October, 2017

Raina to be brand ambassador of GMC

Cricketer Suresh Raina was appointed as the brand ambassador of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) at a programme at Ghaziabad. Suresh Raina is a cricketer and a resident of Ghaziabad. Ghaziabad is the only city among 16 municipal corporations in UP which has been declared open defecation free. This programme will help the municipal corporation in spreading awareness about sanitation

Asian vulture species in protection list

Four Asian vultures, were awarded the highest protection by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, held in Manila. The Asian vultures that were included on highest protection list are the red-headed vulture, white-rumped vulture, Indian vulture and slender-billed vulture. The whale shark, which inhabits the Indian Ocean, also got global protection.

Saudi to allow women into sports stadium

Women in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to attend matches at sports stadiums form 2018. As per the current rules, women are not allowed in sports stadiums. This decision is a part of economic and social reforms implemented by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Earlier, Saudi Arabian Royal declaration permitted women to drive, starting from June 2018.

Chinese crowned ‘Champion of Champions’

Italy topped the medal count and Chinese were crowned ‘Champion of Champions’, in the ISSF World Cup, in New Delhi. India, which hosted the event, finished in the 7th position overall. It won 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. India’ Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu pair won gold in mixed team 10m air pistol. Sangram Dahiya won silver in men’s double trap. Amanpreet won bronze in men’s 50m pistol.

Max Verstappen wins Mexican GP

Max Verstappen won the Mexican Grand Prix title and Lewis Hamilton won the 2017 Formula One championship title. Max Verstappen of Red Bull team won the Mexican Grand Prix, at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez race track, in Mexico. This is his third victory in Formula 1. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes finished in the 9th place in the Mexican Grand Prix.

Dr Digamber Singh passes away in Jaipur

On 27th October 2017, former BJP minister Dr Digamber Singh passed away due to multiple organ failure, in Jaipur, Rajasthan. He was 66 years old. He was the vice-chairman of the Twenty Point Programme implementation committee. He was considered as an influential Jat leader from eastern Rajasthan. He was the Health and Industry minister from 2003 to 2008.

Former BCCI GM M.V. Sridhar passes away

On October 30 2017, Dr. M.V. Sridhar, 51 a Former Hyderabad Ranji Trophy star and ex-secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association passed away. He was also serving as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Manager from 2013. He has the distinction of the third-highest individual score in the history of the Ranji Trophy against Andhra in January 1994.

Co-founder of SAB TV dies

On 27th October 2017, Gautam Adhikari, Chairman and whole time Director of the SAB group, passed away after suffering a heart attack. Gautam Adhikari was 67 years old. He was the Chairman and whole time Director of the SAB group. The SAB group started as a small venture between Gautam and his brother Markand Adhikari in 1985.

List of MoUs signed during Paolo’s visit

During the visit of Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni various MoUs were signed. They are as follows. A Joint Declaration of Intent of Cooperation for Safety in the Railway sector was signed. MoU on 70 years of diplomatic relations between ICCR and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy. MoU for promoting mutual investments between Italian Trade Agency and Invest India

India and World Bank signed agreement

The Government of India and the World Bank signed a $200 million Loan Agreement for the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project. Project will support Assam to facilitate agri-business investments, increase agricultural productivity and market access. Project will be implemented in over 16 Districts of Assam. Over 500,000 farming households will directly benefit from the Project.

Mithali Raj & Virat Tops ICC Ranking

India captain Mithali Raj moved up one place to occupy the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen. Mithali has 753 points. Virat Kohli returned to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen after logging career-high rating points, going past the iconic Sachin Tendulkar in the process. Virat has reached 889 points, which is the best ever by an India batsman.

New railway line from Bidar-Kalaburagi

Modi dedicated the Bidar – Kalaburagi New Railway Line to the Nation by unveiling a plaque at Bidar Railway Station, in Karnataka. The 110 km Bidar-Kalaburgi railway track in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region that will reduce the distance between Bengaluru and New Delhi by 380km and travel time by six to eight hours. Prime Minister also flagged off the DEMU Service between Bidar and Kalaburagi.

Indian Junior Team won Bronze in Hockey

Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team beats host Malaysia 4-0 in the Bronze medal match of the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017. Mtach was held at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, in Malaysia. Goals from Vishal Antil (15’, 25’), Vivek Prasad (11’) and Shilanand Lakra (21’) were enough for India to finish their tournament with the Bronze medal.

Federer won 8th Basel Title

Federer won his eighth Basel title, after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 to clinch his ATP World Tour-leading seventh title of the year. It was Federer’s first success against the Argentine in a Basel final, after the South American beat him in both 2012 and 2013. Federer moved ahead of Ivan Lendl into standalone second place on the Open Era titles list.

Vikram Appointed as Sec. to President

31 : Railway officer Vikram Singh was ppointed Private Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind. Singh is a 1997 batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service. In another order, IAS officer P C Meena was appointed Private Secretary to Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary. Meena is a 2004 batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre.

Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar becomes VCNS

On 30th October 2017, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar took charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) from Vice Admiral Karambir Singh at a formal ceremony held at South Block, New Delhi. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh would take charge as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command in Vishakapatnam. He has done the Naval Higher Command Course.

India, Japan begins anti-submarine drill

Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force began a three-day anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean region. On October 29, 2017, Japan’s two P-3C Orion jets, which are anti-submarine warfare aircraft, landed at naval air station Hansa in Goa to take part in the drill. During this three-day exercise, personnel from both navies will have extensive interaction.

Transcorp launches pre-paid card

Foreign Exchange and inward remittance service provider company Transcorp International has launched a platinum pre-paid card in association with Yes Bank. This card can be used for transactions in stores and ATMs across the country. Transcorp-Yes Bank pre-paid card has been launched in association with RUPAY, powered by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

Anupam Kher receives Award

On October 29, 2017, veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher received Parmod Mahajan Smriti Award in Pune. Saira Banu, who moved Supreme Court seeking a ban on instantaneous ‘Triple Talaq’ among Muslims is the second recipient of Pramod Mahjan Smriti Award. The award was instituted by Pune-based organisation ‘Muktachhand’ in memory of Late Pramod Mahajan, who was the leader from BJP.

Government relaxes Arms Rules

On 30th October 2017, it was announced that, to boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Union home ministry has relaxed the Arms Rules, 1959. The Arms Rules has been relaxed to encourage investment in the manufacturing of arms, ammunition and weapon systems in the country. This will increase employment opportunities in turn. The new rules came to effect on 27th October 2017.

Rs. 8698 cr as GST compensation to states

Central Government has released Rs 8698 crore as compensation to states for revenue loss following implementation of GST. All states except Rajasthan and Arunachal Pradesh have been given compensation for July-August after GST rollout. GST, which was rolled out on July 1, 2017, is a destination-based, single indirect tax that is levied on consumption of goods or use of services across India.

ITBP gets GSAT-6 communication satellite

In a bid to enhance security, Union Government has armed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police with access to ‘GSAT-6’ communication satellite’s feeds to track activities along the Himalayan border. ISRO geostationary communication satellite, GSAT-6 was launched in August 2015. Satellite will also perform multiple tasks such as aiding in navigation, collecting data and image mapping.

Army to replace ageing weapons

Indian Army has finalized one of its biggest procurement plans for infantry modernization at a cost of nearly Rs. 40,000 crore to replace its ageing and obsolete weapons. Around 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 light machine guns and nearly 44,600 carbines will be procured. Indian Army has been insisting to fast-track the procurement in back drop of evolving security threats along India’s borders.

India to host UN wildlife summit in 2020

UN for Environment Programme announced that, India will host the next United Nations (UN) global wildlife conference on migratory species (CMS COP13) in 2020. The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP) is held once in three years. It is the only international treaty devoted exclusively to migratory wildlife species.

India & US held 11th TPF Meeting

The 11th Trade Policy Forum Meeting was held in Washington D.C., US. In the 11th TPF Meeting, Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu had productive discussions with the United States. During the meeting, discussions were held on issues like market access in agriculture, non-agricultural goods and services and Intellectual Property Rights.

SIDBI revamps portal for easy access

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has revamped its portal udyamimitra.in with enhanced features. It is done to provide easy access to credit and hand-holding services for micro small medium enterprises (MSME). The portal brings transparency and competition among lenders and removes the need to approach several banks individually.

AU, SIDBI launches 200-cr fund for MSMEs

AU Small Finance Bank has entered into a tie-up with SIDBI to launch Rs. 200 crore fund for providing loans to MSMEs. As per the terms of this tie-up, AU Small Finance Bank and SIDBI will earmark a corpus of Rs. 100 crore each for lending in the current financial year. Term loans in the range of Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 2 crore will be extended in the next 12-15 months to nearly 100 MSME units

Cleartrip named ‘Best Mobile App’

Online travel solutions provider Cleartrip was named the ‘Best Mobile App for Travel and Leisure’ at the Mobexx Awards 2017. The award was given to Cleatrip for the success it has had on the mobile platform. It is seen by many as the future of advertising and brand marketing. The Mobexx Awards recognise excellence in mobile marketing & advertising.

Satya Gopal appointed as CS of AP

Delhi Principal Home Secretary Satya Gopal has been transferred to Arunchal Pradesh as the chief secretary. Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal relieved Satya Gopal from the Delhi Principal Home Secretary post. Satya Gopal is a 1988 batch IAS officer. The transfer of Satya Gopal has been made one-and-a-half months after he was appointed as the principal home secretary in the Delhi government.

RORO ships Chennai Port to Bangladesh

Nitin Gadkari digitally flagged off a Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) ship from Chennai Port to Mongla port in Bangladesh. M.V. IDM DOODLE, a RoRo cum general cargo vessel carried an export consignment of 185 trucks by Ashok Leyland to Bangladesh. Export of these trucks was earlier done through land route. Transport through the sea route will save about 15-20 days of travel time.

Kidambi Srikanth Wins French Open

India’s Kidambi Srikanth created history as he became the first Indian player to win four Superseries titles in a year after he won the men’s singles title at the French Open. He defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the final to achieve this feat. This win was another addition to the Indian’s list of firsts as he also became the only Indian to win the French Open.

Kohli scores 9000 ODI Runs

Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs during the third game against New Zealand. He went on to score his 32nd ODI century off 96 balls. Overall, Kohli, who played his 202nd match and 194th innings has become the 19th batsman to breach the 9000-run mark, making him the fastest to get there.

Italy PM Paolo arrives in New Delhi

Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni arrived in New Delhi on a two day visit to India. The visit coming after a gap of more than a decade, is aimed at strengthening the bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries. The last visit of the Italian Prime Minister to India was in February 2007.

India-UAE Partnership Summit

The two-day India-UAE Partnership Summit is being held in Dubai from 30-31 October. It hopes to further accelerate bilateral trade and investment between the two countries. The Summit with a theme of Investment Implementation, will deliberate at how key projects in India can be executed with the support of UAE based businesses and investors.

Vigilance Awareness Week

The Central Vigilance Commission has decided that this year the Vigilance Awareness Week would be observed from 30th October to 4th November, 2017. The theme of the week would be “My Vision-Corruption Free India”. Purpose of observing Vigilance Awareness Week is to educate the public at large about the corruption related practices and also educating them how to report about it.

Air Chief Marshal visits Vietnam

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh is on an official visit to Vietnam from 30 Oct 17 to 03 Nov 17. During his visit, he is scheduled to hold bilateral meeting with Vietnam People’s Air Force. The main focus of the visit would be on improving bilateral relations, promoting defence ties and evolving steps to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two Air Forces.

Mobile Aadhar can be used as ID proof

According to Bureau of Civil Aviation and Security, Mobile Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof to enter airports. BCAS has said that passengers entering an airport premises need to produce any one of the 10 identity proofs, which include passport, voter ID card, Aadhaar / m-Aadhaar, PAN card. Students also have the option to furnish a photo identity card issued by a government institute

1st shipment of wheat to Afghanistan

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani, through a joint video conference, flagged off the first shipment of wheat from India to Afghanistan. It would be transhipped through the Chabahar port in Iran. The shipment is part of India’s commitment to supply 1.1 million tonnes of wheat for the people of Afghanistan on grant basis.

Exercise Indra-2017 Concluded

After 11 days of joint training in counter-terrorism operations, the Indo-Russian military Exercise ‘Indra-2017’ concluded at Vladivostok. Personnel from the Indian as well as Russian contingents were awarded medals of excellence for their outstanding performance. The exercise also provided an opportunity to both the armies for greater cultural understanding, sharing experiences.

2.9 mn children w/o measles vaccination

According to a new report published by leading health organisations, around 2.9 million children in India do not get vaccinated against measles. It is a highly contagious viral disease that claims nearly 90,000 lives globally every year. More than half of these unvaccinated children live in six countries — Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

New initiative named #AsktheSpokesperson

The Ministry of External Affairs launched the “#AsktheSpokesperson” initiative on Twitter, to create better awareness and understanding of foreign policy issues to general public. It is launched on Twitter handle @MEAIndia. Initiative will be a regular feature to engage and educate the public about foreign policy matters in simplified terms.

Shipping ministry offers grant to JNPT

Shipping Ministry announced that it has sanctioned Rs. 25 cr to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and another Rs. 50 cr to the Karwar port in Karnataka. Funds are given for development of coastal berth under the flagship Sagarmala project. Sagarmala project was launched by Union Shipping Ministry in 2015, with an aim to modernize India’s Ports which will contribute in country’s economic growth.

India, France held talks on defence

Ms. Florence Parly, the French Minister for the Armed Forces, was on an official visit to India from 26th – 28th October, 2017. India and France agreed to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation. They talked about initiatives to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation between India and France.It is to be noted that France is India’s major supplier of defence equipments.

Kovind launches technocity project

President Ram Nath Kovind launched a Technocity in Pallippuram, Kerala. He also laid foundation stone of Kerala Government’s first Information Technology building in the campus. Once the Technocity is fully operational, it is expected to create 100000 employment opportunities as reputed IT organisations including TCS, SunTec and KASE have already taken land for development at Technocity.

Aadhar mandatory for subsidy: Maharashtra

Maharashtra has announced that, in order to avail fertiliser subsidy, farmers in Maharashtra will have to provide their Aadhaar number. Farmers won’t need to have a debit or credit card to purchase fertilisers. This rule will be implemented from November 1, 2017. This decision has been taken to curb diversion of subsidised fertiliser for industrial use or exports.

Vrindavan, Barsana declared sacred sites

Uttar Pradesh State Government issued an order notifying Vrindavan and Barsana towns in Mathura district as “pavitra teerth sthals” (sacred pilgrimage sites). No meat and liquor shops will be allowed in these towns. These are first two places to be notified as teerth sthal in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, a similar order was passed to notify Haridwar as ‘teerth sthal’.

14th SAARCLAW Conference held in Colombo

14th South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law (SAARCLAW) Conference is being held from 27th -29th October, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, along with the 11th SAARC Chief Justices Conference. Theme of 14th SAARCLAW Conference is “Emerging Legal Trends in SAARC Countries”. During the course of this three-day conference, discussion will be held on several subjects.

Catalonia gets independence from Spain

Catalonia declared independence from Spain after lawmakers in the autonomous region voted to declare independence. The decision was made during a secret vote in Barcelona on 27th October 2017. After the declaration, the Spanish government dismissed the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his cabinet. It allowed Madrid to directly administer the region.

Insurance Policy for Cancer patients

Star Health and Allied Insurance (SHAI) has introduced first-ever health insurance cover for people already diagnosed with cancer. This insurance policy has been named ‘Star Cancer Care Gold’. It covers the risk of recurrence, the spread of cancer (metastasis) and second cancer (second malignancy). Policy has two sum-insured options – Rs. 3 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh.

2nd largest smartphone market: India

India has overtaken the United States and become the 2nd largest smartphone market in the world, according to independent analyst Canalys. Canalys has released a report recently that states, India has become the second largest smartphone market in the world. The 1st position is occupied by China. Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Lenovo are considered the top five vendors in India.

Justin Bieber’s wax figure in Delhi

Madame Tussauds India unveiled a statue of Grammy award-winning singer Justin Bieber in a mini preview at The Grub Festival. In the festival visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the figures of celebrities, which is a unique part of the show. The final display of all statues at the wax museum will take place on Dec. 1.

Gangte appointed as HC to Zambia

On 27th October 2017, N.J.Gangte was appointed as High Commissioner of India to Republic of Zambia. N.J.Gangte is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer of 1994 batch. He is presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Assam launches “Assam Darpan” portal

Assam Chief Minister launched a web portal ‘Assam Darpan’ where details of government schemes and projects would be available to the people. The platform has been developed as a part of the Digital India Programme. In the first phase, progress indicators of 15 government schemes will be available.

World’s first hydrogen tram

The world’s first hybrid electric tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells has started running in China. It is a big step in the application of green energy in public transport. With water being its only emission,the tram emits no pollutants. No nitrogen oxides will be produced as the temperature of the reaction inside hydrogen fuel cells is controlled under 100 degrees Celsius.

A coffee table book on the DDP released

Nirmala Sitharaman released a coffee table book on the Department of Defence Production, titled ‘A journey towards self-reliance’. A journey towards self-reliance is the first ever coffee table book on DDP. It narrates the post-independence years of development, production of arms, ammunition and defence equipment, with a view to achieve self-reliance for the Armed Forces of India.

OPV Vikram, handed over to Coast Guard

An offshore patrol vessel (OPV), entirely developed in-house by Larsen and Toubro and the country’s first-ever such defence craft to be built in a private shipyard, was handed over to the Coast Guard. The vessel is named as “Vikram”. This is the first of the seven vessels for which the Rs 1,432-crore contract was made.

7,000 crore for 6 IIT Campuses

The Union Cabinet has approved over Rs 7,000 crore for construction of permanent campuses of six new IITs across the country. Campuses will be built at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwad (Karnataka), Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) and Goa. Each of the permanent campuses will have a facility for housing 1,200 students from the academic year 2020-2021.

Sangram Wins Silver in Double Trap

Sangram Dahiya won a silver in the ISSF World Cup Final, in New Delhi. Double trap exponent Sangram clinched his first-ever senior medal in International Shooting Sports Federation tournament. He was taking part in the prestigious event for the first time.

England won First-ever U-17 Title

England won the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup for the very first time after a 5-2 win over European U17 champions Spain. The final was held in Kolkata. Spain finished runners-up for the fourth time after 1991, 2003 and 2007.

Patna Pirates won Pro Kabaddi Title

29 : Pardeep Narwal scored incredible 24 points to steer Patna Pirates to third consecutive Pro Kabaddi title. Pardeep, who had scored 76 points in three playoffs, helped Patna come from behind and thump Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 in the summit clash of Pro Kabaddi season 5. Gujarat’s Sachin Tawar was the only player who had managed to break through Patna defence and scored 11 points.

India, US to implement HOSTAC

In a bid to strengthen maritime security, India and the United States have agreed to implement the programme for Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC). India, US to implement HOSTAC to strengthen maritime security. This decision was taken during a meeting between Indian Defense Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharama and US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis.

Karnataka approves transgender policy

Karnataka cabinet approved a policy which seeks to provide legal protection to transgender community and thereby safeguard them from social and sexual exploitation. The objective of this policy is to remove the stigma attached to the community and integrate them into mainstream of the society. An awareness drive will be conducted to sensitise general public about the rights of transgenders.

Conference on Consumer Protection

Modi inaugurated 2-day International Conference on Consumer Protection for east, south and Southeast Asian countries in New Delhi. This conference is being hosted by the Department of Consumer Affairs under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Theme of this conference is ‘Empowering Consumers in New Markets’.

Railway’s first set of solar plants

Piyush Goyal launched railway’s first set of solar plants with a total capacity of 5 megawatt peak installed on the roof tops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations. Plants were inaugurated at the International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification. These plants will generate will generate 76.5 lakh units of solar power per year.

Centre for Disaster Research at JNU

Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Special Centre for Disaster Research at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. The centre will offer Masters and Doctorate programmes in Disaster Risk Management. For the first year, the centre will focus on disaster research in North Eastern states of India. He also released the book ‘Disaster Law, Emerging Thresholds’ by Prof. Amita Singh.

Burundi becomes 1st country to leave ICC

African country Burundi has withdrawn from International Criminal Court (ICC) with effect from October 27, 2017 and has thus become the first nation to do so. International Criminal Court is an international tribunal located in Hague, Netherlands. It has authority to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

India to build houses in Sri Lanka

India and Sri Lanka signed two agreements for construction of 1,200 houses through 50 model villages in Sri Lanka. 1200 houses will be constructed with Indian grant assistance of 600 million rupees. Indian Government had committed 50000 houses for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the war-affected Northern and Eastern part of Sri Lanka.

ADB signs $65.5 mn Loan with GOI

Asian Development Bank has signed a USD 65.5 million loan agreement with Government of India for checking coastal erosion on the western coast of Karnataka. This is the second tranche of a USD 250 million financing facility under the Sustainable Coastal Protection and Management Investment Programme. Funds procured through this loan will be deployed for immediate coastal protection needs.

First SAP Leonardo Centre in Bengaluru

SAP launched the Asia Pacific Japan region’s first SAP Leonardo Center, in Bengaluru. The Leonardo Centre in Bengaluru is the first in Asia Pacific Japan region and the fourth SAP Leonardo Center globally. The Leonardo Centre in Bengaluru will consist of digital transformation elements like IoT, Blockchain, Analytics, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Intelligence and SAP Cloud Platform.

Naidu receives ‘Golden Peacock Award’

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu received the Golden Peacock Award, at the 17th London Global Convention, held in London. Chandrababu Naidu received the ‘Golden Peacock Award’ under the category, Global Leadership in Public Service and Economic Transformation. The Golden Peacock Award was instituted by the Institute of Directors (IOD) of India in 1991.

Jurassic-era ‘fish lizard’ fossil found

In almost completely fossilized skeleton of ‘fish lizard’, a type of marine reptile that lived in the Jurassic-era, has been discovered for the first time in India from Kutch district of Gujarat. The skeleton was discovered by a team of Indo-German geologists near the Kaas hills of Bhuj town. After a year-long study experts have concluded that fossil was of ichthyosaur from the Jurassic era.

Amanpreet wins bronze at ISSF World Cup

India’s Amanpreet Singh secured third place in the 50-metre pistol final at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Final in Delhi on October 27, 2017. He shot 76 out of 80 targets, three behind gold medallist Hu Binyuan (79). Amanpreet shot 202.2 to win the bronze in the final of men’s 50m pistol at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting ranges.

Manikchand Group chairman died

Rasiklal Dhariwal, an industrialist popularly known as the ‘gutkha baron’, died due to parotid gland cancer, at Ruby Hall Clinic, in Pune. Rasiklal Dhariwal was 78 years old. He died due to parotid gland cancer. He is survived by his wife, son and four daughters. Rasiklal Dhariwal was the chairman of Manikchand group of companies. He was born in Shirur tehsil of Pune district.

Infantry Day – 27 October

On 27th October 2017, Infantry Day was celebrated by the Indian Army. Wellington Military Station celebrated the 71st Infantry Day on 27th October 2017. A wreath laying ceremony (laying flowers at a memorial site) was organized at the war memorial of the Madras Regimental Centre. Wreaths were laid in the honour of infantry men who made sacrifice for India.

Jeff Bezos: World’s richest person

According to Forbes magazine, Jeff Bezos surpassed Bill Gates as the richest person in the world. The fortune of Amazon’s founder reached some $90.6 billion, compared with the $90.1 billion that the online edition of the magazine attributes to Gates. This is not the first time that Bezos has outpaced Gates – it previously happened in July 2017 when Amazon shares hit a historic high.

Jacinda became PM of New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern was officially sworn in as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. At the age of 37, Ardern is the youngest New Zealand PM in 150 years. She is also the country’s third woman leader and says she will lead a government that is active, focused, empathetic and strong.This was the first time New Zealand adopted proportional voting since 1996.

RIL Cross Rs. 6 Trillion Market Capital

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) became the first Indian company to cross Rs. 6 trillion market capitalization after its shares surged over 75% so far this year and hit a fresh lifetime high. Currently, its market cap is at Rs. 6.02 trillion. The recent rally in the stock was due to tariff hike by its telecom arm Reliance Jio which, analysts expect, will improve the company’s profitability.

EDII bags AICTE award

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) has received an award from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for supporting start-ups. The premier Institute received the award for its contribution towards promoting and mentoring technology start-ups. The award was given during the International Science Festival’s Start-up Summit 2017 at Chennai.

Gokul to be Signed by NBA G-League Side

28 : Gokul Natesan is the 97th pick in the NBA draft. He became the second Indian-origin player to be signed by an NBA G-League side. Natesan, 23, was picked by Canton Charge, a minor league affiliate team of Cleveland Cavaliers, completing a remarkable journey of the computer science graduate, who shuffled between playing college basketball and designing apps.

Punathil Kunjabdulla passes away

On 27th October 2017, Malayalam writer Punathil Kunjabdulla passed away at a private hospital, in Kozhikode, Kerala. Kunjabdulla was suffering from an aging-associated disease for a long time. He was a doctor by profession. He was a well-known Malayalam writer. He had published more than 45 books, including 7 novels, 15 short story collections, memoirs, an autobiography and travelogues.

SBI Slashed IMPS Service Charges

The State Bank of India has slashed Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) charges up to 80 percent. If the users are doing an online transaction of money after selecting IMPS option, then they will have to pay 80% less charge than what they used to pay earlier. After the revision, no IMPS service charge will be imposed on online transactions under Rs. 1000.

CVC to launch new ‘integrity index’

In a bid to practice preventive vigilance, CVC will develop an ‘Integrity Index’. Index will annually rank government entities viz. PSU, Public Sector Banks and Financial Institution, Departments and Ministries of Government of India on anti-corruption measures. The objective of the index is to clearly define integrity in context of public organisations.

Deadline for linking Aadhaar extended

On October 25, 2017, Union Government informed Supreme Court that deadline for linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits under government welfare schemes has been postponed to March 31, 2018. Before this extension, the deadline for linking Aadhaar was December 31, 2017. This extension applies to total 135 schemes which are administered by various ministries of Union Government.

Chile named best country to visit

Lonely Planet, the travel guide company, ranked Chile as the number one country to visit in 2018, in its Best in Travel 2018 list. In the list 10 destinations were listed in 4 categories namely: Top 10 countries, Top 10 cities, Top 10 regions, Top 10 best value. In the top 10 cities category, Seville of Spain ranked number one.

India grants aid to Sri Lanka University

India provided equipment and vehicles worth USD 585,000 to University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka. Jaffna is a Tamil-dominated former war zone in Sir Lanka. It is to develop the agriculture and engineering departments of the university. The project aims to create better facilities and improved learning environment for students pursuing professional courses in Agriculture and Engineering.

World’s first track-less train

China began test runs of its world’s first track-less train in Zhuzhou city, China. The train runs on virtual track and is being considered as the ‘World’s First smart train’. This train could travel at the speed of 70 kmph and is called Autonomous Rail Transit (ART). This train was created to reduce urban traffic problems. This train is a hybrid between a bus and tram.

SBI under Adopt a Heritage Scheme

Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley has presented Letters of Intent to seven shortlisted entities under the ‘Adopt a Heritage Scheme’. LOIs were presented at the closing ceremony of ‘Paryatan Parv’ in Delhi on October 25, 2017. The Scheme was launched on World Tourism Day. Under this scheme, private and PSU have to adopt monuments/sites and have to take responsibility for its maintenance.

IDFC to exit infra, PE funds business

Infrastructure Development Finance Company has started work on exiting the infrastructure and private equity funds management business, IDFC Alternatives, which has assets worth $2.6 billion. IDFC Alternatives has been one of the longest running risk investment managers in the country. It consists of three asset classes — infrastructure, real estate and generic private equity investments.

GMR Hyderabad Airport sign pact

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board signed a MoU to promote the growth of tourism traffic. The MoU was signed to promote tourism from the catchment area of Hyderabad to Malaysia and also to explore new locations for connectivity. At present, 10 domestic carriers connect Hyderabad with 39 domestic destinations.

Petroleum ministry’s fund for Start-up

Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan launched Start-up Programme for entrepreneurs in Oil and Gas sector. It launched Rs. 320 crore startup fund for entrepreneurs. 10 public sector oil and gas companies have setup venture capital fund to encourage start-ups based on innovative ideas in the oil and gas sector.

Science Careers ‘top employers’ survey

Biocon, a Banglore based company, is the first Indian company, which was ranked ninth in the ‘top employers’ survey. The survey was based on an evaluation of 23 characteristics including financial strength, easy adaptation to change, and a research-driven environment. It is the only Asian Company in the prestigious list of global biotech and pharma companies.

Utpal Kumar Singh becomes Uttarakhand CS

Senior IAS officer Utpal Kumar Singh took charge as the new chief secretary of Uttarakhand replacing S Ramaswamy, in Dehradun. Utpal Kumar Singh is a 1986 batch IAS officer. He was earlier posted on deputation in New Delhi as additional secretary in the ministry of agriculture. He has earlier served as the principal secretary of various departments in Uttarakhand.

Naval commanders’ conference 2017

During the ongoing Naval Commanders’ Conference, Indian Navy has approved a “new mission-based deployment” plan. Under the plan, mission-ready ships and aircrafts will be deployed along critical sea lanes of communications. Several operational issues and efforts to make Indian Navy self-reliant and modernise its warfare capability were also discussed. Conference is being held in Delhi.

Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to robot

Saudi Arabia became the world’s first country to grant citizenship to a robot, by granting citizenship to Sophia, an AI robot. The robot, Sophia, was awarded citizenship of Saudi Arabia at the Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh. Sophia was created by Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics. She has been designed to look like late American actress, Audrey Hepburn.

New Associate member of BCCI

The Committee of Administrators chose Puducherry as an associate member in the Indian cricket board. The Cricket Association of Puducherry (CAP) was chosen by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) as an associate member of the BCCI. The BCCI approved Puducherry’s associate membership in its Senior General Meeting in October 2017.

Gaur Kishore Ganguli passed away

Freedom fighter and lawyer Gaur Kishore Ganguli died at his residence in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. He joined the Quit India movement in 1942 when he was 19 years old and a student of Ranchi College. He served a two-and-half-year long jail term along with his father in the prisons of Ranchi, Hazaribagh and Patna.

Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer died

Singer Fats Domino died due to natural causes in New Orleans, United States. His first recorded song is The Fat Man (1949). He became one of the first black performers to feature on pop music television shows. Domino was one of the first ever inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1998 he was the first rock’n’roll musician to be awarded the National Medal for the Arts.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed globally on 27 October. “Discover, remember and share” is the theme of this year’s celebration. The General Conference of UNESCO approved the commemoration of a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in 2005 as a mechanism to raise general awareness of the need to preserve and safeguard important audiovisual material for future generations.

Ashraf Ghani visits India

Afghani President Ashraf Ghani was on a national visit to India. India & Afghanistan have agreed to work closely with the regional and international partners to further the objective of seeing Afghanistan emerge as a stable, peaceful, united and prosperous nation. India reiterated its support for a political reconciliation in Afghanistan that is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned & Afghan-controlled.

UK’s Most Influential Black Person: Gina

27 : Indian origin campaigner Gina Miller was named UK’s most influential black person of the year. Gina won a legal challenge seeking Parliamentary approval for triggering Brexit. 52-year-old Miller, ranked on top in the 2018 ‘Powerlist’ of 100 people of African and African Caribbean inheritance published in London by Powerful Media.