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October 13, 2019

13th October 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (13th October 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 13th October 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (13th October) is International Day for Disaster Reduction.
    • This day celebrates the way that people and communities around the world reduce their exposure to disasters and raise awareness about the risks that they face.
    • Theme of International Day for Disaster Reduction 2019 :  “Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services”.
  • The Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in New Delhi today on a 5-day visit.
    • During this visit, they will hold meetings with the top Indian leadership to boost bilateral economic and political cooperation.
    • This trip would be his 1st state visit to India, following his ascension to the throne in 2013.
    • The King and Queen will visit New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kerala during their visit. 
    • The visit is expected to boost economic and political cooperation between the two countries.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted Chinese President Xi Jinping's invitation to attend a 3rd Informal Summit in China
  • PM will inaugurate the Kartarpur corridor to Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan on 8th November 2019.
    • He will inaugurate the integrated check post on the Indian side.
    • The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims.
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October 12, 2019

11th & 12th October 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are the important Current Affairs of 11th & 12th October 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 11th & 12th October 2019

International Current Affairs
  • 11th October 2019 was observed as International Day of the Girl Child.
    • This is an international observance day declared by the United Nations.
    • On December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution to declare 11th October as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
    • First International Day of the Girl Child was observed on 11th October 2012.
    • Theme of International Day of the Girl Child 2019  : Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable'.’. 
  • Today (11th October) is World Obesity Day.
    • This day is observed globally with the view of promoting practical solutions to end the global obesity crisis.
    • Note : Child and teenage obesity levels have risen ten-fold in the last four decades, meaning 124 million boys and girls around the globe are too fat.
  • Second Friday of October (11th October) is World Egg Day.
    • This day is celebrated around the world to help raise awarness of the benefits of eggs and their importance in human nutrition.
    • Theme of World Egg Day 2019 : “Eat Your Egg Today And Every Day
    • The global campaign will focus on the crucial role that eggs play during each stage of our lives – before birth to age 100+.
    • Chairman of International Egg Commission : Suresh Chitturi (1st Indian & Asian)
  • India and Japan will hold a joint military exercise titled 'Dharma Guardian' in Mizoram from 19th of October to 2nd of November, 2019. 
    • Focus : To increase the interoperability between the two forces and enhance coordination in dealing with various security challenges including counter-terrorism.
    • Note : Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN is an annual training event, which is being conducted in India since last year. In respect of Japan, it is crucial and significant in terms of security challenges faced by both the nations in the backdrop of global terrorism. 
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a visit to Mamallapuram near Chennai today.
    • Mr Xi Jinping would be the second leader to visit Mamallapuram, after Zhou Enlai (visited in December 1956), reviving the traditional links between the ancient port town of India and China.
    • During this visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping held an informal summit and agreed to work closely to further the economic development of both the nations.
    • Ways to enhance the bilateral trade volume, as well as trade value, were also discussed. 
  • India is going to extend a Line of Credit of over 60 million US Dollars to Comoros in the field of energy and maritime defence cooperation.
    • India will extend a Line of Credit of over 41.6 million US Dollars for setting up of 18 MW Power Plant in Moroni and another 20 million US Dollars for the procurement of High-Speed Interceptor Boats.
  • The 1st ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair got underway in New Delhi today. 
    • The 3 day Fair is a major platform to promote export of products of cooperatives which will lead to enhanced rural and farm prosperity. 
    • Organisations from 36 countries are participating in the Fair.
  • The 2nd edition of Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) of the Navies of India and Bangladesh commenced in Northern Bay of Bengal on Thursday.
    • Guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvijay and ingeniously built missile Corvette INS Kuthar are participating in the exercise along with BNS Ali Haider, and BNS Shadinota from Bangladesh. 
    • The 2-day patrol will be followed by the maiden edition of Bilateral Exercise of the navies of two countries at Visakhapatnam between October 12-16.
    • Improtant Points to Note
      • The India Bangladesh CORPAT commenced in 2018. 
      • The exercise aims at development of mutual communication and sharing of best practices between the two navies.
      • India and Bangladesh have a common territorial boundary of over 4000 km and a maritime boundary. 
      • This exercise will add a new dimension to the India- Bangladesh maritime relations, said the release.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Adani Group's Gautam Adani jumped eight places to claim the 2nd spot on the Forbes India Rich List 2019 with a wealth of $15.7 billion. 
    • Kotak Mahindra Bank MD Uday Kotak gained $4 billion to enter the top five for the first time with a fortune of $14.8 billion. 
    • Important Note : Ambani remains the richest Indian for the twelfth consecutive year.
  • Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal will attend the 9th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, RCEP Intersessional Ministerial meeting beginning tomorrow at Bangkok in Thailand. 
    • This will be the last Ministerial meeting before the 3rd Leaders Summit to be held on 4th of next month in Bangkok.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the Summit. 
    • The 9th Intersessional Ministerial Meeting comes at a crucial stage where the RCEP is scheduled to be announced as concluded in November this year.
Deaths
  • Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (85), the man who conducted the 1st-ever spacewalk, passed away.
    • On March 18, 1965, Leonov stepped out of his spacecraft for a spacewalk that lasted over 12 minutes. 
    • He was also selected as the first Soviet to walk on the Moon but that mission was cancelled.
  • Padma Shri awardee and veteran saxophone player Kadri Gopalnath (69) passed away.
    • An A grade artist in Akashwani, Gopalnath held concerts in different countries and recorded a number of CDs. 
    • He was considered as a pioneer in playing Carnatic ragas on his Saxophone.
    • Apart from Padma Shree, Gopalnath was conferred with Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award, Karnataka Kalasri award among others.
Science & Technology
  • To explore the dynamic region where air meets space, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a satellite called Icon, Ionospheric Connection Explorer. 
    • The refrigerator-sized satellite will study the airglow formed from gases in the ionosphere and also measure the charged environment around the 580-kilometer-high spacecraft. 
Awards & Honors
  • The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Abiy Ahmed Ali (Ethiopian Prime Minister). 
    • He has been awarded for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with Eritrea
    • Last year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of warfare.
  • Ayesha Khan, a 22-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh, was made the UK's High Commissioner to India for a day
    • She had won the 'High Commissioner for a Day' competition, held to mark the 'International Day of the Girl Child'. 
  • Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today gave away Kayakalp Awards to different Central Government institutions, district hospitals, community health centres and private hospitals for their work in maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene in public health facilities.
    • In the Central Government institutions, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi bagged a cash prize of 3 crore rupees.
    • Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry received a cash award of 1.5 crore rupees.
    • Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi and AIIMS, Bhubaneswar were among others which were felicitated for maintaining sanitation and hygiene.
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu was conferred 'The Order of the Green Crescent', the highest Civilian Honour of Comoros, by Azali Assoumani, President of Comoros in Moroni.
New Appointments
  • Former India head coach Anil Kumble has been appointed as Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab's head coach for the upcoming season.
    • He replaced Mike Hesson
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian boxer Mary Kom has become the 1st boxer in history across male and female categories to win 8 World Championships medals
    • The 36-year-old lost her semi-final bout in 51-kg flyweight category against Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey to bag bronze today. 
    • She has won World Championships gold 6 times, along with a silver medal.
  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli has become the 1st Indian player and second overall to smash 40 international hundreds as captain
    • Kohli achieved the feat after reaching the three-figure mark off 173 deliveries against South Africa in the second Test yesterday.
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    October 11, 2019

    Meet the winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2019

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    The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

    Abiy Ahmed Ali, who took over as Ethiopia's Prime Minister last year, is the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He's a former military officer specialising in cyber intelligence and has been recognised for restarting talks with Eritrea, ending a 20-year stalemate. Ali also brought several reforms, including granting amnesty to political prisoners and appointing women to high-profile roles.

    Last year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of warfare.

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    October 10, 2019

    9th & 10th October 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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    Dear Great Ambitionists, here are the important Current Affairs of 9th & 10th October 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 9th & 10th October 2019

    International Current Affairs
    • 10th October 2019 is observed as World Mental Health Day.
      • The aim of this day is to raise awareness about mental health issues. 
      • Theme of World Mental Health Day 2019 : “suicide prevention”
    • 9th October 2019 was World Post Day
      • The day is celebrated every year on 9th October marking the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern.
      • Aim of World Post Day : to highlight the importance of the postal services.
    • India has fallen 10 places and ranked at the 68th position on an annual Global Competitiveness Index 2019 compiled by the World Economic Forum. 
      • The fall has been attributed to improvements witnessed by several other economies. India ranked high in terms of macroeconomic stability and market size. 
      • Important Note : Singapore has overtaken US to become the most competitive nation in the world.
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting India for the 2nd Informal Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu).
      • As a strategy to build upon the ancient cultural and trade ties with China and also to showcase India's diversity, the venue for this summit had to be outside Delhi and Mamallapuram was selected.
    • Saudi Arabia has allowed women to join armed forces, calling it another "milestone in women empowerment". 
      • Women would be able to serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant in the Air Force, Navy and other armed forces. 
    • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today embarked on a 5-day visit to Comoros and Sierra Leone
      • It is the 1st high-level visit from India to the two African countries.
      • In Comoros he will hold a detailed bilateral meeting with country's President Azali Assoumani tomorrow.
      • A number of MoUs and agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.
      • The 3-day visit will witness the Vice President interacting with the Indian community and calling on Abdou Ousseni the President of the Assembly of Comoros.
      • On the second leg of his visit, Mr. Naidu will arrive in Sierra Leone on Saturday. 
      • The following day, he will have a detailed bilateral meeting with country's President Julius Maada Wonie Bio and will meet Speaker of Sierra Leone Parliament Chernor Bundu as well as country's Foreign Minister Nabeela Farida Tunia. 
      • The visit of Vice President is part of India's Africa outreach policy.
    National Current Affairs
    • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan along with several State Health Ministers today launched Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) in New Delhi.
      • The initiative aims at assuring dignified, respectful and quality health care at no cost and zero tolerance for denial of services for every woman and newborn visiting the public health facility in order to end all preventable maternal and newborn deaths. 
      • It also provides a positive birth experience to both mother and infant.
    • Union Minister for Human Resources Development Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank launched ambitious DHRUV programme in the headquarter of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Bengaluru today. 
      • DHRUV is a unique programme to identify talented students and mentor them in the centre of excellence for 14 days so that they can reach their full potential and work for the society.
    • The 1st-of-its-kind 'Garbage Cafe' commenced in Ambikapur city of Chhattisgarh
      • The café is being run by the Ambikapur municipal corporation. 
      • In this unique Cafe', poor people and rag pickers will get free food in exchange for one kilogram of plastic, while breakfast will be provided if half a kilogram of plastic is brought to the cafe.  
    • In Madhya Pradesh, Governor Lalji Tandon cleared the Municipality amendment bill 2019
      • The approval clears the way for indirect polls of mayors and municipality chairpersons in Madhya Pradesh. 
      • The civic polls are due in Madhya Pradesh ahead on December this year.
    Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
    • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given its final nod to the Kerala Government for the formation of the Kerala Bank
      • With its formation, the proposed Kerala Bank will be the largest banking network in the state.
      • Objective of the formation of the Kerala Bank : To strengthen the cooperative sector.
    • Lakshmi Vilas Bank has announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) did not approve its merger with Indiabulls Housing Finance
      • The lender was recently placed under RBI's "prompt corrective action" due to high level of bad loans, lack of sufficient capital and a negative return on assets for two consecutive years. 
    • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has cut the interest rate on savings accounts with balances up to ₹1 lakh to 3.25% from 3.5%. 
      • It also reduced its Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR) by 10 basis points across all tenors after the RBI slashed repo rate. 
      • The one-year MCLR will now come down to 8.05% per annum from 8.15%.
    • The Union Cabinet has approved to hike the Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees by 5% to 17%
      • This move, termed as a 'Diwali Gift', will benefit around 50 lakh employees and 62 lakh pensioners.
      • The move will cost the government around ₹16,000 crore.
    • Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal will attend the 9th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, RCEP Intersessional Ministerial meeting beginning tomorrow at Bangkok in Thailand. 
      • This will be the last Ministerial before the 3rd Leaders Summit to be held on 4th of next month in Bangkok.
      • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the Summit. 
      • The 9th Intersessional Ministerial Meeting comes at a crucial stage where the RCEP is scheduled to be announced as concluded in November this year.
    • Singapore will become the 1st country in the world to ban advertisements for the most unhealthy sugary drinks.
      • Products deemed "less healthy" must now display labels grading their nutritional and sugar content. 
      • Additionally, those considered to be most unhealthy will be banned from appearing in ads across all media platforms, including broadcast, print and online channels.
    Awards & Honors
    • The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature has been announced along with the 2018 Prize. 
      • 2019 : Austrian author Peter Handke has won the 2019 Prize  for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.
      • 2018 : Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk has received the 2018 Prize for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life. 
      • Note : The 2018 Nobel Literature Prize was delayed over a sexual harassment scandal.
    • The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries
      • With this, German-born American scientist John B Goodenough (97 years) became the oldest Nobel laureate
      • The previous record-holder was Arthur Ashkin, who won Physics Nobel in 2018 at 96.
    Sports Current Affairs
    • India Women ODI captain Mithali Raj has become the 1st woman cricketer in history to have an ODI career lasting over 20 years
      • The 36-year-old, who made her ODI debut on June 26, 1999, achieved the feat after taking the field in the first ODI against South Africa Women today. 
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      Meet the winners of Nobel Prizes in Literature for 2018 and 2019

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      The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 is awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”

      The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 is awarded to the Austrian author Peter Handke for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”

      About Olga Tokarczuk (Nobel Literature Prize 2018)

      Olga Tokarczuk was born 1962 in Sulechów in Poland, and today lives in Wrocław. Her parents were teachers and her father also functioned as school librarian. In the library she read pretty much everything she could get hold of and it was here that she developed her literary appetite. After studies
      in psychology at the University of Warsaw she made her debut as a fiction writer 1993 with ‘Podróz ludzi Księgi’ (‘The Journey of the Book-People’). Her real breakthrough came with her third novel ‘Prawiek i inne czasy’ 1996 (‘Primeval and Other Times’, 2010).

      The novel is an excellent example of new Polish literature after 1989, resisting moral judgement and unwilling to represent the conscience of the nation. Instead it shows a remarkable gift of imagination with a high degree of artistic sophistication.

      The magnum opus of Tokarczuk so far is the impressive historical novel ‘Księgi Jakubowe’ 2014 (‘The Books of Jacob’). Once more the writer changes mode and genre, and has devoted several years of historical research in archives and libraries to make the work possible. Tokarczuk has in this work showed the supreme capacity of the novel to represent a case almost beyond human understanding.

      About Peter Handke (Nobel Literature Prize 2019)

      Peter Handke was born 1942 in a village named Griffen, located in the region Kärnten in southern Austria. This was also the birthplace of his mother Maria, who belonged to the Slovenian minority. From 1961 he studied law at the University of Graz but broke off his studies a few years later when his debut novel ‘Die Hornissen’ (1966) was published. Together with the play ‘Publikumsbeschimpfung’ (‘Offending the Audience’, 1969), he certainly set his mark on the literary scene.

      More than fifty years later, having produced a great number of works in different genres, he has established himself as one of the most influential writers in Europe after the Second World War. His bibliography contains novels, essays, note books, dramatic works and screenplays. His works are filled with a strong desire to discover and to make his discoveries come to live by finding new literary expressions for them.

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      October 09, 2019

      Meet the winners of Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2019

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      The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries.”

      Lithium-ion batteries are used globally to power the portable electronics that we use to communicate, work, study, listen to music and search for knowledge. Lithium-ion batteries have also enabled the development of long-range electric cars and the storage of energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power.

      The foundation of the lithium-ion battery was laid during the oil crisis in the 1970s. Stanley Whittingham worked on developing methods that could lead to fossil fuel-free energy technologies. He started to research superconductors and discovered an extremely energy-rich material, which he used to create an innovative cathode in a lithium battery. This was made from titanium disulphide which, at a molecular level, has spaces that can house – intercalate – lithium ions.

      The battery’s anode was partially made from metallic lithium, which has a strong drive to release electrons. This resulted in a battery that literally had great potential, just over two volts. However, metallic lithium is reactive and the battery was too explosive to be viable.

      John Goodenough predicted that the cathode would have even greater potential if it was made using a metal oxide instead of a metal sulphide. After a systematic search, in 1980 he demonstrated that cobalt oxide with intercalated lithium ions can produce as much as four volts. This was an important breakthrough and would lead to much more powerful batteries.

      With Goodenough’s cathode as a basis, Akira Yoshino created the first commercially viable lithium-ion battery in 1985. Rather than using reactive lithium in the anode, he used petroleum coke, a carbon material that, like the cathode’s cobalt oxide, can intercalate lithium ions.

      The result was a lightweight, hardwearing battery that could be charged hundreds of times before its performance deteriorated. The advantage of lithium-ion batteries is that they are not based upon chemical reactions that break down the electrodes, but upon lithium ions flowing back and forth between the anode and cathode.

      Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionised our lives since they first entered the market in 1991. They have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, and are of the greatest benefit to humankind.

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      List of Important Banking related Acts and years

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      List of Important Banking Related Acts and years

      • Banker’s Books Evidence Act -  1891
      • Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertaking) Act -  1969
      • Banking Companies (Legal Practitioners’ Clients’ Account) Act -  1949
      • Banking Companies (Period of Preservation of Records) Rules -  1985
      • Banking Companies (Regulation)Rules - 1985
      • Banking Regulation (Companies) Rules 1949
      • Banking Regulation (Companies) Rules -  1949
      • Banking Regulation Act -  1949
      • Chit Fund Act - 1982
      • Credit Information Companies (Rules & Regulation) Act - 2005
      • Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal (Procedure) Rules - 1994
      • Factoring Act Rules -  2011
      • Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act -  1976
      • Foreign Exchange Management Act -  1999
      • Indian Partnership Act -  1932
      • Indian Stamp Act -  1899
      • Indian Trusts Act -  1882
      • Industrial Development Bank (Transfer of Undertaking & Repeal) Act - 2003
      • Industrial Reconstruction Bank (Transfer of Undertaking & Appeal) Act - 1997
      • Limitation Act -  1963
      • NABARD Bonds Regulations — 1988
      • NABARD General Regulations 1982
      • Negotiable Instrument Act - 1881
      • Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act - 1993
      • Reserve Bank of India Act — 1934
      • SARFAESI (Central registry) Rules - 2011
      • Shipping Development Fund Committee (Abolition)Act - 1985
      • Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions)Act - 1985
      • SIDBI Act - 1988
      • SIDBI General Regulations -  1990
      • The Bankers’Books Evidence Act - 1891
      • The Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act - 1970
      • The Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act - 1980
      • The Banking Companies (Legal Practitioner Clients’ Accounts) Act - 1949
      • The Banking Ombudsman Scheme -  2006
      • The Banking Regulation Act - 1949
      • The Banking Regulation(Companies) Rules - 1949
      • The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act - 1961
      • The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act - 1961(DICGC)
      • The Export-Import Bank of India Act - 1981
      • The Industrial Disputes (Banking and Insurance Companies) Act - 1949
      • The Industrial Disputes (Banking Companies) Decision Act - 1955
      • The Industrial Finance Corporation (Transfer of Undertakings and Repeal) Act - 1993
      • The Industrial Finance Corporation of India Act - 1948
      • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act - 1981
      • The National Housing Bank Act - 1987
      • The Nationalised Banks (Management and Misc. Provisions)Scheme - 1970
      • The Regional Rural Banks Act - 1976
      • The Reserve Bank of India (Amendment and Misc. Provisions) Act - 1953
      • The ReserveBank of India Act - 1934
      • The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act - (SARFASI-2002)
      • The Special Court (trial of Offences relating to Transactions in Securities) Act - 1992
      • The State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act-1959
      • The State Bank of India Act - 1955
      • The State Financial Corporations Act - 1951
      • The Subsidiary Banks General Regulation - 1959

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      October 08, 2019

      8th October 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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      Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (8th October 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 8th October 2019

      International Current Affairs
      • The 5th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Mexico were held in New Delhi.
        • The Indian side was led by Secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh and Mexican side was led by Deputy Minister of External Affairs of Mexico Julián Ventura Valero.
        • During the consultations, both the sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation, including political, trade and economic cooperation. 
        • Both sides underscored the need to hold a regular dialogue in these areas through the established bilateral mechanisms.
      National Current Affairs
      • The 87th Anniversary of Indian Air Force (IAF) is being observed today. 
        • The force was formed on 8th October 1932 with a strength of six RAF-trained officers and 19 air soldiers.
        • Important Details about Indian Air Force
          • Founded    on : 8th October 1932
          • Motto : Touch the Sky with Glory (नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम्)
          • Headquarters : New Delhi
          • Chief of Air Staff : Rakesh Kumar Singh
          • Vice Chief of Air Staff   : Marshal Harjit Singh Arora
          • Indian Airforce is the World's 4th largest Airforce.
          • The Indian Air Force has involved in the following:
            • World War II
            • Sino-Indian War
            • Operation Cactus
            • Operation Vijay
            • Kargil War
            • Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
            • Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
            • Congo Crisis
            • Operation Poomalai
            • Operation Pawan 
      • Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has launched a unique initiative called 'Ganga Amantran' to connect with the stakeholders of the river. 
        • It is a pioneering exploratory open- water rafting and kayaking expedition on the Ganga river to begin on coming Thursday and will continue till 11th of next month.
        • The expedition will start at Devaprayag and culminate at Ganga Sagar covering the entire stratch of over 25,000 kilometres of the River. 
      • 63rd Dhammachakra Pravartan Din is being celebrated today at Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur (Maharashtra). 
        • Buddhist followers from the different parts of the country and abroad gathered at the venue to pay homage to the Architect of Indian Constitution Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at Deekshabhoomi.
      Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
      • Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today announced that India will provide additional $236 million line of credit to Mongolia beyond the committed $1 billion for setting up its 1st oil refinery
        • The 1.5 million tonnes per annum refinery is being built at a cost of $1.25 billion. 
        • The line of credit was announced during PM Narendra Modi's visit to Mongolia in 2015.
      • A 3-day India International Cooperative Trade Fair will be held in New Delhi from 11th of this month. 
        • The first-ever such fair is aimed at promoting cooperative to cooperative trade within India and abroad leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity.
        • This will be India's first and the largest international cooperatives trade fair promising to usher in a new era of cooperative excellence. 
        • The fair is expected to evolve a conducive environment for co-operative trade in the global arena.
      Recent Committees in News
      • The government today set up a 19-member Inter-Ministerial Co-ordination Committee (IMCC) to ensure better coordination among various departments and law enforcement agencies to curb money laundering cases. 
        • The committee will be chaired by the Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey.
      Science & Technology
      • International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center has announced the discovery of 20 new moons around Saturn, bringing its total known moons to 82. 
        • The ringed planet has now surpassed Jupiter, which has 79 known moons, as the planet with most moons in the solar system
      Awards & Honors
      • The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded with one half to James Peebles for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz
        • Mayor and Queloz received the prize for discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star. 
        • The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for inventions in laser physics.
      New Appointments
      • Titan Company today announced the retirement of its MD Bhaskar Bhat after about 33 years of service in the company. 
        • The position has been taken over by CK Venkataraman, who was the CEO of Titan's jewellery division since 2005.
      Sports Current Affairs
      • England have appointed Chris Silverwood as their new head coach across all formats, replacing Trevor Bayliss. 
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        Meet the winners of Nobel Prize for Physics 2019

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        The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for the year 2019 to three scientists for their groundbreaking discoveries of the evolution of the Universe.

        James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz were announced as this year's winners at a ceremony in Stockholm. They were jointly awarded the prize for their work on the evolution of the Universe and the discovery of a distant planet around a Sun-like star in 1995. The winners will share the prize money of nine million kronor (£738,000) [Half to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.”

        This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics rewards new understanding of the universe’s structure and history, and the first discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-type star outside our solar system.

        The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for inventions in laser physics.



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        October 07, 2019

        7th October 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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        Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (7th October 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 7th October 2019

        International Current Affairs
        • Today (7th October) is World Day for Decent Work .
          • During this day trade unions, union federations and other workers associations develop their actions to promote the idea of Decent Work.  
          • This year marks the 12th World Day for Decent Work (WDDW)
          • Theme of World Day for Decent Work 2019  :  “Investing in care for gender equality
        • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh left New Delhi this afternoon on a 2-day visit to France
          • He will meet French President Emmanuel Macron tomorrow. 
          • Later, he will participate in the handing over ceremony of Rafale fighter aircraft.
        • Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan will pay a 3-day visit to Mongolia beginning today. 
          • During this visit, he will  participate in the opening ceremony of  infrastructure that Mongolia has already constructed for the Indian funded, Mongol Refinery  project.
          • Note : The Mongol Refinery project is being  developed under a line of credit of 1.236 billion US dollars extended by India during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Mongolia in 2015 and subsequently enhanced during the State visit of the President of Mongolia to India last month.
        • The World Trade Organisation (WTO) will host the 1st World Cotton Day (WCD) celebrations in Geneva today. 
          • This event stems from the application by the Cotton-4 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali) to the United Nations General Assembly for its official recognition of a World Cotton Day, reflecting the importance of cotton as a global commodity.
          • Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani is representing India in the 5-day event.
          • Important Note : World Cotton Day (7th October) celebrates the many advantages of cotton, from its qualities as a natural fibre, to the benefits people obtain from its production, transformation, trade and consumption.
        • Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth has dissolved parliament and called for general elections next month. 
          • Jugnauth, who is also finance minister will seek another term as leader of the Mouvement Socialiste Militant (MSM)
        National Current Affairs
        • In Jammu and Kashmir, Crossed Swords Division organized a “VEER KUTUMB RALLY” at Tanda, Akhnoor with an aim to reach out to veterans, veer naris, widows and their families. 
          • The Rally was organised by the Indian Army as part of its activities to observe 2019 as the 'Year of the Next of Kin'.  
        Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
        • India has received the 1st tranche of details about financial accounts of its residents in Swiss banks under a new automatic exchange of information framework between the two countries.
          • It marks a significant milestone in the fight against black money suspected to be stashed abroad.
          • Note : This is the first time that India has received details from Switzerland under the AEOI (Automatic Exchange of Information) framework, which provides for exchange of information on financial accounts that currently active as well as those accounts that were closed during 2018.
          • The next exchange would take place in September 2020.
        • To celebrate the 55th Anniversary of India's flagship capacity building programme - Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, the Development Partnership Administration Division of the External Affairs Ministry is organizing a conference in New Delhi today. 
          • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will preside over the event and Minister of State for Defence and Minister of State for External Affairs will be Guests of Honour.
        Deaths
        • Actor-comedian Rip Taylor (84) passed away.
          • He is known for making appearances on shows like, 'The Gong Show' and 'Password', among others. 
          • He also made an appearance in the series 'The Monkees'.
        • Ginger Baker (80), the drummer and co-founder of rock band Cream, passed away.
          • Baker was ranked number 3 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time list.
        Awards & Honors
        • William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza have been jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology.
          • They were honored with this prestegious award  for discovery of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen.
          • Medicine is the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. 
          • It will be followed by physics prize on Tuesday, and chemistry on Wednesday.
        • The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will honour and showcase Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Amitabh Bachchan's selected films at the festival.
          • The festival will be held from 20th-28th November in Goa and will screen over 200 films from 76 countries. 'Gully Boy' will also be screened at the festival.
        • Bollywood Actress Bhumi Pednekar bagged her 1st International award when she won the Face of Asia award at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea.
        • The name of Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna, who was killed by JKLF terrorists in 1990, has been added to the National War Memorial after it was approved by the Indian Air Force (IAF). 
          • Squadron Leader Khanna and three other IAF personnel were killed in January 1990 in Kashmir allegedly by JKLF founder Yasin Malik
          • Twenty-seven bullets were pumped into Khanna's body. The trial against Malik had resumed last month in Jammu.
          • About National War Memorial
            • The National War Memorial at the India Gate is dedicated to the defence personnel who laid down their lives for the country. 
            • The three armed services approve the names of the soldiers after which they are included in the National War Memorial.
        New Appointments
        • In Assam, Justice Ajai Lamba has taken oath today as the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court.  
          • State Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi has administered the oath taking ceremony at the Raj Bhawan in Guwahati.
        Sports Current Affairs
        • Surender Singh of India created 3 world records at the ongoing World Powerlifting Championships in Berlin, Germany.
          • Surender bagged Gold medal in 110 kg category, Classic Raw and the Best Lifter Award in Classic Raw and Single Ply.
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