Current Affairs | Daily GK Updates : 11th April 2019
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Current Affairs (National)
♦ India’s population grew at 1.2% average annual rate between 2010 and 2019: UN
- India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund.
- India’s population in 2019 stood at 1.36 billion, growing from 942.2 million in 1994 and 541.5 million in 1969. The Indian population grew at average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency said, in the State of World Population 2019 report.
- In comparison, China’s population stood at 1.42 billion in 2019, growing from 1.23 billion in 1994 and 803.6 million in 1969. China’s population grew at an average annual rate of 0.5 per cent between 2010 and 2019, the report said.
Current Affairs (International )
♦ Julian Assange arrested in London after 7-year asylum in Ecuador embassy
- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police and carried out of the Ecuadorean embassy on Thursday after his South American hosts abruptly revoked his seven-year asylum, paving the way for his extradition to the United States.
- The U.S. has alleged that Mr. Assange engaged in a 2010 conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, who served seven years in military prison for leaking classified data, and charged him with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion with a maximum penalty of five years.
- An agitated, frail-looking Mr. Assange with white hair and a white beard was carried head first out of the embassy shortly after 0900 GMT by at least seven men to a waiting police van.
- “The whole House will welcome the news this morning that the Metropolitan Police have arrested Julian Assange, arrested for breach of bail after nearly seven years in the Ecuadorean embassy,” Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament to cheers and cries of “Hear, hear!” from lawmakers.
♦ Sudan President Omar al-Bashir ousted, placed under arrest
- President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan with an iron fist for 30 years, was on Thursday overthrown in a coup by the armed forces which announced a two-year period of military rule to be followed by elections.
- In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said Mr. Bashir, 75, was under arrest in a ”safe place” and a military council was now running the country.
- Seated on a gold-upholstered armchair, Mr. Auf announced a three-month state of emergency, a nationwide ceasefire and the suspension of the constitution. He also said Sudan’s air space would be closed for 24 hours and border crossings shut until further notice.
Banking and Finance
♦ Karnam Sekar to take over as MD, CEO of Indian Overseas Bank from July 1
- The government on Tuesday said Karnam Sekar, MD and CEO of the erstwhile Dena Bank, will take over as MD and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank from July 1. His term will end in June next year. He will work as officer on special duty and whole-time director with IOB till the end of June this year.
♦ Centre appoints key management personnel in 3 PSBs
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved a slew of proposals of the Department of Financial Services (DFS), providing new postings for the top brass of erstwhile Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank.
- While Karnam Sekar, MD & CEO of Dena Bank, has been appointed as the chief of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), RA Sankara Narayanan, MD & CEO of Vijaya Bank, has been appointed as the MD & CEO of Canara Bank.
- Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi, Executive Director of the erstwhile Dena Bank, has been appointed as the Executive Director at Punjab National Bank. Nageswara Rao Y, Executive Director, Vijaya Bank, has been appointed as the Officer on special duty and whole time director in Syndicate Bank.
- Murali Ramaswami, Executive Director, Vijaya Bank has now been appointed as Executive Director in Bank of Baroda (amalgamated entity).
- New MD & CEO of Canara Bank- RA Sankara Narayanan
- New Executive Director at Punjab National Bank- Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi
- New Director of Syndicate Bank- Y Nageswara Rao
♦ TCS, Google partner to build industry-specific cloud solutions
- Tata Consultancy Services on Wednesday partnered with Google Cloud to build industry-specific cloud solutions.
- In the age of digitally empowered customers, businesses are competing to create rich and unique experiences. TCS’ solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) will help enterprises build secure, cloud-native analytics platforms that enable high levels of personalization, and are cost effective, easy to maintain, and future ready.
- TCS offers a set of cloud enablement services on GCP, applying the Machine-First Delivery Model across advisory, design and build, migration, platform engineering, cloud management, SAP on cloud, and data insight services, amongst others.
- This will be augmented with the new industry-specific cloud solutions, such as retail analytics on SAP HANA, designed to help customers harness the full power of GCP.
♦ Tata Trusts, Microsoft join hands to support handloom weaving community
- Tata Trusts and Microsoft India Wednesday inked a pact to to jointly rejuvenate handloom clusters in the eastern and north-eastern parts of the country.
- Both the entities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard, Tata Trusts and Microsoft India said in a joint statement.
- As part of the collaboration, Tata Trusts and Microsoft will leverage each other’s strengths to provide business and communication skills, design education and digital literacy to handloom weavers so that they may build a sustainable future.
- Through this initiative, we want to empower artisans and bring them up to par making them competitive in the industry,” Tata Trusts Chief Program Director R Pavithra Kumar said.
♦ Indo-Singapore Joint Training Exercise Bold Kurukshetra
- The 12th edition of joint military exercise between India and Singapore, BOLD KURUKSHETRA 2019, culminated on 11 April 2019 after an impressive closing ceremony held at Babina Military Station. The four day long joint training focused on developing interoperability and conduct of joint tactical operations in mechanised warfare. The troops learnt about each other’s organisations and best practices being followed in combat.
- Reviewing officers addressed the contingents and congratulated the participating nations for successful termination of the exercise. The exercise was a grand success and taught valuable lessons to troops of both the participating nations.
♦ Former Indian pacer Raju Kulkarni resigns as CIC chairman
- Raju Kulkarni, the former India pacer, has resigned as the chairman of the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA’s) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC).
- “I wish to resign from the cricket Improvement Committee with immediate effect,” Kulkarni wrote in an email to MCA’s ad-hoc committee. “Since my appointment was made by Honourable judges as COA, I did not want to let them down and leave it in the middle of the season in spite of several disturbing issues in Mumbai cricket.”
- “I thank Mumbai cricket association for giving a chance to serve my passion for (the) last 9 months and over 300 hours of discussions. Wishing lots of success to the future CIC committee,” he added.
♦ First ever image of a black hole revealed
- Astronomers on April 10 unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered throughout the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. The image of a dark core encircled by a flame-orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma looks like any number of artists’ renderings over the last 30 years.
- But this time, it’s the real deal.
- Scientists have been puzzling over invisible “dark stars” since the 18th century, but never has one been spied by a telescope, much less photographed.
- The supermassive black hole now immortalised by a far-flung network of radio telescopes is 50 million lightyears away in a galaxy known as M87.
- “It’s a distance that we could have barely imagined,” Frederic Gueth, an astronomer at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and co-author of studies detailing the findings, told AFP.
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