Current Affairs Pocket : 15th – 19th June 2019

Zuzana Caputova sworn as Slovakia’s first female President
* The swearing-in ceremony took place at Constitutional Court chair Ivan Fiacan parliamentary session held in Bratislava, Xinhua.
* After her sworn in the ceremony she insisted to maintain and strengthen this space of the pillars of Slovakia.
* She is the fifth president in the modern Slovak.
* She defeated Smer-SD candidate Maros Sefcovic.

Om Birla has been elected as the 17th Lok Sabha Speaker
* Om Birla has been unanimously elected as the 17th Lok Sabha Speaker with the opposition Congress coming out in support of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s candidate. Birla will replace Sumitra Mahajan.

RBI gets a new executive director
* Dr. Rabi N. Mishra has been elevated from principal chief general manager to Executive Director in the Reserve Bank of India. Mishra’s portfolio now includes non-banking and Co-op bank supervision as well as the College of Supervisors. Current strength of Executive directors in RBI is 12.

Fitch cuts India growth forecast to 6.6% for 2019-20 fiscal
* In its latest Global Economic Outlook, the global rating agency Fitch lowers India’s growth forecast from 6.8% to 6.6% for the current fiscal, as manufacturing and agriculture sectors showed signs of slowing down over the past year.
* Fitch also retained its GDP growth forecast for the next fiscal (2020-21) at 7.1% and 7.0% for 2021-22.

Gary Woodland won the 119th US Open
* Gary Woodland won the 119th US Open, capturing his first Major title after defeating two-time defending champion Brook Koepka.

Facebook launches cryptocurrency “Libra”
* Facebook has announced a digital currency called Libra that will allow its billions of users to make financial transactions across the globe.
* Libra is being touted as a means to connect people who do not have access to traditional banking platforms. Technology to make transactions with Libra will be available as a standalone app – as well as on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger platforms – as early as 2020.

Joshna Chinappa wins record 17th National Title in Squash
* Joshna Chinappa made a record for the most number of national titles after beating her Tamil Nadu state-mate Sunayna Kuruvilla.
* Joshna broke an age-old landmark set by Bhuvneshwari Kumari who held the record for 27 Years winning consecutive titles from 1976 to 1991.

FIH Series Finals: India beat South Africa 5-1 in title clash
* In the FIH Men’s Series Finals, India defeated South Africa by 5 goals to one in a summit clash at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The goals were scored in the 2nd, 11th, 25th, 36th and 50th minutes.

Social activist Makarand Tilloo won ‘Save Water Hero Award’.
* This award presented to him in order to encourage his efforts to raise awareness about water conservation in the city. The ceremony was held in Pune, Maharashtra.
* He is a Laughter Yoga trainer and motivational speaker and its campaign to save water by replacing leaking taps with new ones.
* He was honored by the HridayMitra Foundation with the presence of writer and philanthropist Ramchandra Dekhane and foundation president Shrikant Mundada. He is the founder of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) named Jalrakshak Prabodhini.

Suman Rao from Rajasthan Crowned Miss India 2019
* Suman Rao from Rajasthan won Femina Miss India World 2019 Title. The ceremony held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.
* Shivani Jadhav, Chhattisgarh won Femina Miss Grand India 2019 title.
* Shreya Shanker, Bihar won Miss India United Continents 2019 title.
Telangana’s Sanjana Vij won as Miss India Runner Up 2019.

Akshaya Patra was awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award
* The Bengaluru-based NGO Akshaya Patra has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award for the programme. The award is presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol, London. The award recognises a project or person who is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better.
* Akshaya Patra was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by the World Service audience around the world. Other projects on the shortlist included UK charity WRAP, and Food 4 Education.

Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship
* Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship at the Yarraville Club in Melbourne, Australia. Peter Gilchrist defeated Kolkata cueist Kothari who had been on a roll winning the International Reventon Classic Snooker championship, a triple crown event of Australia and thereafter went on to display some outstanding billiards en-route the final.

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