Current Affairs 13th 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 13th December 2018 Daily GK Update

National News

1. Delhi HC Bans Online Sale of Medicines Across India

i. The Delhi High Court ordered a ban on the sale of online medicines by e-pharmacists across the country. The court directed both Central and state government to ensure immediate implementation of the order.
ii. The HC bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao passed the judgment while hearing a PIL filed by Delhi-based dermatologist Zaheer Ahmed who complained that lakhs of medicines were being sold on the internet every day without much regulation, posing a huge risk to patients and doctors alike.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Jagat Prakash Nadda is the present Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

2. India Signs Ascension Pact To 30-Member Trans Regional Maritime Network

i. India signed an ascension pact to the 30-member Trans-Regional Maritime Network that will give it an access to the information on ships passing through the Indian Ocean Region.
ii. India already has bilateral White Shipping Agreements with 36 countries. The pact will give India the access to information on ships which pass through the Indian Ocean region that will greatly help the security forces in keeping a tab on any suspicious activity, an official said.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Nitin Jairam Gadkari is the present Minister of Shipping.

International News

3. President Kovind Dedicates ACARE Project To People Of Myanmar

i. President Ram Nath Kovind is on a state visit to Myanmar. He dedicated - India assisted project 'Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research & Education' (ACARE) - to the people of Myanmar. The project focuses on Genetics, Post Harvest Technology, Participatory Knowledge Management and capacity building for farmers in Myanmar.
ii. Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind dedicated the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education to the people of Myanmar. The President also dedicated the Rice Bio-Park to the people of Myanmar. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Myanmar (Burma) Capital: Naypyidaw, Currency: Burmese kyat.
  • Myanmar is the only ASEAN member state that is both a land and maritime neighbor of India.


4. Kamal Nath To Be New CM of Madhya Pradesh

i. Congress party has chosen MP statue unit president Kamal Nath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. He will replace outgoing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
ii. A one-line resolution has been passed at the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting in Bhopal to choose the Madhya Pradesh chief minister. Congress party high command will now take the final decision.

5. K Chandrasekhar Rao Sworn in As Telangana CM

i. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Telangana, for the second time. A few ministers will also swear-in on the occasion at a ceremonial programme to be held at the Raj Bhavan. 
ii. The TRS leaders also submitted a letter about electing Mr. Rao as the party Legislature Party leader to Governor ESL Narasimhan. 

6. Zoramthanga To Be Sworn In As Mizoram CM

i. In Mizoram, the new government of Mizo National Front (MNF), headed by Mr. Zoramthanga will be sworn in on 15th December.
ii. It was decided at a meeting between Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan and a delegation of the MNF party led by Zoramthanga at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Mr. Zoramthanga will replace Lal Tanhawla.
  • He was the state chief minister for two terms earlier from 1998 to 2008.

7. CAG Rajiv Mehrishi Appointed Vice-Chair of UN Panel of Auditors

i. CAG has announced that Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi has become the Vice-Chair of the UN Panel of Auditors. The United Nations Panel of Auditors consists of External Auditors of the United Nations and its agencies.
ii. Currently, the panel is chaired by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the UK, Sir Amyas Morse. The panel also elected the Comptroller and Auditor General of the UK as Chair of the Panel for another term (2019).

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Presently, the UN Panel of Auditors consists of 11 countries - India, Germany, Chile, Canada, France, Italy, Philippines, Ghana, Indonesia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Ranks and Reports

8. Russia Emerges As World's No. 2 Arms Producer: SIPRI Report

i. A Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) announced that Russia has emerged as the world's second-largest arms producer after the United States.
ii.  Russia surpassed Britain, which had held that spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe's No. 1 arms maker.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Russia Capital: Moscow, Currency: Russian ruble.

9. Climate Change Performance Index 2019: India Ranks 11th, Sweden Tops

i. The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019 was released on the sidelines of a UN summit on global warming. As per the Index, Sweden has topped the list while India was on 11th position. 
ii. The European Union as a whole rose from 21st to 16th place, but its biggest economy, Germany, fell from 22nd to 27th because of its reliance on lignite coal, a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. Saudi Arabia came last, in 60th place, partly due to its obstructive role during international climate negotiations.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Sweden Capital: Stockholm, Currency: Swedish krona.


10. Manika 1st Indian to Win 'Breakthrough Table Tennis Star' Award

i. Manika Batra won the 'Breakthrough Table Tennis Star' award at the prestigious International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Star Awards in Incheon, South Korea
ii. India coach Massimo Costantini won Table Tennis Star Coach award.


11. SAIL Hockey Academy Wins Aga Khan Gold Cup Tournament

i. Steel Authority of India's Hockey Academy beat Army XI Danapur to clinch the 115th All India Aga Khan Gold Cup hockey tournament held at Major Dhyan Chand hockey stadium in New Delhi.
ii. Jay Prakash Patel scored the match-winning goal for the SAIL Hockey Academy (SHA) in the final match. SHA is SAIL's Rourkela Steel Plant. 

12. Allan Border Medal Rebranded As Australian Cricket Awards

i. Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) announced to rebrand its Allan Border Medal to Australian Cricket Awards from 2019 onwards. 
ii. The event is held on an annual basis to celebrate the performances of Australian players across national and domestic cricket. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) CEO: Alistair Nicholson.
  • The 2019 Australian Cricket Awards is slated to be held on February 11, 2019, at The Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

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