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17 October 2017 - Current Affairs

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PM Modi inaugurates the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) at Sarita Vihar in New Delhi.
  • AIIA has been set up along the lines of AIIMS as an apex institute under the Ministry of AYUSH.
  • The institute will bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.
Note: AIIA has started working to facilitate quality patient care, research and bridging the gaps in the scientific information about quality, safety & efficacy of Ayurveda products, developing benchmarks of Ayurvedic education, research, and healthcare.

Punjab cabinet approves entertainment tax on DTH and local cable connections

  • The Punjab state has approved the levy of an entertainment tax by urban and rural local bodies on DTH and local cable connections
  • The move follows a proposal mooted by the local government department, allowing all the urban local bodies and gram panchayats to levy such a tax.
  • These local bodies will be eligible to impose and collect a nominal entertainment tax of Rs 5 per DTH connection and Rs 2 per local cable connection per month with the enactment of 'The Punjab Entertainments & Amusements Taxes (Levy & Collection by Local Bodies) Bill 2017'.
  • No entertainment tax has been proposed for cinemas, multiplexes, amusement parks.

CM Vasundhara Raje opens up expansion of Annapurna Rasoi Yojna in 191 urban areas

  • Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje has opened up the expansion of Annapurna Rasoi Yojna in all the 191 urban areas of the state and also flagged off 50 Annapurna vans.
  • The scheme to provide quality food to the needy of all categories at affordable rates was being implemented in the selected cities and government has now expanded it in all the urban areas.
  • This scheme will be implemented in all the urban areas of the state by 13th December.
  • People will get breakfast for five rupees and lunch and dinner for 8 rupees under the scheme.
  •  The state government will spend 400 crores on this scheme.

17th October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  • The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an international observance celebrated every year on 17th October throughout the world.
  • The theme of 2017 is ‘Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies’.

US gives USD 100000 for restoration of Hindu temple destroyed in Nepal earthquake

  • The US has provided Nepal a financial assistance of USD 100,000 for the restoration of a 16th century Hindu temple which was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake that jolted the Himalayan nation.
  • The US Embassy in Nepal provided the amount to the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) for the restoration of the historic Char Narayan temple.
  • The temple demonstrates a significant and highly-developed expression of Newari architecture.
Note: In April 2015, Nepal was hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left nearly 9,000 people dead and as many as 22,000 injured.

Bus service between Nepal's Rolpa and New Delhi begins

  • Today, A direct bus service commenced between New Delhi and Rolpa district in Nepal (once a week).
  • The bus will travel via Liwang in Rolpa, Pyuthan, Bhaluwang, and Nepalgunj.
  • In return journey, the bus would start from New Delhi (on Fridays) and leave from Nepal on Wednesday.

Exercise INDRA - 2017: Indo-Russia Joint Exercise

  • The first ever Tri-Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces will be conducted in the Eastern Military District of Russia from 19th to 29th Oct 2017.
  • Exercise INDRA-2017 will strengthen mutual confidence, inter-operability and enable sharing of best practices between both the armed forces.

Indian peacekeepers in Sudan awarded UN medal

  • Fifty Indian peacekeepers stationed in South Sudan have been awarded the UN Medal for their professionalism and service in protecting civilians and building durable peace in the conflict-ridden country.
  • The Indian peacekeepers are part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
  • He acknowledged their contribution in carrying out patrols across the region as well as providing a safe and secure environment for the 2500 civilians who have sought sanctuary at the United Nations Protection of Civilians site at Bor.
Note: UNMIS is the newest United Nations peacekeeping mission for the recently independent Republic of South Sudan, which became independent on 9 July 2011.

The Democratic Republic of Congo wins seat on UN Human Rights Council despite US opposition

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council today despite opposition from the United States.
  • DR Congo was among the 15 countries who won seats on the council during a vote at the UN General Assembly.
  • Congo won 151 votes in the 193-member assembly, garnering an easy majority despite the campaign against its election.
  • They will serve on the 47-member council from January 2018 through the end of 2020.

Denmark Open Super Series Badminton tournament to begin today

  • Today, the Denmark Open Super Series Premier Badminton tournament has begun at Odense.
  • Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medalist PV Sindhu will begin her campaign against world No. 10 China's Chen Yufei.
  • In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth starts as hot favourite after his three back-to-back final appearances out of which he won two titles at Indonesia and Australia.
  • Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are also in the fray.

Selena Selvakumar wins triple gold at Egypt Junior Table Tennis Championship

  • India’s young paddler top-seeded Selena Selvakumar (17-year) has won the triple gold medal at the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis Championship.
  • She won singles and doubles gold medal apart from the team championship gold.
  • She beat second-seeded Marwa Alhodaby 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 6-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-4.
  • Selena paired up with Nigeria's Esther Oribamise in the doubles and beat Egypt-Greek duo of Farida Badawy and Malamatenia Papadimitriou 11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9 in the final to clinch the gold.
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