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MoRTH to implement new programme to promote new technologies in highway projects

Oct 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has decided to implement a Value Engineering Programme to promote new technologies and material in highway projects. The main aim of the programme is to use innovative technology, materials and equipment to reduce the cost of projects and make them more environment friendly.

Morning Current Affairs: 10 October 2017

Oct 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has recently decided to implement a Value Engineering Programme to promote new technologies and material in highway projects. The programme is aimed at using innovative technology, materials and equipment to reduce the cost of projects and make them environment friendly. It is expected to increase the speed of construction, reduce construction cost, increase asset durability and improve aesthetics and safety.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 9 October 2017

Oct 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an intensive immunisation drive at Vadnagar in Gujarat on 8 October 2017.The campaign called the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI), aims to reach every child below the age of two years and pregnant women still uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.

India to conduct first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2017

Oct 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Delegates from all seven nations of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, will participate in the event. The main focus of the BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 will be on testing the region’s preparedness and resilience towards effective activation of inter-Governmental interaction/dialogue/agreements for immediate deployment of regional resources for disaster response.

Richard Thaler awarded Economics Nobel for Behavioral Economics

Oct 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Richard H. Thaler from University of Chicago has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to Behavioral Economics. Richard Thaler has integrated psychologically realistic assumptions into analyses of economic decision-making. His pioneer work to bridge the gap between economics and psychology won him the Nobel Economics Prize.

Rafael Nadal beats Nick Kyrgios to win 6th ATP title of 2017

Oct 9, 2017
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Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios of Australia in straight sets of 6-2, 6-1 in the China Open final to win his sixth ATP title of 2017. This is his 75th career singles trophy. The last time he won at least six titles in a year was in 2013 when he captured 10 trophies for the season.

Scientists develop smart bandage for faster healing

Oct 9, 2017
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American scientists have developed a smart bandage that can precisely control the dose and delivery schedule of the medication tailored for a specific type of wound, leading to faster healing.

Drop Muslim and Hindu from names of BHU, AMU: UGC Panel

Oct 9, 2017
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A UGC panel has recommended that Hindu and Muslim word in the names of universities- BHU- Banaras Hindu University and AMU- Aligarh Muslim University, do not echo their secular spirit and should be dropped. The UGC panel was created to investigate the suspected irregularities in ten central universities and the suggestions have been made in the audit report of AMU.

Gauri Lankesh to receive Anna Politkovskaya Award posthumously

Oct 9, 2017
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Gauri Lankesh, activist-journalist from Karnataka, who was shot dead in September 2017, will be posthumously conferred the Anna Politkovskaya Award 2017. She would be sharing the award with a Pakistani peace activist, Gulalai Ismail, who has faced death threats for speaking out against the Taliban.

RBI issues guidelines for Peer to Peer lending platform

Oct 9, 2017
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The RBI (Reserve Bank of India), issued instructions for NBFC (Non-banking Financial Companies) that operate peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms. According to the new guidelines, no NBFC can start or carry on the business of a P2P lending platform without attaining a Certificate of Registration from now onwards. These guidelines issued by Reserve Bank of India will be known as the Non-Banking Financial Company - Peer to Peer Lending Platform and will come into force with immediate effect.

International Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations – IV

Oct 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in partnership with NGS-National Geographic Society is hosting an international conference on “Dialogue of Civilizations – IV” from 8th – 15th October, 2017 at Delhi, Gandhinagar and Dholavira.

PM Narendra Modi launches 'Intensified Mission Indradhanush'

Oct 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an intensive immunisation drive at Vadnagar in Gujarat. The campaign called the Intensified Mission Indradhanush, aims to reach every child below the age of two years and pregnant women still uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.

India-South Africa Twenty Years of Strategic Partnership

Oct 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

India and South Africa are celebrating 20-years of strategic corporation this year. Dr. Harsh Vardhan- Union Minister for S&T and Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests & Climate Change, attended the celebrations of the collaboration in science and technology in Durban. So far, the collaboration has been concentrated on chosen areas like Astronomy & Astrophysics, Indigenous Knowledge System, Agriculture Sciences, Green Chemistry,  and Health Sciences where both nations have complementary strengths.

Morning Current Affairs: 9 October 2017

Oct 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a special campaign under Mission Indradanush to achieve full immunisation in the state. The main focus of the campaign is to accelerate and ensure full immunisation coverage in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in areas where immunisation coverage has been low.

President to Inaugurate 5th India Water Week 2017

Oct 8, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind would be inaugurating the India Water Week – 2017 in New Delhi. The 5-day international event would be attended by over 1500 delegates from India and 13 other countries. The main theme of the event is ‘Water and Energy for Inclusive Growth’.

India, EU sign 3 agreements at 14th India-EU Summit

Oct 7, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The 14th annual Summit between India and the European Union (EU) was held in New Delhi recently. The summit witnessed discussions on a host of issues including ways to remove hurdles for the long-pending free trade agreement. The leaders from both sides reviewed the wide-ranging cooperation under the India-EU Strategic Partnership.

Centre sets up group to study problems of people living along LoC in J&K

Oct 7, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The Union government has set up a study group to examine problems faced by the people living near the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of regular threats of cross-border firing.

Finance Ministry makes Aadhaar mandatory for small saving schemes

Oct 7, 2017
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The Union Government has made the biometric identification, Aadhaar mandatory for all post office deposits, PPF, the National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra. The information was shared by the Finance Ministry through four separate Gazette notifications.

Morning Current Affairs: 7 October 2017

Oct 7, 2017
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The government has made biometric identification Aadhaar mandatory for all post office deposits, Public Provident Fund, National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra. The move has been made to weed out benami deals and black money.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 6 October 2017

Oct 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

Government of India and European Investment Bank (EIB) on 5 October 2017 signed the Finance Contract for lending of €300 million for Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II Line R6. The project aims to bring in quantum improvement in transportation sector in city in tandem with Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and other modes of urban transport.

India signs €300 million agreement with EIB for Bangalore Metro Phase II

Oct 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Government of India and European Investment Bank (EIB) on 5 October 2017 signed the Finance Contract for lending of €300 million for Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II Line R6. The agreement was signed by S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary (BC), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Andrew McDowell, Vice President of EIB.

First ASEAN-India Music Festival begins in New Delhi

Oct 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The first ever ASEAN-India music festival began at Purana Quila in New Delhi. The 3-day festival is being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with Culture Ministry to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations. It will conclude on 8 October 2017.

Union Ministers lay foundation stone for highway, shipping projects worth Rs 1321 Cr

Oct 6, 2017
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Road, Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for 4 National Highways projects worth Rs 1121 Cr and several shipping projects worth Rs 200 Cr in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 kicks off

Oct 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The much-awaited FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off today with four opening day matches to be played in Delhi and Mumbai. The opening matches would be played by teams in Group A and B. This is the first time that India will be participating in a FIFA World Cup.

India, Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication

Oct 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

India and Ethiopia have signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties. The agreements were signed in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome at the National Palace in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa following detailed discussions on economic relations.

Morning Current Affairs: 6 October 2017

Oct 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The much-awaited FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off today, with four opening day matches to be played in Delhi and Mumbai. Hosts India would be taking on team USA in the second opening match to be played at Delhi’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.

India's renewable energy capacity to double by 2022: IEA

Oct 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

India’s renewable energy capacity will be more than double by 2022, according to the latest renewables market analysis and forecast report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The increase, according to the report, would be enough for India to overtake renewable expansion in the European Union for the first time ever.

Rajnish Kumar appointed new SBI chairman

Oct 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Rajnish Kumar was appointed the next chairman of the State Bank of India. He is at present the Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI). He will be succeeding Arundhati Bhattacharya, who is at present serving her one-year extension.

ICMR Chief Soumya Swaminathan appointed WHO Deputy Director-General

Oct 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), appointed Deputy Director-General, of World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva. This position is the second-highest at the UN’s health agency. The position is also the highest post held by any Indian in the WHO.

Bangladesh signs USD 4.5 billion loan deal with India

Oct 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Bangladesh has signed a massive USD 4.5 billion third line of credit (LoC) agreement with India for its social sector development and infrastructure with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley vowing to back the country’s developmental initiatives.

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