Daily Current Affairs - 17th Oct 2019

CBIC launches programme to strengthen Make in India

  • Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), India’s nodal national agency responsible for administering Central Excise, Service Tax, Customs, GST, & Narcotics has launched a revamped and streamlined programme to attract investments into India and strengthen Make in India through manufacture and other operations.
  • The programme is launched under bond scheme of Customs Act, 1962 as this section enables conduct of manufacture and other operations in a customs bonded warehouse.
  • Moreover, CBIC in collaboration with Invest India has launched a dedicated microsite for providing information as well as promoting scheme and for facilitation of investors.

Death Anniversary of Lalon observed in Bangladesh

  • The 129th death anniversary of the mystic bard Fakir Lalon Shah is being observed in Bangladesh.
  • A three-day-long programme started at the shrine of the saint at Chheuriya on the bank of river Kaliganga in Kushtia district of Bangladesh.
  • Lalon is believed to be born in 1774 though no written records exist. He died in 1890. He created and composed more than 2000 songs which were popularised by Bauls who sang his songs while wandering in the countryside of Bengal and parts of Assam of those days. His contemporary Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore got some of his songs transcribed and published.

Food Safety Mitra scheme launched

  • On the occasion of World Food Day, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan launched Food Safety Mitra Scheme, Eat Right Jacket and Eat Right Jhola.
  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has introduced scheme of Food Safety Mitra (FSM) through which it plans to engage motivated individuals with the food safety ecosystem at ground level.
  • A FSM is an individual professional certified by FSSAI who assists in compliances related to FSS Act, Rules & Regulations with three avatars- Digital Mitra, Trainer Mitra and Hygiene Mitra depending upon their respective roles and responsibilities. During the event, the Minister also launched Eat Right Jhola which is a reusable, washable and bio-degradable bag.

IHGF-Delhi Fair begins

  • The 48th Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) organized by the Ministry of Textiles began in Greater Noida.
  • In the event, the Ministry extended its support to the proposal of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) for setting up handicraft parks for apparel and handloom.
  • The EPCH was established under Companies act (1986-87). It is the apex body for the handicraft exporters in India.

India hands over second pair of Mi-24V helicopters to Afghan forces

  • India on Tuesday handed over the second pair of Mi-24V helicopters to war-torn Afghanistan, boosting the capability of the Afghan forces.
  • The helicopters were officially handed over by Indian Ambassador Vinay Kumar to Afghanistan's acting Defence Minister Asadullah Khalid at a ceremony held at the military airport in Kabul.
  • These helicopters are a replacement for the four attack helicopters previously gifted by India to Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016.

India Pip Bangladesh to Clinch SAFF U-15 Women's Championship

  • India emerged champions of the SAFF U-15 women's championship 2019 at the Chalimithang Stadium here on Tuesday, defeating Bangladesh 5-3 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 post 90 minutes.
  • The tournament was organized by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) and was held at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu, Bhutan.
  • Indian captain Shilky Devi slotted home from the final spot-kick to hand her side 5-3 win.

India Post launches mobile banking facility for savings accounts

  • The Department of Post announced that it has launched mobile banking for its savings account customers. The facility will be available all the post office savings account holders of the CBS (core banking solutions) post offices.
  • The launch of the mobile banking facility comes almost a year after the Department of Post launched Internet banking facility for its savings account holders.

ISRO Reusable Launch Vehicle to land in Karnataka

  • The Reusable Launch Vehicle Program was launched by ISRO in 2016. It aims to cut down the launch cost by reusing the spacecraft. So far, the RLV (Reusable Launch Vehicle) has been tested over water. For the first time, ISRO will test in land.
  • The landing of the RLV is to be tested at Challakere in Chitradurga district in Karnataka.
  • The RLV will function as a space shuttle that will carry a payload to space and glide back to the earth. While returning, it is to land like a normal aircraft.

J&K's Chenani-Nashri Tunnel to be Renamed After Bhartiya Jansangh Founder SP Mukherjee

  • India's longest Chenani-Nashri tunnel that links Kashmir with Jammu will be rechristened after Bhartiya Jansangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 had dedicated to the nation this 9.2 km long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km.

J.P.S. Chawla assumes charge as new Controller General of Accounts

  • Government of India has appointed J. P. S. Chawla, (1985-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) Officer) as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. He replaced Girraj Prasad Gupta.
  • Prior to assuming the charge of CGA, Shri Chawla served as Principal Chief Controller of Accounts, Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC).

Mastercard ambassador MS Dhoni launches ‘Team Cashless India’ to push digital payments

  • Payment technology major Mastercard and its brand ambassador MS Dhoni kicked-off campaign to bring more merchants and customers on board with an aim to boost digital payments in India.
  • The initiative ‘Team Cashless India’ brings consumers and merchants to the forefront of the digital payments dialogue. The campaign encourages all Indians to nominate one or more merchants who currently do not accept digital payments. Mastercard will work together with Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), acquirer banks and fintech companies to support nominated merchants to deploy digital payments acceptance infrastructure.

Messi wins third straight Golden Shoe as top league-goal scorer

  • Barcelona captain Leo Messi received his sixth Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues.
  • Messi won the trophy for a third straight year after scoring 36 goals, three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The award was created in 1967 when it was won by Eusebio.

Mumbai opener Yashasvi Jaiswal becomes youngest to score List A double hundred

  • Mumbai opener Yashasvi Jaiswal scripted history as he became the youngest batsman in the world to score a double century in List A cricket.
  • At 17 years and 292 days, Yashasvi scored 203 runs during the Vijay Hazare trophy Elite Group A match between Mumbai and Jharkhand.
  • The youngest before Yashasvi was Alan Barrow, who scored a double ton at age of 20 years, 273 days in South Africa’s domestic cricket way back in 1975.

October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  • The United Nations declared October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) in 1992.
  • The Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski was the major inspiration to commemorate the day. It was him who urged the UN to declare the IDEP. He is the founder of International Movement ATD Fourth World.
  • 2019 Theme: Acting together to Empower Children, their families and Communities to End Poverty.

Program GOAL: Young Tribal Women to Receive Digital Training

  • The GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) program aims to inspire, guide and encourage tribal girls across India to become village level digital leaders for their community. The program was launched by Facebook to empower women by providing digital literacy, leadership, life skills and entrepreneurship skills.
  • The Facebook and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs will together mentor 5,000 young women in India’s tribal dominated districts. The program includes weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions. It focuses on online safety, entrepreneurship, etc.

Shinyuu Maitri-2019: Indo-Japan Joint Air Force Exercise

  • The Indian Air Force will be carrying out a joint military exercise called ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ with Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF). The joint exercise will be held at Air Force Station, Arjan Singh in Panagarh town, West Bengal.
  • IAF’s C-130 J aircraft of Special Operations Squadron of and JASDF’s C-130 H of Tactical Airlift Squadron will participate in the exercise.

Shirui Lily Festival inaugurated in Manipur

  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated Shirui Lily Festival, 2019 at Shirui Vangayan Ground of Ukhrul in Manipur.
  • Mr Patel along with State Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the Strength of Unity Statue as a mark of opening the third edition of the four-day state festival.

Sultan of Johor Cup: India defeat Australia 5-1, qualify for final

  • The Indian junior men's hockey team thrashed Australia 5-1 in the league match of the 9th Sultan of Johor Cup at Johor Bahru in Malaysia. With this win, they qualified for the final of the tournament.
  • India's clinical performance saw two goals from Shilanand Lakra and one each from Dilpreet Singh, Gursahibjit Singh and Mandeep Mor. Yesterday, India had lost to Japan 3-4.
  • India will face Great Britain in their final round-robin league-stage match.

UAE announces establishment of 1st graduate-level, research-based AI university in world

  • UAE announced the establishment of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the first graduate-level, research-based AI university in the world.
  • MBZUAI will enable graduate students, businesses and governments to advance the artificial intelligence field.
  • The University is named after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who has long advocated for the UAE’s development of human capital through knowledge and scientific thinking to take the nation into the future.
  • MBZUAI will introduce a new model of academia and research to the field of AI, providing students and faculty access to some of the world’s most advanced AI systems to unleash its potential for economic and societal development.

Van Dhan Internship Programme to help Tribals

  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched the Van Dhan Internship Programme. Under the ministry, the program will be organized by the TRIFED (Tribal cooperative marketing Development Federation of India). The program will train the interns and the interns will help the tribal population in becoming self reliant and entrepreneurs.
  • 18 interns from the reputed Government institutes of social work/ social services/ management institutions/ rural management will be participating in the program.