Top 5 Current Affairs: 3 October 2017

Oct 3, 2017 17:25 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 3 October 2017

India, Bangladesh to hold bi-annual border talks on Rohingyas, fake currency smuggling

The Chiefs of the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh would be holding bi-annual talks to discuss a host of issues including movement of Rohingya immigrants across the border on 3 October 2017 at New Delhi.

The Director General-level talks, the 45th between the two sides, will be held between a 24-member delegation of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) led by Director General Maj Gen. Abul Hossain and Border Security Force (BSF) of India led by its chief KK Sharma. The talks will be held at a BSF camp for the duration of 4 days.

Jagmeet Singh becomes first Sikh politician to lead Canada’s major New Democratic Party

Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh lawyer was elected the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), becoming the first non-white politician to lead a major political party in Canada.

Jagmeet Singh, who is the Ontario provincial lawmaker, was voted on the first ballot to head the party into the 2019 election against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.He won the crucial first-ballot victory over three other candidates by receiving 53.6 percent of the vote.

Singh is the first member of a minority community to lead a major Canadian federal political party. He now has the thorny task of reforming the party that lost 59 seats in the 2015 election.

Five States get new Governors

India's President Ram Nath Kovind on 30 September 2017 announced the appointment of new governors for five states of the country. The states include Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.

The appointments include Banwari Lal Purohit as the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Satyapal Malik for Bihar, BD Mishra for Arunachal Pradesh, Jagdish Mukhi for Assam and Ganga Prasad for Meghalaya.

India, Nepal to conduct first joint tiger count

Nepal and India for the first time will commence a joint tiger census next month in their forests, national parks and protected areas neighbouring the two countries using a globally-recognised method.

Conservation authorities and specialist would install cameras in various places in tiger habitation as well as in buffer zones to capture and track the activities of the big cat.

This is the first time India-Nepal are counting tiger heads using the same method that is recognised internationally. Both countries had decided to use the camera tapping procedure for the joint. Through this technology, chances of repeated counting will be avoided.

Andhra Pradesh CM launches ‘Swachh Andhra Mission’

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu launched ‘Swachh Andhra Mission’ on 2 October 2017, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu was appointed as the brand ambassador of the mission. She along with the state minister for Information Technology and Rural Development Nara Lokesh and public representatives was present at the occasion.

Speaking on creating Open Defecation Free Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said that the state government is working on making the state 100 per cent ODF by March 2018.

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