Current Affairs 19th October 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 19th October 2018: Daily GK Update

National News

1. Indo-Japan Joint Exercise 'Dharma Guardian' To Be Held in Mizoram 

i. To promote Military cooperation, India and Japan are all set to hold the first-ever joint military exercise 'DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018' involving the Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force in Mizoram, India. 
ii. The Indian contingent will be represented by 6/1 GORKHA RIFLES while the Japanese contingent will be represented by 32 Infantry Regiment of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force.

Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018:
  • Japan Capital: Tokyo, Currency: Japanese yen, Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe. 

2. India's Highest Tricolour Unfurled At Haj House in Mumbai 

i. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi unfurled India’s highest tricolour on the terrace of the majestic Haj House in Mumbai. The national flag measured 20x30 feet and stood 350 feet above the ground level. 
ii. The flag atop a 20-metre high mast on top of the iconic building is near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai. The tricolour is made of non-fading polyester and manufactured by The Flag Company. 


3. Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2018 Bagged By Marsel van Oosten 

i. The powerful image of a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys seated in contemplation amid iridescent foliage has been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018. 
ii. The image, called "The Golden Couple," was captured by Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten in the Qinling Mountains of southwestern China – the endangered monkeys’ only habitat. 

4. Arshdeep Singh Wins Top Wildlife Photo Award in Junior Category 

i. Arshdeep Singh, a 10-year-old boy from Punjab, has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 10 Years and Under category given by UK's Natural History Museum. 
ii. He won the award for the picture titled 'Pipe Owls', which showed two spotted owlets sitting inside an old waste-pipe in Punjab's Kapurthala. Arshdeep has been taking photographs since he was six.

Books and Authors

5. Stephen Hawking’s Final Book “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” Launched 

i. Stephen Hawking’s final work “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” was launched.
ii. It tackles various issues including the existence of God, potential time travel and human intelligence during the next 100 years.

Sports News

6. Canelo Alvarez Signs Richest Contract in Sports History, Worth $365 million 

i. Professional Boxer Canelo Alvarez has signed the largest contract in the history of sports, agreeing a five-year, 11-fight deal worth at least $365 million with streaming service DAZN. 
ii. Under the deal, Alvarez will participate in 11 fights, starting December 15, 2018. The previous richest contract was the 13-year, $325-million deal signed by New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton in 2014.

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