OCT 15-10-2018 Events-Current Affairs

1.WPI inflation rises to 5.13% in September

  • India’s wholesale price inflation (WPI) surged to 5.13% in September from 4.53% in August, data released by the commerce and industry ministry on Monday showed.

  • It was 3.14% in September last year.

  • Data released last week showed a moderate rise in India’s retail inflation to 3.77% in September from 3.69% in the previous month.

Source- Economic Times

2.Sikkim becomes world’s first organic state, wins Oscar for best policies by UN

  • The Indian state of Sikkim just achieved the feat of being the world’s first organic state and has been awarded UN Future Policy Gold Award 2018, also known as Oscar for best policies, beating 51 nominated policies from 25 different countries.

  • The award recognises the policies adopted by the state starting with a political commitment to support organic farming in 2003 that led to the 2010 Sikkim Organic Mission.

  • Sikkim beat 51 other nominees from around the world for the award. Brazil, Denmark and Quito, Ecuador, shared the Silver award.

  • UN Food and Agriculture Organisation Headquarters in Italy, Rome.

Source- INDIA Today

3.Sultan of Johor Cup 2018: India lose to Great Britain but reach final

  • India conceded a 2-1 lead to lose 2-3 to Great Britain in their last Round Robin stage match of the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018.

  • India will face Great Britain once again in the final on Saturday in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

  • India qualified for the final with 12 points while Great Britain had 10 points, having won three of their five matches.

Source- India today

4.Leander Paes lifts Santo Domingo Open trophy

  • Indian tennis legend Leander Paes won his second Challenger-level title of the season, lifting the Santo Domingo Open trophy with partner Miguel Angel Reyyes-Varela yesterday.

  • The second-seeded Indo- Mexican pair, playing its second consecutive final, came from behind to beat Ariel Behar and Roberto Quiroz 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the summit clash, which lasted one hour and 26 minutes in Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic.

  • The capital of Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo, Currency: Dominican Peso

source- ALL INDIA RADIO

5.India International Silk Fair -2018 begins in New Delhi on 16th October

  • Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, will inaugurate the 6th edition of India International Silk Fair (IISF) in New Delhi on October 16, 2018. Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta will also be present on the occasion.

  • India is the 2nd largest producer of silk in the world. The silk industry is agriculture based and labour intensive and provides gainful employment to around 8 million artisans and weavers in rural areas.

Source- Press Information Bureau

6.Govt announces Rs 100 crore award for states completing household electrification early under Saubhagya scheme

  • Government has announced 100 crore rupee award for states that would complete the household electrification early under the Saubhagaya scheme. Apart from discoms, employees would also collectively get 50 lakh rupees award for completing the task of electrifying households under the scheme which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September last year.

  • The states are Gujarat, Punjab, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh.

Source- All India Radio

OCT 14-10-2018 EVENTS-CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey releases analytical report of the National Health Profile-2018

  • Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare released an Analytical Report of the National Health Profile-2018 prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), under the aegis of the Directorate General of Health Services at Patna.

  • The National Health Profile covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, along with comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health. CBHI has been publishing National Health Profile every year since 2005. This is the 12th edition.

  • J P Nadda is the present Health Minister of India.

Source-Press Information Bureau

2.Air Quality Warning System launched in Delhi to combat worsening air pollution

  • Earth Sciences Minister Dr Harshvardhan unveiled an Air Quality early warning system for Delhi region, in New Delhi today. The system has been designed with the help of American and Finnish models to predict extreme air pollution levels. It will also give s for necessary actions.

  • Talking about the stubble burning, he said, there has been a decrease in detection of fire incidents as per satellite mapping in Haryana and Punjab. He said, instructions have been issued to monitor stubble burning in these areas on priority.

  • Delhi CM: Arvind Kejriwal, Lt. Governor: Anil Baijal.

Source- All India Radio

3.Ajay Tamta inaugurates 46th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn-2018

  • Union Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta, inaugurated the 46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair at India Expo Centre & Mart at Greater Noida today.

  • Participation by over 3200 exhibitors in this fair and visit of overseas buyers from over 110 countries shows its popularity amongst Indian handicrafts exporters and importers.

  • Smriti Irani is the present Union Minister of Textiles

Source- Press Information Bureau

4.Meghalaya gets Rs 7.8 cr for construction of textile tourism complex

  • Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta on Saturday said that the Ministry would release Rs 7.8 crore for the construction of a textile tourism complex in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.

  • The Union Minister further informed that the funds would be released within 15 days.

  • He visited various weaving centers in Shillong on Saturday and said that the NBCC has completed the construction of an apparel center worth Rs 14 crores in the state.

  • Ajay Tamta is Member of Parliament (MP) from Almora, Uttarakhand constituency.

  • Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya.
    Conrad Sangma is Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

  • Tathagata Roy is Governor of Meghalaya

Source-Business Standard

5.India and Sri Lanka sign two MoU for construstion of 1200 houses

  • India and Sri Lanka today signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for construction of 1200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of 60 crore Srilankan rupees.

  • The MoUs were signed by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, and Mr. Bernard Vasantha, Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction, in the presence of Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction.

Source- All India Radio

6.C. R. Chaudhary Attends 6th RCEP Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting in Singapore

  • The Minister of State for Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution C. R. Chaudhary, attended the 6th RCEP Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting (IMM) in Singapore on 12-13 October, 2018.

  • The Ministers from 16 RCEP countries met in Singapore to discuss a modern, comprehensive and mutually beneficial economic partnership agreement among ASEAN and ASEAN’s FTA partners.

  • ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

  • ASEAN has emerged as the second largest trade partner of India in 2017-18 with bilateral trade valued at US$ 81.33 billion, comprising 10.58% of India’s total trade with the world.

Source- Press Information Bureau

7.India, China launch 1st joint project to train Afghan diplomats

  • In a move that could upset Pakistan, India and China have launched their first joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats.

  • An understanding to launch a joint programme in Afghanistan was reached during an informal summit between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held in April at China’s Wuhan city.

  • Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan (Vinay Kumar) “hosted 10 Afghan Diplomats who will be travelling to India for the 1st India-China joint training programme for Afghan diplomats under the aegis of the trilateral vooperation between India, China and Afghanistan.

Source- Times of India

OCT 13- 10- 2018 Events-Current Affairs

1.PM Modi inaugurates Silver Jubilee celebrations of NHRC; Says govt committed to improve lives of people by ensuring their rights

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said National Human Rights Commission has an important role to play in government’s efforts to achieve sustainable development goals.

  • 25th anniversary of the founding of the NHRC, Mr Modi said the government is committed to improve the lives of people by ensuring their rights.

  • Mr Modi cited Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Swachh Bharat, Saubhagya Yojana as schemes aimed towards providing dignified life for all. He said government is moving ahead with the aim of employment for all, education for all and health care for all.

  • The NHRC was set up on the 12th October 1993 under the Protection of Human Rights Act, passed by Parliament.
    NHRC Chairman: Justice HL Dattu.

Source-All India Radio

2.India and Azerbaijan agree to enhance bilateral trade relations

  • India and Azerbaijan have agreed to take measures to enhance bilateral trade relations. The two countries signed protocol on trade and economic, science and technology cooperation at the 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation which concluded in New Delhi today.

  • the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on present economic situation and reviewed the current status of bilateral trade . Trade turnover between India and Azerbaijan from January to August this year was 657.9 million dollars.

  • Azerbaijan Capital: Baku,
    Currency: Azerbaijani manat

Source- All India Radio

3.India Elected To UN Human Rights Council With Most Number Of Votes

  • India received 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category

  • 18 new members were elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot

  • India was elected for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019.

  • India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told PTI that India’s win reflects the country’s standing in the international community.

Source- NDTV

4.Global Hunger Index: India’s ranking slips to 103 among 119 countries

  • India has been ranked at the 103rd position among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index, says a report.

  • In 2017, India was ranked at the 100th position but ranking for this year is not comparable.

  • Child wasting refers to share of children under the age of five who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition.

  • About 151 million children are stunted and 51 million children are wasted across the globe. Hard-won gains are being further threatened by conflict, climate change, poor governance, and a host of other challenges, it added.

Source-Financial Express

5.Legendary musician Annapurna Devi passes away

  • Known to a tight circle of disciples and students as ‘Guruma’, Annapurna Devi, the famously reclusive surbahar player and a teacher to the likes of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Nityanand Haldipur and Nikhil Banerjee passed away in Mumbai on Saturday morning at the age of 91.

Source- The Hindu

6.Meghalaya gets Rs 7.8 cr for construction of textile tourism complex

  • Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta on Saturday said that the Ministry would release Rs 7.8 crore for the construction of a textile tourism complex in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.

  • The Union Minister further informed that the funds would be released within 15 days.

  • He visited various weaving centers in Shillong on Saturday and said that the NBCC has completed the construction of an apparel center worth Rs 14 crores in the state.

  • Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya.
    Conrad Sangma is Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
    Tathagata Roy is Governor of Meghalaya

Source- Business Standard

7.India and Sri Lanka sign two MoU for construstion of 1200 houses

  • India and Sri Lanka today signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for construction of 1200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of 60 crore Srilankan rupees.

  • The MoUs were signed by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, and Mr. Bernard Vasantha, Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction, in the presence of Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction.

Source- All India Radio

OCT 12- 10- 2018 Events-Current Affairs

1.President Kovind says in a democracy, Information overload is always preferable to information deficit

  • President Ramnath Kovind has said in a democracy, Information overload is always preferable to information deficit.

  • the 13th annual convention of Central Information Commission in New Delhi, the President said, people have a right to know how they are being governed, how public money is being spent and how public and national resources are being deployed.

  • The President said, a related and parallel implication is to ensure rational use of public resources to check instances of corruption or waste. He said, the Internet and the digital economy have been used to advance e-auctions of mining blocks.

  • They have helped create the Government e-Market or GeM portal for public procurement of goods and services.

Source- All India Radio

2.Central University Of Jammu, ISRO To Set Up Space Applications Center

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed an MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu yesterday to set up a Space Applications Center.

  • MoU for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University was signed in the presence of the Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, Prof Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor, CUJ and former ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Radhakrishnan.

  • Chairman of ISRO: Dr. K Sivan.
    Headquarters of ISRO- Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Source- Times of India

3 .NITI Aayog’s AIM & IBM India design First-of-its Kind Industry-tailored Student Internship Programme

  • NITI Aayog and IBM today announced a first-of-its-kind internship programme for students selected by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

  • The internship will see 38 students receive a two-week paid internship, and 14 teachers from Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) across the length and breadth of the country including from states such as Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar and others, to come together and ideate, collaborate and innovate.

  • The Atal Innovation Mission conducted the Atal Tinkering Marathon in 2017 where Top 30 innovations across five focus areas – agritech, healthcare, smart mobility, clean energy, waste management, water management – were identified as the top innovations.

  • NITI- National Institution for Transforming India.
    NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman- Rajiv Kumar, CEO- Amitabh Kant.

Source- Press Information Bureau

4.Delhi, Moscow sign twin-city agreement

  • Delhi government on Friday signed a twin city agreement with the Moscow administration for cooperation in the fields of education, healthcare, sports, tourism, transport and environment for a period of three years.

  • The agreement was signed by deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Moscow government minister Sergey Cheremin at a ceremony held at the Delhi secretariat. Sisodia said the agreement would strengthen the relationship between the two cities.

  • Delhi CM: Arvind Kejriwal, Lt. Governor: Anil Baijal.

Source- Times of India

5.India-Israel Innovation Center launched in Bengaluru

  • The third edition of IoT India Congress that concluded on Wednesday witnessed the launch of India’s first India-Israel Innovation Centre (IIIC), an entrepreneurial tech hub in Bengaluru.

  • The IIIC, launched by Ramanan Ramanathan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, Government of India, will help teams and individuals to grow their technologies and businesses, and work collaboratively in both the countries.

  • Moshe Porat, Founder & CEO Mesh Labs, Ariel Seidman, Deputy Consul General of Israel and Varad Krishna, Founding Partner, IIIC participated in the launch of IIIC.

  • “Startups that are part of IIIC will be given mentorship and guidance and opportunities to participate at all IIIC’s Global events and experience networking avenues with potential customers.”

  • Israel Capital: Jerusalem, Currency: Israeli new shekel.

Source- Economic Times

6.NSE signs pact with Uttarakhand govt to fuel MSMEs growth in state

  • Leading stock exchange NSE Wednesday said it has signed a pact with the Uttarakhand government to provide access to capital to MSMEs, which will fuel growth of such entities in the state.

  • The bourse will play an active role in nurturing the SMEs and start-ups by increasing awareness along with the government on the opportunities to raise capital, SME exchange guidelines, listing processes, compliances with listing agreement among others, NSE said in a statement.

  • Uttarakhand State Governor: Baby Rani Maurya, CM:Trivendra Singh Rawat

Source-Economic Times

7.Malaysian government decides to abolish capital punishment

  • In Malaysia, the cabinet today decided to abolish the death penalty. Communications and multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said, the government decided to scrap capital punishment following strong domestic opposition to the practice.

  • Capital punishment in Malaysia is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

  • Malaysia Capital: Kuala Lumpur, Currency: Malaysian ringgit.

Source-All India Radio

8.Ranked 115th, India rejects World Bank report on Human Capital Index

  • India Thursday rejected the findings of the World Bank’s report on Human Capital Index (HCI) which placed the country at the 115th position, lower than Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

  • The World Bank, in its first report on HCI, ranked 157 economies on parameters like child mortality, health and education.

  • “The Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan has been launched to focus on access and quality of education for the benefit of 197 million school children.

Source- Hindustan Times

9.SBI signs MoU with Nepal’s National Banking Institute for human resource development

  • State Bank of India has signed an MoU with Kathmandu-based National Banking Institute (NBI) for the development of human resources of the latter, the country’s largest lender.

  • SBI signed the three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NBI to establish a mutually beneficial strategic alliance for development of NBI’s human resources by imparting education, training and research.

  • the MoU, the strategic training unit of SBI will impart education, training and development to facilitate transformation of NBI’s HR department.

  • SBI Chairman- Rajnish Kumar, Headquarters- Mumbai.

Source- Business Standard

10.Pakistan Spinner Abdur Rehman Announces International Retirement

  • Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman, announced his retirement from international cricket. He, however, will continue to ply his trade in the domestic circuit.

  • he has picked up over 900 wickets across formats. Those consistent performances helped him earn recall in 2010. Since then, he was a regular starter till the 2014 tour of Sri Lanka after which he got dropped.

Source- Daily Hunt

OCT 11-10-2018 Events-Current Affairs

1.International Day of the Girl Child 2018

  • International Day of the Girl Child 2018 is being observed today i.e. 11th October 2018 across the globe and puts the spotlight on enhancing skillset of girls so they enter the future workforce on equal terms as their male counterparts.

  • The theme of International Day of the Girl Child 2018 is ‘A Skilled Girlforce’, which lays emphasis on education and skill enhancement required for the girl child today so that she enters the workforce fully skilled, up-to-date with the technology and digitalization, a decade from now.

Source- NEWS18

2.Rakesh Sharma takes charge as MD & CEO of IDBI Bank

  • State-run IDBI Bank Wednesday said Rakesh Sharma has taken charge as the managing director and chief executive officer of the bank, effective today.

  • the government had announced Sharma’s appointment as the MD and CEO of IDBI Bank for a period of six months.

  • Prior to Sharma, IDBI Bank was headed by B Sriram, who retired on September 30, after serving for three months starting June 30.

  • IDBI Bank was established in 1964.
    IDBI Bank Headquarters in Mumbai.

Source- Times of India

3.Mahesh Reddy takes over as PHDCCI Secretary General

  • PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Tuesday that Mahesh Y Reddy has taken over as its Secretary General with immediate effect.

  • He holds 28 years of experience in national level trade, infrastructure and industry bodies in various capacities, the chamber said in a statement.

  • Reddy served as Director General of Infrastructure Industry and Logistics Federation of India for eight years.

Source-Business Standard

4.Pravin Srivastava appointed as India’s third Chief Statistician

  • Eight months after TCA Anant demitted office, the government has appointed 58-year-old Pravin Srivastava, a senior officer with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), chief statistician of India (CSI).

  • Srivastava’s tenure will be a little less than two years, till August 31, 2020.

  • He was a secretary to the Indian Statistical Commission, popularly known as the Rangarajan Commission, which laid the foundation of the modern statistical system.

  • The CSI also assumes the charge of secretary at the statistics ministry.

Source- Business Standard

5 .Tushar Mehta appointed as the new Solicitor General of India

  • Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was on Wednesday appointed the new Solicitor General of India, months ahead of the general elections in 2019.

  • He will hold office till June 30, 2020. Mehta, who was Gujarat advocate general when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state, will replace Ranjit Kumar, who had stepped down sometime back. The post was lying vacant since then.

  • KK Venugopal is the present Attorney General of India.

Source- Economic Times

6.India ranks 147th in Oxfam world inequality index

  • India has been ranked among the bottom 10 countries in a new worldwide index released on Tuesday on the commitment of different nations to reduce inequalities in their populations.

  • UK-based charity Oxfam International’s ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index’ ranks India 147th among 157 countries analysed, describing the country’s commitment to reducing inequality as a “a very worrying situation” given that it is home to 1.3 billion people, many of whom live in extreme poverty.

  • The index is based on a new database of indicators, now covering 157 countries, which measures government action on social spending, tax and labour rights — three areas found to be critical to reducing the gap. The index is topped by Denmark, based on its high and progressive taxation, high social spending and good protection of workers.

Source- The Hindu Business Line

7.Veena Sendre, former Miss Chhattisgarh, crowned India’s first Miss Trans Queen

  • Veena Sendre from Chhattisgarh has been chosen as India’s first ‘Miss Trans Queen’. Veena defeated Namita Ammu of Tamil Nadu to claim the title at the national-level beauty contest organised in Mumbai on Sunday, 7 October.

8.Indus Towers Wins Deming Prize for 2018

  • Indus Towers becomes the first Indian company in the service sector and fifth globally to achieve this feat

  • Indus Towers is only the 29th Indian company to win this coveted award, with other notable names including Tata Steel, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra and Mahindra, and NBC Bearings, etc.

Source- Business Standard

9.Youth Olympics 2018 Wrap: Saurabh Chaudhary bags gold, paddler’s stunning run ends in semi-finals

  • Archana Kamath lost in the semifinals 1-4 after valiantly trying to unravel the second seed from China, Yingsha Sun, in a tense encounter.

  • Shooting gave India another champion in Saurabh Chaudhary, as the baby-faced marksman bossed around to claim the 10m air pistol gold at the Youth Olympics, while Archana Kamath’s stunning run in table tennis ended in the semifinals here Wednesday

  • Archana still remained in the running for the bronze medal though, as she was to take on Romania’s Andreea Dragoman later in the evening.

Source- The New Indian Express

OCT 10-10-2018 EVENTS-CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Cabinet approves merger of NCVT and NSDA to establish NCVET

  • The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of the existing regulatory institutions in the skills space – National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) into the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET).

  • The primary functions of NCVET will include, recognition and regulation of awarding bodies, assessment bodies and skill related information providers; approval of qualifications developed by awarding bodies and Sector Skill Councils (SSCs); indirect regulation of vocational training institutes through awarding bodies and assessment agencies; research and information dissemination and grievance redressal

Source- Daily Hunt

2.IIT-Madras signs MoU with Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency

  • Indian Institute of Technology-Madras is all set to collaborate with Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) for enhancing data- driven governance.

  • the Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBC-DSAI) at IIT-M has agreed to support the state government’s various data science and ICT-related challenges.

Source- Times of India

3.Coal India signs MoU with NLC for 5000 mw power generation

  • Coal India and NLC India (NLCIL), formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation, will jointly set up 5000 mw of power generation capacity of which 3000 mw would be solar powered while the rest 2000 mw would be coal fuelled.

  • CIL and NCIL on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up a 50:50 joint venture company that would undertake the projects.

  • Estimated cost for Coal India’s solar power generation is pegged at Rs 12,000 crore.

  • The MoU, also extends for setting up of 2,000 mw of thermal power generation across CIL’s subsidiaries.

. Source-Economic Times

4.Very severe’ cyclone Titli set to make landfall within the hour, Odisha braces for storm

  • The IMD has also predicted the cyclonic wind to chew away a large part of Andhra Pradesh districts like Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam and Odisha districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Kendrapara.

  • Very severe cyclonic storm Titli, the strongest cyclone formed on Bay of Bengal this year, is set to make landfall near Gopalpur coast in coastal Ganjam district within the hour with maximum sustained wind speed of 140-150 km per hour gusting to 165 km per hour.

Source- Hindustan Times

5.Nirmala Sitharaman leaves for France on 3-day visit

  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman left for France Wednesday night on a three-day visit which comes amid a massive controversy over the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace company Dassault Aviation under a Rs 58,000 crore deal.

  • They said Sitharaman will also take stock of progress in the supply of the Rafale jets by Dassault to the Indian Air Force.

  • France President: Emmanuel Macron, Capital: Paris, Currency: euro, CFP franc.

Source-Economic Times

6.Sushma Swaraj to participate in 17th CHG meeting of SCO to be held Tajikistan

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be participating in the 17th Council of Heads of Government, CHG, meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11th to 12th of this month.

  • The SCO CHG meeting is a forum that enables India to engage with SCO member countries and Observer states of Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia.

  • It is the first major meeting since Kyrgyzstan took over as chair of the Organisation.

Source- All India Radio

OCT 9-10-2018 Events-Current Affairs

1.IMF projects India’s growth at 7.3% in 2018, 7.4% next year

  • In 2017, India had clocked a 6.7 per cent growth rate. In India, important reforms have been implemented in the recent years, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the inflation-targeting framework, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and steps to liberalise foreign investment and make it easier to do business, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) report.

  • India’s growth is expected to increase to 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.4 per cent in 2019 (slightly lower than in the April 2018 World Economic Outlook (WEO) for 2019, given the recent increase in oil prices and the tightening of global financial conditions), up from 6.7 per cent in 2017,” it said in the WEO report.

  • then India would be the fastest growing major economy of the world, crossing China with more than 0.7 percentage point in 2018 and an impressive 1.2 percentage point growth lead in 2019.

Source- DD News

2.Google is shutting down Google+ for consumers following security breach

  • Google said the security bug was discovered and immediately patched in March 2018

  • The service was launched back in 2011 to take on Facebook

  • Google is also restricting access it gives to developers to user data on Android devices and Gmail

  • Google says Google+ for consumers will wind down over a 10-month period

  • Google CEO-Sundar Pichai, Parent company- Alphabet Inc.

  • Google was recently displaced by Apple to become the world’s top brand.

Source- India today

3.Asian Para Games 2018:

  • Sandeep Chaudhary bags India’s first gold

  • Sandeep Chaudhary won gold in the men’s javelin throw F42-44/61-64 event at the 2018 Para Asian Games in Indonesia.

  • The silver went to Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Sampath Hetti, while Iran’s Omidi Ali settled for the bronze.

  • Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the fourth edition of Asian Para Games in 2022.

Source- INDIA Today

4.Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins India’s maiden gold medal at Youth Olympic Games

  • India won their first-ever gold medal at a Youth Olympic Games with Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinching the yellow metal in Men’s 62kg weightlifting.

  • India won their first gold medal at the 2018

  • India’s best performance was two medals in the 2014 Youth Olympics at Nanjing, China.

Source- The Indian Express

5.National Housing Bank (NHB decides to increase the Refinance Limit from Rs. 24,000 crore to Rs.30,000 crore for the Current Year(July 2018-June 2019) towards refinancing eligible institutions

  • Keeping in view the current scenario, National Housing Bank (NHB has decided to increase the Refinance limit to Rs.30,000 crore. Now, eligible Housing Finance Companies & Other entities will have increased availability of funds.

  • National Housing Bank had set an inital limit to sanction Rs. 24,000 crore this year (July 2018-June 2019) towards refinancing eligible institutions.Till date, Rs.8835 crore has been sanctioned.

  • The Head Office of NHB is at New Delhi.

  • Dakshita Das is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of National Housing Bank.

Source- Press Information Bureau

6.India International Science Festival (IISF-2018) begins in Lucknow. Huge participation witnessed on first day.

  • Young scientists to play an important role in realizing the dreamof making a New India: Dr.Harsh Vardhan

  • All stakeholders have assembled to collectively work towards “Vigyan se Vikas”- contributing to the Making of a New India.

  • Major attention in coming days are two World record attempts in IISF 2018, one of which is a World Record attempt to “isolate DNA” by 500 students from class 8th to 10th standard. President of India Shri Ram NathKovind will formally inaugurate the mega science festival tomorrow.

  • IISF 2017 was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Source- Press Information Bureau

7.World Post Day: History and significance of Indian stamps

  • Every year on October 9, World Post Day is celebrated around the world – the day on which the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was established in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland

  • In India, the day is celebrated on October 10, 2018, as National Postal Day. This celebration is an extension of World Post Day.

  • The first stamps valid for postage throughout India were placed on sale on October 1, 1854

  • These stamps came in different colours, featuring Queen Victoria and were introduced with four values – half anna, one anna, two annas, and four annas

Source- India today

8.Thangjam Tababi Devi clinches India’s first judo medal at Olympics, fetches youth silver

  • Thangjam Tababi Devi became India’s first judo medallist at the Olympic level, claiming a silver at the ongoing Youth Games after losing to Venezuela’s Maria Giminez in the finals of the women’s 44kg category.

  • Her silver was India’s second medal at the ongoing Games after shooter Tushar Mane also clinched the second position in the men’s 10m air rifle competition.

Source- Hindustan Times

9.India signs key agreements with Tajikistan

  • President Ramnath Kovind receiving a formal reception on day-2 of his maiden Central Asia visit in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe.

  • Indian grant of 20 million US dollars was announced for Tajikistan to finance development projects. Several other key bilateral pacts were also signed.

  • The two leaders agreed to strengthen political relations, strategic research, agriculture, renewable energy, traditional medicine, space technology, youth affairs, culture and disaster management relations between India and Tajikistan.

  • President Kovind interacted with the Indian community in Tajikistan on day-1 of his visit to the Central Asian nation. He said India and Tajikistan have been friends for long and every Indian in that country is its ambassador.

Source- DD NEWS

OCT 8-10-2018 EVENTS-CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Karnataka Govt launches ‘Unnati’

  • The Karnataka Department of Social Welfare has launched Unnati, a scheme to foster entrepreneurs working on rural and social impact technologies. As part of the scheme, the department will invest up to Rs 20 crore to create end-to-end support infrastructure for start-ups and entrepreneurs from a marginalised background.

  • This has been done with the renewed focus on entrepreneurship and with an aim to deliver sustainable development and social welfare which will identify, mentor, and promote young entrepreneurs from the SC/ST communities,” said Priyank Kharge, Karnataka Minister for Social Welfare.

  • “The department will provide up to Rs 50 lakhs to winning entrepreneurs to develop tech-based solutions that are innovative, novel and have meaningful social impact.”

Source-The Hindu Business Line

2.CII and UN Environment sign MoU

  • The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the UN Environment has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development.

  • Erik Solheim, executive director at UN Environment and Chandrajit Banerji, Director-General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Thursday signed the MoU at CII’s headquarters in Delhi.

  • The CII will work towards voluntary codes in Indian industry on the issue of plastics, for which there is already a precedent with benefits to firms in terms of credit and shareholder value

  • A major activity planned under the MoU, will be the #Un-plastic Initiative of CII and UN Environment, beginning with a Call to Action, including commitments by industry on actions to curb plastic pollution.

  • CII President: Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Headquarters: New Delhi

Source: Times of India

3.Bilateral maritime exercise between India, Japan begins

  • JIMEX-18, a bilateral maritime exercise between India and Japan, began in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

  • Japanese maritime self defence force (JMSDF) ships Kaga, an Izumo-class helicopter destroyer, and Inazuma, a guided missile destroyer, arrived here to mark the commencement of JIMEX.

  • The Japanese ships would be participating in the third edition of JIMEX under the command of Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, commander of Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4).

  • The last edition of JIMEX was held in December 2013 off the Chennai coast.

  • The Indian ships would be commanded by Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet.

  • The Indian Navy would be represented by three indigenously-designed warships and a fleet tanker. The participating ships are INS Satpura, a multi-purpose stealth frigate, INS Kadmatt, an anti-submarine warfare corvette, missile corvette and INS Shakti, the fleet tanker.

Source- Times of India

4.President Ram Nath Kovind reaches Tajikistan on three-day visit

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has reached Tajikistan on a three-day visit to Central Asian Country. After arrival at state capital Dushanbe this afternoon, the President was received by Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Zokirzoda Mahmad Toir.

  • Minister of State for Defence Shubhash Bhamre and Rajya Sabha member Shamsher Singh Manhas are also part of the president’s official delegation.

  • he will hold talks with the top leadership of Tajikistan to strengthen ties between the two nations.

Source- ALL INDIA RADIO

5.Indian Air Force Day

  • The Indian Air Force will hold a grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony at the Air Force Station at Hindon in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.

  • The Indian Air Force today celebrates its 86th anniversary.

  • The Indian Air Force was born in 1932 as the Royal Indian Air Force under then British rule. The name was changed to Indian Air Force in 1950.

  • The parade will be followed by an air display and acrobatics by the Air Force’s various aircraft, including Jaguar, Bison, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter jets and Rudra helicoptors.

Source- NDTV

6.PM Narendra Modi says World accepts India will be the major engine of global growth in the coming decades

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the country is going through a period of rapid transformation. Inaugurating Destination Uttarakhand: Summit 2018 in Dehradun today, he said, the world has accepted that India will be a major engine of global growth in the coming decades.

  • The Prime Minister said that the infrastructure sector is progressing rapidly. He spoke of the fast pace of road construction, railway line construction, new metro systems, high speed rail project, and dedicated freight corridors. He said, the recently launched Ayushman Bharat scheme will spur the development of medical infrastructure in the tier 2 and tier 3 cities.

Source- All India Radio

7.Country’s biggest skill competition ‘India Skills 2018’ concludes

  • The country’s biggest skill competition, India Skills 2018 has concluded in New Delhi

  • The 164 winners were awarded yesterday by Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anant Kumar Hegde.

  • He called upon the participants going for the world stage competitions in Russia and China to perform well and bring laurels to the nation.

  • AIR correspondent reports that IndiaSkills 2018 was the second edition of the nationwide competition organized by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to identify, recognize, promote and reward the best talents in various skills.

  • Some of the winners of the competition will be given additional training, before they represent India at the 45th WorldSkills Competition at Kazan, Russia in 2019.

Source- All India Radio

OCT 7-10-2018 EVENTS-CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.ESIC wins ‘ISSA GOOD Practice Award, Asia & the Pacific 2018’

  • The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has won the ‘ISSA Good Practice Award’ for Administrative Solution for Coverage Extension at the “Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific” held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently.

  • The award recognizes the measures taken by ESIC for extension of coverage-SPREE (Scheme for Promoting Registration of Employers and Employees), reduced rate of contribution rates for 24 months in newly implemented areas and raising the wage limit for coverage under the ESI Act, etc

  • The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is an international organization bringing together national social security administrations and agencies. Founded in 1927, the ISSA has more than 330 member organizations in 158 countries.

  • It has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in the International Labour Office (ILO).

Source – Press Information Bureau

2.Naveen Patnaik Launches Scheme To Help Kids Of Construction Workers

  • Launching the programme, Mr Patnaik said ‘Nirman Kusuma’ would help fulfil dreams of construction workers’ children. He said the children of construction workers would get financial assistance for their education in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

  • While an ITI student will be entitled to get financial assistance of Rs. 23,600, a diploma student to get Rs. 26,300 per annum. A total of 1,878 students will get benefit from the programme.

  • Ganeshi Lal is the Present Governor of Odisha.

Source-NDTV

3.Indian Railways enters into Memorandum of Cooperation & Memorandum of Understanding with Government of Russian Federation

Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC):

A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India and the Joint Stock Company ‘Russian Railways’ on the sidelines of India-Russia Summit on 5th October, 2018. The MoC intends to carry forward the activities taken up under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries on 24th December, 2015. The Memorandum of cooperation includes:

  • Implementation of speed up gradation project of Nagpur-Secunderabad section

  • Setting up of single traffic control centre for managing mixed traffic at local level;

  • Best practices in freight cargo operation

  • Development of multi modal terminals ; and

  • Exchange of best technologies being practiced by the two countries.

  • Training and advanced qualification improvement of Indian railway employees with the involvement of Russian railway-related higher education establishments.

  • The cooperation agreement was signed by Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani from Indian side and Mr. Oleg Belozerov, CEO & Chairman of Russian Railways.

Source- Press Information Bureau

4.RBI issues norms for operating Electronic Trading Platforms

  • The Reserve Bank Friday issued guidelines for operating Electronic Trading Platforms (ETPs) to transact in eligible instruments.

  • Trading on electronic platforms is being encouraged across the world as it enhances pricing transparency, processing efficiency and risk control.

  • “An entity seeking authorisation as an ETP operator under the directions will maintain a minimum net-worth of Rs 5 crore and will continue to maintain the minimum net-worth prescribed at all times.

  • Urjit Patel- 24th Governor of RBI, Headquarters- Mumbai, Established on- 1st April 1935, in Kolkata.

Source- The New Indian Express

5.India’s Keerthana Pandian wins IBSF world U-16 snooker title

  • India’s Keerthana Pandian has won the girls’ title in the IBSF World Under-16 Snooker Championships, her maiden international crown.

  • Keerthana went down after winning the first frame, but with scores level at 1-1, she geared up and played with full control to win next two frames and the championship.

  • In the corresponding boys category, Ben Martens of Belgium clinched the title in St Petersburg, Russia, according to information received from the media cell of International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF).

Source-Times of India

6 .”Nagaland’s Gandhi” Natwar Thakkar Dies After Brief Illness

  • Natwar Thakkar, a Padma Shri awardee, had founded the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram at Chuchuyimlang.

  • Natwar Thakkar’s mortal remains will be taken to his workplace

  • He was from Maharashtra and made Nagaland his home since 1955

  • He is survived by his wife Lentina Ao, a son and two daughters

Source- Ndtv

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OCT 6-10-2018 EVENTS-CURRENT AFFAIRS

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.21 IORA countries adopt Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy

  • As many as 21 countries in the Indian Ocean Rim Association, IORA, adopted the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy in the Indian Ocean Region

  • These nations adopted the Delhi Declaration post the second IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting held in Greater Noida, near Delhi.

  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy yesterday said that the Delhi Declaration calls for collaboration among IORA member states in meeting the growing demand for renewable energy in the Indian Ocean littorals.

Source- ALL INDIA RADIO

OTHER STATE

2.Country’s first methanol-based cooking fuel rolled out by APL

  • The inauguration ceremony of the ‘Green and Clean Fuel Pilot project on Methanol cooking stove’ in Namrup.

  • the country’s first methanol-based cooking fuel, which will be 30% cheaper than conventional LPG fuel, cleaner and greener and easily transportable.

  • NITI Aayog member and former director general of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Vijay Kumar Saraswat, set the ball rolling by inaugurating the ‘Green and Clean Fuel Pilot Project on Methanol Cooking Stove’, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country.

  • Assam CM- Sarbanand Sonowal, Governor- Jagdish Mukhi.

Source- Times of India

3.Atal Innovation Mission & SIRIUS sign MoU for promotion of innovative cooperation between students of India & Russia

  • To promote innovative cooperation between students of India and Russia, a Memorandum of Understanding was exchanged between India’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and the Russian Federation’s SIRIUS Educational Foundation in the presence of the Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi and the President of Russia H.E. Vladimir Putin, in New Delhi on 5th October 2018.

  • The AIM and SIRUS Education Foundation were represented by Mission Director Shri. R Ramanan and Ms. Elena Shmeleva respectively.

About AIM-SIRIUS Innovation Festival 2018

  • To promote a spirit of collaborative innovation, young innovators of Atal Tinkering Labs and SIRIUS Educational Foundation came together at a four-day Indo-Russian ATL innovation boot-camp from October 1st to October 4th.

  • The innovations developed across space technology, healthcare, smart mobility, clean energy and agricultural technology were showcased to Prime Minister of India and President of Russia on October 5th.

Source- Press Information Bureau

4 .WFE appoints NSE’s Vikram Limaye as Chairman of Working Committee

  • National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) Managing Director and CEO Vikram Limaye has been appointed as Chairman of the Working Committee (WoCo) and Director on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).

  • the appointment was made at the 58th General Assembly and Annual Meeting of WEF in Athens, Greece.

Source- Business Standard

5.Apple world’s top brand: Report

  • Apple displaced Google to become the top brand in the world in 2018 while Facebook, mired in data breach controversies, fell to ninth place in the top 100 brands globally, an annual report said on Thursday.

  • According to global brand consultancy Interbrand’s “Best 100 Global Brands 2018” report, Amazon achieved a 56 per cent growth to become the third top brand globally.

  • According to the ranking, Apple’s brand value grew 16 per cent (year-on-year) to $214.5 billion. It went on to become the first company in the US to hit the $1 trillion market cap. “In second place, Google was up 10 per cent to $155.5 billion while Amazon is valued at $100.8 billion,” a website reported, citing the report findings.

Source- Daily Hunt

Money & Banking

6.Reliance Health Insurance gets final nod from IRDAI

  • Ravi Vishwanath has been proposed as CEO designate of Reliance Health Insurance by Reliance Capital.

  • Reliance Health Insurance has received the final go- ahead from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to begin operations.

  • The company said that health insurance in India has been amongst the fastest-growing insurance sectors, rising at 20 per cent annually and is expected to double to over ₹1,00,000 crore by 2021.

Source- The Hindu

7.Sanjay Verma appointed India’s Ambassador to Spain

  • Senior diplomat Sanjay Verma has been appointed as India’s Ambassador to Spain, ministry of external affairs said on Thursday. Verma, a 1990 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is presently Additional Secretary in the ministry.

Source- Times of India

8.Pankaj Sharma Appointed India’s Ambassador To UN Conference On Disarmament

  • Pankaj Sharma is currently the joint secretary (Disarmament and International Security Division) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

  • Mr Sharma is currently the joint secretary (Disarmament and International Security Division) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

  • He will replace Amandeep Gill.

Source-NDTV