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October 10, 2017

10th October 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (10th October 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 10th October 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (10th October) is World Mental Health Day.
    • The aim of this day is to raise awareness about mental health issues
    • Theme for 2017 : "Mental health in the workplace"
  • Germany is going to limit the intake of refugees to 2 lakh annually, as part of a deal between German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party and its coalition ally that has long demanded a cap on the intake.
  • Four Dutch political parties today agreed to form a coalition government after 208 days of negotiations, the longest time taken in the country's history to form a government. 
National Current Affairs
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the 5th edition of India Water Week (IWW)
    • Theme of 5th India Water Week : “Water and Energy for Inclusive Growth” 
  • The 1st BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2017 (DMEx-2017) kicked off in New Delhi today.
    • This exercise will be held during 10th to 13th October 2017.  
    • About 135 delegates from all BIMSTEC member States are participating in the exercise.
    • The main focus of BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 is to create synergy and synchronize efforts to institutionalize regional cooperation and inter-governmental coordination efforts on disaster response among Member States. 
  • Karnataka government is going to launch 'Anila Bhagya' scheme in December, to provide free LPG connections to families living Below Poverty Line. 
    • Aim of Anila Bhagya Scheme : To provide clean cooking fuel to reduce health hazards caused by the use of conventional fossil fuel. 
  • Madhya Pradesh is going to provide financial assistance of ₹2 lakh to widows who want to remarry. Singh 
  • To accelerate full immunization coverage to more than 90% by December 2018, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI).
    • Through this programme, Government aims to reach each and every child under two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs

  • Jio Payments Bank will begin it's operations in December.
    • Important Note : Jio Payments Bank is a 70:30 joint venture between Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries and the State Bank of India (SBI).
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has mandated e-commerce firms to settle seller payments within two days from the date of intimation of completion of transaction.  
  • The Gujarat government today cut the Value Added Tax (VAT) on fuel by 4%, becoming the first state to do so
    • After the reduction in VAT, petrol will get cheaper by ₹2.93 per litre and diesel by ₹2.72 per litre in the state. 
  • Private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank today crossed ₹2 trillion in market capitalisation for the first time, after its stock surged to an all-time high. 
    • This makes it the fourth listed bank and 21st company to achieve this mark in India. 
    • Important Note : HDFC Bank is the most valued bank in India with a market capitalisation of ₹4.66 trillion.
  • To educate people on e-transactions, formal sector borrowings and insurance purchases, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is going to launch financial literacy drive in 80 blocks in 9 states on pilot basis.
    • It will be commissioned in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh by 6 NGOs in collaboration with sponsor banks. 
New Appointments
  • Professor Jagdish Mukhi today took oath as the new Governor of Assam.
Science & Technology
  • Elon Musk-led space exploration startup SpaceX has successfully launched its 14th Falcon 9 rocket in 2017 from California. 
    • The rocket which carried 10 satellites to orbit for American communications company Iridium, has also returned to its floating drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. 
    • The launch marked SpaceX's third mission for Iridium.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Iceland has become the smallest country ever to qualify for the final stage of the FIFA World Cup, after topping its qualifying group.
  • The Indian women's cricket team will begin their ICC Women's Championship campaign against South Africa in February 2018. 
    • The ICC Women's Championship will see participation from eight national teams taking on each other in series of three ODIs on a home or away basis. 
    • This is the second edition of the championship, set to culminate in 2020.
  • 16-year-old Jeakson Thounaojam became the first player in history to score for India in a FIFA World Cup.
  • India’s Anupama Ramachandran won World Open Under-16 Snooker Championship title in girls category held at St. Petersburg in Russia. 
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