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May 25, 2019

25th May 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (25th May 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 25th May 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (25th May) is International Missing Children's Day.
    • Emblem of International Missing Children's Day : forget-me-not flower
  • Today is Towel Day.
    • This day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans.
    • On this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or share their folded animal towels to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author.
  • US president Donald Trump embarked on a 4-day visit to Japan amid trade war with China and renewed challenges from North Korea. 
    • During his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump will likely to discuss trade and military during his visit.
    • Note : US President will be first state guest of Japan after the enthronement of its new emperor Naruhito early this month.

May 24, 2019

24th May 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Daily Current Affairs of 24th May 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Theresa May today announced that she is going to step down as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on June 7. 
    • This comes as May faced backlash by her own MPs against her latest Brexit plan
    • Since January, the UK Parliament has rejected the withdrawal agreement that May negotiated with the European Union (EU) three times.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced Algeria and Argentina as the latest countries to be recognised as malaria-free
    • Both countries have registered zero cases of malaria in the last three years. 
    • Other than Algeria and Argentina, there are 36 other countries that are recognised as malaria-free by the WHO. 
    • Note : While all these nations are moving away from malaria, India is still continuing its fight with around 9.5 million cases of malaria recorded in 2017.
  • India was among 116 nations to vote in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution that demanded the UK withdraw its “colonial administration” from the Chagos Archipelago unconditionally within 6 months, supporting Mauritius in its quest for the restoration of sovereignty over the island chain in the Indian Ocean.

23rd May 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Daily Current Affairs of 23rd May 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (23rd May) is World Turtle Day.
    • The purpose of this day is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
    • World Turtle Day 2019 Theme : Save Turtles
  • England is going to introduce a ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers from April 2020 over environmental concerns. 
    • There will be a complete ban on plastic drink stirrers' supply, however, registered pharmacies will be permitted to sell plastic straws, over the counter or online. 
    • Eateries won't be allowed to display plastic straws or provide them automatically.
  • Sri Lanka has extended by another month the emergency regulations, which were enforced after the Easter Sunday terror attacks.
    • President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette notice today extending the emergency regulations which was imposed a month ago after suicide blasts at multiple locations in the country which killed over 250 people including 45 foreigners.
    • The emergency provisions give the military sweeping powers to act against fundamentalist organizations behind the attacks, which was claimed by Islamic state.

May 23, 2019

Supreme Court gets 4 New Judges

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The govenrment has approved 4 names for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court of India.  The four appointed judges are :
  • Justice Aniruddha Bose : Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court. His parent high court is Calcutta. He is at number 12 in all-India seniority of judges. 
  • Justice A S Bopanna : Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court. His parent high court is Karnataka. He is at number 36 in all-India seniority of judges. 
  • Justice B R Gavai : Judge of the Bombay High Court. He is the incumbent Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.
    • Important Note : Gavai will be the 2nd Dalit Chief Justice of India after K G Balakrishnan. 

May 22, 2019

22nd May 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Daily Current Affairs of 22nd May 2019

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 2019 : ‘Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’.
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched a permanent residency scheme to woo wealthy individuals and exceptional talents, a move that could attract more Indian professionals and businessmen to the Gulf nation.
    • The "Golden Card" programme unveiled by UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum is open to investors and "exceptional talents" such as doctors, engineers, scientists, students and artists.
    • As part of this, the 1st group of 6,800 investors from over 70 countries with investments totalling 100 billion dirhams (USD 27 billion) were being given permanent residency.

Meet the Winner of Man Booker International prize 2019 : Jokha Alharthi (Celestial Bodies)

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Omani writer and academic Jokha al-Harthi has won the prestegious Man Booker International prize 2019 for her novel 'Celestial Bodies'. With this, Alharthi became the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize.

About the Author :

Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, a children's book and three novels in Arabic. She obtained her PhD in classical Arabic literature from Edinburgh University. She is currently an associate professor in the Arabic department at Sultan Qaboos University.

Alharthi shares the prestegious 50,000-pound (Over 44 lakh rupees) award with her translator U.S. academic Marilyn Booth, who teaches Arabic literature at Oxford University.

About the Novel :

The novel “Celestial Bodies” reveals Alharthi's Omani homeland's post-colonial transformation. This novel is set in the Omani village of al-Awafi and follows the stories of three sisters: Mayya, who marries into a rich family after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries for duty; and Khawla, waiting for a man who has emigrated to Canada. The three sisters witness Oman's evolution from a traditional, slave-owning society to a complex modernity.

The Chair of judges for the prize, historian Bettany Hughes said Celestial Bodies was “a richly imagined, engaging and poetic insight into a society in transition and into lives previously obscured”.

Important Note : Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won last year's Man Booker International Prize 2018 for her novel titled 'Flights'. 

Quick Review :

  • Award : Man Booker International Prize 2019
  • Winner Name : Jokha Alharthi  [Shortcut tip : Remember Indian name Harthi]
  • Book : Celestial Bodies
  • Shares with : Marilyn Booth - English Translator of the Book [Shortcut tip : Remember Milk Booth]
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Andhra Bank, OBC & Allahabad Bank may merge with Punjab National Bank

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In the next round of banking secotr consolidation, Delhi based Punjab National Bank (PNB) is likely to take over Andhra Bank, Allahabad Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC). The process of merger will start in coming 3 months. The new government, which is going to be formed soon will make decision about this merger process.

To reduce bad lonas, the Indian government has been trying to consolidate its banking sector by merging smaller regional public-sector banks with larger government-owned banks. Merging banks is also meant to create superior lenders which can size up to global competitors.

In the year 2017, the government merged India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) with its five associate banks viz State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Raipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad as well as with Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB).

Later the government merged Bank of Baroda (BoB) with Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, making it India's 2nd largest bank beating private sector lender ICICI Bank.

Last year, the government engineered state-owned Life Insurance Corp's takeover of IDBI Bank, a step to ensure that the bank with one of the highest levels of bad loans on its books is well capitalised.

About Punjab National Bank (PNB) :

The bank was founed in 1984. It has around 11 Crore customers. The bank has around 7000 branches, 10600 ATMs. In the financial year 2017-18, the bank has faced the loss of Rs. 12,283 Cr and the profit of Rs. 56,876 Cr. Total assets of the bank Rs. 7,65,830 Cr. Total staff of the bank around 71,000.

About Andhra Bank :

The medium sized public sector bank as founded in the year 1923. It offers it's services in 25 states and 3 union territories. It has 2,900 branches, 3,798 ATMs. The Indian government owns 90.85% of its share capital and LIC holds 7.66% of the shares in the bank.

About Oriental Bank of Commerce :

The bank was founded in the year 1943. Headquartered in Gurgaon, the bank currently has around 2700 branches and 2621 ATMs. In the financial year 2017-18, the bank faced the loss of Rs. 5,871 Cr.

Allahabad Bank :

The Kolkata headquartered bank was founed in 1895. In has 3,245 branches all over India. In the financial year 2018-19, it has faced the loss of Rs. 8334 Cr. 

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21st May 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st May 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 21st May 2019

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.
  • In Serbia, lawmakers today amended the penal code to introduce a life sentence without parole, despite concerns voiced by the Council of Europe. 
    • Until now, the maximum sentence in Serbia, which seeks to join the European Union, was 40 years in prison.
    • According to the new law, those sentenced to life imprisonment will be able to ask a tribunal to review their sentence once they have spent 27 years behind bars. 
    • But those convicted of rape followed by murder, or serious crimes against children or pregnant women, will not have that option.
  • Myanmar Navy Ship UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) have arrived Port Blair for the ‘Opening Ceremony’ of the 8th Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR), at Andaman and Nicobar Command.
    • The CORPAT (Co-ordinated Patrol) initiative between the two navies is meant to address issues of terrorism, illegal fishing, drug trafficking, human trafficking, poaching and other illegal activities inimical to interest of both nations. 
    • Started in Mar 2013, the CORPAT series has enhanced the mutual understanding and fostered improved professional interaction between the two navies for maritime interoperability.
National Current Affairs
  • Anti-Terrorism Day being observed across India today (21st May 2018).
    • Former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, was assassinated by a female suicide bomber on this day (21st May) 1991, while conducting an election campaign in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. 
    • The bomb attack was carried out by Thenmozhi Rajaratnam, also known as Dhanu, who was reportedly a member of the Sri Lankan militant organisation Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao today signed an ordinance promulgated by the state government that upholds admissions given to students under the Maratha quota in postgraduate medical and dental courses. 
    • The ordinance is good news for 253 students whose seats were confirmed under the quota. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Asia's richest person Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has toppled state-run Indian Oil to become India's largest company by revenue
    • Reliance reported revenue of ₹6.23 lakh crore for 2018-19 compared to Indian Oil's ₹6.17 lakh crore. 
    • Note : With this milestone, Reliance has achieved the number one position in India in terms of revenue, profit and market capitalisation.
  • State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) could take control of two-three small state-run banks.
    • These small lenders could include Oriental Bank of Commerce, Andhra Bank and Allahabad Bank
    • The country's third-largest public sector lender could start the process of taking control of the banks in the next three months.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s central has decided to create a specialised supervisory and regulatory cadre within the RBI to strengthen the supervision and regulation of commercial banks, urban cooperative banks and non-banking financial companies. 
    • A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Central Board here under the Chairmanship of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das
People in News
  • Only 6 days after making a record 23rd ascent to Mount Everest, Nepalese Kami Rita Sherpa bettered his record on Tuesday while guiding a team of Indian police. 
    • He first summited the 8,848-metre peak in 1994 while working for a commercial expedition. 
    • The 49-year-old guide has made 35 summits on five 8,000-metre peaks, including K2, the world's second-highest mountain peak.
Awards & Honors
  • Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, who has already scored 32 goals this season, was named both the best player and best Under-21 player for the 2018-19 season
    • German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, who helped Olympique Lyonnais' women's team to a record-extending 13th consecutive league title and fourth straight Champions League crown, was named the best first division female player.
  • An Indian peacekeeper is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel who will be honoured with a prestigious UN medal 2019 for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
    • Police Officer Jitender Kumar made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Central African country of Congo. 
    • He will be honoured posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal on Friday as the world organisation observes the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
  • Former Formula One driver Niki Lauda (70) passed away.
    • Lauda, who had suffered serious burns in a near-fatal crash at German Grand Prix in 1976, won three championships (1975, 1977 and 1984). 
    • The Austrian competed in a total of 171 races, winning 25.
  • Filmmaker and film historian Vijaya Mulay (98) passed away.
    • The filmmaker was best known for her 7-minute animated film 'Ek Anek Aur Ekta', which was first aired on Doordarshan in 1974.
New Appointments
  • Pakistan today appointed Moin-ul-Haque as the High Commissioner to India
    • Haque's appointment comes after Sohail Mahmood left the High Commission to take over as Pakistan's Foreign Secretary. 
    • He earlier served as Pakistan's Ambassador to France. Besides India, Pakistan also announced appointments of High Commissioners to China, Japan and Brussels.
  • Indonesia's Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the country, defeating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general.
Sports Current Affairs
  • 9 Indian boxers, including Mary Kom have won their respective bouts in the Second India Open International Boxing tournament being held in Guwahati.
    • In her first competitive bout in the new 51 kg category, MC Mary Kom defeated Nepal's Mala Rai. 
  • The Committee of Administrators(CoA) announced in New Delhi today that the much-awaited elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  will be held on October 22.
  • A 3-member team led by 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist Ashish Kumar will represent India at the second World Challenge Cup Series gymnastics tournament in Osijek, Croatia from May 23 to 26.
    • Besides Ashish, the Indian contingent will also have Rakesh Kumar Patra and Shraddha Talekar.
    • Note : The World Challenge Cup is a major FIG event with a broader participation of 110 gymnasts from 30 different countries.

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    May 21, 2019

    19th & 20th May 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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    Dear Great Ambitionists, here are the Important Current Affairs updates of 19th and 20th May 2019. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

    Daily Current Affairs of 19th & 20th May 2019

    International Current Affairs
    • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be representing India in the meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to be held in Bishkek in Kyrgyz beginning tomorrow.
      • The CFM meeting will review the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit in Bishkek in 13-14 June and also exchange views on topical issues of international and regional importance. 
      • Note : This will be the 2nd CFM meeting that India will be attending as a full member of SCO.
    • The Navies of India and Singapore are participating in the annual maritime bilateral exercise SIMBEX in the South China Sea.
      • Various maritime combat exercises such as firing on aerial or surface targets, advanced aerial tracking, coordinated targeting exercises and tactical exercises on the surface or air scenarios is being conducted during the exercise.
      • Naval ships INS Kolkata and INS Shakti taking part in the bilateral naval exercise, along with long-range maritime patrol aircraft Poseidon-8I
      • The Singapore side is being represented by RSN ships Steadfast and Valiant, maritime patrol aircraft Fokker-50  and F-16 fighter aircraft.
    • Spanish Navy ship 'Mendez Nunez' (Frigate) with a crew of 30 officers and 135 sailors is on Mumbai visit from May 18 to 23. 
      • The ship is on Overseas Deployment and is docked at the Mumbai Port Trust.
      • The Commanding Officer of 'Mendez Nunez' will interact with Rear Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra Naval Area, during its stay.
      • The visit would further strengthen the existing bonds between the two navies.

    May 20, 2019

    LIC ADO Recruitment 2019 - 8581 Posts

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    Friends, the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is inviting online applications from eligible aspirants for filling up the posts of Apprentice Development Officers (ADOs) in various zones for the year 2019. Therea re 8581 posts in total. You can apply online from today (20th May 2019) to 9th June 2019. Check complete details below. All the Best :)

    Name of the Organization : Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)

    Name of the Posts : Apprentice Development Officer (ADO)

    Zone Wise Vacancy Details :
    • Central Zonal Office, Bhopal - 525
    • Eastern Zonal Office, Kolkata - 922
    • East Central Zonal Office, Patna - 701
    • South Central Zonal Office, Hyderabad - 1251
    • Northern Zonal Office, New Delhi - 1130
    • North Central Zonal Office, Kanpur - 1042
    • Southern Zonal Office, Chennai - 1257
    • Western Zonal Office, Mumbai - 1753
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