Current Affairs 30th April 2019 | Daily GK Update

Dear Aspirants,

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. India 4th Biggest Military Spender in 2018: SIPRI Report

i. India was the world’s fourth biggest military spender in 2018 behind the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia, according to new data think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). India was the fifth largest military spender in 2017.
ii. According to the SIPRI data, China was the second-largest military spender in 2018. India accounts for 3.7% of the global defence spending. 
2. GRSE To Build 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Watercraft For Indian Navy

i. The Defence Ministry has awarded a contract of worth Rs 6,311 crore to Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) to build eight anti-submarine warfare shallow watercraft (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy.
ii. As per the agreement, the first ship is to be delivered within 42 months from the date of signing of the contract and subsequently, two ships are required to be delivered per year. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • GRSE Headquarters: Kolkata.
  • GRSE was founded in 1884 as a small privately owned company. it was renamed as Garden Reach Workshop in 1916. The company was nationalised by the Government of India in 1960.
International News
3. US Withdraws From UN Arms Trade Treaty

i. US President Donald Trump stated that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans’ right to bear arms. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • The treaty seeks to regulate international trade in conventional arms, including everything from tanks to small arms, specifically looking to “prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion.


4. PFA Awards 2018/19 Announced: Complete List of Winners

i. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Arsenal Women Football Club’s Vivianne Miedema were named Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.
ii. PFA Player’s Player of the Year:
Virgil van Dyjk, Liverpool.
Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal
iii. PFA Young Player of the Year:
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
Georgia Stanway, Manchester City
iv. PFA Special Achievement Award:
Steph Houhgton: Former England and WBA

5. Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar Wins Outstanding Achievement As a Player Award

i. Arjuna awardee and star Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the outstanding achievement as a player award at the fourth edition of the annual India Golf Industry Association (GIA) awards at the Delhi Golf Club.
ii. The GIA awards were held along with the 8th India Golf & Turf Expo (IGTE), South Asia’s largest golf trade show. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Since 1961, Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, to recognize outstanding achievement in sports.

Business News

6. Wipro Acquires Philippines’ Largest Personal Care Company ‘Splash’

i. Wipro Consumer Care announced that it is acquiring personal care company ‘Splash’, which is based in the Philippines.
ii. Splash, the largest personal care player in the Philippines, recorded revenues worth $80 million in 2018. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For Uttarakhand District Cooperative Bank 2019:
  • Philippines Capital: Manila, Currency: Philippine peso.

Sports News

7. Bajrang Punia To Become 1st Indian Wrestler To Fight At Madison Square Garden

i. Bajrang Punia is set to become the first wrestler from India to fight at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York. The 25-year-old has recently won the gold medal in the 65-kg category at the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championships.
ii. He is the first Indian wrestler to be invited by the American governing body. Punia will take part in the “Grapple at the Garden – Beat the Streets” fight night. 

8. Asian Wrestling Championship 2019 Concludes: India Finishes With 16 Medals, Iran Tops

i. India wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on a resounding note with 16 medals (1 Gold, 3 Silver & 4 Bronze) after Harpreet Singh settled for a silver in 82kg on the final day of competitions.
ii. Only Bajrang Punia won the gold medal after defeating Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov by 12-7 in 65kg men’s freestyle. Asian Wrestling Championship 2019 was held at Xi’an, China.


9. Former Ethiopian President Negasso Gidada Passed Away

i. The former Ethiopian president, Dr Negasso Gidada had passed away in Germany where he was undergoing medical treatment.
ii. Negasso was 75 years old. He was the president of Ethiopia between 1995 and 2001.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Mains 2019:
  • Ethiopia Capital- Addis Ababa, Currency- Birr.

10. Youngest Best Director Oscar Nominee John Singleton Passes Away

i. John Singleton, an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker has passed away following complications from a stroke. 
ii. He was best known for directing “Boyz N the Hood”. Singleton became the first black filmmaker nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his debut feature from 1991, “Boys N The Hood.” He was only 24 at the time.
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