9th April 2019 Current Affairs
Phayeng village of Manipur becomes India's 1st Carbon-Positive Settlement


Phayeng Village, a scheduled caste village of the Chakpa community in Imphal West district of Manipur has come India's first carbon-positive settlement.

National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) is a central sector scheme launched in 2015-16 to support concrete adaptation activities which mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

The village is surrounded by three densely forest hillocks with fruit trees at centre and a stream flowing through it. The villagers have set some rules for the protection of the forest and wildlife. According to the rules, hunting is completely prohibited in the village except for once a year when a deer is usually killed as a sacrifice to the "forest gods".

About Manipur

Capital - Imphal

Chief Minister - Biren Singh

Governor - Najma Heptulla

National Park

  • Keibul Lamjao National Park
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park


Isaak Hayik, 73, crowned world's oldest soccer player


Israeli Isaak Hayik has set a new world record as the world's oldest active player to play in a professional soccer match.

73-year-old Hayik played a match for FC Ironi or Yehuda against FC Maccabi Ramat Gan. He has entered the Guinness World Records and was given his prize at a ceremony after the match.

Hayik was born in Iraq and immigrated to Israel with his parents.

About Israel

Capital - Jerusalem

Currency - Israeli new shekel

President - Reuven Rivlin

Prime Minister - Benjamin Netanyahu


Guwahati Railway Station became 1st to get ISO certification in India


The Guwahati Railway Station has become the first ever railway station in the Indian Railways to get an ISO certification from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

It has been given this certificate for providing passenger amenities in a clean and green environment.

ISO certification received by Guwahati Railway Station is ISO-14001, which is for Environment Management System as per international norms which were upgraded in 2015.

About Indian Railway

Headquarters - New Delhi

Union Minister of Railway - Piyush Goyal

Chairman of Railway Board - Vinod Kumar Yadav


India retains top spot in remittances at $79 billion in 2018: World Bank


India retained its position as the world's top recipient of remittances with its diaspora sending a whopping $79 billion back home in 2018, According to World Bank Report.

India was followed by China ($67 billion), Mexico ($36 billion), Philippines ($34 billion) and Egypt ($29 billion) at 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th spot respectively.

The Report was titled as 'World Bank's Migration and Development Brief'.

India's Remittances inflow has increased significantly from $62.7 billion in 2016 to $65.3 billion in 2017.

About World Bank

Headquarters - Washington, D.C., United States

Founded - 1944

President - David Malpass


Fitch keeps India's rating unchanged at BBB


Fitch Ratings kept India's sovereign rating unchanged at 'BBB-', the lowest investment grade of BBB-with a stable outlook.

Fitch expects Indi's growth rate of 6.8% in the current fiscal year 2019-20 and 7.1% in the next fiscal year 2020-21.

About Fitch

Headquarters - New York

Founded - 1814

President - Ian Linnell

CEO - Paul Taylor


India-Singapore joint military exercise 'Bold Kurukshetra-2019'


Military forces of India and Singapore kicked off a joint military exercise, "Bold Kurukshetra-2019", in Babina Cantonment in Jhansi.

The three-day exercise is aimed at bolstering cooperation against terrorism, developing defence technology and improving maritime security.

As per the understanding, personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces will receive training and undertake firing exercise along with the India Armed Forces.


Indian Navy signs MoU with CSIR


The Indian Navy signed MoU with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to undertake joint research and development of advanced technology for Indian Navy.

This will be a collaborative arrangement between labs of CSIR, the Indian Navy and Indian industry.

The MoU was signed by Vice Admiral GS Pabby PVSM, AVSM, VSM chief of Materiel of Indian Navy and Shri Shankar C Mande, Secretary DSIR and Director General, CSIR.

About Indian Navy

Chief of Naval Staff - Admiral Sunil Lamba (23rd present chief)

Next Chief of Naval Staff - Vice Admiral Karabir Singh (24th chief from 31st May 2019)


AIFF President, Praful Patel elected as a member of FIFA Executive Council


Praful Patel, President of All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been elected as the FIFA Executive Council member.

Praful Patel has become the first Indian ever to enter the elite panel of the game's global governing body.

Patel was one of the 8 candidates vying for the spot in the election, which was held during the 29th AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Congress in the Malaysian Capital.

A total of five candidates, including Patel, was elected in addition to the AFC president, and one female member for the term 2019-2023

About AIFF

Headquarters - Dwarka, New Delhi

Founded - 23 June 1937

President - Praful Patel

About FIFA

Headquarters - Zurich, Switzerland

Founded - 21 May 1904

President - Gianni Infantino


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