9th March 2019 Current Affairs
Kylie Jenner becomes world's youngest self-made billionaire


Kylie Jenner was named as the youngest ever self-made billionaire by Forbes magazine.

Jenner, 21-year-old became world's youngest self-made billionaire with her own company Kylie Cosmetics which introduced the popular Kylie Lip Kit.

She reached the milestone earlier than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who became a billionaire aged 23.


ICICI Bank acquired 9.9% stake in Kisan Finance for Rs 17.82 crore


ICICI Bank has bought a 9.9% stake in non-banking finance company Kisan Rural Finance for cash consideration of Rs 17.82 crore.

The deal will involve the acquisition of roughly 1.49 crore equity shares with a face value of Rs 10 per share at a premium of Rs 2 per share.

Incorporated in December 2017, Kisan Rural Finance Ltd had registered a net loss of Rs 48 lakh in 2017-18 at a revenue of Rs 4 lakh.

Important Points


Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India

Headquarters - Mumbai

MD & CEO - Sandeep Bakhshi


Mumbai becomes world's 16th most costly prime residential market: Knight Frank Report


Mumbai, the financial capital of India, has become the 16th most expensive prime residential market according to a Knight Frank Report.

The capital of Maharashtra is the only Indian city to feature in the global top 20 list of expensive prime residential markets recorded in the Wealth Report 2019.

In terms of growth in prices of prime residential properties globally, Mumbai ranked 67th with just 0.3% rise in prices in 2018.

Delhi (55th) and Bengaluru (56th) did better than Mumbai with 1.4% and 1.1% price appreciation, respectively.

The Philippines' capital Manila topped the global list with the highest price appreciation of 11.1% last year, followed by Edinburgh (Scotland) in 2nd position with 10.6% rise.

The German cities of Berlin and Munich took the 3rd and 4th positions, respectively, followed by the Argentine capital Buenos Aires in 5th rank.

Singapore was the only Asian city after Manila to feature in the top-10 list, with a price appreciation of 9.1%.

Important Points


Capital - Mumbai

Chief Minister - Devendra Fadnavis

Governor - C. Vidyasagar Rao

National Park

  • Chandoli National Park
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park
  • Navegaon National Park
  • Tadoba National Park
  • Gugamal National Park


UNDP appoints Padma Lakshmi as Goodwill Ambassador


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) appointed Padma Lakshmi as its Goodwill Ambassador, supporting the agency's fight against inequality and discrimination around the world.

Her appointment announced on the eve of International Women's Day.

She has been a judge and host, as well as executive producer, of Bravo Television's Emmy award-winning series Top Chef.

She is also a New York Times bestselling author, the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an ambassador for American Civil Liberties Union advocating immigrants' rights.

About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Headquarters - New York, US

Administrator - Achim Steiner


Ausaf Sayeed appointed new Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia


Dr. Ausaf Sayeed has been appointed as the next ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Sayeed is presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Seychelles.

He is an Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1989 batch.

He will succeed Ahmad Javed, who had been serving as envoy to Saudi Arabia since December 2015.

About Saudi Arabia

Capital - Riyadh

Currency - Saudi Riyal

King - Salman of Saudi Arabia


Hardeep S Puri launches e-Dharti App


Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep S Puri has launched e-Dharti app where all the three modules- Conversion, Substitution and Mutation related to properties have been made online.

The payment system in Land and Development Office, L&DO has also been completely digitized.

The public can now submit their application online by visiting the L&DO website and are not required to visit this office for submission of them and for follow up their applications.

Mr. Puri also launched e-Dharti GeoPortal, through which the lessee of the property will be able to see the basic details of property along with a map showing its location.


16-year-old P. Iniyan became 61st Chess Grandmaster of India


16-year-old P. Iniyan, from Erode, Tamil Nadu, has become the 61st Chess Grandmaster of India after crossing 2,500 points during the Noisiel Open 2019, held in Paris.

P. Iniyan defeated Ukraine's 37-year-old Grandmaster Sergey Fedorchuk.

He also won the silver medal in this tournament by increasing 18 points and has a rating of 2,513.

India's first Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand congratulated him on his achievement via Twitter.


Soumya Swaminathan appointed as Chief Scientist at WHO


Soumya Swaminathan Who is currently a Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been appointed as the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

She will head a new division created to strengthen the body's work and ensure that quality standards are met. she will work out of Geneva in Switzerland.

About World Health Organisation (WHO)

Headquarters - Geneva, Switzerland

Founded - 7 April 1948

Head - Tedros Adhanom


Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport bags 'Best Airport Award'


Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport has bagged Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award for Best Airport by size and region (2-5 million passengers in Asia-Pacific) for 2018.

The airport has been chosen in 2-5 million categories by Montreal based Airport Council International.

Besides Bhubaneswar Airport, Chandigarh Airport, Indore's Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indonesia's SM Badaruddin II Airport and SS Kasim II Airport and Yichang Sanxia Airport in China were also chosen for the award.

The award is given in recognition of providing the best customer experience.

About Odisha

Capital - Bhubaneswar

Chief Minister - Naveen Patnaik

Governor - Ganeshi Lal

National Park

  • Similipal National Park
  • Bhitarkanika National Park


United Bank Signs Bancassurance Deal With HDFC Life


United Bank of India has signed a bancassurance deal with private life insurance HDFC Life Insurance Company.

United Bank of India aims to provide the facilities of life insurance products to its customers through HDFC Life.

United Bank has a strong presence in rural and semi-urban areas, with over 2,000 branches and offices, while HDFC Life is India's largest non-bank-promoted private life insurer.

This is the third PSU bank tie-up this year for HDFC Life.

United Bank of India

Headquarters - Kolkata, West Bengal

MD & CEO - A.K. Pradhan


Head Office - Mumbai, Maharastra

MD & CEO - Vibha Padalkar


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