Skip to main content

Current Affairs - Sep 18, 2018

current affairs

Goldman downgrades Indian Stocks

  • First time since 2014, Goldman Sachs has downgraded Indian Equities from BUY to HOLD.
  • Reasons cited were Expensive Valuation and Upcoming Election.
  • Goldman has been bullish on Indian stocks since March 2014 because of expected 'pro-growth government policies and structural reforms'.
  • Goldman Sachs is a multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York, US.

70th Emmy Awards

HBO series Game of Thrones won 9 awards at this year's Emmy Awards given by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  • Drama Series: "Game of Thrones"
  • Comedy Series: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  • Actor, Drama Series: Matthew Rhys, "The Americans"
  • Actress, Drama Series: Claire Foy, "The Crown"
  • Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and is the equivalent of an Academy Award (for film), the Tony Award (for theater), and the Grammy Award (for music).

Yusaku Maezawa to become 1st Moon Tourist

  • Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is set to become the first paying passenger to the fly around moon trip.
  • SpaceX founder Elon Musk, termed him 'the bravest person' for the 'dangerous mission. 
  • SpaceX is has planned various test flights before final manned mission in 2023.
  • The SpaceX's BFR rocket will take him to this journey.
  • He is founder of Japan's largest clothing website zozotown and haing USD 2.9 bn net worth.
  • He is well known for his art collection, and drummer at Punk Band.

New US Tariffs on $200 bn Chinese goods

  • The United States has imposed 10 percent tax on an additional $200 billion Chinese goods, this will increase to 25 percent next year.
  • This new tariff has intensified the trade war between both the countries, effect of which is being felt on global market.
  • Earlier US put tarrifs on $50 bn of Chinese goods.
  • Along with this new tariff US has thretened that any retaliation from Chinese side will invite tarrif cover on further $267 bn of goods left.

Merger of BoB, Dena and Vijaya

  • Boards of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank are adviced by Governmet to merge the three Banks.
  • Merged entity will form India's 3rd larget bank.
  • Government also assured that no employee will face adverse service condition due to this merger.

One-Liners for Preliminary Tests

  • Germany has launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered train named ‘Coradia iLint train’ built by French TGV-maker Alstrom, it can run 1,000 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen.
  • Bangladesh cabinet approved agreement that allows India to use the Chittagong and Mongla seaports for transporting goods to and from its land-locked northeastern states.


Popular posts from this blog

IAS Exam Dates for 2023

Timeline for UPSC civil services competitive exam commonly known as IAS exam is expected to be as follows:  Registration and application form submission for IAS exam will start in February month and will be happening from 1st Feb to 21st Feb 2023. Preliminary exam is scheduled on 28th May 2023. Mains exam is expected to start from 15 September. IAS exam is considered one of the most toughest exam in India and also most rewarding for those who make their way to the final selection list.

Geography and Public Administration as Optional Subject

In my opinion, if you are starting the preparation of IAS Exam and still confused about optional papers don't opt either Geography or Public Administration. These papers are not high scoring papers in general; if you look at marks obtained by candidates in these two papers you won't find it worth the effort they put in while preparing. The number of guys opting these two papers are highest, and because of this bar is getting higher every year. For example, even after getting selected once for IRS with Public Administration, last year's topper Anudeep changed his optional paper in his attempt. I am not saying you must not choose these papers. In fact, you must opt any of it in case you like a lot, or you have some academic background related to any of these. But if you are equally bad in all the papers don't go for these two. Find a better alternative.

IAS Exam Dates for 2019

UPSC has already announced dates for IAS Exams to be conducted in 2019. So far no change of any kind has been reported in exam pattern, syllabus or age. Current age limit for unreserved category student is 32 years and the maximum number of attempts is 6. Following are IAS Exam Dates for 2019 Filling of forms for the 2019 Preliminary Exam will open from 19 February 2019 to 18 March 2019 . Preliminary Exam is scheduled to be conducted on  2 June 2019 (Sunday) . IAS Mains Exam will start from 20 September 2019 (for five days). This is now high time to start serious preparation in case you are aspiring to become an IAS officer this through 2019 exam as only Eight months are left for Preliminary exams (October to May). Don't postpone your preparation for next year because there will never be a perfect time to start preparing. IAS exam dates are eight months ahead and trust me eight months are not too less time to prepare for Preliminary exams. Don't try to a