Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – April 11-12, 2019
India’s population grew to 1.36 billion between 2010-2019: UN Report
India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2% between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund. The country’s population in 2019 stood at 1.36 billion, growing from 942.2 million in 1994 and 541.5 million in 1969. In comparison, China’s population stood at 1.42 billion in 2019, growing from 1.23 billion in 1994 and 803.6 million in 1969. China’s population grew at an average annual rate of 0.5% between 2010 and 2019, the report said.
GoI clears procurement of 464 Russian tanks under the T-90 Project
The Cabinet Committee on Security has cleared the procurement of 464 Russian tanks under T-90 project in a deal worth over Rs 13,500 crore. The tanks would be given to the Armoured Corps of the force which will be furthered used by them for deployment along the India-Pakistan border.
India and Singapore joint exercise ‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’ started in Jhansi’s Babina
A three-day joint military exercise between India and Singapore named ‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’ started in Jhansi’s Babina Cantonment, Uttar Pradesh to strengthen cooperation against terrorism, develop defence technology and boost maritime security.
Govt retains interest rate for General Provident Fund at 8%
The government has retained the interest rate for General Provident Fund (GPF), Contributory Provident Fund and other related schemes at 8% for the first quarter of the current financial year. The interest rate on these funds was at 8% in January-March quarter of 2018-19 and government kept it unchanged for April to June for 2019-20.
Google unveils new Cloud Platform, Anthos
Google has launched a new open platform named ‘Anthos’ to run and manage apps from anywhere. It lets users run applications on the public cloud or on existing on-premise hardware investments.
Telugu poet K Siva Reddy selected for prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018
Telugu poet K Siva Reddy has been selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite. The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation, and a plaque. The award, instituted by the KK Birla Foundation in 1991, is given annually for an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language and published during the last 10 years.
2 West Bengal govt schemes win UN awards
Two schemes of the West Bengal government for skill development and distribution of bicycles to students have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on 11th April. The “Utkarsh Bangla” project aims at creating a pool of skilled candidates who are industry ready, while under the “Sabooj Sathi” scheme, bi-cycles are distributed to students between class IX and XII studying in government-run and government-aided schools and madrassas of the state.
Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik honored with New Zealand Prime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019
The 48-year-old, Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik has been honored with the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her “inspiring achievements”.
Shiv Das Meena appointed the CMD of National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC)
On 9th April, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Shiv Das Meena has been appointed as the Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) of National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC).
Kohli & Mandhana named Wisden’s Leading Cricketers
Indian captain Virat Kohli has been named the ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ for the third time in a row in this year’s edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Kohli, however, was the sport’s dominant figure in 2018, making 2735 international runs at 68.37 across all formats, more than 700 more than his nearest challenger, England’s Joe Root. Smriti Mandhana, is the Leading Cricketer in the women’s game, after racking up 1291 runs across limited-overs formats, including 13 half-centuries, while Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan leg-spinner, is the Leading Twenty-20 Cricketer for the second year in a row.
International Day of Human Space Flight: 12 April
It was on 12 April 1961 that Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, carried out the first human space flight, a historic event paving the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. In 2011, the General Assembly, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the first ever human spaceflight, declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.
Haiti’s President Moise confirms Jean Michel Lapin as New PM
On 9th April, the acting Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean Michel Lapin confirmed as the country’s new Prime Minister by the President Jovenel Moise. He succeeds Jean-Henry Ceant.
Currency: Haitian gourde
Currency: Haitian gourde