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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Karnataka gets first woman police chief

Karnataka gets first woman police chief

  1. Neelmani N. Raju has get on the post of Karnataka’s first woman Director General and Inspector General of Police. She has been going to take the place of Rupak Kumar Dutta, who is going to retiring from service.
  2. The state government has stated the order on Tuesday afternoon, putting to end speculation on who the next DG&IGP would be. Three IPS officials has been chosen for this post, including Ms. Raju, DGP of the Criminal Investigation Department H.C. Kishore Chandra and DGP of Anti-Corruption Bureau M.N. Reddi.
  3. According to a communiqué, Mr. Kishore Chandra has been chosed and appointed as the chairman and managing director of the Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation in the existing vacancy. M.N. Reddi has been posted as Commandant General, Home Guards, E/o Director, Civil Defence and Director of Fire Force.
  4. Praveen Sood has get the pramotion and ranked the DGP and appointed as DGP, Internal Security, Bengaluru. Alok Mohan is transferred and posted as ADGP, Communication, Logistics and Modernisation, Bengaluru, while Saniay Sahay is appointed as ADGP, Karnataka Lokayukta. Kamal Pant has been posted as ADGP of Police, Law & Order, while S. Parashivu Murthy has been appointed as ADGP, Administration, Bengaluru, the communiqué added.

KEYS:

  1. Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines
  2. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife
  3. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas
  4. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara empire’s capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables and a stone chariot
  5. Capital (and largest city): Bangalore (Bengaluru)
  6. Capital: Bengaluru (Executive Branch)
  7. Districts: 30

 

India, Japan begins three-day anti-submarine drill

India, Japan begins three-day anti-submarine drill

  1. In the term of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army navy by putting the many of the initiative at the Arabian Sea, the Indian navy and the Japan maritime self-defense force have begun to intensify military cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
  2. A three-day anti-submarine exercise is being held from the naval air base, INS Hansa, at Dabolim with aircraft and officers participating in the joint exercises that will see both the nations hone anti-submarine warfare tactics in the IOR and the Arabian Sea.
  3. “Two Boeing P-8 I long range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare aircraft and two Japanese P-3 C Orion anti-submarine warfare aircrafts are participating in the warfare exercise,” spokesperson for the Indian navy, captain D K Sharma said.
  4. During the exercise, crew from each country flew on each other’s aircraft during a coordinated air anti-submarine warfare exercise to share “domain expertise” and to gain “concept of joint operations”, naval sources said.
  5. The Indian navy said that the naval exercise between India and Japan would take “bilateral relations to an unprecedented level of strategic and global partnership”.

KEYS:

  1. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples
  2. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing)
  3. Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture
  4. Capital: Tokyo
  5. Currency: Japanese yen
  6. Prime minister: Shinzō Abe

 

Government relaxes Arms Rules to bolster investment in manufacturing

Government relaxes Arms Rules to bolster investment in manufacturing

  1. The government has passed the rule for the governing weapons production for the promotion of the domestic manufacturing and create more jobs.
  2. “The amended Armed Rules will work as the promotion of the manufacturing and facilitate availability of world-class weapons for India’s armed forces and police forces in sync with the country’s defence indigenization programme,” the home ministry said.
  3. “Further, enhancement of capacity up to 15% of the quantity approved under the licence will not require any further approval by the government. The manufacturer will be required to give only prior intimation to the licensing authority in this regard,” the statement added.
  4. The amended rules, has been done under the part of Make In India initiative, that will be applicable as the licences granted by the home ministry for manufacturing small arms and ammunition. The rules cover licences granted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) for building tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, defence aircraft, spacecraft, all warships, arms and ammunition and allied items of defence equipment other than small arms.
  5. On 1 October in the year 2015, in the term of the destroy the illegal arms licences, the ministry directed all licensing authorities to enter the data on all arms licences that were being issued or renewed for generating a Unique Identification Number (UIN), failing which no arms licence would be considered valid.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India, UAE second strategic talks held in Abu Dhabi

India, UAE second strategic talks held in Abu Dhabi

  1. India and the UAE has take the meeting for the discussion of the measurement of the areas including defence, security, terrorism and trade as the two countries has going to take the second round of their strategic dialogue in Abu Dhabi.
  2. The Indian delegation that is the discussion that has done on Tuesday that has led by Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar while the UAE side was headed by its Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.
  3. Speaking about the visit, Akbar said, “The strategic dialogue is a very important element in the architecture of our growing relationship with United Arab Emirates”. “Our discussions today enabled us to review and re-energise the elements of our comprehensive dialogue. This process helps in converting a wish list into outcomes,” he said.
  4. Gargash in his opening statement said, “We are very satisfied at the growing momentum in the bilateral ties. We appreciate the contribution of Indian community towards the progress and prosperity of the UAE.”

KEYS:

  1. The United Arab Emirates is an Arabian Peninsula nation settled mainly along the Persian (Arabian) Gulf
  2. The country is a federation of 7 emirates
  3. Abu Dhabi, the island capital, is home to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, with crystal chandeliers and room for 40,000 worshipers
  4. Dubai is the site of ultramodern Burj Khalifa tower, enormous shopping centers and extravagant entertainment attractions.
  5. Capital: Abu Dhabi
  6. Dialing code: +971
  7. Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham

 

Abe re-elected Japanese PM after election landslide

Abe re-elected Japanese PM after election landslide

  1. Japan’s Shinzo Abe has been re-elected for the prime minister on Wednesday after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month and days ahead of a visit by US president Donald Trump that is expected to be dominated by concerns over a volatile North Korea.
  2. Trump told Abe “he is looking forward to his visit to Japan, that Japan and America are 100 percent together and there is no room to doubt the Japan-US alliance,” Japanese deputy chief cabinet secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters.
  3. Abe, who is of 63 year old he had taken the office in the month of December in the year 2012 and had promised for the boost the stale economy and bolster defence.
  4. His Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition retained its two-thirds “super majority” in parliament’s lower house in the 22 October election, reenergising his push to revise the post-war, pacifist constitution.

 

 

India’s rank rises to 100 in World Bank’s Doing Business Report, 2018

India’s rank rises to 100 in World Bank’s Doing Business Report, 2018

  1. India has jumped and ranked himself at the 100th place in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings,it has jumped and downed the 30 placed from last year, in an endorsement of the string of reforms implemented by the Narendra Modi government.
  2. “It is a huge achievement. No country in the world has made such a big quantum jump over 2-3 years — 42 positions. It also shows India’s commitment for reform,” Amitabh Kant, CEO of government think-tank Niti Aayog said.
  3. “Tackling these challenging reforms will be key to India sustaining the momentum towards a higher ranking,” said Junaid Ahmad, Country Director India. “To secure changes in the remaining areas will require not just new laws and online systems but deepening the ongoing investment in the capacity of states and their institutions to implement change and transform the framework of incentives and regulation facing the private sector. India’s focus on ‘doing business’ at the state level may well be the platform that sustains the country’s reform trajectory for the future.”
  4. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, said: “The huge improvement in ranking and score will immediately boost investor sentiments. The latest report validates the commitment of the government to fast-tracking economic reforms, addressing red tape and facilitating business, which it has undertaken in mission mode over the last three years.”
  5. “This is a significant movement and a very important barometer of India moving the right direction and in creating the kind of channels that will attract (foreign direct) investment,” Nisha Desai Biswal, the new head of the US-India Business Council (USIBC), told PTI.
  6. “With the Indian government undertaking a spree of reform initiatives, the improvement in India’s Doing Business Rankings comes as no surprise. The reforms have been broad-based encompassing wide range of areas including taxation, finance, legal and administrative procedures. With GST, the government has laid the foundation for a more efficient indirect tax system and likewise, with the enactment of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, India now has an efficient institutional mechanism for easing of business exit,” said Pankaj Patel, President, FICCI.

KEYS:

  1. The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs
  2. President: Jim Yong Kim
  3. CEO: Kristalina Georgieva (2 Jan 2017–)
  4. Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  5. Subsidiaries: International Finance Corporation, MORE
  6. VPs: Antonella Bassani (Budget, Performance Review, Strategic Planning), MORE
  7. Parent organization: United Nations

BANKING AND FINANCE

Transcorp launches pre-paid card in association with Yes Bank

Transcorp launches pre-paid card in association with Yes Bank

  1. Forex and inward solutions provider Transcorp International has launched on Tuesday the platinum pre-paid card in association with Yes Bank that can be used for transactions in stores and ATMs across the country.
  2. “It can also be used by organisations to disburse wages and salaries to even those employees who do not have a bank account,” Transcorp said in a statement.
  3. “The card is being launched in association with Yes Bank, the country’s leading private bank and RUPAY Indias very own switch powered by NPCI,” it said.
  4. “Over the next few months,” it said, the company will roll out its own walletTranscash.
  5. “The card can be prefunded or money can be loaded in the card by the employer or by the card holder himself. The maximum amount that can be loaded is Rs 10,000 in case of non KYC (Know Your Customer) compliant card and Rs 1,00,000 in case of KYC compliant card,” the company said.

KEYS:

  1. Yes Bank is India’s fifth largest private sector bank, founded by Rana Kapoor and Ashok Kapur in 2004
  2. Yes Bank is the only Greenfield Bank licence awarded by the RBI in the last one decade
  3. Customer service: 1800 2000
  4. Headquarters: Mumbai
  5. CEO: Rana Kapoor (2004–)
  6. Founder: Rana Kapoor
  7. Founded: 2004

 

APAI launches membership cards – Flysecure

APAI launches membership cards – Flysecure

  1. Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) on Wednesday has launched its one of the most unique membership card titled “Flysecure”.
  2. The APAI card “Flysecure” is priced annually at Rs 1500 for Silver, Rs 3000 for Gold and Rs 5000 for Platinum, which will be the most affordable to the passengers going by the attractive insurance cover for every possible loss/damage a passenger can suffer during the travel, such as medical reimbursement, theft of identity, wallet loss, burglary at home while travelling etc.
  3. Sudhakara Reddy, Founder and National President APAI said “The launch of the card is the culmination of hard work being done by APAI and other stakeholders like TATA-AIG and Refundme for the last 15 months or so. It will be a game changer in the Indian aviation industry, which is presently the third largest in the world with 100 million flyers in the last year. Soon, India’s aviation sector will become the second largest in the world.”
  4. “The unique APAI membership card will facilitate India’s strides to become one of the most happening civil aviation hubs in the world. We aim to rope in one million members over the next few years. For this, we will partner with travel related organizations like Tour Operators associations, hoteliers associations, travel agents association etc,” he said.

 

India sends 1st wheat shipment to Afghanistan via Chabahar

India sends 1st wheat shipment to Afghanistan via Chabahar

  1. On Tuesday India, has sent its first of the sample of the wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar port in Iran, seen as a “landmark” move to operationalise the new strategic transit route, bypassing Pakistan.
  2. The shipment has been exported from the port of the Kandla port in Gujarat with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani joining the ceremony through video conferencing.
  3. “The shipment of wheat is a landmark moment as it will pave the way for operationalisation of the Chabahar port as an alternate, reliable and robust connectivity for Afghanistan,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
  4. “I am extremely delighted that today we have joined on a momentous occasion for the people of our three countries and the region,” Swaraj said, terming the move as an important step in realising the shared aspiration to carve out “new routes” of peace and prosperity.
  5. “The wheat that is leaving the Indian shores today, is a gift from the people of India to our Afghan brethren. It is testament to the continued commitment of the government and the people of India to support our Afghan brethren in building a normal, peaceful, prosperous, secure and bright future for themselves,” Swaraj said.

Science and Technology

NASA’s GRACE-1 and GRACE-2 satellites end operations

NASA’s GRACE-1 and GRACE-2 satellites end operations

  1. An Earth science mission has launched more than 15 years ago has finally come to an end, slightly earlier than previously expected, NASA announced Oct. 27.
  2. In a statement, NASA said, “The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission, carried out in cooperation with the German space agency DLR, had ended science operations after the retirement of one of its twin spacecraft.”
  3. NASA said in an Oct. 27 statement that “it became apparent by mid-October that GRACE-2’s remaining battery capacity would not be sufficient to operate its science instruments and telemetry transmitter. Consequently, the decision was made to decommission the GRACE-2 satellite and end GRACE’s science mission.”
  4. “GRACE-1’s remaining fuel will be used to complete previously planned maneuvers to calibrate and characterize its accelerometer to improve the final scientific return and insights from the 15-year GRACE record,” Carmen Boening, GRACE project science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement.
  5. “Using cutting-edge technology to make exquisitely precise distance measurements, GRACE improved our scientific understanding of our complex home planet, while at the same time providing information — such as measurements related to ground water, drought and aquifer water storage changes worldwide — that was used in the U.S. and internationally to improve the accuracy of environmental monitoring and forecasts,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth science division, in a statement.
  6. “The entire mission team was creative and successful in it’s truly heroic efforts over the last few years, extending the science return of the mission to help minimize the gap between GRACE and its successor mission,” said Mike Watkins, director of JPL, in a statement.

SPORTS

Saudi to allow women into sports stadiums from 2018

Saudi to allow women into sports stadiums from 2018

  1. Saudi Arabia has given the permission to the allow women into three sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, for the landmark move that would open up the previously male-only venues to families.
  2. The announcement has been come to the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reform drive shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom, including the decision to allow women to drive from next June.
  3. “Starting the preparation of three stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman to be ready to accommodate families from early 2018,” the General Sports Authority said on Twitter
  4. Under the country’s guardianship system, a male family member mainly the father, husband or brother can be the grant permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities. But the kingdom appears to be relaxing some norms as part of its “Vision 2030” plan for economic and social reforms, which aims to boost female employment.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Anupam Kher receives Parmod Mahajan Smriti Award

Anupam Kher receives Parmod Mahajan Smriti Award

  1. Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Sunday has honored with Parmod Mahajan Smriti Award in Pune.
  2. Speaking at the event, the veteran actor, who was recently appointed as Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, said: “Being awarded along with Saira Banu, who is UN ambassador for HeforShe, was a very big thing. I would like to bow in front of her.”
  3. The actor further said: “There is nothing special in me that I would have bagged this award. Till my graduation, I never scored more than 38 per cent marks. Never. For me, scoring 38 per cent was a big deal. I was not even good in sports. But today, if I am standing here, then I must have done something good.”

 

OBITUARY

Former BJP minister Dr Digamber Singh passes away in Jaipur

Former BJP minister Dr Digamber Singh passes away in Jaipur

  1. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dr Digamber Singh has been died on Friday at the age of 66 years. He was the vice-chairman of the Twenty Point Programme implementation committee, is survived by wife Asha Singh and son Dr Shailesh Singh.
  2. “Singh’s demise is a personal loss. He was a mass leader,” Raje said. She said Singh worked with her for a long time and was with her even in her difficult times.
  3. “His simplicity, honesty, helpful and friendly nature is worth following,” she said. She said Singh raised the issue of reservation for Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur. “His demise has brought irreparable loss to the party,” she added.
  4. ondoling Singh’s death, BJP chief Amit Shah tweeted, “Deeply pained to know about the sad demise of senior BJP leader and former minister Dr Digamber Singh. His passing away a big loss to BJP.”
  5. State BJP President Ashok Parnami said Singh’s demise is an irreparable loss. “He was a strong leader and a prominent farmer leader. Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said Singh was a true politician who was always concerned about farmers.”
  6. Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi said Singh’s demise is a loss to the state. “As a politician, he was sensitive and committed to the public. He was lively, welcoming, friendly and social person,” Dudi added.

 

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