Current Affairs 2019

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.

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.

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.

Cabinet approves the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 [12 Jun 2019]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved to introduce a Bill, namely, the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that is the Bill to replace the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 (12 of 2019). After the amendment of sub-section (v) of section 2 of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005, a trust or any entity notified by the Central Government will be eligible to be considered for grant of permission to set up a unit in Special Economic Zones.

DRDO launches Technology Demonstrator Vehicle [12 Jun 2019]

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)launched a Technology Demonstrator Vehicle to prove a number of critical technologies for futuristic missions from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was successfully launched at 1127 Hours. Various radars, telemetry stations and electro optical tracking sensors tracked the vehicle through its course. The data has been collected and will be analysed to validate the critical 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.

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