Daily Current Affairs 28th August 2019 | Daily GK Update

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General awareness section is the most important part of every competitive exam, it can help you score well in the exam if you are updated with all the current news. Banking Awareness, Static GK and the current news are the parts that make the GA section complete. It is important to know what is happening in and outside of India. GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the headlines today. It is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking termscurrent affairs newsetc. So, here is the GK update of 28th August to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

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1. Govt Launched mobile app “Janaushadhi Sugam”

i. Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers launched a mobile application “Janaushadhi Sugam”. This app will enable people to search for Janaushadhi generic medicines and the stores at the tip of their fingers.
ii.  “Janaushadhi Sugam” mobile application would have user-friendly options like- to locate nearby Janaushadhikendra, direction guidance for the location of the Janaushadhikendra through Google Map, search Janaushadhi generic medicines, analyse product comparison of Generic vs Branded medicine in form of MRP & overall Savings, etc. The mobile application is available on both Android & iOS platforms.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB Main 2019:
  • Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers: D.V. Sadananda Gowda.


2. Johnson & Johnson asked to pay $572 mn for Opioid addiction crisis

i. Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $572 million for Opioid addiction crisis in the US. Oklahoma court has accused J&J of its role in fostering the state’s opioid addiction crisis. The money will be used to provide care for addicts, families and communities ravaged by the crisis.

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3. Lt. Governor launches ‘QR Code Scheme’ on Himmat Plus app

i. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal launched a ‘QR Code Scheme’ on the Himmat Plus app in Delhi. This mobile app launched by the Delhi Police to ensure the safety of women. This added feature is to ensure that only genuine and verified drivers ferry passenger to their destinations from airports and railway and metro stations.
ii. The aim of the scheme is to enhance the safety and security of women and other commuters travelling in the yellow or black taxis or auto-rickshaws from railway stations, airport and metro stations.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB Main 2019:
  • Chief Minister of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal.

4. Tamil Nadu govt launches Education TV for school students

i. Tamil Nadu government launched its exclusive 24×7 education channel for school students. This TV channel, aimed at benefiting students of classes I to XII.  This is an initiative of the School Education Department. The name of the channel is ‘Kalvi Tholaikkatchi’ (Education TV). The channel’s content will include shows aimed at school children, besides those on jobs and related issues.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • Tamil Nadu Capital: Chennai.
  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu: Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
  • Governor of Tamil Nadu:: Banwarilal Purohit.


5. Canara Bank introduced OTP facility for ATM withdrawal

i. Public sector Bank, Canara Bank has launched India’s first OTP facility for ATM withdrawals. This additional factor of authentication protects from unauthorized ATM cash withdrawals for cardholders. 
ii. Now Canara Bank ATMs get safer and more secured with OTP facility on cash withdrawals above ₹10,000 in a day.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB Main 2019:

  • Canara Bank Chairman: Shri. T.N. Manoharan, Headquarters: Bangalore.
  • MD & CEO: R A Sankara Narayanan.
6. Indian Bank opens MSME Centralised Processing Centre

i. Indian Bank has opened MSME CPC (centralised processing centre) in Chennai. The centralised processing centre will give a boost to the bank’s MSME portfolio and will lead to speedy disposal of micro, small and medium enterprises’ loans. 
ii. The bank has also deployed skilled manpower in the CPC to improve credit quality and shorten transaction processing time.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS RRB PO Mains:

  • MD and CEO of Indian Bank: Padmaja Chunduru.

7. Paytm appoints Amit Nayyar as president of FSB

i. Digital payments company Paytm has appointed ex-Goldman executive Amit Nayyar as president in the financial services business of the company.
ii. Nayyar will be responsible for all the financial services business like lending, insurance, wealth management, stockbroking at the company. He will report directly to Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main 2019:
  • Paytm Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
  • Parent Organization: One97 Communications.


8. Indian documentary ‘I’m Jeeja’ wins award at We Care Film Festival

i. Indian documentary film “I’m Jeeja” has won the award at the 14th edition of the ‘We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues’. “I’m Jeeja” has won the award in the ‘Under 30 minute’ category. The documentary directed by Swati Chakraborty attempts to explore the lives and battles of people living with the disability. Another Indian film “Post Dark” received a jury mention in ‘Under 5 minutes’ category.
9. Eric Cantona to be honoured with UEFA President’s Award

i. Former Manchester United forward player Eric Cantona will be honoured with the 2019 UEFA President’s Award. The award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities of the player. Cantona won four Premier League titles in five years with United in the 1990s and scored 64 goals for the Old Trafford club in 143 appearances.

10. ONGC’s CMD honoured with Distinguished Fellowship of IOD, 2019

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), Shashi Shanker was honoured with the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Directors (IOD) 2019. He was honoured during the 29th Institute of Directors (IOD) Annual Day Ceremony.
The prestigious Fellowship honour was conferred to Shanker in appreciation of his distinguished contribution to business and society. The theme of this year’s IOD Annual Day Ceremony was ‘Future Boards: Leading Strategy to Embrace Sustainability’.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main 2019:

  • Headquarters of ONGC: New Delhi. Established: 14 August 1956


11. Astra Rafael Communication System inaugurated in Hyderabad

i. An Indo-Israel joint venture’s “Astra Rafael Communication System” was inaugurated in Hyderabad. The system will design, develop and manufacture tactical communication systems for Indian armed forces.
ii. The Joint Venture between Astra Microwave and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has become India’s first private sector firm to manufacture cutting-edge software-defined radios in multiple variants.

12. IAF’s Shalija Dhami becomes a first female flight commander

i. Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Shalija Dhami has become the first female officer in the country to become Flight Commander of a flying unit. Dhami took over as Flight Commander of a Chetak helicopter unit at Hindon airbase. Flight Commander is the second in command of the unit after the commanding officer.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS RRB PO Mains:
  • Chief of the Indian Air Force: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.


13. Naval war hero Noel Kelman passes away

i. Naval war hero and Kirti Chakra awardee Commander Noel Kelman passed away. Commander Kelman was awarded the Kirti Chakra for valour during the liberation of Goa in 1961. He was involved in an operation to flush out the Portuguese from the Anjadip Island, Karnataka. Kelman had also been awarded the King’s commendation in the Second World War for his role in sinking a Japanese submarine.

14. West Indies fast bowler Cecil Wright retires at 85

i. West Indies pacer Cecil Wright has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the ripe old age of 85. Wright made his first-class debut for Jamaica against a Barbados side which had legends Wes Hall and Sir Garfield Sobers.
ii. The 85-year-old claims to have played over two million games taking over 7,000 wickets in professional cricket. Wright’s longest purple patch span five seasons as he ended up taking as many as 538 wickets in five seasons.
15. Indian team won four medals in Worldskills Kazan competition in Russia

i. Indian team created history by winning one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the world’s biggest international vocational skill competition, 45th WorldSkills Kazan 2019, Russia.
ii. S Aswatha Narayana won the gold medal in water technology, Pranav Nutalapati won a silver medal in web technologies, Sanjoy Pramanik and Shweta Ratanpura won one bronze medal each in Jewellery and graphic design technology.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB Main 2019:
  • President of Russia: Vladimir Putin; Capital of Russia: Moscow.
  • Currency of Russia: Russian ruble.
  • PM of Russia: Dmitry Medvedev.
16. App launched to help Paralympians in Tokyo

i. A mobile app was launched to help para-athletes to look up accessible places in Tokyo during their visit to the city for the 2020 Paralympics Games. The application  “IndTokyo” which was launched by Arhan Bagati, Awareness and Impact Ambassador of Paralympic Committee of India, at the ‘Countdown to Tokyo 2020’.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB Main 2019:
  • President of Paralympic Committee of India: Gursharan Singh.

17. NOAPS-single window clearing system of NMA launched

i. The Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) has launched an integrated NOC online Application Processing System for National Monuments Authority in New Delhi
ii. This will help in the online processing of applications requesting NOC for construction-related work in the prohibited and regulated area of ASI protected monuments.
iii. 6 new states will be part of this Integrated Online Application Portal with Urban Local Bodies Count. The details of States and Urban Local Bodies are as follows:
  • Madhya Pradesh (378)
  • Andhra Pradesh (110)
  • Haryana (15)
  • Punjab (10)
  • Jharkhand (3)
  • Telangana (1)
Earlier this system was available only for five urban local bodies of Delhi and one urban local body of Mumbai.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS RRB Clerk Mains:
  • Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge): Prahlad Singh Patel.
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