Current Affairs 9th January 2019: 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!!


                                           National News

1. Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 Passed in Lok Sabha 

i. The Citizenship Amendment bill seeking to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan was passed by Lok Sabha. The Bill provides for Indian citizenship to such immigrants after six years of residence in India instead of 12 years currently. 
ii. Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha and was passed after a discussion. The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 in order to grant citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years. 
2. RBI Forms Committee To Boost Digital Payments

i. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted a High-Level Committee on Deepening of Digital Payments to encourage digitisation of payments and enhance financial inclusion. The five-member committee will be headed by UIDAI’s former Chairman Nandan Nilekani. 
ii. RBI stated that the committee will review the existing status of digitisation of payments and suggest ways to bridge any gaps in the ecosystem if any. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2018:
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das,   Headquarters: Mumbai,  Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

3. Interim Budget To Be Presented on 1 February

i. The interim budget for 2019 will be presented on 1 February during the budget session of the parliament. The budget session of the Parliament to be held from 31 January to 13 February. 
ii. The decision was taken in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. 
Agreements Signed

4. NHAI Collaborates with Oil Marketing Companies for Issuance of FASTags 

i. To ensure easier availability of FASTags, Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL), a company promoted by NHAI, has signed MoUs with state-run Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, BPC, and HPC)
ii. It will ensure availability of FASTags at petroleum outlets across India. In the first phase, the tags will be available across 50 Fuel Station in Delhi NCR, which will subsequently be expanded to outlets across India.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam:
  • Dharmendra Pradhan is the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • Nitin Jairam Gadkari is the Minister of Road Transport and Highways. 
5. MoU On ‘India-Norway Ocean Dialogue’ Exchanged

i. Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks in New Delhi. Prime Minister Modi said that both the countries have vibrant trade ties. MoU were exchanged on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue. 
ii. Erna Solberg also called on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. She also delivered the Inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue and addressed India-Norway Business Summit in New Delhi. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam:
  • Norway Capital- Oslo, Currency- Norwegian krone. 

6. MoU Signed Between Indian Army And PNB

i. An MoU was signed between the Indian Army and Punjab National Bank on the Defence Salary Package. The signing ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar.
ii. Salient features of the improved and updated MoU are free ‘RAKSHAK PLUS’ Scheme for serving pers and veterans, overdraft facility range from Rs 0.75 to 3.0 lakhs, multicity ‘At Par’ cheques, instant credit of outstation cheques, preferential allotment of lockers at concessional AMC and free SMS alerts.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam:

  • General Bipin Rawat is the present Chief of Staff of Indian Army. 
  • Sunil Mehta is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of PNB.
  • PNB Headquarters in New Delhi. 

Economy News

7. World Bank Pegs India’s GDP Growth At 7.3 % in 2018-19 

i. India’s GDP is expected to grow at 7.3% in the fiscal year 2018-19, and 7.5% in the following two years, the World Bank has forecast, attributing it to an upswing in consumption and investment. India will continue to be the fastest growing major economy in the world, according to the World Bank. 
ii. China’s economic growth is projected to slow down to 6.2% each in 2019 and 2020 and 6% in 2021, according to the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report released by the World Bank. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam:
  • Present World Bank President: Jim Yong Kim, Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States. 


8. Pranav R Mehta Becomes 1st Indian to Head Global Solar Council

i. A visionary in the field of Solar Energy and the chairman of National Solar Energy Federation, Pranav R Mehta, has taken over as the president of Global Solar Council (GSC). He has become the first Indian to head the GSC. 
ii. The Global Solar Council (GSC) was launched on December 6, 2015, following the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference (UN COP 21). 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam:
  • The Global Solar Council (GSC) has its headquarters in Washington D.C., USA.
Sports News

9. Egypt to Host 2019 African Cup of Nations 

i. Seven-time champions Egypt have won the hosting rights for the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations. 
ii. Egypt beat South Africa by 16 votes to one at the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Executive Committee.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS Clerk Mains Exam:

  • Egypt Capital: Cairo, Currency: Egyptian pound. 
10. Sydney and Brisbane Chosen To Host $15 million  ATP Cup In 2020 

i. Australian cities Sydney and Brisbane have been announced as the first two host locations for the newest team event in men’s tennis for the multi-million dollar ATP Cup from 2020.
ii. The third Australian city for the tournament is yet to be determined. The tournament will comprise more than 100 players from 24 nations with $15 million in prize money and 750 ATP Ranking points.

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

  • Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Chairman‎: ‎Chris Kermode, Headquarters: London, United Kingdom.
  • Australia Capital: Canberra, Currency: Australian Dollar, Prime Minister: Scott Morrison. 

11. 2nd Edition Of Khelo India Youth Games Begins In Pune

i. The second edition of Khelo India Youth Games has officially begun in Pune, Maharashtra. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended a virtual torch ceremony at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
ii. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the event through a video message. More than 9,000 players from different states will participate in 18 different events. 

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