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06 October 2017 - Current Affairs

06 October 2017 - Current Affairs

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 kicks off today

  • Today, FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 kicks off with four opening day matches to be played in Delhi (Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium) and Mumbai (Dr. DY Patil stadium).
  • This is the first time that India will be participating in a FIFA World Cup.
  • India are placed in a tough Group A along with United States, Colombia, and two-time champions Ghana.
  • 24 teams are participating, and 52 matches will be held in six city venues across the country up to 28th October.
Groups
Teams
Group-AIndia (H), United States, Colombia, Ghana
Group- BParaguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey
Group-CIran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica
Group-DNorth Korea, Niger, Brazil, Spain
Group-EHonduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France
Group-FIraq, Mexico, Chile, England

Nobel Peace Prize 2017 awarded to ICAN

  • International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.
  • The 2017 Peace Prize calls upon nuclear-armed states to initiate negotiations to the gradual elimination of the world’s 15,000 nuclear weapons.
  • ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGO) from around 100 different countries around the globe.
  • In 2016, Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Peace Prize “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end”.
  • ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the effort to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law.
  • ICAN has in the past year given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigour.

Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Literature Prize

  • The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to British writer Kazuo Ishiguro (64-Year), whose best-known novels include ‘The Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go’.
  • Mr. Ishiguro was born in Japan and his family moved in 1960 to the United Kingdom when he was five.
  • The awards are presented every year on 10th December, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel.
  • The amount of money awarded depends on the income of the Nobel Foundation that year.
  • A Literature Nobel Prize laureate earns a gold medal, a diploma bearing a citation, and a sum of money.
  • Ishiguro graduated from the University of Kent with a bachelor's degree in English and Philosophy in 1978 and gained his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980.

Gauri Lankesh wins Anna Politkovskaya Award

  • Late Indian Journalist- activist Gauri Lankesh (first Indian Journalist) has been awarded the Reach All Women in War (RAW) Anna Politkovskaya Award alongside, Gulalai Ismail, a women's rights activist from Pakistan.
  • Gauri Lankesh was fatally shot by unidentified attackers in Bengaluru in September.
  • The Anna Politkovskaya Award was established to remember and honour Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in Moscow on October 7, 2006 over her reportage of the second war in Chechnya.

ICMR Chief Soumya Swaminathan appointed WHO Deputy Director-General

  • The director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed as the deputy Director-General (DG) of World Health Organization (WHO).
  • This position is the second-highest at the UN’s health agency.
  • Dr. Swaminathan is a pediatrician and an internationally-recognised researcher on TB (Tuberculosis) and HIV.

Mongolian Parliament Confirms New Prime Minister

  • The Mongolian Parliament confirmed Ukhnaa Khurelsukh as the country's new Prime Minister (30th).
  • His confirmation comes after Jargaltulga Erdenebat was voted out of office over allegations of corruption and incompetence.
  • Earlier, Mr. Khurelsukh served in the army and joined the parliament as a member in 2000.

India & Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication

  • India and Ethiopia have signed agreements to boost bilateral ties after talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome on trade, communication, and media at Addis Ababa(Ethiopia).
  • The President thanked Ethiopia for its participation in the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource-rich countries and promote the use of solar energy.
  • They also addressed the India-Ethiopia Business Dialogue and released a book titled ‘India-Ethiopia: 70 years of Diplomatic Relations’.

14th India-EU Summit in New Delhi

  • Today, the 14th India and European summit held in New Delhi, to remove hurdles to implementation of free trade agreement.
  • Donald Franciszek Tusk (President of European Council) and Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission) accompanied by a high-level delegation including EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European commission Federica Mogherini.
  • India-EU Business Event will also be organized, on the sidelines of the Summit.

EIB to lend 300 million Euro for Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II

  • India and European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a contract for lending of 300 million Euro for Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II.
  • Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II is to be jointly financed by the European Investment Bank(EIB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB).
  • The project envisages the extension of East-West and North-South lines for Bangalore Metro Rail.
  • The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the European Union's non-profit long-term lending institution established in 1958 under the Treaty of Rome.
  • It is the world's largest international public lending institution.

First ASEAN India Music Festival to be held at Purana Qila today

  • The First ever three-day ASEAN-India Music Festival to be held at Purana Quila in New Delhi.
  • The Festival aims to boost cultural influences among the peoples of the ASEAN member states and India.
  • The festival has been organized by the External Affairs ministry in collaboration Culture Ministry to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations.
  • Famous Indian bands like the Raghu Dixit Project, Avial, Papon LIVE, Bipul Chettri and the Travelling Band, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will also participate in the festival.
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