Current Affairs English 11 October 2017

Current Affairs English 11 October 2017

Current Affairs English 11 October 2017

 

Fund for river inter-linking:

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday that the government was exploring possibilities to create ‘large funds’ for projects related to inter-linking of rivers as they require massive investments.

The Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation said his Ministry will move a proposal in the Union Cabinet – comprising 285 irrigation projects planned to be taken up next year to provide irrigation to 1.88 crore hectares of land. Addressing the fifth India Water Week-2017 in New Delhi, Gadkari said 30 projects related to inter-linking of rivers have been identified.

He said the use of pipeline – instead of constructing canals by acquiring land – has saved nearly Rs 5,000 crore. Gadkari underlined that water, power, transport and communication were four important pillars of development.

He said inter-linking of rivers was necessary to reduce the impact of floods and droughts. Stressing that new ways have to be found for the use of treated wastewater, he said he has requested the Union Power Minister to check if recycled water can be used in NTPC power plants

U.P govt planning 100-meter statue of Lord Rama

Rama_and_the_oceanThe Yogi Adityanath government plans to install a statue of Lord Rama on banks of the River Saryu.

Fact sheet:

Governor- Ram Naik,  Chief minister- Yogi Adityanath

Deputy chief ministers: Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma

Parliamentary panel to discuss Doklam and Rohingya issue

The 73-day Doklam standoff and the Rohingya issue will be examined by a parliamentary panel on external affairs headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

Sino-Indian relations including the border situation and the Doklam stand-off, relations with Myanmar and the Rohingya issue are among subjects selected by the panel for deliberations, according to the Lok Sabha bulletin.

Voting rights to NRIs, the crisis of the European Union in the wake of Brexit and its implications for India and performance of passport issuance system including the issuance of e-passport are topics for discussions shortlisted by the panel for its year-long agenda.

NIA headquarters inaugurated

Inaugurating the headquarters of the NIA, an agency set up in the aftermath of 2008 Mumbai attacks to probe terror cases in the country, the Home Minister also said high quality fake currency notes act as ‘oxygen for terrorism’. “No civilised country can accept the rise of terrorism’’ he mentioned indirectly Pakistan.

Fact sheet:

Founded: 2009

Agency executive: Y.C. Modi, Director-General

Headquarters: New Delhi, India

Gaps in IAF will be filled, by the defence minister.

In an address at the bi-annual conference of IAF commanders, the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said that the powers given to the service chiefs should be “fully utilised” in achieving required capabilities of the forces.

“She said that the government is committed to fill the gaps which have arisen due to lack of timely decision making in the last decade,” the IAF said in a statement on Tuesday.

The three-daylong IAF commanders conference is taking place amid an evolving regional security scenario and growing assertiveness by China in some parts of the Sino-India border.

Fact sheet:

IAF chief: B.S Danoa

Air force day: 08th October

IMF lowers growth forecast, India lost the tag of ‘’fastest growing economy’’

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday lowered India’s growth projection to 6.7 percent in 2017, 0.5 percentage points less than its previous two forecasts and slower than China’s 6.8 percent, attributing it to demonetization and introduction of the GST.

The latest report, released ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank here this week, puts China slightly ahead of India in terms of growth rate for the year 2017.

  • Challenges facing by Indian economy: “In India, simplifying and easing labour market regulations and land acquisition procedures are long-standing requirements for improving the business climate,” the report said.

Nisha Biswal appointed as USIBC President

Nisha Desai Biswal,  former U.S.  Assistant  Secretary of State for South and Central Asia,  has been appointed the president of the  U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), a forum of U.S. businesses under the  U.S.  Chamber of Commerce.

Japan launches Michibiki satellite

_w850Japan on Tuesday launched a fourth Michibiki satellite for a new high-precision global positioning system (GPS) that it hopes will spur economic growth. The satellite lifted off from Tanegashima spaceport taking just over 28 minutes to reach orbit.

Asia cup hockey

India faces a tricky campaign-opener against Japan in the men’s Asia Cup hockey tournament starting in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Iceland creates history

Iceland qualified for the FIFA World Cup (Foot Ball) for the first time after beating Kosovo 2-0. Iceland became the smallest country to advance to the World Cup finals.

It is the tiny northern European island nation’s second successive appearance at a major tournament after their shock win over England in a surprise run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.

Miss India world wideMadhuValli

madhu valli MadhuValli, an emerging hip-hop artist and a student of criminal law at George Mason University in Virginia, has been crowned as Miss India Worldwide 2017.