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October 23, 2018

23rd October 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (23rd 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 23rd October 2018

International Current Affairs
  • The 1st high-level meeting on bilateral security cooperation between India and China was held in New Delhi.
    • This meeting was co-chaired by Rajnath Singh (Union Home Minister) along with Zhao Kezhi (State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of the People's Republic of China).
    • During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest, including bilateral
      counter-terrorism cooperation, and welcomed increased cooperation between India and China in the area of security cooperation.
    • Note : Mr. Zhao Kezhi is on a bilateral visit to India from 21 to 25 October, 2018.
  • The Druzhba 2018 (Friendship 2018) joint bilateral military exercise between Pakistan and Russian special forces has begun in Pakistan. 
    • This exercise was first started in the year 2016.
    • This exercise will be organized in north-western hill region in Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan. 
    • The two week long joint military exercise is aimed at bolstering and building military cooperation between the two countries
    • Note : “Druzba” is Russian word, which means “friendship”. 
  • The joint military exercise between United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United States (US) titled Iron Magic 19 kicked off near Dubai. 
    • The two-week military exercise is part of series of joint military exercises held throughout the year between UAE armed forces and armed forces of other countries.
  • Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in Fiji for the 1st royal visit to the South Pacific nation since a military coup in 2006
    • The former British colony was suspended from the British Commonwealth after the coup. 
    • However, it was reinstated in 2014 following the democratic elections.
  • Telugu is the fastest growing language in the US, a study by US-based Centre for Immigration Studies claimed. 
    • The rise in the number of US residents speaking Telugu can be attributed to the growth of the IT industry in the country which hires software engineers from India's Telugu-speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has arrived in Israel on a 3-day visit.
    • Aim of this visit : To strengthen cooperation with the nation in key sectors like dairy, agriculture, and horticulture. 
    • Various MoUs will be signed during his visit to tap opportunities that can address Punjab's requirements.
National Current Affairs
  • The Home Ministry today announced that a foreign-origin spouse of any Indian national or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder is now eligible for obtaining the OCI card. 
    • The OCI card allows people multiple entry, multi-purpose and life-long visa for visiting the country. 
    • The ministry has also simplified the process of renunciation of Indian citizenship.
  • The Indian Railways today announced that it has decided to refer to its cleaning staff as 'housekeeping staff' instead of 'safaiwalas'. 
    • The term 'safaiwala' indicates a 'Group D' employee usually working in medical, operating or other departments dealing with cleanliness.
  • Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi today announced that Declaration of criminal record has been made mandatory for those applying for an Indian visa.
    • The decision was made based on "complaints of serial child sexual abuse offenders managing to visit India". "
    • This step will certainly be a strong deterrent for perpetrators of such heinous crimes," Gandhi added.
  • Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has launched a campaign titled Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali.
    • Aim of Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali Campaign  : To reduce adverse environmental conditions especially pollution in the country after post Diwali celebrations due to excessive bursting of crackers which contributes significantly to air and noise pollution.
New Appointments
  • Cameroon's 85-year-old Paul Biya has won the presidential elections for the seventh time after securing 71.3% of the vote. 
    • Note : First elected as the President in 1982, Biya is sub-Saharan Africa's oldest leader and one of the world's longest-serving rulers.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and China today inked their 1st-ever internal security cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening assistance in counter-terrorism, organised crimes and exchange of information. 
  • India and Myanmar inked MoU for appointment of private port operator for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of Sittwe Port, Paletwa Inland Water Terminal and associated facilities included in Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project. 
    • The agreement was signed during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's one day visit to Myanmar today, where he met Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications, U Win Khant.
Science & Technology
  • The world’s longest sea-crossing opened in southern China today.
    • The 55-kilometre (34-mile) crossing, connects Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. 
  • US-based ride-hailing startup Uber is going to launch its drone-based food delivery service titled 'UberExpress'  by 2021.
Awards & Honors
  • Eminent jurist Fali S. Nariman (89) was awarded the 19th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration
    • He was presented the award by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at a function held in New Delhi.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Annual Badminton tournament, French Open 2018 began in Paris today.
    • This tournament is going to be held from 23rd to 28th October 2018 at Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, France.
    • Ace Indian shuttler, PV Sindhu has moved into the pre-quarterfinals of the tournament.
    • Other top Indian shuttlers, including Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal, will begin their campaign tomorrow.
  • Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won the Silver medal at the World Championships.
    • With this, he became the 1st Indian to have two World Wrestling Championship medals

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