Current Affairs 2019

PM Modi receives Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 [22 Feb 2019]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth. The award was presented to him by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a grand ceremony here. A short film on the life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi was also screened at the event. While conferring the award on Modi, the award committee recognised his contribution to the growth of Indian and global economies, crediting 'Modinomics' for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor.

4TH India-Asean Expo Summit on 21 – 23 February 2019 in New Delhi [21 Feb 2019]

The 4th India-ASEAN Expo and Summit held on 21-23 February, 2019 in New Delhi. This is a flagship event of Department of Commerce, being organised with FICCI to carry forward the momentum and to further strengthen India-ASEAN relations under the Act-East Policy. The 4th India-ASEAN Expo and Summit, 2019 will build upon the success of the previous edition of ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet and Expo which was held in 2018 as a precursor to India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit. The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises of Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei. India's relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of our foreign policy and the foundation of our Act-East Policy. India-ASEAN trade and investment relations have been growing steadily, with ASEAN being the second largest trading partner of India, after China, with a total bilateral merchandise trade of USD 81.33 billion.

Tagore Awards for Cultural Harmony for the Years 2014, 2015 and 2016 [18 Feb 2019]

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 to Shri Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Chhayanaut (a cultural organisation of Bangladesh) and Shri Ram Vanji Sutar respectively. Shri Rajkumar Singhajit Singh is a highly accomplished and senior most guru, exponent, chorographer, prolific writer and scholar of Manipuri dance. His name is synonymous with the propagation of Manipuri dance both in and outside Manipur. Chhayanaut is a cultural organization of Bangladesh which has played a leading role in the promotion of Tagore’s works and Bangla arts and literature not only within Bangladesh, but all across the world. It has also rushed to the aid of people at times of famines, floods or riots, bringing people together to resolve crisis with songs of protest on their lips. Shri Ram Vanji Sutar is a renowned sculptor and scholar. He has made more than 600 monumental sculptures in last eighty years. He has sculptured the mammoth 182 meter high statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the world’s tallest statue (The Statue of Unity) which has recently been installed at Sardar Sarovar Dam, Gujarat.

Sportstar Aces Lifetime Achievement Award for Padukone [15 Feb 2019]

Prakash Padukone was honoured for Lifetime Achievement while Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah shared the Sportsman of the Year (cricket) accolade at the Sportstar Aces Awards ceremony. Cheteshwar Pujara became the first recipient of the Chairman’s Choice award, for his exploits in a historic Test series win for India in Australia.

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed as the new Election Commissioner [14 Feb 2019]

Sushil Chandra, chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner of India.

Cummins wins Allan Border Medal [12 Feb 2019]

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins won the Allan Border Medal, the country's highest cricketing honour, after a tumultuous year for the sport that was rocked by the ball-tampering scandal.

PM Lays Foundation Stone for Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh [09 Feb 2019]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Sela Tunnel Project in Arunachal Pradesh. The Project costing Rs. 687 crore being constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) would be completed in the next three years. It covers a total distance of 12.04 kms which consist of two tunnels of 1790 and 475 meters. Once completed this would result in:?(i) All weather connectivity to Tawang and forward areas. (ii) ?Reduction in more than one hour of travelling time from Tezpur to Tawang. (iii) ?Travellers would be able to avoid the dangerous snow covered Sela top at a height of 13,700 feet.?

PM launches DD Arunprabha - a dedicated 24x7 Satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh [09 Feb 2019]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today launched DD Arunprabha at Arunachal Pradesh. He also laid foundation stone of Film and Television Institute (FTI) and several other projects in the state. DD Arunprabha is the 24th satellite channel operated by Doordarshan. It is equipped with state of the art facilities, including a Digital Satellite News Gathering unit to provide live coverage from remote locations, for 24x7 telecast. The playout facility and the earth stations established at DDK Itanagar will ensure seamless transmission of DD Arunprabha. The permanent campus of Film and Television Institute will come up atJollang-Rakap (Jote), Papum Pare, Arunachal Pradesh. This is the third Film and Television Institute of Ministry of I&B, the first two being FTII Pune and SRFTI Kolkata. It is the first Film and Television Institute of entire North-East.

Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile Helina test-fired [08 Feb 2019]

India test-fired its helicopter-launched version of one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons from the Odisha coast. Helina, the helicopter-launched version of the Nag anti-tank guided missile with a hit range of 7-8 km, was launched from an Army chopper.

Mirabai Chanu strikes gold [08 Feb 2019]

Former World champion S. Mirabai Chanu won the women’s 49kg gold in the EGAT Cup international weightlifting championships, an Olympic qualifying event.

FIFA rankings: India slips out of top-100 [08 Feb 2019]

The Indian football team slipped out of the top-100 in the latest FIFA rankings following the back to back group league defeats at the AFC Asian Cup in the UAE. India slumped six places to be ranked 103 with 1,219 points.

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.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Finland in the field of Biotechnology [06 Feb 2019]

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the MoU between India and Finland for collaborating based on mutual interest in the field of Biotechnology, for funding and implementing ambitious industry-led innovative and transnational projects within the broad scope of research development and innovation. The Mou will support creation of long-term Research, Development & Innovation collaboration mechanism and to establish and strengthen cooperative network between Indian and Finnish organizations. By funding need-oriented, ambitious joint projects of high international standards, the two countries aim to help reach world-class innovations beneficial to both countries. It will also facilitate knowledge sharing and knowledge generation among scientists, researchers and industry in the two countries.

Cabinet approves introduction of National Institutes of Food Technology, Enterpreneurship and Management Bill, 2019 [06 Feb 2019]

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the introduction of National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019.The objective of the bill is to confer the status of Institutions of National Importance to National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Kundli, Haryana, and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

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.

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