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Monday, October 17, 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH OCT 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH OCT 2016
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1. INDIA AND RUSSIA INK AGREEMENT TO SET UP 25 AGRO IRRADIATION CENTRES
i. India and Russia have signed an agreement for cooperation in the development of a network of 25 integrated infrastructure Agro irradiation centres.
ii. It is for the first time paves the way for establishment of network of integrated infrastructure irradiation centres in India to reduce agricultural losses.
iii. These irradiation centres will help in treatment of perishable food items to improve shelf life and cut post-harvest losses.
iv. In India post-harvest losses in food and food grains are around 40-50% due to microbiological contamination, insect infestation, physiological changes due to sprouting and ripening, and poor shelf life.
v. The wastage of fruits and vegetables including cereals, meat, pulses and flowers results in the annual loss estimated to be Rs. 2, 50,000 crores.
vi. Food irradiation is a technology in which food products are subjected to a low dosage of radiation to treat them for germs and insects, increasing their longevity and shelf life.

2. INDIA TO ELIMINATE USE OF HFC-23 BY 2030
i. India has decided to eliminate use of HFC-23, a greenhouse gas that harms the ozone layer by 2030.
ii. India is taking the lead on tackling climate change.
iii. It was announced during the 28th Meeting of the Parties toof parties to the Montreal Protocol at Kigali in Rwanda.
iv. HFC-23 is a by-product of Hydrochloroflurocarbon-22, which is used in industrial refrigeration.
v. It is a potent greenhouse gas with global warming potential of 14,800 times more than that of CO2.
vi. Montreal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer.

3. INDIA RANKED 97TH IN 2016 GLOBAL HUNGER INDEX
i. India has been ranked low 97th among the 118 countries surveyed in 2016 Global Hunger Index.
ii. It describes India’s hunger situation as “serious.
iii. The GHI is a multidimensional statistical tool used to describe the state of countries’ hunger situation.
iv. It highlights successes and failures in hunger reduction and provides insights into the drivers of hunger. Thus, GHI aims to trigger actions to reduce hunger.
v. It is calculated by taking into account four indicator parameters such as:
a.    Undernourished population
b.   Child wasting
c.    Child stunting
d.   Infant mortality rate

4. INDIA RECEIVES FIRST IRANIAN OIL PARCEL FOR EMERGENCY RESERVES
i. India has received the first parcel of crude oil from Iran to partly fill the strategic storage in southern India as part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserves storage.
ii. The first parcel of 2 million barrels of Iranian oil was imported with the help of very large crude carrier.
iii. India is planning to fill half of the storage with 6 million barrels of Iranian oil while continuing talks with United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for the remainder.
iv. It is necessary for India to have SPRs which will act as a valuable buffer against short term oil supply disruptions and global price shocks.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14TH OCT 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14TH OCT 2016
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1. INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION OBSERVED ON OCTOBER 13
i. International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed annually on 13th  October.
ii. The theme of the day is Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, Reducing Mortality.

2. BANK OF BARODA SIGNS BRAND ENDORSEMENT WITH SINDHU, SRIKANTH
i. Public lender Bank of Baroda today sealed a principal sponsorship contract with badminton Olympians P V Sindhu and K Srikanth.

3. INDIA DONATES RS. 9.3 MILLION TO MANDELA FOUNDATION
i. India donated Rs. 9.3 million to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to help it in its welfare work for the people of South Africa.
ii. The Nelson Mandela Foundation was established in 1999 after the then President Nelson Mandela stepped down as the President of South Africa.

4. GOVT APPOINTS G MAHALINGAM AS SEBI WHOLE-TIME MEMBER
i. The government has appointed Reserve Bank's Executive Director G Mahalingam as a Whole-Time Member of markets regulator Sebi.
ii. SEBI is the regulator of securities market in India.
CHARIMAN OF SEBI: U. K SINHA

5. ICICI BANK FIRST INDIAN LENDER TO EXECUTE BLOCKCHAIN TRANSACTION
i. ICICI Bank has become the first Indian lender to complete a banking transaction using Blockchain technology.
ii. This remittance transaction has been completed in partnership with Emirates NBD, a lender from the West Asia

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13TH OCT 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13TH OCT 2016
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1. 13 OCTOBER OBSERVED AS INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION
i. The International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed annually on 13 October across the world.
ii. The day is observed to encourage citizens and governments to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.
iii. The Theme of the day is “Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, Reducing Mortality”.

2. BOB DYLAN WINS 2016 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
i. Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.
ii. He was given award for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.

3. UNION CABINET APPROVES MOU BETWEEN INDIA AND HUNGARY ON COOPERATION IN FIELD OF WATER MANAGEMENT
i. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Hungary on cooperation in the field of water management.
ii. The MoU will be signed between Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and the Ministry of Interior, Government of Hungary.
iii. They will also exchange of scientific delegations and experts in the field of water resources development and management for joint activities.

4. INDIA-INDONESIA BILATERAL MARITIME EXERCISE COMMENCES AT BELAWAN IN INDONESIA
i. The 28th India and Indonesia Coordinated Patrol  and Second Bilateral Maritime Exercise have commenced at Belawan, Indonesia in the Andaman Sea.
ii. The bilateral naval exercise also seeks to strengthen existing bonds of friendship between both countries.

5. HIMANSH, INDIA’S REMOTE AND HIGH-ALTITUDE STATION OPENED IN SPITI, HIMACHAL PRADESH
i. The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research established a high altitude research station in Himalaya called HIMANSH.
ii. The station is situated above 13500 feet at a remote region in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

6. US LIFTS ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON MYANMAR
i. The U.S. lifted sanctions against Myanmar that have been in place for nearly two decades.
ii. They are lifted during Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Washington in September 2016.
iii. Lifting economic and financial sanctions will support trade and economic growth in Myanmar.

7. WHO WILL REGULATE PENSION PRODUCTS?
i. The Finance Ministry has set up a high-level committee to consolidate the regulation of pension products.
ii. Presently these are done by three different watchdogs including the insurance and stock market regulators.
iii. The committee will be formed by the Department of Financial Services, would have representatives from all financial sector regulators — SEBI, IRDA, RBI and PFRDA.

CURRENT AFFAIRS GK QUIZ BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

1. THE 2016 LITERATURE NOBEL LAUREATE ‘BOBY DYLON’ BELONGS TO WHICH NATION?
a. Canada
b. USA
c. Scotland
d. Sweden
2. WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF HUNGARY?
a. Forint
b. Ringit
c. Dollar
d. Euro
3. UNION GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED MOU BETWEEN INDIA AND HUNGARY FOR WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING CONSEQUENCES?
a. Water Management
b. Nuclear Weapons
c. Foreign Currency
d. None of these
4. NAME THE INDIAN NAVY MISSILE CORVETTE WHICH IS ENGAGED IN 28TH INDIA-INDONESIA JOINT PATROL?
a. INS-Vikrant
b. INS-Veer
c. INS-Karmuk
d. INS-Agni
5. WHAT IS THE CAPITAL OF INDONESIA?
a. Jakarta
b. Lombok
c. Bali
d. Bandung
6. THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR ANTARCTICA AND OCEAN RESEARCH HAS BEEN SITUATED IN WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STATES?
a. Uttrakhand
b. Himachal Pradesh
c. Arunachal Pradesh
d. Assam
7. INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION IS OBSERVED ON?
a. 14th October
b. 16th October
c. 13th October
d. 10th October

ANSWERS:
1. B     2. A     3. A     4. C     5. A     6. B     7. C


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