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Latest Current Affairs 19th September 2019

Major embarrassment for Pakistan at UNHRC over Kashmir: Major embarrassment for Pakistan at UNHRC over Kashmir; despite claiming support of 50 countries Pakistan fails to muster any support to push a resolution on Kashmir.

PM Modi to be on US visit between September 21 to 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on US visit beteween September 21 to 27; will address UNGA on Semptember 27th; will also take part in the Howdy Modi event at Huston along with US President Donald Trump.

55th ITEC Day celebrated in Dhaka: The 55th Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day was celebrated on Thursday at the High Commission of India, Dhaka. Around 300 ITEC alumni from all walks of life, attended the programme.

PM Modi: Decision on Article 370 to benefit people of J&K: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, Devendra Fadanvis government has given a new direction to Maharashtra in last five years; Addressing Mahajanadesh Yatra rally in Nashik, PM says, instability of previous governments resulted in lack of pace of development of the state; Giving a slogan to build a ‘Naya Kashmir’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, decision taken to abrogate Article 370 is for the unity of India.

WB CM Mamata Banerjee calls on Home Minister Amit Shah: Chief Minister of West Bengal today called on Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. While briefing the media about her meeting with Home Minister, Mamata said that she has handed over a letter to Home Minister regarding the recent publication of NRC in Assam.

CM Yogi Adityanath briefs media on completion of 2.5 years of UP Govt: In Uttar Pradesh, 30 month old Yogi government has completed half term in office on Thursday; On this occasion, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled a book of his government’s achievements.

INX Media scam: Delhi court extends Chidambaram’s judicial custody till Oct 3: A Delhi court extended till October 3 the judicial custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media corruption case.   Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar also allowed medical examination of Chidambaram.

Office-goers face difficulties due to transport strike in Delhi-NCR: Office-goers faced difficulties in reaching their workplaces this morning as several private buses, taxis, and autorickshaws remained off the roads. This is due to a strike called by the UFTA or United Front of Transport Associations, against the amended Motor Vehicles Act.

Nirav Modi remanded to custody in UK prison until October 17: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly 2 billion dollars Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case, was on Thursday further remanded to judicial custody until October 17.

EAM S. Jaishankar to embark on three-day visit to Finland: External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will embark on a three-day visit to Finland, the new president of the European Union Council, from today.

Delhi Police launches ‘Tatpar’ app for citizens: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has launched a Delhi Police app ‘Tatpar’ for the citizens of Delhi.

Office-goers face difficulties due to transport strike in Delhi-NCR: Office-goers faced difficulties in reaching their workplaces Thursday morning as several private buses, taxis and auto rickshaws remained off the roads.

Building submerged due to rise in water level in Prayagraj: In Uttar Pradesh, buildings in low-lying areas of Prayagraj partially submerged due to a rise in the water level of rivers Ganga and Yamuna due to rainfall.

India complying with Paris agreement: Prakash Javadekar: Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar said that India will discuss all issues related to climate change and smart city during the Shanghai climate summit of the United Nations.

UP: 30 month old Yogi Govt completes half term in office: In Uttar Pradesh, 30 month old Yogi Government has completed half term in office today.

No waterlogging, trains running on time in rain hit Mumbai: There is finally sigh of relief for Mumbaikers. There is no waterlogging.

West Bengal CM meets Union Home Minister Amit Shah: West Bengal Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi at his residence today.

Arvind Kejriwal supporting sedition case accused: Prakash Javadekar: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar slams Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not giving permission to prosecute accused in JNU sedition case.

Govt issues Ordinance to ban E-cigarettes: The Government today issued an ordinance to ban e-cigarettes making the production, import, export, transport, sale or advertisements of such alternative smoking devices a cognizable offence attracting jail term and fine.

U.S. Army band played Indian National Anthem during joint military exercise: American army band played the Indian National Anthem, during a joint exercise between the Indian and US Army in Washington on Wednesday.

FM Nirmala Sitharaman to hold review meeting with public sector banks today: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a review meeting with public sector banks today to discuss various issues, including follow up on transmission of monetary policy rates.

UN Chief asserts India-Pakistan dialogue for resolving Kashmir issue: UN Chief Antonio Guterres has asserted that dialogue between India and Pakistan is an absolute essential element for resolving the Kashmir issue.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flies in LCA Tejas: Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has become the first Defence Minister to fly in indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas from the HAL airport in Bengaluru.

Fire in Liberia school kills 27 children: A fire at an Islamic school in Liberia has killed at least 27 children, while two survivors are being treated at hospital.

Transport strike in Delhi-NCR today; many schools closed: Commuters may face hardships in the national capital today as transport bodies have given a one-day token strike call against various provisions of the amended Motor Vehicle Act, including steep hike in penalties for various traffic related offences.

Supreme Court gets four new judges: Four new judges were appointed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, taking its strength to 34, the highest-ever.

HM & BJP President Amit Shah kicks off poll campaign in Jharkhand: With BJP President Amit Shah launching the Johar Jan Ashirvaad Yatra from Jamtara in Jharkhand, BJP has kickstarted its poll campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

Red alert for heavy to very heavy rains in Mumbai & Thane: Several places in Mumbai and surrounding areas are experiencing heavy rains. Several areas have become water logged and night traffic snarls were witnessed.

India slams Pak for denying clearance for VVIP over flight: India slams Pakistan for denying overflight clearance for VVIP special flight for second time in two weeks.

Cabinet approves ordinance to ban e cigarettes; Rly employees to get bonus: The Union Cabinet has approved a 78 day bonus for Railway employees. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said 11.52 lakh employees will benefit from the decision, and that the Govt is rewarding productivity.

BJP sounds poll bugle in Maharashtra: BJP has sounded the poll bugle in Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing a public meeting in Nashik in Maharashtra on Thursday, which will conclude BJP’s Mahajanadesh Yatra.

Canadian Court orders review for denial of information about Sheikh Mujib murder convict: A Canadian federal court has ordered the government to review its decision not to share information about immigration status of Noor Chowdhury who is a one of 12 former army officers sentenced to death in 1998 for the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975. The judgement was upheld by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2009.

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US President Trump announces new sanctions on Iran: US President Donald Trump announces more sanctions on Iran after Saudi Arabia offers proof of Iran’s role in Oil facility attack; US secretary of state Pompeo meets Saudi Crown Prince; Calls attacks on Saudi Arabia ‘Act of War’ and seeks coalition to counter Iran.

Saudi Arabia reveals findings of investigation on oil facilities attacks: Saudi Defense Ministry has disclosed the findings of an investigation on the attacks at two oil facilities of the Saudi Oil Company, Aramco.

EU: UK be given Brexit deadline extension should it request one: The European Parliament formally called for Britain to be granted another extension to allow more time for London to agree the terms of its withdrawal should it request one.

US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to testify over Taliban Peace Plan: The US envoy who negotiated with the Taliban will testify behind closed doors to Congress today, 12 days after US President Donald Trump abruptly ended talks with the Afghan militants.

Isreali PM Netanyahu calls Gantz to join in unity govt.: Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called to meet with Blue and White leader Benny Gantz today to form a unity government in Israel.

Hurricane Humberto expected to persist across island of Bermuda: Category 3 hurricane Humberto is expected to persist across the island of Bermuda today.

‘We are losing the race against climate change’: UN chief: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants governments to make more ambitious pledges to cut emissions at the U.N. summit on September 23. UN chief has convened the summit to boost the Paris Agreement ahead of a crucial implementation phase next year.

Yemen’s Houthis threaten to attack United Arab Emirates targets: Yemen’s Houthi group has said that it had identified dozens of sites in the United Arab Emirates as possible targets, in an attempt to underscore its military clout following a weekend attack it claims to have carried out on Saudi oil facilities.

Israel’s election ends in political deadlock: Israel’s second election in fewer than six months has ended in political deadlock as No clear winner has emerged from these elections.

Suicide bomber & gunmen attack govt building in Afghanistan; 9 people injured: A suicide bomber and gunmen wounded at least nine people, including a child and a woman, in an attack on a government building in eastern Afghan on Wednesday.

EU lawmakers vote for extension; 544 votes in favor, 126 against: The European Parliament formally called for Britain to be granted another extension to allow more time for London to agree the terms of its withdrawal should it request one.

Saudi Arabia oil attacks: Weapons debris ‘proves Iran behind them’; Iran denies: Saudi Arabia has shown off what it says is wreckage of drones and cruise missiles that proves Iranian involvement in weekend attacks on two oil facilities. It said 18 drones and seven cruise missiles were fired from a direction that ruled out Yemen as a source.

GoM on Air India meets, discusses modalities for sale: A Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by Home Minister Amit Shah, on Thursday met to work out modalities for the sale of Air India which has a debt burden of over Rs 58,000 crore.

Sensex crashes 470 points; Nifty ends at 7-month low: Equity benchmarks resumed their downward march on Thursday as tepid tax collection numbers fanned fears of a prolonged slowdown, prompting investors to unwind risky bets.

Sensex down over 400 pts, Nifty slumps to 10,710 in afternoon trade: Indian markets extended losses as the session progressed, with banking, metal and IT stocks leading the decline.

RBI plans to structure loan rates of HFCs, NBFCs: Reserve Bank is exploring ways to structure the interest rate regime for housing finance companies and shadow bankers, for better transmission.

Sri Lankan cricket board gives go ahead to Pakistan tour: Sri Lankan cricket board has given a go ahead to forthcoming tour of cricket team to Pakistan following assurances given by the government of Pakistan that it will provide maximum security arrangements for the team during their entire stay in Pakistan.

Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar book 2020 Tokyo Olympics berth: Two more Indian wrestlers book 2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket; Bajrang Punia seals Olympics berth in 65 kilogram category while Ravi Kumar books Olympics quota in 57 kilogram category.

UEFA Champions League: Atletico held Juventus 2-2 in their opening match: Spanish Club Atletico Madrid held Juventus 2-2 in their opening UEFA champions league match.

UEFA Championships: PSG thrashes Real Madrid 3-0: Paris St. Germain beat Rial Madrid 3–0 in the match played on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.

World Wrestling C’ship:  Vinesh Phogat beat Greece’s Maria Prevolaraki 4-1: Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat won the bronze medal after she registered an emphatic 4-1 victory over Greece’s Maria Prevolaraki.

First Jammu International Film Festival to start from Sept 26, will screen 37 short films: Thirty seven short films and documentaries from 11 countries will be screened at the inaugural edition of Jammu International Film Festival, starting from September 26.

Classic Film memorabilia up for auction in London: Jurassic Park dinosaur skulls, a Star Wars stormtrooper helmet and Monty Python’s holy hand grenade are among movie memorabilia going under the hammer in London this month at an auction organizers expect to exceed over seven million US Dollars.

Five flight tests of ‘Astra’ missile successfully conducted: India successfully conducted five flight tests of the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) ‘Astra’ from Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter platform, off Odisha coast.

Panel analysing cause of communication loss with lander: ISRO: The Indian Space Research Organisation also said the orbiter of the India’s secondlunar mission continued to perform scheduled scienceexperiments to “complete satisfaction” and performance of all its payloads were “satisfactory”.

Mother or baby die in child birth every 11 seconds: UN: Global child and maternal deaths have fallen sharply in recent decades, but new UN statistics released on Thursday show unequal progress, with more than five childbirths a minute ending in tragedy.

‘We are losing the race against climate change’ : UN chief: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants governments to make more ambitious pledges to cut emissions at the U.N. summit on September 23. UN chief has convened the summit to boost the Paris Agreement ahead of a crucial implementation phase next year.

Delhi Police launches ‘Tatpar’ app for citizens: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has launched a Delhi Police app ‘Tatpar’ for the citizens of Delhi.

U.S. Army band played Indian National Anthem during joint military exercise: American army band played the Indian National Anthem, during a joint exercise between the Indian and US Army in Washington on Wednesday.

Updated: September 20, 2019 — 10:37 am
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