Current Affairs 2019

TCS ranks among top 100 brands in U.S. [21 Jun 2018]

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) has been ranked among the top 100 most valuable U.S. brands for the fourth consecutive year by Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation firm. TCS has been ranked 58th among America’s most valuable brands across all sectors, rising five places from last year’s analysis.

Anukreethy Vas is Miss India 2018 [20 Jun 2018]

Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old college student from Tamil Nadu, has been crowned fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2018 in an extravagant ceremony held here, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Khurrana. Meenakshi Chaudhary (21) from Harayana was declared the first runner-up while Andhra Pradesh’s Shrey Rao Kamvarapu (23) stood as the second runner-up in the beauty competition.

Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to claim record-extending 11th French title [11 Jun 2018]

Rafael Nadal crushed Austrian Dominic Thiem to snatch a record-extending 11th French Open title with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory in French Open Mens Single event.

Sunil Chhetri helps India beat Kenya 2-0 to clinch Intercontinental Cup title [11 Jun 2018]

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri helps India beat Kenya 2-0 to clinch four nation Hero Intercontinental Cup final match held at Mumbai Sporting.

Simona Halep has won the French Open Tennis Women Single Title [10 Jun 2018]

Simona Halep (ROU) won her first Grand Slam title as she beat American Sloane Stephens (USA) 3-6 6-4 6-1 in the French Open Women Single final.

ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet [10 Jun 2018]

A team from the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, has spotted for the first time a distant planet six times bigger than Earth and revolving around a Sun-like star about 600 light years away. Both the planet and the star have been named EPIC. "With this discovery India has joined a handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars," PRL's parent Indian Space Research Organisation has announced. Significantly, the discovery was made using a PRL-designed spectrograph, PARAS, to measure and confirm the mass of the new planet. EPIC 211945201b (or K2-236b) is the name given to the planet by the discovery team led by PRL's Abhijit Chakraborty. The host star is named EPIC 211945201 or K2-236.

CSIR lab to give technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project [10 Jun 2018]

Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project. The Agreement was signed in Bengaluru on June 09, 2018 by Dr Vijayamohan K. Pillai, Director, CECRI and C. Narasimhan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of RAASI Group in the presence of Union minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan. A group at CSIR-CECRI headed by Dr Gopu Kumar has developed an indigenous technology of Lithium-ion cells in partnership with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad. CSIR-CECRI has set up a demo facility in Chennai to manufacture prototype Lithium-Ion cells. It has secured global IPRs with potential to enable cost reduction, coupled with appropriate supply chain and manufacturing technology for mass production. Currently, Indian manufacturers source Lithium Ion Battery from China, Japan and South Korea among some other countries. India is one of the largest importers and in 2017, it imported nearly 150 Million US Dollar worth Li-Ion batteries.

COAI appoints Vodafone CEO Sunil Sood as Chairman [07 Jun 2018]

Telecom industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has appointed Vodafone MD and Chief Executive Officer Sunil Sood as its new Chairman and Bharti Airtel COO Ajai Puri as vice-chairman.

The World's Most Powerful People 2018 [04 Jun 2018]

Like every year Forbes has published World's most powerful person's list for 2018. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China has spot on the top the list followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in second position, US President Donald Trump falls to the No. 3 spot. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spot the 9th place in that list.

Justice Krishna Murari appointed Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana [03 Jun 2018]

The Central Government has notified the appointment of Allahabad High Court judge, Justice Krishna Murari as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Murari has been serving as a judge of the Allahabad High Court since 2004.

Agni-5 missile Successfully Tested [03 Jun 2018]

The long range ballistic missile Agni 5 is successfully flight tested from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island). All the Radars, Electro Optical Tracking Stations and Telemetry Stations tracked the vehicle all through the course of the trajectory. All the mission objectives have been achieved.

Former Supreme Court Judge Justice RK Agrawal is appointed as NCDRC President [30 May 2018]

Justice RK Agrawal, who recently retired from the Supreme Court, has been appointed as the President of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC). Justice Agrawal will take over from Justice DK Jain who retires on May 31. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has reportedly approved Justice Agrawal’s appointment as the President of the Commission.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to win five Champion League titles [27 May 2018]

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo created yet another UEFA Champions League record as Real Madrid went on to clinch the trophy by beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final. The Portugal international became the only player to win five titles in the Champions League era.

Kummanam Rajasekharan is appointed as Mizoram Governor and Ganeshi Lal is appointed as Odisha Governor [26 May 2018]

Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan was appointed as the new governor of Mizoram. He will be replacing Lieutenant General (retd) Nirbhay Sharma who is completing his tenure on May 28. Professor Ganeshi Lal has been appointed as the Governor of Odisha with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. Lal would be replacing Satya Pal Malik.

Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker Prize 2018 [24 May 2018]

Olga Tokarczuk has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her novel Flights. The novel, translated by Jennifer Croft, narrates tales of travelling, mobility and movement and makes them a metaphor for life itself.

Tejaswini Sawant wins gold, Chain Singh silver at Munich World Cup [23 May 2018]

Tejaswini Sawant nailed a gold in the women’s 50m Rifle Prone event on the opening day of ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol stage in Munich. Sawant shot 621.4 to pip younger teammate Anjum Moudgil, who shot 621.2 to win Silver in the event. Chain Singh also won a silver in the men’s 50m Rifle Prone event, shooting a score of 627.9 to finish behind USA’s Matthew Emmons, who took gold with a score of 628.9.

Nicolas Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela presidential election [21 May 2018]

Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding. The National Election Council announced that with almost 93 percent of polling stations reporting, Maduro won nearly 68 percent of the votes, beating nearest challenger Henri Falcon by more than 40 points.

Rafael Nadal win Italian Open [21 May 2018]

Rafael Nadal beat defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the Italian Open final.The win gave the Spaniard his 56th title on clay and he will reclaim the world number one ranking from Roger Federer.

Modi opens controversial power station in held Kashmir [19 May 2018]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the hydroelectric power plant in India-held Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from Pakistan. The 330-megawatt Kishanganga hydropower station is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the disputed Himalayan region amid frosty ties between the two countries.

Muri Linggi becomes the third woman from Arunachal to scale Mt Everest [18 May 2018]

Muri Linggi, a 40-year-old resident of Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district, has earned the distinction of becoming the third woman from Arunachal Pradesh to scale Mount Everest, after Tine Mena and Anshu Jamsenpa.

Indore is India’s cleanest city yet again [18 May 2018]

The union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs declared Indore as the cleanest among 4,203 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the country in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 carried out earlier this year. This is the second time in a row that Indore — the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, venue for the state government’s investment summits, and the constituency of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan — has been crowned India’s ‘cleanest city’.

Father-daughter first from India to scale Everest [17 May 2018]

Ajeet Bajaj and Deeya Suzannah Bajaj became the first father-daughter duo from India to summit Mount Everest.

Shri Uttam Pacharne appointed regular Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi [17 May 2018]

The President of India has appointed Shri Uttam Pacharne, as regular Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi. Shri Pacharne is an eminent artist and sculptor. He is a widely respected person in the field of art and has held various important positions.

Ambika Sharma to head USIBC in India [16 May 2018]

The U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) named Ambika Sharma as its head for India. Ms. Sharma was director general for ‘International’ at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Ms. Sharma will be responsible for overseeing and guiding USIBC’s growth strategy in India through its offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, and leading the charge on policy advocacy issues for its diverse membership, the group said. She will join the USIBC on June 15.

Petra Kvitova wins record third Madrid Open title [15 May 2018]

Petra Kvitova outlasted the unseeded Kiki Bertens to win a thrilling Madrid Open final and become the first player to lift the trophy for a third time.Czech Kvitova, ranked 10th in the world.

Heena Sidhu takes gold in air pistol [15 May 2018]

Former World record-holder Heena Sidhu win a gold medal in air pistol at the international shooting championship.

Federer back as No. 1 [14 May 2018]

Federer returns to the top spot despite not having played since March. Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic slipped six places to 18th after his second-round defeat in Madrid, his lowest ranking since October 2006. Madrid winner Alexander Zverev remains third, but Dominic Thiem, dropped a place to eighth.

Mahathir Mohamad elected as new Prime Minister on Malaysia [10 May 2018]

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad is elected as prime minister after historic poll win. At the age of 92, Mahathir Mohamad will be sworn in as the world's oldest elected leader. Official results showed that Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) won 113 of parliament's 222 seats, clinching the simple majority required to rule.

NITI Aayog and Google sign SoI to help grow AI ecosystem in India [07 May 2018]

Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) ecosystem, NITI Aayog and Google have come together to work on a range of initiatives to help build the AI ecosystem across the country. A Statement of Intent (SoI) was signed to this effect by Ms. Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog and Shri Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and South East Asia, Google in the presence of the Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee win the Intellectual Property Award [06 May 2018]

Sabyasachi Mukherjee became the first Indian designer to win the National Intellectual Property (IP) Award, 2018. Mukherjee was given the award in the category, 'Top Indian Company/Organisation for Designs & Communications'. It was awarded by Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu on April 26 in the Capital, under which over 700 of Sabyasachi's designs will be protected under Design Act 2000.

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