Current Affairs 2019

Ira Joshi appointed director general of Doordarshan News [21 Nov 2017]

Ira Joshi was appointed as the Director General of Doordarshan News following the retirement of Veena Jain, according to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Earlier, Joshi was the Press Information Bureau director general.

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags DSC Prize [19 Nov 2017]

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam won the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 for his debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage at the Dhaka Lit Festival.

Manmohan awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace [19 Nov 2017]

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was chosen as the recipient of 2017 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development. Singh received the international award, named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for "improving India's stature in the world" and for his "for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development".

India’s Manushi Chhillar crowned Miss World 2017 [18 Nov 2017]

India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant here, 16 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000. Chhillar competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena here. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle gave away the coveted crown to the winner. Chhillar, who is from Haryana, had earlier this year won the Femina Miss India 2017. India, England, France, Kenya and Mexico grabbed the top five spots at the pageant.

Mary wins fifth Gold at Asian Boxing Championships [08 Nov 2017]

Mary Kom makes history, wins fifth Gold at Asian Boxing Championships. This is Mary Kom’s sixth medal in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and fifth gold medal, having won four gold medals and one silver medal in previous editions of the tournament.

India beat China to win women’s hockey Asia Cup [05 Nov 2017]

India won their biggest title in recent years as they completed a historic win over China in the women's Hockey Asia Cup on 5th November. Playing the final for the first time since 2009, India managed to hold off China 5-4 in shootout in the final.

53rd Jnanpith Award for the year 2017 goes to Krishna Sobti [04 Nov 2017]

The Jnanpith Selection Board has announced the recipient of the 53rd Jnanpith Award for the year 2017 in a meeting. It went to eminent Hindi Litterateur Krishna Sobti. Sobti is a path breaking novelist.

Kenneth Juster will be new US Ambassador to New Delhi [04 Nov 2017]

Kenneth Juster, a top economic expert on India, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the next U.S. Ambassador to New Delhi, filling a key position as the two countries push forward their strategic ties. Mr. Juster, 62, is an old India hand who played a key role in developing the landmark Indo-U.S. civil nuclear deal.

England lift under 17 World Cup Football Title [28 Oct 2017]

FIFA U-17 World Cup Final, England vs Spain: England beat Spain 5-2 in the final at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

George Saunders wins Booker prize [18 Oct 2017]

American author George Saunders won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction for Lincoln in the Bardo, a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife. It is the second year in a row an American has won the £50,000 ($66,000) prize, which was opened to U.S. authors in 2014.

Anupam Kher is new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India [12 Oct 2017]

Veteran Actor Anupam Kher was appointed as the new chairperson of India's premier Film and Television institute (FTII) replacing Gajendra Chauhan.

IMF lowers forecasts for India [12 Oct 2017]

The IMF projected India to grow at 6.7% in 2017 and 7.4% in 2018, which are 0.5 and 0.3 percentage points lower than the projections earlier this year, respectively.

Nisha Biswal made USIBC President [12 Oct 2017]

Nisha Desai Biswal, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, has been appointed president of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), a forum of U.S. businesses under the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to Richard H. Thaler [10 Oct 2017]

The Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Richard H Thaler. Thaler is professor at the University of Chicago for his “contribution to behavioural economics”. Born 1945 in East Orange, Professor Thaler has been awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on integrating economics with psychology.

Nobel Peace Prize 2017 [10 Oct 2017]

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons(ICAN). The award was given for "its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".

Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Literature Prize [06 Oct 2017]

British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel The Remains of the Day, has won the Nobel Literature Prize. Born in Nagasaki, he moved to Britain with his family when he was five years old, only returning to visit Japan as an adult. Both his first novel, A Pale View of Hills, from 1982 and the subsequent one, An Artist of the Floating World, from 1986, take place in Nagasaki a few years after World War II.

Rajnish Kumar appointed new SBI chairman [06 Oct 2017]

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr. Rajnish Kumar as Chairman of State Bank of India for a period of three years from October 7, according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.

Cabinet approves renaming of Kandla Port as Deendayal Port [04 Oct 2017]

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the renaming of Kandla Port as Deendayal Port. By renaming Kandla Port as "Deendayal Port, Kandla", a grateful nation would be remembering the invaluable contributions made by one of the greatest sons of India, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

Soumya Swaminathan WHO Deputy DG [04 Oct 2017]

The World Health Organization appointed Soumya Swaminathan one of two deputy director generals, the first time such a post has been ever created within the organisation.

Three gravitational wave–detecting scientists win 2017 Physics Nobel [04 Oct 2017]

The 2017 Nobel Physics Prize was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”. Ripples in the fabric of space-time, first predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein, sparked a revolution in astrophysics when their first detection was announced in early 2016. The teams involved in the discovery quickly emerged as favourites for the prize.

2017 Medicine Nobel Prize for work on biological clocks [02 Oct 2017]

Three Americans Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young awarded for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling our biological clocks. Mr. Rosbash is on the faculty at Brandeis University, Mr. Young is at Rockefeller University and Mr. Hall has been associated with the University of Maine.

Madhya Pradesh gets the Best Tourism State award [30 Sep 2017]

Madhya Pradesh has won the 'Best Tourism State' national award for the third consecutive year. President Ram Nath Kovind handed over the award, named as 'Hall of Fame Award', to Minister of State for Tourism Surendra Patwa at a ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

President of India appointed new Governors for the following states [30 Sep 2017]

President of India appoints Governors for the following state:
Brig. (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
Satya Pal Malik as the Governor of Bihar
Banwarilal Purohit as the Governor of Tamil Nadu
Prof Jagdish Mukhi as the Governor of Assam
Ganga Prasad as the Governor of Meghalaya
Devendra Kumar Joshi as the Governor of Andaman & Nicobar islands

Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port [25 Sep 2017]

The Ministry of Shipping has issued a notification renaming Kandla Port Trust as Deendayal Port Trust with effect from 25th of September, 2017. Kandla Port, located on the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat, is one of the twelve major ports in the country.

Prime Minister Constitutes Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister [25 Sep 2017]

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has constituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM). The five-member council consists of economists of high repute and eminence. 

The composition of the EAC-PM is as follows-

1. Dr. Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog- Chairman

2. Dr. Surjit Bhalla- Part-time Member

3. Dr. Rathin Roy- Part-time Member

4. Dr. Ashima Goyal- Part-time Member

5. Shri Ratan Watal, Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog – Member-Secretary

Terms of reference of the EAC would be as follows:(i) To analyze any issue, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the Prime Minister and advising him thereon;(ii) To address issues of macroeconomic importance and presenting views thereon to the Prime Minister. This could be either suo-motu or on reference from the Prime Minister or anyone else;(iii) To attend to any other task as maybe desired by the Prime Minister from time to time.

Merkel wins 4th term as Chancellor [25 Sep 2017]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right. The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by winning 13.1% of the vote, projected results showed, a result that will bring a far-right party into Parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi takes over as CAG [25 Sep 2017]

Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi took over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. Mehrishi succeeded Shashi Kant Sharma, who demitted office 23rd September 2017, officials said. Mehrishi, a 1978 batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre, completed his two- year fixed term as the home secretary last month.

India become World No. 1 in both ODIs and Tests [24 Sep 2017]

India beat Australia by 5 wickets in the third ODI played between the two sides at Indore. Virat Kohli led side retained the top spot in ODI rankings, previously held by South Africa, after beating Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Y.C. Modi appointed as NIA chief [20 Sep 2017]

Y. C. Modi, a senior IPS officer was appointed Director-General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He was part of the special investigation team on the Gujarat riot cases appointed by the Supreme Court when the Prime Minister was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix [18 Sep 2017]

Lewis Hamilton profited from the chaos to win the Singapore Grand Prix and extend his championship, while title rival Sebastian Vettel lost huge ground after crashing out on the first lap.

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