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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
PM Modi inaugurates Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Subhash Chandra Bose museum at the iconic Red Fort in New Delhi to mark the leader’s 122nd birth anniversary.
- He also inaugurated the Yaad-e-Jallian Museum on the Jallianwala Bagh and World War I, the Museum on 1857- India’s first war of Independence and Drishyakala-Museum on Indian Art within the Red Fort complex.
- The Museum on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Indian National Army provides a detailed account of Subhash Chandra Bose and the history of Indian National Army.
- It also showcases various arte facts related to Subhash Chandra Bose and INA.
- The arte facts include wooden chair and sword used by Netaji, medals, badges, uniforms and other arte facts related to INA.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
Israel, US successfully test ballistic missile interceptors
- The Israel and US countries have successfully tested ballistic missile interceptors deployed at Israeli airbases.
- The tests came a day after the latest deadly exchange of fire between Israel and Iranian forces operating in Syria.
- The Arrow 3 interceptor system, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was deployed at air force bases across Israel two years ago.
|Israel Currency||New Shekel|
|USA Capital||Washington, D.C.|
|USA Currency||US Dollar|
|USA President||Donald Trump|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE
2-Day Global Investors Summit begins in Chennai
- The two-day Global Investors Summit, being organised by Tamil Nadu government, held in Chennai.
- It is being participated by about five thousand delegates from industries in India and abroad.
- In the inaugural event, the Adani Group Chief Executive Officer Karan Adani committed an investment of 12 thousand crore rupees in its Kattuppalli port expansion project.
- The Ford Motors inaugurated it’s Global Technology and Business Facility at its sprawling Sholinganallur campus in Chennai.
- More investment commitments are expected to be made during the ongoing two-day interactions.
|Tamil Nadu Capital||Chennai|
|Tamil Nadu Chief Minister||Edappadi K. Palaniswami|
|Tamil Nadu Governor||Banwarilal Purohit|
Maharashtra cabinet approves Rs. 25 crore for Divyangs
- In a move that will benefit around 650 Divyang (differently-abled) people in the state, the Maharashtra cabinet gave its approval to provide Rs. 25 crore aid to them as part of a scheme.
- Each Divyang person will get a financial help of Rs 3.75 lakh to purchase eco-friendly vehicles and start mobile vehicle shops.
- The decision is aimed at making the differently-abled persons financially independent.
|Maharashtra Chief Minister||DevendraFadnavis|
|Maharashtra Governor||C. VidyasagarRao|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE
YES Bank ties up with Maharashtra to on board fair price shops as BCs
- The Maharashtra government has partnered with private sector lender YES Bank, under its e-PDS State programme, to onboard fair price shops (FPS) as Business Correspondent Agents.
- As part of the initiative, the lender will engage fair price shops to provide banking services such as small-value cash deposits into any bank account, including domestic remittances and withdrawal from any bank account via Aadhaar-enabled payment system.
- Such shops will also be able to collect digital payments through Aadhaar-enabled payments for ration, and will also offer value-added services such as bill payments and mobile recharges.
|Yes Bank Headquarters||Mumbai|
|Yes Bank MD and CEO||RanaKapoor|
|Yes Bank Tagline||Experience our Expertise|
ICICI Bank, top arranger of bond issues this fiscal
- ICICI Bank has become the top arranger of bond issues for the period between April and December 2018.
- According to data from Prime Database, the private sector bank helped Indian firms raise ₹95,856.10 crore through bonds and non-convertible debentures through 107 issues.
- This was followed by Axis Bank, which helped India Inc raise ₹93,296.27 crore from such instruments through a total of 101 issues.
- According to the data, Indian companies raised a total of ₹65 lakh crore from bonds and NCDs through 1,547 issues between April 1 and December 31 last year.
|ICICI Bank Headquarters||Mumbai|
|ICICI Bank MD and CEO||SandeepBakhshi|
|ICICI Bank Tagline||Hum Hain Na!|
Government revives plan to change fiscal year to Jan-Dec: Reports
- The government has reportedly revived plans to change the fiscal year to January-December from the April-March period.
- This is expected to help the government include monsoon forecast in Budget projections, thereby ensuring better allocation of resources to agricultural sector.
- India has been following the April-March fiscal year since 1867, in line with what the British government had followed.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS
Central Bank of India Executive Director demits office
- BK Divakara demitted office as Executive Director (ED) of Central Bank of India after completion of his fixed tenure of five years.
- He had taken charge as ED of the public sector bank on January 23, 2014. Prior to joining Central Bank of India, Divakara was General Manager with Corporation Bank.
|Central Bank of India Headquarters||Mumbai|
|Central Bank of India MD and CEO||PallavMohapatra|
|Central Bank of India Tagline||Central to you since 1911|
Agyey Kumar joins as Executive Director in Punjab National Bank
- Punjab National Bank has a new Executive Director Agyey Kumar Azad.
- He was previously General Manager at Bank of India and was posted at Nairobi, Kenya, as Country Head.
- Azad, who has 33 years of experience in the banking industry, assumed charge as PNB Executive Director.
- At present, PNB has two Executive Directors. The other existing Executive Director is LV Prabhakar.
|Punjab National Bank Headquarters||New Delhi|
|Punjab National Bank MD and CEO||Sunil Mehta|
|Punjab National Bank Tagline||The name you can bank upon|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS
97-year-old Kerala student made Commonwealth Learning’s Goodwill Ambassador
- KarthyayaniAmma, 97, who had bagged the first rank in the ‘Aksharalaksham’ literacy exam conducted by the Kerala government in November last year, has been honoured by the Commonwealth of Learning.
- The Canada-based organisation which works for the promotion of education in Commonwealth countries declared the Alappuzha native as their goodwill ambassador.
- Commonwealth of Learning’s goodwill Vice-President Balasubramaniam visited KarthyayaniAmma, who is busy preparing for her Class 4 equivalent exam, to hand over the award in person.
|Commonwealth of Learning Headquarters||Vancouver, Canada|
|Commonwealth of Learning President||AshaKanwar|
|Commonwealth of Learning Membership||The 53 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
World’s longest 3D-printed concrete bridge opens in China
The world’s longest 3D-printed concrete pedestrian bridge, which is 26.3 metre-long and 3.6-metre-wide, opened in China’s Shanghai.
The bridge is made out of 44 hollowed-out 3D printed concrete blocks which were printed by two robotic arms in a span of 19 days.
The newly-opened bridge has a technology that supplies data which also includes vibrating wire stress sensors.
|China President||Xi Jinping|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS
21-yr-old Rishabh Pant named ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of 2018
India’s 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been named the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018. Last year, Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test hundred in England and equalled the record for most catches taken in a Test, with 11 in Adelaide in December. Pant is the third Indian to be honoured with this award.
|ICC Headquarters||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|ICC Chairman||Shashank Manohar|
Mohammed Shami is the fastest Indian bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets
- Mohammed Shami became the fastest Indian bowler to claim 100 ODI wickets, during the first one-dayer against New Zealand at Napier.
- Shami reached the milestone in his 56th match, with the wicket of opener Martin Guptill.
- The Indian record was previously held by IrfanPathan, who got there in his 59th match, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2006.
- The world record is currently held by Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who needed only 44 games to reach the mark.
- Some of the other Indians in the list include Zaheer Khan (65 matches), AjitAgarkar (67 matches) and JavagalSrinath (68 matches).