Current Affairs 12th and 13th May 2019 | Daily GK Update

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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!

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National News

1. WTO Ministerial Meeting Inaugurated In New Delhi

i. The World Trade Organisation, WTO ministerial meeting of developing countries began in New Delhi. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Ministers to discuss various issues and the way forward.
ii. 16 developing countries and 6 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are participating in the meeting. It includes China, South Africa, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh.

2. India-UK Sign Agreement To Boost Indo-Pacific Cooperation

i. India and the United Kingdom agreed to increase their collaboration in the fields of Indo-Pacific cooperation, climate change, disaster resilience, development in third world countries amongst other areas.
ii. The two countries held Foreign Office consultations, where the Indian side was led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and the UK side was represented by Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of British Government.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • UK Capital: London, Currency: Pound sterling.
3. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Ranked Among Top 10 In World-Air Help

i. Global air passengers right expert Airhelp came out with the list of world’s best airports and Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International airport was ranked the world’s eighth best airport.
ii. The survey takes into account on-time performance, service quality and food & shops to determine the ranking. The top 3 airports in the list of world’s best airports as per Airhelp are: 
  1. Qatar’s Hamad International Airport
  2. Tokyo International Airport.
  3. Athens International Airport.
International News

4. UN To Hold 2020 Ocean Conference In Lisbon

i. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to hold its 5-day long 2020 high-level conference early June in Portugal’s Lisbon to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development in Lisbon.

5. 400 KMPH: Japan Tests World’s Fastest Bullet Train 

i. Japan has started testing its fastest-ever bullet train capable of reaching 400 kilometers per hour (249 mph) as it continues to develop the revolutionary mode of travel. The ALFA-X version of the Shinkansen train began three years’ worth of test runs.
ii. Once it enters operation around 2030, it will run at speeds of up to 360 kph (224 mph), comfortably making it the world’s fastest bullet train.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Mains 2019:

  • Japan Capital- Tokyo, Currency– Japanese yen, PM– Shinzo Abe.


6. Ajoy Mehta Appointed As Maharashtra Chief Secretary

i. Mumbai municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has been appointed as Maharashtra’s new chief secretary
ii. Ajoy Mehta succeeds UPS Madan who has been named as the special advisor to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 
7. Professor Tijjani Bande Announced As President, UN General Assembly

i. Professor Tijjani Mohammad Bande has been appointed as the new President of the United Nations General Assembly. 
ii. His appointment was announced by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, outgoing president of UNGA at a press conference in Abuja.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Mains 2019:
  • Capital of Nigeria: Abuja, Currency: Nigerian naira.
8. Subhash Chand Appointed Next Ambassador of India To State of Eritrea

i. Subhash Chand, presently Deputy High Commissioner in the High Commission of India, Abuja, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the State of Eritrea. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • State of Eritrea Capital: Asmara, Currency: Eritrean nakfa.


9. IPS Officer Chhaya Sharma Receives McCain Institute Award

i. IPS officer Chhaya Sharma, who led the investigation team of the infamous Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, has been awarded the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership. 
ii. The award is given to those who show courage on behalf of human rights, humanitarian compassion, justice, freedom, and human dignity.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Some of the famous awardees of McCain Institute Award are – Malala Yousafzai (2015) and Dikembe Mutombo (2016). 
Sports News

10. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Wins Spanish Grand Prix

i. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain and rose to the top of the Formula One world championship. 
ii. Mercedes’ V. Bottas finished second, while Red Bulls’ M. Verstappen finished third.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Lewis Hamilton also won Bahrain and Chinese Grand Prix of 2019.
11. Football: Manchester City Wins Premier League Title 2019

i. Manchester City clinched their fourth Premier League title (football) after winning the 2018-19 season. Manchester City registered a victory against Brighton to accumulate 98 points, while Liverpool, who were also in the title race, finished second with 97 points.
ii. Dominant Manchester City have successfully retained their Premier League title on the final day of an exhilarating 2018-19 campaign. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named the Premier League Player of the Season. 
12. Sana Mir Becomes Highest Wicket-Taking Spinner In ODI

i. Pakistan off-spinner Sana Mir has become the most successful women’s ODI spinner in history after she took her 147th wicket, highest ever by any spinner in One-day International (ODI) cricket.
ii. Currently, Mir is placed on the third position in the ICC’s ODI bowling ranking, which is topped by Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami. 

13. Manchester City Legend Yaya Toure Retires From Football

i. Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has officially announced his retirement from football.
ii. Achievements:

  • At Barcelona, he won two LaLiga titles and the 2009 Champions League. 
  • Toure also captured the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations playing for the Ivory Coast.
  • He was named the African Footballer of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. 
14. Croatia’s Igor Stimac To Become Indian Football Team Coach

i. Former Croatia international and manager Igor Stimac will be appointed as the Indian men’s team coach after the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) technical committee recommended him for the post.
ii. The committee, headed by Shyam Thapa, interviewed the four candidates for the post- Stimac, Albert Roca, Hakan Ericson, and Lee and zeroed in on Stimac.

15. MI Beat CSK By 1 Run To Win IPL 2019

i. Mumbai Indians became IPL champions for the fourth time after defeating Chennai Super Kings by one run in a thrilling final in Hyderabad.
ii. Kieron Pollard top-scored with his unbeaten 41-run knock. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful wicket-keeper in the history of IPL by taking his dismissals tally to 132.
iii. Let’s have a look at some interesting Statistics of IPL 2019: 

  1. Orange Cap- David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad scored most runs: 692 Runs in 12 Matches.
  2. Purple Cap- Imran Tahir of Chennai Super Kings took most wickets: 26 Wickets in 17 Matches.
  3. Jonny Bairstow of Sunrisers Hyderabad Highest Individual Score: 114 Runs.
16. Madrid Open 2019: Complete List of Winners

i. The 2019 Madrid Open (sponsored by Mutua) is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts at the Park Manzanares in Madrid, Spain.
ii. It was the 18th edition of the event on the ATP World Tour and 11th on the WTA Tour.
Here is the complete list of winners of 2019 Madrid Open

17. World’s 1st Exclusive Women’s Cricket Magazine ‘Criczone’ Released

i. Inaugural issue of world’s first exclusive women’s cricket magazine ‘Criczone’ was released with Indian team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana featuring as the cover story.
ii. It is a one-stop solution, exclusively dedicated to providing updates, articles, news, interviews, etc. from the world of women’s cricket. Publisher of the magazine is Yash Lahoti.

Important Days

18. World Migratory Bird Day: 11 May

i. In 2019, World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on May 11 and October 12. 
ii. The theme for World Migratory Bird Day 2019 is ‘Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.’.

19. International Nurses Day: 12 May

i. International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on 12 May. It celebrates the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
ii. The theme for 2019 International Nurses Day 2019 is “Nurses – A Voice to Lead – Health for All”. It was first celebrated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1965. 


20. Padma Shri Awardee Bhojpuri Singer Hiralal Yadav Passes Away

i. Padma Shri awardee Bhojpuri vocal artist Hiralal Yadav passed away in Varanasi at the age of 93. Shri Yadav was a well known Bhojpuri folk singer from the ‘Birha’ genre.
ii. He received a Padma Shri award, the country’s fourth highest civilian award, in January 2019. 

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