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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.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10 OCT 2018


                                    DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10 OCT 2018
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1.      ‘2ND WORLD CONFERENCE ON ACCESS TO MEDICAL PRODUCTS: ACHIEVING THE SDGS 2030’ INAUGURATED BY SHRI J P NADDA
i. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda inaugurated ‘2nd World Conference on Access to Medical Products: Achieving the SDGs 2030’ in New Delhi.
ii. The objectives of the conference is working on recommendations from the 1st World iii. Conference 2017, work on medical products in the context of SDGs of WHO,Accelerating research and innovation.
iv. It also highlighted the importance of traditional medical system in achieving the health goals. The National Health Policy 2017 was also discussed.

2.      EAM SUSHMA SWARAJ LAUNCHED ‘INDIA FOR HUMANITY’ INITIATIVE IN NEW DELHI
i. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched ‘India for Humanity’ initiative in New Delhi.
ii. It is a part of 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi being held over the next one year.
iii. This initiative comprises of a year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps in a number of countries spanning the globe fully sponsored by Ministry.

3.      20-MEMBER ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION (PREVENTION AND CONTROL) AUTHORITY RECONSTITUTED BY GOVERNMENT
i. Centre reconstituted 20-member Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority or the EPCA
ii. The objective is to tackle air pollution in the National Capital Region
The authority is headed by Former secretary Bhure Lal.
iii. Ajay Mathur, Arunabha Ghosh, Navroz K. Dubash,  and Vishnu Mathur are some other important members
iv. EPCA is Supreme Court mandated body tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution in the National Capital Region.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 9 OCT 2018


                                            DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 9 OCT 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      JIMEX 18’: 3RD EDITION OF INDIA-JAPAN BILATERAL MARITIME EXERCISE BEGAN AT VISAKHAPATNAM
i. ‘JIMEX 18’: 3rd edition of India-Japan bilateral maritime exercise began at Visakhapatnami.
ii. JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe the best practices of each other.
iii. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in Dec 2013 off Chennai.

2.      TASK FORCE LAUNCHED TO ADDRESS SKILL GAPS IN INDIA: MOSD&E AND WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
i. A  task force was constituted by the Union ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship in collaboration with World Economic Forum for addressing the skill gap in the country.
ii. This task force is called: Closing the Skills Gap Task Force in India .
This is the second country-led public-private collaboration of the World Economic Forum’s Closing the Skills Gap Project after South Africa.
iii. The task force would bring together various leaders from different sectors like business, government, education and Working on promoting education and training systems in the country.

3.      “QUINTERO ONE”: WORLD’S FIRST FULL-SCALE HYPERLOOP PASSENGER CAPSULE UNVEILED
i. US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or HyperloopTT launched the first full-scale transportation capsule which will be operational in 2019.
ii. The name of the capsule is: “Quintero One”.
It was constructed completely out of a specially made dual-layer smart composite material called  “Vibranium” made by HyperloopTT.
iii. It can move at speeds of more than 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) per hour and has a capacity to hold 30 to 40 passengers at a time.
iv. Andhra Pradesh signed Mou with HyperloopTT o set up the Hyperloop transportation system connecting Anantapur, Amaravati, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 8 OCT 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 8 OCT 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN’S 2-DAY VISIT TO INDIA 2018
I. Russian President Vladimir Putin reached New Delhi commencing his on two-day visit to India.
II. The Russian President attended the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit 2018 in New Delhi.
III. India and Russia signed their biggest defence deal in over two decades for Five S-400 air defence systems with worth $5.43 billion ( Rs. 39,000 crore), surface-to-air missile systems
IV. The 2 countries have also set a target of achieving $30 billion bilateral trade by 2025.
V. Indra 2018, joint India-Russia counter-terrorism exercise, to be held in UP in November
VI. The S-400 regiments will be delivered starting 2020 and are likely to be deployed to cover both the Pakistani and Chinese borders.

2.      THE ELECTRONIC TRADING PLATFORMS (RESERVE BANK) DIRECTIONS, 2018’ RELEASED BY RBI
I. RBI issued norms for operating Electronic Trading Platforms to enable transactions in eligible instruments.
II. The Electronic Trading Platforms (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2018’ called: ‘The Electronic Trading Platforms (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2018’.
III. ETPs will strictly mean any electronic platform except the stock exchange, where transactions of eligible instruments would take place.
IV. A entity to operate as an ETP, it has to obtain the permission of the RBI beforehand.
V. Furthermore, an entity seeking authorisation as an ETP operator should possess and maintain a minimum net-worth of Rs 5 crore at all times.

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