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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11 OCT 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 11 OCT 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      PRESIDENT OF INDIA INAUGURATES 29TH ACCOUNTANTS GENERAL CONFERENCE
i. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 29th Accountants General Conference at the Comptroller and Auditor General building, at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, in New Delhi.
ii. The theme of this year’s conference is: “Auditing and Accounting in a Digital Era”.
iii. This conference provides an opportunity to discuss on efforts needed to enhance accountability, transparency and good governance.
iv.  ABOUT COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL:- CAG of India – Rajiv Mehrishi
CAG was established by Article 148 of the Indian Constitution.

2.      MEDWATCH’: MOBILE HEALTH APP FOR CITIZENS OF INDIA LAUNCHED BY IAF ON AIR FORCE DAY
i. The Indian Air Force, on its 86th anniversary, announced an innovative mobile health App named ‘MedWatch’ .
ii. The objective is to provide health information to airwarriors and all citizens of India.
iii. It is in sync with Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India, Ayushman Bharat and Mission Indradhanush’.
iv. It has features like:Information on basic First Aid, Health topics and Nutritional Facts;Reminders for timely Medical Review, Vaccination and Utility tools like Health Record Card, BMI calculator, helpline numbers and web links.

3.      INDIA RANKED 147TH IN OXFAM WORLD INEQUALITY INDEX
i. UK-based charity ‘Oxfam International’s report named ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index was released.
ii. India ranked 147th among 157 countries analysed and was labeled a “a very worrying situation” with respect to the rising inequality in the country.
iii. Government spending on health, education and social protection is low which is more subsidized to the private sector.
iv. Denmark topped the list based on its high and progressive taxation, high social spending and good protection of workers.


4.      SOVEREIGN GOLD BOND SCHEME 2018 -19
i. The government launched the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme FY19.
ii. The objective is to cut down gold imports and lower the current account deficit
iii. A total of Rs. 5000 crore has been expected to be collected by the government through this scheme.
iv. The bonds will be sold every month from October 2018 to February 2019 through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd etc.
v. The tenor of the bond will be for a period of eight years with exit option in the fifth, sixth and seventh year.
vi. This scheme was re-introduced as an alternative to rising import duty on gold so as to avoid smuggling of gold.

5.      COCA-COLA, PEPSI, NESTLE BIGGEST OCEAN POLLUTERS: REPORT BY GREENPEACE
i. A report by environmental group Greenpeace stated that, drink companies Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are the world’s biggest producers of plastic trash.
ii. Coca-Cola, was the top waste producer.
iii. The most common type of plastic found was polystyrene.

6.      CHHATTISGARH’S VEENA SENDRE IS INDIA’S FIRST TRANS QUEEN
i. Veena Sendre from Chhattisgarh was selected as India’s first ‘Miss Trans Queen’, in Mumbai.
ii. Veena Sendre is a former Miss Chhattisgarh.
iii. She hails from Mandir Hasaud village in Raipur.

7.      PRAVIN SRIVASTAVA APPOINTED AS INDIA’S THIRD CHIEF STATISTICIAN
i. The government appointed 58-year-old Pravin Srivastava, as the third chief statistician of India .
ii. He will be succeeding previous incumbent Mr. TCA Anant.

8.      FIRST BIO-ELECTRONIC MEDICINE DEVELOPED
i. Researchers at the Washington University in US, have developed the first bioelectronic medicine, an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that delivers regular pulses of electricity to damaged peripheral nerves after a surgical repair process.
ii. The bioelectronic medicine speeds up nerve regeneration and enhances the healing of a damaged nerve.
iii. It provides therapy and treatment for a clinically relevant period of time and then it naturally disappear into the body.
It reduces the side effects or risks associated with conventional, permanent implants.

9.      EARTH WILL REACH 1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS THRESHOLD BY 2030: IPCC
i. UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  stated that the planet will reach the threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030.
ii. The planet is already two-thirds of the way there with the global temperature that has reached a 1 degree rise.
iii. If the threshold above stated is reached, it would increase heat waves, risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people.
iv. To avoid further significant disruption in the pattern, the governments need to formulate effective measures in a drastic scale to reduce CO2 emission level by 45% from
v. 2010 levels by 2030 and reach “net zero” around 2050 in order to keep the warming around 1.5 degrees C.

10.  INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PICKS SENEGAL AS FIRST AFRICAN HOST FOR YOUTH OLYMPICS
i. International Olympic Committee has made Senegal the host of the 2022 Youth Olympic Games, making it the first African host of any Olympics.
ii. Senegal will host the youth games in 3 places: Dakar, Diamniadio and Saly.
iii. INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC):-President – Thomas Bach, Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland, IOC executive director of Olympic Games – Christophe Dubi.

11.  CHINA OPEN 2018 (TENNIS)
i. China Open 2018 the 19th edition of the China Open for men and 22nd edition for women event winners are:
ii. Men’s Singles won by Nikoloz Basilashvili
iii. Women’s Singles won by Caroline Wozniacki
iv. Men’s Doubles won by lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo
v. Women’s Doubles won by Andrea Sestini Hlavackova and Barbora Strycova.

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