Current Affairs Update – 1-3 October, 2017


Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs from 1 to 3 October, 2017. These are very important for the upcoming IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, OICL AO, UIIC Assistant & NICL Assistant Exams.


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Mukhya Mantri Kaushal Samvardhan and Kaushalya Yojana flagged off in MP


  • Madhya Pradesh Government has implemented the Chief Minister's Skill Promotion and Skills Scheme to provide jobs by providing employment oriented training to the youth.
  • The Tribal Affairs Department of MP government will train educated youths of Scheduled Tribe category for job in various employment-oriented professions and establish their own venture through MAPCET.
  • All the youth who are in the age group of 18-35 are being benefitted through Mukhya Mantri Kaushal Samvardhan Yojana and Mukhya Mantri Kaushalya Yojana.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government has permitted Rs 30 crores for constant execution of the scheme from year 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • This scheme is aimed to cover 6,000 youth and  nearly 2000 youths will be trained every year. Successful trainees from various training programmes organized by Government of India/State government institutions, UGC recognized universities selected by MAPCET, NSDC partner institutions, industries will be provided placements.
Mukhya Mantri Kaushalya Yojana

  • The Chief Minister Kaushalya Yojana is being launched to train the women and make women self-reliant by the state government.
  • The main objective of this scheme is to provide necessary skill to women to get employment and self-employment, to ensure the participation of women by providing skill in non-conventional areas and to increase the employment opportunities of women.
  • The plan has been set to train two lakh women every year in this scheme.
  • Under this scheme, women will be provided healthcare, telecom, retail, security, construction, automotive, IT and ITES, banking and financial services, apparel med-ups and home furnishing, tourism and hospitality, electronics and hardware, beauty and wellness, capital goods, Domestic worker and food processing sector will be provided free training.
Mukhya Mantri Kaushal Samvardhan

  • The main objective of the Chief Minister Skill Promotion Scheme, being trained to train youth and self-help, is to bring uniformity in the skill development training programs being run by different departments, to increase the quality of training and increase the employment potential, bringing uniformity according to the national standards.
  • In this scheme, the youth will be encouraged to provide retail, agriculture, security, construction, automotive, furniture and fittings, IT and ITES, banking and financial services, apparel med-ups and home furnishing, plumbing, telecom, green jobs, food processing, capital goods, domestic Free training for workers, tourism and hospitality and electronic and hardware will be given.

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News related to India & states

Andhra Pradesh CM launches ‘Swachh Andhra Mission'


  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu launched ‘Swachh Andhra Mission’ on 2 October 2017, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
  • Ace shuttler PV Sindhu was appointed as the brand ambassador of the mission. She along with the state minister for Information Technology and Rural Development Nara Lokesh and public representatives was present at the occasion.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Naidu praised Singhu and said that it is a proud moment for the state that Sindhu is the brand ambassador for Swachh Andhra.
  • Backing the aim of Open Defecation Free (ODF) Andhra Pradesh, the Minister said "Prime Minister Modi launched Swachh Bharat three years ago. Cleanliness makes society healthy and better. We are taking those targets ahead."
  • Naidu further added that girls and women should live with respect and to achieve the same, every house needs to have a toilet. He said that the state government is working on making the state 100 per cent ODF by March 2018. He said that the state would have to construct 22 lakh more toilets by March 2018.

India, Bangladesh to hold bi-annual border talks on Rohingyas, fake currency smuggling


  • The Chiefs of the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh would be holding bi-annual talks to discuss a host of issues including movement of Rohingya immigrants across the border on 3 October 2017 at New Delhi.
  • The Director General-level talks, the 45th between the two sides, will be held between a 24-member delegation of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) led by Director General Maj Gen. Abul Hossain and Border Security Force (BSF) of India led by its chief KK Sharma. The talks will be held at a BSF camp for the duration of 4 days.
Following are some of the issues that would be discussed during the talks:

  • The movement of Rohingya refugees
  • Smuggling of fake Indian currency notes
  • Smuggling of drugs and narcotic substances
  • Human trafficking
  • Trans-border crimes including cattle smuggling

First Woman Chief Justice of Delhi HC to head panel on OBC Sub Categorisation


  • Retired justice G Rohini would head the 5-member commission to examine the politically-sensitive issue of sub-categorisation of Other Backward Castes (OBCs) and give in its report within 3-months.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind appointed the commission under Justice G Rohini, who has the distinction of being first woman Chief Justice of Delhi high court and had retired earlier this year.
  • The decision to select the commission takes after the August 23 Cabinet decision to analyze the degree of biased dispersion of benefits of reservation among caste, communities, incorporated into the general class of OBC.
  • Presently, there is no sub-categorisation and 27% reservation is a gigantic entity. The sub-categorisation within OBC list would mean a more reasonable allocation of reservation as per statistical population.

All cities and towns in five more States declared Open Defecation Free


  • The Union government declared 5 more states- Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana , Jharkhand and Chattisgarh as ‘Open Defecation Free’ on 2 October 2017, the same day when Swacch Bharat Mission completed three years.
  • This was declared by the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs on the occasion of the third anniversary of the mission.  The Minister said that all the five states have reached the milestone of making all its cities and towns open defecation free.
Swacch Bharat Mission Report after 3-years

  • The target was to build about 66 lakh individual household toilets in urban areas, against that 38 lakh toilets have already been built and building of another 14 lakh toilets is in progress.
  • Over 2-lakh community and public toilet seats have been constructed as against the mission target of 5-lakh toilet seats.
  • For Solid Waste Management, efforts are on to produce over 500 MW of electricity and over 50 lakh tons of compost from municipal solid waste to allow dispensation of the entire solid waste being generated in urban areas.

Appointments

Five States get new Governors


  • India's President Ram Nath Kovind on 30 September 2017 announced the appointment of new governors for five states of the country. The states include Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.
Following are the names of the new Governors:

  • 1- B. D. Mishra: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
  • 2- Satya Pal Malik : Governor of Bihar
  • 3- Banwarilal Purohit : Governor of Tamil Nadu
  • 4- Jagdish Mukhi :  Governor of Assam
  • 5- Ganga Prasad : Governor of Meghalaya
Banwari Lal Purohit has been made the Governor of Tamil Nadu. So far, the additional charge of the governor of Tamil Nadu was being handled by Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao. Previously, Banwari Lal was serving as the governor of Assam. His role in the political uprising in this state of south India can be important. They are considered to be the big leaders of Vidarbha.

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Baishya elected as chairmen of two sub-committees of IWF


  • Indian Weightlifting Federation President, Birendra Prasad Baishya has been elected as the chairman of two sub-committees of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
  • Baishya was elected as the chairman of International Weightlifting Federation's Ethics Commission as well as of Anti-Disciplinary Commission at the world body's Executive Committee Meeting, which was held at Bucharest, Romania.
  • He is also the Vice-President of Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation.

Jagmeet Singh becomes first Sikh politician to lead Canada’s major New Democratic Party


  • Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh lawyer was elected the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), becoming the first non-white politician to lead a major political party in Canada.
  • Jagmeet Singh, who is the Ontario provincial lawmaker, was voted on the first ballot to head the party into the 2019 election against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.
  • He won the crucial first-ballot victory over three other candidates by receiving 53.6 percent of the vote.
  • Singh is the first member of a minority community to lead a major Canadian federal political party. He now has the thorny task of reforming the party that lost 59 seats in the 2015 election.
  • The NDP-New Democratic Party is currently at the 3rd place in Canada’s Parliament, with 44 of 338 seats. The NDP has never held power.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that his main focus would be on issues such as climate change, reconciliation with indigenous peoples and electoral reform.

Days

World Habitat Day observed globally


  • The World Habitat Day was celebrated across the world on 2 October 2017 with the theme ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes’.
  • The day is celebrated to reflect on the state of the world’s towns and cities and to emphasize the basic right of all to receive adequate shelter.
  • The United Nations In 1985 designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.

World News

India, Nepal to conduct first joint tiger count


  • Nepal and India for the first time will commence a joint tiger census next month in their forests, national parks and protected areas neighbouring the two countries using a globally-recognised method.
  • Conservation authorities and specialist would install cameras in various places in tiger habitation as well as in buffer zones to capture and track the activities of the big cat.
  • This is the first time India-Nepal are counting tiger heads using the same method that is recognised internationally. Both countries had decided to use the camera tapping procedure for the joint. Through this technology, chances of repeated counting will be avoided.
  • Parsa Wildlife Reserve of Nepal and the Chitwan National Park in Chitwan are adjoining to the Balmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar. Similarly, Indias Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary adjoins Nepals Bardiya National Park while the Indias Dudhwa Tiger Reserve adjoins Shuklaphant National Park in Nepal.



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