Current Affairs 20th August 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 20th August 2018: Daily GK Update

National News

1. India Successfully Tests Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ 

i. India successfully flight tested the indigenously developed helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ from Pokhran in Rajasthan. The weapon system tested for its full range was released smoothly from the launch platform. The missile hit the target with high precision. 
ii. The indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) was also successfully flight tested from IAF aircraft at Chandan range in Jaisalmer.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • General Bipin Rawat is 27th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army. 

2. India-Thailand Conclude ‘Maitree’ Military Exercise 

i. The Indian and Thailand's armed forces concluded a two-week long platoon level military exercise called ‘Exercise Maitree 2018’ in Jammu & Kashmir’s Srinagar. The exercise was an annual event designed to strengthen the partnership between armies of the two countries.
ii. The exercise comprised of cross-training period, which included familiarization between the two armies to evolve drills and procedures that help in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in varied terrains under the United Nations (UN) mandate.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • Thailand Capital: Bangkok, Currency: Thai baht. 

3. FSSAI Constitutes B Sesikeran Committee To Review Food Labelling Standards 

i. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) constituted a group of experts from the health and nutrition sector to look into the issue of food labelling.
ii. The expert panel will be headed by B Sesikeran. Mr Sesikeran is the former director of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and comprises Hemalatha and Dr Nikhil Tandon. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • FSSAI has been established under Food Safety and Standards, 2006. 

4. 1st All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey By NABARD Released 

i. NABARD All India Financial Inclusion Survey (NAFIS), conducted by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), was released by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog in New Delhi. The report revealed that farm households register higher income than the families solely dependent on non-farm livelihood activities in rural areas.
ii. The survey, with reference year of 2015-16, which covered 40,327 rural households, highlighted that the average annual income of an agricultural household is Rs 1,07,172 compared to Rs 87,228 for families engaged only in non-agricultural activities.
International News

5. EAM Sushma Swaraj Inaugurates 'Panini Language Laboratory' in Mauritius 

i. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated 'Panini Language Laboratory' at Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) at Port Louis in Mauritius. She called on Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jagnauth and discussed further deepening of the special ties between the two nations. 
ii. The Lab has been gifted by the Government of India and it will help MGI in the teaching of all Indian languages in Mauritius. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • Mauritius Capital: Port Louis, Currency: Mauritian rupee. 


6. SS Mundra Appointed Independent Director of Indiabulls Housing Finance 

i. Subhash Sheoratan Mundra has been appointed as Independent Director on the Board of Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IBHFL) for a period of three years. He was former Deputy Governor of RBI. 
ii. Mundra used to be the Chairman of Bank of Baroda and an Executive Director at Union Bank of India. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • IBHFL is India’s 2nd largest Housing Finance Company. 
  • Sameer Gehlaut is the Chairman of Indiabulls Group since inception. 
  • Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd (IBREL) started in the year 2005. 


7. S K Arora Awarded WHO World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award 

i. Delhi government’s additional director of health, SK Arora was awarded prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award for his extraordinary contribution towards tobacco control.
ii. It is awarded every year by WHO to individuals or organisations alike in each of six WHO regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on 31 May. 

8. General Dalbir Singh Suhag Awarded US ‘Legion of Merit’ 2018 

i. The United States government has awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) to General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retired), of the Indian Army, for exceptionally meritorious service as chief of the Army staff, Indian Army. 
ii. The award was presented to General Suhag at Pentagon, Washington DC, in the presence of his family members and the Indian Military Attache to the United States of America. 

Sports News

9. Mitchell Johnson Announces Retirement From All Forms of Cricket 

i. Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson announced the retirement from all forms of cricket almost three years after he stepped down from the international game. 
ii. Johnson played 73 Tests in the Baggy Green, claiming 313 wickets, the fourth most for an Australian, and also 153 ODIs before retiring from international cricket in 2015. 

10. Asian Games 2018: Wrestler Bajrang Punia Wins 1st Gold For India

i. It was a mixed day for India on Day two of the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. A dominating Bajrang Punia opened India’s gold medal account by defeating Japan’s Daichi Takatani in the final of Men’s Freestyle 65 kg. category. 
ii. India opened its medal account with a bronze by Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar in rifle mixed team shooting event. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for RRB PO/Clerk Exam 2018- 
  • The Host cities for Asian Games 2018 are Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. 
  • Bhin Bhin, Kaka, and Atung are the mascots of the 2018 Asian Games. 


11. Israeli Journalist And Peace Activist Uri Avnery Passes Away 

i. Uri Avnery, a trailblazing Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state passed away at the age of 94.
ii. A member of Israel’s founding generation, he fought in the pre-state Irgun underground militia. After independence, he became a publisher, member of parliament, author and activist.

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