Current Affairs This Week (09-10-2016)

  • India, Singapore sign three agreements
    India and Singapore have signed three agreements (MoUs) in the fields of skill development and IPR to boost bilateral relations between them.
  • Shri Gadkari Launches Indian Bridge Management System
    IBM System is being developed to create an inventory of all bridges in the country and rate their structural condition so that timely repair and rehabilitation work can be carried out based on the criticality of the structure.
  • RBI cuts repo rate
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25 per cent. Reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.75 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.75 per cent.
  • British trio win Nobel prize in physics
    British scientists David Thouless, F Duncan M Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz have won the Nobel prize in physics for their work on exotic states of matter that may pave the way for quantum computers and other revolutionary technologies.
  • Nayanjot Lahiri wins 2016 John F Richards Prize
    History writer Nayanjot Lahiri has won the prestigious 2016 John F. Richards Prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India. The prestigious prize will be bestowed upon her at the American Historical Association (AHA’s) 131st Annual Meeting.
  • Sahoo takes charge as Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board chief
    M S Sahoo took charge as Chairperson of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). The oath of office was administered by Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley.
  • Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan Wins Nobel Prize
    Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese cell biologist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for his discoveries on how cells recycle their content, a process known as autophagy, a Greek term for “self-eating.”
  • Isro’s GSAT-18 launched successfully
    GSAT-18, built by the Indian Space Research Organisation+ (Isro), aims at providing telecommunications services for the country by strengthening Isro’s current fleet of 14 operational telecommunication satellites.
  • Jharkhand becomes first state to implement DBT in Kerosene
    Jharkhand has become the first state in the country to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene. The scheme is being implemented in four identified districts of the State. Districts are Chatra, Hazaribagh, Khunti and Jamtara.
  • France confers knighthood on elephant researcher
    Film-maker and elephant researcher Prajna Chowta has been appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (Knight in the National Order of Merit), one of the highest civilian recognitions of the French government.
  • 3 awarded Nobel chemistry prize for ‘molecular machines’
    The scientists Stoddart, Feringa and Sauvage have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing the world’s smallest machines, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair but with the potential to revolutionize computer and energy systems.
  • Ganesh idol made of matchsticks sets record
    A 12-foot-tall Ganesh idol said to be made of 30,000 match sticks during the recent Ganesh festival in Goa has found a place in the Indian Book of Records.
  • First female President of Estonia
    The parliament of Estonia has elected Kersti Kaljulaid (46) as the President of the Baltic country. With this, she became Estonia’s first female president.
  • 3 October: World Habitat Day
    The World Habitat Day (WHD) is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. 2016 Theme: ‘Housing at the Centre’. It aims to raise awareness about need for affordable housing for all in urban areas.
  • Nagpur first digital district of India
    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declared Nagpur as the first digital district of India in Mumbai. All 776 gram panchayats in Nagpur district have been digitally transformed.
  • Fourth meeting of Indo-Czech joint working group at Brno
    A high level delegation of Indian officials and industry leaders led by Secretary in the Department of Heavy Industry, Mr Girish Shankar with Czech Republic officials attended the 4th meeting of Indo-Czech joint working group.
  • 58 endangered red-crowned cranes hatched in China
    Nearly Sixty red-crowned cranes were hatched this year in China’s Zhalong National Nature Reserve in Heilongjiang Province, the world’s largest captive breeding centre for endangered birds.
  • New Colourful Tree Frog Species Discovered In Australia
    Australian Scientists have discovered a new species of green treefrog named Litoria bella, or the Cape York Graceful with distinctive orange hands and feet and iridescent purple inner thighs.
  • India has highest number of people living below poverty line
    World Bank’s Report stated that India has the largest number of people living under BPL, more than 2.5 times as many as the 86 million in Nigeria, which has the second-largest population of the poor worldwide.
  • First ‘artificial pancreas’ approved in US
    The world’s first artificial pancreas, after U.S. regulators cleared the device for diabetics to automatically monitor blood sugar and supply insulin, replicating what a healthy version of the organ does on its own
  • Baby robot unveiled in Japan by Toyoto
    Tayota Motor Corp unveiled a doe-eyed palm-sized robot named ‘Kirobo Mini’ designed as a synthetic baby companion in Japan as number of childless couple grows
    ‘Kirobo Mini’
  • “Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy” – Book released
    The book outlines the India’s Foreign Policy by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. It maps the different policy initiatives focusing on the vision of developing India into a strong economically developed nation.
  • World Space Week – 4 to 10 October 2016
    The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.
  • Prineet Grewal crowned Mrs India Earth 2016
    The 29 year old Prineet Grewal from Pune was crowned with Mrs India Earth 2016 at a gala ceremony amid members of the fashion industry in Dwarka.
  • Anoyara Khatun Became International Child Rights Activist
    An 18-year-old girl Anoyara Khatun, who was trafficked from the remote islands of Sundarbans in West Bengal, is an international child rights crusader and has been invited twice to speak at the United Nations.
  • Daniel Ricciardo wins 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix
    Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix held at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia.
  • RBI issued rs.100 coins on shastri’s 100th birth day
    The Reserve Bank of India had issued Rs.100 coins in 2004 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Notably, Shastri shares his birthday with Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.
  • UK signs Hinkley Point nuclear deal with France, China
    The UK signed the £18 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear deal with France and China. The reactor is Britain’s first in decades and is being built by French utility firm EDF with one-third financial backing from China.
  • National Mission on Bio economy was launched in Shillong
    In order to boost rural economy by utilising bio-resources, a National Mission on Bioeconomy was launched by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
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