Current Affairs : 18-10-2019 in English

Important Day

  • Theme for 2019 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October) - “Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”

Defence

  • During 17-26 October 2019, Indian Air Force is participating in a Bilateral Joint exercise with Royal Air Force Oman (RAFO), named - EX EASTERN BRIDGE-V (at Air Force Base Masirah, Oman).
  • This node of the Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) was declared functional on 16 October - Bengaluru.

International 

  • Sector that has topped the list of fastest-growing sectors at the Best Global Brands 2019 ranking by consultancy firm Interbrand - Luxury.
  • In Sri Lanka, Jaffna International Airport (JIA) received its inaugural flight from - Chennai.
  • The first graduate-level, research-based ‘AI university’ in the world to be established in – The United Arab Emirates (Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence -MBZUAI).
  • Place for the 5th Edition of World Coffee Conference from 7-9 September 2020 - Bengaluru.
  • First position in the 2019 Hurun Global Unicorn List – China (206 Unicorns) (Second is the US with 203 Unicorns).

National

  • India’s rank in the 2019 Hurun Global Unicorn List – third (21 unicorns start-ups).
  • India's livestock population, according to the 20th Livestock Census 2019 - over 535 million (increase by 4.6 percent over 2012 Census).
  • The Van Dhan Internship Programme launched by - Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • To guide and encourage tribal girls across India, the GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) program launched by - Facebook
  • Winner of the award under Education Category for ‘Vocational & Skill Development Training Institute’ at the 17th Franchise Awards 2019 - NIIT Limited.

Persons in News

  • Chief Economic Advisor of India – K. V. Subramanian.
  • Person who has created Individual Guinness World Records for “The most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) (female), 263 strikes” & “The most full contact knee strikes alternate legs in one minute(female),120 strikes” - Kiran Uniyal.
  • Winner of the Chiratae Ventures’ Patrick J. McGovern Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 - Ratan Tata.

State Current Affairs

  • A mobile application launched by the Maharashtra Highway Police to collect the data related to road accidents - MRADMS Maharashtra.
  • On 17 October 2019, Shirui Lily Festival inaugurated in – Ukhrul, Manipur
  • Winner of the award for Best State for Promoting Sports at the India Sports Summit 2019 - Odisha.

Science

  • Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters, hurricanes and earthquakes, and they're calling them - "stormquakes".

General Knowledge

  • The United Arab Emirates - Capital: Abu Dhabi; Currency: UAE dirham.
  • Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) was launched in – 2013.
  • Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) - 20 November 1989.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in – 1948 (10 December).
  • The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) came into existence in - 1987.
  • Father of the Indian Space Programme - Dr. Vikram Sarabhai (born on 12th August 1919).

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