19 April 2018 Current Affairs
India, World’s 6th largest economy at $2.6 Trillion: IMF
India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the worth of the economy, clocked in at $2.6 trillion for 2017, according to the database of the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) for April 2018. India is now the world’s sixth largest economy, displacing France.
The Top 5 economies of the world are:
1. The United States,
4. Germany and,
5. The United Kingdom
India forms committee to reform higher defence planning
The Union Government formed a new integrated institutional mechanism, Defence Planning Committee (DPC) to reform the process of higher defence planning. The committee is expected to drive the country’s military and national security strategy, draft capability development plans and guide and accelerate defence equipment acquisitions.
Former US 1st Lady Barbara Bush passes away
Former US first lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92. As the first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she embraced the cause of universal literacy and founded a foundation for family literacy.
Steven Spielberg becomes 1st director to gross $10b at global BO
Three-time Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has created history by becoming the first director whose films have globally taken in over $10 billion. His latest film Ready Player One has helped the 71-year-old achieve this milestone. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker, Peter Jackson, and Transformers Michael Bay are the next two highest grossing directors.
Armenia’s Parliament voted to appoint former President Serge Sargisyan as PM
Armenia’s parliament has voted to appoint the country’s former President Serzh Sargsyan
as prime minister, despite pressure from tens of thousands of protesters who accuse him of
a power grab. Members of parliament voted 77-17 in favour of Sargsyan’s appointment, as demonstrators rallied in the capital, Yerevan, and several other cities for a fifth day against the move.
K-Pop Group BTS won TIME 100 Reader Poll
South Korean pop group BTS has won the online reader’s poll for TIME ‘Person of the Year 2018’. South Korean President Moon Jae-in finished second with 5% votes, followed by former US President Barack Obama with 3% votes.