30th April 2019 Current Affairs

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South Korea set to hold ASEAN maritime drills

  • A two-part maritime exercise by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its partnering countries is slated to start in South Korea’s port city of Busan.
  • The exercise aims to counter maritime crime, including illicit transactions of weapons and other banned items.
  • The drills are scheduled to take place from 29 April to 2 May in South Korea, following which they will be held in Singapore from May 9 to May 13.
  • The maritime exercise involves 18 countries of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting plus six other countries are slated to send military personnel.

US Withdraws From UN Arms Trade Treaty

  • US President Donald Trump stated that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans’ right to bear arms.
  • Former US President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2013 and sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification.

Wipro Acquires Philippines’ largest personal care company ‘Splash’

  • Wipro Consumer Care has announced to acquire Philippine largest personal care company ‘Splash’, deal value is yet to be disclosed.
  • According to Wipro, this is the company’s 11th acquisition in the consumer line business and the 9th acquisition in the personal care segment overall.
  • Splash recorded revenues worth USD 80 million in 2018.

WFI recommends Bajrang, Vinesh for Khel Ratna

  • The Wrestling Federation of India recommended Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat for the country’s highest sporting honour the Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
  • Bajrang (World no. 1) stamped his authority at the Asian Championship in Xi’an, China by clinching a gold medal in the men’s 65kg freestyle event.
  • Last year, the 25-year-old grappler had bagged the yellow metal at the Jakarta Asian Games too.
  • Vinesh (24-year-old) won a bronze at the recent Asian Championship but considering that she fought in a new weight category of 53kg, it was seen as a good achievement.

Bajrang Punia to become first Indian to compete at Madison Square Garden wrestling event

  • Asian champion Bajrang Punia (25-year) will be the first Indian wrestler to fight at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.
  • Bajrang Punia won the 65kg men’s freestyle gold at the recent Asian championships.
  • Punia will be among top wrestlers selected by the American governing body for the May 6 tournament.
  • He will take on two-time US national champion Yianni Diakomahlis in the “Grapple at the Garden” Beat the Streets event.
  • Punia has eight gold medals from his previous nine international tournaments including last year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Petra won Maiden Grand Prix 2019

  • World number three tennis player Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) to win Stuttgart’s Porsche Grand Prix for her second title of the year.
  • Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion.
  • The championship was held at Stuttgart, Germany.

Raheem: Footballer of the year 2019

  • Raheem Sterling has been named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA).
  • The Manchester City and England forward topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership as a winner, with 62% of the votes.
  • He was more than 100 votes ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.

Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar Wins Outstanding Achievement As a Player Award

  • Arjuna awardee and star Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the outstanding achievement as a player award at the fourth edition of the annual India Golf Industry Association (GIA) awards at the Delhi Golf Club.
  • The GIA awards were held along with the 8th India Golf & Turf Expo (IGTE), South Asia’s largest golf trade show.
  • Bhullar won the 2018 Fiji International, a European Tour event, and also holds the rare distinction of becoming the youngest golfer on the Asian Tour to achieve nine career victories on tour.

Youngest Best Director Oscar Nominee John Singleton Passes Away

  • John Singleton, an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker has passed away following complications from a stroke.
  • He was best known for directing “Boyz N the Hood” and “Poetic Justice,”.
  • Singleton became the first black filmmaker nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his debut feature from 1991, “Boys N The Hood.”
  • He was only 24 at the time.

Former Ethiopian President Negasso Gidada Passed Away

  • The former Ethiopian president, Dr Negasso Gidada had passed away in Germany where he was undergoing medical treatment.
  • Negasso was 75 years old.
  • He was the president of Ethiopia between 1995 and 2001.

Try out the quiz ?

1. A two-part maritime exercise of ASEAN and its partnering countries has started in which country?

Correct! Wrong!

A two-part maritime exercise by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its partnering countries is slated to start in South Korea's port city of Busan.

2. US President Donald Trump stated that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. Which US President had signed on this treaty in 2013?

Correct! Wrong!

US President Donald Trump stated that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans’ right to bear arms. Former US President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2013 and sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification.

3. Wipro Consumer Care has announced to acquire personal care company ‘Splash’. Company Splash is of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Wipro Consumer Care has announced to acquire Philippine largest personal care company ‘Splash’, deal value is yet to be disclosed.

4. The Wrestling Federation of India recommended Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat for the country's highest sporting honour. What is the name of country's highest sporting honour?

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The Wrestling Federation of India recommended Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat for the country's highest sporting honour the Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

5. Bajrang Punia has become first Indian to compete at Madison Square Garden wrestling event. Madison Square Garden situated in which city?

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Asian champion Bajrang Punia (25-year) will be the first Indian wrestler to fight at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

6. Who has won Maiden Grand Prix 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

World number three tennis player Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) to win Stuttgart’s Porsche Grand Prix for her second title of the year.

7. Who has named as footballer of the year 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Raheem Sterling has been named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA).

8. Gaganjeet Bhullar has won outstanding achievement as a player award. Gaganjeet Bhullar plays which game?

Correct! Wrong!

Arjuna awardee and star Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the outstanding achievement as a player award at the fourth edition of the annual India Golf Industry Association (GIA) awards at the Delhi Golf Club.

9. John Singleton has passed away, he was a famous........

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John Singleton, an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker has passed away following complications from a stroke.

10. President Negasso Gidada has passed away, he was president of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

The former Ethiopian president, Dr Negasso Gidada had passed away in Germany where he was undergoing medical treatment.

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