Indian Polity

First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’: The First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ has been conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the lead agency in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). This Exercise provides a platform for sharing Best Practices on all aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC member countries.
Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI): Through this programme, Government of India aims to reach each and every child under two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme. The special drive will focus on improving immunization coverage in select districts and cities to ensure full immunization to more than 90% by December 2018. The achievement of full immunisation under Mission Indradhanush to at least 90% coverage was to be achieved by 2020 earlier. With the launch of IMI, achievement of the target has now been advanced.
Bhadbhut barrage project: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Rs 4,337-crore Bhadbhut Barrage project which aims to stop the ingress of salinity along the Narmada river.

International Affairs

Most valuable nation brand: India is ranked the eighth most valuable nation brand while the United States retained its top position and China took the second spot in the league of nations according to Brand Finance’s Nation Brands 2017.
US, Israel withdraws from UNESCO:The US and its ally Israel have announced they will withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization, accusing the body of "anti-Israel bias". The US was angered in 2011 when UNESCO members granted Palestine full membership of the body, despite opposition from its ally Israel.
International Day for Disaster Reduction: International Day for Disaster Reduction is being observed on every 13 October every year all over the world. The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989.

Mitra Shakti 2017 : The fifth India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 held at Aundh Military Station, Pune. The exercise is based on Counter Terrorist Operations and an Infantry company from both the countries is participating in the same.

Economic Affairs

Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana : Government of India has launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana and an initiative for expansion of clientele base of Postal Life Insurance. All villages under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana will be brought under its ambit. Under Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana, at least one village (having a minimum of 100 households) will be identified in each of the revenue districts of the country, wherein endeavour will be made to cover all households of that identified village with a minimum of one RPLI (Rural Postal Life Insurance) policy each.
World Bank forecast for India’s GDP: In its South Asia Economic Focus (Fall 2017), the World Bank reduced India’s GDP growth forecast to 7% for 2017-18 from 7.2% estimated earlier.

Person in News

Nisha Biswal : Nisha Biswal will head the US-India Business Council, a powerful advocacy group of US companies with business interest in India.USIBC is a part of the US Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobbying organisation in the country that wields real political power in Washington.

Anupam Kher : Shri Anupam Kher, veteran cine star, has been appointed as Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Shri Kher succeeds Shri Gajendra Chauhan.
Audrey Azoulay : UNESCO's executive board has chosen former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay to be the UN cultural agency's next lhead of UNESCO.


Noble Prize in Economics: Noble Prize in Economics for 2017 was awarded to US Professor Richard H. Thaler ''for his contributions to behavioural economics. He has incorporated psychologically realistic assumptions into analyses of economic decision-making. His contributions have built a bridge between the economic and psychological analyses of individual decision-making.

Vayalar award : Noted Novelist T D Radhakrishnan's 'Sugandhi Enna Andal Devanayaki' has been selected for this year's prestigious Vayalar award. The award, carrying a cash prize of Rs one lakh, citation and a statuette observed on the death anniversary of poet and lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma.
Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award: The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management for the year 2017 to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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