Current Affairs 11th June 2019 | Daily GK Update

Dear Aspirants,
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!

1. India Invited To G-7 Outreach Session

i. India has received an invitation from France to attend the outreach Session at the G-7 Summit to be held in France in August 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation from French President to attend the outreach session of the G7 Summit in Biarritz as a special invitee.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • The 45th summit of the G7 group of countries is going to take place from August 24 to August 26 in Biarritz in France.
2. ICAT Releases India’s 1st BS – VI Certificate in Two Wheeler Segment

i. International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) released India’s first Type Approval Certificate (TAC) for Bharat Stage – VI (BS – VI) norms that are the latest emission norms as notified by the Government of India for the two-wheeler segment. The certificate was released and handed over by Director ICAT, Dinesh Tyagi to top officials of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers).
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • BS (Bharat Stage)– VI norms: Bharat Stage norms are the automotive emission norms to be implemented with effect from 1st April 2020, to curb the growing menace of air pollution through the vehicle’s emission.
  • ICAT: International Centre for Automotive Technology is the premier testing and certification agency authorized by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for providing testing and certification services to the vehicle and component manufacturers in India and abroad.

3. NDMA conducts training programme for CBRN emergencies

i. NDMA is conducting a basic training programme at the Deendayal  Port Trust in Kandla, Gujarat, aimed at increasing the awareness and enhancing the preparedness of Seaport Emergency Handlers (SEHs) to respond to CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) threats which emanate at seaports due to arrival, storage and transportation of a large amount of chemical, petrochemical and other CBRN agents.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • NDMA: National Disaster Management Authority is the apex body, mandated to lay down the policies on disaster management.
  • Based on the Disaster Management Act enacted on 23rd  December 2005 by GoI, headed by the Prime Minister.
  • Headquarter: New Delhi
4. Sharad Kumar named interim CVC Vigilance Commissioner

i. Sharad Kumar has been named as acting Central Vigilance Commissioner as current (CVC)   K V Chowdary completed his tenure at the anti-graft body.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO/ADO Mains 2019:
  • Central Vigilance Commission, headquartered in New Delhi.
  • Set up by the GoI in February 1964.
  • CVC is an apex vigilance institution.
5. I V Subba Rao to continue as secretary to vice president

i. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the continuation of  I V Subba Rao as a secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

6. BJP MP Virendra Kumar to be pro-tem speaker of Lok Sabha

i. Virendra Kumar, a seven-term member of Parliament will be the pro-tem speaker of the Lok Sabha. As pro-tem speaker, he will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha and administer the oath of office to the newly elected MPs.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Constituency of Virendra Kumar: Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Lok Sabha has 545 seats which is made up by the election of up to 543 elected members and at a maximum, 2 nominated members of the Anglo-Indian Community by the President of India.
7. V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust Inks MoU With Central Warehousing Corporation

The V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin and Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) have signed an MoU for facilitating Direct Port Entry (DPE) of e-sealed factory stuffed export container to the port under ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
With this MoU, Central Warehousing Corporation would make use of the 18,357 sqm area earmarked in the Truck Parking Terminal located opposite to Fisheries College, Tuticorin for operating and managing the DPE facility for 30 years on Annual Lease Rental basis.

8. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail (ABFRL) acquires Jaypore

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL), which retails brands such as Louis Philippe, Peter England and Van Heusen, has acquired ethnic apparel and lifestyle retailer ‘Jaypore E-Commerce Pvt. Ltd‘ which sells ethnic fashion merchandise under its own brand ‘Jaypore’ for Rs 110 crore.
9. Decisions taken in the first cabinet meeting of Andhra Pradesh Government

i. Decisions are taken in the first cabinet meeting of Andhra Pradesh:
Education sector: All women who send their children to school will receive Rs 15,000 from the state government from 26 January next year.
Agriculture Sector:
  • Formation of a commission for the development and welfare of farmers, with the chief minister as its chairman.
  • All farmers, including peasants, will be given Rs 12,500 a year as input subsidy before the sowing season
  • Interest-free crop loans will be provided to farmers, termed as ‘YSR interest-free loans’, the government itself will pay the interest directly to the concerned banks.
  • Housing Sector: Construction of 2.5 million houses will begin under the ‘YSR Housing’ scheme under which state will allot housing sites to all eligible people and register the sites in the name of women.
10. AFD a French development agency to finance upto 7,00,000 EURO to IRSDC

i. Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) entered a Tripartite Agreement with French Railways (SNCF) & AFD, a French Agency which will finance up to 7,00,000 EURO, through French National Railways (SNCF)-Hubs and Connexions as a Technical Partner to IRSDC to support the Railway Station Development Program in India, so there will be no financial liability on IRSDC or Indian Railways.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Railway Minister: Piyush Goyal
  • President of France: Emmanuel Macron, Capital: Paris, Currency: Euro, CFP Franc

11. Amazon dethrones Google as top global brand: 100 Top BrandZ report

i. According to global market research agency Kantar in its 2019’s ‘100 Top BrandZ Report’, US retail giant Amazon has moved past hi-tech titans Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand.
ii. The brand value of Amazon surged by 52 percent to $315 billion, hence jumping from third to first place to replace Google.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • CEO of Amazon: Jeff Bezos

12. Canada To Ban Single Use Plastics From 2021

i. Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that single-use plastics will be banned in the country from 2021. He declared it a global challenge to phase out the plastic bags, straws and cutlery clogging the world’s oceans.
ii. Less than 10% of the plastics used in Canada are currently recycled. Each year a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals worldwide suffer injury or death by becoming entangled in plastic or ingesting it through the food chain.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Canada Capital: Ottawa, Currency: Canadian dollar.

13. Novak Djokovic Tops ATP Rankings

i. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has topped in the recently released ATP Rankings. Rafael Nadal who has recently won the 12th Roland Garros title is at 2nd position. Austrian Dominic Thiem, whom Nadal beat in final, keeps his fourth place behind Switzerland’s Roger Federer. Russian Karen Khachanov jumped two spots into a personal best of the ninth rank.
14. Former Puducherry CM R V Janakiraman passed away

i. Former Puducherry Chief Minister between 1996 and 2000, a senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader R V Janakiraman, who headed the coalition government of DMK and the Tamil Maanila Congress died after a brief age-related illness.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains 2019:
  • Current CM of Puducherry: Velu Narayanasamy

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