Current Affairs 28th September 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 28th September 2018: Daily GK Update

National News

1. Ravi Shankar Prasad Launched Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics and DigiVaarta 
i. National Informatics Centre (NIC) and National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI) have jointly set up a Centre of Excellence for data analytics to support Government departments to unlock the hidden potential of the data that they are generating as part of the governance processes and use it to improve the overall governance. 
ii. Launch of Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) was done by the Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, as part of Workshop on Data Analytics in Government. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RRB Clerk Exam 2018- 
  • National Informatics Centre (NIC) was established in 1976. 
  • NIC Headquarters in New Delhi.
  • Ms. Neeta Verma is the Director General of NIC.
  • National Informatics Centre Services Inc. (NICSI) was established in 1995.
  • NICSI Headquarters in New Delhi. 
2. Tourism Minister Launches Incredible India Mobile App

i. The Union Minister for Tourism (IC), Mr. K.J. Alphons launched the ‘Incredible India Mobile App’ and the “Incredible India Tourist Facilitators Certification” programme. 
ii. The Minister announced that India will be the host country for official World Tourism Day celebrations for the UNWTO, in 2019. The theme for the World Tourism Day 2018 being “Tourism & Digital Transformation”. 

3. India And UN Signed A Five-Year Sustainable Development Framework 

i. CEO NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, Yuri Afanasiev, signed the Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022, at a special signing ceremony. The NITI Aayog is the national counterpart for the UN in India for the operationalization of the UNSDF.

ii. The government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) 2018-2022 outlines the work of UN agencies in India, to support the achievement of key development outcomes that have been identified in consultation with the government and are aligned to the national priorities.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for IBPS PO Exam 2018- 
  • The Prime Minister is the Ex-officio chairman of NITI Aayog.
  • Present Vice Chairmen of NITI Aayog– Rajiv Kumar. 

4. PM Modi Inaugurated Parakram Parv Exhibition In Jodhpur 
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Parakram Parv exhibition at the military station in Jodhpur to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the LoC. 
ii. On September 29, 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) as a response to an attack on its base in Uri. Konark Corps is organizing this three days exhibition on Indian Army’s Combat Capability. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RRB Clerk Mains Exam 2018- 
  • Nirmala Sitharaman is the present Defence Minister of India. 
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister: Vasundhara Raje, Governor- Kalyan Singh. 
5. 2 MoU’s Signed Between India and Uzbekistan 

i. A meeting between Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Minister for Development of Information Technologies and Communications, Uzbekistan Mr Shuhrat Sadikov was held in New Delhi for strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries in ICT sector.
ii. Subsequently, in presence of both the Ministers Two Memorandum of Understandings (MoU’s) were signed: –  
a) Agreement between National Informatics Centre (NIC), India and e-Government System development centre of the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan for strengthening e-Governance cooperation.
b) Declaration of Intent between CDAC, India and Tashkent University of Information Technologies, Uzbekistan for cooperation in the area of capacity building in ICT sector. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 

  • Uzbekistan Capital: Tashkent, Currency: Uzbekistani som. 
6. Government Forms Lokpal Search Committee 
i. The government has set up an eight-member Lokpal Search Committee under the Chairmanship of former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai. Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash, former SBI Chief Arundhati Bhattacharya and Justice Sukha Ram Singh Yadav among others will be members of the panel. 
ii. An official order issued by Ministry of Personnel stated that the panel will recommend the names for the Chairperson and Members of the Lokpal to the Lokpal Selection Committee. 

International News

7. High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis At 73rd Session Of UNGA Held In New York 
i. J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare addressed at the ‘High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis at 73rd session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at New York’
ii. He stated that India has shown personal commitment to tackle TB head-on as India plans to eliminate TB by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG target of 2030, by launching the TB Free India Campaign. 
8. World Rabies Day: 28 September 
i. World Rabies Day is celebrated on 28 September. It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.
ii. 28 September also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine. 

9. Tourism Minister K J Alphons Presents National Tourism Awards 2016-17 
i. Tourism Minister K J Alphons presented National Tourism Awards 2016-17 in New Delhi. Andhra Pradesh bagged the first prize in state category for comprehensive development of tourism. 
ii. The state got the prize for promoting Andhra Pradesh Tourism as a global tourism brand. Kerala bagged the second prize for comprehensive development of tourism. The Tourism sector has generated 14.62 million jobs in the country in the last four years. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RRB PO Mains Exam 2018- 
  • Andhra Pradesh Capital- Amravati, Chief Minister- N Chandrababu Naidu. 
Sports News

10. 8th Asian Yoga Sports Championship Begins In Thiruvananthapuram 
i. The 8th Asian Yoga Sports Championship organised by Asian Yoga Federation has begun in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will formally inaugurate the event. 
ii. Nearly 450 participants representing 12 Asian countries showcasing their yoga skills will take part in the four-day event. Yogaratna Awards will be given away to foreign delegates who were instrumental in popularising yoga in their respective countries. 

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