Current Affairs Daily Digest – October 15 2019
1. TCS named Indias most outstanding company
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been selected as the overall most outstanding company in India’s IT services sector in Asiamoney’s 2019 outstanding companies poll. Asiamoney’s various investor surveys recognized TCS as the most awarded company of the decade in India including awards like the best-managed companies award, the corporate governance poll.
2. World Bank forecasts Indias GDP forecast to 6 percent
World Bank said that India’s growth rate is projected to fall to 6% in 2019-20 following the deceleration in the initial quarters of this fiscal. World Bank said that India is expected to gradually recover to 6.9% in FY21 and 7.2% in FY22 in its latest edition of the South Asia Economic Focus. In April 2019, World Bank projected India’s growth rate as 7.5%.
3. U.S. observes 15 October as White Cane Safety Day
White Cane Safety Day is observed on 15 October in the United States every year. The day aims to celebrate the success achieved by the blind and visually impaired people. The day stands as a reminder to show the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
4. Conference on ‘One Nation One Tag – FASTag’ held in New Delhi
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated a conference on ‘One Nation One Tag – FASTag’ in New Delhi, to roll out the process for having a unified electronic system across the country. MoS Road Transport and Highways, Gen. (Retd.) V.K Singh and ministers and senior officials from several states were also present on the occasion.
5. 3rd India Energy Forum by CERAWeek held in New Delhi
The third India Energy Forum by CERAWeek was held in New Delhi from 13-15 October 2019. At the forum the Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan called for the inclusion of petroleum products under GST regime and urged Union finance minister to at least begin by including natural gas and ATF (aviation turbine fuel) in GST.
6. Kais Saied elected as new President of Tunisia
Kais Saied is elected as the new President of Tunisia after a landslide victory in recently concluded Presidential runoff. The Independent law professor Kais Saied won against his rival, Nabil Karoui. He won Tunisia’s presidential election with 72.71% of votes.
7. 2019 Booker Prize: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo jointly win
The 2019 Booker Prize was jointly won by Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo after judges defied the rules by declaring a tie. Even though the organisers told 2019’s judges that they were not allowed to pick two winners, but Peter Florence, the chair of the five-member judging panel, decided to flout the rules anyways. The rules were changed after the last tie in 1992.
8. 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics: Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prestigious 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics to Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, his wife, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer of United States for their ‘experimental approach to alleviating global poverty’.
Their research will help the world community to understand, address and fight the formidable challenge of poverty. Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology while Michael Kremer is at Harvard University.
9. Sourav Ganguly will take charge as President of the BCCI on October 23
Sourav Ganguly, who will take over as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on October 23.Sourav Ganguly will take charge as President of the BCCI on October 23, while Jay Shah will get the Secretary’s post and Arun Dhumal will be the Treasurer.
10. Priyanshu, Juhi-Venkat win titles at Bahrain International Series
Indian shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat overcame top-seed Jason Anthony Ho-Shue from Canada in the final to claim the men’s singles title at the Bahrain International Series here.
The 17-year-old Indian rallied from a game down to outwit Jason 16-21, 21-7, 21-12 in the summit clash. Priyanshu had earlier defeated the second-seed Ade Resky Dwicahyo in the pre-quarterfinals.
11. India and Netherlands launched the second phase of LOTUS HR
India and Netherlands launched the second phase of the Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuseplant (LOTUS-HR) as a part of a joint collaboration on 14 October. LOTUS-HR was launched during the visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty, Queen Maxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
12. World Students’ Day observed on October 15
A well-known scientist, Kalam played a pivotal role in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998 which earned him the title ‘Missile Man of India.’ Like every year, we celebrate the birth anniversary of the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam as World Students’ Day. The late leader was known for his love for students and focus on promoting education.
13. International Day of Rural Women 15 October
The crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, has been increasingly recognized.
2019 Theme: Rural Women and Girls Building Climate Resilience