Current Affairs 24th 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!
International News

1. Russia Successfully Tests World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant
i. Russia has successfully tested the world’s first floating nuclear power plant (NPP), Akademik Lomonosov, a subsidiary of Rosatom nuclear corporation stated. 
ii. Reactors of the floating atomic block were launched in November 2018.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Russia Capital: Moscow, Currency: Russian ruble.

2. Israel To Name Town In Golan Heights After Donald Trump

i. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he would name a new community in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump, who officially recognised the disputed area as Israeli territory.
ii. Israel has also stated that in appreciation of the U.S. president, it intends to name a proposed train station near Jerusalem’s Western Wall after him.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Israel captured the Golan from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed it, in a move not recognized internationally.

3. Indonesia Releases Special Stamp On Theme of Ramayana

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i. Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India.
ii. The stamp is designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta, featured a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita. 
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Indonesia Capital- Jakarta, Currency- Indonesian rupiah.
  • Ambassador of India to Indonesia: Pradeep Kumar Rawat.
Banking News

4. Government Raises Authorised Capital of Allahabad Bank To Rs 8,000 Crore

i. State-owned Allahabad Bank stated that the government has increased its authorised capital by Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore. The central government after consultation with the Reserve Bank of India increased the authorised capital of the bank.
ii. The increase in authorised capital will help enable the bank to raise further fund up to a maximum ceiling of Rs 8,000 crore.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Allahabad Bank MD and CEO: S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao, Headquarters: Kolkata.

5: Deposits In Jan Dhan Accounts Are Set To Cross Rs 1 Lakh Crore Mark

i. The total deposits in Jan Dhan Account are set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore soon. The scheme was launched on 28th August 2014 by the Modi-government with an aim to provide universal access to banking facilities to all households.
ii. On 3rd April, the total balance in the Jan Dhan accounts was at Rs 97,665.66 and the total number of Jan Dhan accounts crossed 35.39 crores. Also, more than 27.89 crores account holders have been issued the Rupay debit cards.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • The government increased the accident insurance cover to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1 lakh for new accounts opened after 28th August 2018 and the overdraft limit was also doubled to Rs 10,000.

6. Uday Kumar Varma Resigns From Assocham Secretary General Post

i. Uday Kumar Varma, a former bureaucrat retired from the post of Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, resigned from the post of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) Secretary-General. 
ii. He had succeeded D S Rawat who held the position for nearly 14 years.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for LIC AAO Exam:
  • Assocham President: B K Goenka.
Sports News

7. Bajrang Punia Wins Gold In Asian Wrestling Championship


i. World number one Bajrang Punia won gold at Asian Wrestling Championship in China’s Xian. He defeated Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov in a nail-biting 65kg men’s freestyle final.
ii. It is Bajrang’s second gold at this championship, having won one in 2017. Parveen Rana secured a silver medal. Satywart Kadian picked a bronze medal defeating Haobin Gao of China.
                                         Important days

8. National Panchayati Raj Day : 24 April

i. National Panchayati Raj Day is celebrated every year on 24th April by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh declared the first National Panchayati Raj Day on 24th April 2010. This day marks the passing of Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993.
ii. The Constitution of India recognizes Panchayats as ‘Institutions of self-government’. It permits states to take steps to organize village panchayats and provide them with necessary powers and authority to help them to function as units of self-government.
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