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ENGLISH CURRENT AFFAIRS --- 22 February 2019

Chris Gayle announced retirement from One-day Internationals

West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has announced retirement from One-day Internationals (ODI) after the ICC World Cup 2019. The 39-year old left-hander batsman has scored 9,727 ODI runs, second only to the legendary Brian Lara among West Indians in 284 matches. The World Cup will be held in England and Wales from 30th May to 14th July 2019.


Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa wins Laureus Sport for Good honour

Jharkhand based NGO Yuwa won the Laureus Sport for Good award. Yuwa works for girl empowerment and became the third Indian entry to receive this honour.


OFB gets nod for producing long-range artillery gun ‘Dhanush’

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has received clearance from the Indian Army and the Ministry of Defence for production of 114 ‘Dhanush’ long range artillery guns. ‘Dhanush’ is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in India.


PM Modi inaugurated Asia’s biggest air show ‘Aero India- 2019’ in Bengaluru

12th edition of Asia’s premier Air show ‘Aero India-2019’ begins at Yelahanka air force station, Bengaluru.


ENGLISH CURRENT AFFAIRS --- 21 February 2019

14th Agricultural Science Congress inaugurated in New Delhi

Union Minister for Agriculture and Animal Welfare Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the 14th Agricultural Science Congress in New Delhi. The event being organised by the National Academy of Agricultural Science (NASS), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).


79th Indian History Congress to be held in Bhopal

The 79th Indian History Congress (IHC) will be held at Barkatullah University in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from February 26. This is the second time the IHC would be held in Madhya Pradesh, Earlier it was hosted in 2011.


Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons inaugurated the ‘Eco Circuit’ Project in Keral

J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism inaugurated the project ‘Development of Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady’under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of Ministry of Tourism.


Laureus World Sports Awards 2019 Monaco

The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) won the  Laureus World Sportsman of the year and Simone Biles (USA) won the Laureus World Sportswoman of the year.


Noted Hindi writer Namvar Singh passed away

Noted Hindi writer Namvar Singh passed away in New Delhi. Singh was the first chairman of JNU’s Centre of Indian Languages. He received the Sahitya Akademi award for literary criticism in the year 1971 for `Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman


ENGLISH CURRENT AFFAIRS --- 20 February 2019

India’s first fulldome 3D Digital theatre inaugurated in Kolkata

Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the India’s first ‘fulldome 3D Digital Theatre’ at the Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is fully funded by the Ministry of Culture at a cost of Rs 20 crore. The Science City is operated by the National Council of Science Museums under the Ministry of Culture.


Rajnath Singh launched pan-India number 112 for women safety

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi launched a range of citizen safety initiatives in New Delhi. It includes the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), for women safety in 16 states and Union territories. The service has already been launched in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland.


International annual Desert festival held in Jaisalmer

The 40th International Annual Desert Festival held on the sand dune, Rajasthan. The three-day festival, exhibits rich cultural heritage of the desert state, commenced with a colourful procession from Gadsisar lake fort.


Rajasthan assembly passed a bill to scrap minimum qualification for local polls

Rajasthan Legislative Assembly passed Rajasthan Municipalities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and The Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to remove the minimum education criterion for panchayat and civic polls candidates.


J.P. Morgan becomes first U.S. Bank with a Cryptocurrency

J P Morgan Chase & Co, America’s largest bank, is launched its own Crypto currency. The crypto currency, called “JPM Coin,” which has a fixed value redeemable for one U.S. dollar.


Sandeep and Ashok Kumar Pandey appointed as CBIC members

Senior IRS officers Sandeep Mohan Bhatnagar and Ashok Kumar Pandey have been appointed as members in the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).  The CBIC board is headed by a chairman and can have a maximum of six members.


De Goede and Van Doren won 2018 FIH world’s best players award

Netherlands’ Eva de Goede and Arthur Van Doren of Belgium were named as the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Players of the Year for 2018.


Israel to launch its first moon mission

Israel is to launch its first moon mission, sending an unmanned spacecraft to collect data to be shared with NASA. The 585-kilogram Beresheet spacecraft is to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.


Mary Kom named as brand ambassador of PUMA

Six-time world women boxing champion MC Mary Kom was named as a brand ambassador for global sportswear giant PUMA for a two-year period. Mary Kom is now PUMA India’s new ambassador for their women’s training category and will be representing the brand in marketing campaigns.


ENGLISH CURRENT AFFAIRS --- 19 February 2019

Abdul Aziz Muhamat wins international human rights award

Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee who has been on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), for more than five years, was named the 2019 Martin Ennals Award Laureate at a ceremony in Geneva for exposing “the very cruel refugee policy” of Australia’s government. This is the first time that the major prize has been awarded to an individual focused on refugee issues. The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, sometimes called “the Nobel Prize for human rights”, it was created in 1993


Sunil Chhetri was conferred the first-ever ‘Football Ratna’ award

India and Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri was conferred the first ever Football Ratna honour by Football Delhi, state association governing the sport in Delhi. Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Delhi Football presented the honour a function at the majestic Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.


Hina Jaiswal becomes IAF’s First Woman Flight Engineer

Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh, became the first Indian Woman Flight Engineer of the Indian Air Force. ina was commissioned in the Indian Air Force’s engineering branch in 2015.


Ranji champion Vidarbha beat Rest of India to retain Irani Cup

Ranji champions Vidarbha beat Rest of India at the Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur to retain the Irani Cup.  Vidarbha has now become the third team after Mumbai and Karnataka to clinch two Irani Cup titles in a row.


Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep to win the Qatar Open

Elise Mertens defeated Simona Halep in the Qatar Open final and won the biggest title of her career. This is her first-ever WTA Premier-level crown, and the fifth title of her career overall


83rd Senior Badminton Nationals

Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu in the women’s final of the 83rd Yonex Sunrise Senior Badminton National Championship, claiming her second successive and fourth overall (2006, 2007, 2018, 2019) Nationals title, in Guwahati. In men’s single, Sourabh Verma completed a hat-trick of titles, claiming the men’s singles crown after defeating young Lakshya Sen in straight games of 21-18, 21-13.


Former Afghan interim President Mojaddedi passed away

Former Afghan interim president and ex-Jihadi leader Sibghatullah Mojaddedi has passed away. Mojaddedi’s death comes three days before the 30th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.


ENGLISH CURRENT AFFAIRS --- 18 February 2019

Mirabai Chanu won gold at EGAT Cup in Thailand

World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand. Chanu won the 48kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event.


Vidarbha lift their second consecutive Ranji Trophy

Vidharbha lifted the Ranji Trophy for the second time in a row, defeating Saurashtra by 78 runs at Nagpur. Vidarbha became the sixth team to win back to back Ranji Trophy titles.


Pat Cummins wins Allan Border medal

Fast bowler Pat Cummins won Australian cricket’s highest individual honor for his performances. Alyssa Healy won the Belinda Clark award for the leading Australian women’s cricketer of the year.


Senior National Badminton Championships begin in Guwahati

The 83rd edition of Senior National Badminton Championships begins in Guwahati, Assam. Defending champion Saina Nehwal and last edition’s runner-up PV Sindhu will be the biggest attractions in Women’s Singles.


Jamie Chadwick became the first female driver to win the MRF championship

Jamie Chadwick from England made history by becoming the first female driver to win the MRF challenge after scoring a triple win in the final round of the season in Chennai. Chadwick became the first woman to win a British F3 race in August.