Current Affairs 13th April 2019 | Daily GK Update

Dear Aspirants,

The General Awareness Section plays an important role in scoring well above cut off marks in any competitive exam. The Banking Awareness and Static Awareness questions asked in the General Awareness Section are based on Current Affairs mainly. So you need to prepare well this section to score good marks. Here is the Daily GK Update to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!!


International News

1. Hong Kong's Stock Market Overtakes Japan To Be World's 3rd Largest

i. Hong Kong's equity market has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China. 
ii. Hong Kong’s market cap was $5.78 trillion, compared with $5.76 trillion for Japan, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on where primary securities are listed.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
  • Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China.

2. Jean Michel Lapin Announced As Haiti's New Prime Minister

i. President Jovenel Moise announced that Jean Michel Lapin will be the new prime minister of Haiti. It is French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
  • Haiti Capital: Port-au-Prince, Currency: Haitian gourde.


3. 2 West Bengal Government Schemes Win UN Awards

i. Two schemes of the West Bengal government for skill development- “Utkarsh Bangla” and distribution of bicycles to students “Sabooj Sathi” have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations.
ii. The "Utkarsh Bangla" project aims at creating a pool of skilled candidates who are industry ready, while under the "Sabooj Sathi" scheme, bicycles are distributed to students between class IX and XII studying in government-run and government-aided schools and madrashas of the state.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
  • Keshari Nath Tripathi is the governor of West Bengal.
  • Mamta Banerjee is the CM of West Bengal.

4. Telugu Poet K Siva Reddy Selected For Prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018

i. Telugu poet K Siva Reddy has been selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite. The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.
ii. The award, instituted by the KK Birla Foundation in 1991, is given annually for an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language and published during the last 10 years.

Business News

5. DoT Approves Merger of Tata Tele Unit & Airtel With Riders 

i. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved the merger of Tata Teleservices with Bharti Airtel Ltd., subject to the condition that it furnishes a Rs 7200 crore bank guarantee.
ii. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha gave his conditional nod for the merger. The guarantees are mostly related to one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) and some deferred airwave charges, according to people aware of the development. 


6. Gargi Kaul Appointed Secretary of Defence Finance

i. In a bureaucratic reshuffle, the Centre has appointed Gargi Kaul as Secretary, Defence Finance. 
ii. She is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS). Kaul was earlier Financial Advisor, Defence Services in the Defence Ministry.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
  • Sanjay Mitra is the present Defence Secretary.

Important Days

7. International Day of Human Space Flight: 12 April

i. The General Assembly declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind.
ii. 12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. 
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