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Current Affairs updates till 20 August 2015

Today in every competitive exam,there is a section called  General Awareness Section.This section consists of questions on G.K.(General Knowledge) and Current Affairs.Current Affairs updates till 20
August are given.Updates on 19 August,20 August are provided.These updates are very useful for upcoming competitive and recruitment examinations like IBPS , SSC (Staff Selection Commission),
RRB (Railway Recruitment Board), SBI Recruitment, RBI Recruitment, Postal,Insurance and other State level (TSPSC , APPSC  etc) Recruitment tests.

1.Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers confirmed on  August 18 that he will retire from test cricket at the end  of the Ashes Series in England.

2.S.P.Misra-Former Davis Cup Captain,T.P.P.Nair and Romeo James-Olympian Hockey Goal Keeper have been recommended for this years' Dhyan Chand Award.

3.Taj Mahal entered  into the top five of a prestigious new list of the world's best tourist attractions. Ultimate Travelist ranked this Historic Monument as the fifth most  attractive travel spot in the world.

4.RBI (Reserve Bank of India) granted in-principle nod to 11 payment banks applicants.RBI had received 41 applicants  for payment banks.National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL),Reliance Industries,Aditya Birla Nuvo,Airtel M Commerce, Department of Posts,Fino PayTech,Tech Mahindra,Vodafone m-pesa, Cholamandalam Distribution Services,Paytm,Sun Pharma are among them.

5.A payment bank differs from conventional banks as it cannot lend to it's customers.The payment banks are allowed to take deposits,allow remittances and provide simple financial products.

6.Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lankan Prime Minister after winning General Election.He agreed with President  Maithripala Sirisena's party to form a national unity government.

7.Sameer Lalwani,an Indian-American scholar has joined a key position on South Asia in a leading US think-tank.The  Stimson Centre announced the appointment of Sameer Lalwani as the Director for it's South Asia programme.Mr Lalwani received his doctorate from MIT's Department of Political Science in 2014.

8.Ashwani Lohani is appointed the new chief of Air India Chairman and Managing Director.Ashwani Lohani has been featured in the Limca Book of Records in 2007 for holding four different engineering degrees.

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