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March 17, 2018

Central Banking Awards 2018 Winners List

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Honoring the outstanding performance by individuals and organisations within the central banking community, the 5th annual Central Banking Awards ceremony 2018 was recently held at Gibson Hall, London. Bank of Canada was awarded this year's Central Bank of the Year. The South African Reserve Bank's Governor Lesetja Kganyago has been honored with the Central Banking’s Governor of the Year Award.  outgoing governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Perng Fai-nan has been honored with Central Banking’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Initiative of the Year Award went to the Bank of England, for its groundbreaking financial technology (fintech) project. Here is the complete winners list.

2018 Central Banking Awards winners

  • Central Bank of the Year Award - Bank of Canada
  • Governor of the Year Award - Lesetja Kganyago (South African Reserve Bank) 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Perng Fai-nan
  • Transparency Award - Central Bank of Ireland
  • Reserve manager of the year Award - Bank of Korea
  • Banknote and currency manager of the year Award - Norges Bank
  • Economics in central banking Award - Alberto Cavallo and Roberto Rigobon – Billion Prices Project/PriceStats.
  • Asset manager of the year Award - BlackRock
  • Initiative of the Year Award - Bank of England [for financial technology (fintech) project]
  • Innovation in reserve management Award - HSBC
  • Securities lending services provider of the year Award - Northern Trust
  • Consultancy and Advisory Provider of the Year (Currency) - De La Rue
  • Global Custodian of the Year - BNY Mellon
  • Bank Website of the year - Bank of Lithuania
  • Banknote and currency services provider of the year Award - Landqart
  • Banknote and Currency Manager of the Year Award - Norges Bank
  • Risk management services provider of the year Award - Openlink
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17th March 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (17th March 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 17th March 2018

International Current Affairs
  • The African nation of Sierra Leone has become the world's first country to use blockchain technology in elections
    • Note : Russia is also going to use Blockchain technology in its upcoming presidential elections.
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today formally informed the UN of the country's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC)
    • This comes after ICC started an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Duterte in his war against drugs. 
  • India ranked 52nd in recently released Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) 2018.
    • Top 5 in the List :
      • Ghana
      • Russia
      • Uganda
      • New Zealand
      • Australia
National Current Affairs
  • The 1st Indian-origin woman in space, Kalpana Chawla was born on this day (17th March) in the year 1962. 
    • Chawla moved to the United States in 1982 and joined NASA in 1988. 
    • Describing her first mission in space, she said, "You are just your intelligence", on experiencing weightlessness. 
    • The astronaut died with six crew members on her second mission aboard the Columbia spacecraft in 2003.
    • Note : Sunita Williams became the second Indian-origin woman to travel into space in 2006.

GK & Current Affairs Quiz of March 2018 - Set 5

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Union Minister Ananthkumar recently launched 100% Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP). Name it ?

With a net worth of $112 billion, who has topped the Forbes billionaires list 2018 for the first time ?

Who has been ranked India's richest person in the above list ?

Name the richest Indian woman according to Forbes billionaires list 2018 ?

International Women’s Day is observed on ?

What is the Theme of International Women’s Day 2018 ?

Which state government has recently approved a separate flag of the state ?


The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary - 17th March 2018

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Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu News Paper dated 17th March 2018. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on titles to read Editorials

Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "Andhra triangle: on TDP exiting NDA"
  • Collision - a strong disagreement
  • Course - the things that you choose to do in a particular situation
  • Opponent - a person who disagrees with something and speaks against it or tries to change it
  • Rival - a person, group, etc. competing with others for the same thing or in the same area
  • Alliance - a group of countries, political parties, or people who have agreed to work together because of shared interests or aims
  • Conflict - an active disagreement between people with opposing opinions or principles
  • Desertion - the act of leaving someone.
  • No-confidence motion - an occasion when most of the members of a parliament or other organization say that they do not support the people in authority and that they disagree with their actions
  • Isolate - to separate something from other things with which it is connected or mixed
  • Survive - to continue to live or exist

March 16, 2018

16th March 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (16th March 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 16th March 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (16th March) is World Sleep Day.
    • World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year.
    • This is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.
  • India was ranked at 78th among 114 countries on World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Energy Transition Index  (ETI) released as part of report titled Fostering Effective Energy Transition. 
    • The index ranks countries on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.
    • Top 10 countries in Energy Transition Index  (ETI) 2018
      • Sweden
      • Norway
      • Switzerland
      • Finland
      • Denmark
      • Netherlands
      • UK
      • Austria
      • France
      • Iceland
National Current Affairs
  • The 3-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela began in New Delhi today with a focus on doubling the farmers' income. 
    • The objective of the fair is to create awareness among farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments.
    • During the mela, latest agriculture and allied sector technologies will be displayed at more than 800 stalls.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has quit the BJP-led NDA over the Centre's refusal to grant special category status to the state. 
    • The party also moved a No-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Parliament today.
  • The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has recommended making 5-year military training compulsory for aspirants of state and central government jobs
    • The recommendation came in light of the "alarming shortage of officers and PBOR (Personnel Below Officer Rank) in the armed forces". The panel also asked the Defence Ministry to give priority to the issue of shortage of officers.
    • Head of this Committee : Maj Gen (retd) B C Khanduri (BJP MP)
  • The remaining cadres of militant organisation Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) today surrendered to the Meghalaya government.
  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched a new program titled LaQshya.
    • Aim of LaQshya : Improving quality of maternity care in labour room and maternity Operation Theatre (OT). 
    • The Program will improve quality of care for pregnant women in labour room, maternity Operation Theatre and Obstetrics Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and High Dependency Units (HDUs).
  • The Lok Sabha has passed Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to empower government to fix period of maternity leave and tax-free gratuity amount with an executive order. The Bill seeks to amend the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
Science & Technology
  • The Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) has claimed that India’s first cloned Assamese buffalo male calf named Sach-Gaurav was born in Hisar, Haryana. 
    • It was born to Murrah buffalo, at Hi Tech Sach Dairy Farm, 100 kms from cloning laboratory, making it first buffalo calf to be born in field.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the country would be launching an unmanned mission to Mars in 2019
Awards & Honors
  • Indian Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha is honoured with a Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the fields of arts and politics at a ceremony in UK’s Parliament complex, under annual Political and Public Life Awards by Britain’s Asian Voice weekly newspaper.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • ICICI Securities, the brokerage and merchant banking arm of private sector lender ICICI Bank, will hit the IPO market on Thursday (March 22) next week. 
    • Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, CLSA, Edelweiss, IIFL and SBI Capital Markets are managing the ICICI Securities IPO.
New Appointments
  • Armen Sarkissian was elected the 4th President of Armenia by the country’s National Assembly today.
    • Note : For the first time in Armenia’s history, the president is elected by the National Assembly instead of popular vote. 
Books & Authors
  • Indian yogi and mystic Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev released a book titled ‘Fulfilling Bapu’s Dreams – Prime Minister Modi’s Tribute to Gandhiji’ at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
    • The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book.
    • Author of the Book : Dr Bindeshwar Pathak (Noted sanitation activist)
    • This book underscores an important aspect of India's developmental process linking sanitation with broad mass participation, making it a mass movement, giving central importance to the practical needs of ordinary citizens in policy, and establishing ethical ideals firmly in public life. 
People in News
  • Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi was jailed for two years by a Patiala court in a 2003 human trafficking case. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian para-athlete Deepa Malik won a Gold medal in the F-53/54 category javelin event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.
    • With the win, Deepa has also qualified for the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, scheduled to be held in October.
  • 17th IAAF World Indoor Championships were recently held in Birmingham (United Kingdom).
    • 632 athletes from 144 nations participated in 26 Events.
    • USA topped the medal tally with 18 medals (6 Gold, 10 Silver and 2 Bronze).
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    Bank of India Recruitment of Faculty Members 2018

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    Friends, the Bank of India (BOI) is inviting applications for filling up the posts of Faculty Members on contractual basis for RSETI Chatra and Koderma (one each for RSETIs) for the year 2018. There are 2 posts in total. Last date for applications is 19th March 2018. Check complete details below. All the Best :)

    Name of the Bank : Bank of India

    Name of the Post : Faculty Member

    Eligibility Criteria :
    • Shall be a Graduate / Post Graduate viz. MSW/MA in rural Development / MA in Sociology / Psychology / (Veterinary), B.Sc. (Horticulture), (Agri.) B.Sc. (AgriMarketing) / B.A with B.Ed. etc.
    • Shall have a Flair for teaching and possess sound Computer knowledge.
    • Excellent communication skills in the local language essential, fluency in Hindi and English would be an added qualification.
    • Shall be proficient in MS Office (Word, excel & power Point) and Internet.
    • Candidate should be resident of local area.
    • Typing skills in Hindi / English typing, an added advantage

    The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary - 16th March 2018

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    Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu News Paper dated 16th March 2018. Happy reading :)

    Note : Click on titles to read Editorials

    Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "Credit tangle: on LoU ban"
    • Tangle - a situation that is difficult to deal with because things are not organized properly
    • Omnibus - comprising several items
    • Legitimate - allowed by the law, or correct according to the law
    • Financial instrument - a financial asset that can be bought or sold, such as a bond, share, or other security (= an investment that can be traded)
    • Letter of undertaking - a letter of undertaking is an assurance by one party to another party that they will fulfill the obligation that had been previously agreed on, but not written into a contract
    • Come to light - if facts are brought to light or come to light, people discover them
    • Transaction - the action or process of buying or selling something
    • Firefighting - the activity of trying to solve a serious problem that suddenly happens by reacting quickly and effectively
    • Unleash - to suddenly release a violent force that cannot be controlled

    March 15, 2018

    15th March 2018 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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    Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (15th March 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

    Daily Current Affairs of 15th March 2018

    International Current Affairs
    • Today is World Consumer Rights Day.
      • In India this day is celebrated as Viswa Upabhokta Adhikar Diwas
      • On March 15, 1962 US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech on consumer rights which led to the creation of the Consumer Bill of Rights.
      • Consumer rights activist Anwar Fazal later proposed the observance of a "World Consumer Rights Day" marking that date, and from 15 March 1983 consumer organizations began observing that date as an occasion to promote basic rights of consumers.
      • Theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2018 : ‘Making digital marketplaces fairer’
    • According to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's 2018 World Happiness Report, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world
      • India ranked 133rd in the list (last year's rank was 122nd).
      • Top 5 in World Happiness Report 2018
        • Finland 
        • Norway
        • Denmark
        •  Iceland 
        • Switzerland

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    GK & Current Affairs Quiz of March 2018 - Set 4

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    To look into the development and regulation of the financial technology (fintech) sector in India, the Union Government has set up 8 Member steering committee. Who is the head of this committee ?

    Who has sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Meghalaya ?

    Which country topped the Global Firepower Index 2017 ?

    What was India's rank in Global Firepower Index 2017 ?

    Who has been named as the Commissioner of the T20 Mumbai League, which will take place at Wankhede Stadium from 11th to 21st March 2018 ?

    Name the World rapid chess champion, who has recently lifted the Tal Memorial rapid chess title ?

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