Current Affairs Today
This day commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland.
This day creates awareness about the role of the postal sector in the everyday activities of people its contribution to social and economic development.
On this day, several countries introduce or promote new postal products and services.
He is the former IRDA chief and LIC chairman TS Vijayan and former SBI chief OP Bhatt as an external member to a 5 member committee panel.
YES Bank constituted a 5 member committee to select the upcoming MD after the current MD Mr. Rana Kapoor leaves office after January 31st2019.
The Other internal members of the committee are:
Brahm Dutt, Independent Director, who chairs the Committee
Mukesh Sabharwal an Independent Director and
Subhash Chander Kalia, Non-Executive Non-Independent Director.
They consist of the bank’s board’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada have created an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm that can accurately predict whether a person’s cognitive decline will lead to Alzheimer’s disease in the next five years.
The algorithm learns signatures from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), genetics, and clinical data. It can help predict whether an individual’s cognitive faculties are likely to deteriorate towards Alzheimer’s in the next five years. So far, there are only limited ways to treat Alzheimer’s and the best evidence is for prevention.
He was awarded in the film and television category for his work in the industry in a short period of time.
He was presented the award by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
He is the director of “Einfolge”, a company that deals with patents, trademarks, etc.
He is also the owner of “Gloss Skin and Hair Clinic”.
The Nilgiris district administration has proposed a 10 km road that would cut through the core area of the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in Erode and the buffer zone of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Udhagamandalam.
Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary:
State: Tamil Nadu
Region: Kongu Nadu
Established: 3 November 2008
IUCN Category: IV
Governing body: Tamil Nadu Forest Department
The 2018 Nobel Prize were announced recently in five different fields namely Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Peace, and Economic Sciences.
This is for the first time that no Literature Prize was given in 70 years because of a #MeToo scandal.
Karnataka’s Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has developed an in-house app for its health inspectors and medical officers. The app will help the health department officials to levy fines on those found to be using banned plastic items. They will be able to take a photo of the banned item.
It will also generate a challan online, which will also be sent to the offender, besides recording it in the database. The civic body had earlier announced that it would procure hand-held devices to levy on-the-spot fines. This was towards better implementation of the plastic ban in the city. There has been a delay in getting these hand-held devices.
The banned items are plastic bags, plastic banners, plastic buntings, flex, plastic plates, plastic cup, plastic spoons, and above items in thermocol (polystyrene), cling films, plastic sheets used to spread on dining tables, plastic microbeads.
The 14th Hospitality India and Explore the World Annual International Travel Awards 2018 held in New Delhi.
The award ceremony was organized to honor the best-in-class in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Sector in India and Nepal.
The Chandragiri Hills Limited of Nepal got the best tourism destination of Nepal award in the hospitality and tourism sector.
India's Squash player, Vikram Malhotra triumphed in the Texas Open Squash Championship, Houston, the U.S. This is his eighth Professional Squash Association (PSA) title of Vikram Malhotra's career.
He defeated Daniel Mekbeb of Czech Republic over five games 11-6, 2-11, 5-11, 15-13, 11-1. Last week, Vikram had won a PSA Challenger event in Canada.
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) gave Flipkart the license to go on a pact with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance for the scheme.
According to the scheme, Customers who buy the plan will be offered either a cash payout or a free pickup, service, and drop facility if their devices get damaged or stolen.
The minimum insurance price for the scheme is Rs. 99 for a year which will be operational the day the device is delivered to a customer.
The insurance offering will be available from October 10, 2018.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that two Indian state-run oil companies have placed orders for Iranian oil to be delivered in November. The U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s crude oil exports will come into effect on November 4. The Indian government has repeatedly requested the U.S. government for a waiver of these sanctions for India but has so far not received an affirmative response.
According to the Petroleum Ministry, the two companies in question are Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), with a total order quantity of 1.25 million tonnes of crude.
Centre has released Rs.450 crore as special grant to Telangana government as it took up the developmental work in the former nine backward districts of the State. The fund has been granted upon the recommendations of the NITI Ayog.
The release comes after the representation submitted by Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a release of the fourth instalment of funds for taking up developmental work in the backward districts. Now, it is expected from the State Government and the implementing agency that the projects achieve their scheduled milestones and envisaged outcomes.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference of India Region, Zone III in Guwahati.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference plays an important role in promoting democracy.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. space agency, said that the Hubble space telescope is currently out of action because of a gyroscope failure. A gyroscope is a device used for measuring or maintaining orientation and angular velocity. NASA said Hubble went into safe mode because of the failure of another of the six gyroscopes that are used to orient the telescope. Hubble space telescope has been in orbit since 1990.
Hubble is currently down to two working gyroscopes and needs at least three for optimal operations but it can continue to provide observations with just one functioning gyroscope. NASA is working to bring back the last gyro, which had been off, and is being problematic.
Karnataka Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge announced that the state government, under the Unnati scheme, will invest up to Rs 20 crore to create an end-to-end support infrastructure for startups and entrepreneurs from a marginalized background.
The government, under the scheme, will identify the problems dogging society and solve them by identifying companies, working on products and solutions for related problems.
Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Minister Dr.Mohesh Chai launched Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana (CMSKY) and the Chief Minister’s Krishi Samuh Yojana (CMKSY) schemes. The schemes are to support the farmers to increase production and their income.
The schemes are to fulfil the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double farmer's income by 2022.
The CMSKY would subsume three programmes:
♦ The CM's Employment Generation Scheme
♦ The CM's Agri-Mechanization Programme
♦ The CM's Flagship Programme on Tea and Rubber
Also, the State is planning to introduce more policies for the enhancement of the farmer's income.
The MoC intends to carry forward the activities taken up under the MoU signed between the two countries on 24th December 2015.
A MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation for development of cooperation in transport education.
The award is presented for Administrative Solution for Coverage Extension at the “Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific” held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The award recognizes the measures taken by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) for extension of coverage-SPREE (Scheme for Promoting Registration of Employers and Employees), reduced rate of contribution rates for 24 months in newly implemented areas and raising the wage limit for coverage under the ESI Act.