Daily GK & Current Affairs - 04 Oct 2017

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NATIONAL NEWS

Ministry of Health ranks first in Swachh Bharat initiative

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been adjudged as the best department for its contribution during ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’, an inter-ministry initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Ministry observed the Swachhta Pakhwada from February 1-15. The award was presented on the third anniversary of the Mission on October 2. Health Secretary C. K. Mishra received the award on behalf of the Ministry.


Vice President Lays foundation stone for National Highway projects and Inland Water Ways in Andhra Pradesh

Vice President laid foundation stone for six national highway projects and dedicated seven national highway projects, costing Rs. 4153 crore in Andhra Pradesh. He also laid foundation stone for development of an Inland Water Way in the Krishna River between Muktyala and Vijayawada in the Andhra Pradesh capital region of Amaravati.


India set to sign $4.5 billion LoC deal with Bangladesh

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrived here on Tuesday ahead of India and Bangladesh signing the third line of credit (LoC) agreement involving $4.5 billion to be spent on infrastructure and social sector development.

New visa scheme

The two countries signed the first LoC in August 2010. The second one was inked in March, 2016.

According to the tour schedule, Mr. Jaitley would call on the Bangladesh premier and inaugurate, along with his counterpart, a new scheme for cashless transactions in visa services run by the State Bank of India on behalf of the Indian High Commission here.


Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff visits Vietnam

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff is visiting Vietnam on a bilateral visit from 04 to 07 October 2017. The visit aims to consolidate cooperation between the Armed Forces of India and Vietnam and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation.

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The Indian Navy cooperates with the Vietnam People’s Navy on many issues, which include operational interactions, training and exchange of Subject Matter Experts in various fields through the medium of Staff Talks. The Vietnam People’s Navy also participates in the ‘MILAN’ inter-Navy interactions organised at Port Blair by the Indian Navy.


Union HRD Minister launches Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed)

A quality programme of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for in-service untrained teachers training Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) was launched by Union Human Resource Developement Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi today. The Teacher Training Programme is designed for all Untrained Govt. /Govt. aided /Private unaided recognized in- service Untrained teachers of Elementary Schools & 15 lakh (approx) teachers have been enrolled so far.


CWC sign MoU with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT Allahabad to support capacity building in dam safety areas under dam rehabilitation and improvement project

Central Water Commission (CWC) has signed MoUs with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT Allahabad to support dam rehabilitation efforts of various implementing agencies and CWC.

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has taken on board selected premier academic and research institutes, for capacity building in the areas of dam safety through World Bank assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).The scope includes strengthening the testing laboratories, enhancing analytical capabilities, exposure visits to best global institutions and on ground exposure to dam safety concerns to the faculty of these institutions.


President Ram Nath Kovind appoints Commission to examine sub-categorisation of OBC

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed five member Commission to examine the sub-categorisation of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
  • Justice (Retd.) G. Rohini will be the chairperson of the Commission which will present its report to the President within twelve weeks.
  • The sub-categorization of the OBCs will ensure that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs.
  • The Commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes or communities included in the broad category of OBCs with reference to such classes included in the Central List. It will work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters in a scientific approach for sub-categorisation within such OBCs.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford honour over Rohingya criticism

An honour bestowed on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the city of Oxford has been withdrawn as a reaction to her perceived inadequate response to the plight of Rohingya Muslims in the country.


WEF’s India summit starts today

World Economic Forum’s 33rd India Economic Summit will kick off on Wednesday, in partnership with industry body CII. The theme of the conference, which will be attended by key ministers of the government, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and industrialists such as Sunil Bharti Mittal, is ‘Creating Indian Narratives on Global Challenges’.

More than 650 leaders from 35 countries are taking part, allowing Indian business, society and government leaders to interact and collaborate with peers from across the globe.


BUSINESS BULLETIN

India to top global remittances chart with USD 66 billion in

India is expected to retain it position as the top remittances receiving country, with its diaspora set to pump in a whopping USD 65 billion in the year 2017, the World Bank said today.


India exported a total of 11,34,948 MT seafood valued at all time high US$ 5.78 billion (Rs. 37,870.90 crore) in 2016-17

India exported a total of 11,34,948 MT seafood valued at all time high US$ 5.78 billion (Rs. 37,870.90 crore) in 2016-17 as against 9,45,892 MT valued at US$ 4.69 billion in the previous year. Frozen shrimp maintained its position as the top contributor with 38.28 % share in quantity and 64.50 % of the total earnings in terms of US$ from seafood exports. An increase of 16.21% in terms of quantity and 20.33% in terms of US$ has been recorded over the previous year. The demand from the European Union of Indian marine products grew substantially during this period while USA and South East Asia continued to be the major importers.


Manufacturing PMI stuck at 51.2: Nikkei

Manufacturing activity remained unchanged in September compared with the level in August, although the sector witnessed some expansion during both months, according to a private sector survey.

The Nikkei India Purchasing Managers’ Index registered a value of 51.2 in September, the same as in August. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion in activity, while one below 50 denotes a contraction.


AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

U.S. trio win Nobel for finding Einstein's gravitational waves

  • Three U.S. scientists won the 2017 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time foreseen by Albert Einstein a century ago.
  • The work of Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne crowned half a century of experimental efforts by scientists and engineers.
  • Measuring gravitational waves offers a new way to observe the cosmos, helping scientists explore the nature of mysterious objects including black holes and neutron stars. It may also provide insight into the universe’s very earliest moments.

Hyderabad Scientist bags Padmashree I V Subba Rao Raithu Nestham-2017 Award

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday presented Padmasree I V SubbaRao Raithu Nestham-2017 award to B Dayakar Rao  for the Best Scientist  category (Millets value added Processing and Promotion)  under Raithu Nestham Awards-2017 at Swarna Bharati trust, Atkur Village, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh . B Dayakar Rao, Principal Scientist and CEO-Technology Business Incubator, ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Hyderabad received the award in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandra Mohan Reddy and Telangana State Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy. The function was jointly organised by Muppavarapu Foundation and Raithu Nestham.


Indian academician Prajapati elected as NAPA fellow in US

Indian academician Prajapati Trivedi has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration in the US, becoming the first Indian to be bestowed with this honour.


APPOINTMENTS

India’s Soumya Swaminathan becomes WHO’s Deputy Director General

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research, has been appointed the Deputy Director General, Programmes, of the World Health Organisation.

Swaminathan is a paediatrician and is known for her research in tuberculosis. This would be second highest position in the organisation, below the Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who took over the post this July.


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