Current Affairs 21st and 22nd 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!
National News

1. Navy Chief Launches New Guided Missile Destroyer ‘INS Imphal’

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i. Indigenously designed ‘INS Imphal’ a guided missile destroyer was launched by Navy Chief Sunil Lanba at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai
ii. It is the third ship under Project 15B. The first ship of this project, a guided missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam, was launched on in April 2015.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has been appointed as next Chief of the Naval Staff.
  • Navy Day in India is celebrated on 4 December every year.

International News

2. Volodymyr Zelenskiy Wins Landslide Victory In Ukrainian Presidential Election

i. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor and comedian has won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election. The incumbent, Petro Poroshenko conceded defeat. 
ii. He is best known for his role in the long-running Ukrainian television series Servant of the People, where he played the role of president.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Ukraine Capital: Kiev, Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia.

3. Asian Tea Alliance Launched In China

i. To boost tea trade, cultural and technical exchanges as well as the global promotion of tea, the Asian Tea Alliance (ATA), a union of five tea-growing and consuming countries, was launched in Guizhou, China.
ii. The members of the alliance are the Indian Tea Association, China Tea Marketing Association, Indonesian Tea Marketing Association, Sri Lanka Tea Board and Japan Tea Association.


4. Twitter Appoints Manish Maheshwari As India MD
i. Twitter has appointed Manish Maheshwari as the Managing Director of its India operations. 

ii. Maheshwari has previously served as the CEO of Network18 Digital. Maheshwari will report to Twitter Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Maya Hari and will be based in Delhi.


5. TCS Signs Deal With India Post To Transform Country’s Mail Delivery System

i. India’s largest IT services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has partnered with the Department of Posts in a bid to transform it into a multi-service digital hub. 
ii. It will modernise the delivery of mail and packages, enhance customer experience, and launch innovative services that will drive new revenues.

Business News

6. Reliance Retail Became India’s First Retail Company To Cross The Rs.1 Lakh Crore Annual Revenue

i. Reliance retail has become the first Indian retail company to clock more than Rs 1 lakh crore in annual revenues. 
ii. The retail venture of Reliance Industries reported an income of Rs 1,30,556 crore for 2018-19, 89% more than the previous year’s Rs 69,198 crore.


7. Sunil Kumar Gautam Bestowed With ‘Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Award’

i. Sunil Kumar Gautam, Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) was honoured with ‘Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Award‘ for his book titled ‘Samvidhan Kavya‘.
ii. He was awarded by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) under the Ministry of Home Affairs.  

8. KAU IPR Cell Wins The National IP Award 2019
i. The Intellectual Property Rights Cell (IPR Cell) of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has been selected for the National Intellectual Property Award 2019.
ii. The award, comprising prize money of INR 1 lakh, citation, and memento, will be presented at a function to be held in New Delhi on World IP Day
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • World IP Day is observed on April 26.
  • The award constituted by the Indian Intellectual Property Office under the Union Ministry of Industry and Commerce is conferred on persons and organisations working in the field of patents, trademarks, and Geographical Indications.

9. Sree Sreenath Inducted Into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

i. Indian-American scientist and social activist Sree Sreenath has been inducted into the prestigious Cleveland International Hall of fame for his contribution in applications in systems biology, global issues, and sustainable development.
ii. He earned BE in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and is currently serving as Director of Case GEMNI(Graduate Engineering & Management National and International) Programme at Case Western Reserve University.

Ranks Ans Reports

10. India Ranks 17th In Global Startup Ecosystem

i. India was ranked 17th position among 100 countries in Startup Ecosystem Ranking for 2019 released by StartupBlink. It was ranked 37th spot last year.
ii. It takes into consideration startup ecosystems of 1,000 cities and 100 countries for the ranking. China was ranked 27th. Bangalore, New Delhi, and Mumbai were the top cities in the Indian startup ecosystem.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:

Top three countries are:
1st: United States
2nd: United Kingdom
3rd: Canada.

Important Days
11. World Creativity And Innovation Day: 21st April

i. The World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID) is celebrated every year on 21st April to encourage people to use creativity in problem-solving for all issues related to achieving the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

12. Earth Day: April 22

i. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 Worldwide. It was first celebrated in 1970. The theme for Earth Day 2019 is to ‘Protect Our Species.’
ii. This theme is created to focus on the destruction caused to plants and wildlife populations mainly due to human activity.


13. Eminent Bengali Folk Singer Amar Paul Passes Away

i. Eminent Bengali folk singer Amar Paul passed away following a cardiac arrest. He was 97. Paul lent his voice in a number of films.
ii. He has penned several books on folk songs of Bengal and received accolades from various academies around the world.

14. Lorraine Warren, A Paranormal Investigator Passes Away

i. One of the most well known paranormal investigator, Lorraine Warren passed away at the age of 92. She investigated haunted houses and other manifestation of paranormal activities throughout her life with her late husband Ed. Warren.
ii. Both wife and husband founded the New England Society at Monroe, Connecticut in 1952 to investigate haunting cases. Famous horror movies like ‘Amityville Horror’ and ‘Conjuring’ were inspired by her work.

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