Current Affairs 20th October 2017 Complete Updates – GK – General Knowledge
20th October 2017 Current Affairs:
>> >>‘Very poor’ air quality in Delhi-NCR
The air quality in the national capital this Diwali was better than last year, according to a data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The Air Quality Index (AQI) value on 19 October was 319, putting it in “very poor” category.
As per the AQI released by the CPCB at 4 p.m., particulate matters — PM 2.5 and PM 10 — were the major contributors to “very poor” air quality on 19 October.
>> >>DIPP launches logo contest for Geographical Indications
A contest has been launched for designing a common logo and tagline for Geographical Indications.
A Geographical Indication (GI) is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.
Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness.
>> >>Modi inaugurates development projects
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached to Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath temple and laid the foundation stone of Kedarpuri reconstruction projects.
After spending Diwali with Army and BSF personnel in North Kashmir’s Gurez sector on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Kedarnath temple.
Reconstruction of Kedarpuri, with improved facilities for devotees, will be expensive but there will be no dearth of funds.
>> >>India slipped to second position in ODI
India lost their numero uno status in ICC ODI rankings to South Africa.
India are placed second on the basis of decimal points, but have identical 120 points as South Africa, and can move back to the top with a series win over New Zealand.
In the bowlers’ list, Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel are the two Indians who figure in top-10.
>> >>Chess grandmaster Lombardy no more
William J. Lombardy, who was one of the most talented and promising chess players of his generation, winning titles and accolades while he was still a teenager, but who all but gave up the game at the height of his career to
become a priest, died at the age of 79.
Lombardy led the United States to victory over the Soviet Union in the 1960 World Student Team Championship, beating Boris Spassky, the future world champion.
He was the first American to win the World Junior Chess Championship — doing so with a perfect score.
>> >>LCA Tejas may soon get French-made array radars
French defence firm Thales has developed a radar with an eye on the specific needs of the state-run aerospace firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to equip the Tejas light combat aircraft.
It said the radar meets the specific needs of HAL to equip the 80 Tejas Mk1A multi-role aircraft operated by the Indian Air Force.
The radar has successfully completed an initial flight test campaign designed to measure its performance level.
>> >>Sunny Verghese appointed as WBCSD from 2018
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has appointed NRI businessman Sunny Verghese, co-founder and CEO of Singapore-based Olam International as the new chairman of the organisation from 2018.
Sunny is the first ever Asian CEO to be appointed as Chair in World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) 25 years of history.
Sunny will take over from Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, whose chairmanship term ends on 31 December 2017.
>> >>Ravi Shastri is the Highest Paid Coach Ever
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri is the world’s highest-earning cricket coach in the world.
Shastri’ draws a salary of 1.17 million dollars per year from the BCCI which is even more than skipper Virat Kohli.
But most importantly it does not include the money he earns from advertising.Next to Ravi Shastri, the Australia coach Darren Lehmann who earns close to $0.55 million.
>> >>Manika Jain appointed as the next Ambassador to Cambodia
Ms. Manika Jain, presently Consul General of India, Melbourne has been appointed as the country’s next Ambassador to Cambodia.
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Ms. Jain, an Indian Foreign Service of the 1993 batch, was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
>> >>ISKCON’s Govardhan Village gets award
The Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Palghar district, has won the ‘green platinum award’.
The award has been instituted by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Govardhan Eco Village is a farm community and retreat centre. It was set up in 2003.
>> >>SBI Foundation commits Rs.10 cr for CSTM
SBI Foundation has committed Rs 10 crore for the conservation and restoration of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) of Mumbai over the period of 3-5 years.
CSTM railway station, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.Through this project, the CSR arm of State Bank of India aims to contribute in development and preservation of world heritage structures.
Further, restoration work of CSTM heritage building will be done by INTACH an expert agency.
>> >>DIPP approves 3 FDI proposals for single brand retail
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has approved three foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals, including that of Merlin Entertainment-owned Madame Tussauds.
Mountain Trail Foods, which operates the Chai Point outlets, has got approval for food retailing, bringing in FDI inflows of $10 million (Rs 65 crore). Kohler India Corp’s proposal for single-brand retail has also been approved.
Madame Tussauds is expected to open its first museum in India in Delhi.
>> >>Kotak Mahindra Bank launches Paymint
Kotak Mahindra Bank (“Kotak”) and Zeta, a fintech pioneer, today announced the launch of Paymint – a comprehensive digital platform to manage multiple employee benefits.
A multi-wallet digital prepaid solutions platform, Paymint enables corporates to offer a host of benefits to its employees.
Paymint offers corporate a single digital interface, powered by Zeta, to manage multiple reimbursements and allowances offered to employees.
>> >>Indian Army organizes Jashn-e- Kokernag
19 batch Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army on 19th October 2017, organised ‘Jashn-e-Breng’ festival in Kokernag village of the Anantnag district.
It was celebrated with the slogan of “Jawan aur Awaam Amun Hai Muqam” ( Army and Locals together, peace will prevail ), to promote peace and brotherhood between security forces and the local population.
The soldiers also arranged free medical assistance and several cultural programmes.
>> >>Hans Joachim receives Blue Planet prize
Environmental scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber received Blue Planet Prize, world’s most prestigious award for pioneers in environmental science.
He is the second recipient of the Blue Planet Prize. She has been awarded for her research about biodiversity and natural capital.
Blue Planet Prize was instituted by Asahi Glass Foundation ( an affiliate of Asahi Glass manufacturing company of Japan) in 1992.
>> >>Kotak Bank ties up with Samsung pay
Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank today said its credit and debit card holders will be able to tap and pay using smartphones at merchant establishments.
The city-based lender has tied up with Samsung, under which its cardholders will be able to tap and pay using smart phones of the Korean electronics major having the Samsung Pay acceptance machines
Three existing investors including Anirudh Damani, Daud Ali and Narendra Karnavat also participated.
>> >>Funds to women SHGs at 7%: RBI
The RBI said banks will provide funds to women SHGs (self help groups) in rural areas at 7 per cent under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) in the current fiscal.
The central bank issued the revised guidelines on interest subvention scheme under DAY-NRLM, as received from the Ministry of Rural Development for implementation by 21 public sector banks and 19 private banks.
All women SHGs will be eligible for interest subvention on credit up to Rs 3 lakh at 7 per cent per annum… Banks will lend to all the women SHGs in rural areas at the rate of 7 per cent.
The interest subvention scheme on credit to women SHG during 2017-18 is applicable in 250 districts across the country.
>> >>Canada as India’s partner in Tech Summit
Canada will be the partner country at the 23rd iteration of the Tech Summit, India’s largest knowledge and technology conference and exhibition to be held from November 14 to 15, 2017 in New Delhi.
This event is India’s largest knowledge and technology conference and exhibition.
The themes will be Advanced Manufacturing which includes advances in aerospace, Automotive and Robotics, Transportation.
>> >>Kamle becomes 23rd district of AP
Arunachal Pradesh State Assembly passed Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Organization of Districts) Amendment Bill 2017 to create a new district named ‘Kamle’.
It has been created by bifurcating the present Upper and Lower Subansiri districts.
It has six administrative units (three each from Upper Subansiri and Lower Subansiri).