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April 13, 2019

13th April 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (13th 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 13th April 2019

National Current Affairs
  • The nation is paying homage to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on the centenary of the incident today. 
    • On this day (13th April) in the year 1919, hundreds of people were killed by troops under British Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, during a peaceful meeting at the park.
    • President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the martyrs of the incident.
    • The Vice President has released a Commemorative Coin and Commemorative Postage Stamp.
    • British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith has visited the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial in Amritsar and paid tribute to those martyred by British forces. 
      • "The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British-Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused," Asquith wrote in the visitors' book at the memorial.
  • Ram Navami is being celebrated with religious fervor and enthusiasm in different parts of the country today. 
    • The festival marks the birth of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
  • Baisakhi is being celebrated in the northern part of the country today. 
    • The festival of harvest is celebrated with much fanfare in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
    • People are taking a dip in holy serovars, canals and rivers before joining Mela celebrations. Traditional folk dances are performed on this day.
    • Baisakhi also commemorates the formation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.
  • The voter turnout in the 1st phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections was recorded at 69.43%, the Election Commission (EC) announced today. 
    • Over 9.13 crore voters voted across 18 states and 2 Union Territories during the first phase. 
Science & Technology
  • A new state-of-the-art, Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) to provide a major boost to indigenous warship design capabilities of the Navy was inaugurated by Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba in New Delhi today.
    • The project will facilitate collaborative design reviews for continuous interaction between designers and end-users to improve design and ergonomics onboard warships.  
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected Elon Musk-led SpaceX to provide launch services for the 1st-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by hitting it with a high-speed spacecraft. 
    • The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is targetted to launch in June 2021 on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. 
    • The total cost to launch DART is approximately $69 million.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • India's annual retail inflation climbed to a 5-month high of 2.86% in March from 2.57% in February, government data showed today. 
    • The inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) still remained within RBI's medium-term target of 4% for the eighth straight month. 
    • Food prices surged 0.30% from a year earlier in March, following five consecutive months of declines.
Awards & Honors
  • A viral image of a 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker crying at the US-Mexico border has been named 2019 World Press Photo of the Year
    • The photo titled 'Crying Girl on the Border' was taken by Getty Images photojournalist John Moore on June 12. 
    • The image was taken when the girl and her mother were being detained by US border authorities.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been given the new title of "supreme representative of all the Korean people" amid a change in the country's leadership. 
    • Kim was also re-elected as the chairman of the State Affairs Commission. 
New Appointments
  • The US Senate has confirmed Colorado native David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior Department.
    • Bernhardt was nominated by US President Donald Trump in February to replace Ryan Zinke, who resigned late last year amid ethics investigations.
  • RICS, a global body to promote professionalism and standards in the real estate sector, has appointed Tata Housing MD and CEO Sanjay Dutt as Chairman of its South Asia board. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • The All India Tennis Association has signed an MoU with Serbian Tennis Federation to train Indian junior players under Serbian coaches. 
    • The trainers and coaches from Serbia will visit India for a camp for the under 12, 14, 16 and 18 categories. 
    • A joint preparation camp will also be conducted for 8-10 players belonging to age group of 15-18 in Serbia.
  • Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik has been named as the recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019.
    • Deepa, the first Indian woman to earn a medal at the Paralympic Games, is a recipient of the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.

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