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October 19, 2019

14th to 19th October 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are the important Current Affairs from 14th & 19th October 2019. 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 14th to 19th October 2019

International Current Affairs
  • India has been ranked 102nd out of 117 countries on Global Hunger Index 2019
    • Important Note : India is the 2nd lowest-ranked among the South Asian countries, with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal ranked 94th, 88th and 73rd on the index.  
    • Last year's rank : 103rd
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in UAE on a ‘historic visit’.
    • Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces received him at the Presidential Airport. 
    • The two leaders later witnessed the signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding between the UAE and Russia. 
    • The agreements span various vital sectors, including trade and investment, and sustainability and environment, intending to develop strategic partnerships between the UAE and Russia further.
    • Note : This is Putin’s first visit to the UAE after 2007.
  • US President Donald Trump will host the 2020 G7 summit at the Trump National Doral golf resort in Florida
    • Note : The summit will take place next year from June 10 to 12.
National Current Affairs
  • Karnataka has emerged as the most innovative major state, as per the NITI Aayog's 1st-ever India Innovation Index 2019
    • This index aims to aid policymakers in designing the economic growth policies for their regions. 
    • Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively.
    • Among cities and union territories, Delhi topped the list. 
    • Bihar and Jharkhand stood last in the index.
  • In Madhya Pradesh, the 10th edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-National Cultural Festival is being organized by the Union Ministry of Culture under the 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat' campaign.
    • The National Cultural festival will display diverse forms of folk, art and culture of 22 states. 
    • The concept of National Cultural Festival was conceived in the year 2015. 
    • So far, the Ministry of Culture has organized nine such Festivals.
  • The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in its latest guidelines announced that no child in pre-school aged between 3-6 years should be made to give written or oral exam.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased the withdrawal limit for depositors of scam-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank to 40,000 rupees from 25,000 rupees per account over the next six months.
    • This is the 3rd time the regulator has increased the withdrawal limit since its clamped down on the bank on September 23.
  • Bangladesh has become the 2nd-fastest growing economy in South Asia after Bhutan
    • World Bank in its report 'South Asia Economic Focus, Making (De) Centralization Work' released today says that GDP growth rate of the country is projected to moderate to 7.2 per cent this fiscal year and 7.3 per cent in 2020 in Bangladesh.
  • The term of Bank of Baroda's CEO and MD PS Jayakumar, leaving both the positions vacant at the state-run bank. 
    • Jayakumar, who was first appointed to the positions in 2015 for three years, received a year-long term extension in 2018. 
    • Note : Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank had merged with Bank of Baroda during Jayakumar's tenure.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) re-entered the Top 10 most valued domestic firms in India by their market valuation. 
    • Two weeks earlier, the bank lost its tenth spot to Bajaj Finance in the list. At the close of trade on Monday, SBI's market capitalisation stood at ₹2,27,979 crore, higher than the ₹2,25,080-crore market capitalisation of Bajaj Finance.
  • Air India has become the 1st airline in the world to use a Taxibot on an A-320 aircraft with passengers on board.
    • Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taxiing an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice-versa. 
    • Air India Chairman and Managing Director : Ashwani Lohani
  • The Assam government will be hosting a 2-day stakeholders' meeting between India and Bangladesh from 22nd of this month in Guwahati.
    • A 70-member delegation from Bangladesh, including two Central ministers and two advisors of the Prime Minister, will be participating in the meet. 
    • A similar top-level team from India, including Union ministers, will represent the host nation.
  • Internationally acclaimed painter of Bangladesh Kalidas Karmakar (73) passed away today. 
    • An icon of modern art in Bangladesh, Kalidas was awarded Shilpakala Padak in 2016 and the Ekushey Padak in 2018 by the Government of Bangladesh for his contribution to fine arts.
  • Business software giant Oracle's co-CEO Mark Hurd (62) passed away.
    • Hurd was appointed as co-CEO in September 2014. " 
  • Actor Bill Macy (97), who featured in 1972 American TV series 'Maude' passed away.
    • Macy is known for his role in series like, 'Seinfeld' and 'One Big Family', among others.
People in News
  • India's 1st visually impaired woman IAS officer Pranjal Patil assumed charge as the Sub-Collector of Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram.
    • Patil had secured 124th rank in UPSC exams in 2017.
Awards & Honors
  • The 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences (Nobel Prize in Economics 2019) in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded to Kolkata-born American economist Abhijit Banerjee, his wife Esther Duflo and American development economist Michael Kremer
    • The trio won the award "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the 1st world leader to cross 30 million followers on Instagram
    • He is followed by former US President Barack Obama and US President Donald Trump, who have 24.8 million and 14.9 million followers, respectively. 
  • Director and producer Priyadarshan was conferred with the Madhya Pradesh government's National Kishore Kumar Samman for 2018-19 at a function in Khandwa.
    •  The award carries a cash prize of ₹2 lakh and a citation.
  • Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan was honoured "for his contribution to the world's film industry" at an event organised by Saudi Arabia's film industry, Joy Forum 2019, in Riyadh. 
  • Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt-starrer 'Gully Boy' won the Best Feature Film from India award in the regional finals at the Asian Academy Creative Awards ceremony. 
    • The film was earlier declared as India's official entry for Oscars 2020 in the Best International Feature Film category.
Science & Technology
  • NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir successfully concluded humanity's 1st-ever spacewalk with only women
    • The two women worked for over seven hours in the vacuum of space to conduct International Space Station's maintenance. 
    • With this, astronaut Meir also became the 15th woman out of a total of 228 spacewalkers.
  • The Indian government is aiming to build the world's largest facial recognition system, as per a 172-page document released by the National Crime Records Bureau. 
    • The aim is to create a centralised database of faces to help catch criminals.
New Appointments
  • Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has been unanimously nominated as the new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
    • He said besides Ganguly, BCCI members have also unanimously selected Jay Shah as Secretary and Arun Dhumal as Treasurer. 
  • Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been recommended by Chief Justice of India (CJI)  Ranjan Gogoi to succeed him. 
    • He headed the committee that investigated the sexual harassment allegations against CJI Gogoi and was a part of several benches for cases like the Aadhaar case and Ayodhya dispute. 
    • He was part of the bench that suspended the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region.
  • Chinese short-form video platform TikTok has appointed Nikhil Gandhi as the Head of TikTok India
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen clinched his maiden BWF World Tour title by winning the Dutch Open men's singles at Almere in the Netherlands.
  • In Women's cricket, India won the 3rd and final ODI against South Africa by 6 runs at Vadodara.
  • The ICC has decided to readmit Zimbabwe and Nepal as its members following the conclusion of the Board meeting in Dubai. 
    • Zimbabwe were suspended in July this year following government interference in the running of the Board. 
    • Nepal were suspended in 2016 for breach of the ICC regulations which prohibit government interference and require free and fair elections.
  • Mumbai opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has become the youngest ever cricketer to slam a double hundred in professional 50-over cricket. 
    • Jaiswal, aged 17 years and 292 days, smashed 203(154) against Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy. 
    • Note : The previous record was held by ex-South African batsman Alan Barrow, who hit a List A double ton aged 20 years and 276 days.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) RCB appointed Navnita Gautam as their Sports Massage Therapist, becoming the 1st Indian Premier League team to have a woman in the support staff
    • She will work to identify and implement massage therapy to help the team prepare and recover better. 
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