11 October 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

11 October 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

11 October 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Tushar Mehta appointed as the new Solicitor General of India

  • Senior Advocate Tushar Mehta has been appointed as the new Solicitor General of India till 30th June 2020.
  • Currently, He is serving as the Additional Solicitor General (since 2014).
  • The Solicitor General of India (below the Attorney General for India) is the Indian government's chief legal advisor.
Note: The Solicitor General and the Additional Solicitors General advise the Government and appear on behalf of the Union of India in terms of the Law Officers (Terms and Conditions) Rules, 1972.

Important Dates

2. International Day of the Girl Child being observed today

  • The International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) is observed every year across the world on 11th October (7th- edition) to recognize girls’ rights and challenges girls face around the world.
  • The theme of 2018 is “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce ".
  • The main aims of the day are to promote girl's empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face.
Note: On December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution to declare 11th October as the International Day.

National Affairs

3. UNICEF & NASSCOM sign MoU to strengthen child rights

  • UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and NASSCOM Foundation have signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen child rights through "meaningful business interventions.
  • Now, the two organisations will work collaboratively on two key areas including national sensitisation on child online protection and encouraging innovations for child rights' in the country.

4. BPCL to set up country’s first biofuel plant in Odisha

  • The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) has commissioned a second generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery (estimated cost of Rs1000 crore) at Baulsingha village in Odisha’s Bargarh district (by December 2020).
  • It will be the first biofuel plant in the country at which ethanol will be produced from rice straw.
  • The refinery will have a capacity to produce 30 million litres (3-crores) of fuel-grade ethanol annually.
  • The ethanol produced at the plant will be blended with petrol and used as fuel.

5. Maharashtra approves Rs. 1,610 cr for 'Tarli' irrigation project

  • The Maharashtra government has approved the Tarli Irrigation Project (cost- Rs 1,610 crore) in the state's Satara district.
  • The project will bring 6,507 hectares in the Tarli Valley and 8,876 hectares in the Maan and Khatav talukas of Satara district under irrigation.
  • This is the fourth time that the state government has given a revised administrative approval for the project.

6. Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium dedicated to people in Sri Lanka

  • The Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium built with Indian grant assistance of 30 crore Sri Lankan rupees has been dedicated to the people in a special function in Sri Lanka.
  • The auditorium is largest in any of the universities in Sri Lanka at the University of Ruhuna, Matara in Southern Province. 
  • The state of art auditorium with 1500 seating capacity has been designed by the famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa to conform to the philosophy of “Tropical Modernism”.
  • The auditorium named after Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore is a symbol of cultural links with India and upholds his legacy.

7. External Affairs Ministry launches India for Humanity initiative

  • The union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has launched the ‘India for Humanity’ initiative, a year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps.
  • The limb fitment camps aim to provide physical, economic and social rehabilitation of the differently-abled around the world.
  • The camps will help such individuals regain their mobility and dignity in order to become self-respecting and productive members of society.

8. Cabinet approves closure of National Jute Manufactures Corporation Ltd.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the closure of National Jute Manufactures Corporation Ltd. (NJMC) and its subsidiary Birds Jute & Exports Ltd. (BJEL).
  • It will benefit the Government exchequer in reducing recurring expenditure incurred in operating both the sick CPSEs in running their activities.
  • The proposal will help in closing loss-making companies and ensuring the release of valuable assets for productive use, or for generating financial resources for developmental progress.

9. Japanese passport named as the world’s most powerful passport

  • According to the 2018 Henley Passport Index, The Japanese passport has been declared the most powerful passport across the world in this year.
  • The Japanese people can travel without a Visa (or on-arrival Visa) across 190 countries.
  • The passport of Singapore allows visa-free or on-arrival visa travel to 189 countries.
  • Japanese citizens do not need a visa to enter any of China, India, Uzbekistan, Vietnam or Myanmar, while Americans need a visa for all of them.
  • India stands at the 81st number, grants access to 60 destinations.
  • The Henley Passport Index is the only passport index that is based on IATA (International Air Transport Association) data, enhanced by extensive in-house research, supported by expert commentary, and updated regularly throughout the year.
Ranking Country
1st Japan (190-countries)
2nd Singapore (189-countries)
3rd Germany, France, South Korea (188-countries)

Honours & Awards

10. Richie Benaud named sports Australia Hall of fame legend

  • The Sports Australia Hall of Fame has announced the cricketing great ‘Richie Benaud’ will become the 40th Legend of Australian Sport.
  • He is only the third cricketer behind Sir Donald Bradman and Keith Miller to be given Legend status.
  • The Sports Australia Hall of Fame was established on 10 December 1985 to recognize the achievements of Australian sportsmen and sportswomen.
  • The National Sports Museum located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground houses the Sports Australia Hall of Fame.


11. Dakar to host 2022 Youth Olympic Games

  • According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the fourth edition of the Youth Olympic Games will be held in Dakar, Senegal.
  • The IOC selected the Dakar candidacy by acclamation based on the recommendation of the Evaluation Commission.
  • The Dakar 2022 Youth Games will be the first-ever Olympic event in Africa.

12. Youth Olympic Games: Saurabh Chaudhary bags Gold in 10-m air pistol

  • Pistol shooter Saurabh Chaudhary (16-year) has bagged the Gold Medal in the 10-metre air pistol event in the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.
  • He finished a massive Seven and a half points ahead of his closest rival. 
  • It is India’s third gold medal in the history of Youth Olympic Games.

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