Current Affairs for Defence Exams – 2 January 2019 – English

Current Affairs for Defence Exams

The General Awareness Section of Defence Exams covers numerous sections in it like History, Static GK, and Current Affairs. But the most important thing that you might have noticed is that Static Awareness questions asked in the General Awareness Section are based on Current Affairs only. The questions on Static Awareness are related to the countries, events or anything that has been in news for a while. Here is the Daily GK Update comprising of Current Affairs Important for upcoming Defence Exams to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!!

Current Affairs 2 January 2019 for Defence Exams

1. Virat Kohli equals Gangulys record with 11th away test win as captain

Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli equaled Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly’s record with 11th away test win as a captain after defeating Australia in the 3rd Test Match held in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy on Australian soil. India is leading the series with 2-1.

2. Smriti Mandhana wins ICC women’s cricketer of the year award

India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for best cricketer of the year and the ICC ODI player of the year award.

  • Mandhana has helped India win an ODI series against England and T20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka and South Africa this year.
  • She finished as the highest scorer in ODIs in 2018 with 669 runs in 12 matches at an average of 66.90.
  • New Zealand’s Sophie Devine was the runner-up for the ODI Player of the Year, while Pakistan bowler Sana Mir was third in the race.
  • India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur was named the captain of the ICC women’s T20I team of the year. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates was named the captain of the ICC women’s ODI team of the year.

3. Axis Bank MD & CEO Shikha Sharma retires; Amitabh Chaudhry takes charge

Amitabh Chaudhry, the former MD and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, was in September named the MD and CEO of Axis Bank for a period of three years.

  • In July 2017, the board of Axis Bank had approved the reappointment of Sharma, who was to start her fourth term as MD and CEO from June 2018.
  • However, in April this year, Sharma wanted her new term to be reduced to seven months from a three-year tenure without citing any reasons.

4. Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passes away at age of 81

Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s “Daag” and has featured in over 300 films.
He wrote dialogues for over 250 movies.

  • As a screenwriter, Khan frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.

5. Bangladesh ODI captain Mortaza becomes MP, wins election by 2,66,412 votes

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza has become a member of parliament after winning from the Narail 2 constituency in the country’s 11th general elections.

  • The 35-year-old, who contested on a ticket from Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League party, received 2,74,418 votes, while his nearest competitor got 8,006 votes.
  • With this, he became the first active cricketer to become a Member of Parliament and the second national cricket team captain, after Naimur Rahman Durjoy, to enter the Parliament.

6. IndiGo gets its first longer range A321neo plane

India’s largest airline IndiGo has become the first domestic airline to have longer range Airbus A321neo (new engine option) plane in its fleet with the first aircraft arriving from the European aviation major Airbus’ Hamburg facility in Germany.

  • This is part of its 150-aircraft order.
  • The new aircraft will help the Rahul Bhatia-led airline to fly to Europe, and add destinations in Asia.
  • IndiGo now has 204 planes in its fleet, including one A321neo, 65 A320neos, 126 A320ceos (current engine option), and 12 ATRs.
  • IndiGo at present operates over 1,300 daily flights to 52 domestic and 15 international destinations.


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