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October 25, 2018

25th October 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (25th 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 25th October 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a 2-day visit to Japan starting October 28.
    • During this visit, he will take part in an annual summit between the two nations.
    • This will be the 13th annual summit and the fifth one to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    • Modi will also hold bilateral talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe
    • Both leaders are likely to discuss issues of defence and regional security
  • Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of a proposal to ban single-use plastics in a bid to curb marine pollution. 
    • The proposal called for a complete ban on plastic cutlery, cotton buds, drink stirrers and a reduction in the use of food and drink containers like plastic cups. 
    • The ban is likely to take effect by 2021.
  • The International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs (STAPCOR – 2018) was conculed today at Bangaram Island, Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
    • This conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
    • Theme of STAPCOR 2018 : “Reef for Life”.
National Current Affairs
  • The Supreme Court has banned the sale and registration of Bharat Stage IV vehicles from 1st April 2020. 
    • The apex court added that only vehicles compliant with the Bharat Stage VI emission standards can be sold from then. 
    • Note : The Bharat Stage emission standards are instituted by the government to regulate the output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.
  • To enable IT professionals and organisations to bring together their efforts towards social causes and service to society on one platform, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a 'Main Nahin Hum' portal and app. 
    • The portal, based on the theme 'Self4Society', is expected to generate wider participation of interested people motivated to work for the benefit of society.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India has signed a $777-million deal (₹5,683 crore) with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to obtain Barak 8 long-range Surface-to-air Defence Missiles and Missile Defence Systems for seven Indian Navy ships. 
    • State-owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) will be IAI's Indian manufacturing partner. 
Science & Technology
  • A Chinese company today tested the 'world's largest' cargo drone Feihong-98 (FH-98) which is said to carry a payload of 1.5 tonnes (1,500kg). 
    • The FH-98 has a maximum takeoff weight of 5.25 tonnes (5,250 kg) and maximum range of 1,200 km. 
    • Further, it is capable of reaching a flying altitude of 4.5 km and a cruising speed of 180 kmph.
  • Russia has successfully sent an unmanned Soyuz rocket into space weeks after a failed launch endangered the lives of two astronauts. 
    • The mission deployed a satellite into the low Earth orbit, ranging between approximately 240 km and 900 km. 
New Appointments
  • The government today appointed new Chief justices for 5 High Courts. They are :
      • Bombay High Court - NH Patil
      • Calcutta High Court - DK Gupta
      • Uttarakhand High Court - Ramesh Ranganathan
      • Gauhati High Court - A S Bopanna
      • Sikkim High Court - Vijai Kumar Bist
    • Important Note : After these new appointments, all 24 high courts in the country have full-time chief justices.
  • IT services giant Wipro has appointed former SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya as an Independent Director for a period of five years. 
    • 2 days ago, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries appointed her as an independent director.
    • Bhattacharya is also working in private equity firm ChrysCapital as an adviser.
  • One97 Communications' subsidiary Paytm Payments Bank today appointed Satish Kumar Gupta as the MD & CEO of the bank. 
    • Gupta's appointment comes months after Renu Satti stepped down as the CEO of the Bank to head the company's retail segment. 
    • Previously, Gupta worked at National Payments Corporation of India and State Bank of India.
Sports Current Affairs
  • All-rounder Dwayne Bravo (35), who won World T20 in 2012 and 2016 with Windies, has announced his retirement from international cricket. 
    • He made his international debut in an ODI against England in 2004.

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