Current Affairs Daily Digest – October 28 and 29′ 2017

  1. Sharmila Tagore Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, who made her Bollywood debut in 1959, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Siri Fort Auditorium. The 72-year-old actor was bestowed with the recognition for her contribution in the field of cinema.

The celebrated actor debuted in movies with auteur Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film “Apur Sansar” in 1959.

  1. J.Gangte Appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Zambia

N.J.Gangte , presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Zambia. Jacinda Ardern Officially Sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand

  1. India to host UN global wildlife summit in 2020

India will host the next United Nations (UN) global wildlife conference in 2020. India to be the host of next CMS Conference of the Parties CMSCOP13. It was officially announced at the closing CMSCOP12 plenary, in Manila.

An announcement in this regard was made in the Philippine capital on the last day of the six-day 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, or CMS COP12, the only international treaty devoted exclusively to migratory animal species.

  1. President Ram Nath Kovind launches technocity project in Kerala

President Ram Nath Kovind laid foundation stone for the first government IT building and launched Technocity at Pallippuram, Kerala.

The first government IT building at Technocity will be a signature building with a built-up area of 200000 sq.ft with four floors and is expected to be operational by 2019 to accommodate the demand for more office space from large number of SMEs located in Technopark to expand operations.

  1. International Peace Conference held in Imphal

The 14th Dalai Lama during his three-day maiden visit to Manipur addressed at the International Peace Conference in the capital. The conference was held on October 18.

The conference was aimed at promoting peace and harmony in the northeastern region.

The conference brought a host of religious leaders from various countries, including Buddhist monks from South-East Asia and Myanmar, under one platform.

  1. Andhra to make digital prescriptions for medicines mandatory

In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, sale of medicines will be possible only though digital prescriptions.

The project is being rolled out because it is felt that with over 60,000 quacks in Andhra Pradesh, reckless prescriptions are resulting in anti-microbial resistance, a huge health threat. The Comprehensive Drug Monitoring System (CDMS) is being finetuned at a cost of Rs 1.2 crore.

  1. Hyderabad SHE Teams help reduce crimes against women by 20%

SHE teams of the Hyderabad police have registered 3,516 cases of harassment against women in the state, since its inception three years ago on October 26.

SHE teams were formed in October 2014 and were restricted to Hyderabad initially. They have now spread to all the districts of Telangana.

In Hyderabad, there are over 100 SHE teams, who receive complaints over WhatsApp, through letters and via the police app-Hawk eye.

  1. Railways launches its first set of solar plants in Delhi

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has launched the Railways’ first set of solar plants with a total capacity of 5 megawatt peak (MWp) in the Capital, an ambitious project aimed at reducing the national transporter’s carbon footprint.

The project is part of the government’s National Solar Mission in which the Railways plans to commission 1,000 MWp solar plants across its network.

  1. Assam CM launches a new web portal “Assam Darpan”

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has launched a web portal ‘Assam Darpan’ that will reflect the government’s performance and achievements for information of the citizens.

It has been developed as the Chief Minister’s Dashboard where citizens will be able to see the progress of the flagship schemes of the government.

  1. 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health held in New Delhi

India has host the World Congress on Adolescent Health this year from October 27-29. It is held once every four years and the International Association for Adolescent Healths 11th World Congress will be organised on the theme — Investing in Adolescent Health, the Future is now.

The world is home to 1.2 billion adolescents, and India has the largest population of adolescents in the world — 253 million — with every fifth in the world being an Indian and every second being an Asian, Professor Susan Sawyer, President of the International Association for Adolescent Health.

  1. Cabinet Approves Rs 7,000 crore for Construction of Six IIT Campuses

The Union Cabinet has approved over Rs 7,000 crore for construction of permanent campuses of six new Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) across the country.

Each of the permanent campuses to be established at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwad (Karnataka), Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) and Goa will have a facility for housing 1,200 students from the academic year 2020-2021.

  1. SAP Launches Asia Pacific Japan Region’s First Leonardo Centre in Bengaluru

Enterprise solutions provider SAP has announced the launch of SAP Leonardo Centre here — a first in the Asia-Pacific-Japan region — to enable customers and partners to accelerate their digital innovation journey.

The new state-of-the-art facility, the fourth in the world, will showcase key elements of digital transformation like IoT, Blockchain, Analytics, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Intelligence and SAP Cloud Platform.

  1. RIL, First Indian Company to Cross Rs 6 Trillion Market Capital

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) became the first Indian company to cross Rs6 trillion market capitalisation after its shares surged over 75% so far this year and hit a fresh lifetime high.

The stock closed 0.78% up at Rs947.25 on BSE. It rose as much as 1.94% to hit an all-time high of Rs958.20. Currently, its market cap is at Rs6.02 trillion.

  1. India Overtakes US to Become Second Largest Smartphone Market: Report

India is now the world’s second largest smartphone market. That’s according to a new report from Canalys which claims smartphone shipments in India crossed the 40 million mark for the first time in Q3 2017 courtesy of 23 percent annual growth. That means that India has overtaken the U.S. on sales with only China ahead of it.

  1. India and France Agree to Strengthen Bilateral Defence Cooperation

India and France have discussed their ongoing military cooperation during the Defence Minister-level talks, stressing that defence cooperation was an important pillar of the strategic partnership between both the countries.

Negotiations between India and France are in final stages for the Rs 50,000-crore deal for procuring 126 Rafale combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force. The two sides are also holding negotiations for a Rs 30,000-crore project for co-developing the Maitri surface-to-air missile defence system.

  1. World’s first hydrogen tram begins operation in China

The world’s first hybrid electric tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells has started running in China, marking a big step in the application of green energy in public transport.

Researched and manufactured by Chinese, it is the world’s first hybrid electric tram, with hydrogen being the main power source, according to China Railway Rolling Corporation (CRRC) Tangshan Co, the maker of the tram.

  1. October 28, 2017: International Animation Day

The International Animated Film Association, launched a global event to celebrate the art of animation. October 28th was proclaimed as International Animation Day (IAD), commemorating the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris in 1892.

  1. Patna Pirates Clinched Third Pro Kabaddi Successive Title

Patna Pirates thumped Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium to clinch the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 5 title. Patna have won the PKL title for third consecutive season now.

Raider Pardeep Narwal (19 points) starred for Patna to single-handedly dominate the match and clinch the all-important victory. Defender Jaideep (5 points) too played a vital role.

  1. India edition becomes highest-scoring FIFA U-17 World Cup

The 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World in India turned out to be a milestone event as it became the most attended and the highest scoring tournament ever.

Not only that, this U-17 World Cup even shattered the most attendance record of FIFA U-20 World Cup – 2011 Colombia edition’s 1,309,929 mark. It thus became the most attended men’s age-group World Cup ever.

  1. England beat Spain to win their 1st FIFA U-17 World Cup

England’s under-17s came from behind to beat Spain 5-2 in a final they dominated in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

This is the second England age-group team to win the game’s ultimate honour this year, following on from the under-20s in the summer.

  1. Indian women’s hockey team beats Singapore 10-0 in Asia Cup

Indian eves got off to a roaring start at the Women’s Asia Cup 2017 with a dominating 10-0 victory over Singapore in Kakamigahara.

Navneet Kaur (3rd & 41st minutes), Rani (15th & 18th) and Navjot Kaur (30th & 50th) netted the ball twice, while Lalremsiami (18th), Deep Grace Ekka (25th), Gurjit Kaur (41st) and Sonika (45th) scored once each to ensure India notched up winning points in their opening match of Pool A.

  1. India’s Dahiya wins double trap silver in Shooting WC Final

India’s Sangram Dahiya won silver in men’s double trap and Amanpreet Singh bronze in 50m free pistol to give the hosts their first individual medals in the ISSF World Cup Shooting Final at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

China’s Hu Binyuan won the double trap gold with a world record tally of 79/80. Dahiya shot 76/80 to clinch the second spot while Italy’s Davide Gasparini took bronze despite managing just 56. India’s Ankur Mittal, the world’s No 1, ended up fourth.



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