Current Affairs 14th and 15th 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 14th and15th October 2018: Daily GK Update
National News

1. Union Government Releases Analytical Report of National Health Profile 2018 

i. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare has released 12th edition of Analytical Report of the National Health Profile 2018.
ii.  The report was prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), under the aegis of the Directorate General of Health Services. CBHI has been publishing National Health Profile every year since 2005. 
Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 
  • The National Health Resource Repository is the country’s first ever national healthcare facility registry of authentic, standardised and updated geo-spatial data of all public and private healthcare establishments. 
  • J P Nadda is the present Health Minister of India. 

2. Graded Response Action Plan Comes Into Force In Delhi To Combat Air Pollution 

i. An emergency action plan has been implemented in the national capital to combat air pollution that has begun to show a trend towards poor category. Central Pollution Control Board has predicted further fall in the air quality index in the coming days. 
ii. Under the emergency plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), stringent actions will be implemented based on the air quality of the city. 
Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018:
  • Delhi CM: Arvind Kejriwal, Lt. Governor: Anil Baijal.
3. Ajay Tamta Inaugurates 46th Edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn-2018
i. Union Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta, inaugurated the 46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair at India Expo Centre & Mart at Greater Noida.
ii. This Fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country and has acquired a special importance for the handicrafts sector. The fair is participated by 3200 exhibitors from over 110 countries. 
Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018:
  • Smriti Irani is the present Union Minister of Textiles. 
  • IHGF is amongst Asia’s largest gifts & handicrafts fair, held biannually (Spring & Autumn edition) and is organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). 

4. Centre to provide Rs 7.8 crore textile tourism complex in Meghalaya
i. Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta has stated that the Ministry will release 7.8 crore rupees for the construction of a textile tourism complex in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.

ii. The Union Minister visited different weaving centers in Shillong. The NBCC has completed construction of an apparel center worth 14 crores rupees in the State. 

Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For Vijaya Bank Credit Officer Exam:
  • Ajay Tamta is Member of Parliament (MP) from Almora, Uttarakhand constituency.
  • Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya.
  • Conrad Sangma is Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
  • Tathagata Roy is Governor of Meghalaya.

5. India and Sri Lanka sign two MoU for construction of 1200 houses

i. India and Sri Lanka have signed two MoU for construction of 1200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of 60 crore Srilankan rupees.  

ii. With this, India’s collaboration with Srilankan government under Model Villages Housing Program stands at 2400 houses in 100 model villages. As per the new MoUs, 600 houses each will be constructed in the Southern and Northern Provinces.
Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For IBPS PO/Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • Capitals of Sri Lanka: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Currency of Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan rupee
  • President of Sri Lanka: Maithripala Sirisena

International News
6. 6th RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting Held In Singapore 
i. The Minister of State for Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution C. R. Chaudhary, attended the 6th RCEP Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting (IMM) in Singapore. 
ii. The Ministers from 16 RCEP countries met in Singapore to discuss a modern, comprehensive and mutually beneficial economic partnership agreement among ASEAN and ASEAN’s FTA partners. Next round meeting of Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) is scheduled to be held in Auckland, New Zealand. 
Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018:
  • ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
  • ASEAN is amongst the fastest growing markets in the world and presents substantial trade and investments opportunities for India. 
  • ASEAN has emerged as the second largest trade partner of India in 2017-18 with bilateral trade valued at US$ 81.33 billion, comprising 10.58% of India’s total trade with the world. 
7. India, China Launched 1st Joint Programme For Afghanistan To Train Diplomats 

i. India and China have launched their first joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats. 
ii. According to the Indian Embassy in Beijing, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Vinay Kumar hosted 10 Afghan Diplomats who will be travelling to India for the 1st India-China joint training programme for Afghan diplomats under the aegis of the Trilateral Cooperation between India, China and Afghanistan.

Important Days

8. International Day of Rural Women: 15 October
i. The International Day of Rural Women is observed on 15th October. The day recognizes the crucial role of women and girls in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing. 
ii. This year’s theme is “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. 

9. Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas: 15 October

i. Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas is celebrated on 15th of October.  In 2016, the Ministry had decided to observe 15th October as RMKD to recognise the contribution of women farmers in various aspects of agriculture including sowing, planting, fertilizing, plant protection, harvesting, weeding, and storage.  
ii. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh addressed the function in New Delhi. Women farmers, entrepreneurs, farming organizations, agricultural scientists and researchers from different states participated in the event. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • National Farmers’ Day (Kisan Diwas/Chaudhary Charan Singh Jayanti)- 23rd December.

Economy News

10. WPI Inflation Rises to 5.13% in September

i. Inflation-based wholesale prices rose to a two-month high of 5.13% in September, mainly due to the hardening of food prices and the rise in the cost of petrol and diesel. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation stood at 4.53% in August and 3.14% in September last year.

ii. According to the government data released recently, food articles witnessed hardening of prices with deflation at 0.21% September as against 4.04% in August. Data showed retail inflation rose to 3.77% in September from 3.69% in the previous month. 


11. Sikkim Wins FAO’s Future Policy Award 2018 
i. The North-eastern state Sikkim won the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Award 2018 for being the world’s first 100% organic state. The Gold Prize of the Future Policy Award 2018 are also known as “Oscar for Best Policies”.
ii. Moreover, Future Policy Award’s Silver Prize 2018 was awarded to the policies from Brazil, Denmark and Quito (Ecuador). All the winners received the awards in a ceremony at FAO headquarters during the celebrations of the World Food Week in Rome. 
Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018:
  • UN Food and Agriculture Organisation Headquarters in Italy, Rome. 

Sports News

12. Great Britain Beats India To Win Sultan Johar Cup Junior Hockey 
i. In Hockey, Great Britain lifted the 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup.  In Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Great Britain defeated India in the final.
ii. The other teams in the tournament were Japan, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand. Great Britain, who finished runners-up last year, secured their second Sultan of Johor Cup title by virtue of this win.
Static/Current Takeaways From Above News For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018:
  • Malaysia Capital: Kuala Lumpur, Currency: Malaysian ringgit. 
13. Leander Paes Lifts Santo Domingo Open Trophy
i. Indian tennis legend  Leander Paes has won his second Challenger-level title of the season, lifting the Santo Domingo Open trophy with partner Miguel Angel Reyyes-Varela.
ii. The second-seeded Indo- Mexican pair, playing its second consecutive final, came from behind to beat Ariel Behar and Roberto Quiroz 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the summit clash, which lasted one hour and 26 minutes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  
Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • The capital of Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo, Currency: Dominican Peso.

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