Europe Current Affairs - 2019

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US Air Force General Tod Wolters appointed as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander

The United States Air Force General Tod D. Wolters was sworn in as top military officer of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), at NATO’s military headquarters in Mons, southern Belgium. Tod D. Wolters Service: He is a former US pilot who has served as commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Read More…

Month:  Categories: International

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Asian Tea Alliance

Asian Tea Alliance, a union of five tea-growing and consuming countries was launched in Guizhou in China. The members of the alliance are the Indian Tea Association, China Tea Marketing Association, Indonesian Tea Marketing Association, Sri Lanka Tea Board and Japan Tea Association. Objectives of the Alliance To work towards enhancing tea trade, cultural exchanges, Read More…

Month:  Categories: Business, Economy & BankingUPSC

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IMD Predicts near Normal Southwest Monsoon Season Rainfall for 2019

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts near-normal monsoon, at 96% of long period average. IMD in its first stage operational forecast for the southwest monsoon season (June to September) rainfall has made the following predictions: The South-west monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be near normal. The monsoon seasonal (June Read More…

Month:  Categories: Governance & PoliticsUPSC

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India turns out to be Net Steel Importer in 2018-19 Fiscal

For the first time in three years, India was the net importer of steel during the financial year 2018-19. This was attributed to India losing market share among its traditional steel buyers and an increase in imports of higher-quality steel domestically. Indian Steel Exports Indian steel exports fell by 34 percent to 6.36 million tonnes in Read More…

Month:  Categories: Business, Economy & BankingUPSC

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket Launches on First Commercial Flight

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully lifted off marking the towering booster’s second flight and its first commercial launch. For the first time, all three of the rocket’s reusable boosters returned safely to Earth. The rocket deployed an advanced communications satellite, Arabsat-6A which will provide internet and communications services to residents of the Middle East, Africa Read More…

Month:  Categories: Science & TechnologyUPSC

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Zuzana Caputova elected first female President of Slovakia

Zuzana Caputova has won Slovakia’s presidential election, making her the country’s first female head of state. Ms Caputova defeated high-profile diplomat Maros Sefcovic, nominated by the governing party. She won 58% of the vote, with Mr Sefcovic trailing on 42%. Mr Sefcovic is the vice president of the European Commission. Slovakia Slovakia is a landlocked Read More…

Month:  Categories: International

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Global Energy & CO2 Status Report: Key facts

The Global Energy & CO2 Status Report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) makes the following observations: China, the US and India together accounted for nearly 70 per cent of the rise in energy demand and energy demand worldwide grew by 2.3 per cent last year. The rise in energy demand was driven by Read More…

Month:  Categories: Reports & Indices

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