Current Affairs 18th 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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Defence News

1. Indian Navy Successfully Test-Fires MRSAM Missile 

i. The Indian Navy has successfully test-fired a Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), achieving a significant milestone to enhance its anti-air warfare capability.
ii. The test-firing of the missile was undertaken on the western seaboard by Indian naval ships Kochi and Chennai.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Mains 2019:
  • The ship was commissioned on April 12, 1990.
2. Indian Coast Guard Ship Vigraha Decommissioned

i. The Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Vigraha was decommissioned at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is a frontline offshore patrol vessel (OPV). 
ii. It was commissioned into service on April 12, 1990. It has played an instrumental role in protecting the east coast of India for 29 years of service from 1990 to 2019.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Sunil Lanba is the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.
  • Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has been appointed as the next Chief of Naval Staff.

Summits Held

3. 3rd India-Botswana Hold Foreign Office Consultations In Delhi

i. The third round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Botswana was held in New Delhi. The Indian side was led by Joint Secretary, East and Southern Africa in the Ministry of External Affairs Dr. Neena Malhotra. 
ii. The Botswana side was headed by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation of Botswana Government, Tapiwa Mongwa.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Mains 2019:
  • Botswana Capital: Gaborone, Currency: Botswana pula.
4. 11th India-Iran Joint Consular Committee Meeting Held In New Delhi

i. The 11th Joint Consular Committee Meeting between India and Iran took place in New Delhi. Mr. 
ii. The meeting provided an opportunity to review the status of ongoing cooperation in consular and visa related issues and to discuss ways and means to further expand people to people contacts and promote friendly exchanges between India and Iran.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam: 
  • Iran Capital: Tehran, Currency: Iranian rial.

5. UNDRR Confers Dr P.K. Mishra With Sasakawa Award 2019

i. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) conferred Sasakawa Award 2019 for Disaster Risk Reduction to Dr. Pramod Kumar Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India.
ii. The award was announced at the Award Ceremony during the ongoing 6th Session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2019 at Geneva.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Mains 2019:
  • The United Nations Sasakawa Award is the most prestigious international award in the area of Disaster Risk Management.
Ranks and Reports

6. GSI Report: Arunachal Has Highest 35% of India’s Graphite Deposits

i. The Geological Survey of India (GSI) in its report revealed that about 35 % of India’s total Graphite reserves are found in Arunachal Pradesh. This is the highest found in the country. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SSC CGL Exam 2019:
  • Geological Survey of India (GSI) was founded in 1851 with primary goal of finding coal deposits for the Railways.
  • It is an attached office to the Ministry of Mines and it is Headquartered in Kolkata.
  • Graphite is the most stable allotrope of Carbon, with standard entropy being zero.

Sports News

7. ICC World Cup 2019: USD 10 million On Offer, Winner To Earn 4 million

i. Ten million US Dollars or a little more than 70 crore rupees are on offer in the upcoming ICC men’s cricket World Cup 2019. The 46-day tournament will be played across 11 venues in the United Kingdom from 30th of May.
ii. Besides a trophy, the World Cup winner will earn a cash award of 4 million US dollars (about 28 crore rupees) which is the highest prize money on offer in the history of the tournament. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • 2015 World cup was held jointly in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Australia (5th title) was the champion team.
  • New Zealand team was runner up.


8. Veteran Telugu Actor Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao Passes Away

i. Veteran Telugu actor Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao passed away in Hyderabad following a cardiac arrest. He was 74. 
ii. He was a five-time winner of the prestigious Nandi award in undivided Andhra Pradesh.

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