Published on 25th June, 2019

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National

1. According to a report by Trust Research Advisory (TRA), Private sector insurance company Aviva Life Insurance has found place in India's top 10 most trusted brands. Aviva has been placed at the eighth position in this list. 

 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will attend the 14th G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan from 28th to 29th June.

 3. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy launched village stay programme aimed at connecting with people and announced a 300-bed health care facility and a veterinary hospital for Yadgiri district of Karnataka. 

 4. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao inaugurated the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) worth Rs 80,000 crore. 

 5. Fourth National Yoga Olympiad concluded at New Delhi.

 6. Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office to Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan as the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court

 7. Justice V Ramasubramanian appointed as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court

 8. NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal) has appointed Aneesh Nanavati as Resolution Professional (RP) for Reliance Communications and its two subsidiaries — Reliance Telecom and Reliance Infratel

 9. The air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on a terrorist training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was code-named ‘Operation Bandar’

 10. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Civil Aviation inaugurated the Air Traffic Flow Management - Central Command Centre at New Delhi. 

 11. Under Chief Minister Yuva Sambal Yojana, Rajasthan government will give unemployment allowance up to Rs 3,500 to Unemployed youth. 

 12. Karnataka and Maharashtra have jointly got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Namma Kolhapuri chappal. These leather chappals are hand-crafted and tanned using vegetable dyes.

 13. The book titled “Yoga and Diet for Weight Loss” has been authored by noted integrated yoga therapist Bijoylaxmi Hota.

 14. India’s first solar-powered cruise boat to be rolled out in Alappuzha, Kerala in December 2019.

 15. Operation Sankalp has been launched by Indian Navy in Persian Gulf for Indian vessels' security.

 16. A team of scientists from CSIR-NEIST Assam has developed a chemical process that turns ‘dirty’ coal into a biomedical ‘dot’ to help detect cancer cells.

 17. The National Freight Index (NFI) has been launched by a technology-enabled logistics company Rivigo, which owns a fleet of over 3,000 trucks.

 18. The book titled "My Life, My Mission" is the autobiography of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and is co-authored with senior journalist Uday Mahurkar.

 19. Deposit accepting NBFCs (Non-banking Financial Company) are not excluded from the Ombudsman scheme for NBFC.

 20. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has constituted a working group, headed by NSE Clearing Ltd., to review the current framework of margins in the futures and options segment.

 21. The Punjab government has decided to launch its flagship universal health insurance scheme -Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana' (SSBY) - from July 2019. The scheme will provide an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh per family. Around 43.18 lakh families in Punjab will be covered under it.

 22. Author Amish Tripathi has been appointed the new director of Nehru Centre in London, which is under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He will replace diplomat Srinivas Gotru.

  • The Nehru Centre was founded in 1992 with Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its founder director.

  International

1. Shefali Juneja was appointed as India's representative in the council of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

 2. Third Indo-French cyber dialogue was held in Paris

 3. First international theatre festival of Bangladesh was held in Dhaka

 4. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a historic global treaty against violence and harassment in the workplace. 

 5. China's Qu Dongyu has been elected as the new director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Dongyu is the first Chinese citizen elected to this post. 

 6. Indian engineer Nitesh Kumar Jangir has won the 2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General's Innovation for Sustainable Development Award in London. 

 7. The World Sickle Cell Day (WSCD) is observed every year on 19th of June to raise public awareness about the sickle cell disease and its treatment methods.

  • Sickle cell disease is an inherited form of anaemia in which red blood cells are not able to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body.

8. In a bid to boost India's relations with its neighbours, the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) has signed agreements with Bangladesh and South Korea to make DD India available to viewers in the two countries respectively.

 9. The fifth edition of International Yoga day (IYD-2019) is celebrated across the country and abroad on 21st June with theme ‘Yoga for Climate Action’.

 10. The researchers at the University of St Andrews in Scotland have found that gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs including "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. Gray Seals are commonly found in Atlantic Ocean.

 Sprots

 

1. India's Pankaj Advani won the 35th men's Asian Snooker Championship to complete a career grand slam in cue sports. 

2. Pranati Nayak won the bronze medal in vault event at the Senior Asian Artistic Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 

3. International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted the sanctions imposed on India to host international sporting events with immediate effect. 

4. Swiss Star Roger Federer defeated Belgium's David Goffin in straight sets to win his record 10th title in the Halle ATP tournament

5. Ashleigh Barty became only the second Australian woman to top the world rankings after winning the Birmingham WTA title

6. Indian Women Hockey team defeated Japan by 3-1 to clinch the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hockey Tournament

7. In Gymnastics, India's Pranati Nayak from West Bengal clinched a bronze in vault event at the 8th Senior Asian Artistic Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on June 22, 2019. China's Yu Linmin and Japan's Ayaka Sakaguchi won the gold and silver medal at the event.

 Obituary

1. Head priest of Hazratbal shrine, Ghulam Hassan Banday, died. He was 80. 

2. Pakistan's former foreign minister Abdul Sattar has died. He was 88. 

3. Thanjavoor Ramamoorthy (90), the noted mridangam exponent and former top grade staff artist of All India Radio (AIR), has passed away in Trichy, Tamil Nadu on June 22, 2019.

Published on 22nd June, 2019

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1. The Bangalore-based electronics engineer, Nitesh Kumar Jangir has won the 2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Award in London, United Kingdom (UK).

 2. Shefali Juneja, a 1992 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre), has been appointed to the post of Representative of India in the council of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada for a period of 3 years. She will replace senior IAS officer Alok Shekhar.

 3. Maharashtra bagged the top slot in the second edition of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) list of India’s top ten states that have maximum number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified green buildings.

 4. India has opened its first specialised hydrotherapy treatment center (water clinic) for elephants suffering from arthritis, joint pain and foot ailments on the banks of the Yamuna in Mathura.

 5. Antonietta Rozzi of Italy, Japan Yoga Niketan, Swami Rajarshi Muni of Life Mission, Gujarat, and Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, are the recipients of the 2019 Prime Minister's Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga. 

 6. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Dr Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) for empowerment of SC and ST communities through research on Dalit entrepreneurship. 

 7. On the occasion of International Yoga Day, yoga guru Baba Ramdev announced his first official autobiography, titled "My Life, My Mission"

 8. India-EU Seminar on Talent Mobility held in Pune, Maharashtra

 9. 11th India Stonemart will be organised in Jaipur in 2021

 10. 20th meeting of Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held in New Delhi

 12. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the merger of Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited (IBHFL) with Lakshmi Vilas Bank Limited (LVB)

  International

1. World Giraffe Day is observed on 21st June. It is an initiative of GCF (Giraffe Conservation Foundation) and the celebrations are joined by zoos, schools, NGOs, governments, institutions and conservation organisations around the world to raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild.

 2. India has extended US$ 15 million grant assistance to Niger in support of organizing of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled from 7-8 July, 2019 in Niamey, the capital of Niger.

 3. Global internet body Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Indian IT industry body Nasscom has collaborated to develop identifier technology that can be used for managing devices and infrastructure using internet.

  •  The headquarters of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is in Los Angeles.

 4. The World Refugee Day (WRD) is observed every year on 20th of June to celebrate the stories and contributions of refugees. The 2019 theme is “#Step with Refugees - Take a Step on World Refugee Day”.

 5. In Nepal, thousands of people came onto roads in capital Kathmandu against controversial “Guthi Bill” on 19th June 2019. The local residents of Kathmandu valley, especially ethnic Newar community members are protesting against the controversial bill, claiming that the bill had provisions in favour of land mafias and could be a threat to the centuries-old culture and traditions of Nepal.

  • Guthis are socio-economic institutions (trusts), both public and private, that fund their obligations from incomes from cultivated or leased land assets.

 6. According to Asian Development Bank (ADB), Bangladesh has emerged as the fastest growing economy among the 45 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. 

 Sprots

 

 1. India’s PU Chitra has won gold in women’s 1500m at Folksam Grand Prix 2019 held in Sollentuna, Sweden.

  • Beside her, Asian Games gold medallist Jinson Johnson won the silver in the men’s 1500m.

 2. The world’s No.3 ODI bowler, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has become the most expensive bowler in ICC World Cup history during their match against hosts England at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 18.

 

Published on 21st June, 2019

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1. NDA nominee Om Birla from Kota has been unanimously elected as the Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha. All major political parties including Congress, DMK, TMC, BJD, YSR Congress, JD(U) and Shiv Sena supported the motion moved by Prime Minister and Leader of the House, Narendra Modi to choose Mr. Birla as the Speaker. An agriculturalist and social worker, Om Birla started his political journey as a student leader. He won his first Lok Sabha election in 2014 and was again elected from Rajasthan's Kota Lok Sabha seat in 2019.

 2. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is co-hosting 12th international Capacity Building workshop in New Delhi to deepen knowledge on issues related to piracy and armed robbery on June 19-20, 2019.

 3. The Maharashtra government has decided to launch the Chief Minister's Employment Generation Programme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which will create 10 lakh jobs in the next five years. The flagship programme of the Industries Department will have 30% reservation for women entrepreneurs.

 4. The Maharashtra government has decided to launch a pilot project providing smoke-free environment in the kitchen for women. The project, named "Chullah (wood-fired stove)-free and smoke-free Maharashtra", will target the women who have not benefited under the Ujjwala or any other LPG distribution scheme. The pilot project will be implemented in Naxal- affected areas as well as the districts where farmer suicide rate is high.

 5. World's largest multi-stage lift irrigation project, Kaleshwaram will be launched in Telangana

 6. Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi has been given extension of over three months Director General (DG) of Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)

  International

1. For the first time in Bangladesh, iron ore mine has been discovered at Isabpur village in Dinajpur. According to the Geological Survey of Bangladesh, a 400-foot thick iron layer was found 1,750 feet beneath the surface stretched over an area of 6-10 square kilometres.

 2. Twenty-three Indian Institutions have been ranked among the best global universities in the latest 2020 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds )World University ranking. In it, IIT Bombay has become India's best institute & secured 152nd rank globally. IIT Delhi and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore have also been figured in the top 200. Other Indian universities included in the top 500 list are IIT-Madras (271), IIT-Kharagpur (281), IIT- Kanpur (291), IIT- IIT-Roorkee (383), University of Delhi (474)and IIT-Guwahati (491). World-class MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has made a history by topping the QS World University Rankings for the 8th consecutive year. Harvard University and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) retain their positions at second, third and fourth in the world, respectively.

 3. The researchers from Hiroshima University in Japan have developed a new type of cooling vest for sports athletes that may help them compete safely in sweltering summer conditions. The cooling vest is filled with ice packs and features a collar that can also cool the neck. The aim is to cool the athletes' upper-body skin which can decrease heart rate and temperature of their neck and skin.

 4. The World Sustainable Gastronomy Day (WSGS) is observed every year on 18th June.

 5. 21st June is celebrated as International Yoga Day. The theme of 5th International Yoga Day 2019 is "Climate Action".

 6. World Music Day 2019 or International Music Day 2019 is observed on June 21. This year theme is ‘Music at the intersections'.

 Sprots

 

 1. Asian champion P U Chitra won the gold medal in women’s 1500m at the Folksam Grand Prix in Sollentuna, Sweden. 

 2. Archery's world body World Archery (WA) has de-listed the Archery Association of India (AAI) as a member. 

  

Published on 20th June, 2019

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National

 1. In Pune, Social activist Makarand Tilloo has won the ‘Save Water Hero Award’ by the HridayMitra Foundation for his efforts to raise awareness about water conservation in the city.

 2. Muthayya Vanitha is the first woman Project Director in an ISRO mission of Chandrayaan-2.

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently announced that India's second mission to the moon - Chandrayaan-2 - will be launched on July 15 at 2.15 AM from Sriharikota.

 3. HCL Technologies will soon roll out “TechBee” programme to hire and train students for IT jobs.

 4. The Feni Bridge, which is also known as Maitree Setu, is developing as a corridor for trade and commerce between India's North-East and Bangladesh over river Feni and will connect Tripura with Chittagong port of Bangladesh.

 5. Dr. Virendra Kumar, the 7-time Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh, has been sworn-in as the pro-tem speaker of Lok Sabha.

 6. Om Birla, second time BJP MP from Rajasthan's Kota-Bundi, is elected as 17th Lok Sabha Speakar.

 7. The 'Snana Yatra' is a bathing festival celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindu month of 'Jyestha' & considered to be the birthday of Lord Jagannath. It is a significant ritual in the run-up to the annual 'Rath Jatra' festival. In Puri, the annual ceremonial bathing ritual of the deities at Shree Jagannath temple has recently celebrated on 17th June 2019 in the presence of thousands of devotees.

 8. Dr. Rabi N. Mishra has been appointed as the new Executive Director (ED) of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

 9. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has set up a five-member committee to review the existing framework of LPG marketing in India. This committee will be headed by economist Kirit Parikh

 10. The Reserve Bank of India has set up an eight-member expert committee under the leadership of former chairman of Sebi UK Sinha to review the current framework for the MSME sector

 11. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will be co-hosting 12th Capacity Building workshop with Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) in New Delhi on June 19-20, 2019. 

  International

 1. The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCDD) is observed every year on 17th of June to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The 2019 theme is “Let’s Grow the Future Together”.

 2. Suman Rao from Rajasthan has won the Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageant during a star-studded ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in Mumbai. While Shivani Jadhav from Chhattisgarh clinched Femina Miss Grand India 2019 title and Shreya Shanker from Bihar won Miss India United Continents 2019 title during the grand finale of the beauty pageant.

  3. Zuzana Caputova, a liberal environmental activist and a political newcomer, has been sworn-in as the first female President of Slovakia in Bratislava on 15th June 2019. She is also the youngest president in the history of Slovakia, at the age of 45.

 4. Danish economist and environmentalist, Inger Andersen has recently taken charge as the new Executive Director (ED) of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a four-year term. She succeeded Erik Solheim of Norway.

 5. The armies of India and Myanmar carried out a 3-week-long coordinated operation, named ‘Operation Sunrise 2’, from May 16 in their respective border areas & targeted several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam.

 6. The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is observed every year on 16th June.

 7. The Autistic Pride Day (APD) is observed every year on 18th June.

 8. The World Food India (WFI- 2019) event will be held in New Delhi from November 1-4.

 9. Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed has been appointed as the new Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the powerful spy agency of Pakistan. He succeeded Lt Gen Asim Munir.

 10. India will host the 14th session of the Conference of Parties (COP-14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in New Delhi between September 2 -14, 2019.

 11. According to 'The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights', published by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, India, projected to surpass China as the world's most populous country around 2027, is expected to add nearly 273 million people between now and 2050. 

 12. Global rating agency Fitch has cut India's growth forecast for the current fiscal for a second time in a row to 6.6 per cent

 13. US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced the acquisition of biotechnology firm Array BioPharma.

 14. According to the Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2019, E-commerce giant Amazon India is the most attractive employer brand in the country followed by Microsoft India and Sony India. 

 15. India has extended a grant of $15 million to Niger to help it organize the African Union (AU) summit. The summit will take place from July 7-8 in its capital Niamey

 Sprots

 

 1. Peter Gilchrist from Singapore has won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship at the Yarraville Club. In the final, he defeated India’s Sourav Kothari.

 2. Grand Master Farrukh Amonatov from Tajikistan emerged champion in a category of the 12th Mumbai Mayor Club International Chess tournament.

  3. Japan's Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic of Serbia have been ranked Number one in the latest Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings

  Obituary

 1. Mohamed Morsi (67), the former President of Egypt, has passed away in Cairo on June 17 after collapsing during his court trial that charged him of espionage and inciting violence.

 2. Former BJP Rajya Sabha MP and senior journalist Rajnath Singh 'Surya' passed away. He was 82. 

 3. Veteran athletics coach N Lingappa, a Dronacharya awardee, died. He was 95. 

 4. Director of Rajasthan Patrika Group and Senior Journalist Milap Kothari passed away. He was 68. 

 

Published on 18th June, 2019

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National

 1. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has recently launched 118 websites that would enable citizens get building plan approvals, diversion of land use change and other related permissions through online submissions, avoiding middlemen and delays.

 2. The Union Government has taken a historic decision to reduce the salary contribution of industrial workers who are eligible for healthcare benefits under the Employees’ State Insurance Act (ESI) Act from 6.5% to 4.0%.

 3. The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has decided to confer its Distinguished Alumni Award to Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

 4. The Government of India (GoI) has recently constituted a 5-member committee to review existing marketing structure in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) marketing in India. The committee headed by economist Kirit Parikh.

 5. The Union Cabinet has recently approved two-month extension to Committee for OBC Sub-categorization. The committee was headed by Justice (Retd.) G. Rohini.

 6. India is one of the founder members of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is the Chair of Kimberley Process for the year 2019 with Russian Federation as Vice Chair. The Inter-sessional meeting of Kimberley Process (KP) is being hosted by India from 17th to 21st June, 2019 in Mumbai.

 7. The Kargil Vijay Diwas (KVD) is celebrated every year on July 26 to commemorate India’s emphatic victory against Pakistan. The day is named after the success of Operation Vijay. In 2019, India will celebrated the 20th anniversary of victory in Kargil war with pride, honour and inspiration from 25th to 27th of July at Dras (J& K) and New Delhi. This year, the Kargil Vijay Diwas (KVD) is being celebrated with the theme ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’.

 8. Bengaluru-based NGO Akshaya Patra has been awarded the 2019 BBC World Service Global Champion Award for its school meal project programme at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol, United Kingdom.

  • The award recognizes a person or project that is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better.

  • NGO Akshay Patra is a non-profit organisation running one of the world’s largest school meals project in India.

 9. Ahmedabad-based Adani group has recently got final approval for controversy-hit Carmichael coal mine project in Australia, after Queensland State authorities approved its groundwater management plan.

 10. On June 15, the 10th edition of Regional GRIHA Summit 2019 was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra with theme 'Transformation strategies for built environment'.

 11. The Hyderabad-based defence public sector undertaking, Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) has recently signed a contract worth Rs 1,187.82 crores for supply of heavy weight torpedoes - Varunastra - to the Indian Navy.

  International

 1. The World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is observed every year on June 14. The 2019 theme is "Blood Donation and Universal Access to Safe Blood Transfusion”. The slogan of the 2019 edition of World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is 'Safe Blood for All'.

 2. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been conferred the Kyrgyzstan’s highest national award titled “Manas Order of the First Degree” at the Ala Archa state residence in Bishkek.

 3. As per a report released by the Australian think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), India’s ranking in 2019 Global Peace Index (GPI) has slipped five places to 141st among 163 countries. In 2018, India ranked at 136th among 163 countries.

 4. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is observed on the 15th of June every year to voice opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on elderly people.

 5. Four Indian movies have been selected to be screened at the prestigious 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFAN-2019). Out of them, three of them happen to be Bollywood movies namely Gully Boy, Andhadhun and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi while the fourth is a Tamil movie, Super Deluxe.

  • The festival will take place from June 27 to July 7 in South Korea.

  • The South Korean film festival is known for screening some of the best movies in the world.

6. According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2019, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India increased by 6% to $42 billion in 2018 with strong inflows in manufacturing, communication, financial services.

7. The National Geographic Society has announced the successful installation of the world's highest operating weather stations on Mount Everest to provide researchers, climbers, and the public with near real-time information about mountain conditions.

 Sprots

 

1. The South American Football Confederation (SAFC) has invited Australia and Qatar as guests at 2020 Copa America.

 

2. Australia and Qatar will join 10 South American nations in the 2020 tournament, which for the first time will be held jointly in two countries -- Colombia and Argentina.

 

3. Qatar is the current champion of 2019 AFC Asian Cup and also host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is making its debut at the 2019 edition of Copa America.

 

Orbituary

 

1. Pazhavila Ramesan (83), a popular lyricist & Poet, has passed away in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on June 13, 2019.

Published on 15th June, 2019

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National

 1. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted a high-level committee under IBA Chief Executive V G Kannan to examine ATM charges and fees by banks amid demands for reviewing the levies.

 2. Bestselling author and one of India’s leading contemporary writers, Amitav Ghosh has been conferred the 54th Jnanpith award for the year 2018 for his outstanding contribution towards literature. Mr Ghosh is the first Indian author in English language to be honoured with the Jnanpith award.

 3. Bihar Cabinet-led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has approved a proposal to punish sons and daughters who abandon their elderly parents with a jail term. The proposal has provisions for punishments that could go up to imprisonment if children do not look after their parents properly in their old ages.

 4. The Indian Navy hosted a maritime information sharing workshop under the aegis of the Information Fusion Centre — Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) at Gurugram, Haryana on June 12. Over 41 delegates from 29 countries of the IOR participated in the two-day event.

 5. 57 Indian Companies found a place in the Forbes' global list of 2000 companies-2019. Reliance Industries is the only Indian company in top 200 companies of the list. China's Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has topped this list. 

 6. Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) announced signing of a contract worth Rs 1,187.82 crores for supply of Heavy Weight Torpedoes to the Indian Navy. 

 7. Third edition of Thai Film Festival “Namaste Thailand Film Festival" started in New Delhi. 

 8. Government has reduced rate of contribution towards ESI scheme from 6.5% to 4%.

 9. P K Mishra has been re-appointed as Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

 10. Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C) of Culture & Tourism, Government of India inaugurated the exhibition titled "Astitva: The Essence of Prabhakar Barwe”, at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. 

  International

 1. Zonel Sougaijam, a 22-year-old civil engineer from Manipur, has been honoured by Facebook for discovering a WhatsApp bug that violated the privacy of a user. The social media giant awarded $5000 to him and also included him in the ‘Facebook Hall of Fame 2019’ for detecting the WhatsApp bug.

 2. Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be the chief guest at the 10th edition of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), which is scheduled to be held between 8th to 17th August 2019.

 3. Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, a global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights, will be honored with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF’s American chapter at their Snowflake Ball on December 3 in New York.

 4. The International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) is observed every year on June 13 to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism worldwide. The 2019 theme is “Still Standing Strong”.

 5. On June 13, the meeting of Council of Heads of States (CHS) of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has started in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

 6. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has conferred an Indian national with the 'Star of Jerusalem' medal. It is the highest honour given to foreign nationals by the Palestinian Authority. 

 7. Major General Ruwan Kulatunga will be Sri Lanka's new chief of National Intelligence. He will replace Sisira Mendis. 

 

Orbituary

 

 1. Rajanath Singh ‘Surya’ (82), the veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha Member, has passed away in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on June 13, 2019. He had worked in various newspapers and he was a well- known columnist.

 2. Poet and lyricist Pazhavila Ramesan died. He was 83.

Published on 14th June, 2019

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National

 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred Maldives’s 'Nishan Izzuddin' award.

 2. The Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia organised a "Gandhi cycle rally for peace" in Riyadh on Friday to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

 3. The women members of Telangana-based Deccan Development Society (DDS) sanghams (groups) have bagged the prestigious United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Equator Prize for 2019.

 4. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has instituted the first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) for 2019 to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga.  

 5. Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has recently launched the ‘Pink Sarathi’ vehicles to attend to the complaints of women passengers travelling in city buses. The vehicles are procured by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) under the ‘Nirbhaya’ scheme. The corporation had received Rs 56.07 crore from the Union government under the scheme and had taken up various measures for the safety of women passengers, including the launch of Pink Sarathi vehicles.

 6. Bancha in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh has become the first village in India to have zero wooden stoves and almost no use for LPG cylinders with all its 75 houses relying on solar-powered stoves to meet their cooking needs. 

 7. The ruling National People's Party (NPP), which is in an alliance with the BJP in Meghalaya, has been granted recognition as a national party by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

 8. Crazy Mohan (67), prominent theatre artiste and ace scriptwriter for Tamil films, has passed away in Chennai on 10th June 2019.

 9. The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways, Piyush Goyal led the Indian delegation for the 2 day G20 Ministerial meeting on Trade and Digital Economy at Tsukuba city in Japan on June 8.

  International

 1. The World Oceans Day (WOD) is observed every year on June 8 to celebrate the majesty of the world's oceans and raise awareness about their preservation. This year theme is “Gender and Oceans”.

 2. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has recently signed a deal worth around Rs 300 crore for buying more than 100 SPICE bombs from Israel.

 3. The Thai parliament has recently elected ex military government Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha as its new Prime Minister.

 4. Former President Jimmy Carter will be bestowed with the George H. W. Bush Award for Statesmanship for his contributions to relations between the U.S. and China.

 5. The first-ever World Food Safety Day (WFSD) has officially celebrated on 7th June 2019 to strengthen efforts to ensure that the food we eat is safe. The theme of this year’s inaugural WFSD ‘Food Safety, everyone’s business’.

 6. The 16-year-old Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and her “Fridays for Future” global movement has won a prestigious Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2019.

 7. India has partnered with Portugal to set up a national maritime heritage museum at the ancient Indian site of Lothal in Gujarat.

 8. Dr. Romila Thapar, the well-known historian and writer, has been elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in United States (US).

 9. World Day Against Child Labour is celebrated on 12th June.

 

Sports

1. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain has lifted the 2019 French Open Men's Singles title for the 12th time after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria. 

Miscellaneous

Cabinet Ministers 2019

NAME OF MINISTERS

PORTFOLIO

Narendra Modi

Ministry of Personnel, public grievances and pensions

Department of Atomic Energy

Department of Space

All important policy issues and all other portfolios

Not allocated to any minister

Rajnath Singh

Minister of Defence

Amit Shah

Minister of home affairs

Nitin Gadkari

Minister of road transport and highways

Minister of micro, small and medium enterprises

D V Sadananda Gowda

Minister of chemical and fertilizers

Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister of finance

Minister of corporate affairs

Ram Vilas Paswan

Minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution

Narendra Singh Tomar

Minister of agriculture and farmers welfare

Minister of rural development

Minister of panchayati raj

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Minister of law and justice

Minister of communications

Minister of electronics and information technology

Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Minister of food processing industries

Thaawar Chand Gehlot

Minister of social justice and empowerment

Dr Subrahmanyam Jalshankar

Minister of external affairs

Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'

Minister of human resource development

Arjun Munda

Minister of tribal affairs

Smriti Zubin Irani

Minister of women and child development and Minister of textiles

Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Minister of health and family welfare

Minister of science and technology and

Minister of earth sciences

Prakash Javadekar

Minister of environment, forest and climate change and Minister of information and broadcasting

Piyush Goyal

Minister of railways and

Minister of commerce and industry

Dharmendra Pradhan

Minister of petroleum and natural gas and

Minister of steel

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Minister of Minority affairs

Pralhad Joshi

Minister of parliamentary affairs

Minister of coal

Minister of mines

Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey

Minister of skill development and entrepreneurship

Arvind Ganpat Sawant

Minister of heavy industries and public enterprise

Giriraj Singh

Minister of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Minister of jal shakti

 

 

Published on 12th June, 2019

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National

 1. After linking its short-term loans and large savings deposits rates to the repo rate, the State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to introduce a repo rate-linked home loan product from July 1.

 2. India’s first dinosaur museum and fossil park has recently inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at Raiyoli village near Balasinor town of Mahisagar district.

 3. India is planning to conduct its first-ever simulated space warfare exercise titled ‘IndSpaceEx’ in the last week of July under the aegis of the Integrated Defence Staff of the defence ministry.

 4. India has been designated as the Guest of Honour at the 33rd Guadalajara International Book Fair (GIBF) 2019 in Mexico, which is scheduled to be organized from Nov 30 to Dec 8.

 5. V.S. Kaumudi, a 1986 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IPS officer, has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).

 6. Virendra Kumar, the BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh, will be the pro-tem speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha.

 7. Amasebailu village in Kundapura Taluk of Udupi district has become Karnataka’s first solar-powered Gram Panchayat. Over 1800 houses were provided solar lamps at a total cost of Rs 2.13 crore. The project was funded by Centre and State Government in the ratio of 30:20 and the rest was paid by the Panchayat and charitable organizations.

 8. Thawar Chand Gehlot, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, has been appointed the Leader of the House for the Rajya Sabha. He will replace senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

 9. PNB non-executive chairman Sunil Mehta is the head of the Sashakt Committee that recommended changes in existing Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA).

 10. The scientists of Delhi University have discovered a new species of ‘paddy frog’ belonging to the microhylid genus Micryletta from Northeast India.

 11. Dr. I V Subba Rao, a 1979 batch IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh has been appointed new Secretary to the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu.

 12. The 2019 edition of 'Mela Kheer Bhawani' is celebrated in the district of Jammu & Kashmir. It is one of the biggest religious festivals of the displaced community of Kashmiri pundits, and is associated with Hindu Goddess Ragnya Devi.

  International

  1. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently announced that harmful single-use plastics will be banned in the country from 2021 to reduce ocean waste.

 

  2. Mount Sinabung, on the island of Sumatra, erupted for around 9 minutes on June 9.

 

  3. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is the new president of Kazakhstan.

 

 4. The researchers from Ohio State University in United States have created high-resolution maps of points around the globe where groundwater meets the oceans — the first such analysis of its kind that may help protect both drinking water and the seas.

 

 5. The World Day Against Child Labour (WADCL) is observed every year on June 12. The 2019 theme is – “Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams!”.

 

 6. China has appointed veteran diplomat Sun Weidong as its new envoy to India. He is an expert in South Asian affairs and worked closely with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his tenure in Beijing as the Indian ambassador from 2009 to 2013.

 

Sports

 

 1. Ashleigh Barty of Australia has clinched the women’s title at the 2019 French Open tennis tournament. In the final, she defeated Marketa Vondrousova of Czechia.

 

Orbituary

 

  1. Girish Karnad (81), well-known writer, playwright, actor and public intellectual, has passed away on June 10 in Bengaluru. Born in May 1938, he was one of the most prominent theatre personalities of the 60s and 70s, a period regarded as the Renaissance of Indian theatre. He worked with mythology and history and gave them a contemporary resonance in plays such as Nagamandala, Tughlaq and Hayavadana. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award -- the highest literary honour conferred in India. He was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema.

  2. R V Janakiraman (79), the former Puducherry Chief Minister and senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader, has passed away in Puducherry on 10th June 2019.

Published on 10th June, 2019

NEWS AT A GLANCE

National

 

1. Which city is the venue of the 4th edition of Raisina Dialogue? – New Delhi.

2. Who has been appointed the new Director-General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)? – Kumar Rajesh Chandra.

3. Which grading index has been introduced by HRD Ministry to assess quality of school education in states? – 70 point.

4. National Education Day is observed on 11th November. It is commemorating Birth Anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

5. On which date, the 2019 Non-Resident Indian Day is observed recently? – 9th January.

6. Who is the head of the RBI panel on digital payments? – Nandan Nilekani.

7. Which Indian pavilion has won the ‘Exhibitor of the Year Award’ at 106th Indian Science Congress (ISC-2019)? – DRDO.

8. The Indian economy is expected to grow at how much percentage in FY19, as per latest estimate of Central Statistics Office (CSO)? – 7.2%.

9. Central Statistics Office was formed on May 2, 1951. It's headquarter is in New Delhi.

10. Which city is the venue of the 6th Women Of India Organic Festival 2019? – Chandigarh.

11. Sikkim, India's first 'Fully Organic' state won FAO's Future Policy Gold Award.

12. Which city has hosted Eighth International Marathon? – Vadodara. Wesley Kiprono of Kenya won this Marathon.

  International

    1. 28th Prime Minister of Norway – Erna Solberg.

2. What is the theme of the first-ever Global Aviation Summit (GAS-2019)? – 'Flying For All'.

3. Who has become the first monarch of Malaysia to resign before completing tenure? – Muhammad V.

4. Harimau Shakti 2018 – India and Malaysia joint military exercise.

5. FAO approved India's proposal and declared 2023 as International Year of Millets.

6. Taro Kono has arrived in Delhi on a three day visit to India. He is Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

 

Miscellaneous

 

1. FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry)

  • Formed: - 1927

  • Founder: - Ghanshyam Das Birla, Purushottam Das Thakurdas

  • Type:- Non-governmental trade association

  • President:- Sandip Somany

  • Vice-president:- Uday Shankar.

2. Sashatra Seema Bal

  • Formed:- 1963

  • Governing body:- Ministry of Home Affairs (India)

  • Director General:- Kumar Rajesh Chandra

  • Motto:- Service, Security and Brotherhood

3. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

  • Formed:- 1958

  • Headquarter:- DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi

  • Chairman:- Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy

 4. LEAP – Leadership for Academicians Programme.

     ARPIT – Annual Refresher Program in Teaching.

     SPARC – Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration.

     PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment.

     FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization.

 

Published on 7th June, 2019

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National

 1. The Rajasthan government has recently increased the financial assistance given to school girls under the 'Aapki Beti' scheme and ex-gratia payment to the families of polling personnel who die during election duty.

 2. In Madhya Pradesh, the state Cabinet has passed a resolution to increase reservation quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) from existing 14% to 27%.

 3. Rajiv Mehrishi, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has been elected as external auditor of the World Health Organization (WHO) for four years from 2020 to 2023.

 4. Ajit Doval, a 1968-batch IPS officer & a former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, has been reappointed as the National Security Adviser (NSA) for five-year tenure.

 5. Indian-origin Anita Bhatia has been the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships.

 6. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has recently ruled that all animals are legal persons entitled to legal rights like human beings in Haryana.

 7. Namrata Menon, the Panaji-based Yoga instructor and fitness expert, has been appointed as the Goa's brand ambassador to promote the ancient system of physical and mental practices in the coastal state.

 8. Ex-President of India Pratibha Patil has been bestowed with Mexico's highest civilian award, "Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca" (Order of the Aztec Eagle) in the MCCIA Bhavan, Pune on 1st June, 2019.

 9. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat took charge as the Union Minister in the newly formed Ministry of Jal Shakti.  

 10. Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company (AMC) has launched its WhatsApp transaction platform for new as well as existing investors.

 11. The Telangana government has decided to set up the India’s first ‘Blockchain district’ in Hyderabad to create an ecosystem for all the start-ups and institutes working in the space.

 12. Conrad K Sangma, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, has launched Rs 18-crore Aroma Mission at Byrwa in Ri- Bhoi district with an aim to strengthen the livelihood condition of farmers and create employment opportunities in the state.

  International

 1. Mecca city in Saudi Arabia hosted the 14th summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC-2019).

 2. The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed every year on June 4 to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN's commitment to protect the rights of children.

 3. Conservative businessman Nayib Bukele has been sworn-in as the new President of El Salvador.

 4. The 2nd edition of World Bicycle Day (WBD-2019) is observed by United Nations (UN) on 3rd June.

 5. The World Milk Day (WMD) is observed every year on 1st of June. The 2019 theme is “Drink Milk: Today & Everyday”.

 6. The researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK have discovered a rogue exoplanet - NGTS-4b with its own atmosphere in the Neptunian Desert.

  7. Scott Morrison has been sworn-in as new Prime Minister of Australia.

 8. Mumbai-based freelance writer, Annie Zaidi has been announced as the 2019 winner of the $100,000 Nine Dots Prize for her essay ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’.

  9. The International Everest Day (IED) is observed every year on May 29 to mark the first successful climb to the world’s highest peak Mount Everest. On this day in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa reached the zenith of the mountain and became the first humans to achieve the feat in memory of the first summit of Mt.

 10. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed every year on May 29. The 2019 theme is “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”.

 11. The BIMSTEC member states are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand , Nepal and Bhutan.

 Sprots

 

 1. In Football, Liverpool FC won the Champions League for the sixth time at Madrid on June 1, 2019.

 2. Ivo Karlovic (40) of Croatia has become the oldest man to win a match at the French Open since 1973, after he defeated the 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez of Spain in a first-round duel of the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros.

Obituary

 

 1. Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra (71), the celebrated chef and culinary revivalist , has passed away on June 4 in New Delhi.

 2. Ruma Guha Thakurta (84), the veteran Bengali actress & singer, has passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal.

 3. Gian Chand (93), the veteran freedom fighter, has passed away at his native village in Mohalla Ramgarh of Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh on May 27, 2019. 

Published on 6th June, 2019

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     National

 1. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released a vision document- Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019 – 2021 with its core theme of 'Empowering Exceptional E-payment Experience', for ensuring a safe, secure, convenient, quick and affordable e-payment system.

 2. The first full-fledged Services Selection Board (SSB) of Indian Navy has been inaugurated by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at Diamond Harbour near Kolkata.

 3. Sanjiv Puri has been appointed as the new CMD (Chairman and managing director) of ITC Ltd, India’s largest cigarette maker.

 4. ICICI Bank has launched a co-branded multi-currency card with online travel booking portal Goibibo.

 5. Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, the former judge of Supreme Court of India (SCI), has been appointed as the chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA).

 6. The 2019 International Army Scout Masters Competition will be held in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan from 24 July to 17 August 2019.

 7. India has been unanimously chosen as co-chair of the Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the fiscal year 2020.

 8. Captain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai, has become the world's first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA).

 9. Women will handle the entire work of counting votes in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh

 10. On May 15, Sri Lanka has declared a National Vesak Week to mark the most significant event for Buddhists all over the world.

 11. In Assam, a type of orchid - Lecanorchis taiwaniana (parasitic bloom) - has coincidentally discovered by Assam’s forest officer named Jatindra Sarma.

 12. Teressa Island is located in Andaman and Nicobar.

 13. ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan has inaugurated Young Scientist Programme (Yuvika-2019) for school children at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

 14. HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company has recently launched the 'Mosquito Disease Protection Policy'. This new policy will cover an individual against common mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue Fever, Malaria, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis, Kala-azar, Lymphatic Filariasis and Zika Virus.

 15. 2019 World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting of developing countries is organized in New Delhi.

 16. The 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership won by IPS officer Chhaya Sharma.

  17. Wilayah of Hind is associated to Militant Province.

 18. Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka has been sworn-in as the New Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.

  International

 1. China has recently blocked all language editions of Wikipedia.

 2. Justice Madan B Lokur, the Retired Supreme Court judge of India, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Fiji as a judge of its non-resident panel.

 3. The International Day of Families is observed every year on May 15 to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. The 2019 theme is “Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG 13”.

 4. The scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has created a new type of plastic ‘PDK’ (Poly Di-Ketoenamine) that can be recycled forever.  

5. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has decided to hold the high-level 2020 United Nations Conference in Lisbon, Portugal from June 2 to 6 to support the sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources.

 6. Japan has started test run on world's fastest-ever bullet train “Alfa-X”.

 7. Singapore & South Korea have jointly organized the 2019 ADMM-PLUS maritime exercise.

 8. China is hosting Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in close collaboration with UNESCO in its capital city Beijing from 15 to 22 May, 2019.

 9. The International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated around the world on 12 May to highlight the importance of nurses’ role in providing the best healthcare services. The theme for 2019 is – "Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health for All".

    Sprots

 

 1. China will host the 2023 Asian Cup Football tournament.

 2. G.S. Lakshmi from India has been appointed as the first female match referee by ICC.

 3. Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac has been appointed head coach of the Indian men's senior football team for a two-year term.

 4. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who made a mark for India and IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, has been adjudged as International Bowler of the Year during the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2019.

 5. Pakistan off-spinner Sana Mir has become the world's most successful women's ODI spinner.

 6. Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) has won women’s singles title at the 2019 Madrid Open tennis tournament. In the final, she defeated Simona Halep (Romania).

 7. Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece to win his third Madrid Open Tennis title.

 8. The first edition of world's first exclusive women's cricket magazine 'Criczone' has been released in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Obituary

 

    1. Hiralal Yadav (93), the Padma Shri awardee Bhojpuri folk singer, has passed away in Chowkaghat, Varanasi on May 12, 2019.

  

Published on 4th June, 2019

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     National

 1. Helo, India's social media platform has become the official team sponsor of Indian Wheelchair Cricket Association for 2019 Asia Cup, which has started on May 15 in Nepal.

 2. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) used a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle designated PSLV-C46 to launch its third radar imaging satellite, named RISAT-2B, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India.

 3. The 8th edition of Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR-2019) has started at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Command on May 20. 

 4. Priyanka Mohite, the 26-year-old Satara based mountaineer, has become the first Indian woman to successfully scale Mount Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world at 8,481 metres.

 5. Shyam Saran, an Indian career diplomat, will be conferred with Japan's second highest national award- 'The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star'.

 6. Police Officer Jitender Kumar is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel who will be honoured with a prestigious 2019 UN Dag Hammarskjold Medal for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.

 7. National Anti-Terrorism Day (ATD) is observed on 21st May.

 8. The Delhi High Court has ruled that the United Nations is not a State under Article 12 of the Constitution of India and is not amenable to its jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution.

 9. Nandan Nilekani committee has recently submitted report on digital payments to RBI.

 10. Kerala has become the first Indian state to list Masala Bond in overseas market.

 11. The Union Ministry of Finance has launched 'Project Sparrow' for online writing of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) in SPARROW (Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window) for Group ‘B’ and ‘C’ Officers of Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC).

 12. After 29 glorious years of service from 1990 to 2019, the Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Vigraha has recently decommissioned at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on May 16.

 13. Anil Kapoor has been felicitated by Council of European Chambers of Commerce (CEUCC) for promoting Children Rights.

 14. Dr. Pramod Kumar Mishra, Odisha-born IAS officer and Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, has been conferred with the prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction for the year 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  International

 1. An author from Oman, Jokha Alharthi has won the prestigious 2019 Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies".

 2. United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched the permanent residency system “Golden Card”.

  1. General investors who will be granted a 10 year permanent residency visas.

  2. Real Estate Investors, who can get a visa for 5 year visa.

  3. Entrepreneurs and Talented Professionals like doctors, researchers and innovators can get 10 years visa.

  4. ‘Outstanding students’. These will also be permitted 5 years permanent residency visas.

3. Joko Widodo has been officially re-elected to a second term as President of Indonesia.

  4. ‘Christchurch Call to Action’ is the brainchild of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron to fight terrorism. India has recently signed it.

 5. Taiwan has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.

 6. An American politician, Nancy Pelosi has been honored with the 2019 John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

 7. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has celebrated the 2nd edition of International Day of Light (IDL-2019).

 8. Mueenul Haq, the current ambassador to France, has been appointed as the new Pakistan High Commissioner to India.

 9. PCT Humanity, a charity in the UAE, has set the new Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts during the holy month of Ramzan in Abu Dhabi. Joginder Singh Salaria is founder of Pehal charitable Trust (PCT).

 1o. The International Museum Day (IMD) is observed every year on May 18. It is observed to raise awareness about the importance of museums as means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. The 2019 theme is 'Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition'.

 11. World Metrology Day (WMD) is observed on 20th May in every year. In 2019, the theme of World Metrology is “The International System of Units - Fundamentally better”.

 12. The researchers at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada has developed a specialized microscope that can diagnose skin cancer & perform surgeries.

 13. The World AIDS Vaccine Day (WAVD) is observed every year on 18th May.

 14. The 26th edition of Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX)-19 has commenced in the South China Sea on May 19.

 15. The 49 year old renowned Nepali mountaineer, Kami Rita Sherpa has created history by successfully scaling the Mount Everest peak (8848m) for the 23rd time on May 14, 2019.

 16. The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is observed across the globe every year on May 17. The 2019 theme is ‘Bridging the standardization gap’.

 17. London-based sculptor Anish Kapoor has topped the first edition of the Hurun India Art List. He is followed by artists Akbar Padamsee and Krishen Khanna.

 18. The book "Coming Round the Mountain" is written by Ruskin Bond. The book was released on his 85th birthday on 19th May 2019 at Cambridge bookstores in Mussourie.

    Sprots

1. Rafael Nadal of Spain clinched the men’s title at the 2019 Italian Open Tennis tournament after beating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final in Rome on May 19.

     Obituary

 

    1. Niki Lauda (70), the 3-time Formula One world champion, has passed away in Vienna, Austria on May 20, 2019.

    2. Ieoh Ming Pei (102), the Chinese-American architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has passed away in Manhattan, United States on May 16, 2019.

    3. Kadavoor Sivadasan (87), the veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Minister, has passed away in Thiruvananthapuram on May 17, 2019.  

Published on 03rd June, 2019

NEWS AT A GLANCE

     National

     1. Cardiologist and Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Prof. Balram Bhargava has won the 2019 Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva. He bagged the award for his achievements as a clinician, innovator, researcher and trainer.

     2. Acharya Balkrishna, the Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd., has received the 'UNSDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award' on behalf of Patanjali Group of Institutions in Geneva, Switzerland.

     3. Prem Singh Tamang, the president of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) and popularly known as P S Golay, has been sworn-in as the new chief minister of Sikkim.

     4. Chagos Archipelago, island group in the central Indian Ocean, located about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) south of the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. 

    5. Dr. Hema Divakar, a Bengaluru-based medical doctor, has been honoured with the 'Global Asian of the Year 2018-19' award in Dubai recently for her yeomen services and contributions to the women's healthcare ecosystem, in India.

    6. The Indian Scientist Dr. Ankur Patwardhan from Pune has won the 2019 German chemistry prize at the 4th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference.

    7. On May 23, the NewSpace India Ltd. (NSIL) has officially inaugurated in Bengaluru, Karnataka to scale up industry participation in Indian space programmes. It is the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

    8. On May 24, the Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a 500 kg class Inertial Guided Bomb (IGB) from Su-30 MKI Aircraft from the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.

    9. SBI has tied up with FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) arm of The Art of Living.

   10. Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth, who belongs to Darbhanga (Bihar), has created history by becoming the India’s first female fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to qualify to undertake combat missions for day operations on a fighter aircraft.

  International

   1. The 2nd edition of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum was held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 23-26 May, 2019.

   2. The World Thyroid Day (WTD) is observed every year on May 25. It is observed to promote awareness and understanding of thyroid health and the advances made in treating thyroid diseases.

   3. United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia have started the first-of-its-kind naval drill exercise ‘Pacific Vanguard’.

   4. The British-Sri Lankan human rights documentary maker- turned debut novelist, Guy Gunaratne has won the 2019 Dylan Thomas prize for his debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’.

   5. The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is observed every year on 22nd May. It is observed to increase understanding and awareness about biodiversity issues on a global scale. The 2019 theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”.

   6. Algeria and Argentina has been officially recognized as malaria-free in the WHO African Region.

   7. The World Bee Day (WBD) is celebrated every year on May 20 to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem. The theme of the 2019 edition of World Bee Day is "Save the Bees".

   8. Saray Khumalo, a Zambia-born Johannesburg resident, has become the first black African women to conquer the summit of Mount Everest, with an elevation of 8,848m, in her fourth attempt.

   9. NASA has unveiled schedule for 'Artemis' 2024 Moon mission.

   10. AN-32 Russian made aircraft of Indian Air Force (IAF) has formally certified to operate on indigenous Bio-Jet fuel.

   11. The World Turtle Day (WTD) is observed every year on May 23 across the world to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.

   12. Comedian and Political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky has been sworn-in as the new President of Ukraine.

   13. Bangladesh-based terror outfit, the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was banned by the Government of India (GoI) under the anti-terror law UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) of 1967.

   14. Cyril Ramaphosa is new President of South Africa.

   15. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed every year on May 21 to increase the understanding of issues around cultural diversity and development among governments, non- governmental organizations and the public. 

    16. Late Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete has been posthumously conferred with the UN’s highest peacekeeping award 'Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage'.The award will be given during the 2019 International Day of UN Peacekeepers commemorations at UN Headquarters in New York on May 24.

    17. India has been ranked 117th out of 181 countries in the 2019 KidsRight Index.

    18. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to provide $750 million loan to India for Railway track electrification project.

   19. The World Hypertension Day (WHD) is observed every year on May 17 to spread awareness about the disease that the World Health Organisation (WHO) calls a “silent killer” and “global public health issue”. The 2019 theme "Know your numbers" is meant to raise awareness about high blood pressure in people across the world.

Sprots

1. 2019 Sudirman Cup badminton tournament has clinched by China. They beat Japan in men's doubles, women's singles and men's singles to clinch the title for an 11th time. This year is the 16th edition of the Sudirman Cup. The tournament is played in Nanning, China.

    2. Mahesh Mangaonkar from India is associated with Squash. He has clinched the Sekisui Open title for the second time in his career in Kriens, Switzerland on May 25, 2019.

    3. Sethu FC has clinched their first ever Indian Women's League trophy after defeating Manipur Police at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on May 22, 2019. The Sethu FC is an Indian women's football club based in Tamil Nadu.

    4. German payments company Wirecard has teamed up with India to simplify the process of issuing tax identity cards required to open bank accounts, transfer money or complete business transactions.

    5. The World Health Organization (WHO) has unveiled a new strategy to dramatically cut deaths and injuries from snakebites, and also warned a lack of anti-venoms could soon spark a "public health emergency".

     Obituary

1. Veeru Devgan (85), veteran action choreographer and father of Ajay Devgan, has passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra on May 27, 2019.

     2. Surya Prakash (79), a well-known artist from Telangana, has passed away in Hyderabad on May 21, 2019.

     3. Vijaya Mulay (98), the renowned filmmaker and film historian, has passed away at her south Delhi residence on May 19, 2019.

Published on 13th May, 2019

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     National

     1. BharatPe has launched India's first UPI Bahi Khata for merchants, which allows merchants to record their cash/ credit (udhar) sales customer wise, request accounts receivable from customers via SMS payment links, and keep track of accounts payable to suppliers, among other services.

    2. ISRO will launch the latest radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B on 22nd May.

    3. Veteran actor Pankaj Kapur has written the novel "Dopehri".

    4. Justice (Retd.) K S Radhakrishnan has been appointed as a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal in London for a period of four years from 1st of June, 2019 to 31st of May, 2023.

    5. India’s newest pit viper has recently found in Arunachal Pradesh. A team of herpetologists led by Ashok Captain have described a new species of reddish-brown pit viper- a venomous snake with a unique heat-sensing system from a forest in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

    6. Bajaj Auto Executive Director Rakesh Sharma has been elected as Vice-President of Geneva-based International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) at Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    7. Two Indian Navy ships - Guided Missile Destroyer INS Kolkata and Fleet Support Ship INS Shakti carried out a 6-day long exercise ‘Group Sail’ with naval ships of Japan, Philippines and the United States of America (USA) in the disputed South China Sea from 03 May to 09 May 19.

   8. Cooperative major IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited) elected Balvinder Singh Nakai as its Chairman and Dileep Sanghani as Vice Chairman

  International

   1. Pakistan will get $6 billion from the IMF over the next three years to meet its foreign debt obligations. 

 

   2. Japan has started testing its fastest-ever bullet train capable of reaching 400 kilometers per hour

  

   3. International Nurses Day is observed every year on 12th May.

 

   4. Australian warship "HMAS Toowoomba" on visit to Chennai to boost ties.

 

   5. Samsung Electronics Co has recently launched the world's highest-resolution image sensor for smartphones at 64-Megapixels to meet the growing demand for mobile devices with better image quality.

 

   6. Nigerian Professor, Tijjani Mohammad Bande, has been appointed as the new President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

 

   7. WTO (World Trade Organization) Ministerial meeting of developing countries will be held in New Delhi on 13-14 May 2019.

 

   8. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to hold its 2020 Ocean Conference in Lisbon.

 

   9. Ireland has become the second country to declare climate emergency.

Sprots

1. 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) has won by Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai super Kings. The final match was held in Rajiv Gandhi International stadium; Hyderabad, Telangana.

2. Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful wicket-keeper in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by taking his dismissals tally to 132, surpassing his India teammate Dinesh Karthik. 

     Miscellaneous

IPL 2019 Awards List

IPL winner 2019

Mumbai Indians

Captain- Rohit Sharma

Most Valuable Player of IPL 2019

Andre Russell (Kolkata Night Riders)

Orange Cup

David Warner

Team- Sunrisers Hyderabad

Total Match- 12

Total Runs- 692

Purple Cup

Imran Tahir

Team- Chennai Super Kings

Total Match- 12

Total Wicket- 26

Highest Individual Score

Johnny Bairstow

Team- Sunrisers Hyderabad

114*(56)

Best bowling figures

Alzarri Joseph

Team- Delhi Capitals

Bowling figure- 3.4-1-12-6

Stylish Player of the Season

K L Rahul (Kings XI Punjab)

Super Striker of the Season

Andre Russell (Kolkata Night Riders)

Perfect Catch of the Season

Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)

Emerging of the Season

Shubhman Gill (Kolkata Night Riders)

IPL 2019 Fair- Play award

Sunrises Hyderabad

The Gamechanger of the Season

Rahul Chahar (Mumbai Indians)

Man of the Match in Finals

Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)

Stats- 4-0-14-2

Pitch and Ground Trophy

Punjab (Mohali) and Hyderabad

Fastest Fifty Award

Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)

 

Published on 12th May, 2019

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1. The Home Ministry has done away with 'Black List' of Indian-origin people, mostly Sikhs, who have taken asylum abroad under the plea of alleged persecution in India. The list is maintained by Indian missions.

2. The 2019 Brahmakalashothsava festival has started in Karnataka.

  International

   1. US President Donald Trump bestowed Tiger Woods with the 2019 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

2. The team of scientists at CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) - Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has recently carried out first-ever genetic studies on people of Lakshadweep.

3. The 5th edition of United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week has started from 6th May with theme “leadership for road safety”.

4. India and Bangladesh will jointly produce a film on the life & works of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and also a documentary on Bangladesh Liberation War.

5. The movie will be directed by the acclaimed Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal and will be written by Atul Tiwari.

6. The headquarters of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) is in Bonn, Germany.

    7. The meeting of the Regional Heads of Customs Administration of Asia Pacific Region of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) is being organized by Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in Kochi from 08th to 10th May, 2019.

 Miscellaneous

According to AirHelp's ranking, The 10 Best Airports of 2019 are following –

  • Hamad International Airport, Qatar (DOH)

  • Tokyo International Airport, Japan (HND)

  • Athens International Airport, Greece (ATH)

  • Afonso Pena International Airport, Brazil (CWB)

  • Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport, Poland (GDN)

  • Sheremetyevo International Airport, Russia (SVO)

  • Changi Airport Singapore, Singapore (SIN)

  • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, India (HYD)

  • Tenerife North Airport, Spain (TFN)

  • Viracopos/Campinas International Airport, Brazil (VCP) 

Published on 11th May, 2019

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     National

1. Indian giant ‘Amul’ has been announced as the principal sponsor of the Afghanistan cricket team for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales (from 30th May to 14 July 2019).

  • The logo of brand Amul will appear on the leading arm of the Afghanistan team playing jerseys as well as on the training kits throughout the showpiece event.

  • Anand Milk Union Limited (Amul) is an Indian dairy company (formed in 1948), based at Anand in the state of Gujarat.

  • The first time, Afghanistan Cricket team will play in the World Cup as a full member.

2. Software services major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) reclaimed the status of the country's most valued firm by market valuation, surpassing Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). 

3. Reliance Brands Ltd, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd, will acquire iconic British toy-maker Hamleys for 67.96 million pounds (around Rs 620 crore) in an all-cash deal. 

4. P S Reddy took charge as the managing director and CEO of the Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX). 

5. Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has been ranked as the World’s eighth best in a survey conducted by AirHelp. 

6. Sanjib Chattopadhyay (Bengali novelist and writer of short stories), Sonal Mansingh (Indian classical dancer) and Pt. Swapan Chowdhury (Indian tabla player) were conferred with honorary D.Litt degrees by the Rabindra Bharati University (RBU). 

7. The Chhattisgarh Police for the first time has inducted women commandos in the District Reserve Guard, its frontline anti-Naxal force.

    8. Max Life Insurance Co Ltd, one of industry's foremost life insurance companies, announced that it will dedicate 6th day of every calendar month as 'Protection Day' towards driving awareness around the concept of financial protection.

  International

   1. Indian actress Dia Mirza and Alibaba chief Jack Ma are among the 17 global public figures appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the new advocates to drive action and solidify global political will for the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

2. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has named M Hari Menon as the Country Director in India. 

3. India and China signed a protocol for the export of Indian chilli meal to China.

4. The Australian flight carrier ‘Qantas’ has operated the world’s first zero-waste commercial flight from Sydney to Adelaide.

  • ‘Qantas’ disposed of all waste through compost, reuse or recycle.

  • The Australian airline Qantas has planned to eliminate 100 million single-use plastics by the end of 2020 and reduce 75% of airline’s waste by the end of 2021.

  Sprots

1. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales.

  Obituary

 

    1. Noted Tamil novelist and Sahitya Akademi awardee Thoppil Mohamed Meeran died. He was 74. 

Published on 10th May, 2019

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     National

1. The Desert Storm 2019 is touted to be the longest Cross-Country Rally in India, which is started from Bikaner in Rajasthan on 8th May.

     2. India's first natural Ice Cafe has started at a height of 14,000 feet in Leh, Ladakh.

  • The ice cafe is located on the Manali-Leh Highway.

  • It is created by natural process by the Border Road Organization (BRO) officials, with the help of some locals during winters.

  • The cafe utilizes the same concept as used by Sonam Wangchuk for his ice stupa project in Ladakh and has been attracting a large number of tourists.

3. The researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai have found a novel function for serotonin (a chemical that signals between neurons). The recent discovery establishes that serotonin is involved in the generation of new mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) in neurons, increased cellular respiration and fuel (ATP) in the cell.

    4. Pakkamalai Reserve Forests is located in Tamil Nadu. For the first time, researchers have recently sighted nests of the grizzled giant squirrel (Ratufa macroura) at Pakkamalai Reserve Forests near Gingee (Tamil Nadu) in the Eastern Ghats.

    5. A meeting of the Regional Heads of Customs Administration of Asia Pacific Region of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) started in Kochi. 

    6. Bajaj Auto Executive Director Rakesh Sharma has been elected as Vice-President of Geneva-based International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA). 

    7. India’s first global, Mega-Science Exhibition Vigyan Samagam’ started at Mumbai. 

    8. 15th Finance Commission held a detailed meeting with the Governor and Deputy Governors of RBI in Mumbai.

  International

   1. India's Jagjit Pavadia has been elected as the member of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for a 5-year term beginning 2nd March, 2020.

    2. The World Red Cross Day (WRCD) is observed every year on May 8 to recognize the extraordinary contribution and incredible achievements of the stalwarts and volunteers around the world for helping the people in need anytime, anywhere.

    3. Russia, Sweden, United States are members of inter-governmental forum Artic Council. On 7th May 2019, India has been re-elected as an observer to inter-governmental forum Arctic Council at the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting at Rovaniemi, Finland.

    4. A Japanese aerospace startup Interstellar Technology Inc. has become the first private firm in Japan to launch a rocket into space. It has successfully launched a small rocket ‘Momo-3’ from its test site in Hokkaido, which reached about 110 kilometers (68 miles) in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean after 10 minutes of flight time. With this feat, Momo-3 has become the Japan’s first privately developed model to reach outer space.

   5. The theme of the 2019 edition of World Thalassaemia Day (WTD) is “Universal access to quality thalassaemia healthcare services: Building bridges with and for patients”.

  6. According to report released by digital marketing platform SEMrush, (Software Company based in Boston, U.S.) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the second most followed politician in the world on social media. 

  Obituary

 

    1. Dr. NR Madhava Menon (84), the renowned academician and father of modern Indian Legal Education, passed away in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on May 8, 2019.

2. Veteran film and TV actor Mrinal Mukherjee died. He was 74. 

3. Renowned Sikh historian Kirpal Singh has passed away. He was 95. 

4. Renowned economist Baidyanath Mishra died. He was 99. 

 

Published on 9th May, 2019

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     National

1. In a bid to evaluate the environmental performance of existing schools across India, the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council has recently released a rating tool ‘GRIHA for Existing Day Schools’.

2. Frontline missile destroyer of the Indian Navy 'INS Ranjit' has recently decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam, after serving the Indian navy for 36 years. INS Ranjit is the third of the five Kashin-class destroyers built by the erstwhile USSR and was commissioned on September 15 1983.

3. Justice PR Ramachandra Menon has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court. Earlier, He was a judge in the Kerala High Court.

4. India has been re-elected as an observer to inter-governmental forum Arctic Council. 

5. The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) and the University of Technology Sydney's (UTS') Faculty of Engineering and IT have extended research cooperation by establishing a new joint research cluster (JRC). 

6. Tata Global Beverages Wednesday said former MD & CEO of Axis Bank, Shikha Sharma and Pidilite Industries MD Bharat Puri have been appointed as additional and independent directors. 

     International

   1. The World Asthma Day (WAD) is celebrated every year on first Tuesday of May to increase awareness about asthma and aims to improve the lives of people with asthma across the world.

  • Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs which causes breathing problems.

  • It usually appears through symptoms like coughing, tightness in the chest, breathlessness.

  • The 2019 WAD is observed on 7th of May with theme Stop for Asthma’.

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 235 million people currently suffering from asthma around the world.

2. Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appointed finance  minister Boubou Cisse as prime minister of Mali.

3. Two Indians - an Indian police officer Jitender Kumar deployed to the UN mission in Congo and a consultant Shikha Garg with the UN development programme, killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, are among 115 UN peacekeepers and staff honoured by the global organisation for their sacrifice. They lost their lives in the service of peace between January 2018 and March 2019. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, along with top UN officials and Peacekeeping personnel paid tribute to 115 peacekeepers from 43 different nations, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty at the solemn ceremony on May 5, 2019.

4. Laurentino Cortizo has been declared the winner of 2019 presidential election of Panama.

5. G D 'Robert' Govender, an Indian-origin journalist in South Africa, has been honoured in the UK with 2019 V K Krishna Menon award for his outstanding contribution as a pioneer of decolonised journalism.

6. India’s Jagjit Pavadia has been re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for another term. 

7. India and Bangladesh will co-produce a film on the life and works of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a documentary on Bangladesh Liberation War. 

8. US President Donald Trump bestowed Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honour. 

     Sports

 

     1. The Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) has recently appointed Dragan Mihailovic from Serbia as new head coach of Indian Volleyball Team.

2. Pakistan’s former captain and star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has recently released his controversial autobiography, titled ‘Game Changer’.

3. Former West Indies batsman Seymour Nurse has passed away. He was 85. 

Obituary

1. Father of modern legal education in India, N R Madhava Menon, passed away. He was 84. 

     Miscellaneous

    Important days in the month of May

May 1

Workers' Day (International Labour Day)

Maharashtra Day

May 3

Press Freedom Day

May (1st Sunday)

World Laughter Day

May (1st Tuesday)

World Asthma Day

May (2nd Sunday)

Mother's Day

May 4

Coal Miners' Day

International Firefighters Day

May 7

World Athletes Day

May 8

World Red Cross Day

World Thalassaemia Day

May 11

National Technology Day

May 12

International Nurses Day

May 15

International Day of the Family

May 17

World Telecommunication Day

World Hypertension Day

May 18

World AIDS Vaccine Day

International Museum Day

May 21

National Anti-Terrorism Day

May 22

International Day for Biological Diversity

May 24

Commonwealth Day

May 31

Anti-tobacco Day

 

Published on 8th May, 2019

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     National

1. Purnendu S. Mitra took over the responsibility of the General Manager of Eastern Railway. He is the General Manager of South-Eastern Railway.

2. Mangaluru City Police has launched an all-women police patrol unit Rani Abbakka Force’ for the protection of women and children.

3. The State Bank of India (SBI) has become the first bank in the country to link its saving and loan interest rates to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s repo rate.

4. Dilip Kumar, a 1995-batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre, has been appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the office of Lokpal.

5. Common Service Centre’s (CSC) e-Governance Services India Limited has tied up with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur to upscale ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’, which is an initiative of the Ministry of HRD. It aims to find solutions to accelerate sustainable growth in rural India.

6. The fourth of Indian Navy’s stealth Scorpene class Submarines of Project 75, INS Vela has recently launched for trials at the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

     International

    1. 'Met Gala 2019' was held at 'The Metropolitan Museum of Arts' in New York City. This year, the theme was 'Camp:Notes on Fasion'.

2. The 16th Ministerial Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD-2019) was held in Doha, Qatar from April 30 to May 2 with theme "Partners in Progress”. Gen. (Dr) V.K. Singh (Retd), Minister of State for External Affairs led the Indian delegation.

3. Former ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar has been conferred with France's highest civilian award, 'Chevalier de l'Ordre national de la Lgion d'Honneur' for his contribution to India-France space cooperation.

4. King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned as the Rama X of Thailand in a dazzling show of pageantry on behalf of the Thai people. This marked the first ascension of a new monarch in seven decades.

5. The International Firefighters' Day (IFFD) is observed every year on May 4.

6. US Air Force General Tod Wolters has been sworn-in as the top military officer of the 29-nation NATO military alliance.

7. After 8 years, India will once again mark its presence at the art world's oldest Biennale in Venice, Italy that begins on 11th May 2019. The theme of the Indian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019 is ‘Hundred and Fifty years of Mahatma Gandhi’.

8. According to the latest data from US space agency NASA, the giant asteroid named 99942 Apophis is expected to approach dangerously close to the Earth on April 13, 2029.

9. Journalist Nileena MS, a reporting fellow with The Caravan, has won the prestigious ACJ (Asian College of Journalism) Award for the year 2018. She won the award for her story titled “Coalgate 2.0: The Adani Group reaps benefits worth thousands of crores of rupees as the coal scam continues under the Modi government”.

10. A Nepali teenager, Bandana Nepal (18) has set a new Guinness World Record on 'Longest Dancing Marathon by an Individual' by dancing continuously for 126 hours (over 5 days). She received the official confirmation from the Guinness Records on 3rd May 2019. She set the record by doing a solo dance on Nepali music for 126 hours in the hall of Big Foodland restaurant in Kathmandu on November 23, 2018.

11. India is officially invited to Group of 7 (G-7) industrialized nations summit along with Australia, Chile and South Africa. The summit is scheduled to be held in Biarritz, France in August 24-25, 2019.

12. G D 'Robert' Govender, an Indian-origin journalist in South Africa, has been honoured in the UK with 2019 V K Krishna Menon award for his outstanding contribution as a pioneer of decolonised journalism.

 

     Sports

 

     1. The TePe Sigeman & Co International tournament is associated to Chess. It has started in Malmo, Sweden on May 3.

2. Ace Indian squash players Saurav Ghoshal and Joshna Chinappa won their respective Asian Individual Squash Championship titles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 6.

3. Caster Semenya has won the 800 metres race at the Doha Diamond League.

Obituary

1. Master Hirannaiah (85), the noted Kannada theatre personality, passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka on May 2, 2019.

2. Duti Krushna Panda (97), the veteran CPI leader and former Lok Sabha member, has passed away in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on May 5, 2019.

 

Published on 7th May, 2019

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     National

1. Bombay Stock Exchange has appointed M Jayshree Vyas as first independent woman Director

2. Present Vice Chief of Indian Air Force is Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.

3. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has been ranked 29th in the ‘Times Higher Education’ annual rankings. A total of 49 Indian institutions have it to the list this year which is higher than the last year (42). 

4. LIC Housing Finance has launched ‘Udyam’, a skilling centre in Bengaluru. 

5. Central government has made mandatory All Electric Vehicles to use the green number platesThe special number plate is supposed to have the vehicle number spelled out in white colour on a green background. The new mandate is supposed to help provide a preferential treatment to the vehicles with no carbon emissions, like parking, free entry in congested areas as well as a concessional toll on highways.

6. The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 11.25 lakh on Yes Bank for violating money transfer norms.

7. India's largest telecom operator Vodafone Idea Ltd signed a five-year multi-million-dollar IT outsourcing deal with tech giant IBM.

8. India was the biggest recipient of funds from Asian Development Bank last year and would continue to get sovereign loans in excess of USD 3 billion in 2019 as well.

9. BSNL has launched 'Bharat Fibre' broadband service in Kashmir Valley.

10. Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian has been included as the member of the Advisory Council of the Fifteenth Finance Commission.

11. Bi-annual conference of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) was held at New Delhi.

    12. Justice S Ravindra Bhat sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court

     International

    1. New Prime Minister of Israel is Benjamin Netanyahu.

   

    2. 16th Ministerial Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) was held in Doha, Qatar.

 

    3. Former ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar conferred with France’s highest civilian award – 'Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la L gion d’Honneur' – for his contribution to India-France space cooperation.

 

    4. 52nd annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) board of governors was held at Nadi, Fiji.

 

    5. According to World Gold Council (WGC) Report, in the first quarter of 2019, India’s gold consumption has been increased by 5 per cent to 159 tonnes.

 

    6. The 9th IBSA (India, Brazil & South Africa) Trilateral Ministerial Meeting, was held in Cochin from May 3-5, 2019.

 

     Sports

 

     1. Indian shooting ace Apurvi Chandela attained the world number 1 position in the women’s 10m air rifle event while compatriot Anjum Moudgil rose to number two after  consistent performances in recent years.

2. Raheem Sterling has been named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA).

3. Former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed as the first non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

4. Jaipur will host the 8th Asian Youth Women Handball Championship. 

5. According to the latest T20 team rankings issued by the ICC, Pakistan have consolidated their top position where India have dropped three places to fifth in the expanded men's Twenty20 International team rankings.

6. Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) named Serbian Dragan Mihailovic as the head coach the Indian men's volleyball team

7. Indian boxers finished with a rich haul of six medals, including two gold at the 36th Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik bagged one gold each. Indian boxers also clinched a silver and three bronze.

Obituary

1. Former Chief Justice of Madras and Kerala High Courts B Subhashan Reddy passed away. He was 76.

2. Actor Peter Mayhew, who won over fans worldwide as the Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the blockbuster Star Wars movies, has died. He was 74.

3. Former Kerala finance minister V Viswanatha Menon passed away. He was 92.

4. Noted Kannada theatre artist and film actor Hirannaiah Narasimha Murthy has passed away. He was 84.

 

Published on 6th May, 2019

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     National

1. The Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) have signed a MoU for cooperation on various projects related to e-mobility. The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) is under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public enterprises.

2. Archaeologists in Telangana have recently unearthed a rare life-sized stucco sculpture from a Buddhist site at Phanigiri in Suryapet. Phanigiri is a village in Suryapet district, Telangana. It is considered to be the biggest stucco sculpture found in the excavations in the country till date. The sculpture is about 1.73 metres in height and 35 cm in width.

3. The Union Environment Ministry has constituted a committee to implement the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which aims to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20%-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024. The committee will be chaired by the Secretary, Union Environment Ministry.

4. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has decided to observe its retaliatory action on February 27 against the Indian air strikes on the Balakot terror camp as 'Operation Swift Retort'.

5. The headquarters of Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Limited (WAPCOS) is located in New Delhi.

6. In Meghalaya, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) North Eastern Region (NER) has recently installed two geological display boards at two important geological sites in the State with geo-scientific information which will help in creating awareness among visiting tourists, students and the general public. The boards are unvieled at two important geological sites in the State namely Mawmluh cave and Therriaghat, Sobhar in East Khasi Hill District.

7. M Jayshree Vyas, a professionally-qualified chartered accountant, has been appointed as the first independent woman director of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

8. State-owned telecom firm BSNL has become the first operator to start optical fibre-based high-speed broadband service in Pulwama with launch of 'Bharat Fibre'. "This is the first such FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) service deployment in the (Kashmir) Valley under this unique revenue share model. Since the Bharat Fibre services are provided on the optical fibre right up to the customer premises, reliable and high-speed internet services are delivered to the customers.

9. In a major diplomatic victory for India, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar was listed as a designated terrorist by the 'UN Security Council 1267 Committee' on 1st May 2019 after China lifted its block on the move.

10. The Government of India (GoI) has signed a MoU with IIT Delhi to set up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies.

     International

   1. The International Labour Day (ILD) is celebrated every year on 1st of May to honour the contribution of working men and women. The day aims to pay tribute to workers sacrifices in achieving economic and social rights all over the world. The 2019 theme is – "Sustainable Pension for all: The Role of Social Partners".

2. According to latest data released by global think-tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States is the world’s largest spender on defence in 2018. The total world military expenditure rose by 2.6% to $1,822 billion in 2018.

3. Alfred Brownell from Liberia, an environmental lawyer and activist, has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for exposing alleged abuse by the palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia and helping to prevent it from converting about 50 km of forest that is home to elephants, pygmy hippopotamuses and chimpanzees into palm oil plantations.

4. Israel has recently honoured 1971 war hero Lt. Gen. (retd) Jack Farj Rafael (JFR) Jacob with a plaque on Ammunition Hill Wall of Honour in Jerusalem. Lt. Gen. Jacob, who died in 2016 at the age of 92 , negotiated the historic surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka after the 1971 Bangladesh's liberation war.

5. Iraq, for the second year in a row, become India’s top crude oil supplier, meeting more than a fifth of the country’s oil needs in 2018-19 fiscal year.

6. The International Jazz Day (IZD) is celebrated around the world on April 30 every year to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.

7. The World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is observed every year on 3rd May. The 2019 theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation”.

8. The headquarters of International Press Institute (IPI) is in Vienna, Austria.

9. World No. 1 Bajrang Punia won the gold at the 2019 Ali Aliyev wrestling tournament. In the final of men's 65kg freestyle, he defeated Viktor Rassadin inin Kaspiisk, Russia on May 2.

10. The World Tuna Day (WTD) is observed every year on May 2 to highlight the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

11. The United Kingdom Parliament has become the first national legislative body in the world to pass national declaration (or motion) of an Environment and climate emergency.

     Sports

 

     1. Claire Polosak from Australia created history by becoming the first female umpire to stand in a men's One-Day International (ODI).

2. Barcelona FC has clinched the 2019 Spanish La Liga title after beating Levante UD in the final at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 27, 2019.

3. Ace India goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh has been nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by Hockey India.

4. The first part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise –'Varuna 19.1'– has started off the Goa coast from 1 to 10 May 2019.

5. The former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has become the first non-British President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He will begin his one-year tenure in October 2019 and will succeed Anthony Wreford.

6. Jaipur will host the 8th Asian Youth Women Handball Championship in which 10 teams, including defending champions South Korea, will be participating. The general secretary of the Handball Federation of India, Anandeshwar Pandey, said here that it is the first time that the prestigious tournament would be played in the city from August 21 to 30.

Obituary

1. Dr. Negasso Gidada (75), the former President of Ethiopia, has passed away in Frankfurt, Germany on April 27, 2019. He was president between 1995 and 2001 and was the first head of state after Ethiopia adopted a new constitution transforming the country into a federal state, with increased autonomy given to the different regions.

 

Published on 1st May, 2019

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1. Government of India has increased the import duty on wheat to 40% from 30%. 

    2. Ministry of Defence has given a contract to Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) to build eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts for Indian Navy.

    3. State-run hydro power giant NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) has entered into a pact with the Indian Army to construct underground bunkers and caverns across India. 

     4. The “Politics of Jugaad: The Coalition Handbook” has been authored by journalist Saba Naqvi.

     5. IIT Madras has developed an easy OCR system for reading Bharti script.

     6. Dr. Srinivasa Chakravathy and his team at IIT Madras has developed a unified script for nine Indian languages, named the Bharati script. The team has developed a method for reading documents in Bharati script using a multi-lingual Optical Character Recognition (OCR) scheme.

7. The researchers at Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi) have developed an ultra sensitive quantum thermometer using graphene quantum dots.

     8. The six-member expert committee led by former RBI governor Bimal Jalan was appointed on December 26, 2018 to review the Economic Capital Framework (ECF) for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

9. Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF). He succeeded Air Marshal Anil Khosla.

10. 25th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force is Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.

11. Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting (WCCL), the consumer care business of software provider Wipro Ltd, has acquired the Philippines-based personal care maker Splash Corporation for an undisclosed amount to enter the country which has a consumer base of around 100 million. 

    12. The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched an awareness programme on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in collaboration with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute Limited to help small scale businesses.

     International

   1. China and Pakistan have signed an agreement on space exploration, marking a new phase in space science cooperation between the all-weather allies. 

    2. Lebanon's capital Beirut has set a new Guinness World Record for the number of national flags raised in a city for 24 hours.

    3. In China, the 2nd edition of Belt and Road Forum (BRF - 2019) was officially held in Beijing with theme “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”. In it, 37 heads-of-state and 159 countries had participated along with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and International Monetary Chief (IMF) Christine Lagarde. 

    4. The World Day For Safety And Health At Work is observed every year on 28th of April by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote safe, healthy and decent work.

    5. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has officially celebrated the first-ever International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace on 24th April 2019 for the international observance.

    6. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and two women Public Interest Litigators (PIL) Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy have been featured by TIME magazine in its prestigious list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

     Sports

 

     1. Finland's Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has won the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix title.

    2. India’s G Sathiyan scaled new heights in his rapidly rising career by becoming the first Indian to break into the top-25 of world rankings. Sathiyan rose four spots to be 24th in the latest ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) rankings.

    3. Senior tennis player Rameez Samad, won both the 'Singles and Jumbled doubles title' at the inaugural Investec Elite Legends Championship

    4. Asian Games 2018 gold medal-winning Indian boxer Amit Panghal has been nominated for Arjuna awards by the Boxing Federation of India.

    5. Dominic Thiem of Austria clinched the 2019 men's singles title at the Barcelona Open Tennis tournament. In the final, he defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russia.

    6. The BCCI recommended Indian pacers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and women’s team spinner Poonam Yadav for the 2019 Arjuna award.

    7. Raheem Sterling, the Manchester City and England forward, has been named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA).

    8. The International Dance Day (IDD) is observed every year on 29th of April to celebrate the birth anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), the creator of modern ballet.

    9. Arjuna awardee and star Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the ‘Outstanding achievement as a player award’ at the 4th edition of the annual India Golf Industry Association (GIA) awards at the Delhi Golf Club.

Obituary

1. Pungam Kannan (80), the former Indian footballer, has passed away at Kolkata, West Bengal.  

Published on 29th April, 2019

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1. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently announced that it will shortly issue Rs 20 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series. The new denomination has motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse that depicts the country's cultural heritage.

2. Indian Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) to construct four underground tunnels for storage of ammunition along the China and Pakistan border.

3. The Central Works Public Department (CPWD) has constituted an expert committee to formulate a design policy for building construction and infrastructure development. The committee, under the chairmanship of CPWD's Additional Director General M K Sharma, is aimed at reviving building construction and infrastructure development at all levels in the CPWD which comes under the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry.

4. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has been recently constituted a 13 member Committee to review the regulatory framework on microinsurance and recommend measures to increase the demand for such products. The committee is under the chairmanship of IRDAI Executive Director Suresh Mathur.

5. The Indian Council of Medical Research has launched the 'Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India' to eliminate malaria from India by 2030.

6. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) extended the "ombudsman scheme" for non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) to non-deposit-taking NBFCs with asset size of at least Rs 100 crore. 

     International

   1. Puranik Yogendra (or Yogi) from Pune has become the first ethnic Indian to contest and win an election in Japan. He has been elected to Edogawa Ward assembly of Tokyo. Hence, this is the first-ever victory of a naturalized Japanese of Indian origin in elections in Japan.

2. Britain has recently pledged £4 million to support Modern Slavery Innovation Fund (MSIF).

3. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has announced that Qatar will officially abolish its controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of 2019.

4. Actor Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, best known for his performance in "Boyz n the Hood" has died. He was 76. 

5. Scientists in Chile has recently found oldest single footprint at the paleo-archaeological site Pilauco (Osorno, Chile). It is a single footprint, discovered in Chile, dates back 15,600 years. 

6. Nepal has collected about 3,000 kilograms of solid waste from Mt. Everest since when Nepal launched an ambitious Everest Cleaning Campaign. This 45-day Everest Cleaning Campaign was launched on April 14, on Nepali New Year, and seeks to clean up ‘world’s highest garbage dump.’ As per the Nepal government, 2,000 kg of garbage had been sent to Okhaldhunga while the remaining 1,000 kg were brought to Kathmandu using Nepali Army helicopters for disposal.

     Sports

1. Abhishek Verma secured India's fifth Olympic quota place by winning the 10m air pistol gold medal at the ISSF World Cup at Beijing. This is India's fifth 2020 Tokyo Olympic quota after Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women), Saurabh Choudhary (10m Air Pistol men) and Divyansh Singh Panwar had secured berths.

2. Former Indian footballer Pungam Kannan has passed away. He was 80. 

3. Asian champion Bajrang Punia is set to become the first Indian wrestler to fight at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden. Punia, who won the 65kg men's freestyle gold at the recent Asian championships, will be among top wrestlers selected by the American governing body for the May 6 tournament.  

4. Akane Yamaguchi has become the first Japanese to win the women single' title of Asian Badminton championships in Wuhan. 

5. Japan's Kento Momota has won the men single' title of Asian Badminton championships in Wuhan.

Obituary

1. Rama Sengupta Paul (66), the Veteran lady mountaineer, has passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. She led the first successful all-women expedition to Kedarnath Dome in Garhwal Himalaya which was organized by city-based Himalayan Association to commemorate the International Year of Women in 1975.

 

    Miscellaneous

 

ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019

Top 10 Countries

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

India

3

1

 

4

China

2

2

1

5

Russia

1

3

3

7

South Korea

1

2

2

5

Bulgaria

1

 

 

1

Croatia

1

 

 

1

Czech Republic

1

 

 

1

Hungary

 

1

1

2

Germany

 

1

 

1

France

 

 

1

1

Greece

 

 

1

1

Norway

 

 

1

1

 

 

Published on 28th April, 2019

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1. The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched India’s first ‘Green Car Loan’ (Electric Vehicle) to encourage customers to buy electric vehicles. The new scheme will offer loan at 20 basis points lesser than the interest rate on the existing car loan schemes.

2. General (Retd.) Dalbir Singh Suhag has been appointed as India's new high commissioner to the Republic of Seychelles.

3. The headquarters of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) is in Hyderabad.

4. Japanese Ambassador in India Kenji Hiramatsu inaugurated the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM), a residential skill training centre, in Sri City in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

5. Finance Ministry has approved 8.65 per cent rate of interest on the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) for 2018-19 as decided by the retirement fund body EPFO.

6. Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC) has formed a panel for effective implementation of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

     International

    1. The 5th Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness has started in Kathmandu, Nepal. The two-day Summit starts on 25th April 2019 and ends on 26th April, 2019. The theme of the two-day summit is “Media Solutions for Sustainable Future: Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities”.  

2. The World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) is observed on 26th April. This year theme is "Reach for Gold: IP and Sports".

3. The Japanese scientists have successfully created the first-ever artificial crater on an asteroid ‘Ryugu’. It’s a step towards shedding light on how the solar system evolved.

4. The 2019 World Immunization Week (WIW) is a global public health campaign celebrated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) from April 24 to 30 with theme “Protected Together: Vaccines Work!”.

5. Indonesia has recently released a special Ramayana themed stamp to mark 70 years of diplomatic ties with India. The stamp is designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta.

6. Sharjah city of UAE has been named as UNESCO's World Book Capital for 2019

 

     Sports

1. Divyansh Singh Panwar bagged silver in 10m Air Rifle event with 249.0 points in the 2019 ISSF ( International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup for pistol and rifle shooters in Beijing. He also secured a quota for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  

2. India's Pardeep Singh won a bronze medal in clean and jerk in the 102kg category competition at the Asian Weightlifting Championships

3. Amit Panghal (52 kg) picked up his second successive gold of the year, while two others claimed silver medals in the Asian Championships in Bangkok.

4. India topped the standings at the International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF World Cup in the final day in Beijing. India bagged four medals comprising 3 Gold and a Silver.

5. The 31-year-old Australia’s Claire Polosak has become the first woman to umpire a men’s one-day international. 

Obituary

1. Manuel Lujn Jr, who spent 20 years as a Republican congressman and later as a US Interior Secretary, died. He was 90.

2. Former Himachal Pradesh minister and senior BJP leader Chaudhary Vidyasagar passed away. He was 84.

 

Published on 26th April, 2019

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1. The Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) has become the first Destination Bank to go live with Net Banking and Debit Card-based authentication solution on NPCI’s e-Mandate API platform.

2. As per Narasimham Committee-II, the RBI has sold its entire stake in NHB & Nabard to Union Government.

3. Rana Dasgupta has won the 2nd edition of Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 for his 2010 novel "Solo", a tale of estrangement and the ultimate failure of material existence. The award consists of an amount of $10,000, a Tagore statue and a certificate.

4. Former Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has been appointed as India's next high commissioner to Seychelles

5. Siddhartha Mohanty has been appointed as its chief operating officer of LIC Housing Finance. Prior to taking over as the position, he was executive director with LIC of India.

6. NITI Aayogs Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and UNICEF India signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to provide an open platform to promote participation, skilling and empowerment among young children across different communities.

7. Indian Food and Film Festival was organised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

8. According to RBI Report, Customer complaints against banks have been increased 24.9% in Financial Year 2017-18. 

     International

    1. The World Malaria Day (WMD) is observed every year on 25th of April to raise awareness and funds for the treatment and prevention of the disease. 2019 theme of World Malaria Day is ‘Zero malaria starts with me’.

2. The global startup ecosystem map Startupblink has released its latest 2019 Startup Ecosystem Ranking. In it, India has been ranked 17th out of 100 countries. The index is topped by United States, followed by UK, Canada, Israel, and Australia.

3. Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom has successfully tested the world’s first Floating Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP)Akademik Lomonosov.

4. Michelin-star chef and filmmaker Vikas Khanna has been named as brand ambassador of Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) at the Consulate General of India in New York City.

5. The World Intellectual Property Day was observed across the world on April 26, to spread awareness about the role that intellectual property rights like patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

 

     Sports

1. India's Divya Kakran and Manju Kumari bagged bronze medals for the country in the women's competition of the Asian Wrestling Championships on Thursday.

2. India's ace cueist Pankaj Advani defeated Ehsan Heydari Nezhad of Iran 6-4 to claim the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title

Published on 25th April, 2019

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

2. Indian Coast Guard Ship C-441 has been commissioned at Vizhinjam harbour. 

3. Karnam Sekar, MD and CEO of the erstwhile Dena Bank, will take over as MD and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank from July 1. His term will end in June next year.

4. All India RadioPublication Division and Children’s Film Society of  India were given "Swacchta Pakhwada Awards-2019" in New Delhi.

     International

    1. The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) have recently announced that 85% of the Hope Probe project has been completed.  Hope Probe is an ambitious dream project of UAE to send a mission to Mars. Hope Probe is scheduled to be launched in July 2020.

2. Iran and Pakistan have decided to set up a Joint Border Reaction Force (JBRF) following a number of deadly attacks by militant groups on their frontier.

3. NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an airborne observatory has detected the Universe’s first molecule in space 'Helium hydride' (HeH+) in planetary nebula NGC 7027 which is about 3,000 light-years away from Earth.

4. The world's tallest 131 ft indoor waterfall has opened for the general public at Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport.The waterfall is housed inside a dome-shaped complex which has gardens growing over four storeys, more than 280 retail and food outlets, a hotel and a movie theatre. The structure also has a botanical garden with 120 species of plants. The dome-shaped glass structure was designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie.

5. The World Book and Copyright Day (WBCD) is celebrated worldwide on 23rd April to pay tribute to the veteran literary figures like William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso De La Vega. It is a symbolic date in world literature. On this day, UNESCO and organisations representing publishers, booksellers and libraries select World Book Capital (WBC) for a year to maintain the celebrations of books and reading. For the year 2019, Sharjah, UAE has been declared as the World Book Capital. It will be Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the year 2020.

6. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has announced the creation of the Amartya Sen Chair in Inequality Studies, named in honour of the India-born economist, philosopher and Nobel laureate, who was Professor of Economics at LSE from 1971-82.

7. The Asian Tea Alliance (ATA), a union of five tea-growing and consuming countries, was launched in Guizhou in China. The members of the alliance are-

  1. Indian Tea Association

  2. China Tea Marketing Association

  3. Indonesian Tea Marketing association

  4. Sri Lanka Tea Board and

  5. Japan Tea Association

 It plans to work towards enhancing tea trade, cultural exchanges, technology exchanges as well as globally promoting tea. It will also work towards enhancing global consumption of tea, while creating a sustainability agenda for the future of Asian tea.

8. A Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida has won the "World Press Freedom Hero Award" of the International Press Institute (IPI) for his 'critical' and 'tenacious coverage' of the civil-military relations in Pakistan.

     Sports

1. PU Chitra defended her 1500m title to give India its third gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships.

2. Ajay Kumar Saroj and Dutee Chand won a silver and a bronze in men's 1500m and women's 200m respectively.

3. Legendary Indian tennis player Vijay Amritraj, former Test cricketer V V Kumar and Asian Games gold medalist Gnanasekaran would be honoured with lifetime achievement awards by the Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists' Association (TNSJA).

Published on 24th April, 2019

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    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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     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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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.

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