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Current Affairs Today – October, 20, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

Narendra Modi’s visit to Varanasi, inaugurates 17 projects, lays foundation stone for six more

Narendra Modi’s visit to Varanasi, inaugurates 17 projects, lays foundation stone for six more

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started the new project that is the 17 projects in the parliament that is at the Varanasi and ‘digitally’ laid the foundation stone of six other projects. At the two days of the visit of the temple town, Modi also flagged off the Vadodara-Varanasi weekly express, which has maintained with the with LED screens and new, environment friendly toilets.
  2. The Prime Minister also facilitate the service of four water ambulances and four hearse carrying boats. He inaugurated the Trade Facilitation Centre, named after BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and two bridges in the city, which had been hanging fire for several years.
  3. “Yogi had pledged to take up developmental projects and he is already pushing them,” he said as the crowd cheered him. “If this happens, they will not only buy a lot of things from here but would also take home an indelible impression about the power of Kashi,” the Prime Minister said.
  4. In the term of the facilitate of the water ambulances and the hearse carrying boats, the Prime Minister said and this has been done by the better utilisation of the mode of transport that the rivers offer as well as to tackle the traffic congestion problem in Varanasi.
  5. The Prime Minister also told about his participation in the contested from Varanasi and Vadodara both during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and how he resigned from the Gujarat seat and retained Varanasi for he wanted to offer his services for its development.
  6. At the time of the event he told that the Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani informed that the foundation stone of the Rs 300 crore centre was laid in November 2014 and the first phase was completed in December 2016. The second and final phase was being inaugurated on Friday. She also told in the term of the education of one family member of a weaver or an artisan, the National Open School and University was offering courses with 75 per cent of the fee waived off.

KEYS:

  1. Uttar Pradesh is a state in northern India
  2. Its city of Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal monument, a colossal, domed, white-marble mausoleum honoring the wife of 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan
  3. Nearby are the red-brick walls of Agra Fort, a fortified palace dating to the 16th and 17th centuries
  4. Capital Lucknow has Muslim memorial shrines Bara Imambara and calligraphy-adorned Chota Imambara
  5. Land area: 243,286 km²
  6. Districts: 75

 

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercise “Pralay Sahayam” held in Secunderabad

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercise “Pralay Sahayam” held in Secunderabad

  1. The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju has taken the seminar on the “Pralay Sahayam”- “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief” that has held and taken at the College of Defence Management in Secunderabad Cantonment today. In this there is the practice that is for the involve of the discover that is the, rescue and relief operations during natural disasters, to interact and evolve a seamless and optimized Disaster Management Strategy.
  2. At the time of the event, he told that Shri Kiren Rijiju said that Disaster resilience is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders, including Government, business communities, non-government sectors and individuals. He also tell about the main of the role of the Armed Forces in Disaster Management and also told about the faced by Southern Command in addressing natural disasters.
  3. For the welcome of his, Lieutenant General PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C) Southern Command said that Hyderabad has been taken for this event at the measures to enhance operational preparedness for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Operations.
  4. Shri Mohammad Mehmood Ali, Deputy Chief Minister, Telangana State, welcomed all participants to the Seminar and emphasized the the main event of the disasters on priority. Shri BR Meena, Special Chief Secretary to the Government of Telangana in Revenue and Disaster Management Department and Dr B Janardan Reddy, Commissioner GHMC who has told about the Disaster Management Plans of Telangana in general and urban flooding in Hyderabad also participated in the seminar.
  5. The main aim event of the theme that is the ‘Urban Flooding in Hyderabad’ was conducted which simulated the contingencies and criticalities emerging during a flooding situation and brought to fore the response of all agencies at the National and State level and included the role of Media, NGOs and other contributing agencies.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Home Affairs or Home Ministry is a ministry of the Government of India, serving as the Indian State Department
  2. An interior ministry, it is mainly responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy
  3. Formed: 15 August 1947
  4. Jurisdiction: India
  5. Headquarters: North Block, Cabinet Secretariat, Raisina Hill, New Delhi – 110 001
  6. Cabinet minister: Rajnath Singh
  7. Minister of state: Kiren Rijiju, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
  8. Departments: Department of Internal Security,

 

Australia’s Deakin University signs MoU with NSDC for skills ecosystem

  1. Deakin University, Australia has signed the memorandum of understanding on Friday with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for conducting data analytics and impact evaluation studies in the skills ecosystem. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed for the duration of the five years.
  2. “The collaboration will be on projects for conducting data analytics and impact evaluation studies in the skills ecosystem,” Deakin University said in a statement.
  3. “These projects would help bridge the skill gap and enhance quality training institutions across the country,” it said. “Deakin University will be a knowledge partner for NSDC towards developing an impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation framework for its projects,” it added.
  4. Deakin University CFO Kerrie Parker said the partnership with the NSDC is an “opportunity for us to bring our expertise to a government organisation”.

KEYS:

  1. Established- 1974
  2. Chancellor- John Stanhope
  3. Vice-Chancellor- Jane den Hollander
  4. Academic staff- 1,881
  5. Administrative staff- 2,150
  6. Students- 50,644
  7. Undergraduates- 35,821
  8. Postgraduates- 12,565
  9. Location- Victoria, Australia
  10. Campus- Suburban
  11. Affiliations- ASAIHL, Australian National Business Schools

 

Odisha cabinet approved setting up of Handlooms and Handicrafts Development and Promotion Council

  1. With the aim of the increase of the growth of the handlooms and handicrafts sectors, the state cabinet on Thursday has given the approval for the establish the handlooms and handicrafts development and promotion council. After the cabinet meeting he told about the growth of the, chief secretary A P Padhi said detail structure of the council is yet to be finalized.
  2. The headquarters of the handlooms and handicrafts development and promotion council going to held at the Bhubaneswar. This work has been going at the administrative control of the handlooms, textiles and handicrafts department, said official sources said. The cabinet has also given the approval for the to provide funds to the tune of Rs 20 crore during current financial year.
  3. “The council will assess the impact of various schemes and programmes being implemented for weavers and artisans and advice the government for framing policies for the handlooms and handicrafts sectors,” said the chief secretary. This event has been given for the suggetion of the development of the weavers and artisans by optimal utilization of available resources and leveraging other public and private resources.
  4. It is also given the suggetion for the artist and the families of the honor. After agriculture, over 5 lakh families especially from western Odisha are dependent on handloom and handicraft sectors for their livelihood. The cabinet has started the approval for the activities such as exhibitions, fairs, conferences etc to facilitate sale of handloom and handicraft items on a large scale and improving the market linkages with special focus on exports.
  5. It has also given the guidance for the state government for conducting periodical socio-economic census and maintenance of database of weavers and artisans of the state. In other things the cabinet also given the approval for the restructuring of the cadre of the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) with creation of 153 new posts taking total strength of OAS officers to 1711.

KEYS:

  1. Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples
  2. The capital, Bhubaneswar, is home to hundreds of temples, notably the intricately-carved Mukteshvara
  3. The Lingaraj Temple complex, dating to the 11th century, is set around sacred Bindusagar Lake
  4. The Odisha State Museum is focused on the area’s history and environment
  5. Capital: Bhubaneswar
  6. Official song: Bande Utkala Janani

 

DGCA grants Aerodrome License to Shirdi Airport

  1. At the journey of the pilgrim, town of Shirdi for the darshan of Sai Baba has been comes in the reality in the coming of the little time. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday has given the announcement for the aerodrome licence to Shirdi airport, which has a runway long enough for an Airbus A-320 and Boeing 737 aircraft to land.
  2. In a statement, DGCA said, “It issued the licence to Shirdi airport for day operations after ensuring compliance with all relevant standards.” “The Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) has developed a green field airport at Kakadi village in Ahmednagar district for which the Ministry of Civil Aviation had granted ‘in principal’ approval in 2011,” the DGCA statement said.
  3. The runway of the airport is 2,500 meters in length and is capable of handling Code 3C type aircraft, which include the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737.
  4. Suresh Kakani, vice-chairman and managing director, MADC, has given the confirmation that the airport was ready and flight operations would start from October 1 to coincide with the 100th death anniversary of Sai Baba. “All the points raised during the DGCA inspection have been fulfilled. All that now remains is the start of flight operations,” Mr. Kakani said.

KEYS:

  1. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is the Indian governmental regulatory body for civil aviation under the Ministry of Civil Aviation
  2. This directorate investigates aviation accidents and incidents
  3. Sector: Civil aviation
  4. Headquarters: New Delhi
  5. Agency executive: B.S. Bhullar (Director general)
  6. Parent agency: Ministry of Civil Aviation
  7. Minister responsible: Ashok Gajapathi Raju
  8. Child agencies: Airports Authority of India; Air India; Pawan Hans

 

Zero Hunger Programme to be launched in three states on World Food Day

  1. Three districts – Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Koraput in Odisha and Thane in Maharashtra has been going to start the ambition of the ‘Zero Hunger’ program that has started the investment of the farm sector on October 16 (World Food Day).
  2. Many of the district has started the feet at the term of this dedicated farm-based programme in sync with India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end hunger by 2030, these three would act as a model of an integrated approach to deal with hunger and malnutrition by adopting suitable agricultural\horticultural practices.
  3. “The programme will ensure suitable methods of measuring the impact of intervention. There will be intensive training programme in order to identify the nutritional maladies in each district and the appropriate agricultural/horticultural and animal husbandry remedies”, said the eminent agriculture scientist, M S Swaminathan, on Monday while speaking about the plan to initiate the programme in three districts.
  4. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has started the Programme.
  5. The concerned state governments has also in the term of the programme which is under the organisations of farming system for nutrition, setting up genetic gardens for biofortified plants/crops and initiation of a ‘Zero Hunger’ training. A genetic garden for biofortified plants/crops contains the germplasm of naturally biofortified crops or such crops through plant breeding. In this there has been the implementation of the supplement micro-nutrient deficiencies, including iron, iodine, vitamin A and zinc among others.
  6. “It is hoped that such an integrated programme will help us achieve the zero hunger district goal surely and speedily”, said Swaminathan who is popularly known as father of ‘green revolution’ in India. He said, “The ‘Zero Hunger’ programme, planned in Koraput, Thane and Gorakhpur districts, will focus on agriculture, nutrition and health in a symbiotic manner”.

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is an autonomous body responsible for co-ordinating agricultural education and research in India
  2. It reports to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture
  3. President: Radha Mohan Singh
  4. Founded: 16 July 1929
  5. Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
  6. Campus: Urban
  7. Motto in English: “Agrisearch with a human touch”
  8. Subsidiaries: Central Institute of Fisheries Technology,
  9. The Indian Council of Medical Research, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest and largest medical research bodies in the world
  10. Headquarters: New Delhi
  11. Abbreviation: ICMR
  12. Founded: 1911
  13. Leader: Soumya Swaminathan
  14. Type of business: Government Organisation
  15. Formation: 1911 (as IRFA); 1949 (renamed to ICMR)

 

Second State Start Up Conference in New Delhi

Second State Start Up Conference in New Delhi

  1. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India has been going to organise the Second State Startup Conference on 12 September 2017 in New Delhi. This program has been covered by the Minister of State, Shri C.R. Choudhary and shall be attended by senior functionaries from State/Union Territory Governments, Incubators/Accelerators, Funding agencies, VCs, Angel investors and Startups.
  2. The discussions shall be conducted around four key themes related to key components of the startup ecosystem, namely:- 1. Governance reforms to be undertaken by States for Startups. 2. Incubation facilities in India and role of State Governments in developing these facilities. 3. Role of State Governments in setting up funds for Startups. 4. Making regulations easier for Startups.
  3. At the side of the growth of the efforts at the positive Startup ecosystem in the States, a framework for ranking various States/ Union Territories on the basis of initiatives taken to promote Startups will also be discussed.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Chinese developer Hui Ka Yan becomes Asia’s richest man

Chinese developer Hui Ka Yan becomes Asia’s richest man

  1. Hui Ka Yan, the chairperson of big China real estate developer China Evergrande Group, has became and ranked at the Asia’s richest man following a run-up in the company’s Hong Kong-listed shares.
  2. “Among mainland Chinese, Hui’s estimated fortune of $42.2 billion puts him ahead of Tencent Holdings Chairman Ma Huateng ($39.1 billion), Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma ($38.9 billion), and Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin ($30.4 billion),” according to the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List. In that all the member has bee giiven the rank of the China’s richest man at some point this year. Ma Huateng in the recent has been given the ranks second in Asia and Jack Ma third.
  3. Evergrande’s stock climbed by 4.6% to HK$30.4 has been given the increment at the five times from its close of HK$5.44 a year ago. Investors have bid up its shares amid triple-digit increases in sales and profit at the company from a year earlier.
  4. Guangzhou-headquartered Ever Grande’s revenue for the first six months of the year rose by 115% to 188 billion yuan, or $28 billion; net profit soared by 832% to 18.8 billion yuan. As of June 30, the company had 547 projects under construction with a total of 28 million square meters.

 

US, EU sign deal to streamline insurance regulation

US, EU sign deal to streamline insurance regulation

  1. The United States and the European Union has signed the agreement for the streamline regulations on international insurance and reinsurance companies, and free up capital for investments, this deal has been initiated at the 20 years in the making.
  2. The governments said, “The deal, negotiated by former US president Barack Obama’s administration and announced just before he left office in January,” will offer “enhanced regulatory certainty” to the companies, reducing red tape “while maintaining robust consumer protections.” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the agreement with the EU “is a win for the United States, its insurance industry, and US policyholders.”
  3. He said that by reducing the regulatory burden company’s face, the deal “enables American companies to be more competitive in the EU, enhances opportunities for US insurers and reinsurers at home and abroad, and furthers the administration’s goal of sustained economic growth.”
  4. Insurers now “will only be subject to worldwide prudential insurance group oversight by supervisors in their home jurisdiction” another than the country that has started to operating, according to a joint statement. In the term of the other collateral requirements for reinsurers in which the US firms were not required to hold for the EU said increases the investment capacity of the firms.
  5. “EU reinsurers estimate that they have about $40 billion of collateral posted in the US, which could instead be invested to create jobs and growth,” the EU said in a statement.

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump

 

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

SBI launches India’s first bond index series in UK

SBI launches India’s first bond index series in UK

  1. State Bank of India (SBI) today launched India’s first bond index series that is for the investment of the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
  2. The FTSE SBI Bond Index Series, that is launched by India’s largest commercial bank that with the global index and data provider FTSE Russell, and that has the placed at the first-of-its-kind transparent benchmark for investors in international markets to analyse India’s government bond market.
  3. “In respect of the Indian government bond market, we didn’t have any international indices on which the international investors could take a call. With the launch of this index alongside FTSE Russell, our intention is to give people a benchmark based on which they can make investment calls,” SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said at the launch ceremony at the LSE on Friday.
  4. “We are hopeful that the LSE will help us in getting a few products in. We have already approached the capital market regulator in India to allow us to use this index in order to launch an ETF. But even though there may not be products in the interim, we still expect the index to be used by investors as a benchmark,” Bhattacharya explained.
  5. “India has a significant domestic bond market that continues to see strong demand from foreign investors. This partnership with SBI, a leading Indian bank, enables us to be at the forefront of fixed income index innovations in India and we look forward to further developing index products that can create greater awareness and foster liquidity across the India domestic fixed income spectrum,” said Waqas Samad, CEO of Fixed Income and Multi Asset at FTSE Russell, which is ranked among the top three fixed income index providers globally.
  6. Sherry Madera, City of London Corporation, special advisor for Asia, said: “SBI has been a long-standing partner in the City since 1921, establishing its first international office and successfully expanding its business to now within 35 countries across the globe.”
  7. Madera added: “The City of London is delighted to welcome the FTSE Russell State Bank of Indian Bond Index Series and considers it an excellent example of London’s commitment to the Indian financial markets and offering tools and products for international investors seeking exposure in India.”

KEYS:

  1. State Bank of India is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company
  2. It is a government-owned corporation with its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  3. Customer service: 1800 425 3800
  4. Headquarters: Mumbai
  5. Founded: 1 July 1955
  6. Owner: Government of India (57.97%) Life Insurance Corporation of India (10%)
  7. Capital ratio: 13.12% (2016)
  8. Subsidiaries: SBI Cards, State Bank of Hyderabad

 

SPORTS

Kuldeep becomes first Indian spinner to take ODI hat-trick

Kuldeep becomes first Indian spinner to take ODI hat-trick

  1. In the ninth ODI that has out for India, 22-year-old Kuldeep Yadav has ensured his name that will not be forgotten very easily.
  2. Against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Yadav has created the history by becoming the third Indian cricketer to take a ODI hat-trick. By the way he is the first Indian spinner to achieve this unique feat.
  3. By the interest he not the first time Yadav has claimed a hat-trick for India. He had created the hat-trick while playing the 2014 Under-19. In the recent there he holds the record of being the first Indian bowler to pick three on the trot at the event.
  4. Here’s a list of three instances in Indian cricket history where the team’s bowlers have picked three on the trot!

 

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Indian start-up Kheyti wins prestigious award in Israel

Indian start-up Kheyti wins prestigious award in Israel

  1. The India’s startup trade has given the prestigious award and a cash prize of $42,000 in Israel for the development of the modular greenhouse that aims to give farmers a steady and dependable income.
  2. Kheyti, a Hyderabad-based startup, has been chosen for in the list of the ten finalists in the prestigious MassChallenge Israel contest that saw participation from over 500 companies in 40 different countries. The top ten finalists has been also taken at the Indian start-up ‘Sukriti’ which developed a smart toilet cabin employing hygiene maintenance systems to enhance user experience in sanitation.
  3. “We design, adapt and implement low-cost farming solutions that help small farmers increase yield and predictability of produce. We combine these technologies with end-to-end support to give these farmers a seamless path towards income increase,” the team said in its presentation.
  4. “I am very happy that two Indian startups made it to the top ten for Masschalenge awards and one of them, Kheyti, bagged the honours,” India’s Ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor told PTI. “This should motivate and encourage more Indian startups, especially in the social sector, and lead to further collaboration between India and Israel on this front too,” Kapoor added.

 

OBITUARY

Babuji Dheere Chalna’ actress Shakila passes away aged 82

Babuji Dheere Chalna’ actress Shakila passes away aged 82

  1. Yesteryear Bollywood actress Shakila, who has best recognition of her roles in ‘Aar Par’ and ‘CID’, has been died at the age of 82 years on Wednesday.
  2. Some of Shakila’s other popular films include ‘Shriman Satyawadi’, ‘China Town’, ‘Post Box 999’, ‘Dastaan’, ‘Sindbad the Sailor’, ‘Rajrani Damyanti’, ‘Aagosh’, ‘Shahenshah’, ‘Raj Mahal’, ‘Armaan’, ‘Alibaba Aur Chaalis Chor’, ‘Lalpari’, ‘Roop Kumari’, ‘Hatim Tai’ and ‘Al-Hilal’. She was last seen in 1963 film ‘Ustadon Ke Ustad’. She is also fondly remembered for performance in hit songs like “Babuji Dheere Chalna”, “Neend Na Mujhko Aaye” and “Ae Mere Dil Hai Nadaan”.
  3. Shakila’s nephew Nasirr Khan wrote, “With a heavy heart I have to inform you all that my maternal aunt (my moms older sister) Shakila Aunty has passed away. She was a star in her own right in the 50s and 60s. Babuji dheere chalna, pyaar mein zara samhalna. Please keep her in your prayers. May Allah grant her Jannat. Aameen.”
  4. Talking to the media, Nasirr, who is veteran actor Johnny Walker’s son, said, “Because of her age, she had kidney problems. She was diabetic. Recently, she had some cardiac problems also. All these things led to her demise. She passed away last night. As we can’t wait too long for funeral in Islam, the burial happened today early in the morning.”
  5. He also added, “She was a very jovial person, and because she and my dad worked together in Aar Par, they would talk a lot about cinema. On the film’s set my dad met her younger sister Noorjahan, and the two got married. Shakila aunty was very happy with the work she did, and was a content person. We will miss her much.”

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

Deendayal Upadhyaya, Indian philosopher and activist is born

  1. India has given the many of the illustrious scholars, activists and thinkers. Like this only there is the scholar and political activist was Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, who has taken the birth on 25th September 1916, in the small village of Nagla Chandraban in Uttar Pradesh.
  2. Pandit Deendayal Updhyaya has been become the ideologues and was the tenth President of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, a precursor of the present-day Bharatiya Janata Party.
  3. Some of the thoughts of Deendayal Updhayaya which bear reflection are: “Western Science and the Western Ways of life are two different things. Whereas Western Science is Universal and must be absorbed by us if we wish to go forward, the same is not true about the Western Ways of life and values.” “Here in Bharat, we have placed before ourselves the ideal of the four fold responsibilities of catering to the needs of Body, Mind, Intellect and Soul with a view to achieve the integrated progress of Man.”

 

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