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October 2017 Current Affairs

Morning Current Affairs: 31 October 2017

Oct 31, 2017
The solar eclipse has its reference in the biblical text from the Old Testament book of Joshua. The eclipse occurred after Joshua led the people of Israel into Canaan, a region that covered modern-day Israel and Palestine.

Arctic sea ice declining faster than predicted- Study

Oct 31, 2017
A key indicator of climate change, Arctic sea ice, could be declining faster than predicted, as per a study done by the University of Calgary, Canada. The study found that satellite measurements over the years have overestimated the thickness of Arctic sea ice by as much as 25 percent because of the occurrence of salty snow.

SC to form Constitutional bench to hear petitions against Aadhaar

Oct 31, 2017
The Supreme Court on 30 October 2017 decided to form a constitutional bench to hear petitions against Union Government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing various services and government welfare schemes.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 30 October 2017

Oct 30, 2017
Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian and fastest to complete 9000 ODI runs during India’s third and final one-day international against New Zealand in Kanpur.

NGT directs CPCB to take action against thermal plants with no emission monitoring system

Oct 30, 2017
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and state pollution control boards to take action against 35 thermal power plants across the country that have failed to install online effluent and emission monitoring system, despite its earlier direction.

The Paik Rebellion to be named ‘First War of Independence’ in history books

Oct 30, 2017
The Paik Rebellion of 1817, also called the Paika Bidroha, will be known as the ‘First War of Independence’ in the history books of students from the next academic session onwards. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier in a letter to the Centre, urged that it should recognise the rebellion as the 1st war of independence, as it took place four decades before 1857 revolt.

Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to break 9000-run mark

Oct 30, 2017
Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian and fastest to complete 9000 ODI runs during India’s third and final one-day international against New Zealand in Kanpur.

Global priority areas to protect mammals mapped

Oct 30, 2017
To protect thousands of mammal species, with a focus on species with few close relatives, the scientists have mapped priority areas across the world, including parts of India. This is the first ever mapping of these priority areas for preserving the diversity of mammal evolution along with minimum target areas for habitat protection.

YC Modi took charge as Director General of National Investigation Agency

Oct 30, 2017
Prior to joining the NIA, he worked with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for 10 years while serving two terms where he handled Special Crime and Economic Offences besides Anti-Corruption cases.

India sends first shipment to Afghanistan through Iran’s Chabahar port

Oct 30, 2017
India has sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through Iran’s Chabahar port. The move has been seen as a landmark one to operationalise the new strategic transit route, bypassing Pakistan. The shipment was flagged off from Kandla port in Gujarat by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani.

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums from 2018

Oct 30, 2017
In this regard, the authority will start the repair works at three main stadiums in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah to accommodate families starting in 2018. Restaurants, cafes and monitor screens will be set up inside the stadiums.

India-UAE Partnership Summit 2017:Highlights

Oct 30, 2017
The two-day India-United Arab Emirates (UAE) Partnership Summit is held from 30-31 October 2017 in Dubai to accelerate bilateral trade and investment between the two nations. Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari; Navdeep Singh Suri, Ambassador of India to UAE, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, Sultan bin Saeed al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, Dr Ahmed Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India are some of the notable speakers at the summit.

India, Japan begin anti-submarine warfare exercise

Oct 30, 2017
The naval forces of India and Japan have initiated an intensive air anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean. The exercise would witness participation from a P-8 I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft of Indian Navy and two P-3 Orion Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Sports in India: Problems and reform measures

Oct 30, 2017
Corruption has become synonymous with sports administration in India. Whether it is the most popular cricket or hockey or weightlifting, most of the sports authorities in India have come under attack due to corruption charges.

Kidambi Srikanth wins Men's Singles Title in French Open

Oct 30, 2017
Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on 29 October 2017 lifted the men's singles title of the French Open Superseries badminton in Paris. Srikanth beat Japan's Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the final to clinch the title.This is Srikanth’s fourth title in the fifth superseries final after winning in the Denmark Open, Indonesia Open and Australia Open.

Article 35A of Indian Constitution: Understanding the Debate

Oct 30, 2017
Ever since a 2-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court on 17 July 2017 referred a Public Interest Litigation to decide upon the validity of the Article 35A of the Indian Constitution to a larger Bench and set a deadline of six weeks for it, there has been a debate across the country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, over the provisions of the Article 35A and the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that accords special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Morning Current Affairs: 30 October 2017

Oct 30, 2017
This is Srikanth’s fourth victory in the Superseries singles titles after winning the 2017 Denmark Open, 2017 Indonesia Open and 2017 Australia Open. With this, Srikanth became fourth men’s singles player to win four or more Superseries titles in a calendar year.

Bharat Net project: Phase 1 to be completed by December 2017

Oct 30, 2017
The first phase of the national optic fibre network, also known as Bharat Net project, is expected to be completed by December 2017. The project was launched in October 2011 to provide broadband connectivity to all 2.5 Lakh Gram Panchayats.

India to host UN wildlife summit CMS COP13 in 2020

Oct 29, 2017
CMS COP12 was held from 23 – 28 October 2017 and was attended by over 500 delegates from more than 120 countries. The theme of the Conference was ‘Their Future is Our Future - Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People’.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 28 October 2017

Oct 28, 2017
The fossil was found inside rocks from the Mesozoic Era, which ran between 252 and 66 million years ago. The researchers believe that the specimen belongs to Ophthalmosauridae family of ichthyosaurs that lived in oceans between 165 and 90 million years ago.

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