Current Affairs 21st October 2017 Complete Updates – GK – General Knowledge
21st October 2017 Current Affairs:
>> >>Power exports from India to Bangladesh
Electricity imports from India may meet nearly a quarter of Bangladesh’s total demand for power in the next couple of years.
India currently exports 660 MW of electricity, on a daily basis, to Bangladesh.
Of the total supplies, 500 MW is transmitted to Bangladeshi power grid through Bheramara in Mursidabad and the remaining 160 MW through Suryamaninagar in Tripura.
>> >>Police Commemoration Day
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the Police Commemoration Day Parade at the Police Memorial Ground in New Delhi.
The home ministry said Singh would lead the nation in paying homage to police personnel who sacrificed their lives to safeguard the nation.
Observed on October 21 every year, the Police Commemoration Day remembers the sacrifices of ten policemen who died in Chinese firing in 1959.
Police personnel had been responsible for manning the 2,500 mile long border of India with Tibet until the autumn of 1959.
>> >>State of World Population 2017 report launched
The State of World Population 2017 report launched concurring globally suggested a 10-point actions to help nations to bridge the inequality gap between the poor and the rich in society.
The 136-pqge document, launched by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was entitled “World Apart: Reproductive health and rights in an age of inequality”. The report called on nations to tear down barriers that prevent adolescent girls and young women from accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services.
The report also emphasized on providing a universal social protection floored by offering basic income security and covering essential services, including maternity-related benefits and supports.
>> >>Mohit Dudeja, Kiran bag medals
Two Indians bagged silver and a bronze at the global skill competition in Abu Dhabi, showing the best ever performance by India since the country began participating in the World Skills’ challenge in 2007.
Over 1,300 candidates from 59 countries competed across 51 skill categories this year.
The Indian team comprising 28 competitors also won nine Medallions of Excellence across key skills.
>> >>Gujarati New Year 2017
The Guajarati’s celebrate their New Year a day after Diwali, so this year it is being celebrated on October 20, 2017, and everyone right from our Prime Minister Narendra Modi are celebrating the day with much pomp and fervor.
The Gujarati New year is also called Bestu Varas and it is celebrated on the first day of the Kartik month in the Shukla Paksha.
People were wishing each other on a special day and traders and businessmen were ushering in new accounts and new businesses with the hope of gaining prosperity. Sample a few tweets below.
>> >>Railways to cut running time of trains
The Indian Railways will soon cut short the running time of over 700 long distance trains by up to two hours, a senior railway official said on 21st October 2017.
The new timings will be updated in the November timetable of the railways.
The new timetable will also provide each railway division two to four hours for maintenance works.
>> >>French film legend Danielle Darrieux dies aged 100
French actress and singer Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100 in her home in Bois-le-Roi, France.
Fondly referred to as the “grande dame” of French cinema, Darrieux had about a 140 films to her name in a career over eight decades.
Darrieux started in comedy with a film role on Le Bal at just 14. She went on take more dramatic roles in films such as Mayerling by Anatole Litvak in 1936.
>> >>ITS Ship Visit JAKARTA, INDONESIA
IN Ships Tir, Sujata, Shardul, and ICGS Sarathi are visiting Jakarta, Indonesia from 18 to 22 Oct 17.
The visit is aimed to expose the trainees to the conduct of IN warship in foreign waters, port familiarization and foster bridges of friendship between the two countries.
The ships belong to the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy functioning under the Southern Naval Command.
>> >>Playboy features first transgender model
The latest issue of Playboy features a transgender playmate, a first in the magazine’s 64-year history.
Ines Rau poses fully nude in the November/December 2017 issue, which is also the first to hit newsstands following the death of the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner.
The 26-year-old model has been shot for the magazine before, however, this time around marks her debut as the first official transgender playmate, which means she will appear in a full pictorial and the iconic centerfold.
>> >>World’s oldest warship sailing again
The newly refurbished USS Constitution has taken its first spin in three years.
Friday’s joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island celebrated the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel’s maiden voyage.
The world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat fired a 21-gun salute in the waters off the fort. Its cannons boomed another 17 times as it passed the U.S. Coast Guard station, the former site of the shipyard where the
Constitution was built and launched in 1797.
The ship earned the nickname Old Ironsides during the War of 1812 with Britain.
>> >>Adesina Receives 2017 World Food Prize
DR. AKINWUMI AYODEJI ADESINA, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), will be recognized as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.
He was farmer Minister of Agriculture and rural development.
This CAST award, presented by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, is dedicated to the memory and life-work of Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Food Prize founder, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.
>> >>World’s first floating wind farm
The blades of five huge turbines have begun spinning on the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, located over 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
In more human terms, that’s enough to power approximately 20,000 homes.
The turbines of Hywind Scotland stand 253 meters tall in total (around 830 feet), with 78 meters (256 feet) of that bobbing beneath the surface, tethered to the seabed by chains weighing 1,200 tonnes.
>> >>US starts antidumping probe against PTFE resin from India
The US Department of Commerce said on Thursday it had begun an investigation into whether imports of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from India and China.
These investigations were initiated based on petitions filed by the Chemours Company on September 28.
The department “will act swiftly, while assuring a full and fair assessment of the facts, to ensure that everyone trades on a level playing field.
>> >>New species of large gecko discovered
Researchers have discovered new species of gecko at Chhattisgarh’s Kanger Ghati National Park in Eastern Ghats.
It common name is the Kanger valley rock gecko and scientific name is Hemidactylus kangerensis, named after the valley were it was discovered.
Kanger valley rock gecko is fairly large and can grow to over eight inches long. It has distinct black-bordered beige bands from its neck to its tail tip and specific scales on its thighs.
>> >>Govt to organise global ayurveda meet in February
The State government will organise an international seminar and ayurveda expo in Kochi on February 2018.
The four-day seminar will showcase Kerala’s achievements in health tourism, healthcare and ayurveda, she said after inaugurating the Ayurveda Day celebrations the other day.
Apart from leading firms and experts in the field, well-known names in the economic and business sectors will also take part in the event, she said.
According to the Minister, the State government is moving ahead with the plan to set up International Research Institute of Ayurveda (IRIA) for conducting research in ayurveda.
>> >>Dharmendra Pradhan launches piped natural gas project in Odisha
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday inaugurated Odisha’s first PNG (Piped Natural Gas) project in Bhubaneswar.
The PNG supply, a part of ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’, was launched almost six months before the deadline of March 2018 set by the Minister.
The project’s target is to provide one crore PNG connections in the state by 2020.
>> >>NRCB signs agreement with Andhra Pradesh
The National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB), Tiruchi, has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Andhra Pradesh government and would serve as a knowledge partner in developing technologies relating to banana production.
NRCB, an institution under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, will be the ‘knowledge partner’ in developing technologies towards value chain management, supporting banana export, organic production and waste utilization.
NRCB will provide training, human resource development and hand hold growers and entrepreneurs to promote indigenous and commercial varieties for domestic and export markets.
>> >>Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar resigns
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the country’s second highest law officer, today resigned for “personal reasons.
The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has received his resignation letter. While Kumar confirmed to PTI that he had resigned, sources close to him said it was for “personal reasons.
There was speculation a few months ago that the Supreme Court collegiums was considering his name as a judge of the apex court.
He was appointed as the Solicitor General in June 2014 after the Modi government came to power. His second term as Solicitor General was renewed recently.
>> >>Nasscom to set up centers to learn AI
The software industry lobby Nasscom is setting up centers of excellence on artificial intelligence (AI) and data sciences for a better understanding on the emerging technologies.
These centers of excellence are being set up in Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
They will look at mapping the resources available in the country, promoting startups in that area and also best practices globally, including regulatory aspects.
>> >>Child Morality 2017: Report
New study by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation released on 19 October 2017 reveals that the world has made considerable progress in reducing child mortality since 1990.
The under-five morality rate has declined by 56 per cent since 1990, and the number of under-five deaths dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.6 million in 2016.
The remarkable progress in improving child survival since 2000 has saved the lives of 50 million children under age 5.