Current Affairs 2019

Vidarbha clinch Ranji Trophy [07 Feb 2019]

Vidarbha clinch second successive Ranji Trophy crown for 2019 . Vidarbha Cricket Association announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore for its victorious Ranji Trophy squad, which defended the title by defeating Saurashtra in the final.

India successfully launches latest communication satellite GSAT-31 [06 Feb 2019]

India's latest communication satellite GSAT-31 was successfully launched by European launch services provider Arianespace's rocket from French Guiana. Weighing about 2,536 kg, the Indian satellite, GSAT-31, will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites. The satellite derives its heritage from ISROs earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series, the space agency said, adding that it will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands. GSAT-31 is the country's 40th communication satellite which is configured on ISRO's enhanced 'I-2K Bus', utilising the maximum "bus capabilities" of this type. With a mission life of around 15 years, GSAT-31 will be used for supporting VSAT networks, Television uplinks, Digital Satellite News Gathering, DTH-television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications. The GSAT-31 is a "high power" communication satellite with Ku-band, and it is going to serve and replace some of the satellites that are going to expire soon.

Rishi Shukla named to head CBI [03 Feb 2019]

Former Director-General of Police of Madhya Pradesh Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the M.P. cadre is appointed the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the country’s premier investigation agency, for two years.

LT Gen Rajeev Chopra takes over as DG NCC [31 Jan 2019]

Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra assumed the appointment of Director General of NCC (DGNCC). Commissioned in the Madras Regiment in December 1980, Lt Gen Chopra is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

Suman Kumari is Pakistan’s first Hindu woman judge [30 Jan 2019]

Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Pakistan. Ms. Kumari, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot in Sindh province, will serve in her native district. She passed her LLB examination from Hyderabad and did her Masters in Law from Karachi’s Szabist University.

National Salt Satyagraha Memorial in Dandi, Gujarat dedicated to the nation by PM [30 Jan 2019]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial at Dandi in Navsari district, Gujarat to the nation on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary. At the memorial site, he also unveiled statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 Satyagrahis who had marched with him during the historic Dandi Salt March in 1930 to make salt from sea water against the British law. The memorial also has 24-narrative murals depicting various events and stories from the historic 1930 Salt March. Solar trees are installed to meet the energy requirements of the memorial complex. The PM took a round through the memorial.

New campus of National Museum Institute inaugurated at Noida [30 Jan 2019]

The new Campus of the National Museum Institute was inaugurated by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development at A-19, Sector 62, NOIDA (Institutional Area).

ISRO launches military satellite Microsat-R [26 Jan 2019]

India successfully launched Microsat-R, a military satellite on board its Polar rocket PSLV C44, from the spaceport, in the first mission for the ISRO in 2019.The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from the first launchpad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Microsat-R, an imaging satellite, is meant for military purposes.

Chinese scientists successfully clone five gene-edited monkeys [26 Jan 2019]

Chinese scientists cloned five monkeys from a gene-edited macaque with circadian-related disorders, another first for the country in the controversial field. The cloned monkeys were born in Shanghai at the Institute of Neuroscience of Chinese Academy of Sciences, according to two articles published in National Science Review. Researchers knocked out BMAL1 - a critical transcription factor for activating circadian rhythms - through gene editing at the embryo stage, then cloned a monkey with the mutation.

Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Dr Bhupen Hazarika conferred Bharat Ratna [25 Jan 2019]

Former president Pranab Mukherjee, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and Singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. Bhupen Hazarika was a playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet and film maker from Assam. Nanaji Deshmukh, a social activist was known for his immense contributions in the field of education, health and rural self reliance. Pranab Mukherjee was the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017.

Samantha Stosur, Zhang Shuai win Australian Open women's doubles title [25 Jan 2019]

Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shui took out the Australian Open women's doubles title to be crowned Grand Slam champions at Melbourne park for the first time.

IndiGo appoints Ronojoy Dutta as CEO [24 Jan 2019]

Aviation veteran Ronojoy Dutta was appointed CEO of Interglobe Aviation, which operates IndiGo, the country’s biggest airline by number of passengers.

YES Bank is appointed Ravneet Gill as new CEO [24 Jan 2019]

YES Bank is appointed Ravneet Gill as new CEO. Gill will succeed Rana Kapoor. Gill has handled capital markets, treasury, structured finance, foreign exchange, transaction banking, risk management and private banking.

Virat Kohli declared ICC ODI and Test player of the year [22 Jan 2019]

Virat Kohli made a record-breaking clean sweep at 2018 ICC awards, making him the only cricketer to do so. He was declared as the ODI as well as Test player of the year.

Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurates bridge over River Ravi in J&K [22 Jan 2019]

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated a 1210-meter span-bridge over the river Ravi in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir. The bridge over Ravi at Keerian - Gandial will benefit over 2,20,000 people living on the two sides – Kathua in Jammu, and Pathankot in Punjab. It will reduce the distance between the two cities from 45 kms to 8.6 kms, which will save on both time and fuel cost.

15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas Convention in Varanasi [21 Jan 2019]

For the first time, the three day long 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is being organized in Varanasi from 21-23 January, 2019. The theme of PBD Convention 2019 is "Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India".

Raksha Mantri Dedicates Diffo Bridge in Arunachal to The Nation [18 Jan 2019]

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the 426.60 metre long Pre Stressed Concrete Box Girder type bridge over Diffo river on Roing-Koron-Paya road in Arunachal Pradesh. Dedicating the bridge to the nation, the Raksha Mantri praised the commendable work being done by Project Udayak, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in this region.

BHEL and LIBCOIN to Build India’s First Lithium Ion Giga Factory [18 Jan 2019]

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are in dialogue to form a world class consortium to initially build 1GWh lithium ion battery plant in India. Its capacity will be scaled up to 30GWh in due course. With this, India has finally taken steps into its energy security and clean energy commitment to the world.

Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015,2016,2017 and 2018 announced [16 Jan 2019]

The Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015,2016,2017 and 2018 has been conferred on the following

  • Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari for the year 2015 for their contribution in Rural Development, Education , Development of natural resources.
  • For 2016 jointly to Akshaya Patra Foundation for its contribution in providing mid-day meals to millions of children across India and Sulabh International for its contribution in improving the condition of sanitation in India and emancipation of manual scavengers.
  • Ekal Abhiyan Trust for the year 2017 for their contribution in providing Education for Rural and Tribal Children in remote areas pan India, Rural Empowerment, Gender and Social Equality.
  • Shri Yohei Sasakawa for the year 2018 for his contribution in Leprosy Eradication in India and across the world.

Government nominates Justice AK Sikri to Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal [13 Jan 2019]

Supreme Court judge A.K. Sikri, who voted with the government in the three-member committee to remove CBI Director Alok Verma, is understood to have been nominated to the post of President/Member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT). In fulfilment of its obligations under the Agreed Memorandum, the UK government passed the Commonwealth Secretariat Act 1966 which, among other things, gives the Commonwealth Secretariat legal personality and accords it certain immunities and privileges.

Mary Kom is World No. 1 [11 Jan 2019]

M.C. Mary Kom’s unprecedented sixth World title last November has propelled her to the top position in the AIBA latest World rankings. In the latest rankings put out by AIBA, Mary Kom is placed top of the chart in the 48kg weight division with 1700 points. The 36-year-old will have to move to 51kg in pursuit of her 2020 Olympic dream as 48kg is not yet included in the Games roster. Other Indians’ rankings: Pinki Jangra (8th, 51kg); Manisha Maun (8th, 54kg); Sonia Lather (2nd, 57kg); Simranjit Kaur (4th, 64kg); L Sarita Devi (16th, 64kg); Lovlina Borgohain (5th, 69kg) .

Rajya Sabha passes bill for 10% quota to economically weaker sections in general category [10 Jan 2019]

The Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category.

Ramnath Goenka awards 2019 [10 Jan 2019]

IT was the spirit of democracy, transparency and courage that dominated the award ceremony of the13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi, last week. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes to 29 winners across 18 categories from print and broadcast journalism.

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill that provides reservation to economically backward [09 Jan 2019]

The Lok Sabha passed a Bill allowing 10% quota in employment and education for the general category candidates who belong to the economically weaker sections. The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, introduced by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, was cleared by majority of the members (319) voting for it, and four against.

Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra is appointed as DG, SSB [08 Jan 2019]

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra, presently working as DG, BCAS to the post of DG, SSB from the date of joining of the post and upto 31.12.2021 i.e. date of his retirement on superannuation or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Vikram Misri takes charge as India’s new envoy to China [08 Jan 2019]

India’s new ambassador to China Vikram Misri took charge of the post and met top Chinese officials during which they discussed Sino-India ties. A 1989-batch India Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Mr. Misri (54), replaced Gautam Bambawale who retired in November last year. Mr. Misri has taken the charge of the country’s envoy at a time when India and China are trying to deepen their cooperation in various areas, leaving behind 2017 Doklam standoff which was the most serious military face-off in decades. Before his appointment as India’s ambassador to China, Mr. Misri served as Indian envoy in Myanmar.

India scores maiden Test series win in Australia [07 Jan 2019]

India scripted history winning the first ever series on Australian soil beating the home team 2-1 after the fourth and final Test ended in a tame draw due to inclement weather.

Malaysia's king Sultan Muhammad V steps down [06 Jan 2019]

In a historic first for the country that ended weeks of speculation about his future after he took medical leave. Sultan Muhammad V's decision marks the first time a king has abdicated in the Muslim-majority country since it gained independence from Britain in 1957. It came after the king took leave at the start of November for two months, during which time unconfirmed reports circulated that he had married a Russian former beauty queen. A statement from the national palace confirmed the resignation of the relatively youthful monarch, known for his fondness for four-wheel driving and other extreme sports.

Drug Prices Control Order (DPCO) amendment [06 Jan 2019]

Recent amendments to the Drug Prices Control Order (DPCO), 2013, have fuelled concerns that the authorities might find it difficult to keep the prices of essential medical devices in check as multinational firms would now be able to use patent protection to exempt such equipment from price control for five years. According to a government notification, new drugs patented under the Indian Patent Act will be exempted from price control for five years from the date of the commencement of their commercial marketing by the manufacturer in the country.

Mallya became the first businessman declared as FEO [06 Jan 2019]

Mallya became the first businessman declared as FEO under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, which came into existence in August 2018.

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