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Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams 11th April 2019

National:

Vikram Nath appointed as first chief justice of new Andhra Pradesh HC

  • Senior judge of Allahabad high court, Justice Vikram Nath, was appointed as the first Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court.
  • A collegium of Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and judges S A Bobde and N V Ramana recommended the name of Justice Nath as the chief justice of the AP High Court.

‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’: India and Singapore Kick Off Joint Military Exercise in Jhansi

  • Armed forces of India and Singapore kicked off a joint military exercise, ‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’, in Jhansi’s Babina Cantonment.
  • The three-day exercise is aimed at bolstering cooperation against terrorism, developing defence technology and improving maritime security.

SC Collegium recommends names of 5 judges as Chief Justices of HCs

  • The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of five judges for appointment as the Chief Justices in Rajasthan, Kerala, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh High Courts.
  • The five names are Delhi HC Judge Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Kerala HC Judge Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon, Punjab and Haryana HC Judge Justice A.K. Mittal, Allahabad HC Judge Justice Vikram Nath and Bombay HC Judge Justice A.S. Oka.

ECI invokes powers under Article 324 to prohibit display/exhibit any biopic/publicity material during MCC period

  • The Election Commission of India issued an order prohibiting display in electronic media including cinematograph of any biopic or publicity material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or any individual entity connected to it.

International:

Acting Haiti prime minister tapped for the permanent post

  • President Jovenel Moise announced Jean Michel Lapin, who once served as a courier in the public administration, to be the new prime minister of this French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

Jailed Myanmar scribes win press freedom prize

  • The United Nations’s cultural agency had awarded its annual press freedom prize to two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar over their reporting on the killings of Rohingya Muslims in the country.
  • Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been behind bars since December 2017, detained on claims of violating state secrets.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu set for the fifth term

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win re-election after his main rival former Army chief Benny Gantz conceded defeat.
  • With more than 99 per cent of votes counted, Netanyahu’s Likud tied with Gantz’s Blue and White, gaining 35 seats each. No party has crossed the halfway mark in the 120 seat Parliament (Knesset).
  • However, since a number of right-wing parties have expressed their support for Netanyahu, a coalition between Likud and smaller right-wing parties could form a 65 seat majority.

Business & Economy:

Emirates Islamic becomes the world’s first Islamic bank to launch banking via WhatsApp

  • Emirates Islamic has announced the launch of Chat Banking services for customers via WhatsApp, marking a global first in the Islamic banking sector.
  • The bank’s customers will now able to conduct daily banking activities via WhatsApp in a seamless and hassle-free manner.

India to grow at 7.3% in 2019 and 7.5% in 2020: IMF

  • In 2018, India’s growth rate was 7.1 per cent, as against China’s 6.6 per cent. In 2019, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected a growth rate of 6.3 per cent for China and 6.1 per cent in 2020, according to the latest World Economic Outlook projections released ahead of the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Govt retains interest rate for General Provident Fund at 8%

  • The government has retained the interest rate for General Provident Fund (GPF), Contributory Provident Fund and other related schemes at 8 per cent for the first quarter of the current financial year.

Science & Technology:

Scientists reveal first image ever made of a black hole

  • Scientists revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting its hot, shadowy edges where light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect.
  • Assembling data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, astronomers created the picture showing the violent neighbourhood around a supermassive black hole, the light-sucking monsters of the universe theorized by Einstein more than a century ago and confirmed by observations for decades.
  • It looked like a flaming orange, yellow and black ring.

NGT makes polluters pay nearly double so far this year than the whole of 2018

  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped penalties worth almost double the fines it sought in the whole of 2018.
  •  This includes the big-ticket Rs 500 crore fines on major carmaker Volkswagen. Governments weren’t spared either.
  • Between this January and April 7, the NGT slapped penalties close to Rs 873 crore under the ‘polluter pays’ principle. For the entire 2018, the tribunal had imposed penalties of Rs 477 crore under the principle (excluding Rs 500 crore the Karnataka government had to put in escrow).

Sports:

Virat Kohli, Smriti Mandhana Named Wisden’s Leading Cricketers Of 2018

  • Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana, the top scorer in women’s One-day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) since the start of last year, have been named Wisden’s Leading Cricketers of the year 2018.
  • Tammy Beaumont, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler and Sam Curran were also chosen alongside Virat Kohli by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack as the five Cricketers of the Year for their performances last year.

Miscellaneous:

K Siva Reddy to get Saraswati Samman

  • Telugu poet K Siva Reddy is to be conferred the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2018, for his collection of poems titled Pakkaki Ottigilite (Turning Aside While Lying Down).
  • The award, instituted by the KK Birla Foundation, is given annually for an outstanding literary work written in any official Indian language and published during the preceding 10 years.
  • It is the highest recognition in the field of Indian literature and carries a cash purse of Rs 15 lakh, apart from a citation and a plaque.
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