Daily Current Affairs -16th April 2019

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GS-II (Governance)

 India to partner with Japan and UAE

  • India is joining hands with Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to implement two projects in Africa.
  • India will build a cancer hospital in Kenya in collaboration with Japan.
  • It will partner with the UAE to set up an information and communications technology (ICT) centre in Ethiopia.

 Additional post of Deputy CAG cleared

  • The government has decided to create an additional post of Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General, which will oversee coordination of audits of states as well as telecommunication.
  • The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 April 2019.
  • Expenditure on account of the creation of this post will be about Rs 21 lakh.

RBI employees not government servants

  • The Madras High Court observed that the employees of RBI cannot be referred to as ‘government servants’ while identifying their employment status.
  • The observation came after an RBI employee, E. Manoj Kumar, moved the High Court seeking the declaration of his result in the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

Half Marathon organized by IAF

  • A Half Marathon was conducted in Delhi on 14 April 19 to mark the 100th birth centenary of the legendary Marshal of the Indian Air Force (MIAF) Arjan Singh.
  • A total of 800 air warriors from all the Air Force Stations and Units of the IAF in the Delhi NCR participated in the event.
  • The Half Marathon was flagged off by Air Marshal R Nambiar, from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at 0530h.

Army planning to carry out joint exercise with Indian Coast Guard

  • Army is planning to carry out a joint training and exercise with the Indian Coast Guard.
  • The coast guard’s offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Veera, the third in the series of the new-generation OPV in Visakhapatnam yesterday.
  • Veera will help the coast guard monitor maritime boundaries more effectively.
  • The 97-metre long and 15-metre wide Veera has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and can attain a sustained speed of upto 26 knots and is armed with two 12.7-mm heavy machine guns (HMGs) and a 30 mm-naval gun with fire control system.

GS-II (International)

 Mohd. Ishteyah: New Palestine PM

  • Palestine’s new PM Mohammed Ishtayeh and his 22-member cabinet took the oath of office a second time, on April 14, 2019.
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new government led by a long-time ally from his Fatah party on 13 April 2019.

UAE to host world’s foremost AI Summit

  • UAE is set to host the world’s foremost Artificial Intelligence, AI Summit to
  • Empower global dialogue on the future of government, business and society.
  • The inaugural ‘AI Everything’, will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, between 30 April- 1 May 2019.
  • It will be hosted by the UAE National Programme for Artificial Intelligence

Jean Michel: New PM of Haiti

  • President Jovenel Moise announced that Jean Michel Lapin will be the new Prime Minister of Haiti, a French-speaking Caribbean Community country.
  • Lapin had been serving as acting prime minister ever since 93 of the 103 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of removing Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant.
  • The capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince and Haitian gourde is its currency.

 

Business

Major decline in India’s steel export

  • India’s steel export to the US in 2018 declined by 49% to USD 372 million, while that of aluminum increased by 58% to USD 221 million.
  • The date was given by the independent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report.
  • In 2018, the US imports of steel and aluminum products totaled USD 29.5 billion and USD 17.6 billion respectively.

Medical devices to get CDSCO certification

  • All imported, as well as locally manufactured medical devices sold in India will soon be required to clear specific safety and quality standards.
  • The move is aimed at preventing fiascos such as the one involving Johnson and Johnson hip implants
  • The import, manufacture, and sale of all medical devices will need to be certified by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

 Uber to launch IPO

  • Uber revealed the paperwork for its giant IPO.
  • This paperwork doesn’t yet include key details, like how much the company expects to charge for each share of its stock, or how many shares it will sell.

Apollo Hospitals launched advanced centre

  • On World Parkinson’s Day, Apollo Hospitals launched an advanced centre for movement disorders.
  • It will offer medical and surgical treatment for patients affected by various movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease.
  • The centre would offer Deep Brain Stimulation surgeries and other services to treat a wide spectrum of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, and dystonia.

Science & Tech

 Tech can kill 45 million jobs in 6 years

  • The Advent of digital technologies will displace up to 45 million jobs by 2025.
  • Productivity gains through digital technologies will help create up to 65 million new jobs during the same timeframe, as per the McKinsey Global Institute report.
  • Retraining and redeployment will be essential to help some 10-45 million workers whose jobs could be displaced or transformed

Unique oil-eating bacteria discovered

  • At the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans, scientists have discovered unique oil-eating bacteria.
  • But the new research reveals the Mariana Trench is home to the greatest concentration of these life forms anywhere in the world.
  • The 2,550km long ocean trench is located in the western Pacific Ocean and reaches a maximum depth of about 11,000 metres.

 Awards

 UNESCO Cano Press Freedom Prize announced

  • The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019 has been awarded to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.
  • The prize carries a reward of $25,000 Prize.
  • It recognizes the exceptional courage in reporting on alleged human rights violations in Myanmar’s state of Rakhine.
  • The award was established in 1997 and named after Guillermo Cano Isaza.

Sports

Lewis Hamilton won Formula One’s 1,000th race

  • In motor racing, Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix for a record sixth time on 14 April 2019.
  • He seized the overall lead from his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.
  • Valtteri Bottas was second for his team’s third one-two finish in as many races this season. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place.

Meena Kumari clinched gold in Boxing World Cup

  • India finished with 5 medals in the Boxing World Cup which concluded at Cologne, Germany on 13 April 2019.
  • Meena Kumari Maisnam won gold in the 54 kg category.
  • Sakshi (57 kg) and Pwilao Basumatary (64 kg) settled for the silver.
  • Pinki Rani (51 kg) and Parveen (60 kg) won bronze.

Tiger Woods clinched his 5th Masters

  • Golfer Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and a 15th major title.
  • He finished with a two-under-par 70 to win on 13 under, one clear of fellow.
  • Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
  • He is just three majors behind the all-time record of Jack Nicklaus.

Burka and Milaw won Paris Marathon

  • Ethiopians Abrha Milaw and Gelete Burka won the men and women’s races to end Kenya’s dominance at Paris Marathon on 14 April 2019.
  • Milaw won it in 2 hours, 07 minutes and 04 seconds.
  • Clémence Calvin of France settled fourth in a personal best of 2:23:36.

Budenholzer received NBCA Coach of the Year

  • Budenholzer was named the 2019 recipient of the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year honors.
  • He, in his first year as head coach of the Bucks, led the franchise to the top record in the entire NBA.
  • Budenholzer also led the Bucks to their first divisional title since the 2000- 2001 season.

Kento Momota won Singapore Open

  • Japan’s Kento Momota won the Singapore Open final 10-21, 21-19, 21-13 on 14 April 201
  • The World champion dug deep to fight back from 16-11 behind in the second game to force a
  • In the women’s final, Tai Tzu-ying claimed her second Singapore Open title with a 21-19, 21-15 victory over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

 

 

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