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November 02, 2016

GA for IBPS : October 2016 Weekly Current Affairs Round up - 4th Week

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Hi Gr8Ambitionz readers, I am Shravan. Here I am sharing the Weekly Current Affairs of October 4th week taken from News Papers. Happy Reading :)

Important Current Affairs of October 2016 4th Week

National Current Affairs of October 4th Week

India's first railway university in Vadodara

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22nd October said that the country's first railway , university will be set up in Vadodara. He announced this during the inauguration ceremony of the terminal building of Vadodara airport, it spread in an area of 17,500 sq mt, and integrated terminal has been built at a cost of Rs.160 crore. The new integrated airport terminal, is now the country's second green airport after Kochi.
India at 87th position in gender gap 
  • India has ranked 87th on World Economic Forum (WEF)'s gender gap report, which is 21 places up from its previous ranking of 108th in 2015. The report was published on 26th October. The report actually consists of many sub indexes, and India placed at various positions in those. 
    • Political Empowerment sub index, India continues to rank 9th in the world 
    • Going by the women in parliament numbers - India ranked 112th 
    • Economic Participation and Opportunity, India ranked 136th 
    • Educational Attainment subindex, India ranked 113th 
    • The literacy rate of the country ranked it 124th 
    • 'Health and Survival' sub index, ranking 142nd
    • In the sex ratio it ranked 142nd  
Biotech- KISAN launched
  • The Ministry of Science and Technology has launched two Farmer-Centric initiatives-Biotech-KISAN and Cattle Genornics. The two programs are intended to have major impact on rural livelihood through science. 
  • Biotech - KISAN : Krishi Innovation Science Application Network Empowering Small- and Women- Farmers with Science Implementation, it is a new programme that empowers farmers, especially women farmers. 
  • Cattle Genomics : In the wake of climate change challenges, quality breeding of indige-nous livestock is essential. When breeding is selected, the native livestock can transform the lives of small farmers. Genomic selection will ensure high-yielding, disease-resistant, resilient livestock.

International Current Affairs of October 4th Week

UN: 2016 Mediterranean refugee deaths hit record 3,800
  • At least 3,800 refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe so far this year, making 2016 the deadliest year on record, according to the UN refugee agency. About half of the 327,800 refugees who crossed the Mediterranean this year. 
"Daughters of Mother India" won prize at CAM international 
  • Indian National Award winning documentary “Daughters of Mother India” won the first prize in the Documentary Film category at the sixth CAM International Film Festival, Cairo. This movie is directed by Vibha Bakshi. The film won the first prize in the documentary section of the festival. The festival was organized by the Arabic Egyptian Society for Culture, Media and Arts (CMA) from October 8-13th. The story of the movie portrays resolve, hope and courage in the fight against gender violence. 
Iraq's parliament passes law banning alcohol 
  • Iraq's parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages. The law, passed 22nd October, imposes a fine of up to 25m Iraqi dinars, (£17,000) for anyone violating the ban. Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol. The bill was proposed by Mahmoud al-Hassan, a judge and lawmaker from the State of Law coalition, the 'west bloc in parliament. He insisted it was in keeping with article 2 in the constitution, which prohibits any legislation that goes against Islam.

Sports Current Affairs of October 4th Week

India won Kabaddi cup 

  • India has defeated Iran and won Kabaddi world cup. The final was held on 22nd October. It is India's third victory m Kabaddi championship. The games were held in Ahmedabad from 7th to 22nd, October. 12 teams were participated.
FIFA unveils mascot for 2018 World Cup
  • The Official Mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was formally revealed on 21 October. The Official Mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is named Zabivaka, which means 'the one who scores' in Russian. The mascot is the wolf developed by student designer Ekaterina Bocharova. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st Cup, scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. North Korea won 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup North Korea's women's U-17 team has defeated Japan and won 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. This is North Korea's second U-17 Women's World Cup title.

Banking & Economy Current Affairs of October 4th Week

Aviation scheme UDAN takes off 
  • The Centre unveiled a regional connectivity scheme, known as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik), with flights priced at Rs.2,500 for one hour of flying time to and from regional airports. Under the scheme, airlines will be offered a slew of sops at smaller airports such as waiver of landing and parking charges. The scheme, allows only one operator to fly on a RCS route for three years. The scheme will be launched in 2017.

PM launched various schemes in Varanasi
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched various schemes in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on 24th October. The total expenditure for these schemes will be of Rs 5,000 crore, the schemes that were launched are...
    • Urja Ganga, is a gas pipeline project, which will bring piped cooking fuel to residents of Varanasi, and also catering to millions of consumers in neighbouring states. 
    • Expansion of diesel Locomotive Works
    • Inauguration of Varanasi Postal Region.

India ranks 130 in ease of doing business

  • India has moved one rank up to the 130th position in the World Bank's 'ease of doing business' ranking for 2017. 
    • Out of 10 parameters, India's ranking this year improved in two, remained unchanged in three and worsened in five. 
    • India made the sharpest jump in "getting electricity", with its rank jumping 44 spots to 26. 
    • India's rank also improved in the "enforcing contracts" parameter by 6 spots to 172.
    • India ranking in "paying taxes" deteriorated by 15 spots to 172,
    • India’s ranking in “trading across borders” also fell by 10 spots to 143.

Persons in news

Paul Beatty :
  • Paul Beatty's novel The Sellout, a blistering satire about race in America, won the Man Booker Prize, marking the first time a U.S. writer has won the award.
Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar :
  • Two Yazidi women, who escaped sexual enslavement by Islamic State in Iraq, have won Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize. Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar were among thousands of Yazidi girls and women abduct-ed by militants and forced into sexual slavery in 2014. But, both survived and now campaign for the Yazidi community.

Bilateral Current Affairs of October 4th Week

India, New Zealand Sign Three Agreement
  • India on 26th October signed three agreements with New Zealand on issues pertaining to avoidance of double taxation, cooperation in the field of youth and sport affair and food safety cooperation between FSSAI. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, visiting India, he met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finalized pacts. 
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