October 27, 2019


  1. Indians will No Longer Require Visas To Visit Brazil
  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the South American nation will drop its requirement that visiting Chinese and Indian tourists or businesspeople obtain visas.
  • Bolsonaro, a far-right politician, came to power at the beginning of the year and has made it a policy to reduce visa requirements from several developed countries.
  • The announcement, made during an official visit to China, is the first he has made expanding that policy to the developing world.
  1. CSIR conducts Whole Genome Sequencing of over 1000 Indians for Biomedical Applications
  • Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) conducted Whole Genome Sequencing of 1,008 Indians from different populations across the country.
  • The IndiGen Genome project, the Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the whole genome data would be necessary for building the knowhow, baseline data and indigenous capacity in the emerging area of Precision Medicine.
  1. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has not issued any advertisement
  • Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas that some unscrupulous persons by using name and logo of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas have issued Approval Letter for opening Gas Agency dealership/ distributorship through LPG VITARAK KENDRA.
  • Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India does not issue any advertisement for the ing of dealership/distributorship of petroleum products.


  1. Naveen Patnaik launches Odisha Mo Parivar programme
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a social service initiative aimed at encouraging environment protection, blood donation, and the welfare of Odias in distress.
  • The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) under the ‘Odisha Mo Parivar’ (Odisha, my family) program, party leaders will dedicate themselves to protect the environment and undertake extensive planting of trees and create awareness among the public.
  • The initiative will also come to the rescue of Odias stranded in foreign.
  1. White water rafting expedition Rudrashila flagging in at Jodhpur
  • The white water rafting expedition christened as Rudrashila undertaken by Kalidhar Battalion flagged in by Lieutenant General VS Sreenivas, General Officer Commanding Konark Corps at Jodhpur Military Station. White water rafting
  • The white water rafting expedition organized by Kalidhar Battalion to commemorate its 75th Raising Day.
  • The team comprising of two officers, four Junior Commissioned Officers and 18 Soldiers led by Major Ravikant Gaurav, covered a total distance of over 140km.
  1. Odisha govt inks LOU for drink from tap mission with UNICEF
  • Odisha inked a Letter of Understanding (LOU) on a drink from tap mission with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
  • Aim: In a bid to provide quality drinking water to every urban household in the state. Odisha inked a Letter of Understanding (LOU) on a drink from tap mission with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
  • Investment in water is an investment in health. Investment in health is an investment in the future.

Banking & Finance

  1. ICICI Bank crosses 3 trillion market cap for the first time
  • ICICI Bank Ltd crossed the 3 trillion market capitalization for the making it the country’s fourth lender to achieve this milestone.
  • The stock touched a fresh record high of 466 on the BSE, up 2.3% from its previous close.
  • The scrip traded at 464 on the BSE, up 2.1%, with a market capitalization of 3.01 trillion. The Sensex fell 0.51% to 38,833.22 points.
  • ICICI Bank’s stock has gained 6.6%, while year-to-date it has advanced 28%. Earlier, HDFC Bank Ltd, State Bank of India and Kotak.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Shri Pramod Kumar Das assumes charge as Secretary of Ministry of Minority Affairs
  • He was serving as the Special Secretary, Department of Expenditure in the Ministry of Finance.
  • Shri Das is a Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer of 1986 batch. He has held several other vital positions in the Union as well as State Governments.
  • These include Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Joint Secretary in DOPT and Ministry of Industry & Commerce.
  1. Birender Singh Yadav appointed as Indian Ambassador to Iraq
  • Birender Singh Yadav appointed as India’s next Ambassador to Iraq, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) A 1997-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Yadav is expected to take up the assignment shortly The appointment of Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi as India’s next High Commissioner to Samoa.
  • Pardeshi, who is already serving as the Ambassador to New Zealand, will concurrently work as the next High Commissioner to Samoa, with residence in Wellington.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. NASA To Launch Golf Cart-Sized Rover On Moon To Search For Water
  • NASA sends a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024.
  • The VIPER robot will drive for miles (km) on the dusty lunar surface to get a closer look at what NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has touted for months underground pockets of hundreds of millions of tons of water ice that could help turn the moon into a jumping-off point.
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