Current Affairs 23rd 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 23rd October 2018: Daily GK Update
National News

1. Environment Ministry Launches ‘Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali’ Campaign 
i. Environment Ministry has launched Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali campaign. This campaign was initiated in 2017-18 wherein a large number of school children participated and took a pledge to minimize bursting of crackers. 
ii. The Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali campaign is now merged with “Green Good Deed” movement that has been initiated as a social mobilization for conservation and protection of the environment. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan is the present Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. 

2. India And Croatia Sign 2 Agreements 

i. India and Croatia signed two agreements to strengthen cultural and diplomatic cooperation between the two countries.
ii. The agreements were signed following External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Croatia Marija Pejcinovic Burić in New Delhi. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 
  • Croatia Capital: Zagreb, President: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Currency: Croatian kuna. 

3. India, China Signed Agreement On Security Cooperation

i. The first India-China high-level meeting on bilateral security cooperation held in New Delhi recently. During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest including bilateral cooperation on counter-terrorism and welcomed increased cooperation between India and China in the area of security.
ii. An Agreement on security cooperation was also signed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of China, Zhao Kezhi.   
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 
  • China Capital: Beijing, President: Xi Jinping, Currency: Renminbi.

4. Gwalior Hosts 4-Day International Dance Festival 

i. Uzbekistan Ambassador to India Farhod Arziev inaugurated a four-day international dance festival titled “Udbhav Utsav” in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
ii. Dance troupes from Bulgaria, Turkey and Sri Lanka, apart from 25 teams from India, participated in the event.

5. 27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference Starts In Gandhinagar, Gujarat 

i. The 27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018) has started in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The FEC 2018 aims to provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues as well as innovative concepts of direct relevance to the use of nuclear fusion as a source of energy. 
ii. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fosters the exchange of scientific and technical results in nuclear fusion research and development through its series of Fusion Energy Conferences. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 
  • The IAEA was created in 1957. 
  • The Chair of the Board of IAEA for 2018-2019 is Ambassador Leena Al-Hadid of Jordan. She succeeds Ambassador Darmansjah Djumala, the Governor from Indonesia.

International News

6. World’s Longest Sea-Crossing Bridge Opened in China
i. China has opened the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built, nine years after construction began. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge connects Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.  The $20-billion bridge spans 55 kilometers. 
ii. The bridge, designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons, has been built using 400,000 tonnes of steel, enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers. 
7. Joint Military Exercise ‘Druzhba-III’ Starts Between Pakistan and Russia 
i. A contingent of the Russian Army arrived in Pakistan to participate in joint training exercise ‘Druzhba-III’. 
ii. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), this will be the third joint military drill between Islamabad and Moscow under the bilateral training cooperation agreement. Russia and Pakistan have been holding the “Friendship” drills since 2016. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 
  • Russia Capital: Moscow, Currency: Russian ruble.
  • Pakistan Capital: Islamabad, Currency: Pakistani rupee.


8. Invest India wins UN Investment Promotion Award 
i. The ‘Invest India’ initiative of the Union Government won the top United Nations Investment Promotion Award in recognition of its efforts to boost investments in the renewable energy sector in India.
ii. The award was presented by Armenian President Armen Sarkissian to Deepak Bagla, the CEO of Invest India, in Geneva, Switzerland at the inauguration of the World Investment Forum organised by the UN Convention on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 
  • The Investment Promotion Awards, organised by UNCTAD, honours Investment Promotion Agencies and their governments for their achievements.
  • The Awards have been given annually since 2002 as part of UNCTAD’s investment promotion and facilitation programme. 
Business News

9. TCS Only Indian Firm Among Top 10 To Get Foreign Labour Certification 

i. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the only Indian company among top 10 firms to get foreign labour certification for the H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2018, according to data from the US Department of Labour. The H-1B visas are the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals.
ii. London-headquartered Earnest and Young, a multinational professional services firm, has emerged as the top employer to have received the certification. 
10. Paytm Launches ‘PayPay’ Mobile Wallet in Japan
i. Paytm has launched a QR-based smartphone payment settlement service in Japan in collaboration with SoftBank and Yahoo Japan Corporation.  it is a smartphone-based settlement service that allows users to store money from a bank account in their ‘PayPay’ wallet and make payments with it. 
ii. Paytm stated that it is built around its QRtech which it has deployed in India to allow customers to make offline payments. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 
  • Paytm Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
Sports News
11. DANISA Denmark Open 2018: Complete List Of Winners 

i. The Denmark Open is an HSBC World Tour Super 750 tournament. Held since 1935 as an annual badminton tournament by Danmarks Badminton Forbund the tournament has been hosted in eleven different locations.
ii. Kento Momota of Japan won in the Men’s Singles category and Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei won in the women’s singles category. 
Find The Complete List Of Winners Here

12. Bajrang Punia Bagged Silver at Wrestling World Championships

i. Wrestler Bajrang Punia won the silver medal after he went down against Japan’s Takuto Otoguro in the 65kg final of the Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It is his second medal at the Worlds. 
ii. In the process, Otoguru became Japan’s youngest World Champion at the age of 19. Bajrang had won a bronze in 2013 edition. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018: 

  • Sushil Kumar, country’s greatest ever wrestler, is the lone Indian to win a gold medal at the Worlds, achieving the feat in 2010 in Moscow in the 66kg category.

13. Praveen Kumar Retires From All Forms Of Cricket 

i. Former India fast bowler Praveen Kumar has retired from all forms of international cricket. Praveen last played for India in 2012 and represented India in 84 international matches. 
ii. He made his ODI debut for India in 2007 against Pakistan, while his Test debut came four years later against West Indies in Jamaica. 

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