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May 22, 2018

22nd May 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Gr8Ambitionists, here are today's (22nd May 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :) 

International Current Affairs
  • Today (22nd May) is International Day for Biological Diversity.
    • The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
    • Theme of International Day for Biological Diversity 2018 : ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity
  • The Syrian military today declared that it has taken full control of the capital, Damascus, and all the areas around it, for the first time in nearly seven years
    • The announcement came after the military cleared Islamic State militants from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and the Hajar al-Aswad district. 
    • Note : A civil war had started in Syria in 2011.
  • Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes inaugurated his country's Israel embassy in Jerusalem, making it the 3rd nation to make the deeply controversial move after the United States and Guatemala.
National Current Affairs
  • Social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy's birth anniversary (May 22, 1772) is being observed today.
    • Roy is famously known as the 'Maker of Modern India' and 'Father of Indian Renaissance'. 
    • He campaigned for abolition of the practice of Sati and caste system, and demanded property rights for women. 
  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation today announced that the remaining part of the Magenta line will open to public on May 29. 
    • The whole line will now connect Janakpuri West in Delhi to Botanical Garden in Noida, covering a total of 25 stations. 
    • Initially, 24 trains would ply on the route with a frequency of 5 minutes 15 seconds.
  • The first all-woman Indian Navy crew took 252 days to sail across the globe and was welcomed in Goa by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today. 
    • The landmark expedition, which was flagged off on 10th September 2017, under the Navika Sagar Parikrama project, has been completed by a six-member crew led by lieutenant commander Vartika Joshi. 
    • The crew started the voyage onboard 55-foot INSV Tarini and travelled over 21,600 nautical miles across three oceans.
  • The 1st commercial flight of Arunachal Pradesh (42-seater ATR aircraft of the Alliance Airlines)  under UDAN scheme landed at Pasighat airport or Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in East Siang district. 
    • Note : This historic moment puts border state on the aviation map of the country.
  • Chhattisgarh will get specialised anti-Naxal combat force called Black Panther on the lines of the Greyhounds unit of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. 
    • Currently, training is being imparted for personnel who will be part of Black Panther elite force.
  • Chetak corps of South Western Command of Indian Army conducted a military exercise titled Gandiv Vijay in Mahajan field firing ranges of Rajasthan. 
    • The exercise was conducted two months to validate their operational plans of Chetak corps.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today released the first draft of the passengers’ charter, spelling out rules for cancellation fee, compensation for missing connecting flight and plans to introduce wifi services in flights.
    • Highlights :
    • No charges if tickets cancelled within 24 hrs of booking.
    • Flyers will be compensated if airlines are at fault.
    • Cancellation charges cannot be higher than base fare plus fuel charges.
  • Ahmedabad-based e-commerce conglomerate Infibeam has acquired a 100% stake in Dubai-based digital payments firm Vavian International for around ₹8 crore. 
    • After the deal, Vavian International will become a direct subsidiary of Infibeam Global which is a subsidiary of Infibeam Incorporation.
  • India received first consignment of 2 million barrels of crude oil from United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) at Mangaluru (on west coast), Karnataka. 
    • This first consignment from UAE fill one of two strategic reserve caverns at Mangaluru under agreement between Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
  • The United Kingdom has listed Pakistan, along with Nigeria and Russia, as the top three sources of money laundering to the country. 
    • Corrupt leaders from developing nations buy expensive real estate in London using wealth looted from their people, making UK's capital the 'money laundering capital of the world'.
  • The finance ministry has tied up with 40 entities including Flipkart, Swiggy, Patanjali and Amul, which are big job creators, for extending loans to small entrepreneurs under the Mudra scheme.
    • These companies will identify people who need loans under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), underwrite them and we will extend loans under the scheme.
    • About PMMY :
    • PMMY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 8, 2015, for providing loans of up to Rs 10 lakh to the non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises. 
    • Last fiscal the government has extended Rs 2.53 lakh crore credit under PMMY, while Rs 5.73 lakh crore has been extended in last 3 years.
Awards & Honors
  • Billboard Music Awards 2018 :
    • 'Shape of You' singer Ed Sheeran won Top Artist and Top Male Artist awards.
    • American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has won the Top Female Artist award.
    • Khalid won the Top New Artist award
  • Davis Cup player Prajnesh Gunneswaran has won the prestigious T.K. Ramanathan award for the year 2017-18. 
    • The award is instituted by the legendary Ramanathan Krrishnan in the memory of his father, which carries a cash prize of Rs 30,000. 
New Appointments
  • The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has promoted Stacey Cunningham to President, making her the first sole woman head of the 226-year-old exchange. 
  • Indian-origin lawyer and politician Gobind Singh Deo became Malaysia's first minister from the Sikh community after he was handed the communications and multimedia portfolio in the Malaysian cabinet today. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Indian women’s Hockey team failed to defend its crown at the 5th Asian Champions Trophy, as it lost to hosts South Korea, 0-1 in the summit clash at Donghae City, South Korea. 
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Meet the 1st Female President of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) - Stacey Cunningham

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The world's largest stock exchange, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has appointed Chief Operating Officer Stacey Cunningham as its new President. With this, Cunningham will become the first female leader in the history of the 226-year-old exchange.

Stacey Cunningham, who will become the 67th president of NYSE is going to replace Thomas Farley, who came to the NYSE in November 2013. Farley will take up a new role as the head of Far Point, a new special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC), backed by Daniel Loeb’s hedge-fund firm Third Point LLC.

Cunningham first started at the NYSE as an intern in 1994. She became NYSE’s chief operating officer in June 2015 and managed the company’s cash equities markets, relationship management, product management, and NYSE governance services.

About New York Stock Exchange :
  • Founded on : 17th May 1792
  • Owner :     Intercontinental Exchange
  • Chairman : Jeffrey Sprecher
  • President : Stacey Cunningham
  • Currency : US Dollar


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19th May 2018 Hindu Editorial Vocabulary - PDF Download

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Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu News Paper dated 19th May 2018. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on titles to read Editorials from THE HINDU News Paper

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Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "A chance in Srinagar: On Ramzan ceasefire"
  • Ceasefire - an agreement to stop fighting for a period of time, especially in order to discuss permanent peace
  • Cessation -  an end to something
  • Retaliate - to do something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you
  • Essential - completely necessary
  • Respite - a short period of rest from having to deal with a difficult or unpleasant situation
  • Valley - a low area of land between mountains or hills, usually with a river flowing through it
  • Escalate - to become much worse or more serious, or to make something do this
  • Equilibrium - a situation in which there is a balance between different forces or aspects
  • Militancy - the use of confrontational or violent methods in support of a political or social cause
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Paytm launches new initiative 'Paytm AshaKiran'

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To empower women, the Paytm Payments Bank today announced a new initiative titled 'Paytm AshaKiran’. With this programme, Paytm Payments Bank aims to educate rural women about  financial services and create new employment opportunities in small towns and cities in India’s formal banking systems.

For the first phase of this programme, Paytm has partnered with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as part of its Disha project, which is supported by the IKEA Foundation and women-related organizations like SHEROES. The plan is to mobilise self-help groups and organize workshops in smaller cities and towns across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.

The programme will offer skill development opportunities to rural women by training and certifying them to act as banking correspondents. These women can then act as a catalyst in the nationwide rollout of Paytm’s bank offerings.

Further, the bank plans to continue partnering with government bodies and other such organisations to reach more women across India.

Paytm is planning to empower close to one million women within the first year of operations through this programme.

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18th May 2018 Hindu Editorial Vocabulary - PDF Download

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Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu News Paper dated 18th May 2018. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on titles to read Editorials from THE HINDU News Paper

Download PDF Version of Hindu Editorial Vocabulary 18th May 2018 from HERE
  • Arbitrary - not based on any particular plan, or not done for any particular reason
  • Capricious - suddenly and unexpectedly changing your opinion or behaviour without any good reason
  • Engineer - to arrange cleverly and often secretly for something to happen, especially something that is to your advantage
  • Summarily - immediately, and without following the usual official methods or processes
  • Propriety - behaviour that follows accepted social or moral standards
  • Partisan - showing strong and usually unfair support for one particular person, group, or idea
  • Unbecoming - behaviour that is unbecoming is unsuitable for a particular type of person
  • Backing - support, help, or active approval
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GK & Current Affairs Quiz of May 2018 - Set 5

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The US-based retail giant Walmart has closed the largest e-commerce deal in the world ($15 billion)  by acquiring a majority stake in which Indian e-commerce platform ?



Who is the author of the book titled "Eleven Gods and A Billion Indians" ?



Who was sworn-in as the President of Russia for the 4th time ?



Which country finished on top in the South Asian Junior Athletics Championships 2018 in Colombo ?



The World Thalassemia Day is observed on ?



The 3rd edition of United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP - 03) was recently held at which Indian city ?



The 58th raising day of Border Road Organisation (BRO) was observed on ?

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May 21, 2018

75th Italian Open (Tennis) Winners List 2018

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The 2018 Italian Open Tennis tournament was recently held at Foro Italico, Italy during 14th to 20th May 2018. This is the 75th edition of the tournament. Spanish professional tennis player Rafael Nadal has won the Men's singles title for a record 8th time by defeating Germany's Alexander Zverev. The women's singles title has won by Elina Svitolina of Ukraine by defeating     Romania's Simona Halep. Here is the complete winners list. Happy Reading :)

2018 Italian Open Winners List

  • Men's Singles : Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  • Women's Singles : Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
  • Men's Doubles : Juan Sebasti├ín Cabal (Colombia) / Robert Farah (Colombia)
  • Women's Doubles : Ashleigh Barty (Australia) / Demi Schuurs (Netherlands)

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21st May 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st May 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 21st May 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (21st May) is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
    • This day is a United Nations–sanctioned international holiday to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Russia’s Black Sea coastal city Sochi for an informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    • This informal summit will focus on pressing global and regional issues, including impact of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
    • Aim of the informal summit : To use the friendship and trust between the two countries to create convergence on key global and regional issues.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to pay a two-day visit to Russia, commencing on May 24. 
    • The two leaders are set to discuss Iran, Syria and Ukraine during their meeting.
  • The 26th BASIC Ministerial Meeting of Environment Ministers was held in Durban, South Africa. 
    • The grouping is a bloc of four countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China. 
    • India was represented by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan.
    • During this meet, BASIC countries decided to preserve integrity of historic 2015 Paris Agreement, including principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and equity. 
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17th May 2018 Hindu Editorial Vocabulary - PDF Download

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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 May 2018. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on titles to read Editorials from THE HINDU News Paper

Download PDF Version of Hindu Editorial Vocabulary 17th May 2018 from HERE

Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "Rupee rout: on the Indian currency's slide"
  • Slide - a situation in which an amount becomes less
  • Widening - to increase
  • Trade deficit - a situation in which a country is buying more things from other countries than it is selling to them
  • Dilemma - a situation in which you have to make a difficult decision
  • Macroeconomic - relating to the economic system of a whole country or large region
  • Threat - a situation or an activity that could cause harm or danger
  • Expose - not protected from attack
  • Grapple - to try hard to understand a difficult idea or to solve a difficult problem
  • Sunk - to move to a lower level
  • Crude oil - oil that is still in its natural state and has not yet been refined for use by chemical processes
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Rajkot Nagarik Sahakari Bank Recruitment of Jr.Executives & Office Assistants 2018

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Friends, the Rajkot Nagarik Sahakari Bank, a leading Co-operative bank from Gujarat is inviting online applications from eligible graduates for filling up the posts of Jr.Executives (Trainee), Deputy and Office Assistant - Peon (Trainee) for the year 2018. Last date for Online Applications is 27th May 2018 (28th May 2018 for some posts). Check complete details below. All the Best :)

Name of the Bank : Rajkot Nagarik Sahakari Bank 

Jr.Executive (Trainee)

Job Locations :
  • Jasdan
  • Surat
  • Surendranagar
  • Halvad

Age Limit : Maximum 30 Years

Educational Qualification : First Class Graduate(Except Arts) or Any Post Graduate (Except Arts)

Experience : 2 Year experienc in any Co - Operative bank or any financial institute is preferable. Candidate should be well versed with Computer Knowledge.
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