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Current Affairs Daily Digest – October 02 and 03′ 2017


  1. 3 American scientists awarded 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine

US trio Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young won the 2017 Nobel Medicine Prize for their work on internal biological clocks known as the circadian rhythm.

Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth’s revolutions.

  1. Brenda Hale sworn in as first female president of UK’s supreme court

Brenda Hale, the first female president of the supreme court, and Sir Ian Burnett, the youngest lord chief justice for 50 years, have been sworn in at the opening of the legal year.

The new heads of the judiciary in the UK and in England and Wales assumed office with recorded video broadcasts intended to demonstrate their commitment to improving the transparency of the courts.

  1. Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple Named Best ‘Swachh Iconic Place’ in India

The Madurai City Corporation is set to receive a special award from the Centre as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple has been adjudged best ‘Swachh Iconic Place’ in India as on October 1. Ten spots were identified by the Central Government as part of the ‘Swachh Iconic Places’ initiative earlier this year.

  1. GIFT City’s IFSC Bags 10th Place in Global Financial Centres Index

Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City)’s International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) has bagged the 10th spot in the latest edition of Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI), London, September 2017.

GIFT IFSC is ranked tenth, ahead of Luxembourg, Seoul, Abu Dhabi, Toronto and Beijing in the list of the GFCI report, which has 15 centres that are likely to become more significant in the next few years.

  1. Karnataka launches mid-day meals scheme for pregnant women

The Karnataka Chief Minister has launched the Mathru Poorna scheme meant to meet the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating mothers.

The scheme provides free mid-day meals for 25 days in a month to pregnant and lactating women in rural areas. These meals will be served at the anganwadis in the villages.

  1. Chairman NHAI launches new website and PMIS Mobile App

The Chairman of National Highways Authority of India Shri Deepak Kumar launched a world class, new multilingual website of the organization

He also launched a Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) Moblie App that will facilitate close, in-house monitoring of NHAI projects on a mobile phone.

The NHAI also plans to soon launch a public interface of the PMIS desktop and App versions, so that the general public will be able to view the real-time status of any project across the Highway network.

  1. Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 to be Held in Hyderabad, November 28-30

A high-level delegation from the Government of India and the United States, at NITI Aayog to plan the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held November 28-30 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India.

The Summit will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump, who leads the U.S. delegation.

  1. ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ Observed Successfully by Ministry of Culture

Ministry of Culture and its 43 organisations observed Swachhta Pakhwada and Swachhta hi Seva Abhiyaan from 16th September to 2nd October, 2017.

During this campaign close to 400 activities/events were organised by the Ministry and its organizations by dedicating more than 500 effort hours for cleanliness and awareness during Swachhata Pakhwada.

  1. RBI opens banking ombudsman office in Dehradun

Reserve Bank has opened a banking ombudsman office in Dehradun, taking the total number of such offices to seventeen in the country, following a significant increase in banking network.

Besides, the Dehradun office will also help the existing Kanpur office to ease its work burden.

Dehradun office is the third in North India after Kanpur and Chandigarh. With this, the total number of RBI ombudsman offices have increased to 17 in India.

  1. October 2, 2017: International Day of Non-Violence

The UN on October 02  observed the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as the International Non-Violence Day.

The birth anniversary of Gandhi is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence by the world body.

  1. Airtel-Tigo merger gets NCA approval in Ghana

Bharti Ghana (Airtel) and the Ghana’s National Communications Authority has given approval for its merger with Millicom Ghana (Tigo) to proceed, subject to some conditions.

According to the company, the merger will result in an entity which will be the second largest mobile network operations in the west African country.

The company said the merger — which was first announced in March this year — required the regulator to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the application and the regulatory ecosystem.

  1. India, Nepal to Conduct First Joint Tiger Count

Nepal and India will undertake a joint tiger census next month in their national parks, forests and protected areas adjoining the two countries using a globally-recognised method.

Conservation authorities and experts would install cameras in various locations in tiger habitats as well as in buffer zones to capture and track the movements of the big cat.

  1. Sports Min launches annual National School & College Games

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has announced the launch of National School and College Games in December and January next year respectively to tap talent from every nook and corner of the country.

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