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June 16, 2019

15th & 16th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are the Important Current Affairs updates of 15th & 16th June 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 15th & 16th June 2019

International Current Affairs
  • 15th June is observed as ASEAN Dengue Day.
    • ASEAN Dengue Day Theme 2019 :  “End Dengue: Starts With Me
  • 15th June is also observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).
    • This day was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.
    • The purpose of this day is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
  • The month of June is being observed as LGBTQ pride month to commemorate the anniversary of Stonewall riots at Stonewall Inn in New York, a gathering space for LGBTQ community during the 60s. 
    • On June 28, 1969, police raided the inn, leading to the gay liberation movement in the US.
    • 'Mother of Pride' Brenda Howard organised the first pride parade a year later.
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Meet Miss India 2019 - Suman Rao

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North Indian state Rajasthan's 22 year old Suman Rao has won this year's Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageant during a star-studded ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in Mumbai. Miss India 2018 Anukreethy Vas (Tamil Nadu) crowned her successor Suman Rao, Miss India 2019 in an emotional moment.  Suman will now represent India at Miss World 2019, which is to be held in Thailand.

This is the 56th edition of the Femina Missi India beauty paegeant. Shreya Shankar from Bihar was crowned Miss India United Continents 2019 and Shivani Jadhav from Chattisgarh was crowned, Miss Grand India 2019. She is also the first runner up.

The pageant was hosted by Bollywood producer & director Karan Johar along with Indian television host, anchor and an actor Manish Paul and Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar.

Quick Glance of Femina Miss India 2019

  • Miss India World 2019 :  Suman Rao (Rajasthan)
  • Miss India Grand International 2019 :  Shivani Jadhav (Chhattisgarh)
  • Miss India United Continents 2019 : Shreya Shanker (Bihar)
  • Runner-up : Sanjana Vij (Telangana)
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List of Important Indian Cities and Nicknames

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Hi friends, I am Akhila Priya. Today I want to share the list of Important Indian Cities and their Nicknames. These nicknames of cities are very important for all competitive exams including banking exams. Happy Reading :)

List of Important Indian Cities and Nicknames

  • Bangle City - Hyderabad (Telangana)
  • Blue City - Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
  • City of Blood - Tezpur (Assam)
  • City of Dawn - Auroville (Pondichery)
  • City of Golden Temple - Amritsar (Punjab)
  • City of Palaces - Kolkata (West Bengal)
  • City of seven Islands - Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  • Diamond City - Surat (Gujarat)
  • Egg city - Namakkal (Tamilnadu)
  • Garden City - Bangalore (Karnataka)
  • Golden City - Jaisalmer(Rajastan)
  • Lake City - Udaipur (Rajastan)
  • Orange City - Nagpur (Maharashtra)
  • Pearl City - Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu)
  • Pink City - Jaipur (Rajastan)
  • Sandal Wood City - Mysore (Karnataka)
  • Sun City - Jodhpur (Rajastan)
  • Temple City - Bhuvaneswar (Orissa)
  • Twin Cities - Hyderabad and Secundarabad (Telangana)
  • Weavers city - Panipat (Haryana)
  • White City - Udaipur (Rajastan)

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June 15, 2019

IBPS RRB VIII Notification 2019 (Officers & Office Assistants) out

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Friends, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the notification of IBPS RRB VIII for the year 2019. According to this notification, the next online examination for the Common Recruitment Process for Regional Rural Banks (IBPS RRBs VIII) for the recruitment of Officers (Scale I, II & III) and Office Assistants (Multipurpose) will be conducted by the Institute of Banking Selection (IBPS) between August and October 2019. The online examination will be held in two phases (preliminary & main).  You can apply online from 18th June 2019 to 4th July 2018. Check complete details below. All the Best :)

Name of the organization : Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

Name of the Exam : IBPS RRB VIII Common Written Exam (Online)

Name of the Posts :
  • Group “A”-Officers (Scale-I, II & III)
  • Group “B”-Office Assistant (Multipurpose)

Important Dates :
  • Starting Date of Online Registration : 18th June 2019
  • Last Date of Online Registration : 4th July 2019
  • Download of call letters for Pre- Exam Training for Officer Scale-I : July 2019
  • Conduct of Pre-Exam Training for Officer Scale-I : 21st July 2019 to 26th July 2019
  • Download of call letters for Pre- Exam Training for Office Assistant : July 2019
  • Conduct of Pre-Exam Training for Office Assistant : 27th July 2019 to 1st August 2019
  • Download of call letters for online examination – Preliminary :
    • Officer Scale-I : July 2019
    • Office Assistant : August 2019
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14th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (14th June 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 14th June 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). 
    • He discussed a range of bilateral issues with both leaders. 
    • Note : India, Russia and China will hold a trilateral meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
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June 14, 2019

IDBI Bank Executives & Assistant Managers Online Test 2019 Marks, Cutoff Details out

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Friends, the IDBI Bank has released the Merit lists, Category wise & Test wise cut-off details and Marks of it's Executives and Assistant Managers Recruitment 2019. The bank has conducted online test or the recruitment of Executives on 16th May 2019 and for the recruitment of Assistant Managers on 17th May 2019. You can check the cutoffs and other details from the official website of the IDBI Bank Ltd or from below link. All the Best :)


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Global Peace Index 2019 Highlights : India's rank and Top 10 countries

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Based on Australian think tank Institute for Economics & Peace rankings, India has slipped by 5 places to rank 141st among 163 countries in recently released Global Peace Index (GPI) 2019.  The think tank ranks countries based on the level of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization.

Iceland remained at the top position while Afghanistan is ranked the most violent country in the world according to GPI 2019. Here important point to note is, Iceland remained top as world's peaceful country from the year 2008.  The US ranked 128th in the list. This year is the first year that has seen Iraq rise to the 5th least peaceful country, a position which was previously a lot lower.

The Global Peace Index (GPI) gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and the degree of militarisation in 163 countries and territories by taking into account 23 indicators. The 13th edition of the annual report, the world's leading measure of global peacefulness, also shows that the "average level of global peacefulness improved for the first time in five years". Let's have a look at the most and least peaceful countries worldwide according to latest Global Peace Index 2019.

Top 10 in Global Peace Index 2019

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Portugal
  4. Austria
  5. Denmark
  6. Canada
  7. Singapore
  8. Slovenia
  9. Japan
  10. Czech Republic

Bottom 10 in Global Peace Index 2019

  1. Afghanistan (163)
  2. Syria (162)
  3. South Sudan (161)
  4. Yemen (160)
  5. Iraq (159)
  6. Somalia (158)
  7. Central African Republic (157)
  8. Libya (156)
  9. Democratic Republic of the Congo (155)
  10. Russia (154)
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Theme of International Yoga Day 2019 : "Yoga for Heart"

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The Union Minister of State for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy Shripad Naik today announced the Theme for upcoming International Yoga Day 2019 as "Yoga for Heart".

"Yoga has become an important aspect in the life of the people, which is an honourable achievement for the country that has given Yoga to the world," he told after revealing World Yoga Day 2019 Theme.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. World Yoga Day is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

About International Yoga Day / World Yoga Day

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21st June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.

This year's Celebrations
Prime minister Modi will be present in the main event to be held at Prabhat Tara Maidan in Ranchi. About 40,000 people participated in the first International Yoga Day in Delhi and expected Ranchi event to draw about 50,000 Yoga enthusiasts.

Aim of International Yoga Day : To raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

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13th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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

International Current Affairs
  • Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the country will ban harmful single-use plastics like plastic bags, straws, among other items, as early as 2021.
    • Canada plans to introduce targets and standards for firms that manufacture plastic products or sell items with plastic packaging so they become responsible for their plastic waste.
  • Humans may be ingesting 5 grams of plastic each week, the equivalent of a credit card, a study commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature announced. 
    • The largest source of plastic ingestion is drinking water, with the plastic particles found in bottled, tap, surface and groundwater. 
    • The findings are the first to estimate the ingestion of microplastics by humans.
  • UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed a request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to the US. 
    • Assange is accused of obtaining and publishing classified information and conspiring to hack into a government computer.
National Current Affairs
  • Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has announced that the Centre will extend free coaching to Muslim girls preparing for UPSC, banking and state service exams
    • He further announced that the government will provide 100% funding to build schools, colleges, hospitals, community centres, common centres, and hostels on Waqf properties, which will be geo-tagged and digitised.
  • The Karnataka government has announced that it will waive all eligible farm loans in one go. 
    • Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, has announced that loans of 2,28,961 farmers amounting to ₹4,617.31 crore will be released in a single phase across the state. 
  • A team of scientists including Delhi University researchers discovered a new species of 'paddy frog' in Assam
    • The frog 'Micryletta aishani' was named after the Sanskrit word 'aishani', meaning northeast, in reference to Northeast India. 
    • The new frog is reddish-brown in colour and measures about 2.2-2.8 cm in length and has an absence of web on its feet.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir for another 6 months, beginning from July 3.
    • Note : J&K has been under President's rule since December 2018. 
    • Earlier, the state was under Governor's rule after the BJP pulled out of the coalition government with PDP in June last year.

Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Over 53,000 cases of bank frauds worth ₹2.05 lakh crore were reported in India between 2008-09 and 2018-19, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently revealed. 
    • The highest of 6,811 cases were reported by the ICICI Bank involving ₹5,034 crore. 
    • This was followed by the State Bank of India (SBI) which reported 6,793 cases worth ₹23,735 crore.
  • American multinational computer technology company Dell has emerged as the most trusted brand of India in 2019, according to a research by TRA's The Brand Trust Report. 
    • Dell climbed five ranks over the previous year to grab the top spot and also introduced the laptop category in the report.
Recent Committees in News
  • The Bimal Jalan committee, which is reviewing the size of capital reserves the RBI should hold, delayed submitting its report again today due to a difference of opinion.
    • Originally scheduled for submission in April, the report will now be submitted by June-end. 
    • The 6-member panel will have one more meeting before finalising its report.
Awards & Honors
  • Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan will be the chief guest at the 10th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in Australia.  
    • The film festival will be held between August 8 and August 17 this year.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University has approved a proposal to give Distinguished Alumni Award to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during convocation in August. 
    • Sitharaman did her Masters in Economics and MPhil in International Studies from JNU, while Jaishankar did Masters in Political Science and MPhil and PhD in International Relations from the university.
Science & Technology
  • The Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan today announced that  India is planning to set up a separate station in space.
  • The Central Government has approved the formation of Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO) to develop weapon systems and capability enhancing technologies for space wars. 
    • The DSRO will reportedly comprise scientists who'll work with integrated officers of the three armed forces. 
    • Separate military agency Defence Space Agency (DSA) was also reportedly set up to fight any future space wars.
MOUs & Agreements
  • Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Delhi) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Navy to train its officials in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • The officers will be allowed to pursue MTech AI from the institute as regular students. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • Team India captain Virat Kohli is the sole Indian and the only cricketer in the Forbes 2019 list of world's highest-paid athletes with estimated annual earnings of $25 million (₹173 crore). 
    • The list is topped by Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi.

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    June 13, 2019

    12th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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    Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (12th June 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 12th June 2019

    International Current Affairs
    • India has voted in support of Israel at the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny observer status to a Palestinian organisation named 'Shahed'. 
      • The organisation claims to deal with human rights and humanitarian issues. 
      • However, Israel claims that 'Shahed' is a terrorist organisation and operates as an arm of the Lebanon-based Hamas terror group.
    • Botswana's High Court today ruled in favour of decriminalising same-sex relations, saying the colonial-era laws were discriminatory and unconstitutional. 
      • The court cited the decriminalisation of same-sex relations in India while delivering the verdict. 
    • The 16th Asia media summit kicked-off in Cambodia today.
      • This summit is deliberating on many issues pertaining to the media and broadcasting industry.
    National Current Affairs
    • The Gujarat administration is on high alert to deal with Cyclone Vayu, which is likely to hit the state on Thursday.
      • Vayu is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva as a 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm' with wind speed 140-150 kmph in the morning. 
    • In a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Bihar government has approved the proposal to punish sons and daughters, who abandon their elderly parents, with jail term. 
      • Such cases will be registered under the non-bailable section after receiving complaints from elderly parents, the proposal by the state's social welfare department mentioned.
    • Union Cabinet has accorded ex-post facto approval for the extension of the term of the Commission to examine the issue of Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes by 2  more months upto 31st July this year. 
      • Note : This is the 6th extension to the commission whose term would have expired on 31st of May.
    • Union Cabinet has approved the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2019.
      • This bill replaces the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019. 
    • The Union Cabinet has approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill 2019 which will be introduced in both the Houses of Parliament in the forthcoming session.
      • The bill is aimed at providing relief to persons in Jammu and Kashmir residing in areas adjoining international border. 
      • They can now avail reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in different professional courses.
    • Amasebailu in Kundapura Taluk of Udupi district has become Karnataka’s 1st solar-powered Gram Panchayat
      • Over 1800 houses were provided solar lamps at a total cost of 2.13 crore rupees. 
      • The project was funded by Centre and State Government in the ratio of 30:20 and the rest was paid by the Panchayat and charitable organizations.
    Recent Committees in News
    • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today constituted a 6-member committee to review the ATM interchange fee structure
      • An interchange fee is paid by one bank when its customer transacts at the ATM of another bank. 
      • The committee will review overall patterns of usage of ATMs and assess the impact, if any, on charges and interchange fees.
      • Head of the Committee : V G Kannan (Chief Executive of Indian Banks’ Association)
      • The committee also consists of senior officers from National Payments Corporation of India, SBI, HDFC Bank, Confederation of ATM Industry and Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited.
    Science & Technology
    • ISRO Chairman K Sivan today announced that India's 2nd Moon mission will be launched on July 15 at 2:51 AM from Sriharikota. 
      • The Chandrayaan-2 satellite, weighing 3.8 tonnes, is expected to land on the Moon on September 6. 
      • This is the most complex mission ever to be undertaken by ISRO that costs under ₹1,000 crore, the ISRO chief said.
    Awards & Honors
    • Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh was conferred the 54th Jnanpith award for the year 2018. 
      • The award was given for his outstanding contribution in English. 
      • Note : Mr Ghosh is the 1st English writer to get this award. 
    • Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra will be honoured with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at UNICEF's annual Snowflake Ball in December. 
    • An 8 year old Indian origin student named Nia Tony was honoured during 22nd edition of Emirates Recycling Awards in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). 
      • She won the award in the paper section in individual category for collecting a total of 14,914 kg of paper waste.
    New Appointments
    • Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the Leader of House in Rajya Sabha.
      • He has replaced BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who had opted out of the government citing health reasons. 
    • Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Dettol cleaners today named PepsiCo's Global Chief Commercial Officer Laxman Narasimhan as its next CEO.
      • He is going to replace Rakesh Kapoor. 
      • Note : Narasimhan will be the 1st outside leader of the British consumer goods group since its formation in 1999. 
    • China has appointed veteran diplomat Sun Weidong as its new envoy to India.
      • He is going to replace Luo Zhaohui, who has been appointed as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.
      • Note : Indian Ambassador to China : Vikram Misri 
    Sports Current Affairs
    • Indian men's archery team secured the Olympic quota for the 2020 Tokyo Games by storming into the quarterfinals of the World Championships with a 5-3 win over Canada in the Netherlands today.
      • Note : This is for the first time after 2012 London Olympics that Indian men could secure a team quota.
    • Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant today brought in as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India's World Cup squad.
    • In Football, the United States recorded the biggest-ever victory in the Fifa Women's World Cup last night when they crushed Thailand, 13-nil in a Group-F match at Reims in France. 
      • Alex Morgan scored five times for the three-time winners and defending champions. 
    • India's 18-year-old top-order batsman Jemimah Rodrigues has been signed by the Kia Super League franchise Yorkshire Diamonds for the 2019 season. 
      • The 18-year old is the 3rd Indian player to feature in the league after Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur

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      June 12, 2019

      Meet the winner of 54th Jnanpith Award - Amitav Ghosh

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      One of India’s leading contemporary English writers, Amitav Ghosh was conferred the 54th Jnanpith award for the year2018 for his outstanding contribution in English. With this, Ghosh has became the 1st English writer to get this presetegious award.

      The author received the award from former Governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi at a function in New Delhi today.

      About Amitav Ghosh

      Born in Kolkata, Ghosh who spent his formative years in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria. He has earlier won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his much-loved novel, The Shadow Lines (1988).

      The works of Amitav Ghoshportray a vast range of subjects.Some of his famous works are :
      • The Circle of Reason (1986)
      • The Shadow Lines (1988)
      • In an Antique Land (1992)
      • The Calcutta Chromosome (1995)
      • The Glass Palace (2000)
      • The Imam and the Indian (2002)
      • The Hungry Tide (2004)
      • Sea of Poppies (2008)
      • River of Smoke (2011)
      • Flood of Fire (2015)
      • The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)
      • Gun Island (2019)

      About Jnanpith Award

      • Jnanpith Award is an India's Highest literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a literary and research organization to an author for the "outstanding contribution towards literature".
      • This award was first instituted in the year 1961.
      • This award comprises a citation plaque, a cash prize of ₹11 lakh, and a bronze replica of goddess Saraswati.
      • First winner of this award : G. Sankara Kurup (Malayalam)
      • Last Year's Winner of this award : Krishna Sobti (Hindi)
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      June 11, 2019

      11th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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      Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (11th June 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 11th June 2019

      International Current Affairs
      • India has been designated as the Guest of Honour Country at the 33rd Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (Guadalajara International Book Fair), in Mexico.
        • The book fair, to be organised from November 30 - December 8, will be "the largest book fair in the Spanish speaking world".
        • The dedicated India pavilion at the fair will showcase over 35 Indian authors and artists, along with 15 publishing houses.
      • India today handed over NPR 1.6 billion as reimbursement of part payment of the first and second tranches of housing reconstruction in Nuwakot and Gorkha (Nepal), among the areas affected in the devastating 2015 earthquake.
        • Note : Until now, India has reimbursed a total of NPR 4.5 billion to Nepal, the statement added.
      National Current Affairs
      • A Pathankot court has sentenced 3 out of the 6 convicted for rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua last year to life imprisonment. 
        • 3 others have been handed a 5-year sentence each.
      • Chaukhandi Stupa, an ancient Buddhist site located in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has been declared as ‘protected area of national importance’ by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
        • Note : For declaring the stupa as protected area government sought public feedback on 8 March 2019 for a period of two months.
      Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
      • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed the norms for no-frills accounts, directing banks to provide cheque books and other facilities to basic account holders. 
        • The banks cannot ask account holders to maintain any minimum balance for such facilities. 
        • Note : Earlier, additional facilities made these accounts similar to regular savings accounts, making it mandatory to maintain a minimum balance and be levied other charges.
      • Indian multinational information technology (IT) service and consulting company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) today surpassed Reliance Industries (RIL) to become the most valued firm by market valuation
      • The government is planning to introduce a tax on cash withdrawal of ₹10 lakh and above in a year.
        • The proposed move is aimed at discouraging paper currency usage and black money circulation, and encouraging digital transactions. 
        • The government is also considering to mandate Aadhaar authentication for all high-value cash withdrawals.
      • Singapore has dethroned the United States as the most competitive economy in the world while India did not even make it to the top 40 economies in IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2019
        • India ranked at 43rd position, one position higher compared to 2018.
        • Top 3 in IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2019 :
          • Singapore 
          • Hong Kong 
          • United States 
      MOUs & Agreements
      • India’s leading civil services training institution, National Center for Good Governance (NCGG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldives Civil Services Commission for capacity building (training) of 1,000 civil servants of Maldives over next five years. 
        • This agreement was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Male (Maldives capital).
      Science & Technology
      • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that it is testing a "rosé-coloured" non-toxic 'green' fuel and a compatible propulsion system in space for the 1st time with its Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) spacecraft
        • The spacecraft is set to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket later this month. 
      New Appointments
      • BJP MP Virendra Kumar will be Pro-tem Speaker of the newly elected 17th Lok Sabha
        • Note : The main duty of the Pro-tem Speaker is to administer the oath of office to new LS members.
      • Former National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief and Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar has been named Interim Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) until a new incumbent is chosen by PM Narendra Modi-headed selection panel. 
        • Kumar took over as Vigilance Commissioner in June 2018 and his tenure at the Commission will end in October 2020.
      • The Centre government has appointed senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer V.S. Kaumudi as Director General of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) by lowering the post to the rank of Additional Director General.
      Books & Authors
      • The biography of former Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan national team Sanath Jayasuriya was recently released.
        • Titled as "Sanath Jayasuriya a Biography", the book has been authored by Chandresh Narayanan
      Sports Current Affairs
      • India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who had scored a match-winning hundred against Australia on Sunday, has been ruled out of 2019 World Cup for 3 weeks due to fractured thumb. 
        • The 33-year-old had sustained the injury after being hit twice on his hand while batting against Australia and did not take the field during Australia's innings.

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        LIC AAO Main Exam 2019 Call Letters out

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        Friends, the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has released the call letters of LIC AAO Main Online Exam 2019. As you know, the LIC has invited online applications for filling up of 590 Assistant Administrative Officers (AAOs) posts for the year 2019 from 2nd March 2019 to 22nd March 2019 and conducted Preliminary Online Exam for the same during the month of May 2019. Now it has came out with the Main Exam call letters for the shortlisted candidates. You can download your LIC AAO 2019 Mains Call Letters and Information Handouts from the official website of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) www.licindia.in or from below link by entering your Registration Number and Date of Birth / Password. The download link will remain active from today (11th June 2019) to 28th June 2019. All the Best :)
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        June 10, 2019

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

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        Dear Great Ambitionists, here are the current affairs updates of 9th & 10th June 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 June 2019

        International Current Affairs
        • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to Sri Lanka.
          • With this, he became 1st foreign leader to visit the country after the blasts that killed over 250 people. 
        • US President Donald Trump has indefinitely suspended planned tariffs against Mexico after it agreed to curb immigration through its border to the US. 
          • Note : Trump had announced to impose 5% tariffs on all Mexican goods, threatening to increase them up to 25%.
        • India and Maldives have reaffirmed their stand against terrorism in all its forms. 
          • Both countries also agreed to further enhance close cooperation and decided to intensify economic and cultural relations between their citizens.
        • To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian Embassy in Saudi today organized ‘Gandhi Cycle Rally for Peace’ in association with the Diplomatic Quarter Authority and Saudi Cycling Federation.
          • The rally was flagged off by Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
          • The Saudi dignitaries, diplomats, members of Indian diaspora and Saudi nationals attended the rally.
        • French Deputy Foreign Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is on a visit to India. 
          • During this visit he met Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan and held discussions on further deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership.
          • Both the leaders agreed to contribute to a more stable and sustainable world governance.
        National Current Affairs
        • The Centre will hold a meeting with Water Resources Ministers  of different states tomorrow on the issue of water conservation and  drinking water.
          • Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will chair the meeting in New Delhi where he will discuss the issue of  water crisis and seek states co-operation to overcome it. 
          • The meeting has been called in the backdrop of reported alarming situation of the water levels in reservoirs across the country.
        • The Mumbai metro completed 5 years of operation.  
          • During the last five years of operation, Metro has achieved running the service without a single case of accident or any fatality.
          • The metro could maintain  99.9 percent punctuality and completed 6.17 lakh trips transporting 54 Crore commuters.    
        Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
        • With a view to making the Budget-making exercise more participative and inclusive, the Government has sought inputs from citizens on the Union Budget 2019-20
          • The comments have been sought on government's portal - mygov.in by 20th of this month. 
          • Note : New Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the budget on 5th of July 2019.
        • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the 2-day meeting of the G-20 Finance Ministers and central bank Governors at Fukuoka in Japan yesterday.
          • During this meet, India has called upon the G-20 countries to urgently fix the issue of taxing profits made by digital economy companies in countries where they do not have significant physical presence.
        Deaths
        • Former Puducherry Chief Minister and DMK leader R V Janakiraman (79) passed away.   
          • Janakiraman became the Chief Minister in 1996 and represented the Nellithope Assembly constituency for five consecutive times.
        • Veteran actor and playwright Girish Karnad (81) passed away.
          • A Jnanpith Award winner, Karnad was also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. 
          • He made his acting and screenplay debut in 1970 with the Kannada film 'Samskara'.
        • Tamil screenwriter, comedian, and playwright, Crazy Mohan (66) passed away.
          • The first feature film he worked on was K Balachander's 'Poikkal Kudhirai' for which he wrote the dialogues.
        • Veteran journalist and chief of news agency ANI Tamil Nadu, E Gopinath (88) passed away.
          • Gopinath covered Independent India's first general elections for Press Trust of India (PTI) and was active till the recently concluded 17th general elections. 
          • He was the 1st Indian journalist to interview Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara and Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
        New Appointments
        • Kassym-Jormart Tokayev has won a resounding victory to become Kazakhstan's 2nd President.
          • He is going to replace Nursultan Nazarbayev, who resigned in March after 3 decades in power. 
        • Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha has been given further 3 months extension.
          • The appointments committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the extension beyond 12th of this month until further orders.
        Sports Current Affairs
        • India defeated Australia by 36 runs at The Oval in London to register their second straight victory in the 2019 World Cup and end Australia's 10-ODI winning streak. 
          • With this, India became the third team after England and West Indies to register at least 50 victories against Australia in ODI cricket. 
          • The match witnessed Shikhar Dhawan smash his 17th ODI hundred.
        • 37-year-old all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who was named player of the tournament in India's 2011 World Cup triumph, has retired from International Cricket
          • He had made his international debut as an 18-year-old in an ODI in 2000.
          • He last played an international match in 2017, scored 11,778 runs and took 148 wickets across three formats in international cricket.
        • Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line first but was given a five-second penalty
        • Portugal defeated the Netherlands o claim the maiden UEFA Nations League title
        • World number two Rafael Nadal defeated world number four Dominic Thiem in the men's singles final to clinch his record-extending 12th French Open title in 15 years. 
          • The 33-year-old became the 1st player to win 12 Singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall.
          • Nadal is now just two titles behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 majors and is three ahead of world number one Novak Djokovic. 
          • Complete Winners List of French Open 2019
            • Men's Singles : Rafael Nadal (Spain) 
            • Women's Singles : Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 
            • Men's Doubles : Kevin Krawietz (Germany) / Andreas Mies (Germany) 
            • Women's Doubles : Tímea Babos (Hungary) / Kristina Mladenovic (France) 
            • Mixed Doubles : Latisha Chan (Chinese Taipei) / Ivan Dodig (Croatia) 

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          2019 French Open (Tennis) Winners List

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          The 2019 French Open Grand Slam Tennis tournament was recently held from 26th May to 9th June 2019 at Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France. This is the 123rd edition of the French Open. 

          World number two Rafael Nadal clinched his record-extending 12th French Open title in 15 years by defeating world number four Dominic Thiem in Men's Singles category. The 33-year-old has now won 18 Grand Slam titles, two fewer than world number three Roger Federer.

          World number eight Ashleigh Barty has won her 1st Grand Slam title by defeating 19-year-old Czech Markéta Vondroušová in Women's singles category. The 23-year-old Australian has earlier played as a cricketer in women's Big Bash League in 2015 and 2016.

          World number one women's doubles player Kristina Mladenovic, along with her Hungarian childhood friend Timea Babos, won the women's doubles title. The duo defeated the Chinese pair of Duan Ying-Ying and Zheng Saisai in straight sets to clinch the title. Here is the complete winners list of French Open 2019. Happy Reading :)

          French Open 2019 Winners

          Men's Singles : Rafael Nadal (Spain)
          Women's Singles : Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
          Men's Doubles : Kevin Krawietz (Germany) / Andreas Mies (Germany)
          Women's Doubles : Tímea Babos (Hungary) / Kristina Mladenovic (France)
          Mixed Doubles : Latisha Chan (Chinese Taipei) / Ivan Dodig (Croatia)

          Note : The tournament was also held in other categories like Boys, Girls, Legends under 45, Wheelchair etc. But we are not adding them here because those are not important for competitive exams. 

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          June 08, 2019

          8th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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

          International Current Affairs
          • Today (8th June) is World Oceans Day.
            • This day was officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008.
            • Theme of World Oceans Day 2019 :  "Gender and Oceans"
          • Today is World Brain Tumor Day.
            • This day was initiated by German Brain Tumor Association in the year 2000.
          • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Maldives on his 1st overseas visit after assuming the office for a second term. 
            • During this visit, he will hold talks with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
            • Modi presented the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih a cricket bat signed by Team India playing at the ICC World Cup 2019. 
          • The Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, having a population of around 1.1 lakh, has become the smallest ever nation to be elected to the United Nations Security Council
            • 4 other nations, namely, Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, Viet Nam, were also elected for a 2-year term. 
            • These countries will take up their seats as non-permanent members in January 2020.
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          SBI PO 2019 Prelims Review & Cutoff Analysis

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          Hi friends, I am Avinash Thota. I appeared for the Preliminary Exam for the recruitment of Probationary Officers for the year 2019 conducted by the State Bank of India (SBI). If you have been following the pattern of SBI PO Prelims exams of last 4-5 years, you will find the difficulty level of the questions moderate. As far as I know, the SBI didn't experiment with the questions this time. So here is my review of today's SBI PO 2019 Preliminary Exam. Happy Reading :)

          SBI PO 2019 Preliminary Exam Review / Cutoffs

          The exam is of 100 marks. You will have to complete in 1 hour. There will be 3 tests namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability, the duration of them is 20 minutes each. Let's have a look at the question pattern and difficulty level of individual sections. Personally I felt English language was easier when compared to remaining sections. Reasoning ability was the toughest one.

          SBI PO 2019 : English Language

          Total Questions : 30

          Questions Asked :
          • Comprehension. Very difficult to read and understand if you are not familiar with business news papers like the Hindu Business line or the Economic Times. 
          • Remaining all are easy. 
          • Cloze test
          • Blanks
          • Spotting Errors
          • Rearrangement
          Safe Score : Around 13 - 15

          SBI PO 2019 : Quantitative Aptitude

          Total Questions : 35

          Questions Asked :
          • Data Interpretation (Similar to previous IBPS PO Papers) - 15 questions
          • Number Series (Confusing) - 5 questions
            • 15, 8, 9, 15, 32, ?
            • 30, 150, 600, ?, 3600
            • 200, 197, 185, 163, ?
            • 104, ?, 96, 120, 88, 120
            • 222, 110, 54, 26, ?
          • Quadratic Equation - 5 
          • Misc - 10
          Safe Score : Around 10 - 13

          SBI PO 2019 : Reasoning Ability

          Total Questions : 35

          Questions Asked :
          • There were 4 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement - 20
            • Box Based Puzzle (Box + Color)
            • Linear Seating Arrangement, North-South based
            • Triangular Puzzle
            • Floor-based puzzle, 10 floors
          • Blood relations - 4
          • Coding - Decoding - 1
          • Directions - 3
          • Misc
           Safe Score : Around 9- 13

          Overall Safe Score of SBI PO 2019 Prelims will be around 55 for General Category. All the Best for your exam guys :)

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          June 07, 2019

          7th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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

          International Current Affairs
          • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reached Bhutan for his 1st bilateral visit after assuming office. 
            • During this visit, India and Bhutan will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including the upcoming high-level exchanges, economic development and hydro-power cooperation.
          • India was ranked 95th in the 1st-ever SDG Gender Index.
            • The index report titled, ‘Harnessing the Power of Data for Gender Equality: Introducing the 2019 EM2030 SDG Gender Index,’ examines the state of gender equality across 129 countries. 
            • The index, which measures progress made in achieving gender commitments against internationally set targets, was developed by Equal Measures 2030, a partnership effort of regional and global organisations.
            • Top 10 countries in the SDG Gender Index 2019 
              1. Denmark
              2. Finland
              3. Sweden
              4.  Norway
              5. Netherlands
              6. Slovenia
              7. Germany
              8. Canada
              9. Ireland
              10. Australia
          National Current Affairs
          • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S​ Jagan Mohan Reddy today announced that he is going to appoint 5 Deputy Chief Ministers under him, one each from SC, ST, BC, minority and Kapu communities.
          • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the reconstitution of government think-tank NITI Aayog
            • Rajiv Kumar has been retained as the Vice Chairman while full-time members include
              VK Saraswat, Ramesh Chand and VK Paul. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will be the ex-officio members.
          Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
          • Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company Bank of Baroda has named businessman Vijay Kalantri (Chairman and Managing Director of Dighi Port), as a "wilful defaulter" along with his son Vishal Kalantri
            • They owe more than ₹3,000 crore to a consortium of 16 banks, for loans given to develop the port. 
            • A bankruptcy court last month approved JNPT's resolution plan to buy Dighi Port for ₹853 crore.
          • India's Ambassador to China Vikram Misri today said that the trade between India and China is set to cross the $100-billion mark in 2019 for the first time.
          • Shops in Tamil Nadu will be allowed to stay open 24x7 on all days initially for a period of 3 years, as per the notification in Tamil Nadu Government Gazette. 
            • The precondition of the order involves employers ensuring safety of women employees, including constitution of Internal Complaints Committee. 
            • It also mandates transport arrangements for women who work in night shifts.
          • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has revised its GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7% from the earlier projection of 7.2%.
          Science & Technology
          • The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the governing body that manages names of astronomical objects, has invited every country in the world to name a planet outside the Solar System and its star
            • About 100 countries have signed up to run public voting competitions to select popular name for their stars and planets. 
            • Note : The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is going to celebrate its 100th anniversary in July 2019.
          Deaths
          • 6-time Grammy-winning musician Malcolm John Rebennack (77) passed away.
            • He is famously known as Dr John.
            • He started his career as a pianist in the 1950s and gained popularity following the release of his first album in 1968.
          Awards & Honors
          • American novelist Tayari Jones £30,000 worth Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 for her 4th novel titled “An American Marriage“. 
            • The book is about the wrongful conviction of a young black American man has won the the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction.
            • The book was described by former US President Barack Obama as a "moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple".
          Sports Current Affairs
          • Australia's Female Professional Football Players will be given the same base pay as men in a one-year extension to a collective bargaining agreement. 
            • Players in Australia's W-League will have their annual minimum remuneration hiked 33% to AUD 16,344 ($11,400), with their base hourly rate matching the rates given in the men's A-League.

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