Current Affairs, April 2019
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16th April, Current Affairs:
• Paris's famous Notre Dame engulfed by a massive fire and sustained significant damage, including the destruction of the spire and two-thirds of the roof.
15th April, Current Affairs:
• India announced their 15-man squad for
the ICC World Cup 2019. The squad includes Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit
Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (wk),
Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar
Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.
• Rongali Bihu is celebrated in Assam.
• India successfully test-fired its first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile ''Nirbhay'' from a test range in Odisha.
• The Election Commission barred Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati from election campaigning for violating Model Code of Conduct by making objectionable statements in speeches.
• 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.
• Mohammed Ishtaye was sworn in as the new Palestinian Prime Minister.
• Tiger Woods won the 83rd Masters. This is his 15th major title.
14th April, Current Affairs:
• Nation pays tributes to Dr Bhimrao
Ambedkar on his 128th birth anniversary.
• The world's largest aircraft, developed by aerospace venture Stratolaunch, completed its first flight test.
• Meena Kumari Maisnam from India clinches gold in Boxing World Cup which concluded at Cologne, Germany.
13th April, Current Affairs:
• The nation is paying homage to the
martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on the centenary of the incident.
• Baisakhi is being celebrated in the northern part of the country today. The festival of harvest is celebrated with much fanfare in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Ram Navami is also being celebrated in different parts of the country.
12th April, Current Affairs:
• Russia announced its decision to confer the Order of St Andrew the Apostle - the highest state decoration of the country on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for promoting a special and privileged strategic partnership between Russian and India.
11th April, Current Affairs:
• Polling held today for the first phase
of the general election to 91 Parliamentary constituencies, spread over 18
states and two Union Territories. Simultaneously the people also voted to
175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly, 32-seat Sikkim Assembly, 60-member
Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and for 28 of 147 Assembly seats in Odisha.
• Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden.
• The UK and the European Union have agreed to extend Brexit until October 31. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting in Brussels.
• Sudan's armed forces have overthrown and arrested President Omar al-Bashir after months of protests against his nearly 30-year rule.
• Hong Kong's equity market surpasses Japan as world's third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China.
10th April, Current Affairs:
• Astronomers unveiled the first photo of
a black hole.
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a fifth term in office after win in the general election.
9th April, Current Affairs:
• BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security
personnel were killed in a massive Maoist attack in Dantewada district of
• President Ram Nath Kovind today paid homage to the martyrs at National Police Memorial in New Delhi on the occasion of 54th Valour Day of Central Reserve Police Force, CRPF.
• The first vote for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections was cast in Arunachal Pradesh by service voters from a remote Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) unit located in the eastern tip of the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
8th April, Current Affairs:
• The Indian Institute of Technology
Madras tops the list of higher education institutes released today by the
Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Indian Institute of Science
(IISc), Bangalore, is at the second spot; while IIT Delhi is at the third
• Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) wins the parliamentary election in Maldives.
• China shuttler and two-time Olympic winner Lin Dan wins the men's singles final in Malaysian Open by defeating Chen Long 9-21, 21-17, 21-11.
7th April, Current Affairs:
• World Health Day observed today with the
theme "Universal health coverage".
• Senior US Treasury official David Malpass has been selected as President of the World Bank. The World Bank's executive board unanimously selected 63-year-old Malpass as the bank's 13th President for a five-year term.
6th April, Current Affairs:
• Kanishak Kataria, a B. Tech graduate
from IIT Bombay has topped the UPSC civil services final exam. 759
candidates, comprising 577 men and 182 women, have been recommended for
appointment to Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian
Police Service and Central Services, Group 'A' and Group 'B'.
• All India Football Federation President Praful Patel has become the first Indian to be elected as a member of the FIFA Executive Council. He got 38 out of 46 votes.
5th April, Current Affairs:
• Vikram Kirloskar took charge as the new President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
4th April, Current Affairs:
• The United Arab Emirates has conferred the prestigious Zayed Medal on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the highest decoration awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states.
3rd April, Current Affairs:
• South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks in the World.
2nd April, Current Affairs:
• Today is the World Autism Awareness Day. This year the theme of the Day is Assistive Technologies, Active Participation.
1st April, Current Affairs:
• The Indian Space Research Organization,
ISRO, launched India’s latest satellite EMISAT and 28 other smaller
satellites of international customers. The national space agency’s workhorse
launch vehiclePSLV-C45, carrying the payloads on board, lifted off from its
spaceport, SatishDhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta.
• Bank of Baroda (BoB) became the second largest state-owned lender after merging Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank into it as part of the first three-way amalgamation.
• India has won the ICC Test championship mace for the third successive year.