Current Affairs Daily Updated @ 15th & 16th April 2019


Vice President releases postage stamp, Rs. 100 coin to commemorate 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

  • Commemorating the 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu released the commemorative postage stamp at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial.
  • The Vice-President also released coins of Rs 100 with ‘Centenary of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre’ written on it and the memorial drawn on it.
  • The postage stamp also bears the image of the Jallianwala Bagh memorial and one of the stamps is dedicated to the martyrs who lost their lives in the massacre.


First-of-its-kind ‘Voter Park’ inaugurated in Gurugram

  • India’s first-of-its-kind ‘Voter Park’ was inaugurated in Gurugram, aimed at increasing voter awareness and educating people about the electoral process.
  • Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Rajeev Ranjan inaugurated the park in Vikas Sadan building complex.
  • At the park, voters will get information about the polling process and the history of elections in the country.


21st ASEAN-India Senior Officials Meeting held at New Delhi

  • The 21st ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) was held from 11-12 April 2019 at New Delhi.
  • India congratulated Thailand on its assuming the Chairmanship of ASEAN for 2019 and welcomed its role as Country Coordinator of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership for the period 2018-2021.
  • The Meeting decided to impart urgency to Cooperation in Renewable Energy and hold an ASEAN-India Conference on Renewable Energy in 2019. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) would be the co-partners for this project.

Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

  • The Spring Meeting 2019 of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was held between April 8-14, 2019 in Washington DC, US.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg represented India in the meeting.


Mohammed Ishtaye sworn in as new Palestine Prime Minister

  • New Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye and his cabinet members were sworn in before President Mahmoud Abbas at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah
  • Ishtaye will serve as the minister of interior and minister of Waqf, or religious affairs, until two new ministers are named.
  • The new government consists of 24 ministers from the Palestine Liberation Organization, or PLO, Abbas’ Fatah Party, the Palestinian People’s Party, the FIDA party and the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, in addition to independent figures.


Jailed Reuters journalists in Myanmar win U.N. press freedom prize

  • The 2019 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, which honours the defence and promotion of press freedom, is being awarded to Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo as a tribute to their courage and commitment to freedom of expression, according to a press release from UNESCO.
  • The two journalists had been working on stories about a military crackdown and alleged human rights violations in Rakhine state in Myanmar when they were arrested.

Scientist Dr A K Singh conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Dr A K Singh was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award during 4th APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave at Chandigarh University, Mohali.
  • Dr A K Singh, director at Life Sciences, DRDO, was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award for his rich contribution in the field of life sciences, aerospace and aeronautics.
  • The conclave was organised by the university to mark World Creativity and Innovation Day.

John Moore won the World Press Photo of the Year award

  • A photo of a 2-year-old girl crying near the US-Mexico border has won the World Press Photo of the Year award.
  • The image, titled “Crying Girl on the Border,” was taken by Getty photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winner John Moore on June 12 near McAllen, Texas.
  • The Netherlands-based World Press Photo organization announced the award at a ceremony in Amsterdam.
  • Dutch/Swedish photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen has won the World Press Story of the Year for the image of movement of thousands of Central American migrants who joined a caravan heading to the United States border between October and November 2018.


Stratolaunch Flies World’s Largest Plane for the First Time

  • Stratolaunch, the private launch company founded by the late billionaire Paul Allen, has just flown the world’s largest aircraft for the first time.
  • The massive airplane, which has a wingspan bigger than a football field and is designed to launch rockets from the air, took off on its maiden test flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California.


UAE to host world’s foremost Artificial Intelligence Summit

  • UAE is set to host the world’s foremost Artificial Intelligence,AI Summit to empower global dialogue on the future of government, business and society
  • The inaugural ‘AI Everything’, AIE will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, between 30th of this month and 1st of next month.


Airtel merger with TTSL 

  • Bharti Airtel has confirmed that it has received in-principal approval from the telecom department for merger with Tata Teleservices (TTSL), subject to the condition that Sunil Mittal firm provides bank guarantees of about Rs. 7,200 crore.
  • Manoj Sinha, telecom minster has conditionally approved the merger and that letters mentioning the guarantees were sent to Tata Teleservices Limited and its listed unit Tata Teleservices Maharashtra (TTML).


Airtel, FLO launch ‘My Circle’ app for women’s safety

  • Bharti Airtel in collaboration with FICCI Ladies Organisation launched a mobile app, My Circle, to help women in case they face any problem or a panic situation.
  • The application is carrier agnostic which would work on phones with any telecom service network, both Airtel and non-Airtel.
  • “My Circle app enables women to send SOS alerts to any five of their family or friends in 13 languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Bangla, Urdu, Assamese, Oriya, and Gujarati”.


Rowley Jefferson’s Journal Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

  • Jeff Kinney, an eminent author has emerged out with a new book titled “Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal”. The book is written from the opinion of Rowley Jefferson, the best friend of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ supporter Greg Heffley.
  • This book is Jeff Kinney’s first outside of his “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.The book is written in Kinney’s trademark humour. It will also mark around 350 black-and-white illustrations.

Autobiography of Social worker Sankurathri Chandrasekhar released

  • ‘Ashakiranam,’ an autobiography of noted social worker Sankurathri Chandrasekhar, was released at a function.
  • Religious scholar Chaganti Koteswara Rao released the book while writer and literary critic Vadrevu Veeralakshmi Devi reviewed the work. Penned by Dr. Chandrasekhar in English with title ‘A Ray of Hope’ the autobiography was translated into Telugu by Godavarthi Satyamurthy.


Lewis Hamilton wins the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix to seize the overall lead from his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship.
  • The win was the 75th of Hamilton’s career, second in a row after his lucky triumph in Bahrain and sixth in China.

Meena Kumari Maisnam clinches gold in Boxing World Cup

  • India finished with 5 medals in the  Boxing World Cup which concluded at Cologne, Germany.
  • Meena Kumari Maisnam continued her fine run to win gold in the 54 kg.
  • Reigning youth world champion Sakshi (57 kg) and India Open champion Pwilao Basumatary (64 kg) settled for the silver. Pinki Rani (51 kg) and Parveen ( 60 kg) won bronze.

FC Goa pip Chennaiyin FC to win 2019 Super Cup

  • The 2019 Super Cup was the second edition of the Super Cup, the main club knockout football competition in India. The competition is sponsored by Hero MotoCorp and is officially known as the Hero Super Cup.
  • FC Goa emerged as champions of the 2019 Super Cup as they pipped Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in a tense affair at the Kalinga Stadium, Odisha.

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