Current Affairs 13th June 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!


1. Union Cabinet clears NDIAC Bill, 2019 

i. The Union Cabinet has cleared the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) Bill, 2019. The Bill provides for setting up of an independent and autonomous body for institutional arbitration.
ii. It also aims to acquire and transfer the undertakings of International Centre For Alternative Dispute Resolution to New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) w.e.f 2nd March 2019.
2. India accounts for 12% of the world’s internet users

i. According to the annual report on internet trends by venture capitalist Mary Meeker, India accounts for 12% world’s internet users.
ii. China has the largest base, accounting for 21% of all internet users globally, and the US comes third at 8%.
3. New app to help students wishing to study in the U.S.

i. The U.S. Embassy organised its fifth annual ‘Student Visa Day’ and launched ‘EducationUSA India’. It is a mobile application to provide Indian students with “current, comprehensive and accurate information about studying in the U.S.”.It was launched by the Embassy in collaboration with the United States-India Educational Foundation.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • US President: Donald Trump, Capital: Washington, D.C, Currency: US Dollar
4. Amitav Ghosh becomes the first English writer to get Jnanpith award

i. Renowned author Amitav Ghosh was awarded the 54th Jnanpith Award for his contribution to the enrichment of Indian Literature in English. He was conferred the award by former governor of  West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • Jnanpith Award is an Indian Literary Award presented to an author for his outstanding contribution towards literature.
  • The award consists of a shawl, citation, statue of goddess Saraswati and Rs 11 lakh.
5. HCL to roll out “Tech Bee” programme

i. HCL Technologies is all set to roll out “Tech Bee” programme, a company initiative under which it trains and hires students who have completed XII th standard, across several states.
ii. Tech Bee is a HCL’s early career programme in which company provides students an opportunity to start early and become financially independent and trendsetters. Enrolled students are paid stipend of Rs 10,000 per month.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • HCL Technologies Limited is an Indian Multinational informational technology service and consulting company.
6. DU scientists discover frog in Assam and name it after Northeast

i. A team of scientists from Delhi University and the Wildlife Institute of India, in collaboration with researchers from Indonesia and the US, have discovered a new species of ‘paddy frog’ from Northeast India, primarily Assam.
ii. The frog belongs to the microhylid genus Micryletta, a “group of narrow-mouthed frogs”. The new species has been named ‘aishani’, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘aishani’ or aisani meaning Northeast.

7. Priyanka Chopra to be honoured with a humanitarian award by UNICEF

i. Priyanka Chopra, a global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights is going to be honoured with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF at the UNICEF SNOWFLAKE BALL.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • UNICEF: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
  • Headquarter: New York, USA, Founded on 11th Dec 1946
8. Dell has emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019: TRA

i. According to a report released by brand analytics firm TRA Research, “Dell” has emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019. With 31% Brand Trust Index (BTI) difference from Dell, auto brand Jeep makes a dramatic entry in the second spot. LIC and Amazon are ranked on the third and fourth spots and Apple iPhone emerged as India’s fifth most trusted brand.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • Dell is an American based multinational computer technology company
  • CEO of Dell: Michael S Dell
9. Kohli is the sole Indian in the list of top-paid athletes

i. Virat Kohli, ranked 100th, remains the sole Indian in the Forbes list of world’s highest-paid athletes with estimated annual earnings of $25 million. The list is headed by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • FORBES: Forbes is an American business magazine.
  • Virat Kohli: Captain of Indian Cricket Team in all the three formats.
  • ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: It is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup being hosted by England and Wales.
10. India successfully test fires hypersonic cruise missile

i. India successfully conducted a first test flight of the indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) from a base off the Odisha coast. The only other countries that possess this technology are the US, Russia, and China.
ii. The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet (allowing supersonic combustion) demonstration vehicle that can cruise up to a speed of Mach 6 (or six times the speed of sound) and rise up to an altitude of 32 km in 20 seconds. It has a range of uses, including missiles of the future, and energy-efficient, low cost and reusable satellite-launch vehicle.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • DRDO: Defence Research and Development Organization
  • Founded: 1958, Headquarter: New Delhi
  • Chairman: Dr G Satheesh Reddy
11. JNU to confer alumni award to Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and S Jaishankar

i. Jawaharlal Nehru University will confer the distinguished alumni award to Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Executive Council of the University has approved a proposal in this regard. The two ministers will be awarded during the third convocation of JNU to be held in August this year.
ii. Ms. Sitharaman had completed her MA and M Phil degrees while Mr. Jaishankar completed his M Phil and doctoral research form JNU.
Important Takeaways for LIC AAO/ADO Mains:
  • S Jaishankar is the current Minister of External Affairs.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman is the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman is Rajya Sabha Member from Karnataka.
12. Badminton star Lee Chong Wei announces his retirement

i. Cancer-hit Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei announced his retirement. He spent a total of 348 weeks as world number one but lost six world and Olympic finals in his 19 years career.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • Total BWF World Championship: 19-25 August 2019
  • Host: Basel, Switzerland
13. Poet, lyricist Pazhavila Ramesan passes away

i. Poet and lyricist Pazhavila Ramesan passed away. He was 83 years old. He was a recipient of Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award and had also penned songs for films like Asamsakalode, Malooty, Uncle Bun, Vasudha and others.
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