Current Affairs 23rd and 24th June 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. Here is the Daily GK Update to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!!

Current Affairs 23rd and 24th June 2018: Daily GK Update

National News

1. PM Modi Inaugurated Several Development Projects in Madhya Pradesh

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a bouquet of development projects in Madhya Pradesh on his visit. In the first leg of his visit, PM Modi was in Rajgarh where he dedicated the Mohanpura Dam Project to the nation. The dam in Mohanpura has been constructed at a cost of 3800 crore rupees.
ii. In the second leg of his visit, the PM arrived in Indore where he attended the Madhya Pradesh Shehari Vikas Mahotsav and remotely inaugurate various urban development projects worth over 4000 crore rupees.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-
  • Madhya Pradesh CM- Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Governor- Anandiben Patel.

International News

2. President 3-Nation Visit: India & Cuba Sign MoUs

i. India and Cuba have signed two MoUs in the field of biotechnology, traditional medicine and homoeopathy. The agreements were inked following delegation-level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel in Havana.
ii. Cuba also reiterated its support to India’s candidature for a permanent seat in UN Security Council. The President is in the Latin American country on the final leg of his three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI Clerk/PO Exam 2018-
  • Cuba Capital- Havana, Currency- Cuban Peso, President-Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez. 

3.  Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli Visits China, Signed Agreements

i. Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is on his first visit to China after assuming the charge as Prime Minister. China will build a railway connecting the western region of Tibet with Nepal, one of several bilateral deals signed during Oli’s visit to Beijing. The link will connect the Tibetan city of Xigaze with Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
ii. The two sides signed more than 10 agreements involving technology, transportation, infrastructure and political cooperation.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-
  • Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is the current Prime Minister of Nepal.
  • Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the current President of Nepal and commander in chief of Nepalese Army. 
  • The Nepalese Rupee is the currency of Nepal. 
  • Kathmandu is Capital of Nepal.
  • China Capital- Beijing, Currency- Renminbi, President- Xi Jinping.


4. HM Rajnath Singh Lays Foundation Stone For Mongolian Refinery

i. Mongolia broke ground for the construction of country’s first oil refinery with the help of a USD 1 billion loan from India. Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the refinery at ‘Stantsiin Hooloi’ and described it as an important milestone in the bilateral ties.
ii. The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Ukhnaagin Khurelsukh and other dignitaries were present during the event.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-
  • Mongolia Capital- Ulaanbaatar, Currency- Mongolian togrog.

5. International Widows' Day: 23 June

i. International Widows' Day is a global awareness day that takes place annually on 23rd June.
ii. The United Nations General Assembly decided to observe International Widows’ Day on 23 June each year to give special recognition to the situation of widows of all ages and across regions and cultures.


Appointments

6. Arijit Basu Appointed SBI's New Managing Director

i. The government appointed Arjit Basu as Managing Director of the country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI). He will fill the position that fell vacant following the elevation of Rajnish Kumar as the chairman.
ii. Now, after this, the SBI will have four managing directors. As per the SBI Act, the bank can have four managing directors. Mr Basu has held several key positions in various circles of SBI including the bank's office in Tokyo, Japan.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-
  • SBI Chairman- Rajnish Kumar, Headquarters- Mumbai, Established on- 01st July 1955.

Awards

7. Ministry of Women & Child Development Received SKOCH Award

i. SKOCH Group has conferred the ‘Best performing Social Sector Ministry’ award on the Ministry of Women and Child Development for the achievements in delivering the promises made and for its significant achievements and initiatives from the last 4 years.
ii. Minister for Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has received the award on behalf of the Ministry in an event held in New Delhi.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-
  • Sameer Kochhar is the Chairman of Skoch Group.

Sports News

8. India’s R Praggnanandhaa Becomes World’s 2nd Youngest Chess Grand Master

i. India’s R Praggnanandhaa has become the country’s youngest and the world’s second youngest Grand Master at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days after reaching the final round of the ongoing Grendine Open in Italy.
ii. The Chennai-based player was paired with Grand Master Prujjsers Roland in the final round, which ensured that he would achieve the feat. Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and seven months in 2002.

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