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Today’s Current Affairs 19th – July- 2018 – MyProgressCard

Banking News

  1. RBI to launch new 100 rupee note

RBI to launch new 100 rupee note

Image Credit: The Financial Express

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would soon issue new Rs.100 notes, with a base color of Lavender.
  • The new Rs 100 note will have the impression of Gujarat’s Rani-ki-Vav (Queen’s stepwell).
  • The new Rs.100 note will be slightly bigger than the Rs.10 note and weighs less than the old note & will be printed by Dewas-based Bank Note Press.
  • The dimensions of the note are: 66 mm × 142 mm.

Static/Current Implications:

  • 24th Governor of Reserve Bank of India – Urjit Patel

Meetings/Conferences

2. India and USA hold Senior Officers Meeting on Homeland Security Dialogue

  • Senior Officers Meeting on Homeland Security Dialogue between India and USA was held in New Delhi.
  • The meeting focused on issues relating to security cooperation, customs and immigration, aviation security, capacity building etc.
  • Both sides agreed to work out the modalities to address these issues.

International News

3. BRICS Media Forum opens in Cape Town, South Africa

BRICS Media Forum opens in Cape Town, South Africa

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  • The 3rd BRICS Media forum was held in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • The Leaders of media organizations from BRICS countries met to discuss cooperation at the BRICS Media Forum.
  • Theme: “BRICS Media Cooperation – Fostering an Inclusive, Just World Order”.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Capital of South Africa – Cape Town
  • Currency – south African Rand

4. Amazon is the second company To Hit $900 Billion Valuation After Apple

Amazon is the second company To Hit $900 Billion Valuation After Apple

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  • Amazon, a US based company founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, crossed $900-billion market cap to become the second company after Apple to achieve this milestone.
  • Amazon sold over 100 million products during its Prime Day sale.
  • Apple is currently the world’s most valuable company with a market cap of $935 billion.

National News

5. IAF participation in Exercise Pitch Black 2018

IAF participation in Exercise Pitch Black 2018

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  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) is participating in the multinational “Pitch Black” warfare exercise in Australia for the first time.
  • The IAF contingent for biennial exercise will consist of 4 Su-30MKI fighters, C-130 special operations aircraft and C-17 transporter.
  • Pitch Black is hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) & will see eight other nations participating with over 100 aircraft.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Air Chief Marshal – Birender Singh Dhanoa

6. Cabinet approves MoU amongst BRICS Nations on the Regional Aviation Partnership

Cabinet approves MoU amongst BRICS Nations on the Regional Aviation PartnershipImage Credit: The Financial Express

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) amongst BRICS Nations on the Regional Aviation Partnership Cooperation viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
  • The objective is that BRICS countries would benefit from the establishing of an institutional framework to cooperate in the field of civil aviation.

7. Udaipur ranked 3rd among world’s best cities

Udaipur ranked 3rd among world's best cities

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  • The city of Udaipur has once again been ranked among the World’s Best Cities 2018 by Travel + Leisure.
  • Udaipur, the heritage-city built by the Maharanas of Mewar in the 16th century, is on the third place among the 15 of the world’s best cities.
  • The top 2 cities are both in Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca.

8. Infosys Foundation, Bangalore Metro sign MoU for construction of a station at Konappana Agrahara

nfosys Foundation, Bangalore Metro

Image Credit: Hindustan Times

  • Infosys Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) for the construction of a station at Konappana Agrahara in Electronics City, Bengaluru.
  • The station is under the 2nd phase of Bangalore Metro’s expansion plans.
  • Infosys Foundation has committed to maintain it for the next 30 years.
  • The MoU was signed by Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy and BMRCL Managing Director Ajay Seth.

9. Swaraj to hosted 10th edition of 2 day Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi

Swaraj to hosted 10th edition of 2 day Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi

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  • External Affairs minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj is hosting the 10th edition of Delhi Dialogue (DD X) from July 19th to July 20, 2018 in New Delhi.
  • Political leadership, policy makers, senior officials, diplomats, business leaders, think-tanks and academicians from India and ASEAN member states.
  • Chief Ministers from the North-Eastern states are also invited to participate in the event.

10. Chhattisgarh CM launches online pension system

Chhattisgarh CM launches online pension system

Image Credit: ANI News

  • Chhattisgarh CM Dr.Raman Singh launched an online portal and mobile app called ‘Aabhaar-Aapki Seva ka’ for the pensioners of the state.
  • Through this app and the website, 80,000 pensioners of the state will get all the information related to pension and payment online.
  • The beneficiaries will be provided updates via SMS regarding the status of their pension account.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Chhattisgarh capital – Raipur
  • Governor – Balram Tandon

11. India fastest growing economy in Asia: ADB

India fastest growing economy in Asia

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  • Led by India, South Asia will continue to be the fastest growing economic area despite new trade tensions in Asia and Pacific region, Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a new report.
  • The report titled “Asian Development Outlook” is published by ADB.
  • The ADO published in April had said that India’s economic growth will rise to 7.3% this fiscal and further to 7.6% in the next financial year.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Headquarters of ADB – Manila, Philippines
  • 9th President of ADB – Takehiko Nakao

Obituaries

12. Noted activist Rajmata Satvashila Devi Bhosle passes away

Noted activist Rajmata Satvashila Devi Bhosle

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  • Activist Rajmata Satvashila Devi Bhosle died due to a long term illness at Sawantwadi, Maharashtra.
  • Rajmata Satvashila Devi Bhosle was 83 years old. She belonged to the Konkan region in Maharashtra.
  • She was the wife of the last King of the Sawantwadi Kingdom late Shivramraje Bhosle.
  • Shivram Raje Bhosle was coronated before the merger of the princely state into Union of India.

Sports News

13. Seven new Medal Events Added to Beijing Winter Games 2022

Seven new Medal Events Added to Beijing Winter Games 2022

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  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games and set a timetable to add new sports to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
  • The next season of the olympics will include Women’s monobob, Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, Mixed team events in short track speed skating, Ski jumping, Ski aerials and Snow board Cross.
  • The IOC plans to make interim decisions on the Paris preferences at an October 2019 meeting in Milan, then review again after seeing how other sports perform at the Tokyo Olympics.

Static/Current Implications:

  • International Olympic Committee was created by Pierre de Coubertin, on 23 June 1894. Demetrios Vikelas was its first President.
  • The first Summer Olympics organised by the IOC was held in Athens, Greece.

Expected Questions from the above Current Affairs

  1. What are the new dimensions of new Rs.100 note?

A. 66 mm × 142 mm                                                       C. 63 mm × 142 mm
B. 63 mm x 165 mm                                                        D. 66 mm x 165 mm

2. What is the base colour of new Rs.100 note?

A. Magenta                                                                        C. Lavender
B. Chocolate brown                                                          D. Bright Yellow

3. What is the motif on the reverse side of new Rs.100 note?

A. Sanchi Stupa                                                                C. Rani Ki Vav
B. Mangalyan                                                                    D. Konark Sun temple

4. Where will the pitch black warfare exercise be held in which Indian Air Force is participating for the first time?

A. Russia                                                                             C. Australia
B. USA                                                                                 D. Germany

5. Which Indian city has been ranked third in the World’s Best Cities 2018 list by Travel + Leisure?

A. Ahmedabad                                                                   C. Udaipur
B. Delhi                                                                                D. Varanasi

6. How many events were newly added to Beijing Winter Games 2022?

A. 5                                                                                           C. 6
B. 7                                                                                          D. 8

7. According to Asian Development Outlook, given by ADB, which of the following is the fastest growing economy in Asia?

A. India                                                                                  C. Japan
B. Thailand                                                                            D. Singapore

8. Which of the following states has launched an online portal and mobile app called ‘Aabhaar-Aapki Seva ka’ for the pensioners of the state?

A. Punjab                                                                                 C. Haryana
B. Chhattisgarh                                                                     D. Madhya Pradesh

9. Who chaired the 10th edition of 2-day Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi?

A. PM Modi                                                                            C. Sushma Swaraj
B. Suresh Prabhu                                                                  D. Piyush Goel

10. Which of the following companies has signed an agreement for the construction of a new station for Bengaluru Metro and also for its maintenance for the next 30 years?

A. Microsoft                                                                            C. TCS
B. Infosys                                                                               D. Google

11. With which of the following does the cabinet sign MOU on the regional Aviation Partnership Corporation (RAPC)?

A. BIMSTEC                                                                          C. BRICS
B. EU                                                                                      D. UN

12. Which of the following companies has become the second company in the world, after Apple, to cross $900-billion market cap?

A. Flipkart                                                                             C. Amazon
B. eBay                                                                                  D. Walmart

13. Where is the 3rd BRICS Media Forum held recently?

A. Cape Town                                                                     C. Beijing
B. Brasilia                                                                             D. Moscow

14. With which of the following countries does India hold the Senior Officers Meeting on Homeland Security Dialogue in New Delhi?

A. France                                                                                C. New Guinea
B. Russia                                                                                D. USA

15. Who was a novel activist and the wife of the last King of the Sawantwadi Kingdom died recently in Maharashtra?

A. Rajmata Satvashila Devi Bhosle                              C. Avanti Bai
B. Anjali Devi                                                                      D. Abbakka Chowta

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