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April – 2019

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2019

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Awards

The Indian writer who has been awarded the​​ Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019​​ for his literary novel Solo –​​ Rana Dasgupta

The journalist of Pakistan's Dawn newspaper who has​​ been awarded the 71st​​ World Press Freedom Hero Award by the International Press Institute, Vienna (Austria) – Cyril Almeida

The Reuters reporters at present imprisoned in Myanmar, who have been awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2019 –​​ Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone

The Telugu poet who has been awarded the​​ Saraswati Samman 2018 for his collection of poetry Pakkaki Ottigilite by the KK Birla Foundation – K Siva Reddy

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The country which has conferred its​​ highest civilian honour named Zayed​​ Medal​​ upon the Indian Prime​​ Minister Shri Narendra Modi –​​ UAE

The integrated skill development programme launched by the Government of West Bengal with an annual target of 600,000 persons which has been awarded the World Summit on the Information Society Prize 2019 –​​ Utkarsh​​ Bangla

 

Sports

The Australian female umpire who has become the first woman to be an umpire in men's one-day international –​​ Claire Polosak

The team which has won the 73rd edition of​​ Santosh Trophy football​​ tournament defeating​​ Punjab in the finals –​​ Services

The Indian women's cricketer who has been named​​ Wisden's Leading Women's Cricketer​​ in the World for 2018 –​​ Smriti Mandhana

The All India Football Federation president who has become​​ the first Indian to be elected as the member of FIFA Executive Council for a period of 4 years – Praful Patel

The team which has won the​​ Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey​​ tournament defeating India in the finals at Ipoh, Malaysia –​​ South Korea

The Thai badminton player who has won the Women's Singles title at​​ the India Open badminton tournament​​ in New Delhi defeating He Bingjiao of China in the finals –​​ Ratchanok Intanon

 

Places

The city in which the first ever summit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and Russian​​ President Vladimir Putin was held​​ recently – Vladivostok

The African country in which the​​ world's first malaria vaccine RTS, S​​ was launched for children upto 2 years –​​ Malawi

The country which has released a commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark 70 years of its diplomatic ties with India –​​ Indonesia

The village in West Imphal district of Manipur which has been tagged as​​ India's first carbon positive settlement – Phayeng

 

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Persons
The former of CEO of Network 18 Digital who has been named the new​​ MD of Twitter in India –​​ Manish Maheshwari

The former​​ television serial comedian​​ who has been elected the new​​ President of Ukraine – Volodymyr Zelensky
The well-known film actress who has been appointed as the​​ industry head of Google India – Mayuri Kango

 

Defence
The guided​​ missile​​ destroyer launched by the Indian Navy at Mazagaon​​ Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai is named – INS Imphal

The 12th edition of​​ joint military exercise between India and Singapore​​ conducted at Babina Military Station in MP from 08 to 11 April 2019 –​​ Bold Kurukshetra 2019

The biennial bilateral​​ maritime exercise​​ conducted by the Navies of India and Australia off the coast of Visakhapatnam from 02 April 2019 –​​ AUSINDEX 2019

 

Miscellaneous
The rank of India in the Index of Cancer Preparedness 2019 released by Economist​​ Intelligence Unit for 28 countries – 19

The name given by Hawaiian language professor Larry Kimura to the first ever black hole photographed by Event Horizon Telescope – Powehi

The cloud management tool launched by Google allowing its users to run applications from anywhere is named –​​ Google Anthos

The railway station in North East Frontier Railway zone which has become the first in the country to be awarded​​ ISO certification (ISO-14001) by the National Green Tribunal – Guwahati

The country which has voted​​ anti-corruption activist Zuzana Caputova to be its first female President –

Slovakia

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Launch of PSLV-C45

Launch date: 01 April 2019 Launch station: SHAR, Sriharikota

Indian Satellite launched: EMISAT (weight - 436 kg) intended for​​ electromagnetic spectrum measurement.

 

Foreign Satellites launched: Bluewalker1 and M6P (Lithuania); Aistechsat-3 (Spain); Astrocast-2 (Switzerland); Flock-4A (20 satellites) and Lemur (USA). Total 28

 

Important Days of April

 

World Autism Awareness Day:​​ 02 April 2019​​ 
Theme: Assistive Technologies, Active Participation​​ 

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2008

World Health Day: 07 April 2019​​ 

Designated by: World Health Organisation

Theme: Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere​​ First Observed in: 1950

International Mother Earth Day: 22 April 2019​​ 

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Protect our species First Observed in: 2010

Note: Earth Day was first observed in 1970 in the United States and it went global in 1990. The same day was adopted by the UN in 2009 as the International Mother Earth Day.

World Malaria Day: 25 April 2019​​ 

Designated by: World Health Organisation

​​ First Observed in: 2007

Theme: Zero malaria starts with me

 

Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards 2019

Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award for music and art -​​ Smt. Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar​​ (Classical dancer)

Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Lifetime award (Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar) -​​ Salim Khan​​ (Scriptwriter)

Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Special Award -​​ Madhur Bhandarkar​​ and​​ Helen​​ for their contribution to Indian Cinema

 

World Press Freedom Index 2019

 

Released by: Reporters without Borders

 

Rank

Country

Rank

Country

1.

Norway

140

India

2.

Finland

142

Pakistan

3.

Sweden

177

China

4.

Netherlands

150

Bangladesh

5.

Denmark

126

Sri Lanka

 

1st satellite of Sri Lanka: Raavana 1

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Stratolaunch - World's largest airplane

Bulit by: Stratolaunch Systems Corp Maiden flight: Mojave desert, California

Number of engines: 6 Boeing 747 engines​​ 

Fuselage​​ (body): 2

Designed: To drop rockets and other space vehicles at an altitude of 35,000 feet. Note: Stratolaunch is a company setup by Microsoft co-founder Late Paul Allen​​ 

 

NIRF India Rankings 2019
​​ ‘NIRF India Rankings 2019’ for Higher Education Institutions List of top ranking institute in each category is as follows:

Overall: Indian Institute of Technology,​​ Madras

Management: Indian Institute of Management,​​ Bengaluru

University: Indian Institute of Science,​​ Bengaluru

College: Miranda House,​​ Delhi

Pharmacy: Jamia Hamdard, Delhi

Medical: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New​​ Delhi

Architecture: Indian Institute of Technology,​​ Kharagpur

Law: National Law School of India University,​​ Bengaluru

Engineering: Indian Institute of Technology,​​ Madras

 

Books in News

The Overstory - Richard Powers (Awarded Pulitzer Prize for fiction)

Quichotte - Salman Rushdie

 

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