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First assembly of ISA, Second ministerial of IORA and Second REINVEST meet to be held in India
i. On October 2, 2018, the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, inaugurated the first 3-day Assembly of the International Solar Alliance at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.It was co-chaired by French Minister Brune Poirson.
- PM Modi announced the plan to launch a National Energy Storage Mission that will look at manufacturing, deployment, technology development and policy framework.
ii. On October 2, 2018, the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 2nd 3-day IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, in presence of UN Secretary-General.
- This event was jointly organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of the Government of India, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Indian Ocean Rim Association IORA.
iii. On October 2, 2018, the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 3-day 2nd Global RE-Invest Meet & Expo at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, in presence of UN Secretary-General.
- Chief Executive Officer, Soft Bank Group, Mr Masayoshi Son, addressed the plenary session of the 2nd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo, (REINVEST- 2018) called ‘#RENNOVATE’………………………..Click here to Read more
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on three day visit to India
i. On October 1, 2018, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in New Delhi for his three-day visit to India till October 4, 2018.
ii. On October 2, 2018, Secretary General, United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres addressed the First Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA), 2nd Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Energy Ministerial Meet, 2nd Global RE-Invest Meet & Expo hosted by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in New Delhi.
iii. On October 2, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United Nations Secretary–General Antonio Guterres attended the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention in New Delhi.
iv. On October 3, 2018, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres presented the Champions of the Earth’ award to PM Narendra Modi.
v. On October 1, 2018, Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres formally inaugurated the UN House in the national capital Delhi………………………….Click here to Read more
2nd Edition of IndiaSkills 2018 in New Delhi
From 4th to 6th October 2018, 2nd edition of IndiaSkills 2018, India’s biggest skill competition, was conducted in New Delhi.
i. IndiaSkills 2018 was organized by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. It aimed to identify, promote and reward the best talents in different skills.
ii. 450 participants took part in the competitions. 46 competition trades and 10 demonstration trades participated.
iii. Winners were awarded by Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde and Subhash Ghai, Chairman of Media and Entertainment Skills Council and India Film Director.
iv. Some winners will be given more training and will be sent to represent India at the 45th WorldSkills Competition at Kazan, Russia in 2019.
v. Persons with disabilities also participated. These winners will participate at the World level competition in Abilympics in China.
Some museums in Delhi:
♦ Indian Air Force Museum, Palam
♦ Indian War Memorial Museum
♦ Red Fort Archaeological Museum
Country’s first methanol-based cooking fuel rolled out by APL in Assam
On October 6, 2018, NITI Aayog member and former director general of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Vijay Kumar Saraswat inaugurated the ‘Green and Clean Fuel Pilot Project on Methanol cooking Stove’.
i. This launched the country’s first methanol based cooking oil by Namrup-based Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL).
ii. It is the first of its kind in realizing the concept of NITI Aayog’s programme of ‘Methanol Economy’.
iii. Initially the product will be available only in the Northeastern Region.
iv.It is available in canisters of 1.2 kg capacity each,which will be priced at around Rs 32.And 18 Canisters will be equal to 1 domestic LPG Cylinder.
About NITI Aayog’s Methanol Economy’:
i.Through this programme, NITI Aayog aims to replace 20% of the crude imports with methanol alone. It will mitigate rise of price of fuels and bring down pollution by 40%.
ii. This concept has also been adopted by various countries like: Japan, China, Italy, Sweden, US, Israel, Australia etc.
♦ Capital: Dispur.
♦ Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal.
♦ Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.
♦ National Parks: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park (UNESCO Natural World Herigate Site), Orang National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
♦ Airports: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Dibrugarh Airport, Jorhat Airport, Tezpur Airport, Silchar Airport.
4-day 4th India International Science Festival inaugurated by President Kovind in Lucknow, UP
On October 5, 2018, President Ramnath Kovind formally inaugurated the 4-day 4th India International Science Festival (IISF) 2018 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh for the first time.
i.The theme of this year’s festival is Science for Transformation.
ii. This Festival aims to apply science and technology for transformation of the country and enable positive change for social and economic progress.
iii. It features 23 special events, and is being attended by about 10000 delegates.
iv. A “science village” was set up at National Botanical Garden in Lucknow for interaction of science with common people.
i. Apart from this, Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Young Scientists Conference, Mega Science, Technology & Industry Expo and Global Indian Science & Technology Stakeholders’ Meet (GIST).
ii. It would provide a platform to young scientists, entrepreneurs and researchers to present their innovative ideas.
iii. Some of them were:
- Work on biosensors for detection of lung cancerby esearcher Ruchika Shandilya from National Institute for Research,
- Early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes,
- Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using leaf extracts, etc.
iv. On the sidelines a discussion on ‘Women Empowerment and Child Development’ at the National Social Organisations and Institutions Meet (NSOIM) was also held.
♦ Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath.
♦ Governor: Ram Naik.
♦ National Parks: Dudhwa National Park, Philibit Tiger Reserve , Sandi Bird Sanctuary.
♦ UNESCO Heritage Site: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.
International Conference on Women’s Health, Wellness and Empowerment in Kanpur
On 6th October 2018, International Conference on Women’s Health, Wellness and Empowerment was held in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
i. The conference was organised by the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India and the Kanpur Obstetric and Gynaecological Society.
ii. Theme of the conference was: “Give her wings and let her soar.” President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the conference.
iii. He also addressed a seminar organised by the Talent Development Council, Kanpur. He unveiled a statue of the late freedom fighter Shyamlal Parshad in Kanpur.
Some wildlife sanctuaries in Uttar Pradesh:
♦ Kachhua Sanctuary
♦ Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary
♦ Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary
BANKING & FINANCE
RBI approved formation of ‘Kerala Bank’ having Rs 650 bn in deposits
On October 3, 2018, RBI approved the proposal of Kerala government for the formation of Kerala Bank.
i. The decision was taken by special task force headed by Chairman M S Sriram.
ii. The bank will be formed by consolidating State Cooperative Bank and the 14 district cooperatives.
iii. It will have a net deposit amount of Rs 650 billion.
iv. It will provide modern facilities to the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS).
v. The unification will be completed by March 2019.
First Abu Dhabi Bank & ToneTag tie up for sound based payments
On October 6, 2018, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Sound-based payment services provider ToneTag announced their tie up for implementing sound based contactless payments.
i. This will allow the customers to pay using sound through the PayIt app and make cardless and cashless payments through their mobile phones.
ii. It will offer sound wave-based proximity payment solutions to their clients across all seven Emirates of UAE.
The company has deployed its retailPOD in the Middle East, South East Asia, North America and parts of Africa.
♦ CEO: Kumar Abhishek.
♦ Headquarters: Bengaluru.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
Government appoints former Canara Bank MD Rakesh Sharma as IDBI MD
On 5th October 2018, the government appointed Rakesh Sharma as Managing Director of IDBI Bank for a period of 6 months.
i. Rakesh Sharma replaces B Sriram. He is former managing director of Canara Bank. Earlier, he headed Lakshmi Vilas Bank.
Srinivasan Swamy appointed chairman of International Advertising Association (IAA)
Srinivasan Swamy took charge as chairman and world president of the International Advertising Association (IAA) for 2 years, at an event in Bucharest, Romania, recently.
i. Srinivasan Swamy replaces Felix Tataru. He is the first Indian to hold the chairman and world president post of IAA.
ii. In his new role, he will lead a team of 25 Executive Committee members from various countries. Also, India will host the 44thedition of ‘IAA World Congress’, in Cochin in 2019.
iii. He is the chairman of RK Swamy Hansa Group. He has received Global Champion award by the IAA and was inducted into the IAA India Chapter Hall of Fame in 2017.
iv. He is also Vice Chairman of Asian Federation of Advertising Associations. He had served in key positions in Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI), Advertising Standards Council of India and as board member of Audit Bureau of Circulations.
Hima Das joins Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) in Guwahati as HR officer
On 1st October 2018, sprinter Hima Das joined Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) as HR Officer (Grade A).
i. Hima Das will be posted at her state office in Guwahati, Assam. IOCL will provide necessary support for her training.
ii. Hima Das had won 3 medals, including gold in 4x400m women’s relay in Asian Games 2018. She had won a gold medal at the U-20 World Championship in Finland. She also received Arjuna award in 2018.
iii. IOCL will provide costs of travelling to different locations for participating in national and international track and field competitions.
About Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL):
♦ Chairman – Sanjiv Singh
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
Pankaj Sharma Appointed India’s Ambassador To UN Conference On Disarmament
On 5th October 2018, Pankaj Sharma was appointed as the ambassador and India’s permanent representative to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
i. Pankaj Sharma will replace Amandeep Gill. At present, Pankaj Sharma is the joint secretary (Disarmament and International Security Division) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
ii. He is an Indian Foreign Services (IFS) officer of 1991 batch. Currently he is a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit appoints Balasubramanian as Tamil University Vice-Chancellor
On 29th September 2018, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit appointed G Balasubramanian as Vice-Chancellor ofTamil University, Thanjavur.
i. G Balasubramanian has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Tamil University for a period of 3 years. Banwarilal Purohit is also the Chancellor of Tamil University.
ii. G Balasubramanian is Pro Vice Chancellor of Dravidian University. He has published 22 research papers at national and international level. He has also written 4 books.
iii. He has served as an external examiner for Singapore University and a visiting professor of the University of Warsaw, Poland.
iv. He has done research projects on survey, documentation and revitalisation of endangered languages and a linguistic description and assessment of language endangerment.
Some National Parks in Tamil Nadu:
♦ Guindy National Park
♦ Mukurthi National Park
♦ Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
36th National Games in March-April 2019 in Goa
The 36th National Games will be held from March 30 to April 14, 2019 in Goa.
i. This announcement was made by Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) Executive Director V M Prabhudesai in Panaji. The Opening and Closing ceremonies will be held at PJN Stadium, Fatorda.
ii. Shooting and cycling events will be held in New Delhi since Goa does not have the facilities for these sports.
iii. Five sports: Rugby, Wushu, Modern Penthatlon, Lawn Bowl, and Billiards and Snooker, will be added to the Games programme.Expected budget of the Event is Rs.400 Crore.
Oscar-winning animator Will Vinton passes away
On 4th October 2018, Oscar-winning animator Will Vinton passed away after fighting multiple myeloma in the United States.
i. He was 70 years old. He received Oscar award for the animated short film ‘Closed Mondays’ (1975). He was also the founder of Will Vinton studios.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Sudha Menon’s Book “Feisty At Fifty” Released
The book “Feisty At Fifty” authored by Sudha Menon, was released at the Pune International Literary Festival recently.
i. The book has been published by Pan Macmillan India. It will be available in bookstores from October 22, 2018. The books speaks about different phases of a woman’s life.
ii. Sudha Menon has also written the following books: Leading Ladies: Women Who Inspire India, and Devi, Diva or She-Devil: The smart career woman’s survival guide.