Friday, January 4, 2019

Daily Current Affairs International 28 December to 03 Jan.

Daily Current Affairs

Rajesh Subramaniam became FedEx President

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The Executive Vice President, chief marketing and communications officer of FedEx Corporation, Rajesh Subramaniam has been appointed as President of FedEx. The Indian American will assume his new role on January 1, 2019. He has succeeded David L Cunningham at the Tennessee-headquartered company. The appointee is an IIT-Bombay graduate from Thiruvananthapuram, who has worked with FedEx for more than 27 years. He started his career in Memphis and then moved to Hong Kong where he took care of marketing and customer service for the Asia Pacific region.

China tested Russian Missile S-400 Triumf

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In December 2018, China successfully tested Russia's most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defense system ‘S-400 Triumph’. This was the first time the People's Liberation Army (PLA) tested the system since it received the last shipments of the weaponry from Russia in July under a USD 3 billion agreement of 2015. The duo has been bolstering their military ties in the last ten years to give tough competition to the US in regional and global influence.

Andry Rajoelina has come in power again

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On December 27, 2018, Ex-President of Madagascar won the 2018 Presidential elections after defeating Marc Ravalomanana, who was also another former President of the country. Rajoelina garnered 56% of the votes while Ravalomanana received only 35% votes. And the former President Hery Rajaonarimampianina who also took part in this race got terminated in the very first round with only 9% votes. Rajoelina had been the President of the country from 2009 to 2014 and Ravalomanana from 2002 to 2009.

Palestine is looking for full UN membership

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On December 26, 2018, Foreign Affairs Minister of Palestine, Riyad al-Maliki announced that Palestine will apply for full state membership at the United Nations in January 2019. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to apply for upgradation of Palestine's status from an observer state to a full member state. Palestine has been a non-member observer state in UN since 2012. UNESCO was the first UN agency that voted in October 2011 to admit Palestine as a full member.  

UAE reopened its embassy in Syria

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After six years of suspension, the United Arab Emirates resumed its diplomatic services at its embassy in Damascus in Syria on December 27, 2018. The move is seen as one of the efforts by Gulf Arab states to improve relations with the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad as the civil war is witnessing ceasefire phase. Moreover, the Arab involvement will aid in the protection of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The UAE and Syria shared friendly relations until the political landscape across the Middle East changed with the beginning of Syrian uprising in 2011.

India defeated Australia in the third Melbourne test

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On 30th December 2018, India defeated Australia by 137 runs in the third cricket test at Melbourne to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series. India posted a stiff target of 399 runs and Australia was all out for 261. Jasprit Bumrah was adjudged as ‘Man of the match’. Ishant Sharma (2/40) took the final wicket of Nathan Lyon. This was India’s first win at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in 37 years as well as India’s 150th Test victory. The final test match is scheduled to start from January 3, 2019, at Sydney Cricket Ground. 

Mahum Siddiqi won Cornell University hackathon

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In December 2018, Indian-American teenager Mahum Siddiqi won “Digital Transformation Hackathon” at Cornell University, New York (USA) for developing a device which can detect the actual level of pain of a patient during a diagnosis. The innovation of this 17-year old Indian-American teenager of class 12 student at Vestal High School employs the neurological activity occurring in one’s brain to determine the patient’s pain level effectively and efficiently.

Sheikh Hasina is in power again

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In December 2018, Sheikh Hasina became Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the third consecutive term. She won the elections with a thumping majority and the victory consolidated her decade-long rule over the  South Asian country. Her Awami League-led grand alliance won 287 seats out of 298 seats in the 300-member Parliament as per the announcement of the commission. 71-year-old Sheikh Hasina became Prime Minister for the first time in the year 1996 and then continuously for 10 years or two terms since 2008.

Spacecraft New Horizons’ Historic Flyby

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The American space agency NASA‘s New Horizons spacecraft conducted the farthest flyby in history by approaching the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule on 1st January 2019. Being 6.5 billion km from Earth, this encounter was the most distant ever exploration of a Solar System body. Ultima is a band of frozen material that revolves around the Sun over 2 billion km (1.25bn miles) further out than the Neptune; and 1.5 billion km beyond even the dwarf planet Pluto, which this spacecraft visited in the year 2015.

U.S. & Israel left UNESCO

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0n 31st December 2018, The United States of America (USA) and Israel officially left the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the organization fostered anti-Israel bias. Established in 1945, UNESCO is meant to propagate peace across the globe. The United States are one of the founding members of UNESCO, demanded “Fundamental Reform” in the organization and stopped paying dues to UNESCO after disputed part of Israel, ‘Palestine’ was voted in as a member state of UNESCO in 2011.

Australia acknowledged the 60 Superstars of STEM

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In December 2018, the Australian government presented awards to 60 Superstars of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) initiative. Among them were three Indian-origin women scientists Onisha Patel, Devika Kamath, and Asha Rao, who emerged as influencers in the science field for women and girls. 32-year-old, Devika Kamath is an astrophysicist, Onisha Patel is working in research for generating a cure for various cancers and Asha Rao is a cyber mathematics expert and specializes in detection of money laundering.

World Memory Championships recognized Indian brain

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In December 2018, 12-year-old Indian-origin Singapore student, Dhruv Manoj, won two gold medals at World Memory Championships in Hong Kong. He won in the “names and faces” and “random words” disciplines, among 56 other contestants in the “kids category.”Dhruv, who has just finished primary school, memorized over seven decks of shuffled cards in an hour; 1,155 binary numbers in half that time; and 87 names and faces in 15 minutes. He has mastered the Roman memory technique of creating “memory palaces”, which advocates association of the ideas or objects to be memorized with scenes imagined at familiar locations.

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