Current Affairs 9th July 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!

Daily-GK-Update-9th-July-2019


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International News


1. Kyriakos Mitsotakis becomes Greece’s new PM

i. Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as the prime minister of Greece.  
ii. Mitsotakis is the son of former prime minister Constantine Mitsotakis, one of the country’s longest serving parliamentarians.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:
  • Capital of Greece: Athens, Currency: Euro.

2. Sri Lanka inaugurates model village built with Indian assistance

i. Sri Lanka has inaugurated first model village built with Indian assistance. The village is a part of housing project meant for war affected people.
ii. India has partnered with the ministry of housing and construction and cultural affairs of Sri Lanka to build 100 model villages with Indian grant of Rs 1,200 million. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Capitals of Sri Lanka : Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte; Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee.
3. Sharjah issues 1st permanent residency visa to Lalu Samuel

i. Sharjah’s first Golden Card visa was issued to an Indian expat businessman Lalu Samuel
ii. The move is a part of the permanent residency system tailored for investors. 
iii. The Golden Card is a 10-year long-term visa eligible for investors and entrepreneurs to engage them in the renaissance and development of the UAE.  
iv. Lalu Samuel is a Chairman and Managing Director of Kingston Holdings and Chairman of Sharjah Industry Business Group.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • Capital of UAE: Abu Dhabi; Currency: Dirham.

Agreements


4. NHAI and NIIF Signs MoU for funding highway projects

i. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) signed an MoU for funding highway projects.
ii. The MoU is related to co-operation in formation of SPVs to execute the fund arrangement for large size road projects particularly green field projects to be executed by NHAI in future.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • Minister of road and highway: Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari.
State News


5. 316 tourist spots to be developed by Assam Govt

i. Assam Tourism Development Corporation will spent 150 crore rupees to develop the 316 locations under Axom Darshan.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • Assam Capital: Dispur; CM: Sarbananda Sonowal; Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.
6. 10k monthly allowance to Padma Shri awardees by Odisha govt

i. Odisha government has decided to give monthly allowance of Rs 10,000 to Padma award winners of the state facing financial problems. 
ii. The decision has been taken on the basis of the Culture Department’s report on the economic conditions of the Padma award winners of the state.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal.

Banking News


7. RBI board finalises ‘Utkarsh 2022’

i. The Reserve Bank of India board has finalised a three-year roadmap ‘Utkarsh 2022’
ii. It is a three-year road map for medium term objectives to be achieved for improving regulation and supervision of the central bank.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

Defence News


8. Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrives in Morocco

i. Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at Tangier, Morocco. The visit is part of an ongoing Overseas Deployment by the Indian Navy to the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and Europe.
ii. On its departure, INS Tarkash will carry out a Passage Exercise at sea with ships of the Royal Moroccan Navy.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.
9. India successfully tests a new version of Brahmos missile

i. India has successfully tested the vertical steep dive version of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile.  
ii. Made in India ‘Brahmos Aerospace’ is also ready with a longer 500 km range version of the Brahmos missile that can be fired from Sukhoi 30 fighter jets.
iii. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture company owned by the governments of India and Russia and its missiles are produced in India.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • CEO of BrahMos Aerospace: Sudhir Mishra.
Appointments

10. Shailesh Tinaikar assumes charge as Force Commander of UN mission

i. Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar of India assumes charge as Force Commander of United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
ii. Shailesh Tinaikar has been awarded the Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal for Distinguished Service.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • UN Secretary-General: António Guterres; Headquarters: New York, United States; Established: 24th October 1945. 
11. Rahul Dravid appointed NCA’s Head of Cricket

i. BCCI has formally appointed Rahul Dravid as the National Cricket Academy’s Head of Cricket
ii. Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA.
Sports

12. Magnus Carlsen won the 2019 Croatia Grand Chess Tour title

i. Magnus Carlsen won the 2019 Croatia Grand Chess Tour title. He scored 8 points. 
ii. Wesley So finished second with 7 points. India’s Viswanathan Anand ended up with 4.5 points and finished 11th.
13. Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships

i. 4 gold medals for India in Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships. 
ii. Following is the list of winners in the different categories:
  • Mirabai Chanu wins gold in the senior women’s 49 kg event.
  • Jhilli Dalabehra wins gold in the senior women’s 45 kg event.
  • Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi wins gold while Matsa Santoshi wins the silver medal in the senior women’s 55kg event.
  • Rishikanta Singh grabbed the gold in the senior men’s 55kg event.


14. Vinesh, Divya wins gold at Wrestling Grand Prix of Spain

i. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won a gold medal in the 53kg category, while Divya Kakran has won the gold medal in the 68kg category at the Grand Prix of Spain.
ii. Pooja Dhanda (57kg) has won a silver after losing the title clash to Russia’s Veronika Chumikova.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Capital of Spain: Madrid; Currency of Spain: Euro.
Awards

15. ‘Gully Boy’ wins NETPAC award in Bucheon film festival

i. Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar’s directorial ‘Gully Boy’ has won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award at the 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in South Korea.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:

  • Capital of South Korea: Seoul; Currency of South Korean: South Korea won.
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