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April 28, 2019

28th April 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (28th 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 28th April 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (28th April) is Workers' Memorial Day / World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
    • This is an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.
    • Theme of Workers' Memorial Day 2019 : “Dangerous substances – get them out of the workplace
  • The 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) was held in Beijing, China. 
    • It serves as stocktaking exercise for China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). 
    • It saw participation of 126 countries and 29 international organisations, increase from 60 countries and international organisations seen in in first edition of BRF 2017. 
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping’s chaired leaders’ roundtable, high-level meeting and thematic forum in this edition of three day BRF event.
    • Note : India did not participate in this edition as well as in first edition of BRF.
  • UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) announced that Qatar will officially abolish its Exit Visa system for all foreign workers by the end of 2019.
    • Amnesty International (human rights group) report accused that Qatar, which will be hosting 2022 World Cup was failing to implement reforms and stop widespread labour abuse. 
    • As a result Qatar revived its pledge to reform labour section, and introduced a minimum monthly minimum of 750 riyals ($206) and also agreed to work closely with ILO.
National Current Affairs
  • The Cyclone Fani, formed in south-east Bay of Bengal and adjoining Indian Ocean, is set to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by this afternoon. 
    • It is expected to further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow. 
    • It is currently moving in a north-west direction.
    • Many places in Kerala are expected to get light to moderate rain on Monday and Tuesday, with heavy rainfall at a few places.
    • North coastal Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh are set to get light to moderate rain at a few places on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has launched ‘MERA (Malaria Elimination Research Alliance) India’ - a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control - in order to prioritise, plan and scale up research to eliminate the disease from India by 2030.
    • Aim of MERA India : To prioritize, plan and scale up a coordinated research to have impact on population facing malaria risk and to eliminate malaria from India by 2030.
Awards & Honors
  • Bengaluru-based healthtech startup Niramai secured the top prize at the Hack Osaka event in Japan. 
    • Niramai was awarded for its "software to detect breast cancer with radiation-free, non-touch, not painful examination which works for women of all ages". 
    • The AI startup was founded in 2016 by former Hewlett-Packard and Xerox employees Geetha Manjunath and Nidhi Mathur.
Science & Technology
  • Social networking site Facebook has announced ban on personality quiz apps on its platform. 
    • The decision is taken after last years Cambridge Analytica Scandal, which helped researcher’s to access personal information of about 87 million facebooks users by using quiz app “thisisyourdigitallife”.
  • World’s first Malaria Vaccine named RTS,S (trade name Mosquirix) was launched in Malawi (Africa).
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • IT service management company Financial Software Services (FSS) has launched real time voice banking platform titled FSS voice commerce
    • This platform uses machine-learning language processing techniques and offers meaningful, contextual, and personalized banking interactions to customers.
    • It also provides secure financial transactions to prevent fraud and maintain integrity of transaction ecosystem it supports out-of-band multi-factor authentication like one-time passcodes (OTP) and biometrics.
  • Britain pledged £4 million to support Global Anti-Slavery Projects, from sexually exploited girls in Ethiopia to migrant workers in Malaysia and Mauritius. 
    • It also committed about 200 million pounds in aid funding to combat modern-day slavery overseas, and given millions of pounds to nations from Albania to Vietnam.
    • 6 organisations, including Anti-Slavery International ( a UK based international NGO, registered charity and a lobby group) and United Nations University ( a research institution) will share the aid money from The Modern Slavery Innovation Fund.
Recent Committees in News
  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) set up a 13 member committee to review regulatory framework on micro insurance, and to recommend measures to increase demand for such products. 
    • It was formed because of less than desired offtake of micro insurance products despite of their inherent benefits in the country.
    • Its task is to suggest product designs with customer-friendly underwriting, such as easy premium payment methods and simple claims settlement procedures.
    • It will suggest about if there is any change in distribution structure, including mobile-based and technology driven solutions and on creating effective awareness programmes. 
    • Head of the committee : Suresh Mathur (IRDAI's Executive Director)
Books & Authors
  • A book titled “Politics of Jugaad: The Coalition Handbook” was recently released. 
    • This book examines possibility of coalition government after 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
    • The book has been authored by one of India's renowned journalists Saba Naqvi.
    • Other books written by Saba Naqvi are :
      • In Good Faith (2012)
      • Capital Conquest (2015)
      • Shades of Saffron (2018)
New Appointments
  • Yes Bank has appointed Shagun Gogia, the daughter of late Co-founder Ashok Kapur, as a Director after she was jointly nominated by Co-founder Rana Kapoor and mother Madhu Kapur. 
Science & Technology
  • SpaceX has received approval from the US' Federal Communications Commission for its revised plan to launch over 1,500 Starlink internet-beaming satellites into a lower orbit at an altitude of 550 km. 
    • The Elon Musk-led venture plans to launch its first batch of satellites in May. 
Awards & Honors
  • Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the 'Outstanding Achievement as a player' award at the fourth edition of the annual India Golf Industry Association (GIA) awards. 
    • Bhullar won the 2018 Fiji International, a European Tour event, and also became the youngest golfer on the Asian Tour to achieve 9 career victories on tour.
  • The Table Tennis Federation of India has recommended Madhurika Patkar, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty for the Arjuna Award. 
    • Earlier, BCCI had nominated Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and women's team leg-spinner Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna Award. 
    • The All India Football Federation recommended the names of goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and forward Jeje Lalpekhlua for the Arjuna Award.

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