Current Affairs 16th and 17th 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!


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National News

1. 1st session of 17th Lok Sabha has begun

i. First session of 17th Lok Sabha has started. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first MP to take oath in the 17th Lok Sabha. The inaugural session of the new Lok Sabha has started with the swearing in of its members. 
ii. All the members will be administered the oath by the protem Speaker Virendra Kumar. The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will continue till June 26. 
2. ADB approves Rs 1,650 cr infra projects in Tripura

i. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved projects for infrastructure development worth Rs 1,650 crore ($235 million) in seven of the eight districts headquarter towns in Tripura.
ii. The ADB would give 80% of the amount as grant-in-aid and the Tripura Government would have to repay back only 20% loan in due course of time.
Important Takeaways for IBPS RRB/ RRB NTPC Exams:
  • The ADB established on 19th December 1966.
  • Takehiko Nakao is the president of ADB.
  • Biplab Kumar Deb is CM of Tripura.
3. Assam govt to set up Skill University at Darrang district

i. Assam government will set up a Skill University at the cost of 850 crore rupees at Darrang district. 
ii. This will be perhaps the first skill university of the country with a capacity of 10 thousand seats. The International Yoga Day will be observed at 459 centres of the Skill Development Mission.
4. 5th meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog held in New Delhi

i. The fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi. 

Important Takeaways for IBPS RRB/ RRB NTPC Exams:
  • The Governing Council of NITI Aayog comprises the Prime Minister of India, Chief Ministers of all the States and Union Territories with Legislatures and Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and four Union Ministers as ex-officio members and three Union Ministers as Special Invitees
  • NITI Aayog: National Institution for Transforming India
  • NITI Aayog CEO: Amitabh Kant, Vice Chairman: Rajiv Kumar. 
5. ISRO opens its laboratories for Indian school students

i. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has, for the first time, opened its laboratories for Indian school students to undergo two-week training from this year.
ii. The training module has been devised as part of its new Young Scientists Programme, or Yuva Vigyanik Karyakram, YUVIKA.

Important Takeaways for IBPS RRB/ RRB NTPC Exams:

  • ISRO Director: K. Sivan
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established in: 1969. 

International News

6. Rating agencies will now have to disclose the probability of defaults: Sebi

i. In Slovakia, anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova was sworn in as country’s first female president. Caputova scored a convincing victory against Smer-SD candidate Maros Sefcovic. 
ii. Her allies from the Progressive Slovakia/Together party hope to use the momentum to unseat the ruling party in a 2020 general election. 
Important Takeaways for SBI PO/Clerk Mains 2019:
  • Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe.
  • Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia.
  • Euro is official currency in Slovakia.
7. Union Power Minister participated in G20 Ministerial Meeting

i. Union Power Minister participated in G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on 15-16 June, 2019.
Important Takeaways for IBPS RRB/ RRB NTPC Exams:
  • Union Power Minister of India: Raj Kumar Singh
  • Japan Capital:Tokyo, Currency: Japanese yen, PM: Shinzo Abe


8. 44th Matri Shree Media Awards

i. Twenty-nine journalists from print and electronic media and a social activist felicitated with the Bharat Mata Shield at the 44th Matri Shree Media Award ceremony.
Important Takeaways for IBPS RRB/ RRB NTPC Exams:
  • The Matri Shree Media Awards was constituted during the Emergency to felicitate people for their contribution towards journalism.
  • The first award was presented to journalist Lala Jagat Narayan.

9. Suman Rao from Rajasthan Crowned Miss India 2019

i. Suman Rao from Rajasthan has won the Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageant during a star-studded ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
ii. Shivani Jadhav from Chhattisgarh clinched Femina Miss Grand India 2019 title and Shreya Shanker from Bihar won Miss India United Continents 2019 title during the grand finale of the beauty pageant.

Important Days

10. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 15th June

i. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is being observed on 15th June. This day is observed on the 15th of June every year to voice opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on elderly people.

11. World Day to Combat Desertification
i. In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought” to promote public awareness of the issue.
ii. The slogan for World Day to Combat Desertification 2019 is Let’s grow the future together!. India will host the 14th session of Conference of Parties (COP-14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), from 7 to 18 October 2019, in New Delhi. 

Sports News
12. FIH Series Finals: India beat South Africa 5-1 in title clash

i. In the FIH Men’s Series Finals, India defeated South Africa by 5 goals to one in a summit clash at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
ii. The goals were scored in the 2nd, 11th, 25th, 36th and 50th minutes.

13. Indian men’s recurve team bags Silver Medal in Archery World Championships

i. Indian men’s recurve team bagged a silver medal in the Archery World Championships at Den Bosch in The Netherlands, thus ending India’s campaign with one silver and two bronze medals in the Championships.
ii. The Indian trio of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin lost to Chinese team of Ding Yiliang, Wei Shaoxuan and Feng Hao 6-2 in the summit clash.

Important Takeaways for IBPS RRB/ RRB NTPC Exams:

  • Netherlands Capital: Amsterdam, Currency: Euro and USD. 
14. Joshna Chinappa wins record 17th National Title in Squash

i. Joshna Chinappa made a record for the most number of national titles after beating her Tamil Nadu state-mate Sunayna Kuruvilla.
ii. Joshna broke an age-old landmark set by Bhuvneshwari Kumari who held the record for 27 Years winning consecutive titles from 1976 to 1991.

Important Takeaways for IBPS RRB/ RRB NTPC Exams:

  • Union Sports Minister of India: Kiren Rijiju. 
Banking News

15. Jammu and Kashmir Bank now under RTI, CVC guidelines 

i. The Jammu and Kashmir Bank will now come under the purview of Right to Information Act and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) guidelines as per the decisions taken by the Board of Directors of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank to ensure greater transparency and accountability.
Important Takeaways for IBPS RRB/ RRB NTPC Exams:

  • Interim Chairman: R K Chibber
  • Headquarters: Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Founded: 1938. 

16. Former MP Rajnath Singh Surya passes away

i. Former BJP Rajya Sabha MP and senior journalist Rajnath Singh ‘Surya’ passed away in Lucknow. He was 82 years old.
ii. Singh became a Rajya Sabha MP in November 1996 and retired in November 2002.

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