current affairs today in english

  • India ranks 44th in terms of competitiveness

    • India has moved one notch higher, to the 44th place in terms of competitiveness, in the annual rankings compiled by International Institute for Management Development.
    • US is the most competitive economy globally followed by Hong Kong and Singapore in the second and third place.
    • India is ranked the 12th most competitive economy out of the 14 Asian countries on the list.

  • App to help voters to share malpractice proof

    • Election Commission will launch multi-lingual mobile application called “Model Code of Conduct Violation Reporting App” ahead of the 2019 elections.
    • It aims to share evidence of malpractice by political parties, their candidates & activists directly with the electoral body.
    • It was made available for the 1st time in Bengaluru in the run-up to the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly polls.
  • US disinvites China from major naval exercise

    • US has withdrawn an invitation from China to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) drills over China’s expanded military footprint in disputed areas of South China Sea.
    • RIMPAC is world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.
    • China began participating in the exercise in 2014, as part of an effort during the Obama administration to stabilize military relations with China.
  • Niti Aayog and ABB India join hands

    • ABB India & Niti Aayog have inked a pact to help India reap benefits of new technologies including robotics & artificial intelligence.
    • The two institutions signed a Statement of Intent to work together in preparing key sectors of the economy for digitalisation, artificial intelligence, robotics & industrial automation.
    • The initiative also covers the fast-growing segment of electric mobility.
  • World’s Largest Bird Sculpture ‘Jatayu’

    • Kerala tourism will soon inaugurate the world’s largest bird sculpture, Jatayu Earth’s Centre, in Thiruvananthapuram.
    • The replica of bird ‘Jatayu’, a character in the Ramayana is 65 feet tall & is positioned right at the top of a rock situated 1,000 feet above sea level.
    • The rock, ‘Jatayupara’, where the structure is based, is the place where Jatayu fell after its wings were slain by Ravana.
  • Twin spacecraft to track Earth’s water cycle

    • A joint U.S./German space mission to track the global water cycle was successfully lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
    • Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On, GRACE-FO, is a joint mission by NASA & German Research Centre for Geosciences.
    • GRACE-FO will monitor the movement of mass around the earth by measuring where & how the moving mass changes Earth’s gravitational pull.

  • MoU on cooperation in food security approved

    • Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding between India & Denmark regarding cooperation in the area of food safety.
    • It will help improve food safety standard setting by getting access to best practices & facilitating food trade of important commodities.
    • It will also promote understanding of best practices in areas of food safety in both countries.
  • Repo in corporate debt securities

    • Bombay stock exchange has received approval from RBI and Sebi to launch repo in corporate debt securities.
    • Corporate bond repo is where a firm or a bank pledges corporate bonds with another company or lender to garner funds.
    • The corporate repo debt will be launched in 2 models – Basket repo with settlement guarantee and Special repo without settlement guarantee.
  • India to attend SCO anti-terror talks in Pak

    • India has confirmed its attendance in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Legal Experts meeting to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan.
    • Pakistan will be hosting its 1st SCO meeting, since the country along with India became a member of the organisation in June 2017.
    • Experts will discuss the terror threat faced by the region & ways to enhance counter-terror efforts.

  • Navy conducts “Prasthan” exercise

    • Indian Navy has conducted an exercise called ‘Prasthan’ in the Western Offshore Development Offshore area in Mumbai.
    • The exercise is held every 6 months & aims at integrating maritime stakeholders, including, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, ONGC, Customs & Port Trust.
    • The drill focused on things like fire on an oil platform, Oil spill, search and rescue for crashed helicopters and more.
  • Paytm’s initiative to educate women

    • Paytm has announced a programme called Paytm AshaKiran, which aims at educating rural women about financial services.
  • ‘My MP Rojgar Portal’ launched

    • Madhya Pradesh CM, Shivraj Singh Chauhan launched the “My MP Rojgar Portal” in Bhopal under ‘Pahal’, which is a Mukhyamantri Career Counselling programme.
    • This portal will provide jobs to youth as per their skills, interests and educational qualifications.
    • The portal has been developed under Youth Empowerment Mission by the Madhya Pradesh Skill Development and Employment Generation Board.
  • Universal service obligation fund approved

    • The Union cabinet has approved the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) supported scheme to provide mobile services in Left Wing Extremism-affected areas.
    • Up to 4,072 towers will be set up in 96 districts of 10 states affected with the Left Wing Extremism.
    • The tower locations have been proposed for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Telangana.
  • H D Kumaraswamy sworn in as Karnataka CM

    • JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy has been sworn in as Karnataka’s 24th chief minister.
    • This will be Kumarawamy’s second term as the chief minister of Karnataka since 2007, when he last held the post for 20 months.
    • G Parameshwara, the state Congress chief and the party’s Dalit face, was sworn in as the deputy chief minister.

  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and France

    • Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to MoU signed between India and France infield of Renewable Energy.
    • Both sides aim to identify research pilot project between National Institute of Solar Energy, India and Commissariat aI’EnergieAtomique et aux Energies Alternatives, France in the mutually identified areas.
    • The MoU also aims for exchange of expertise and networking of information.
  • Smart Cities India 2018

    • The 4th Smart Cities India 2018 Expo has kicked off in New Delhi.
    • The event, consisting 5 expos is being held with a vision to help develop attractive and safe cities that evoke pride, passion and a sense of belonging among citizens.
    • The 5 expos are, Building India Expo, Solar India Expo, Transport India Expo, Smart Cities India Expo and Water India Expo.
  • Amendments to bankruptcy code cleared

    • Cabinet has cleared amendments to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, incorporating changes suggested by a government appointed panel.
    • The panel had suggested that home buyers should be treated as financial creditors, which will allow them to equitably participate in an insolvency resolution process.
    • The panel has also suggested relaxations for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises under the IBC.
  • De Villiers retires from international cricket

    • Former South Africa Test captain AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket.
    • De Villiers made his international debut in Test series against England in 2004.
    • He scored 8,765 Test runs and has a batting average of over 50 in both Test & ODI cricket.
    • AB de Villiers holds the records for scoring the fastest fifty, hundred and 150 in ODIs.

















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