Current Affairs 12th December 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 12th December 2018 Daily GK Update

National News

1. PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates 4th Partners’ Forum in New Delhi

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the fourth Partners’ Forum in New Delhi. The objective of the conference is to improve knowledge, alignment and accountability to accelerate action on women’s, children’s and adolescents health.
ii. Ministry of Health in association with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, PMNCH is hosting the two-day international conference. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • The Partners’ Forum is a global health partnership launched in September 2005 to accelerate efforts to reduce child and maternal mortality, improve adolescent, child, newborn and maternal health.

2. Portal ENSURE Launched by Agriculture Ministry

i. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal 'ENSURE'- National Livestock Mission-EDEG developed by NABARD and operated under the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries.
ii. The NABARD has developed an online portal “ENSURE” (ensure.nabard.org) so that the information related to beneficiary and processing of the application can be made readily available.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018- 
  • NABARD Chairman- Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Headquarters- Mumbai, Established on- 12 July 1982.

3. Home Ministry Launches Twitter Account '@CyberDost'

i. Home Ministry has launched a Twitter account named '@CyberDost' to spread awareness about cybercrimes and normal precautions to be taken. 
ii. The Twitter handles is aimed at enhancing people’s basic knowledge about cybercrimes and precautions to be taken for prevention.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Rajnath Singh is the Home Minister of India.

4. EU Ambassador Opens India's 1st CoE at MAHE

i. India's first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence established by the European Union was inaugurated at the Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal by Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, Tomasz Kozlowski.
ii. The award comes with a grant of €1,00,000 to pursue India-EU interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and society.


International News

5. Israel Becomes Permanent Member of  Financial Action Task Force

i. Israel became a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body set up to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial system.
ii. The Jewish state has now taken its place alongside 37 other members including most of the G20, the world’s 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies just 16 years after being blacklisted by the organization.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018-
  • The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.
  • Israel Capital: Jerusalem, Currency: Israeli new shekel.

Awards


6. Naomi Osaka's Coach Sascha Bajin Becomes 1st Ever WTA Coach Of The Year

i. Sascha Bajin, coach of the world number five Naomi Osaka, has become the first-ever recipient of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year Award.
ii. WTA Coach of the Year Award is given to the coach with not only success on-court, but also who serves as an ambassador of the sport and brings coaching to the forefront of the game.


7. Mary Kom Honoured With 'Meethoileima' Title

i. Manipur Government honored AIBA World Women Boxing Gold medalist MC Mary Kom with the title “Meethoileima” (par excellent queen) at a function in Imphal, Manipur.
ii. On the occasion, State Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over a cheque of ten lakh rupees to her. The Chief Minister also declared that the Imphal West DC Road towards Game Village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.


8. Slain Journalist Khashoggi Named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” 

i. Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October 2018 at his country’s Istanbul consulate, has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” alongside several other journalists.
ii. The magazine has also honoured Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo — currently imprisoned in Myanmar and the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, including five members killed in a June shooting.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Time awards the "Person of the Year" title annually since 1927.
  • It is the first time someone has been chosen posthumously for the prestigious cover.
  • US President Donald Trump was the 2016 "Person of the Year".


Appointments

9. RBI Appoints Shaktikanta Das As New Governor

i. The government has appointed Shaktikanta Das as the new RBI governor, a day after Urjit Patel resigned as RBI Governor. He is the 25th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
ii. A former economic affairs secretary from 2015 to 2017, Das worked closely with the central bank. He is currently a member of the Finance Commission of India, and the government’s representative at the Group of 20 summits.


Important Days

10. International Universal Health Coverage Day: 12 December

i. International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) is celebrated globally on 12 December. In 2017 the United Nations proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day by resolution 72/138.
ii. The theme for the 2018 UHC Day is- "Unite for Universal Health Coverage: Now is the Time for Collective Action"

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • International Day of Neutrality is also organized on 12 December.

Banking and Business News

11. RBI Slaps Rs 1 crore Fine on Indian Bank For Violating Cybersecurity norms 

i. The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on Indian Bank for violating cybersecurity norms.
ii. The contravention is with regard to RBI's directions on Frauds - Classification and Reporting by Commercial Banks.


12. Route Mobile Collaborates With Oracle Marketing Cloud

i. Route Mobile Limited (Route Mobile), a cloud-communication platform service provider and a member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN) announced the collaboration with Oracle Marketing Cloud, part of Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite, which empowers organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives.
ii. This collaboration between Route Mobile and Oracle Marketing Cloud enables companies to leverage Route Mobile's quality connections for mobile customer engagement over SMS.

Obituaries

13. Former Kerala Minister CN Balakrishnan Passes Away

i. Senior Congress leader and former Kerala minister CN Balakrishnan passed away in Kochi due to pneumonia. He was 87
ii. A long-standing aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran, Mr Balakrishnan was the Thrissur district Congress committee president for 17 years and was also the treasurer of the state unit for a long time.


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