from Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) wins bronze medal at the Bulgarian Junior International Championships 2019, which took place at Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. Second seeded Varun lost to fifth seeded Magnus Johannesen from Denmark 20-22, 19-21 in the semi-finals of the under-19 boys singles event.

Aruna Vasudev presented one of France’s highest cultural awards [13 Aug 2019]

Aruna Vasudev, leading film scholar, editor and painter, was presented the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters), one of France’s highest cultural honours, for her contribution to cinema and arts. French ambassador Alexandre Ziegler conferred the award on Vasudev at a ceremony.

66th National Film Awards for 2018 [09 Aug 2019]

66th National Film Awards for 2018 announced. Gujarati film Hellaro wins Best Feature Film Award. Badhaai Ho bags award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Hindi movie Padman declared Best Film on Social Issues. Aditya Dhar wins Best Director Award for Uri: The Surgical Strike. Ayushman Khurana and Vicky Kaushal jointly win Best Actor Award for their performances in Andhadhun and Uri: The Surgical Strike. Keerthy Suresh bags Best Actress trophy for her performance in Telugu movie Mahanati. Marathi movie Paani wins the award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/ Preservation. Kannada film Ondalla Eradalla gets Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Uttarakhand declared Most Film Friendly State

President of India Presents Bharat Ratna Awards [08 Aug 2019]

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented Bharat Ratna Awards to Shri Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously), Dr Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika (posthumously) and Shri Pranab Mukherjee at an Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

5th National Handloom Day [07 Aug 2019]

The 5th National Handloom Day was held at 16 NIFT Campuses and Weavers’ Service Centres in different States across the country. Handloom Mela and exhibition, workshops, panel discussion were organised and special stalls were put up for handloom products at Gandhinagar and Kolkata NIFT campuses.

Mindtree Names Debashis Chatterjee As New CEO [02 Aug 2019]

Debashis Chatterjee was named chief executive officer and managing director of Mindtree Ltd. after his predecessor quit following Larsen & Toubro Ltd.’s hostile takeover of the mid-sized information technology firm. Chatterjee, previously the president of global deliveries and the global leader for digital systems and technology practices at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., has been appointed as Mindtree CEO for five years, according to the company’s exchange filing.

Guruprasad Mohapatra Assumes charge as Secretary DPIIT [01 Aug 2019]

Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra,an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of 1986 batch,today assumed charge of the office of Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

Hima Das appointed first youth ambassador of UNICEF India [31 Jul 2019]

Asian Games gold-medallist sprinter Hima Das has been appointed as the first ever youth ambassador of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India. Hima Das, a native of Assam's Nagaon district, had clinched a gold medal in Women's 4 x 400 m Relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She had also won a silver medal in Women's 400m Race event with a clock timing of 50.59 seconds.

Cabinet approves ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow [31 Jul 2019]

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of ISRO Technical Liaison Unit (ITLU) at Moscow, Russia. ISRO will be able to collaborate with Space agencies/industries in Russia and neighbouring countries for mutually synergetic outcomes. ISRO’s Gaganyaan programme requires development of some of the key technologies and establishment of specialized facilities, which are essential to support life in space. Keeping in view the 15th August, 2022 timeline for realization of the Gaganyaan human space programme, it is prudent to avail technical cooperation from International space agencies, who have already demonstrated their technical capabilities in specific areas. Russia, being one of the space faring nations, it is envisaged to collaborate with Russia extensively in various fields of relevance.

Triple talaq bill finally cleared by Rajya Sabha [30 Jul 2019]

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, first brought to parliament nearly 19 months back, had been stuck due to the opposition in the Rajya Sabha where the National Democratic Alliance did not have a majority. Today it is cleared its toughest test in the Rajya Sabha when some parties opposed to the law and decided to abstain from voting. Their absence from voting helped bring down the effective strength of the 240-member Rajya Sabha and the majority mark. The opposition demand to send the bill to a select committee was rejected with only 84 members voting for it, 100 against. The triple talaq bill was passed soon after with 99 members in support.

Senior IAS officer Rajiv Kumar appointed as new Finance Secretary [30 Jul 2019]

Senior IAS officer Rajiv Kumar, currently serving as Financial Services Secretary, was appointed as the new Finance Secretary. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the designation of Kumar as the new Finance Secretary.

Boris Johnson took office as British prime minister [24 Jul 2019]

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He is the leader of the Conservative Party since July 2019. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015 and was the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008. He also served as Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016 and Foreign Secretary from 2016 to 2018.

GSLV MkIII-M1 Successfully Launches Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft [22 Jul 2019]

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV MkIII-M1, successfully launched the 3840 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an earth orbit. The spacecraft is now revolving round the earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 169.7 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 45,475 km. This flight marks the first operational flight of the GSLV Mk III.

Top 10 Indian states where the average life expectancy is highest [19 Jul 2019]

RBI released its 2019 Handbook of Statistics on Indian States that includes data on life expectancy. It reveals a massive gap between the top states compared to the bottom ranks. The average life expectancy in India is far lower than countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Top 10 Indian States are:

  1. Kerala: Average life expectancy - 75.1 years; Male life expectancy – 72.2 years; Female life expectancy – 79.9 years.
  2. Jammu & Kashmir: Average life expectancy - 73.5 years; Male life expectancy – 71.6 years; Female life expectancy – 76.2 years.
  3. Punjab: Average life expectancy - 72.5 years; Male life expectancy – 71 years; Female life expectancy – 74.2 years.
  4. Himachal Pradesh: Average life expectancy - 72.3 years; Male life expectancy – 69.4 years; Female life expectancy – 75.5 years
  5. Maharashtra: Average life expectancy - 72.2 years; Male life expectancy – 70.8 years; Female life expectancy – 73.7 years.
  6. Uttarakhand: Average life expectancy - 71.5 years; Male life expectancy – 68.5 years; Female life expectancy – 74.8 years.
  7. Tamil Nadu: Average life expectancy - 71.4 years; Male life expectancy – 68.5 years; Female life expectancy – 74.8 years.
  8. West Bengal: Average life expectancy - 70.8 years; Male life expectancy – 69.8 years; Female life expectancy – 71.9 years.
  9. Andhra Pradesh: Average life expectancy - 69.6 years; Male life expectancy – 68 years; Female life expectancy – 71.4 years.
  10. Gujarat: Average life expectancy- 69.5 years; Male life expectancy – 67.4 years; Female life expectancy – 71.8 years.

Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in epic Wimbledon final [15 Jul 2019]

Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in epic Wimbledon final to win 16th Grand Slam title. Victory took the 32-year-old Serbian level with Bjorn Borg in fourth place on the all-time list of men’s winners at Wimbledon and increased his Grand Slam tally to 16.

England win maiden World Cup title [15 Jul 2019]

England are crowned world champions for the first time. New Zealand tied England’s score of 15 in the super over but England were crowned champions as they had hit six more boundaries than the Kiwis during regulation play of 50 overs. As a result, according to the ICC rules, England were crowned champions even though the scores were level after the super over. Ben Stokes has been given the man of the match award in the final.

SBI’s Anshula Kant appointed MD and CFO of World Bank [13 Jul 2019]

Anshula Kant, managing director of the State Bank Of India, has been appointed as managing director and chief financial officer of the World Bank. As Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Kant will be responsible for financial and risk management of the World Bank Group, reporting to the President.

Dutee Chand wins historic 100-metre gold in Naples [10 Jul 2019]

Dutee Chand won the gold medal in the women's 100-metre sprint at the 30th Summer University Games in Naples. This is the first time an Indian has won a 100-metre gold at a global event.

Mirabai Chanu wins gold at Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championship [09 Jul 2019]

Mirabai Chanu lifted a total of 191kg (84kg + 107kg) in women's 49 kg to win the gold in the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championship.

National recrod holder Muhammed Anas wins 200m gold in Poland [08 Jul 2019]

National record holder Muhammed Anas won the gold in men's 200m race at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. Anas clocked 21.18 seconds to win the race while Noah Tom took the silver in 21.66 seconds.

India gets its 38th WORLD UNESCO World HERITAGE SITE as Pink City Jaipur [06 Jul 2019]

India’s nomination of the Jaipur City, Rajasthan got inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO during the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee held at Baku, Azerbaijan. The nomination of Jaipur City has successfully been done by complying with the various UNESCO guidelines of 2017. With Successful inscription of Jaipur City, India has 38 world heritage sites , that include 30 Cultural properties, 7 Natural properties and 1 mixed site.

New Space India Ltd. incorporated as a new commercial arm of Dept of Space [05 Jul 2019]

Presenting the General Budget 2019-20 in the Parliament, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman said that a Public Sector Enterprise viz. New Space India Limited (NSIL) has been incorporated as a new commercial arm of Department of Space to tap the benefits of the Research & Development carried out by ISRO. The Company will spearhead commercialization of various space products including production of launch vehicles, transfer to technologies and marketing of space products.

Rs 3000 crore allocated for Ministry of DoNER in General Budget 2019-20 [05 Jul 2019]

The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2019-20 in Parliament here. The Budget Estimates for Ministry of Development of North Easter Region for FY 2019-20 is Rs 3,000 crore as compared to the RE of Rs 2629 crore in FY 2018-19.

Defence Budget Allocation for 2019-20 at Rs3.19 Lakh Crore [05 Jul 2019]

Union Budget for the financial year 2019-20, presented by the Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament, envisaged a total outlay of Rs27,86,349 crore. Out of this Rs 3,18,931.22 crore has been earmarked for Defence (excluding Defence Pension).

Hima Das wins 200m gold in Poland [04 Jul 2019]

Star Indian sprinter Hima Das won the women's 200m gold in Poland. This was Hima's first competitive 200m race of the year. She has a personal best of 23.10s, which she clocked last year.

National Doctors' Day 2019 [01 Jul 2019]

National Doctor's Day is celebrated to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Dr Roy was honoured with the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961. The celebration of the Doctors' Day is an attempt to emphasise on the value of doctors in our lives and to offer them our respects by commemorating one of their greatest representatives.

Shri Arvind Kumar is appointed as Director, Intelligence Bureau [26 Jun 2019]

The ACC has approved the appointment of Shri Arvind Kumar, IPS (AM:84), Special Director, Intelligence Bureau as Director, Intelligence Bureau vice Shri Rajiv Jain on completion of his tenure on 30.06.2019 for a tenure of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Shri Samant Kumar Goel is appointed as Director, Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) [26 Jun 2019]

The ACC has approved the appointment of Shri Samant Kumar Goel, IPS (PB:84), Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat (SR) as Secretary, Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) vice Shri A.K. Dhasmana on completion of his tenure on 29.06.2019 for a tenure of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the post, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Annu Rani clinches bronze [21 Jun 2019]

Annu Rani won the women’s javelin bronze in the 58th Ostrava Golden Spike athletics meet, an IAAF World Challenge event.

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.

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