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Current Affairs October 9th 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 9th 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Banking, Sports Awards, Obituary and Quiz importance of October 9th 2018.

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World Post Day – October 9

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Key Highlights:

  • On 9th October 2018, World Post Day was celebrated all over the world.

  • In 1969, October 9 was declared as World Post Day by Universal Postal Union Congress held in Tokyo, Japan. This day commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland.

  • This day creates awareness about the role of postal sector in the everyday activities of people its contribution to the social and economic development.

  • On this day, several countries introduce or promote new postal products and services.

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“Quintero One”: World’s First Full-Scale Hyperloop Passenger Capsule Unveiled

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 3, 2018, US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or HyperloopTT launched the first full-scale transportation capsule which will be operational in 2019.

  • The name of the capsule is: “Quintero One”.

  • It is a 32-metre 5 tonne capsule that has 72 sensors, 75,000 rivets and 7,200 square metres of fibre.

  • It was constructed completely out of a specially made dual-layer smart composite material called “Vibranium” made by HyperloopTT.

  • It can move at speeds of more than 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) per hour and has a capacity to hold 30 to 40 passengers at a time.
Kamandag: Japan military joins historic Philippine war games for the first time since WWII

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 6, 2018, Japan joined the joint exercise code named- ‘Kamandag’(venom) with US and Filipino troops in the Philippines for the first time since World War II.

  • This marked the first time Japanese armoured military vehicles were used on foreign soil since 1945.

  • This exercise consists of about 150 US, Filipino and Japanese troops participating in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training.

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Bill to tackle Cybercrime, Sexual Offences & unlawful acts in Telangana got assent from President

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 7, 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to a bill seeking punishment for sexual offenders, cyber criminals and traditional unlawful acts like bootlegging and dacoity in Telangana state.

  • The name of the act is: the Telangana Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Dacoits, Drug-Offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Land-Grabbers (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

  • This will replace the 1986 Act that had jurisdiction for the undivided Andhra Pradesh but not for Telangana.

  • The amended Act contains punishments for Bootlegging, dacoity, drug trafficking, immoral trafficking, land-grabbing, sexual offenders, explosive substances offenders, arms smugglers, cyber fraudsters and white-collar or financial offenders.
‘JIMEX 18’: 3rd edition of India-Japan bilateral maritime exercise began at Visakhapatnam

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 7, 2018, the 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) commenced at Visakhapatnam. It will be a week long exercise concluding on October 15, 2018.

  • In the exercise Indian side is represented by INS Satpura, INS Kadmatt, INS Shakti, one submarine, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet.

  • Japanese Side is represented by Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Inazuma , under the command of Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, Commander, Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4).

  • JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe the best practices of each other.
Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana and Chief Minister’s Krishi Samuh Yojana launched in Itanagar by Arunachal Pradesh government

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 8, 2018, Arunachal Pradesh Government launched 2 schemes called- the Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana and Chief Minister’s Krishi Samuh Yojana in Itanagar.

  • To double the income of the farmers in the country by 2022.

  • The Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana will subsume three state flagship programmes.

  • The Chief Minister’s Krishi Samuh Yojana aims at Providing timely supports and marketing interventions of the government for better price realization and doubling farmers’ income.
Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference of India Region, Zone III in Guwahati

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 8, 2018, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference of India Region, Zone III in Guwahati.

  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference plays an important role in promoting democracy.

  • It provides a platform to the legislators to interact with domain experts and their peers.
Task Force launched to address skill gaps in India: MoSD&E and World Economic Forum

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 8, 2018, a task force was constituted by the Union ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship in collaboration with World Economic Forum for addressing the skill gap in the country.

  • This task force is called Closing the Skills Gap Task Force in India and will be co-chaired by the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with Infosys MD and CEO Salil Parekh.

  • This is the second country-led public-private collaboration of the World Economic Forum’s Closing the Skills Gap Project after South Africa.

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RBI proposed Voluntary Retention Route to attract long-term investment from FPIs
Key Highlights:

  • On October 8, 2018, RBI in consultation with the government and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), proposed a flexible route for FPIs to invest in debt markets.

  • The route is called: voluntary retention route (VRR).

  • Under this, a foreign portfolio investor will be required to invest a minimum of 67% of the committed portfolio size (CPS) within the one-month period.

  • Under VRR-Govt, foreign portfolio investors will be eligible to invest in any government security, including treasury bills.

  • Under VRR-Corp, FPIs may invest in corporate debt instruments, including commercial papers.

  • Also the FPIs under VVR would be eligible for participating in repo for liquidity only if their amount doesn’t exceed 10% of their investment under VRR.
UNCTAD expects India’s GDP to rise 7% in 2018
Key Highlights:

  • On September 26, 2018, UNCTAD in its ‘Trade and Development 2017’ report predicted India’s GDP to grow to 7% in 2018.

  • Previously, in 2017 it was predicted to be 6.2%.

  • India is currently among the world’s fastest growing economies with GDP growth of 7.7 per cent year on-year in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Main reason for the growth is growing demand for exports which has led to a moderate recovery in industrial production, Effects of demonetization are still evident in private consumption.

  • The Indian rupee is under pressure on foreign exchange markets.

  • A leading factor of the depreciation being the rise in the current account deficit on the balance of payments of India intensified by the sharp rise in the international price of oil.

  • China is expected to decelerate from 6.9 in 2017 to 6.7 per cent in 2018.
World Bank: East Asia-Pacific to grow 6.3% in 2018

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 4, 2018, the World Bank released its East Asia and Pacific economy update October 2018 edition.

  • According to the report, developing countries of the East Asia and Pacific region will grow at 6.3 per cent in 2018 mainly due to China’s moderate growth.

  • In 2017, the growth of the region was at 6.6 percent. China’s growth will slow moderately to 6.5 per cent.

  • Remaining East Asia and Pacific region will maintain a stable growth of 5.3 percent between 2018-2020 mainly due to a domestic demand Inflation is expected to rise during 2018-20.

  • A four-pronged approach has been recommended by the authority for preparedness and resilience.
India’s growth Projection is 7.3 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal and 7.5 per cent in 2019 & 2020: WB Key Highlights:

  • On October 8, 2018, World Bank in its South Asia Economic Focus ‘Budget Crunch’ report released the projection of GDPs of various countries.

  • It stated that India’s GDP growth is expected to touch 7.3% in 2018-19.

  • Also, India’s GDP projection for 2019 & 2020 has been projected to 7.5%.

  • Growth reached 6.7 per cent in fiscal year 2017/18.

  • On the production side, growth was led by Agriculture and manufacturing sector (8.8% in second half vs 2.7% in first half) and services growth held steady at 7.7 per cent.

  • The nominal exchange rate depreciated by about 12 per cent from January to September 2018 due to major outflows from April 2018 onwards.

  • A widening trade deficit is likely to lead to a current account deficit of around 2.6 per cent of the GDP in fiscal year 2018/19.
Flipkart teams up with Bajaj Allianz to offer insurance for smartphones

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 8, 2018, Flipkart enters into pact with Bajaj Allianz to provide insurance to customers buying smartphones from its platform.

  • Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) gave Flipkart the license to go on a pact with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for the scheme.

  • According to the scheme, Customers who buy the plan will be offered either a cash payout, or a free pickup, service and drop facility if their devices get damaged or stolen.

  • The minimum insurance price for the scheme is Rs. 99 for a year which will be operational the day the device is delivered to a customer.

  • The insurance offering will be available from October 10, 2018.

  • Furthermore, Flipkart is setting the stage to sell life and general insurance to its customers.

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India defeats Sri Lanka by 144 runs to lift U-19 Asia Cup title

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Key Highlights:

  • On 7th October 2018, India won the Under-19 Asia Cup, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • India defeated Sri Lanka by 144 runs in the final and won the U-19 Asia Cup for the 6th time.

  • Indian team batted first and scored 304/3 in the 50 overs. India’s Harsh Tyagi was declared the Man of the Match.

  • India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal was the highest run-getter in the tournament with 318 runs and was declared Man of the Series.
Deborah Herold wins gold medal in elite women’s 40 km competition at Saksham Pedal Delhi

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Key Highlights:

  • On 7th October 2018, Deborah Herold won gold medal in the elite women’s 40 kilometre competition at Saksham Pedal Delhi, India’s Premier Cyclothon.

  • Shreedhar Savanur won Gold medal in men’s 50 kilometres. Silver and bronze medals were won by Manjeet Singh and Krishna Nakaodi.

  • In the women’s elite race, Sonali Chanu won silver, and Swasti Singh won the bronze medal.

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Ruhaan Rajput bags Mid-day Young Achiever Icons Award 2018

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Key Highlights:

  • Actor Ruhaan Rajput received the Mid-day Young Achiever Icons Award for 2018 recently in Mumbai.

  • Ruhaan Rajput was awarded in the film and television category for his work in the industry in a short period of time.

  • He was presented the award by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

  • Ruhaan Rajput is the director of “Einfolge”, a company that deals with patents, trademarks, etc. He is also the owner of “Gloss Skin and Hair Clinic”.

  • The Mid-day awards is hosted every year to honour youngsters for their remarkable work in various fields.
Nepal bags tourism awards at 14th Annual Travel Awards ceremony held in New Delhi

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 8, 2018, at the 14th Hospitality India and Explore the World Annual International Travel Awards 2018 held in New Delhi, Nepal won the tourism award.

  • The award ceremony was organised to honour the best-in-class in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Sector in India and Nepal.

  • The Chandragiri Hills Limited of Nepal got the best tourism destination of Nepal award in the hospitality and tourism sector.

  • The Minister of State for Tourism, India, Mr. K.J. Alphons was guest of honour in the occasion.

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Yes Bank names TS Vijayan & OP Bhatt as external members for MD selection panel

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Key Highlights:

  • On October 8, 2018, YES Bank appointed former IRDA chief and LIC chairman TS Vijayan and former SBI chief OP Bhatt as external member to a 5 member committee panel.

  • YES Bank constituted a 5 member committee to select the upcoming MD after the current MD Mr. Rana Kapoor leaves office after January 31st 2019.
Interpol President Meng Hongwei resigns after detention in China

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Key Highlights:

  • On 7th October 2018, Meng Hongwei resigned as the President of International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

  • Meng Hongwei is from China. He has resigned after he was detained in China and having been kept under probe for alleged involvement in criminal activities.

  • He became the Interpol President in 2016. He is the first Chinese official to become the Interpol President.

  • Senior Vice-President of Interpol’s Executive Committee, Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, will be the acting president.

  • A new president will be elected at the General Assembly Session, that will be held in Dubai from November 18 to 21, 2018.

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Montserrat Caballé, world-famous soprano, passed away

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Key Highlights:

  • On 6th October 2018, Spanish Opera singer Montserrat Caballé died following a long term illness, in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Montserrat Caballé was 85 years old. She was born in Barcelona. She started training with Barcelona’s Conservatori Liceu at the age of 9.

  • She had performed in various operas. In 1965 she made her debut in the United States at Carnegie Hall.
Gujarat human rights lawyer Girish Patel passes away

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Key Highlights:

  • On 6th October 2018, Gujarat human rights lawyer Girish Patel passed away after suffering age related ailments in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

  • Girish Patel was 86 years old. He fought for the rights of poor people. In 1972, he became a member of Gujarat State Law Commission for 3 years.

  • In 1974, he participated in Gujarat’s Navnirman Andolan against corruption and economic crisis. He fought cases for people displaced by various government projects like Sardar Sarovar project, Sabarmati Riverfront, etc.