The following post covers relevant news from national dailies and government releases for aspirants of examinations like UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It is highly useful for both, revision and awareness purposes.
National Important Current Affairs – 13 April 2019
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will pay homage to martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre on the centenary of the gruesome incident at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial, in Amritsar, Punjab. Also a Commemorative Coin and Commemorative Postage Stamp will be released.
About Jallianwala Bagh massacre : On 13th April 1919, British troops, under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer, fire on thousands of unarmed men, women and children holding a pro-Independence demonstation in Amritsar on Baisakhi. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre has been one of the worst atrocities of British colonial rule. It is one of the darkest chapters of India’s freedom struggle against the British occupation.
Note that: British Prime Minister Theresa May has described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919 as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history at Westminster Hall of the Parliament complex debate on the issue. However she stopped short of a formal apology which has been sought by a cross-section of parliament in previous debates.
The debate tabled by Conservative Party seeks a formal apology from the United Kingdom government that accepts and acknowledges its part in the massacre.
- RailWire Wi-Fi by RailTel is now live at 1600 railway stations across the country, with Santacruz railway station in Mumbai becoming the 1600th station to become a RailWire Wi-Fi zone. The Wi-Fi has been provided in association with Google as the technology partner. While, Wi-Fi connections at 200 stations were provided with support from the Universal Service Obligatory Fund of the Government of India.
UAE has announced that India will be the Guest of Honour country at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF 2019, to be held from 24th to 30th April 2019. This fair aims to highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as well as its cultural and literary output. India’s participation will attract a significant increase in the number of visitors with various events and activities which will be held throughout the entire duration of ADIBF. The Indian Pavilion will host Indian writers, authors and literary scholars who will serve as ambassadors for the literature and art of their country.
West Bengal’s Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi schemes have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards under the United Nations. Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi were selected out of 1,062 nominations and they also topped the list in their respective categories. Utkarsh Bangla got the topmost award and emerged a winner in the Capacity Building category.
Note that: WSIS is the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community and provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices alongwith identifying rising trends and fostering partnerships as well as taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 13 April 2019
- Russian Government has decided to confer the Order of St Andrew the Apostle – which is the highest state decoration of the country on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This decoration is being given to Narendra Modi for his exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian people.
Note that: The ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ is awarded to prominent statesmen, public figures and those working in the fields of science, culture and arts in recognition of their exceptional services in promoting prosperity and glory of Russia. This Order was originally established in 1698 by Tsar Peter the Great, in honour of Saint Andrew.
Researchers at Stanford and the National Centre for Biological Sciences Conjointly at India’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research have developed a new method for extraction of genetic clues from degraded and left-behind materials like feces, skin or saliva, and even from food products suspected of containing endangered animals.
This study has been published in the international journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The new method depends on identifying multiple, short portions of DNA segments in a single experiment. This is followed by ‘next-generation sequencing’, in which multiple fragments of DNA can be decoded simultaneously, and several times, in an automated process.
Note that: According to the researchers, the new genetic method is quicker, easier and cost-effective. The method has potential uses in animal monitoring and can also be used to obtain intelligence on wildlife trade.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 13 April 2019
According to the data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, retail inflation has seen a marginal rise of 2.86 % in March this year on account of increase in prices of food articles and fuel. The inflation based on the Consumer Price Index was 2.57 per cent in February this year. On a yearly basis, it was 4.28 per cent in March 2018.
According to the RBI reports, the Reserve Bank of India has injected total liquidity of Rs 2.98 lakh crore in the market in 2018-19. According to the First Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2019-20, the systemic liquidity moved into deficit during February 7-March 31 from a daily net average surplus of Rs 27,928 crore during February 1-6, 2019, reflecting the build-up of Centre’s cash balances. Simultaneously, the total durable liquidity injected by the RBI through OMOs aggregated Rs 2,98,500 crore for 2018-19.
According to the report, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) 12 years to reduce its stake by 10 percent in IDBI Bank. RBI has stipulated that after 12 years LIC has to reduce stake in IDBI Bank by 10 percent to 40 percent.
LIC has 51 percent controlling stake in the bank, making the insurer the lender’s majority shareholder. The government is the other major investor in IDBI Bank owning 46.46 per cent while the rest is with the public.
Note that: According to the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI), LIC can hold up to 15 percent stake in any bank which can go up to 30 percent as per the board approval. But the insurance regulator has allowed LIC to invest up to 51 percent in IDBI Bank last year.
Sports Current Affairs – 13 April 2019
In the ongoing Cologne Boxing World Cup in Germany, four Indian women boxers have confirmed 4 medals for the Nation in the tournament. The India Open gold medallist Pinki Rani defeated Thailand’s Phunsang Cahiranchaya 5-0 in the quarter-final bout in 51 kg category.
Gaurav Solanki and Mohammed Hussamuddin were the only Indians to stand on the top podium in the last edition.
Note that: Twenty one nations have taken part across 17 weight categories at this tournament, which will help elite boxers to hone their skills ahead of the World Championships later this year.
- Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik has been named as the recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for the year 2019 in recognition of her achievements. Malik was the first Indian woman to get a medal at the Paralympic Games, she has won 58 national as well as 23 international medals.
Deepa Malik has also been awarded of the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award, granting her the entry to the Limca Book of World Records four times.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 13 April 2019 “
Q1. ___________ recently made its first air delivery in North Canberra, Australia.
- A) Amazon
- B) Alphabet
- C) Lufthansa
- D) Spicejet
Q2. Which nation has become YouTube’s largest and fastest growing market?
- A) US
- B) India
- C) Russia
- D) Canada
Q3. The UK & the European Union have agreed to extend Brexit until _________.
- A) July 15
- B) August 30
- C) September 20
- D) October 31
Q4. Who has withdrawn his petition challenging the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Navy Chief?
- A) Ankur Chibber
- B) Rhea Verma
- C) Bimal Verma
- D) Rahul Gandhi
Q5. _____ has started going partially paperless by stopping printing of press releases.
- A) World Bank
- B) NATO
- C) UN
- D) SCO
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