Daily GK Update 19th March 2020: Read Daily GK-Current Affairs Update

Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of 19th March 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. Indian Navy installs Quarantine Facility at Visakhapatnam

Indian Navy has established a Quarantine Camp at INS Vishwakarma in Eastern Naval Command (ENC) for Indian nationals being evacuated from COVID-19 affected countries. The Quarantine Camp has the capacity to accommodate nearly 200 personnel with all appropriate facilities. Indian nationals being evacuated from COVID-19 affected countries will be closely monitored by a team of naval personnel and medical professionals of ENC.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.

2. SC clears permanent commission for women in Indian Navy

The Supreme court of India cleared permanent commission for women officers in the Indian Navy. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said, there cannot be any excuses for not granting gender equality in the armed forces. The court was contrary to the Centre’s policy of 1991 and 1998 which lifted the statutory bar on the induction of women officers in the Navy. It also granted pension benefits to women officers who have retired and were not granted permanent commission.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Navy Day in India is celebrated on 4th December.
  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.

International News

3. $100 Billion coronavirus relief package signed by Donald Trump

To ensure sick leave to Americans workers who fall ill from the new coronavirus, President of the United States, Donald Trump has signed a $100-billion emergency aid package. The $100 Billion coronavirus relief package aims to strengthen the protective measures against the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The relief package will facilitate free coronavirus testing for those who need it, sick pay and paid family leave.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of USA: Washington, D.C.; Currency: US Dollar.

4. Iraqi President appoints Adnan al-Zurfi as new PM-designate

Iraqi President Barham Salih has appointed Adnan al-Zurfi as the country’s new prime minister. He will succeed Mohammed Allawi, the 1st politician named by the president as PM-designate who withdrew his candidacy for the post.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Iraq: Baghdad.
  • Currency of Iraq: Iraqi dinar.

Agreements

5. L&T Services and IIT-Kanpur collaborate for research in industrial cyber security

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and L&T Technology Services have collaborated to carry out joint research in industrial and infrastructure cybersecurity. They will jointly set up a Center of Excellence (CoE) at the IIT Kanpur campus and conduct research in the areas of Honeypot, intrusion detection systems, malware analysis, blockchain, vulnerability assessment and penetration testing and provide cybersecurity awareness and training programs.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of L&T Technology Services (LTTS): Vadodara, Gujarat.
  • CEO of L&T Technology Services (LTTS): Dr Keshab Panda.

Appointments

6. Arundhati Bhattacharya resigns from Crisil board

Arundhati Bhattacharya has submitted her resignation from Crisil board. She was serving as the independent director of the Crisil. Her resignation will be effective on April 15, 2020. She has submitted her resignation as she will be joining as a Chairperson and CEO for the India operations of Salesforce, USA.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Crisil Board: John Berisford.
  • Managing Director and CEO of CRISIL: Ashu Suyash.

7. A. Ajay Kumar becomes India’s next High Commissioner to Republic of Uganda

A. Ajay Kumar has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Uganda. A. Ajay Kumar is currently posted as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Ajay Kumar is a 2001 batch IFS officer.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of External Affairs: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
  • President of Uganda: Yoweri Museveni.
  • Capital of Uganda: Kampala.
  • Currency of Uganda: Ugandan shilling.

Summits and Conferences

8. 7th World Cities Summit to be held in Singapore

The 7th World Cities Summit (WCS) will be held in Singapore. It is organized by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The theme for WCS 2020 is ”Livable and Sustainable Cities: Adapting to a Disrupted World”.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Currency of Singapore: Singapore dollar.
  • Capital of Singapore: Singapore.

Defence News

9. DAC approves procurement of Tejas fighter aircraft for IAF

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft for Indian Air Force. 83 indigenous Tejas fighter aircrafts will be procured for the Indian Air Force. The Defence Acquisition Council has also approved the acquisition of indigenous defence equipments worth Rs 1,300 crore.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief of the Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.

Important Days

10. Global Recycling Day observed globally on 18th March

Global Recycling Day is observed globally on 18th March every year. This day was first observed on March 18, 2018, by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and celebrated globally every year to raise awareness of the importance of recycling. The Global Recycling Foundation announces “Recycling Heroes” as the theme for third Global Recycling Day. The main aim of the day is to turn ‘waste’ into a valuable resource.

Books and Authors

11. “My Encounters in Parliament” authored by Bhalchandra Mungekar released

The book titled “My Encounters in Parliament” authored by Bhalchandra Mungekar was released. Bhalchandra Mungekar is an Indian economist, a former member of Rajya Sabha.

12. Nitin Gadkari presents ‘Invincible-A Tribute to Manohar Parrikar’ to President

The book titled as “Invincible – A Tribute to Manohar Parrikar”, authored by Tarun Vijay was released by defence minister Rajnath Singh on 16th March 2020. Manohar Parrikar was a former Chief Minister of Goa and also served as a Defence Minister of India, who passed away on 17th March 2019.

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