Current Affairs 2019

Mihika bags gold [06 May 2018]

Mihika Poore has bagged the women’s air rifle gold in the Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar is appointer as Chairperson of NPPA [03 May 2018]

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Vats is appointed as Chairperson, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), under the Department of Pharmaceuticals.

Madhya Pradesh conferred Most Film Friendly Award [03 May 2018]

State of Madhya Pradesh was conferred the award for the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the State by creating a well-structured web site, film friendly infrastructure, offering incentives, maintaining databases, undertaking marketing and promotional initiatives, unanimously by the Jury from among the 16 States that participated.

Subhash Chandra Khuntia is new Irda chairman [02 May 2018]

Subhash Chandra Khuntia, a 1981-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer who was a former Karnataka Chief Secretary, has been appointed as Chairman of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA).

Shri Sitanshu Kar takes over as DG, PIB [01 May 2018]

Mr Sitanshu Ranjan Kar, a 1983 batch officer of Indian Information Service, took over as the 27th Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India and Director General of Press Information Bureau.

Pawan Chamling become India's longest serving CM [01 May 2018]

Sikkim's Pawan Chamling has set a new record in the country by becoming the longest serving chief minister of a state, a title that Jyoti Basu, the former CPI(M) patriarch of West Bengal, had held so far.

Indu Malhotra appointed as SC Judge [27 Apr 2018]

The Ministry of Law and Justice has notified the appointment of Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra as the Judge of the Supreme Court. Indu Malhotra is the first woman to be elevated directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court and only the seventh woman judge Supreme Court has ever had. Malhotra will also be the second woman sitting judge of the Supreme Court. Justice R Banumathi is the sole sitting woman judge in the Supreme Court for over three years now.

Senate approves Pompeo as US secretary of state [27 Apr 2018]

US Senate voted to approve former CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, after a bruising battle by Democrats against President Donald Trump's nominee. Mr. Pompeo, who earned Mr. Trump's confidence after a year at the CIA, was accused by Democrats as being too bellicose and harbouring anti-Muslim and homophobic sentiments.

Microsoft is India's most attractive employer, followed by Amazon: Randstad survey [26 Apr 2018]

Technology giant Microsoft India has been declared the most attractive employer brand, followed by e-commerce giant Amazon India. The winners were named by HR service provider Randstad's Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2018. Other names in the list include Hindustan Unilever, IBM India, ITC Group, Larsen & Toubro, Mercedes-Benz India, Samsung India, Sony India and Tata Consultancy Services. Sector wise, Tata Consultancy Services is most favoured in IT, while Larsen & Toubro tops Infrastructure & Construction and Hindustan Unilever emerges the winner in FMCG.

Sanjukta Dutta wins Dada Saheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 [25 Apr 2018]

Assamese designer Sanjukta Dutta wins the "Best Fashion Designer" award at the Dadasaheb Awards for Excellence 2018 held in Mumbai by putting the Mekhela Chador back on the map.

TCS becomes first Indian IT company to cross $100 bn in market-cap [24 Apr 2018]

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has become the first Indian $100 billion- dollar company in terms of market capitalisation (market-cap) in the IT pack. In terms of market capitalisation, TCS raks ahead of Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, ITC, Hindustan Unilever, HDFC, Maruti Suzuki and Infosys.

AFSPA lifted in Meghalaya [24 Apr 2018]

The Govt. of India has removed the AFSPA from Meghalaya, from April 1 onwards, a senior Home Ministry. Earlier, the Act was effective in the State in the 20 km area along its border with Assam.

Bengaluru FC are crowned champions of the inaugural Super Cup [20 Apr 2018]

Sunil Chhetri led Bengaluru FC thrashed East Bengal 4-1 to win the inaugural Super Cup football tournament held at Bhubaneswar.

Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez elected as President of Cuba [19 Apr 2018]

Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez was formally named Cuba’s new President. Diaz-Canel has served as the vice-president of Cuba since 2013. The Castro brothers, Fidel and Raul, have together been in power for nearly 60 years since the Cuba’s Communist revolution in 1959 overthrew the US-backed dictatorial regime of Fulgencio Batista.

Lt Gen PP Malhotra takes over as DG NCC [17 Apr 2018]

Lieutenant General PP Malhotra assumed charge as Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organization in the world.

Mary Kom Bags First CWG Gold in Boxing [15 Apr 2018]

5-year-old MC Mary Kom has become the first Indian woman to win a boxing gold at the Commonwealth Games. Making a comeback to boxing after a two year sabbatical, Mary beat Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara convincingly in the 48kg final. The 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist was competing in her debut Commonwealh Games, also perhaps her last, and made it a memorable one with yet another dominating performance to claim an unanimous verdict of 5-0.

Vinod Khanna awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award [13 Apr 2018]

Veteran Hindi film actor Shri Vinod Khanna was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema.

Bhanu Pratap Sharma appointed as Banks Board Bureau chairman [13 Apr 2018]

The Union Finance Ministry has reconstituted the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) and appointed Bhanu Pratap Sharma as its chairman, replacing former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai. Mr. Sharma was former chairman of recruitment and assessment centre of DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and former Principal Secretary (Finance) in the Bihar government.

ISRO successfully launches last navigation satellite in IRNSS series [12 Apr 2018]

ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C41 successfully launched the 1,425 kg IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota of SPSR Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh.

Rishad Premji appointed Nasscom chairman for 2018-19 [12 Apr 2018]

IT industry body Nasscom has appointed Wipro chief strategy officer and board member Rishad Premji as its chairman for 2018-19. Besides, Nasscom has appointed WNS Group CEO Keshav Murugesh as the vice chairman. Mr. Premji has been a member of Nasscom’s executive council and was the vice chairman for 2017-18, Nasscom.

C. S. Ghosh re-appointed as Bandhan CEO [12 Apr 2018]

Chandra Shekhar Ghosh has been reappointed as managing director and chief executive officer of Bandhan Bank for a period of three years from July 10, 2018. Mr. Ghosh’s reappointment, subject to regulatory clearances, was approved by the bank board at its recent meeting.

Cabinet approves the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018 [07 Apr 2018]

The Union Cabinet has approved the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for introduction in the Parliament. It is a part of the efforts of the Government to encourage institutional arbitration for settlement of disputes and make India a centre of robust Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism. The Amendments in the Act of 1996 will facilitate achieving the goal of improving institutional arbitration by establishing an independent body to lay down standards, make arbitration process more party friendly, cost effective and ensure timely disposal of arbitration cases.

Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal [05 Apr 2018]

Mirabai Chanu secured India’s first gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games when she finished first in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting event at Gold Coast. Mirabai Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Games’ weightlifting record by lifting 196 kg. The previous Games’ record was 175 kg set by Augustine Nwaokolo of Nigeria in 2010.

Agreement Between NPCIL and EDF of France [05 Apr 2018]

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Electricite de France (EDF) of France have on March 10, 2018 signed an Industrial Way Forward Agreement for implementation of six nuclear power reactor units at Jaitapur, Maharashtra with a total capacity of about 10,000 MW. The Evolutionary Pressurized Reactors (EPRs) are evolutionary reactors, whose design has evolved from “KONVOI’ and “N4’ reactors which have been in operation in Germany and France respectively for about two decades. Further, the work at Jaitapur will be commenced only on demonstration of full power operation of Flamanville-3 under construction in France, as reference plant, to have an operationally proven technology.

NIRF India Rankings 2018 for Higher Education Institutions [04 Apr 2018]

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru bags 1st Position in Overall Ranking. IIT Chennai tops in Engineering and IIM Ahmedabad tops in Management Category.

ISRO launches communication satellite GSAT-6A from Sriharikota [30 Mar 2018]

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully placed a communication satellite GSAT-6A in a geosynchronous transfer orbit. It was carried on board the GSLV F-08 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The GSAT-6A is a communication satellite that incorporates the high-thrust Vikas engine. It will complement the GSAT-6, which is already in orbit. The GSAT-6A’s antenna has a diameter of six metres — it can be unfurled and opened like an umbrella once it reaches its prescribed orbit.

IIT Guwahati develops silk scaffold for bone regeneration [25 Mar 2018]

A scaffold made of silk composite functionalised with copper-doped bioactive glass to facilitate faster bone regeneration has been developed by researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati. The scaffold seeded with stem cells was found to differentiate into bone cells, facilitate growth of blood vessels and successfully integrate the newly formed bone cells with the native bone. The researchers were able to replicate the results in rabbits using functionalised non-mulberry silk composite. Rabbits with scaffolds implanted at the site of bone injury showed successful growth of bone cells and integration with the native bone at the end of three months.

Olympian PV Sindhu to be flag-bearer of India in CWG 2018 [24 Mar 2018]

Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu will be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will be held on April 4.

Modicare rollout raises hopes of 500 million Indians [21 Mar 2018]

The Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), dubbed as Modicare, is touted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as the world’s largest healthcare programme. It is estimated to cost about Rs12,000 crore annually. To be rolled out in collaboration with the state governments, “Modicare” is expected to reduce Out Of Pocket (OOP) expenditure—the in-patient hospitalization expenditure in India has increased nearly 300% during last 10 years according to the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) 2015. Currently, OOP expenditure in India is over 60%, causing impoverishment to nearly 6 million families coping with catastrophic health expenditures.

Sunil Nayyar becomes first Indian to head Sony India [20 Mar 2018]

Sunil Nayyar will become the first Indian to lead Sony’s local operations, 24 years after the Japanese consumer electronics giant entered the country, when he replaces Kenichiro Hibi as managing director on April 1.

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