Daily Current Affairs - 02nd Oct 2017

AIR to expand services to Japan, Germany, Canada

  • All India Radio is planning to launch services in several countries such as Japan, Germany, Canada, South Africa and the Maldives and some in the Russian Commonwealth.
  • Its aim is to supplement the government’s diplomatic efforts and outreach to the Indian diaspora

Centennial pride: Patna University turns 100

  • Patna University completed 100 glorious years. It was on October 1, 1917, that the Patna University Act passed by the then Imperial Legislative Council, came into effect.
  • Only six other universities in India, which have preceded the creation of Patna University are -- Bombay University, Calcutta University, Madras University set up as Presidency universities in 1857; Allahabad University in 1887, and the Banaras Hindu University and the Mysore University in 1916.

FB Group ‘My Delhi Keep It Clean’ gets Swacchata Award for voluntary citizen action

  • Delhi based citizen group ‘My Delhi Keep It Clean’ gets the award for promoting voluntary efforts to clean public places effectively using Face Book, in the Self-Help Group category.
  • Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya, Ambikar gets the award in the Schools and Colleges category while Swacch Ambikapur Sahakari Samiti has been chosen in Self-Help Group category for women empowerment and livelihood generation by converting garbage into wealth.
  • Pemayangste Monastery, Gyalshing, Sikkim will be felicitated in the category of religious institutions for being a Zero-waste institution.
  • KRIBHCO has been chosen among the Companies category for marketing the highest quantity of 22,768 tons of compost during 2016-17.

Germans celebrate first gay marriage

  • Two German men made history by saying “I do” and becoming the first same-sex couple to marry after decades of struggle.
  • Move comes three months after lawmakers voted to legalise same-sex unions
  • Bodo Mende, 60, and partner Karl Kreile, 59, exchanged their vows at a desk decked out with white flowers and rainbow flags.

India win ODI series against Australia 4-1, become World No.1 ODI team

  • India win series 4-1 after a seven-wicket win the final ODI against Australia in Nagpur.
  • Australia and India had both started the series at 117 points with Australia ahead on decimal points
  • India have finished as the No. 1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings after completing a 4-1 series win over Australia on Sunday.
  • India, who are also the top team in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, have finished the series at 120 points, one point ahead of South Africa. Australia are in third position on the ODI table with 114 points, ahead of England on decimal points.
  • Hardik Pandya earned the Man of the Series.

Madras Management Association wins award

  • For the ninth time in a row, the Madras Management Association (MMA) has been awarded the Best Management Association in India title by the All India Management Association.
  • Founded as Madras Institute of Management (MIM) in 1956 in Chennai, MMA helps students, professors, industries and corporates among others enhance their managerial and professional skills.

Maneka Gandhi inaugurates the 3rd edition of 'Women of India Organic Festival'

  • The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated the 3rd annual ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ at Dilli Haat.
  • The festival, which will be held till October 15, has on display India's most varied offerings of organic products ranging from food, wellness, personal care, home improvement, kitchen composters and solar products by nearly 530 participants.
  • For most women, this is the first time that they are travelling to Delhi from remotest parts of the country to showcase their unique merchandise to the people of Delhi and surrounding areas.

Media titan Samuel ‘Si’ Newhouse is dead

  • SI Newhouse Jr, who as the owner of The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest and other magazines wielded vast influence over American culture, fashion and social taste, died in New York. He was 89.
  • His magazines came to stand for a golden era of publishing, and became an integral part of the culture they were covering. Two Hollywood movies, ‘ The Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,’ were made based on accounts of life at two of Newhouse’s flagship publications, Vogue and Vanity Fair.
  • He claimed to read every one of his magazines from cover to cover.

Meenakshi temple gets ‘cleanest iconic place’ tag

  • Madurai Meenakshi Amman Kovil Awarded as Swachh Iconic Place – Cleanest Iconic Place in india by Swachhta Hi Seva – Swachh Bharat Mission 2017.
  • Madurai city’s Meenakshi Temple received the honor award of best ‘Swachh Iconic Places’ from the Centre as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Meenakshi Amman Temple is an ancient and the most important temples of India which is located in the holy city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

New scheme to retrieve stolen mobile phones by Kerala

  • A new initiative by the Kerala Police offer citizens a better chance to retrieve their stolen or lost mobile phones. It might also give the law enforcement a much-required leg up to track tampered cell phones used for criminal purposes.
  • That missing gadgets could not always be traced by merely tracking their unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.
  • IMEI numbers could be, with adequate expertise and required software tools, erased, cloned or spoofed with hoax codes.
  • The State police have adopted an unorthodox method to address the issue.

Odisha Government creating land bank for industrial allocation

  • The Odisha Government is creating 1.2 lakh acre land bank across state for allocation to industrial sector in order to avoid repeat of Posco fiasco.
  • The purpose of the land bank is to cut red tape and avoid local issues in the land acquisition process. Under it, state government is acquiring government land for industrial use.
  • It is a plug-and-play kind of model wherein the facilities related to water, power, roads and all clearances are in place. The companies need to only make the payment of base premium upfront for the land and the annual rent for rest of the 90 years (their lease)

President inaugurates Shirdi airport

  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the international airport at Shirdi in Ahmednagar district, coinciding with the start of Sai Baba’s year-long death centenary celebrations.
  • The airport aims to shorten the travel time from Mumbai to 40 minutes instead of the five-hour road trip.

SBI waives a/c closing fees

  • State Bank of India (SBI) has waived account closing charges for all savings bank customers provided it has been in existence for over a year.
  • Until now, the bank was deducting Rs 500 with service tax as account closing charges on all accounts except for those closed during the 14-day free-look period.
  • The move is meant to make it easier for customers, who are being penalised for not maintaining minimum balance, to close their account. It will enable customers to switch from regular savings bank accounts to a basic savings bank account(BSBA). The BSBA is similar to a regular account but it does not have a cheque book facility. A BSBA also cannot have total credits of more than Rs 1 lakh. However, the BSBA will provide the customer with a free RuPay debit card that can also be used for online transactions.

UAE collecting 'sin' taxes on tobacco, energy drinks

  • The United Arab Emirates has begun collecting new "sin" taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks.
  • Tobacco and energy drinks will be taxed at 100 percent and soft drinks at 50 percent.
  • The new tax push comes as the UAE and other oil-rich Gulf nations have struggled with low global energy prices. The UAE will start collecting a 5-percent value-added tax on certain goods in January.
  • All six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council have agreed to begin collecting so-called VAT taxes, though others may begin later than January. The GCC includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Vandalur zoo gets storks and bears

  • The Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP) in Vandalur and the Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, have exchanged a few birds and animals under the Animal Exchange Programme. The animals sent to the Nandankanan zoo include a pair of Nilgiri langurs, two pairs of white peacocks, a pair of reticulated pythons and five pairs of painted storks.
  • In return, AAZP received five pairs of glossy ibis, two pairs of open billed storks, one pair of Himalayan bears, one pair of water monitors and a Siamese crocodile.

Verstappen wins in Malaysia Grand Prix

  • Red Bull driver Max Verstappen sealed victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton finished second
  • The victory was the second of Verstappen's career. The Dutch driver's Australian team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished third. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel staged a remarkable recovery drive to fourth.
  • This was billed as Malaysia’s finale in F1 as the event drops off the calendar from next season