Current Affairs 2018

France lift second World Cup after winning classic final 4-2 [16 Jul 2018]

France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia's dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades.

Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon title and 13th major [16 Jul 2018]

Novak Djokovic raced to a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam crown when he defeated a battling but exhausted Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

India inaugurates largest visa centre in Bangladesh [15 Jul 2018]

The new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) spread in an 18,500 square feet commercial area at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka will replace all the existing centres.

Angelique Kerber wins Wimbledon 2018 [15 Jul 2018]

Angelique Kerber blew away Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3, ending the American’s imperious run in this tournament to become the Wimbledon women's singles champion. Kerber is the first German woman to win Wimbledon singles since Steffi Graf in 1996

President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated four members for Rajya Sabha [14 Jul 2018]

President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated farmer leader Ram Shakal, professor and author Rakesh Sinha, sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and dancer Sonal Mansingh to the Rajya Sabha.

India become world’s 6th largest economy [13 Jul 2018]

India has beaten four big economies to secure its position as the world's sixth largest economy, pipping France this year as per World Bank report. The country will likely beat the United Kingdom by the end of this year if the GDP growth continues its 7% plus trajectory. In 2014, India was at the 10th spot, behind the United States, China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdon, France, Brazil, Italy, and Russia. With a consistent GDP 7% plus growth, except in the financial year 2017-18, India left behind France, Brazil, Italy, and Russia.

Hima Das scripts history [12 Jul 2018]

Hima Das scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under - 20 Athletics Championships. She won India’s first-ever gold as she posted time of 51.46 seconds in 400 metres in women’s final at IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.

DC Raina appointed as Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir [11 Jul 2018]

Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday appointed senior advocate DC Raina as advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir.

Justice A.K. Goel is appointed as the Chairman of NGT [06 Jul 2018]

Supreme Court ex-judge Justice A.K. Goel is appointmented as the Chairman of National Green Tribunal.The post of the NGT chairperson had been lying vacant for over six months, since the retirement of justice Swatanter Kumar on 20 December last year.

Tata project bags Bharat Net’s Rs. 3,057 cr. project [06 Jul 2018]

Tata Projects announced that it has bagged a Rs. 3,057 crore optical fibre cable network project in Chhattisgarh from Bharat Net. The project, which will benefit about 2.6 crore people of the state, involves the laying of optical fibre network that follows ring architecture with Internet Protocol-Multi Protocol Label Switching (IP-MPLS) technology.

ISRO’s first ‘pad abort’ test successful [05 Jul 2018]

The first 'pad abort' test critical for a future human space mission was conducted successfully on morning 5th July 2018, the Indian Space Research Organisation has announced. The test was conducted at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The Pad Abort Test demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad. Describing it as a major technology demonstrator the space agency said the PAT (pad abort test) is the first in a series of tests to qualify a crew escape system technology of a manned mission in the future.

Cabinet approves renaming of Agartala Airport, Tripura [04 Jul 2018]

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to rename the Agartala Airport in Tripura as ‘Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala. The decision comes in the wake of the long pending demand of people of Tripura as well as the Tripura Government for paying tribute to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore.

Angela Ponce becomes first transgender model to be crowned Miss Spain [03 Jul 2018]

Angela Ponce has become the first-ever transgender woman to be crowned Miss Universe Spain. She will be seen competing in the coveted Miss Universe pageant later this year. Ponce’s crowning can be deemed iconic, especially since it comes six years after the Miss Universe organisation put an end to the ban on transgender contestants in the competition.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican Presidential election [03 Jul 2018]

Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency with a large margin on 1st July 2018. Known as AMLO, he was born in 1953 in a small village to a family of modest means in the southeastern state of Tabasco. He worked for the state’s Indigenous Affairs Bureau in the 1970s, and began his political career by joining the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and became the Tabasco state president for the party.

The Centre has appointed Saraswati Prasad as CMD of Steel Authority of India [02 Jul 2018]

The Centre has appointed Saraswati Prasad as CMD of Steel Authority of India (SAIL). In terms of the order of the Government of India, Saraswati Prasad, Special Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Steel, Government of India has taken over the additional charge of the post of chairman and managing director of SAIL on 1 July, 2018.

Rahul Dravid inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame [02 Jul 2018]

Former India captain Rahul Dravid and Australian legend Ricky Ponting have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame for their stupendous achievements in international cricket. Dravid became the fifth player from India to be named in the elite list. The others are Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble. Ponting is the 25th Australian to receive the honour.

Australia win Champions Trophy Hockey 2018 [01 Jul 2018]

Australia defeated India in the final of the 37th and last edition of the Champions Trophy Hockey 2018 in Breda, Netherlands. Australia bagged their 15th (the highest ever) Champions Trophy title - having won the title in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016.

World Bank to provide up to $480 million to aid Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh [29 Jun 2018]

The World Bank would provide up to $480 million in grant-based support to Bangladesh to address the needs of Rohingya refugees including health, education, water, sanitation and social protection. The World Bank’s board approved a $50 million grant to add to an existing health-sector support project in Bangladesh, the first in a series that could total $480 million. The health-sector grant included contributions based on a partnership between Canada and the World Bank’s International Development Association arm. It will help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh receive maternal, neonatal, infant, child, and adolescent health and nutrition services, reproductive healthcare and family planning support.

Sunil Mittal becomes honorary chairman of International Chamber of Commerce [22 Jun 2018]

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) named Bharti Enterprises’ chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal as honorary chairman after his two-year long tenure as the chairman comes to an end. Mittal, who is being replaced by Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman, will step down as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) chair on June 21, 2018.

TCS ranks among top 100 brands in U.S. [21 Jun 2018]

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) has been ranked among the top 100 most valuable U.S. brands for the fourth consecutive year by Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation firm. TCS has been ranked 58th among America’s most valuable brands across all sectors, rising five places from last year’s analysis.

Anukreethy Vas is Miss India 2018 [20 Jun 2018]

Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old college student from Tamil Nadu, has been crowned fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2018 in an extravagant ceremony held here, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Khurrana. Meenakshi Chaudhary (21) from Harayana was declared the first runner-up while Andhra Pradesh’s Shrey Rao Kamvarapu (23) stood as the second runner-up in the beauty competition.

Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to claim record-extending 11th French title [11 Jun 2018]

Rafael Nadal crushed Austrian Dominic Thiem to snatch a record-extending 11th French Open title with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory in French Open Mens Single event.

Sunil Chhetri helps India beat Kenya 2-0 to clinch Intercontinental Cup title [11 Jun 2018]

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri helps India beat Kenya 2-0 to clinch four nation Hero Intercontinental Cup final match held at Mumbai Sporting.

Simona Halep has won the French Open Tennis Women Single Title [10 Jun 2018]

Simona Halep (ROU) won her first Grand Slam title as she beat American Sloane Stephens (USA) 3-6 6-4 6-1 in the French Open Women Single final.

ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet [10 Jun 2018]

A team from the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, has spotted for the first time a distant planet six times bigger than Earth and revolving around a Sun-like star about 600 light years away. Both the planet and the star have been named EPIC. "With this discovery India has joined a handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars," PRL's parent Indian Space Research Organisation has announced. Significantly, the discovery was made using a PRL-designed spectrograph, PARAS, to measure and confirm the mass of the new planet. EPIC 211945201b (or K2-236b) is the name given to the planet by the discovery team led by PRL's Abhijit Chakraborty. The host star is named EPIC 211945201 or K2-236.

CSIR lab to give technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project [10 Jun 2018]

Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project. The Agreement was signed in Bengaluru on June 09, 2018 by Dr Vijayamohan K. Pillai, Director, CECRI and C. Narasimhan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of RAASI Group in the presence of Union minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan. A group at CSIR-CECRI headed by Dr Gopu Kumar has developed an indigenous technology of Lithium-ion cells in partnership with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad. CSIR-CECRI has set up a demo facility in Chennai to manufacture prototype Lithium-Ion cells. It has secured global IPRs with potential to enable cost reduction, coupled with appropriate supply chain and manufacturing technology for mass production. Currently, Indian manufacturers source Lithium Ion Battery from China, Japan and South Korea among some other countries. India is one of the largest importers and in 2017, it imported nearly 150 Million US Dollar worth Li-Ion batteries.

COAI appoints Vodafone CEO Sunil Sood as Chairman [07 Jun 2018]

Telecom industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has appointed Vodafone MD and Chief Executive Officer Sunil Sood as its new Chairman and Bharti Airtel COO Ajai Puri as vice-chairman.

The World's Most Powerful People 2018 [04 Jun 2018]

Like every year Forbes has published World's most powerful person's list for 2018. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China has spot on the top the list followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in second position, US President Donald Trump falls to the No. 3 spot. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spot the 9th place in that list.

Justice Krishna Murari appointed Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana [03 Jun 2018]

The Central Government has notified the appointment of Allahabad High Court judge, Justice Krishna Murari as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Murari has been serving as a judge of the Allahabad High Court since 2004.

Agni-5 missile Successfully Tested [03 Jun 2018]

The long range ballistic missile Agni 5 is successfully flight tested from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island). All the Radars, Electro Optical Tracking Stations and Telemetry Stations tracked the vehicle all through the course of the trajectory. All the mission objectives have been achieved.

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