Current Affairs Current Affairs April 2019

 Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat commissioned the Indian Coast Guard Ship Veera at a ceremony held at Naval Jetty at the dockyard at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Veera, third in the series of offshore patrol vessels of the Coast Guard, was built by L&T at its shipbuilding facility at Kattupalli in Chennai. L&T MD and CEO B Kannan stated that a ship of this class has been designed and constructed in India for the first time as part of ‘Make in India’ concept of the Central government.
Source: New Indian Express

  The Indian Navy undertook the second edition of the bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and Vietnam Peoples’ Navy, (IN – VPN BILAT EX) at/ off Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. The exercise was undertaken as a part of the ongoing Overseas Deployment of Eastern Fleet ships to South East Asian countries.
Source: Press Information Bureau

 ADB committed to provide USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018, the highest level of assistance since sovereign operations began in the country in 1986, stated the annual report of the multilateral lending agency. In all, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), owned by 68 member countries, committed a total of USD 3.88 billion, including sovereign loans and co-financing during the year ended December 2018.
Source: Economic Times

  The 8th edition of Home Expo India 2019 opened at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. The three-day exhibition has been organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). Home Expo India covers sectors with maximum thrust and growth potential in home décor, furnishing, furniture, flooring, and textiles.
Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

 The 2019 Singapore Open, was a badminton tournament which took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore and had a total purse of $355,000.
Here is the complete list of Winners of Singapore Open 2019:
Sl. No. Event Winner Runner Up
1. Men’s Singles Kento Momota (Japan) Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia)
2. Women’s Singles Tai Tzu-ying (Chinese Taipei) Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)
3. Men’s Doubles Takeshi Kamura andKeigo Sonoda (Japan) Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)
4. Women’s Doubles Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara (Japan) Kim Hye-jeong and Kong Hee-yong (South Korea)
5.  Mixed Doubles Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Thailand) Tan Kian Mengand Lai Pei Jing (Malaysia)
Source- The Indian Express

  Former junior national champion Harsheel Dani rallied from a game down against Mads Christophersen of Denmark to clinch the Dutch International badminton titlein The Hague, Netherlands.
Source- The Scroll

  India’s first exotic Bird Park ‘Essel World Bird Park’ was launched by EsselWorld Leisure Pvt. Ltd, the entertainment arm of the $6-billion Essel Group in Mumbai. The Park is spread over 1.4 acres of land and surrounded by flora and fauna. It is home to over 500 exotic birds from more than 60 species of flying, terrestrial and aquatic birds and has 200 species of special plants and trees for the birds.
Source: The Hindu

 The world’s first armed amphibious drone boat named ‘Marine Lizard‘ and guided by China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, has been successfully tested by China. It possesses the capability of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships. The drone ship has been built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). The drone ship has a maximum operation range of 1,200 km and can be remotely controlled with the help of satellites.
Source: Hindustan Times

  The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), an arm of Reserve Bank of India, has launched a 5G Use Cases Lab for banking and financial sector. The 5G technology, along with blockchain, will be progressively adopted by banks. Department Of Telecommunications had already launched test beds for 5G use in the academia in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore to develop 5G for Indian use.
Source- The Hindu Business Line

  The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their separate investigations of President Donald Trump and his family. The Times won the prestigious journalism award for a probe of the Trump family’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges. The Journal won for its coverage of Trump’s secret hush money payments to two women during his 2016 presidential campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him. The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for international reporting for its coverage of the war in Yemen. Reuters was honoured for international reporting for its coverage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Source- DD News


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