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Current Affairs October 31, 2018

1. India-Italy tech meet focuses on technological entrepreneurship

  • A two-day technology summit between India and Italy began here today with the Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan calling for promotion of high quality and high impact collaborative research projects across the value chain, with a focus on boosting technological entrepreneurship.
  • India and Italy are already part of great innovative collaborations such as the Mission Innovation to accelerate global innovation in clean energy.
  • The focus of the summit is renewable energy, clean technology, information and communication technology, healthcare, aerospace, education and preservation of cultural heritage.


2. Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh lays foundation stone of ‘Technology Facility Center’ at Jorhat

  •  The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region  Dr Jitendra Singh laid the foundation stone of new Science Centre, the "Technology Facility Centre" (TFC) in the premises of the CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (NEIST) in Jorhat, Assam.
  • For setting up the new Science Centre, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) had allocated Rs.40 crore for its construction.
  • This will work as a Center of Excellence for all the eight States of Northeast for promoting research as well as job creation.


3. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 'Run for Unity' marathon from Major Dhyanchand Stadium in New Delhi  

  • Thousands of people from all over the country are participating in this landmark event to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, will be inaugurated today by PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat's Sadhu Bet on his 143rd birth anniversary.
  • The birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is also celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) to commemorate the legacy of India’s first Home Minister.


4. Jair Bolsonaro declared Brazil's next president

  • Jair Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former paratrooper who built his campaign around pledges to crush corruption was therefore elected Brazil’s next president.
  • Jair Bolsonaro won 55.2% of the votes surpassing his rival Fernando Haddad of Workers’ Party, who had secured 44.8% in the presidential election.
  • The president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, has exalted the country’s military dictatorship, advocated torture and threatened to destroy, jail or drive into exile his political opponents.


5. 5th National Summit on Public Health Care begins at Kaziranga in Assam

  • The 5th National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems in India  began at Kaziranga in Assam
  • AIR correspondent reports that the objective of the summit is to share and learn the good practices being implemented by several states and organizations for the betterment of the health sector.
  • Addressing the summit  Union Health Minister J P Nadda  stressed on perform, reform and transform as emphasised by Prime Minister.

6. New web-based tool to help monitor fake news on Facebook, Twitter

  • Scientists have developed a web-based tool to help monitor the prevalence of fake news on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Developed by researchers at the University of Michigan in the US, the tool uses a Platform Health Metric called the Iffy Quotient, which draws data from two external entities.
  • It also shows that the two social media platform companies have made progress since early 2017 on their promises to crack down on misinformation, but one has succeeded more than the other.


7. Senior composer & lyricist Yashwant Dev passes away in Mumbai

  • Senior composer and lyricist Yashwant Dev passed away in Mumbai early this morning. He was 92.
  • He had composed and written many popular Marathi songs. He had also served in Music section of All India Radio, Mumbai.
  • He was honored with many awards including Gan-samradni Lata Mangeshkar Award and Gadima puraskar.


8. WTO to set up dispute panel on India-US case on export subsidies

  • The World Trade Organisation's dispute settlement body has set up a panel to examine the US complaint against certain export-subsidy measures by India as both the sides failed to resolve the issue at consultation level.
  • The US has requested for the establishment of a dispute panel to examine the allegations on India's export incentive measures.
  • According to US, all WTO members, including India, are required to provide subsidies consistent with provisions of the WTO’s Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.


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