Current Affairs 28th and 29th January 2018: Daily GK Update

Dear Aspirants,

The General Awareness Section of Banking Exams covers numerous sections in it like Banking Awareness, Static GK, and Current Affairs. But the most important thing that you might have noticed is that both the Banking Awareness and Static Awareness questions asked in the General Awareness Section are based on Current Affairs only. The questions on Static and Banking Awareness are related to the countries, events or anything that has been in news for a while. Apart from the GA Section, an excellent knowledge of current news also helps you deal with the PI (Personal Interview) more efficiently so you do not give a mumble jumble answer to the interviewee's simple questions. Here is the Daily GK Update to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!!

Current Affairs 29th January 2018: Daily GK Update

National News

1. Economic Survey 2018: Complete Analysis

Economic Survey 2018

i. FM Jaitley tables Economic Survey in Parliament.
ii. Economic Survey sees FY19 GDP growing 7-7.5% vs 6.75% in FY18.


2. India and Cambodia Ink 4 Agreements

i. India and Cambodia signed four agreements in the field of cultural exchange, an exchange line of credit of $26.9 million, memorandum of understanding to cooperate in legal matter and an agreement on prevention of human trafficking.
ii. The documents were exchanged in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Cambodian PM Hun Sen following delegation-level talks between the two countries. New Delhi has agreed to set up a centre of IT excellence in Cambodia.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Cambodian Capital- Phnom Penh, Currency- Cambodian riel.

3. Himachal CM Launches 'Shakti' App for Women's Safety

i. The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur launched the ‘Shakti’ app for women’s safety in the state. The app was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Himachal Pradesh government.
ii. It would be available in both Hindi and English languages and would not require internet connectivity. The main objective of the launch of the app and the helpline is to fight crimes against women in the state.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Himachal Pradesh Governor- Acharya Dev Vrat.

4. India to Host Informal WTO Ministerial Gathering in New Delhi

i. Trade ministers from various countries including Australia, Japan and Switzerland met for an informal WTO ministerial gathering in Davos, Switzerland. India was represented by Deepak Jagdish Saksena, ambassador and permanent representative to the WTO.
ii. India announced that it will host an informal WTO Ministerial gathering in March 2018. The meeting would be held in New Delhi on March 19-20.

Awards

5. Grammy Awards 2018- Complete List of Winners

i. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, honouring the best achievements from October 2016 to September 2017 were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the USA. James Corden was the host of the ceremony for the second year in a row.
ii. It was Bruno Mars' night at the Grammy Awards held in New York, with the three biggest wins - Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for 24K Magic and Song Of The Year for 'That's What I Like'.

Here's the list of winners of the 60th Grammy Awards.
  • Album Of The Year: Bruno Mars
  • Song of the Year: Bruno Mars', That's What I Like
  • Record Of The Year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  • Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, Shape of You
  • Best Pop Vocal Album: Ed Sheeran, Divide
  • Best Dance Recording: LCD Soundsystem, Tonite
  • Best Music Film: The Defiant Ones
  • Best Children's Album: Feel What U Feel, Lisa Loeb
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: La La Land
  • Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959.

Sports

6. Australian Open 2018- Complete List of Winners

i. The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually in Melbourne Park, Australia.  The 2018 Australian Open is the 106th edition of the tournament.
ii. Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic in the final. It was Federer's 20th Grand Slam title. In women's' single, Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Simona Halep in the final.

Here is the complete list of Winners of Australian Open:
S.No. Category Winner Runner Up
1. Men's Singles Roger Federer
(Switzerland)
Marin Cilic
(Croatia)
2. Women's Singles Caroline Wozniacki
(Denmark)
Simona Halep
(Romania)
3. Men's Doubles Oliver Marach (Austria)
Mate Pavic(Croatia)
Robert Farah (Colombia)
J. Cabal (Colombia)
4. Women's Doubles Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Tímea Babos (Hungary)
Elena Vesnina (Russia)
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)
5. Mixed Doubles Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada)
Mate Pavic (Croatia)
Timea Babos (Hungary)
Rohan Bopanna (India)


7. Sandeep Lamichhane Becomes 1st Nepal player to Get IPL Contract

i. Sandeep Lamichhane became the first cricketer from Nepal to land a deal an IPL contract. He was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the player's auction. The 17-year-old, the only Nepal player in the IPL auction, was sold at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.
ii. The leg-spinner hogged the limelight in 2016 U-19 World Cup by becoming the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 scalps in six innings.

8. Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan Wins Indonesian Masters

i. The world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan has defeated Saina Nehwal in the finals of the Indonesia Masters in Jakarta.
ii. Tai Tzu has now defeated the former world No.1 nine times in their last 10 meetings.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Indonesia Capital- Jakarta, Currency- Indonesian rupiah.

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