Current Affairs 2019

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.

Rafael Nadal wins 4th US Open title [09 Sep 2019]

Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia’s Daniil Medvedev to seize his fourth crown in New York. The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander moved one shy of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record 20 Grand Slam triumphs and became the second-oldest New York champion in the Open era after Ken Rosewall in 1970 at age 35.

69th Inter Services Athletics Championship being held at Army Sports Institute, Pune [07 Sep 2019]

69th Inter Service Athletics Championship is being held at Army Sports Institute, Pune, from 07 to 10 Sept 19. Over a period of these four days some of the best athletes of the nation would be competing against each other in the Championship.

28TH Indo–Thai CORPAT [06 Sep 2019]

28th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is being conducted from 05 – 15 September 2019. Indian Naval (IN) Ship Kesari and His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Kraburi along with Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both the navies are participating in the CORPAT. Indian Navy ships and aircraft of Andaman and Nicobar Command have been participating in the biannual Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) with the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) since 2003.

Smt Harsimrat Badal inaugurates First Mega Food Park in Lakkampally of Telangana [06 Sep 2019]

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Food Processing Industries inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in Telangana promoted by M/s Smart Agro Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at Village Lakkampally, Nandipet Mandal of Nizamabad District, Telangana state.

Cabinet approves Infusion of capital by Government in IDBI Bank [03 Sep 2019]

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Infusion of Rs 4,557 crore by Government in IDBI Bank. It will help in completing the process of IDBI Bank’s turnaround and enable it to return to profitability and normal lending, and giving Government the option of recovering its investment at an opportune time.

CEC Sh Sunil Arora Assumes Chairmanship of Association of World Election Bodies [03 Sep 2019]

Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora assumed Chairmanship of Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB) for the term 2019-21 as India takes over the Chair from Romania. India was unanimously nominated to be the Vice-Chair of AWEB at the last General Assembly held at Bucharest in 2017. The AWEB Flag was handed over to the new Chairman, Sh. Sunil Arora by the Representative of Outgoing Chair, Mr. Ion Mincu Radulescu, Advisor, Permanent Election Authority Romania.

The President of India has appointed five new Governor [02 Sep 2019]

The President of India has appointed following Governor:
(1) Shri Kalraj Mishra, Governor of Himachal Pradesh is transferred and appointed as Governor of Rajasthan.
(2) Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari as Governor of Maharashtra
(3) Shri Bandaru Dattatraya as Governor of Himachal Pradesh
(4) Shri Arif Mohammed Khan as Governor of Kerala
(5) Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan as Governor of Telangana

Lt Gen MM Naravane assumes appointment of VCOAS [01 Sep 2019]

Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane assumed the charge of Vice Chief of the Army Staff on 01 Sep 2019. He succeeds Lt Gen Devraj Anbu who after an illustrious career, superannuated on 31 Aug 2019. Before this, the General Officer was heading the Eastern Command of the Indian Army.

Shri Rajiv Gauba Takes Over as the New Cabinet Secretary [30 Aug 2019]

Shri Rajiv Gauba took over as the new Cabinet Secretary in the Government of India after the superannuation of Shri P.K. Sinha. He is an IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre and has held important assignments like Union Home Secretary, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and Chief Secretary, Jharkhand. He has also represented India at the International monetary Fund.

PM launches the Fit India Movement [29 Aug 2019]

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Fit India Movement at a ceremony in New Delhi on the occasion of National Sports Day. The Prime Minister urged the people of the country to make fitness their life style.

PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold [25 Aug 2019]

PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.

45th Annual Group of 7 (G7) Summit. [24 Aug 2019]

The G7 summit will take place from August 24 to 26 in Biarritz, France. The Group of Seven is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These seven countries, named the G7 countries, are those with the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world, representing 58 percent of the global net wealth which equates to $317 trillion (£260,540 billion).

Dr Ajay Kumar appointed Defence Secretary [22 Aug 2019]

Dr Ajay Kumar, a 1985-batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, has been appointed as Defence Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Dr Kumar who will replace Shri Sanjay Mitra, a 1982-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, upon the completion of his term.

Govt. approves appointment of Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla as Home Secretary [22 Aug 2019]

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, IAS, Officer on Special Duty, Ministry of Home Affairs as Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs.

National Sports Awards -2019 [20 Aug 2019]

National Sports Awards -2019 announced Bajrang Punia and Deepa Malik to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

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.

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