25th October 2018 Current Affairs

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GoM set up to strengthen safety laws for women at workplaces

  • The union government has constituted a group of ministers (GoM) to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to prevent and deal with sexual harassment of women in workplaces.
  • The four-member GoM headed by Rajnath Singh (union home minister) will examine the existing provisions for dealing with sexual harassment of women in offices.
  • The other members of the GoM are Nitin Gadkari (road transport and highways minister), Nirmala Sitharaman (defence Minister) and Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (women and child development minister).

India Mobile Congress 2018 begins in New Delhi

  • The Indian Mobile Congress 2018 (second edition) has opened in New Delhi’s Aerocity.
  • The digital forum is organized by the COAI and brings together industry partners, OEMs, service providers, policymakers and experts to discuss and deliberate on emerging technology, issues, policy guidelines.
  • The theme for this year is “New Digital Horizons Connect, Create, Innovate.”

PNB Metlife launches AI-powered customer service app 'Khushi'

  • PNB Metlife has unveiled an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered customer service app ‘Khushi’.
  • The app is designed to be a one-stop shop providing insurance-related information, anytime, anywhere, such as policy features, premium due details besides providing fund value and portfolio details.
  • Khushi app has the ability to understand customer intent and provide tailored responses.
  • Earlier in 2016, PNB Metlife had launched ‘conVRse’, virtual reality (VR) service platform as well as ‘eBranch’, a paperless digital platform enabling real-time transfer of information.

IFFCO biggest cooperative in the world

  • Fertiliser major ‘IFFCO’ has been ranked as the biggest cooperative in the world by ‘Word Cooperative Monitor’ report 2018.
  • The report has been published by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse).
  • IFFCO has nearly 36,000 member co-operatives and a turnover of nearly USD 3 billion (FY 2017-18).

First edition of North East Olympic Games begins in Imphala

  • Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has declared open the first edition of North East Olympic Games (NEOG) 2018 at main Stadium Khuman Lampark Sports Complex, Imphal.
  • Around 2000 thousand athletes will compete in 12 disciplines including Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Football, Judo, Karate-Do, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, and Wushu.
  • 236 participants from Arunachal, Assam (246), Mizoram (134), Meghalaya (165), Nagaland (224), Tripura (128), Sikkim (179) and Manipur (248) will compete in the Games.
  • The NEOG games is being organized by the MOA under the aegis of the North East Olympic Association.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo retires from international cricket

  • West Indies all-rounder ‘Dwayne Bravo’ (35-years) announced his retirement from international cricket.
  • He will continue to play franchise T20 cricket around the world.
  • Dwayne Bravo last represented West Indies in a T20I game vs Pakistan in 2016.
  • Bravo played 40 Tests, 164 ODIs & 66 T20Is for the Windies, made 2986 runs in ODIs and took 199 wickets.

Kohli becomes fastest to reach 10,000 runs in the history of ODI Cricket

  • India captain Virat Kohli (29-year) has become the fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in the history of ODI cricket (in just 205 innings).
  • He overtook Sachin Tendulkar, who had reached 10,000 ODI runs (259th innings) in 2001.

M.S. Swaminathan to be awarded World Agriculture Prize

  • Agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan (Pioneer of India’s Green Revolution) will receive the first World Agriculture Prize instituted by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) in New Delhi.
  • The prize will be presented by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan at a special session.
  • The prize has been instituted by the ICFA with an aim to recognize individuals who have served humanity through agriculture.

Malayalam author won first JCB Prize 2018

  • Malayalam author Benyamin has bagged the inaugural ‘JCB Prize for literature’ for his book ‘Jasmine Days’.
  • The book explores the lives of South Asians in the Middle East.
  • Benyamin was awarded a cash prize of ₹25 lakh and a trophy.
  • JCB Prize for Literature is an Indian literary award established in 2018 and the award is funded by the construction manufacturing group JCB.

Satish Kumar Gupta appointed CEO of Paytm Payments Bank

  • Veteran banker Satish Kumar Gupta has been appointed as managing director (MD) and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank.
  • Gupta comes in after Renu Satti stepped down as CEO in July.
  • Previously, Mr. Gupta had stints as the chief product officer at National Payments Corporation of India and deputy general manager at State Bank of India.

Saurabh Kumar appointed Ambassador to Myanmar

  • Senior diplomat Saurabh Kumar has been appointed India’s ambassador to Myanmar.
  • Saurabh Kumar, a 1989 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving as the Indian envoy in Iran.
  • Kumar will succeed Vikram Misri who has been serving as Indian envoy in Myanmar since August 31, 2016.
  • Misri was appointed Indian Ambassador to China in September 2018.

Second Guwahati International Film Festival begins today

  • Assam Chief Minister ‘Sarbananda Sonowal’ has inaugurated the second Guwahati International Film Festival in Assam.
  • The festival is being organized by Jyoti Chitraban in association with Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute.
  • Total of 108 movies from 50 countries will be screened during the week-long festival, with a special focus on ASEAN countries.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Who setup to strengthen safety laws for women at workplaces?

Correct! Wrong!

The union government has constituted a group of ministers (GoM) to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to prevent and deal with sexual harassment of women in workplaces.

2. In which place India Mobile Congress 2018 second edition has opened?

Correct! Wrong!

The Indian Mobile Congress 2018 (second edition) has opened in New Delhi's Aerocity.

3. Which of the following launched service app ‘Khushi’?

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PNB Metlife has unveiled an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered customer service app ‘Khushi’.

4. According to which of the following reports, Fertiliser major IFFCO has been ranked as the biggest cooperative in the world?

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Fertiliser major ‘IFFCO’ has been ranked as the biggest cooperative in the world by ‘Word Cooperative Monitor’ report 2018.

5. Where the First edition of North East Olympic Games begins?

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Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has declared open the first edition of North East Olympic Games (NEOG) 2018 at main Stadium Khuman Lampark Sports Complex, Imphal.

6. Dwayne Bravo who recently announced his retirement from International Cricket is belongs to which country?

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West Indies all-rounder ‘Dwayne Bravo’ (35-years) announced his retirement from international cricket.

7. Which player becomes fastest to reach 10,000 runs in the history of ODI Cricket?

Correct! Wrong!

India captain Virat Kohli (29-year) has become the fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in the history of ODI cricket (in just 205 innings).

8. Which of the following noted author is the recipient of the JCB Prize for literature?

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Malayalam author Benyamin has bagged the inaugural ‘JCB Prize for literature’ for his book ‘Jasmine Days’.

9. Who is appointed as CEO of Paytm Pyments Bank?

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Veteran banker Satish Kumar Gupta has been appointed as managing director (MD) and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank.

10. Who become the Ambassador to Myanmar?

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Senior diplomat Saurabh Kumar has been appointed India’s ambassador to Myanmar.

11. In which place the second Guwahati International Film Festival inaugurated?

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Assam Chief Minister ‘Sarbananda Sonowal’ has inaugurated the second Guwahati International Film Festival in Assam.

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