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October 2019 Current Affairs

WHO releases guidelines to address overweight and obesity in children

Oct 11, 2017
In 2016, an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity. Without effective treatment, they are likely to remain obese throughout their lives, which can further put them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death.

Gujarat Government to set up 16 new townships to encourage SMEs growth

Oct 11, 2017
Gujarat Government would be setting up 16 new Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) townships in 2400 hectare area to encourage the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Veteran actor Anupam Kher appointed as Chief of FTII

Oct 11, 2017
Kher succeeds Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment as FTII Chairman triggered massive student protests. Chauhan's term ended in March 2017. He was appointed as FTII chairman on 9 June 2015. Many FTII students had protested against his appointment claiming that Chauhan was unfit for the job.

RBI to soon launch financial literacy drive in 9 states

Oct 11, 2017
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to launch a financial literacy drive in 80 blocks in 9 states on a pilot basis to educate people on e-transactions, formal sector borrowings and insurance purchases.

Kazuo Ishiguro awarded with 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

Oct 11, 2017
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 was awarded to English author Kazuo Ishiguro on 5 October 2017 for uncovering the abyss beneath the illusory sense of connection with the world in his novels of great emotional force. Kazuo Ishiguro has been a full-time author ever since his first book A Pale View of Hills that was published in 1982.

FIFA suspends the Pakistan Football Federation

Oct 11, 2017
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the verdict of the Bureau of the FIFA Council on 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference.

International Day of the Girl Child 2017 observed globally

Oct 11, 2017
In 2011, the United Nations declared 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child to help stimulate worldwide enthusiasm for better girls’ lives, provide an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.

Bihar to provide reservation to persons with disabilities in government jobs

Oct 11, 2017
The state cabinet of Bihar has approved reservations for persons with disabilities in government jobs and educational institutions. The provision has been brought in accordance with the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Nisha Desai Biswal appointed as President of US-India Business Council

Oct 11, 2017
The US-India Business Council is the premier business advocacy organization that was formed in 1975 at the request of the US and Indian governments. It is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States and has presence in New York, Silicon Valley and New Delhi.

Iceland makes history, Qualifies for World Cup

Oct 11, 2017
Iceland became the smallest country to enter World Cup. It defeated Kosovo with 2-0 to reach the mega 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia.

Sex with minor wife amounts to rape: SC

Oct 11, 2017
The Apex Court of Country Supreme Court struck down the provision of criminal law that legalized sex by a spouse with his minor wife between the age of 15 to 18 years in a child marriage case. The apex court said the exception in the rape law was contrary to the philosophy of other statutes and violates the bodily integrity of a girl child. The court also ruled that the exception given to this is violative of Article 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.

Maharashtra cabinet approves climate change adaptation policy

Oct 11, 2017
The Maharashtra cabinet has approved a climate change adaptation policy that will focus on developing environment-friendly villages and cities. A special cell will be set up under the state Environment department for the effective implementation of the policy.

Centre imposes anti-dumping duty on imports of steel wire rods from China

Oct 11, 2017
The Union Finance Ministry has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of certain steel wire rods from China for a period of five years. The decision has been taken to guard the interest of domestic players from cheap in-bound shipments.

Morning Current Affairs: 11 October 2017

Oct 11, 2017
Bindeshwar Pathak has contributed immensely in the direction of getting rid of the practice of manual scavenging. Mayor of New York had declared 14 April 2016 as the ‘Dr Bindeshwar Pathak International Day’ keeping in mind this contribution made by Pathak.

Assam CM to inaugurate Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Silchar

Oct 11, 2017
The Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal would be inaugurating the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in the state’s Silchar district. PMUY is a welfare program of the Union government, launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 10 October 2017

Oct 10, 2017
The Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR till 1 November 2017. The ruling was made by a bench of Justices AK Sikri, AM Sapre and Ashok Bhushan.The decision was taken to find out whether there will be a positive effect of this ban particularly during Diwali period on the health of citizens and a steadily deteriorating air quality.

Rajasthan becomes 1st state to incorporate skill development programme in higher education

Oct 10, 2017
Rajasthan has become the first state to incorporate skill development programme in the higher education. The state’s Department of College Education in collaboration with IGNOU has prepared 16 courses for entrepreneurship and skill development for colleges in the state.

UP Cabinet approves digitalisation of land maps

Oct 10, 2017
The state cabinet of Uttar Pradesh on 9 October 2017 approved digitalisation of land maps in 70 districts of the state. The information was shared by the state’s Power Minister Shrikant Sharma who said that this move was necessary as the land maps were in a very bad condition and needed proper preservation.

D Shivakumar quits as CEO of PepsiCo India

Oct 10, 2017
D Shivakumar resigns as CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo India and is expected to join Aditya Birla Group as Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Shivakumar will be succeeded by Ahmed El Sheikh.

Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne awarded with 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

Oct 10, 2017
The universe's gravitational waves were first observed on 14 September 2015. These waves were predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago. These waves came from a collision between two black holes. It took 1.3 billion years for the waves to arrive at the LIGO detector in the USA.
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