Current Affairs Today 30th October 2018 | Current Affairs News

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

WTO sets panel to examine the India, U.S. export case

  • The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) panel is to examine the India-U.S. export case. WTO’s dispute settlement body has set up a panel to examine the U.S.’ complaint against certain export-subsidy measures by India as both the sides failed to resolve the issue at the consultation level.

A Rs.700 crore project to clean up courts has been proposed under Swachh Nyayalaya

  • In the pre-launch function of the ‘Swachh Nyayalaya’ project, a Rs.700-crore project has been proposed to have clean courts, right from the Supreme Court and the High Courts to the 3,388 lower courts. Under the project, construction of toilets for both male and female lawyers and litigants, a facility that many courts sorely lack, has been planned.

CII Joins WhatsApp to Train SMEs Across India

  • The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) announced that it would work with WhatsApp to educate and train Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on how WhatsApp Business app can help them grow their businesses.

Facebook launches Digital Literacy Library in 6 Indian languages

  • As part of its efforts to train 3,00,000 people in India on digital literacy by end of 2018, Facebook has announced the launch of the Digital Literacy Library, a collection of lessons in six local languages – Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

United Nations decided to launch project on creating Indias intangible heritage inventory

  • This project dubbed- A snapshot inventory of intangible cultural heritage, will be launched to protect the disappearing intangible cultural heritage of India. This will include art forms, craftsmanship and other intangible cultural heritage of the country.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

Angela Merkel to Step Down As German Chancellor In 2021

  • Germany’s Angela Merkel has announced that she will step down as Chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks. She would not seek re-election as leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union(CDU). She has held the post since 2000. The CDU was severely weakened in yesterday’s poll in the state of Hesse, the latest in a series of setbacks.
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Germany Capital Berlin
Currency Euro
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Researchers at the University of Michigan in the United States, have developed a web-based tool to monitor fake news on social media platforms

  • Researchers at the University of Michigan in the United States, have developed a web-based tool to monitor fake news on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The tool uses a Platform Health Metric called the Iffy Quotient, which draws data from 2 external entities: NewsWhip and Media Bias/Fact Checker. NewsWhip is a social media engagement tracking firm. It collects URLs on various sites every day and then gathers information on which sites have engagements on Facebook and Twitter.
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US Capital Washington DC
Currency Dollar
President Donald Trump

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE

Gujarat First Mega Food Park Inaugurated In Surat

  • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in Gujarat. It is located at Village Shah and Vasravi, Taluka Mangrol, District Surat. A 2nd Mega Food Park has been sanctioned by the Ministry in Mehsana District of Gujarat. This Mega Food Park has been set up in 70.15 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 117.87 crore.
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Gujarat Capital Gandhinagar
CM Vijay Rupani
Governor Om Prakash Kholi

India’s First Robotic Dinosaurs Gallery Inaugurated In Kapurthala

  • The country’s first gallery on robotic dinosaurs was opened to the public at the Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala.
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Punjab Capital Chandigarh
CM Amarinder Singh
Governor V P Singh Badnore

Indian railways announced the world’s highest railway line that will run along the India-China border

  • Indian railways announced the world’s highest railway line that will run along the India-China border. The rail line will have a highest road point of 5,360 metres above mean sea level. The estimated cost to build this 465 km-line will be Rs 83,360 crore. It will consist of 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges and 396 minor bridges and 30 stations.
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Jammu & Kashmir Capital Jammu & Srinagar
CM Vacant
Governor Sathyapal Malik

IGI Airport to get Taxibots

  • Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi, India is set to commence commercial use of semi-robotic tow trucks. The Taxibots are launched by TaxiBot India. It will be the first airport in the country to use such TaxiBots. It aimed to help airlines reduce the use of air turbine fuel during taxiing. A live test will be carried out by SpiceJet and Jet Airways.
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Delhi Capital New Delhi
CM Arvind Kejriwal
Governor Anil Bijal

Foundation Of India’s Largest Dry Dock Laid At Cochin Shipyard

  • The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan laid the foundation for India’s largest Dry Dock at Cochin Shipyard in Kerala.

KAU initiated a mission to rejuvenate hill garlic

  • The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has initiated a study on the farming practices of garlic followed in the hills of Kanthalloor and Vattavada areas of Idukki district of Kerala. This move is to promote the variety Malai poondu or hill garlic that is on the verge of extinction.  Malai poondu or hill garlic are known for its unique flavour, pungency, taste, medicinal properties and longer shelf life, that is 180 days. Due to long duration of cultivation the tribal farmers of the area started to cultivate hybrid varieties or short duration, 90 to 120 days, varieties.
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Kerala Capital Thiruvananthapuram
CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor P. Sadasivam

Odisha CM Patnaik launches EDWS

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched India’s first automatic Early Warning Dissemination System (EDWS). The inauguration coincided with Odisha Government observing Disaster Preparedness Day. On this day, 19 years ago, the state was left devastated by “Super Cyclone” in 1999.
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Orissa Capital Bhubaneswar
CM Naveen Patnaik
Governor Ganeshi Lal

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

NPCI reduces the number of transfers via UPI that a person can make to another per day to 10 from 20 earlier

  • The National Payments Corp. of India (NPCI) has reduced the number of transfers that a person can make to another person/s in a 24-hour period to 10, from the limit of 20 earlier on the UPI network.

SBI to issue and encash electoral bonds soon

  • The GoI has notified the sale of electoral bond by SBI through its 29 authorized branches from 1.11.2018 to 10.11.2018. These SBI branches are in cities like New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati. The concept of electoral bond was initiated in Union Budget 2017.Later on Electoral bond scheme 2018 was introduced.

RBI clears re-appointment of Aditya Puri as HDFC Bank CEO for 2 years

  • HDFC Bank said the RBI had approved the re-appointment of Aditya Puri as managing director of the bank for another two years.

NSDL starts payments bank operations

  • National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) Payments Bank has commenced operations as a payments bank. In November 2014, the RBI had granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 11 applicants, including National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) to set up payments banks.

SBI, Hitachi Payments from JV for digital payment platform

  • Country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) and payments solution provider Hitachi Payment Services India entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for establishing a card acceptance and digital payment platform.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS

Microsoft overtakes Amazon as second most valuable U.S. company

  • Microsoft overtook Amazon to become the second most valuable tech company in the United States. The change in rankings was the result of a drop in Amazon’s stock value after a weaker-than-expected quarterly report from the online retailer wiped out $65 billion worth of market capitalization.

IBM to acquire Red Hat for $34 bn

  • Tech major IBM has announced to acquire Open Source Solutions leader Red Hat for a massive $34 billion. The acquisition, IBM’s biggest so far, will provide open approach to Cloud, featuring unprecedented security and portability across multiple clouds.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Clara Sosa Won Miss Grand International 2018 In Myanmar

  • She won the Miss Grand International 2018 title at the 6th edition of the beauty pageant in Yangon, Myanmar.   She succeeds Miss Grand International 2017 Maria Jose Lora of Peru.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

India, Japan sign MoC to promote Ayurveda, Yoga

  • India and Japan decided to cooperate for the first time in the areas of Indian traditional medicinal systems such as Yoga and Ayurveda to provide holistic healthcare and wellness in both the countries.

India, Japan sign bilateral currency swap agreement worth $75 Bn

  • India and Japan concluded a USD 75 billion bilateral currency swap agreement, a move that will help in bringing greater stability in foreign exchange and capital markets in the country. The agreement will further strengthen and widen the depth and diversity of economic cooperation between the two countries.

India and European Union (EU) decided to cooperate on Digital communications

  • India and European Union (EU) decided to cooperate on Digital communications, Digital economy and society. The Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) Government of India, Mr Manoj Sinha and the H.E. Mr Andrus Ansip, European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission in their meeting in New Delhi. The Indian and European Telecom Standardization Development Organizations – TSDSI (India) and ETSI (European Union).

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE

5th National Summit On Public Health Care Begins In Assam

  • The 5th National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems in India has begun at Kaziranga in Assam. State Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and Union Health Minister J P Nadda inaugurated the three-day summit.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCHEMES AND PROGRAM

Maneka Gandhi Inaugurated fifth Edition of Women of India National Organic Festival

  • The 5th edition of the ‘Women of India National Organic Festival’ was inaugurated by Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. The Festival celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs/producers and farmers in the organic field from across India.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE

ISRO successfully tests lander for soft landing on the moon

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted crucial tests to ensure smooth and precise landing of Vikram, the lander aboard Chandrayaan 2. The aim of the Lander Actuator Performance Test (LAPT) was to assess the performance of the navigational system onboard the lander for steering the module horizontally and vertically to reach a predefined target.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

Tata Steel named as official partner of men’s hockey World Cup

  • Steel manufacturing giant Tata Steel was named as an official partner for the prestigious men’s hockey World Cup to be held here from November 28 to December 16.

Roger Federer Won 99th Career Title in his Hometown

  • He won his 99th career title after winning the Basel Open for the ninth time in his career. Federer, who was born in the Swiss city of Basel, won his fourth title of the year in the form of the Basel Open.

Vishal bags gold, Raegan settles for silver in Egypt

  • Vishal Rajveer Shah won the mini cadet boys singles’ title at the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament after he outclassed local boy Badr Mostafa in straight games. He dominated the match from the very beginning as he defeated Mostafa to clinch the yellow metal.

India & Pakistan Declared Joint Winners of Asian Champions Trophy in Oman

  • In Men’s Hockey, India and Pakistan were declared joint winners of the Asian Champions Trophy at Muscat in Oman. The tournament director declared both teams as winners after the summit clash was called off due to heavy rain.
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