Current Affairs 13th February 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 13th February 2018: Daily GK Update

National News

1. National Productivity Day- 12 February

i. The National Productivity Council observed the National Productivity Day (NPD) on 12 February 2018. The council is also observing the National Productivity Week till  February 18. 
ii.  The theme for NPD 2018 is 'Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India'.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • The year 2018 is the 60th anniversary of the National Productivity Council (NPC).
  • Chairman of NPC- Ramesh Abhishek, Headquarters- New Delhi, Established in- 1958.

2. R.K. Singh Inaugurates International Conference ‘Indian Power Stations 2018’ in New Delhi

i. Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh inaugurated the ‘Indian Power Stations 2018’ in New Delhi. It is the three-day International Conference on Operations and Maintenance.
ii. The Minister exhorted the NTPC to become India’s power sector multinational by setting up power plants in other Nations and become world’s largest power producer.

3. 12th International Conference on CSR Held in Bengaluru

i. The Institute Of Directors organised it’s 12th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility in Bengaluru, Karnataka. 
ii. In the conference, the Prestigious Golden Peacock Award 2017 were presented. The leadership award for philanthropy and social change was presented to Mr. Vineet Nayar, Founder Chairman, Sampark Foundation.

4. 8.4% Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in One Year

i. Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) & FTAs on e- Tourist Visa on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI).
ii. The growth rate in FTAs in January 2018 over January 2017 was 8.4%. During the month of January 2018, a total of 2.40 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.52 lakh during the month of January 2017 registering a growth of 58.5%.

The percentage share of top 3 source countries availing e- Tourist Visa facilities-
1. UK (18.6%),
2. USA (10.6%),
3. Russian Fed (6.5%).

The percentage share of top 3 ports in foreign tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa-
1. New Delhi Airport (37.3%),
2. Mumbai Airport (19.6%),
3. Dabolim (Goa) Airport (12.4%)

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Minister of State of Tourism (I/C) is Shri. K.J. Alphons.

International News

5. World Radio Day- 13 February

i. World Radio Day is observed annually on 13 February. 
ii. The theme for WRD 2018 is "Radio and Sports". The Day is organised globally by the UNESCO.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • UNESCO- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • France's Audrey Azoulay- 11th DG of UNESCO, Headquarters- Paris, France.

6. World's Tallest Hotel 'Gevora' Opens In Dubai

i. The Gevora Hotel in Dubai, developed by the Al Attar Group has now become the “world’s tallest hotel”. It stands 356 metres and 53 centimetres tall.
ii. It is one metre taller than the previous holder of the title, the JW Marriott Marquis, in the same city. The title has been confirmed by Guinness Book of World Records.

7. World's 1st Autonomous Pods Unveiled in Dubai

i. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched the first tests of the world’s first autonomous pods at the World Government Summit. The autonomous pods are launched in cooperation with Next Future Transportation (US-Based).
ii. They can be coupled together in as little 15 seconds or detached depending on the riders’ destination in five seconds.

Sports News

8. Kishan Gangolli Wins 13th Edition of National Chess Championship for Blind

i. Defending champion Karnataka’s Kishan Gangolli won the 13th edition of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai. The championship was organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).
ii. Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points. Gujarat’s Ashvin Makwana stood second with 9.5 points.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) was established in 1997.
  • AICFB had the honour of organizing the first ever Asian Chess Championship in India in December 2003.

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