DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: SEPT 30 & OCT 1, 2018
DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: SEPT 30 & OCT 1, 2018
Daily Current Affairs (September 30 & Oct 1 , 2018) like many other sections is inevitable and this also helps to score in the Banking awareness , Static GK and Financial Awareness sections. Remember, Banking Awareness and Static Awareness Questions are asked from the General Awareness section. This will also help you to ride your preparations for the forthcoming exams.
Government and Google launch campaign to review public toilets
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM – U), has partnered with Google to launch the Loo Review campaign.
It aims to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps.
500+ cities in India with more than 30,000 toilets with the name of “SBM Toilet” are currently live on Google Maps.
The campaign will involve and engage Local Guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps, and use the hashtag #LooReview for the chance to be featured on Google Local Guides’ social channels.
Kolkata launched India’s first flood forecast system with $1 mn assistance from ADB
The Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has launched a flood forecasting and early warning system (FFEWS) for Kolkata City to help city officials and citizens act decisively to minimize damage before and during disasters.
India’s first comprehensive city-level FFEWS will reduce economic loss and impacts on livelihood and improve flood awareness and safety at community level.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded the design and implementation of the FFEWS through a $1 million technical assistance to KMC from its Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility.
President inaugurates Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention in New Delhi.
India is striving to eliminate open defecation in its entirety by October 2, 2019.
The Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention is being organised by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to mark the beginning of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, also coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission.
NITI Aayog inks SoI for with Oracle
NITI Aayog has signed an agreement with cloud services provider Oracle, hospital chain Apollo Hospitals, and pharmaceutical manufacturer Strides Pharma Sciences.
The agreement aims to curb the distribution of fake drugs using new technologies.
The partners will pilot a real drug supply chain using blockchain decentralised ledger and IoT software.
Govt constitutes committee to review the Competition Act
The government has constituted a panel to review the competition law.
The committee would review “the Competition Act/ Rules/ Regulations, in view of changing business environment and bring necessary changes, if required.”
The nine-member committee chaired by Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas includes Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) Chairperson M S Sahoo and Competition Commission of India (CCI) Chairperson. At present, Sudhir Mittal is the acting Chairperson of CCI.
Its aim is to ensure that legislation is in sync with the needs of strong economic fundamentals. The Competition Act was passed in 2002 and CCI started functioning in right earnest in 2009.
Government launches Rail heritage digitisation project in collaboration with Google
The railway ministry in collaboration with Google has launched rail heritage digitisation project.
The project is a first of its kind to showcase country’s rail heritage to national and international audience in an online story-telling platform.
India Railways has a history of more than 165 years and has a rich heritage that includes the Imperial and the princely railways.
Digitization of rail heritage provides opportunity to contextualize artifact and other heritage assets with the stories thus becoming more meaningful to next generation.
Goa, Portugal signed MoU for water, sewage management for 2 years
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Portuguese Environment Ministry and the Public Works Department of Goa. It will help the State manage its water resources better.
Goa Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar and Portugal’s Minister of Environment Joao Pedro de Matos Fernandes signed the MoU in the the field of water supply, waste water management and sanitation to be implemented in the state.
As part of the MoU, the assessment of two of the biggest water treatment and supply plants at Selaulim and Opa in Goa would be undertaken. The MoU is for a period of two years.
India, Japan sign Loan Agreement for Bullet Train Funds
The Indian Government has signed an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
JICA has agreed to provide an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of around Rs 5,500 crore (89,547 million Japanese Yen) as Tranche 1 for the the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project.
The country’s first bullet train will run at a maximum speed of 350 km per hour, covering the stretch in under three hours.
N. Ravi unanimously elected PTI Chairman
Ravi, Publisher and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu , was unanimously elected Chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI). Vijay Kumar Chopra, Chief Editor of the Punjab Kesari Group of newspapers, was elected Vice-Chairman.
Mr. Ravi succeeds Viveck Goenka, chairman and managing director of the Express Group.
Ravi is the recipient of several professional awards, including the G. K. Reddy Memorial Award and BREAD Role Model Award, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to 2 Cancer Immunotherapy Researchers
The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan.
It has been given for their work on unleashing the immune system’s ability to attack cancer, a breakthrough in developing new cancer treatments.
Dr. Allison and Dr. Honjo, working separately, showed in the 1990s how certain proteins act as “brakes” on the immune system’s T-cells, limiting their ability to attack cancer cells, and that suppressing those proteins could transform the body’s ability to fight cancer.
Yuvraj Wadhwani Lifts Asian Junior Squash Title
India’s Yuvraj Wadhwani has clinched Asian Junior Squash Championship title after defeating Anas Ali Shah of Pakistan in the final of the boys’ U-13 individual event.
In under-15 category, India’s Arvav Sareen had to settle for the second podium finish after losing his summit clash to Mohammad Hamza Khan of Pakistan.
Overall, Indian squash players managed to win a total of six medals in the tournament including one gold, one silver and four bronze.
Deepika Kumari wins bronze in Archery World Cup
India’s Deepika Kumari won bronze medal after beating Lisa Unruh of Germany in the Archery World Cup Finals in Samsun, Turkey. This was Kumari’s fifth World Cup Finals podium.
In 2018, Deepika had defeated Germany’s Michelle Kroppen to win her first gold medal in women’s individual recurve event at the World Cup after a gap of six years.
In the compound mixed team final, India clinched the silver medal after losing to Turkey.
Lewis Hamilton wins Russian GP
The Mercedes player Lewis Hamilton won Russian grand prix 2018.
He was followed by Mercedes player Valtteri Viktor Bottas and then Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Golf: Europe beat United States to regain Ryder Cup
Europe regained the Ryder Cup as captain Thomas Bjorn’s team reached the 14.5 points they required to beat the United States at a packed Le Golf National.
Francesco Molinari became the first-ever European to win all five of his matches with a 4 and 2 victory over Phil Mickelson.
The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches were held in France on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt, a suburb southwest of Paris.
Legendary Guitarist Otis Rush passed away
The Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush has passed away.
He catapulted to international fame in 1956 with his first recording on Cobra Records of “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” which reached No. 6 on the Billboard R&B charts.
International Translation Day – September 30
The International Translation Day is observed on September 3.
This day is meant to pay tribute to the work of language professionals which plays a key role in bridging gaps between nations, facilitating talks and understanding their cooperation and ultimately, contributing towards making the world a better place for peace and security.
Theme: “Translation: promoting cultural heritage in changing times.”
International Day Of Older Persons – October 1
The International Day of Older Persons is observed every year on October 1 to focus on issues that affect the aged, such as dementia and the abuse of old individuals.
Theme: “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions.”