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Current Affairs 23rd October 2017

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  • Gaganjeet clinches Macau Open Golf Title

    • Gaganjeet Bhullar lifted his eighth Asian Tour title at the Macau Open.
    • He drained five birdies on the front nine and won by three shots despite a nerve-jangling double bogey.
    • The 29-year-old fired rounds of 64, 65, 74 and 68 for an aggregate score of 13-under 271, lifting his first Asian Tour trophy of the year
    • Bhullar is also the 2012 champion in Macau.
  • Amjyot Singh Becomes Third Indian in NBA

    • Chandigarh hoopster Amjyot Singh became the third Indian after Satnam Singh and Palpreet Singh Brar to walk into the National Basketball Association (NBA) league.
    • Amjyot made it to the NBA’s minor league – the G-League. The Indian skipper was picked by Oklahoma City Blue.
    • The OKC Blue is NBA development league affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, an American professional basketball team.
  • Rakesh Asthana as CBI Special Director

    • The cabinet committee for appointments has appointed 1984- batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as CBI special director. He is currently posted as additional director.
    • AGMUT cadre IPS officer of 1984 batch Deepak Kumar Mishra has been named Special DG in CRPF.
    • Odisha cadre IPS officer from the same batch Gurbacham Singh has been appointed special director in IB.
  • MIDC to get anti-encroachment cells

    • Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation will finally get a dedicated encroachment removal department.
    • The MIDC is presently in control of nearly 1.5 lakh hectares of land, in various stages of acquisition.
    • The mandate of the department that was set up in 1962 is to acquire land, undertake provisioning of infrastructure on these plots and facilitate setting up of industrial units.
  • Lewis Hamilton wins USA Grand Prix

    • Lewis Hamilton won the U.S. Grand Prix.
    • The victory was the 62nd of Hamilton’s career and his ninth of the season.
    • Lewis Hamilton needs to finish in top five in Mexico to become Britain’s first four times world champion.
  • Kolkata food items have high lead levels

    • According to Geological Survey of India, Raw food items sold in Kolkata city markets have Lead concentration far above the permissible limit.
    • High concentration of Lead can permanently damage key human organs.
    • Samples of raw food items collected from 12 markets in the city showed a mean Lead (Pb) concentration between 3.78 and 43.35 mg/kg (average 23.56 mg/kg).
  • IAF Exercise on Lucknow-Agra Expressway

    • The Lucknow-Agra Expressway will be closed for commuters from 10 am on October 23 till 2 pm on October 24 as the IAF plans to conduct a major touchdown exercise.
    • 20 planes, including the AN-32, will take part in exercise on the highway.
    • The AN-32 are meant for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. It can bring a large amount of relief material and can also help in evacuating people.
  • Shinzo Abe reelected as PM of Japan

    • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party secured over two-thirds majority in the lower house of Parliament.
    • The win gives Abe’s ruling coalition, which already holds majority in the upper house, free reign to pass legislation in the country.
    • Abe is likely to acquire the title of Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister. His four-year term was to otherwise end in December 2018.
  • Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

    • NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
    • During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower altitudes than ever before at the dwarf planet, which it has been orbiting since March 2015.
    • Dawn is the only mission ever to orbit two extraterrestrial targets.
  • No probe against judges in Rajasthan

    • Rajasthan government has passed an ordinance which seeks to protect both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in Rajasthan from being investigated for on-duty action without its prior sanction.
    • The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 has been promulgated in this regard.
    • The ordinance amends the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973.
  • PGs for cattle to boost milk production

    • Haryana government has decided to introduce a new concept for people living in high-rises, or in urban areas, who want to rear their own cattle and produce “quality milk” for their consumption.
    • The government will set up PGs for cattle for them.
    • The objective is to make Haryana the best state in milk production.
  • Mega textile park in Warangal

    • Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao laid the foundation stone for the Kakatiya Mega Textile Park.
    • It is a fibre-to-fabric integrated textile cluster proposed to be built on 1,200 acres of land in the Warangal district.
    • This is going to be one of the largest textile parks in the country.
  • BSF organises Half Marathon 2017

    • The BSF Half Marathon 2017 was flagged off in the memory of martyrs.
    • It was organised by the Minister of State for Youth Affairs (I/C) & Sports and Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
    • All trophies and prizes were dedicated to force martyrs. Medals and certificates were distributed to all the participants.
  • Sabbatical leave to begin startups

    • Kerala government has given green signal to a proposal of the state Startup Mission to accord sabbatical leave to the faculty members of all colleges who intend to establish startups.
    • The new initiative would help members of the academic community to become part of entrepreneurship.
    • It will contribute to the government’s determined efforts to strengthen and accelerate the startup ecosystem.
  • Srikanth wins Denmark Open Superseries

    • Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has lifted the Denmark Open Superseries trophy at Odense, Denmark.
    • In the title clash, Srikanth, seeded 8th, defeated South Korea’s Lee Hyun-il in straight games, 21-10, 21-5 to bag his third Super Series title of the year and fifth overall.
    • Kidambi Srikanth has recently (June 2017) won Australia Open Super Series title.
  • Bi-Annual Naval Commanders’ Conference

    • A 4 day Naval Commanders’ Conference is scheduled at New Delhi from 24-27 Oct 17.
    • The Conference serves as a platform for institutionalised interaction between the Naval Commanders and senior government officials with the Chiefs of Indian Army and Air Force.
    • They will review major Operational, Materiel, Human Resource, Training and Administrative activities undertaken in the last six months
  • Sitharaman to attend meet in Philippines

    • In her first foreign visit as Defence Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman left for the Philippines to attend the Southeast Asian Defence Ministers’ Meeting.
    • The two-day ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting will discuss ways to enhance defense and security cooperation among the member nations.
    • Sitharaman will also hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from a number of countries.
  • India win hockey Asia Cup

    • India beats Malaysia by 2-1 in the finale to win the 2017 Asia Cup Hockey tournament held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    • This was India’s third continental title. Ramandeep Singh scored the opening goal in the third minute while Lalit Upadhyay extended India’s lead in the 29th minute of the game.
    • Lalit Upadhyay won the goal of the match award while Akashdeep Singh was adjudged the Man of the match.
  • Now IDs mandatory with Photocopies: PMLA

    • The Government has made it mandatory for banks and financial institutions to check the original identification documents of individuals.
    • The Department of Revenue in the Finance Ministry made amendment in the Prevention of Money-laundering Rules.
    • The Prevention of Money Laundering Act forms the core of the legal framework put in place by India to combat money laundering.
  • Modi Inaugurates RoRo ferry service

    • Modi has inaugurated the first phase of ambitious Ghogha-Dahej Roll-on Roll-off ferry service at Ghogha in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat.
    • With this, the distance between Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions could be covered in less than an hour via-sea route.
    • This passenger movement service reduced the distance between the Ghogha and Dahej from 310 kilometres by road to just 30 kilometres.

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