Current Affairs of 19 October 2018 are as follows:-
1. Indo-Japan Joint Exercise 'Dharma Guardian' To Be Held in Mizoram:-
- To promote Military cooperation, India and Japan are all set to hold the first-ever joint military exercise 'DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018' involving the Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force in Mizoram, India.
- The Indian contingent will be represented by 6/1 GORKHA RIFLES while the Japanese contingent will be represented by 32 Infantry Regiment of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force.
2. India's Highest Tricolour Unfurled At Haj House in Mumbai:-
- Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi unfurled India’s highest tricolour on the terrace of the majestic Haj House in Mumbai. The national flag measured 20x30 feet and stood 350 feet above the ground level.
- The flag atop a 20-metre high mast on top of the iconic building is near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai. The tricolour is made of non-fading polyester and manufactured by The Flag Company.
3.Stephen Hawking’s Final Book “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” Launched:-
- Stephen Hawking’s final work “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” was launched.
- It tackles various issues including the existence of God, potential time travel and human intelligence during the next 100 years.
4.Canelo Alvarez Signs Richest Contract in Sports History, Worth $365 million:-
- Professional Boxer Canelo Alvarez has signed the largest contract in the history of sports, agreeing a five-year, 11-fight deal worth at least $365 million with streaming service DAZN.
- Under the deal, Alvarez will participate in 11 fights, starting December 15, 2018. The previous richest contract was the 13-year, $325-million deal signed by New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton in 2014.
5. Arshdeep Singh Wins Top Wildlife Photo Award in Junior Category:-
- Arshdeep Singh, a 10-year-old boy from Punjab, has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 10 Years and Under category given by UK's Natural History Museum.
- He won the award for the picture titled 'Pipe Owls', which showed two spotted owlets sitting inside an old waste-pipe in Punjab's Kapurthala. Arshdeep has been taking photographs since he was six.
6. Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2018 Bagged By Marsel van Oosten:-
- The powerful image of a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys seated in contemplation amid iridescent foliage has been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.
- The image, called "The Golden Couple," was captured by Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten in the Qinling Mountains of southwestern China – the endangered monkeys’ only habitat.
7. The study says climate change threatens World Heritage sites:-
- A study published in the journal Nature presented a risk index that ranks the sites according to the threat they face from today until the end of the century. It stated that the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean such as Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Medieval City of Rhodes are under severe threat of coastal erosion and flooding due to rising sea levels within the next 100 years. It also included Venice and its Lagoon, Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia.
- Heritage sites face many challenges to adapt to the effects of sea-level rise as it changes the value and spirit of place for each site.
8. Akash Malik won silver in archery at the Youth Olympic Games:-
- Akash Malik, the 15-year-old son of a farmer, won the silver medal in archery at the Youth Olympic Games at the marquee event Buenos Aires. He became India’s first silver-medallist in providing a fitting finale to the country’s best-ever campaign.
- Malik lost a one-sided final to Trenton Cowles of the USA 0-6 as India concluded with three gold, nine silver, and one bronze at the event. He was seeded fifth after qualification and he hails from Haryana.