28-29 April 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

28-29 April 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

28-29 April 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Rana Dasgupta bags 2019 Tagore Literary Prize

  • The Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2nd edition) was awarded to author Rana Dasgupta for his 2010 novel ‘Solo’, a tale of estrangement and the ultimate failure of material existence.
  • An amount of USD 10,000, a Tagore statue and a certificate for contribution to literature was given to Dasgupta.
  • The Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize for social achievement was awarded to Yohei Sasakawa, for his incredible efforts to uproot leprosy and great contribution to world peace.
  • Mr. Yohei Sasakawa is the World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen awarded the Social Achievement honour at India’s Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize in recognition of their efforts to advance democracy, freedom and human rights.
  • TagorePrize is founded and launched with a strong vision to be a platform and a vehicle for improving and inspiring World Peace, Literature, Art and Education.
  • The prizes promote the culture and beauty of literature just as Rabindranath Tagore had taught us to, but also, the culture and society of tolerance harmony and non – discrimination

Important Days

2. 28 April: World Day for Safety and Health at Work

  • The World Day for Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally observed on 28th April every year.
  • The theme for 2019 is “Safety and Health and the Future of Work”.
  • The day is observed mainly by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as an awareness-raising campaign to raise awareness of safety in the workplace.
  • It is intended to focus international attention on creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
Source: UN.Org

3. International Dance Day is being observed today

  • International Dance Day is being observed globally on 29th April, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).
  • The day strives to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals held on the date all over the world.
  • The event takes place every year on 29th April on the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), the creator of modern ballet.
  • Every year (since its creation in 1982) an outstanding dance personality is selected to write a message for International Dance Day.


4. British Film Editor Terry Rawlings passes away

  • British film & sound editor ‘Terry Rawlings’ (85-years) passed away.
  • He was an Oscar nominee for his work on Best Picture winner “Chariots of Fire”.
  • Mr. Rawlings was the founding member of the Guild of British Film and Television Editors.
  • Rawlings was also elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors and received the organization's 2006 Career Achievement Award.
  • His credits as a sound editor date from 1962–1977, after which he was credited primarily as a film editor.
Source: express.co.uk
International Affairs

5. Sri Lankan govt bans two terror outfits NTJ, JMI following serial blasts

  • Srilankan President Maithripala ‘Sirisena’ has decided to ban the two fundamentalist terror networks National Thawheed Jamath (NJT) and Jamathei Milathu Ibrahim (JMI) linked with last attacks.
  • The organizations have been banned under emergency provisions, which were imposed on 23rd after the attacks.
  • All activities of those organizations as well as their property will be seized by the government.
  • Earlier, NJT was named behind suicide attacks last Sunday which killed over 250 people including 42 foreigners.
  • Over 100 suspects linked to the organizations have been taken into custody as a countrywide crackdown on the organizations continue.
Source: AIR News

6. China removes BRI map that showed J-K, Arunachal Pradesh as part of India

  • A map hosted on Chinese government’s MOFCOM (Ministry of Commerce’s website) displaying routes under China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative at odds with China’s own stand on these areas.
  • Though India is boycotting the second Belt and Road Forum taking place in Beijing, the map also incorrectly showed India to be part of the BRI.
  • The map did not clearly distinguish Pakistan Occupied Kashmir which is a core part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
  • The display of the map on a prominent Chinese government site at a time when the Second Belt and Road Forum is ongoing is at odds with China’s stance.
  • China destroyed nearly 30,000 world maps printed in the country for not showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory.
  • Beijing claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet, and the north-eastern state is depicted as part of South Tibet Autonomous Region in China’s official maps.
Source: AIR News

7. UN and EU sign agreement to strengthen partnership in Counter-Terrorism Efforts

  • The United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint framework aimed at strengthening partnership in counter-terrorism efforts.
  • The UN-EU initiative will focus on terrorism and violent extremism prevention in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as support victims and promote the reintegration of terrorism offenders.
  • According to the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, the framework was enacted on the second EU-UN high-level political dialogue on Counter-Terrorism that was held in New York.
Source: DD News
National Affairs

8. Cultural Festival held in Guwahati City

  • South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC) of Ministry of Culture, Government of India has organized a Madhya Dakshini Festival 2019 (from 25 to 28 April 2019) in four venues of Guwahati.
  • The festival is being celebrated in collaboration with North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) in four venues of Guwahati.
  • Around 100 folk artists from Central India, states from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andra Pradesh has performed vibrant and colourful folk dances showing the rich cultural heritage of India.
  • The Cultural Festival was organized at Shilpgram of NEZCC at Panjabari, Guwahati.
Source: The Sentinel Assam

9. "Orange Alert" issued in Gujarat due to heatwave conditions

  • The Gujarat health department has issued an 'Orange Alert' for two-days as the temperatures are likely to touch 44 degrees.
  • All state’s bus stands and the municipal corporation has made arrangement for water at multiple points.
  • Meteorological Centre (MC) Ahmedabad released warning for a heat wave in multiple regions of Gujarat for the next 48 hours.
Source: ND TV
Banking and Finance

10. RBI to issue new Rs 20 denomination banknotes

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon release new banknotes of Rs 20 denomination in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series.
  • The base colour of the note is greenish yellow and bear the signature of Shaktikanta Das (RBI Governor).
  • The new denomination Rs 20 (dimension: 63 mm x 129 mm) has the motif of the Ellora Caves on the reverse.
  • All the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 20 issued by the RBI in the earlier series will continue to be legal tender.
Source: Deccan Herald

11. Sebi reduces minimum net worth requirements for clearing corp in IFSC

  • Sebi has reduced the minimum required level for clearing corporations operating in international financial services centre (IFSC).
  • They should have at least Rs 100 crore net worth from three years of commencing operations.
  • This net worth requirement in the form of liquid assets has been brought down from the earlier Rs 300 crore.
  • However, the minimum net worth required to be held in liquid assets for clearing corporations on the commencement of operations remains the same as Rs 50 crore.
Source: Money Control

12. Shooter Abhishek Verma bags Gold at ISSF World Cup

  • India's Abhishek Verma bagged a Gold medal in the 10-metre Air Pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at Beijing in China.
  • He clinched the top honours with a total score of 242.7 points.
  • Russia's Artem Chernousov won the Silver.
  • With the Gold, Abhishek has secured India's fifth 2020 Tokyo Olympic quota.
  • India's Divyansh Singh Panwar(17-year) secured the country's fourth Olympic quota place in shooting by winning a silver in the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
  • This is India's fourth 2020 Tokyo Olympic quota after Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women) and Saurabh Choudhary (10m Air Pistol men).
Source: AIR news

13. India ends with 13 medals at Asian Boxing C'ship

  • India bagged one gold and two silver medals at the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok.
  • With this, India has won 13 medals, including two gold, four silver and seven bronze.
  • Boxer Amit Panghal picked up his second successive gold medal of the year, claiming the top honours in the 52-kilogram category.
  • Panghal defeated Korea's Kim Inkyu Korea.
  • National champion Deepak Singh and Kavinder Singh Bisht in 56-kilogram category signed off with silver medals after close losses.
Source: AIR News

14. Japan's Kento Momota retains his Badminton Asia Ch'ship

  • Japanese player Kento Momota (World number one) retained his Badminton Asia Championships title in Shanghai.
  • He defeated Shi Yuqi (China) 21-12, 11-11, 21-18. 
  • Yamaguchi won the women's crown with an emphatic victory over home player He Bingjiao 21-19, 21-9.
  • The 2019 Badminton Asia Championships was the 39th edition of the Badminton Asia Championships held at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in China.
  • This tournament is hosted by the Chinese Badminton Association, with the sanctioned from the Badminton Asia.
Source: AIR News

15. Claire Polosak becomes the first female to umpire in men's ODI

  • Australia's Claire Polosak (31-year) has become the first female umpire to stand in a men's one-day international (ODI).
  • Polosak has already stood in 15 women's ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa.
  • She has also umpired the semi-final of the Women's T20 World Cup in 2018 between England and India and four matches at the 2017 Women's World Cup.
  • Polosak has already blazed a trail -- she was the first woman to stand in a men's domestic fixture in Australia in her first List A match in Australia in 2017.
  • In December last year, she and her South Australian counterpart Eloise Sheridan became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together during a professional match in Australia when the Adelaide Strikers hosted the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.
Source: BBC

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