Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 19 2019

Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 19 2019

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1. Kapil Sharma named among world’s most viewed comedians

Kapil Sharma has been recognised as one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in India and abroad and for promoting animal rights by World Book of Records London. Sharing the news, the official Twitter handle of Sony TV wrote, “It’s a proud moment for all of us. We congratulate the King Of Comedy.”

2. Lyon beat Barca 4-1 to win 4th consecutive Women’s CL title

French side Lyon beat Barcelona 4-1 to lift their fourth consecutive Women’s Champions League title on Saturday. Ada Hegerberg, the first female Ballon d’Or winner, scored three times in the first half. Lyon have now won their sixth Women’s Champions League title since 2011. “Everyone was ready on the pitch and you could feel that from minute one,” Hegerberg said.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo wins Serie A Player of the Year award

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was given the ‘Serie A Player of the Year’ award on Saturday. With this win, Ronaldo has now won the domestic player of the year award in England, Spain, and Italy. The 34-year-old joined Juventus in 2018, leaving Real Madrid as the club’s all-time goalscorer, and after having won three consecutive Champions League titles.

4. 20-yr-old youth solves 9 Rubik’s cubes underwater, sets world record

Chinmay Prabhu, a 20-year-old Mumbai youth, has entered the Guinness World Records for solving nine Pyraminx (Rubik’s cubes) underwater in 1 minute and 48 seconds. “I started my journey five years ago and learned different methods to solve a cube online,” said Prabhu, a BSc (IT) student. “I practised four hours daily…sat underwater and held my breath,” he added.

5. Bulletin: Joint meetings of Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions held in Geneva.

The joint meetings of three conventions on chemicals and waste namely Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Theme of 2019 meetings was- “Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”.

The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to Basel Convention (COP 14) was held along with the 9th meeting of the COP to Rotterdam Convention and the 9th meeting of the COP to Stockholm Convention in Geneva, Switzerland, from 29 April to 10 May 2019.

6. Man City become first team to complete English domestic treble

Manchester City defeated Watford 6-0 on Saturday to win their sixth FA Cup title. With this, Manchester City, who also won League Cup and Premier League this season, became the first men’s team to complete the English domestic treble. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick, while David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus netted one goal each in the final.

7. IBM Garage To Co-Create AI-based Automation Solutions With HDFC ERGO

IBM Garage To Co-Create AI-based Automation Solutions With HDFC ERGO. IBM India tied-up with HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company, India’s third-largest non-life insurance provider in the private sector, to co-create new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based solutions.

Leveraging IBM Garage that uses data-driven insights to develop end-to-end strategies and solutions for business transformation, teams from HDFC ERGO and IBM Services will work together to develop and test new solutions.

8. Jeffrey Rosen is appointed as the USs deputy attorney general

Jeffrey Rosen is appointed as the US’s deputy attorney general. Jeffrey Rosen was confirmed as the United States’ latest deputy attorney general by the US Senate. He replaces Rod Rosenstein.

Mr.Rosenstein oversaw Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations into Russian collusion in the 2016 Presidential elections, before stepping down from his post in April.

Did you know?

  • Rosen served as general counsel for the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Transportation Department between 2003 and 2009, under President George W. Bush.
  • He had also worked at Kirkland & Ellis for almost three decades, including for clients like General Motors and Hyundai.

9. Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke died aged 89

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke died aged 89. Australia’s 23rd prime minister and Labor elder statesman Bob Hawke has died.

He served as prime minister between 1983 and 1991, making him the longest serving on the Labor side of politics.
He was the country’s third longest-serving leader after Robert Menzies and John Howard.

10. Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer with 100 million social media followers

Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer with 100 million social media followers. Virat Kohli is the first cricketer in the world ever to break into the 100 million category for followers on social media.

Virat Kohli has Facebook (37.1 million), Twitter (29.4 million) and Instagram (33.5 million) to his name.
Football giant from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo is the most popular sportsperson on the social media with 77 million followers on Twitter, 122 million followers on Facebook and 166 million followers on Instagram.

  1. Brazil star striker Neymar Jr is the second most popular sportsperson on micro-blogging site Twitter with 43 million followers.
  2. Argentina legend Lionel Messi – who plays for Barcelona in Spanish La Liga – follows Ronaldo on Facebook with 89 million followers.
  3. Sachin Tendulkar has 14.7 million followers on Twitter while MS Dhoni is third on the list with 13 million followers.
  4. Kohli is the third Indian after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Priyanka Chopra to have over 100 million followers on social media.

11. Asian Football Confederation to have first-ever female referee team to take charge of mens AFC cup

Asian Football Confederation(AFC) to have first-ever female referee team to take charge of mens AFC cup. Asian Football Confederation(AFC) announced its first-ever female referee team to officiate Men’s Continental Club Cup match.The team consists of 3 Japanese referees namely, Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi. 

The match between Myanmar’s Yangon United and Cambodia’s Naga World at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. Prior officiating this match, they served as assistant referees in AFC Cup matches along with Australians Sarah Ho and Alysson Flynn becoming the first in 2014.

Did you know?

  • AFC was founded in the year 2004.
  • 2018 Champion of AFC cup is Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya.

12. Rohingya refugees gets identity cards as their first ever proof of documentation

Rohingya refugees gets identity cards as their first ever proof of documentation. Over 2.7 lakh Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been registered by the United Nations, several getting identity cards as their first-ever proof of documentation.

The Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar have not been able to acquire formal citizenship, leaving them stateless and deprived of basic rights. The cards are aimed at improving the accuracy of data on refugees in Bangladesh.

Did you know?

  • Rohingya community is a stateless Indo-Aryan ethnic group who reside in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
  • The Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group has lived for centuries in Myanmar. The majority are Muslim while a minority are Hindu.
  • According to the Myanmar government, they are illegal immigrants migrated to Rakhine following Burmese independence and the Bangladesh liberation war. UN report says they are one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.

13. Johanna Konta loses Italian Open final to Karolina Pliskova in straight sets

Johanna Konta’s hopes of winning the Italian Open were dashed as Karolina Pliskova powered her way to victory in Rome.

The No 4 seed claimed her second title of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 win over the British No 1. Pliskova broke in the second game and although the unseeded Konta made life difficult and managed a breakpoint late-on, the Czech made just five unforced errors to take it 6-3.

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