Important Daily Current Affairs Updates – 21st October 2017
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The National Police Commemoration Day – 21st October 2017
The National Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on 21st October remembering the brave policemen who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties. Rich tributes are paid to the martyrs on this day. On October 21st 1959, twenty Indian soldiers were attacked by the Chinese troops in Ladakh. This altercation between the troops led to the death of ten policemen. Seven of the others who were also imprisoned, managed to escape from the Chinese troops.
Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates 1st phase of PNG Supply System in Bhubaneswar
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has inaugurated the first phase of Piped Natural Gas supply system in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. In the first phase, 255 houses in Nalco Nagar in Chandrasekharpur of Bhubaneswar were supplied with environment-friendly PNG. As part of the City Gas Distribution project, around 25 thousand households in twin-city Bhubaneswar and Cuttack would get PNG connection by end of next year. The overall capital expenditure for the Bhubaneswar and Cuttack gas distribution projects will cost around Rs. 1700 crore.
State – Odisha
Capital – Bhubaneswar
CM – Naveen Patnaik
Governor – Senayangba Chubatoshi Jamir
Union Minister for Petroleum – Dharmendra Pradhan
Constituency – Rajya Sabha (Bihar)
Cleaning Ganga: Varanasi to get 2 new STPs by March Next Year
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi will soon get two sewage treatment plants as part of the government’s bid to curb Ganga water pollution. The sewage treatment plants, having a total 260 million litres daily capacity, will be commissioned at Varanasi’s Dinapur and Goitha before March next year. The government had recently awarded the contract for constructing 50 MLD (million litres daily) capacity STP at Ramana in Varanasi.
State – Uttar Pradesh
Capital – Lucknow
CM – Yogi Adityanath
Governor – Ram Naik
Hirasar Greenfield Airport Project in Gujarat gets Green Clearance
The Centre has given green clearance for a greenfield airport project at Hirasar, about 28 km from Rajkot in Gujarat, at a cost of over Rs. 1,400 crores. The state government has proposed a new airport in Rajkot district as the existing one is small and the earlier plan to extend the current runway could not materialise because of high land cost. The Environment Ministry has given the environment clearance to the Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GSAICL) for development of a greenfield airport at Rajkot.
State – Gujarat
Capital – Gandhinagar
CM – Vijay Rupani
Governor – Om Prakash Kohli
Punjab CM restores special family pension for widows of govt employees killed by terrorists
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh restored the Special Family Pension for widows of government employees killed by extremists. The scheme was revoked in 2016 by the erstwhile Shiromani Akali Dal Government. Restoring this scheme was one of the pre-poll promises made by Captain Amarinder Singh before the February 2017 State elections.
State – Punjab
Capital – Chandigarh
CM – Amarinder Singh
Governor – V. P. Singh Badnore
5-member Committee formed to Select Candidate for Post of Editor-in-Chief of RSTV
A five-member committee, headed by Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash, has been formed to select the candidate for the post of editor-in-chief of Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV). Rajya Sabha Secretariat stated in an order that other members of the Search-cum-Selection Committee are Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Additional Secretary (Personnel) in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat PPK Ramacharyulu and journalist Rahul Srivastava. Rajya Sabha TV is owned and operated by the Upper House of Parliament and the vice-president is its chairman.
BANKING & ECONOMY
GSTN Launches excel-based offline tool to file initial GSTR-3B Returns
Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has launched an excel-based offline tool for businesses to file initial GSTR- 3B returns. GSTN, in a statement in New Delhi, stated that taxpayers can download the offline utility from the GSTN portal and after fill in the data the file can be uploaded on GST portal. After uploading of the return to the GST Portal, the taxpayer has to preview the form, complete formalities like submit, offset the liability and file their GSTR-3B Return using digital signature or electronic verification code.
Union Minister for Finance – Arun Jaitley
Constituency – Gujarat, Rajya Sabha
Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar Resigns
Within months after the Centre gave him an extension, Solicitor-General of India Ranjit Kumar, the second highest ranking law officer of the government, resigned with immediate effect. Mr Kumar, a successful senior advocate who joined the government’s team of law officers in the Supreme Court in 2014, cited personal reasons and family commitments for his decision to opt out. His tenure of three years as Solicitor General had ended on June 6, 2017, but the government had extended the tenure on an ad hoc basis.
India, Russia to Participate in first-ever Tri-services Military Exercise
The first-ever Tri Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces, INDRA-2017 began near Vladivostok in Russia. Two indigenously built Indian Naval ships INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt reached Vladivostok Port and were given a traditional ceremonial welcome. The Indian contingent for the Exercise is led by the Task Force Commander Major General ND Prasad. The Exercise INDRA in its previous nine editions has been conducted as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries.
Country – Russia
Capital – Moscow
Currency – Russian Ruble
Jacinda Ardern to become New Zealand Prime Minister
New Zealand Labour Party’s leader Jacinda Ardern is set to become youngest-ever female Prime Minister of New Zealand. September 2017 elections in New Zealand returned a hung Parliament and uncertainty prevailed as to who shall be the next Prime Minister of New Zealand. 37 year old Jecinda Ardern will become New Zealand’s third female prime minister (after Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark). She will also be the second-youngest Prime Minister of New Zealand after Edward Stafford.
Country – New Zealand
Capital – Wellington
Currency – New Zealand dollar
Adesina Receives 2017 World Food Prize Laureate Award
AKINWUMI AYODEJI ADESINA, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), will be recognized as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. He was Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and rural development. Through his roles over the past two decades with the Rockefeller Foundation, at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and as Minister of Agriculture of Nigeria, Dr. Adesina has been at the forefront of galvanizing political will to transform African agriculture through initiatives to: expand agricultural production, thwart corruption in the Nigerian fertilizer industry and exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent.
Country – Nigeria
Capital – Abuja
Currency – Nigerian naira
AfDB – African Development Bank
Headquarters of AfDB – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
President of AfDB – Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina