26th April 2019 Current Affairs

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Pakistan’s Cyril Almeida Named IPI’s World Press Freedom Hero

  • Dawn editor and Columnist Cyril Almeida from Pakistan has won the IPI’s (International Press Institute) World Press Freedom Hero award in 2019.
  • He won this award for his “critical” and “tenacious coverage” of the civil-military relations in Pakistan.
  • MadaMasr, an Egyptian news site, won Free Media Pioneer Award 2019 of the IPI and International Media Support (IMS).
  • Both awards will be presented in Geneva, Switzerland on 5th June, World Intellectual Property Day 2019.

RBI asked banks to disclose NPA results

  • RBI has asked banks and financial institutions to disclose the non-performing assets (NPA) stemming from their exposure to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) in their upcoming results announcements.
  • An account becomes non-performing if repayment is due for more than 90 days.
  • Banks have to set aside capital as provisions for NPAs.

Shooting: India bag two gold at ISSF World Cup

  • India opened its medal account with gold each in 10 metres Air Rifle Mixed Team and 10 metres Air Pistol Mixed team events on the third day of ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
  • Young shooters ‘Manu Bhaker’ and ‘Saurabh Chaudhary’ took the top spot in the 10 metres Air Pistol Mixed Team event.
  • Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar opened the country’s gold account in the 10 metres Air Rifle Mixed Team event.
  • Moudgil and Panwar had to fight tooth and nail to beat another Chinese pair of Liu Ruxuan and Yang Haoran 17-15 in the 10 metres Air Rifle Mixed Team final.

Benny Antony conferred with the National IP Award 2019

  • Benny Antony (co-founder of Kochi-based Arjuna Natural Ltd) has been honoured with the National Intellectual Property Award for 2019 in the category of Top Individual for Patents and Commercialization.
  • Along with the National IP Award, the Intellectual Property Office India and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) have jointly conferred the ‘WIPO Medal for Inventors’ also to Antony.
  • Antony is the inventor of the world’s leading patented turmeric extract formulation “BCM-95”.
  • Antony has over 80 international patents to his credit.

Rana Dasgupta won Literary prize

  • Author Rana Dasgupta was awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 for his 2010 novel Solo.
  • It is the second edition of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize.
  • The Prize aims to revive poetry and books that can change lives.
  • The prize consists of an amount of $10,000, a Tagore statue and a certificate for contribution to literature will be given to the awardee.

Former Army Chief Dalbir Suhag appointed Indian envoy to Seychelles

  • Former Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has been appointed as India’s next high commissioner to the island nation ‘Seychelles’.
  • Seychelles is a country which is of strategic importance to India in the Indian Ocean region.
  • General (retired) Suhag was the Army chief from 31st July 2014, to 31st December 2016.
  • He was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in 1987.
  • India is developing Assumption Island in Seychelles as a naval base to expand its footprint in the strategically-key region where China has been trying to enhance its military presence.

World Intellectual Property Day being observed today

  • The ‘World Intellectual Property Day’ is observed annually on 26th April to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
  • The Day is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
  • This year’s theme of the day is ‘Reach for Gold: IP and Sports’.

Veteran Lady Mountaineer Rama Sengupta Paul Passes Away

  • Veteran lady mountaineer Rama Sengupta Paul passed away at the age of 66 due to cardiac arrest.
  • She led the first successful all-women expedition to Kedarnath Dome in Garhwal Himalaya which was organized by Himalayan Association to commemorate the International Year of Women in 1975.

Meghalaya to augment fish production

  • The Meghalaya government will invest Rs 378 crore in fish production for meeting a supply deficit of 15,000 metric tonnes.
  • The state has been able to produce 12,000 MT of fish annually against the demand of over 27,000 MT.
  • An investment of Rs 161 crore was made in the first edition of the Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (MSAM) that had benefited 21,000 persons in 2012.

Two New Bird Species Found In Indonesia

  • Zoologists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered two new bird species named as the Wakatobi white-eye and the Wangi-Wangi white-eye in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  • Details of their discovery were published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
  • The Wakatobi white-eye also called as Zosterops Chloris flavissimus.

UN, EU signed joint framework

  • The UN and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint framework aimed at strengthening partnership in counter-terrorism efforts.
  • The framework was enacted on the occasion of the second EU-UN high-level political dialogue on Counter-Terrorism that was held in New York.
  • The UN-EU initiative will focus on terrorism and violent extremism prevention in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Who has won the International Press Institute World Press Freedom Hero award in 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Dawn editor and Columnist Cyril Almeida from Pakistan has won the IPI’s (International Press Institute) World Press Freedom Hero award in 2019.

2. RBI asked banks to disclose NPA results. What is the full name of NPA?

Correct! Wrong!

RBI has asked banks and financial institutions to disclose the non-performing assets (NPA) stemming from their exposure to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) in their upcoming results announcements.

3. India has won two gold at ISSF World Cup. This event is helding in which country?

Correct! Wrong!

• India opened its medal account with gold each in 10 metres Air Rifle Mixed Team and 10 metres Air Pistol Mixed team events on the third day of ISSF World Cup in China (Beijing).

4. Who has won the National Intellectual Property Award for 2019 in the category of Top Individual for Patents and Commercialization?

Correct! Wrong!

Benny Antony (co-founder of Kochi-based Arjuna Natural Ltd) has been honoured with the National Intellectual Property Award for 2019 in the category of Top Individual for Patents and Commercialization.

5. Who has won Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 for his 2010 novel Solo?

Correct! Wrong!

Author Rana Dasgupta was awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 for his 2010 novel Solo.

6. Who has been appointed as India's next high commissioner to the island nation ‘Seychelles’?

Correct! Wrong!

Former Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has been appointed as India's next high commissioner to the island nation ‘Seychelles’.

7. The 'World Intellectual Property Day' is observed annually on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

The 'World Intellectual Property Day' is observed annually on 26th April to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

8. The Meghalaya government will invest how many crores rupees in fish production?

Correct! Wrong!

The Meghalaya government will invest Rs 378 crore in fish production for meeting a supply deficit of 15,000 metric tonnes.

9. Two new species of Bird found in which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Zoologists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered two new bird species named as the Wakatobi white-eye and the Wangi-Wangi white-eye in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

10. The UN and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint framework aimed at strengthening partnership in counter with ........

Correct! Wrong!

The UN and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint framework aimed at strengthening partnership in counter-terrorism efforts.

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