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Current Affairs 17th October 2017

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  • “Beyond The Dreamgirl”: Autobiography

    • Autobiography of Hema Malini, “Beyond The Dreamgirl” is released on her 69th birthday.
    • PM Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for it.
    • Beyond The Dreamgirl, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life. It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage.
  • Exercise INDRA – 2017

    • The first ever Tri Services Joint Exercise, INDRA-2017, between Indian and Russian Armed Forces will be conducted in the Eastern Military District of Russia from 19 to 29 Oct 2017.
    • This will give Indo-Russian defence cooperation a major boost.
    • Exercise in its previous nine avatars has been conducted as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries.
  • A plan to stamp out animal TB

    • The first-ever road map to combat animal tuberculosis (bovine TB) and its transmission to humans, referred to as zoonotic TB, was recently launched.
    • The roadmap has been built on a ‘One Health Approach’, addressing health risks across sectors for the animal tuberculosis known as bovine TB and its transmission to humans.
    • Zoonotic It is a type of TB in people caused by mycobacterium bovis.
  • Karnataka needs its own flag

    • Chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah has invoked Kannada pride, saying the government is firm on Karnataka having a state flag.
    • Some activists had urged the government to design a separate flag for Karnataka and accord statutory standing for that.
    • Following this, the Karnataka State government had constituted a nine-member committee to study and submit a report .
  • Amazon, Microsoft launched Gluon

    • Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft have teamed up to launch an open-source and deep learning interface ‘Gluon’.
    • It will help developers to deploy machine learning models across several platforms.
    • The interface would give developers a place where they can prototype, build, train and deploy machine learning models.
  • GDP may grow at 7% in FY’18: NITI Aayog

    • NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar has said the economic slowdown that began in 2013-14 has bottomed out and the GDP is likely to grow.
    • It is estimated at 6.9-7 % this fiscal and 7.5% in 2018-19.
    • The economic growth slowed to 7.1% in 2016-17, the year in which 87% of the currency was demonetised, despite a very good show by the agricultural sector.
  • Poet Punyaslok Dasgupta passes away

    • Poet Punyaslok Dasgupta, died of kidney ailment at a hospital in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. He was 66 years old.
    • Dasgupta did not follow any particular poetry style. Some of his important works are ‘Kuashar Bagan’ and ‘Chander Sangeet’.
    • He was widely known for his hospitality. Poets and eminent persons used to often visit his house at Dhupguri area, in West Bengal.
  • Shamsher Khan, passes away at 87

    • India’s first Olympic swimmer, Shamsher Khan passed away in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district.
    • He suffered from prolonged illness. He was 87 years old.
    • Shamsher Khan represented India in 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He was the first swimmer to represent India in Olympics.
    • In 1954, he created national record in the 200-meter butterfly event. He served the Indian Army.
  • Kavita Devi to sign with WWE

    • Kavita Devi, a former competitive power lifter, became the first Indian woman to be signed by the WWE.
    • Kavitha Devi would begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, by January 2018.
    • Kavita Devi hails from Haryana. She underwent training to become a professional wrestler under the guidance of The Great Khali, she won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games.
  • Mohun Bagan lifts Governor’s Gold Cup

    • Football club Mohun Bagan has won the 37th All India Governor’s Gold Cup football tournament.
    • Mohun Bagan defeated Partha Chakra by a narrow 1-0 margin to win the 37th All India Governor’s Gold Cup.
    • With this victory, Mohun Bagan won the Governor’s Golden Cup for the 10th time. The final match was played at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok, Sikkim.
  • Gopal Gowda gets Mandd Sobhann award

    • Renowned Konkani folk artist Gopal Gowda has been chosen for this years Kalakar Puraskar.
    • The prize is instituted by Mandd Sobhann, an organisation with the aim of protecting Konkani identity.
    • The award, comprises of a cash award of Rs 25,000 with a citation.
  • Prabha to get Padma Prabha Puraskaram

    • Prabha Varma, an eminent poet, lyricist and journalist has been selected for this year’s Padma Prabha Puraskaram for her contribution to Malyalam literature.
    • Padma Prabha Puraskaram is conferred for contributions to the field of Malayalam literature.
    • It was instituted by the Padmaprabha Foundation in memory of freedom fighter and socialist Padmaprabha.
  • Varun Dhawan to get a wax statue

    • Varun Dhawan has become one of the Bollywood celebrities to get his wax statue at the Madame Tussauds.
    • His statue would be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong where he is the second Bollywood actor after the legendary Amitabh Bachchan to get a wax statue.
    • More than 200 measurements were taken. The team also matched the hair and eye colour of the actor.
  • TCS teams with BNP Paribas

    • Tata Consultancy Services announced that its customer BNP Paribas Securities Services teamed up with Tata Consultancy Services.
    • It aims to deliver a blockchain­ based platform, Corporate Event Connect.
    • It is an innovative Blockchain based platform, which will provide fast, accurate and secure corporate event announcements to clients around the world.
  • Mahindra launches ‘Prerna’ project

    • Mahindra & Mahindra has launched a programme, Prerna, to empower women working in the agriculture sector.
    • It aims to address these issues with the promotion of women friendly, 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.
  • Myntra ties up with Textile Ministry

    • E-commerce major Myntra launched its CSR initiative in association with the Union Textile Ministry, to work directly with weavers
    • It is an initiative to transform and revive demand for arts and handloom products in India and to bring artisans and their products online, providing them access to new customers and opportunities.
    • These products will retail on Myntra via a dedicated online store.
  • Radha Mohan Singh reviews Project CHAMAN

    • Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that project CHAMAN was launched in order to provide strategic development to the horticulture sector.
    • In it remote sensing technique is being used for strategic development of horticulture sector as also to increase the farmers’ income.
    • It gives methodology for preparing reliable estimates of horticulture crops.
  • FDDI Act 2017 comes into force

    • Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) has been declared an ‘Institute of National Importance’ under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
    • The FDDI bill was passed by the Parliament in July 2017.
    • FDDI is a premier Institute, serving as a ‘One stop solutions provider’ in footwear, leather and allied industry.
  • Punjab police launches foot patrolling

    • In a bid to check criminal activities in the state, Punjab police has launched an initiative whereby police personnel will patrol designated areas on foot to keep a watch on anti-social elements.
    • The aim of this initiative is to reduce incidence of crime by increasing the presence of police in vulnerable locations.
    • The initiative would also build a bridge for people-friendly policing.
  • NIIF & Abu Dhabi inks pact

    • The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India has signed an investment agreement worth $1 billion with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)
    • ADIA will become the first institutional investor in NIIF’s Master Fund and shareholder in the NIIF’s investment management Company.
    • It aims to attract international investors while remaining closely aligned with the NIIF’s objectives

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