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1. Conglomerate Hinduja Group’s flagship company Ashok Leyland unveiled country’s first 100 per cent indigenously made electric bus which are non-polluting and have zero-emissions. These buses were unveiled in lines with National Electric Mobility Plan which aims at a 20% penetration of electric/hybrid (eco-friendly) vehicles by 2020. They enjoy a subsidy under the Central government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme.
2. Senior IFS officer Amandeep Singh Gill appointed as the India’s Ambassador to the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva. He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1992 batch. He had represented India on the UN Secretary General’s Panel on Missiles from 2007 to 2008. Besides, he was also member of the Indian delegation to the Conference on Disarmament during the negotiations on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
3. Eminent writer C Radhakrishnan selected for the prestigious Mathrubhumi Literary Award for the year 2016. He was selected by a panel chaired by novelist M Mukundan in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature.
4. Indian Wrestlers bagged four medals at 2016 TAFISA World Games 5 hrs ago Important for Exam: 0 people agreed Dalmiya bagged the yellow metal in 60kg category after outplaying Muhammad Sahan of Azerbaijan 4-1 in the summit clash. Luv lost to Muhammad Alim in the final to finish second on the podium.
5. Nautional Summit on Fortification of Food recently inaugurated in New Delhi to address interventions in combating micronutrient malnutrition in the country. The two day summit was co-hosted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in partnership with related central ministries/departments and development partners.
6. KS Valdiya led expert committee finds Saraswati River did exist The 4000-kilometer long river that originated from Adibadri in Himalaya passed through Pakistan before culminating in Arabian Sea through Rann of Kutch.
7. Boxer Neeraj Goyat retains WBC Asia Welterweight title The 24-year-old prevailed via unanimous decision in the gruelling 12-round contest against his 26-year-old rival, who came in with an experience of fighting 9 bouts.
8. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed globally on 17 October for eradication of poverty throughout the world. Significance of Day: It seeks to promote awareness among people to eradicate poverty and destitution around the world particularly in developing countries 2016 Theme: “Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms”.
GENERAL AWARENESS 17TH OCTOBER 2016 Reviewed by sambasivan srinivasan on 2:56:00 PM Rating: 5

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