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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 3rd 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Banking, Awards, Appointments and Quiz importance of October 3rd 2018.

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India, Brazil & SA Navies train to build interoperability in South Africa

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 1, 2018, the a 14 –day 6th edition of IBSAMAR, a joint Multi – National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies commenced at Simons Town, South Africa.

  • The Indian Navy is represented by Guided Missile Frigate INS Tarkash, Guided Missile Destroyer INS Kolkata, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Seaking and Chetak helicopters as well as a MARCOS contingent.

  • Alongside this exercise, a IBSA Joint Defence Working Group meeting will also be held in South Africa.
India launches ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ to help tsunami-hit Indonesia

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 3, 2018, India launched ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ in Central Sulawesi Province of the Republic of Indonesia.

  • To assist victims of earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.

  • The Humanitarian assistance operation consisted of the two IAF Aircrafts, C-130J and C-17 along with medical personnel and relief material.

  • The aircrafts also had tents and equipments to set up a field hospital along with medicines, generators and water.

  • Also, 3 Indian Naval Ships – INS Tir, INS Sujatha and INS Shardul set sail for the to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR).

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National Khadi Festival 2018 inaugurated by Union MSME Minister

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 2, 2018, Union Minister for Micro Small & Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh inaugurated a month long- National Khadi Festival 2018 in Mumbai. To promote Khadi products.

  • This event was organized by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

  • Around 100 institutions from across the country participated in the event.

  • Loan disbursal to successful MSMEs was enhanced to over Rs. 1 crore by the ministry from the earlier range of Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 1 crore.

  • The Minister also launched the PMEGP Portal – a tool for increasing employment in micro enterprises.

  • He also inaugurated an exhibition and planted four moringa saplings in the premises of Central Office, Khadi and Village Industries Commission.

  • At the Event, the various programs included were: Khadi Sangam (under which exhibitions will be organized in 300 districts to promote Khadi products), e-commerce tie-ups, designing competitions for youngsters, World Khadi Congress, Gandhi Parv.
Indian Railways launched its Project ‘Utkrisht’

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 2, 2018, Indian Railways launched its Project ‘Utkrisht’ to upgrade 140 rakes of Mail/Express trains in the first phase.

  • The project aims to do Installing ‘Swachh Rail Toilet’, Fitting of energy-efficient LED lights – in the main interior, doorway, gangway and inside toilets, Health faucets, auto janitors, odonil containers, big size mirror etc.

  • The first train to have been revamped is: 12311/12312 Howrah-Kalka Mail of Eastern Railway which was coloured beige and maroon.
IIT-Kharagpur named national coordinator for research scheme

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 3, 2018, IIT-Kharagpur was named the national coordinating institute of the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • The Ministry also launched a dedicated web portal for SPARC which will be active from October 4 to November 15.
  • As a national coordinating institute, it would do Routing SPARC funds, Managing the online portal, Coordinating with the other nodal institutes of India, Organising two annual SPARC conferences and Managing the intellectual output of SPARC.
Yuva Nestam launched in Andhra capital of Amaravati on Gandhi Jayanti

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 2, 2018, on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestham’ scheme in Amaravati.

  • According to the scheme, an amount of Rs. 1000 will be given as monthly unemployment allowance to eligible jobless youth of the state.

  • It would also provide skill training to 10 lakh youth and 260 training partners have been appointed for this purpose.

  • The training partners are from the countries of: Singapore, UK and Germany.

Manipur declared as 23rd open defecation free state: CM of Manipur

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 3, 2018, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh declared Manipur as the 23rd state in the country to become Open Defecation Free (ODF) in India.

  • It is the 5th North-Eastern state to get the tag.

  • This announced during the celebration of National Cleanliness Day at Gandhi Memorial Hall in Imphal.

  • He also launched the Google Toilet Locator to enable locating nearest public toilet for use.

joint exercise of India, Vietnam commenced in Chennai

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 3, 2018, a joint exercise of ‘Sahyog-Hop Tac 2018’ commenced off Chennai coast between Vietnam and India.

  • In this bilateral exercise, Vietnam Coast Guard ship CSB 8001 took part in it or the first time.

  • A vessel ‘Sagar Manjusha’, owned by National Institute of Ocean Technology and vessels from Indian coast guard took part in it as well.

  • This exercise enhance cooperation between the two Coast Guards in areas of maritime safety and security.

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) and India sign $150 Million Loan to improve Regional Connectivity in North Bengal and North-East

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 1, 2018, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $150 million loan to finance regional connectivity projects in North Bengal and North Eastern states.

  • It is the 2nd tranche of a $500 million loan agreement for the South Asia Sub regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Investment Program.

  • It was approved in 2014 and was aimed to develop 500 kms of roads in India’s North Bengal and northeastern region for better regional connectivity to regional and other SASEC member countries.

Bajaj Finance increased fixed deposit rate of interest across various customer categories

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 3, 2018, Bajaj Finance, the lending and investment arm of Bajaj Finserv, increased its interest rate for Fixed Deposits.

  • The FDs have been accredited with highes degree of safety with ‘FAAA/Stable’ rating by CRISIL and ‘MAAA (Stable)‘ rating by ICRA.
Infosys Finacle launched digital engagement solution for banks for tailored experiences

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 3, 2018, Infosys Finacle, a part of Infosys’ product subsidiary EdgeVerve Systems launched a Digital Engagement Suit for banks. To interact with customers with customized experiences.

  • The digital suite for banks is on a cloud-first architecture.

  • It would accelerate the speed of internal and external innovation with an ecosystem of partner innovations to engage with end customers, internal users, partners and trusted parties.

  • It would also offer comprehensive capabilities to engage retail, wealth, small business and corporate customer segments.

  • This has already been recognized by banks of 78 countries.
Udyam Abhilasha: 6-day long National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign launched by SIDBI
Key Highlights:

  • On October 3, 2018, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) launched a six-day national level entrepreneurship awareness campaign–Udyam Abhilasha.

  • It has been launched in 115 aspirational districts identified by NITI Aayog in 28 States reaching to around 15,000 youth.

  • This will help 800 trainers create and provide entrepreneurship training to the aspiring youths across these districts.

  • For its implementation it has partnered with Banks, NABARD, NBFCs, SFBs, District Industries Centres, State Govt. etc.

  • Also, the Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India had set up a Special Purpose Vehicle, (CSC SPV)- CSC e-Governance Services India Limitedto work with SIDBI.

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South Sudanese surgeon Dr. Evan Atar Adaha receives 2018 Nansen Refugee Award

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Key Highlights:

  • On 1st October 2018, UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) conferred 2018 Nansen Refugee Award to Dr. Evan Atar Adaha in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Dr. Evan Atar Adaha is a surgeon from South Sudan. He was awarded for his 20-year medical service to refugees of Sudan and South Sudan.

  • He was presented the award by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn-in as 46th Chief Justice of India

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Key Highlights:

  • On 3rd October 2018, Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn-in as the 46th Chief Justice of India (CJI).

  • Justice Ranjan Gogoi was administered the oath by President Ram Nath Kovind. He is the first Chief Justice of India from the north-east.

  • His term will end on November 17, 2019. He replaces Dipak Misra. He hails from Dibrugarh in Assam. He was born on November 18, 1954.

  • In 2001, he started his career as a Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court. In 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and became its Chief Justice in 2011. In 2012, he became a Supreme Court judge.
Facebook names Adam Mosseri as CEO of Instagram

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Key Highlights:

  • Adam Mosseri has been named the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Facebook owned Instagram.

  • Adam Mosseri replaces Kevin Systrom who resigned recently. Adam Mosseri was previously the Vice President of Product at Instagram. He had joined Facebook in 2008.

  • Instagram was founded in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. It was sold to Facebook for $1 billion in 2012.
Sudhir Garg appointed as CMD of National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC)

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Key Highlights:

  • MSME Joint Secretary Sudhir Garg has taken charge as interim CMD (Chairman-cum-Managing Director) of National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC).

  • Sudhir Garg has been given additional charge as CMD of NSIC from October 1, 2018, till a period of 3 months or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

  • NSIC is a PSU (Public Sector Unit) that functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
Athlete Sanya Richards-Ross will be the event ambassador for the Airtel Delhi half marathon

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Key Highlights:

  • Athlete Sanya Richards-Ross has been named as the event ambassador for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon that will be held on 21st October 2018.

  • Sanya Richards-Ross is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and a seven-time medalist at the World Championships.

  • She is the fastest American woman in the history of 400m with her record of 48.70s timing set at the IAAF World Cup 2006.
Barham Salih elected as Iraq’s new president

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Key Highlights:

  • On 2nd October 2018, Barham Salih was elected as 8th president of Iraq.

  • Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)’s Barham Salih secured 219 votes while his rival Fuad Hussein of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) obtained 22 votes in the presidential election.

  • Barham Salih replaces Fuad Masum. Barham Salih is 58 years old. He is a former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and a former deputy prime minister of the Iraqi federal government.

  • He has named Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate and has bestowed him the responsibility of forming a new government.

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe launches new robot MASCOT onto asteroid Ryugu’s surface

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Key Highlights:

  • On 3rd October 2018, Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe launched the French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, towards asteroid Ryugu’s surface.

  • MASCOT weighs 10 kg. It is box-shaped and is equipped with several sensors. It can take images at multiple wavelengths, investigate minerals with a microscope, measure surface temperatures and magnetic fields.

  • MASCOT will be mostly immobile. It will jump only once on its mission and it can turn on its sides.

  • It has a maximum battery life of 16 hours. It will transmit the collected data to Hayabusa2.

  • Hayabusa2 mission was launched in December 2014 to study the origins of the solar system. It will return to Earth with samples in 2020.

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Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council member M V V S Murthy passed away

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Key Highlights:

  • On 3rd October 2018, Telugu Desam Party leader, educationist and member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council M V V S Murthy died in a road accident in the USA.

  • M V V S Murthy was 76 yaers old. He served as member of Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam for two terms from 1991 to 1996 and 1999 to 2004.

  • He was elected to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2014. He was also Chairman of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority from 1987 to 1989.

  • He founded the Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) at Rushikonda, Andhra Pradesh.

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Q1.The National Khadi Festival 2018 was held in which city?
    A. Mumbai B. Bengaluru C. New Delhi D. Ahmedabad Answer: A

Q2. Which state government has launched its own food security scheme to cover those left out from NFSA?
    A. Madhya Pradesh B. Uttar Pradesh C. Odisha D. Jharkhand Answer: C

Q3. Barham Salih has been newly elected as the President of which nation?
    A. Iran B. Israel C. Iraq D. Turkey Answer: C

Q4. The third highest national flag was unfurled recently in which city?
    A. New Delhi B. Guwahati C. Bengaluru D. Siachen Answer: B

Q5. Who has been elected as the President of Hockey India?
    A. Gyanendro Ningombam B. Asima Ali C. Bhola Nath Singh D. Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad Answer: D

Q6. Which city has launched India’s first flood forecasting and early warning system (FFEWS)?
    A. Kochi B. Vishakhapatnam C. Thiruvananthapuram D. Kolkata Answer: D

Q7. Which alcohol control initiative has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), recently?

Q8. According to UNCTAD’s latest report “Trade and Development Report”, which is India’s GDP growth forecast for 2018?
    A. 7.7 per cent B. 6.8 per cent C. 7.5 per cent D. 7.0 per cent Answer: D

Q9. India’s first methanol-based alternative cooking fuel is going to be established in which state?
    A. Kerala B. Assam C. Punjab D. Uttar Pradesh Answer: B

Q10. India’s first AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy is to be set up in which city?
    A. Jaipur B. Thiruvananthapuram C. Baroda D. Guwahati Answer: A

Q11. Who heads the high-level committee on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?
    A. Ranjana Prakash Desai B. Injeti Srinivas C. Arundhati Das D. Amit Sagar Answer: B

Q12. Who has been appointed the first-ever female major general in the 47 years history of Bangladesh?
    A. Nasreen Jahan B. Selina Hossain C. Monica Ali D. Susane Giti Answer: D

Q13. The 17th century ‘Oonth Kadal’ bridge, which is in news recently, is located in which state?
    A. Punjab B. Uttar Pradesh C. Himachal Pradesh D. Jammu & Kashmir Answer: D

Q14. Which new initiative has been launched by the Government of India (GoI) to promote use of Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG)?

Q15. The nationwide Action Research Project of Gram Panchayat development scheme has been launched from which city?
    A. Agra B. New Delhi C. Jaipur D. Gwalior Answer: D

Q16. Pandit Tulsidas Borkar, who passed away recently, was the legendary exponent of which musical instrument?
    A. Harmonium B. Flute C. Drum D. Banjo Answer: A

Q17. Which of the following will become the 2nd Indian state after Rajasthan to set up Ministry for cows?
    A. Uttar Pradesh B. Madhya Pradesh C. Gujarat D. Jharkhand Answer: B

Q18. Who has been named as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games 2018?
    A. Mehuli Ghosh B. Saurabh Chaudhary C. Manu Bhaker D. Lakshya Sena Answer: C

Q19. 23rd meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council held in which city?
    A. Mumbai B. Nashik C. Pune D. Kolkata Answer: A

Q20. Which country’s board of Cricket was recently brought under the RTI Act and made answerable to the people of the country under its mechanism?
    A. India B. Pakistan C. SriLanka D. Bangladesh Answer: A

Q21. How much percent decline in total operated area was shown in the government’s agriculture census 2015-16?
    A. 1.87 percent B. 1.55 percent C. 1.53 percent D. 2.0 percent Answer: C

Q22. Sustainable Mountain Development Summit 7 to be held in which city?
    A. Dehradun B. Nainital C. Mussorie D. Shimla Answer: D

Q23. Which became the first state to offer financial assistance under a special scheme for pregnant tea garden workers?
    A. Sikkim B. Manipur C. Assam D. Mizoram Answer: C

Q24. Which state government launched his own food security scheme on Gandhi Jayanti that would cover 25 lakh people in the first phase, who were left out under the National Food Security Act (NFSA)-2013?
    A. Odisha B. Haryana C. Sikkim D. TamilNadu Answer: A

Q25. US space agency NASA has completed how many years of human space exploration, discovering the world beyond Earth and developing new technologies?
    A. 70 years B. 65 years C. 55 years D. 60 years Answer: D

Q26. The 6th edition of IBSAMAR, a joint Multi-National Maritime Exercise between the Indian,Brazilian and South African Navies is being held in which country?
    A. India B. Indonesia C. Brazil D. South Africa Answer: D

Q27. India and which country will take part in joint exercises off Chennai to promote interoperability between the two maritime forces?
    A. SriLanka B. Indonesia C. Vietnam D. Brazil Answer: C

Q28. Asian Development Bank approved how much loan to finance road infrastructure and international trade corridor in West Bengal and north-eastern states?
    A. $160 million B. $ 150 million C. $140 million D. $145 million Answer: B

Q29. The 56th annual convention of the World Boxing Council(WBC) kicked off in which city?
    A. Kiev B. Tokyo C. Beijing D. Ulanbaatar Answer: A

Q30. Football captain Mile Jedinak has announced his retirement from international football. He was the former football captain of which country?
    A. Brazil B. England C. Australia D. South Africa Answer: C

Q31. Who was appointed as Instagram head by Facebook?
    A. Reed Hastings B. Peter Thiel C. Adan Mosseri D. Jan Koum Answer: C