Current Affairs 17 October, 2019

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Current Affairs 17 October, 2019

1. World Giving Index: India ranks 82, USA tops the list

  • India ranked 82 spots among the 128 countries surveyed in the World Giving Index (WGI).
  • The average figures for India over the past decade show that 34 per cent people helped a stranger, 24 per cent donated money and 19 per cent volunteered or donated their time.
  • According to the WGI, the USA stood at the top followed Myanmar, New Zealand and Australia.

About Myanmar
1. Capital: Naypyitaw
2. Currency:
Burmese kyat

About New Zealand
1. Capital:
Wellington
2. Currency: New Zealand dollar

About Australia
1. Currency:
Australian dollar
2.Capital: Canberra

2. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October every year. The day aims to raise awareness about the people who are struggling and living in poverty. Poverty should be eradicated, mainly in developing countries.
  • The theme for 2019 is Acting together to empower children, their families, and communities to end poverty. The theme focuses on providing a chance for people who struggle to live and who live in poverty to express their concerns to be heard.
  • On 22 December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution 47/196 to observe 16 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The year 2019 marks the 27th anniversary of the declaration by UNGA.

Foot Notes:
About United Nations General Assembly
1. President: T
ijjani Muhammad-Bande
2. Headquarters: New York, United States
3. Founder: United Nations
4. Founded: 1945, New York

About United Nations
1. Founded:
24 October 1945, San Francisco, California, United States
2. Headquarters: New York,United States
3. Secretary General: António Guterres

3. Yashasvi Jaiswal becomes youngest batsman to score double century

  • The 17-year-old Mumbai teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal make history as he became the youngest cricketer in the world to score a double century in One Day cricket.
  • He playing in his debut Vijay Hazare season. He scored 203 off 154 balls against Jharkhand at Alur, Karnataka. His score comprised 12 sixes and 17 fours.

4. India, Oman Begin Joint Training Exercise 'EX EASTERN BRIDGE-V'

  • Indian Air Force is participating in a bilateral joint exercise with Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), dubbed as EX-EASTERN BRIDGE-V at Masirah Air Force Base in Oman. The Joint Exercise will be held from 17 to 26 October 2019.
  • The last Indo-Oman Air Force exercise was held in 2017 at Jamnagar, City in Gujarat.
  • This is for the first time, MiG-29 fighter aircraft will be participating in an International Exercise outside India.

About Oman
1. Capital:
Muscat
2. Currency: Omani Rial

5. Lionel Messi wins sixth Golden Shoe Award

  • Lionel Messi has been presented with the European Golden Shoe for the sixth time, extending his own record as another incredible La Liga campaign was recognized.
  • Messi earned the award, which is given to the player who scores the most league goals across Europe's top divisions, by finding the net 36 times in 34 La Liga appearances in 2018-19.
  • His efforts helped Barca to successfully defend the La Liga title as he claimed the Golden Shoe for the third successive season. The Argentina superstar was presented with the Golden Shoe at a ceremony in Barcelona, where his sons Thiago and Mateo handed him the latest trophy in a career laden with them.

6. Indian Army begun to digitize its official records under its new programme called “OASIS”

  • The Indian Army has begun to digitize its official records under its new programme called “OASIS”-Officers Automated Structures Information System. Under the programme, the records of the army officers are to be digitized. The software is to be hosted in the Army’s intranet.
  • The records are expected to be digitized in 5-6 months. Oasis will also carry the photographs of the dependents of the army officers. This is essential to prevent frauds where people create fake dependent cards.
  • The records are expected to be digitized in 5-6 months. Oasis will also carry the photographs of the dependents of the army officers. This is essential to prevent frauds where people create fake dependent cards.

About Indian Army
1. Motto:
"Service Before Self"
2. Founded: 1 April 1895, India
3. Headquarters: New Delhi
4. Chief of the Army Staff: Bipin Rawat

7. Mastercard ambassador MS Dhoni launches ‘Team Cashless India’ to push digital payments

  • Mastercard, along with cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, launched a nationwide initiative ‘Team Cashless India’ to accelerate the acceptance and adoption of digital payments.
  • The initiative ‘Team Cashless India’ brings consumers and merchants to the forefront of the digital payments dialogue. The campaign encourages all Indians to nominate one or more merchants who currently do not accept digital payments.
  • Mastercard will work together with Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), acquirer banks and fintech companies to support nominated merchants to deploy digital payments acceptance infrastructure.

Foot Notes:
About Mastercard
Mastercard Founded:
1966
Headquarters: New York, US.

8. Livestock population in India up by 4.6% in seven years

  • The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) released a census report of livestock population for the year 2019 on October 16. The data revealed that the livestock population in India has grown by 4.6% from 512 million in 2012 to about 536 million in 2019.
  • The population of cows showed an impressive increase of 18% over the previous census. The numbers of other cattle have marginally increased but cows are accounted for one-fourth count of total livestock population of India.

9. Worldsteel elects Sajjan Jindal as vice chairman; T V Narendran, Lakshmi Mittal as members

  • Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director, JSW Steel has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of World Steel Association (Worldsteel).
  • He is appointed for a period of one year. The association also elected YU Yong, Chairman, HBIS Group Co, as Chairman. Apart from this, the board also elected a 14-member Executive Committee.
  • Apart from this, the board also elected a 14-member Executive Committee. Other elected members of association include– T V Narendran, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Steel, and Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ArcelorMittal. Furthermore, RL Steels and Energy Limited (India) elected as regular members and Steel Ministry’s Joint Plant Committee (JPC) as an affiliated member.

About World Steel
1. Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium

10. Veteran broadcast journalist P.V. Krishnamoorthy passes away

  • P.V. Krishnamoorthy, veteran broadcast journalist, died at his residence in Chennai. He was 98. He is survived by his two sons, including P.K. Balachandran, a Colombo-based journalist.
  • Born in Yangon, Myanmar on April 1, 1921. He did graduation in English literature there and as a World War II refugee from the Southeast Asian Country, he joined External Services Division, All India Radio (AIR), as news reader/announcer in 1944.
  • He went on to become Station Director of the AIR in Chennai and Kolkata and of the Doordarshan Kendra in New Delhi and Mumbai.

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