October 19, 2019

National

  1. Finance Minister led the Indian delegation at G20 Finance Ministers
  • Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman led the Indian delegation at G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors as well as the BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings held in Washington, D.C
  • Aim: The focus of discussions in the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting was on the current challenges to the global economy and possible responses to mitigate them.
  1. 50th IFFI announces International Jury and Films in International Competition Section
  • John Bailey, Cinematographer, and Ex. President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences chair the International Jury of 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
  • French filmmaker Mr. Robin Campillo who was also a member of the Cannes International Jury 2019, renowned Chinese filmmaker Mr. Zhang Yang and Ms. Lynne Ramsay is one of the leading lights of young British cinema will be the co-jurors.
  1. India Govt organises Jaipur foot artificial limb fitment camp in Bangladesh
  • A camp is organized under India for the Humanity initiative of the Government of India to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • A team of eight experts from Jaipur based Bhagwan Mahaveer Vikalang Sahayata Samiti is conducting the camp.
  • Around 500 amputees will be provided an artificial limb in Dhaka through the camp.
  • The Indian High Commission in association with the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Along with Bangladesh Orthopedic.
  1. National Institute of Nutrition centenary stamp released
  • A unique commemorative postal stamp of the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) Hyderabad released by Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan.
  • The stamp has been brought out under the Corporate My stamp scheme of India Posts. These stamps are of limited edition and are made to order.
  • The, 5000 stamps with a face value of 5 per stamp were printed would print an additional 1,000 sheets for sale online at the e-post office and for display and sale in national and global.

State

  1. Kapurthala-Taran Taaran road declared as National Highway
  • A road between Kapurthala and Taran-Taaran has declared a national highway (NH-703 AA). The road connects Kapurthala with Goindwal Sahib.
  • The road terminates near Taran-Taaran in Punjab and now named as Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg.
  • This new highway will be inaugurated next time. The decision of new highway has been taken on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
  1. Maharashtra police ties up with AI firm to prevent spread of fake news
  • Maharashtra State Assembly Elections board extended intelligence (artificial and human intelligence)-powered tech firm, to detect and prevent the spread of fake news.
  • The company helps detects fake news, logical fallacy, and inaccuracies.
  • It has been monitoring various social media platforms for 20 days to monitor cases of violation under the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
  • The Election Commission of India evaluates the effectiveness of its collaborative approach during the polls along.

International

  1. Turkey agrees for 5 days ceasefire
  • According to information released by United States’ Vice President Mike Pence, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to suspend military operation for the next five days.
  • Recently, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence hold a meeting and decided to declare a pause in military operations for 120 hours.
  • US President Donald Trump shared a tweet that after millions of lives will be saved now and it’s a welcome step.
  1. Bangladesh Govt nods to appoint administrators for recovery of dues from top two telecos
  • The Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar the govt approved the recommendation of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to appoint administrators for Grammenphone (GP) and Robi for recovery of Tk 13,446 crore owed by these companies to the government.
  • The BTRC conducted two audits in 2016 to calculate the outstanding revenues of the operators.
  • BTRC claims that GP owes it, Taka, 12,579 crores while Robi owes Taka 867.24 crore.
  1. China signs deal to lease Pacific island in Solomons
  • A Chinese company signed an agreement to lease an entire island in the Solomon Islands a day after Beijing recruited the Pacific nation as its latest ally in the strategically important region.
  • The leaked papers reveal that the Solomons Central Province made a strategic cooperation agreement that has the type of deep-water harbor coveted by the military, with the state-owned China Sam Group on September 22.
  1. Flight from Chennai lands at Jaffna as Sirisena inaugurates Lanka’s 3rd international airport
  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the country’s third international airport. The inaugural flight from Chennai is the first to land at the new international airport in Jaffna.
  • The Jaffna International Airport was earlier known as Palaly airport, which was used as a military airbase.
  • President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe formally unveiled a plaque commemorating the inauguration of the airport.

Banking & Finance

  1. Italy to introduce 3% web tax on digital giants from 2020
  • Italian scheme to yield about 600 million euros ($662 million) a year alternative revenues will allow it to avoid a scheduled increase in sales tax.
  • Italy and European Union members have long complained about the way web giants collect considerable profits in their countries to pay only a few million euros in taxes each year.
  • The EU failed to agree to tax the firms. France and the United States reached a deal in August to end a standoff over a French tax on big internet companies.

Business & Economy

  1. RIL becomes first Indian company to cross-market valuation of Rs 9 lakh crore
  • Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has become the first Indian firm to cross 9 lakh crore market valuation mark.
  • RIL’s market capitalization (m-cap) was Rs 9,01,490.09 crore during late morning trade on BSE.
  • Earlier, on August 2018, RIL became the first Indian firm which had crossed 8 lakh crore mark of market valuation.
  1. Adani group inks MoU for $ 4 billion chemical venture
  • BASF and Adani have jointly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to undertake a joint feasibility study to evaluate collaboration on for the establishment of a chemical complex in Mundra.
  • They are potential partners at various structure options for the chemical complex that will leverage the technical, financial, and operational strengths The joint feasibility study is likely to be finalized by the end of 2020.

Sports

  1. PCB sacks Sarfraz Ahmed as captain of Test, T20I teams
  • Sarfraz Ahmed has lost the captaincy of Pakistani Cricket Team. Pakistan Cricket Board sacked him as skipper in Tests and T20I format on Friday.
  • Pakistan team has recently suffered a defeat against Sri Lanka in T20 series. PCB took it as a humiliating defeat for the country.
  • Pakistan team has won 4 out of 13 tests and 29 out of 37 T20s International matches under his captaincy.
  1. Yashasvi Jaiswal becomes youngest cricketer to score List A double hundred
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal became the youngest batsman in the world who score a double century in List A cricket.
  • He scored 203 runs during the Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group A.
  • His Achievements His 154-ball inning studded with 17 fours and 12 sixes, helped Mumbai post 358/3 at the KSCA Cricket Ground.
  • It was his third century in the ongoing tournament. He secured 585 runs from five matches and is also the leading run-scorer of Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking over from Tamil Nadu’s Baba.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. RCB becomes first IPL team to appoint female support staff
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has become the first IPL team with female support staff. RCB has appointed Navnita Gautam as a sports massage therapist.
  • She will work with head physiotherapist Evan Speechly and strength & conditioning coach Shanker Basu.
  • Navnita Gautam will introduce specialized techniques to motivate, prepare, overall supervision and to take care of individual physical ailments.
  1. ECI appoints Shri Vivek Dube as Special Observer for Sikkim Bye-Elections
  • Election Commission of India appointed Shri Vivek Dube (IPS AP 1981 Retd) as Special Observer for the ensuing Bye Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of Sikkim 2019 in general and specifically for 10 Poklok -Kamrang Assembly Constituency in Sikkim.
  • The ECI about Law and Order situation and oversee the deployment and other security-related issues.
  • The Commission decided to give inputs and complaints received. It may be recalled that Sh Dube was also deputed earlier as Special.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. DRDO signs 30 agreements on Technology Transfer
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) signed 30 licensing agreements for Transfer of Technology (ToT) with 16 Indian companies.
  • The company includes three start-ups, at Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019.
  • The conference is held at Goa University, Taleigao, Goa, between October 17-19, 2019.
  • The DRDO develops technologies for the Armed Forces to the defense industry for the end-users of the Armed Forces.
  • Indian Armed Forces are procuring ready-to-eat meals, survival.
  1. India’s MiG 29 to fly with Eurofighter Typhoon in Oman
  • The MiG 29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be flying alongside the Eurofighter Typhoon.
  • The F-16 in India’s bilateral air exercise with Oman which kicked off MiG 29 It is the first occasion that the MiG 29 will participate in an international air exercise outside India. Exercise Eastern Bridge V held at the Air Force Base Masirah in Oman.
  • The event will take place from October 17-26. The Royal Air Force Oman will fly its UK-made advanced trainer aircraft.
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