Current Affairs from April 11 - April 20, 2019

Current Affairs for Competitive Exams like SSC, IBPS, LIC, SBI, RRB, April 11-20 Current Events, Careerneeti

Here is the list of important events and current affairs from April 11 to 20, 2019 for all upcoming competitive exams like SSC, IBPS, IES, Bank of Baroda, LIC, RRB, SBI, etc.

  • Google Wing launched first home delivery drone service in Australia.

  • The Supreme Court imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh on the West Bengal government for imposing a “virtual” ban on the public screening of the satirical film Bhobishyoter Bhoot in the state.

  • The government has retained the interest rate for the General Provident Fund (GPF) and other related schemes at 8 percent for the April-June quarter. 

  • The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London to face a charge in the United States of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer network in 2010, bringing to an abrupt end a seven-year saga in which he had holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in Britain to avoid capture.

  • Telugu poet K Siva Reddy has been selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite. The award carries a cash prize of  15 lakh rupees, a citation, and a plaque.

  • European Union leaders and the U.K. government have agreed to a flexible extension of the Brexit deadline until Oct. 31. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said this development provides an additional six months for the UK to find the best possible solution.

  • The Chandra Narayan Yadav Memorial Maternity Hospital, made on an Indian grant of Nepalese Rupees 26.90 million, was inaugurated by Ambassador of India to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri in Siraha district.

  • Indian captain Virat Kohli, for the third consecutive time, has been named as The Wisden Almanack’s Leading Cricketer of the Year for 2018. Kohli is also one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year alongside Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, and Rory Burns. Smriti Mandhana has been named the Women’s Leading Cricketer of the Year for 2018.

  • Russia announced its highest honor - the Order of St Andrew the Apostle - for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for distinguished achievement in developing bilateral strategic relations.

  • SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy successfully deployed Arabsat-6A into orbit, and all three of the rocket’s cores landed intact after takeoff.

  • India will be the Guest of Honour country at the 2019 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) to be held during April 24-30, 2019. 

  • On April 10, 2019, astronomers revealed the first image ever taken of a black hole, bringing a dramatic conclusion to a decades-long effort.

  • The leader of Finland’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SDP) declared victory in the general election after complete results showed his party winning by a razor-thin margin with 17.7%.

  • Sudan’s military council removed defense minister Awad Ibn Auf from his role and appointed a new intelligence chief. Lieutenant General Abu Bakr Mustafa replaced Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh, known as Salah Gosh, as chief of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).

  • The world’s largest airplane took flight successfully on April 13th,2019. Built by rocket launch company Stratolaunch, the 500,000-pound plane with a 385-foot wingspan lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California.

  • The Indian Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on April 15, successfully conducted the sixth flight test of the nuclear-capable Nirbhay cruise missile, India’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile, from the Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

  • The leaders of the European Union declared on April 16 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg that the devastation of Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral is blow to all Europe and all Europe will contribute to its rebuilding.

  • The United Nations owes India USD 38 million, the highest it has to pay to any country, for the peacekeeping operations as of March 2019, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said as he voiced concern over the world body's deteriorating financial health. 

  • PwC has named Padmaja Alaganandan as its new chief people officer. Alaganandan takes over from Jagjit Singh. 

  • Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix for a record sixth time to seize the overall lead from his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.

  • The US has advised its citizens to reconsider traveling to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks.

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to create one post of Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General (Coordination, Communication and Information System) in Pay Level-17 (by abolishing one STS level post) in the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

  • Astronomers have discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system's title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds. Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, a team of researchers, led by astronomers at San Diego State University, detected the new Neptune-to-Saturn-size planet orbiting between two previously known planets.

  • Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels, calling it a first and a major medical breakthrough that advances possibilities for transplants.

  • Electronics giant Sony recently launched its own ride-hailing platform, S.Ride, in Tokyo rivaling JapanTaxi and LINE after the company committed to bringing an Uber-like experience to Japan’s capital.

  • The Indian Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy participated in the second iteration of bilateral Naval Exercise off Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam between April 13 and April 16.

  • The fourth Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific (RCAP) 2019 Congress was being organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and hosted by South Delhi Municipal Corporation on 15-17 April in New Delhi, India. It offered cities and regions from Asia-Pacific a variety of innovative solutions that build resilience to climate change at the sub-national level.

  • Two of India's neighbors, Sri Lanka and Nepal, have marked their entry into space with the launch of their first ever satellites on Thursday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's East Shore, United States. The two nano-satellites, Sri Lanka's Raavana-1 and Nepal's satellite, Nepali1 will be used to send images of geographical areas of their respective countries from 400 km away while orbiting the earth.

  • Troubled Indian airline Jet Airways has temporarily suspended all its domestic and international flights after failing to find fresh funding.

  • World Heritage Day was observed across the globe on April 18, 2019. The theme of this year was Rural landscape.

  • Bajrang Punia regained the world No. 1 spot in the men’s 65 kg freestyle category in the rankings issued by United World Wrestling.

  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has imposed a fine of one lakh seventy-six thousand Euros on Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) for not honoring the Pro League commitments.

  • A book containing English translation of the 100-year-old classic Punjabi poem about Jallianwala Bagh massacre, 'Khooni Vaisakhi' has been released in Abu Dhabi.

  • Pakistan's Finance Minister Asad Umar abruptly quit the Cabinet on before securing a multi-billion dollar International Monetary Fund bailout package for the cash-strapped country.

  • The prime minister of Mali, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, and his entire government have resigned, following an upsurge of violence in the country.

  • India slipped two places and ranked at 140 among 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders on 18 April.

  • A total of 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have received medals of honor for their dedicated service and sacrifice. 

  • America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. 

  • Professor Gagandeep Kang has become the first Indian female scientist to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in the UK fellowship's 358-year-history.

  • Shri Jaideep Sarkar, presently Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bhutan, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of South Africa.

  • The Union External Affairs Ministry has appointed Suhel Ajaz Khan as the Ambassador to Lebanon.

  • The CBSE visually impaired students, from 2020, will be allowed to use magnifying glasses and portable video magnifiers during the Class X final examination. 

  • Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba launched the third ship of Project 15B, INS Imphal, a guided missile destroyer, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai. 

  • Malaysia's government will resurrect a multibillion-dollar property project in Kuala Lumpur involving a Chinese state company, calls it a contribution to China's "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the Cabinet agreed to reinstate the Bandar Malaysia project, which is expected to cost 140 billion ringgit ($33.8 billion).

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