Current Affairs 2019
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19 April 2019 Current Affairs
Nepal launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 from US
Developed by the Nepalese scientists, NepaliSat-1 satellite was launched from Virginia in United States. Two Nepali scientists, Aabhas Maskey and Hariram Shrestha who are currently studying at Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology, developed the satellite under the BIRDS project of their institute.
The BIRDS project has been designed in association with the United Nations and aims at helping countries launch their first satellite.
NepaliSat-1 is a low orbit satellite which will be in the 400-km distance from the Earth’s surface.
It will be stationed at the International Space Station (ISS) for a month and then it will be sent to orbit the earth.
The satellite will take photographs on a regular basis to gather geographical information of the country.
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has invested nearly Rs 20 million for the satellite that weighs 1.3 kilograms, a small satellite with limited capability.
A group of four engineering graduates were also working to launch another Nepali satellite ‘Nepal PQ-1’ in 2020..
Peru’s ex-president Garcia kills himself to avoid arrest
Peru’s former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, taking his own life, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America’s largest graft scandal. Alan Garcia served two terms as Peru’s president, from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011. Garcia was one of nine people whom a judge had ordered arrested in connection with the bribery investigation into Odebrecht.
Canara Bank became the first PSB to meet RBIs EMV Mandate
ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, announced that Canara Bank has successfully rolled out major new functionality to support EMV card acquiring across its ATM network and Aadhaar Authentication, leveraging ACI’s UP Retail Payments solution to achieve market firsts.
Canara Bank, with nearly 6,300 branches and a network of more than 10,000 ATMs, is the first public sector bank to shift to EMV chip and PIN for card present transactions across the country’s vast ATM network.
NASAs TESS found first Earth sized world
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission of NASA has discovered HD 21749c, first Earth-sized world.
UN honoured Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan
United Nations honoured 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with medals of honour for their dedicated service and sacrifice. UNMISS is working to deter violence against civilians by providing a safe and secure environment for South Sudanese people who have fled violence and sought sanctuary at Protection of Civilian sites across the country.
Sri Lanka launched its first Satellite
Sri Lanka’s first satellite Raavana l was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore. The satellite was designed and developed by two Sri Lankan engineers at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. It will be shuttled to the International Space Station. The “Raavana 1” was launched into space with the assistance of the US rocket “Antares”
Saudi Arabia to host G20 Summit in 2020, first in Arab world
Saudi Arabia will host the annual G20 leaders’ summit on November 21-22, 2020, in its capital Riyadh. This will be the first G20 Summit to be hosted in the Arab world. Japan will host this year’s G20 summit in Osaka, which will be held June 28-29, as well as ministerial meetings in eight cities. In 2018, the conference was held in Buenos Aries, Argentina and focused on the global economy, the future of labour markets and gender equality. About G20:
Norway topped and India ranked 140th in World Press Freedom Index 2019
Norway is ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index 2019 for the third year running while Finland (up two places) has taken second place from the Netherlands (down one at 4th). India dropped two places to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the global press freedom index analysis.
IMF and World Bank Launched Learning Coin For In-House Purposes
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have together launched a private blockchain with a pseudo-token. The new token, called “Learning Coin” accessible within the IMF and World Bank the main purpose to teach relevant individuals within the organizations about blockchain. Though the coin has no real value hence the description pseudo-token staff members who pass educational milestones will receive the tokens which can then be redeemed for certain rewards.
Bandhan Bank Gets CCI Nod For Merger With Gruh Finance
Bandhan Bank received approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the proposed scheme of amalgamation of Gruh Finance with the bank. The approval has been made under sub-section (1) of Section 31 of the Competition Act, 2002. Bandhan Bank in January 2019, announced the merger of Gruh Finance with it.