22 October 2016 - Current Affairs

PM Narendra Modi announces India's first Railway University in Vadodara

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the integrated terminal building of Vadodara's Harni Airport on 22nd October 2016. He is also scheduled to attend a programme to distribute artificial limbs and other implements to more than 8000 'Divyangs' (disabled persons) in the city.
  • The event has been jointly organised by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kanpur-based Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), and Vadodara district administration, stated a government release.

Aviation scheme UDAN(Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) takes off

  • The Centre unveiled a regional connectivity scheme, known as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik), with flights priced at Rs.2,500 for one hour of flying time to and from regional airports.
  • Under the scheme, airlines will be offered a slew of sops at smaller airports such as waiver of landing and parking charges. 

FIFA unveils mascot for 2018 World Cup

  • Zabivaka the wolf followed in the footsteps of Naranjito the orange, Footix the football-playing rooster and Fuleco the armadillo by being named as the official mascot of the 2018 World Cup.
  • The wolf, whose name according to FIFA means “the one who scores”, received 53 per cent of the more than one million votes cast in a poll, beating a tiger (27 percent) and a cat (20 percent).

Mahesh Sharma chairs first meeting of reconstituted CABC

  • Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma has chaired the first meeting of the Reconstituted Central Advisory Board on Culture (CABC).
  • The members of the CABC were requested to highlight priority areas in the fields of art, music, dance and literature. 

2,000 notes will be in circulation soon

  • Banknotes of the denomination of Rs.2,000 will be in circulation.The Reserve Bank of India has 
  • very nearly completed preparations for introducing this new high-value currency.
  • The notes have already been printed and their despatch from the currency printing press in Mysuru has commenced.

TRAI suggests Rs 3,000-crore fine on incumbents

In a setback to incumbent mobile operators, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has proposed a penalty of about Rs 3,050 crore on three telcos — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea 
Cellular for failing to provide sufficient interconnect points to Reliance Jio which has led to massive call failures.

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