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Daily GK & Current Affairs - 02 and 03 Oct 2017

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NATIONAL NEWS

Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary

The nation offers homage to Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary today (2 October). President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Senior BJP leader L K Advani and other dignitaries visited Rajghat and paid homage to the Father of the nation.


Nation pays homage to former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary today

The Nation also paid homage to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary today. The President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries visited Vijay Ghat, the Samadhi of Lal Bahadur Shastri to offer tributes. Lal Bahadur Shastri led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and gave the slogan - Jai Jawan Jai Kisan which is remembered even today.


Swachh Bharat Mission completes three years on Oct 2

The Swachh Bharat Mission completes three years today. The mission was launched in 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the country Open Defecation Free and achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage by October 2019. Prime Minister presented swacchhata awards to participants in various categories on the third anniversary of the Swacchh Bharat Mission at a function in New Delhi. In his address, Mr Modi said, India has accepted the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and the movement has become a people's movement due to the 'Siddhi' of Swachhagrahis.


India opens two border crossing points

  • India has opened 2 immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar & Bangladesh.
  • Zorinpui check post of Mizoram has been authorised as immigration check post for entry into or exit from India for all passengers to or from Myanmar.
  • Kawrpuichhuah post of Mizoram has been authorised as immigration check post for entry into or exit from India for all passengers to or from Bangladesh.

President inaugurates Shirdi Airport, first flight to Mumbai

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday inaugurated the newly-built airport at Shirdi in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.
  • The airport secured the aerodrome licence from the DGCA for commercial operations last month.
  • According to an estimate, about 60,000 pilgrims visit Shirdi everyday, out of which the airport authorities plan to tap at least 10-12 per cent.
  • The 2,750 sqm terminal building has been designed to handle a total of 300 passengers, including the arriving ones.

AIR to expand global services; to cover Japan, Germany, Canada

The All India Radio (AIR) is planning to launch new services for several countries, including Japan, Germany and some in the Commonwealth of Independent States, with an aim to supplement the government’s diplomatic efforts and outreach programmes to the Indian diaspora, an official said.

Canada, South Africa and Maldives are also among the countries the AIR plans to reach to, the External Services Division (ESD) director Amlanjyoti Mazumdar said. Currently, the ESD of the AIR covers around 150 countries with programmes in 27 languages—14 of them targeting neighbouring countries and nations in Southeast Asia.


Nepal, India to conduct joint tiger census in November

  • Nepal and India will be conducting in November a joint head count of tigers in the national parks, forests and sanctuaries along the international border between the two neighbours using a similar camera tapping method.
  • The tiger is regarded as an endangered animal and is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

STATE NEWS

Urban Maharashtra declared open defecation free

President Ram Nath Kovind hails Maharashtra government for exemplary work towards cleanliness, says efforts towards cleanliness is true service to humanity. Hailing Maharashtra govt for their exemplary work towards cleanliness, President said that, with the declaration of urban Maharashtra open defecation free, almost half of Maharashtra has become open defecation free, since 49 percent population in Maharashtra lives in urban areas.


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Catalans vote on split from Spain

  • Spain is facing a political and constitutional crisis after Catalans voted in favor of independence in a contested referendum that descended into chaos when police launched a widespread and violent crackdown.
  • The Catalan government said it had earned the right to split from Spain after results showed 90% of those who voted were in favor of a split.
  • A minority of around 40% of Catalans support independence, polls show, although a majority want to hold a referendum on the issue. The region of 7.5 million people has an economy larger than that of Portugal.
  • The referendum, declared illegal by Spain government, has thrown the country into its worst constitutional crisis in decades, deepened a centuries-old rift between Madrid and Barcelona.

Germans celebrate first gay marriage; Move comes three months after lawmakers voted to legalise same-sex unions.

  • Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings on Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples.
  • Germany has allowed same-sex partners to enter into registered partnerships since 2001, but these did not give couples exactly the same status in German law as marriage.

India to be guest country at World Government Summit

  • India will be the guest of honour during the sixth edition of the World Government Summit scheduled from February 11th – 13th, 2018 in Dubai.
  • The summit is the largest movement to review and share the best experiences, and the first global forum for governments, countries, organizations and private sector leaders interested in the industry of the future.

BUSINESS BULLETIN

First-ever shipment of US crude oil to India arrives at Odisha's Paradip Port

India on Sunday received its first ever shipment of US crude oil with state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) importing a 1.6 million barrels parcel at Paradip in Odisha. MT New Prosperity, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), with a capacity to haul two million barrels of crude, left US Gulf Coast on August 19 and arrived at Paradip port.


Fitch lowers India's growth forecast to 6.9% for FY18 from 7.4%

Fitch Ratings has lowered India's economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to 6.9 per cent from 7.4 per cent after the GDP growth "unexpectedly faltered" in the April-June quarter. The credit rating agency said however that it expects the economic activity to accelerate in the second half of the fiscal year with the waning impact of one-off events including the demonetisation shock in late 2016 and the GST rollout in July, which had dampened growth in the short term.


Govt to dilute 10% stake in military plane maker HAL

  • The government has approved the sale of a 10 per cent stake in public sector military planemaker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) through an initial public offering.
  • So far, HAL has been the sole player in the country building fighter aircraft such as Sukhoi-30-MkI and the Hawk advanced jet trainers under licenced production and helicopters such as Dhruv advanced light helicopter, designed in-house. It is also the designated agency to produce Tejas, the homegrown light combat aircraft for the air force.

GDP to hit $6 trillion by 2027 on digital leap: Morgan Stanley

  • According to the global financial services major, the trend line in India's annual GDP growth has been accelerating to 6.9 percent in 2000s, from 5.8 percent in the 1990s, and this momentum is likely to continue in the next decade as well.
  • Morgan Stanley expects digitisation will provide an enhancement of 50-75 basis points to GDP growth and forecast that India will grow to a 6-trillion-dollar economy and achieve upper-middle income status by 2026-27.
  • Morgan Stanley said that India's real GDP growth is to compound annually at 7.1 percent and nominal GDP growth at 11.2 percent, over the coming decade.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 to be held in Hyderabad

  • The Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held between 28th to 30th of November in Hyderabad will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Advisor to the US President, Ivanka Trump, who leads the U.S. delegation.
  • The summit is the preeminent annual gathering of emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders from around the world.

Airtel gets approval for Tigo Merger

  • Bharti Airtel has received Ghana’s National Communications Authority’s approval for the merger between Bharti Ghana (Airtel) and Millicom Ghana (Tigo), subject to certain conditions. This merger will result in an entity which will be the second largest mobile network operations in the country.
  • The merger was first announced in March this year.

AWARDS

Nobel Medicine Prize goes to US geneticists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young for insights into internal biological clock.

US geneticists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize today for shedding light on the internal biological clock that governs the wake-sleep cycles of most living things. Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth's revolutions. The award was announced by the Nobel Assembly.

The trio will share the prize sum of nine million Swedish kronor about 1.1 million US Dollars.


Classical singer Manik Bhide chosen for Bhimsen Joshi award

Noted vocalist Manik Bhide has been chosen for the prestigious Bharatratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi award for year 2017-18 for her contribution in the field of music.


IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Non-Violence: 2 October

  • The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti. On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.
  • According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.

World Habitat Day: 2 October 2017

  • The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
  • Theme of World Habitat Day 2017 : “Housing Policies: Affordable Homes”.

World Architecture Day: 2 October 2017

  • World Architecture Day, celebrated on the first Monday of every October, was set up by the Union International des Architects (UIA) back in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat”.
  • Theme of the World Architecture Day 2017 : “Climate Change Action !”

OBITUARIES

Samuel Newhouse, US media mogul who revamped ‘The New Yorker’, dies at 89.

  • The chairman of Conde Nast since 1975, Si Newhouse bought and remade ‘The New Yorker’ and ‘Details’ magazines and revived ‘Vanity Fair’.
  • Samuel ‘Si’ Newhouse Jr., the low-profile billionaire media mogul who ran the parent company of some of the United States’ most prestigious magazines, died on Sunday. He was 89.


The Hindu Daily Word List - 3 October 2017

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1. HAPLESS (adjective)

(especially of a person) unfortunate


Antonyms : lucky

Synonyms : unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, out of luck, ill-starred

Usage:
  • The hapless victims of the disaster.

2. CULMINATION (noun)

The highest or climactic point of something, especially as attained after a long time


Antonyms : nadir

Synonyms : climax, pinnacle, peak, high point, highest point

Usage:
  • The deal marked the culmination of years of negotiation.

3. PLEBISCITE (noun)

The direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution


Synonyms : vote, referendum, ballot, poll

Usage:
  • The administration will hold a plebiscite for the approval of constitutional reforms.

4. CONFISCATION (noun)

The action of taking or seizing someone's property with authority; seizure


Antonyms : return

Synonyms : seizure, impounding, commandeering, requisition, requisitioning

Usage:
  • A court ordered the confiscation of her property.

5. VITIATE (verb)

Spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of


Usage:
  • Development programmes have been vitiated by the rise in population.

6. STIMULUS (noun)

A thing or event that evokes a specific functional reaction in an organ or tissue


Antonyms : deterrent, discouragement

Synonyms : spur, stimulant, encouragement, impetus, boost

Usage:
  • Areas of the brain which respond to auditory stimuli.

7. DISCRETION (noun)

The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offence or revealing confidential information; The freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation


Antonyms : indiscretion, rashness

Synonyms : circumspection, care, carefulness, caution, wariness

Usage:
  • She knew she could rely on his discretion.

  • I'll be the soul of discretion.

  • Local authorities should use their discretion in setting the charges.

8. CUE (noun)

A thing said or done that serves as a signal to an actor or other performer to enter or to begin their speech or performance; Give a cue to or for; Set a piece of audio or video equipment in readiness to play (a particular part of the recorded material)


Synonyms : signal, sign, indication, prompt, reminder

Usage:
  • She had not yet been given her cue to come out on to the dais.

  • Ros and Guil, cued by Hamlet, also bow deeply.

  • There was a pause while she cued up the next tape.

9. RECKON (verb)

Establish by calculation; Be of the opinion; Rely on or be sure of


Synonyms : calculate, compute, work out, put a figure on, figure

Usage:
  • The Byzantine year was reckoned from 1 September.

  • His debts were reckoned at £300,000.

  • I reckon I can manage that.

10. AWRY (adjective)

Away from the usual or expected course; amiss


Antonyms : straight, symmetrical

Synonyms : amiss, wrong, not right, askew, crooked

Usage:
  • Many youthful romances go awry.

  • I got the impression that something was awry.


The Hindu Daily Word List - 4 October 2017

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1. VITAL (noun)

The body's important internal organs; Absolutely necessary; essential; Full of energy; lively


Antonyms : unimportant, peripheral, secondary, minor, dispensable

Synonyms : essential, indispensable, crucial, key, necessary

Usage:
  • He felt the familiar knot contract in his vitals.

  • Secrecy is of vital importance.

  • It is vital that the system is regularly maintained.

2. BENIGN (adjective)

Gentle and kind; (of a disease) not harmful in effect


Antonyms : unfriendly, hostile, harsh, unhealthy, unfavourable

Synonyms : kindly, kind, warm-hearted, good-natured, friendly

Usage:
  • His benign but firm manner.

  • A benign condition.

3. FEBRILE (adjective)

Having or showing the symptoms of a fever; Characterized by a great deal of nervous excitement or energy


Synonyms : feverish, fevered, hot, burning, burning up

Usage:
  • A febrile illness.

  • The febrile atmosphere of the city.

4. HINDER (verb)

Make it difficult for (someone) to do something or for (something) to happen; (especially of a bodily part) rear; hind


Antonyms : help, facilitate

Synonyms : hamper, be a hindrance to, obstruct, impede, inhibit

Usage:
  • Language barriers hindered communication between scientists.

  • The hinder end of its body.

5. GOBBLE (verb)

Eat (something) hurriedly and noisily


Antonyms : nibble

Synonyms : eat greedily, eat hungrily, guzzle, bolt, gulp

Usage:
  • He gobbled up the rest of his sandwich.

6. DECEIT (noun)

The action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth


Antonyms : honesty

Synonyms : deception, deceitfulness, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud

Usage:
  • A web of deceit.

  • Hypocrisy and deceit were anathema to her.

  • A series of lies and deceits.

7. HERALD (noun)

A person or thing viewed as a sign that something is about to happen; Be a sign that (something) is about to happen


Synonyms : proclaim, announce, broadcast, publicize, declare

Usage:
  • They considered the first primroses as the herald of spring.

  • The speech heralded a change in policy.

8. ANECDOTE (noun)

A short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person


Synonyms : story, tale, narrative, sketch

Usage:
  • He told anecdotes about his job.

9. GRUDGE (noun)

A persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury; Be resentfully unwilling to give or allow (something)


Synonyms : begrudge, resent, feel aggrieved about, feel bitter about, be annoyed about

Usage:
  • Miss Ironside seems to have had some grudge against her.

  • I've never been one to hold a grudge.

  • He grudged the work and time that the meeting involved.

10. RENDEZVOUS (noun)

A meeting at an agreed time and place; Meet at an agreed time and place


Synonyms : meet, come together, get together, gather, assemble

Usage:
  • Edward turned up late for their rendezvous.

  • I rendezvoused with Bea as planned.


Daily GK & Current Affairs - 30 Sep & 01 Oct 2017

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NATIONAL NEWS

Rajnath Singh inaugurates 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority

The third edition of 'Women of India Organic Festival' to be inaugurated by Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi at Dilli Haat, INA

To celebrate and promote women entrepreneurs and farmers in the organic sector from across India, the Ministry of Women and Child Development will be hosting the 3rd annual ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ from October 1st to 15th, 2017, in New Delhi. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, will inaugurate the festival in the presence of Shri Virendra Kumar, Minister of State, Ministry of Women and Child Development, on October 1 at Dilli Haat (INA).


Roll Out of ARPAN Version 3.0 for Defence Security Corps

Defence Security Corps personnel now have a software ‘ARPAN’ which shall ease personal documentation and all issues related to their progression. The ARPAN software consisting of seven modules facilitates end to end human resource, financial management of Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks with major functional advantages of timely processing of postings, promotions, release of salary, publication of personal occurrences and processing of pension has been rolled out by DCOAS (IS &T) for the Defence Security Corps.


India Hosts Global Wildlife Programme to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade

  • In an attempt to address illegal wildlife trade across 19 countries of Asia and Africa, India is hosting the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP) jointly with World Bank and United Nations Development Programme. Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the Global Wildlife Programme on October 2.
  • Coinciding with the ‘Wildlife Week’, the theme of the Conference is - “Peoples’ participation in wildlife conservation”

EC issues formal direction to use paper trail machines in all future polls

  • The Election Commission has issued formal direction to use paper trail machines in all future polls in Lok Sabha and assembly elections.
  • In March, the then chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi had told political parties in a meeting that VVPAT machines will be used in all future elections. But now formal directions have been issued.
  • VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home. It has only been used on trial basis in some places.

STATE NEWS

Karnataka to get new solar park soon

  • Located 180 km from Bengaluru and bordering Andhra Pradesh, the taluk is blessed with good sunshine for most part of the year. capitalising on this, it is now finding a place in the global green energy map, with the State government commencing the process of setting up a solar park, claimed to be the world’s largest, with an investment of Rs. 14,425 crore, including Central aid.
  • The solar park, spread over 13,000 acres across five villages of the taluk, will generate 2,000 MW of power by September 2018. In the first phase, to be ready by December, it would generate 600 MW.
  • With this and other solar projects, the State would become the number one State in solar power, with a generation of 3,000 MW by the end of December, officials of Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL) told.

Eastern Canal Project to link three rivers in Rajasthan

An Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project, to be taken up shortly at a cost of Rs. 40,000 crore, will link the Kalisindh, Gambhiri and Parvati rivers and solve the drinking water problem in 13 districts, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has announced. The project will run concurrent to the ongoing Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan (JSA) in the State.


Haryana govt to celebrate Oct.2 as International Day of Non-Violence

The Haryana government on Saturday said it has decided to celebrate International Day of Non Violence on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

US halves Cuba diplomatic staff over mysterious 'attacks'

The US is withdrawing more than half of its personnel from the embassy in Havana in response to "specific attacks" targeting at least 21 of its staff, a senior State Department official said today.


BUSINESS BULLETIN

'Highway projects to create jobs of 50 cr man-days in 4 yrs'

Highway projects of NHAI will help in creating employment of estimated 50 crore man-days in the next four years, the road and highways ministry said today.


EESL to procure 10,000 Electric Vehicles from TATA Motors

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI), will procure 10,000 electric vehicles from Tata Motors Limited. The company was selected through an international competitive bidding aimed at increased participation. Tata Motors won the tender and will now supply the Electric Vehicles (EVs) in two phases – first 500 e-cars will be supplied to EESL in November 2017 and the rest 9,500 EVs will be delivered in the second phase.
  • The tender floated by EESL is the world’s largest single electric vehicle procurement. Three leading manufacturers – Tata Motors Limited, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan participated in the tender and the bids for TATA Motors Limited and Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) were opened.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Older Persons 2017

  • October 1 marks the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, which aims to raise awareness of how vital older people are as a part of the community and break down age discrimination.
  • The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2017 is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.

APPOINTMENTS

President appoints five new Governors, Banwarilal Purohit made TN Guv

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed five new Governors for the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya.
  • Banwarilal Purohit was appointed as the governor of Tamil Nadu while Satyapal Malik would be the new governor of Bihar.
  • Jagdish Mukhi will take the place of Purohit as the Assam governor. Satya Pal Malik, former MP and BJP's national vice president, has been appointed the governor of Bihar. The post had fallen vacant after Kovind was nominated as the BJP's presidential candidate.
  • Admiral (Retd) Devendra Kumar Joshi will be the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in place of Mukhi, a press release issued by the president's office said. Former member of Bihar Legislative Council Ganga Prasad has been appointed as the Governor of Meghalaya. Brig (Retd) B D Mishra will be the governor of Arunachal Pradesh, the release said.

Shri R. K. Mishra takes over as DG, SSB

  • Shri Rajni Kant Mishra took over as Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) succeeding Smt. Archana Ramasundaram here today. He is a U.P. Cadre Police Officer of 1984 Batch. He is a Post Graduate in Science. He has served in different capacities in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Shri Mishra joined CBI in the year 2002 and worked there as DIG & IG till 2009. He joined Border Security Force (BSF) in June, 2013 and worked as IG/ADG BSF, Frontier Headquarters, Tripura and South Bengal. Before taking over the charge of DG, SSB, he was working as ADG, BSF Headquarters.
  • Shri R. K. Mishra is a recipient of Police Medal in 2003 and Prestigious President Police Medal in 2009.

BHU appoints Royana Singh as first woman proctor

The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Thursday appointed Professor Royana Singh as its chief proctor. The appointment of Singh comes at a time when the university is under the scanner for compromising women's safety and security. She will be first women Chief Proctor of the Central University.


BOOK LAUNCH

Vice President releases book 'Securing India: The Modi Way'

  • Senior Journalist Nitin Gokhale's book Securing India the Modi Way: Pathankot, surgical strikes and more was released by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.
  • The book sheds light on some national security and foreign policy initiatives, including the surgical strikes, of the Modi-led NDA government. The book dwells in detail about recent security challenges that were successfully thwarted by the Indian Army braves, including the Pathankot attack and the Doklam stand-off.

OBITUARIES

Noted actor Tom Alter passes away at 67

  • Padma Shri awardee and veteran theatre, film and television actor Tom Alter has passed away. He was 67. Indian actor of American descent, Alter was the son of American missionary parents. He was born in 1950 in Mussoorie. He studied at Woodstock School in Mussoorie and later at Pune's Film and Television Institute.
  • The actor appeared in over 300 films which included Satyajit Ray's acclaimed movie "Shatranj Ke Khiladi" and "Junoon". His first Hindi film to be released was Ramanand Sagar's Charas in 1976. His acting credits also include "Aashiqui", "Parinda", "Sardar Patel" and "Gandhi".

Veteran Assamese scribe Bhagawati passed away

Veteran journalist Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, editor of several Assamese newspapers and a Sahitya Akademi awardee, passed away on Saturday at a hospital here following protracted illness. He was 84. He began his career as a journalist as sub-editor in Notun Asomia in 1958. He later joined the magazine Ramdhenu and subsequently became its Editor.



The Hindu Daily Word List - 2 October 2017

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1. LIAISE (verb)

Cooperate on a matter of mutual concern


Synonyms : cooperate, work together, collaborate

Usage:
  • She will liaise with teachers across the country.

2. VICIOUS (adjective)

Deliberately cruel or violent; Immoral


Antonyms : gentle, kindly, benevolent

Synonyms : brutal, ferocious, savage, violent, dangerous

Usage:
  • A vicious assault.

  • Every soul on earth, virtuous or vicious, shall perish.

3. BEDLAM (noun)

A scene of uproar and confusion


Antonyms : calm

Synonyms : uproar, pandemonium, commotion, mayhem, confusion

Usage:
  • There was bedlam in the courtroom.

4. EXPEDITE (verb)

Make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly


Antonyms : delay, hinder

Synonyms : speed up, accelerate, hurry, hasten, step up

Usage:
  • He promised to expedite economic reforms.

5. SCAREMONGER (noun)

A person who spreads frightening or ominous reports or rumours


Synonyms : alarmist, prophet of doom, Cassandra, voice of doom, doom-monger

Usage:
  • Scaremongers forecast that 8 m–9 m people could soon flood in.

6. ALLAY (verb)

Diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry)


Antonyms : increase, intensify

Synonyms : reduce, diminish, decrease, lessen, assuage

Usage:
  • The report attempted to educate the public and allay fears.

7. CLICHE (noun)

A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought


Synonyms : platitude, hackneyed phrase, commonplace, banality, truism

Usage:
  • That old cliché ‘a woman's place is in the home’.

  • A mixture of good humour, innuendo, and cliché.

  • The usual worn-out clichés about the English.

8. RESILIENCE (noun)

The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity


Antonyms : rigidity, fragility, vulnerability, weakness

Synonyms : flexibility, pliability, suppleness, plasticity, elasticity

Usage:
  • The often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions.

  • Nylon is excellent in wearability, abrasion resistance and resilience.

9. SURMOUNT (verb)

Overcome (a difficulty or obstacle); Stand or be placed on top of


Antonyms : be beaten by, descend, climb down, be dominated by

Synonyms : overcome, conquer, get over, prevail over, triumph over

Usage:
  • All manner of cultural differences were surmounted.

  • The tomb was surmounted by a sculptured angel.

10. GHASTLY (adjective)

Causing great horror or fear; Extremely unwell; Very objectionable, bad, or unpleasant


Antonyms : pleasant, charming, fine, trivial, excusable

Synonyms : terrible, frightful, horrible, grim, awful

Usage:
  • One of the most ghastly crimes ever committed.

  • She had sobered up but she felt ghastly.

  • The weather was ghastly.


The Hindu Daily Word List - 1 October 2017

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1. FACILE (adjective)

Ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial; (especially of success in sport) easily achieved; effortless


Antonyms : thorough, profound

Synonyms : simplistic, superficial, oversimple, oversimplified, schematic

Usage:
  • Facile generalizations.

  • A facile seven-lengths victory.

2. COHESION (noun)

The action or fact of forming a united whole


Synonyms : unity, togetherness, solidarity, bond, sticking together

Usage:
  • The work at present lacks cohesion.

3. CARICATURE (noun)

A picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect; Make or give a caricature of


Synonyms : parody, satirize, lampoon, mimic, ridicule

Usage:
  • A crude caricature of the Prime Minister.

  • There are elements of caricature in the portrayal of the hero.

  • He was famous enough to be caricatured by Private Eye.

4. PRODIGY (noun)

A young person with exceptional qualities or abilities


Synonyms : child genius, genius, wonder child, mastermind, virtuoso

Usage:
  • A Russian pianist who was a child prodigy in his day.

5. WHATABOUTERY (noun)

The technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue.


Usage:
  • All too often, well-intentioned debate descends into whataboutery.

6. FORFEIT (noun)

A fine or penalty for wrongdoing; Lose or be deprived of (property or a right or privilege) as a penalty for wrongdoing; Lost or surrendered as a penalty for wrongdoing


Antonyms : retain

Synonyms : penalty, financial penalty, fine, fee, charge

Usage:
  • The loser must pay a forfeit.

  • Those unable to meet their taxes were liable to forfeit their estates.

  • His possessions were declared forfeit.

7. OCCULT (noun)

Mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena; Cut off from view by interposing something; Involving or relating to mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena


Synonyms : supernatural, magic, magical, mystical, mystic

Usage:
  • A secret society to study alchemy and the occult.

  • A wooden screen designed to occult the competitors.

  • A weird occult sensation of having experienced the identical situation before.

8. ENMESH (verb)

Cause to become entangled in something


Synonyms : entangle, ensnare, snare, trap, entrap

Usage:
  • Whales enmeshed in drift nets.

9. ABSURD (noun)

An absurd state of affairs; Wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate


Antonyms : reasonable, sensible

Synonyms : preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable

Usage:
  • The incidents that followed bordered on the absurd.

  • The allegations are patently absurd.

10. ABSOLVE (verb)

Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment


Antonyms : blame, condemn, punish

Synonyms : exonerate, discharge, acquit, exculpate, vindicate

Usage:
  • The pardon absolved them of any crimes.


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1. PROFLIGATE (noun)

A licentious, dissolute person; Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources; Licentious; dissolute


Antonyms : thrifty, frugal, moral, upright

Synonyms : libertine, debauchee, degenerate, reprobate, roué

Usage:
  • He is a drunkard and a profligate.

  • Profligate consumers of energy.

  • He succumbed to drink and a profligate lifestyle.

2. RANT (noun)

A spell of ranting; a tirade; Speak or shout at length in an angry, impassioned way


Synonyms : tirade, harangue, diatribe, broadside, verbal onslaught

Usage:
  • His rants against organized religion.

  • She was still ranting on about the unfairness of it all.

3. PRY (verb)

Enquire too inquisitively into a person's private affairs


Antonyms : mind one's own business

Synonyms : enquire impertinently into, investigate impertinently, be inquisitive about, be curious about, poke about in

Usage:
  • I'm sick of you prying into my personal life.

4. PITH (noun)

The essence of something; Vigour and conciseness of expression; Remove the pith from


Synonyms : essence, essential part, main point, fundamental point, heart

Usage:
  • The pith and core of socialism.

  • He writes with a combination of pith and exactitude.

  • Peel and pith the oranges.

5. PIETY (noun)

The quality of being religious or reverent


Antonyms : impiety

Synonyms : devoutness, devotion, piousness, religiousness, religion

Usage:
  • Acts of piety and charity.

6. PREPONDERANCE (noun)

The quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance


Synonyms : prevalence, predominance, dominance, bulk, majority

Usage:
  • The preponderance of women among older people.

  • A preponderance of lower-paid jobs.

7. PLOD (noun)

A slow, heavy walk; A police officer; Walk doggedly and slowly with heavy steps


Synonyms : trudge, walk heavily, clump, stomp, stump

Usage:
  • He settled down to a steady plod.

  • A bunch of plods arrived, offering me a lift to the cop shop.

  • We plodded back up the hill.

8. RACY (adjective)

Lively, entertaining, and typically sexually titillating; (of a vehicle or animal) designed or bred to be suitable for racing


Usage:
  • The novel was considered rather racy at the time.

  • The yacht is fast and racy.

9. SWERVE (noun)

An abrupt change of direction; Change or cause to change direction abruptly


Synonyms : curve, curl, bend, deviation, twist

Usage:
  • Do not make sudden swerves, particularly around parked vehicles.

  • A lorry swerved across her path.

  • O'Hara swerved the motorcycle round the corner.

10. EVANESCE (verb)

Pass out of sight, memory, or existence


Usage:
  • Water moves among reeds, evanesces, shines.


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1. WANE (noun)

The amount by which a plank or log is bevelled or falls short of a squared shape; (of a state or feeling) decrease in vigour or extent; become weaker


Antonyms : wax, increase, grow

Synonyms : disappear, decrease, diminish, dwindle, decrease

Usage:
  • I cut the log into slabs without removing the outside wane.

  • Confidence in the dollar waned.

2. CYNICISM (noun)

An inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; scepticism


Antonyms : optimism

Synonyms : scepticism, doubt, distrust, mistrust, doubtfulness

Usage:
  • Public cynicism about politics.

3. STEREOTYPE (noun)

A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing; View or represent as a stereotype


Synonyms : typecast, pigeonhole, conventionalize, standardize, categorize

Usage:
  • The stereotype of the woman as the carer.

  • Sexual and racial stereotypes.

  • The city is too easily stereotyped as an industrial wasteland.

4. VINDICATE (verb)

Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion


Antonyms : convict, blame, incriminate, disprove

Synonyms : acquit, clear, absolve, free from blame, declare innocent

Usage:
  • Hospital staff were vindicated by the inquest verdict.

5. TROUNCE (verb)

Defeat heavily in a contest


Synonyms : defeat utterly, beat hollow, win a resounding victory over, annihilate, drub

Usage:
  • Essex trounced Cambridgeshire 5–1 in the final.

6. PENCHANT (noun)

A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something


Usage:
  • He has a penchant for adopting stray dogs.

7. ABATE (verb)

(of something unpleasant or severe) become less intense or widespread


Antonyms : intensify, increase

Synonyms : subside, die away, die down, die out, drop away

Usage:
  • The storm suddenly abated.

8. CONVERGENCE (noun)

The process or state of converging


Usage:
  • The convergence of lines in the distance.

9. TRAJECTORY (noun)

The path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces


Synonyms : course, route, path, track, line

Usage:
  • The rapid upward trajectory of Rich's career.

  • The missile's trajectory was preset.

10. BIGOT (noun)

A person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions


Synonyms : dogmatist, partisan, sectarian, prejudiced person

Usage:
  • He was a fanatical bigot.

  • Don't let a few small-minded bigots destroy the good image of the city.


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NATIONAL NEWS

Rajnath Singh inaugurates 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh today inaugurated the 13th Formation Day of the National Disaster Management Authority in New Delhi.
  • The theme of this year's Formation Day is School Safety. NDMA released the National Disaster Management Guidelines on School Safety Policy in February, 2016 with an aim to strengthen the risk resilience of schools across the country.

190th Gunners Day Celebrated

Regiment of Artillery, one of the largest Arms of the Indian Army celebrated 190th Gunners’ Day on 28 September 2017. The Gunners’ Day is celebrated to commemorate the raising of the first Indian Artillery Unit namely, 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery on this day in 1827.


Closing Ceremony Exercise Yudh Abhyas – 2017

  • Joint Indo US exercise, Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017 concluded on 27 September 2017 at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington, USA.
  • Exercise Yudh Abhyas is an annual bilateral exercise designed to strengthen the US and Indian Army partnership. The training was focused on specialised drills and procedures involved in counter insurgency, counter terrorist operations in an urban environment

Signing of Mou Between Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University
Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU), New Delhi recorded their mutual intent for academic collaboration, technical advancement and progression of Army Personnel, in a MoU signed on 28 Sep 2017 between Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, Adjutant General, IHQ of MoD (Army) & Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU). The University agreed to recognise the in-service courses run by the Army. This would facilitate admission of defence personnel in second or third year Graduation/Post Graduation/Doctorate programme through the medium of distance learning. This would enable the soldiers to enhance their academic qualification for a better future.


STATE NEWS

Maharashtra's Dhule district to house 500 Mw solar park

The Maharashtra government, in a bid to strengthen its footing in the renewable energy segment, is planning to set up a 500-Mw solar park in Dhule district.


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India to train Afghan police forces

India and Afghanistan exchanged a memorandum of understanding on Thursday which will see Afghan police forces trained in India for the first time. The agreement followed a meeting between Afghanistan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.


India International Science Festival 2017: ‘Science for New India’

  • The 3rd edition of IISF 2017 will be held in Chennai during 13-16 October, 2017 at various venues which include Anna University, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and IIT-Madras.
  • The previous two editions of IISF held at New Delhi have been a great success.
  • Emphasizing the role of technologies and innovation, India has declared 2010-20 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’.

India and Norway sign Letter of Intent to extend health cooperation

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018.


World heart day observed all over the world
The World Heart Foundation organises World Heart Day on September 29 every year. On this day, people are made aware about the importance of being active and staying informed about cardiovascular health and diseases.


BUSINESS BULLETIN

World Gold Council to form panel for establishing spot gold bourse in India

  • The World Gold Council (WGC) plans to form a committee soon to help set up India’s first spot gold exchange within 12 to 18 months, a senior official of the industry body said on Thursday.
  • A dedicated exchange for physical gold is expected to pave the way for standard gold pricing practices in India, apart from bringing in transparency into a market which sees large cash transactions.
  • The Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) and National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) currently offer gold futures contracts in India, but do not have a platform for physical trade.

RBI increases foreign investor limits in G-secs

  • The Reserve Bank on Thursday increased foreign portfolio investors' investment limits in central and state government securities by an aggregate Rs 14,200 crore for the October-December period.
  • Limits for investment by FPIs for the December quarter have been increased by Rs 8,000 crore in Central government securities and by Rs 6,200 crore in state development loans, the central bank said in a notification.

India Inc's foreign borrowings nearly halve to $1.64bn in Aug
Indian Inc's foreign borrowings nearly halved to USD 1.64 billion in August this year, data from Reserve Bank showed today.


AWARDS

AAI’s Srinagar and Raipur Airports awarded as Best Airports under National Tourism Awards 2015-16

The Airports Authority of India’s Srinagar International Airport, Jammu & Kashmir and Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Chhattisgarh have been jointly conferred with the prestigious National Tourism Awards 2015-16. The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the award for Best Airport under ‘rest of India’ category at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the occasion of World Tourism Day on 27th September, 2017.


APPOINTMENTS

Tata Capital names Rajiv Sabharwal as new CEO and MD

  • Tata Capital on Thursday named Rajiv Sabharwal as its next chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) who will take charge from April next year.
  • Sabharwal will join Tata Capital in January 2018 and would take over the position from current managing director & CEO Praveen P Kadle, Tata Capital said.

SCI-TECH NEWS

Facebook Unveils Blood Donation Features in India, Hopes to Connect Donors With Recipients 

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new initiative to increase blood donations in India, by connecting donors with those in need - whether individuals or organisations like hospitals and blood banks. Citing the 'shortage of safe blood' in India, Facebook said users in the country already use the social network to reach out for donors.


OBITUARIES

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Playboy founder Hugh M Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolised by bow-tied women in bunny costumes, has died at age 91.



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NATIONAL NEWS

2017 World Tourism Day celebrated on theme of “Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development”

  • This year’s World Tourism Day, held on 27 September, is focused on Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development. Celebrated in line with the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the Day will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • World Tourism Day has been celebrated since 1980 on September 27, the day in which the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) entered into force. Peace and Dialogue, Energy, Accessibility, World Heritage and Water and Tourism have been some of the topics tackled on the 37 previous editions of World Tourism Day.

President launches Incredible India 2.0 Campaign; ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Project on World Tourism Day.

  • Incredible India 2.0 campaign will be focusing on specific promotional plans, with greater emphasis to be given to social media, whereas, ‘Adopt A Heritage’ Project plans to entrust heritage sites to the public sector and private sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities.
  • The President on 37th edition of “World Tourism Day” also launched “New Incredible India Website”.

Govt constitutes high-level forum on 5G India 2020

  • Government has constituted high-level 5G India 2020 Forum with three Secretaries of key Ministries/Departments Telecom, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and Department of Science & Technology (DST).
  • The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which will finalise the standards, has already proposed key performance requirements for the fifth-generation mobile technology. Under the 5G technology, the government aims to deliver about 10,000 megabit per second (10 gbps) in urban areas and 1,000 mbps (1 gbps) in rural areas.

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah meets External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

The Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah arrived in New Delhi today. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held discussions with Dr. Abdullah to strengthen strategic partnership with the close neighbouring country. Dr Abdullah will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day.


Cabinet approves Enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors other than Central Health Service (CHS) doctors to 65 years

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors other than Central Health Service (CHS) doctors to 65 years.


Cabinet approves bilateral MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing an MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development.
  • The MoU will help in capacity building of Afghanistan National Police and improving the security apparatus in the region.

Cabinet approves signing and ratification of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between India and Belarus on investments

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing and ratification of the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the India and Belarus on Investments.
  • The Treaty is likely to increase investment flows between the two countries. The agreement is expected to improve the confidence of the investors resulting in an increase in FDI and Overseas Director Investment (ODI) opportunities and this will have a positive impact on employment generation.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector. The MoU was signed on 12th September, 2017 during the visit of President of Belarus to India.
  • The MoU will promote bilateral relationship between India and Belarus and it is envisaged to enhance the economic and commercial cooperation between the two sides in oil and natural gas sector. Under the MoU, both sides will work towards establishing cooperation in the areas of upstream and downstream activities, capacity building, technology transfer, enhanced oil recovery and development of mature fields in India.

Cabinet approves Agreement on “Cooperation in the field of Information, Communication and Media” between India and Ethiopia

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to sign the Agreement between India and Ethiopia on “Cooperation in the field of Information, Communication and Media”. It aims to harness the growing power of Information, Communication and Media for information dissemination and enhancing outreach between the two countries for inclusive development. It will also enhance people to people contact through exchange programmes. It would also provide an opportunity for both the nations to share best practices and new innovations in the field of Information, Communication & Media.


Railways to soon introduce innovative techniques to eliminate rail accidents.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that innovative techniques are soon being introduced to eliminate rail accidents. These include revamping the existing signalling system by use of TPWS (Train Protection and Warning System) and MTRC (Mobile Train Radio Communication).


Union Cabinet approves 25 thousand crore rupee scheme for modernization of state police forces in next three years

  • The Cabinet Committee on Security today approved the implementation of an umbrella scheme for modernization of state police forces in the next three years.
  • The internal security, law and order, women security, weapons procurement, hiring of helicopters and other requirements will be covered under the scheme.
  • T scheme has three thousand core rupees as central assistance for 35 worst Left Wing Extremism affected districts. Mr. Singh said, it will also have 100 crore rupees outlay for North Eastern States for police infrastructure up-gradation, training institutes and  investigation facilities.

Cabinet approves signing of (i) Inter-bank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement and (ii) Cooperation Memorandum relating to Credit Ratings by EXIM Bank under BRICS Interbank Cooperation mechanism

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the signing of the (i) Interbank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement and (ii) Cooperation Memorandum Relating to Credit Ratings by Exim Bank with participating member banks under BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism. As both the Agreement and the MoU are umbrella pacts, and are non-binding in nature, the Board of Directors of Exim Bank has been authorized to negotiate and conclude any individual contracts and commitments within their framework.


 CARA launches monthly “Jan Sampark” Program to facilitate adoption

  • The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Ministry of Women & Child Development has started a monthly “Jan Sampark” program to enable the public to have interaction with its officials and staff for seeking information related to Adoption as well as flagging their concerns.
  • The first of its kind programme was held in New Delhi yesterday. Nearly 150 Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs), Adoptive Parents and representatives of agencies participated in the session, which lasted for more than four hours.

STATE NEWS

A.P. opts for green fleet of e-buses

  • A week after Himachal Pradesh flagged off India’s first commercial electric bus (e-bus) service on the Kullu-Manali-Rohtang pass, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has set in motion plans to replicate similar e-bus services in the State, starting with the ghat road connecting Tirupati and Tirumala.
  • While Himachal Pradesh started off with 25 e-buses, APSRTC plans to start operations with 50. The buses are manufactured by the Hyderabad-based Goldstone Infratech Limited.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

US slaps sanctions on eight North Korean banks, 26 executives

The US imposed sanctions on eight North Korean banks and 26 bank executives, ratcheting up pressure on the country amid increasingly bellicose exchanges with Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. All property and interest of the designated companies and individuals in the US are blocked by the sanctions.


Kurd voted for seperated nation

  • Initial results of Monday’s vote indicated 72% of eligible voters had taken part and an overwhelming majority, possibly over 90%, had said “yes”, Kurdish TV channel Rudaw said. Final results are expected by Wednesday.
  • The Iraqi government ruled out talks on possible secession for Kurdish-held northern Iraq on Tuesday and Turkey threatened sanctions after a referendum in the region showed strong support for independence.

BUSINESS BULLETIN

StanC, Citi become shareholders in Swift India

  • Standard Chartered and Citibank have picked up stake in global financial messaging service Swift's local arm, becoming the first foreign lenders to invest in the platform.
  • Swift India was formed in 2012 as a joint venture between the global cooperative Swift Scril and nine leading domestic banks.
  • Other lender shareholders in the company include Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India and Union Bank of India.

Govt to set up panel to ease regulatory hurdles

  • The government has decided to form a review committee to examine and bring down the regulatory issues faced by industry. The meeting was chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu.
  • The new committee, set up under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) secretary, will lead to better ways for implementing the ease of doing business norms.

India remain at No. 40 on WEF’s global competitiveness rankings

  • India remains the most competitive country in South Asia, appearing at No. 40 in the global competitiveness ranking of 137 countries by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The ranking is one lower than last year’s, but the two rankings are not comparable because of a change in the methodology, WEF said.
  • WEF said India’s score is its highest ever according to the current methodology, which ranked Switzerland as the world’s most competitive economy.

ADB lowers India growth forecast for FY18

  • Asian Development Bank has downgraded India's growth projection to seven per cent for the current fiscal year, while lowering its forecast for the next financial year as well.
  • "India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is downgraded to seven per cent in financial year 2017-18, a 0.4 percentage point drop from the April forecast. In financial year 2018-19, the forecast is adjusted down to 7.4 per cent, from 7.6 per cent," ADB said in its Asian Development Outlook 2017 update.

Indirect tax share in GDP at all-time high of 10.5%

There has been a steady rise in indirect taxes (net of subsidies) in recent years, pushing up retail prices of commonly used goods and services. The combined share of Customs and excise duties, service tax, and value-added tax (VAT) in India’s gross domestic product (GDP) reached an all-time high of 10.5% during the financial year 2016-17, up from 7.7% three year ago. The previous high was 10.1% during the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1987-88.


SPORTS

ICC's new playing rules to come into effect on Thursday

  • To maintain the balance between bat and ball, the size of the edges of the bats as well as their thickness will now be restricted.
  • In a new playing condition pertaining to players' conduct, a player can now be sent off the field for the rest of the match for any serious misconduct. "...meaning it will apply to Level 4 offences while the Level 1 to 3 offences will continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct.
  • Also, in the new the DRS rules a review will now not be lost in case of a decision that remains unchanged, solely as the result of an 'umpire's call'.

Louisville ground to be named after Gavaskar

A cricket ground in Louisville, Kentucky USA — known as the hometown of celebrated professional boxer and sports icon Mohammad Ali — is to be named after India’s legendary opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar.


Sumit Nagal bags golds in men's singles tennis event at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan

Sumit Nagal bagged the men's singles gold medal in the tennis event of Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games with a dominating win over compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan today. Nagal outplayed Prashanth 6-1, 6-1 in the all-Indian final as he broke him five times in the match.


AWARDS

President of India presents the National Tourism Awards

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Tourism Awards today (September 27, 2017) at a function held in New Delhi.
  • Kerala Tourism bagged nine wards in various segments of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry for 2015-16 at a function organised by the Union Ministry of Tourism on World Tourism Day in New Delhi on Wednesday.
  • Kerala Tourism received the ‘hall of fame’ award for the ‘most innovative use of information technology - social media / mobile app’ for the ninth consecutive year for tourism promotion using the services of IT solution provider Invis Multimedia.
  • Gujarat Tourism won the Hall of Fame award for being the Best State in Comprehensive Development of Tourism category at the function.
  • In the ‘niche’ category, Kumarakom got the award for the best responsible tourism initiative.

10 scientists won the annual Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

  • Ten scientists were announced winners of the annual Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize at a function presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind.
  • The winners this year for the Biological Sciences are Deepak Nair at the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad, and Sanjeev Das, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi; Chemical Sciences, Naresh Patwari, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Earth Sciences, Suresh Babu, VSSC, Thiruvanantha-puram; Engineering Services, Aloke Paul and Neelesh Mehta, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

SCI-TECH NEWS

India Mobile Congress 2017 started in New Delhi

  • India’s first ever mobile, internet and technology event on a global scale, the Mobile India Congress 2017, kicked off in New Delhi on Wednesday with an aim to foster digital inclusion in India.
  • The event was inaugurated by Minister of State (Independent Charge) Communications, Manoj Sinha, who also echoed on the need for digitisation for India’s development.
  • Led by Department of Telecom as the nodal ministry, the India Mobile Congress is being organised by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the industry association of mobile and telecom operators and internet companies will be a congregation to display, discuss, unveil, imbibe, educate and recognise the importance of the global and Indian telecommunications, mobile, internet, connectivity and digital services sector to the world.

’Lost city’ of Alexander the Great found in Iraq

  • Archaeologists have discovered a city in Iraq that is thought to have been founded by Alexander the Great and was lost for more than 2,000 years.
  • Researchers at the British Museum in London used drones to find the remains of Qalatga Darband, a fortified settlement in northern Iraq with a thriving wine trade, that went unrecorded in history.