Daily Current Affairs - 14th Oct 2019

35 died, 17 others missing as typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan

  • At least 35 people died and 17 others are missing as typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan including Tokyo's metropolitan area, causing multiple rivers to overflow and power blackouts in 3,76,000 houses.
  • Apart from the 376,000 homes that experienced no electricity, 14,000 had no running water after the typhoon Hagibis hit.

Bangladesh: Baul festival concludes in Dhaka

  • A three day long festival of Baul songs named Indo-Bangla Baul Music Festival ended last evening with spell binding performances by Bauls from India and Bangladesh. The program was organised to observe the 129th death anniversary of Baul saint Fakir Lalon Shah. More than 25 Bauls performed during the program.
  • The programme organised by the Lalon Biswasangha was supported by the Indian High Commission.

Brexit deal in sight as compromise over Irish border starts to emerge

  • Britain and the European Union signalled that a Brexit deal is in sight, with negotiators heading into three days of intensive talks in Brussels as a potential compromise over the Irish border starts to emerge.
  • Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to take Northern Ireland out of Europe's Customs union and give Northern Ireland Assembly, its power-sharing assembly, a veto over the arrangement.
  • Last Friday,the EU officials said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had indicated he was prepared to make sufficient concessions to allow detailed talks to begin.

Chinese President Xi pledges NRs 56 billion in aid to Nepal

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China will provide Nepalese 56 billion rupees assistance to Kathmandu over the next two years to help Nepal's development programmes as the two countries inked 20 agreements to bolster their bilateral ties.
  • The Chinese president has met Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and held delegation-level talks. After the talks, the two sides signed 18 MoUs and two letters of exchange in different sectors such as transport, agriculture, industry, commerce and supply.
  • They also concluded agreements for all-weather connectivity between Kathmandu and the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Dutch Open: Lakshya Sen wins maiden BWF World Tour title

  • Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen has clinched his maiden BWF World Tour title by winning the Dutch Open men's singles at Almere in the Netherlands. He defeated Yusuke Onodera of Japan 15-21, 21-14, 21-15 in a final that lasted 63 minutes.
  • Lakshya, currently ranked 72nd, had won the Belgian Open last month and reached the finals of Polish Open this year.
  • He had also won the Asian Junior Championships, a silver at Youth Olympic Games and a bronze medal at World Junior Championships last year.

Ecuador's army took to streets after Prez orders 24-hour curfew

  • Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenin Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices. President Moreno said, the military would enforce the round the clock curfew in Quito and around critical infrastructure like power stations and hospitals in response to the day's violence.
  • It was the first such action imposed since a series of coups in the 1960s and '70s.

Gaekwad in Apex Council

  • Former India player and coach Aunshuman Gaekwad was elected to the BCCI Apex Council. He polled 471 votes while Kirti Azad got 381 and Rakesh Dhruv 223 in the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) election on Sunday.

India defeat South Africa by innings and 137 runs in 2nd test cricket

  • India won the second Test against South Africa in Pune by an innings and 137 runs to seal the three-match series with a game to spare. India had won the series-opener in Bengaluru by 203 runs.
  • Following on, South Africa were all out for 189 in their second innings in the final session of day four. India scored a mammoth 601 for five in their first innings with skipper Virat Kohli leading the side with a majestic double hundred.

Indian nun Mariam Thresia, four others declared Saints

  • Indian nun Mariam Thresia and four others were declared Saints by Pope Francis at a grand ceremony at the Vatican City.
  • Mariam Thresia, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur in May 1914, was raised to the highest position within the centuries-old institution during the ceremony at the St Peter's Square.
  • Sister Thresia, in her short lifespan of 50 years, worked for the good of humanity becoming a noble example for the entire world.
  • The nun from Kerala was canonised along with English Cardinal John Henry Newman, Swiss laywoman Marguerite Bays, Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes and Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini.

Manju Rani settles for silver medal in World Women's Boxing C'ships

  • Manju Rani has settled for silver medal in World Women's Boxing Championships at Ulan-Ude in Russia. Russian Ekaterina Paltceva defeated Rani 4 -1 in 48 kilogram category in the final match of the tournament.

Simone Biles breaks record for most world medals won by any gymnast

  • Simone Biles has broke the all-time record for most medals by any gymnast at the world championships by winning the balance beam competition at the World Gymnastics Championship in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • It’s the 24th world championship medal for Biles, breaking a tie on 23 with the Belarusian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo.

Social media etiquettes, pranayam part of UGC’s ‘life skills’ curriculum

  • Ethics and etiquettes of social media, how to use Google search better, yoga and pranayama and resume writing are part of the “life skills” curriculum developed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
  • The commission had recently launched “Jeevan Kaushal”, a life skills programme in the curriculum for under-graduate courses across the country. The programme, which carries eight credit points, can be accommodated in any semester and is aimed at inculcating emotional and intellectual competencies in students and develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Sultan of Johor Cup: Indian junior team trounce New Zealand 8-2

  • The Indian junior hockey team trounced New Zealand 8-2 in their second match of 9th Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor, Bahru. It was India's second win in the tournament and they face Japan in their next round robin league-stage match tomorrow.

Tunisia Exit polls: Kais Saied heading for landslide victory in Presidential runoff

  • In Tunisia, exit polls indicate that academic Kais Saied is heading for a landslide victory in the Presidential runoff, sweeping aside his rival, Nabil Karoui. Mr Saied is projected to secure nearly 70 per cent of the votes according to two different exit polls.
  • The poll, Tunisia's second free Presidential elections since its 2011 revolt, followed the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi in July.

With nine cases a day, Mizoram becomes State with highest HIV prevalence rate

  • Mizoram, one of the least populated States in India, reports nine positive cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) a day.
  • The virus “strike rate” has made Mizoram top the list of States with an HIV prevalence rate of 2.04% followed by two other north-eastern States — Manipur with 1.43% and Nagaland with 1.15%.
  • In Mizoram 67.21% of the positive cases from 2006 to March 2019 have been transmitted sexually, 1.03% of the transmission route being homosexual.
  • The next major cause, accounting for 28.12% cases, is infected needles shared by intravenous drug users.
  • The Christian-majority State bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar has battled drug trafficking and abuse for a long time.
  • Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga

World Bank cuts India’s growth projection to 6%

  • The World Bank slashed its growth forecast for India's current fiscal year to 6 per cent, down from 7.5 per cent, warning that the "severe" slowdown could further weaken the country's stuttering financial sector.
  • India is currently growing at its slowest pace in six years, expanding by just 5 per cent in the April-June quarter, hit by flagging consumer demand and a slackening in government spending.
  • India's industrial output also shrank at its fastest rate in more than six years in August.
  • The World Bank in its last forecast in April, had said that India's economic outlook was strong and expected growth of 7.5 per cent during the current fiscal year that began in April.