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October 18, 2017

18th October 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (18th October 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 18th October 2017

International Current Affairs
  • The United States launched its first air strike against ISIS in Yemen. 
    • The strike targeted two camps in the Yakla and al-Abl in southern al-Bayda province that were used to train militants to conduct terror attacks using machine guns and grenade launchers. 
    • This strike was carried out in cooperation with the Yemeni government.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Japan signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP), aimed towards expanding bilateral cooperation between both countries in the field of skill development.
    • Under the provisions of MoC, Indian technical interns will be sent to Japan for on-the-job training for a period of three to five years, who can then return to India as assets for the Skill India initiative.
National Current Affairs 
  • In an attempt to end Gender bias in women against women, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is undertaking an online campaign #IamThatWoman.
    • This campaign was launched by WCD Minister Meneka Gandhi.
    • Through the campaign, the Ministry seeks to highlight the various aspects of women standing 'by' and 'for' women. 
    • Twitter and Facebook users have been encouraged to tag and share stories of women helping women with a photograph and post online with the hashtag #IamThatWoman.
  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has begun her two-day visit to India's only Tri-service theater command in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, wherein she'll celebrate Diwali with troops and interact with their families.
    • Sitharaman will also review the command's operational preparedness and related issues and reportedly visit its operational area as well as Car Nicobar Air Force Station.
  • According to a United Nations Fund for Population Activities' report, around 27% children in India are married before the age of 18 years as compared to the global average of 28%. 
    • The report also states India's maternal mortality rate (MMR), that is mothers dying per 1,00,000 live births, is 174 against the world's average of 216.
  • The Kerala government's Public Relations Department has banned use of the words 'Dalit' and 'Harijan' in government publications, official communications of the government, and publicity materials, recommending the use of the words SC and ST instead. 
    • The move, recommended by the state SC/ST Commission, was aimed at ending social discrimination at various levels in society.
Awards & Honors
  • American author George Saunders has won the £50,000 Man Booker prize for his novel 'Lincoln in the Bardo'. 
    • The book is based on a real event in 1862 wherein then President Abraham Lincoln visited a cemetery where his son was buried. 
  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has been ranked India's best university for engineering and technology in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 
    • While IISc has been ranked 89 globally, IIT Bombay falls in the 126-150 category followed by IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur in the 201-250 category. 
    • The list has been topped by Stanford University.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • India today imposed an anti-dumping duty on the import of some flat steel products from China and the European Union to curb the influx of cheaper imports and help local producers. 
    • The duty will be valid for 5 years. India had earlier imposed an additional 18.95% import tax on certain stainless steel products from China.
  • JK Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series), has been named Europe's highest paid celebrity of 2017 by Forbes. 
    • Almost half of Rowling's $95 million earnings during a 12-month period came from her co-writing 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'. 
    • The second position on the list was taken by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who earned $93 million.
  • The Multi-Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX) today launched India’s first commodity options in Gold, giving stakeholders a new set of financial instruments to hedge their price risks.
    • Launched by : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Sports Current Affairs
  • The life ban imposed on Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth by the BCCI will continue, the Kerala High Court has ruled today. 
    • This comes after the BCCI appealed against the August verdict of the same court, which had ordered lifting the ban on the 34-year-old. 
    • Sreesanth was banned for his alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scam in 2013.
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