26th October 2018 Current Affairs

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PM Modi inaugurates farmers' conclave Krishi Kumbha in Lucknow

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated three-day farmers’ conclave ‘Krishi Kumbh 2018’ in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (via video conferencing).
  • The ‘Krishi Kumbh’ is being organized to promote modern technique and diversification in agriculture that could help in doubling farmers income.
  • The Kumbh will witness Israel & Japan (as official partners) while Haryana & Jharkhand (as partner states).
  • The summit would introduce farmers to the evolving dynamics of farming so that they could increase their earnings by tapping the vast potential in agriculture and post-harvest management of crops.
  • The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would preside over the closing ceremony (28th October 2018).

HRD Minister launches web portal of SPARC in New Delhi

  • The Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar has launched the web portal “sparc.iitkgp.ac.in.” in New Delhi.
  • SPARC (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration) scheme aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world.
  • SPARC will improve research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world from 28 selected nations.

Ethiopia appointed first female President

  • Ethiopia’s parliament has appointed the country’s first female President, Sahle-Work Zewde.
  • Sahle-Work has been Ethiopia’s ambassador to France, Djibouti, Senegal, and the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
  • Just prior to her appointment as President, she was the UN’s top official at the African Union.

Pooja Dhanda wins Bronze Medal in World Wrestling Championships in Budapest

  • Pooja Dhanda has won a bronze medal in the women’s freestyle (57kg weight class) in Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Dhanda defeated Grace Bullen of Norway 10-7.
  • Earlier, Bajrang Punia’s had settled for a silver in the 65kg category.
  • Before Pooja, only three Indian women grapplers (Alka Tomar, Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat) had won a bronze medal each at the Worlds Championships.

Belgium topped in latest FIFA rankings

  • According to the latest FIFA rankings, Belgium is the number one ranked football team in the world.
  • France is on the second rank.
  • 5 times FIFA World Cup winner, Germany got 14th rank.
  • India was ranked 97th in the latest rankings.
  • Tunisia (22nd) was the highest ranked African team.

India wins 2018 CAPAM International Innovations Awards

  • India has won the prestigious 2018 Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Award.
  • This award celebrates the spirit of innovation in the public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to improve governance and services in the public sector.
  • The Union Government had sent entries for 2018 CAPAM International Innovations Awards, under various categories.
  • The initiative entitled “Unnayan Banka- Reinventing Education Using Technology of Banka District, State of Bihar has been awarded under the category “Innovation Incubation”.

Tagore awards for cultural harmony announced

  • ‘Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony’ for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 were announced on 25 October 2018.
  • The awards were given to Manipuri dancer, Rajkumar Singhajit Singh (2014), Chhayanaut (a cultural organisation of Bangladesh) (2015) and sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar (2016).
  • It carries an award prize of Rs 1 crore, a citation in a scroll and a plaque.
  • The award jury was headed by PM Modi.

Wipro appoints ex-SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya as the Independent director

  • Former SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed as an independent director of Wipro (IT company) for a term of 5 years (from 1st Jan 2019), subject to the approval of shareholders.
  • Bhattacharya graduated from Kolkata’s Lady Brabourne College in 1977 and picked up banking as a career option for supporting the family following her father’s retirement from Bokaro Steel plant as an engineer.
  • On 7th October 2013, Bhattacharya became the first woman to be appointed as chairman of SBI.

NATO's biggest military maneuvers begin in Norway

  • The NATO’s (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) biggest military maneuvers (since the Cold War) has begun in Norway.
  • The wargames bring together around 50,000 personnel from all 29 NATO allies, plus partners Finland and Sweden.
  • Around 65 vessels, 150 aircraft and 10,000 vehicles will also participate in the drill, which takes place in central and eastern Norway, the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea. It will go on till November 7.

Children’s Film Bonanza begins in Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh

  • The state’s Information and public relation (IPR) Minister ‘Bamang Felix’ has inaugurated the two days Children’s Film Bonanza begins in Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Internationally acclaimed film Gauru and three other films will be screened during the event.
  • The society is planning to screen such films related to children at the rural areas of the state with the help of the state IPR department.

India, Bangladesh sign several agreements for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity

  • India and Bangladesh have signed several agreements for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity for trade and cruise movements.
  • The two countries have signed an agreement to use Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India.
  • A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has also been signed for movement of passenger and cruise services.
  • These agreements will facilitate easier movement of goods and passengers between the two countries, giving an impetus to trade and tourism.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Where the three-day farmers’ conclave ‘Krishi Kumbha 2018’ has inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

Correct! Wrong!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated three-day farmers' conclave 'Krishi Kumbh 2018' in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (via video conferencing).

2. Minster of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar launched the web portal of SPARC in New Delhi. What does “A” represents in SPARC?

Correct! Wrong!

SPARC (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration) scheme aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world.

3. Who is the first female president of Ethiopia?

Correct! Wrong!

Ethiopia’s parliament has appointed the country’s first female President, Sahle-Work Zewde.

4. Who win the Bronze Medal in World Wrestling Championship in the Women’s freestyle?

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Pooja Dhanda has won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle (57kg weight class) in Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

5. Who become the number one ranked in football team in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings?

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According to the latest FIFA rankings, Belgium is the number one ranked football team in the world.

6. Which country wins CAPAM International Innovation Award 2018?

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India has won the prestigious 2018 Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Award.

7. ‘Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony’ for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 were announced. Who among the following has been awarded for the year 2016?

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The awards were given to Manipuri dancer, Rajkumar Singhajit Singh (2014), Chhayanaut (a cultural organisation of Bangladesh) (2015) and sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar (2016).

8. Which company appoints ex-SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya as the Independent director?

Correct! Wrong!

Former SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed as an independent director of Wipro (IT company) for a term of 5 years (from 1st Jan 2019), subject to the approval of shareholders.

9. Where did the North Atlantic Treaty Organization biggest military begun?

Correct! Wrong!

The NATO's (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) biggest military maneuvers (since the Cold War) has begun in Norway.

10. In which state the state’s information and public relation Minister ‘Bamang Felix’ has inaugurated the two days children’s Film Bonanza begins?

Correct! Wrong!

The state’s Information and public relation (IPR) Minister ‘Bamang Felix’ has inaugurated the two days Children’s Film Bonanza begins in Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh.

11. India has recently signed agreements with which country for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity for trade and cruise movements?

Correct! Wrong!

India and Bangladesh have signed several agreements for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity for trade and cruise movements.

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