Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Daily Current Affairs : 18th October

Latest Current Affairs and Daily GK Update 2016
1. Maharajas Express receives ‘Seven Star Hospitality’ award:
  • An Indian luxurious train"Maharaja Express" has earned the tag of world’s most luxurious train.
  • The train has received the 2016 ‘Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards‘ at Marbella in Spain.
  • The Maharajas’ Express operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation(IRCTC).
2. Vice President Hamid Ansari reaches Algeria:
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari has reached Algeria to discuss wide ranging issues including cooperation in Oil, Gas, Phosphate and collaboration in Space field with Algeria’s Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.
  • Ansari laid the wreath at the Cemetery of El-Alia, known as Square of Martyrs.
  • The diplomatic relationship between India and Algeria was established in 1962, the year Algeria gained independence from colonial rule.
3. BCCI president Anurag Thakur part of powerful ICC sub-committee:
  • BCCI president Anurag Thakur has taken charge as the member of the ICC’s powerful Finance and Commercial Affairs committee.
  • Anurag Singh Thakur is a member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh.
4. PM Modi inaugurates three hydropower projects in Himachal Pradesh:
  • Prime Minster Narendra Modi has inaugurated three hydropower projects of 1,752 MW capacity in Himachal Pradesh.
  • He dedicated to the nation third phase of Parbati Hydropower project (520 Megawatt), Rampur project (412 Megawatt) and Kol Dam power project (800 Megawatt).
  • It is the first visit of PM Modi to Himachal Pradesh after becoming Prime Minister.
5. Saraswati River existed: KS Valdiya committee:
  • The K.S. Valdiya committee in its report submitted to the Union Water Resources Ministry has concluded that Saraswati River so far considered mythical, existed. 
  • The committee comprising of geologists, archaeologists and hydrologists say that they have found evidence of the course of the river Saraswati.
  • Saraswati River originated in the Himalayas. It was approximately 4,000 km in length and flowed through India and Pakistan before meeting Arabian Sea through Rann of Kutch.
6. Kashmiri Red Stag to be declared as 'Critically Endangered':
  • As the Kashmir Red Stag popularly known as Hangul is on the verge of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature is all set to declare it a ‘critically endangered’ species to protect this beautiful animal from disappearing from the earth.
7. World Bank to provide $1 bln to Bangladesh to fight child malnutrition:
  • World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has announced One billion US Dollar aid to Bangladesh over the next three years to fight child malnutrition.
  • The announced investment will support programs to ensure sufficient child nutrition and include a conditional cash transfer scheme targeted at six lakh poor families in 43 sub-districts.
  • The Bank’s new announced assistance is almost a 100% increase in investment compared to previous 3-year period.
8. Brazil opens Latin America's first elephant sanctuary:
  • Brazil has opened up the first elephant sanctuary in Latin America to provide a home for an estimated 50 circus animals from across the region.
9. Amandeep Singh Gill appointed as India’s Ambassador to UN:
  • Amandeep Singh Gill (IFS officer- 1992 batch) has been appointed as the India’s Ambassador to the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva.
  • Gill has represented India on the UN Secretary General’s Panel on Missiles from 2007 to 2008.
  • The Conference on Disarmament (CD) is not formally a United Nations (UN) organization. It is linked to the UN through a personal representative of the UN Secretary-General
10. Navdeep Suri to be India’s new envoy to UAE:
  • Senior diplomat Navdeep Singh Suri has been appointed Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
  • He is currently serving as Indian High Commissioner in Canberra.
  • Suri had served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg.
11. Sensor to detect vitamin B12 deficiency in a Jiffy:
  • Researchers from the University of Adelaide have developed a world’s first optical sensor that can detect vitamin B12 in diluted human blood.
  • The newly developed sensor takes less than a minute and requires minimum preparation, whereas current testing methods are time-consuming and costly.
  • The sensor uses an optical measuring technique called Raman spectroscopy which produces a unique optical fingerprint of a target molecule.
12. Anupriya Patel Inaugurates National Summit On Fortification Of Food:
  • Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare has inaugurated National Summit on Fortification of Food in New Delhi.
13. Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC’s Athletes’ Commission:
  • Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission.
  • The Athletes’ Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members.
14. Rwanda’s last king, Kigeli V passes away:
  • The last king of Rwanda Kigeli V (80-year) has passed away in United States of America(USA).
  • King Kigeli came to power in 1959 and was forced to leave the country the following year after clashing with the Belgian colonial power.
  • The king began a life of exile in east Africa, including Kenya and Uganda, before leaving for America, where he settled in the suburbs of Washington in 1992.
15. India wrestlers bag four medals at 2016 TAFISA World Games:
  • Indian wrestlers clinched four medals (a gold), at the sixth edition of the TAFISA World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Dalmiya bagged the Gold medal in 60kg category after outplaying Muhammad Sahan of Azerbaijan 4-1 in the summit clash.
  • Indian wrestlers Luv Singh (80 kg category) claimed a silver, while Naveen Kumar and Josil settled for a bronze medal each.

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