MAY 19

1.      Admiral Karambir Singh takes charge as the new Navy Chief: Admral Karambir Singh replaces Admiral Sunil Lanba and took charge on 31st May, 2019. About Admiral Karambir Singh: •    Admiral Karambir Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. 
•    Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1981 and has flown extensively on the Chetak (Alouette) and Kamov helicopters. 

2. India Ranks 43rd in IMD World Competitiveness Rankings-2019: India has ranked 43rd most competitive economy in the world in IMD World Competitiveness Rankings-2019. India has moved up one place than previous ranking. Singapore secured top position from the third position last year, however US has slipped to the third place in the 2019 edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings.

3. Elections: The Narendra Modi-led N DA has taken India by storm by winning 351 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha General Elections. The BJP has breached through even those states, where the regional parties had a stronghold such as Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, along with the whole of northeast. This election has shown that Indian Voters have matured and casted their vote disregarding the cast, creed or religion  

 4. India will grow at 7.1% in 2020. According to a United Nations’ report,  India’s economy is projected to grow at 7.1 % in fiscal year 2020, which will be backed by strong domestic consumption and investment.    

5. BrahMos Cruise Missile was successfully test-fired by IAF from Su-30 MKI aircraft for testing the missile’s full-range.  It is a 2.5 tonne air-to-surface cruise missile with range of around 300 km. It travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, (nearly three times the speed of sound). It is a joint venture of India and Russia.

April 19

 1. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will receive the first four of 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters in August. Already 4 Chinook (CH47) heavy lift helicopters have been received and inducted by IAF manufactured by US.   

2. Russia on April 12, 2019 awarded its highest state honour to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, the highest order of the Russian Federation, for promoting partnership and friendly relations between the two countries. 

3. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) honoured PM Narendra Modi with its highest decoration, Zayed Medal in recognition of his "pivotal role" in strengthening ties between the two nations.  

4. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and EU “Global Report on Food Crises 2019”, shows that more than 100 million people worldwide are facing acute hunger and number is rising. Report finds that around 113 million people. Nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger are in just 8 countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.     

March 19

 1. Indian Air Force (IAF) has formally inducted 4 Chinook heavy-lift utility helicopters made in the US. The other 11 will join by Mar 2020. It will give the IAF quantum leap in terms of ability to transport men & material to difficult locations.  

 2. Under project ‘Mission-Shakti’, India successfully test fired an anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile by shooting down a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit. India has joined the elite 3other countries U.S., Russia and China to have the A-SAT technology.    

 3. Pakistan Govt has approved a proposal to establish a corridor which would allow Hindu pilgrims from India to visit Sharda Peeth in the region of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

February 19

1. 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF), armed with Israeli Precision Guided Munitions (PGM), hit the largest training camp of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot inside Pakistan. Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale confirmed that a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and fidayeen were eliminated in the operation. 

2. India is all set to produce 7.5 lakh Kalashnikov rifles in a joint venture with Russia. The AK-203, a derivative of the AK-47 will be manufactured by the Ordinance Factory Board in a joint venture with a Russian firm. The new rifles will be used by the troops deployed at the borders & will replace the INSAS rifles which were inducted in 1978.

January 19

1. India’s indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) has successfully carried out air-to-air missile firing. The LCH developed by HAL has completed weapon integration tests and is ready for operational induction.
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