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April 12, 2019

12th April 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (12th April 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 12th April 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (12th April) is the International Day of Human Space Flight / Cosmonautics Day / International Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics.
    • This day is observed to commemorate the date of the first human space flight in the history of mankind. 
    • On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet Union (USSR) cosmonaut undertook first successful first human space flight
    • Cosmonaut meaning = an astronaut (= a person who travels into space) from Russia
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) today announced that India will be the Guest of Honour country at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) 2019, to be held from 24th to 30th April 2019. 
    • Aim of ADIBF 2019 : To highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as well as its cultural and literary output.
    • The Indian Pavilion will host Indian writers, authors and literary scholars who will serve as ambassadors for the literature and art of their country.
    • India’s participation in the fair is expected to attract significant increase in the number of visitors with various events and activities which will be held throughout the entire duration of ADIBF.
    • Director of ADIBF : Abdullah Majed Al Ali
  • Nepal has banned online multiplayer game PUBG (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds) saying its "violent content had a negative impact on children". 
    • The country's telecom regulator further directed all internet service providers, mobile operators, and network service providers to block the streaming of the game from today onwards. 
    • Note : Several cities in Gujarat had already imposed a ban on playing PUBG.
  • South Korea's Constitutional Court today ruled that the country's 66-year-old ban on abortion is unconstitutional and ordered the government to revise the current law by 2020. 
    • Women in South Korea who undergo abortions can be fined and jailed for up to a year, with exceptions allowed only in cases of rape, incest or risk to their health.
  • Sudan's Defence Minister announced that the Army has ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir
    • The Army has set up a transitional military council to rule the country for two years following which elections would be held. 
    • Note : Bashir, who remained in power for 30 years, faces an arrest warrant over allegations of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region.
  • The Japanese government has partially lifted an evacuation order in Okuma, 1 of the 2  towns affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011
    • The accident had prompted the evacuation of a total of over 4.7 lakh people due to nuclear contamination concerns.
National Current Affairs
  • A report by United Nations Population Fund recently revealed that India's population grew at an average of 1.2% annually between 2010 and 2019, more than double of China's 0.5% a year. 
    • India's population in 2019 stands at 1.36 billion while China's stands at 1.42 billion. 
    • According to this report, China's life expectancy at birth in 2019 was 77 years compared to India's 69 years.
Science & Technology
  • The Black hole whose photograph was released for the 1st time this week has been named 'Pōwehi' by Hawaii university professor Larry Kimura
    • Pōwehi means "the adorned fathomless dark creation" or "embellished dark source of unending creation". 
    • The name was justified because the project included two telescopes in Hawaii, astronomers said. The project involved eight telescopes across the globe.
  • Launched by SpaceX in February, Israel's 1st mission to the Moon crashed on the lunar surface and failed to become the 1st successful privately funded lander. 
    • So far only 3 countries namely US, Russia and China have successfully landed vehicles intact on the Moon. "If at first you don't succeed, try try again," Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu said after the event.
Books & Authors
  • Prasar Bharati Chairman, A Surya Prakash released a booklet of the 'Selected speeches of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar in the Constituent Assembly' , in New Delhi today. 
    • The event was organized to commemorate the contributions of Baba Saheb in the upliftment of underprivileged in the country.
  • Actor-director Raj Kumar Kapoor (87), who directed Shah Rukh Khan's debut television show 'Fauji' in 1988, passed away. 
    • tKapoor had pursued a career in the entertainment industry after retiring from the army.
Awards & Honors
  • Russia has chosen Prime Minister Narendra Modi for its highest civilian award - 'Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle'. 
    • Modi has been decorated with the honour for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russian and India.
New Appointments
  • Professor Najma Akhtar has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.
    • With this she became the 1st woman to hold the charge 99 years after the inception of the educational institution. 
    • She is also the 1st lady Vice-Chancellor of any Central University in Delhi.  

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