Current Affairs Daily Digest – October 17′ 2017

  1. Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan awarded UN Medal

50 Indian peacekeepers stationed in South Sudan have been awarded the UN Medal for their professionalism and service in protecting civilians and building durable peace in the conflict-ridden country.

The Indian peacekeepers are part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

They are deployed with the Indian battalion stationed at Bor in the Jonglei region of South Sudan. They were presented with the award recently by UNMISS Force Commander General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi.

  1. PM Modi inaugurates 1st ever All India Institute of Ayurveda

On the occasion of National Ayurveda Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) at Delhi’s Sarita Vihar.

T he first ever AIIA has been set up along the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Build up as an apex institute under the ministry of AYUSH, the institution is expected to bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.

  1. Delhi ranked among the worst cities in the world for women

India’s capital is one of the worst megacities in the world when it comes to the safety of women, a survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation has revealed.

The organisation asked was conducting a poll where it asked experts which of the world’s megacities are safe for women and which cities can do more to make sure its women do not face sexual violence and harassment and other harmful cultural practices and make sure that they have equal access to healthcare, finance and education.

The survey was conducted in 19 of the world’s biggest megacities (as ranked by the United Nations) between June and July 2017.

  1. Anti-Submarine Warship INS Kiltan commissioned into Navy

The Indian Navy inducted its newest anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, boosting the force’s capability to detect and target hostile vessels and to provide protection to Indian warships.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned the indigenously built INS Kiltan into the navy at the Naval Dockyard at Visakhapatnam in the presence of navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

  1. Deepika Padukone launches Hema Malini’s biography

Deepika Padukone launched the biography of veteran actress Hema Malini in Mumbai. The biography, titled Beyond The Dream Girl, is written by Ram Kamal Mukherjee, and was unveiled on Hema Malini’s 69th birthday (October 16).

The biography’s foreword has been written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hema Malini’s daughters Esha and Ahana Deol were also present at the launch along with their respective husbands.

  1. Indian-origin teen becomes one of UK’s youngest millionaires

An Indian-origin teenager has become one of Britain’s youngest millionaires after his online estate agency business got valued at £12 million in just over a year.

Akshay Ruparelia, at just 19 years of age, juggled his school work with negotiating property deals for his no-frills business that offers to sell properties for a fraction of the cost charged by established high street estate agents.

  1. October 17, 2017: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987.

The Poverty Eradication Bill had been the right step towards the actualisation of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and meeting the obligation by all countries to end poverty in all forms.

  1. IBM launches blockchain banking for cross-border payments

IBM and a network of banks have begun using digital currency and blockchain software to move money across borders throughout the South Pacific.

The significance of the news, which IBM announced  is that merchants and consumers will be able to send money to another country in near real-time, accelerating a payments process that typically takes days.

  1. Pakistan wins seat on UN Human Rights Council

Pakistan has once again secured a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) among countries representing the Asia-Pacific region.

Activists on the social media have however criticised the government for what they say is its failure to match words with actions on its commitment to fundamental rights of Pakistani citizens.

The election took place during the 72nd session of UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

  1. 17-year-old wins 3 golds in Egypt table tennis tournament

Selena Selvakumar completed a golden sweep in the Egypt Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Open. The Chennai girl added the junior girls’ singles and doubles titles at Sharm El Sheikh.

The 17-year-old Selena had won the girls’ team gold. Strikingly, she remained unbeaten all through this elite 2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit event.

  1. India’s first Olympic swimmer Shamsher Khan passes away

Shamsher Khan, the country’s first swimmer who had participated in the 1956 Summer Olympics, died at his native village Repalle.

Mr. Khan had enrolled himself in the Indian Army in 1949. He had taken part in various national swimming competitions. He won a place in the Indian Olympics contingent that had visited Australia in 1956.


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