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Current Affairs Daily Digest – October 11′ 2017


 

  1. Anupam Kher appointed as Chairman, FTII Pune

Anupam Kher, veteran cine star, has been appointed as Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Kher succeeds Shri Gajendra Chauhan.

Shri Kher who has appeared in over 500 films is a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

The veteran star has won many national and international awards including the ‘Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role’ five times.

  1. Global Wizards set to Converge in New Delhi for the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space’

The Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2017 is getting bigger and better. The 5th edition, being hosted by India is to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on November 23, 2017. It will see participation of ministers, officials, industry leaders and academia engaged in the global cyber ecosystem.

 The world’s who’s who in the field of cyber space will congregate in India’s capital city. Over 3500 participants will take part in the weeklong event directly and millions virtually from India and abroad through video conference, webinars and webcast.

  1. Cabinet approves MoC between India and Japan on the “Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)”

The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of “Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC)” between India and Japan on the “Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)”.

This MoC is expected to be signed during the forthcoming visit of Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship during October, 16-18, 2017 at Tokyo.

The Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) is an ambitious program to send Indian technical interns to Japan for on the job training for a period of three to five years

  1. Cabinet approves signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between India and Japan

The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan on establishing a liquid, flexible and global LNG Market.

The MoC will promote bilateral relationship between India and Japan in the energy sector. It will contribute to the diversification of gas supplies for India. This will strengthen our energy security and lead to more competitive prices for consumers.

  1. Cabinet approves MoU between SEBI and FSC

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Financial Services Commission (FSC), Gibraltar for mutual co-operation and technical assistance.

The MoU is likely to promote further development of economic links and cooperation between the two regulators and aims at creating conditions for an effective development of securities markets in the two countries.

 It is expected to add value to overseas mutual cooperation and regulation activities of SEBI and FSC, Gibraltar.

  1. Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belarus for Cooperation

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Belarus for cooperation in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET). 

The MoU was signed on 12th September, 2017 during the State visit of H.E. Mr. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus to India.

This is for the first time MoU for cooperation in area of vocational education, training and skill development has been signed with Eurasian country.

  1. Cabinet approves signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Kuwait

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) with Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Kuwait for mutual co-operation and technical assistance.

The MoU is likely to promote further development of economic links and cooperation between the two regulators, and aims at creating conditions for an effective development of securities markets in the two countries.

  1. Cabinet approves IALA to change its status from Non-Governmental Organization to Inter-Governmental Organization

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to change its status from Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO).

The move will facilitate “to foster the safe, economic and efficient movement of vessels”. It will bring IALA at par with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO).

  1. Cabinet approves MoU between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of water resources

 The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of water resources.

 The MoU intends to enhance cooperation in the field of water resources development and management within the framework of their expertise and their respective legislations.

  1. Cabinet approves SANKALP & STRIVE Schemes to boost Skill India Mission

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved two new World Bank supported schemes of Rs. 6,655 crore – Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) and Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE).

SANKALP is Rs 4,455 crore Centrally sponsored scheme including Rs. 3,300 crore loan support from World Bank whereas STRIVE is a Rs. 2,200 crore – central sector scheme, with half of the scheme outlay as World bank loan assistance.

  1. October 11, 2017: International Day of the Girl Child

The United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

This year, International Day of the Girl (11 October) will focus on the theme, “EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict”.

  1. October 11, 2017: World Obesity Day

World Obesity Day is observed globally on 11 October with the view of promoting practical solutions to end the global obesity crisis.

It is organised by the World Obesity Federation, a non-profit body which is in official relations with the World Health Organisation and is a collaborating body on the Lancet Commission on Obesity. World Obesity states that its aim is to “lead and drive global efforts to reduce, prevent and treat obesity.

  1. World’s largest radio telescope makes its first discovery

China’s 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST for short) has just made its first confirmed discovery.

Astronomers used the giant dish to spot a pair of pulsars thousands of light years away, heralding big things for what is now the world’s largest single dish radio telescope.

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