22 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

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… Read More

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21 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS INS Kolkata and INS Shakti arrives in China to participate in IFR The Indian Navy ships Kolkata and Shakti arrived at Qingdao in China to participate in the International Fleet Review (IFR) as a part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of People Liberation’s Army (PLA-Navy). IFR is a parade of naval ships, aircraft and submarines that is organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities. Navy chief launches new guided missile destroyer ‘INS Imphal’ Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba launched the third ship of Project 15B, a guided missile destroyer Imphal, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai. The launch marks yet another significant milestone in the annals of the indigenous warship design and construction programme of… Read More

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20 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News India And France To Hold Largest Ever ‘Varuna’ Naval Exercise Off Goa Coast i. India and France will conduct their largest ever naval exercise ‘Varuna‘ in May 2019. It will witness the participation of aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, and fighters. ii. India will deploy its aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya with its MiG-29K fighters. Similarly, the French Navy will send its aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle with its Rafale-M naval jets, and other warships for the “Varuna” exercise. INS Kolkata, Shakti To Participate In IFR In China i. The Indian Navy will participate in International Fleet Review (IFR) that is scheduled to take place in Qingdao, China as part of 70th Anniversary celebrations of… Read More

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19 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News Gagandeep Kang Becomes First Indian Female FRS i. Professor Gagandeep Kang has become the first Indian female scientist to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in the UKfellowship’s 358-year-history. ii. The 56-year-old is the Executive Director of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute at Faridabad. Other notable FRS inducted in 2019 include Fields Medal-winning mathematicians Akshay Venkatesh and Manjul Bhargava. International News Sri Lanka’s 1st Satellite ‘Raavana-1’ Launched Into Space i. Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana-1’ was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore. ‘Raavana 1’ weights around 1.05 kg and the lifespan of the satellite is around one and a halfyears. ii. The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by two Sri Lankan… Read More

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18 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2019 Congress Held in New Delhi i. The Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific (RCAP) 2019 Congress is being organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and hosted by South Delhi Municipal Corporation in New Delhi, India.  ii. The event offered a combination of high-level plenaries and technical sessions on the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and the New Urban Agenda of 2016.  International News Nepal and Sri Lanka Launches Its First Satellite From USA i. Nepal successfully launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 into space. The satellite developed by the Nepalese scientists was launched from Virginia in the United States. It is a low orbit satellite which will be in the 400-km distance… Read More

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17 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News Conclusion of bilateral exercise between Indian Navy-Vietnam People’s Navy i. India launched another version of bilateral marine practice between Off Cam Rinh Bay , Vietnam  ,  Indian Navy  and  Vietnam People’s Navy, (IN – VPN BILAT EX)  .  ii. This practice was done as part of the overseas deployment of ships of Eastern Fleet in Southeast Asian countries. Coast Guard patrol ship Veera unveiled i. Army chief General Bipin Rawat said Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh ’s Dockyard in naval jetty in a ceremony held at the Indian Coast Guard ship Veera unveiled. ii. In the series of offshore patrol ships of Coast Guard, the third   warrior was built  by  L & T at Kattupalli, Chennai , on its shipbuilding facility. International news Google unveils its first African AI Lab in Ghana i.  One year… Read More

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16 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News India’s First Foreign Interactive Bird Park Launched In Mumbai i. India’s first exotic Bird Park ‘Essel World Bird Park’ was launched by EsselWorld Leisure Pvt. Ltd, the entertainment arm of the $6-billionEssel Group in Mumbai. ii. The Park is spread over 1.4 acres of land and surrounded by flora and fauna. It is home to over 500 exotic birds from more than 60 species of flying, terrestrial and aquatic birds and has 200 species of special plants and trees for the birds. Rongali Bihu Festival Celebrated In Assam i. Assam’s most awaited festival – the Rongali Bihu, also known as ‘Bohaag Bihu’ which marks the beginning of the new Assamese calendar year started.  ii. In Assam, three Bihu festivals are celebrated in a year… Read More

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15 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS Cabinet apprised about MoU between India and Republic of Korea The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was apprised about an MoU signed in February, 2019 between India and Republic of Korea. Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications, Government of India and The Ministry of Science and ICT (Korea Post), Government of the Republic of Korea have mutually agreed to jointly issue Postage Stamps on the theme “Queen Hur Hwang-ok of Korea”. The joint stamps will be released on a mutually agreed date by the end of 2019. Useful info: President: Moon Jae-in Capital: Seoul Currency: South Korean won CCEA approves proposal to extend duration of new urea policy from… Read More

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14 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS First-of-its-kind ‘Voter Park’ inaugurated in Gurugram India’s first-of-its-kind ‘Voter Park’ was inaugurated in Gurugram, aimed at increasing voter awareness and educating people about the electoral process. Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Rajeev Ranjan inaugurated the park in Vikas Sadan building complex. At the park, voters will get information about the polling process and the history of elections in the country. BUSINESS & ECONOMY RBI injected Rs 2.98 lakh cror liquidity in 2018-19 The Reserve Bank of India injected a total liquidity of Rs 2.98 lakh crore in the market in 2018-19. From a daily net average surplus of Rs 27,928 crore during February 1-6, 2019, systemic liquidity moved into deficit during February 7-March 31, reflecting… Read More

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13 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

International News Hong Kong’s Stock Market Overtakes Japan To Be World’s 3rd Largest i. Hong Kong’s equity market has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China.  ii. Hong Kong’s market cap was $5.78 trillion, compared with $5.76 trillion for Japan, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on where primary securities are listed. Useful info: Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Jean Michel Lapin Announced As Haiti’s New Prime Minister i. President Jovenel Moise announced that Jean Michel Lapin will be the new prime minister of Haiti. It is French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. Useful info: Haiti Capital: Port-au-Prince, Currency: Haitian gourde. Awards 2 West Bengal… Read More

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12 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

International News India To Be Guest of Honour Country At ADIBF 2019  i. The UAE has announced that India will be the Guest of Honour country at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF 2019, to be held at the end of April 2019. ii. The fair aims to highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as well as its cultural and literary output.  Useful info: Abdullah Majed Al Ali is the Director of ADIBF. UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi, Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham.  Benjamin Netanyahu Re-Elected as Israel’s Prime Minister i. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a fifth term in office. His closest opponent’s party the Blue and White party conceded defeat, clearing the path for Netanyahu… Read More

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11 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

Sci-Tech News Astronomers Capture First-ever Image of A Black Hole i. Astronomers have taken the first-ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy known as ‘Messier 87’ (M87).  ii. The image which has been captured by a network of eight telescopes across the world shows an intensely bright ‘ring of fire’ surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole.  iii. The ‘Event Horizon Telescope’ captured the image from the galaxy that is 50 million lightyears away. Agreements  India, Sweden Ink Pact To Collaborate On Solutions For Smart Cities i. India and Sweden launched a joint programme that will work towards addressing a range of challenges around smart cities and clean technologies among others.  ii. The programme was co-funded… Read More

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10 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News President Launches ‘CRPF Veer Parivar’ App For Families of Martyred CRPF Troops i. President Ram Nath Kovind launched ‘CRPF Veer Parivar’ app, a mobile application for families of CRPF personnel killed in the line of duty.  ii. The app was launched after the President paid his tributes to the fallen troops at the National Police Memorial in Delhi on the occasion of the CRPF’s ‘Valour Day’. International Google Launches Its 1st Drone Delivery Service In Australia i. Google parent Alphabet has beaten Amazon to launch one of the first commercial drone delivery businesses.  ii. Alphabet made its first delivery in Canberra after getting approval from the country’s civil aviation authority. 17th MENA World Economic Forum Held In Jordan i. The World Economic… Read More

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9 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News Guwahati Railway Station 1st To Get ISO Certification In India i. The Guwahati Railway Station has become the first ever railway station in the Indian Railways to get an ISO certification from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for “providing passenger amenities in a clean and green environment.” ii. Many types of ISO certification exist and the one received by Guwahati Railway Station is ISO-14001, which is for Environment Management System as per international norms which were upgraded in 2015. Thus, the station’s certificate reads ISO 14001: 2015.  Useful info: ISO stands for “International Organisation for Standardisation” that is responsible for establishing the standard in different areas of activities. International US Declares Iran Force As Foreign Terrorist Organisation i. The US designated Iran’s Revolutionary… Read More

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8 APRIL 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS Army Commanders’ Conference began in New Delhi The biannual Army Commanders’ Conference began in New Delhi. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivered her opening address at the conference. The Conference, chaired by the Chief of the Army Staff is held biannually for formulating important policy decisions. It is an important event for the planning and execution process of the Indian Army. India & SL to increase defence cooperation India and Sri Lanka have agreed to increase cooperation in security and defence spheres in several areas, including regional security, curbing drug smuggling and human trafficking. The issues came up for discussion when Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirsena in Colombo during his official visit. It was… Read More

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