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THE HINDU+ Current affairs October 2017

1.              3rd India International ScienceThe third India International Science Festival (IISF-2017) will be held in

Festival to be held in Chennai.Chennai, Tamil Nadu from October 13-16, 2017.
30 September: International
The International Translation Day was observed by United Nations for first

Translation Day.
time on 30 September 2017.
EESL to procure 10,000 electric
State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has announced that it will

vehicles from Tata Motors.
procure 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) from Tata Motors.
VNL, BSNL ink MoU to launch
Domestic telecom equipment provider Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL)

Relief 123 service for disaster
signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Sanchar Nigam

management in India.
Limited (BSNL) to launch Relief 123 service to provide disaster management

in India.
ARPAN 3.0: Government rolls
Defence Ministry has rolled out ARPAN 3.0 (Army Record Office Process

out new automation software for
Automation 3.0), a new automation software for Defence Security Corps

Defence Security Corps.
personnel to ease personal documentation and all issues related to their

NITI Aayog to host Global
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog in

Entrepreneurship Summit 2017
partnership with US Government is going to host 8th annual Global

in Hyderabad.
Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2017) in Hyderabad (Telangana) from

November 28 to 30, 2017.
President appoints governors for
President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Governors in five states viz.

5 states.
Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya.
Veteran Actor Tom Alter passes
Veteran theatre, television and film actor Tom Alter passed away aged 67.

He was best known for his performances in “Shatranj Ke Khilari”, “Junoon”

Three US-born scientists win
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Jeffrey C.

2017 Nobel Medicine Prize
Hall (72), Michael Rosbash (73) and Michael W. Young (68).
NHAI launches countrywide
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has launched

Free Eye Check-up Campaign
countrywide Free Eye Check-up Campaign and distribution of spectacles for

truck drivers, cleaners and helpers.
Odisha Government creating
The Odisha Government is creating 1.2 lakh acre land bank across state for

land bank for industrial
allocation to industrial sector in order to avoid repeat of Posco fiasco.


2 October: International Day of
The International Day of Non-violence is celebrated every year on 2 October

throughout world on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of

Indian independence movement and also pioneer of philosophy of non-

violence (ahimsa).
1 October: International Day of
The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) is observed every year on

Older Persons
October 1 to raise awareness about issues affecting elderly and to appreciate

contributions that older people make to society.
2017 Nobel Prize in physics goes
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has selected three American

to the discovery of Gravitational
scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for the 2017 Nobel

Prize in Physics.
Government launches SECURE
The Union Government had launched SECURE Himalaya, a six-year project

Himalaya Project.
to ensure conservation of locally and globally significant biodiversity, land

and forest resources in high Himalayan ecosystem spread over four states viz.
Scientist develop rapid test to
Researchers including from India have developed low-cost, rapid

diagnose Zika and dengue.
diagnostic test consisting of pan-dengue strip for diagnosing Zika and

dengue viruses and differentiating four serotypes of dengue virus.
Global Wildlife Programme
The Global Wildlife Programme (GWP) Conference was recently held in

Conference held in New Delhi.
New Delhi. It was jointly hosted by Ministry of Environment, Forests and

Climate Change (MoEFCC), World Bank and United Nations Development

Government unveils third
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change

National Wildlife Action Plan
(MoEFCC) has unveiled third National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031 to

for 2017-2031.
chalk out future road map for wildlife conservation.
President appoints Commission
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed five-member commission to

to Examine OBC Sub-
examine sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).


Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar
The Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai (Tamil Nadu) was

Temple adjudged as cleanest
adjudged as the cleanest iconic place in country under Swachhta Hi Seva

iconic place.
(cleanliness is service) programme.
RBI keeps repo rate unchanged
The six member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Reserve Bank of

at 6%.
India (RBI) has decided to maintain status quo in policy rates by keeping repo

rate unchanged at 6.0% under liquidity adjustment facility.
Satya Pal Malik sworn-in as
Satya Pal Malik (71) was sworn-in as 35th Governor of Bihar. He was

governor of Bihar.
administered oath to office by Chief Justice of Patna High Court Rajendra

Turtle Sanctuary to be set up in
The Union Ministry of Water Resources has approved project to set up

Turtle sanctuary in Allahabad along with River Biodiversity Park at Sangam

in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh under Namami Gange programme.
Foundation stone for national
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid foundation stone to develop

waterway on Krishna River laid.
Muktyal to Vijayawada waterway stretch on River Krishna as part of

National Waterway 4 at Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh.
Core sector growth rises to 4.9%
According to Ministry of Commerce & Industry, eight core sectors grew by

in August 2017.
4.9% in August 2017, the highest growth rate since April 2017. It was higher

than 3.1% in August 2016 and 2.6% in July 2017.
Soumya Swaminathan
The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed Dr. Soumya

appointed as Deputy DG of
Swaminathan (58) as one of two deputy directors general.


Sibir: World’s biggest and most
Russia launched Sibir (Siberia), the world‟s largest nuclear-powered

powerful nuclear icebreaker
icebreaker ship built under Project 22220 into the water at the Baltic Shipyard

ship launched by Russia.
in St Petersburg.
Karnataka Government launches
The Karnataka Government has launched Mathru Poorna Scheme to meet

Mathru Poorna scheme.
nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women in rural areas of state.
Government launches Paryatan
The Union Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Other Union

Parv to boost tourism.
Ministries and State Governments has launched nationwide „Paryatan Parv‟

to showcase cultural diversity of country and reinforce the principle of

„Tourism for All‟.
Ganga Prasad sworn in as
Ganga Prasad was sworn in as the 17th Governor of Meghalaya. He was

Governor of Meghalaya.
administered oath of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of Meghalaya High

Court Justice Dinesh Maheshwari.
India, Djibouti sign pact on
India and Djibouti have signed an agreement to establish regular Foreign

bilateral consultations.
Office-level bilateral consultations between both countries.
Jacques Dubochet, Joachim
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has selected Jacques Dubochet,

Frank and Richard Henderson
Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

selected for 2017 Nobel Prize in


Government constitutes high-
The Government has constituted a high-level committee for proper

level committee for water
management of water resources in North Eastern Region (NER) under

management in northeast.
Chairmanship of Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog.
Rajnish Kumar appointed as
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Rajnish

new Chairman of SBI.
Kumar (59) as the new chairman of State Bank of India (SBI).
Cabinet approves renaming of
The Union Cabinet has approved proposal of Union Ministry of Shipping to

Kandla Port as Deendayal Port.
rename of Kandla Port in Gujarat as Deendayal Port, Kandla.
Cabinet approves MoU between
The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

India and Switzerland on
signed between Ministry of Railways, and Federal Department of

Technical Cooperation in Rail
Environment, Transport.


PM inaugurates Golden Jubilee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Golden Jubilee Year

Year Celebrations of ICSI.
Celebrations (50 years) of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

in New Delhi.
Snow leopard photographed for
Scientists for first time have captured images of Snow Leopard using

first time in Arunachal Pradesh.
camera trap at Thembang village‟s Community Conserved Area (CCA) in

West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Nobel Peace Prize 2017 awarded
Norwegian Nobel Committee has selected Geneva-based International

to International Campaign to
Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Banwarilal Purohit sworn in as
Banwarilal Purohit was sworn in as 25th Governor of Tamil Nadu. He was

Governor of Tamil Nadu.
administered oath of office and secrecy by Madras High Court Chief Justice

Indira Banerjee.
Kazuo Ishiguro selected for 2017
The Swedish Academy has selected Japanese-born English novelist Kazuo

Nobel Prize in Literature.
Ishiguro (62) for the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature.
India, Ethiopia sign agreements
India and Ethiopia have signed agreements on trade, communication and

on trade, communication.
media to boost bilateral ties. The agreements were signed after wide ranging

Fact Box: Embryo transfer
Department of Animal husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in co-operation

technology (ETT).
with 12 States had undertaken Mass Embryo Transfer programme in

indigenous breeds under National Mission on Bovine Productivity Scheme.
India signs €300 million
Government has signed Finance Contract with European Investment Bank

agreement with European
(EIB) for lending of €300 million for Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II

Investment Bank for Bangalore

Metro Phase II.

Home Ministry forms study
The Union Home Ministry has formed study group to examine various

group to examine problems
problems faced by people residing near International Border (IB) and Line of

people residing in border areas.
Bacteria can spread antibiotic
Researchers including one of Indian origin from North Carolina State

resistance through soil: study.
University in US have found that antibiotic resistance can be passed between

bacteria found in the soil.
Scientists develop smart
Scientists from US have developed a smart bandage that can precisely

bandage to promote better, faster
control dose and delivery schedule of medication tailored for a specific type

of wound, leading to faster healing.
US approves first test to screen
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved „Cbas

Zika virus in donated blood.
Zika test‟ for detecting Zika virus in donated blood. It is first of kind test

approved by FDA for detecting Zika virus in donated blood.
First Meeting of India-Australia
The First Meeting of India-Australia Joint Steering Committee (JSC) was

Joint Steering Committee held in
held in New Delhi.

New Delhi.

CBDT signs 2 more APAs with
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed two more advance

pricing agreements (APAs) in September 2017 with Indian taxpayers in order

to reduce litigation by providing certainty in transfer pricing.
Gauri Lankesh becomes first
Late Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh awarded a prestigious Reach All

Indian to win Anna
Women in WAR (RAW in WAR) Anna Politkovskaya Award.

Politkovskaya Award.

Recommendations of Uday
21-member Committee on corporate governance headed by banker Uday

Kotak Committee on Corporate
Kotak has submitted its report to the Securities and Exchange Board of India

Richard H. Thaler wins 2017
American economist Richard H. Thaler has won 2017 Nobel Prize in

Nobel Prize in Economic
Economic Sciences for his contributions to behavioural economics. He will

receive 9-million-kronor ($1.1-million) prize.
Government launches
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched Intensified

Intensified Mission
Mission Indradhanush (IMI) to accelerate full immunization coverage to more

than 90% by December 2018.
NMCG approves Eight Projects
The Executive Committee of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)

under Namami Gange
has approved eight projects worth Rs. 700 crore under Namami Gange

VAJRA Scheme: Government
The Union Ministry of Science and Technology‟s Visiting Advanced Joint

receives 260 applicants for
Research (VAJRA) Faculty Scheme has received 260 applications from foreign

visiting researcher programme.
of whom 70 will be shortlisted.
MoRTH to promote new
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has decided to

technologies in highway projects
implement “Value Engineering Program” to promote use of new

technologies, materials and equipment in highways
Government imposes anti-
The Union Finance Ministry has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of

dumping duty on certain
certain steel wire rods from China for five years to guard interest of domestic

Chinese steel products
players from cheap in-bound shipments.
India hosts International
The International conference on “Dialogue of Civilizations – IV” was

Conference on Dialogue of
inaugurated by Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Culture

Civilizations – IV
Dr. Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi.
Rajasthan: First state to
Rajasthan became first state in the country to incorporate skill development

incorporate skill development
programme in higher education.

programme in higher education

India ranks 8th in 2017 Valuable
According to Brand Finance‟s recently released Nation Brands 2017 report,

Nation Brand List
India was ranked 8th out of 100 countries on a list of most valuable nation

First BIMSTEC Disaster
The first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2017 (DMEx-2017) was

Management exercise held in
held in New Delhi, India from October 10,13, 2017.

New Delhi

Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as new
Jagdish Mukhi was sworn in as new Governor of Assam. He was

Governor of Assam
administered oath of office by Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Ajit Singh.
India Water Week inaugurated
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated 5th edition of India Water Week

by President
(IWW) with theme “Water and Energy for Inclusive Growth” in New Delhi.
MoRTH to promote new
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has decided to

technologies in highway projects
implement “Value Engineering Program” to promote use of new

technologies, materials and equipment in highways projects
Government imposes anti-
The Union Finance Ministry has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of

dumping duty on certain
certain steel wire rods from China for five years to guard interest of domestic

Chinese steel products
players from cheap in-bound shipments.
Cabinet approves MoC between
The Union Cabinet approved signing of Memorandum of Cooperation

India and Japan to establish
(MoC) between India and Japan on establishing a liquid, flexible and global

Liquid, Flexible and Global
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Market.

LNG Market

Anupam Kher appointed as
Veteran actor Anupam Kher (62) was appointed as new Chairman of the

Chairman of FTII
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.
SC criminalises sex with minor
The Supreme Court has criminalised sex between man and his underage

wife aged between 15 to 18 years
wife below 18 years provided the woman files a complaint within a year.
Government to set up think tank
The Union Government will soon get Cabinet approval for setting up of

for oil sector
high-powered think tank under Ministry of Petroleum to look into key issues

related to oil and gas sector.
IMF lowers India’s growth
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its October World Economic

forecast to 6.7 %
Outlook (WEO) has lowered India‟s economic growth forecast at 6.7% in 2017

and 7.4% in 2018.
Japan launches fourth Michibiki
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched

satellite for hi-tech GPS
Michibiki-4 satellite (QZSS-4) onboard of H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima

Space Centre.
Nisha Biswal appointed as
Former US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha

President of USIBC
Desai Biswal was appointed as President of US-India Business Council

Global Hunger Index 2017: India
India ranked 100th position among 119 countries on Global Hunger Index

ranks 100th among 119 nations
(GHI) 2017 report released by Washington-based International Food Policy

Research Institute (IFPRI).
First Meeting of EAC-PM held
The first-ever meeting of newly-constituted Economic Advisory Council to

in New Delhi
Prime Minister (EAC-PM) was held at NITI Aayog, in New Delhi. It was

chaired by Dr. Bibey Debroy, Member NITI Aayog.
CCEA approves SANKALP &
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved two World

STRIVE Schemes to boost Skill
Bank supported schemes Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for

India Mission
Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP)
India’s first STP under Hybrid
India‟s first Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) under Hybrid Annuity Mode

Annuity Mode to come up in
will come up in Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh).

Haridwar and Varanasi

44th Indian Handicrafts and
The 44th edition of Indian Handicrafts and Gifts (IHGF)-Delhi Fair was held

Gifts-Delhi Fair inaugurated in
at India Expo Centre and Mart on outskirts of Delhi in Greater Noida.

New Delhi

Cabinet approves MoC between
The Union Cabinet has approved signing of Memorandum of Cooperation

India and Japan on Technical
(MoC) between India and Japan on the Technical Intern Training Program

Intern Training Program
October 11: International Day of
The International Day of the Girl Child is observed on October 11 every

the Girl Child
year across world to recognize girls‟ rights and the unique challenges girls

face around the world.
Mitra Shakti 2017: India-Sri
The 5th India-Sri Lanka joint training exercise “Mitra Shakti 2017” was held

Lanka Joint Military Exercise
Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharshtra.

held in Pune

Government launches
The Union Government has launched Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana

Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana
and expanded coverage of Postal Life Insurance (PLI) in a bid to provide

affordable life insurance services to people particularly those living in rural

IWAI raises Rs. 660 crore
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has raised Rs. 660 crore as

through Bonds
Fully Serviced Bonds.
Two Experimental Ebola
The clinical trials of two experimental Ebola vaccines cAd3-EBOZ and

vaccines found safe, effective in
rVSV-ZEBOV were found to be safe and capable of eliciting immune response

human trial
against Ebola virus that lasts for at least one year.
IIP rises to 9-month high of 4.3%
According to data released by Central Statistics Office (CSO), factory output

in August 2017
measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) has grown nine-

month high to 4.3% in August 2017.
October 13: International Day
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is observed every year

for Disaster Reduction
on October 13 to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster

INS Satpura, Kadmatt
Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt participated in Passage Exercise

participates in Passage Exercise
(PASSEX) with Japanese Marine Self Defence Force (JMSDF) held at Sasebo,

in Japan
World’s largest combustion
National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) was

research centre inaugurated at
inaugurated at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in Tamil Nadu.

IIT Madras

Audrey Azoulay elected as
Former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay (45) was elected as new

Director General of UNESCO
Director General of UNESCO – the UN‟s education, science and culture

Bureau of Indian Standards Act
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has brought

2016 comes into effect
into effect new Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 which was notified

in March 2016.
October 14: World Standards
The World Standards Day is observed every year on 14 October across the

globe to mark the development of voluntary engineering and scientific

First Investment Agreement
India‟s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India on has

signed between NIIF and Abu
signed an investment agreement worth $1 billion with Abu Dhabi Investment

Dhabi Investment Authority
Authority (ADIA).
INS Kiltan commissioned into
Indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan was

Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam
commissioned an into the Indian Navy at the Eastern Naval Command

(Naval Dockyard) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
16 October: World Food Day
The World Food Day is observed globally on 16 October to mark

foundation of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United

Nations in 1945. The theme for the year 2017 is “Change the future of

October 15: International Day of
The International Day of Rural Women is observed every year on October

Rural Women
15 to recognize the crucial role and contribution of rural women. The 2017

theme of the day is “Challenges and opportunities in climate-resilient

agriculture for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and

girls”. TM
Krishna wins 2015-16 Indira
Carnatic vocalist T M Krishna won 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National

Gandhi Award for National
Integration for 2015 -16 for his services in promoting and preserving national

integration in the country.
Need to balance national
The Supreme Court has asked Union Government to strike a balance

interest, human rights on
between humanitarian concern for Rohingya community staying in India and

Rohingya refugees: SC
country‟s economic and national security interests.
India inks MoC to send interns
India and Japan have signed memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on

to Japan for training
Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) to significantly expand the

bilateral cooperation s in the field of skill development.
#IamThatWoman: WCD
The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has

Ministry launches campaign on
launched online campaign #IamThatWoman in an attempt to end Gender

women for women
bias in women against women. It was launched by WCD Minister Meneka

October 17: The International
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) is observed

Day for the Eradication of
every year on October 17 to raise people‟s awareness of the need to eradicate

poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.
First Investment Agreement
India‟s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India on has

signed between NIIF and Abu
signed an investment agreement worth $1 billion with Abu Dhabi Investment

Dhabi Investment Authority
Authority (ADIA).
US author George Saunders
American author George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-

wins 2017 Man Booker Prize
profile literary award for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.
Times Higher Education
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore and Indian Instituted of

Rankings: IISC & IIT Bombay
Technology (IIT) Bombay were ranked among world‟s top 200 institutions for

among world’s top 200 for
engineering and computer science in Times Higher Education subject-wise

Sawfish more threatened than
Scientists on World Sawfish Day (observed on October 17th) announced

tigers: Scientists
that sawfish, sighted off Indian coast less than 10 times in over a decade

appears to be more threatened than tigers and elephants
MCX launches India’s first
Largest commodity bourse Multi-Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX)

commodity options in Gold
launched India‟s first commodity options in gold.
Government sets up expert
The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY) has

group for suggestions on
set up an internal expert committee to advise the government on a policy on

artificial intelligence policy
artificial intelligence (AI).
India tops list of pollution-
According to new study published in medical journal The Lancet, India has

linked deaths: Study
topped list of countries with pollution-related deaths in 2015. In India, 2.51

million people died prematurely in 2015 due to diseases linked to air, water

and other forms of pollution.
India, Brazil, South Africa sign
India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) have signed the IBSA Trust Fund

IBSA Trust Fund agreement
Agreement that seeks to fight poverty in developing countries.
INDRA 2017: First tri-services
The first tri-service armed Forces (Army, Navy, & Air Force) exercise

military exercise between India-
INDRA 2017 between India and Russia began at the 249th Combined Army

Russia begins
Range Sergeevisky and in Sea of Japan near Vladivostok.
Hemidactylus kangerensis: New
Researchers have discovered new species of gecko at Chhattisgarh‟s Kanger

species of large gecko discovered
Ghati National Park in Eastern Ghats. J

in Eastern Ghats
Jaipur and Srinagar Airport
The Jaipur and Srinagar Airport were ranked first and second respectively

ranked first and second in ACI-
in ACI (Airports Council International)-ASQ (Airport Service Quality) Survey

ASQ Survey
in the category of 2-5 million passengers .
NHAI to get power to speed up
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will soon get powers to

Bharatmala programme
approve highway projects with construction cost of more than Rs 1,000 crore

to ensure faster implementation of Bharatmala programme.
PM launches South Asia’s first
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated first phase of Ro-Ro (roll-on,

Ro-Ro ferry service in Gujarat
roll-off) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in

Bharuch district in the Gulf of Cambay, Gujarat.
Sri Lankan Coast Guard
Sri Lankan Coast Guard has commissioned Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)

commissions OPV SURAKSHA
SURAKSHA gifted by India at Colombo port. It is first OPV of Sri Lankan

gifted by India
Coast Guard.
Denmark Open: Kidambi
India‟s ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth (World No. 8) won US $750,000

Srikanth wins third Super Series
Denmark Open title of badminton in the men‟s single category.


HRD Ministry pushes for cash-
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is aiming to

free campuses
make financial transactions completely digital in all higher education

institutions. Under this initiative, all public and private institutions including

Central and State universities will be fully digitised.
India wins 2017 Asia Cup
India won 2017 Asia Cup hockey title by defeating Malaysia in the final

hockey title
match held in Dhaka, Bangladesh by 2-1 score. It was India‟s overall third

Asia Cup title and earlier it had won it in 2003 and 2007.
NASA extends Dawn Mission at
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved

dwarf planet Ceres
second extension of Dawn mission at Ceres dwarf planet which is the largest

object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Peru approves medicinal use of
The Peruvian Congress has approved a bill to authorises the medicinal and

therapeutic use of cannabis (marijuana) in the country.
GSTN launches excel-based
The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has launched excel-based

offline tool to file initial GSTR-
offline facility to allow taxpayers to finalise their GSTR-3B forms on their own

3B returns
computers before uploading it onto the portal in order to minimise chances of

errors before uploading on portal.
India’s first Pradhan Mantri
India‟s first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) for Skilling in Smart

Kaushal Kendra for Skilling in
Cities was inaugurated at Mandir Marg, New Delhi. It has been set up

Smart Cities inaugurated in New
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana by National Skill Development

Corporation (NSDC) in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council

4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’
The fourth edition of ASEAN Defence Ministers‟ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus

Meeting-Plus to be held in
will be held in Philippines. India will be represented by Union Defence

Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Government makes mandatory
The Department of Revenue (DoR), Finance Ministry has made it

for Banks to match original IDs
mandatory for banks and financial institutions to check original identification

with photocopies
documents of individuals dealing in cash above prescribed threshold to weed

out use of forged or fake copies.
India’s new chancery complex
India‟s new chancery complex opened at Baridhara diplomatic enclave in

opened in Dhaka
Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh. It was inaugurated by External Affairs

Minister Sushma Swaraj on the last day of her Bangladesh visit.
ONGC plans to raise oil output
State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has drawn a blueprint

by 4 MT by 2020
to raise crude oil production by 4 metric tonne (MT) and almost double

natural gas output by 2020.
Government de-affiliates 400
The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has de-

ITIs for failing quality norms
affiliated close to 400 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) after inspections

found that the institutes lacked requisite infrastructure and trainers for

imparting vocational training to students.
Maruti becomes top exporter of
According to latest data by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers

passenger cars from India
(SIAM), Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has become largest passenger cars

exporter from India in first half (April-September) of ongoing fiscal.
CISF to analyse social media
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will analyse Social media trends

trends & data in monitoring
and data for first time in monitoring security. This project is being done on

experimental basis and based on the experiences this smart centre will be

further strengthened.
Government appoints ex-IB
The Union Home Ministry has appointed former director of Intelligence

Chief as its representative on
Bureau (IB) Dineshwar Sharma as central government‟s representative to

Kashmir dialogue
initiate dialogue with all stakeholders in insurgency-hit Jammu and Kashmir.
All-women crew of Navika
INSV Tarini carrying all-women crew members of Navika Sagar Parikrama,

Sagar Parikrama expedition
India‟s first ever circumnavigation expedition of globe by all-women crew

reaches Fremantle
entered west Australian port of Fremantle.
RBI sets up task force for India
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted high-level task force on

Public Credit Registry
public credit registry (PCR) for India. It will be chaired by Y M Deosthalee,

former CMD of L&T Finance Holdings Ltd and will have nine other

Government appoints
The Union Government has appointed former Intelligence Bureau (IB)

Dineshwar Sharma as its
Chief Dineshwar Sharma as its Representative (or special interlocutor) to

representative in J&K
initiate and carry forward sustained dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
TRAI recommends 40%
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended 40%

reduction in carbon emission by
reduction in carbon emissions in telecom networks by 2022-23 considering

2022-23 for sustainable
2011-12 as the base year in order to make telecom sector greener.


24 October: United Nations Day
The United Nations Day is observed every year on 24th October to mark

anniversary of entry into force of UN Charter in 1945.
Paika rebellion to be named as
The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has

1st War of Independence:
announced that Paika rebellion (Paika Bidroha) of 1817 will be named as First

War of Independence against British Rule in history books from next

academic session.
56th Raising Day of ITBP
The 56th raising day of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was

celebrated 24 October. It was raised on 24th October in 1962.
October 24: World Development
The World Development Information Day (WDID) is observed every year

Information Day
on October 24 to draw attention of world to development problems and

necessity of strengthening international cooperation to solve them.
CVC to develop Integrity Index
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has decided to develop Integrity

of 25 Government Organizations
Index of 25 Government Organizations in line with its broader strategy and

emphasis on preventive vigilance.
Government announces Bank
The Union Government has announced Bank Recapitalisation Plan to infuse

Recapitalization Plan to infuse
Rs. 2.11 lakh crore ( $32.4 billion) capital over next two years into public

Rs. 2.11 lakh crore capital in
sector banks (PSBs) and prioritised financing support for MSMEs in 50

Bharat Mala Pariyojana :
The Union Government has announced to build 83,677km of roads,

Government to build 83,677 km
highways, greenfield expressways and bridges with investment of Rs.6.92

of infrastructure projects
lakh core in next five years i.e. by 2022 to further optimise efficiency of

movement of goods and people across the country.
SC bans dirty pet-coke, furnace
The Supreme Court banned use of pet-coke and dirty furnace oil in

oil in Haryana, Rajasthan, UP
Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh from November 1, 2017 in a bid to

reduce air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).
Girija Devi: Queen of Thumri
Eminent classical singer Girija Devi passed away following a cardiac arrest

passes away
at age of 88. She was considered as queen of thumri, a common genre of semi-

classical Indian music. Girija Devi She was born in zamindar family at village

near Banaras on May 8, 1929.
CSIR-NIIST scientists develop
Scientists from Thiruvananthapuram based CSIR-National Institute for

organic near-infrared filter
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST) have developed

organic filter that allows only near-infrared (NIR) light to pass through it.
Ministries of Power & Textiles
Ministries of Power and Textiles have joined hands under SAATHI

join hands for SAATHI
(Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Textile technologies to

Help small Industries) initiative.
145.        Ichthyosaur fossil discovered for   Geologists for the first time have discovered 152 million-year-old fossil of

first time in India
Ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile in in Kutch desert region of Gujarat.
Start-up Sangam Initiative: Oil
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas launched Start-up Sangam initiative

companies to back 30 start-ups
to develop new business models, marketing plans, technology and

with Rs 320-crore fund
innovations in heavy oil and gas industry sector by supporting 30 start-ups.
Global Passport Power Rank
India‟s passport was ranked 75th among 94 countries in recently released

2017: India ranks 75
Global Passport Power Rank 2017. India was ranked three notches better than

its previous ranking.
Scientists develop new tool to
Scientists from Florida State University in the US have developed new tool

improve monsoon forecast
for objectively defining onset and demise of Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) .
Muddle over GEAC’s approval
It was reported earlier in May 2017 that Genetic Engineering Appraisal

for GM mustard DMH-11
Committee (GEAC) had cleared transgenic mustard, DMH-11 for commercial

Indian Navy approves new
Indian Navy has approved new mission-based deployment plan for

mission-based deployment plan
deploying mission-ready ships and aircraft along critical sea lanes of

communications and choke points in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
First BIMSTEC Task Force on
The first-ever meeting of BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine

Traditional Medicine meeting
(BITFM) was held at Parvasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi.

held in New Delhi

Indian Railway’s first set of
Indian Railway‟s first set of solar plants with total capacity of 5 megawatt

solar plant of 5 MW capacity
peak (MWp) was launched on roof tops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi,

Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
REPAIR: Scientists develop
Scientists from The Broad Institute and Massachusetts Institute of

RNA editing tool to combat
Technology in US have developed RNA Editing for Programmable A to I

genetic disease
Replacement (REPAIR), a new gene editing tool therapies that can reverse

disease-causing mutations in humans.
Government gives LoI to 7
The Union Ministry of Tourism gave Letters of Intent (LoI) to seven

companies for 14 monuments
shortlisted companies for adopting 14 monuments under Adopt a Heritage

under Adopt a Heritage Scheme
Scheme at the closing ceremony of „Paryatan Parv‟ held in New Delhi.
Kilogram will get new measure
The International Conference of heads of Metrology Institutes held in

set by value of Planck constant
Sevres, France has decided that the measure of kilogram will no longer be

from 2019
pegged to cylinder.
27 October: Infantry Day
The Infantry Day in observed every year in India on 27 October to

commemorate supreme sacrifices made by Indian Army‟s infantry against

Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 1947.
Scientists link new virus to kala-
Scientists have found that parasite called Leptomonas seymouri hosting

virus called Lepsey NLV1 may be also responsible for spread of kala-azar

(visceral leishmaniasis).
OPV Vikram: L&T hand overs
Larsen and Toubro (L&T) handed over offshore patrol vessel (OPV) named

first defence vessel built in
“Vikram” to the Indian Coast Guard.

private shipyard to Coast Guard

Government makes use of
The Union Government has made use of Public Finance Management

Public Finance Management
System (PFMS) mandatory for all central schemes to ensure that benefits of

System mandatory for central
government schemes reach the last mile.


Government inks $65.5 Million
The Union Government has inked $65.5 million loan agreement with Asian

Loan agreement with ADB to
Development Bank (ADB) to continue interventions to check coastal erosion

support Coastal Protection in
on the Western Coast in Karnataka.


14th SAARCLAW Conference
The 14th South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law

held in Colombo, Sri Lanka
(SAARCLAW) Conference was held in Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka

along with 11th SAARC Chief Justices Conference.
Phase 1 of Bharat Net project to
The first phase of national optic fibre network christened as Bharat Net

be completed by December 2017
project will be completed by December 2017, thus providing internet access to

100,000 gram panchayats.
Javed Akhtar awarded 2017
Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar (72) was honoured with the 2017

Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award
Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award at event in Mumbai which marked 80th

birthday of veteran music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar and 28th

anniversary of Hridayesh Arts.
Indian Railways to revise flexi-
The Indian Railways is planning to revise its flexi-fare system on premium

fares system on premium trains
trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto in such a way that it does not

hurt people‟s pockets and also meets Railways‟ revenue target.
World’s fastest, shortest laser
Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland have successfully created the

pulse created
world‟s shortest X-ray laser pulse with duration of just 43 attoseconds

(1×10−18 of a second).
India to host UN Summit on
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that

Conservation of Migratory
India will host next Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of

Species in 2020
Wild Animals (CMS) Conference of Parties 13 (CMS COP13) in year 2020.
India sends first wheat shipment
India has flagged off shipment of wheat for Afghanistan through Iran‟s

to Afghanistan via Chabahar por
Chabahar port. It was flagged off from Kandla port in Gujarat by External

Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin

Rabbani through video conferencing.
Home Ministry set to take over
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is set to move a proposal

Bureau of Civil Aviation
before Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for taking over Bureau of Civil

Aviation Security (BCAS).
2017 French Open badminton:
India‟s ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth (World no. 8) won French Open

Kidambi Srikanth wins men’s
Superseries badminton title in men‟s single category. In the final match, he

singles title
defeated Japan‟s Kenta Nishimoto by 21-14, 21-13 score.
Four Asian vulture species from
Several species of vultures including four from India on their migratory

India gets highest protection
routes were awarded highest protection by the Convention on Conservation

under CMS
of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

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