STATIC GK – COUNTRIES & CURRENCIES (Session – 02)

Static Gk - Countries & Currencies - 02

1.

What is the currency of Burundi ?

2.

What is the currency of Ethiopia ?

3.

What is the currency of Kiribati ?

4.

What is the currency of Spain ?

5.

What is the curreny of palau ?

6.

What is the currency of Cameroon ?

7.

What is the currency of Djibouti ?

8.

What is the currency of Oman ?

9.

What is the currency of Iraq ?

10.

What is the currency of Jamaica ?


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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 30 OCTOBER 2018

5th National Summit on Public Health Care begins  in Assam 

i. The 5th National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems in India has begun at Kaziranga in Assam.

ii. State Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and Union Health Minister J P Nadda inaugurated the three-day summit.

Foundation Of India’s Largest Dry Dock Laid at Cochin Shipyard 

i. The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan laid the foundation for India’s largest Dry Dock at Cochin Shipyard in Kerala.  

ii. The Dry Dock will give an impetus to “Make in India” initiative under Sagarmala and raise India’s share in global shipbuilding to 2%. India currently occupies 0.66 % share in global shipbuilding market. 

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte In India On A Day Long Visit 

i. Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte arrived in New Delhi on a day-long official visit to India. During the visit, the Italian Prime Minister will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

ii. Both leaders will also attend the India-Italy Technology Summit which is being organised by the Department of Science and Technology in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). 

Useful Info-

  • Italy Capital: Rome
  • Currency: Euro. 

3-day India Mobile Congress Held In New Delhi 

i. India Mobile Congress is one of the biggest marquee Mobile, Internet, and Technology event for South-East Asia organized by COAI and DoT. IMC 2018 was held in Aerocity, New Delhi.
ii. The congress was held under the theme of NEW DIGITAL HORIZONS.


Complete List of Announcements/Agreements Signed Between India and Japan 

  1. Japan announced joining the International Solar Alliance (ISA) submitting the instrument of ratification.
    ii. As of now, there are 70 countries that have signed the ISA Framework Agreement (ISA FA) and 47 countries that have ratified it. Japan will be the 71st country to sign and 48th country to ratify the ISA FA.

Angela Merkel To Step Down As German Chancellor in 2021

i. Germany’s Angela Merkel has announced that she will step down as Chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks. She would not seek re-election as leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union( CDU).
ii. She has held the post since 2000. The CDU was severely weakened in yesterday’s poll in the state of Hesse, the latest in a series of setbacks. 

Useful Info-

  • Germany Capital: Berlin
  • Currency: Euro
  • Present Chancellor: Angela Merkel. 

World’s Largest Airport ‘Under One Roof’  Opened In Istanbul

i. The world’s largest airport terminal “under one roof” with a capacity to serve 90 million passengers has been officially opened on October 29 in Istanbul, which marks the Republic Day of Turkey. 

ii. Overall the first phase has cost 7.5 billion Euro.  The airport has been envisioned to have a total capacity of up to 200 million passengers, once all four phases are completed in the next 10 years.

IBM Acquired Red Hat For $34 Billion In Its Biggest Purchase 

i. America’s IBM has acquired software company Red Hat in a $34 billion cash and debt deal, marking its biggest ever acquisition till date. Founded 25 years ago, Red Hat was valued at about $20.5 billion at the end of trading.

ii. The open source, enterprise software maker will become a unit of IBM’s Hybrid Cloud division, with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst joining IBM’s senior management team and reporting to CEO Ginni Rometty.


SBI, Hitachi Payments form Joint Venture For Digital Payment Platform 

i. Country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) and payments solution provider Hitachi Payment Services India has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for establishing a card acceptance and digital payment platform.

ii. SBI will have a majority stake in the proposed joint venture. Hitachi Payment Services India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Group, Japan.

WhatsApp and CII Collaborate To Train SMEs, Entrepreneurs In India

i. WhatsApp has partnered with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to train small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs on using the messaging platform to connect with customers and growing their businesses.

ii. WhatsApp and CII will work to enhance business communication for Indian SMEs through CII’s SME Technology Facilitation Centre. 


Urdu Writer Qazi Abdussattar Passes Away 

  1. Padma Shri Professor Qazi Abdussattar, a noted Urdu writer and former head of Aligarh Muslim University’s Urdu department, passed away in Delhi following a protracted illness. He was 85. 

ii. Winner of several national and international awards, Abdussattar was awarded Padma Shri in 1974. He was also the first recipient of Ghalib Academy Award in 1978.

 

STATIC GK – COUNTRIES & CURRENCIES

Static GK - Countries & Currencies

1.

What is the currency of Kyrgyzstan ?

2.

What is the currency of Canada ?

3.

What is the currency of Kiribati ?

4.

What is the currency of Italy ?

5.

What is the currency of Lebanon ?

6.

What is the currency of Central African Republic ?

7.

What is the currency of Chile ?

8.

What is the currency of Paraguay ?

9.

What is the currency of Germany ?

10.

What is the currency of The Gambia ?


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STATIC GK – INDIAN HISTORY

Static GK - Indian History

1. Who was the founder of the Kanva dynasty?
2. Nagarjuna is known as the Einstein of India because:
3. Which one of the following sources states that Srinagar was built by Ashoka?
4. Who started the Saka Era and when?
5. Which one of the following pairs is incorrectly matched?
6. Which of the following is not matched correctly?
7. In which of the following sects was Bindusara interested?
8. Who is said to be responsible for the spread of Jainism in Karnataka?
9. The origin of Indian music can be traced to which of the following Vedic Samhitas?
10. The greatest Chola king in the dynasty of the Cholas of Thanjavur was?

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 28 OCTOBER 2018

PM Modi inaugurated Krishi Kumbha 2018 in Lucknow

On October 27, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three-day long Krishi Kumbh 2018 in Lucknow through video conferencing.

PM Modi inaugurated Krishi Kumbha 2018 in Lucknow

Objective:
To enable technology driven solution to farmers and double their income.
Key Points:
i. Krishi Kumbh is having:

  • Haryana and Jharkhand as partner states and
  • Japan and Israel as partner countries.

ii. Under this, the Government is providing 50 to 80 per cent discount on machineries to stop farmers from stubble burning.
iii. In addition to setting up of solar pumps in farms sectors across the country, Rice Research Centre will be set up in Varanasi.
iv. He also called upon agriculture scientists and experts to use this event to find technology-related solution so that farmers and environment both are benefited.
Uttar Pradesh:
♦ Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath.
♦ Governor: Ram Naik.
♦ National Parks: Dudhwa National Park, Philibit Tiger Reserve , Sandi Bird Sanctuary.
♦ Uttar Pradesh has 23 wildlife sanctuaries across 27 districts covering over 5,000 sq km.
♦ UNESCO Heritage Site: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.

10th Edition of BIOFACH INDIA inaugurated by Union Minister Suresh Prabhu  

On October 27, 2018, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the 3-day 10th Edition of BIOFACH INDIA, the largest show on the “Organic Sector” in India, at Pragati Maidan.

10th Edition of BIOFACH INDIA inaugurated by Union Minister Suresh Prabhu 

i. It was organized by Nuernberg Messe India and APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and supported by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce.
ii. The theme of the BIOFACH INDIA conference being “Enhancing export of organic products trade from India – strategies and synergies”. 
iii. An organic Theme Pavilion was set up by APEDA having direct display of items and direct business opportunity to Indian organic food product producers was provided.
iv.  150 exhibitors, 150 conference delegates and more than 60 international buyers from 15 countries participated in the exhibition cum international conference and buyer-seller meet.
v. Indian organic products including tea, spices, honey, basmati rice, coffee, cereals, dry fruits, vegetables, processed foods and medicinal plants were showcased and discussed about.
About BIOFACH:
BIOFACH INDIA is also part of the BIOFACH WORLD forum, which includes events in Germany, USA, China, Japan, Thailand, Brazil organized by Nuernberg Messe Germany. The event has been successful in highlighting INDIA’s presence on the world map in the topic of “Organic Farming”.
India ranks first in terms of total number of organic producers and 9th in terms of world’s organic agricultural land.
Ministry of Commerce:
♦ Union Minister: Shri. Suresh Prabhu.
♦ Minister of State:  Shri. C R Chaudhary.

2018 edition of India-EU dialogue on cooperation in the field of Digital Communications held in New Delhi

On October 27, 2018, India and European Union (EU) decided to cooperate on Digital communications, Digital economy and society.
i. This decision was taken by:
The Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) Government of India, Mr Manoj Sinha and
the H.E. Mr Andrus Ansip, European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission in their meeting in New Delhi.
ii. Under this, technical cooperation will take place between:
The Indian and European Telecom Standardization Development Organizations – TSDSI (India) and
ETSI (European Union).
iii. This was a part of annual India-EU co-operation dialogue on Digital Communications  set up in 2011. The next India-EU dialogue on cooperation in the field of Digital Communications will be held in the first half of 2019.

TAG index: Kerala & Mumbai the best State & city for teenage girls in India

On October 27, 2018, according to survey findings of The Teen Age Girls (TAG) Report, conducted by Project Nanhi KaliKerala topped the TAG index, which compares the performance of each State based on the status of their teenage girls.
i. This is the nation’s first report on what it means to be a teenage girl in India.
ii. This report was Compiled and published by the Naandi Foundation, with grant support from Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
About the survey:
i. It was conducted by an all-women team of 1000 surveyors, covering over 74,000 girls across the country and traversed 30 States and 600 districts.
ii. The parameters for the measurement of the TAG index were:

  • Current enrolment in educational institutions,
  • Child marriage,
  • Open defecation,
  • Hygienic menstrual practices,
  • Level of haemoglobin and body mass index,
  • Age appropriate schooling,
  • Ownership of phones and access to the internet,
  • Ease of going to a police station and filing an FIR, and
  • The ease of living and travelling alone.

Findings of the Survey:
i. According to the report, there are 80 million teenage girls in the country at present.
ii. The positive results show:

  • 81 per cent of teenage girls are currently studying,
  • 96 per cent of them are unmarried,
  • 70 per cent of the girls wish to pursue higher studies,
  • 74 per cent wish to work after their studies, and that
  • 73 per cent wish to marry only after 21 years of age.

iii. The Negetive results show:

  • One in every two teenage girls is anaemic,
  • One in every two has a low BMI,
  • 46 per cent use unhygienic materials during menstruation and
  • 40 per cent of them still have to defecate in the open.

State Standings:
i. Kerala topped the charts followed by Mizoram, Sikkim, Manipur and Himachal Pradesh.
ii. While the top three cities were found to be Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.
About Naandi Foundation:
♦ CEO: Manoj Kumar.
♦ Headquarters: Hyderabad, Telangana.

Un human rights prize 2018 announced

On October 27, 2018, the United Nations announced the winners of the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights 2018.

Un human rights prize 2018

i. It was announced by Maria Espinosa, UN General Assembly President.
ii. The awardees would be conferred in this year’s award ceremony which will be held in UN Headquarters in New York, USA on Human Rights day on December 10, 2018.
iii. The awardees are as follows:

Name of the awardee Country Reason for consideration
Asma Jahangir Pakistan advocating for issues such as women’s rights and discrimination against minorities.
Rebeca Gyumi Tanzania Fighting for girls’ right to education.
Joenia Wapichana Brazil
Front Line Defenders (Charity) Ireland Supports to human rights defenders whose lives and health are at risk through advocacy, grants, security and training

About the Awardees:
i.  Asma Jahangir was the first woman to serve as the president of the Supreme Court Bar association of Pakistan.
ii. She is the 4th Pakistani woman to receive this prestigious award.
iii. Gyumi is the founder of Msichana Initiative in Tanzania, a local NGO that caters to girl’s right in education.
iv.  She also won the UNICEF Global Goals award in 2016 and was named the Woman of the Year by New African Women Magazine.
v. Wapichana became the 1st indigenous woman to be elected to the Congress in Brazil.
vi.  Front Line Defenders is a Ireland-based charity that was founded in Ireland’s Dublin in 2001.
UN:
♦ Headquarters: New York.
♦ Founded: 24, October 1945.

Sakharov prize awarded to jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov

On October 27, 2018, the European Parliament awarded the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize to jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

Sakharov prize awarded to jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov

i. He was awarded the 50,000 euro (USD 58,000) prize for an “exceptional contribution” to human rights around the world.
About The Sakharov Prize:
♦ Set up in 1988.
♦ Named after: Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov.
♦ Purpose: Awarded every year to individuals or organizations that “have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy.
♦ Last Year winner in 2017: The democratic opposition in Venezuela.

Tamil Nadu creates record by opening over 16 lakh postal savings accounts under Sukanya Samridhi Yojana

Tamil Nadu has created a national record by opening over 16 lakh postal savings accounts under the Sukanya Samridhi Yojana.
Key Points:
i. Tamil Nadu’s Chief Postmaster General (CPMG) M Sampath made this announcement in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, on 26th October 2018.
ii.  The Chief Postmaster General (CPMG) also inspected the Vaalavanthankottai rural branch post office in Trichy to assess the progress of the Digital Advancement of Rural Post Offices in New India – Darpan scheme.
iii.  He stated that over 1500 post offices, out of the total 6717 post offices in Tamil Nadu have already migrated to the Darpan system.
About DARPAN (Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India) scheme:
♦ Launched – December 2017
♦ Aim – to improve the quality of service, add value to services and achieve financial inclusion of un-banked rural population

BEML received Top Challengers Award 2018 & Best Mining Equipment Seller Award

Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) won ‘Top Challengers Award 2018’ for excellent performance during financial year 2017-18 and Best Seller in Crawler Equipment- Dozers and Rigid Dump Truck segment for mining sectors.
Key Points:
i. Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) is a Mini Ratna Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Defence.
ii. CMD of BEML Deepak Kumar Hota received the award from Construction Economist Mr. Graham D Robinson, at an event held in Delhi.
iii. The award is instituted by ASAAP Information Global Group. It is awarded based on the performance evaluation that grew top line and bottom line, stayed profitable and managed to keep financial health within defined limits.
About Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML):
♦ CMD – Deepak Kumar Hota
♦ Corporate Office – Bengaluru

IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra appointed as Enforcement Directorate (ED) chief

On 27th October 2018, Government appointed Sanjay Kumar Mishra as chief of Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Key Points:
i. Sanjay Kumar Mishra is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the Income Tax cadre of 1984 batch.
ii. He has been appointed as principal special director in the Enforcement Directorate and has been given additional charge of the post of Director for a period of 3 months or till the appointment of a regular incumbent.
iii. He replaces Karnal Singh whose term as ED director ended on 26th October 2018. He is an Indian Police Service Officer (IPS) of 1984 batch of Union Territories cadre.
About Enforcement Directorate (ED):
♦ Type – a specialized financial investigation agency under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance
♦ Enforces – Foreign Exchange Management Act,1999 (FEMA) & Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA)

Portal to promote Odia language, literature inaugurated: Odisha

On October 27, 2018, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a new web portal of ‘Odia Virtual Academy’ to promote the Odia language and literature.
i. This is a result of 3 MOUs signed by the State Government with the University of Chicago library, CDAC and Centre for Internet and Society, Bengaluru for digitization and development of Odia software.
ii.  This will be helpful in the promotion of Odia language at the international level, especially for the Non Resident Odias (NROs).
iii.So far, as many as 170 books of Odia literature have been placed in the Academy website.
iv. Upcoming projects of the Academy are:

  • To digitize 2000 rare and copyright free Odia books,
  • Establish free digital library and digitize various Odia dictionaries,
  • Promote Odia unicode font faces,
  • Digitise and preserve Odia lexicon, ancient magazines and journals, traditional music, ancient documents etc.

Odisha:
♦ Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik.
♦ Governor: Prof. Ganeshi Lal.
♦ Lakes : Chilika Lake, Kanjia Lake, Anshupa Lake, Balimela Reservoir.
♦ Dams: Rengali Dam, Kala dam, Pitamahal Dam, Kansbahal Dam, Tikhali Dam, Deras Dam, Salia Dam, Ghodahada Dam, Kuanria Dam.
♦ Festivals: Kalinga Mahotsav, Chandan Yatra, Durga Puja, Konark Dance Festival, Rath Yatra, Deepabali, Kumar Purnima.

Wheelchair shuttler Sanjeev Kumar wins two gold medals at Denmark Open

Wheelchair shuttler Sanjeev Kumar has won two gold medals and a bronze medal at the Denmark Open held in Odense, Denmark recently.

Sanjeev Kumar wins two gold medals at Denmark Open

Key Points:
i. Sanjeev Kumar is an international para shuttler from Punjab. He won a gold medal in the men’s singles event, a gold medal in the men’s doubles event, and a bronze medal in the mixed doubles event.
ii. He defeated Luca Olgiati 21-18, 21-11 in the men’s singles WH1-WH2 category. In the men’s doubles, along with Marcelo Alves of Brazil he defeated Israeli pair Amir Levi and Mosha 21-16, 19-21, 21-16.

International Animation Day – October 28

On 28th October 2018, International Animation Day was celebrated all over the world.

International Animation Day – October 28

Key Points:
i. When: In 2002, ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation or International Animated Film Association) declared 28 October as International Animation Day.
ii. This day commemorates the first public performance of Charles-Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, on 28th October 1892, considered as the birth of animation.
iii. Why: This day highlights and celebrates the art of animation. Every year, ASIFA invites an important animator to create the poster for International Animation Day.
iv. The 2018 International Animation Day poster was created by René Castillo of ASIFA Mexico and his studio of animators.
About ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation or International Animated Film Association):
♦ Established – 1960
♦ President – Ed Desroches

 

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 27 OCTOBER 2018

Maneka Gandhi Inaugurates 5th Edition of ‘Women of India National Organic Festival’

i. The 5th edition of the ‘Women of India National Organic Festival’ was inaugurated by Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. 

ii. The Festival celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs/producers and farmers in the organic field from across India. The festival will be the cultural hub of India’s most varied offerings of organic products from 26 States.

22nd National Level Meeting Held Between India And Myanmar

i. The 22nd National Level Meeting between India and Myanmar was held in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI.

ii. During the meeting, both sides agreed to take action against insurgent groups operating within their territories and providing of security cooperation along with international border and facilitating movement of people and trade across the international border.

2nd Guwahati International Film Festival Begins With Focus On ASEAN 

i. The second edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF 2018) began in Assam. The week-long festival will witness the screening of more than 100 films from 50 countries.

ii. The theme of GIFF 2018 is: ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. The focus region of GIFF 2018 is the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region. The opening film of GIFF 2018, was ‘Bhoga Khiriki’ (Broken Window) by filmmaker Jahnu Barua.

1st Indigenously Overhauled Su-30MKI Handed Over to IAF 

i. The 11 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force in Maharashtra’s Nashik district handed over its first indigenously overhauled Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet to the IAF at a ceremony held at the Air Force Station Ojhar.

ii. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a twin-jet multi-role air superiority aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). 

Useful Info-

  • Air Marshal BS Dhanoa is the present Chief of Air Staff of Indian Air Force. 

PM Modi Embarked on 3-day Visit to Japan To attend Annual Bilateral Summit 

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a three-day visit to Japan. During his stay, Mr Modi will attend the 13th India-Japan Annual summit with his counterpart Mr Shinzo Abe. This will be the fifth Annual Summit meeting between Mr Modi and Mr Abe and their 12th meeting overall. 

ii. Under the framework of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan, the two leaders will have wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Useful Info-

  • Japan Capital: Tokyo
  • Currency: Japanese yen
  • PM: Shinzo Abe.

 20th Edition Of WETEX 2018 Held In Dubai 

i. The 20th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2018 was held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
ii. WETEX is organized by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) every year. WETEX 2018 is the largest edition in the 20 year-history of WETEX.

Useful Info-

  • The UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham.

 Mahinda Rajapaksa Sworn In As Sri Lanka’s New PM 

i. Former President Mahinda Rajapakse was sworn in as the new Prime minister of Sri Lanka. He has replaced Ranil Wickremesinghe. Mr. Rajapaksa was administered oath by the President Maithripala Sirisena at his office in Colombo.
ii. However, the United National Party (UNP) led by Mr. Wickremesinghe has opposed the development terming it as unconstitutional and illegal.

Useful Info-

  • Sri Lanka Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • President: Maithripala Sirisena. 

Pak Lawyer Asma Jahangir Wins UN Human Rights Prize Posthumously

i. Pakistan’s human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir has been posthumously awarded the UN Prize along with three other winners. Rebeca Gyumi of Tanzania, Brazil’s first indigenous lawyer Joenia Wapichana and Ireland’s human rights organisation Front Line Defenders are the other winners of the prize.

ii. The award ceremony will take place on December 10 on World Human Rights Day in New York, USA.

Useful Info-

  • Before Jahangir three Pakistani women, Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, Benazir Bhutto and Malala Yousufzai have been accorded the honour.
  • The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights is an honorary award given for outstanding achievement in human rights.

BEML Received Top Challengers’ and Best Mining Equipment Seller Award

i. Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), a Mini Ratna Public Sector Undertaking, under the Ministry of Defence, received the prestigious ‘Top Challengers Award 2018’ for the excellent performance during the financial year 2017-18 and Best Seller in Crawler Equipment- Dozers and Rigid Dump Truck segment for mining sectors.
ii. At a function held at Delhi, CMD BEML Shri Deepak Kumar Hota has received the award from Construction Economist Mr. Graham D Robinson. 

Roopam Sharma Wins World Health Summit Startup Award in Berlin 

i. Roopam Sharma, a 23-year old Indian scientist, won the World Health Summit Startup award, 2018 for his invention, Manovue – the world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for the visually impaired.

ii. Sharma was awarded at an annual event of the health summit in Berlin recently. He is the youngest person to be recognized as one of the top innovators under 35 by the MIT Tech Review in 2016.

Prof. M S Swaminathan Received 1st World Agriculture Prize

i. Prof. MS Swaminathan, chief architect of India’s Green Revolution was awarded the World Agriculture Prize for 2018. The global Jury of the 1st World Agriculture Prize had made the announcement.

ii. The Award was presented by Vice President Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi at a special session, named “Swaminathan Global Dialogue on Climate Change and Food Security” organised by Indian Council of food and Agriculture (ICFA). 

Useful Info-

  • Professor Swaminathan has been acclaimed by the TIME magazine as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century and one of the only three from India, the other two being Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore.

India Doubles Its Presence In QS Asia Ranking 2019

i. According to a report named QS Asia University Rankings 2019 by Quacquarelli Symonds, India doubled their presence in the ranking. India has the third largest number of universities and institutes (75), after mainland China (112) and Japan (89).

ii. The National University of Singapore has been assessed as Asia’s best university. IIT-Bombay remains the highest ranked institution. It moved one place to the 33rd position.

Useful Info-

  • QS Quacquarelli Symonds: Headquarters: London, UK.

IFFCO Biggest Cooperative In the World: Report

i. Fertiliser major IFFCO announced that it has been ranked as the biggest cooperative in the world by ‘Word Cooperative Monitor’ report 2018.

ii. The report was based on the ratio of turnover over gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. IFFCO has nearly 36,000 member co-operatives and a turnover of nearly USD 3 billion (FY 2017-18). It has retained this position from 2016.

Useful Info-

  • IFFCO Stands for Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative. 
  • IFFCO Headquarters: New Delhi, Chairman: Mr. B. S. Nakai.
  • The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse) publish the world cooperative monitor report.

World Day For Audiovisual Heritage: 27 October

i. World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is celebrated all over the world on 27th of October.
ii. The theme for World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2018 is “Your Story is Moving”. 

Sourav Kothari Clinches World Billiards Championship 

i. India’s Sourav Kothari defeated Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 1134-944 to clinch the 2018 WBL World Billiards Championship title.

ii. The former national and Asian Billiards champion had missed out on winning the coveted World Billiards crown on two occasions in the last two years, including a loss to Gilchrist in 2016 final in Bengaluru.

 

STATIC GK – DAMS IN INDIA

Static GK - Dams in India

1. Rihand Dam has been constructed on Rihand river in which Indian state?
2. Supa Dam on Kali Nadi river is located in_________.
3. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Andhra Pradesh is built on which river?
4. Indira Sagar Dam of Madhya Pradesh has been constructed on which river?
5. Srisailam dam on Krishna river is located in which state?
6. Tehri Dam of Uttarakhand is built on which river?
7. Ukai Dam located in Gujarat has been constructed on which river?
8. Ramganga Dam biased on Ramganga river is situated in which state?
9. Pong Dam of Himachal Pradesh has been constructed on which river?
10. In which stated the Sardar Sarovar Dam has been constructed on Narmada river?

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Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates 10th Nuclear Energy Conclave in New Delhi

On 25th October 2018, the 10th Nuclear Energy Conclave was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi.

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Key Points:
i. Theme of the conclave was: “Nuclear Power: Towards A Clean And Base Load Energy”.
ii. It was organized by Indian Energy Forum (IEF). A roundtable on “Growth of Nuclear Power: Fleet Mode Implementation” and 2 sessions titled ‘Nuclear Energy Applications in Medical and Agriculture’ and ‘Long term perspective of Nuclear Power’ were  conducted.
iii. Industry leaders and scholars from nuclear energy and medicine field, from India and other countries, participated.
iv. Dr Jitendra Singh announced that, “Hall of Nuclear Power”, India’s first permanent exhibition on nuclear power, has been built in New Delhi.
v. Chairman, AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Dr K N Vyas, announced that, Kaiga Atomic Power Station has set a new world record among Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) with one of its units operating uninterrupted for 895 days.

$777 million deal signed between India and Israel for Israeli missile defence systems

On October 24, 2018, India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a pact with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) worth USD 777 million.

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i. Under this contract, the IAI will supply Barak 8 Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) Air and Missile Defence (AMD) systems for 7 ships of the Indian Navy.
ii. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) will be the main manufacturer for the project.
iii. With this deal, sales of the Barak 8 over the past few years would total over $6 billion.
About Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI):
♦ Headquarters: Israel.
♦ CEO and president: Nimrod Sheffer
♦ It is Israel’s largest aerospace and defence company.
BEL:
♦ Headquarters: Bengaluru.

Punjab & Israel signed 4 MoUs for agri research, water conservation and management

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On October 24, 2018, the Punjab government signed 4 MoUs with Israeli institutions to address issues of farmers and depleting groundwater level in the state.
i. This was done by the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on his five-day visit to Israel.
ii. The MoUs will help boost cooperation between Punjab and Israel in areas such as water conservation as well as agricultural research and education.
iii. Among these, MOU is for water conservation and 3 MOUs have been signed for educational purposes. They are as follows:

  • For water conservation and managementPunjab Water Resources Managementand Israel’s Mekorot Development and Enterprise Ltd. This would help formulate a Water Conservation and Management Plan for the State of Punjab.
  • For agricultural research and student exchange and seminarsPunjab Agricultural University (PAU)with Israel’s ARAVA Institute, Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Galilee International Management Institute.
  • For training of 200 scientists and extension workers: The Galilee International Management Institute signed MOU with PAU.
  • For Cooperation in Scholarship program with a validity of 5 years between TAU, PAU and Galilee International Management Institute.

Punjab banned use of glyphosate herbicide

On October 24, 2018, the Punjab government banned the sale of “cancer causing” weedicide glyphosate.

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i. According to Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, the systemic herbicide is a group 2A cancer causing material and has the potential to damage the human DNA.
ii. Punjab was the fourth State after Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra to regulate the sale of herbicide.
iii. Earlier, the Punjab State Farmers Commission had also recommended the ban on sale of this chemical in the state.
iv. Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee has recommended the herbicide only for use in tea gardens and non-cropped areas.

METRO INOX is India’s First Rooftop Solar Powered Cinema and South Mumbai’s Largest Multiplex

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Mumbai’s METRO INOX is now South Mumbai’s largest cinema and India’s First Rooftop Solar Powered Cinema.
i. It has launched two INSIGNIA screens which are 100% solar powered. It has become the first multiplex in India to join the solar revolution.
ii. The INSIGNIA screens also contribute to protecting the environment by reducing 282 tons of CO2 during its operational life.
iii. It is one of nine PSUs under the Union Ministry of Defence of India.

‘Pashu Sanjeevni Sewa’livestock veterinary scheme introduced by Haryana governmen

On October 25, 2018, the Haryana Government introduce the ‘Pashu Sanjeevni Sewa’ scheme to provide free of cost health care services to livestock in the state through mobile veterinary clinics.

'Pashu Sanjeevni Sewa': livestock veterinary scheme introduced by Haryana government

i. The decision was taken during a meeting of the animal husbandry and dairy department, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
ii. The service will be first started in all the blocks of Jind, Yamunanagar and Nuh districts for pilot run.
iii.Livestock farmers would be able to avail the service of Mobile Veterinary Clinics 24×7 after giving a call on toll free No.1962.
iv. One mobile vehicle would be pressed into service in each block of these 3 districts.
v. Each mobile vehicle would have a three-member team comprising a veterinary doctor, one para vet and one helper-cum-driver.

ICGS Varuna’: Reliance Naval launched training ship for Indian Coast Guard

On October 24, 2018, Anil Ambani-led shipbuilder Reliance Naval and Engineering (RNEL) launched a 3,000-tonne training ship for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) named ‘ICGS Varuna’.

ICGS Varuna Reliance Naval launched training ship for Indian Coast Guard

i. The ship is a 105-metre long training vessel and is the largest ship ever built for the ICG and has a capacity to accommodate 242 personnel.
ii. It was built at a cost of Rs 220 crore and was launched at the shipyard of RNEL at the Pipavav Port in Amreli district of Gujarat.
iii. It is powered by twin diesel engines and can reach speeds of 20 knots.
iv. The ship would be delivered to the ICG in May 2019.
Other News:
i. Presently, RNEL is constructing 20 ships of three different categories for the defence services of the country.
ii. These projects include 5 naval offshore patrol vessels and 14 fast patrol vessels, apart from the training ship launched. Of this, six vessels are expected to be delivered in 2019.
RNEL:
♦ Headquarters: Gujarat.
♦ Chairman: Anil Ambani.
♦ CEO: Debashis Bir.
Indian Coast Guard:
♦ Director general of the Indian Coast Guard: Rajendra Singh.

Shri J P Nadda addresses 2nd International Conference on Primary Health Care towards UHC & SDGs at Astana, Kazakhstan

On 25th and 26th October 2018, the 2nd International Conference on Primary Health Care (PHC) towards UHC & SDGs, is held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

2nd International Conference on Primary Health Care towards UHC & SDGs at Astana, KazakhstanKey Points:
i. The conference is cohosted by the Government of Kazakhstan, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund).
ii. The conference aims to renew the commitment to primary health care to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.
iii. J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare addressed the Second Plenary Session of the conference, on the theme “The Future of Primary Health Care”.
About World Health Organization (WHO):
♦ Director-General – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
♦ Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland

India has most outward migrants in 2017: ADB report

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On October 25, 2018, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s report  titled Asian Economic Integration Report 2018, most of the international migrants in 2017 were from India.
Highlights:
i. The number of international migrants were topped by India, followed by China and Bangladesh.
ii. One third of international migrants were from Asia in 2017.
iii. India had the most outward migrants in 2017 (17 million), followed by China (10 million) and Bangladesh (7.5 million).
iv. The global stock of international migrants from Asia rose 3.9 per cent from 83.6 million in 2015 to 86.9 million in 2017.
v. Intraregional migrants to India largely come from neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh (3.1 million), Pakistan (1.1 million) and Nepal (0.5 million).
vi. Global FDI into the region (measured by gross inward FDI) remains stable at USD 517.5 billion in 2017 from USD 519.9 billion in 2016.
vii. Greenfield or new investments generated some 667,000 jobs in 2017—mainly in India, the PRC, Viet Nam, the Philippines, and Singapore.
viii. These were from sectors of real estate, software and information technology (IT) services, and electronic components, among others.
ix. Asia’s outward foreign direct investment(FDI) moderated by 1.4 per cent in 2017—to USD 487.9 billion from USD 494.9 billion in 2016.
Background:
International migrant stock consists of persons crossing borders for various reasons—for employment, family reunification, study, and fleeing from conflicts and violence.
ADB:
♦ Headquarters: Manila, Philippines.
♦ President: Takehiko Nakao.
♦ Established in 1966.
♦ Members: 67 (48 regional members).

India & Indonesia sign pact to boost maritime cooperation

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On October 25, 2018, India and Indonesia decided to boost maritime cooperation by being part of the maritime patrol in the Malacca Straits.
i. This was decided on the wide-ranging talks held between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Indonesian counterpart Gen (Retd) Ryamizard Rycudu  on the Indian minister’s 2-day visit to Indonesia.
ii. Apart from this, deepening of defence and security relations were also discussed.
iii. Earlier in May 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Indonesia and signed a MOU on defence cooperation and elevated the ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

India to become world’s 3rd largest aviation market around 2024: IATA

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On 24th October 2018, International Air Transport Association (IATA) stated that, India will become the world’s 3rd largest aviation market around 2024 surpassing the United Kingdom.
Key Points:
i. India is at present, the world’s 7th largest aviation market. By 2037, out of 572 million new passengers in the world, India will account for 414 million passengers.
ii. The latest update to IATA’s 20-year Air Passenger Forecast has been released. It is projected that, passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion in 2037.
iii. The Asia-Pacific region is projected to drive the biggest growth with more than half the total number of new passengers in the next 20 years coming from these markets.
iv. China would displace the United States as the world’s largest aviation market in the mid-2020s.
v. Indonesia would be a standout performer, jumping from the world’s 10th largest aviation market in 2017 to the 4th largest by 2030.
About International Air Transport Association (IATA):
♦ Director General and CEO – Alexandre de Juniac
♦ Headquarters – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

NSE got SEBI nod to launch copper large futures contract

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On October 23, 2018, National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) got regulatory approval from SEBI to launch copper large futures contract.
i. The copper large futures contract will have a trading unit of 25 tonne at par with international commodity markets.
ii. It is one of the highest traded contracts and is considered as the global benchmark.
iii. With this, NSE aims to provide an onshore hedging platform to large Indian corporates, refiners and various users in the value chain.
NSE:
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai.
♦ Chairman: Mr. Ashok Chawla.
♦ MD& CEO: Mr. Vikram Limaye.

MAHE’s Department of European Studies bags prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of excellence award

On October 25, 2018, the European Union announced the selection of Department of European Studies (DES) of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) for the prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (CoE) Award.

MAHE's Department of European Studies bags prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of excellence award

i. It became the only Centre of Excellence in European Studies in the country.
ii. The recognition comes along with a grant of close to one lakh euros for various activities planned for the next three years.
iii. Earlier, MAHE had been titled as an Institute of Eminence by the Government of India.
Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE):
♦ Headquarters: Manipal, Karnataka.
♦ Vice Chancellor: Dr H Vinod Bhat.

Tezpur University professor bagged INSA Teachers Award

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On October 23, 2018, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) selected Tezpur University professor Ashis Mukherjee for the prestigious “Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Teachers Award (2018)” .
i. He was selected for his consistent and high-level of teaching, and inspiration and mentoring students to take up careers in Science and Technology.
ii. He will be conferred the award at the Anniversary General Meeting of the Academy in December 2018. 
iii. He has also received Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Biotechnology from Calcutta University and the Visitor’s (President of India is the visitor of all central universities of India) Award for Research in Basic and Applied Sciences-2018 from the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi,
iv. Prof Mukherjee is currently the Dean of Research and Development, the Head and Coordinator of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Nodal Cell for Medical Colleges and Biomedical Research Institutes of northeastern India.
About the Award:
i. The award founded by INSA, New Delhi is one of the highest recognition for science and technology teachers in the country.
ii. It was constituted in 2012.
iii. Awardee will receive citation and a cash award of Rs. 50,000 and one time book grant of Rs20,000.
Indian National Science Academy (INSA):
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.
♦ President: Ajay Kumar Sood.

Satish Kumar Gupta appointed as new MD & CEO of Paytm Payments Bank

On 25th October 2018, Satish Kumar Gupta was appointed managing director and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank.

Satish Kumar Gupta appointed as new MD & CEO of Paytm Payments Bank

Key Points:
i. Satish Kumar Gupta replaces Renu Satti, who resigned in July 2018, to head Paytm’s new retail business.
ii. Satish Kumar Gupta was former deputy general manager at State Bank of India (SBI).
iii. He also served as chief project officer at National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
About Paytm Payments Bank:
♦ Started – May 2017
♦ Corporate Address – Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Justice Govind Mathur appointed as acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court

On 23rd October 2018, Justice Govind Mathur was appointed as the acting chief justice of the Allahabad High Court.

Justice Govind Mathur appointed as acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court

Key Points:
i. Justice Govind Mathur replaces Chief Justice D B Bhosale, who retired recently.
ii. Initially, Justice Govind Mathur practiced in the Rajasthan High Court. Later he became a judge. In November 2017, he was transferred to the Allahabad High Court.
iii. He has also worked as the standing counsel for the University of Rajasthan, Indian Oil Corporation and Water and Power Consultancy Services, New Delhi.

Railways’ UTS app to book unreserved tickets online to go live from 1 November

Indian Railways’ UTS (Unreserved Ticketing System) mobile app for buying unreserved tickets online will be available throughout India, from 1 November 2018.
Key Points:
i. This scheme was introduced 4 years ago. It received wide response only in Mumbai. Then, it was launched in Delhi-Palwal and Chennai city.
ii. Railways has already implemented the scheme in 15 of its zones. North East Frontier Railway and West Central Railway are the 2 zones, where it is yet to be implemented.
iii. This app is also available for buying tickets for travelling long distance, platform tickets and monthly passes.
iv. A  passenger needs to be around 25-30 metres away from the station to use the UTS app. A user can book only 4 tickets at a time through the app.
v. In the last 4 years, the app gained nearly 45 lakh registered users and around 87,000 tickets were bought per day.

NASA names gamma-ray constellations after Godzilla, Hulk

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NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has used the names of modern mythical characters “Hulk” and“Godzilla”, to name its new set of 21 gamma-ray constellations to celebrate its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope’s 10th year of operations.
Key Points:
i.  Fermi has mapped nearly 3,000 gamma-ray sources which is 10 times the number known before its launch.
ii. The 21 gamma-ray constellations also include famous landmarks like Sweden’s recovered warship, Vasa, the Washington Monument and Mount Fuji in Japan. Also other names like the Starship Enterprise, the TARDIS, and Albert Einstein.
iii. Since 2008, Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT) has been scanning the sky every day. It maps and measures sources of gamma rays, the highest-energy light in the universe.
About NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):
♦ Administrator – Jim Bridenstine
♦ Headquarters – Washington, D.C., US

MIT scientists develop cell-sized robots named “Syncells” to help detect diseases

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United States’ MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) scientists, have developed a method to mass produce robots the size of a cell named “Syncells” (synthetic cells), that could be used to monitor the interior of an oil or gas pipeline, or to detect disease in the bloodstream.
i. Syncells can be produced in large quantities by controlling the natural fracturing process of atomically-thin, brittle materials.
ii. A process called “autoperforation” directs the fracture lines to produce miniscule pockets of a predictable size and shape.
iii. Inside these pockets electronic circuits and materials are embedded to collect data.
iv. The outer structure of syncells if formed by a two-dimensional form of carbon called grapheme.

World’s Oldest Known Shipwreck Found Intact At Bottom Of Black Sea

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On 23rd October 2018, researchers announced that, an ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea.
i.  This ship is the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind. The ship is lying on its side with its mast and rudders intact. It has been dated back to 400 BC.
ii. The vessel was found at a depth of more than 2,000 metres (6,500 feet). The vessel is one of more than 60 shipwrecks identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project.

Virat Kohli becomes the fastest cricketer to score 10,000 ODI runs

On 24th October 2018, Virat Kohli became the fastest cricketer to score 10,000 one-day international (ODI) runs in 205 innings.

Virat Kohli becomes the fastest cricketer to score 10,000 ODI runs

i. He surpassed the record of Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved this mark in 259 innings.
ii. He reached this feat during the 2nd ODI against West Indies in Visakhapatnam. Sachin Tendulkar was the first in history to reach 10,000 runs in ODIs in 2001.

 

STATIC GK – SPORTS (SESSION – 03)

Static GK - Sports (Session - 03)

1.

Who among the following was first black Formula One World Champion in history?

2. Which among the following players of India was famous as “Pocket Dynamo”?
3. Who among the following cricketers was the first to score a century for the Indian Test cricket team in his Debut Test match ?
4. Three R’s of Football are famous in which country ?
5. Which of the following games were previously called ‘British Empire Games’ ?
6. Benson Hedges Cup is related to which of the following sports?
7. Pen Holder grip is used in which of the following sports ?
8.

Which of the following sports was invented by James Naismith?

9. Which of the following stadiums in India was the first to Host a Test match in Independent India?
10. In which of the following sports Decision Referral System is used?

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Current Affairs Quiz October 25, 2018

Important Headlines

  • Global Agriculture Leadership Summit 2018 Held in New Delhi
  • Government Constitutes GoM To Look Into Sexual Harassment At Workplace
  • No Sale of BS-IV Vehicles Across Country From April 1, 2020: SC
  • India Signs $5 bn-worth Of Pacts To Give Impetus To Iron And Steel Industry
  • UNESCO MGIEP and Government of AP to Organize TECH 2018

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Current Affairs Quiz 25 October 2018

1. Who launched 'Main Nahin Hum' portal for IT professionals?
2.

Who will head the four-member Group of Ministers (GoM) that was constituted recently to strengthen the institutional frameworks dealing with sexual harassment at workplace?

3.

The world’s oldest intact shipwreck has been found at the bottom of which sea?

4. Which among the following cricketers has become the fastest batsman to reach 10000 ODI runs?
5. Who won the 2018 Cameroonian presidential election?
6. Who was appointed as the Director of CBI after removal of Alok Verma?
7.

When the United Nations Day is celebrated every year?

8.

What is the name of India’s first made-in-India engineless train?

9.

Which country opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge?

10.

Satish Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the new CEO and MD of which payments bank?


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Global Agriculture Leadership Summit 2018 Held in New Delhi

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i. The Global Agriculture Leadership Summit 2018 opened in New Delhi. The theme of the 2-day summit is, ‘Connecting Farmers to Market’.

ii. The summit was inaugurated by the Secretary Agriculture and Co-operation, Sanjay Agrawal. In the meeting, several issues to double farmers’ income by 2022 were discussed.

Useful Info-

  • Radha Mohan Singh is the present Agriculture Minister of India.

Government Constitutes GoM To Look Into Sexual Harassment At Workplace

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i. The Union Government constituted a four-member Group of Ministers (GoM) to examine and strengthen the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with matters of sexual harassment of women at the workplace. The Group of Ministers will be headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

ii. The other members of the group will include Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.

No Sale of BS-IV Vehicles Across Country From April 1, 2020: SC

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i. The Supreme Court ruled that no Bharat Stage-IV vehicle shall be sold across the country with effect from April 1, 2020. The Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission norm would come into force from April 1, 2020 across the country.
ii. The ruling was made by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur. The bench clarified that only BS-VI compliant vehicle will be sold in India from April 1, 2020.

Useful Info- 

  • Bharat Stage emission standards were introduced in 2000 in line with recommendations made by RA Mashelkar Committee.
  • The Bharat stage emission standards were instituted by the Government to regulate the output of air pollutants from motor vehicles. The BS-IV norms were in force across the country since April 2017.
  • Ranjan Gogoi is the present Chief Justice of India.

India Signs $5 bn-worth Of Pacts To Give Impetus To Iron And Steel Industry

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i. Thirty-eight pacts worth $5 billion were signed among 20 technology providers, capital goods manufacturers and steel producers, which will give impetus to the manufacturing of capital goods for the iron and steel industry. Of the 20 companies who exchanged the MoUs, about 12 are foreign players.

ii. The MoUs were signed at a conclave on Capital Goods for Steel Sector, manufacture in India, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) jointly with Mecon and Steel Ministry.

UNESCO MGIEP and Government of AP to Organize TECH 2018

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i. UNESCO MGIEP(Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education) in association with Government of Andhra Pradesh announces TECH 2018, an international conference which aims to showcase the role of games and digital learning in enabling a shift from “transmissive pedagogies” to “transformative pedagogies” to create peaceful and sustainable societies.

ii. The three-day event will be held from 15-17 November 2018 at Novotel, Vizag City, Andhra Pradesh, India. UNESCO MGIEP is the first UNESCO the first category 1 institute in the Asia-Pacific region focused on mainstreaming socio-emotional learning in education systems.

Useful Info-

  • CM of Andhra Pradesh: Nara Chandrababu Naidu
  • Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan.

HRD Minister Launches Web Portal of SPARC in New Delhi 

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i. The Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar launched the web portal (www.sparc.iitkgp.ac.in.) of the Scheme “Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)” in New Delhi.

ii. SPARC scheme aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world.

Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates 10th Nuclear Energy Conclave in New Delhi

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i. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurates 10th Nuclear Energy Conclave in New Delhi on the theme: ‘Nuclear Power- Towards a Clean & Base Load Energy’.
ii. Dr Singh stated that the Cabinet has given its approval for construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR).

Useful Info-

  • Dr Jitendra Singh also holds the office of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions as the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge).

President of India Inaugurates International Arya Mahasammelan-2018 

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i. The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the International Arya Mahasammelan – 2018 in Delhi.
ii. Mahasammelan discussed on the issues such as prevention of superstition, modernization, women empowerment, tribal welfare, and management of natural calamities.

China successfully Tests ‘World’s Largest’ Cargo Drone

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i. A Chinese company has tested the ‘world’s largest’ cargo drone Feihong-98 (FH-98) which can carry a payload of 1.5 tonnes (1,500kg).

ii. The FH-98 has a maximum takeoff weight of 5.25 tonnes (5,250 kg) and maximum range of 1,200 km. Further, it is capable of reaching a flying altitude of 4.5 km and a cruising speed of 180 kmph.

Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for 2014, 2015 & 2016 Announced

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i. The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 & 2016 is being conferred on the doyen of Manipuri dance Sh. Rajkumar Singhajit Singh (For 2014)Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh, for 2015) and on one of India’s greatest sculptors, Sh. Ram Vanji Sutar (for 2016).
ii. The chairman of the Jury was Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the jury comprised of the Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Useful Info- 

  • Chhayanaut was established in 1961.
  • The annual award was instituted by the Government of India during the commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
  • The first Tagore Award was conferred on Pt. Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro in 2012. 

Paytm Payments Bank Appoints Satish K Gupta As MD & CEO

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i. Paytm Payments Bank has appointed veteran banker  Satish Kumar Gupta as its new Managing Director and CEO. The post was lying vacant after Renu Satti stepped down in July 2018. Satti now heads the company’s new retail business.

ii. The veteran banker had earlier served as the Deputy General Manager at State Bank of India where he worked for over three decades.

Useful Info-

  • Paytm Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
  • Paytm Payments Bank started in May 2017.

PNB Metlife Launches AI-Powered Customer Service App ‘Khushi’

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i. Life insurer PNB Metlife has unveiled an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered customer service app Khushi’.
ii. The app is designed to be a one-stop shop providing insurance-related information, anytime, anywhere, such as policy features, premium due details besides providing fund value and portfolio details.

Dwayne Bravo Retires From International Cricket 

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i. All-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket.
ii. The 35-year-old, who last represented the Windies in September 2016, played a grand total of 270 internationals and played a starring role in each of their two World T20 triumphs in 2012 and 2016.

 

Current Affairs Quiz October 24, 2018

Important Headlines

  • PM Modi Launches ‘Main Nahi Hum’ Portal In New Delhi
  • India Signs $777 Million Deal For Israeli Missile Defence Systems
  • Important Cabinet Approvals: 24th October 2018
  • 1st Trilateral Meeting Among India, Afghanistan And Iran Held in Tehran
  • 2018 UN Day Concert Held In New York

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Current Affairs Quiz October 24, 2018

1.

The 4th Edition of Global Partners’ Forum will be held in which city?

2. The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of an extradition treaty between India and which nation?
3. Who became the 14th recipient of the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize?
4. India has signed a MoU for the setting up of joint working group on finance technology with which nation?
5. Which country has opened the world’s longest sea crossing bridge and tunnel?
6.

Which country conducted its first trilateral meeting with India and Iran on Chabahar port on October 23?

7.

When the United Nations Day is celebrated every year?

8.

Name the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) who was removed from his post recently?

9. Which bank became the India’s first PSU bank to introduce comprehensive wealth business services for its clients?
10.

Which Ministry had requested the Union Home Ministry to revise the visa application process for foreign nationals travelling to India by requiring them to declare their criminal records, if any?


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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 24, 2018

PM Modi Launches ‘Main Nahi Hum’ Portal In New Delhi 

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i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with IT and electronic manufacturing professionals and key industry leaders from across the country in New Delhi. Professionals from about 100 locations across India joined the event through video-conference. 

ii. The Prime Minister launched the “Main Nahin Hum” Portal and app on the occasion. The portal which works on the theme “Self for Society” will enable IT professionals and organizations to bring together their efforts towards social causes, and service to society, on one platform. 

India Signs $777 Million Deal For Israeli Missile Defence Systems 

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i. State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has won an additional $777 million contract to supply LRSAM air and missile defence systems to seven ships in the Indian navy. The contract is with the Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), which is the main contractor in the project. 

ii. The LRSAM, part of the Barak 8 family, is an air and missile defence system used by Israel’s navy as well as India’s navy, air and land forces. With this deal, sales of the Barak 8 over the past few years total over $6 billion. 

Useful Info-

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

Important Cabinet Approvals: 24th October 2018

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i. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals. The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows-

ii. The Cabinet has approved- 
1. Signing and ratification of Extradition Treaty between India and Malawi.
2. Creation of one post of Director in the basic pay of Rs. 2,25,000/- (fixed) plus NPA but not exceeding Rs.2,37,500/- each for new AIIMS at Rae Bareli, Gorakhpur, Bathinda, Guwahati, Bilaspur and Deoghar.

1st Trilateral Meeting Among India, Afghanistan And Iran Held in Tehran 

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i. The first trilateral meeting among India, Afghanistan and Iran of the Coordination Council of the Chabahar Agreement took place in Tehran, Iran. The Indian delegation was led by Secretary (Economic Relations) TS Tirumurti.
ii. During the meeting, it was decided to constitute a Follow-up committee that will hold its first meeting within two months in Chabahar Port, Iran. The next meeting of the Coordination Council will be held in India in the first half of next year. 

Useful Info-

  • Afghanistan Capital: Kabul
  • Currency: Afghan afghani. 
  • Iran Capital: Tehran
  • Currency: Iranian rial. 

2018 UN Day Concert Held In New York 

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i. The 2018 United Nations Day Concert was held in the General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Soulful music from the strings of the sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan reverberated in the iconic Assembly hall. 

ii. The theme of this year’s concert, which is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is “Traditions of Peace and Non-violence”. 

Useful Info-

  • The United Nations Day is observed on 24th October. 

Sachin Tendulkar Gave Away Prizes To The Winners of South Asia Regional WASH Innovation 

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i. India’s legend cricketer and UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia, Sachin Tendulkar gave away prizes to the winners of South Asia Regional WASH innovation in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. 

ii. The event was organised by UNICEF in association with BRAC, a Bangladesh based international organisation. The basic aim of the challenge was to identify innovative solutions to promote the practice of hand washing with soap. 


Narendra Modi Conferred With Seoul Peace Prize 

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i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with the Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth. The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul.

ii. The award committee recognized his contribution to the growth of Indian and global economies, crediting ‘Modinomics’ for reducing the social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor. 

Useful Info-

  • South Korea Capital: Seoul
  • Currency: South Korean won. 

RBI Lifts The Baan On Fino Payments Bnk To Open New Accounts

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i. Fino Payments Bank, one of India’s first payments banks, has been allowed to open new accounts by RBI after it submitted a compliance report. It had been barred by the central bank from adding new customers since the end of May. 

ii. An RBI audit revealed that some Fino accounts had deposits in excess of the stipulated amount of INR 1 lakh. Airtel Payments Bank were also barred from onboarding new customers earlier.  In July, the RBI had lifted the ban on Airtel Payments Bank.

Useful Info- 

  • Currently, there are five payment banks operating in the country – Paytm, Airtel, Fino, and Aditya Birla-Idea Payments Bank and India Post Payments Bank.

United Nations Day: 24 October 

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i. The United Nations Day is celebrated on 24th of October every year. The Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. 

ii. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day is observed by Member States as a public holiday. 

Useful Info-

  • Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • The UN Headquarters in New York, United States. 
  • The UN was established on 24th October 1945. 

World Development Information Day: 24 October 

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i. The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them. 

ii. The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. 

Centre Sends CBI Director Alok Verma On Leave, Appoints M Nageshwar Rao As Interim Director

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i. The Union Government has sent CBI Director Alok Verma on leave. Verma was appointed as CBI Director in 2016 for two years and his tenure ends in December 2018. The decision was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). 

ii. The committee also issued an order appointing M Nageshwar Rao as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Rao is presently working as Joint Director at the CBI. Rao will take over the duties and functions of CBI Director with immediate effect. 

Kohli Becomes Fastest to Reach 10,000 Runs in History of ODI Cricket 

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i. India captain Virat Kohli has become the fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in the history of ODI cricket, achieving the feat in his 205th innings, against Windies. 

ii. The 29-year-old overtook Sachin Tendulkar, who had reached 10,000 ODI runs in his 259th innings, against Australia in 2001. Kohli also slammed his 37th ODI hundred, reaching the landmark in 116 fewer innings than Sachin Tendulkar.

 

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 23, 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated three-day ‘Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan’ in Maharashtra

On 22nd October 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the three-day “Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan” (world peace and non-violence conference) at Mangi Tungi in Satana taluka, of Nashik district, Maharashtra.

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated three-day 'Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan' in Maharashtra

Key Points:
i. The conference was organised by the Bhagwan Rishabhdev Murti Nirmaan Samiti. Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis participated in the event.
ii. The President presented the 1st international “Bhagwan Rishabhdev Award” to Teerthanker Mahaveer University of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
iii. The award consisted of a cash prize of Rs. 11 lakh, a memento and a citation. It was received by chancellor of Teerthanker Mahaveer University Suresh Jain.
iv. The president released a book titled ‘Sarvoccha Digambar Jain Pratima’.
Some National Parks in Maharashtra:
♦ Gugamal National Park
♦ Sanjay Gandhi National Park

India, Croatia ink two agreements

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On October 22 2018 India and Croatia signed two agreements during the Croatia’s 14th Minister of Foreign and European Affairs  and deputy prime minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric one day visit to India.This is the first Croatian foreign minister to visit the country after 17 years.
i. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Croatian counterpart Marija Pejcinovic Buric signed two agreements to facilitate cultural exchange and diplomatic cooperation.
ii. They also discussed about the co-operation in political, trade and investment, health and pharmaceuticals, science and technology, tourism and culture.
About Croatia
♦ Capital –  Zagreb
♦ Currency  – Kuna
♦ President –  Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
♦ Prime Minister – Andrej Plenković

India’s coastal communities to get USD 43.4 million from Green Climate Fund

On October 22 2018 UN-backed fund has approved USD 43.4 million for supporting climate resilience of millions of people living in the coastal states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha of India to combat extreme impacts of climate change during the 21st meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board at Manama,Bahrain.

India's coastal communities to get USD 43 million from Green Climate Fund

i. The new project will be supported through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and is an essential step for India in reaching its goals outlined in the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
ii. Government of India will finance an additional US$86.8 million toward the new project to mainstream and accelerate the impacts of the Green Climate Fund grant.
Reason behind the fund for India
India’s coastal areas are quite vulnerable to climate change and this project focuses on selected vulnerable areas of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha states. The new project, with GCF assistance, will not only help enhance resilience and adaptability, but also lead to emissions reduction while providing support to local communities for their livelihoods.
About Green Climate Fund
This fund approval is a part of more than USD 1 billion approved by the Green Climate Fund for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change. The 19 new projects amount to a total investment from GCF of USD 1,038 million, and including co-financing the projects will channel over USD 4,244 million of climate finance for low-emission, climate-resilient development.

Insolvency Law Committee submits its 2nd Report on Cross Border Insolvency and Recommends adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law of Cross Border Insolvency, 1997

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On October 22 2018 Ministry of Corporate Affairs constituted Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) to recommend modification to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of India, 2016, and has submitted its 2nd Report to the Government, which deals with cross border insolvency.
i. Corporate Affairs Secretary, Shri Injeti Srinivas handover this report to Shri Arun Jaitley , Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs.
ii. UNCITRAL Model Law of Cross Border Insolvency, 1997 was recommended by ICL to adopt as it provides a complete agenda to deal with cross border insolvency issues.
UNCITRAL Model Law
The UNCITRAL Model Law has been adopted in as many as 44 countries and became a part of international best practices in dealing with cross border insolvency issues.
i. The advantages of the model law are giving priority to domestic proceedings and protection of public interest.
ii. The other advantages include greater confidence generation among foreign investors, adequate flexibility for seamless integration with the domestic Insolvency Law and a robust mechanism for international cooperation.
Four major principles of cross-border insolvency
The model law deals with four major principles of cross-border insolvency, namely
i. Direct access to foreign insolvency professionals and foreign creditors to participate in or commence domestic insolvency proceedings against a defaulting debtor;
ii. Recognition of foreign proceedings & provision of remedies;
iii.Cooperation between domestic and foreign courts & domestic and foreign insolvency practioners;and
iv. Coordination between two or more concurrent insolvency proceedings in different countries.

27th International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fusion Energy Conference held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

On 22nd October 2018, the six-day 27th International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018) started in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

27th International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fusion Energy Conference held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Key Points:
i. It is organised by IAEA. It is hosted by the Department of Atomic Energy and Gandhinagar-based Institute of Plasma Research.
ii. It aims to provide a platform for discussion of major physics and technology issues and innovative concepts related to the use of nuclear fusion as a source of energy.
iii. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Organisation, European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), research institutes involved in developing smaller plasma devices, etc. are participating in the conference.
iv. Experts from various parts of the world will discuss new challenges faced by the fusion community with respect to number of next-step fusion devices being implemented currently.
About International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
♦ Chairperson – Leena Al-Hadid
♦ Headquarters – Vienna, Austria

4th Edition of NITI Lecture Series held on 22nd October, 2018

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On 22nd October 2018, NITI Aayog organized the 4th edition of NITI Lecture Series at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Key Points:
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Lecture series. Key note address was delivered by Jensen Huang, President and Co-Founder, NVIDIA Corporation.
ii. The theme for 2018 was “AI for ALL: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive Growth”.
iii. Union Ministers, policy makers, experts from various fields, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Members, CEO and Senior officials participated.
iv. The ‘NITI Lectures: Transforming India’ was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 26, 2016. It is held every year.
v. The lecture series aims to enable learning from successful development practice throughout the world at the Centre and States.
About NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog:
♦ Chairperson – Narendra Modi
♦ Vice Chairperson – Dr. Rajiv Kumar
♦ CEO – Amitabh Kant

Orientation workshop on Health and Nutrition Initiatives under Aspirational District Programme & launch of e-MitraMobile app

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On 22nd October 2018, a one-day National Workshop for Orientation of District Officials of Aspirational Districts on Health and Nutrition, was held in New Delhi.
Key Points:
i. It was organized by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD).
ii. It was inaugurated by Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare.
iii. State Health Ministers launched the Operational Guidelines on Aspirational Districts for Health and Nutrition and the e-Mitra mobile application.
iv. The e-Mitra (Mobile Integrated Toolkit RMNCH+A) app has been designed to complement the Aspirational District Programme.
v. It will offer one stop solution to access RMNCH+A related statistics from various sources.
vi. The workshop was attended by senior officers from the Ministry of Health, MoWCD, NHSRC, WHO, UNICEF, USAID, BMGF, TATA Trust, UNFPA and representatives from 28 States and 117 Aspirational Districts.
About NHSRC (National Health Systems Resource Centre):
♦ Chairman – Ms. Preeti Sudan
♦ Location – New Delhi

Gwalior host 4-day international dance festival “Udbhav Utsav”

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On 21st October 2018, Uzbekistan Ambassador to India Farhod Arziev inaugurated a 4-day international dance festival titled“Udbhav Utsav” in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
i. This dance festival is sponsored by the Greenwood group of schools. This is the 15th year for this festival.
ii. The inaugural session was held in Jiwaji Club, Gwalior. Dance troupes from Bulgaria, Turkey and Sri Lanka, and 25 teams from India, will participate. Keshav Pandey is the organising committee president.

Pak-Russia Joint Training Exercise ‘Druzhba-III’ held in Pakistan

From 22nd October to 4th November 2018, ‘Druzhba-III’, the 3rd edition of joint bilateral military training exercise between Pakistan and Russia is held in Pakistan.

Pak-Russia Joint Training Exercise 'Druzhba-III' held in Pakistan

Druzhba-III:
i. The exercise will be held at the training range in Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, in Pakistan. More than 70 soldiers from Russia’s southern military district will participate.
ii. This will be the 3rd joint military drill between Pakistan and Russia under the bilateral training cooperation agreement. This exercise is held since 2016.
iii.Armed forces from both the countries will perform tasks at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level.
iv. In August 2018, an agreement was signed allowing Pakistani troops to train in Russia. It was signed during the 1st Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC) meeting on security and defence.
About Pakistan:
♦ Capital – Islamabad
♦ Currency – Pakistani rupee
♦ Official languages – English, Urdu
♦ President – Arif Alvi
♦ Prime Minister – Imran Khan

Paytm teams up with Softbank, Yahoo to launch ‘PayPay’ service in Japan

On October 22 2018 Paytm, run by One 97 Communications Ltd has launched a QR-based smartphone payment service called ’PayPay’ in Japan in collaboration with SoftBank and Yahoo Japan Corporation.

Paytm teams up with Softbank, Yahoo to launch ‘PayPay’ service in Japan

i. PayPay allows users to store money from a bank account in their “PayPay” wallet and aims to promote the use of cashless payment in Japan.Japan accounts for only 20% of overall cashless transactions in the country.
ii. Yahoo Japan will terminate its current smartphone settlement function “Yahoo! Wallet” with the launch of payment service called “PayPay”.
PayPay
PayPay is build around the QR (quick-response) code technology that Paytm set up in 2015, which currently offers mobile payments to more than 350 million customers and over 9.5 million merchants.

IL&FS appoints three advisors for debt resolution plan

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On October 22 2018 IL&FS(Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services) board of directors has appointed Arpwood Capital Pvt Ltd and JM Financial Consultants Pvt Ltd as financial and transaction advisors(FTAs) for the company.
i. Alvarez & Marsal has been appointed for the group with the mandate to maintain strict controls and manage day-to-day liquidity, evolve a resolution plan, and manage stakeholders with regards to the implementation of the resolution plan.
ii. IL&FS and its subsidiaries have defaulted on several debt repayments recently due to liquidity crisis.
iii. Infrastructure builder and financier IL&FS has accumulated debts of Rs 90,000 crore and recently defaulted on a host of short-term borrowings.
iv. The central government stepped in to replace the board of directors with a new board led by banker Uday Kotak.
About IL&FS(Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services)
♦ CEO  –   Arun K. Saha
♦ Headquarters –  Mumbai
♦ Founded  –  1987

Superflares from young stars may imperil planets: NASA

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Scientists have found that violent flares from the host star might make planets orbiting it, uninhabitable by affecting their atmospheres, using National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Hubble Space Telescope.
Key Points:
i. NASA’s Hubble telescope is observing such stars through a large programme called HAZMAT (Habitable Zones and M dwarf Activity across Time).
ii.  This programme is an ultraviolet survey of red dwarfs at 3 different ages: young, intermediate, and old.
iii. As per NASA, stellar flares from red dwarf star, are particularly bright in ultraviolet wavelengths, compared with Sun-like stars.
iv.  Red dwarf is the smallest, most abundant and longest-lived type of star in our galaxy. Hubble’s ultraviolet sensitivity helps to observe these flares.
About NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):
♦ Administrator – Jim Bridenstine
♦ Headquarters – Washington, D.C., US

Mumbai beat Delhi to lift Vijay Hazare Trophy title for 3rd time

On 20th October 2018, Mumbai won its 3rd Vijay Hazare Trophy title at M Chinnaswamy stadium, in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Mumbai beat Delhi to lift Vijay Hazare Trophy title for 3rd time

i. Mumbai defeated Delhi by 4 wickets. Mumbai won the toss and opted to bowl. They bowled out Delhi for 177 runs in 45.4 overs. Mumbai last won the trophy in 2006-07.

Kimi Raikkonen wins US Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton unable to get fifth F1 title

On October 21 2018 Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first victory of F1 race US Grand Prix in Texas. It was the longest gap between wins in F1 history, beating the previous mark of Italian Riccardo Patrese.

Kimi Raikkonen wins US Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton unable to get fifth F1 title

i. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was runner up and Lewis Hamilton secured third position.

Danisa Denmark Open 2018 (Badminton)

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From 16 to 21 October 2018, Danisa Denmark Open 2018 (Badminton) tournament was held in Odense Sports Park,Odense, Denmark.The total prize of the tournament is $775,000.
i. Denmark Open is a HSBC World Tour Super 750 tournament. It is held since 1935 as an annual badminton tournament by Danmarks Badminton Forbund.
Winners:

Event Winner Runner-up
Men’s Singles Kento Momota (Japan) Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei)
Women’s Singles Tai Tzu-ying (Chinese Taipei) Saina Nehwal (India)
Men’s Doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) Takeshi Kamura, Keigo Sonoda (Japan)
Women’s Doubles Yuki Fukushima, Sayaka Hirota (Japan) Shiho Tanaka, Koharu Yonemoto (Japan)
Mixed Doubles Zheng Siwei, Huang Yaqiong (China) Dechapol Puavaranukroh, Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Thailand)

Praveen Kumar retires from all forms of cricket

Praveen-Kumar-social.jpgOn 20th October 2018, Indian pacer Praveen Kumar announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Key Points:
i. Praveen Kumar is 32 years old. He hails from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
ii. He represented India in 84 international matches between 2007 and 2012 and gained 112 wickets in Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 International (T20I).
iii. He made his ODI debut in 2007. He is known for his ability to swing the ball in both ways.
iv. He also played for Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Gujarat Lions teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament. He took 90 wickets in 119 matches.
v. He played a major role in India’s title win in the Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series in Australia in 2008.
vi. He is also India’s highest wicket-taker on England tour in 2011, where he took 15 wickets in 3 Tests

Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath to retire from Test cricket

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath has announced that he will retire from Test Cricket after playing the first Test of Sri Lanka’s upcoming 3-match series against England from November 6 to 27, 2018, in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath to retire from Test cricket

i. He is 40 years old. He is a left-arm bowler. He made his Test debut in 1999.
ii. He has played 92 Test matches and has taken 430 wickets with an economy rate of 2.81.
iii. He is Sri Lanka’s second highest wicket-taker after Muttiah Muralitharan, who has taken 800 Test wickets.

Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura passes away at 90

On Oct.19 2018 Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura ,the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry has died at the age of 90.

Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura passes away at 90

i. Shimomura and two American scientists shared the 2008 Nobel Prize for the discovery and development of a jellyfish protein that later contributed to cancer studies.
ii. Shimomura was born in northern Kyoto in 1928 and studied in Nagasaki,Japan. Shimomura was based in the U.S., but had moved back to Nagasaki.

Air Force Station Nal conducted an outreach programme ‘Vayusena Pradarshani’

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On 21st October 2018, Air Force Station Nal conducted an outreach programme ‘Vayusena Pradarshani’, as part of Air Force Day Celebration, in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
i. Indian Air Force Day was observed on 8th October 2018, which is the 86th anniversary of Indian Air Force.
ii. Nearly 1.5 lakh people including civilians, armed force personnel, paramilitary forces and around 12000 children from schools and colleges viewed the programme.
iii. Suryakiran Aerobatic Team, Akash Ganga Sky Diving Team and Air Warrior Drill Team (AWDT) were displayed.

 

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 22, 2018

Prime Minister dedicates National Police Memorial to the Nation; announces an award in the name of Subhash Chandra Bose

On October 21, 2018, on Police Commemoration Day, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, dedicated the National Police Memorial to the nation in NewDelhi.

Prime Minister dedicates National Police Memorial to the Nation; announces an award in the name of Subhash Chandra Bose

i. He also announced an annual award in the name of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, to honour the police and paramilitary personnel, involved in disaster response operations.
ii.  He also inaugurated the Museum of National Police memorial.
iii. He urged the police forces to adopt technology and innovation in their daily discharge of duties.
iv. This is why, he mentioned about the Modernization of Police Forces Scheme (MPF), which modernized the police forces through technology, modern communication systems and modern weapons.
Other News:
i. PM Modi also commemorated the 75th anniversary of Netaji’s declaration of the formation of India’s first independent government- the Azad Hind Government on October 21, 1943.
ii. He hoisted the National Flag at Red Fort and announced that the annual award n the name of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose would be announced on January 23, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birthday.
The National Police Memorial:
♦ It consists of Central Sculpture, a Wall of Valour-engraved with the names of police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty and
♦ A State of Art Museum dedicated to the memory of the martyred police personnel.
♦ Located:  New Delhi.
♦ Police Commemoration Day: October 21.

Par panel headed by Kirit Somaiya to examine functioning of EPFO

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On October 17, 2018, a parliamentary panel on labour was constituted to examine the functioning of retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
i. It will be headed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya .
ii. Its functions are listed as below:

  • To examine the functioning of EPFO,
  • To review the implementation of labour laws, social security and welfare scheme for workers,
  • International Labour Organisation conventions binding on India,
  • Measures taken by the Indian government to implement ILO laws,
  • To look into the working conditions and welfare of mine workers and review that to Directorate General of Mines Safety,

iii. It had also asked the Ministry of Labour and Employment to collect, with regard to the total number of PF trusts under the PF Act, 1925, information about the number of subscribers and total contribution from subscribers.
Background:
i. Earlier, the panel had suggested that the EPFO should act as the sole regulator for all categories of provident funds particularly private PF trusts.
ii. However, at present, the EPFO is not the sole PF organisation or regulator in the country.
EPFO:
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.
♦ CEO or Central Provident Fund Commissioner in EPFO: Shri. Sunil Barthwal.
♦ Under the Employee’s Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952.

Four Himalayan peaks named after former PM Vajpayee: Ministry of Tourism

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On October 20, 2018, 4 Himalayan peaks near Gangotri have been named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
i. This was done during an expedition conducted by Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and the tourism department.
ii. The expedition was flagged off from Dehradun on October 4 by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat.
iii. They climed the peaks located at 6,557, 6,566, 6,160 and 6,100 metres on the right flank of Gangotri glacier, and named them Atal-1, 2, 3 and 4, while hoisting the national flag.
iv. The peaks are located near Sudarshan and Saifi peaks in Raktvan valley.
Tourism Ministry:
Minister of State (Independent Charge): MR. K J Alphons.

Angriya: First cruise service launched between Mumbai and Goa

On October 20, 2018, to develop Cruise Tourism in the country, India’s first ever passenger cruise ship was launched between Mumbai and Goa.

Angriya: First cruise service launched between Mumbai and Goa

i. It was launched by Union Shipping, Ports and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in Mumbai.
ii. It is a joint venture between Mumbai Port Trust and Angriya Sea Eagle Pvt Ltd.
iii.  The cruise ship Angriya has been named after first Maratha Navy Admiral Kanhoji Angre and the great Angria bank coral reef near Vijaydurg, Maharashtra.

India’s longest river bridge to be built on Brahmaputra river in Assam

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On October 21, 2018, it was announced that India’s longest river bridge will be built across the Brahmaputra, connecting Dhubri in Assamto Phulbari in Meghalaya, by 2026-27.
i. It will be a 19.3 kmfour-lane bridge that will cut road travel by 203 km .
ii. The new bridge will complete the missing link of NH127B from Assam to Meghalaya.
iii. The bridge will also improve connectivity from West Bengal to Assam.
iv. For the project, the National Highways and Industrial Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), recently reached out to global players in France.
v.The Japanese funding agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has approved a loan for this project as a part of a road infrastructure improvement package in the North East.
Background:
Currently, the longest river bridge in India, at 9.15 km, is the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which was opened in 2017.
Assam:
♦ Capital: Dispur.
♦ Chief Minister:  Sarbananda Sonowal.
♦ Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.
♦ National Parks: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park (UNESCO Natural World Herigate Site), Orang National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
♦ Airports: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Dibrugarh Airport, Jorhat Airport, Tezpur Airport, Silchar Airport.

Arunachal villagers get Rs 37.73 crore as land compensation, 56 years after India-China war

On October 19, 2018, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu distributed the cheques to the villagers of West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal villagers get Rs 37.73 crore as land compensation, 56 years after India-China war

i. He distributed nearly Rs 37.73 crore as compensation to the villagers of the state, more than 56 years after India’s war with China.
ii. It was for the land acquired by the Army to set up its bases, bunkers and barracks.
iii. Earlier, In April 2017, Rs 54 crore was distributed among 152 families of three villages of West Kameng district. In September that year, another installment of Rs 158 crore was distributed among the villagers for the private land taken over by the Army.
iv. And in February 2018Rs 40.80 crore was handed over to 31 families in Tawang district.
Background:
After the 1962 India-China war, the Army had acquired huge tracks of land to set up its bases, bunkers, barracks, construct roads, build bridges and other installations.
Arunachal Pradesh:
♦ Chief Minister: Pema Khandu.
♦ Governor: B.D. Mishra.
♦ Capital: Itanagar.
♦ National Parks: Namdapha National Park, Mouling National Park.

Man-animal conflict a ‘State Declared Disaster’: UP government

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On October 17, 2018, in a first-of-its-kind move, the Uttar Pradesh government made the man-animal conflict a ‘State Declared Disaster’.
Objective:
To help reduce retaliatory killings.
Key Points:
i. These incidents would be under the ambit of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
ii. According to the provisions of the order, a compensatory amount of Rs.5 lakh would be given to family of deceased if the victim of the animal attack dies.
iii. The disbursement of compensation for injury would be in accordance to SDRF guidelines.
iv. It also states that the amount of Rs 1 lakh per death would be arranged by the state forest department from its own budget to the Revenue Department.
v. It ensures that the amount must be paid within 24 hours of the incident RTGS and the production of the post-mortem examination report of the victim would be made available.
vi. It urges creating awareness, police support in conflict prone areas.
Other News:
For the first time, lion and wild boar have been added to the list of wild animals which includes tiger, leopard, Indian wolf, hyena, crocodile, elephant and rhinoceros as predators.
Uttar Pradesh:
♦ Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath.
♦ Governor: Ram Naik.
♦ National Parks: Dudhwa National Park, Philibit Tiger Reserve , Sandi Bird Sanctuary.
♦ Uttar Pradesh has 23 wildlife sanctuaries across 27 districts covering over 5,000 sq km.
♦ UNESCO Heritage Site: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.

Overview of Vice President’s 5-day Visit to Belgium to attend 12th ASEM Summit

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  • On October 17, 2018, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu commenced his visit to Belgium to attend the two-day 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Brussels, Belgium. The theme of this years’ ASEM Summit is “Global Partners for Global Challenges”.
  • Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu called on His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians at the Royal City Palace.
  • Prime Minister Tsipras invited India as the “Honored Country” at the Thessaloniki International Fair in 2019.

Cope India air exercise: First trilateral exercise to be held amongst India, Japan, US

On October 21, 2018, India, Japan and the U.S. announced participation in the bilateral ‘Cope India’ air exercise to a trilateral format on December 2018.

Cope India air exercise: First trilateral exercise to be held amongst India, Japan, US

i. The final planning conference will held in Kalaikunda, West Bengal.
ii. This will be the first time Japan would be invited to participate in the exercise.
iii. Japan would send observers and for the next round that would be hosted by Indian Air Force.
iv. This trilateral exercise was proposed by the U.S. at the annual defence minister meeting in August 2018.
About Cope India:
The first such exercise was conducted at IAF air force station in Gwalior from February 2004.
Japan:
♦ Capital: Tokyo.
♦ Currency: Japanese yen.

India ranked 9th most valuable nation brand in the world

On Oct.19 2018 According to Brand Finance’s annual Nation Brands 2018 report,India lost one spot and ranked 9th in the 10 most valuable nation brands in the world for the year 2018.India was ranked 8th in the last year 2017.

India ranked 9th most valuable nation brand in the world

i. Eventhough India’s brand value has increased to $2,159 billion in 2018 from the value of $2,046 billion in 2017,it slipped one spot.
ii. U.S has topped the list with a brand value of $25,899 billion which rose by 23% from last year.China ranked 2nd with a brand value of $12,779 billion and Germany was ranked 3rd with $5,147 billion which increased by 28% from the last year.
iii. Brand Finance measures the strength and value of the brands using a method based on the royalty relief mechanism employed to value the world’s largest companies. It looks into nation brand strength, royalty rate, revenues, weighted average cost of capital (WACC) or discount rate and brand valuation.

SBI launches “Wealth Hub” in Mangaluru

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On October 20,2018 State Bank of India has launched “SBI Wealth Hub” in Lalbhag Branch,Mangaluru.SBI is the first bank to introduce wealth business services for its customers.
The wealth hub was launched by SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar. The bank has also launched Wealth Business services for NRIs and is in the process of setting of a state-of-the-art global e-Wealth centre at Kochi.

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) ranks 22 in Forbes’ global 2000 best employers list

Larsen & Toubro is the only Indian firm to be featured among the top 25 companies in the Forbes’ global 2000 best employers list.

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) ranks 22 in Forbes' global 2000 best employers list

i. L&T has secured 22nd rank in the list. Google’s parent company Alphabet tops the list. Second position is occupied by Microsoft.
ii. There are only 24 Indian companies in the overall list and only 4 Indian companies in the top 100 list.(Mahindra & Mahindra at 55, Grasim Industries at 59 and HDFC at 91)
iii. This list is based on Forbes’ 2018 global 2000 rankings. It includes publicly traded companies from 60 countries.

World steel Association elects Sajjan Jindal as treasurer

Indian JSW Steel CMD Sajjan Jindal was elected as treasurer by World Steel Association at the worldsteel General Assembly in Toyko, Japan.

Worldsteel Association elects Sajjan Jindal as treasurer

i.Andre Johannpeter, Executive VC of Gerdau S A elected as Chairman of the body.YU Yong(Chairman HBIS Group) and Kosei Shindo (Representative Director, Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation) were elected as Vice-Chairman.
ii.Tata Steel MD T V Narendran and ArcelorMittal Chief L N Mittal also appointed as members of the association.

British ex-deputy PM hired by Facebook as global affairs head

On October 21, 2018, Facebook has hired former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs and communications team.

British ex-deputy PM hired by Facebook as global affairs head

i. The appointment makes Clegg the most senior European politician ever in a leadership role in Silicon Valley.
ii. Clegg, 51, would succeed Elliot Schrage.
Background:
In March, the company faced new scrutiny over how it protects personal information after acknowledging that the data of up to 87 million people ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook:
♦ Headquarters: California, USA.
♦ Chief Executive Officer: Mark Zuckerberg
♦ Chief Operating Officer: Sheryl Sandberg.

New material harvests Sun’s heat for cheaper electricity

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On October 21 2018 a material has been developed by scientist that able to harvest the electricity from Sun’s heat which will be generating cheaper solar power on cloudy days and at nighttime.
i. Solar energy can be stored as heat to produce the electricity which will be cheaper than storing energy via batteries.

Japanese MotoGP: Marc Marquez won world championship

On October 21 2018 Spain’s Marc Marquez won MotoGP world champion for the fifth time in six years in the Japanese MotoGP. Honda factory rider becomes the youngest rider to win five premier class titles.

Japanese MotoGP: Marc Marquez won world championship 

Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate Cal Crutchlow of Britain finished second.

Lingayat seer Siddalinga Swamiji passed away at 69

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On October 21, 2018, Karnataka’s popular Lingayat seer Siddalinga Swami passed away at Gadag at the age of 69.
i.  He was active in various people’s movement against blind beliefs, environmental and other issues.
ii.  He was known as ‘Kannadada Jagadguru’ (Seer of Kannada).
iii.The state government had honoured Siddalinga with Rajyotsava and Basavashri awards

Vijayan Bala launched ‘Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections’

On October 21, 2018, Veteran commentator and cricket statistician Vijayan Bala launched his new book “Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections”.

Vijayan Bala launched 'Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections'

i. It is a compilation of interviews of eminent sportspersons he has conducted since 1971.
ii. He has interviewed Olympians like Balbir Singh Senior, Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and others.
iii. Among the cricketers, he has interviewed MAK Pataudi, GR Viswanath, Eknath Solkar while Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand etc.
iv. He has been a member of BCCI’s Statistical Committee apart from being an English teacher.
v. Earlier, he had published a book on Statistics called ‘Indian Test Cricket back in 1974’.
vi. In 2016, he authored a second book “The Complete Indian Sports Quiz” inaugurated by sports minister Rathore.
BCCI:
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai.
♦ Full form: BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRI

CKET IN INDIA.

World Trauma Day (WTD) – October 17

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On 17th October 2018, World Trauma Day was observed all over the world.
i. This day creates awareness on the increasing rate of accidents and injuries causing death and disability throughout the world and the need to prevent them.
ii. Trauma means any injury caused to the body. The injury may be caused due to various reasons like road accidents, fires, burns, falls, violence and crimes against women, children and elderly, etc.
iii. Road Traffic Accident is the leading cause of trauma throughout the world.