Current Affairs Today 20th October 2018 | Current Affairs News

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World Osteoporosis Day

  • World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on 20 October , and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. It is Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).
  • The theme of World Osteoporosis Day 2018 is calls for global action in order to improve bone health and prevent fractures caused by osteoporosis.


Air India gets equity infusion of Rs 1,000 crore from NSSF : Union Government

  • Air India raised Rs 3,000 crore so far which includes Rs 1,000 crore to the airline from the National Small Savings Fund (NSSF)  on behalf of the government. Another Rs 500 crore will be raised by the airline through a loan from the unused sovereign guarantee. It is a part of the Rs 4,200 crore debt of AI to oil companies.


Rwanda announced gender balanced cabinets with 50 percent women

  • Rwanda, the East African nation, announced gender-balanced Cabinets with 50% women. It said that women now make up half of the slimmed-down, 26-seat Cabinet. A higher number of women in decision-making roles might lead to a decrease in gender discrimination and gender-based crimes. Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women said that Rwanda joins a handful of countries, mostly European, where women make up 50% or more of ministerial positions.
Rwanda Capital Kigali
Currency Franc
President Paul Kagame



Two TN govt. hospital to get seamless laboratories

  • The two Tamil Nadu Government hospitals, the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Hospital for Children, Egmore, and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), are to establish seamless laboratories comprising pneumatic tube systems and automated processing of samples. This is to avoid the troubles caused during the manual transportation of clinical samples from wards to laboratories. Earlier this year, the State government had sent teams from the two hospitals on a visit to a few health facilities in Singapore.
Tamil Nadu Capital Chennai
CM E. Palanisamy
Governor Banwarilal Purohit


India’s first railway station inside tunnel to come up in Himachal Pradesh

  • For the first time in India, a railway station will be built inside a tunnel at a height of 3,000 metres, on the strategic Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line close to the Sino-India border. Once completed, the Keylong station in Himachal Pradesh will be the first on the railway network to be inside a tunnel.
Himachal Pradesh Capital Shimla
CM Jai Ram Thakur
Governor Acharya Dev Vrat


India’s longest river bridge will be built on Brahmaputra river in Assam

  • India’s longest river bridge with total length of 19.3 kilometers will be built on Brahmaputra river in Assam. This bridge will connect Dhubri of Assam to Fulbarani of Meghalaya. This bridge will reduce the distance between these two places by 203 kms and also travel time. At present, India’s largest river bridge is Dhola-Sadia bridge, its length is 9.15 kilometers.

Kati Bihu festival celebrated across Assam

  • Assam celebrated its 3rd Bihu festival known as the ‘Kati Bihu’ festival across the state. The name of the other 2 Bihu festivals is: Rongali and Bohagi Bihu. The festival derives its name from the Assamese month of Kati.
Assam Capital Dishpur
CM Sarbananda Sonowal
Governor Jagdish Mukhi


Kerala the first smoke-free State to have 100% LPG

  • The revenue department has imposed the duty based on the recommendations of the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR). A joint application was filed by domestic steel industries like JSW Steel Ltd, Sunflag Iron & Steel Co, Usha Martin, Gerdau Steel India, Vardhman Special Steels and Jayaswal Neco Industries before DGTR to initiate an investigation on this issue.  
Kerala Capital Thiruvananthapuram
CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor P. Sadasivam



RBI eases liquidity norms for banks

  • The Reserve Bank of India increased lenders’ single borrower exposure limit for Non-Banking Finance Companies which do not finance infrastructure, from 10% to 15% of capital funds, until December 31, 2018. The RBI also eased liquidity norms for banks, allowing them to calculate government securities held by them up to an amount equal to their incremental outstanding credit to Non-Banking Finance Companies, or NBFCs, and Housing Finance Companies.


Nokia partners BSNL to implement industrial automation solutions

  • BSNL and Nokia are demonstrating the ability to leverage automation across industries, showing how it can be replicated in other sectors such as automobile, oil and gas, mining, public safety, and disaster management.


Maeen Abdulmalik Sworn In As Yemen’s New PM

  • Yemen’s newly appointed Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik was sworn in to lead the internationally-backed government in the war-torn Arab country.


Minal Patel Davis honoured with Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking

  • Indian-American Minal Patel Davis was honoured with Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking’. She was presented with award by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her extraordinary contribution towards combating human trafficking. It is US’s highest honour in the field.

Arshdeep Singh Wins Top Wildlife Photo Award in Junior Category

  • Jalandhar’s Arshdeep Singh,10, has won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Asia) Award for his photograph ‘Pipe Owls’. The award ceremony was held at the Natural History Museum, London.

Piyush Goyal To Receive Carnot Prize For Rural Electrification Effort

  • Union Minister Piyush Goyal will receive the prestigious Carnot Prize from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania in recognition of his work for rural electrification while he held the power and renewable energy portfolios.


Singapore hosts 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting and 5th ADMM-Plus

  • The 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and 5th ADMM-Plus was held on October 19 and 20, 2018 Singapore. ADMM and ADMM-Plus serves as key Ministerial-level platforms in regional security architecture for promoting strategic dialogue and practical cooperation between ASEAN and its partners.

Turkey is to host four nation summit on Syria crisis

  • Turkey is to host a summit between the leaders of Turkey, France, Germany and Russia in Istanbul in October. The aim of the summit is to discuss the conflict in Syria and efforts for a lasting solution to the war in the Arab country.

Eighth European Congress on SMEs held in Katowice, Poland

  • The motto of the Congress was: “ Science- Business-Self Government TOGETHER FOR ECONOMY”. This would engage in the challenges and possibilities of development of SMEs as Small and Medium-size Entrepreneurship is the most important sector of the Polish Economy.


AG600: China’s first amphibious aircraft completes first water takeoff

  • China’s first home-grown amphibious aircraft AG600 (code-named Kunlong) successfully carried out its first take-off and landing on water. It is claimed to be as the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. In this maiden flight, the seaplane took off from Zhanghe Reservoir in Jingmen, Hubei’s province and stayed airborne for about 15 minutes

Cope India air exercise: India, Japan, US planning to host joint trilateral air exercise

  • India and US have agreed to elevate their bilateral ‘Cope India’ air exercise to trilateral format by including Japan. The next edition of this exercise is scheduled to be held in December 2018 for which final planning conference to finalise its modalities will held in Kalaikunda, West Bengal.

NASA Space Apps challenge 2018 on DSU campus

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Space Apps challenge 2018 Hackathon has been organised at Dayananda Sagar University (DSU), Kudlu Gate campus, on Hosur Road. It is a two-day event. DSU has invited entries from school and college students. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, and technologists will address challenges faced on earth and in space.

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