Current Affair 2018 ( Current Affairs 01 Oct 2018)

Today Current Affairs-01 October 2018

Current Affair #01

Govt sets up Competition Law Review Committee
  • The Government has constituted a Competition Law Review Committee to review the Competition Act.
  • The committee will be headed by corporate affairs secretary Injeti Srinivas.
  • The committee will review the competition regulations in India.
  • The Competition Act was passed in 2002 and the Competition Commission of India was set up in 2009.

Current Affair #02

Int Day of Older Persons observed on 1st Oct
  • International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1st October every year.
  • The theme for 2018 is ‘Celebrating Older Human Rights champions’.
  • The objective of the International Day for Older Persons is to recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.

Current Affair #03

Yuvraj Wadhwani won Asian Junior Squash title
  • India’s Yuvraj Wadhwani won Asian Junior Squash Championship title on 30 September, 2018.
  • Yuvraj has become the second Indian to win the Under-13 title after Veer Chotrani, who had won the title in 2014 in Iran.
  • Overall, Indian squash players won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.

Current Affair #04

NITI Aayog and Oracle sign SoI
  • NITI Aayog and Oracle signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to pilot a real drug supply-chain using blockchain distributed ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) software
  • The SoI was signed in order to fight the growing problem of counterfeit drugs in India.
  • Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma Sciences will partner in this effort.

Current Affair #05

Good samaritan bill of Karnataka approved
  • Karnataka has become the first state in the country to give legal protection to good Samaritans.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to Karnataka Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation during Emergency Situations) Bill, 2016.
  • The bill aims to provide legal protection to the good samaritans in Karnataka, who help accident victims with emergency medical care.

Current Affair #06

Peace Padyatra in the Red heartland
  • Around 150 people, from various states affected by the Maoist insurgency, will begin a 186-km long ‘Peace Padyatra’ on 1 Oct.
  • The Peace Padyatra will start from the Shabri Gandhi Ashram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh to the Jagdalpur town of Bastar.
  • The padyatris will walk along the National Highway 30, that passes through the  Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

Current Affair #07

livestock census commenced from Oct. 01
  • The 20th Livestock Census will be conducted in all States and Union Territories from October 01, 2018.
  • The 20th Livestock Census would, for the first time, capture breed-wise headcount of livestock and poultry
  • The Census would help in identifying the threatened indigenous breeds.
  • The exercise would also cover fisheries.

Current Affair #08

Madhya Pradesh to have cow ministry
  • Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the setting up of a ministry for cows.
  • The cow ministry will replace the existing Madhya Pradesh Gaupalan Evam Pashudhan Samvardhan Board (MPGEPSB).
  • If Madhya Pradesh implements the decision, it will become the second Indian state after Rajasthan to get a cow ministry.

Current Affair #09

Sale of micro insurance via PoS allowed
  • Insurance regulator IRDAI has allowed the distribution of all micro-insurance products through point-of-sales (PoS).
  • It aims to increase insurance penetration in the country.
  • Micro-insurance policies are designed to promote insurance coverage among economically vulnerable sections.
  • A micro-insurance policy is a general or life insurance policy with a sum assured of Rs. 50,000 or less.

Current Affair #10

VP to give "Vayoshreshtha Samman-2018"
  • The Vice President of India M. Venkiah Naidu gave “Vayoshreshtha Samman-2018” to senior citizens on October 1, 2018.
  • The award is given to eminent senior citizens and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of the elderly persons.
  • Vayoshreshtha Samman is a Scheme of National Awards instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

Current Affair #11

Wage Compensation Scheme for pregnant women
  • Assam government launched a wage compensation scheme for Pregnant Women in tea gardens of the state.
  • The scheme will provide better health and nutrition supplements to the pregnant women.
  • An amount of Rs.12,000 will be given to the pregnant woman to take care of herself and unborn baby.
  • The wage compensation scheme will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the tea areas of Assam.

Current Affair #12

SATAT initiative launched by Petroleum Min
  • The government of India launched ‘SATAT’ initiative to promote Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) as an alternative fuel.
  • The initiative is aimed at providing a Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) as a developmental effort that would benefit both vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs.
  • Use of CBG will also help bring down dependency on crude oil imports.

Current Affair #13

1st corn festival of country in Chhindwara
  • The first corn festival of the country held in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh from 29-30 Sept.
  • The event will see scientists working on maize from across the country who will share their knowledge of the new developments and opportunities for corn based products.
  • Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest corn producing states in India with Chhindwara being the highest corn producing district.

Current Affair #14

New LNG terminal at Anjar inaugurated
  • The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mundra LNG terminal, the Anjar-Mundra Pipeline Project and the Palanpur-Pali-Barmer pipeline project, at Anjar, Gujarat on 30 September 2018.
  • The LNG terminal is promoted by Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
  • India has two more LNG terminals, Dabhol in Maharashtra and Kochi in Kerala.

Current Affair #15

Goa, Portugal signed MoU on water management
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Portuguese Environment Ministry and the Public Works Department of Goa.
  • The MoU proposes technical partnership in the areas of water supply operation and energy efficiency,
  • As part of the MoU, the assessment of two of the biggest water treatment and supply plants at Selaulim and Opa in Goa would be undertaken.

Current Affair #16

'NABARAD Grameena Habba' in Bengaluru
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is organizing “Grameena Habba” at Bengaluru.
  • Habba is an exhibition cum sale of rural artisan products September 28- Oct 7, 2018.
  • It would expand the market for weavers, rural artisans and craftsmen etc.
  • NABARD supports rural artisans via its special fund ‘Gramya Vikas Nidhi’ that promotes rural innovation, rural livelihood options etc.

Current Affair #17

7-member panel set up on ‘calamity tax’
  • The GST Council has set up a seven-member Group of Minister (GoM) panel.
  • The panel will examine the legality of imposing a new tax on certain goods and services to raise resources for natural calamity-hit states.
  • The seven-member Group of Ministers (GoM), would include representatives from North-Eastern, hilly and coastal states.

Current Affair #18

5th World Internet Conference in China
  • China will hold the fifth World Internet Conference (WIC) in its river town of Wuzhen on November 7-9 2019.
  • Theme:  “creating a digital world for mutual trust and collective governance – towards a community with a shared future in cyberspace”.
  • The conference will advocate exchanges, mutual learning, cooperation and sharing in the digital fields.

Current Affair #19

Harmonium exponent Tulsidas Borkar passed away
  • Renowned harmonium player Pandit Tulsidas Borkar passed away in Mumbai.
  • Borkar was conferred with the Padma Shri award in 2016 and also the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
  • He had accompanied legendary singers such as Ustad Amir Khan, Bhimsen Joshi and Kishori Amonkar.
  • Borkar was known for both solo performances as well as his unique style of accompanying Indian classical singers.

Current Affair #20

RBI to pump Rs 360 bn into bond markets
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would pump Rs 360 billion into money markets in October to stem fears of a cascading credit crunch.
  • The auctions would be conducted during the second, third and fourth week of October.
  • The government will effectively cut its market borrowing by Rs 700 billion due to higher-than-expected earnings of Rs 750 billion through its small savings scheme.

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