15 June Current Affairs 2019
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Reports says the global internet users have touched 3.8 billion
15 June 2019 Current Affairs: Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report said that the global internet users have touched 3.8 billion which is more than half of the world’s population. China was found to have the largest internet user base at 21%. The internet users in India are 12%, and the United States are 8%.
The report said Asia Pacific region was found to be leading in terms of both the number of users and potential internet users with 53% of users coming from this part of the world. Global internet users making 51% of the world’s population is a considerable growth as compared to 29% of the world’s population using the internet in 2009. The report noted a slowdown in the year-on-year growth in the volume of global internet users.
Meeker also said the increase in number of users in India is due to the introduction of Reliance Jio. It has created a hybrid, online-to-offline commerce platform by integrating Reliance Retail’s physical marketplace with Reliance Jio’s digital infrastructure and services, thus doubling its growth in a year to a total of 307 million subscribers.
India ranks 141 in the 2019 Global Peace Index
14 June 2019 Current Affairs: ISRO unveiled plan to set up its own space station in seven years. ISRO is to set up a very small and a separate space station. It will not be a part of the International Space Station (ISS). The project will be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission, which aims to send an Indian crew to space in 2022.
The weight of the space station will be around 20 tonnes. ISRO’s proposal will be sent to the government for approval by 2022 after the first Gaganyaan mission. the mission is looking at 5-7 years to execute the programme. The cost of the proposed space station was not disclosed.
The International Space Station (ISS) is a partnership between European Space Agency, the United States (NASA), Japan (JAXA), Canada (CSA) and Russia (Roscosmos). It is the world’s largest international cooperative programme in science and technology.hina also plans to build a space station of its own.
Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship
Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship at the Yarraville Club in Melbourne, Australia. Peter Gilchrist defeated Kolkata cueist Kothari who had been on a roll winning the International Reventon Classic Snooker championship, a triple crown event of Australia and thereafter went on to display some outstanding billiards en-route the final. Peter Gilchrist: Peter Gilchrist is an English-born Singaporean English billiards player.
Virat Kohli is the only Indian in the list of top paid athletes
15 June 2019 Current Affairs: Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is the only Indian in the Forbes list of world’s highest-paid athletes. He has been estimated with an annual earnings of $25 million. According to the report, his earnings are $21 million from endorsements and USD 4 million from salary and winnings for the last 12 months. Kholi, the Indian captain, has dropped 17 spots to be 100th in the rankings despite an increase of $1 million in endorsements. He was ranked 83rd in 2018.
The list is topped by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi. Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather has been dethroned by Messi as the sports world’s highest earner, raking in $127 million via salary and endorsement deals. Messi’s long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus and Portugal star is second with earnings of $109 million.
Adani Group got its approval for the Carmichael coal mine project in Australia
15 June 2019 Current Affairs: Adani-led Adani Group has got its approvals from the Queensland state government, Australia for the Carmichael coal mine project in Australia. The plan was approved by the central government in April, 2019. The project aims to ensure energy security for India and create more jobs for Australia.
The 16th Asia Media Summit was successfully concluded on 13 June in Cambodia
The 16th Asia Media Summit was concluded on 13 June in Cambodia. The summit called for regulation-making to fight against fake news and cyber-crimes.The theme of the summit was Media Digitalisation – Focusing on Developing Markets. 16th Asia Media Summit: The summit was organised by Cambodian Ministry of Information and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).
Poet and lyricist Pazhavila Ramesan passed away on 13 June
Poet and lyricist Pazhavila Ramesan passed away on 13 June 2019 at Thiruvananthapuram. He was 83. He was ailing for some time. Pazhavila Ramesan: Ramesan had received the 2017 Kerala Sahithya Akademi award for overall contributions. He wrote lyrics for Malayalam movies such as Njattadi, Aashamsakalode, Uncle Bun, Malootty, and Vasudha. He was co-editor of K. Balakrishnan’s Kaumudi Weekly in the sixties. He worked at the State Institute of Languages in various capacities till 1993.
United States claim biggest ever Women’s Fifa World Cup win
United States won the biggest-ever victory in FIFA Women’s World Cup .They defeated Thailand in Group-F match at Reims in France. Alex Morgan scored five times prior to the three-time winners.Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd were also on the score sheet as the US broke Germany’s record of an 11-nil win over Argentina in 2007. USA lost just one international game since July 2017 won seven games in a row.
Akshaya Patra was awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award
The Bengaluru-based NGO Akshaya Patra has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award for the programme. The award is presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol, London. The award recognises a project or person who is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better. Akshaya Patra was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by the World Service audience around the world.