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Daily Current affairs - October 17th, 2017 for all competitive exams

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: 17 October
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) is observed globally on 17 October.
  • The theme of this year's IDEP is ‘Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies’.
  • This year’s celebration also marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration of the day by the UN General Assembly, which had adopted the resolution on 22 December 1992.

2nd Ayurveda Day: 17 October
This year's 2nd Ayurveda Day is celebrated on 17 October in New Delhi by the Ministry of AYUSH. PM Modi was the Chief Guest and had also inaugurated the country's first All India Institute of Ayurveda, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi.
  • The All India Institute of Ayurveda, set up on a total area of 10.015 acres on a budget of Rs 157 crore, is the first medical institute under the AYUSH ministry to hold the coveted National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) accreditation.

Union Home Minister inaugurates West Zone Regional Training Centre of IB in Jodhpur 
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the West Zone Regional Training Centre of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. 
  • The purpose of the training centre is to strengthen and professionally empower the State Police Special Branches.
  • The West Zone will include states of Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. 

Boosting horticulture through remote sensing
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has announced March 2018 as the deadline to complete the ambitious project of developing the horticulture sector using remote sensing technology and geo-informatics.
  • In a bid to develop India’s horticulture sector and help states identify suitable areas and crop types, the agriculture ministry is already working on a project which uses satellites and remote sensing technology. The project is known as CHAMAN.
  • CHAMAN, or Coordinated Horticulture Assessment and Management using geoinformatics, is being implemented by the Delhi-based Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre and is likely to be completed by March.

530% jump in assets of seven parties
According to a report by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), The average total assets of seven national parties increased by 530% between 2004-05 and 2015-16, from about Rs. 62 crore to Rs. 388 crore.
The report said the
  • BJP’s assets increased by 627.15%, from Rs. 122.93 crore to Rs. 893.88 crore, while the Congress recorded an increase of 353.41%, from Rs. 167.35 crore to Rs. 758.79 crore.
  • The total assets of CPI (M) between the same period increased by 383.47% (from Rs. 90.55 crore to Rs. 437.78 crore), while that of the Trinamool Congress increased by 17,896% (from Rs. 0.25 crore to Rs. 44.99 crore).

‘Free movement’ along Myanmar border
The Centre is putting in measures to facilitate free movement of Indian and Myanmarese citizens within 16 km along the Myanmar border. In this regard, the Home Ministry recently held consultations with four States — Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh — on the Free Movement Regime (FMR).
  • The move comes in the wake of large-scale displacement of Rohingya people from Rakhine State in Myanmar.
  • India has a 1,643-km border with Myanmar and it is unique in many ways as it has a visa-free movement regime for people living within 16 km on either side of the border.

Raje expands Annapurna Rasoi scheme in Rajasthan
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expanded her governments Annapurna Rasoi scheme by flagging off 51 smart mobile kitchens, which will also allow customers to send feedback on the quality of the food served.
  • Raje flagged off the mobile kitchens in Ajmer and offered food to Muslim and Dalit women. 
  • Under the scheme, meals are served at economic rates.
  • The mobile vans provide breakfast meal for Rs five and lunch and dinner for Rs eight.

Naveen announces irrigation project ahead of bypoll
The Odisha government announced State’s first underground irrigation project in Bijepur in Bargarh district at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,250 crore.
  • The project would be called Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System.
  • The project will irrigate a command area of about 32,000 hectares, including 25,600 hectares in kharif and 7,000 ha in rabi season.

INS kiltan commissioned into Indian  Navy
INS Kiltan (P30), third Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes built under Project 28 (Kamorta Class) was recently commissioned into the Indian Navy.
  • The ship gets her name from old INS Kiltan (P79), a Petya class ASW ship that served the nation for 18 years before being decommissioned in June 1987. It is named after the coral island belonging to the Lakshadweep group of islands. 
  • Regarded as a very prestigious acquisition, INS Kiltan is one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India.

Tejas jets to get French-made radars
Thales, a French multinational that makes aerospace and defence equipment, has flight-tested an active array radar built specifically for Tejas, the indigenously built light combat aircraft.
  • The radar is based on the company’s successful RBE2 radar installed on Rafale fighter jets, 36 of which India is buying from Dassault. 

NIIF gets first investor, Abu Dhabi fund brings in $1 bn
The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India has signed an investment agreement worth $1 billion with a wholly owned unit of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).
  • As part of the partnership agreement, ADIA will become the first institutional investor in NIIF’s Master Fund and a shareholder in National Investment and Infrastructure Ltd, NIIF’s investment management company.
  • This agreement marks the culmination of an extensive process of collaboration with ADIA to develop an investment structure that is attractive to international investors, while remaining closely aligned with NIIF’s objectives.
  • NIIF was set up in 2015 as an investment vehicle for funding commercially viable greenfield, brownfield and stalled projects in the infrastructure sector.

Iran shuts down its oldest social media site
Iran’s oldest social media network announced that it was shutting down after years of battling censorship.
  • Cloob website was launched 12 years ago as the Iranian answer to Facebook and Google’s now-dead Orkut, and at its peak had some two million users in the country.

Planet Nine does exist in solar system: NASA
The elusive ‘Planet Nine’ does exist, and may measure 10 times the mass of the earth, NASA scientists say.
  • The signs so far are indirect, mainly its gravitational footprints, but that adds up to a compelling case.
  • The planet is likely to be at least 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune, scientists noted.

Mahindra Launches 'Prerna' Project for Women Farmers
Mahindra & Mahindra has launched a program, Prerna, to empower women working in the agriculture sector by promoting efficient and ergonomic farm tools and equipment. 
  • The project will be initially launched in the state of Odisha, with the intention to positively impact the lives of over 1,500 families across 30-plus villages.
  • The first project under Prerna is a collaboration between Mahindra & Mahindra, the Central Institution for Women in Agriculture (CIWA), a department of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Inflation at wholesale level slows to 2.6% in September
Inflation at the wholesale level cooled to 2.6% in September due in large part to a slowdown in the increase in food prices.
  • Growth in the Wholesale Price Index slowed in September from 3.24% in August. Inflation in the primary articles category slowed to 0.15% in September from 2.66% in August.

Italian PM’s visit to mark a new start
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni will visit to India to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 30.
  • The visit, the first by any Prime Minister on either side since 2007

Hema Malini's Biography 'Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl' Launched
Actress Deepika Padukone launched Hema Malini's biography 'Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl' on the occasion of Hema's 69th birthday.
  • The biography has been penned by journalist turned writer Ram Kamal Mukherjee and also contains a short foreword written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Leslie Thng takes over as Vistara CEO
Full-service carrier Vistara announced that Leslie Thng has taken over as its chief executive officer after receiving all requisite approvals.
  • Mr. Thng, replaces Phee Teik Yeoh, who has returned to Singapore Airlines.
  • A joint venture between Tata group and Singapore Airlines, the airline began its commercial operations in January 2015. Currently, it has a fleet of 16 aircraft.

Legendary Brazilian Sailor Robert Scheidt Retires from Olympics
Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004 gold medal-winning sailor Robert Scheidt (44 years old) has announced his retirement from Olympic competition, ending a career that spanned a quarter of a century.
  • He would continue to participate in non-Olympic events and support Brazil's elite sailors as they prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Scheidt won Olympic gold in the laser class in 1996 and 2004.

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