Current Affairs This Week (05-05-2019)

  • Qatar to abolish Exit Visa system by 2019

Qatar is set to abolish its controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of the year, the UN’s International Labour Organisation said. Qatar has introduced a series of labour reforms since its selection as the 2022 World Cup host.

 

  • April 26 : World Intellectual Property Day

World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April. The event was established by the WIPO in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”.

 

  • World’s first Malaria Vaccine launched in Malawi, Africa

The world’s first malaria vaccine has been launched in Malawi after concerted efforts of over 30 years to protect children from the deadly disease that claims over 435,000 lives globally every year.The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the Government of Malawi’s landmark pilot programme.

 

  • Asian Wrestling championship: India finishes with 16 medals

India wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on a resounding note with 16 medals after Greco-Roman grapplers added a silver and a bronze on the concluding day in Xi’an. Harpreet Singh settled for a silver in 82kg while Gyanender won a bronze in 60kg on the final day.

 

  • Gagandeep Kang awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society, UK

Gagandeep Kang becomes first Indian woman scientist to be awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS), UK. Gagandeep Kang is a clinician-scientist. She is well known for her key role in the development of Rotavac. In 2016, she was conferred prestigious Infosys Prize.

 

  • IIT Madras team develops OCR system for 9 Indian languages

Srinivasa Chakravathy’s team at IIT Madras has, developed a unified script for 9 Indian languages, named the Bharati script. The team has now gone a step further since developing the script: it has developed a method for reading documents in Bharati script using a multi-lingual OCR.

 

  • April 29 : International Dance Day

International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. The event takes place every year on 29th April, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), the creator of modern ballet.

 

  • Goldman Environmental Prize 2019

Six grassroots environmental activists from around the world received prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2019. They were honored at award ceremony held at San Francisco Opera House in California, US where Al Gore former US Vice President and environmental activist presented keynote address.

 

  • Barcelona wins La Liga title 2019 in Spain

Barcelona FC has won Spanish La Liga title 2019 by defeating Levante FC by 1-0 goals. In the final match held at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. the lone winning goal for Barcelona was scored by club’s Argentine superstar and team captain Lionel Messi at 61st minute.

 

 

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