21st April Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
SpiceJet hires 500 Jet Airways employees, including 100 pilots
SpiceJet already absorbed over 500 employees, including 100 pilots, of the grounded carrier Jet Airways and it is open to induct more as it adds more aircraft and routes in the times ahead.
The Gurugram-based no-frills airline has already announced an induction of 27 more planes -22 Boeing 737s and five turboprop Bombardier Q400s – in the fleet to help overcome to an extent the capacity deficit due to Jet Airways temporarily withdrawing its domestic and international services.
Amazon to shutdown online operations in China
Amazon plans to close down online retail operations in China, admitting defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com.
They will continue other operations in China such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Kindle e-books and teams that help ship goods from Chinese merchants to customers abroad.
Amazon entered China in 2004, when it acquired a local online book seller for USD 75 million. They launched its Prime membership programme in China in 2016 with aim to lure customers with high-quality Western goods and perks like free international deliveries.
Rahul Gandhi promises 33 percent reservation for women in Parliament
Congress President Rahul Gandhi promised 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and government services if his party led alliance is voted to power.
Addressing an election meeting at Supaul in Bihar.Prime Minister Modi had misled country in the matter of creation of a record number of jobs for youth.
Malis Prime Minister Maiga resigned over Ogossagou massacre
Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga resigned ahead of a no-confidence vote over his government’s failure to tackle a deadly rise in attacks from Islamist militants and clashes between ethnic communities.
Mali has been struggling to restore stability since Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the country’s vast desert north in early 2012.
Last month, gunmen killed at least 157 people on Ogossagou, a village in central Mali populated by rival Fulani herders, in one of the deadliest attacks the country has experienced in years. The attack was followed by protests in the capital, Bamako, with thousands calling for the government to find a solution to the crisis or to step down.
GSLV phase-4 programme got Cabinet nod
The Union Cabinet approved continuation of the ongoing Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) programme phase-4 consisting of five rocket flights during 2021-2024. GSLV programme phase-4: The phase four will enable the launch of two-tonne class of satellites for geo-imaging, navigation, data relay communication and space sciences. The total fund required for GSLV phase four completion has been pegged at Rs 2729.13 crore.
ETMONEY becomes Indias first comprehensive financial services app to integrate UPI
India’s largest app for financial services, ETMONEY has integrated Unified Payment Interface (UPI) as a payment method on its platform as it looks to double its monthly user base by the end of the year.
The integration of UPI will simplify the mutual fund payment experience for millions of ETMONEY users as the company continues its journey to simplify the financial lives of new age Indians. In addition to this new payment feature, the platform will continue to support payments through Netbanking and Debit Card.
Helium hydride ion, Universes first molecule detected in space
Helium hydride ion (HeH+), the first molecule that formed almost 14 billion years ago, was detected by NASA’s flying observatory SOFIA towards a planetary nebula.
It is the first type of molecule (first molecular bond) that formed in the universe after the Big Bang.
At that time, ionised hydrogen and neutral helium atoms reacted to form HeH+. Once the universe cooled down, hydrogen atoms started to interact with helium hydride, creating molecular hydrogen, which set the stage for star formation.
From that point on, stars created the other elements of the cosmos. Despite its importance in the history of the early Universe, HeH+ has so far escaped detection in astrophysical nebulae — cloud of gas and dust in outer space.
Singapore Changi airport got world’s tallest 131-ft indoor waterfall
The world’s tallest indoor waterfall, 131-foot-tall, 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.
Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar resigns
21 April 2019 Current Affairs: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar resigned from the cabinet before securing a multi-billion dollar International Monetary Fund bailout package for the cash-strapped country.
Umar recently returned after visiting the US in which the details of Pakistan’s next IMF bailout were discussed.
Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion funding from the IMF to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy.