27th April 2019 Current Affairs

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Microsoft Becomes World’s Third Company To Be Worth $1 Trillion

  • Microsoft has reached a valuation of one trillion dollars for the first time after posting an increase in profits.
  • It makes the software giant only the third publicly-traded company in history to reach the threshold after Apple and Amazon passed it in 2018.
  • Microsoft’s current valuation also means that it has again taken over Apple as the world’s most valuable company.

RBI Introduces ₹ 20 Banknote In Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series

  • The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue ₹ 20 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing the signature of Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India.
  • The new denomination has the motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage.
  • The base colour of the note is Greenish Yellow.
  • The dimension of the banknote will be 63 mm x 129 mm.

Jhulan Goswami wins CSJS award for best sportsperson of 2018

  • Former captain of India national women’s cricket team ‘Jhulan Goswami’ awarded the “Sportsperson of the Year” at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ club (CSJC) in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Sukumar Samajpati (former India winger) and Sambaran Banerjee (Bengal’s Ranji Trophy winning captain) honoured ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards.

Pankaj Advani wins inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title

  • India’s Pankaj Advani defeated Ehsan Heydari Nezhad of Iran 6-4 to claim the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title.
  • The Indian had earlier defeated Aung Phyo of Myanmar in the semifinal.
  • Advani had earlier won the second leg of the Tour in China.

ISSF World Cup: Abhishek Verma Wins Gold in 10m Air Pistol

  • Abhishek Verma won the 10m air pistol gold medal at the ISSF World Cup at Beijing, China.
  • He clinched the top spot with a total score of 242.7. Russia’s Artem Chernousov took silver.
  • His brilliant performance in the Shooting World Cup Final also secured a fifth Olympic quota for India.

Wipro BFSI President resigns from his post

  • Shaji Farooq, President of Wipro’s Banking Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) business unit, has stepped down from the company five years after he was elevated to the role.
  • Angan Guha will take over as senior VP and global head of the BFSI unit effective 1 July 2019.
  • Guha has been with Wipro for over 25 years and was the vertical head for BFS Americas in his previous role.

NASA's InSight detects first likely 'quake' on Mars

  • US space agency NASA’s robotic Mars InSight lander has recorded a likely marsquake for the first time ever.
  • The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander’s Seismic instrument, was recorded on 6th April this year.
  • This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind.
  • Scientists still are examining the data to determine the exact cause of the signal.

Mark Medoff, the writer of 'Children of a Lesser God' passes away

  • Mark Medoff (79-years) passed away in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
  • Medoff wrote 30 plays and is best known for the groundbreaking Children of a Lesser God, the story of a young deaf woman and her love affair with her speech teacher.
  • Matlin won an Oscar for her portrayal of Sarah.

Red Alert for Tamil Nadu as Cyclone Fani may land on 30th April

  • Meteorological department in Chennai issues a warning that a low-pressure system south of the ‘Bay of Bengal’ would turn into a cyclonic storm which has been named ‘Fani’
  • The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a ‘red alert’ in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for 30th April and 1st May 2019.
  • Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during these days, while locals have been urged to refrain from night travels where landslides are a possibility.
  • A ‘yellow alert’ has been issued for Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Malappuram on 29th April 2019.

ICMR Launches Malaria Elimination Research Alliance

  • The Indian Council of Medical Research has launched the ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India which is a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control in order to eliminate the disease from India by 2030.
  • The National Vector Borne Diseases Control Program (NVBDCP) of India has also developed a comprehensive framework to achieve the target of “Malaria free India by 2030”.

Indian Army Inks MoU With NHPC To Build Tunnels On China, Pakistan Borders

  • Indian Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Limited, to build four underground tunnels along China and Pakistan borders for storage of ammunition and other war-related equipment.
  • Three tunnels will be built along the Chinese border and one tunnel will be built along the Pakistan border.
  • The tunnel can store 175-200 metric tonnes of ammunition and the cost of this pilot project is around Rs 15 crore.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Which company becomes world’s third company to be worth $1 trillion?

Correct! Wrong!

Microsoft has reached a valuation of one trillion dollars for the first time after posting an increase in profits.

2. The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue ₹ 20 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series. The dimension of this banknote will be .....

Correct! Wrong!

The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue ₹ 20 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing the signature of Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India. The dimension of the banknote will be 63 mm x 129 mm.

3. Who has won Lifetime Achievement awards?

Correct! Wrong!

Sukumar Samajpati (former India winger) and Sambaran Banerjee (Bengal’s Ranji Trophy winning captain) honoured ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards.

4. Who has won inaugural Asian Snooker tour title?

Correct! Wrong!

India's Pankaj Advani defeated Ehsan Heydari Nezhad of Iran 6-4 to claim the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title.

5. Abhishek Verma has won Gold medal in which category?

Correct! Wrong!

Abhishek Verma won the 10m air pistol gold medal at the ISSF World Cup at Beijing, China.

6. What is the name of president of Wipro’s Banking Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) business unit, who has resigned recently?

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Shaji Farooq, President of Wipro’s Banking Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) business unit, has stepped down from the company five years after he was elevated to the role.

7. NASA's robotic Mars InSight lander has recorded a likely marsquake for the first time ever. NASA space agency is of which nation?

Correct! Wrong!

US space agency NASA's robotic Mars InSight lander has recorded a likely marsquake for the first time ever.

8. What was the name of the writer of 'Children of a Lesser God', who has passed away recently?

Correct! Wrong!

Mark Medoff, the writer of 'Children of a Lesser God' passes away

9. Cyclone Fani may likely to land on 30th April in which state?

Correct! Wrong!

Red Alert for Tamil Nadu as Cyclone Fani may land on 30th April. Meteorological department in Chennai issues a warning that a low-pressure system south of the ‘Bay of Bengal’ would turn into a cyclonic storm which has been named ‘Fani’

10. The National Vector Borne Diseases Control Program (NVBDCP) of India has developed a comprehensive framework to Malaria free India by which year?

Correct! Wrong!

The National Vector Borne Diseases Control Program (NVBDCP) of India has also developed a comprehensive framework to achieve the target of “Malaria free India by 2030”.

11. Indian Army has signed a MOU with NHPC Limited, to build four underground tunnels along China and Pakistan borders. What will be the cost of this pilot project?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian Army Inks MoU With NHPC To Build Tunnels On China, Pakistan Borders. The tunnel can store 175-200 metric tonnes of ammunition and the cost of this pilot project is around Rs 15 crore.

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