Daily Current Affairs - 06th Oct 2019

Avinash Sable qualifies for Tokyo Olympics in men's 3,000 m steeplechase event

  • India's Avinash Sable qualified for Tokyo Olympics in men's 3000m steeplechase event by shattering his own national record for the second time. He finished 13th in the final of the World Championships in Doha.
  • He clocked 8. 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00 second

China launches new Gaofen-10 satellite to take high quality photos

  • China has sent the new Gaofen-10 satellite into space with a March-4C rocket developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China’s Shanxi Province.
  • This Gaofen-10 satellite can be used in land survey, urban planning, road network design, crop yield estimation as well as disaster relief.

Defence Minister approves Four-time increase in monetary assistance for Battle Casualties from Rs two lakh to Rs eight lakh

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has given in-principle approval to enhance monetary assistance to next of kin of battle casualties from existing Rs 2 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.
  • At present, financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh was given to battle casualties in case of death and also to those sustaining 60 per cent and above disability besides to several other categories.

Fenesta Open: Niki Poonacha, Sowjanya Bavisetti crowned champions in men's and women's singles events

  • In the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship, Niki Poonacha and Sowjanya Bavisetti were crowned champions in the men's and women's singles events in New Delhi.
  • Niki beat Aryan Goveas 6-2, 7-6 in the men's singles final. Sowjanya beat Prerna Bhambri in women's singles finals.

Harmanpreet Kaur Becomes First Indian To Play 100 Twenty20 Internationals

  • Harmanpreet Kaur, India's captain in the shortest format, became the first Indian cricketer to play 100 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) as she took the field against South Africa.
  • Harmanpreet Kaur achieved this milestone before MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, who have played 98 T20Is for India.

ICICI inks pact with CSC e-Governance services India to expand rural outreach

  • ICICI Bank has tied up with Common Service Centre e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle (CSC SPV) to expand its reach to villages and remote towns.
  • Under this agreement, the bank will associate CSCs working in remote areas as banking correspondents.
  • Under the partnership, people in rural areas will be able to deposit, withdraw and transfer money from their ICICI bank account, subscribe to term deposit plan, obtain small-value loans, pay bills and other services through CSCs.

India inks 7 pacts with Bangladesh

  • India and Bangladesh signed seven agreements and launched three projects after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina held wide-ranging talks to further strengthen bilateral ties.
  • The agreements include 1)Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the use of Chattogram and Mongla ports, 2) MoU on withdrawal of 1.82 cusec of water from Feni river by India for drinking water supply, scheme for Sabroom town, Tripura, India,3) Agreement concerning implementation of Line of Credits (LOC) extended to Bangladesh, 4) MoU between University of Hyderabad and University of Dhaka, 5) Cultural Exchange Programme,6) MoU on Co-operation in Youth Affairs, 7) MoU on providing Coastal Surveillance System.

India launches “Green Crackers” in its bid to curb air pollution

  • In a bid to resolve the crisis of air pollution, the Government launched green firecrackers. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs have been successful in developing various environment-friendly fireworks such as sound emitting crackers, flowerpots, pencils, chakkar and sparklers.
  • Green Crackers have been manufactured and are available in the Indian market for consumers and sellers.

India’s first plant to produce diesel from plastic waste was opened in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

  • In support to improve the credit availability to the deep rural pockets, the Reserve Bank of India eased lending-related restrictions for non-banking financial service-micro finance institutions (NBFC-MFIs).
  • The income limit for each rural household to be eligible for microfinance has now been increased from RS 1 lakh to RS 1.25 lakh, and from RS 1.6 lakh to RS 2 lakh for urban and semi-urban areas. This is expected to bring a larger number of rural, semi-urban and urban households under the fold of microcredit. Second, RBI has also increased the lending limit for each eligible borrower from RS 1 lakh to RS 1.25 lakh.

India’s first plant to produce diesel from plastic waste was opened in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

  • Mathura MP Hema Malini inaugurated the country's first plastic to diesel conversion plant in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The plant was working on a full scale at the Mathura Municipal Corporation (MMC), built on public-private partnership (P-P-P) model for which the MMC has signed a contract of Rs 9.5 crore with Paterson Energy Private Limited, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

  • The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples.
  • Yalitza Aparicio is committed to the fight against racism and for the rights of women and indigenous peoples.

NHA, Google tie up for Ayushman Bharat implementation

  • The National Health Authority (NHA) has joined hands with Google to collaborate and strengthen the implementation of the government's flagship health scheme, Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY),
  • Google will also support NHA in improving PM-JAY's digital presence and showcasing relevant content to the 50 crore entitled beneficiaries. Google will also help provide training and support to NHA personnel to build on digital skills.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), has funded the treatment of 90,000 cancer patients in its first year.

  • In its first year, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), the tertiary care arm of Ayushman Bharat, has funded the treatment of 90,000 cancer patients through 1.8 lakh hospital admissions. The National Health Authority (NHA), the nodal agency for implementation of PMJAY has sanctioned Rs 321 crores for cancer care so far.
  • Tamil Nadu, with 40,056 cases, tops the state where the most cancer patients availed treatment under PMJAY, followed by Kerala (22,000), Madhya Pradesh (19,455), Chhattisgarh (15,997) and Gujarat (14,380).

RBI to provide liquidity support to banks for smooth NEFT transactions

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will provide liquidity support to banks to facilitate smooth settlement of transactions under the proposed 24x7 National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) system.
  • This is among steps that the central bank announced to support use of the payment and settlement system by customers, especially retail clients. The RBI will extend the collateralised liquidity support on NEFT, which is currently available till 7.45 pm on working days, round the clock.

Trump signs proclamation to block visas for uninsured

  • According to a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump, Immigrants applying for U.S. visas will be denied entry into the country unless they can prove they can afford health care, according to a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump.
  • The new rule applies to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad — not those in the U.S. already. It does not affect lawful permanent residents. It does not apply to asylum-seekers, refugees or children.

World Teachers’ Day: 5 October

  • World Teachers’ Day or International Teachers’ Days is celebrated on October 5. The aim of World Teacher’s Day is to acknowledge the significant role of educators across the world. It commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of UNESCO’s 1966 recommendation concerning the status of teachers.
  • This year’s theme: ‘Young Teachers: The future of the Profession’.