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Current Affairs October 29th 2018

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Current Affairs is a type of broadcast journalism where the emphasis is on detailed analysis and discussion of news stories that have recently occurred or ongoing at the time of broadcast. The article Current Affairs October 29th 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Banking, Sports Awards, and Science Obituary importance of October 29th 2018.

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UN decided to launch project on creating India’s intangible heritage inventory

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Key Highlights:
  • United Nations (UN) announced launch of a project on creating an “inventory” on intangible legacy of India.

  • 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.

  • The “Wiki-styled project” would be executed through “crowd-sourcing”.

  • The project would be documenting the sounds, sights, techniques, styles, though photographs or other audio-visual medium for a span of 1 year.

India donated USD 300,000 for UN Peacekeeping training on Issues of Conduct, Discipline

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Key Highlights:
  • This was announced by Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

  • India’s contribution will be used with a specific focus on issues of conduct and discipline.

  • The name of the programme is “Pipeline to Peacekeeping Command Programme” and it is 3 years training programme.

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Governors’ panel submitted report on doubling farm income; gave 21 recommendations

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Key Highlights:
  • Panel of governors constituted by President Ram Nath Kovind submitted its report ‘Approach to Agriculture A Holistic Overview’ on approach to agriculture for doubling farmer’s income.

  • The committee was headed by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik.

  • It made 21 major recommendations. Some of them being
British Council, Arunachal Pradesh signed MoU on educational collaboration

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Key Highlights:
  • British Council and the Arunachal Pradesh government inked an MoU to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation between the state and the UK at Tawang in the sidelines of the Tawang Festival.

  • It recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the North Eastern Council (NEC), to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation in all eight states of the region.

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RBI to inject Rs 40,000 cr into banking system via OMO in November 2018

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Key Highlights:
  • Reserve Bank of India decided to inject Rs 40,000 crore in the banking system on November 2018.

  • This will done through purchase of government securities under open market operations for an aggregate amount of Rs. 400 billion in the month of November 2018.

  • This will help ease cash shortage in the system and stabilise debt market rates.

  • Recently in October , RBI had announced to conduct Rs 36,000 crore worth of OMO purchase.

Microsoft overtook Amazon as world’s 2nd most valuable company

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Key Highlights:
  • After the release of quarterly report of market capitalization, Microsoft Corp regained its spot as the second most valuable U.S. company after Apple Inc.

  • It surpassed, that lost $65 billion of market cap and is at the 3rd position, for the first time since April.
  • Microsoft has a m-cap of $823 billion whereas, has a worth of $805 billion.

  • Apple Inc tops the list at over $1 trillion after crossing that threshold in September.

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Simona Halep becomes first recipient of Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy

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Key Highlights:
  • World number one Simona Halep has become the first recipient of the Chris Evert Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy.
  • 27-year-old Simona Halep, has won the Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy, following her first Grand Slam title at the Roland Garros and the WTA Year-End world number one singles award for the second consecutive year.

  • The Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy has been named after WTA’s first-ever world number one Chris Evert.

  • Chris Evert became the first ever WTA World No.1 on November 3, 1975 and stayed on the top spot for 260 weeks.
Belgium occupies Top Spot in FIFA Rankings, India Stays at 97

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Key Highlights:
  • Belgium has secured number one spot in the latest FIFA’s world rankings released on 25th October 2018.

  • Belgium and France were tied at the top spot in September 2018. Belgium, with 1,733 points, moved forward by a single point and has secured the top spot.

  • Brazil remains in third position, followed by Croatia and England. India remains at 97th place.

  • Gibraltar, which only became FIFA member in 2016, has reached its best ranking of 190.
2018 Senior World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary

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Key Highlights:
  • From 20th to 28th October 2018, 2018 Senior World Wrestling Championships, was held in Budapest, Hungary.

  • A 30-member Indian team led by Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik and Asian Games gold medalist Bajrang Punia represented India.

  • Jagminder Singh was the chief coach of freestyle team and Kuldeep Malik was in charge of women’s squad. India won 2 medals: 1 bronze medal and 1 silver medal.

  • India’s 24-year-old Pooja Dhanda from Haryana defeated Grace Jacob Bhullen of Norway 10-7 and won bronze medal in the 57kg category.
Khalin Joshi wins Panasonic Open India for his maiden Asian Tour title

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Key Highlights:
  • Indian golfer Khalin Joshi won the Panasonic Open India title at the Delhi Golf Club, in New Delhi.

  • Khalin Joshi, the 26-year-old golfer, secured a Record-Equaling winning score of 17-under 271 in the final. He won a cash prize of $72,000.

  • This is his first Asian Tour Title. He also became the 7th Indian to win the Panasonic Open India title in the last 8 editions of the tournament.

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Clara Sosa won Miss Grand International 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar

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Key Highlights:
  • Miss Paraguay Clara Sosa won the Miss Grand International 2018 title at the 6th edition of the beauty pageant in Yangon, Myanmar.

  • Clara Sosa succeeds Miss Grand International 2017 Maria Jose Lora of Peru. India’s, fbb Colors Femina Miss Grand India 2018 Meenakshi Chaudhary was named 1st runner up.

  • Miss Grand Indonesia Nadia Purwoko was the 2nd runner up. Miss Grand Puerto Rico Nicole Colon was named 3rd runner up, and Miss Grand Japan Haruka Oda was adjudged 4th runner up.

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Scientists develop web-based tool to monitor fake news on Facebook, Twitter

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Key Highlights:
  • 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: News Whip and Media Bias/Fact Checker.

  • News Whip 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.
US military successfully tested ballistic missile intercept system

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Key Highlights:
  • the US military aboard the USS John Finn successfully detected, tracked and targeted and a medium-range ballistic missile off the west coast of Hawaii.

  • It was done by an SM-3 Block IIA missile and is the 3rd attempt so far.

  • Previously, the US military had two failed intercept tests, in June 2017 and January 2018.

  • The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA is a part of the US-Japan Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.
First indigenously overhauled Sukhoi-30 MKI handed over to IAF by 11 BRD, Ojhar

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Key Highlights:
  • The first indigenously overhauled Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet was handed over to the IAF. It was built by the 11 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force at Ojhar in Maharashtra’s Nashik.

  • It was handed over at a ceremony held at the Air Force Station Ojhar, about 200km from Mumbai By Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Maintenance Command.

  • To Air Marshal H S Arora, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Air Command.

  • Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a twin-jet multi-role air superiority aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).
Vikram: lander for soft landing on the Moon successfully tested by ISRO

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Key Highlights:
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted crucial tests for smooth and precise landing ofVikram, the lander aboard Chandrayaan 2.

  • The Lander Actuator Performance Test (LAPT) aimed to assess the performance of the navigational system on board the lander.

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TMC founder member Pankaj Bandyopadhyay passes away

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Key Highlights:
  • Pankaj Bandyopadhyay, a founding member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), died following a long term illness, in Kolkata.

  • He was 72 years old. He was also former leader of the opposition in West Bengal assembly.

  • He joined the Congress during late 1960s. He became an MLA from Tollygunge constituency in 1972 and 1996.

  • He joined TMC when it was formed in 1998. He was the chairman of TMC’s policy-making Body. He retired from active politics in 2006.
Veteran BJP leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana passes away

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Key Highlights:
  • Former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana Passed Away following a long term illness, in New Delhi.

  • Madan Lal Khurana was 82 years old. He belonged to the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) party.

  • He was the chief minister of Delhi from 1993 to 1996. He was the governor of Rajasthan in 2004.