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Banking Digest, 23 May 2019

Days in Focus

  • Theme for International Day for Biological Diversity 2019 (or World Biodiversity Day) (May 22) - Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health.
  • World Goth Day - May 22.

Economy

  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) could take control of two to three small state-run banks that could include - Oriental Bank Of Commerce, Andhra Bank and Allahabad Bank.
  • Largest public sector lender in India - State Bank of India (SBI).
  • AI-based portal by Ministry of Corporate Affairs for the dissemination of information to all stakeholders, including the regulator, corporates and investors - MCA 21.

International

  • India has informed this UN body that it will no longer entertain any communication after Jammu & Kashmir report – UN Human Rights Council (HRC), Geneva.

Persons in News

  • This Indian peacekeeper to be honoured posthumously with UN’s Dag Hammarskjold Medal in 2019 - Jitender Kumar.

Sports

  • Winner of the Women’s Singles event at ‘Italian Open 2019’ - Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic).

Science and Technology

  • On May 20, India adopts new standards for measuring units -kilogram, kelvin, mole & ampere.
  • On May 22, ISRO successfully launched radar imaging satellite to provide all-weather surveillance, named - RISAT-2B.

General Knowledge

  • Mauritania (country in Northwest Africa) - Capital: Nouakchott; Currency: Ouguiya.
  • United Nations (UN) – Established in: 1945; Headquarters: Manhattan (New York City, USA).
  • UN peacekeeping was founded in - 1948.
  • International Bureau of Weights and Measures (IBWM) – Established in: 1875; Headquarters: Sèvres, France.
  • United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) – founded in: 2006; Headquarters: Geneva (Switzerland).
  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) – Established in: 1969; Headquarters: Bangalore.
  • First satellite of ISRO - Aryabhata (1975).
  • India's Chandrayaan-1 mission - 22 October 2008.

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