18th October 2018 Current Affairs

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M J Akbar resigns as minister of state for external affairs

  • The Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawed Akbar has resigned from his post in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment made by several women against him.
  • The resignation comes in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against him.
  • Akbar has already filed a criminal defamation case in this regard.

NITI Aayog launches guidelines for Public-Private partnership in NCDs

  • NITI Aayog has launched the model guidelines for Public-Private partnership in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
  • As per the guidelines, the private partner will invest in upgrading, building and deploying human resources, responsible for operational management and service delivery.
  • The guidelines will help streamline private participation and encourage world-class infra & patient care in the health sector

12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit begins in Brussels

  • The two-day 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit begins in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will lead the Indian delegation at Europa Building for Opening Ceremony of ASEM Summit.
  • The theme this year is, ‘Global Partners for Global Challenges’.
  • The summit will prioritize issues related to connectivity, trade and investment, sustainable development, climate change, terrorism, migration, maritime security and cyberspace.

Bhutan: General elections are being held today

  • The third General elections of National Assembly (the lower house of Parliament) in Bhutan being held today.
  • The voters will seal the fate of total 94 candidates, 47 each from both the parties.
  • The Election Commission has deputed over 5,300 officials in 865 polling stations across the country.
  • Out of four lakh 38,000 registered voters, more than three lakhs are expected to exercise their franchise through EVMs.

Akash Malik claims India’s maiden archery silver at Youth Olympics

  • Akash Malik (15-year) became India’s first silver-medallist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games.
  • He lost one-sided final to Trenton Cowles of the USA 0-6.
  • Currently, Akash is enrolled by the Olympic Gold Quest and trains under South Korean coach Kim Hagyong at the Army Sports Institute in Pune.
  • India concluded with 3 gold, 9 silver, and 1 bronze at the event that was launched in 2010.

ESA to send spacecraft to Mercury in a first-of-its-kind mission

  • UK-built spacecraft will set off for Mercury to determine whether the plant, which is the closest to the Sun (contains water).
  • The European Space Agency’s (ESA) BepiColombo mission will send two orbiters to explore the planet where the surface temperatures reach about 450 degrees Celsius.
  • The space agency hopes to get answers to the questions raised by the previous missions such as whether the planet holds water.
  • On 20th October, Spacecraft will launch from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

‘Shahi litchi’ of North Bihar gets Geographical Indication (GI) tag

  • The famous ‘Shahi litchi’ of North Bihar has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag after Jardalu mango, Katarni rice and Magahi paan from the state.
  • GI is a name (sign) used on products to certify that they possess certain qualities for being made or produced as per traditional methods or enjoy a certain reputation due to its geographical origin.
  • A total of 3 lakh metric tonnes of different varieties of litchi were produced in Bihar in 2017-18, out of which 60 percent were Shahi litchis.

'Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior' book authored by Rima Hooja

  • A book on Maharana Pratap named “Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior” authored by historian Rima Hooja has been released.
  • The book narrates the life of Maharana Pratap, the great Rajput warrior and talks about the famous battle of ‘Haldighati’.

Putin, al-Sisi sign strategic co-operation treaty

  • Vladimir Putin (Russian President) and Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (Egyptian President) have signed a strategic co-operation treaty to increase trade, military and other ties in Sochi.
  • Mr al-Sisi hailed his talks with Mr. Putin and termed the agreement as a new chapter in the history of the countries’ bilateral relations.
  • Putin and the Egyptian President discussed expanding arms trade and military ties.

Try out the quiz ?

1. M J Akbar resigns , he is Minister of_________________.

Correct! Wrong!

The Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawed Akbar has resigned from his post in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment made by several women against him. The resignation comes in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against him.

2. Who launched the model guidelines for Public-Private partnership in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)?

Correct! Wrong!

NITI Aayog has launched the model guidelines for Public-Private partnership in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). As per the guidelines, the private partner will invest in upgrading, building and deploying human resources, responsible for operational management and service delivery.

3. 12th Asia-Europe Meeting summit begins in which country?

Correct! Wrong!

The two-day 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit begins in Brussels, Belgium. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will lead the Indian delegation at Europa Building for Opening Ceremony of ASEM Summit. The theme this year is, 'Global Partners for Global Challenges'.

4. The __________ general elections of National Assembly in Bhutan being held on 17th October 2018.

Correct! Wrong!

The third General elections of National Assembly (the lower house of Parliament) in Bhutan being held today. The voters will seal the fate of total 94 candidates, 47 each from both the parties. Out of four lakh 38,000 registered voters, more than three lakhs are expected to exercise their franchise through EVMs.

5. Who become the India’s first silver-medalist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games?

Correct! Wrong!

Akash Malik (15-year) became India’s first silver-medallist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games. India concluded with 3 gold, 9 silver, and 1 bronze at the event that was launched in 2010.

6. Which country built the spacecraft will set off for Mercury to determine whether the plant, which is the closest to the Sun (contains water)?

Correct! Wrong!

UK-built spacecraft will set off for Mercury to determine whether the plant, which is the closest to the Sun (contains water). The European Space Agency's (ESA) BepiColombo mission will send two orbiters to explore the planet where the surface temperatures reach about 450 degrees Celsius. The space agency hopes to get answers to the questions raised by the previous missions such as whether the planet holds water. On 20th October, Spacecraft will launch from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

7. The famous “Shahi Litchi” recently got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. It belongs to which of the following state?

Correct! Wrong!

The famous ‘Shahi litchi’ of North Bihar has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag after Jardalu mango, Katarni rice and Magahi paan from the state. GI is a name (sign) used on products to certify that they possess certain qualities for being made or produced as per traditional methods or enjoy a certain reputation due to its geographical origin.

8. Who is the author of the book "Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior" ?

Correct! Wrong!

A book on Maharana Pratap named “Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior” authored by historian Rima Hooja has been released. The book narrates the life of Maharana Pratap, the great Rajput warrior and talks about the famous battle of ‘Haldighati’.

9. Along with Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi who sign strategic co-operation treaty?

Correct! Wrong!

Vladimir Putin (Russian President) and Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (Egyptian President) have signed a strategic co-operation treaty to increase trade, military and other ties in Sochi. Mr al-Sisi hailed his talks with Mr. Putin and termed the agreement as a new chapter in the history of the countries' bilateral relations.

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