Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
Gautam Bambawale appointed India’s Ambassador to China
The current Indian Ambassador to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale, has been appointed by the Union Govt to be the next Indian Ambassador to China. He will succeed Vijay Gokhale.
Department of Posts launches Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojna
On 13th October 2017, the Department of Posts launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojna, an initiative for the increase of customer base under the Postal Life Insurance Co. Under this scheme, at least one village with a minimum population of 100 households will be identified in each of the revenue districts of India. All households of that identified village will be covered with a minimum of one Rural Postal Life Insurance policy each.
UN General Assembly observes 13th October as International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction was observed across the world on 13 October. The theme for 2017 IDDR is ‘Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement’. The 2017 campaign aims to raise global awareness about effective actions, policies and practices taken to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community level, thereby contributing to saving homes and livelihoods.
Tokyo Ranked the safest city in the world
Japanese capital city Tokyo has topped The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2017, which ranked 60 cities on parameters including personal and health security. Singapore and Japanese city Osaka have ranked second and third, while Indian cities Delhi and Mumbai have ranked 43rd and 45th respectively. Pakistani city Karachi has been ranked the least safe city in the list.
US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO
On 12th October 2017, both the United States and Israel withdrew from the UNESCO, since they felt that the UNESCO was indulging in anti-Isreal propaganda. The withdrawal will come into effect from the end of December 2018. One-fifth of the UNESCO’s funding comes from the United States.
HPCL becomes first Indian company to trade lubricants in Myanmar
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation has started trading lubricants in Myanmar. The operations have started in Yangoon and Mandalay.
HDFC Bank launches Smart app Zones
HDFC Bank has launched Smart Start-Up Zones in its urban and metro branches across the country. This is part of its initiative to become the preferred banker for startups in the country. An exclusive area inside every branch will be dedicated as Smart Start-Up Zones. Specially trained staff will be available in these zones to offer tailor made solutions to the start-ups. To begin with, these zones will be available in 65 branches in 30 locations across the country.
Mathrubhoomi Literary Award goes to M.K.Sanu
On 12th October 2017, it was announced that the famous critic, biographer and orator M.K. Sanu has been chosen for the Mathrubhoomi award for 2016, for his contribution to Malayalam literature. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 2 lacs, a citation and a statute. The 89-year-old Sanu is a recipient of several awards both at State and National levels.
India qualifies for 2019 AFC Asian Cup Football tournament