UK Current Affairs - 2019

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Aarohi Pandit became World’s 1st woman to cross Atlantic Ocean solo in LSA

India’s Captain Aarohi Pandit became world’s first woman to cross Atlantic Ocean (AO) solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) named Mahi. Key Highlights Aarohi Pandit is a 23 year old commercial pilot and LSA licence holder from Mumbai, Maharashtra. About: This achievement is part of her ongoing Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny Read More…

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Kumar Sangakkara to become 1st Non-British President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

Sri Lanka’s former captain Kumar Sangakkara will become first Non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Key Highlights He will take up charge of president post on 1st October 2019 and will serve for 12 months period. His tenure at Lord’s will witness two England test matches against West Indies and Pakistan and also the Read More…

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sentenced in UK prison

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was sentenced on 1 May 2019 to 50 weeks (about 1 year 1 month) in a British prison for breaching his bail by entering the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Key Facts The 47-year-old Australian national was arrested when Ecuador terminated his asylum on 11th April 2019. He spent about seven years Read More…

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UNSC designates Masood Azhar as global terrorist

The United Nation Security Council (UNSC) 1267 Committee designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its prolonged hold on proposal to blacklist him. The move is a huge diplomatic win for India. It is also a symbolic victory for India in relation to terrorism spreading from groups in Pakistan Read More…

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StartupBlink Ranking of Countries for Startup Environment

StartupBlink has ranked 100 countries for startup environment of countries globally. The rankings were based on the data from over 61,000 startups, more than 500 accelerators, and over 1,400 coworking spaces registered on its platform along with data gathered from its global partners including Crunchbase, SimilarWeb etc. The rankings were based on the impact startups Read More…

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Alice G. Vaidyan awarded the Freedom of the City of London

Alice G. Vaidyan, Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) of India, India’s reinsurance major, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK. Alice G. Vaidyan holds post graduate degree in English literature and has been trained at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. She is a Read More…

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PM May Repeats ‘deep regret’ Jallianwala Bagh

British Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated the UK government’s long-standing expression of ‘deep regret’ over the April 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre and called the massacre a ‘shameful scar’ on British Indian history. But the words of PM May fell short in issuing a formal apology. Since 2019 was the centenary of the horrendous act there Read More…

Month:  Categories: Governance & PoliticsUPSC

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