Current Affairs: 19 February 2019

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19 February, 2019

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  1. Hina Jaiswal becomes the 1st Indian Woman Flight Engineer

Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh, became the First Indian Woman Flight Engineer of the Indian Air Force (IAF). She was commissioned in the IAF’s engineering branch in 2015 and completed the 6-month Flight Engineer course from the 112 Helicopter Unit attached to the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The Flight Engineer branch was opened to women officers in 2018.

Source: – NDTV


  1. Sunil Chhetri given first ever Football Ratna Award

Sunil Chhetri, the all-time leading scorer for India in international football, has been conferred the first ever Football Ratna honour by Football Delhi, the association governing the sport in Delhi. He is popularly known as Captain Fantastic. He has scored the 2nd highest number of goals in international matches among active players after Cristiano Ronaldo.

Source: – India Today


  1. RBI to give 528,000 crore interim dividend to government

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday said it will transfer an interim dividend of 28,000 crore to the government. This is the second consecutive year that the RBI will be transferring an interim surplus. The central bank had transferred a total of 350,000 crore to the government for 2017-18 of which 310,000 crore was transferred as interim dividend.

Source: – Livemint


  1. Abdul Aziz Muhamat wins International Human Rights Prize

Sudanese refugee, Abdul Aziz Muhamat, who spent 5 years in the Australian detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, was given the Martin Ennals Award 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, for exposing “the very cruel asylum seeker policy of the Australian Government”.

It is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for human rights”. Abdul Aziz Muhamat’s podcast “The Messenger”, created from more than 4,000 WhatsApp messages Muhamat sent from the detention centre, had won best radio/audio feature at Australia’s Walkley Awards in 2017.

Source: – Reuters


  1. UN appoints C Ramanathan as Controller & ASG for Programme Planning, Budget & Finance

Chandramouli Ramanathan has been appointed as Controller, Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Budget and Finance in the management strategy, policy and compliance department. He succeeds Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas of Uruguay.

Ramanathan brings to the position nearly 40 years of executive international experience in diverse organisational settings in finance and budget, management and information technology. He has served as Assistant Auditor General, India (1993-1995) and Director of Accounts for the Auditor General of India (1989-1993). He has a Master’s Degree in Economics and is a Cost Accountant.


  1. Government Raised Rs.10000 Crore from Bharat-22 ETF Offering

The government of India gets Rs.10000 crore from Bharat-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) by additional offering. The government has absorbed approximately Rs.46000 crore by way of disinvestment with the successful offering of Bharat-22 ETF.

Bharat-22 is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) which will closely track the performance of Bharat-22 index. It was launched by Government of India in November 2017. ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund AMC will manage the fund.

Source: – Financial Express


  1. Indian Oil signs first annual deal for US oil, to pay $1.5 billion

The country’s largest refiner Indian Oil has signed its first annual deal to buy US oil, paying about $1.5 billion for 60,000 barrels a day in 2019-20. Indian Oil is the first state-owned refiner to buy US oil under an annual contract. While it didn’t reveal the seller’s name, reports said the deal was signed with Norwegian oil company Equinor.

Source: – Reuters


  1. Vidarbha clinches the Irani Cup title

Vidarbha became the only 3rd team in Indian Domestic Cricket history after Bombay and Karnataka to defend their Irani cup titles at Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur by defeating rest of India. Vidarbha chased a target of 280 runs on the day and young Karnewar was the Player of the match.

Source: – The Hindu


  1. RBI lifts cap on FPI investments in Corporate Bonds

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) withdrew the 20% limit on investments by FPls in corporate bonds of an entity with a view to encourage more foreign investments.

As part of the review of the FPI investment in corporate debt undertaken in April 2018, it was stipulated that no FPI should have an exposure of more than 20% of its corporate bond portfolio to a single corporate (including exposure to entities related to the corporate).

Source: – Money Control

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