Daily Current Affairs - 19th Mar 2019

12,995 terrorists arrested in Xinjiang since 2014: China

  • China has defended its controversial security crackdown in the fractious far west region of Xinjiang, with nearly 13,000 terrorists have been arrested there since 2014.
  • Since 2014, China through Xinjiang administration has destroyed 1,588 violent and terrorist gangs, arrested 12,995 terrorists, seized 2,052 explosive devices, punished 30,645 people for 4,858 illegal religious activities, and confiscated 3,45,229 copies of illegal religious materials.

Afghanistan claimed its first ever victory in Test cricket

  • Afghanistan claimed its first ever victory in Test cricket after beating fellow newcomer Ireland. Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah Janat scored half-centuries as Afghanistan chased down 147 to beat Ireland by seven wickets on day four of the one-off Test.
  • Afghanistan and Ireland achieved full member status of the International Cricket Council in 2017 becoming only the 11th and 12th teams to play the long format.

ArcelorMittal gets NCLAT nod to buy Essar Steel

  • The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has gave a conditional go-ahead to a Rs. 42,000-crore offer by world’s largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal to buy Essar Steel.
  • A two-member bench headed by Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya said the acceptance of the resolution plan submitted by ArcelorMittal and partner Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. would be subject to its final order in the appeal filed by the promoters of debt-laden Essar Steel against the move.

ATP Rankings: Prajnesh Gunneswaran rises to career-best 84th position

  • The breakthrough run at the Indian Wells has propelled India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran to career-high rank of 84 in the latest men's rankings of the Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP).
  • Injured Yuki Bhambri has, however, dropped out of top-200 for the first time in almost two years.
  • In the Women's Tennis Association rankings, Ankita Raina continues to be India's top-ranked player at 168.

Biocon’s Shaw re-elected to Infosys board

  • Shareholders of IT services company Infosys have approved the reappointment of Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw as independent director by an overwhelming majority, but the dissent votes accounted for almost 8%.
  • Infosys CEO: Salil Parekh

Day ahead of deadline, RCom pays Ericsson

  • Reliance Communications has paid Rs. 460 crore to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson, a day ahead of the March 19 deadline set by the Supreme Court of India. Failure to adhere to the deadline would have invited a three-month jail term to Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani.
  • In February, the apex court held Mr. Ambani and two directors guilty of contempt of court, on a petition filed by Ericsson.
  • Following the development, BSNL, another creditor of RCom with outstanding dues of over Rs. 770 crore, is likely to move the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to recover its dues.

Gopi Thonakal qualifies for World Athletics Championships

  • India's Asian champion Gopi Thonakal has qualified for the World Athletics Championships to be held in the Qatari capital Doha in September-October this year. He achieved qualification after finishing 11th in the Seoul International Marathon, clocking his personal best time of 2 hours 13 minutes 39 seconds.

Govt.’s prerogative to frame schemes

  • The Supreme Court of India in a judgment has stated that the concerned government has the sole prerogative to frame schemes and courts should stay out of governance. A Bench led by Justice A.M. Sapre criticized the Uttarakhand High Court for framing a scheme to regularize hundreds of casual workers engaged by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under the Ministry of Defence in the construction of roads for Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage.

India bags 188 medals at Special Olympics World Games

  • India has so far won a total of 188 medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. These medals include 50 gold, 63 silver and 75 bronze medals. The medal tally surged as Indian paddlers made history in table tennis with four gold and one silver medal.
  • India has sent a 378-strong contingent that is participating in the 15th edition of the Games. The closing ceremony of Special Olympics World Games is scheduled for March 21.

India, Guinea must work to enhance bilateral trade: Prez Ram Nath Kovind

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has said bilateral trade between India and Guinea reached almost 900 million US dollars in 2017-18 which represents an increase of nearly 40 per cent from the previous year. Mr Kovind said this while welcoming Prime Minister of Guinea Dr Ibrahima Kassory Fofana at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Mr Kovind said recent high level visits have imparted a new momentum to India-Guinea bilateral ties. The President said, both the countries must continue to work to further enhance bilateral trade in coming years.
  • Guinea
  • Prime Minister: Dr Ibrahima Kassory Fofana
  • Capital: Conakry
  • Currency: Guinean franc

International workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure to begin

  • International workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure will begin in New Delhi. This two-day event is being organized by the National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • This event will bring together countries from different parts of the world, multilateral development banks, UN agencies, academia and research institutions.

Notification for 2nd phase of LS polls issued

  • The Election Commission of India has issued notification for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls. 97 constituencies spread over 13 States and Union Territories will go to polls in this phase on the 18th of April. The last date for filing of nominations for this phase is 26th of March.
  • All 39 Parliamentary constituencies of Tamil Nadu will go to polls in this phase.

Over 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique cyclone

  • More than a thousand people are feared to have died due to cyclone Idai that devastated Mozambique last week. The city of Beira in central Mozambique bore the full wrath of Cyclone Idai and more than 100,000 people are in danger.
  • The storm has unleashed fierce winds and flash floods and washed away roads and houses.
  • In neighbouring Zimbabwe, Idai left 98 dead and at least 217 are missing, according to the information ministry.
  • Meanwhile, India has decided to divert three Indian naval ships to the port city of Beira in Mozambique to provide humanitarian assistance to the people affected by tropical cyclone.
  • Mozambique
  • President Filipe Nyusi
  • Capital: Maputo
  • Currency: Mozambican metical

PCB pays over Rs 11 cr as compensation to BCCI after losing case in ICC

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has paid 1.6 million US dollars, equivalent to over eleven crores in Indian currency, to the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) as compensation after losing a case in the ICC's Dispute Resolution Committee.
  • The PCB had filed a compensation case against the BCCI last year before the Committee for an amount of 70 million US dollars for not honouring an MoU signed between the two boards.
  • According to the MoU, India and Pakistan were supposed to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, which the BCCI failed to honour.
  • The BCCI said they were unable to play against Pakistan as the Indian government did not give them permission.

Pramod Sawant to be Goa’s new Chief Minister

  • Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pramod Sawant was named as the next Chief Minister of Goa, to succeed Manohar Parrikar, who passed away recently. Mr. Sawant, who is the Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly, will be sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa.

Prannoy to lead challenge in mixed team event

  • World No. 24 H.S. Prannoy will lead a 13-member Indian badminton team at the Tong Yun Kai Cup 2019, the second edition of the badminton Asia mixed team championships to be held at Hong Kong from March 19-24.
  • In the absence of Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and K. Srikanth, all of whom have been rested, Prannoy has been entrusted with the responsibility to lead a young Indian team.

Steeplechaser Avinash Sable breaks national record, books World Championships berth

  • Avinash Sable dominated the men’s 3000m steeplechase race at the Federation Cup in Patiala. He won the gold medal with new national record of 8:28.94 and qualified for the Asian and World Championships for India.

Thiem stuns Federer in final

  • Dominic Thiem claimed the biggest title of his career when he defeated Roger Federer in the final of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event. In his third final appearance at this level, the Austrian beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in just over two hours.
  • It was Thiem's 12th ATP Tour crown in total and first on outdoor hard since 2016.
  • Meanwhile, Canadian sensation Bianca Andreescu became the first wild-card to win the title at Indian Wells with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.