Important Daily Current Affairs Updates – 23rd October 2017
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PM Modi Inaugurates first phase of Ghogha-Dahej RORO ferry service in Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first phase of ambitious Ghogha-Dahej Roll-on Roll-off ferry service at Ghogha in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat.With the opening of this 615-cores rupees ferry service, the distance between Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions could be covered in less than an hour via-sea route. This passenger movement service reduced the distance between the Ghogha and Dahej from 310 kilometres by road to just 30 kilometres, which can be covered in one hour.
State – Gujarat
Capital – Gandhi Nagar
CM – Vijay Rupani
Governor – Om PrakashKohli
India’s First Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra Launched
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated India’s first PradhanMantriKaushal Kendra (PMKK) for Skilling in Smart Cities, in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).It is launched under skill India Mission. The ministers also laid the foundation for a Skill Development Centre at MotiBagh and a Centre of Excellence at DharamMarg, New Delhi.
Union Minister for Home Affairs – Rajnath Singh
Constituency – Lucknow, RajyaSabha
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship – DharmendraPradhan
Constituency – Bihar, RajyaSabha
Cristiano Ronaldo Tops the Forbes Rich List of Sport Stars
Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest sports personality in the world, according to the latest Forbes’ Rich List.The Real Madrid striker has earned an incredible £70million in the last year, along with picking up another Champions League medal and becoming the inaugural winner of The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
The Top 5 Sports Stars in the List are
- Cristiano Ronaldo – football
- LeBron James – basketball
- Lionel Messi – football
- Roger Federer – tennis
- Kevin Durant – basketball
BANKING & ECONOMY
Honda overtakes Bajaj to seal No 2 spot in domestic bike sales
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has raced past Bajaj Auto to become the second biggest bike seller in India during the first half of the ongoing fiscal. Market leader Hero MotoCorp continued its hold on the segment selling 33,44,292 units in the first half of the fiscal as against 30,34,504 units in the year-ago period, a growth of 10.2 percent.During the April-September period this fiscal, HMSI sold a total of 10,48,143 motorcycles in the domestic market registering a growth of 19.8 percent. On the other hand, Bajaj Auto sold 10,10,559 units witnessing a decline of 10.45 percent, according to the latest data from Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). In the comparable period last fiscal, HMSI sold 8,74,852 units as against Bajaj Auto’s 11,28,425 units.
Sibi George, Next Ambassador of India to Switzerland
Sibi George has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Switzerland.He will replace SmitaPurushottam.George is presently serving as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Mr. George has also served as deputy chief of mission of Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Country – Switzerland
Capital – Bern
Currency –Swiss Franc
HSBC Appoints JayantRikhye as CEO India
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has announced the appointment of JayantRikhye as the Chief Executive Officer for India. The appointment would be effective from December 1 subject to regulatory approvals.He succeeds Stuart Milne. Mr. Rikhye is currently Head of International, Asia-Pacific, responsible for 11 markets in the region.
HSBC – Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
HSBC Headquarters – London, UK
Stuart Gulliver is the Group CEO of HSBC
KidambiSrikanth Lifts Denmark Open Superseries Trophy 2017
In Badminton, ace Indian shuttlerKidambiSrikanth has lifted the Denmark Open Superseries trophy at Odense, Denmark.In the title clash, Srikanth, seeded 8th, defeated South Korea’s Lee Hyun-il in straight games, 21-10, 21-5 to bag his third Super Series title of the year and fifth overall. It was the first time Srikanth and Lee had faced each other.
KidambiSrikanth has recently (June 2017) won Australia Open Super Series title.
Country – Denmark
Capital – Copenhagen
Currency –Danish krone
Asia Cup Hockey 2017: India Beat Malaysia To Lift Their 3rd Continental Title
India beats Malaysia 2-1 in the finale to win the 2017 Asia Cup Hockey tournament held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This was India’s third continental title. Ramandeep Singh scored the opening goal in the third minute while LalitUpadhyay extended India’s lead in the 29th minute of the game.India had reached the final after defeating Pakistan 4-nil in the semi-finals. LalitUpadhyay won the goal of the match award while Akashdeep Singh was adjudged the Man of the match.
2017 Asia Cup Hockey tournament held in – Dhaka, Bangladesh
Country – Bangladesh
Capital – Dhaka
Currency – Bangladeshi Taka
Winner – India
GaganjeetBhullar Clinches Macao Open Golf Title 2017
GaganjeetBhullar had completed a wire-to-wire victory and lifted his eighth Asian Tour title at the Macau Open. He drained five birdies on the front nine and won by three shots despite a nerve-jangling double bogey.The 29-year-old fired rounds of 64, 65, 74 and 68 for an aggregate score of 13-under 271, lifting his first Asian Tour trophy of the year.
Bhullar is also the 2012 champion in Macau.
Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China
Amjyot Singh Becomes Third Indian in NBA
The 6-foot-9-inch Chandigarh hoopster Amjyot Singh became the third Indian – after Satnam Singh and Palpreet Singh Brar to walk into the National Basketball Association (NBA) league.Amjyot made it to the NBA’s minor league – the G-League. The Indian skipper was picked by Oklahoma City Blue. The OKC Blue is NBA development league affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, an American professional basketball team.