Top 5 Current Affairs: 18 October 2017

Oct 18, 2017 17:18 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 18 October 2017

PM Narendra Modi dedicates first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 17 October 2017 dedicated the All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation on the occasion of National Ayurveda Day. On the same occasion, Prime Minister released the “Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines”. developed by the Ministry of AYUSH.

The first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) is set up along the lines of AIIMS and has an NABH Accredited Hospital and an Academic Block.

It has been set up with a total campus area of 10.015 acres with a budget of Rs 157 Crore.

George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize


US author George Saunders on 17 October 2017 won Britain’s renowned 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction for his first full-length novel 'Lincoln in the Bardo'. With this, Saunders became second American writer to win the award.

The other writers who made it to the list of finalists were Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Fiona Mozley, Mohsin Hamid and Ali Smith.

The prize, worth approximately USD 66000, was launched in 1969. Initially, Man Booker Prize was only open to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth nations until it began permitting authors from other English-speaking countries in 2014.

WCD Ministry launches 'women for women': #IamThatWoman campaign

The Ministry of Women and Child Development on 17 October 2017 launched an online campaign on ‘women for women’: #IamThatWoman in an attempt to end gender bias in women against women.

The WCD Ministry aims to highlight through the campaign, the various aspects of women standing by and for other women. The Ministry has also urged people to shun stereotypes associated with women harming other women.

In order to make this campaign a nation-wide one, social media users such as those with twitter and facebook accounts have been encouraged to tag and share stories of women helping women with a photograph and post online with the hashtag #IamThatWoman.

Chhattisgarh government reduces interest on loan given to women under Saksham Yojna

The state government of Chhattisgarh has reduced the rate of interest on loan given to women and their self-help groups under Saksham Yojna.

The rate of interest on loans has been cut from 6.5 per cent to 5 per cent to benefit more women and their SHGs under the Yojna. The initiative will allow the women and SHGs to easily avail the loan facility for self-employment and thereby become self-dependent.

India signs MoC with Japan on Technical Intern Training Programme

India on 17 October 2017 signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU) with Japan on Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP).

The MoC was signed by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Katsunobu Kato, Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan at the Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare in Tokyo, Japan.

The pact was signed during the visit of the Union Minister Skill Development Minister to Tokyo.

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