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October 26, 2018

26th October 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (26th 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 26th October 2018

National Current Affairs
  • The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)  has announced that the Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 will be observed from 29th October to 3rd November 2018.
    • Theme of Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 : Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India (भ्रष्टाचार मिटाओ- नया भारत बनाओ)”.
    • Important Note : The commission observes the Vigilance Awareness Week every year
      during the week in which the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (31st October) falls.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Indian banking company IDFC Bank, has proposed to change its name to 'IDFC First Bank Ltd' as it is in the process of amalgamating non-banking financial company Capital First with itself.
    • The Board of Directors of IDFC Bank have already applied for approval of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to rename the bank. 
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that, India will become the world’s 3rd largest aviation market around 2024 surpassing the United Kingdom. 
    • India is at present, the world’s 7th largest aviation market
Science & Technology
  • Pakistan's Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry today announced that the country is going to send a Pakistani astronaut to space for the first time in 2022
    • An agreement in this regard has been signed between Pakistan's space agency SUPARCO (Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission) and a Chinese company. 
    • Note : Earlier this year, Pakistan launched two indigenously built satellites into orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle.
Awards & Honors
  • Agricultural scientist M. S. Swaminathan will receive the 1st World Agriculture Prize instituted by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) in New Delhi. 
    • The prize has been instituted by the ICFA with an aim to recognise individuals who have served humanity through agriculture.
  • 3 Indian-Americans have been named in the Time magazine’s 2018 list of the 50 most influential people whose work is transforming healthcare in the US. 
    • The list included physicians, scientists, business and political leaders, whose work is transforming healthcare.
    • They are :
      • Divya Nag
      • Dr Raj Panjabi 
      • Atul Gawande
  • India has won the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) Award 2018
  • The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 were recently awarded. The winners are :
    • 2014 : Rajkumar Singhajit Singh (doyen of Manipuri dance who is also a teacher, performer and choreographer).
    • 2015 : Chhayanaut (Bangladesh’s leading cultural outfit), established in 1961, it has played a leading role in promoting Tagore’s works in Bengali culture.
    • 2016 : Ram Vanji Sutar (sculptor), his first notable work was the 45-feet Chambal monument at the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh.
    • The Award jury was headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and included Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi, former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami and national vice president of the BJP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe. 
    • About the Award :
      • The award was instituted by the government during the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore in 2011. 
      • It was conferred first on sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. It carries an award prize of Rs 1 crore, a citation in a scroll and a plaque.
New Appointments
  • The Ethiopian parliament today elected 68-year-old veteran diplomat, Sahle-Work Zewde as new President.
    • With this, Zewde became the country's 1st female President
    • Zewde has also became the only female head of state in Africa following her appointment to the ceremonial post of the President.
  • Home rental startup Airbnb today announced it has appointed Google's former Vice President of Engineering, Aristotle Balogh, as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • US President Donald Trump has appointed Indian origin Neil Chatterjee as the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which oversees electricity transmission and interstate natural gas pipelines and facilities. 
    • Chatterjee, a Republican from the state of Kentucky, is currently serving as a Commissioner of the FERC. 
  • Iraq’s new Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was sworn in today. 
    • He could not announce the full cabinet after legislators failed to reach a consensus on key postings. 
  • 1989 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Saurabh Kumar has been appointed India’s ambassador to Myanmar
    • He is currently serving as the Indian envoy in Iran.
    • He will succeed Vikram Misri who has been serving as Indian envoy in Myanmar since August 31, 2016.
Sports Current Affairs
  • India's Pooja Dhanda won a Bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 57kg weight class in Wrestling World Championships held at Budapest, Hungary.
    • She defeated Norway's Grace Bullen.

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