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Current affairs of 14th April

Anjali Singh, Published On:14-Apr-2019


                      Current affairs

1.On World Parkinson’s Day,11th April, Apollo Hospitals launched an advanced centre for movement disorders in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

  • It will offer medical and surgical treatment for patients affected by various movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease.

  • The centre would offer Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgeries and other services to treat a wide spectrum of diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy, dystonia, essential tremor, and intractable spasticity dyskinesia

2.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that India will be the Guest of Honour country at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF 2019, to be held at the end of April 2019.

  • The Book Fair aims to highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as well as its cultural and literary output. India’s participation in the fair will attract a significant increase in the number of visitors with various events and activities which will be held throughout the entire duration of ADIBF.

3.The private sector lender - RBL Bank will gain significant insights into its customer base through this partnership.

  • RBL Bank will leverage Credit Vidya's big data underwriting platform across its credit card and mobile banking apps.
  • The bank had first partnered with CreditVidya in 2018 for instant and automated verification of employment details of salaried card applicants.

4.Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Rajeev Ranjan inaugurated India’s first-of-its-kind ‘Voter Park’ in Vikas Sadan building complex, Gurugram, to raise voter awareness instructing people about the electoral process.

  • At the park, voters will gain information about the polling process and the archives of elections in the country.

5.The Telecom Department has sanctioned the merger of TTSL (Tata Teleservices Limited) consumer mobility business with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that Sunil Mittal led firm provides bank guarantees of about Rs. 7,200 crore.

6.Climbers with pressing needs on Mount Everest will soon find an “eco­friendly” toilet at a Chinese campsite 7,028 metres (23,058 feet) above sea level in an ongoing campaign to deal with the peak’s waste problem.

                   Awards and Recognition

7.Two schemes, Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi, of the West Bengal government for skill development and distribution of bicycles to students have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations.

8.Viswanathan Anand secured 5th place in the Shamkir Chess 2019 tournament, Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

  • He drew with Veselin Topalov in the ninth round to finish fourth with 4.5 points, the same as Alexander Grischuk and Teimour Radjabov.

9.Alice G. Vaidyan, Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) of India, India’s reinsurance major awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK.

         Appointment and Resignation

10.Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat has accepted the resignation of Anil Sharma as Power Minister

11.Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a global body to promote professionalism and standards in the real estate sector, has appointed Tata Housing MD & CEO Sanjay Dutt as chairman of its South Asia board.    


                        Important days

12.World Allergy Week is an annual global initiative of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) and is being observed worldwide between 7th to 13th of April, 2019.

  • The theme for this year is “The Global Problem of Food Allergy“.
  • The prime objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of the effect of allergic diseases and related disorders in our communities and provide support for the proper training, diagnosis, management, and prevention of the diseases.
  • In 2019, World Allergy Week Webinar was held for 2 hours in English on 12th April.


13.Former Congress MP and freedom fighter Paripooranand Painuli passed away at his residence in the Vasant Vihar

14.D. Babu Paul, former Additional Chief Secretary, passed away.

  • His peers remember him as an archetype of a committed bureaucrat. He was known more as a raconteur, author, columnist and opinion leader


15.Meena Kumari Maisnam continued her fine run to win gold medal in the 54 kg at the Boxing World Cup in Cologne

16.Uzbekistan won two super tie­breaks to beat India 2­0 in the match for the ninth place in the Asia Oceania Junior Davis Cup u­16 tennis tournament

17.The former Indian cricketer Murali Kartik is named as the brand ambassador of Fantasy 11, a fantasy sports platform.


  • Fantasy Gaming Space is rapidly growing and is expected to reach 100 million users by 2020. Karthik was the ‘Official Fan Management Partner’ for the recently conducted Premier Badminton league

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website

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