SC refuses to go into price, technical specifications of Rafael deal
• The Supreme Court of India on October 10, 2018 refused to go into the price and other technical specifications of the Rafael deal. It also refused to issue notice to the government in the matter.
• The petition filed at the apex court had sought a directive from it asking the Centre to reveal details of the Rafael deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule in a sealed cover to the court.
• The Supreme Court while disposing off the Rafael PIL asked the Central government to provide details of the decision-making process only in a sealed cover.
• The bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph clarified that it did not want details of pricing and other such technicalities of the deal.
• The union government, on the other hand, sought dismissal of the PILs filed in the case and argued that the petitions have been filed to gain political mileage on the eve of elections.
• The Rafael deal is a defence agreement between the governments of India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafael fighter aircrafts in a fly-away condition as a part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment.
Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah maintain top positions in ICC ODI rankings
• India cricket captain Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah maintained their respective top positions in the latest ICC ODI rankings released in Dubai on October 8, 2018.
• While Kohli led the batsman's list with 884 points, his deputy Rohit Sharma with 842 ranking points maintained the second position. The other Indian batsman in the top-10 was Shikhar Dhawan, who is placed fifth in the list with 802 points.
• Among the bowlers, death overs specialist Bumrah with 797 points was on the top while left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav with 700 points is placed third in the list.
• In the team ranking, India is currently placed second with 122 points behind England, which has 127 points.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins India's first-ever gold medal at Youth Olympics
• Jeremy Lalrinnunga on October 9, 2018 won India’s first-ever gold medal at Youth Olympics in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires.
• The 15-year-old weightlifter shattered the national record in the men's 62kg category to claim the top honours by lifting a combined weight of 274kgs in the Men's 62kg Group A event.
• This is India's fourth medal in Buenos Aires with Shahu Tushar Mane, Mehuli Ghosh and Tababi Devi Thangjam winning silver medals in shooting and judo, respectively.
• India’s Manu Bhaker also rediscovered her form by shooting 236.5 to finish at the top with the gold medal in the women's 10m air pistol event.
Uttarakhand CM flags off test run of state’s first electric bus
• Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off the test run of the state’s first electric bus on October 9, 2018.
• The Electric Vehicle Policy was framed by the Uttarakhand Government to encourage the operation of pollution-free vehicles in the state.
• In the recent Investors Summit, an MoU worth Rs 700 crore was signed for the operation of electric buses in the state.
• In this connection a bus has been provided by a Hyderabad based company for test run on Dehradun-Mussoorie and Haldwani-Nainital road for one month.
• The low floor bus with 30 seats is equipped with CCTV, GPS, Panic Button and Air Suspension.
Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium dedicated to people in Sri Lanka
• The Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium built with Indian grant assistance of 30 crore Sri Lankan rupees was dedicated to the people of Sri Lanka in a special function on October 9, 2018.
• The auditorium, largest in any of the universities in Sri Lanka was dedicated jointly by High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Vice Chancellor at the University of Ruhuna, Matara in Southern Province.
• The state-of-the-art auditorium with 1500 seating capacity has been designed by the famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa to conform to the philosophy of ‘Tropical Modernism’.
• The auditorium named after Rabindranath Tagore is a symbol of cultural links with India and upholds his legacy. It is also an example of India-Sri Lanka people-oriented development partnership.
Para Asian Games campaign: India bags 2 silver, 4 bronze medals on opening day in Jakarta
• India opened its Para Asian Games campaign in style by bagging two silver and four bronze medals on the opening day in Jakarta.
• The men's badminton team opened the country's medal account after narrowly losing to Malaysia 1- 2 in the semi-finals to settle for a bronze.
• In the 49 kg men’s powerlifting event, Farman Basha claimed the silver and Paramjeet Kumar won the bronze. The gold went to Pia Laophalkdee of Laos for his effort of 133 kg.
• The medals continued to come in as swimmers Devanshi Satijawon picked up silver in women's 100 metre butterfly and Suyash Jadhav clinched the bronze in the men's 200 metre individual medley.
• The Boccia team, which is competing for the first time at the Asian Para Games, also emerged victorious as they got the better of hosts Indonesia in their first group match 5-3.
Maha approves Rs 1,610 cr for Tarli irrigation project
• The Maharashtra government on October 9,2 018 gave administrative approval of Rs 1,610 crore for the Tarli Irrigation Project in the state's Satara district.
• This is the fourth time that the state government has given a revised administrative approval for the project , which comprises eight lift irrigation schemes on the Tarli River, a tributary of River Krishna.
• The project will bring 6,507 hectares in the Tarli Valley and 8,876 hectares in the Maan and Khatav talukas of Satara district under irrigation.
DRDO's remotely operated vehicle inducted in Pune police
• A Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was on October 9, 2018 inducted into the Pune police on an experimental basis to help in detection and disposal of bombs.
• The vehicle, 'Daksh', will be with the city police for the next six months and it will be used by the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), Police Commissioner K Venkatesham said.
• The vehicle has been developed at the DRDO's Research and Development Establishment (Engineers), Pune.
• It is capable of climbing stairs as well as negotiating cross-country terrain and has an onboard shotgun for blasting through door locks and breaking the windshield to handle likely car bombs.
• The electrically-powered machine is also capable of towing a suspected vehicle away from a crowded area.
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