Daily Current Affairs - 29th Oct 2019

Argentina election: Centre-left Alberto Fernandez wins presidency

  • Argentine President Mauricio Macri has conceded defeat to his center-left rival Alberto Fernandez after the first round of voting in the country's closely fought election.
  • The latest count put Fernandez ahead with 48% of votes compared to center-right Macri's 40.4%, with more than 95% of votes counted, according to figures from the National Electoral Directorate.
  • Voters turned out in numbers to reject the austerity measures introduced by Macri as the country attempts to dig itself out of a deep economic crisis.
  • Inflation has ballooned to more than 50% year-on-year and the IMF forecasting that the country's GDP will shrink by 1.2% by the end of the year.

Bangladesh to hold world's second largest Muslim congregation 'Bishwa Ijtema' in January next year

  • Bangladesh will hold the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslim community after Hajj, from January 10 to 12 next year in Dhaka. The second phase of the Ijtema will be held from January 17 to 19.
  • Bishwa Ijtema is an annual event which is held in a 160 acre field on the bank of the Turag river at Tongi on the outskirts of Dhaka since 1967.
  • Bishwa Ijtema means world congregation and it draws in Muslims from about 150 countries. It is a gathering that focuses on prayer and meditation and is not open for political discussions.

Brexit: Parliament votes to reject Boris Johnson’s general election bid

  • In Britain, Parliament again has rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's latest bid for a general election on December 12. The motion failed, with 299 votes in favor and just 70 against. However, it fell shy of the 434 votes which is two-thirds of all MPs, required to pass.
  • The opposition Labour Party abstained in the vote, making it impossible to secure the necessary two-thirds majority.
  • Boris Johnson has attacked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to back a general election.

Chile President faces new protests after replacing eight ministers

  • Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is facing new protests after he replaced eight ministers including his interior and finance ministers in an effort to quell the mass protests which have swept the country. Over a million people had taken to the streets demanding economic and political changes in the country.

Hamilton claims 10th win of the season

  • Lewis Hamilton has drove to a near-flawless victory to claim his 10th win of the season for Mercedes at the Mexican Grand Prix. He finished ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
  • Hamilton now looks certain to clinch his sixth title at next weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, where he will need just four points.

India, Saudi to form strategic council

  • India and Saudi Arabia are set to sign an agreement for creating a bilateral strategic partnership council on Tuesday during the official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Riyadh. The council will include multiple sections involving the External Affairs Ministry and NITI Aayog and counterpart organisations from Saudi Arabia.
  • The council will be led by Mr. Modi and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Both sides are expected to seal several other agreements during Mr. Modi’s visit.

Papua New Guinea qualifies for T20 WC

  • Papua New Guinea (PNG) will make its first-ever appearance at a World Cup after beating Kenya in Dubai to book its place at next year’s T20 World Cup. PNG hammered Kenya by 45 runs at Dubai International Stadium but had to wait for the result of the Netherlands’ game against Scotland before it could celebrate an automatic qualification for the tournament in Australia.

Payas and team bags gold

  • Indian paddler Payas Jain teamed up with South Korea’s Seongil Jang and Japan’s Sora Matsushima to win the gold medal at the ITTF World Cadet Challenge played in Wladyslawowo, Poland. The trio, representing Team Asia, was in great form and blanked the Hopes, which is a part of the ITTF developmental programme, 3-0 to win the title.
  • In the girls’ team event, Yashaswani Ghorpade led the Asian challenge to help them earn a bronze medal with a 3-0 win over Poland.

Rajnath to attend SCO meet in Uzbekistan

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh would represent India at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) heads of state meeting in Uzbekistan later this week. Mr. Singh will travel to Uzbekistan on a three-day visit from November 1 to 3
  • Meanwhile, India and Uzbekistan will carry out a joint military exercise named ‘Dustlik-2019’ next week, the first-ever exercise between the armies of the two nations, will be held from November 4 to 13 at Chirchiq training area in Uzbekistan. The exercise will focus on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in mountainous, rural and urban areas.

RBI imposes Rs 35 lakh fine on Tamilnad Mercantile Bank

  • The Reserve Bank has imposed a penalty of Rs 35 lakh on Tamilnad Mercantile Bank for violating norms on frauds classification and notification. It stated that the bank has been penalised for non-compliance with certain provisions of directions issued by RBI on frauds classification and reporting by commercial banks and select FIs directions 2016.

Roger Federer Wins 10th Swiss Open Crown, Career Title No. 103

  • Roger Federer won his 10th Basel title smothering young Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-2. He is now just six short of the record 109 ATP titles won by American Jimmy Connors.
  • Jimmy Connors is the all-time men’s leader with 109 tournament wins.

Rugby World Cup: South Africa in final

  • South Africa battled its way into its third Rugby World Cup final as the goalkicking of Handre Pollard and a try by Damian de Allende overwhelmed Wales 19-16 to set up a repeat of the 2007 final against England.

Saina Nehwal, Lakshya Sen to lead Indian challenge at Saarlorlux Open

  • Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Lakshya Sen will lead the Indian challenge at the Saarlorlux Open Super Tour 100 tournament beginning in Germany. Saina will be looking to end her nine-month long title drought with her last victory coming way back in January at the Indonesia Masters.
  • In Men's Singles, Lakshya will look to grab his third title of the season after having claimed crowns at the Belgian international and Dutch Open.

Second round of Smart Cities Mission may roll out in 2020

  • The second round of the Centre’s flagship urban development schemes — the Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) were being considered and could be rolled out in 2020, Union Minister of State (independent charge) Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri told.
  • The first round of the Smart Cities Mission that covers 100 cities would be 50% complete, that is 50 cities, by December, Mr. Puri said.
  • The Smart Cities Mission covers 100 cities with a total population of 9,96,30,069 with projects worth a ?2,05,018 crore.

Sophie Wilmes: Belgium gets first female prime minister

  • Belgium’s king has appointed Sophie Wilmes as the country’s new prime minister, making her the first woman to hold the office. Ms Wilmes, a centre-right liberal replaces Charles Michel at the head of the country’s caretaker government.
  • The outgoing prime minister now is moving to be president of the European Council, replacing Donald Tusk.
  • Belgium has not had a full federal government since Mr Michel’s coalition collapsed in December 2018.

T20 Series: Australia routs Sri Lanka

  • Opener David Warner thumped a maiden Twenty20 international century as Australia kicked off its home summer with a 134-run thrashing of Sri Lanka.
  • Warner’s unbeaten 100 (56b, 10x4, 4x6) fired Australia to a total of 233 for two before Australia’s bowlers tore through Sri Lanka to leave the tourists limping to 99 for nine in reply in the first of a three-game series.

Tiger Woods equals world record for most career titles on PGA Tour with his 82nd win in Japan

  • Tiger Woods has made golfing history at the Zozo championship in Japan by tying the record for most career titles on the PGA Tour with his 82nd win.
  • With his performance at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, the American golfer levelled the 54-year-old record held by his countryman Sam Snead.

US House of Representatives to vote on impeachment procedures against Prez Trump

  • The US House of Representatives controlled by the opposition Democratic party will vote on impeachment procedures against President Donald Trump for the first time later this week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that they will bring a resolution to the flloor that affirms the ongoing, existing investigation that is currently being conducted by House committees as part of this impeachment inquiry.

UWW Under-23 World Championships: Three Indian wrestlers enter quarter-finals on day one

  • India’s Veer Dev Gulia entered the semi-finals of Under-23 World Championships in Budapest on day 1. Gulia wrestled brilliantly to defeat DAMJIN Batzul of Mongolia in 79 kg Freestyle category. Gulia won the one-sided bout against the Mongolian by 11-1.
  • He will be up against Abubakr Abakarov of Azerbaijan in the Semi-Finals.
  • Earlier, India's Sharvan dished out absolutely brilliant performance in the 65 kg weight category to defeat Rifat Saibotalov of Kazakhstan
  • In the last 16 bout, Akash Antil easily dismantled Li Xu from China 10-0 in 97 kg category.