27 April 2019 Current Affairs
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
Issue of Rs 200, Rs 500 banknotes bearing signature of Governor Shaktikanta Das
New notes for Rs 200 and Rs 500 will be soon issued by the Reserve Bank of India in Mahatma Gandhi (New) series.
With the signature of the current RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, the new notes will be similar to previous Rs 200 and Rs 500 notes.
The past notes of these denominations issued by the central bank will continue to be legal tender. The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue ₹ 200 denomination Banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series bearing the signature of Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor.
SC gave deadline to RBI to share banks NPA information
The Supreme Court on 26th April gave the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) the last opportunity to withdraw a November 2016 Disclosure Policy to the extent to which it stonewalls revelation of every other kind of information under the Right to Information Act, including the list of wilful defaulters and annual inspection reports.
A Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and M.R. Shah found the policy of the central bank to be directly contrary to the court’s judgment of December 2015 that the Reserve Bank could not withhold information sought under the RTI Act. The hearing of the contempt is after the petitions filed against the RBI for not complying with the 2015 judgment.
Abhishek Verma won gold in 10m Air Pistol at ISSF World Cup
Abhishek Verma won the 10m air pistol gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at Beijing, China. He clinched the top spot with a total score of 242.7. Russia’s Artem Chernousov took silver. His brilliant performance in the Shooting World Cup Final also secured a fifth Olympic quota for India.
India calls for Africas representation at UNSC
India has called for the representation of Africa through a reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Sanjay Rana, Director General, UN Division, Government of India, said that the UNSC should reflect the world of today and not of 1945. UNSC’s reform has perhaps been the most important and yet stagnating processes of the General Assembly.
India to stop importing crude from Iran
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has taken steps necessary steps to end the imports from Iran, as the United States refused to extend the sanctions waiver for India to import crude from Iran. Earlier, India has urged the US to restore the sanction waivers it has decided to not to proceed with the purchase as the oil trade cannot happen in anticipation.
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has stated that a robust plan for an adequate supply of crude oil to Indian refineries is in place. It also said that the shortfall will be met through alternate supply sources available in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, IJAE and Mexico.
India is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. It meets more than 80% of its oil needs through imports. In 2017-18, Iran was India’s third-largest supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia and about 10% of total needs were met through imports from Iran. India can avail optional volumes from a number of suppliers which it can exercise to make up for any shortfall from Iran. India also plans to avail the route of spot market to source crude. But the cause of concern is more related to prices in India.
India bag one gold, two silver medals at Asian Boxing Championships
India bagged one gold and two silver medals at the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok. Boxer Amit Panghal picked up his second successive gold medal of the year, claiming the top honours in the 52-kilogram category.
Panghal defeated Korea’s Kim Inkyu Korea.National champion Deepak Singh and Kavinder Singh Bisht in 56 kg category signed off with silver medals after close losses.
Deepak lost to Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan while Bisht was also defeated by an Uzbek.
ABU Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness underway in Nepal
5th Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness began in Kathmandu
The theme of the two-day summit is “Media Solutions for Sustainable Future: Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities”.
Nepal’s Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota inaugurated the summit.
The basic aim of the summit is to address the issue of fully utilizing media’s potential of accelerating climate action and disaster preparedness and connect stakeholders to media professionals for collaboration and joint practical projects.