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Important Current Affairs 17th October 2019

                                                           International Affairs

India halved its poverty rate since the 1990s: World Bank report

India has halved its poverty rate since the 1990s and achieved a seven plus growth rate over the last 15 years. The country has achieved annual growth exceeding seven per cent over the last 15 years, halved its poverty rate since the 1990s, and enjoyed strong improvements in most human development outcomes.

Trade deal with China being papered, says Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the partial trade deal agreed with China last week is now being formally put on to the paper.

FATF to rule on harsher sanctions for Pakistan

 The support extended by Turkey, China and Malaysia resulted in the FATF deciding not to include Pakistan on its “black list”. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has reviewed steps taken by Pakistan to counter money laundering and terror financing during meetings underway in Paris and is expected to rule on whether harsher sanctions will be imposed on the country .

-China, Turkey and Malaysia also appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan though some concerns were raised about a tax amnesty scheme offered by the government.

35 pilgrims killed in bus crash near Saudi holy city of Mecca

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that four others were injured in the crash.

Barack Obama backs Canada’s Justin Trudeau for another term in office

Barack Obama is urging Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former American president.

Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Democrats walk out of WH meeting

Condemnation of Trump’s stance on Turkey, Syria and the Kurds was quick and severe during the day, not only from Democrats but from Republicans who have been staunch supporters on virtually all issues.

                                                                   National Affairs

In Odisha’s first robotic restaurant, two humanoids to serve customers

-A restaurant in Bhubaneswar first robotic restaurant opened its doors to customers claiming to be the first eatery in eastern India where two indigenously developed robots will serve customers.

-Named ‘Champa’ and ‘Chameli’, the two humanoid robots rolled on the floor of the “Robo Chef” restaurant in Chandrasekharpur area of Bhubaneswar in the evening and served food to the waiting customers. After serving them food, the two robots even chimed “Apana mane khushi to” (Are you happy), a phrase popularised by chief minister Naveen Patnaik during his 2019 election campaign.

Hindu Dalit Nauksham Chaudhary is BJP’s choice in Muslim-dominated Punhana assembly seat of Haryana

-The BJP, which has never won a seat in the Mewat region, has experimented by fielding a Hindu Scheduled Caste woman candidate, Nauksham Chaudhary (28), a rank outsider.

-The Meo-Muslim-dominated Punhana assembly constituency in Haryana’s Mewat region is all set to witness a keenly-fought contest between a debutante Hindu Dalit woman candidate and four Meo-Muslims.

Indian retail market to touch $1,200 billion by 2021

Indian retail market will reach $1,200 billion by 2021 and $1,750 billion by 2026, a FICCI-Deloitte report said, adding that the country’s e-commerce market is expected to touch $84 billion by 2021 and $200 billion by 2026.

                                                  SPORTS Affairs

Liverpool head to United with widest gulf in years

Premier League leaders Liverpool head to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Manchester United and rarely have the odds been so in favour of an away win. Liverpool have won just five times at United in the Premier League era and the Red Devils have won the fixture 16 times, but the gulf in quality between the sides has widened significantly in recent years.

Sourav Ganguly is all set to take charge as the BCCI 

-Sourav Ganguly is all set to take charge as the BCCI president, and the former Indian captain has categorically mentioned that he will speak with the national selectors regarding the future of MS Dhoni before giving his own take on the issue.

Mustafizur Rahman's selection for India tour in doubt amidst fitness concerns

Pacer Mustafizur Rahman will have to prove his match-fitness in the National Cricket League before being considered for selection for the upcoming tour of India.

Consistency will be my main focus at Kings XI Punjab, says new coach Anil Kumble

•           Anil Kumble was roped in as Kings XI Punjab's new head coach last week

•           This will be Kumble's return to coaching stint after he quit as India head coach in 2017

•           Anil Kumble had previously been the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore

           

Tech Affairs

Google has finally launched Nest Mini, here's how it is different from Home Mini

Google hosted its annual Made by Google event in the New York City earlier this week where it launched Google Home Mini successor, Google Nest Mini, alongside Pixel 4 smartphones, Pixelbook Go, Pixel Buds and Nest Wi-Fi.

Amazon Alexa gets smarter, allows users to pay bills using voice commands           

Paying various utility bills has always been an ardous task given the nature of services and the service providers. But that changed when Amazon launched Amazon Pay Balance in India back in 2016. Since then Amazon has added a number of new features to its mobile wallet allowing users to not only shop on its e-retail platform using Amazon but also enabling them to use the service to pay their utility bills all without leaving the company's ecosystem. Now, the e-retail giant is making it more easier for users to pay their bills. Amazon has introduced a brand new feature on to its virtual assistant, Alexa, that will enable them to pay their bills simply by asking her to do so.

Vodafone now offering double data on two prepaid plans: Up to 84GB data up for grabs with other mega benefits

•           Vodafone is offering double data offer on select prepaid plans.

•           Subscribers can get up to 84GB data with both these plans.

•           Subscribers will be able to make free unlimited calls.

REWARD and ACHIEVEMENT

Kiran Uniyal sets Guinness World record

Kiran Uniyal, the wife of a serving Colonel of Indian Army, has created Individual Guinness World Records for The most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) (female) with 263 strikes and The most full contact knee strikes alternate legs in one minute(female) with 120 strikes. The previous records were of 177 strikes and 102 in the female category, respectively.

GoAir received the Best Airline award

GoAir received the Best Airline award by Andaman Tourism Award 2019 in its first edition for its leadership in attaining on-time performance for 12 consecutive months. The Andaman Tourism Award ceremony was organized at Port Blair in association with the Andaman Ministry of tourism and Andaman Association of Tour Operators.

IMPORTANT DATES

-International Poverty Eradication Day

-American Revolutionary War

           

           

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Important Current Affairs 16th October 2019

                                                                National Affairs

Delhi bans diesel gen-sets as GRAP kicks in, air quality very poor in several parts:

National capital banned generator sets, barring those being used in essential and emergency services, on  16-Oct-2019, as the air quality in several places in the city and adjoining areas slipped to "very poor" level. The ban on generators is a part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), a set of stricter anti-pollution measures to be taken according to severity of pollution.

This is the first time that the ban on gen-sets has been extended to NCR cities of Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Sonepat, Panipat and Bahadurgarh.

India ranks below Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Global Hunger Index

-The annual index is designed to measure and track hunger at the global, national and regional levels and to assess progress and setbacks in combating hunger. India is now ranked below Pakistan (94), Bangladesh (88) and Sri Lanka (66) among South Asian nations.

The Supreme Court hearing on the Ayodhya land dispute case has entered the final leg.

- In anticipation of an order within a month's time the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which has spearheaded the Ram Janmabhoomi movement for decades and has kept construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya as its top agenda, has called a meeting of every "pracharak" with all Sangh affiliated organisation.

           

Springboard mentor helps professionals transition to Data Science & ML.

-Springboard ,US based learning platform , is now helping professional in transition into Data Science& ML, through its 1:1 mentoring model. Every learner is matched with a personal mentor based on their background  and aspiration to work on projects and help with industry insights.Mentors come from top companies like plipkart,Paytm,InMobi, Ola ,Uber and more.

KKR appoints David Hussey, Mills as chief mentor & bowling coach.

-IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday named Australian David Hussey as the chief mentor and former New Zealand pacer Kyle Mills as the team's new bowling coach.Both Hussey and Mills will work under former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum, who has been appointed as the head coach of KKR for the next IPL.

                                                        International Affairs

The study, released amid growing global alarm over climate change, found that intense heatwaves over the summer in Switzerland had dashed hopes that an exceptionally snow-filled winter would limit the glacier melt this year. Switzerland’s glaciers have lost a tenth of their volume in the past five years alone -- a melting rate unmatched during observations stretching back more than a century.

“Gender Imbalance in Unpaid Work”

 -The annual meeting of the IMF and the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund said that while men have increased their time spent on unpaid work, women still spend from 20 to 1,000 per cent more time than men around the world.

- Women in Hong Kong spend 2.6 hours a day on unpaid work, and in Mexico 7.1 hours. Gender imbalances in the distribution of unpaid work varies significantly across countries, the paper said.

Turkey launched a cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters on Wednesday after the US decided to withdraw troops from Syria, a move criticised by the Republicans, with some terming it a "betrayal" of the Kurds.

SPORTS

Mumbai's Yashasvi Jaiswal youngest batsman to hit double hundred in List A cricket.

Mumbai opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has become the youngest ever crickter to slam a double hundred in professional 50-over cricket. Jaiswal aged 17 years and 292 days, smashed 203(154) against Jjharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy on 16th October 2019.

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Important Current Affairs 15th October 2019

NATIONAL Affairs

1-         PM Modi holds talks with King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in New Delhi.

2-         India and Netherlands launch 2nd phase of LOTUS-HR (Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse) project in Delhi.

3-         Nirmala Sitharaman ask the firms to clear dues of MSME

a)         “The corporate affairs ministry has a complete list of companies, which have stated that they owe MSMEs nearly Rs 40,000 crore. We are taking a two-pronged approach so that before Diwali, MSMEs will get the dues,” Sitharaman said.

           

4-         Govt plans to train women across villages to combat water crisis.

a)         Women in villages across 256 water-scarce districts will receive training to ensure clean water supplies, Smriti Irani, the federal minister for women & child development, said in Mumbai Tuesday. The program will be expanded to cover all of India’s 750,000 villages, Irani said.

         

                                      INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

1-WTO gives US final authorisation to impose tariffs on EU products in retaliation for illegal subsidies given to Airbus.

2-US imposes sanctions, tells Turkey to stop Syria invasion.

3-Jay Chen CEO of  Huawei want to tie up with Reliance Jio. India is still thinking on this 5G ecosystem in the country.

4-Sino-Pak axis plans to sell arms to Nigeria and Myanmar

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Important Current Affairs 14th October 2019

NATIONAL:

New version of return filing portal to be launched by GST Network

• The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) is to launch an improved version of the GST return filing portal on 22 October. It aims to make the process easier. The announcement was made by the GST Network CEO, Prakash Kumar.

• GST benefit:

♦ GST has reduced complexity by lowering the number of forms to be filed by businesses to 12. Previously it was 495 under as many as 17 central and state laws.

♦ Data that is shared by indirect tax administration with the income tax department has helped in detecting mismatches.

♦ Currently, there are 12.3 million registered GST taxpayers.

India, China to set up high level group to tackle Indias trade deficit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to set up a high-level group to tackle India's trade deficit at the summit held in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu. The high-level group will be led by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from the Indian side and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua.

Highlights:

♦ The leaders discussed to improve bilateral ties

♦ The summit aimed to break through distrust over border disputes, trade rows, and China’s close military ties with Pakistan

♦ The leaders also said that a new mechanism would be established to discuss trade, investment, and services

♦ China urged India to take an independent decision on Huawei’s bid for India’s proposed 3G network without heeding to U.S. pressure

It was also suggested that the two sides to expand cooperation in the military sector to boost trust

Centre to fund Rs.25 lakh crore for infrastructural development

• Centre has announced Rs.25 lakh crore for infrastructural development in the villages across the country. It was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 13 October. The move aims to strengthen rural infrastructure. The fund will be used to construct modern storage centres for crops also.

Aim:

The fund comes with a broader vision for farmers. Centre has been taking steps to solve the problems of farmers permanently.

Other measures:

♦ Among the allocated Rs.25 lakh crore, Rs.3.5 lakh crore will be used for water conservation and building facilities for water conservation.

♦ The government is also carrying work by constructing roads of the village.

♦ klavya Model School is to be introduced by the government to enhance the education and skills of tribal children.

INTERNATIONAL:

Prahlad Singh Patel participated in the BRICS Culture Ministers Meet

• BRICS Culture Ministers’ Meet was held at Curitiba, Brazil.  Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge), participated in the meeting. In the meeting, the countries reaffirmed to contribute towards stronger bonds of friendship and cooperation in cultural fields amongst member countries.

• India-BRICS relationship:

♦ With its rich cultural heritage and traditions, India has contributed towards stronger bonds of friendship and cooperation in the fields of Cultural Heritage, Archives, Literature, Theatre for children and young people, Films, Arts, Museums & Galleries, etc.

♦ India's National Gallery of Modern Arts of India, under BRICS Alliance of Museums and Art Galleries, is to host Bonding Regions & Imagining Cultural Synergies during November-December, 2019.

DAYS:

World Standards Day observed on 14 October

• World Standards Day is observed on 14th October 2019. The day is observed every year. The day is observed to raise awareness of the significance of standardization to the global economy.

The day is celebrated globally by the members of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Employees (IEEE), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), etc.

• Aim:

The day aims to pay tribute to the collaborative efforts of the experts all over the world who developed the voluntary technical agreements that are published as International Standards. It aims to make the world aware of the significance of standardization and its relevance to the global economy.

SPORTS:

Lakshya Sen won the Dutch Open mens singles title at Almere

• Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen won the Dutch Open men's singles title 2019 at Almere, Netherlands. This is his maiden Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour title. He won the title by defeating Yusuke Onodera of Japan in the summit. He secured 15-21 21-14 21-15 to defeat Onodera.

• Lakshya Sen currently ranked 72nd. He had won the Belgian Open in September and reached the finals of Polish Open 2019.

• Result:

Men's Singles: Lakshya Sen (India)

Women's Singles: Wang Zhiyi (China)

Men's Doubles: Vladimir Ivanov, Ivan Sozonov (Russia)

Women's Doubles: Gabriela Stoeva, Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva (Bulgaria)

Mixed Doubles: Robin Tabeling, Selena Piek (Netherlands)

Gauff became the youngest American woman to claim WTA title

• Coco Gauff won the Linz Open title on 13 October 2019 in Austria. She became the youngest American woman to win a tour singles title since 1991 to win the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) title. Because of this win, Coco Gauff is set to become World No. 71.

The previous record was set by Jennifer Capriati in 1991. Venus and Serena Williams won their first WTA titles when they were 17.

• Result:

Women's singles: United States Coco Gauff

Women's doubles: Czech Republic Barbora Krejčiková, Kateřina Siniakova.

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Important Current Affairs 13th October 2019

DAYS:

National Postal Week observed from October 9 to October 15.

• World Post Day marks the anniversary of the establishment of Universal Postal Union in 1874 and is celebrated on October 9 every year.

Department of Posts is celebrating National Postal Week from October 9 to October 15

Aim:

To bring about awareness about the role of post offices in social economical development.

The Nagpur Postal Region is organizing a week-long celebration during the National Postal Week. Various programs will be organised like World Postal Day on October 9, Banking Day on Oct 10. Jayabhaye presented the important initiatives of the Postal Department such as Aadhar, POPSK, India Post Payment Bank and status of investment opportunities with Post Office Saving Bank.

India Post Offices

There are 3,067 post offices consisting of 13 head post offices, 380 sub post offices and 2,674 branch post offices. The total staff strength of the region is 7,705 as on March 31, 2019.

 The region has 76,109 PLI and 1,03,945 RPLI policies. The premium collected against these policies during the year 2018-19 was Rs 146.45 crore. Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) have been opened in all the Lok Sabha constituencies in Nagpur Region. There are nine Post Office Passport Seva Kendras in the region which have helped in saving the time and travel requirements for 32,904 passport applicants up to September 30, 2019. There are 11 branches of India Post Payments Bank in the region and so far 197 current accounts and 64,445 savings accounts have been opened in these branches by September 30.

Further, 32 Saksham Grams have also been covered, he said. Similarly, there are 56 Sampoorna Bima Grams in the region as on August 31, 2019 where eligible households have been covered under Rural Postal Life Insurance.

Aadhaar Updation

There are 249 Aadhaar Updation and Enrolment Centres in the region. Number of camps organised from April 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019 was 167. Aadhaar updations and enrolments done in the camps were 9,883 and 1,724, respectively. Timings of Aadhar updation and enrolment services have been changed from 10 am to 6 pm to 9 am to 8 pm at Amravati, Akola head post offices for flexible timings to customers and to 8 am to 8 pm at Nagpur GPO and Nagpur City head post office. Accordingly, the number of speed post articles booked and delivered in the region were 47,79,406 and 80,64,412 respectively in the year 2018-19 and 25,20,276 and 28,64,587 respectively in the year 2019-20 (up to September 30, 2019).

SPORTS:

India to have first Olympic Hospitality House in Tokyo.

• JSW and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced the launch of the India House that will be constructed in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

The media persons here that the initiative is aimed at creating a home away from home for Indian athletes and fans who will be travelling to Japan during the multisport event.

The construction of India House will get underway soon on a plot of land that has been rented in the Japanese capital.

 The land is about 2,227 square metres and it will be a multi-level building. It will have a hospitality zone exclusively for Indian athletes, their staff and their families.

Facilities of JSW

The facilities will be there for the public like an Indian restaurant, a section reserved for Indian brands to showcase and sell their products. We are in discussion with various public sector companies and corporates who will be putting up stalls at India House. The tourism boards of individual states will also be asked to showcase their services and selling tourism packages.The Indian House and charges for services inside will be available at subsidised rates for Indian citizens. The Indian athletes would be participating at the Olympics.

The athletes will be living at the Games village, the India House is aimed at creating a place they can see as a home away from home. The separate section which will be having very little interaction with the general public. It will be up to the IOA, the ministry, the athletes' coaching staff and the athletes themselves to decide how much access they want to allow. We will be working closely with the IOA and the ministry to ensure that the athletes are comfortable. The initiative along with the IOA and is in talks with a number of corporates and public sector companies for funding. The idea after their experience in Rio de Janiero during the 2016 Olympics. The Olympics to watch their athletes play would go into these houses at the end of the day.

Eliud Kipchoge First In World To Run A Marathon In Under 2 Hours.

•  Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge made history busting the mythical two-hour barrier marathon on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park. The unofficial time completed by him was 1hr 59min 40.2sec. The Olympic champion became the first ever to run a marathon in under two hours in the Prater park with the course readied to make it as even as possible. The 34-year-old already holds the men's world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018. Kipchoge bested that mark, making good on a failed attempt two years ago in Monza, Italy.

The run was set up and paced the International Association of Athletics Federations will not validate the time as a world record. The running surface had been part and readied with other features such as a banked corner that could save time and avoid injury. The Pacemakers took turns to support him throughout the 42.195-kilometer (26.219-miles) race. They included 1,500-metre Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz and former world champion Bernard Lagat. The course included a 4.3 kilometer-long straight alley, which the Kenyan ran up and down several times amid dry but foggy weather. The course prepared so that it should take Kipchoge just about 4.5 seconds more than on a computer-simulated completely flat and straight path, according to an analysis by sports experts at Vienna University.

The distance is about 26 metres in altitude and climbs 12 metres. The founders of the main sponsors, Ineos, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, is taking a personal interest in the challenge and himself competes in Ironman triathlons.

The world marathon record has, for the past 16 years, been contested uniquely between athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia. The two nations are also fierce rivals for distance medals on the track. Kipchoge's record was almost beaten last month in the Berlin marathon by Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, who ran 2:01.41, just two seconds short of the official world mark.

Mary Kom signs off with bronze in World Championships.

• Mary Kom got third and defeated 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. Mary Kom counter-attacks Cakiroglu struggled to make her victory.

The second round followed a similar pattern as far as the tactics went but Cakiroglu seemed the sharper of the two. In the final three minutes, both the boxers upped the ante but Cakiroglu became the dominant aggressor eventually.

The campaign for the 36-year-old Mary Kom and added to her long list of accomplishments. This bronze is her first world medal in the 51kg category.

The six world titles, Mary Kom's incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes. Later in the evening session, Manju Rani (48kg) will be up against Thailand's Chuthamat Raksat, who upstaged fifth seed Yuliyanova Asenova in the quarterfinals. Jamuna Boro (54kg) will take on top seed and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei. Last edition's bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) will face China's Yang Liu, who took down top seed Chen Nien-Chin.

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Important Current Affairs 12th October 2019

NATIONAL:

Forbes India Rich List Mukesh Ambani retains top position for 12th straight year

• Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani bagged the number one spot with $51.4 billion net worth on Forbes list of richest Indians for the year 2019. Gautam Adani came a close second as he jumped 8 spots on the list with a net worth of $15.7 billion.

• This is the 12th consecutive year that Ambani has topped the list despite being a challenging year' for the Indian economy According to the American business magazine. Ambani's wealth swelled to $51.4 billion this year.Mukesh Ambani remains the richest Indian for the 12th year in a row. Reliance Industries is became one of India's biggest mobile carriers with 340 million subscribersAdani who rose 8 spots to bag the second place on the list saw his fortune rise on account of venturing into a slew of new businesses from airports to data centres.

• Ashok Leyland owners Hinduja brothers came third with a net worth of $15.6 billion, Shapoorji Pallonji Group's Pallonji Mistry was on the fourth spot with a $15 billion net worth, Kotak Mahindra Bank's Uday Kotak ranked fifth with $14.8 billion net worth followed by HCL Technologies Shiv Nadar with a net worth of $14.4 billion.

This year also spelled an 8% drop in the total wealth of business tycoons on the Forbes' 2019 list to $452 billion. It had been a challenging year for the nation's wealthiest" owing to the economic slowdown.

INTERNATIONAL:

NASA Launches Long-Delayed ICON Space Weather Satellite to Study Earth's Ionosphere

• The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket, which was released in midair from its carrier plane, a Stargazer L-1011. The aircraft had taken off about an hour and a half earlier from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

• ICON make its way to Earth orbit on a mission to study the planet's ionosphere, a massive layer of our atmosphere that overlaps with the boundary of space. The spacecraft's measurements will help scientists better understand the link between space weather and terrestrial weather, and how the two interact in the ionosphere, mission team members he ionosphere is continually changing, and it's very dynamic,"Nicky Fox, head of NASA's heliophysics division, explained during a prelaunch news briefing on Tuesday (Oct. 8).

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

India jumps to 7th spot in Brand Finance Nation Ranking

• India jumped two levels to 7th position in the Brand Finance Nation ranking of 2019 The overall economic growth due to slowdown in the manufacturing and construction sectors.The latest report by independent brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance, India has jumped to the seventh position from 9th last year, after recording a solid 19 percent growth in brand value to USD 2.6 trillion.

• The Indian economy to recover after the global financial crisis with growth now reduced by a recent slowdown in both the manufacturing and construction sectors.Canada secured 7th position dropped to 8th position. South Korea was at the 10th position last year managed to jump a level up to reach the 9th position.

• Italy which was at 8th position last year, slipped to the 10th.US, China and Germany continued to be the top three nations, respectively even in 2019.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu conferred highest Civilian Honour of Comoros

• Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu conferred the highest Civilian Honour of Comoros The Order of the Green Crescent. The honour was conferred by the President of the Union of Comoros Azali Assoumani in Moroni. He is on a first-ever high-level visit to Comoros.

• India and Comoros signed six agreements on defence, health and culture. The countries decided to exempt each other from Visa for diplomatic and official passport holders for short visits. India as a maritime neighbour is ready to share the experience of its progress with the people of Comoros.

• The Comoros and India have a commonality of approach on most of the important issues facing the world community and have consistently supported each other in different multilateral forums.

India’s trade with Comoros was at USD 47.11 million for 2018-19. The potential for trade between #India and Comoros is vast. India would like to become a valuable partner in the economic development of Comoros.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

SAP appoints new co-CEOs to Bill McDermott

• SAP SE Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott - Europe’s largest software company replaced Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein as co-CEOs.Morgan joined SAP in the year 2004 most recently served as president of the software giant’s cloud business group. She became the first American woman appointed to SAP’s executive board in 2017 when she was named the president of the Americas and Asia.

• Klein, who joined SAP as a student in 1999 in chief operating officer since April 2016 served on the executive board since 2018.McDermott joined Walldorf, Germany-based SAP in 2002. He was the first American to hold that rank at the maker of business applications and databases. McDermott embraced cloud computing, changing the way SAP sold software so customers could use it over the internet. He has been transitioning the company through acquisitions and revamped products, challenging rivals Salesforce.com Inc. and Oracle Corp.

•  SAP pledged to triple cloud revenue by 2023 the effort has shown mixed results and the company has pushed to shore up profit margins with the support of activist investor Elliott Management.

DAYS:

World Migratory Day is observed on October 12th

• World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) observed on October 12th. It is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. The WMBD unifying the planet’s major migratory bird corridors, or flyways: the African-Eurasian flyway, the East Asian-Australasian flyway, and the Americas flyways.

• Aim:

To reach out to a broader audience and amplify its message for bird conservation.Every year people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. All these activities can also be undertaken at any time on the year because that countries or regions observing the peak of migrations at different times, but the main days for the international celebrations in 2019 are Saturday 11 May and Saturday 12 October.

SPORTS:

Dutee Chand Breaks Her Own 100m Record at National Open Athletics Championships

• Dutee Chand won the 100-meter national record with a time of 11.22 seconds during the semi-finals at the National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi.

• The previous national record was 11.26 seconds held jointly by Dutee and Rachita Mistry. Dutee Chand also bettered her personal best time. by 0.04 seconds, that she registered at the Asian Athletics Championships back in April this year.

• The timing of 11.26 seconds, Dutee would have qualified for the women's 100m semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships, as she had finished 7th in the 3rd heat with a time of 11.48 seconds.

He clocked 11.25 seconds in the final to claim the gold, leaving Archana Suseendran and Himashree Roy in the wake.

• Amiya Kumar Malik, who has been struggling to find his rhythm the whole season, won the bragging rights as the fastest man in the National Open.He won the men's 100m in 10.46 seconds, breaking the beam a hundredth of a second ahead of Malaysia's Jonathan AnakNyepa.

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Important Current Affairs 11th October 2019

AGREEMENTS AND MOUS:

GeM signed MoU with UBI to avail online services.

• Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Union Bank of India (UBI) under which the bank will offer several services to it including the transfer of funds.

MoU:

♦ The MOU will facilitate a cashless, paperless and transparent payment system on the portal

♦ It will also enable the GeM to create an efficient procurement system for government entities

♦ It will facilitate the online integration for payments and various banking services to GeM.

♦ UBI will provide various services including transfer of funds through GeM pool accounts, advising of performance, bank guarantees and earnest money deposit to the registered users on the portal

GeM:

The commerce ministry launched the procurement portal GeM to increase transparency in public procurement of goods and services, which is estimated at about Rs 8 lakh crore per year.To enable the Online integration for payments and various banking services, GeM has signed MoU with 14 public sector and private banks.

AWARDS:

Olga and Handke won the Nobel Prize for literature.

• Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke have won the Nobel Prize for literature for the year 2018 and 2019. It was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy. Each received a nine million Swedish kronor, a medal and a diploma.

2018 award:

As the award was not announced for the year 2018, the academy awarded two winners, one for the year 2018 and one for 2019. The Swedish Academy suspended it in 2018 after a sexual assault scandal.

Olga Tokarczuk:

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for the year 2018. She also won the Man Booker International Prize in 2018. Tokarczuk, 57, was rewarded for a narrative imagination with an encyclopaedic passion that represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.

In 1993, her debut novel was published. She has also authored the famous Primeval and Other Times.

The Nobel prize committee appreciated The Books of Jacob that presents a rich panorama of a little-known chapter in European history. she became the 15th female winner of the Nobel Prize out of 116 literature laureates.

Peter Handke:

The Austrian author and playwright Peter Handke, 76, was recognized for his influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience. He has been a controversial figure as he supported the Serbs during the 1990s Yugoslav war. He was charged in 2001 with the Bosnian Genocide.

Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed wins.

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who made peace last year with bitter foe Eritrea.

He was awarded the prize for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation".

Mr Abiy's peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.

He was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, where he will receive the award in December.

SPORTS:

Annu Rani won gold at the 59th National Open Athletics Championships.

Javelin thrower Annu Rani won a gold medal in the women's javelin throw event at the 59th National Open Athletics Championships on 10 October in Ranchi, Jharkhand. She defeated Sharmila Kumari to win the title.

She gave a series of throw of 56.97m, 55.97m, 58.31m, 57.29m, 56.86m, 58.60m. Sharmila Kumari's best throw in the event was 53.28m.

In October 2019, the  25-year-old set the national record at 62.43m at the World Championships in Doha.

Result:

Javelin Throw:

1.Annu Rani - 58.60m

2.Sharmila Kumari - 53.28

3.Poonam Rani - 50.67

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Important Current Affairs 10th October 2019

NATIONAL:

Hindon to operate its first flight on 11 October.

• Hindon airport is all set for the first commercial flight from 11 October. The first flight from Hindon Airport is operated by the Heritage Aviation company. The 9-seater will take off to Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district from Hindon Civil Airport.

The company has set the price for one seat in the aircraft at Rs.2,500. The company has planned to launch flights for Dehradun, Hubli, Shimla, Faizabad, Gulbarga, Nasik and Coonoor among other popular destinations.

Hindon Airport:

Hindon Airport is an upcoming civil airport in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The airport is operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Hindan Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force. The Hindon airport will serve as the second airport in Uttar Pradesh. This airport will reduce the load at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

INTERNATIONAL:

Pakistan PM Imran Khan declared as 2020 Muslim Man of the Year.

• Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) has declared the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as Muslim Man of the Year 2020. He won the title in the recent list of the most persuasive Muslims in the world issued by the Centre. His name has also been included in The Muslim 50, the Most Influential Muslims in the World published by the RISSC. Mr. Khan has also become the 6th most popular world leader on Twitter with 10.5 million followers on the social media platform.

The RISSC has also declared Rashida Tlaib as Muslim Woman of the Year 2020. She is an American Congresswoman.

RISSC:

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) is an autonomous research organization in Jordan. It is affiliated with the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. It aims to protect, preserve and propagate Islam as defined by the international Islamic Consensus on the Three Points of the Amman Message arrived at over the years 2005-2006. It also aims to publicize the religious and legal positions of Islam on key issues relevant to life in the modern world.

AGREEMENTS AND MOUS:

India and France agreed to deepen defence ties.

• Defence minister Rajnath Singh visited France from 7th October to 8th October. He held discussions with the French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly.

Highlights:

♦ During his visit, he reviewed the full spectrum of the bilateral defence engagement.

♦ India and France reaffirmed their strong commitment to further deepen cooperation to combat terrorism.

♦ Both the countries discussed ways to further deepen defence-related official and operational level interactions.

♦ Both sides agreed to expand the scope and complexity of the existing regular bilateral joint exercises including SHAKTI, VARUNA, and GARUDA.

♦ He received the first of 36 Rafale combat jets during his visit.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

Cultsport sportswear appointed Jasprit Bumrah as brand ambassador.

• Cure.fit, an integrated health and wellness start-up, appointed Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah as the brand ambassador for its premium sportswear brand, cultsport.

Cure.fit:

Cure.fit brand offers apparel that are made with high quality fabric blended with the latest technology to enable an athletic lifestyle. The company features the custom designed collections like Vitals, Code, Signature, the t-shirts have an easy, relaxed fit  etc. The cultsport premium sportswear is distributed through the cure.fit app, and e-commerce partnerships with the likes of Myntra and, Flipkart.

Jasprit Bumrah:

Indian Skipper Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah plays for the Indian national cricket team. He bowls at 140–145 kilometres per hour. This made him one of the fastest bowlers in India.

DAYS:

World Sight Day 2019 is observed on 10 October 2019.

• World Sight Day 2019 is observed annually on 10 October. The day aims to create awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Report highlights:

♦ World Health Organization (WHO) launched the first World report on vision on 8 October 2019.

♦ The report said that more than 1 billion people are living with vision impairment due to lack of care they need for conditions like short and far sightedness, glaucoma and cataract.

♦ Also, it said that the change in lifestyles and limited access to eye care are the major cause of visual impairment, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

♦ Other mains reasons are Myopia (near-sightedness), Diabetic retinopathy, Late detection.

♦ It said that all people living with severe vision impairment can still be treated if they access rehabilitation services.

♦ Optical magnifiers and reading use Braille, to smartphone wayfinders and orientation and mobility training with white canes will make it possible.

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Important Current Affairs 9th October 2019

NATIONAL:

India ranked 68th in the 2019 Global Competitiveness Index

• Singapore topped the 2019 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) and pushed the US to the second place. India ranked 68th on the GCI. The list is compiled by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF).

• Top 5 countries of the list:

1) Singapore

2) The US

3) Hong Kong SAR

4) Netherlands

5) Switzerland

• Report highlights about India:

♦ India ranked 58th in the 2018 GCI report. It is among the worst-performing BRICS nations. The reports suggested that India should grow its skills base.

♦ India's product market efficiency has been undermined by a lack of trade openness.

♦ About Indian's labour market, WEF said that it is characterized by a lack of worker rights’ protections.

INTERNATIONAL:

India handed over 10,000 vials of antirabies vaccines to Myanmar

• India handed over 10,000 vials of anti-rabies vaccines to Myanmar. The move is to help Myanmar in its fight against the Rabies disease. The handing over ceremony was held in Yangon, Myanmar on 8 October. The vials of Anti-Rabies Vaccines were handed over by the Deputy Chief of Mission Sumit Seth to Myanmar's Director General of Department of Medical Research [DG(DMS)] Zaw Than Htun at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar.

• Aim:

The aim of the move of donating vials is to provide support to the Government of Myanmar for its fight against Rabies. This showcases the strength of India's pharmaceutical industry in manufacturing high-quality vaccines at a highly competitive price.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Google partners with the government for the Crafted in India project

• Google Arts & Culture’s new project Crafted in India was unveiled on 7 October. For this Google has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism, Dastkari Haat Samiti, and 20 other cultural institutions for the project.

Aim:

Crafted in India project aims to showcase the county's rich handicraft heritage. This will also make it accessible for the world to experience Indian crafts.

• Crafted in India:

♦ Crafted in India is the largest online exhibition on Indian Crafts.

♦ Over 50 of India's crafts will now be available in Crafted in India.

♦ Around 280+ exhibits and 11,000+ images & videos will give people an immersive tour of varied Indian craft forms including fabrics, embroidery, wall paintings to stonework, metal casting, wood carving, and more.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

IFS officer Ramesh Pandey to receive Asia Environmental Enforcement Award

• Senior Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Ramesh Pandey has been selected for the prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award for the year 2019. He was selected by the UN Environment in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He will receive the award at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok on 13 November 2019. The selection panel recognized Pandey for his excellent work to combat transboundary environmental crime.

Ramesh Pandey:

Ramesh Pandey is a 1996-batch IFS officer. He was posted as Chief Conservator Forests in Lucknow and Secretary, UP State Bio-diversity Board. He is popularly known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on poachers.

He was selected to be a part of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau by the Indian government because of his work in Katarniaghat to curb poaching. He also served as Field Director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. He introduced the Monitoring System for Tigers Intensive Protection & Ecological Status (M-Strips), a new software-based patrolling in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve on the recommendation of the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

Gitesh Sarma appointed as Indias next High Commissioner to Australia

• Senior diplomat Anumula Gitesh Sarma is appointed as India's next High Commissioner to Australia. The announcement was made by the Ministry of External Affairs. He will be taking up the assignment soon. He replaces A.M Gondane as India's envoy in Australia.

• Anumula Gitesh Sarma:

Anumula Gitesh Sarma is a 1986 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. Previously, Sarma was serving as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). He has also served as the Indian envoy to Uzbekistan and Fiji.

SPORTS:

Simone Biles won the 21st World Gymnastics Championships medal

• Simone Biles, 22, set the record by clinching the World Gymnastics Championships 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. This is Simone Biles' 21st medal at the championships. With this title, she became the most decorated women's gymnast in history. She defeated Russia's Svetlana Khorkina to win the title.

• The USA won the women's team won gold with a tally of 172.330 for the fifth time. Russians won the silver medal with a tally of 166.529 and Italy won bronze with a tally of 164.796.

• 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships:

Held at: Stuttgart, Germany

Date: 4 October - 13 October 2019

Competitors: 548 from 92 nations

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Important Current Affairs 8th October 2019

NATIONAL:

Centre launched eDantseva website.

• Centre launched the e-Dantseva website and mobile application, the first-ever national digital platform, on oral health information and knowledge dissemination. It was launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on 7 October in New Delhi.

e-DantSeva:

e-DantSeva is the first-ever national digital platform. It aims to provide oral health information both in the form of a website and mobile application.

Aim:

It aims to create awareness among the significance of maintaining optimum oral health. It will also equip them with the tools and knowledge to do so, including awareness of the nearest oral health service facility.

e-DantSeva provides oral health information that were gathered from scientific resources and connects the public to timely advice for managing any dental emergency or oral health problem.

Developed by:

e-DantSeva initiative was developed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with AIIMS and other stakeholders.

Other launches:

♦ The Union minister released the Braille booklet and Voice over on Oral Health Education for the visually impaired individuals

♦ Also, oral health posters for pregnant women and children were released

INTERNATIONAL:

US Astronauts Complete 1st of 5 Power Upgrade Spacewalks.

• Two NASA astronauts have successfully wrapped up a seven-hour and one minute spacewalk, marking the completion of the first of the five spacewalks to upgrade the station's power systems this month.

The replacement of nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries on the far end of the station's port truss, Expedition 61 Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan of NASA concluded their spacewalk at 2.40 pm EDT on Sunday.The astronauts were also able to accomplish get-ahead tasks, including the removal of an additional nickel-hydrogen battery, originally scheduled for the second spacewalk.

These new batteries provide an improved power capacity for operations with a lighter mass and a smaller volume than the nickel-hydrogen batteries.

Mr Morgan and Ms Koch are scheduled to venture outside again for another spacewalk to continue the battery replacements on the first of the two power channels for the station's far port truss

The next spacewalks dedicated to the battery upgrades are scheduled on October 16, 21 and 25.

The battery spacewalks, the second half of this sequence of spacewalks will focus on repairs to the space station's Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

The Dates for those spacewalks are still being discussed, but they are expected to begin in November.

The Space station crew members have conducted 219 spacewalks in support of assembly and maintenance of the orbiting laboratory.

WTO to host first World Cotton Day celebrations in Geneva.

• World Trade Organisation, WTO will host the first World Cotton Day (WCD) celebrations in Geneva . This event stems from the application by the Cotton-4 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali) to the United Nations General Assembly for its official recognition of a World Cotton Day, reflecting the importance of cotton as a global commodity.

The five-day event of World Cotton Day being observed at Geneva beginning today. The plenary session will be attended by heads of states, heads of international organisations and executives from the private sector.

World Cotton Day will celebrate the many advantages of cotton, from its qualities as a natural fibre, to the benefits people obtain from its production, transformation, trade and consumption. World Cotton Day will also serve to shed light on the challenges faced by cotton economies around the world because cotton is important to least developed, developing and developed economies worldwide.

The World Cotton Day launch will give more than 30 countries exposure to producers, processors and businesses and more than 400 participants will be celebrating cotton in Geneva with thousand more around the world.

A cotton exhibition is also being held where TEXPROCIL, Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC), Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will be setting up their stalls.

A sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi made out of cotton will be displayed to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) will be displaying India’s high quality cotton textiles at the exhibition.

HEPC will be displaying hand woven products from prominent clusters of India and will also have a live demonstration of the charkha by Pitta Ramulu, National Awardee weaver. The charkha will be donated to the WTO after the event.

Cotton is a global commodity that is produced all over the world and a single tonne of cotton provides year-round employment for five people on average. Cotton is a drought-resistant crop ideal for arid climates, it occupies just 2.1 per cent of the world’s arable land, yet it meets 27 per cent of the world’s textiles need. In addition to its fibre used in textiles and apparel, food products are also derived from cotton-like edible oil and animal feed from the seed.

World Trade Organisation WTO

Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Membership: 164 member states

Founded: 1 January 1995

DAYS:

October is observed as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

• The month of October is observed as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month every year. The annual campaign aims to raise awareness of the disease. It also helps to increase attention and support for awareness, early detection, and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.

World Health Organization (WHO) aims to promote breast cancer control programmes as part of national cancer control plans.

IARC Globocan 2008 reports say that about 1.38 million new cases and 4,58,000 deaths from breast cancer every year. It is most common in both developing and developed countries.

Lack of awareness:

Currently, there is no sufficient knowledge of the causes of breast cancer. Because of the lack of awareness, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. By early detection, adequate diagnosis and treatment there is a high chance that breast cancer can be cured. The majority of deaths, around 269 000, that occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages. This is mainly due to the lack of awareness of early detection and barriers to health services.

India celebrated its 87th Air Force Day on 8th October.

• India celebrated its 87th Air Force Day on 8th October 2019. The year 2019 is special because the Indian Air force received the first of 36 long-awaited Rafale fighter jets. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a visit to France will receive the fighter jets.

IAF is conducted a spectacular air display ceremony will take place at the Hindon Air Force base near Delhi. IAF showcased its Chinook and Apache helicopters for the first time. Both these helicopters were acquired from the United States and inducted within the last few months. The Air Force Day 2019 will be celebrated in the presence of IAF chief Birender Singh Dhanoa and senior officials of the three armed forces.

Indian Air Force (IAF):

Founded on: 8 October 1932

Headquarters: New Delhi

Part of: Indian Armed Force

Motto: Touch the Sky with Glory

Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal RK Singh Bhadauria

Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS): Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora.

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