Current Affairs 15th June 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!

1. Akshaya Patra wins BBC award

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i. Akshaya Patra, a non-profit organization, has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award. It runs one of the world’s largest school meals project in India.

2. 45 individuals to get Bal Sahitya Puraskar and Yuva Puraskar

i. The Sahitya Akademi announced the name of 22 winners for Bal Sahitya Puraskar and 23 winners for Yuva Puraskar. The winners of both the awards will receive a casket containing an engraved copper plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000.
ii. Six books of children’s poetry, including works by Vijay Sharma (Dogri), Naji Munauwar (Kashmiri), and Sanjay Chaubey (Sanskrit); five story books by authors including Govind Sharma (Hindi), Mohammad Khalil (Urdu), and Swmim Nasrin (Assamese); and five authors for their total contribution in children’s literature won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
Sahitya Akademi is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of literature in India.
3. Declaration/Agreements/MoUs during the visit of Prime Minister to Kyrgyz Republic

i. Declaration/Agreements/MoUs during the visit of Prime Minister to Kyrgyz Republic:
4. Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting 2019 held in Mumbai

i. The Intersessional meeting of Kimberley Process (KP) will be hosted by India from 17th to 21st June 2019 in Mumbai.
ii. Besides this, two special forums regarding Diamond Terminology and Artisanal Mining – Small Steps to Larger Outcomes, will be held during the Intersessional.
iii. India is one of the founder members of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and is the Chair of Kimberley Process for the year 2019 with the Russian Federation as Vice Chair.
iv. Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, Director General, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, has been designated as KP Chair 2019 and Rupa Dutta, Economic Adviser, Department of Commerce, is India’s KP Focal Point.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • The Kimberley Processis a joint initiative involving Government, the international diamond industry and civil society to stem the flow of Conflict Diamonds.
  • KPCS has 55 members representing 82 countries including EU with 28 members.
5. ZestMoney offers first-of-its-kind EMI insurance

i. India’s largest and fastest growing consumer lending technology company ZestMoney, partnered with Digit Insurance to offer EMI insurance to the company’s five million customers. The policy will cover EMI cost in the event of hospitalization, death or permanent disability. The insurance product is specifically designed for ZestMoney’s customers which can be availed while applying for a loan on the digital platform.
6. HDFC sells further 4.22% stake in Gruh Finance for ₹899 crore

i. Mortgage lender HDFC has sold over 4.22% stake in subsidiary Gruh Finance Ltd (Gruh), which is proposed to be amalgamated with Bandhan Bank for ₹899.43 crore. Post the completion of the aforesaid sale of shares, Gruh would cease to be a subsidiary of the Corporation.
ii. Gruh is engaged in the business of providing home loans and is registered with the National Housing Bank as a housing finance company.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • Chairman of HDFC Ltd: Deepak Parekh
7. RBI asks banks to grout ATMs to wall, pill or floor to enhance security

i. Based on the recommendations of the Committee on Currency Movement (CCM), the Reserve Bank have directed banks to ensure their ATMs are grouted to a wall, pillar, or floor by September-end, except those installed in high secured premises such as airports, to enhance the security of the cash vending machines. The committee to review the entire gamut of security of treasure in transit is chaired by Shri D.K. Mohanty.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata
8. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to Retire in 2020

i. After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020.
ii. Spitzer is a small but transformational observatory. It captures infrared light, which is often emitted by “warm” objects that aren’t quite hot enough to radiate visible light. Spitzer has lifted the veil on hidden objects in nearly every corner of the universe, from a new ring around Saturn to observations of some of the most distant galaxies known.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States, Founded: 29 July 1958
  • Administrator: Jim Bridenstine
9. Govt directed TV channels to display title, credits in serials in regional languages too

i. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry directed all satellite TV channels to display the cast, credits and titles of Hindi and regional language serials that they broadcast in the respective languages too. These orders were being issued for cinema too to promote Indian languages.
ii. Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Prakash Javadekar
10. Trade deficit in the month of may widens to a six-month high

i. India’s trade deficit expanded to a six-month high of  $15.4 billion in May, with import growth outpacing export growth. According to data released by the commerce ministry, exports grew 3.93% in May, while imports rose 4.31%.
11. India static at 101st in FIFA rankings

i. The Indian football team remained static at 101st place in the FIFA rankings. India had finished third in the King’s Cup in Thailand. The Indian team is at 18th spot among the Asian countries led by Iran (20th), Japan (28), Korea (37), Australia (43) and Qatar (55) form the top five in Asia.
ii. Belgium continued to top overall world rankings, followed by France, Brazil, England, and Portugal.

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