1. SAARC Immigration Authorities begins in Islamabad:
- Today, the 7th meeting of SAARC Immigration Authorities has begun in Islamabad (Pakistan).
- Pakistan’s Director General (DG) Immigration and Passports Usman A. Bajwa has been unanimously elected as Chairman.
- The meeting will formulate recommendations to be presented in the meetings of Home Secretaries and Interior Ministers during the conference.
- SAARC Home Secretaries will meet tomorrow which will be attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while SAARC Interior Ministers will meet on Thursday.
2. Parliament passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2016:
- The Parliament has passed Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to conduct of uniform entrance examination for admission to all medical educational institutions.
- The bill seeks to replace the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and its provisions will come into force retrospectively from May 24, 2016.
- It will be applicable for admission at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level. This provision will be applicable to state government seats in government and private medical institutions.
3. Odisha govt to recruit transgenders as jail warders:
- The Odisha government has decided to recruit transgender persons as jail warders as per the directive of the Supreme Court.
- A letter to this effect has been sent to the Odisha Subordinate Staff Selection Commission to take necessary steps in this regard.
- First time the state government will mention the third gender as a separate category in any of the recruitment process.
- For this, they will have to succeed in the qualifying examination with other candidates.
4. Bhaskar Khulbe appointed Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
- Senior IAS officer of West Bengal cadre Bhaskar Khulbe (1983-batch) has been appointed as secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved his appointment.
- Earlier, He was Additional Secretary in Prime Minister’s Office.
- He will look after work related to Cabinet Secretariat and thrust areas of the government
5. Central body approves Rs 400 crore for Ganga rejuvenation projects:
- A high-level panel of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has approved various projects worth approximately Rs 400 crore for development of ghats (river fronts) and crematoria at different places along the river Ganga from Uttarakhand to West Bengal under the Centre’s ambitious Namami Gange programme.
- The projects, approved by the empowered steering committee of the NGRBA, include development of ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Rudraprayag to Guptkashi in Uttarakhand, Kanpur, Allahabad, Bithoor and Bijnor (on Ramganga) in Uttar Pradesh, Kahalgaon in Bihar, Sahibganj and Rajmahal in Jharkhand and Bhatpara and Naihati in West Bengal.
- The NGRBA is a key central body which monitors planning and execution of all schemes of Ganga rejuvenation in coordination with five river basin states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
6. Government launches credit rating scheme for MSMEs:
- The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has launched a performance and credit rating scheme to assess the capabilities and creditworthiness of industries in the sector.
- The 'Performance and Credit Rating Scheme' will provide "trusted" third party opinion to create awareness about the strengths and weaknesses of enterprises' existing operations.
- As per officials, a new scheme of Financial Support to MSMEs in Zero Defect Zero Effect Certification has been approved in which the MSMEs will be assessed on ZED Maturity Model on 50 parameters which will strengthen or facilitate the Make in India initiative.
7. Bank of Baroda ties up with start-up Fisdom:
- India's leading public sector bank, Bank of Baroda has tied up with a fintech start-up Fisdom for personal wealth management services.
- Fisdom app helps users make financial investments in an easy and paperless manner by blending cutting-edge technology with personalised financial advice.
- It helps people manage their money with the help of a robo-advisor.
- Besides, the bank has also entered into a pact with six other fintech companies, proficient in different areas.
8. India to host international summit on tobacco-control:
- India will host a global summit to eliminate the illicit trade of tobacco products in which around 180 countries delegates will participate.
- The summit is scheduled from November 7th to 12th at the Indian Exposition Mart in Noida.
- This will be the 7th session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control .
9. ICICI Bank ties up with Apollo India to form ARC:
- ICICI Bank has inked a MoU with Apollo India Credit Opportunity Management LLC and AION Capital Management to set up an asset reconstruction company.
- The MoU is subject to regulatory approvals, acquisition of debt exposures from lenders and equity stakes in companies.
- The collaboration seeks to streamline the operations of borrowers, facilitate deleveraging and arrange additional funding on a case-by-case basis. The motive is to revitalise distressed assets and maximise their economic value.
10. Freecharge inks partnership with PayUbiz:
- India's digital payments platform Freecharge has partnered with the leading payment gateway solution provider, PayUbiz, to further strengthen its merchant base and help consumers move from cash to digital payments.
- This integration allows Freecharge to tap PayUbiz's more than 10, 000 online merchants. Furthermore, the latter's wide assortment of merchants across sectors will also be accessible to Freecharge patrons.
- The partnership draws Freecharge closer its vision of creating an ecosystem where organized and unorganized merchant networks can accept electronic payments through one secure platform.
11. Professor Emeritus Braj B Kachru passes away:
- Indian-American Professor Emeritus of Linguistics Braj B Kachru (84- year) has passed away in Urbana.
- He was a Jubilee Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Mr Kachru has authored and edited over 25 books and more than 100 research papers, reviews and review articles.
- He was named Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois in 1992.
12. Anita Gopalan wins 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants:
- Translator and artist Anita Gopalan has awarded with the 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants for her English translation of Hindi novel Simsim by Geet Chaturvedi.
- Gopalan is the second Indian translator to be selected for the grant.
- Simsim, the lyrical, award-winning novella was first published in 2008. It is recognized for its groundbreaking contribution to contemporary Hindi fiction. The book narrates the clash between two Indias, i.e. one old and traditional, and the other driven by consumerism and corporate greed.
13. Air Marshal Neelakantan takes charge of Southern Air command:
- Air Marshal S Neelakantan has assumed charge as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command.
- The traditional Guard of Honour was presented to him by the 'Air Warriors.'
- Air Marshal Neelakantan, who was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force on December 28, 1977, is an alumni of National Defence Academy. He also led the IAF contingent in Congo as part of the UN Mission in 2006-07.
14. Novak Djokovic wins ATP Toronto Masters:
- World No.1 men’s singles tennis player Novak Djokovic has won the ATP Toronto Masters.
- He defeated Kei Nishikori (6-3, 7-5 ) in the final for his 66th career title.
- ATP Toronto Masters is an annual tennis tournament held in Canada.
- The events alternate from year to year between the cities of Montreal and Toronto.
15. Simona Halep wins Rogers Cup women’s single:
- Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has won the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
- She defeated Madison Keys (7-6, 6-3 ) in the final of Rogers Cup.
- She improved her career record against Keys to 3-1, having beaten the
- American over three sets in their most recent meeting at Wimbledon last month.
16. Wrestler Narsingh Yadav gets NADA’s clean chit in doping case:
- The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has given clean chit to Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav in the doping case.
- NADA disciplinary panel exonerated him from charges of violating anti-doping rules of NADA.
- Earlier, Narsingh Yadav had tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid methandienone in the out-of-competition doping tests conducted by NADA.
- Metandienone is an orally active anabolic steroid that binds and activates the androgen receptor.
- It increases muscle strength, protein synthesis and glycogenolysis over a short span of time.