1. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda, inaugurated the ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit’.
    • It is the global intergovernmental meeting on digital health, hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP).


  1. The Central Information Commission (CIC) said that an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is “information” under the Right to Information Act.
    • It can be demanded by a citizen from the Election Commission (EC) by paying Rs. 10.
    • This implies the Election Commission has to respond to an RTI application seeking the EVM either by providing it or refusing it under exemption clauses in the Act.
    • But that also can be contested before the CIC which is the highest adjudicating authority in RTI matters.
    • The decision was taken by Sudhir BhargavaChief Information Commissioner (CIC).


  1. Union Minister Piyush Goyal launched Rail Drishti Dashboard which is an online portal containing information related to passenger and freight trains and links to live feeds of IRCTC kitchens.
    • The URL of the dashboard is raildrishticris.org.in.


  1. India successfully test fired the short-range Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM), developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army, from a test range along the coast of
    • It is an all-weather, all-terrain missile with a strike range of 25 km to 30 km.
    • It will replace the ‘Akash’ missile defence system which is on its way out due to technological obsolescence.


  1. A leopard was killed by a tiger in Phen Wildlife Sanctuary under the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.


  1. As per the ‘Loong Palace Hurun Global Rich List 2019’, Indian’s richest individual Mukesh Ambani, CMD of Reliance Industries, was ranked at Eighth position among the top 10 richest individuals
    • He is the first Indian to achieve this position as also the only Asian in this year’s list.
    • His net worth is estimated at $54 billion (₹3,83,700 crore).
S.P. Hinduja240$21 billion
Azim Premji357$17 billion


RankNameWealth   US$bnMain   Company
1Jeff Bezos147Amazon
2Bill Gates96Microsoft
3Warren Buffett88Berkshire Hathaway
4Bernard Arnault86LVMH
5Mark Zuckerberg80Facebook


  1. Civil Aviation Ministry has organized “Aviation Conclave 2019” in New Delhi.
    • The theme of the Aviation Conclave 2019 was “Flying for all”.
    • New rules specifying rights of air travelers in case of delayed, cancelled or diverted flights were released.
    • In case the flight is delayed by up to 4 hours, passenger can avail free meal and refreshments.
    • In case, the flight is delayed for more than 6 hours, passengers will be availed for option of an alternate flight or full refund of the ticket and will be provided free hotel accommodation in case the flight was scheduled between 20:00 and 3:00 hours.
    • In case a person dies on-board or suffers body injury only due to the airline fault, airlines will be liable to pay Rs. 20 lakh.
  1. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the ‘Titanwala Museum’ in Bagru, Rajasthan that showcases the Chhipa community’s hand-block printing.


  1. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has unveiled a 800-kg “Astounding Bhagavad Gita” at ISKCON temple in Delhi.
    • This book is the world’s largest sacred book and was prepared by ISKCON devotees.
    • The book measures around 2.8 by 2 meters and contains 670 pages.


  1. Assam launched the Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Commission.
    • It is a panel set up to look after the issues with respect to the PRANAM Bill brought in for protection of parents of state government employees at Guwahati, Assam.
    • It is the first-of-its kind bill which states that if the PRANAM Commission gets a complaint that parents of a state government employee is being ignored, then 10% or 15% of the employee’s salary will be deducted by the government and paid to the parents or differently abled siblings.


  1. India ranked 47th in the ‘Inclusive Internet Index 2019’ which is prepared by the ‘Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for Facebook.
    • The index was expanded to include 100 countries which will represent 94% of the world’s population and 96% of global GDP.
    • The ‘Inclusive Internet’ score was based on the scores of availability, affordability, relevance and readiness categories.


  1. A first-of-its-kind memorial for witch-hunt victims was unveiled in Odisha.
    • It has a symbolic statue at its centre with the names of all known victims of the evil practice etched on granite stones.
    • In India, as many as 134 persons, most of them women, were killed after being labelled as witches.


  1. The government has brought 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under price control, capping trade margin at 30 per cent, which would reduce their retail prices by up to 85 per cent.
    • The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has invoked extraordinary powers in public interest, under Para 19 of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013.
    • As per the WHO estimate, there are approximately 18 million cases globally and 1.5 million in India alone.
    • There were Eight lakh cancer deaths in India in 2018.


  1. A draft student Start-Up Up Policy has been prepared in Rajasthan to support innovations by the students and create an environment to facilitate their creative pursuits.
    • The idea behind this is to help students become job giver and not seeker.


    1. Afghanistan began exports to India through the Chabahar port in Iran.
      • It is strategic transit route between India, Iran and Afghanistan that bypassed Pakistan.


    1. Britain has won the approval at the World Trade Organization to remain within the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement after it leaves the European Union.
      • The GPA is a plurilateral agreement within the framework of the WTO, meaning that not all WTO members are parties to the Agreement.
      • The fundamental aim of the GPA is to mutually open government procurement markets among its parties.


    1. RBI removed three more banks from Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) list – Allahabad Bank and Corporation Bank and privately held Dhanlaxmi Bank.
      • IDBI Bank, UCO Bank, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Dena Bank and United Bank of India are still under PCA framework.


    1. Muhammadu Buhari has been appointed as the President of Nigeria for the second time – Africa’s most populous country.


    1. Mahesh Elkunchwar, an eminent Indian Playwright, has been chosen for this 2019’s META Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be conferred upon him at the 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) festival.
    2. The “Gandhi Peace Prize” for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 were presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.


    Vivekanand Kendra, Kanyakumari

    Rural development, education, development of natural resources


    Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International (jointly)

    Mid-Day meal and Sanitation respectively


    Ekal Abhiyan Trust

    Education, rural empowerment, gender and social equality


    Yohei Sasakawa

    Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organisation for Leprosy Elimination


    1. The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development, and Rejuvenation presented 82 National Water Awards in 14 categories for the year 2018.
    2. PM Narendra Modi presented the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 awards.
      • It was organised by National Service Scheme (NSS) in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.


    1. The Jammu and Kashmir bagged ‘Saubhagya Excellence Award’ for being the first State in the country to achieve 100% household electrification under ‘Saubhagya’ scheme.
      • The scheme was launched in September 2017 with the objective of electrifying all left-out Indian households.


      1. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched the book titled ‘Quality, Accreditation and Ranking – A Silent Revolution in the Offing in Indian Higher Education‘.
        • It presents an analysis of the past and present scenario in the Indian Higher Education.



        Submit a Comment

        Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *