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Prime Minister dedicates National Police Memorial to the Nation; announces an award in the name of Subhash Chandra Bose

Police Commemoration Day, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, dedicated the National Police Memorial to the nation.

He also inaugurated the Museum of National Police memorial.

PM Modi also commemorated the 75th anniversary of Netaji’s declaration of the formation of India’s first independent government- the Azad Hind Government on October 21, 1943.

He hoisted the National Flag at Red Fort and announced that the annual award on the name of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose would be announced on January 23, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birthday.

The National Police Memorial:
♦ It consists of Central Sculpture, a Wall of Valour-engraved with the names of police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty and
♦ A State of Art Museum dedicated to the memory of the martyred police personnel.
♦ Located:  New Delhi.
♦ Police Commemoration Day: October 21.


Par panel headed by Kirit Somaiya to examine functioning of EPFO

A parliamentary panel on labour was constituted to examine the functioning of retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

It will be headed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya . Its functions are listed as below:

To examine the functioning of EPFO,

To review the implementation of labour laws, social security and welfare scheme for workers,

International Labour Organisation conventions binding on India,

Measures taken by the Indian government to implement ILO laws,

To look into the working conditions and welfare of mine workers and review that to Directorate General of Mines Safety,

♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.
♦ CEO or Central Provident Fund Commissioner in EPFO: Shri. Sunil Barthwal.
♦ Under the Employee’s Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952.


Four Himalayan peaks named after former PM Vajpayee: Ministry of Tourism

4 Himalayan peaks near Gangotri have been named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
This was done during an expedition conducted by Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and the tourism department.

They climed the peaks located at 6,557, 6,566, 6,160 and 6,100 metres on the right flank of Gangotri glacier, and named them Atal-1, 2, 3 and 4, while hoisting the national flag.

The peaks are located near Sudarshan and Saifi peaks in Raktvan valley.
Tourism Ministry:
Minister of State (Independent Charge): MR. K J Alphons.


Angriya: First cruise service launched between Mumbai and Goa

To develop Cruise Tourism in the country, India’s first ever passenger cruise ship was launched between Mumbai and Goa.

It is a joint venture between Mumbai Port Trust and Angriya Sea Eagle Pvt Ltd.

The cruise ship Angriya has been named after first Maratha Navy Admiral Kanhoji Angre and the great Angria bank coral reef near Vijaydurg, Maharashtra.


India’s longest river bridge to be built on Brahmaputra river in Assam

It was announced that India’s longest river bridge will be built across the Brahmaputra, connecting Dhubri in Assamto Phulbari in Meghalaya, by 2026-27.

It will be a 19.3 kmfour-lane bridge that will cut road travel by 203 km .

Currently, the longest river bridge in India, at 9.15 km, is the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which was opened in 2017.

♦ Capital: Dispur.
♦ Chief Minister:  Sarbananda Sonowal.
♦ Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.
♦ National Parks: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park (UNESCO Natural World Herigate Site), Orang National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
♦ Airports: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Dibrugarh Airport, Jorhat Airport, Tezpur Airport, Silchar Airport.


Arunachal villagers get Rs 37.73 crore as land compensation, 56 years after India-China war

It was for the land acquired by the Army to set up its bases, bunkers and barracks.

After the 1962 India-China war, the Army had acquired huge tracks of land to set up its bases, bunkers, barracks, construct roads, build bridges and other installations.
Arunachal Pradesh:
♦ Chief Minister: Pema Khandu.
♦ Governor: B.D. Mishra.
♦ Capital: Itanagar.
♦ National Parks: Namdapha National Park, Mouling National Park.


Man-animal conflict a ‘State Declared Disaster’: UP government

In a first-of-its-kind move, the Uttar Pradesh government made the man-animal conflict a ‘State Declared Disaster’.

For the first time, lion and wild boar have been added to the list of wild animals which includes tiger, leopard, Indian wolf, hyena, crocodile, elephant and rhinoceros as predators.

Uttar Pradesh:
♦ Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath.
♦ Governor: Ram Naik.
♦ National Parks: Dudhwa National Park, Philibit Tiger Reserve , Sandi Bird Sanctuary.
♦ Uttar Pradesh has 23 wildlife sanctuaries across 27 districts covering over 5,000 sq km.
♦ UNESCO Heritage Site: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.




Cope India air exercise: First trilateral exercise to be held amongst India, Japan, US

India, Japan and the U.S. announced participation in the bilateral ‘Cope India’ air exercise to a trilateral format on December 2018.

About Cope India:
The first such exercise was conducted at IAF air force station in Gwalior from February 2004.

♦ Capital: Tokyo.
♦ Currency: Japanese yen.


India ranked 9th most valuable nation brand in the world

According to Brand Finance’s annual Nation Brands 2018 report,India lost one spot and ranked 9th in the 10 most valuable nation brands in the world for the year 2018.India was ranked 8th in the last year 2017.




SBI launches “Wealth Hub” in Mangaluru

State Bank of India has launched “SBI Wealth Hub”.SBI is the first bank to introduce wealth business services for its customers.

The wealth hub was launched by SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar. The bank has also launched Wealth Business services for NRIs and is in the process of setting of a state-of-the-art global e-Wealth centre at Kochi.




Japanese MotoGP: Marc Marquez won world championship 

Spain’s Marc Marquez won MotoGP world champion for the fifth time in six years in the Japanese MotoGP. Honda factory rider becomes the youngest rider to win five premier class titles.

Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate Cal Crutchlow of Britain finished second.




Larsen & Toubro (L&T) ranks 22 in Forbes’ global 2000 best employers list

Larsen & Toubro is the only Indian firm to be featured among the top 25 companies in the Forbes’ global 2000 best employers list.

L&T has secured 22nd rank in the list. Google’s parent company Alphabet tops the list. Second position is occupied by Microsoft.


Vijayan Bala launched ‘Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections’

Veteran commentator and cricket statistician Vijayan Bala launched his new book “Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections”.

Earlier, he had published a book on Statistics called ‘Indian Test Cricket back in 1974’.

In 2016, he authored a second book “The Complete Indian Sports Quiz” inaugurated by sports minister Rathore.

♦ Headquarters: Mumbai.



World Trauma Day (WTD) – October 17

On 17th October 2018, World Trauma Day was observed all over the world.

This day creates awareness on the increasing rate of accidents and injuries causing death and disability throughout the world and the need to prevent them.

Trauma means any injury caused to the body. The injury may be caused due to various reasons like road accidents, fires, burns, falls, violence and crimes against women, children and elderly, etc.

Road Traffic Accident is the leading cause of trauma throughout the world.

Thought of the Day 

“The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney

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