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Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams 13th April 2019
Order of St Andrew: Russia honours PM Narendra Modi with highest State Honour
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been honoured with Russia’s highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, for his role in promoting close ties between the two countries.
- The Russian government said Modi is given the highest state decoration of Russia for “exceptional services” in promoting the special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples.
Varanasi’s air quality ‘deteriorating’, Delhi victim of ‘negligence’: Report
- The air quality in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, is ranked third on the WHO’s list of 15 most polluted cities and the situation is “deteriorating” as its MP has focused on beautification and infrastructure, a Delhi-based environment body claimed.
- Delhi is ranked sixth on the list and there has been “laziness” on part of its elected caretakers in tackling air pollution in the city, the ‘Political Leaders Position and Action on Air Quality in India 2014.
- Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh is the most polluted city in the world and is ranked one on the list. Faridabad in Haryana has been ranked second and Varanasi third.
Business & Economy:
Digital Sukoon founder, Sudhanshu Kumar receives Best Digital Agency award
- Digital Sukoon founder, Sudhanshu Kumar was honoured with the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nobel Award by International Human Rights Council.
- Among the awardee, Digital Sukoon was the Best Digital Agency of the Year 2019 to receive the award. Yogesh Lakhani of Bright Outdoor Media, Actor Johnny Lever, Jasleen Matharu also received awards in various other categories.
Hong Kong’s stock market overtakes Japan to be the world’s third largest
- The city’s equity market has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China, courtesy of a rebound in Hong Kong stocks after their worst year since 2011.
- Hong Kong’s market cap was $5.78 trillion compared with $5.76 trillion for Japan, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on where primary securities are listed.
HDFC tops Forbes’ list of best Indian banks
- Forbes has compiled a first-ever list of the World’s Best Bank 2019 in terms of customer services and technological advancements.
- The private lender, HDFC Bank, was ranked at the top of the list. However, India’s largest public sector bank, the State Bank of India (SBI), did not even make it to top 10 of the list and was ranked 11th by the customers.
Science & technology:
Scientists insert human brain genes into monkeys
- Chinese scientists have implanted human brain genes into monkeys, in a study on evolution of human intelligence.
- Researchers inserted human versions of MCPH1, a gene that scientists believe plays a role in the development of the human brain, into 11 rhesus monkeys.
- They found the monkeys’ brains — like those of humans — took longer to develop, and the animals performed better in tests of short-term memory as well as reaction time compared to wild monkeys. However, the monkeys did not grow bigger brains than the control group
Researchers develop a new technique to study the movement of cells
- In new research, researchers have developed a technique to study the movement of cells without using labels or dyes. The method also revealed an undiscovered phenomenon that may play a role in the earliest stages of cell death.
- The paper is titled ‘Multimodal interference-based imaging of nanoscale structure and macromolecular motion uncovers UV induced cellular paroxysm’.
- Studying the movement of tiny cells is no small task. For chromatin, the group of DNA, RNA, and protein macromolecules packed within our genome, the motion is an integral part of its active role as a regulator of how our genes get expressed or repressed.
India women’s hockey team beat Malaysia 1-0 to win series
- The India women’s hockey team beat Malaysia by a solitary goal to complete a 4-0 win in the five-match bilateral series in Kuala Lumpur.
- Cosmonautics Day is an anniversary celebrated in Russia and some other former USSR countries on 12 April.
- In 2011, 12 April was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in the dedication of the first manned space flight made on 12 April 1961 by the 27-year-old Russian Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
GIC India chief awarded Freedom of the City of London
- The Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) of India, the country’s reinsurance major, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK.
- Alice G. Vaidyan, in London to attend the first India-UK Insurance Summit, was nominated for the traditional honour by the Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estlin, and City of London Corporation Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness.