Most Important Current Affairs 2019-2020 for UGC NET Mass Communication

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  • Professor Najma Akhtar named as the first woman vice-chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia University (JMI).
  • Malala Yusufzai Pens New Book ‘We are displaced’ on refugee Girls.
  • Dr. Manmohan Singh is the author of the book ‘changing India’.    
  • Image of a crying toddler at US Border won the world press photo award 2019-Veteran Getty photographer John Moore.
  • Jailed Reuters Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo won a Pulitzer prize.
  • The USA and Israel officially quit the UNESCO amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.
  • France introduced a new ‘GAFA tax’ named after the larger internet and technology companies Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to ensure the global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive businesses in Europe.
  • Saudi Arabia to host G-20 summit in 2020.
  • IIT-Delhi Scientist creates ‘DotBook’ India’s first Braille laptop.
  • World’s first television channel dedicated to human rights was launched in London by the International observatory of human rights (IOHR).
  • Sikkim Chief Minister launched ‘One Family, One Job’ scheme in Rojgar Mela 2019 to give one state government job to one family.

Ranking Report

  • India ranks 140th in UN world happiness report 2019. The list is topped by Finland for second year in a row.
  • India ranked 140th in world press freedom Index.
  • India ranked at 41st at the 11th edition of EIU democracy index 2018, Norway topped the Index: Economist Intelligent Unit report.
  • Singapore’s change airport has been crowned the world’s best aviation hub for the 7th time while New Delhi’s IGI airport at number 59 according to the skytrax world airport awards.
  • As per air quality in India, 2014-19 report, Kanpur ranked first as the most polluted city.
  • HDFC Bank ranked No.1 in India by Forbes.

National

  • Indore in Madhya Pradesh bagged the title of India’s cleanest city in the central govt’s cleanliness survey for the third consecutive year.
  • Dhanbad best city for 4G availability in India study.
  • India to be guest country at Paris Book fair 2020.
  • Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the ‘Ujjawala Sanitary Napkin’ initiative in Bhubneshwar, Odisha.
  • The congress-led Madhya Pradesh government announced that it is going to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (Spiritual department) by merging several existing department.
  • Andhra Pradesh got a separate high court which is being set up at the ‘Justice City’ in Amravati.
  • The ISRO launched a new platform named ‘Samwad with Students’ (SWS) as part of the enhanced outreach programme and to engage youngsters across India to capture their scientific temperament in Bengaluru.
  • The Mumbai-based company Linkus Infratech has launched a hyper-local connectivity app called ‘’Bhonga’’ to connect users to people in their neighbourhood in the city even without an Internet connection.
  • The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved 10% quota in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections in general category according to 103th amendment constitution act.
  • Taglines of Endura Mass Transform Zindgi.
  • SBI launches card less ATM withdrawal with YONO cash.
  • ROADEO: Robot inducted by Chennai Traffic Police for traffic management.
  • Nashik in Maharashtra to be the site of the country’s second defence innovation hub after coimbtore.
  • 2019 Kala Ghoda Arts festival begins in Mumbai.
  • Garia festival celebrated in Tripura.
  • ‘Azadi ke Diwane’ museum inaugurated at Red Fort.
  • Matua community matriarch Binepani Devi, popularly known as ‘Boro Ma’ (elder mother). Matuas are a religious refugee community from Bangladesh. Matuas are considered as a key political force behind Mamata Banarjee’s rise to power.
  • The ministry of human resource development signed a memorandum of understanding with the ministry of higher education, Afghanistan to work on Digital education Initiatives that will include many programs developed by Indian Institutes of technology. IIT Madras will also be a part of the collaboration.
  • The new denomination of banknotes of Rs20 has the motif of Ellora Caves on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage.
  • Bihar government has approved funds worth 25000 each for girls graduating from 2018 onwards.
  • Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh has been renamed as Ayodhya.
  • The Indian Railway has decided to give 40% concession in passenger’s fares to transgender senior citizens

International

  • Nepal has banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2000, rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations in the country.
  • Global Investor Summit 2019 held in Chennai.
  • The International year of the periodic table of chemical elements will be launched at UNESCO’s headquarter Paris.
  • NATO’s headquarter is in Brussels and Macedonia signed an accord to join NATO to become the 30th member of the US led alliance.
  • Kylie Jenner was named the youngest self made billionaire of all time by Forbes magazine.
  • Venezuelan capital caracaras is the cheapest city in the world: cost of living 2019.
  • Paris, Singapore and Hongkong are most expensive cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Units 2019.
  • India will build cancer hospitals in Kenya in collaboration with Japan.
  • China has successfully tested the world’s first armed amphibious drone boat.
  • Indonesia releases special stamp on theme of ‘Ramayana’.
  • The world’s first malaria vaccine has been launched in Malawi.
  • Sentinelese Tribe which is currently in news for killing an American Traveller named John Chau is native to Andaman Islands.
  • Russia successfully tests world’s first floating Nuclear Power Plant.

First In India

  • Professor Najma Akhtar named as the first woman vice-chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia University (JMI).
  • India’s Arunima Sinha becomes first female amputee to climb the highest peak of Antarctica- Mt. Vinson.
  • Solar man of India, Pranav R Menta, became the first Indian to head Global Solar Council, USA.
  • For the first time at the Kumbh Mela, a transgender ashram, known as the Kinner Akhara.
  • Arpana Kumar first female IPS to reach the South Pole.
  • Amitav Ghosh English novelist who has become the first English writer to be conferred with 54th Jnanpith Award.
  • Gauri Sawant becomes India’s 1st transgender election ambassador.
  • Former SC Judge, Pinaki Chandra Ghose is all set to become the first Lokpal of India.
  • Nahid Afrin the Popular singer of Assam who has been appointed as the first ‘Youth Advocate’ of the north eastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rights.
  • Gujrat became the first state to implement 10% quota to EWS (Economically Weaker Sections).
  • Kerala is the first Indian state to have four international airports.
  • ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ became the first one to have a law against Sextortion.
  • Sextortion is a type of sexual exploitation that creates non-physical pressures for giving sexual pleasure.
  • State bank of India launched India’s first ‘Green Car Loan’.
  • At Vadodara in Gujrat, India’s first Railway University was dedicated to the nation by Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal.
  • First RBI governor, Urjit patel since 1990 to resign before completion of term.

Appointment

  • The govt. of India appointed Sudhir Bhargaya, an information commissioner in central information commission as new chief information commissioner.
  • VK Yadav appointed new chairman of Railway Board after Ashwani Lohani.
  • K Sivan is the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • Graham Reid appointed Indian men’s hockey coach.
  • Ajit Kumar Mohanty appointed Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.
  • Vice Admiral Karambir Singh appointed Next Navy chief.
  • New chairman of UPSC- Arvind Saxena
  • Bhagwan Lal Sahni appointed chairman of the National Commission for Backward classes.
  • Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship- A M Naik.
  • Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh- Bhupesh Baghel.
  • Chief Minister of Rajsthan- Ashok Gehlot.
  • Chief Minister of MizoramZaramthanga
  • Chief Minister of Telengana- K Chandrasekhar.

Abbreviation

  • Abbreviation of TOPS- Target Olympic Podium Scheme.
  • Abbreviation of AICTE- All India Council for Technical Education.

Golden Globe Award

  • Best motion picture (Drama)- Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best motion picture (Musical or Comedy)- Green Book
  • Best Actor (Drama)- Rami Malek for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
  • Best Actress (Drama)- Glenn Close for ‘The Wife.’
  • Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)- Christian Bale for ‘Vice.’
  • Best Director- Alfonso Cuaron for ‘Roma’.
  • The 49th International Film festival of India (IFFI) was held in Goa.

Sports

  • India’s first CWG Boxing Gold medallist Mohammed Ali Qamar appointed as women Team’s youngest coach.
  • India’s new chief boxing coachC A Kattappa.
  • Asian wrestling championship taken away from the India, to be now held in Thialand.
  • 25 year old Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah became the highest international wicket-taker of 2018 with 78 wickets.
  • USA cricket announced as ICC’s 105th member.
  • Dhoni makes his place in the 10000 runs club like Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli had scored 10000 ODI runs for India.
  • Virat Kohli became the first player to bag all top three ICC Awards in a single year. He won Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test player of the year and the ICC Men’s ODI player of the year for his performance in 2018.
  • Papua New Guinea got ODI Status after USA and Oman.
  • Go Daddy partners with ICC as official sponsor for cricket world cup 2019.
  • ICC Men’s cricket world cup 2023 to be played in India.
  • ICC CEO Manu Shauney, Chairman Shashank Manohar.
  • SC appoints P.S Narashima as mediator to resolve disputes of cricket administration in BCCI.
  • Mohammed Sammi succeeded the Indian record holder Irfan Pathan to became the fastest Indian Bowler to take 100 ODI wickets.
  • New Coach of Indian Women’s CricketW V Raman.
  • Mithali Raj becomes first woman cricketer to play 200 ODIs.
  • India to host FIFA U-17 women’s world cup in 2020.
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Highest, Largest, and Fastest

  • ICF Chennai becomes world’s largest rail coach manufacturer.
  • Saudi Arabia replaces India as world’s largest arms importer.
  • Vedangi Kulkarni 20 year old Indian who has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe.
  • Train 18 has officially become the fastest train of India.
  • At 15, 256 ft, Tashingang in himachal Pradesh is world’s highest polling station.

Brand Ambassador

  • Aamir Khan appointed as Phone Pe’s Brand ambassador.
  • Hima Das, the Indian athlete and Asian Games gold medallist who has been made the country first youth ambassador by UNICEF.
  • policyX.com introduces legendary cricketer Virendra sehwag’ as its Brand Ambassador.
  • Mithali Raj is goodwill ambassador for SCCWC 2019.
  • Redbus announces M.S Dhoni as brand ambassador.
  • Book ‘Every Vote Counts’ authored by Navin Chawla released.
  • World’s largest e-waste recycling hub opens in Dubai.
  • Norway gets world’s first wireless charging station for taxis.
  • Social-networking site facebook launched two new India-specific tools ‘candidate connect’ and ‘share you voted’ to boost civic engagement on its platform during the general elections that commence in April.
  • Guwahati Railway station 1st to get 150 certification in India.

Science and Technology

  • Google launches its first drone delivery service in Australia.
  • Google unveils cloud gaming service ‘Stadia’.
  • Google launches reading tutor app ‘Bolo’ for kids in India.
  • Google launched Anthos a new open platform from Google cloud, that lets users run application from anywhere. Anthos is a complete software based solution.
  • @cyberdost was the Twitter handle launched by the union govt. to spread awareness about cyber crimes.
  • Bharti Airtel in collaboration with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) launched a mobile app, My Circle, to help women in case they face any professor or a panic situation.
  • ECI launches ‘observer app’ for important notifications, alerts and urgent messages alert.
  • Election commission launches ‘Voter Turnout’ app.
  • India’s education technology start-up, Dost Education, claims $25000 global tech prize.
  • India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-3 was successfully launched from the spaceport in French Guiana.
  • HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar launched STARS-Scheme for Translational and Advanced Research in science to fund science projects.

Important Day and Dates

  • World Intellectual Property is observed annually on 26th April, theme for this year is ‘’Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.’’
  • World Earth Day which is celebrated on 22 April every year. For the year 2019, the earth day theme is ‘protect our species’.
  • World Malaria Day 2019 was on April 25th. This Year’s theme for world Malaria Day was ‘End Malaria for Good’.
  • Every year, the world health day is celebrated on April 7.
  • The WHO’s theme for world health day 2019 is Universal Coverage: Everyone to ensure that no human being will ever have to make a choice between the two.
  • World consumer Rights Day is every year on March 15. This year theme of promoted world consumer rights day is ‘Trusted Smart Products’.
  • National Consumer Day is observed on 24th December. Theme- timely disposal of consumer complaint.
  • The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21st march the International Day of Forest in 2012. The theme for 2019 is forest and education.
  • World water day is celebrated every year on March 22. The world water day theme 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’.
  • Every year, the world health day is celebrated on April 7.
  • The world Homeopathy Day is observed on 10th April.
  • National Youth Day to honour the birthday of Swami Vivekananda on 13th January.
  • The National panchayati Raj Diwas (Day) is celebrated every year in India on 24th April.
  • National education day is observed across India to celebrate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on 11th of Nov.
  • On Dec 25, 2018, India observed the Good Governance Day to mark the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on Aug 16, 2018.

Awards

  • Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen has been awarded the prestigious Bodley Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the University of Oxford’s world-famous Bodleian Libraries.
  • Chitra Mudgal won the Sahitya Academy Award 2018 in Hindi language in Novels Category.
  • India film ‘period. End of Sentence’ was shortlisted for the 91st Oscar in the documentary short subject category.
  • Renowned Kathak dancer Seema Mehta has been conferred the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ award for her contribution towards women empowerment over the last 15 years.
  • The players in France’s football team which last year defeated Croatia to win the world cup were awarded the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award for ‘’exceptional service’’ to the nation.
  • The film ‘Donbass’ won the coveted Golden  Peacock award at the 49th International Film Festival of India.
  • First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award entitled to PM Narendra Modi.
  • Azim Premji was awarded for his outstanding contribution in developing the Information technology industry in India.
  • The Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 was awarded to another Rana Dasgupta for his 2010 novel ‘Solo’ which is a tale of estrangement and the ultimate failure of material  existence.
  • Sonam Kapoor has been named the PETA person of the year 2018.

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