Important Current Affairs of 2019
India has become the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID), which captures the facial biometric data of seafarers.
Pakistan has successfully test-fired nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi from Sonmiani test range near Karachi located in Balochistan. The missile was built with a capability to deliver different types of warheads including nuclear and conventional up to a range of 290 km. It will be placed under the medium-range ballistic missiles. During the test, Ghaznavi was tracked by the National Development Complex (NDC) ground control station.
A book on Barack Obama, former United States (US) President, titled "Obama: The Call of History" has been written by Peter Baker, the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times. It gives an in-depth account of Obama's years in office.
Best Feature Film: Hellaro (Gujarati Film)
Best Director: Adhitya Dhar for Uri: The Surgical Strike
Best Actor: Ayushmann Khuranna for Andhadhun and Vicky Kaushal for Uri: The Surgical Strike
Best Actress: Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati
Best Popular Film: Badhaai Ho
Best film on Social Issues: Padman
Global GDP Rankings by World Bank
According to World Bank, India has been pushed to the 7th place in Global GDP Rankings in 2018 from the 6th place in 2017.
Café Coffee Day has appointed SV Ranganath as its interim Chairman
Café Coffee Day has appointed SV Ranganath as its interim Chairman after the death of founder-chairman VG Siddhartha.
VG Siddhartha Hegde was an Indian billionaire and businessman from Karnataka. He was the founder of the cafe chain Café Coffee Day and served as its chairman and managing director.
Repo Rate: 5.40% Reverse Repo Rate: 5.15%
Marginal Standing Facility: 5.65% Bank Rate: 5.65%
Cash Reserve Ratio: 4% SLR: 18.75%
SBI Shanghai Branch linked up with National Advance Payment System of China State Bank of India’s Shanghai branch has become first Indian bank to link up with National Advance Payment System of China.
National Advance Payment System was launched in 2008 by People’s Bank of China provides real-time settlement services for all payments.
RBI has decided to allow fund transfers through NEFT on a 24×7 basis
RBI has decided to allow fund transfers through NEFT on a 24×7 basis from December.
RBI had last month removed charges it levied on NEFT and RTGS transactions. National Electronic Funds Transfer is an electronic funds transfer system maintained by the Reserve Bank of India.
Top-paid Bank CEO in India for FY19
Aditya Puri (HDFC Bank): - Rs 89 lakh per month
Amitabh Chaudhry (Axis Bank): - Rs 30 lakh per month
Uday Kotak (Kotak Mahindra Bank): - Rs 27 lakh per month
Foreign currency assets
Special Drawing Rights
Reserve tranche position in the International Monetary Fund
Canara Bank introduced OTP facility for ATM withdrawal
Public sector Bank, Canara Bank has launched India’s first OTP facility for ATM withdrawals. This additional factor of authentication protects from unauthorized
ATM cash withdrawals for cardholders.
Now Canara Bank ATMs get safer and more secured with OTP facility on cash withdrawals above ₹10,000 in a day.
Forbes’ Highest-Paid Female Athletes List
USA Tennis Player Serena Williams with estimated total earnings of $29.2 million
Japan Tennis Player Naomi Osaka with estimated total earnings of $24.3 million
Forbes’ Highest-Paid Male Athletes list
Footballer Lionel Messi with $127 million
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo with $109 million
Cricket Virat Kohli is at 100th Position with $25 million.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia
Para Athlete Deepa Malik
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games, is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India. The award is named after Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India who served the office from 1984 to 1989.
Virgil van Dijk, Lucy Bronze win UEFA Award
Liverpool Football player Virgil van Dijk has won UEFA's Player of the Year award. He was beating Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, while England footballer Lucy Bronze taking the Women's Player of the Year award.
UEFA also handed out positional awards for male players, with Van Dijk for Champions League Defender of the Season.