Current Affairs

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Appointments

1. Justice Mohanty appointed acting CJ of Jharkhand HC
• Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty was appointed as the acting chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court even as seven new additional judges were appointed to the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
• Justice Mohanty will assume charge and Virendra Singh retires as the chief justice.

Awards & Honours

1. Nobel Peace Prize for Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos
• Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with left-wing rebels. The Nobel committee in Norway praised him for his peace agreement with FARC rebels, signed after four years of negotiations.

2. Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) achieved Platinum rating from Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
• Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) announced that the Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) achieved Platinum rating from Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
• The plaque and certificate for the achievement was handed over by IGBC to Douglas Webster, COO-DIAL and Roy Sebastian, VP- Project and Engineering, during the 14th Green Building Congress, 2016 organized by IGBC in Mumbai.

3. Pawan Chamling honoured with Sustainable Development Leadership Award
• Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, on 6 October 2016 was conferred the prestigious 2016 Sustainable Development Leadership Award.
• President Pranab Mukherjee presented the award to Chamling during the World Sustainable Development Summit organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi.

Banking

1. RBI eases operating norms for payments banks
• Reserve Bank of India, have no objection to these banks making arrangements with any other scheduled commercial bank/small finance bank, whereby amounts in excess of the prescribed limit of Rs. 1 lakh is swept into an account opened for the customer with the latter.
• According to RBI directions, PBs can accept only savings and current deposits. The aggregate limit per customer cannot exceed Rs. 1 lakh, as provided in the Licensing Guidelines.

2. Exide Life launches heart, cancer plans
• Exide Life Insurance has launched ‘Exide Life Sanjeevani’, which is the first fixed benefit health insurance solution by a life insurance company for heart and cancer conditions.
• The plan is distinct from standard critical illness policies as it provides a fixed lumpsum benefit on diagnosis of early and major stages of heart and cancer-related conditions waives future premiums and also allows you to claim any existing health insurance.

Deaths

1. Manipur theatre legend Kanhailal passes away
• One of the major exponents of alternative theatre, Padma Bhusan awardee, theatre trainer, film producer, playwright and director Heisnam Kanhailal passed away in Manipur.
• He was 75 years old. Born in Imphal, Kanhailal’s major collaborator was Heisam Sabitri, the renowned actress and his wife. The duo developed “an individualised system of theatre, which remained indigenous throughout”.

Economy

1. ONGC signs pact to buy stake in GSPC’s KG basin gas block
• ONGC and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation have signed an initial pact to pave the way for the former to buy a majority stake in a GSPC’s DeenDayal West gas block in the Krishna-Godavari basin.
• ONGC and GSPC currently have differences over quantity of reserves. Thus, the pact provides for a three-member committee to oversee the transaction.

2. Minimum Import Price on 66 Steel Products
• The government has extended the minimum import price (MIP) on 66 steel products by another two months to protect the industry against cheap imports.
• The 66 products include semi-finished products of iron or non-alloyed steel, flat rolled products of different widths, bars and rods.

3. PwC and Microsoft Forms an Alliance
• Consultancy firm PwC India has formed a alliance with Microsoft India to empower Indias digital transformation.
• PwC has also joined Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme which will enable them to provide their advisory and other solutions at scale, securely to all their customers.

International

1. Pakistan passes long-awaited anti-honour killing and anti-rape legislations
• Pakistan Parliament in a joint sitting unanimously passed two bills, one seeking to curb murders in the name of honour and the other to punish rapists by use of modern technology of DNA testing in probes involving rape cases.
• The two bills are titled as, Criminal law amendment (offences in the name or on the pretext of honour) bill, 2016 and Anti-rape (criminal laws amendment) bill, 2016.
• About Anti-Honour Killing Bill
 The anti-honour killing bill states, relatives of the victim will be able to pardon the killer if he/she is awarded capital punishment; however, the culprit will have to face mandatory life sentence (25 years).
• About Anti Rape Bill
 The legislation passed makes DNA test mandatory in investigations as part of the procedure. Through another amendment enhanced punishment has been provided for rape in police stations and rape of minors and mentally handicapped. Thus sex workers also get protection of the law against rape.
• According to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, nearly 1100 women were killed by relatives in Pakistan in 2015, while many more cases go unreported.

National

1. Taj Mahal to undergo ‘mud-pack therapy’ for yellowness
• Archaeological Survey of India has requested the civil department for a ‘no-objection certificate’ to perform a mud-pack therapy on the dome of the Taj Mahal, to remove yellowness from its marble.
• This is the first time the therapy will be performed on the dome. which will require iron scaffolding, will take over a year.

2. Prakash Javadekar inaugurates ShatabdiKrishiBhawan, Green Building in BHU
• Union Minister for Human Resource Development PrakashJavadekar has inaugurated ShatabdiKrishiBhawan and a Green Building in Banaras Hindu University.
• ShatabdiKrishiBhawan under the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU has been so named to commemorate the Centenary year of University.
• University’s first green building under the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development is dedicated to PanditMadan Mohan Malviya and his vision of green campus.

3. Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding with the African Asian Rural Development Organization in the field of rural development
• Union Cabinet gave its approval to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development.
• MoU is being signed under which capacity building programmes for AARDO member countries for the triennium 2015 – 2017.

4. Maharashtra becomes 17th State to join UDAY
• Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Government of Maharashtra and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) at the two-day State Power Ministers Conference in Vadodara.
• Under UDAY, sixteen states/UT have already signed the MoU till date, Maharashtra being the seventeenth.
• Under UDAY, Maharashtra Government has committed to take over 75% of DISCOM’s non-capex debt of around Rs.6600 crores during the current year. Balance 25% of such debt remaining with the DISCOM would be converted into Bonds or repriced at cheaper rates. This would reduce the interest burden of the State/DISCOM by Rs.595 crores.

5. India’s first diamond mineral block auctioned in MP
• Madhya Pradesh’s diamond mineral block had been auctioned. The block was believed to have a precious stone deposit worth Rs 106 crore .This is the first diamond mineral block of the country which has gone under the hammer.
• Hatupur Diamond mineral block was successfully auctioned at Panna district in the Madhya Pradesh.

6. New Solar Powered Guard Van of Goods Train flagged off
• Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu flagging-off the first freight train which featured a newly-developed guard van, which uses solar power to run fans and lights at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.
• The Guard’s toilet has also been modified to a zero discharge bio toilet and also features GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) aided monitoring system.

Places in News

1. L&T to build sewage plant in Dholera
• Work is expected to begin soon on a sewage treatment plant with a processing capacity of 10 million litres per day (MLD) in the proposed Dholera Smart City of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).
• The Dholera Industrial City Development Ltd (DICDL) has awarded the work to L&T on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. It is proposed to build 10 MLD with two streams of 5 MLD each in the current phase of development.

Science & Technology

1. US researchers develop world’s smallest transistor ever
• US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created the world’s smallest (one-nanometre gate) transistor lead by researcher Ali Javey.

2. Green energy to power all lighthouses by December
• All lighthouses dotting India’s 7,517-km coast line will be fuelled by solar energy by December which would help reduce emission of 6,000 kg of greenhouse gases per day.

Seminars & Meetings

1. Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates first World Sustainable Development Summit
• President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) in New Delhi.
• The theme for the summit is Beyond 2015: People, Planet and Progress. The summit is being organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
• The WSDS brings together Nobel laureates, political leaders, decision-makers from bilateral and multilateral institutions, among others, to deliberate on issues related to sustainable development.

Special Days

1. World day for decent work
• During this day trade unions, union federations and other workers associations develop their actions to promote the idea of decent work
• Theme: End corporate greed.

2. World smile day(1st Friday of October)
• World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year.
• The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts.
• Harvey Ball is known to have created the Smiley Face in 1963.

Sports

1. JituRai bags silver medal at ISSF World Cup Final in Italy
• Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai shrugged off the disappointment of a poor Olympic campaign by clinching a silver medal in the 50m pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Final.
• Jitu, ranked seventh in the event, finished second in the qualifying round with a cumulative score of 568 to make it to the finals behind Ukraine’s Oleh Omelchuk and then narrowly lost out to China’s Wei Pang in the final to settle for silver.

State

1. Plan to give 75,000 domestic water connections in city
• The GVMC (Greater Vishaka Municipal Corporation) plans to connect more households to individual tap connections under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
• Most of the proposals made by the GVMC under the five-year AMRUT pertained to water supply and underground drainage.
• The total amount proposed to be spent during 2015-16 is Rs.150 crore. Of the 4.75 lakh households, 2.75 lakh have tap connections.

Surveys

1. Non-formal medicare in rural areas is rampant, says study
• The first port of call for medical treatment in an average village in the country seems to be from providers without any formal medical training, suggests a study done by two economists from the World Bank.
• The study, which covered 100 villages with 23,275 households in Madhya Pradesh between 2009 and 2011, was published in the journal Health Affairs.

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