Weekly Current Affairs PDF (16th to 22nd April 2019)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs 3rd week of April 2019. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI PO/Clerk, LIC AAO and other competitive exams can make use of it.

Current Affairs: Important Days

Date Important days Theme
April 17 World Haemophilia Day “Outreach and Identification”
April 18 World Heritage Day “Rural Landscapes”
April 19 World Liver Day
April 21 National Civil Service Day
April 21 World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID)
April 22 World Earth day Protect Our Species

Current Affairs: National

  1. CBDT sets June 30 as deadline to dispose of demonetisation cases

Current Affairs: International

1.       Google opens first Africa Artificial Intelligence lab in Ghana

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Ghana Capital Accra
Ghana Currency Cedi
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo
  1. Singapore’s Changi Airport touts the world’s tallest indoor waterfall
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Singapore Capital Singapore City
Singapore Currency Dollar
Singapore President Halima Yacob

3.      Saudi government raises India’s Haj quota to 2 lakhs

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Saudi Arabia Capital Riyadh
Saudi ArabiaCurrency Saudi riyal
Saudi ArabiaCrown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Current Affairs: Cabinet Approval

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the creation of1 post of Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General (Coordination, Communication and Information System).
  • The Cabinet has given the approval for ongoingGSLV continuation programme Phase-4 that consists of 5 GSLV rocket flights during 2021-2024. The total fund requirement for the phase 4 programme is Rs 2,729.13 crore. This amount includes the cost of 5 Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles (GSLVs), addition of essential facility, programme management, launch campaign and extra funds required to meet the scope of the programme.
  • They given approval for the proposal of the Department of fertilizers for extension of the duration of New Urea Policy-2015 for existing gas-based area unit fromApril 1, 2019 until further orders.
  • Cabinet approves pact between India and Denmark in the field of Renewable Energy
  • Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications, Government of India and The Ministry of Science and ICT (Korea Post), Government of the Republic of Korea have mutually collaborated to issue Postage Stamps on the theme “Queen Hur Hwang-ok of Korea”.
  • To enhance the ties between India and Brazil to work out the future agenda for the amalgamation for innovation in Science & Technology diplomacy to develop a concrete deliberated plan in the area of biotechnology education, training and research.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between India and Boliviaon collaboration in the field of Geology and Mineral Resources.
  • To strengthen bilateral cooperation and mutual understanding between India and Cambodia in the field of communications.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between India and Boliviain the Field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy. The pact was signed in March 2019 in Bolivia.

Current Affairs: State

  1. India’s first exotic Bird ParkEssel World Bird Park was launched in Mumbai
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Maharashtra Capital Mumbai
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
Maharashtra Governor Chinamani Vidyasagar Rao

 

  1. Project Kannamma,is the initiative of the Rotary Club of Madras North, waslaunched
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Tamil Nadu Capital Chennai
Tamil NaduChief Minister E. Palanisamy
Tamil NaduGovernor Banwarilal Purohit
  1. RongaliBihu (BohagBihu) festival celebrated in Assam
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Assam Capital Dishpur
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi

Current Affairs: Banking and Finance

  1. ADB committed to provide USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018
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Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Headquarters Mandaluyong, Philippines
President TakehikoNakao
  1. The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) has launched a 5G Use Cases Lab for banking and financial sector
  2. IDBI Bank has launched paperless account facility for NRIs
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IDBI BankHeadquarters Mumbai
IDBI Bank MD & CEO Rakesh Sharma
IDBI BankTagline AaoSocheinBada
  1. Canara Bank becomes the first public sector bank in India to meet RBI’s EMV mandate
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Canara Bank Headquarters Bengaluru
Canara Bank CEO Sankara Narayanan
Canara BankTagline Together We Can
  1. The IMF and World Bank launched ‘Learning Coin’ to explore blockchain technologies
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World Bank Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
President David Malpass
International Monetary Fund CEO Christine Lagarde
  1. RBI issued banknotes of Rs. 50 denomination bearing the signature of Governor Shaktikanta Das
  2. The RBI has signed a Statement of Commitment (SoC) to the FX Global Code
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RBI Headquarters Mumbai
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das
RBI Deputy Governor BP Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan, Viral Acharya and Mahesh Kumar Jain
  1. ETMONEY becomes India’s first comprehensive financial services app to integrate UPI
  2. Bandhan Bank gets Competition Commission of India (CCI) nod for merger with Gruh Finance
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Bandhan Bank Headquarters Kolkata
Bandhan Bank CEO Chandra ShekharGhosh
  1. CRISIL board gives nod for transfer of ratings business to new subsidiary

11.Bank of Baroda and Srei Equipment Finance tie up for infra equipment loans

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Bank of Baroda Headquarters Vadodara
Bank of Baroda CEO P. S. Jayakumar
Bank of Baroda Tagline India’s International Bank

12.   Exim Bank funds projects worth USD 267 million to Rwanda

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Export–Import Bank of India
EXIM Bank Headquarters Mumbai
EXIM Bank CEO David Rasquinha
Rwanda Capital Kigali
Rwanda Currency Rwandan franc
Rwanda President Paul Kagame

13.  Cholamandalam MS General Insurance gets ISO 31000:2018 certification

Current Affairs: Appointments

R. Mohan City Union Bank part-time chairman
Mike Budenholzer National Basketball Coaches Association’s 2019 Coach of the Year
Rajesh Yaduvanshi Executive Director of Punjab National Bank
PadmajaAlaganandan Chief people officer of PwC
Mithali Raj Goodwill ambassador at the Street Child Cricket World Cup
Mahendra Singh Dhoni Brand ambassador of  Redbus
Sanjay kumar (Indian) Geospatial advisory committee
JaideepSarkar India’s next High Commissioner to South Africa
KaushikShaparia Deutsche Bank India CEO
SuhelAjaz Khan Next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Lebanon
SaireeChahal Paytm Payments Bank board of director
Gagandeep Kang First Indian woman to be elected Royal Society Fellow

Current Affairs: Resignation

SoumeylowBoubeyeMaiga Prime Minister of Mali

Current Affairs: Awards and Honours

Fincare Small Finance Bank Celent Model Bank 2019 Award in the category of Financial Inclusion
Paytm Payments Bank Celent Model Bank 2019 Award under Beyond Banking category
Yusuf Hamied ( Cipla chairman) UK Royal Society honour
SreeSreenath (Indian-American Professor) Cleveland International Hall of Fame
IPR cell of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) National Intellectual Property Award 2019
Malayalam film Bhayanakam Best cinematography at 2019 Beijing International Film Festival
  1. A total of 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have received medals of honour

Pulitzer Prize: 2019 Winners List

  • Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.
  • It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City
  • Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$15,000 cash award
  • The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal

 

Sl.No Category Winner
1. Public service South Florida Sun-Sentinel
2. Criticism Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post
3. Editorial Writing Brent Staples of The New York Times
4. Breaking News Reporting staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
5. Investigative Reporting Harriet Ryan, Matt Hamilton and Paul Pringle
6. Explanatory Reporting David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times
7. Local Reporting staff of The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
8. National Reporting staff of The Wall Street Journal
9. International Reporting 1.Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty

2. Wa Lone, KyawSoeOo and a team from Reuters

10. Feature Writing Hannah Dreier of ProPublica
11. Commentary Tony Messenger
12. Editorial Cartoons Darrin Bell
13. Breaking News Photography The photography staff of Reuters
14. Feature Photography Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post
BOOKS, DRAMA, AND MUSIC
15. Fiction The Overstory by Richard Powers
16. Drama Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury
17. General Nonfiction Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
18. Drama Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury
19. History Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
20. Autobiography or Biography The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
21. Poetry Be With by Forrest Gander
22. Special Citation Aretha Franklin

Current Affairs: Summit and Conference

  1. 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific (RCAP) congress 2019 inaugurated in New Delhi
  2. Home Expo India 2019 begins in Greater Noida

Current Affairs: Ranking

  1. MukeshAmbani, ArundhatiKatju and MenakaGuruswamy are named TIME’s list of 100 most influential people

2. India ranked 140 in World Press Freedom Index 2019 report released by Reporters Without Borders

  1. India Rises to 17th Spot from 37th in StartupBlink’s Startup Ecosystem Ranking

Current Affairs: MoU

  1. India to partner with Japan and UAE to set up two projects in Africa
  2. Bank of Maharashtra has partnered with M1Xchange Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) platform for MSME bill discounting
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Bank of Maharashtra Headquarters Pune
Bank of Maharashtra CEO A. S. Rajeev
Bank of Maharashtra Tagline One family one bank
  1. IIT Hyderabad has signed a MoU with Japanese firm Terra Drone Corporation to set up drone development centre for India
  2. Airtel Payments Bank has tied up with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer two-wheeler insurance to its customers across India

Current Affairs: Defence

  1. China has successfully tested the world’s first armed amphibious drone boat
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China Capital Beijing
China Currency Renminbi, Yuan
China President Xi Jinping
  1. Indian Coast Guard Ship Veera, the third in the series of 98 metre Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) was commissioned at Visakhapatnam
  2. Second Edition of Indian Navy-Vietnam Peoples’ Navy Bilateral Exercise (IN – VPN BILAT EX) Concluded in Vietnam
  3. India and Francewill conduct their largest ever  naval exercise ‘Varuna’ in May 2019
  4. Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba launched a guided missile destroyer Imphal, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai

Current Affairs: Science and Technology

1. India’s sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ successfully test fired from Odisha

  1. Nepal successfully launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 into space from Virginia
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Nepal Capital Kathmandu
Nepal Currency Nepalese rupee
Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari
  1. Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana-1’ was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore
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Sri Lanka Capital Colombo, Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Lanka Currency Sri Lankan rupee
Sri Lanka President MaithripalaSirisena
  1. NASA astronaut Christina Koch to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

Current Affairs: Mobile Application and Portal

  1. The Election Commission of India has launched Voter Turnout app for the voters

Current Affairs: Sports

  1. American professional golfer Tiger Woodsclinched his fifth Master title
  2. India’s HarsheelDani clinched Dutch International badminton title
  3. Chilean professional tennis playerChristian Garinwon his first ATP title in the final of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston
  4. Ethiopian runners Gelete Burka and AbrhaMilaw win 2019 Paris Marathon race

5. ICC partners with UNICEF to deliver ‘One Day for Children’ at Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019

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ICC Headquarters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ICC Chairperson ShashankManohar
ICC CEO Manu Sawhney
  1. Former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin has been banned for life from all football activities by FIFA
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FIFA Headquarters Zurich, Switzerland
FIFA President Gianni Infantino
  1. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has imposed a hefty fine of one lakh seventy-six thousand Euros on Pakistan Hockey Federation
  2. India’s Bajrang Punia has regained the world number one spot in the men’s 65-kilogram freestyle category
  3. Chandigarh to host Asian Billiards, Snooker Championships
  4. Services won their sixth Santosh Trophy title with a 1-0 victory over home side Punjab

Current Affairs: Books

Author Books
Salman Rushdie Quichotte

Current Affairs: Obituaries

Person Field
Dr SK Shivakumar Space scientist and Padma-Shri awardee
Jerrie Cobb America’s first female astronaut candidate
Alan Garcia Ex-president of Peru
Con de Lange Scotland all-rounder
Rama Sengupta Paul Mountaineer
Amar Pal Bengali folk singer

 

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