28th April 2019 Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
RBI to issue 20 denomination banknotes
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is to issue ₹20 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series. The new banknote bears the signature of Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India. All the banknotes in the denomination of ₹20 issued by the RBI in the earlier series will continue to be legal tender.
The appearance of new ₹20 denomination banknote:
The ₹20 note will be greenish-yellow in colour. The new banknote has a motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse. The dimension of the new ₹20 note will be 63 mm x 129 mm.
The obverse (front) side of the note contains a see-through register with denominational numeral 100, a latent image with the numeral and also a Devanagari version of the same.
Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award 2019 was announced
The prestigious Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award 2019 was awarded to National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, popular scriptwriter Salim Khan and dancing diva Helen. The award aims to encourage legends from the fields of music, drama, art and social work.
Complete list of Awardees:
Lifetime Award – Salim Khan
Special Award for the contribution to Indian cinema – Madhur Bhandarkar
Special Award – Helen
Vagvilasini Award – VasantAbaji Dahake
Mohan Wagh Award (Best Drama of the Year 2019) – SoyareSakal
Anandmayee Puraskar– Pandit Suresh Talwalkar
Award for music and art – Classical dancer Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar
Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award 2019:
Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan, Pune, a charitable trust established and nurtured over the last 30 years by the Mangeshkar family, felicitated legends from the fields of music, drama, art and social work with the Deenanath Award and other awards.
Dalbir Singh appointed as Indias High Commissioner to Seychelles
Former Indian Army Chief General (Retired) Dalbir Singh Suhag was appointed as India’s High Commissioner to the island nation Seychelles on April 25, 2019. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
UN observes World Day for Safety and Health at Work day on 28th April
World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a UN international day that is celebrated every April 28. It is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.
It is concerned about safe work and awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents and diseases; to place occupational safety and health (OSH) on the international and national agendas, and to provide support to the national efforts for the improvement of national OSH systems and programmes in line with relevant international labour standards.
Inspired by the ILO centenary and discussions on the future of work, the world day this year attempts to take stock of a 100 years of work in improving occupational safety and health and looks to the future for continuing these efforts through major changes such as technology, demographics, sustainable development including climate change and changes in work organization.
A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers, and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.
Indian Army signed with NHPC to build underground tunnels
Indian Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Limited. The agreement is to build four underground tunnels along China and Pakistan borders for storage of ammunition and other war-related equipment.
Three tunnels will be built along the Chinese border and one tunnel will be built along the Pakistan border. The tunnel can store 175-200 metric tonnes of ammunition and the cost of this pilot project is around Rs 15 crore.
CPWD sets up a committee to formulate design policy for construction
The Central Works Public Department (CPWD) has constituted an expert committee to formulate a design policy for building construction and infrastructure development. The committee has been set up under the chairmanship of CPWD’s Additional Director General M K Sharma.
The move is aimed at reviving building construction and infrastructure development at all levels in the CPWD which comes under the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. The committee has been asked to submit its report to Director General Prabhakar Singh within 30 days.
World Veterinary Day 2019 is observed on 28th April
The World Veterinary Day 2019 is observed on 28th April. It is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of veterinarians to the health of animals and society. The theme for the day is the Value of Vaccination. The day is initiated by the World Veterinary Association. The World Veterinary Association (WVA) will co-host the 2019 World Veterinary Day Award with HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association.
Executive Director of ICICI, Vijay Chandok appointed as MD and CEO of ICICI Securities.
On 31st March 2019, Executive Director of ICICI Bank, Vijay Chandok has been appointed as MD and CEO of ICICI Securities, a subsidiary of ICICI bank. He will succeed Shilpa Naval Kumar.
Scientists have found a new species of crab
Alberta University paleontologists have discovered coin-sized cartoon-eyed crab species Callichimaera perplexa, a small and pocket-size crab, through 90-95 million-year-old fossilized remains. They had what looked like the eyes of a larva, the mouth of a shrimp, claws of a frog crab, and the carapace of a lobster. The crab fossils were discovered in 2005 in the Andes Mountains in Colombia.
This crab sported a tiny lobster-esque shell, with legs flattened like oars, and huge Pound Puppies-style peepers that protruded from its head, a trait that indicates the creature used its eyes actively for whatever it did.