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

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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 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.


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