Published on 25th April, 2019

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National

    1. Dr. Benny Antony, co-founder of Kochi-based Arjuna Natural Ltd, has been conferred with the National Intellectual Property Award for 2019 in the category of Top Individual for Patents and Commercialization.

2. The National Panchayati Raj Day (NPRD) is celebrated every year in India on April 24 by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. It is also known as the National Local Self-Government day.

3. State Bank of India announced the country’s first ‘Green Car Loan’ (Electric Vehicle) to encourage customers to buy electric vehicles.

4. National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved merger of private sector lender IndusInd Bank with Bharat Financial Inclusion (BFIL), a microfinance company. 

5. Rajendra Kumar Nayak, from the Indian Defence Accounts Service of 1983 batch, took over as the 52nd Controller General of Defence Accounts on April 22, 2019.

6. Indian army opens vacancies for women in military police. The Indian Army on April 25, 2019 began online registration of women for recruitment in military police.

7. The Madras High Court on April 24, 2019 lifted the ban on Chinese short-video app 'TikTok'. TikTok, a platform for short form mobile videos, allows users to create and share short videos with special effects. The app became hugely popular in India but was criticised by some politicians who say its content is inappropriate.

     International

    1. The 'Utkarsh Bangla' scheme of the West Bengal government has won the prestigious 2019 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award of the United Nations.

2. India has been nominated as the “Guest of Honour” country at the 29th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF-2019) which begins on April 24.

3. The UN English Language Day is observed every year on 23rd of April to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization. These are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. For the English language, 23 April was chosen because it is the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare.

4. NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) revealed that Mercury, the smallest planet in the solar system has a massive solid inner core. According to NASA’s information, both Mercury and the Earth have metallic cores and like Earth, Mercury’s outer core is of liquid metal.

5. The Government of Malawi, country of East Africa has launched the pilot tests for the world’s first malaria vaccine - RTS,S (or Mosquirix) -to give partial protection to children up to 2 years of age. The other two African countries - Ghana and Kenya - will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks. The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the Government of Malawi's landmark pilot programme.  

6. Indonesia released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of establishment of its diplomatic ties with India. 

7. Chinese telecom compamy Huaweis business arm, Huawai cloud, and Indian IT firm Infosys signed a memorandum on strategic cooperation to jointly develop solutions around cloud computing services for business organizations.

8. World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines for children under five years of age on April 24, 2019. As per WHO guidelines, children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy.

9. The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2019 has released by INSEAD, Adecco Group and Tata Communications recently. In the GTCI 2019 India ranks 80 while Singapore takes the lead in this region.

     Sports

1. World No.1 Bajrang Punia clinched India’s first gold at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 in Xi'an, China.

2. Gomathi Marimuthu from Tamil Nadu has clinched India's first Gold in the women's 800m race at the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

 

Published on 23rd April, 2019

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National

     1. The Indian Navy has launched guided missile destroyer INS Imphal at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai on April 20. It’s the third state-of-the-art warship built as part of Project 15B, in which ships are built to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters. The Navy had launched first ship ‘INS Vishakhapatnam’ in April 2015, while the second ship ‘INS Mormugao’ was launched in September 2016.

          About INS Imphal

  • It has a length of 163m and 17.4m at the beam and a displacement of 7.300 tonnes, which are propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.
     2. The first edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference - 2019 is scheduled to begin in New Delhi from April 23.

3. Malayalam film 'Bhayanakam (Fear)' directed by Jayaraj has won the best cinematography award at the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF).

4. Ravinder Kumar Passi has been appointed to the post of chairman of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). He succeeded O P Prahladka. EPCH is a non-profit organisation, with an objective to promote, support, protect, maintain and increase the export of handicrafts.

5. The Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science. 

6. India ranked at 17th position among 100 countries in 2018, from the 37th spot in 2017 in the Startup Ecosystem Ranking for 2019 as per the data released by StartupBlink. 

7. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee has signed MoU with TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute to overcome the challenges of energy and sustainable development. Under this agreement, both of them will collaborate in various areas including Energy, Water Management, and climate change. 

8. Flipkart has set up a data centre in Hyderabad

9. Indian and the US Navies have held a joint submarine-hunting exercise in the Indian Ocean. 

     International

 

    1. Comedian and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky from the party 'Servant of the People' has won the 2019 presidency election of Ukraine.

2. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has listed the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy among world’s major industrial accidents of 20th century.

3. The theme of the 2019 World Earth Day(WED) is 'Protect our species'. The World Earth Day (WED) is observed every year on 22nd of April to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

4. Social Networking Site Twitter has appointed Manish Maheshwari as the Managing Director of its India operations. He is former Network18 Digital chief executive. Maheshwari will be taking over from Balaji Krish who was appointed as the interm country head, after Taranjeet Singh quit the company in September last year.

5. India is ranked at 19 out of 28 countries in the Index of Cancer Preparedness (ICP) released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

     Sports

1. 2019 Santosh Trophy won by Services after defeating Punjab in the final at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on 21st April.

2. The Monte Carlo Masters title has won by Fabio Fognini of Italy. He defeated Dusan Lajovic of Serbia.

3. Gomathi Marimuthu has won the first gold medal for India in the women's 800m race in the 23rd Asian athletics championships in Doha. 

4. Star India women's pacer Jhulan Goswami will be awarded with the Sportsperson of the Year award at the Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club annual awards. 

5. Shiva Thapa became the first Indian boxer to be assured of a fourth successive medal at the Asian Championships by advancing to the semifinals. 

Obituary

1. Writer-journalist S Muthiah passed away. He was 89. 

 

Published on 22nd April, 2019

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National

1. Jaideep Sarkar, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, presently Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bhutan, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of South Africa.

2. Canara Bank becomes the first public sector bank in India to met RBI's EMV (Europay, Masrtercard and Visa) mandate.

3. Dr. Gagandeep Kang has become the India's first female scientist to be elected Royal Society Fellow.

4. Twenty states and Union territories have so far joined a pan-India network of single emergency helpline number '112'

5. First edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2019 will be held at New Delhi. 

     International

 

    1. A site containing the 220-million-year-old fossilized remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs has been discovered in western Argentina.

2. Saudi Arabia will host the 15th edition of G20 summit in its capital Riyadh, which is scheduled to be held on November 21-22, 2020. This would be the first G20 summit to be hosted by an Arab country.

3. Saudi Arabia has increased India's Haj Quota to two lakh from one lakh seventy five thousand. 

4. The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony (Shilanyas Vidhi) of the first traditional Hindu temple being built in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

5. A serial blast has been occured in eight different places of Sri Lanka on 21st April. That day was celebrated as Easter Day. It is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans.

     Sports

1. Services has won the 2018-19 Santosh Trophy by defeating Punjab in the final at Ludhiana. 

2. 2019 Asian Athletics Championships has been started in Doha, Qatar. It is 23rd edition of Asian Athletics Championships.

   Miscellaneous

 

April 2

World Autism Awareness Day

April 4

International Day for Mine Awareness

April 5

National Maritime Day

April 7

World Health Day

April 10

World Homeopathy Day

April 11

National Safe Motherhood Day

National Pet Day

April 17

World Haemophilia Day

April 18

World Heritage Day

April 19

World Liver Day

April 21

Secretaries' Day

Civil Services Day

April 22

Earth Day

April 23

World Book and Copyright Day

April 24

National Panchayati Raj Day

April 25

World Malaria Day

April 26

World Intellectual Property Day

April 28

World Day for Safety and Health Day at work

World Veterinary Day

April 29

National Dance Day

April 30

Ayushman Bharat Diwas

Obituary

1. The legendary Bengali folk singer Amar Pal has died. He was 97 years old.

Published on 21st April, 2019

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National

1. Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) has partnered with M1Xchange Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) platform for MSME bill discounting.

2. The National Civil Services Day is celebrated in India on 21st April.

3. IDBI bank has launched paperless account opening facility for NRIs (Non-Resident Indians).

4. An 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. 

5. Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPB) has appointed entrepreneur Sairee Chahal to its board of directors

6. Deutsche Bank has appointed Kaushik Shaparia as the chief executive officer for India

7. Airtel Payments Bank has tied up with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer two-wheeler insurance to its customers across India. 

8. Suhel Ajaz Khan has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lebanon

9. India and France will hold largest ever naval exercise 'Varuna' off Goa coast. 

 

     International

 

  1. Sri Lanka has launched its first satellite ‘Raavana-1’ into space from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East  Shore. It weights around 1.05 kg and the lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years.

2. Nepal has successfully launched its first satellite "NepaliSat-1" into space from Virginia in the United States. The satellite was developed by the Nepalese scientists. NepaliSat-1 is a low orbit satellite which will be in the 400-km distance from the Earth's surface. It will be stationed at the International Space Station (ISS) for a month and then it will be sent to orbit the earth. It weighs 1.3 kilograms, making it a small satellite with limited capability. The Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) initiated the launch of the country's own satellite under the BIRDS project of the Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology. The BIRDS project has been designed in association with the United Nations (UN) and aims at helping countries launch their first satellite.

3. The critically endangered ‘Kakapos’ - the world's fattest species of parrot - have enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, according to New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC).

4. The researchers discovered deep lakes which are more than 300 feet or 100 meters, filled with methane on Saturn’s moon Titan. This data is obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

5. The World Heritage Day (WHD) is celebrated every year on April 18 to promote the cultural heritage across the world. This year theme is ‘Rural Landscapes’.

6. The researchers at Tel Aviv University of Israel have successfully "printed" the world's first three dimensional (3D) vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells and biological materials to completely match the immunological, cellular, biochemical, and anatomical properties of the patient.

7. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) have jointly launched a project called “Learning Coin”. It is a private blockchain-based coin and only accessible within IMF and the World Bank to help both multinational agencies learn about the merits of blockchain. The coin project has been launched in order to conduct research and learn more about the core technologies that have been used to implement cryptographic assets such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).

8. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission of NASA has discovered its first Earth-size planet – "HD 21749c". The newly-discovered planet is about 89% Earth’s diameter. The planet is likely very hot, with surface temperatures perhaps as high as 800 degrees F (427 degrees C). It is a K-type dwarf star, located 53 light-years away in the southern constellation. This is the 10th confirmed planet discovered by TESS.

9. Richard Powers has been honoured with the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in fiction category for his innovative novel "The Overstory", which shows us the world through the perspective of nature.

10. The Chhyoiphel Kundeling Monastery has recently inaugurated by a Buddhist scholar Shyalpa Tenzing Rinpoche at Lisankhu village in Sindhupalchok district in Nepal.

11. Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, commonly known as the "Mueller Report". It is the official report documenting the findings and conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election, allegations of conspiracy.

12. Benjamin Netanyahu has been appointed as new Prime Minister of Israel.

13. ISO 31000:2018 is a standard related to Risk Management. It provides guidelines on managing risk faced by organizations. It can be used throughout the life of the organization and can be applied to any activity, including decision-making at all levels.

14. NASA astronaut Christina Koch will set record for longest single spaceflight by a woman. Her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) has extended to 328 days. Koch arrived at the space station on 14th March 2019, and now is scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020.

15. A book containing English translation of the 100-year-old classic Punjabi poem about Jallianwala Bagh massacre, 'Khooni Vaisakhi' is authored by Nanak Singh and Navdeep Singh Suri, has been released in Abu Dhabi. 

     Sports

1. Cricketer Mithali Raj has been named as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian team for the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC) 2019.

2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been appointed brand ambassador of bus ticketing platform ‘redBus’.

3. Former Judo Federation of India chief Mukesh Kumar has been re-elected as the general secretary of the Judo Union of Asia

   Miscellaneous

1. Jerrie Cobb, NASA’s first female astronaut candidate, has passed away in Florida on March 18, 2019 at the age of 88. In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass astronaut testing.

Published on 19th April, 2019

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National

1. Fincare Small Finance Bank (SFB) has been awarded the prestigious "Celent Model Bank 2019 Award" in the category of Financial Inclusion. 

    2. Ravinder Kumar Passi has been appointed as the Chairman of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)

    3. Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has commissioned the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) new offshore patrol vessel (OPV), Veera at Visakhapatnam. 

 

    4. Indian Naval Ships Kolkata and Fleet Support Ship INS Shakti will arrive at Qingdao in China on Sunday to participate in the International Fleet Review (IFR) as part of 70th Anniversary celebrations of People's Liberation Army (Navy).

    5. Fourth Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2019 Congress was held in New Delhi.

    6. Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) under the Ministry of Home Affairs has conferred Sunil Kumar Gautam,  Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) with  “Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Award”  for the year 2018-19 for his book “Samvidhan Kavya”     (Constitution of India in Poetic form).

 

   7. Jaideep Sarkar, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service official, has been appointed as India's next High Commissioner to South  Africa

 

   8. India has dropped two places on a global press freedom index to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the annual 'Reporters   without Borders' report. 

 

     International

 

  1. Google has opened its first African Artificial Intelligence (AI) centre in Accra, Ghana. It is headed by scientist Moustapha Cisse.

 

  2. The Second Edition of Indian Navy-Vietnam Peoples’ Navy Bilateral Exercise (IN – VPN BILAT EX) Concluded at Cam Ranh Bay,      Vietnam.

 

  3. Nepal successfully launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 into space from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's East Shore in the United States.       The satellite was developed by the Nepalese scientists.

 

  4. Saudi Arabia will host the G20 Summit in November next year in the capital Riyadh. The two-day summit in Riyadh will be held on Nov. 21-22, 2020.

  5. World liver day is observed on every 19 April, to spread awareness about liver related disease. 

 

     Sports

1. India's top wrestler Bajrang Punia has regained the world number one spot in the men's 65 kg freestyle category in the rankings issued by United World Wrestling.

    2. Boxing Federation of India (BFI) Secretary General Jay Kowli has been elected as a member of the Asian Boxing       Confederation's (ASBC) Executive Committee

    3. Rohit Sharma became the world's eighth and third Indian cricketer to complete 8000 runs in T20 cricket  

 

     Miscellaneous

International Fleet Review is a parade of naval ships, aircraft and submarines, and is organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities. IFR also serves as an ideal platform for the world’s navies to showcase their prowess and indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities in a global and international arena. The second IFR conducted by India off Visakhapatnam in February 2016 saw an overwhelming participation of 50 navies with nearly 100 warships. The Indian Navy will be represented in the IFR at Qingdao by indigenously built stealth guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet support ship INS Shakti.

Published on 18th April, 2019

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National

1. The International Day of Human Space Flight is observed on 12th April. It is the annual celebration of the anniversary of the first human space flight by Yuri Gagarin. 

2. India's first-of-its-kind 'Voter Park' was inaugurated in Gurugram on Thursday, aimed at increasing voter awareness and educating people about the electoral process.

3. The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific (RCAP) Congress 2019 is a platform for discussing the opportunities and mechanisms of executing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which is started in New Delhi on April 15, 2019.

4. India's first foreign interactive and exotic world park was inaugurated by EsselWorld in Mumbai . Bird lovers are up for a treat with this interactive bird park in Gorai area of Mumbai.

5. Bharti Airtel and the FICCI Ladies Organisation launched a carrier agnostic safety App –"My Circle" which has been is designed to empower women in the event of any distress or panic situation.

6. India successfully test-fired its first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. It has an operational range of 1000 km and can fly very low to the ground to avoid detection by enemy radar called terrain hugging capability.

7. Researchers at the IIT Roorkee have identified a new method to detect two of the worst forms of cancer in women – breast and ovarian cancer. The research published in the journal, 'FASEB Bioadvances' details the use of whole saliva as a body fluid for early detection of breast and ovarian cancers, as opposed to the traditional method of using blood samples. The research team, led by Professor Kiran Ambatipudi from the institute’s biotechnology department, identified certain proteins present in the saliva which act as potential biomarkers indicative of breast and ovarian cancer metastasis.

    8. The 8th edition of Home Expo India 2019 began at India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida. It covers sectors with maximum thrust and growth

    potential in home decor, furnishing, furniture, flooring and textiles.

     International

1. The World Allergy Week 2019 took place globally in the week of 7-13 April 2019. The theme of this year is "The Global Problem of Food Allergy".

2. World Allergy Week is an annual initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), together with its Member Societies, to raise awareness of allergic disease and related disorders and advocate for the provision of training and resources in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of these diseases and asthma, which are rising in prevalence around the world.

3. China has successfully tested the world’s first armed amphibious drone boat ‘Marine Lizard’ in Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei Province.It is built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). It could be used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships.

4. The historic Mujibnagar day is celebrated on 17th April in Bangladesh. Mujibnagar is formerly known as Baidyanathtala (Boiddonathtola) and Bhoborpara, is a town in the Meherpur District of Bangladesh. On this day in 1971, senior leaders of the liberation movement of Bangladesh had assembled at Baidyanathtala to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was declared the President in absentia as he was arrested and flown to Pakistan after the Pakistan military crackdown on the  then ‘East Pakistan’ on the night of March 25, 1971. The day is being observed by political parties and social and cultural organisations through various programs across Bangladesh.

5. The World Haemophilia Day (WHD) is observed every year on April 17. This year theme is "Outreach & Identification".

6. The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), an arm of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has launched a 5G Use Cases Lab for banking and financial sector. 

7. President Donald Trump has announced that Tiger Woods will be awarded with the country's highest civilian honour "Presidential Medal of Freedom" after his Masters victory

     Sports

1. Harsheel Dani from India has clinched the 2019 Dutch International badminton title at Hague in Netherlands. In the final, he defeated Mads Christophersen of Denmark.

2. International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket for Good CC has partnered with UNICEF to organise "#OneDayforChildren" campaign at the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

3. Mithali Raj has been named the goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC). 

     Obituary

1. Dr SK Shivakumar, the renowned space scientist and former Indian Space Research Organization Satellite Center (ISAC) director, has passed away in Bengaluru on April 14, 2019.

Published on 17th April, 2019

NEWS AT A GLANCE

National

1. Punjab National Bank (PNB) has appointed Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi as the Executive Director of the bank with effect from April 15.

2. Pahela Baishakh or Bangla Noboborsho is the first day of Bengali calendar. It is celebrated on 15th April.

3. In Kerala, people are celebrating the Malayalam New Year “Vishu” with traditional gaiety and fervor on 15th April 2019.

4. Director General at Life Sciences – DRDO, Dr A K Singh has been conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award-2019 during 4th APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave at Chandigarh University, Mohali.

 International

1. A total of 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISShave received medals of honour for their dedicated service and sacrifice.

2. The world’s foremost Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre in UAE from April 30 to 1st May, 2019. The aim of the inaugural 'AI Everything (AIE)’ is to empower global dialogue on the future of government, business and society.

3. Journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone (Myanmar) has been chosen for 2019 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize.

4. Forbes has recently compiled a first-ever list of the World's Best Bank 2019 in terms of customer services and technological advancements. The private lender, HDFC Bank (headquarters is in Muimbai),was ranked at the top of the Forbes list of Indian banks. The best Indian banks that feature in the global list are follows –

  • ICICI Bank-Headquarters: Mumbai

  • Axis bank- Headquarters: Mumbai

  • Vijaya Bank- Headquarters: Bengaluru

  • Allahabad Bank- Headquarters: Kolkata

  • Punjab National Bank- Headquarters: New Delhi

  • Syndicate Bank-Headquarters: Bengaluru

  • IDFC Bank- Headquarters: Chennai

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank-Headquarters: Mumbai

  • DBS- Headquarters: Singapore

5. New Prime Minister of Palestine is Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh

Published on 16th April, 2019

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National

1. Gargi Kaul, a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS), has been appointed as new Secretary of Defence Finance.

     2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the 'Order of St. Andrew the Apostle', the highest civilian award of the Russian Federation through a Presidential decree.

  •  The award is being given to the Prime Minister for his distinguished achievement in developing the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between Russia and India and deepening the friendly relations between the peoples of the two countries.

 

     3. The 21st ASEAN-India Senior OfficialsMeeting (SOM) was held from 11-12 April 2019 at New Delhi.

 

    4. National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was awarded the distinction of “Public Water Agency of the Year” by Global Water

      Intelligence at the Global Water Summit in London. 

 

    5. A new, state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) has been inaugurated by Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba that would provide a

       "major boost" to indigenous warship design capabilities of the Navy. 

    6. Professor Najma Akhtar has been appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

    7. Prasar Bharati Chairman, A. Surya Prakash released a booklet of the 'Selected speeches of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar in the Constituent

       Assembly', in New Delhi.  The event was organized to commemorate the contributions of Baba Saheb in the upliftment of underprivileged

        in the country.  

 

    8. "Jallianwala Bagh: Literary Responses in Prose & Poetry" is a selection of prose and poetry, edited by literary historian Rakhshanda Jalil that traces

         the history of events leading to the massacre.

 

    9. Bharti Airtel in collaboration with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) launched a mobile app, 'MyCircle', to help women in case they face any problem or a

         panic situation.

   10. 128th birth anniversary of architect of the Indian Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar was celebrated on 14 April 2019. 

   11.  India's first nocturnal zoo 'Kankaria' is located in Ahmedabad.

   12.  The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joined hands to map, validate and

           protect smaller wetlands in coastal regions.

 

   13. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding between India and

         Bolivia in the Field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy. The MoU was signed in Bolivia in March, 2019.

    14. Kanpur has been ranked first on the WHO’s list of 15 most polluted cities. List of top polluted cities are in the following -

  • Kanpur

  • Faridabad

  • Varanasi

  • Gaya

  • Patna

  • Delhi

  • Lucknow

  • Agra

  • Muzaffarpur

  • Srinagar

  • Gurgaon

  • Jaipur

  • Patiala

  • Jodhpur

  • Ali Subah Al-Salem (Kuwait)

 International

1. Scientists have recently discovered new species of ancient human excavations in Philippines. This newly identified species named 'Humo Luzonensis' after Luzon Island, where bones and teeth from individuals of this species were excavated from Callao Cave.

2. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has recently released a State of World Population 2019 report. The report stated that India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2% between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, which is more than double the annual growth rate of China.  

3. Alice G. Vaidyan, Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) of India, India’s reinsurance major, have been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK.

4. Nepal has banned online game PUBG over concerns about impact on children.

5. Sanjay Dutt, MD and CEO of Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd and Tata Housing Development Company, has been appointed as chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) South Asia Board.

 6. The first ever Black Hole image has captured by EHT (Event Horizon Telescope) telescope.

     7. Two schemes of the West Bengal government for skill development named "Utkarsh Bangla" and distribution of bi-cycles to students named "Sabooj

         Sathi" have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS-2019) awards under the aegis of the United Nations in Geneva. Out of

        1062 nominations in 18 categories, Utkarsh Bangla got the topmost award and emerged a winner in Capacity Building category. Sabooj Sathi ranked in the

         first five as a champion project under ICT application: E-Government category.

Sports

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the first-ever captain to register 100 wins in Indian Premier League (IPL) history after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur on 11th April 2019.

2. Former Pakistani Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and South Africa's Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher were inducted as the Honorary Life Members of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

  • Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is a cricket club founded in 1787 and based since 1814 at Lord's Cricket ground.

3. Otters Club Vedanta Squash Open

  • Abhishek Agarwal won in men's category.

  • Sanya Vats won in women's category.

4. Bibhu Kalyan Nayak became the first Indian to be appointed Chair of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Health and Safety Committee by the world governing body.

5. India's tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran achieved a career-high ranking of 80 in the latest ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) rankings.

6. Meena Kumari Maisnam has won the Gold medal at the Boxing World Cup at Cologne in Germany.

7. Britain's Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix.

8. Ethiopian athletes Gelete Burka (women's race) and Abrha Milaw (men's race) won the 43rd edition of the Paris Marathon.

      Obituary

1. Renowned Hindi poet Pradeep Choubey died of a cardiac arrest in his home. He was 70.

 

2. Former Congress MP and freedom fighter Paripooranand Painuli passed away. He was 94.

 

3. Former Additional Chief Secretary of Kerala, D Babu Paul died. He was 77.

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