International News

Volodymyr Zelenskiy Wins Landslide Victory In Ukrainian Presidential Election

i. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor and comedian has won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election. The incumbent, Petro Poroshenko conceded defeat. 

ii. He is best known for his role in the long-running Ukrainian television series Servant of the People, where he played the role of president.

Useful info:

  • Ukraine Capital: Kiev, Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia.

Asian Tea Alliance Launched In China

i. To boost tea trade, cultural and technical exchanges as well as the global promotion of tea, the Asian Tea Alliance (ATA), a union of five tea-growing and consuming countries, was launched in Guizhou, China.

ii. The members of the alliance are the Indian Tea Association, China Tea Marketing Association, Indonesian Tea Marketing Association, Sri LankaTea Board and Japan Tea Association.

Appointments 

Twitter Appoints Manish Maheshwari As India MD

i. Twitter has appointed Manish Maheshwari as the Managing Director of its India operations. 

ii. Maheshwari has previously served as the CEO of Network18 Digital. Maheshwari will report to Twitter Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Maya Hari and will be based in Delhi.

Agreements 

TCS Signs Deal With India Post To Transform Country’s Mail Delivery System

i. India’s largest IT services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),has partnered with the Department of Posts in a bid to transform it into a multi-service digital hub. 

ii. It will modernise the delivery of mail and packages, enhance customer experience, and launch innovative services that will drive new revenues.

Business News

Reliance Retail Became India’s First Retail Company To Cross The Rs.1 Lakh Crore Annual Revenue

i. Reliance retail has become the first Indian retail company to clock more than Rs 1 lakh crore in annual revenues. 

ii. The retail venture of Reliance Industries reported an income of Rs 1,30,556 crore for 2018-19, 89% more than the previous year’s Rs 69,198 crore.

Awards

Sunil Kumar Gautam Bestowed With ‘Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Award’

i. Sunil Kumar Gautam, Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) was honoured with ‘Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Award‘ for his book titled ‘Samvidhan Kavya‘.

ii. He was awarded by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) under the Ministry of Home Affairs.  

 

KAU IPR Cell Wins The National IP Award 2019

i. The Intellectual Property Rights Cell (IPR Cell) of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has been selected for the National Intellectual Property Award 2019.

ii. The award, comprising prize money of INR 1 lakh, citation, and memento, will be presented at a function to be held in New Delhi on World IP Day

Useful info:

  • World IP Day is observed on April 26.
  • The award constituted by the Indian Intellectual Property Office under the Union Ministry of Industry and Commerce is conferred on persons and organisations working in the field of patents, trademarks, and Geographical Indications.

Sree Sreenath Inducted Into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

i. Indian-American scientist and social activist Sree Sreenath has been inducted into the prestigious Cleveland International Hall of fame for his contribution in applications in systems biology, global issues, and sustainable development.

ii. He earned BE in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and is currently serving as Director of Case GEMNI(Graduate Engineering & Management National and International) Programme at Case Western Reserve University.

Ranks Ans Reports

India Ranks 17th In Global Startup Ecosystem

i. India was ranked 17th position among 100 countries in Startup Ecosystem Ranking for 2019 released by StartupBlink. It was ranked 37th spot last year.
ii. It takes into consideration startup ecosystems of 1,000 cities and 100countries for the ranking. China was ranked 27thBangaloreNew Delhi,and Mumbai were the top cities in the Indian startup ecosystem.

Useful info:
Top three countries are:

1st: United States
2nd: United Kingdom
3rd: Canada.

Important Days

Earth Day: April 22

i. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 Worldwide. It was first celebrated in 1970. The theme for Earth Day 2019 is to ‘Protect Our Species.’
ii. This theme is created to focus on the destruction caused to plants and wildlife populations mainly due to human activity.

Obituaries

Eminent Bengali Folk Singer Amar Paul Passes Away

i. Eminent Bengali folk singer Amar Paul passed away following a cardiac arrest. He was 97. Paul lent his voice in a number of films.

ii. He has penned several books on folk songs of Bengal and received accolades from various academies around the world.

Lorraine Warren, A Paranormal Investigator Passes Away

i. One of the most well known paranormal investigatorLorraine Warren passed away at the age of 92. She investigated haunted houses and other manifestation of paranormal activities throughout her life with her late husband Ed. Warren.
ii. Both wife and husband founded the New England Society at Monroe, Connecticut in 1952 to investigate haunting cases. Famous horror movies like ‘Amityville Horror’ and ‘Conjuring’ were inspired by her work.

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