Current Affairs Updates - 1st November 2017
New Appointments: National
Vikram Singh appointed Private Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind.
- Railway officer Vikram Singh was today appointed Private Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind.
- Singh is a 1997 batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service.
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for a period of two years, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
Suresh Raina made brand ambassador of Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation(GMC) & and also the brand ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission.
- Cricketer Suresh Raina was made the brand ambassador of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) at a programme here on Sunday.
- "It is a matter of pride for Ghaziabad that Suresh Raina, an international star, is the brand ambassador of GMC and also the brand ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission," said V.K. Jindal, Joint Secretary and Director of Swachh Bharat Mission.
PM Narendra Modi Flags Off 'Run For Unity' On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 142nd Birth Anniversary
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a run in New Delhi, called the 'Run for Unity', on the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who attended the early morning event in Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, addressed the people who have gathered there. In his address, he asked citizens to work for India's unity.
- PM Modi also said unity in diversity was India's greatest asset and people must work toward building the nation based on this source of strength. Ahead of the event, the Delhi Police had sent out traffic advisory to people asking them to avoid the route where the run was being held.
Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums from 2018
- Saudi Arabia will allow women into three sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move that would open up the previously male-only venues to families.
- The kingdom, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public.
Defence & Railway
India, Japan begin three-day anti-submarine drill amid concerns over China in Indian Ocean region.
- Navies of India and Japan on Sunday began a three-day anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean region to deepen their operational coordination in the strategically important sea lanes around the two countries.
- Indian Navy's two P-8 I long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare aircraft and two P-3C Orion jets of the Japanese Navy will be part of the exercise, said an official of the Indian Navy
The Government of India and World Bank sign 200 Million dollar Loan Agreement for the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project
- The Government of India and the World Bank signed a 200 million dollar Loan Agreement for the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project.
- The Project will support the Government of Assam to facilitate agri-business investments, increase agriculture productivity and market access, and enable small farm holders produce crops that are resilient to recurrent floods or droughts in the state.
Awards & Honours
Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Sunday received Pramod Mahajan Smriti Award in Pune.
- Speaking at the event, the veteran actor, who was recently appointed as Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, said: "Being awarded along with Saira Banu, who is UN ambassador for HeforShe, was a very big thing."
Sports: Awards & Honours
Italy topped the list in medal tally, Chinese crowned 'Champion of Champions'
- Hosts India finished seventh overall with one gold, one silver and a bronze, while Italy pipped China in the medals tally, as the ISSF World Cup Final came to a close here today.
- India won through Jitu Rai/Heena Sidhu (gold in mixed team 10m air pistol) Sangram Dahiya (silver in men's double trap) and Amanpreet Singh (bronze in men's 50m pistol). This was India's best ever result in the annual ISSF shooting centrepiece.
Lewis Hamilton wins fourth world title after dramatic Mexican Grand Prix Title.
- It was hardly what you would call a champion’s flourish, but Lewis Hamilton cared not one iota last night as he joined the giants of Formula One with his fourth world title. In the midst of Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival, it had appeared as if malevolent spirits were aligning to deprive him, when he punctured a tyre in an opening-lap scrap with Sebastian Vettel, his only championship rival. But cussed resistance, allied to Vettel’s failure to seize the second place he needed, ensured his coronation as Britain’s most decorated ever driver.
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah secures top spot in ICC T20 rankings
- Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah climbed to the number one spot in the latest ICC T20 rankings while his fifth-ranked team could go as high as second if it beats New Zealand in the three-match series beginning here tomorrow.
- Bumrah, who attained a career-best third position in the ODI rankings on Monday, has regained the T20 top spot after Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim slipped one place.
- India captain Virat Kohli, who on Monday edged AB de Villiers to claim the top ranking in ODIs, also goes into the New Zealand series as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format.
Heena Sidhu (Indian Shooter) clinches gold medal, Deepak Kumar secures bronze medal in Commonwealth Shooting Championships held at Brisbane.
- Continuing her good run this year, ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu clinched a gold medal in the women's 10m Air Pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, Brisbane on Tuesday.
- Heena scored 240.8 in the final to beat Australian Elena Galiabovitch, who shot 238.2 to settle for silver. Bronze went to Kristy Gillman (213.7) of Australia.
- Recently, Sidhu and Jitu Rai combined to give India their first gold medal of the ISSF World Cup Final, clinching the top honours in the 10m air pistol mixed team event on the opening day of competitions.
Former BCCI GM M.V. Sridhar passes away
- Former Hyderabad Ranji Trophy star and ex-secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Dr. M.V. Sridhar passed away, after suffering a massive heart attack, here on Monday afternoon. He was 51.
- A right-handed batsman, whose career spanned between 1988 and 2000, Sridhar amassed 6701 runs in 97 First Class matches with 21 centuries and a highest score of 366 against Andhra in 1993-94.