Current Affairs

Central Information Commission brings BCCI under RTI Act.
(i)The Central Information Commission has pronounced the judgement that the BCCI comes under the jurisdiction of the RTI Act. (ii)As a result of the ruling, the board is now "answerable to the people of the country". (iii)The commission, which is the top appellate body in RTI matters, come to a conclusion…
Nobel Prize in Physics is shared by a woman for the first time in 55 years.
(i)The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years, and for only the third time in its history. (ii)Donna Strickland, a Canadian physicist, was awarded the 2018 prize jointly with Gérard Mourou, from France, for their work on generating high-intensity, ultra-short…
Sustainable mountain development summit from Oct 3-5.
(i)Deliberations on ecological, social and economic drivers of change will mark the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit VII to be held in Shimla from October 3 to 5. (ii)Integrated Mountain Initiative in New Delhi and Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology and Environment in Shimla have…
World Habitat Day 2018: 1 October.
(i)World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October.
(ii)The event focuses on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter.
(iii)This year theme is “Municipal Solid Waste Management”.
Mushtaq Ahmad appointed as new chief of Hockey India.
(i)Mushtaq Ahmad was appointed as new chief of Hockey India(HI). The new chief was appointed in 8th Hockey India congress. (ii)Mushtaq Ahmad held the post of secretary general in Hockey India prior to be elected as chief. (iii)Ahmad replaced Rajinder Singh as chief of HI from 1st of October. (iv)Gyanendro…
Gita Gopinath appointed IMF Chief Economist.
(i)Prominent Indian-American economist Gita Gopinath was appointed as chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. (ii)Gita, 46, will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018. (iii)She currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International…
International Day of Older Persons: 1 October.
(i)The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year. (ii)On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution 45/106. (iii)Theme for the year 2018 is “Celebrating Older Human…
Entrepreneur Chiranjiv Patel wins Business World's '40 Under 40' title.
(i)Prominent entrepreneur Chiranjiv Patel has bagged the prestigious "BW 40 under 40" award in BW Business World's second edition of 40 Under 40 awards held in Gurgaon. (ii)40 Under 40, which honours Indian entrepreneurs and professionals below the age of 40, nominated almost 300 entrepreneurs across…
Jayant Mammen Mathew elected president of INS.
(i)Jayant Mammen Mathew, Executive Editor of Malayala Manorama, was elected as the president of the prestigious Indian Newspaper Society, an apex body of the country’s print media industry. (ii)He was elected to the top post for the year 2018-19 at the organisation’s general body meeting. (iii)He succeeds…
RBI slaps Rs 5 crore penalty on Karur Vysya Bank.
(i)The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Karur Vysya Bank for non-compliance of its directives. (ii)According to a RBI statement, the penalty was imposed for non-compliance with its directions on "Income Recognition and Asset Classification (IRAC) norms, reporting of frauds,…
PM inaugurates Mahatma Gandhi Museum at Rajkot.
(i)The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Rajkot. (ii)The Museum has been set up at the Alfred High School, which was an important part of the formative years of Mahatma Gandhi. (iii)It will help spread awareness about Gandhian culture, values and philosophy.…
Rail Heritage Digitisation Project of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.
(i)Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal has launched “Rail Heritage Digitisation Project” of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture here today through video-conferencing. (ii)The project is a landmark effort, first of its kind in this part of the globe, to showcase country’s…
India ranked 96th among 162 countries on Economic Freedom Index.
(i)In this year’s report on Economic Freedom in the World, India’s rank improved by a couple of notches. (ii)However, India was still placed 96th among 162 countries. (iii)The report was released by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) along with Canada’s Fraser Institute. (iv)Last year, India was placed…
8th Asian Yoga Sports Championship.
(i)Thiruvananthapuram is all set to play host to the 8th Asian Yoga Sports Championship, which will be held at the Jimmy George indoor stadium from September 27 to 30.
(ii)The event will witness around 500 participants representing 14 Asian countries showcasing their yoga skills.
Govt constitutes Lokpal search committee.
(i)The Centre constituted an eight-member search committee, to be headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, to recommend the chairperson and members of the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal. (ii)The search committee is a major step towards setting up of the Lokpal. The committee…
Axis Bank, VCAT tie up to provide banking services to start-up firms.
(i)Private sector lender Axis Bank has tied up with Venture Catalysts (VCAT) to provide corporate banking services to start-up companies. (ii)As an added benefit, Axis Bank will also waive off banking transaction fee for the first two years for start-ups at the bootstrapping stage. (iii)As part of the…
World Tourism Day: 27 September.
(i)Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27. (ii)This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. (iii)The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global…
UN declares 2019-2028 Nelson Mandela decade of peace.
(i)A statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at the United Nations to honour the late South African leader’s birth.
(ii)This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth.
(iii)The UN also declared 2019-2028 the “Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace.
Finance Ministry Launches Mobile Application “ Jan Dhan Darshak”.
(i)Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance and National Informatics Centre (NIC) has jointly developed a mobile app called Jan Dhan Darshak as a part of financial inclusion (FI) initiative . (ii)As the name suggests, this app will act as a guide for the common people in locating…
Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy-2018.
(i)The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approvedthe National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP-2018) and re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the “Digital Communications Commission”. (ii)TheNDCP-2018 envisions supporting India’s transition to a digitally…