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October 21, 2018

21st October 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st October 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 21st October 2018

International Current Affairs
  • US President Donald Trump today announced that the country is going to withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. 
    • The treaty required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.
  • India has lost one spot to rank as the 9th most valuable nation brand in the world, according to UK-based consultancy Brand Finance's Nation Brands 2018 report. 
    • However, India's brand value increased by 5% to $2,159 billion. 
    • USA topped the list with a 23 per cent increase in brand value (TO $25,899 billion from $21,055 billion). 
    • China came in second with a 25 per cent increase in brand value (to $12,779 billion from $10,209 billion). 
  • India and US have agreed to elevate their bilateral ‘Cope India’ Air Exercise to trilateral format by including Japan
    • The next edition of this exercise is scheduled to be held in December 2018 for which final planning conference to finalise its modalities will held in Kalaikunda, West Bengal.
  • The 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and 5th ADMM-Plus were held during 19th and 20th October 2018 at Singapore. 
    • ADMM and ADMM-Plus serves as key Ministerial-level platforms in regional security architecture for promoting strategic dialogue and practical cooperation between ASEAN and its partners. 
    • The conferences were attended by defence ministers from India, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and US. 
    • India was represented by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
    • This was second time Singapore has chaired ADMM since its establishment in 2006 and first time to chair ADMM-Plus since its establishment in 2010.
  • The 7th meeting of Education Ministers of Member States of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was held in Astana (Kazakhstan). 
    • The meeting was organised with assistance of Kazakhstan Government and its Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rector’s Office of University of SCO (USCO).
National Current Affairs
  • Today (21st October) is Police Commemoration Day.
    • Police Commemoration Day is bserved on October 21 every year to remember the sacrifices of ten policemen who died in Chinese firing in 1959.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated and dedicated to the nation a newly-refurbished National Police Memorial and a newly-built Police Museum in Delhi. 
    • A 30-foot-tall and 238-tonne heavy black granite sculpture honouring the slain troopers and a wall of valour bearing the names of over 34,800 martyred personnel were also unveiled during the event.
  • Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has approved the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj with immediate effect. 
    • The name 'Prayagraj' derives from a place in the city called Prayag, where three rivers flowing across the state meet.
  • Days after Uttar Pradesh government renamed Allahabad to Prayagraj, Himachal Pradesh government has announced that it is considering renaming its capital Shimla to 'Shyamala'
  • India’s longest river bridge with total length of 19.3 kilometers will be built on Brahmaputra river (Assam). 
    • This bridge will connect Dhubri of Assam to Fulbarani of Meghalaya.
    • It will reduce the distance between these two places by 203 kms and also travel time. 
    • Important Note : At present, India’s largest river bridge is Dhola-Sadia bridge, its length is 9.15 kilometers.
People in News
  • The Netherlands has issued its 1st gender-neutral passport to 57-year-old Leonne Zeegers
    • The 57 year old received a passport with the gender designation X, instead of M for man or V for woman.
Awards & Honors
  • 4 peaks of the Himalayan range near Gangotri glacier have been named after three-time Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away in August. 
    • A team of mountaineers recently scaled the peaks and hoisted the Tricolour on them. 
    • Note : Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj had announced the idea to name them after Vajpayee came in view of his love for mountains.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Ministry of Finance has imposed anti-dumping duties of up to $185.51 per tonne for 5  years on certain Chinese steel products. 
    • The duties have been imposed to guard domestic industry against cheap imports of straight length bars and rods of alloy steel. 
Science & Technology
  • The European and Japanese space agencies have launched a 7-year mission to Mercury titled BepiColombo.
    • The mission comprises two satellites launched together: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mio (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter, MMO).
  • China’s first home-grown amphibious aircraft AG600 (code-named Kunlong) successfully carried out its first take-off and landing on water. 
    • In this maiden flight, the seaplane took off from Zhanghe Reservoir in Jingmen, Hubei’s province and stayed airborne for about 15 minutes
    • It is claimed to be world’s largest amphibious aircraft.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Portuguese professional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo became the 1st player to score 400 goals across the top-five European football leagues after getting on the scoresheet in his side's match against Genoa today. 
  • Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal reached the final of the Denmark Open after beating Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the semifinal. 
    • The 28-year-old, who won her first and only Denmark Open title on October 21, 2012, will now face world number one Tai Tzu-Ying (Taiwan) in the final on October 21, 2018.
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