Current Affairs 29th September 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 29th September 2018: Daily GK Update

National News


1. NITI Aayog And Oracle Sign SoI To Pilot Drug Supply-Chain 

i. In order to fight the growing problem of counterfeit drugs in India, NITI Aayog and Oracle signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to pilot a real drug supply-chain using blockchain distributed ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) software. Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma Sciences will partner in this effort.
ii. This agreement with Oracle and NITI Aayog's partnership with Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma, will help ensure that Indian drug manufacturers and healthcare experts have access to a standards-based, modern technology platform – blockchain and IoT, to help eliminate fake drug distribution.


2. Locate Public Toilets on Google Maps with LooReview Campaign
i. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM – U), has partnered with Google to launch the Loo Review campaign to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps. 
ii. This campaign is part of a feature which allows all citizens to locate public toilets in their cities on Google Maps, Search and the Assistant and also provide feedback on the same. 500+ cities in India with more than 30,000 toilets with the name of “SBM Toilet” are currently live on Google Maps. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 

  • Open Defecation Free States/UTs till date-24. 
  • Swachh Bharat Mission launched on - 2nd October 2014. 

3. India's 1st Corn Festival Starts in Madhya Pradesh 

i. In Madhya Pradesh, the first corn festival of the country is being held in Chhindwara. The festival is one of a kind international event.
ii. Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest corn producing states in India, with Chhindwara being the highest corn producing district.

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

4. PM Inaugurates Conference On Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence 

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence in New Delhi in which the Vice-Chancellors, Directors from more than 350 universities participated. 
ii. The theme of the conference is to deliberate on challenges facing the Indian education system and to work out a plan for a paradigm shift both in terms of achieving academic outcomes and also in the regulation of education. The conference was also addressed HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

5. Indian Railways, Google Arts Launch ‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’ 

i. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched the ‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’ of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture Association.
ii. The first-of-its-kind project aims to showcase India’s rail heritage to the national and international audience in an online story-telling platform. It is the largest cultural heritage digitisation project not only in India but possibly in the entire Asia Pacific Region. 

Important Days

6. World Heart Day: 29th September 

i. World Heart Day takes place on 29th September every year and is the World Heart Federation‘s and the world’s biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.
ii. It was launched in 2000 by the World Heart Federation as an annual event.


Appointments

7. Vikram Misri Appointed India's Next Ambassador to China 

i. Ambassador of India to Myanmar, Vikram Misri has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to China, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • China Capital: Beijing, Currency: Renminbi, President: Xi Jinping.

Banking News

8. RBI Bars Bandhan Bank From Opening New Branches 

i. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) barred Bandhan Bank from opening new branches and also ordered freezing of the bank's CEO salary over failure to stick to shareholding rules. 
ii. The Bank was not able to bring down the shareholding of Non-Operative Financial Holding Company (NOFHC) to 40% as required under the licensing condition, general permission to open new branches stands withdrawn. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • As per the bank's website, it has 937 branches in parts of the country. The Bandhan, a MFI, was given conditional approval by the RBI for setting up universal bank in April 2014. 
  • The bank operational in 2015. Headquartered in Kolkata, Bandhan, which started as a micro-finance company in 2001, received banking licence by Reserve Bank of India in 2014. 

Sports News

9. India Defeats Bangladesh To Win 7th Asia Cup Title 

i. India has defeated Bangladesh to win the Unimoni Asia Cup Title 2018. This was the second successive Asia Cup final where India took on Bangladesh. In 2016, India had decimated Bangladesh in the final (of the Asia Cup T20).
ii. Overall, this was India's seventh Asia Cup triumph. Liton Das was the Player Of The Match and Shikhar Dhawan was declared as the Player Of The Series. 

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