Current affairs updates for April 27-28th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

Daily current affairs updates is prepared by keeping the exam pattern and the previously asked questions in IBPS, SBI, RBI, SSC Exams. This will be useful to update your GK on daily basis.

1. NASA launches super balloon in NZ

Its designed to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy

 

A stadium-sized pressure balloon launched by NASA in New Zealand began collecting data in near space.
The balloon is designed to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy as they penetrate the earth’s atmosphere.
The balloon was launched from Wanaka, New Zealand’s South Island.

2. Indo-Armenian bilateral relations

Agreements are in the field of cultural co-operation, youth affairs and peaceful use of space.

 

India has signed three agreements with Armenia to further enhance the bilateral relations.
The agreements are in the field of cultural co-operation, youth affairs and peaceful use of space.
The Vice President will also visit Poland on the second leg of his two-nation visit.

3. PM launches UDAN Scheme

1st UDAN flight under Regional Connectivity Scheme on Shimla-Delhi sector.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme from Jubbarhatti, an airport on the outskirts of Shimla.
He flagged of the first UDAN flight under Regional Connectivity Scheme on Shimla-Delhi sector.
UDAN flights on Kadapa–Hyderabad, and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors were also flagged off.

4. IPR Awareness Campaign launched

National Intellectual Property Rights Policy was approved on May 12, 2016.

 

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) has begun an IPR Awareness campaign in schools across the country.
It has been launched in collaboration with the International Trademark Association.
The campaign was kicked off at Kendriya Vidyalaya, RK Puram Sector 2, New Delhi.
The National Intellectual Property Rights Policy was approved by the govt on May 12, 2016.

5. New Director General of CRPF appointed

Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar was appointed as the new Director General

 

Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar was appointed as the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force.
The action comes after 25 CXRPF officers were killed in Sukma.
Bhatnagar will be replacing acting DG Sudeep Lakhtakia.
Currently, Bhatnagar serves as DG of the Narcotics Control Bureau.

6. Nita Ambani made member of IOC

Nita Ambani would be one of the 16 members of the Olympic Channel Commission.

 

Nita Ambani, who became India’s first woman International Olympic Committee member last year, has now been made a member of two important commissions of the global sports governing body, including the prestigious Olympic channel and the Olympic education Commission.
Ambani would be one of the 16 members of the Olympic Channel Commission.
It is based in Madrid, Spain.

7. India to host 18th World Road Meeting

Safe Roads and Smart Mobility’

 

India is set to host the 18th World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) on November 13.
The theme of this year’s WRM is ‘Safe Roads and Smart Mobility: The Engines of Economic Growth’.
The WRM will provide an important platform for potential investors to partner and participate in the immense opportunities that are made available by the country.

8. India successfully test-fires Agni III missile

3000 kilometre Agni-III ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

 

India successfully test-fired 3000 kilometre Agni-III ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. The test was carried out by the strategic Forces command with logistics support from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO).

9. Tamilnadu signs agreement with BBNL to implement Bharatnet Programme

Rs. 50 lakh has been allocated as the state’s share captial.

 

The Tamil Nadu government signed an agreement with Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) for implementing the Centre’s rural internet connectivity programme , “Bharatnet”. A sum of Rs. 50 lakh has been allocated as the state’s share captial.

 

 

 

 

Banking Awareness and Financial affairs updates for April 27-28th, 2017 – for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

Daily financial/banking affairs updates is prepared by keeping the exam pattern and the previously asked questions in IBPS, SBI, RBI, SSC Exams. This will be useful to update your GK on daily basis.

1. SAP launches solution to help SMEs

‘GST in a box’

 

Enterprise application software maker SAP launched a solution for SMEs to help them become compliant with the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
SAP has launched ‘GST in a box’, an all-inclusive solution portfolio designed to help SMEs.
SAP has committed to provide businesses with the necessary consultation and technology to efficiently adopt the GST regime through various initiatives.

2. Golden Peacock Business Award 2017

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd has won

 

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd has won the Golden Peacock Business Excellence Award 2017.
Golden Peacock Business Excellence Award seeks to characterize validated best management practices, as a basis for accelerating the rate of organizational improvement.
The Golden Peacock Awards were established in 1991.

3. Labour Ministry has proposed a minimum monthly income

Rs 10000 minimum monthly wage

 

The Labour Ministry has proposed a minimum monthly income of Rs.10000 for contract workers.
The move will drastically increase the minimum wages of contract labourers from around Rs.6000 per month that is paid to them in a few sectors at present.
At present, employers give the fixed minimum wages to workers for 45 economic activities.

4. YES Bank wins award

‘Golden Peacock Innovative Product Award 2017’ for innovative mobile technology.

 

YES BANK has won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock Innovative Product/Service Award 2017’ for its innovative mobile technology product, SIMsePAY.
The Golden Peacock Awards, instituted by the Institute of Directors, India in 1991, are regarded as a benchmark of Corporate Excellence worldwide.
YES BANK is India’s fifth largest private sector Bank with a pan-India presence.

5. 10 heritage sites to be developed

The government announced 10 new iconic places

 

The government announced 10 new iconic places which would be developed as cleanliness role models under the “Swachh Bharat Mission”.
The decision to choose new places was taken at the second quarterly review meeting of the swachh iconic places, an initiative of the ministry of drinking water and sanitation under Swachh Bharat Mission.

6. e-SOT and e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana subscribers

view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana

 

With a view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers and to improve the quality of service, the facility of online viewing of the statement of the transactions (e-SOT) and also the e- Permanent Retirement Account Number (e-PRAN card) have been launched.

7. Reserve Bank of India to issue new 5 and 10 coins

new 5 coins to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Allahabad High Court.

 

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon put into circulation new 5 coins to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Allahabad High Court. New 10 coins have also been minted to commemorate the 125th year of National Archives of India.

8. Government sanctions 1 lakh houses worth 4,200 cr for urban poor

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY)

 

The Central Government has sanctioned construction of over one lakh more houses for the urban poor with an investment of Rs 4,200 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY).

9. Agriculture Ministry comes up with model APMC Act to integrate agri markets

Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act

 

The Agriculture Ministry has come up with a new model Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act proposing single-point levy of market fee across a State and a united single trading licence for cost-effectiveness of transactions.
It has also suggested abolition of fragmentation of market with the State/Union Territory by removing the concept of notified market area insofar as enforcement of regulation by the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Market Committee (APLMC) is concerned.

10. AIIMS Becomes India’s First Public Hospital For Eye Tumours

To start plaque brachytherapy facility

 

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is India’s first public hospital to start plaque brachytherapy facility for the treatment of eye tumours
The facility is a form of local radiation delivered to the eye through a radioactive device which is attached to the eye for a temporary period of time.
The facility at the Rajendra Prasad Centre for Opthalmic Sciences will treat children suffering from a type of cancer called Retinoblastoma and adults who suffer from melanoma.

 

 

 

Current affairs updates for April 26th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

Daily current affairs updates is prepared by keeping the exam pattern and the previously asked questions in IBPS, SBI, RBI, SSC Exams. This will be useful to update your GK on daily basis.

1. IIT Delhi, AMU websites hacked

Displays “Pakistan Zindabad”

 

Yesterday the websites of IIT Delhi, AMU and DU were hacked.
Pro-Kashmir messages were displayed by a hacker group that called itself as ‘PHC’.
The message was: “Greetings Government of India, and the people of India. Do you know what your so-called heroes are doing in Kashmir? Do you know they are killing many innocent people in Kashmir?”

2. China: ‘Religious’ names banned for Muslim children in Xinjiang

Islam, Quran and Saddam, and references to the star and crescent moon, aren’t allowed

 

Officials in China’s Xinjiang have released a list of banned “religious” names for Muslim babies; children with “unacceptable” names might be denied household registration, which is important to access state benefits.
Names like Islam, Quran and Saddam, and references to the star and crescent moon, aren’t allowed.
The full list hasn’t been made public yet.

3. Seven-year-old Indian origin boy wins yoga championship in UK

Ishwar Vishwanath – Winner

 

Ishwar Vishwanath, a seven-year-old Indian origin boy won the United Kingdom National Yoga Championship for second time in a row in the under-11 age category.
The competition was organized by UK Yoga Sports Federation on 22 April.
While Ishwar had won a gold in the same tournament last year, his father won a silver medal in the men’s category.

4. ISRO develops app to compute solar potential of any place

Monthly and yearly solar potential

 

SRO’s Space Applications Centre has developed an Android app to compute the solar energy potential of a particular location.
According to ISRO, it shows monthly and yearly solar potential, minimum and maximum temperatures, and the day’s length at any place.
It uses data from Indian Geostationary Satellite (Kalpana- 1, INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR) for calculations.

5. Mumbai: Cyprus president Nicos Anastasiades arrives for a four-day visit

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades

 

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades arrived in Mumbai.
He is on a four-day India visit.
Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao received Anastasiades at Raj Bhavan.
This is the first visit to India of President Anastasiades.

6. Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremsinghe to met PM Modi

Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremsinghe

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremsinghe held talks on key bilateral and regional issues after which the two sides inked an economic cooperation pact.

 

 

 

 

Banking Awareness and Financial affairs updates for April 26th, 2017 – for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

Daily financial/banking affairs updates is prepared by keeping the exam pattern and the previously asked questions in IBPS, SBI, RBI, SSC Exams. This will be useful to update your GK on daily basis.

1. NITI Aayog says farmers should pay income taxes

NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy

 

NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy proposed, at a news conference on Tuesday, that Indian farmers should start paying income tax.
Debroy opined that income-fluctuation will also be taken into account while determining the tax threshold for farmers.
The suggestion comes at a time when TN farmers are protesting to seek drought relief after failing to sustain their lands.

2. MFIN launches financial literacy app

For the benefit of microfinance clients

 

Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a self-regulatory organisation and an industry association of microfinance, has launched a financial literacy mobile app for microfinance clients.
The app was launched in the capital in the presence of Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, and Manoj Mittal, Deputy Managing Director, SIDBI.

3. NHAI to set up panel to deal with disputes

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

 

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to constitute a high powered conciliatory committee, consisting of senior functionaries to resolve various cases relating to construction of national highways, according to its Chairman YS Malik.

4. Vistara Airlines signs MoU with Punjab govt

Vistara Airlines in collaboration with Taj Hotels

 

Vistara Airlines in collaboration with Taj Hotels has signed an MoU with the Punjab government to promote tourism in the state.
Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh and Gurjot Singh Malhi, Advisor to CEO, held detailed discussion on this with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here, an official said.

5. Viewership shifting from TV sets to laptops, mobile phones

47 per cent to 10 per cent

 

With players such as Netflix and Hotstar luring viewers with new content, consumers are shifting their viewership from TV sets to devices such as laptops and mobile phones.
According to Accenture Digital Consumer Survey, the percentage of Indian consumers who prefer watching shows on TV sets plummeted from 47 per cent to 10 per cent over the last one year.

 

 

Banking Awareness and Financial affairs updates for April 25th, 2017 – for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

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1. Flipkart to replace CEO for a day

With 35,000 employees,generates revenues of around $1.5 billion.

 

Flipkart is planning to replace its CEO for one day, to give an employee the opportunity to see how it feels to run the company. It is a part of the company’s 10th anniversary celebration.
Sources said the move sought to familiarize employees with challenges at different levels of management.

2. SEBI mulls on new guidelines and stringent measures

P-Notes is a Primary Target

 

SEBI is aiming to take a series of stringent measures to ensure black money flow via P-Notes are eliminated. It also aims to introduce several reform measures to smoothen current hiccups.
The board is all set to convene its first meeting under the chairmanship of Ajay Tyagi, who took charge since March 1, this year.

3. Indians send home $62.7 billion in 2016, highest globally: World Bank

$68.9 Billion in 2015

 

India retained the top spot among remittance-receiving countries despite a significant 8.9% drop in remittances in 2016.
The World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief stated remittances to developing countries fell for a second consecutive year, a trend not witnessed in three decades.
However, India also leads the countries with declined remittances with inflows amounting to $62.7 billion in 2016 from $68.9 billion in 2015.

4. Public sector banks merger could help banking system: Urjit Patel

Fewer healthy banks is better

 

RBI Governor Urjit Patel has said the Indian banking system could be better off if some public sector banks are consolidated to have fewer but healthier entities, as it would help in dealing with the problem of stressed assets.
“As many have pointed out, it is not clear that we need so many public sector banks. The system could be better off if they are consolidated into fewer but healthier banks,” Patel said while delivering the Kotak Family Distinguished Lecture at Columbia University.

5. Consultation paper on spectrum auction in 15 days: TRAI

TRAI Chairman Rs. Sharma

 

Telecom regulator TRAI expects to start the consultation process for the next round of spectrum auction in about a fortnight.
TRAI Chairman Rs. Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of FTTH APAC Conference that They expect to issue it (consultation paper on spectrum price) in about 15 days.

6. FIPB clears six FDI proposals worth ₹85-cr investments

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)

 

The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has approved six proposals entailing foreign direct investment (FDI) of about ₹85 crore and has recommended one proposal for approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
“The proposal involving ₹4,315 crore by Gland Pharma Ltd has been referred to the CCEA,” said an official statement on Monday.

 

 

Current affairs updates for April 25th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

Daily current affairs updates is prepared by keeping the exam pattern and the previously asked questions in IBPS, SBI, RBI, SSC Exams. This will be useful to update your GK on daily basis.

1. World Malaria Day

P falciparum and P vivax

 

The theme for World Malaria Day this year is ‘End Malaria for Good’.
Malaria is caused due to the Plasmodium parasites which are carried by the female – anopheles mosquito. Out of five, two species of the parasite – P falciparum and P vivax – pose the greatest threat to human beings. Once the mosquito bites the person, the parasite enters the liver infecting the red blood cells.

2. International DNA Day

1gm DNA can hold 700TB of data

 

April 25 is celebrated as International DNA Day. In 1953, biologists James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and others published a few papers on the structure of DNA in Nature, the science journal.

3. 200 villages to be taken up under Adarsh Gram

Rs.80 Crore for first Phase

 

Karnataka Minister for Social Welfare and Chitradurga district in-charge H. Anjaneya has said that 200 villages in the State would be developed with the Rs. 80 crore released by the government under the Prime Minister’s Adarsh Gram Scheme

4. Bihar adopts GST; Nitish terms it historic

Second state to pave the way

 

Both the Houses of Bihar Legislature on Monday unanimously adopted the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill along with the Bihar taxation (Amendment) Bill, becoming the second State after Telangana, to pave the way for roll out of the GST from July 1.

5. New defence doctrine: Integrating operations and expanding capabilities

80 Page Document

 

The Union Defence Ministry is set to formally release India’s Joint Defence Doctrine this week.
The 80-pages document is said to underline the need for integrated application of military power to attain better operational and economic efficiency.
It further enables tri-service co-ordination enabling the Army, Navy and Air Force to tackle a whole new spectrum of challenges.

6. HindRail, an all-in-one solution for railway queries

Business potential of Rs. 100 crore every year via this app.

 

PM Modi’s Digital India move has found a kindred spirit in IRCTC as they solidify their stance with changing times.
Indian Railways is developing a mega app which will be rolled out in June. It will be able to answer all queries by travellers and will also integrate existing IRCTC apps.

7. Indian cows to get their own ‘Aadhaar’

 

After tightening norms on smuggling and slaughter for the protection of cattle, the government seems to have gone a tad bit overboard in its ‘gau raksha’ mission.
After a similar recommendation was met with amusement last year, the Centre has now officially informed the SC that it has formed a committee to generate unique identity numbers (like Aadhaar) for each cow in India.

8. Malabar 2017 to focus on anti-submarine warfare : Indian Navy

Japanese forces are also expected to participate.

 

India and the US are set to conduct Malabar Exercise in July in Bay of Bengal. Termed America’s largest military exercise conducted with non-NATO countries, this is the first major military drill under Donald Trump’s Presidency.
Purported to be bigger than previous editions, the Japanese forces are also expected to participate.
China, bothered by the trilateral engagement is likely to monitor the exercise closely.

9. Now ‘Give It Up’ campaign targets food subsidies

Following LPG food subsidies can also be volunatarily withdrawn by beneficiaries

 

After one crore households gave up LPG subsidies under the government’s ‘Give It Up’ campaign, the Centre has now sought support from states on a similar scheme on food subsidy.
The food ministry reportedly wants fair price shops to display “real cost of the subsidy” for wheat and rice, to encourage those who can do without the sop to give it up.