Current Affairs 2018

Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga claims India’s first Youth Olympics gold [09 Oct 2018]

Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga notched up India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics, claiming the top honours in the men’s 62 kg category here. Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process.

Youth Olympic Games 2018 kicks off in Buenos Aires [07 Oct 2018]

The opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games 2018 was held at the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. The glitzy event was held on the streets, for the first time. The Games will bring 4,000 athletes from 206 teams, aged 15-18.

Nobel Peace Prize winners 2018 [05 Oct 2018]

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 has been awarded to Congolese gynaecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

Gita Gopinath appointed IMF chief economist [01 Oct 2018]

Indian-origin economist Gita Gopinath was appointed the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, becoming only the second Indian after Raghuram Rajan to hold the prestigious post. Rajan held the post from 2003 to 2006 before he joined the finance ministry as chief economic adviser and later the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Gopinath, 46, succeeds Maurice “Maury” Obstfeld. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

James P. Allison, Tasuku Honjo win Nobel Prize in Medicine for cancer research [01 Oct 2018]

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, by the Nobel committee of the Karolinska Institute.The two immunologists - from the U.S. and Japan, respectively - were awarded the Prize “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

PM Modi gets UN’s highest environmental honour [29 Sep 2018]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is amongst the six winners of the United Nation’s highest environmental honour, the ‘Champions of the Earth Awards’ that was announced on 26th September 2018 for his “unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022”. Modi along with French President Emmanuel Macron were recognised in the ‘Policy Leadership Category’ for their “pioneering work in championing” the International Solar Alliance and “new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action.

"Resilient" Kerala Bags 4 Prizes At National Tourism Awards [27 Sep 2018]

Kerala tourism department walked away with four awards, including the Best Tourism Film (Live Inspired) and the second prize in the category of 'Best State/Union Territory- Comprehensive Development of Tourism in Rest of India'

Rajni Kant Mishra, new chief of BSF [27 Sep 2018]

The government appointed Rajni Kant Mishra as the Director-General of Border Security Force (BSF) in the place of K. K. Sharma, who is superannuating on September 30. A 1984 batch Indian Police Service officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.

AP, Odisha & Madhya Pradesh Bag Award of Three Best Performing States in Ease of Living Index [25 Sep 2018]

Andhra Pradesh has topped the charts among States in terms of “Ease of Living Index” rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The three States were awarded best performing States at the National Dissemination Workshop on Ease of Living Index, 2018.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih become the President of Maldives [24 Sep 2018]

Maldives Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s victory over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in the country’s presidential polls on 24th September 2018 was welcomed by India, which has been worried over the growing influence of China over the archipelago nation. Under the Yameen administration, China invested millions of dollars in several big-ticket infrastructure projects in the nation in a bid to reverse the nation’s original ‘India first policy’.

Sikkim get it's first Airport at Pakyong [24 Sep 2018]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pakyong Airport in Sikkim. This is the first airport in the Himalayan State, and the 100th airport in the country.

Ayushman Bharat –Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) [23 Sep 2018]

India takes a giant leap towards providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the common man with the launch of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 23rd September, 2018 at Ranchi, Jharkhand. Under the vision of Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) shall be implemented so that each and every citizen receives his due share of health care. With Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana, the government is taking healthcare protection to a new aspirational level. This is the “world’s largest government funded healthcare program” targeting more than 50 crore beneficiaries.

‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019 [23 Sep 2018]

Rima Das’ National Award-winning Assamese film Village Rockstars has been selected as India’s official entry to the 91 Academy Awards, 2019. Addressing the issues of women empowerment and gender inequality, the film follows a rebellious and ambitious young girl, Dhunu, who dreams of rising above poverty, owning a guitar and forming her own rock band.

Shri Anil Kumar Chaudhary takes charge as Chairman, SAIL [22 Sep 2018]

Shri Anil Kumar Chaudhary has taken charge as Chairman, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) today. Prior to this, he was the Director (Finance) of SAIL since 2011. A graduate from the University of Delhi, Shri Chaudhary joined SAIL in 1984 as Junior Manager (F&A). Working his way, he rose to the rank of Executive Director (Finance & Accounts) at Bokaro Steel Plant in 2010. In 2011, he became the Director (Finance) of the Company.

Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna [20 Sep 2018]

The Government has decided to confer Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards 2018 to Ms. S. Mirabai Chanu and Shri Virat Kohli.

Shri Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) [19 Sep 2018]

Shri Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) as Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission for a period till he attains the age of 64 years i.e. upto 03.05.2021, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma signed as ambassadors of Skill India Campaign [19 Sep 2018]

The Hindi film stars - Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The duo, through their film ‘Sui Dhaaga - Made in India’, are saluting India’s entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, especially homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers who are making the country proud the world over. The film highlights the untapped potential of India’s talented craftsmen and skilled workers at the grassroot level and the challenges and issues faced by them. Varun and Anushka, the star cast of the film, have partnered Skill India and will dedicate time to promote India’s skilled talent and their fine work by engaging with them across different parts of the country.

'Green Book' wins Toronto film festival audience prize [17 Sep 2018]

Peter Farrelly's dramatic comedy buddy movie "Green Book", starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, won the Toronto International Film Festival audience prize, making it a surprise Oscar contender.

Mary Kom clinches gold [17 Sep 2018]

Five-time World champion M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) clinched her third gold medal of the year, while Jyoti Gulia (51kg) picked up the country’s lone gold in the youth category of the Silesian Open boxing tournament for women in Gliwice, Poland.

Kento Momota wins Japan badminton title [16 Sep 2018]

Japan's Kento Momota outgunned Thai rival Khosit Phetpradab 21-14, 21-11 in a one-sided final to capture the Japan Open badminton title. Olympic champion Carolina Marin retained her Japan Open women's singles title by beating local favourite Nozomi Okuhara.

PSLV-C42 launches 2 foreign satellites [16 Sep 2018]

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched two satellites -- NovaSAR and S1-4-- from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The PSLV-C42 lifted off from the First Launch Pad of SHAR at 10.08 pm (IST). Both satellites were injected into the Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 17 minutes later, at an altitude of 583 km. The satellites belong to UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), which has a contract with Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of ISRO. NovaSAR carries S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and an Automatic Identification Receiver payloads. The satellite applications include forestry mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring and maritime missions. It will be operated from SSTL’s Spacecraft Operations Centre in Guildford, UK.S1-4 is a high resolution earth observation satellite meant for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and disaster monitoring.

Kochi-based company develops India's first underwater robotic drone [14 Sep 2018]

India’s first underwater robotic drone developed at Maker Village here, which can send real-time video of ships and other underwater structures to help with their repair and maintenance, was launched on 14th September 2018. The first commercial remotedly operated vehicle (ROV)/ underwater drone, Eyerovtuna, was developed by EyeROV Technologies, a company incubating at Maker Village which is the largest hardware incubator in the country. NPOL, a laboratory of Delhi-headquartered defence research and development organisation (DRDO), made the first order of the product.

L K Advani renominated as chairman of Lok Sabha ethics panel [13 Sep 2018]

Veteran BJP leader L K Advani has been renominated as the chairman of the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The Committee examines complaints relating to unethical conduct by members of Parliament.

Ranjan Gogoi appointed as new Chief Justice of India [13 Sep 2018]

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. Taking the baton from CJI Dipak Misra, Justice Gogoi will assume office on October 3, 2018, as the 46th CJI. His tenure will end in November 2019.

Novak Djokovic wins U.S. Open, picks up 14th Grand Slam title [10 Sep 2018]

Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 at the U.S Open championship, picking up his third title at Flushing Meadows. It is the Serb’s 14th Grand Slam singles title - tying with Pete Sampras for third all time - and his second consecutive Major win, following his Wimbledon triumph earlier this year.

Naomi Osaka become the first Japanese woman who win US Open Womens Single Title [09 Sep 2018]

Naomi Osaka beat six-time champion Serena Williams to become the latest US Open champion at Flushing Meadows. She become Japan’s first Grand Slam champion and only the second Asian to win a major after China’s Li Na.

India retains WHO Regional Director position [05 Sep 2018]

India today retained the top WHO position in South-East Asia Region with Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh unanimously re-elected as Regional Director for another five-year term beginning February 2019.The elections were held at the ongoing Regional Committee meeting of WHO South-East Asia.

Arif Alvi elected new Pakistan president [04 Sep 2018]

Arif Alvi defeated Pakistan Peoples Party candidate Aitzaz Ahsan and the Pakistan Muslim League-N nominee Maulana Fazl ur Rehman in a three-way contest to become the 13th president.

6th East Asia Summit and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting held in Singapore [01 Sep 2018]

Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu attended the 6th East Asia Summit- Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM) and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) in Singapore. Singapore is currently holding the Chair of ASEAN.

Michelle Bachelet Jeria is appointed as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [01 Sep 2018]

On September 1, 2018 Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993 and Ms. Bachelet is the seventh Commissioner. Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile on two occasions (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018). She was the first female president of Chile, as well as Chile’s and Latin America’s first female Defense Minister (2000 – 2002). She also served as Health Minister (2002 - 2004).

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