Daily Current Affairs 2nd October, 2017

Daily Current Affairs 2 October 2017 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

Cabinet approves bilateral MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing an MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development.

  • The MoU will help in capacity building of Afghanistan National Police and improving the security apparatus in the region.

India opens two border crossing points

India has opened 2 immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar & Bangladesh.

  • Zorinpui check post of Mizoram has been authorised as immigration check post for entry into or exit from India for all passengers to or from Myanmar.
  • Kawrpuichhuah post of Mizoram has been authorised as immigration check post for entry into or exit from India for all passengers to or from Bangladesh.

President launches Incredible India 2.0 Campaign; ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Project

President Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of “World Tourism Day” which is celebrated on September 27 annually, launched “Incredible India 2.0 Campaign”, “Adopt a Heritage” project.

  • Incredible India 2.0 campaign will be focusing on specific promotional plans, with greater emphasis to be given to social media, whereas, ‘Adopt A Heritage’ Project plans to entrust heritage sites to the public sector and private sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities.
  • The President on 37th edition of “World Tourism Day” also launched “New Incredible India Website” .

‘No helmet, no petrol’ rule comes into force in Andhra Pradesh

‘No helmet, no petrol’ rule for two-wheeler riders to reduce road accident deaths has come into force in Andhra Pradesh, with chief minister Chandrababu Naidu urging all the petrol bunk dealers to cooperate.

  • Chandrababu has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for equipment to implement this rule.

Karnataka unveils scheme to feed 12 lakh pregnant women

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched the “Mathru Purna” scheme, which aims to provide nutritious meals to about 12 lakh pregnant women and lactating mothers in the state.

  • Besides nutritional supplements, counselling and other maternity benefits will also be provided at the Anganwadi centres under the scheme

Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary

The nation offers homage to Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary today (2 October). President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Senior BJP leader L K Advani and other dignitaries visited Rajghat and paid homage to the Father of the nation.

Nation pays homage to former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary today

Nation pays homage to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary today (2 October). Lal Bahadur Shastri led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and gave the slogan – Jai Jawan Jai Kisan which is remembered even today.

Nepal, India to conduct joint tiger census in November

Nepal and India will be conducting in November a joint head count of tigers in the national parks, forests and sanctuaries along the international border between the two neighbours using a similar camera tapping method.

  • The tiger is regarded as an endangered animal and is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Blockchain tech-based smartphone unveiled

Gurugram-based VVDN, in partnership with Ireland’s Embedded Downloads, unveiled blockchain technology-based smartphone BitVault for ₹ 75,000 a unit.

  • The phone does not support Google Play Store and has developed its own mobile application.
  • This is the world’s first blockchain technology-based smartphone.


ECONOMY

RBI raises FPI’s limit in govt bonds by Rs 14,200 crore

RBI has increased foreign portfolio investors’ limit on investment in government bonds by an aggregate Rs 14,200 crore for the October-December period in line with the formula related to total outstanding government borrowings.

  • The limits for investment by FPIs for the quarter October-December 2017 is increased by Rs 8,000 crores in central government securities and Rs 6,200 crore in state development loans. The revised limits will be effective from October 3, 2017.

GDP to hit $6 trillion by 2027 on digital leap: Morgan Stanley report

India is likely to be the world’s fastest-growing large economy in the next 10 years, driven by digitisation, favourable demographics, globalisation and reforms, predicts a Morgan Stanley report.



SPORTS

Russia, China among 9 top weightlifting countries suspended

Russia and China were among nine countries suspended from weightlifting for a year in an attempt to combat an epidemic of doping.

  • The decision by the International Weightlifting Federation followed the retesting of anti-doping samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Countries with at least three doping offenses from those Olympics were suspended.
  • Also suspended were Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Turkey, and Ukraine.


APPOINTMENTS

BJP’s Sambit Patra appointed to ONGC board

BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra has been appointed as non-official director on the board of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd.



AWARDS

Classical singer Manik Bhide chosen for Bhimsen Joshi award

Noted vocalist Manik Bhide has been chosen for the prestigious Bharatratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi award for year 2017-18 for her contribution in the field of music.

US biology trio wins Nobel Medicine Prize

This year’s Nobel Medicine Prize went to US geneticists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young for their discoveries on how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth’s revolutions. The trio will share the prize sum of nine million Swedish kronor (about 1.1 million US Dollars.) 

Queenslander Aarzu Singh is Miss India Australia 2017

Aarzu Singh of Gold Coast, Queensland, has been crowned Miss India Australia 2017 in Sydney. Mallika Raj from Canberra was the runner-up.



IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Non-Violence: 2 October 

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti. On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.

  • According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.


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