Current Affairs 2019

6th East Asia Summit and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting held in Singapore [01 Sep 2018]

Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu attended the 6th East Asia Summit- Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM) and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) in Singapore. Singapore is currently holding the Chair of ASEAN.

Michelle Bachelet Jeria is appointed as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [01 Sep 2018]

On September 1, 2018 Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993 and Ms. Bachelet is the seventh Commissioner. Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile on two occasions (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018). She was the first female president of Chile, as well as Chile’s and Latin America’s first female Defense Minister (2000 – 2002). She also served as Health Minister (2002 - 2004).

ADB Sign $346 Million Loan to Improve State Highways in Karnataka [30 Aug 2018]

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of lndia signed a $346 million loan to finance improvement of over 400 kilometers of state highways that will enhance connectivity and access to economic centers across 12 districts in Kamataka. The signatories to the loan agreement for the Karnataka State Highways lmprovement lll Project (KSHIP-lll) were Shri Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, who signed on behalf of the Government of lndia, and Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB's lndia Resident Mission, who signed for ADB. A separate project agreement was signed by Shri Naveen Raj Singh, Chief Project Officer, PlU, KSHIP, on behalf of Karnataka.

World Bank sign a $250 Million Agreement to Support Electricity Distribution Sector Reforms in Rajasthan [28 Aug 2018]

The Government of India, the Government of Rajasthan and the World Bank signed a $250 million Development Policy Loan (DPL) to support the Government of Rajasthan in improving the performance of its Electricity Distribution Sector under the State’s 24x7 Power for All program. The Agreement for the Project was signed by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; Shri P. Ramesh, Special Secretary, Government of Rajasthan on behalf of the Government of Rajasthan; and Mr. Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank India, on behalf of the World Bank.

India’s first biofuel powered flight undertakes maiden voyage [27 Aug 2018]

A historic flight powered by indigenously produced aviation biofuel based on patented technology of CSIR-IIP Dehradun was flagged off from Dehradun airport by Uttarakhand CM Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat. The Spicejet flight, featuring a latest generation Q400 aircraft powered by, was received at Delhi airport by Union Ministers Shri Nitin Gadkari, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Shri Suresh Prabhu and Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Shri Jayant Sinha.

G. Satheesh Reddy appointed as new DRDO chairman [25 Aug 2018]

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri to the post of Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development (DDR&D) and Chairman, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) for a period of two years with effect from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Rahi Sarnobat becomes first Indian woman to shoot Asiad gold [23 Aug 2018]

Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold at the Asian Games, achieving the feat after a nerve-wracking 25m air pistol finals. The 27-year-old held her nerve to pip Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon after both were tied at 34 points following 10 series of five shots each, taking it to a shoot-off.

Indian men’s hockey team defeats Hong Kong 26-0, breaks 86-year old record [22 Aug 2018]

Indian men hockey team broke their 86-year old record as they defeated Hong Kong China 26-0 in a one-sided Pool B match of the Asian Games in Indonesia.India recorded their biggest International win and beat their own 86-year old record when they defeated USA with a 24-1 margin in Olympics. New Zealand hold the biggest margin win record when they beat Samoa 36-1 in 1994.

Successful Flight Tests of Smart Anti Airfield Weapon [19 Aug 2018]

Indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) were successfully flight tested from IAF aircraft at Chandan range. The weapon system was integrated with live warhead and has destroyed the targets with high precision. The telemetry and tracking systems captured all the mission events. This weapon is capable of destroying variety of ground targets using precision navigation. A total of three tests with different release conditions were conducted during 16 to 18 August 2018 and all the mission objectives have been achieved.

International team of scientists decode complex wheat genome [18 Aug 2018]

A team of international researchers, including 18 from India decoded the wheat genome, considered insurmountable so far. The information generated will help to identify genes controlling complex agronomic traits such as yield, grain quality, resistance to diseases and pests, as well as tolerance to drought, heat, water logging and salinity.

Akshay Kumar Becomes Brand Ambassador for Road Safety Campaigns [14 Aug 2018]

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety. Film actor Shri Akshay Kumar has featured in these films, which are directed by Shri R. Balki. Shri Gadkari announced the appointment of Shri Akshay Kumar as Road Safety Brand Ambassador.

Ease of Living Index: Pune ranks first in 'liveability', Delhi languishes at 65 [14 Aug 2018]

The Ease of Living Index 2018 released by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on 13th August 2018 has thrown surprises, with few most prominent cities failing to make a cut in the top 10. Of total 111 cities ranked under the index, Pune has been ranked first while Navi Mumbai has surfaced as the second preferred spot in terms of 'liveability'. However, the national capital Delhi has failed to make it to the top 50, ranking much below cities like Vijayawada and Bhopal at number 65. Chennai was also ranked at number 14, while Kolkata refused to participate in the survey.

New Chairperson of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity [13 Aug 2018]

Smt. Justice Manjula Chellur took Oath as Chairperson, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Ministry of Power. Prior to this, Smt. Justice Manjula Chellur was Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.

Justice V. K. Tahilramani sworn-in Chief Justice of Madras HC [12 Aug 2018]

Justice Tahilramani's appointment as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court followed the elevation of her predecessor Chief Justice Indira Banerjee to the Supreme Court.

NDA candidate Harivansh elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman [10 Aug 2018]

NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, defeating the joint opposition candidate B K Hariprasad by 125 votes to 105 against.

World Biofuel Day 2018 [10 Aug 2018]

World Biofuel Day is obseved each year on August 10 with an aim to raise awareness about the significance of non fossil fuels which can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels, according to an official statement. It was in June 2018 that the government approved the National Biofuels Policy 2018. By 2030, Modi government has set a target to reach 20 percent ethanol blending and 5 percent biodiesel blending.

Khangchendzonga Becomes 11th Biosphere Reserve from India to be Included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves [08 Aug 2018]

The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve has become the 11th Biosphere Reserve from India that has been included in the UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). The decision to include Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in WNBR was taken at the 30th Session of International Coordinating Council (ICC) of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO held at Palembang, Indonesia, from July 23-27, 2018. India has 18 Biosphere Reserves and with the inclusion of Khangchendzonga, the number of internationally designated WNBR has become 11, with 7 Biosphere Reserves being domestic Biosphere Reserves. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in Sikkim is one of the highest ecosystems in the world, reaching elevations of 1, 220 metres above sea-level. It includes a range of ecolines , varying from sub-tropic to Arctic, as well as natural forests in different biomes, that support an immensely rich diversity of forest types and habitats.

Naidu unveils high energy storage device [08 Aug 2018]

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu unveiled what is being claimed as the world’s first ingeniously made high energy storage device developed by the Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST) at the Praja Vedika at his camp office in Amaravati.

Carolina Marin beats PV Sindhu to claim third World Championship title [06 Aug 2018]

Spain's Carolina Marin beat India's PV Sindhu to claim third World Championship title, and she become the first woman to claim three World Championship titles as well.

Kento Momota becomes first Japanese to win gold at BWF World Championships [06 Aug 2018]

Kento Momota of Japan defeated Shi Yuqi of China 21-11, 21-13 in the men’s final at the badminton world championships. Momota won the final eight points of the opening game and used a combination of precision striking and finesse in the second to claim his first world title and Japan’s first men’s singles crown. Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara won their first women’s doubles world title by upsetting second-seeded compatriots Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 19-21, 21-19, 22-20.

Netherlands win eighth Women’s Hockey World Cup title [06 Aug 2018]

Netherlands retained the Hockey World Cup title with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Ireland. Ireland, the second-lowest ranked country in the tournament, was unable to produce a fairy-tale ending at Lee Valley Hockey Center.

Mughalsarai station officially renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction [05 Aug 2018]

Mughalsarai Junction will be formally renamed after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.Upadhyay was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the Mughalsarai station in February 1968. Mughalsarai is also the birth place of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Virat Kohli becomes no. 1 Test batsman [05 Aug 2018]

India skipper Virat Kohli, jumped up one place and surpassed Australia’s Steve Smith to become the No.1 batsman in ICC Test Rankings. He has become only the seventh Indian and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011, to take the pole position.

Justice Gita Mittal is appointed as first woman Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir HC [04 Aug 2018]

Justice Gita Mittal was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, becoming the first woman judge in the history to head it. Justice Mittal was till now the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

Government has appinted 3 new judges to Supreme Court [04 Aug 2018]

The law ministry cleared the appointment of Justice Indira Banerjee, the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court  along with Odisha High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran and Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph as  Supreme Court judge.

Hrishikesh Roy is appointed as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court [03 Aug 2018]

Justice Hrishikesh Roy has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court. The President of India, exercising the powers conferred upon him under Article 217 (1) of the Constitution of India, has signed off on the appointment of Justice Roy effective immediately.

Indian-origin academic wins maths 'Nobel' Fields Medal [03 Aug 2018]

Indian-origin academic Akshay Venkatesh has been awarded the Fields Medal, which is often called the Nobel Prize of mathematics. The award to the 36-year-old academic was announced on 2nd August at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro.

Sindhu Sharma becomes the first woman judge of Jammu & Kashmir High Court [03 Aug 2018]

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) High Court is set to get its first woman judge with the appointment of Sindhu Sharma. The Central Government notified the appointment of advocate Sindhu Sharma along with judicial officer Rashid Ali Dar as judges to the J&K High Court.

Jharkhand gets first solar-powered Law University in India [02 Aug 2018]

The National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi has become first Law University in the Country to utilize solar energy extensively for illuminating the campus spread over 63 acres of land.

Apple hits $1 trillion stock market valuation [02 Aug 2018]

Apple Inc became the first $1 trillion publicly listed U.S. company on 31st July. The tech company's stock jumped 2.8 percent to as high as $207.05, bringing its gain to about 9 percent since 31st June when it reported June quarter results above expectatios and said it bought back $20 billion of its own shares.

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