Current Affairs 2019
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INS Kozhikode was decommissioned after three decades of service
Indian Naval Ship Kozhikode was decommissioned in a ceremony held at Naval Jetty, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 13th April. Vice Admiral S.N. Ghormade, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, was the chief guest on the occasion. INS Kozhikode gracefully retired as an operational ship after three decades of service in the Indian Navy. Capt. P. Sasidharan (Retd.), Commissioning Executive Officer, Cdr. Afzal Khan, Commissioning Navigating Officer, Cdr. V.K. Sharma (Retd.) Commissioning Engineering Officer and Ms. Madhavi Sani, wife of late Cdr. Nadeem Sani, Commissioning Gunnery Officer of the ship, also graced the occasion. As part of the decommissioning ceremony, a ‘Barakhana’ for retired and serving sailors and their families was held.
President Kovind remembers Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his birth centenary
President Ram Nath Kovind remembered Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his birth centenary. The Chief of the Indian Air Force during the 1965 war, World War II hero, post-retirement diplomat, the first Air Force officer to wear five stars, Marshal Arjan Singh remains an Indian legend. President KR Narayanan had conferred the five-star rank on Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh in January 2002. About President Ram Nath Kovind Born: 1 October 1945 (age 73 years), Paraukh Height: 1.73 m Party: Bharatiya Janata Party Spouse: Savita Kovind (m. 1974) Office: President of India since 2017.
World’s largest airplane weighing 2,26,800 kg took its first ever flight
The world’s largest airplane called ‘Roc’ weighing nearly 2,26,800 kilograms with a 385-foot wingspan took its first ever flight in Mojave, California. Built by Stratolaunch, it’s designed to launch rockets into orbit from the air. The plane is powered by six engines on a twin fuselage and is designed to fly to an altitude of 35,000 feet. The aircraft is so big its wing span is longer than a football field, or about 1.5 times that of an Airbus A380. It hit a top speed of 304 kilometers per hour (189 mph) and reached an altitude of 17,000 feet, or 5,182 meters.
Meena Kumari bagged gold at the 2019 Boxing World Cup
Meena Kumari Maisnam from Manipur claimed the Gold medal in the 54 kg category at the Boxing World Cup at Cologne in Germany. She defeated Thailand’s Machai Bunyanut in the final. Meena was the 2014 Asian Championships bronze medallist. India bagged a Gold, two Silver and two bronze medals at the Boxing World Cup. Sakshi won Silver in 57 kg Category and Pwilao Basumatary in 64 kg category. Pinki Rani won bronze in 51 kgs and Parveen won bronze in 60 kgs category.
RBI permitted Reinsurance Brokers to open Foreign Currency Accounts
Reinsurance brokers have been permitted to open non-interest bearing foreign currency accounts with banks for undertaking transactions. Foreign currency account refers to a bank account held or maintained in currency other than the currency of India or Nepal or Bhutan. Earlier, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) had issued notification and then RBI issued Foreign Exchange Management (Foreign Currency Accounts by a person resident in India) Regulations, 2015 – Opening of Foreign Currency Accounts by Re-insurance and Composite Insurance brokers. About Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA).
Sudhanshu Kumar received Best Digital Agency award
Digital Sukoon founder, Sudhanshu Kumar was honoured with the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nobel Award by International Human Rights Council at Hotel Sea Princess Juhu Mumbai. Among the awardee, Digital Sukoon was the Best Digital Agency of the Year 2019 to receive the award. Yogesh Lakhani of Bright Outdoor Media, Actor Johnny Lever, Jasleen Matharu also received awards in various other categories.
Israeli lunar mission Beresheet crashed on the Moon
Israeli lunar mission Beresheet crashed on the Moon. Beresheet crashed during a landing attempt. It is said that the spacecraft had problems with its main engine during its descent that left it unable to slow down in time before it smashed into the lunar surface. About the Mission: Beresheet was an Israeli mission launched by a partnership between nonprofit SpacelL and government-owned aerospace company Israel Aerospace Industries. It is the World’s first privately funded lunar Mission. It was a demonstrator of a small robotic lunar lander. Its aims included promoting careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and landing its magnetometer and laser retroreflector on the Moon. Beresheet lander had carried a science instrument provided by NASA, a retroreflector instrument scientists would have used to make precise measurements of the distance between Earth and the moon. Beresheet mission’s design included risks. To make sure the spacecraft small enough to piggyback with another spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket, the engineering team had to design the craft without any backup systems. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and SpacelL have announced that the team will now start working on Beresheet 2.0.
RBI granted 12 years to LIC to bring down its stake in IDBI Bank
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which classified IDBI as a private sector bank last month, has granted Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) with 12 years to cut its stake in the bank by 10 percent. RBI has stipulated that after 12 years LIC has to reduce stake in IDBI Bank by 10 per cent to 40 per cent. LIC is the major shareholder of IDBI Bank. It has a 51 per cent stake in the Bank. The government is the other major investor in IDBI Bank owning 46.46 per cent while the rest is with the public. As per the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI), LIC can hold up to 15 percent stake in any bank which can go up to 30 percent as per the board approval. But the insurance regulator has allowed LIC to invest up to 51 percent in IDBI Bank last year.
Dr. A K Singh honoured with 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. A K Singh, director at Life Sciences, DRDO has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 during 4th APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave at Chandigarh University, Mohali. He has made notable contributions in Internal Decorporation of Fission Produced Radionuclides and Infection Imaging. He also discovered a Diagnobact Kit to detect the infectious lesion. He also introduced Pharmacosyntigraphy, i.e. application of nuclear medicine imaging in drug research. 4th Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave: For Best Innovative Project Awards 2019, 965 innovative projects competed against each other. Pankaj Sharma bagged the first position and Best Innovation of the Year Award 2019, for Smart Trolley Bag project. Pratul and Abhishek shared second place. Pratul acquired award for Automatic Toilet Cleaner project. Abhishek won for prototype model for Accident Management System respectively. Third prize was jointly won by Vaibhav and Daniyal for treatment of textile affluent and plastic with bio-mass to help in controlling water and air pollution.
Telugu Poet K Siva Reddy Selected For Prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018
Telugu poet K Siva Reddy selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite. The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque. About Saraswati Samman 2018 Awards The Saraswati Samman is an annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any 22 Indian languages listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. It is named after an Indian goddess of learning and is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India. Currently held by Sitanshu Yashaschandra
Inzamam ul Haq and Mark Boucher inducted by MCC as honorary life members
Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq and South African Mark Boucher were inducted as the Honorary Life Members of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), in recognition to their outstanding achievements in the game of cricket. About Inzamam-ul-Haq: Former Pakistan skipper and batsman Inzamam played 120 Tests, 378 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International (T20I). In Tests, he scored 8,830 runs at an average of 49.60, with 25 centuries and 46 half-centuries. In ODIs, he tallies 11,739 runs at an average of 39.52. He made his international debut in 1991, featuring in Pakistan’s successful 1992 World Cup campaign. He captained Pakistan from 2001 to 2007. After his retirement in 2007, Inzamam had a brief stint with the Afghanistan national team as head coach. In 2016, he became Pakistan’s chief selector. Inzamam is now the fifth Honorary Life Member of the MCC from Pakistan, after Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi. About Mark Boucher: He was the first wicketkeeper to claim 500 catches in Tests. He made his international debut in 1997 and retired in 2012. He holds the record for the most wicket keeping dismissals across formats – 998 in total. Boucher is also the fifth Honorary Life Member of the MCC from South Africa, after Allan Donald, Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock and Daryll Cullinan.
UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019 announced
The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019 has been awarded to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The prize carries a reward of $25,000 Prize. It is funded by the Guillermo Cano Isaza Foundation (Colombia), the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland), and The Namibia Media Trust. The award recognises their exceptional courage in reporting on alleged human rights violations in Myanmar’s state of Rakhine. Both Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo’s documentary on the taboo topic regarding crimes committed against Rohingyas landed them behind the bars. The award paid a tribute to their courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression. UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize: The award was established in 1997. The Prize is named after Guillermo Cano Isaza, the Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogota, Colombia, on 17 December 1986. It is an initiative of UNESCO’s Executive Board. It honours a person, organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and, or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world in the face of danger.
HDFC Bank tops Forbes list of best Indian banks 2019
Forbes has compiled a first-ever list of the World’s Best Bank 2019 in terms of customer services and technological advancements. The private lender, HDFC Bank, was ranked at the top of the ‘Forbes Best Indian Banks 2019’ list. HDFC Bank claims to provide the best of its technological features to its 43 million customers. Another private lender ICICI Bank took the second spot, while DBS was at the third rank in Forbes list of Indian banks. Kotak Mahindra Bank and IDFC Bank had managed to gain the fourth and fifth spot respectively. Syndicate Bank, PNB, Allahabad Bank, Vijaya Bank and Axis Bank were ranked from sixth to tenth respectively. Forbes had partnered with Statista, a market research company, to measure the best banks in 23 countries. The survey compiled data from around 40,000 customers around the world for their opinions on their banking relationships. The banks were rated on the basis of 5 key attributes – trust, digital services, financial advice and fees.
Gargi Kaul appointed as Secretary of Defence Finance
The Central government appointed Gargi Kaul as Secretary, Defence Finance. She is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)