Current Affairs

 The 2019 Indonesia Masters, officially the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2019, is a badminton tournament that takes place at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Indonesia and has a total purse of $350,000. Anders Antonsen won the men’s singles title and Saina Nehwal won the women’s singles title.  Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal won her first Indonesia Masters title after three-time world champion Carolina Marin limped out of the final due to a leg injury. Here is the complete list of winners of Indonesia Masters 2019:
Sl. No. Event Winner Runner-Up
1. Men’s Singles Anders Antonsen (Denmark) Kento Momota (Japan)
2. Women’s Singles Saina Nehwal (India) Carolina Marin (Spain)
3. Men’s Doubles M Fernaldi Gideon (Indonesia) Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) Mohammad Ahsan (Indonesia) Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)
4. Women’s Doubles Misaki Matsutomo (Japan) Ayaka Takahashi (Japan) Kim So-yeong (South Korea) Kong Hee-yong (South Korea )
5. Mix Doubles Zheng Siwei (China) Huang Yaqiong (China) Tontowi Ahmad (Indonesia) Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)
      Source- The Indian Express

 The Pakistan government declared sugarcane juice as the “national drink” of the country. They came at this decision after asking People’s opinion in twitter to choose one among orange, carrot and sugarcane. According to the poll, 7,616 people or 81% cast their votes favouring sugarcane juice, 15% voted for orange juice while 4% chose carrot.
Source: The Hindustan Times

  Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has set up a panel headed by Praveen Kutumbe, to identify domestically systematically important insurers (SIIs) and an augmented regulatory framework is logically established in this regard. Praveen Kutumbe, Member- Finance and Investment, IRDAI, has been asked to submit the report in six months. IRDAI stated that the failure of SIIs has the potential to cause significant disruption to the essential services they provide to policyholders.
Source: The Press Reader

 Assam government has conferred the Republic Day Journalism Award 2019 to veteran journalist and former editor Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty. Chakraborty has been honored for his lifelong contribution to journalism in the state. The award comprises Rupees one lakh in cash, a citation, the Assamese ‘xoraai’ (the bell metal memento presented as an honour), ‘jaapi’ (headgear) and an angavastra. Earlier, recipients of the award were senior journalists Late Radhika Mohan Bhagawati and Sri Kanaksen Deka.
Source- Business Standard

 The Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Instituted in 1954, the award is conferred “in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order”, without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex.
  • The Bharat Ratna Awardees in 2019 are:
1. Pranab Mukherjee  2. Bhupen Hazarika (Posthumously) 3. Nanaji Deshmukh (Posthumously)
Pranab Mukherjee: Mukherjee is an Indian politician who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 until 2017. In a political career spanning five decades, Mukherjee has been a senior leader in the Indian National Congress and has occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India. Prior to his election as President, he was Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012. Bhupen Hazarika: Hazarika was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam, widely known as Sudhakantha. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi. Nanaji Deshmukh: Chandikadas Amritrao Deshmukh also known as Nanaji Deshmukh was a social activist from India. He worked in the fields of education, health, and rural self-reliance. He was a leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and also a member of the Rajya Sabha.
Source- The Hindu

 Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd (BFW), a Bengaluru-based machining solution provider, has partnered with Universal Robots, a Danish robot maker and a leader in collaborative robots, to co-create robots for MSME sector. BFW and Universal Robots plan to redefine the production processes by deploying the robotic arms through modular, flexible and user-friendly integration solution platform — Arjun. Advanced and light-industrial robotic arms will impact productivity, quality and working conditions in the MSME segment.
Source: The Hindu Business Line

  The Kerala government has floated a ‘Pravasi Dividend Pension Scheme’ to provide regular pension to Non-Resident Keralites on a one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh. Governor P. Sathasivam announced the scheme during his address to the state Assembly. There are 2.1 million migrants from Kerala across the world. A non-resident Keralite can invest an amount ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, as a whole or as 6 installmentspaid within 3 years. Each beneficiary will be entitled to receive pensions ranging from Rs 5,000-50,000 every month, 3 years after the total amount is deposited, at a dividend rate of 12%.
Source: The Financial Express

  Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced the launch of the ‘Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ for youths from the economically weaker sections in urban areas. Under this scheme, 100 days of employment will be provided to youths from economically weaker sections in urban areas. They will also be given skill training.
Source: The Business Standard

 Nearly 65% of Indian organizations are better prepared for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), making the country the sixth leading nation globally in the GDPR readiness index, global networking leader, according to CISCO. The GDPR, which focused on increasing protection for EU residents’ privacy and personal data, came into force in May 2018 and organizations globally have been working steadily towards getting ready for it.
Source- Business Standard

 The Oxford Dictionaries announced ‘Nari Shakti’ as the Hindi Word of the Year. The Hindi Word of the Year chosen every year, reflects the conversations, ethos of a particular year. The word this year, Nari Shakti, has been derived from Sanskrit and when broken down, the word ‘nari’ means women and ‘shakti’ means power.
Source: The Indian Express


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