Current Affairs 2019 - Current Affairs Today

31 May: World No Tobacco Day observed

On May 31 every year the World Health Organization (WHO) and its global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). Theme for year 2019 was ‘tobacco and lung health’. About World No Tobacco Day Objective: The annual campaign seeks to create awareness about harmful and deadly effects of tobacco consumption and second-hand (passive) smoke exposure Read More…

Punjab bans Online Food Delivery without Hygiene Rating

The Punjab government has decided to make it mandatory for all online food aggregators to ensure that food supplied by them should compulsorily have hygiene rating as per Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) guidelines. Key Highlights Reason: The online food order and door to door delivery mechanism of food supply has created Read More…

Narendra Modi sworn in as Prime Minister for 2nd term

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leader Narendra Modi (68) was sworn in as 15th Prime Minister for a second consecutive five-year term. Key Highlights Oath: The oath of Office and Secrecy  was administered by President Ram Nath Kovind to Narendra Modi and his team of 57 Union council of ministers. Ceremony: The oath-taking ceremony was Read More…

Sri Lanka, Japan, India signs MoC to develop East Container Terminal

Sri Lanka, India and Japan have signed an Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to jointly develop the East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port in Sri Lanka. Key Highlights Background: The countries had been negotiating the deal to build ECT since 2018 but little success was met as India’s possible role in developing the terminal Read More…

Rajasthan bans Advertisement and sale of e-cigarettes

The Rajasthan government recently announced its decision to ban production, distribution, advertisement and sale of e-cigarette in the state. Key Highlights Background: The congress government in state had promised in its election manifesto during assembly elections 2019 that it will take steps to curb use of tobacco among youths. About: The government has banned both Read More…

RBI set up Task Force on Secondary Market for Corporate Loans

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a task force on secondary market development in corporate loans. About Task Force on Development of Secondary Market for Corporate Loans Composition: It is a six-member body and is headed by Canara Bank chairman T. N. Manoharan. The task force shall submit its report to RBI by end Read More…

New Wasp species identified in Goa

Scientists have recently identified a new species of wasp from the genus Kudakrumia in Goa. The wasp species was collected from Western Ghats forest. Key Highlights Nomenclature: The wasp is dubbed as Kudakrumia rangnekari. It has been named after Parag Rangnekar, a Goa-based researcher. Genus: It belongs to genus Kudakrumia. The Kudakrumia is a genus Read More…

Harsh Vardhan Committee: on Housing Finance Securitisation Market Development

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a committee under Harsh Vardhan, to review existing state of mortgage securitisation in India and suggest measures to develop market further. About Committee on Development of Housing Finance Securitisation Market Composition: The committee constitutes a six-member panel that is headed by Harsh Vardhan, Senior Advisor in Bain & Read More…