Current Affairs 14th and 15th April 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!

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1. India Successfully Test Fires Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile ‘Nirbhay’

i. India has successfully test-fired first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from a test range in Odisha. The all-weather missile, has a 1,000-kilometre strike range. 
ii. The missile has been developed by Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a lab under DRDO and can be launched from multiple platforms.
2. Airtel, FICCI Ladies Organisation Launch Women’s Safety App

i. Bharti Airtel and the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO, the women business wing of apex trade body FICCI) launched a carrier agnostic safety app named ‘My Circle’ which has been designed to empower women in the event of any distress or panic situation.
ii. My Circle app enables women to send SOS alerts to any five of their family or friends in 13 languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Bangla, Urdu, Assamese, Oriya, and Gujarati.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Mains 2019: 
  • FICCI Founded in: 1927, Headquarters: New Delhi, India.
3. First-Of-Its-Kind ‘Voter Park’ Inaugurated In Gurugram 

i. India’s first-of-its-kind ‘Voter Park’ was inaugurated in Gurugram, Haryana, aimed at increasing voter awareness and educating people about the electoral process.
ii. The objective of establishing Voter Park was also to motivate eligible people to vote in the Lok Sabha election so that they can contribute to the progress of the country.

Agreements Signed

4. Important Cabinet Approvals: 15th April 2019
i. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals.  The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows:
ii. The Cabinet Approves:
1. MoU between India and Bolivia on Cooperation in the field of Geology and Mineral Resources. 
2. MoU between India and Cambodia on Cooperation in the field of Communications. 
5. CMFRI Signs Agreement With ISRO To Save Coastal Wetlands

i. The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joined hands to map, validate and protect smaller wetlands in coastal regions. 
ii. The MoU was signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre of ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal that will have a comprehensive database of wetlands that are smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute was established on February 3rd 1947 under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and later it joined the ICAR in 1967.
  • ISRO Director: K. Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established in: 1969.
International News

6. UAE To Host World’s Foremost Artificial Intelligence Summit

i. UAE is set to host the world’s foremost Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit to empower global dialogue on the future of government, business and society. The inaugural ‘AI Everything’, AIE will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
ii. It will be hosted by the UAE National Programme for Artificial Intelligence, with the support of International Telecommunication Union, ITU, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO, and in strategic partnership with Smart Dubai.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For Uttarakhand District Cooperative Bank 2019:
  • UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi, Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham.


7. BK Nayak Appointed FIH Health And Safety Committee Chair

i. Bibhu Kalyan Nayak became the first Indian to be appointed Chair of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Health and Safety Committee by the world governing body.
8. Najma Akhtar Becomes Jamia Millia Islamia’s First Woman Vice Chancellor

i. Professor Najma Akhtar was appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, making her the first woman to hold the charge.
ii. Akhtar is the head of the Department of Training and Capacity Building in Education at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration in New Delhi. She has been appointed Jamia vice chancellor for five years.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
  • Jamia Millia Islamia was founded in 1920 in Aligarh and became a Central University by an Act of Parliament in 1988.
  • Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla is the university’s chancellor.

9. Dr A K Singh Conferred With Lifetime Achievement Award

i. Dr. A K Singh, director at Life Sciences, DRDO has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 during 4th APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave at Chandigarh University, Mohali.
ii. He has made notable contributions in Internal Decorporation of Fission Produced Radionuclides and Infection Imaging. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
  • Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy is the Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO.
  • DRDO was established in 1958.
  • It Headquarters in New Delhi.
10. John Moore Won The World Press Photo Award 2019

i. An image of a little girl crying, as she and her mother have been taken into custody by US border officials in Texas won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year.
ii.  Veteran Getty photographer John Moore took the picture in the Rio Grande Valley in June 2018.

Business News

11. PayU Acquires Wibmo For USD 70 mn

i. PayU, Digital payments security and payment facilitator has acquired Wibmo, a US-based financial technology firm for USD 70 million (about Rs 484 crore) to assist the company scale-up its business.
ii. Under the agreement, PayU and Wibmo businesses will continue to run separately. Wibmo will continue to operate and serve all of its clients as a wholly-owned subsidiary of PayU.

Important Days

12. World Allergy Week 2019: 7-13 April

i. The World Allergy Organization has organized the World Allergy Week 2019 globally from 7-13 April 2019.
ii. The theme for World Allergy Week 2019 is “The Global Problem of Food Allergy”. 

Sports News

13. Gelete Burka and Abrha Milaw Win Paris Marathon

i. Ethiopian athletes Gelete Burka (women’s race) and Abrha Milaw (men’s race) won the 43rd edition of the Paris Marathon.
ii. They led a record 60,000 participants to the finish line through the French capital. Milaw won the men’s race with a time of 2 hours: 07 minutes and: 50 seconds. Burka was the fastest woman with 2 hours: 22 minutes and: 48 seconds.

14. Tiger Woods Wins 2019 Masters To Claim 15th Major in Golf 

i. Famous Golfer Tiger Woods completed one of the sport’s great all-time comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters by claiming a fifth Green Jacket. 
ii. A gritty two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Keopka and Xander Schauffele. It is Wood’s 15th major title.

15. Lewis Hamilton Wins Formula One’s 1,000th Race

i. In motor racing, Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix for a record sixth time.
ii. He seized the overall lead from his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race. The comfortable win was the 75th of Hamilton’s career, and second in a row.

16. Meena Kumari Maisnam Clinches Gold In Boxing World Cup 2019

i. India bagged a Gold and two Silver medals at the Boxing World Cup at Cologne in Germany. Meena Kumari Maisnam (from Manipur) claimed the Gold medal in the 54 kg category. 
ii. The 2014 Asian Championships bronze medallist defeated Thailand’s Machai Bunyanut in the final.
ii. Sakshi in 57 kgs and Pwilao Basumatary in 64 kgs had to settle for Silver medals after they lost their final bouts. India finished the tournament with five medals.


17. Renowned Hindi Poet Pradeep Choubey Passes Away
i. Renowned Hindi poet Pradeep Choubey passed away of a cardiac arrest. 
ii. Choubey (70) was the younger brother of celebrated humorist, satirist, and poet Shail Chaturvedi. 

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