19-24 January 2019 Current Affairs

15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas | International Gandhi Peace Prize | RIL | John Bogle |

Posted on Jan 24, 2019 07:29 IST in Current Affairs.

User Image
3508 Followers
710 Views

1) 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention was formally inaugurated on 22 January 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This annual event associated with the Indian diaspora was held in which city? – Varanasi

Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi on 22 January 2019. For the first time, the three-day-long convention was organised from 21 January to 23 January instead of 9 January to allow participants to visit the Kumbh mela in Prayagraj and attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

- The theme of this year's convention was “The Role of Indian Diaspora in building new India”. The Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth was the chief guest of the event while Himanshu Gulati, member of Parliament of Norway, was the special guest.

...................................................................

2) Which 5 institutions/personalities were awarded the prestigious International Gandhi Peace Prize for years 2015 to 2018? – Vivekananda Kendra (2015), Akshaya Patra and Sulabh International (for 2016), Ekal Abhiyan Trust (2017) and Yohei Sarakawa (2018)

Explanation: On 18 January 2019 a jury headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the winners of International Gandhi Peace Prize for years 2015 to 2018. The last edition of this prize was announced for year 2014. The prize for 2015 has been awarded to Kaniyakumari-based Vivekananda Kendra, a Hindu spiritual organisation based on the principles preached by Swami Vivekananda. On the other hand the prize for 2016 has been shared by Akshaya Patra and Sulabh International. Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organisation in India that runs school lunch programme across India while Sulabh International is a social service organization that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education.

- The International Gandhi Peace Prize for 2017 has been conferred on Ekal Abhiyan Trust, trust that is engaged in providing education for rural and tribal children in remote areas pan India, rural empowerment, gender and social equality. The prize for 2018 has been awarded to Yohei Sarakawa of Japan, for his contribution in Leprosy Eradication in India and across the world.

- The other members of selection jury of prize includes Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the Chief Justice of India; Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of Lok Sabha; Mallikarjuna Kharge, Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha and L.K. Advani, Member of Parliament.

...................................................................

3) Which entity during January 2019 became the first-ever private company in India with a quarterly profit of over Rs 10,000 crore? - Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL)

Explanation: Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on 17 January 2019 posted an 8.8% rise in third-quarter profit at Rs. 10,251 crore, thus becoming the first Indian private company to post Rs. 10,000 crore profit in a quarter.

- RIL’s consolidated revenues spiked 55.9% to Rs 1,71,336 crore in Q3 FY19 vs Rs 1,09,905 crore in Q3 FY18. Reliance Jio Infocomm net profit for the reporting quarter stood at Rs 831 crore, up 65% from a profit Rs 504 crore in same quarter last year.

...................................................................

4) American investor and businessman John Bogle, who passed away on 16 January 2019, was the founder of which noted investor advisor firm? – The Vanguard Group

Explanation: John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard Group who popularised low-cost index funds, died of oesophageal cancer on 16 January 2019 at the age of 89.

- Vanguard, founded in 1974, is now the world's biggest mutual fund firm with around $5 trillion in assets under management.

...................................................................

| Current Affairs | Current Affairs 2019 | IAS | SBI | IBPS | Banking | Bank PO | Banking Awareness | Daily Current Affairs | Best Current Affairs | January 2019 | Current Affairs| Current Affairs 2018 | IAS | SBI | IBPS | Banking | Bank PO | Banking Awareness | Daily Current Affairs | Best Current Affairs | 2019 Current Affairs | January 2019 | 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas | International Gandhi Peace Prize | RIL | John Bogle |

Read more