Current affairs updates for August 11th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

1. PF account transfer while switching jobs to be automatic soon

Only If you have Aadhaar

 

Chief provident fund commissioner V P Joy has said that From next month, employees’ PF account will be transferred automatically when they change your job provided they have linked heir Aadhaar number with PF account.
Joy, who is pushing a slew of initiatives in the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to make it more worker-friendly, said premature closure of accounts was one of their main challenges, and they were trying to address it by improving services.

2. Davinder Singh Becomes 1st Indian To Qualify For Javelin Finals

Neeraj Chopra Out

 

Davinder Singh Kang became the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw at the World Athletics Championships while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.
Competing in the qualification round Group B on Thursday, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the javelin to a distance of 84.22m.

3. Chinese satellite sends ‘hack-proof’ message

First time in history

 

China has successfully sent “hack-proof” messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time.
The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away.
The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to eavesdrop on it would make detectable changes.
Using satellites avoids some limitations that ground-based systems introduce into quantum communication.

4. Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as Vice President

BJPians in all Top 4 constitutional posts

 

M Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the Vice President of India by this morning.
President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Naidu, at a brief ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan attended by political leaders cutting across party lines.
With Naidu becoming the vice-president, for the first time in the history, BJP leaders would occupy top four constitutional posts of the country. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan all come from BJP.

5. Bank of England refuses to change animal-fat banknotes

Latest Five Pound has anime fat

 

The Bank of England said on Thursday it would not change the way its new plastic banknotes are made, despite concerns among some vegetarians and religious groups about trace amounts of animal fat used in their production.
The BoE said the only alternative for its polymer banknotes was to use more expensive chemicals derived from palm oil, and that its suppliers were unable to commit to using only palm oil produced in the most environmentally friendly way.

6. Oxford launches Tamil, Gujarati online dictionaries

Following Hindi

 

After the Hindi version, Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched online dictionaries in Tamil and Gujarati as part of its special focus on Indian languages.
The Oxford Global Languages (OGL) initiative began in September 2015 with an aim to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources for around 100 of the world’s languages and to make them available online.

7. Hamid Ansari gets a grand farewell

Spent 10 years as Vice President

 

The Rajya Sabha accorded a grand farewell to Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who retired from the Upper House here on Thursday. The newly elected Vice-President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu,taken oath by this morning.

8. PM launches Manthan, pitches for a New India

75th anniversary of Quit India movement

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed District Collectors across the country via video-conference on Wednesday on the theme of “New India – Manthan,” which according to him is aimed at catalysing the country and the people at the grassroots level. The programme was launched on the 75th anniversary of Quit India movement.
The Prime Minister said the Centre wants every individual, each family and organisation to set goals to be reached by 2022. He said the district collectors now have to decide where they want to see their districts in that year.

9. BitBay launches trading platform for digital currency

One among top 10

 

BitBay, one of the top ten cryptocurrency trading platforms in the world, has launched a dedicated platform for trade and exchange of digital currencies such as bitcoin, litecoin, ether, Lisk, monero, dash and gamecredits.
The company will also work towards creating awareness about digital currencies and also removing misconceptions related to these currencies in a market like India.

10. Ivanka to visit India in support of women entrepreneurship

Daughter of US President Trump

 

US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will lead the American delegation at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India, starting from November 28.
After Indian PM made this announcement in Twitter, US president Trump acknowledged it in the microblogging website.

 

 

Current affairs updates for July 19th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

1. SBI launches web portal for home buyers

SBI launched website for buying your dream house

 

The country’s largest commercial bank, State Bank of India, has launched “SBI Realty”, a dedicated portal for home buyers called .
The portal, which lists several real estate projects and homes, can be accessed at www.sbirealty.in and aims to improve operational ease by allowing users to calculate appropriate loan amount to be borrowed, based on their choice of residence, income, and credit profiles.

2. Don’t need to pay toll anymore

Now you don’t have to pay toll anymore if you wait for 3+ mins!

 

A crucial information to our daily lives was revealed by Advocate Hariom Jindal who filed an RTI application seeking nitty-gritty on tolls.
The RTI revealed that people travelling on roads where tolls are collected could pass free of cost if they wait in queues for more than three minutes.
Reportedly, the total waiting time for any vehicle at toll plaza cannot exceed three minutes.

3. Mumbai’s buildings to now get Aadhaar-like UIDs

With UIDs, Mumbai’s buildings now easier to locate.

 

Mumbai’s buildings is going to get Aadhaar-like identity numbers! The BMC has started the process of issuing unique identification (UID) numbers to the city’s structures.
Stickers mentioning the 15-digit UID will be pasted on the entrance and notice-board. 27 lakh buildings registered in property tax records will be issued such stickers.
The aim is to ease identification of establishments for provision of government services.

4. Trump, Putin had second undisclosed meeting at G20 summit

U.S. President Donald Trump had a second undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of G20 summit in Germany.

 

According to media reports, U.S. President Donald Trump had a second undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of G20 summit in Germany early this month.
The concert and dinner were publicly announced on both the President’s schedule and the G20 schedule, with the clear understanding that all visiting leaders would be present. President Trump spoke with many leaders during the course of the evening.

5. Govt aims to connect 1.5 lakh gram panchayats via optical fibre by mid-2018

2.5 lakh gram panchayatsto be connected with ‘BharatNet’

 

The Union Minister for Electronics & IT and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that.Around 1.5 lakh gram panchayats will be connected via optical fibre under the national optical fibre network programme of the Centre by mid-2018,
Out Of the targeted 2.5 lakh gram panchayats which is to be connected under this programme, called as ‘BharatNet’, around one lakh has already been connected.

6. Facebook hires former Uber PR chief Rachel Whetstone

Facebook has hired Ms. Whetstone to oversee communications for Instagram and WhatsApp, which are both owned by Facebook.

 

Facebook has hired Uber’s former top public relations executive as vice-president of communications for its multiple platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
Ms. Whetstone left Uber earlier this year amid a number of public relations crises after a former employee’s accusation of sexual harassment stirred a major controversy, surrounding claims of rampant sexism and discrimination within the company.
She served as Howard’s political secretary and was a major player in Conservative politics when the party was up against Tony Blair’s Labour government.

7. Ailing Anilda wins women’s 400m

The Rio Olympian Anilda won women’s 400m at the 57th National senior inter-State athletics championships.

 

The Rio Olympian Anilda, was vomiting a few minutes before the start of 400m final at the 57th National senior inter-State athletics championships here on Tuesday evening.
Still, that did not stop the 24-year-old from winning comfortably and walking into the Indian mile relay team for the upcoming London Worlds. “The last few days were terrible. I had a running stomach and I was vomiting a lot too. I was completely drained,” said Anilda who has completed the race in 53.20s.

8. NEET students to beware of fraudsters

The agents are promising admission for Rs. 10 lakh- Rs 1.25 crore.

 

With NEET counseling nearing, touts have begun flooding the market with messages claiming that they could get a ‘back door entry’ for students to medical colleges without the counseling.
Seeking anything between Rs. 10 lakh- Rs 1.25 crore, the agents are promising admission.
The Medical Council has warned students that anyone who is caught paying for the MBBS/BDS seat will be losing thier candidature.

9. “You cannot donate blood”: NACO to LGBTQ

LGBTQ community classified as High Risk Group and they are not allowed to donate blood.

 

According to National Aids Control Organization, LGBTQ community including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fall under the category of ‘High Risk Group’ and hence they aren’t allowed to donate blood.
This shocking revelation was made public, following an RTI query filed by activist Chetan Kothari on April 26.
The RTI was received by NACO’s Blood Safety Division on June 22 and was replied to on June 30.

10. India’s GDP may reach $8 trillion

Panagariya believes that India’s GDP may take 15 years to get to it.

 

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya believes that in the next 15 years, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) has the potential to reach $8 trillion, provided India keeps registering an 8% economic growth annually.
By doing so, it will also come very close to entirely eliminating poverty.
In the next 15 years, Indian citizens would be able to enjoy western standards of living.