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April 19, 2019

19th April 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (19th 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 19th April 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Good Friday, which commemorates the crucification of Jesus Christ and his deat at Calvary, is being observed around the world today today.
    • Good Friday is also referred to as Black Friday, Great Friday, Easter Friday or Holy Friday. 
    • Note : Good Friday coincides with the beginning of the Jewish festival of Passover.
  • Today (19th April) is World Liver Day (WLD).
    • Theme of World Liver Day (WLD) 2019 : Love Your Liver
  • India and France are all set to hold their largest-ever naval exercise 'Varuna' with aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and fighters early next month as part of their expanding strategic partnership.
    • The two countries will be deploying their aircraft carriers, INS Vikramaditya with its MiG-29K fighters and FNS Charles de Gaulle with its Rafale-M naval jets, and other warships for the “Varuna” exercise off Goa and Karwar from May 1.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is going to visit Russia for his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin later this month.
    • Kim is visiting Russia on Putin's invitation. 
    • The meeting between Kim and Putin comes as nuclear talks between North Korea and the US have stalled since the failed negotiations in Hanoi earlier this year.
National Current Affairs
  • India has dropped 2 places in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders, ranking 140 out of 180 countries. 
    • At least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018 and the hate campaigns against female journalists on social media were "particularly virulent", the report said. 
    • Norway was ranked first on the index.
    • Top 10 Countries in World Press Freedom Index 2019
      1. Norway
      2. Finland
      3. Sweden
      4. Netherlands
      5. Denmark
      6. Switzerland
      7. New Zealand
      8. Jamaica
      9. Belgium
      10. Costa Rica
  • The words "chemists and druggists" appearing on the signboards of medical shops will soon be replaced with the word "pharmacy", according to an order by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board. 
    • "Stores are using different nomenclatures...Globally, the word pharmacy is used and widely accepted, so we decided to do the same," Drugs Controller General of India SE Reddy said.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola todayannounced tat the government is going to form a committee to temporarily allocate takeoff and landing slots left vacant by the grounding of Jet Airways flights
    • At least 280 slots were vacant in Mumbai and 160 in Delhi. 
    • The slots will be allocated to other airlines through a "rational, fair and equitable" manner, he said.
  • The United States has won a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against China's use of Tariff-Rate Quotas (TRQ) for rice, wheat and corn
    • TRQs are two-level tariffs, with limited imports allowed at the lower 'in-quota' tariff and subsequent imports charged an 'out-of-quota' tariff, which is generally much higher. 
    • The US argued that the quotas limited market access for its grain exports.
Awards & Honors
  • A total of 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have received Medals of honour for their dedicated service and sacrifice.
    • The medals were given to the 150 Indian peacekeepers serving in UNMISS in Malakal during a ceremony filled with parades and performances by a piped band. 
Science & Technology
  • IIT Hyderabad has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japanese firm Terra Drone Corporation and its Indian subsidiary to set up a 1st-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
    • Terra Drone India will help IIT Hyderabad in organising workshops, seminars, lectures and joint projects. It plans to offer internship programmes to students.
  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started receiving 27 megawatts (MW) solar power from Madhya Pradesh's Rewa Mega Solar Power Plant. 
    • For the 1st time, solar power was used for operating trains on the Delhi Metro. 
    • Till now, solar power was utilised for auxiliary requirements such as lighting and air conditioning of stations.
New Appointments
  • Professor Gagandeep Kang has become the 1st Indian female scientist to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in the UK fellowship's 358-year-history. 
    • The 56-year-old is the Executive Director of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute at Faridabad. 
    • Other notable FRS inducted in 2019 include Fields Medal-winning mathematicians Akshay Venkatesh and Manjul Bhargava.
  • Deutsche Bank has appointed Kaushik Shaparia as the Chief Country Officer of its Indian unit after its former head Ravneet Gill joined Yes Bank. 

Sports Current Affairs
  • Delhi Capitals' leg-spinner Amit Mishra became the 1st Indian to claim 150 or more wickets in Indian Premier League (IPL). 
    • The leg spinner reached the landmark figure when he dismissed Mumbai Indians' skipper Rohit Sharma during the sides' IPL 2019 clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium yesterday.

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