Current affairs updates for October 31st , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

1. Supreme Court rebukes Mamata govt

Let Mamata come and file a petition as a citizen


The Supreme Court pulled up the State of West Bengal for directly approaching the apex court against the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.
The State had filed a writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution. The specific Article can only be used by individuals to approach the Supreme Court against state actions which violate their fundamental rights. Article 32 cannot be agitated by a State against the Centre.

2. Education loans counted in credit ratings, says govt.

No exemption possible


The government has clarified that education loan defaults cannot be kept out of the ambit of credit rating bureaus such as the Credit Information Bureau of India (CIBIL). The government’s response was in reply to a question posed by DMK MP Tiruchi Siva.

3. Fewer TB deaths in India: WHO

Rise in cases


Death from tuberculosis in India saw a 12% decline from last year even as the number of new cases saw a 5% increase, according to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Sunil Khaparde, who leads India’s tuberculosis-control programme, said the rise in cases was due to greater surveillance and the dip in mortality from 480,000 to 423,000 in 2016, due to improved drug management.

4. Iran fulfilling nuclear deal commitments: IAEA chief

No President can revoke an international deal, says Rouhani


Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal with world powers and U.N. inspectors are facing no problems in their verification efforts, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general said on Monday.
U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would not continue to certify the multinational 2015 agreement, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, and warned that he might ultimately terminate it.

5. SBI extends ₹2,317 crore for rooftop solar projects

Lender had availed World Bank line of credit of $625 mn


State Bank of India (SBI) has sanctioned loans worth ₹2,317 crore to rooftop solar power projects for an aggregate capacity of 575 MW to a host of corporate entities including the Adani Group, JSW Energy, Tata Renewable Energy among others.
The World Bank had sanctioned the line of credit to SBI in September. This will be available for five years.

6. Jaitley-led panel to oversee PSBs’ merger

Goyal, Sitharaman are also members


Moving ahead with reforms in the public sector banking space, the government has constituted a Ministerial panel headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that will oversee merger proposals of state-owned banks.
The other members of the panel include Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

7. New avatar BHIM app misses October date

‘Upgrade’ pushes roll-out by a month


The Centre’s plan to unveil a new version of its flagship digital payment application BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) as a single interface point for all mobile payments seems to have hit a roadblock, with its proposed roll-out being pushed back by at least a month.

 8. CO2 levels grew at record pace in 2016: UN

Last time co2 levels reached 400 ppm was 3-5 million years ago.


The amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere grew at record rate in 2016 to a level not seen for millions of years, potentially fuelling a 20-metre rise in sea levels and adding 3 degrees to temperatures, the United Nations said on Monday.
The UN World Meteorological Organization said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin that the atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main man-made greehouse gas, hit 403.3 parts per million (ppm), up from 400.0 in 2015.

9. BCCI unlikely to cave in to NADA pressure



The BCCI brass will soon have a meeting to chalk out a plan to deal with mounting pressure from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) that wants Virat Kohli and Co under its ambit.
There is a Committee of Administrators (COA) meeting in Mumbai on November 3, where the issue will come up for discussion but, as of now, the Indian cricket’s governing body is unlikely to budge from its current stand.

10. Virat Kohli claims back ICC top spot, While Mithali Raj rises to top spot


Indian captain Virat Kohli returned to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen after logging career-high rating points, going past the iconic Sachin Tendulkar in the process. Kohli has moved back to the top within 10 days of losing it.
While Indian Women’s team captain Mithali Raj moved up one place to occupy the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen. Mithali has 753 points, while Perry and Satterthwaite are on 725 and 720 points respectively.

Current affairs updates for October 30th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

1. ‘A win-win framework needed’

Expansion of trade ties


There can be a ‘win-win’ framework for resolving lingering trade issues between the U.S. and India, said Nisha Biswal, the newly appointed president of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). Ms. Biswal said she would draw from her experience as a former Assistant Secretary of State for such an approach.

2. Non-finance business to drive growth of Peerless Group

New hotels, medical college on anvil


Non-finance business is set to drive the future growth of the 85-year old Peerless General Finance & Investment Company Ltd. which has, over the years, marked its footprint in sectors such as hotels, hospitals and housing through wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures.
PGF&I is the flagship venture of the Peerless Group which has in its fold a clutch of financial services companies and housing, hotel and hospital ventures.

3. Enabler for MSMEs eyes 21% growth

NSIC seeks more equity funding from Centre


The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a government enterprise that facilitates information, credit, technology and marketing for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), is looking at business to the tune of Rs. 24,000 crore this year.

4. ‘Right to privacy verdict affirms Hadiya’s rights too’

SC stand will be crucial for women’s lives


Speakers at an event to discuss the right to privacy judgment said that “The Supreme Court’s recent judgment dealing with the right to privacy further affirms Hadiya’s right as an adult to choose her own religion and husband, and the verdict by the Kerala High Court in her case could cause tremendous damage to women’s rights.”

5. Kabul will get Indian wheat via Chabahar

Chabahar port will soon be fully operational


The move also indicates that Chabahar, which India has been developing for some years, will soon be fully operational. India had earlier sent goods through the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas in 2003 as Pakistan had not eased land access to Afghanistan.
The MEA said “The two foreign ministers welcomed the fact that this is the first shipment that would be going to Afghanistan through the Chabahar port after the Trilateral Agreement on Establishment of International Transport and Transit Corridor was signed during the visit of the Prime Minister of India to Iran in May 2016”

6. Still verifying returned high-value notes: RBI

99% returned


The RBI said at least 66 Sophisticated Currency Verification and Processing (CVPS) machines were being used for counting the junked notes that were deposited with various banks post-demonetisation.
The notes deposited or collected are being verified by the central bank at its offices to establish the total number of currency bills returned and to weed out fakes.

7. Army finalises plan to modernise weapons

Rs. 40,000 crore shopping list ready


The Army has finalised one of its biggest procurement plans for infantry modernisation, under which a large number of light machine guns (LMGs), battle carbines and assault rifles are being purchased at a cost of nearly Rs. 40,000 crore to replace its ageing and obsolete weapons.

 8. India is a messenger of world peace, says PM

participated in about 50 out of 71 UN peacekeeping operations


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has always vouched for world peace, unity and harmony and its armed forces have contributed in this direction through UN missions across the globe.
He said that currently around 7,000 Indian security personnel are deployed on peacekeeping missions, making it the third highest contributor.

9. 70 Indian words added to Oxford dictionary

“identified as distinctive to Indian English“


From endearing words like ‘Abba’ and ’Anna’ to Indian delicacies like ‘gulab jamun’ and ‘vada’ can now be found in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
As per the latest list of inclusions, 70 new Indian words from Telugu, Urdu, Tamil, Hindi and Gujarati languages have been added to the dictionary.

10. LIC may participate in bank recapitalisation programme

Govt. has multiple options for recap bonds.


State-owned Life Insurance Corporation may be roped in to participate in the Rs 2.11 lakh crore recapitalisation initiative for public sector banks (PSBs).
Sources said “As part of the programme, LIC could also increase its stake in various PSBs which are required to raise Rs 58,000 crore from the capital market.”

Current affairs updates for October 28th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

1. SC questions Centre on judicial posts

Amicus curiae appointed


Over a year and 10 months after a Constitution Bench placed its faith in the government to iron out the dos and don’ts of judicial appointments to the Supreme Court and the high courts, the Centre is yet to deliver. Now, the court wants to know why.
A Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit issued notice to the Attorney-General of India, the Centre’s top law officer, to explain why the finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and the high courts continues to “linger”.

2. Air programme on dangers of Blue Whale game, SC tells DD

telecast it on prime time


Declaring the Blue Whale online game a threat to life, the Supreme Court directed public broadcaster Doordarshan to conceive a cautionary and educational programme about the dangers of the online game which goads players, mostly students, to commit suicide.
A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, gave the public broadcaster a week’s time to prepare the programme and air it on prime time for an appropriate duration, possibly not less than 10 minutes.

3. Scientists link new virus to kala-azar

Could help develop new treatment regime


Researchers have stumbled upon tantalizing evidence of an unknown virus that may be responsible for the persistence of kala-azar or visceral leishmaniasis, a parasite infection that has spawned epidemics and sickened thousands of Indians for over a century.
It’s still early to pointedly blame the virus but its discovery portends a new kind of treatment regime and may aid attempts to eradicating the disease.

4. Act or we will, U.S. tells Pakistan

Blunt message


The Trump administration has firmly told Pakistan that if it fails to take “decisive” action against terror groups, it will “adjust” its tactics and strategies to achieve the objective in a “different way.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Pakistan that it must take action against terrorist groups and dismantle their safe havens on its soil.

5. India, France to boost defence ties

ramp up cooperation on platforms


India and France has decided to expand military cooperation in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region, besides resolving to ramp up the overall defence and security ties.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her French counterpart, Florence Parly, held extensive talks covering a variety of issues, including the regional security situation, joint development of defence platforms and expansion of military-to-military ties.

6. Flexi-fares may go for 50% of seats on trains

Flat hike likely


The Railways may soon revise its flexi-fare system on premium trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto to get more passengers.
A top Railway Ministry official said that “the Railway Board is considering selling half the seats without any surge pricing. The problem with the present dynamic pricing, introduced on September 9, 2016, is that the fares rise soon after the first 10% of the tickets on a train are sold”

7. EU, Washington throw their weight behind Madrid

Spanish shares and bonds are sold off


The motion was passed in the Catalan Parliament after a passionate debate from advocates and opponents of independence said Catalonia constituted an independent, sovereign and social democratic state.
Within an hour, the upper house of Spain’s Parliament in Madrid authorised Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government to rule Catalonia directly — an unprecedented move in Spain since the return of democracy in the late 1970s.

8. SIDBI revamps portal for easy credit access

Wider loan options created for MSMEs


Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has revamped its portalwww.udyamimitra.inwith enhanced features to provide easy access to credit and hand-holding services for micro small medium enterprises (MSME).
SIDBI said in a statement “The portal brings transparency and competition among lenders and removes the need to approach several banks individually”

9. L&T scouts for ‘launchpads’ in Gujarat, T.N., for missile plant

setup based on incentives offered by the States


A senior executive said Larsen & Toubro Ltd., is eyeing Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat for its Rs. 500 crore missile and missile systems plant.
The missile and missile systems plant is being formed in a joint venture with MBDA, a French company. The new joint venture company, L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd., will have an equity stake of 51:49.

10. Sangram, Amanpreet win medals

50m free pistol gave India their first individual medal


It took a world record to beat the Indian challenge in double trap as Hu Binyuan of China clinched the gold, beating qualification topper Sangram Dahiya 79-76, in the World Cup Final at the Dr. Karni Singh Range.
After Amanpreet Singh grabbed the men’s free pistol bronze there was a lot of hope on the three Indians in double trap.

Current affairs updates for October 27th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

1. On visit to Taj, Yogi calls it a ‘gem’ of India

Monument is a part of culture and should be protected, he says


Taking a dig at political opponents over his maiden visit to the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said only those who had “divided the society into camps of caste” had an objection to his tour of Agra.
In Agra, Mr. Adityanath was addressing a public meeting moments after he made his maiden visit to the Taj Mahal, which has been shrouded in controversy after some provocative and dismissive remarks by BJP legislators and the State government’s omission of it from a tourism-development booklet.

2. Defence Minister takes note of key shortfalls in Navy

Commends the force for its ‘high operational tempo’


Commending the Navy on maintaining continuous deployment of ships, submarines and aircraft in India’s areas of interest in the last one year, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took note of the critical capability shortfalls that the service is facing in various platforms.
She made these comments while addressing the on-going biannual Naval Commanders Conference.

3. British Minister allays Indian investors’ concerns

It will be business as usual despite Brexit


Indian businesses with investments in Britain would see that it was business as usual, Britain’s Minister for Asia Mark Field said, as he sought to offer reassurances to investors and others looking to the U.K. market amid the uncertainty of Brexit.

4. India, Sri Lanka ink housing project deal

Move comes weeks after protests by Rajapaksa supporters


Weeks after pro-Rajapaksa protesters clashed with the police outside the Indian consulate in Hambantota, Sri Lanka signed an agreement with India to build 1,200 houses in a public ceremony held in the southern port city.
The signing of the MoU in Hambantota amid assumes significance not only in its timing, but also in taking India’s housing project to the Sinhala-majority Southern Province.

5. SEBI tweaks block deal norms

Least order size is now Rs. 10 cr.


Markets regulator SEBI on Thursday revised the framework for ‘block deals’ by providing two separate trading windows of 15 minutes each and increasing the minimum order size to Rs. 10 crore, such deals are usually negotiated before their execution.
The move is aimed at ensuring confidentiality of the large trades and stable prices for such transactions.

6. NHAI eyes bond issue to finance highway projects

Policies will generate investment interest


Road Transport and Highways Minister,Nitin Gadkari said, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will soon issue bonds to finance highway projects.
Mr. Gadkari had said in a press conference on Wednesday that NHAI has a AAA rating that would help it tap into the capital markets. He had said that funds to the tune of Rs. 4-5 lakh crore can be raised from the markets for highway projects.

7. ‘India has to spend Rs. 50 lakh cr on infra’

Such expenditure needs expeditious resolution of stressed loan problem: Crisil


Rating agency Crisil said India would need to spend about Rs. 50 lakh crore between fiscal 2018 and 2022 to build its infrastructure in a sustainable manner.
Ashu Suyash, MD and CEO, Crisil Ltd. while unveiling the agency’s Infrastructure Yearbook 2017 said “India will see close to Rs. 3,000 crore investment per day in infrastructure sector, and 56% more than the Rs. 37 lakh crore projected spend between fiscals 2013 and 2017.”

8. Govt. working on tougher consumer protection law

Laws existed even in Vedic period against unfair trade, says PM


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a new consumer protection law is on the anvil to crack down on misleading advertisements and simplify the grievance redressal mechanism.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a two-day international conference on Consumer Protection for East, South, Southeast and Asian nations.

9. ‘Don’t deny food items for lack of Aadhaar’

Centre issues instruction to all States


The Centre has instructed the States not to deny PDS benefits to any person who does not have Aadhaar or has not linked the ration card to the 12-digit biometric identifier, and warned them of strict action for violations. It also asked the States not to delete eligible households from the list of beneficiaries for non-possession of Aadhaar.

10. Kohli ahead of Messi in Forbes List

Kohli’s career graph has been on a rise


Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, has been ranked above the Argentinean and Barcelona football legend Lionel Messi as one of the most valuable brands among sports athletes by Forbes.
According to Forbes, Kohli is ranked seventh in the list released by Forbes ahead of Messi, who is at ninth. Between Kohli and Messi is the Irish golfer Rory McIlroy. Kohli is placed at seventh with a brand value of $14.5 million, compared to Messi’s $13.5 million.

Current affairs updates for October 26th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

1. Gujarat elections on Dec. 9 & 14

Model code of conduct comes into effect



Gujarat will go to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14, and the results will be declared along with that of Himachal Pradesh on December 18, according to the schedule announced by the Election Commission. The election to the Himachal Pradesh Assembly, as announced earlier, will be on November 9.


2. ‘Linking of Aadhaar, bank account must’

More time for those ready to enrol: govt.

The government has proposed extending the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018, but only for those who are “willing to enrol for Aadhaar.”
The proposal was contained in a one-page note that was passed on to a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The note, however, insisted that those who already have Aadhaar will be “required” to sync their numbers with SIM cards, bank accounts, PAN and “other schemes where Section 7 (Aadhaar Act) notifications have been issued.”

3. U.S. sees threat to Pak. Stability

U.S. has no opposition to legitimate business with Iran


Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “The United States is worried that emboldened terror outfits could threaten the stability of the government of Pakistan.”
He also explained that he had discussed the issue with Pakistan during his meeting in Islamabad.
However, while India and the U.S. agreed on Pakistan and Afghanistan-related concerns, India defended its ties with Iran and North Korea.

4. Mamata won’t link mobile, Aadhaar

Govt. trying to intrude into people’s personal life and curb freedom’


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee strongly opposed the Central government’s move to link mobile number to Aadhaar.
“We will not link mobile with Aadhaar. If we do not have a mobile connection for that, so be it. I challenge that I will not provide my Aadhaar number even if my connection is stopped. I don’t care.”

5. Centre to aid offshore e-commerce play

Plan to tap potential markets outside the country


The Union government is working on a new policy to expand the footprint of the Indian e-commerce sector to tap potential markets outside the country, including Africa and Southeast Asia.
a senior official of the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry told “This is part of efforts to achieve the target of making India a trillion-dollar digital economy in the next seven years”

6. Singapore has the most powerful passport

Its citizens can travel to 159 countries without visa


Tiny Singapore now has the world’s most powerful passport, according to a new ranking, with its citizens able to travel to the greatest number of countries visa free.
Passport Index, which keeps track of how usable such documents are, said the city-state grabbed the top spot after Paraguay removed restrictions for Singaporeans.

7. Bank funding will be liquidity-neutral

Only interest expenditure will contribute to annual fiscal deficit


According to Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, the Centre’s move to infuse Rs. 2.11 lakh crore capital into public sector banks through recapitalisation bonds and budgetary support is a welcome step.
He added the recapitalisation bonds will be liquidity-neutral for the government except for interest payment.

8. RCom may hang up on 2G ‘in 30 days’

operator asks customers to dial 4G


Debt-laden Reliance Communications (RCom) has decided to close down its 2G wireless business due to mounting losses.
A source in the know of the development told “ We will ask our 2G and 3G customers to upgrade to our 4G network as we are making losses in the 2G business, due to free voice calls offered by another telco”.
Recent entrant Jio had introduced free offers on both data and voice plans, disrupting the market.

9. Curator Salgaonkar caught in sting operation

suspended and barred from entring the venue


Ahead of the India-New Zealand second ODI, Pandurang Salgaonkar, a long-time ground in-charge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) International Cricket Stadium, caused much embarrassment to the cricket fraternity, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the MCA by engaging in conversation with two television journalists who posed as bookies.

10. The kilogram will get a new measure

Global metrology decide to drop traditional system


In 2019, the kilogram will get more accurate. For 125 years, a salt-shaker-sized cylinder housed at the BIPM, Paris and weighing exactly a kilogram served as the definition of the measure.
In the last 60 years, several standard units — the second, metre, ampere, Kelvin, mole, candela and, the kilogram — have all ceased to be defined by physical objects.