Current Affairs 2020

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.

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited delivers second Scorpene submarine“KHANDERI” to Indian Navy [19 Sep 2019]

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) called "Ship Builder to the Nation", is one of India’s leading Defence public sector undertaking shipyards under the Ministry of Defencecontinuing their service to the nation with "Make in India" programme. They delivered the second Scorpene submarine 'KHANDERI' to the Indian Navy at an event held in Mumbai. The submarine ‘KHANDERI’ is named after the wide snouted Saw fish, a deadly sea predator of the great Indian Ocean. The first Submarine Khanderi was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 06th December 1968 and decommissioned on 18th October 1989 after more than 20 years of yeoman service to the nation.

Air-to-Air missile Astra successfully flight tested from Su-30 MKI [17 Sep 2019]

Air-to-Air missile, ASTRA, has been successfully flight tested on 16 September 2019 off the coast of Odisha. The missile was launched from Su-30 MKI as a part of User trials. The live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability of first indigenous air-to-air missile.

Lakshya Sen wins Belgian International badminton title [15 Sep 2019]

Rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight games to clinch the men's singles title at the Belgian International Challenge.

Shri PK Sinha appointed Principal Advisor to Prime Minister [11 Sep 2019]

Shri PK Sinha, currently functioning as OSD in the Prime Minister's Office, has been appointed the Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Sinha served as Cabinet Secretary from 13th June 2015 to 30th August 2019. He was a 1977 Batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh Cadre. During his illustrious career, Shri Sinha has served as Secretary in the Ministries of Power and Shipping. He also served as Special Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Dr PK Mishra takes over as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister [11 Sep 2019]

Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra, has been appointed as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India. Dr Mishra has varied work experience in the management of programmes relating to agriculture, disaster management, power sector,infrastructure financing, and regulatory issues and has an outstanding career profile comprising research, publications, policy formulation and programme/project management.

DRDO successfully flight-tests indigenously developed low weight, fire & forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile [11 Sep 2019]

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in the ranges of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. The missile was launched from a man portable Tripod launcher and the target was mimicking a functional tank. The missile hit the target in top attack mode and destroyed it with precision. All the mission objectives were met.

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World Health Organization (WHO)

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What is Bitcoin?

In 2009, an unknown programmer by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto put forward a whitepaper that proposed a creation of new form of digital currency - cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency functions the same way as regular currencies do in that its used as a means of exchange, unit of account and a store of va →

Medical Council of India (MCI)

Headquarter: New Delhi Function of the Organization: The Medical Council of India was established in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933, now repealed, with the main function of establishing uniform standards of higher qualifications in medicine and recognition of medical qualifications →

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