Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
20 April 2019 Current Affairs
Jet Airways employees seek Presidents intervention for salary dues, emergency funds to airline
Employees of Jet Airways have written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking their intervention to recover outstanding dues as well as to expedite the process of emergency funds for the airline, which has shuttered its operations temporarily.
Jet Airways, which has around 23,000 employees delayed payment of salaries to the employees, including pilots.
The management of Jet Airways has gone back on its salary arrears payment till december month. The outstanding amount for pilots and engineers as of now is three full months.
Cholamandalam MS General Insurance got ISO 31000:2018 certification
An insurance giant Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Limited has received ISO 31000:2018 certification by TUV India. Chola MS has received certification for applying risk management system which conforms to the prescribed standards. The Certificate is valid for a period of 3 years from April 07, 2019, to April 06, 2022. ISO 31000:2018 certification: ISO 31000:2018 is an international risk management standard.
Dubai based RAKEZ appointed Cricket Champion Ravi Shastri as a Corporate Ambassador
Former Cricketer Ravi Shastri appointed as Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) exclusive Corporate Ambassador to the Indian Business Community.
Brand Ambassador may attract more Indian business leaders to set up or expand their operations in UAE through RAKEZ.
This first-of-its-kind approach is one of the many other initiatives that RAKEZ will be launching in the future to attract more investors from all over the world and boost the economic growth of Ras Al Khaimah.
WHO released 10 new guidelines on how countries can use digital health technology
The World Health Organization (WHO) released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services. The recommendations are a result of a two-year-long research by the WHO on digital technologies.
What is digital health technology?
Digital health is a simple concept – using technology to help improve individuals’ health and wellness. It can cover everything from wearable gadgets to ingestible sensors, from mobile health apps to artificial intelligence, from robotic carers to electronic records.
India and France to hold their largest Naval Exercise VARUNA
India and France are all set to hold their largest-ever naval exercise with aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and fighters early May as part of their expanding strategic partnership. The exercise has been christened ‘Varuna’ and will take place off Goa and Karwar from 1 May 2019. The conduct of Varuna exercise was reiterated in the Joint Statement made by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France, on the 10th of March 2018.
Bajrang regained top spot in world wrestling rankings
India’s Bajrang Punia has regained the world number one spot in the men’s 65-kilogram Wrestling freestyle category rankings. The rankings were released by United World Wrestling.
Punia, who won Gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games as well as a silver in the World Championships last year, secured 58 points ahead of Akhmed Chakaev of Russia.
Bajrang, who is currently preparing for the Asian Wrestling Championship to be held in China from the 23rd of this month, had first reached the world number one spot in November last year.
He won gold at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Bulgaria last month. Punia secured 58 points ahead of Akhmed Chakaev of Russia.
Christina Koch To Set Record For Longest Spaceflight By A Woman
NASA astronaut Christina Koch going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to 328 days, which would set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch, who arrived at the space station on March 14 is scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020 will eclipse the record of 288 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17.
Exim Bank funded projects worth USD 267 million in Rwanda
India’s Export Import Bank (Exim Bank) has provided soft loans of USD 266.60 million to Rwanda for various projects. The funding, done in three separate tranches to Rwanda, is to support:
1) agricultural projects,
2) development of special economic zones (SEZs) and
3) for financing road project in the African nation
Cabinet approved the funds for implementing 10 percent EWS Quota
Union cabinet approved the sanction of Rs 4315.15 crore for the 158 Central Educational Institutions (CEIs) for implementation of reservation in admission to students belonging to Economically Weaker Section (EWS). With the approval of the Cabinet, over 2 lakh additional seats will be created in 158 Central Educational Institutions (CEIs) across the country to implement 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS).