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Policy on Biometric based Digital processing of passengers at airport released by Civil aviation Ministry

He Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu released “Digi Yatra”, a policy on biometric based digital processing of passengers at airports.

Ministry of Civil Aviation:
♦  Union Minister: Shri Suresh Prabhu .
♦  Minister of State: Shri Jayant Sinha.
♦  Secretary: Shri Rajiv Nayan Choubey .

Alphonso Mango from Konkan, Maharashtra got GI tagged

Alphonso from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Thane and Raigad districts of Maharashtra, got registered as Geographical Indication (GI).

About GI :

i.  A Geographical Indication or a GI is an indication used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
ii. The first GI tagged product of India was the Darjeeling tea in 2004.
iii. Presently, there are a total of 325 products from India that carry this indication.


♦  Capital: Mumbai.
♦  Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis.
♦  Governor:  C. Vidyasagar Rao.
♦  National Parks: Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, Chandoli National Park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Navegaon National Park.



Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s 3-day visit to Kazakhstan

Defence Minister Nirmala  Sitharaman completed her 3-day visit to Astana, Kazakhstan.
She visited Kazakhstan at the invitation of Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nurlan Yermekbayev.

Other News:
i. India and Kazakhstan jointly completed a company level joint military exercise ‘KAZIND-2018’ in South Kazakhstan in September 2018.
ii. The two countries had renewed the Memorandum of Cooperation on defence in January 2017. Both countries are ‘strategic partners’ since 2009.


♦  Capital: Astana.
♦  Currency: Kazakhstani tenge.

Apple world’s top brand, Facebook slips to 9th spot: Report

According to a report called – “Best 100 Global Brands 2018” by global brand consultancy InterbrandApple topped the chart as the best brand of 2018.

♦ Headquarters: USA.
♦ Global CEO: Charles Trevail.


Banking & Finance

Fourth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy announced; RBI keeps policy rates unchanged

Reserve Bank of India, the central bank of India, released its 4th bi-monthly monetary policy.
The next meeting of the MPC is scheduled from December 3 to 5, 2018.

India and ADB signed $110 Million Loan to Improve Rural Connectivity in Madhya Pradesh

Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $110 million loan for development projects in Madhya Pradesh.


♦  Headquarters: Manila, Philippines.
♦  President: Takehiko Nakao.
♦  Established in 1966.
♦  Members: 67 (48 regional members).

Madhya Pradesh:

♦  Capital: Bhopal.
♦  Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
♦  Governor: Anandiben Patel.

National Parks in Madhya Pradesh:

♦  Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhav National Park, Panna National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park.

CRISIL Upgrades AU Bank’s Long Term Debt Instruments Rating to AA- With Stable Outlook

CRISIL upgraded AU Small Finance Bank’s Long Term Debt Instruments Rating to CRISIL AA– with Stable Outlook from previousCRISIL A+.

About AU Small Finance Bank:

♦  It is a Fortune India 500 Company.
♦  It became a bank in April 2017.
♦  Headquarters: Jaipur.
♦  MD & CEO: Mr. Sanjay Agarwal.

IRDAI gave final approval to Reliance Health Insurance to start operations

IRDAI approved Reliance Health Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Capital, to begin operations.
It will commence operations by December 2018.
Ravi Viswanath has been designated as the CEO of the firm.

PayPal launched merchant App for business in India; targeting SMEs

PayPal announced launch of its first merchant-focused App in India called PayPal for Business.
This will help small/medium merchants and freelancers conduct their domestic and cross border business.


♦ Headquarters: California, USA.
♦  President and CEO: Dan Schulman.



Nick Compton, former England batsman, retires from cricket

35-year-old Former England batsman Compton announced his retirement from cricket.
He made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 2004.
He was a part of the series win in 2012 against India which made England win for the first time in 28 years.


Awards & Honours

Winners of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr Mukwege, a 63 year-old gynaecologist has been associated with treatment of various sexual assault victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2008, he also won the UN Human Rights prize.

Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018

Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018 (SSG 2018) were awarded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti, in New Delhi.

Top 3 States:

1) Haryana,
2) Gujarat
3) Maharashtra

Top 3 Districts:

1) Satara, Maharashtra
2) Rewari, Haryana
3) Pedapalli, Telangana



Sanjay Verma appointed India’s Ambassador to Spain

Sanjay Verma was appointed as India’s Ambassador to Spain. 

About Spain:
♦  Capital – Madrid
♦  Currency – Euro
♦  Official language – Spanish
♦  Prime Minister – Pedro Sánchez

Vikram Limaye appointed Chairman of Working Committee and Director on the Board of WFE

Vikram Limaye was appointed as Chairman of the Working Committee (WoCo) and Director on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).

About World Federation of Exchanges (WFE):
♦  Type – global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses
♦  Established – 1961
♦  CEO – Nandini Sukumar
♦  Headquarters – London

IL&FS appoints Vineet Nayyar as Vice-chairman and Managing Director

Vineet Nayyar has been appointed as the Vice-chairman and Managing Director (MD) of the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS).

About Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS):

♦  Type – infrastructure development and finance company
♦  Headquarters – Mumbai

Government’s Naga talks interlocutor R N Ravi appointed Deputy National Security Advisor (internal affairs)

Government redesignated RN Ravi as Deputy National Security Advisor (internal affairs) from his post as the chief of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC).

Some wildlife sanctuaries in Nagaland:

♦  Puliebadze Wildlife Sanctuary
♦  Rangapahar Wildlife Sanctuary

Science & Technology

Development trials of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) Completed Successfully

Flight trials of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) were conducted successfully by the Indian Air Force (IAF) between September 26 and October 3, 2018, at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore, Odisha.

About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):

♦  Chairman and Managing Director – R Madhavan
♦  Headquarters – Bengaluru

Important  Days

World Animal Day 2018 – October 4

On 4th October 2018, World Animal Day was celebrated throughout the world.

World Animal Day:

i. When: World Animal Day is observed every year on October 4, which is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
ii. In 1925, Heinrich Zimmermann organized the first World Animal Day. In 1931, World Animal Day (October 4) was declared as a universal observation, at a congress of the International Animal Protection Congress in Florence, Italy.
ii. Why: This day focuses on animal rights and welfare. It aims to raise the status of animals, improve welfare standards and protect endangered species and natural habitat.

25th International teachers day commences on October 5

October 5 is celebrated as International Teachers Day or World Teacher’s Day.

This year’s theme is: “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher ”
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).
It was established in 1994 and commemorates the signing of 1966 UNESCO/ILO recommendation concerning status of teachers.

Thought of the Day

“With the new day come new thoughts and new strengths…!!!”

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