24 October 2017 - Current Affairs

24 October 2017 - Current Affairs

IPPB appoints Suresh Sethi as its MD & CEO

  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has appointed Suresh Sethi (former MD of Vodafone M-Pesa Ltd.) as its Managing Director (MD)and chief executive officer (CEO).
  • He takes over from AP Singh who had held the post in the interim since January 2017.
  • IPPB plans to leverage the unparalleled reach of the India Post network to achieve a pan-India roll out of 650 branches by early next year.
  • The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has been incorporated as a public-sector company under the Department of Posts with 100% GOI equity.
  • India Post has about 1,54,000 post offices, of them 90% are in rural areas.
  • After State Bank of India, India Post has the largest deposits valued at Rs. 6 lakh crores.

Rakesh Asthana appointed CBI Special Director

  • Senior IPS officer (1984-batch: Gujarat cadre) has been appointed as the special director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  • Earlier, Asthana had been serving in the Central Bureau of Investigation as Additional Director.
Note: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the domestic security agency of India, overseen by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions of the Federal government headed by a Cabinet Minister who reports directly to the Prime Minister.

Japan's ruling coalition wins overwhelming victory in general election

  • Japan's ruling coalition has won an overwhelming victory in yesterday's general election.
  • The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito party won more than two-thirds of the Lower House seats.
  • The LDP, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, secured 283 seats, one less than before the election but far more than a simple majority of 233. Komeito won 29, bringing the total of seats held by the ruling camp to 312.

Bangladesh signs Gas Oil Deal with India

  • The Bangladesh Petroleum Corp. (BPC) and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) has signed long-term sales and purchase agreement to import gas oil to meet the country’s energy demand.
  • BPC will take up to 250,000 tonnes of gas oil each year from NRL for the first three years of the deal to the BPC’s northern fuel depot via a 131-km (79 mile) pipeline, which will be built by India.

24 October: United Nations Day

  • The United Nations Day is being observed globally on 24th October to make people aware of the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization.
  • In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations.
  • United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week (runs from 20 to 26 October).
Note: In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly had declared 24th October as the United Nations Day by adopting Resolution 2782.

Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan to get Lata Mangeshkar Award

  • The playback singers Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan and music composers Usha Khanna, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik have been selected for the Madhya Pradesh government's prestigious National Lata Mangeshkar Award.
  • The artists will be honored for their contribution in the field of music composition and singing.
  • They will get a cash prize of Rs. two lakhs, shawl, shreephal (coconut) and a citation.
  • As of 2014, the Lata Mangeshkar Award (Maharashtra government) for Lifetime Achievement consisted of cash reward of Rs. 5,00,000, a citation, a trophy and a shawl.

Awarded by Government of Madhya Pradesh

Usha Khanna
Music Director
Alka Yagnik
Bappi Lahiri
Music Director
Udit Narayan
Anu Malik
Music Director

Cristiano Ronaldo named best FIFA Men's Player

  • The four-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the Best FIFA Men's Player award (second straight year) at the 2017 award ceremony in London.
  • Real Madrid's Portugal striker helped Real to a Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17.
  • Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won best female player, Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) was named best men's coach and Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands) the best female coach.
  • Arsenal's Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his 'scorpion kick' against Crystal Palace in January.
  • Celtic won the fan award after they honoured the club's 1967 'Lisbon Lions' with a stunning 360-degree card display on the 50th anniversary of their historic European Cup win.

TRAI recommends 40% carbon emission reduction in telecom network by 2022-23

  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended 40% carbon emission reduction in telecom network by 2022-23.
  • The target for reduction in carbon emission be set as 30% by year 2019-20 taking base year as 2011-12 and 40% by the year 2022-23.
  • The report of carbon footprint of telecom operators should be submitted annually within 45 days after March of every year.
  • The targets should be reviewed in the year 2022-23.

Semi-Final line-up has drawn in FIFA U-17 World Cup

  • Brazil and Spain have joined England and Mali in the semi-finals of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup Football being held in India.
  • Brazil will face England in Guwahati, with Spain taking on Mali in Mumbai on 25th of this month.
  • The Final is slated to take place on 29th Oct 2017 (Saturday) in Kolkata.

Jitu & Heena strike gold in air pistol mixed team event

  • Jitu Rai (Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-medallist) and Heena Sidhu have w the gold medal of the ISSF World Cup Final in New Delhi, in the 10m air pistol mixed team event.
  • Rai and Sidhu picked up their third gold together in the mixed team event.
  • The mixed team competitions were organised as test events in the World Cups this year and will be making their Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
  • France secured the silver medal and China settled for the bronze medal.
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