Current Affairs 2019

Balkrishna Doshi wins architecture’s top Pritzker Prize [07 Mar 2018]

Nonagenarian architect and reputed urban planner Balkrishna Doshi has been named this year’s winner of architecture’s highest honour — the Pritzker Prize, becoming the first Indian to do so. Tom Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation that sponsors the award made the ammouncement in Chicago, selecting Doshi as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate.

Pak gets first Dalit woman senator [06 Mar 2018]

Kirshna Kumari Kolhi from Pakistan’s Sindh province has become the first-ever Hindu Dalit woman senator in the Muslim-majority country, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has said. In a historic first for Pakistan, a Dalit woman from the country’s marginalised Hindu community has been elected to the Senate, the upper house of the parliament.

Jilla Ravikiran Goud gets Krushi Yantrikaran Samman award [06 Mar 2018]

Jilla Ravikiran Goud, a native of Armoor town in Nizamabad district, completed his B.Tech in Hyderabad and MS in mechanical engineering in the UK. He has invented low-cost harvester, which is useful in reducing wastage in millets crop, received ‘Krushi Yantrikaran Samman’ award from Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh in the presence of Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra in New Delhi on March 6.

Mehuli Ghosh, Shahzar Rizvi bring India glory in maiden ISSF World Cup appearance [04 Mar 2018]

India won three medals - a gold and two bronze - as well as set a new record in 10m Air Pistol Men. Out of the six Indian shooters participating on the first day of the World Cup, Shahzar Rizvi and Mehuli Ghosh won gold and bronze respectively in their maiden World Cup appearances.

Shatrughan Sinha awarded lifetime achievement honour at London's House of Commons [04 Mar 2018]

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the fields of arts and politics at a ceremony in the UK's Parliament complex here. The annual 'Political and Public Life Awards' presented by Britain's Asian Voice weekly newspaper, now in its 12th year, recognises individuals who have made a significant impact on public life or made a difference in their local communities.

Navjot Kaur becomes first Indian woman to win gold at Asian Wrestling Championships [03 Mar 2018]

Navjot Kaur wrote herself in the history books by becoming the first Indian woman to win gold at the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships. Navjot thrashed Japan's Miya Imai 9-1 in the final to emerge champion in the women's 65 kilogram category. The 28-year-old Navjot has been around the wrestling circuit for a while as she had previously won a silver at the Asian Championships in 2013 and a bronze in 2014 Commonwealth Games in 67kg.

Jaipur's Gandhi Nagar becomes India's first major railway station to be run by women [03 Mar 2018]

Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur has now become India's first and only major railway station run fully by women - from ticket checker to station manager. At present, there are 40 railway staff in the station including chief reservation supervisor, ticket checker, station manager, and reservation clerk, all of whom are women. Additionally, it has been ensured that women members from the railway protection force are deployed in the station.

World’s largest solar park launched in Karnataka [02 Mar 2018]

The world’s largest solar park set up at an investment of Rs 16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district was launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on 1st March 2018. The 2,000 MW park, named as ‘Shakti Sthala’, spans across 13,000 acres spread over five villages and is a benchmark in the unique people’s participation in power model put on ground, according to officials. The park’s development is anchored by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp. Ltd (KSPDCL), an entity formed in March 2015 as a joint venture between Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI). The project has been executed within a record time of two years, with zero land acquisition. Moreover, the farmers who have leased out their land are reaping greater benefits with Rs 21,000 per acre being offered as rental, an amount which has the scope to grow by five per cent every two years.

Cabinet clears Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill [01 Mar 2018]

The Union Cabinet approved the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, to confiscate properties of those fleeing India or try to escape the reach of law. It also approved the proposal for establishment of National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) to enhance audit standards of companies. NFRA will act as an independent regulator in the wake of increasing accounting scams. The approval by the Cabinet will pave the way for the introduction of the bill in the resumed Budget session of Parliament from March 5.

First Mega Food Park in Maharashtra [01 Mar 2018]

The first Mega Food Park in the state of Maharashtra M/s Satara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at Village Degaon, District Satara was inaugurated on 1st March, 2018 by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries in the presence of Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, of Maharashtra. This is the 12th Mega Food Park operationalized in the country so far and the 10th operationalized during the tenure of present government.

India successfully test-fires ATGM Nag [28 Feb 2018]

India successfully test-fired Anti Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) Nag in desert conditions. The Nag ATGM has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and this flight tests have once again proved their capability.

IIT Delhi researchers develop scar-tissue model for screening drugs [25 Feb 2018]

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi have for the first time developed a 3D scar-tissue model through tissue engineering. The two-member team led by Prof. Sourabh Ghosh from the Department of Textile Technology at IIT Delhi was successful in replicating the early inflammatory microenvironment that initiates a cascade of events that lead to scar development. The team replicated all the five features and two signalling pathways that form scar tissue. Creating scar tissue in the lab has great implications for the pharmaceutical industry. “The cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, which are developing anti-fibrosis or anti-scar medicines, need not have to test them on animals.

Gymnast Aruna Reddy makes history [25 Feb 2018]

Aruna Budda Reddy created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to win an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup as she clinched a bronze in the women's vault event here.

DRDO successfully carries out test flight of indigenous Rustom-2 drone [25 Feb 2018]

efence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flew its Rustom 2 at its Aeronautical Test Range at Chalakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka. A medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, Rustom 2 or TAPAS-BH-201 has been developed by India on the lines of the American Predator drones. It comes seven years after the first flight of Rustom-I took place on 16 November 2009 at the Taneja Aerospace Air Field near Hosur.

Sameer Verma lifts Swiss Open title [25 Feb 2018]

Indian shuttler Sameer Verma dished out a clinical performance to outwit former world no 2 Jan O Jorgensen and clinch the men’s singles title at the USD 150,000 Swiss Open Super 300 tournament, in Basel.

New plant species from West Bengal named after former President Abdul Kalam [24 Feb 2018]

Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India have identified a new plant species from two protected National Parks in West Bengal. Named Drypetes kalamii, it is a small shrub found to be shorter version of its close relative Drypetes ellisii. This adds to the rich floral wealth of India. Standing just 1 metre tall, the newly described plant is unisexual in nature, which means they have separate male and female plants. The new species is a close relative of a medicinal plant known in Sanskrit as Putrajivah.

EPFO cuts interest rate to 8.55% for 2017-18 [22 Feb 2018]

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has reduced interest rate on deposits to 8.55 percent for the financial year 2017-18.

Avani Chaturvedi has become the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo [22 Feb 2018]

Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when she flew a MiG-21 Bison. Three women pilots Ms. Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh had undergone strenuous training programme to fly fighter jets.

India ranks 81st in global corruption perception index [22 Feb 2018]

India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017, released by Transparency International, which named the country among the "worst offenders" in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, placed India at the 81st place. In the 2016 India was in the 79th place among 176 countries.

India successfully conducts night trial of Prithvi-II missile [21 Feb 2018]

India successfully conducted a night trial of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km. The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha

Kamal Haasan launch new political party [21 Feb 2018]

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan launched his new political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam, which roughly means Centre for People’s Justice, at Madurai’s Othakadai Ground. He also unveiled the party’s symbol - six arms interlinked around a star.

Kapil Kapoor named chairman of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies Shimla [20 Feb 2018]

Veteran academic Kapil Kapoor will be the next chairperson of the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) at Shimla, replacing present chairperson Chandrakala Padia. A widely respected academic, Prof. Kapoor taught for decades at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as a professor of the Centre for Linguistic and English Studies till 2005. He was concurrently professor at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies at JNU, which is now School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies.

Martin Guptill becomes highest T20I run-scorer [17 Feb 2018]

Martin Guptill scripted history after becoming the leading run-scorer in Twenty20 international cricket. Enroute to this milestone, the New Zealand opener also slammed his second T20I century in just 49 deliveries, fastest by a Kiwi batsman. Incidentally, both the records were held by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum.

Roger Federer becomes oldest World No 1 [16 Feb 2018]

Roger Federer will hold the World No 1 spot at the the top of the ATP Rankings for the fourth time. The 20-time Grand Slam winner once again claimed the top spot.

Air Odisha gets flying permit,to begin ops on Feb 17 from Gujarat [14 Feb 2018]

Bhubaneswar based Air Odisha has received regulatory approvals to begin scheduled passenger commuter services under the regional connectivity scheme. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued Air Odisha the scheduled commuter operator permit, which allows the airline to launch its services on regional routes, till now it had only a non-scheduled operator permit.

Chandrashekar Kambar elected as president of Sahitya Akademi [13 Feb 2018]

Kannada littérateur and Jnanpith recipient Chandrashekar Kambar was elected president of the Sahitya Akademi. Hindi poet Madhav Koushik was elected vice-president. Dr. Kambar is the third Kannada writer to head the country’s premier literary institution after two decades.

Awards for Rohit and Rahane [13 Feb 2018]

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have been named in the prestigious Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Awards list announced by the Government of Maharashtra. Rohit (for the 2015-16 season) and Rahane (2016-17) have been chosen for their outstanding performance in international cricket. The awards will be presented at a functionat the Gateway of India on February 17. The winners will receive a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh.

Indra Nooyi appointed ICC’s first independent female director [09 Feb 2018]

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board as the governing body’s first independent female director. Nooyi will join the Board in June 2018.

Karnataka High Court gets new Chief Justice [07 Feb 2018]

Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, will take over as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.

India win U-19 World Cup 2018 [03 Feb 2018]

The India U-19 side, led by Prithvi Shaw, created history on Saturday when they defeated Australia U-19 by 8 wickets to clinch the ICC U-19 World Cup trophy. With the victory, India became the only country to win the trophy four times.. This is India’s fourth U-19 World Cup title after Mohammad Kaif’s team won it in 2000, Virat Kohli’s team won it in 2008 and Unmkut Chand in 2012.

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