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International Day of Rural Women 2017 observed globally

Oct 15, 2017
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The Day recognizes the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. The Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly through its resolution 62/136 dated 18 December 2007. It was first celebrated on 15 October 2008.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 14 October 2017- IMF, BIS, Sabrimala Temple, MITRA SHAKTI 2017

Oct 14, 2017
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Top 5 Current Affairs of the day includes Three- pronged approach for structural reform in Indiaby IMF, Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 brought into force, Five judges Constitutional bench to decide on Hindu women's right to temple, India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 kicks off, and Indian Air Force launches health mobile app 'MedWatch'

Three- pronged approach for structural reform in India: IMF

Oct 14, 2017
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The IMF has suggested a 3-pronged approach for structural reform in India that includes Addressing the banking and corporate sector weaknesses, continued fiscal consolidation through revenue measure, and Improving the efficiency of labour and product markets.

Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 brought into force

Oct 14, 2017
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A new Bureau of Indian standard (BIS) Act 2016 has been brought into force with effect from 12th October, 2017. It was notified on 22nd March, 2016. The Act sets up the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.

Morning Current Affairs: 14 October 2017 – Five judges bench on Sabrimala Temple,India-Sri Lanka Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 kicks off

Oct 14, 2017
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A 5-judge Constitutional Bench will decide whether the women’s fundamental right to pray at the place of their preference can be overruled on the ground of religious belief “biological factor exclusive to the female gender”. The matter was a referred to this bench by Supreme Court of India. The 5th India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 started on 13th October 2017 with a grand Opening Ceremony conducted at Aundh Military Station, Pune.

Five judges Constitutional bench to decide on Hindu women's right to temple

Oct 14, 2017
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A 5-judge Constitutional Bench will decide whether the women’s fundamental right to pray at the place of their preference can be overruled on the ground of religious belief “biological factor exclusive to the female gender”. The matter was a referred to this bench by Supreme Court of India.

India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 kicks off

Oct 14, 2017
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The 5th India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 started on 13th October 2017 with a grand Opening Ceremony conducted at Aundh Military Station, Pune. This India- Sri Lanka exercise is based on Counter Terrorist Operations. The Infantry company from India- Sri Lanka is taking part in the same.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 13 October 2017

Oct 13, 2017
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The Union Government on 12 October 2017 announced to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from 2 October 2019 to 2 October 2020.  To commemorate the same, the Union Government constituted a National Committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This Committee comprises Chief Ministers of all the states, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers and prominent people from different spheres of life.

Indian Naval Ships to participate in Passage Exercise with Japanese Marine

Oct 13, 2017
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Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt would be participating in the Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Japanese Marine Self Defence Force. Following the completion of the harbour phase, the ships would take part in the Passage Exercise with the Murusame Class destroyer, JS Kirisame.

Union Minister launches Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana

Oct 13, 2017
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The Union Minister for Communications, Manoj Sinha has launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana, an initiative for expansion of client base of Postal Life Insurance.  The main objective of the scheme is to cover all households in the identified Sampoorna Bima Gram village.

Gautam Bambawale appointed as India's Ambassador to China

Oct 13, 2017
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After taking up the position, one of the major tasks of Bambawale will be to stabilise India-China ties that were rocked by a military face off in the Doklam area of Bhutan which lasted for 73 days. Both the sides agreed to end the face-off on 28 August 2017, paving the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China for the BRICS summit in September 2017.

International Day for Disaster Reduction observed globally

Oct 13, 2017
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The International Day for Disaster Reduction was observed across the world on 13 October 2017 with the theme ‘Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement’. The 2017 campaign aims to raise global awareness about effective actions, policies and practices taken to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community level, thereby contributing to saving homes and livelihoods.

Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Anniversary to be celebrated from 2 October 2019 to 2 October 2020

Oct 13, 2017
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To commemorate the same, the Union Government constituted a National Committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This Committee comprises Chief Ministers of all the states, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers and prominent people from different spheres of life.

US, Israel withdraw from UNESCO, accusing the cultural body of 'anti-Israel bias’

Oct 13, 2017
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The United States and its ally Israel announced that they were pulling out of the UN's culture and education body, UNESCO, accusing it of anti-Israel bias. The decision comes as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is voting to choose a new director, intense balloting overshadowed by the agency’s funding troubles and divisions over Palestinian membership.

Indian Air Force launches health mobile app 'MedWatch'

Oct 13, 2017
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It was launched by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa during the Air Force Commanders' Conference in New Delhi. The Mobile app was launched to keep up with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of ‘Digital India'. The concept and content of the App is given by the Directorate General of Medical Services (Air).

RBI introduces strict KYC guidelines for Prepaid Payment Instruments

Oct 13, 2017
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RBI has announced a fresh guideline on the issuance and operation of PPI (Prepaid Payment Instruments). It has also has issued stricter Know Your Customer (KYC) norms for the users of prepaid instrument or mobile wallets. With these guidelines to complete full KYC formalities, the mobile wallet user can now send-receive money between wallets of different companies and banks seamlessly through Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

Global Hunger Index 2017 released: India ranked 100th among 119

Oct 13, 2017
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The Global Hunger Index this year underlines that famine has cast a shadow over four countries in 2016 while conflict and climate change continue to hit the poorest the hardest. There have been long term obstacles to reduce hunger in several countries, which is in-turn threatening efforts to reach zero hunger.

Morning Current Affairs: 13 October 2017 – India exits from FIFA U-17, India ranked 100th in Hunger Index, US withdraws from UNESCO

Oct 13, 2017
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The United States and its ally Israel announced that they were pulling out of the UN's culture and education body, accusing the body of anti-Israel bias. The United States has walked out of the 195-member organisation once before under ex-president Ronald Reagan.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 12 October 2017

Oct 12, 2017
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Left arm medium fast bowler, Ashish Nehra has announced retirement from all forms of international and domestic cricket. Nehra will be playing his last match T20 International against New Zealand on 1 November 2017 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi.

Union Cabinet approves revised pay scales of teachers and academic staff

Oct 12, 2017
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The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 Universities and Colleges which are funded by the UGC/MHRD. It will also benefit 329 Universities which are funded by State Governments and 12912 government and private aided colleges affiliated to State Public Universities.

Chennai Metro Rail introduces free bicycle ride scheme

Oct 12, 2017
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The Chennai Metro Rail, CMRL has introduced a free bicycle ride scheme for its customers. The metro corporation has tied up with a private agency to provide 100-hours of bicycle ride free of cost every month.

Tamil Nadu Cabinet approves implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations

Oct 12, 2017
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The Tamil Nadu Cabinet has approved the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to benefit the state government employees and teachers. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting after receiving a report from a high-level committee led by State Finance Department Principal Secretary K Shanmugam.

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belarus for cooperation in Vocational Education

Oct 12, 2017
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The MoU was signed between both the sides on 12 September 2017 during the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to India. This is for the first time that India signed MoU for cooperation in area of vocational education, training and skill development with Eurasian country.

Union Cabinet approves signing of the MoC between India and Japan on establishing LNG Market

Oct 12, 2017
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Under the Japan-India Energy Partnership Initiative, both the countries agreed to work together in promoting well-functioning energy markets and affirmed to promote a transparent and diversified Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market.

CCEA approves SANKALP & STRIVE Schemes to boost Skill India Mission

Oct 12, 2017
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SANKALP is Rs 4455 crore centrally sponsored scheme including Rs 3300 crore loan support from World Bank whereas STRIVE is a Rs 2200 crore central sector scheme with half of the scheme outlay as World bank loan assistance.

Ashish Nehra bids adieu to all forms of cricket

Oct 12, 2017
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Ashish Nehra made his cricket debut in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin in India. He made his international debut in a Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo in February 1999. Owing to injuries, Nehra did not play a single international match for India between September 2005 and June 2009. He returned to international cricket with 2011 World Cup.

India to send 3-lakh youth to Japan for on-job training

Oct 12, 2017
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Under the government's skill development programme, India will send 3-lakh youth to Japan for on-job training for 3-5 years, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. The Union Cabinet has approved signing of Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between Japan and India on the 'Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)'.

Morning Current Affairs: 12 October 2017

Oct 12, 2017
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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 11 October 2017 gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of water resources.

 

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of water resources

Oct 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of water resources.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 11 October 2017

Oct 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

Anupam Kher has taken charge as the new Chief of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. The veteran actor succeeds Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment as FTII Chairman triggered massive student protests.

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