Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
Govt. introduced FAME II Scheme
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: The government introduced the FAME II scheme to boost the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles. The scheme estimates that India can country save 64% of anticipated road-based mobility related energy demand and 37% of carbon emissions in 2030 by pursuing a shared, electric, and connected mobility future.
This reduction in energy demand would result in the reduction of 156 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in diesel and petrol consumption for that year and net saving of approximately $60 billion in 2030 at present oil prices. Further, this would give impetus to India’s vision of reducing oil imports by 10% by 2022.
The transport sector in India continues to be the highest oil consuming sector and the use of diesel and petrol grew at 5.9% and 9.9% respectively in the last 10 years. India’s import dependency on oil has increased from 78.3% of total consumption in 2014-15 to settling at a new high of 83.7% in the 10-month period of FY19.
Odisha sought Rs.7000 crore under PMAY Scheme for the flood disaster relief
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: The Odisha State government demanded special allotment of Rs.7,000 crore under the Prime Minister Awas Yojna with 90:10 funding ratio. Provision of five lakh disaster-resilient affordable houses which would require Rs.7,000 crore was sought by the State.
Centre will provide further assistance to cyclone-hit Odisha after the assessment by an inter-ministerial Central team. Assuring that a Central team would visit the State soon to assess the extent of damage to infrastructure, housing, fishermen and farms and relief needed to be provided to the State. Since district-wise damage could not be compiled due to failure of the communication network, the Odisha government would submit a memorandum in detail after assessment of the damage.
U.S. Commercial Service to bring more than 100 U.S. companies to India
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: The U.S. Commercial Service is to bring more than 100 U.S. companies to India as a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s largest annual trade mission program, Trade Winds.
Trade Winds Indo-Pacific is to feature a three-day business forum in New Delhi, with additional trade mission stops in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Bangladesh. At each mission stop, the attending companies will meet directly with government leaders, market experts, and pre-vetted potential business partners.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is to use every available resource to ensure fair and reciprocal trade for U.S. businesses selling their products and services all over the world.
Saurav Ghosal & Joshna Chinappa Win Asian Individual Squash Championship Titles
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: Ace Indian squash players Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won their respective Asian Individual Squash Championship titles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Saurav Ghosal defeated Leo Au Chun Ming of Hong Kong. Joshna Chinappa, on the other hand retained her title as she beat top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong in the women’s final event
Justice PR Ramachandra Menonwas sworn in as CJ of the Chhattisgarh HC
Justice PR Ramachandra Menon was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court on 6th May. Governor Anandiben Patel administered him the oath of office and secrecy at a function at Raj Bhawan. The office the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh fell vacant after the resignation of Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi following his appointment as Judicial Member in the Lokpal.
IBSA Sherpas meet concluded in Cochin
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Sherpas meeting was held in Cochin, Kerala from May 3 to May 5, 2019.
Before IBSA Sherpas meeting, the 9th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Meeting was also concluded at the same venue. Indian delegation was led by T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) in Ministry of External Affairs and Amb. Norberto Moretti, Sherpa of Brazil and Prof. Anil Sooklal, Sherpa of South Africa led their respective delegation at the meeting.
The Sherpas of all three countries conveyed their happiness that the first Gandhi Mandela Memorial Freedom Lecture was delivered by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa on 25th January, 2019 in New Delhi. The Sherpas welcomed 6th India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime (IBSAMAR) exercise conducted off the Coast of South Africa in September, 2018.
The Sherpas also appreciated the work done by the IBSA Fund on Poverty and Hunger Alleviation which funded 31 projects spread over in 20 countries.
SpaceX successfully launched cargo mission for NASA to ISS
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: SpaceX successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft on a cargo mission for NASA to International Space Station (ISS). This is SpaceX’s fifth launch of the year. The launch was rescheduled earlier due to some electrical problem on ISS.
It was launched on a ‘Falcon 9’ rocket, from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It is being used for the first time. Rocket on boards an uncrewed Cargo Dragon spacecraft.
INS Vela: Indian Navys 4th Scorpene-class made in India submarine launched
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: INS Vela, Indian Navy’s 4th Scorpene-class submarine was launched at Mazagon Dockyard in Mumbai.
This is the fourth submarine in the series of six submarines under Project 75 built by Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai. The Scorpene-class submarine has been termed as the Kalavari Class.
Project 75 is a $3.75 billion contract inked between French Company DCNS (now Naval Group) and the Mazagon Dock Ltd in 2005 for construction and transfer of technology for 6 Scorpene-class submarines. Before Vela, Mazagon Dock Ltd has launched Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj submarines.
XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament 2019
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: The XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament 2019 was held at Centre of Sport and Recreation in Warsaw, Poland from April 28 to May 5, 2019. The event was organised by the Polish Boxing Association.
In this tournament, India won a total 6 medals which include 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medal. The 22-year-old Gaurav Solanki defeated England’s William Cawley by 5-0 in Fly (52-kg) category. Last year, Solanki won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games and the Chemistry Cup.
Manish Kaushik won a gold medal in Light (60-kg) Last year, Kaushik won gold medal in India Open and silver medal in the Commonwealth Games. Medals won by Indian Boxers
Dragan Mihailovic Appointed As Coach Of Indian Volleyball Team
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: The Volleyball Federation of India appointed Serbian Dragan Mihailovic as head coach of the men’s national team in a move linked to the long term goal of Olympic Games qualification. Mihailovic has more than 25 years of experience as a coach.
The VFI also announced the appointment of Przemyslaw Soszynski and Vladimir Radosevic as the team’s physio trainer and physiotherapist respectively.
SBI Card raised Rs. 700 crore from banks and financial institutions to grow above industry average
07 May 2019 Current Affairs: SBI Card raised Rs. 700 crore from various financial institutions including its parent SBI (State Bank of India) in the 2nd half of FY19 (Financial Year) to grow above the industry average.
SBI Cards and Payment Services Pvt. Ltd (SBI Card) raised Rs. 100 crore from ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd, Rs. 250 crore from State Bank of India and Rs. 50 crore each from Canara Bank and Axis Bank by issuing NCDs (Non Convertible Debentures) at 9.15% coupon. SBI Card also raised additional Rs. 250 crore from Axis Bank through a coupon of 9.55%.
G D Robert Govender honoured with V K Krishna Menon Award
Indian –origin journalist G D ‘Robert’ Govender conferred with V K Krishna Menon Award 2019 in UK for his contribution as a pioneer of decolonised journalism. The award is given to mark the 123rd birth anniversary of V K Krishna Menon, Indian diplomat and politician. He is the first person who has been awarded the V K Krishna Menon posthumously.