Current Affairs Daily Digest – October 26′ 2017



  1. Utpal Kumar Singh Takes Charge as Uttarakhand Chief Secretary

Senior IAS officer Utpal Kumar Singh assumed charge as the new chief secretary of Uttarakhand replacing S Ramaswamy.

A 1986 batch IAS officer, Singh was earlier posted on deputation in New Delhi as additional secretary in the ministry of agriculture.

He was relieved from his responsibilities at the Centre before completion of his deputation term following a request from the state government.

  1. Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu inaugurates Tawang festival

A runachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has declared open the fifth edition of Tawang festival.

The chief minister inaugurated the four-day festival in the presence of North Eastern Council (NEC) secretary Ram Muivah, RWD parliamentary secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and Tourism secretary Dr Joram Beda.

Earlier the chief minister inaugurated the exhibition stalls where products and materials from various government departments, NGOs and local community bodies were showcased. The stalls have products from horticulture, agriculture, forest and textile departments.

  1. Kiren Rijiju inaugurates Special Centre for Disaster Research at JNU

The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Special Centre for Disaster Research at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

The Centre was conceived three years ago and has now taken shape into a multi-disciplinary Centre that will offer Master’s and Doctorate programmes in Disaster Risk Management (DRM).

  1. Puducherry Becomes an Associate Member of BCCI

The Cricket Association of Puducherry (CAP) was chosen by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) as an associate member of the BCCI.

This means Puducherry will be allowed to play the Ranji Trophy next year. It’s a big thing for cricket in the region and the players stand to benefit immensely.

  1. GMR Hyderabad Airport, Malaysia Tourism, MAHB Sign Pact to Promote Tourism

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board have come together to promote the growth of tourism traffic.

A memorandum of agreement was inked to promote tourism from the catchment area of Hyderabad to Malaysia and also explore new locations for connectivity.

  1. SBI Slashed IMPS Service Charges up to 80%

The SBI has slashed Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) charges up to 80 pct. This latest development by the State Bank of India comes as a huge relief for the SBI customers.

If the users are doing an online transaction of money after selecting IMPS option, then they will have to pay 80 pct less charge than what they used to pay earlier.

  1. International Puppet Festival begins in Kolkata

Puppeteers from different countries were taking part in the International Puppet Festival which began in Kolkata.

T he six-day festival is being participated by puppeteers from countries like the UK, Germany, Peru, Portugal, Italy, Lithuania, Brazil and Singapore who will showcase the puppet art traditions in different parts of the world.

From India, puppeteers like Ravi Bhat of Kath Putli (Jaipur), Saravana Dhanapal of Giant Puppet (Bengaluru), Sudip Gupta of Dolls Theater (Kolkata), Jitendra Advani of Masti Maker Human Puppet (Jaipur) Edwin Lee of Dragon Act and Lion Dance (Chinese puppetry Kolkata) are among the participants.

  1. India, US to implement HOSTAC to strengthen maritime security

To strengthen maritime security, India and the United States have agreed to implement the programme for Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC).

A decision in this regard was taken by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her US Counterpart Jim Mattis during their meeting in Philippines on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus.

  1. Indian Origin Activist Gina Miller Named UK’s Most Influential Black Person of the Year

An Indian-origin campaigner has been named the UK’s most influential black person of the year for winning a legal challenge that prevented British Prime Minister Theresa May from triggering Brexit without Parliament’s approval.

Gina Miller, 52, topped the 2018 ‘Powerlist’ of 100 people of African and African Caribbean heritage, published in London by Powerful Media.

  1. China unveils World’s first track-less train that runs on virtual railways

China has unveiled a track-less train that runs on virtual rails in a bid to speed up public transportation in major cities.

The new trains were announced on June 2 in Zhuzhou, China’s Hunan province and are said to be non-polluting.

The Chinese rail corporation began designing the new system in 2013 and it is set to begin operating in 2018

  1. Qatar Introduces Minimum Wage for First Time

World Cup 2022 host Qatar, under global scrutiny over its alleged ill-treatment of migrant labourers, is to introduce a minimum wage for workers.

Qatar News Agency also announced that the gas-rich emirate has signed bilateral accords with 36 countries from which it draws most of its two-million-strong foreign workforce, to provide legal protection for workers headed to the Gulf.

  1. Virat Kohli ranked above Lionel Messi in Forbes most valuable brands among athletes;Federer tops list

Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, has been ranked above the Argentinean and Barcelona football legend Lionel Messi as one of the most valuable brands among sports athletes by Forbes.

According to Forbes, Kohli is ranked seventh in the list released by Forbes ahead of Messi, who is at ninth. Between Kohli and Messi is the Irish golfer Rory McIlroy. Kohli is placed at seventh with a brand value of $14.5 million, compared to Messi’s $13.5 million.

  1. Gokul Natesan becomes second Indian-origin player to be signed by NBA G-League side

Gokul Natesan 23 was picked by Canton Charge, a minor league affiliate team of Cleveland Cavaliers, completing a remarkable journey of the computer science graduate, who shuffled between playing college basketball and designing apps.

  1. Gaur Kishore Ganguli, the noted freedom fighter passed away

Freedom fighter and lawyer Gaur Kishore Ganguli died. Ganguli was 96. Born on October 21, 1923 in Purulia in West Bengal Ganguli was influenced by his father Sasodhar Ganguli, a freedom fighter. He joined the Quit India movement in 1942 when he was 19 years old and a student of Ranchi College.

  1. Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at 89

Fats Domino, who brought rolling New Orleans boogie-woogie piano to early rock ‘n’ roll in chart-topping hits such as “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame,” has died at the age of 89.

16. Petroleum ministry launches Rs 320 crore startup fund for entrepreneurs

In a novel initiative by the petroleum ministry, 10 oil and gas companies under it launched a startup programme for entrepreneurs with a fund corpus of Rs 320 crore to be disbursed over a 3-year period to support innovations in the energy sector.

The scheme was launched here with memoranda of understanding (MoU) being signed by 36 startups for partnering with various state-run firms like Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and GAIL India, which is India’s largest gas transmission utility.



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