Current Affairs Oct 2017 - Miscellaneous


  • The government of India has appointed Mahesh Kumar Gupta and D K Gayen as the two new members in the Railway Board.

  • The Rajasthan government has implemented the recommendations of the seventh pay commission, a decision that will benefit over 12 lakh employees and pensioners of the state.

  • The Government has made it mandatory for banks and financial institutions to check the original identification documents of individuals dealing in cash above the prescribed threshold, to weed out the use of forged or fake copies.

  • The FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final encounter between Brazil and England was rescheduled from Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium to Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

  • In Rajasthan, amid protest by opposition in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, the state government sent the controversial criminal amendment bill, 2017 to select committee for review and reference until next session of the House.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the helicopter service between Doda District to Jammu and vice-versa commenced.

  • State Bank of India has launched the second edition of its Hackathon - Digitize For Bank (#D4B2017).

  • The Madras High Court has banned the use of “photographs or pictures” of living persons on “banners, flex boards, signboards” across the state.

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was on a one-day national visit to India.

  • The State Bank of India has slashed Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) charges up to 80%

  • India and the United States have agreed to implement the program for Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC) in order to strengthen the maritime security.

  • Burundi has become the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

  • India's Amanpreet Singh clinched a bronze medal in his maiden appearance in an ISSF World Cup Final, in New Delhi.

  • Tech major SAP announced the launch of Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region's first SAP Leonardo Center in Bengaluru.

  • Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni arrived in New Delhi on a two-day visit to India.

  • According to a circular issued by aviation security agency, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Mobile Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof to enter airports.

  • French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly visited Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd and the Western Naval Command in Mumbai.

  • The Spanish government has said it would welcome the participation of sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in new elections.

  • Sangram Dahiya won a silver in the ISSF World Cup Final, in New Delhi.

  • Joint Naval exercise named VARUNA is scheduled in early 2018 between India and France.

  • N. J. Gangte has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Zambia. He is presently the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

  • Gokul Natesan is the 97th pick in the NBA draft to become only the second Indian origin player to be signed by an NBA G-League side.

  • The Oxford English Dictionary has added 70 new Indian words from Telugu, Urdu, Tamil, Hindi and Gujarati languages. The OED publishes four updates a year in March, June, September and December respectively.

  • India held its first Joint Steering Committee meeting with this nation on 6 October 2017.

  • The United States has lifted its 20-year-old trade embargo against Sudan.

  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended Brazil’s National Olympic Committee following corruption allegations.

  • Veteran director, best known for the dark comedy "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro", Kundan Shah, passed away at the age of 69 years.

  • Indian-origin Sikh lawyer, Jagmeet Singh, has become the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP).

  • PV Sindhu has been appointed as the brand ambassador of ‘Swachh Andhra Mission’.

  • Rajnish Kumar has been appointed as the new Chairman of SBI.

  • India signed agreements on trade, communication and media with Ethiopia.

  • Amarjit Singh Kiyam is the captain of the Indian U-17 football side, which has become first-ever Indian team to participate in a FIFA tournament.

  • Hollywood actor, George Clooney, will be honoured with the AFI Life Achievement Award.

  • Punjab has sought Rs. 2000 Crores from the centre to stop paddy straw burning.

  • Dungarpur has become the first open defecation free tribe district of Rajasthan.

  • Jan Raksha yatra has been launched in Kerala.

  • The army, CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) have launched a massive cordon and search operation (CASO) in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • China has diverted 10 billion cubic meters of water to arid north region in a massive project.

  • The United States of America has expelled 15 diplomats belonging to Cuba in protest of the country’s failure in protecting staff at the US embassy there.

  • Bharti Airtel announced acquiring mobile business of Tata Group.

  • Caroline Garcia won the women’s singles event at China Open 2017.

  • The Indian air force celebrated the 85th Air Force Day on 8 October 2017.

  • This PepsiCo India Chairman and CEO, D Shivakumar, has resigned.

  • Ahmed El Sheikh will succeed D Shivakumar as new CEO of PepsiCo India.

  • Maharashtra cabinet has approved a Climate Change Adaptation Policy.

  • India’s rank in the world’s most valuable nation brands, as per Brand Finance’s Nation Brands 2017 report is 8th.

  • 5th edition of India Water Week (IWW-2017) was launched in- New Delhi

  • Theme of the 2017 International Conference on Yoga is “Yoga for wellness”

  • Robert Menasse won the German Book Prize 2017 for his novel ‘Die Hauptstadt’.

  • The bench of Justices of Supreme Court that gave the ruling-‘Sex with minor wife amounts to rape’ comprise of Justice Deepak Gupta and Madan B. Lokur.

  • Telangana unveiled a new policy regarding Internet of Things and e-waste.

  • Indian-American, Ajay Raju, won the 2017 American Bazaar Philanthropy award.

  • AYUSH Festival of Stamps 2017 began in Panaji.

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