Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar takes over as Vice Chief of Naval Staff
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM has taken over charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) from Vice Admiral Karambir Singh AVSM at a formal ceremony held in New Delhi. Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. The Flag Officer was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 81 and is a specialist in Missiles & Gunnery. Sunil Lanba is the present Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy.
L&T Hands over first Offshore private Patrol Vessel to Indian Coast Guard
On 27th October 2017, L&T handed-over the first Private Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Vikram to the Indian Coast Guard. The delivery has been done much ahead of the scheduled delivery date of March 2018. OPV Vikram is the first ever defense craft to be built in a private shipyard for the Indian Coast Guard.
AU Small Bank and SIDBI Launch Rs 200 Cr Fund for SMEs
AU Small Finance Bank tied up with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to launch a Rs. 200 crores fund for providing loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The program will fund term loans in the Rs. 25 lakhs to Rs. 2 crore ticket size. Under the advice of Sidbi, AU Bank will play the anchor in this program as all the processes including disbursement, monitoring and recovery will be handled by them. The appraisal of the proposal shall be done jointly by AU Bank and SIDBI.
- Mannil Venugopalan is the Chairman of Board of AU Small Finance Bank.
- Mohammad Mustafa is the present Chairman of SIDBI.
- Headquarters of SIDBI is in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
India to host UN Wildlife Summit in 2020
On 28th October 2017, it was announced by the UN for Environment Programme that India would host the UN Wildlife Summit in the year 2020. India will host the 13th edition of the UN Global wildlife conference on migratory species in 2020. This conference is held once in three years. It is the only international treaty devoted to migratory species.
The book “Dreamnation: Uniting a country with handwritten Dreams” released
The book “Dreamnation: Uniting a country with handwritten Dreams” was released by the Indian women’s cricket team captain Mythali Raj on 15th October 2017, the 86th birth anniversary of the former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The book contains inspirational quotes from the former President who always urged the youth of the country to dream big and achieve big for the country. The book was co-authored by Sabi Mathew and Jubi John.
October 29th – World Stroke Day
October 29th was observed as the World Stroke Day all over the world. The theme of the day for 2017 was “What is your reason for preventing stroke?”. On this day, several organizations around the world conduct events emphasizing the education, testing, and initiatives to improve the damaging effects of strokes all over the world. The World Stroke Organisation organizes various events on this day all over the world.
Mithali Raj and Virat Kohli Top ICC Ranking
India captain Mithali Raj moved up one place to occupy the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen. Ellyse Perry of Australia and Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand also jumped one place each to be at second and third spots. Mithali has 753 points. Also, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli returned to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen after logging career-high rating points, going past the iconic Sachin Tendulkar in the process. The 28-year-old Delhi batsman has reached 889 points, which is the best ever by an India batsman. The previous highest points tally of 887 was managed by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998. The list for bowlers continues to be led by Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali while India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has reached a career-best third.
Roger Federer wins 8th Basel Open title, the 95th in his career
Roger Federer won his eighth Basel title, after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 to clinch his ATP World Tour-leading seventh title of the year. It was Federer’s first success against the Argentine in a Basel final after the South American beat him in both 2012 and 2013. Federer moved ahead of Ivan Lendl into standalone second place on the Open Era titles list, only trailing Jimmy Connors, who owns 109 trophies. He now owns eight or more trophies at three different events: Halle (9), Wimbledon (8) and Basel (8).
Indian Junior Hockey team wins bronze medal in Sultan Johar Cup
Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team beat hosts Malaysia 4-0 in the Bronze medal match of the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, in Malaysia. Goals from Vishal Antil (15’, 25’), Vivek Prasad (11’) and Shilan and Lakra (21’) were enough for India to finish their tournament with the Bronze medal.