Latest Current Affairs 04th October 2019

EC appoints special expenditure observers for Telangana, Sikkim bypolls: The Election Commission on Friday appointed a serving and a retired Indian Revenue Service officer as special expenditure observers for the upcoming assembly by-elections in Telangana and Sikkim.

Home Minister Amit Shah chairs high-level meeting on Border Security: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday, chaired a High-Level Meeting in New Delhi to review the current status of border security and measures to be taken to strengthen it further.

PM Modi meets Singapore Deputy PM Heng Swee Keat: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of Singapore Heng Swee Keat called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina attends interactive session of WEF in New Delhi: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended an interactive session of World Economic Forum in the national capital.

President Kovind addresses annual convocation of IIT-Roorkee: President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the annual convocation of IIT-Roorkee and also presented awards to the students.

NIA files supplementary charge sheet against JKLF chief Yasin Malik, others: National Investigating Agency (NIA) today filed supplementary charge sheet before a Delhi court against JKLF chief Yasin Malik and others in 2017 terror funding case.

India regrets statements by Turkey, Malaysia on Kashmir issue: India expresses regrets  statements by Malaysia and Turkey on Kashmir at the UNGA; says they were not based on facts; Asserts that Kashmir is an internal matter of India.

IAF releases promotional video on Balakot Air Strike: Indian Air Force releases a promotional video, depicting the story behind Balakot air strike, carried out in February this year; IAF chief RKS Bhadauria says, Air Force has achieved many important milestones in the last one year including 26th February when Indian Air Force successfully targeted terror camps in Balakot.

Crisis deepens in Maharahstra Congress; BJP, Congress release more lists: Crisis deepens in Maharahstra Congress as state President Sanjay Nirupam expresses dissent against party high command; Says, he will not campaign for the party for state assembly elections; Threatens to quit Congress.

Target to make Defence Industry worth $26 Billion 2025: Rajnath Singh: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses India International Security Expo 2019 in New Delhi; Invites private sector for active participation in defence industry; Says, target is to make defence industry worth 26 billion dollars by 2025.

Bihar Floods: Rescue operations in full swing: Over one lakh people stranded in Patna and as many as 494 Panchayats of 15 districts submerged in flood water in Bihar; NDRF, SDRF working round the clock; Helicopters and over a thousand boats deployed in rescue and relief operations.

SC setback for Chhattisgarh Ex-CM Ajit Jogi: Massive setback to former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi from the Supreme Court; Apex court rejects Jogi’s petition against high-powered probe committee’s decision of not to recognise him as a tribal.

611 prisoners released under special remission on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary: As part of commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister, had on July 18 2018, decided that special remission to specific category of prisoners may be given and they may be released from prisons in three phases on – 2nd October 2018, 6th April 2019 and 2nd October, 2019.

Heavy rain lashes parts of Delhi-NCR: Heavy rain lashed various part of Delhi, NCR on Thursday evening. Flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport were suspended for 26 minutes between 7.56pm and 8.22pm due to extremely heavy rains which were accompanied by strong winds in the city.

Fake news more dangerous than paid news: I&B Minister: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that fake news is more dangerous than paid news and there is need for the government and the media to combat it jointly.

Normalcy prevails in Jammu and Kashmir: Normalcy continues to prevail in Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of special status.

Relation between India, US at all time high: Piyush Goyal: Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has said that the relationship between India and United States is better than ever before.

Detained political leaders in Kashmir to be released one by one: Advisor to J&K Governor:Political leaders in Kashmir, who have been placed under house arrest after abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 will be released one by one after reviewing individual cases.

18 Sri Lankan fishermen apprehended for poaching in Indian Waters: The Indian Coast Guard has apprehended 18 Sri Lankan fishermen along with their eight fishing boats for trespassing into the Indian Waters and poaching.

Road Transport and Highways Minister reviews progress of NHAI projects; calls for speedy implementation: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has directed officials of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to speed up the implementation of projects through faster decision making and stricter monitoring.

Bihar : Boat carrying 60 people drowned In Mahananda river: At least 60 people feared drowned in Mahanada riveron last night when a boat in which they were traveling capsized midstream in Mahananda river on way to Maldah in West Bengal from Katihar in Bihar.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath flags off Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express: The country’s first private semi-high speed train – Tejas Express – was today flagged off by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the Lucknow-New Delhi route.

‘Sarbat Da Bhala Express’ train flagged off at New Delhi railway station: Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Harsimrat Kaur Badal today flagged off ‘Sarbat Da Bhala Express’ at New Delhi railway station.

Bangladesh Prime Minister on four day visit to India: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended an interactive session of World Economic Forum in the national capital on Thursday.

Haryana Elections: Capt Abhimanyu, Surjewala and Abhay Chautala file nomination: In Haryana, BJP leader and state minister Captain Abhimanyu, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala and INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala were among the 475 candidates who filed their nominations on Thursday, the penultimate day of filing papers for the state assembly polls.

Srinagar: Huge turnout at army recruitment: In Srinagar, a two day Unit Headquarters Quota rally meant for blood relations of serving or retired soldiers commenced at the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre under the aegis of the Chinar Corps at Rangreth, Srinagar on Thursday.

Maharashtra elections: BJP, Congress release candidate list: Today is the final day to file nominations to contest the Maharashtra assembly polls. Candidates on a total of 143 seats have been announced.

PM Modi, Mauritian counterpart jointly inaugurate projects via video conference: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurated two landmark projects in Mauritius via video conference on Thursday.

Bihar floods: Rescue operations in full swing: Bihar is facing the fury of rain as the retreating monsoon has caused havoc in many parts of the state.

Hong Kong introduces anti-mask law: The government of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Friday introduced a ban on people wearing masks at public assemblies, a colonial-era emergency legislation that has not been used in more than half a century.

Sri Lanka: Court of appeal dismisses petitions challenging citizenship of Gotabaya Rajapaksa: In Sri Lanka, the court of appeal has unanimously dismissed the petitions challenging the citizenship of Presidential candidate and former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Israeli new parliament sworn-in amid political deadlock: Israeli lawmakers were sworn into the new Parliament, or Knesset, on Thursday without a new government formed, after tight results in the country’s do-over elections caused a political deadlock.

Sri Lanka: Petition in SC to invalidate declaration of Presidential Election: In Sri Lanka, a petition was filed on Thursday before the Supreme Court to invalidate the declaration of Presidential Election scheduled for November 16.

Iraqi protesters defy curfew as violence leaves 31 dead: In Iraq, anti-government demonstrators defied an around-the-clock curfew in Baghdad and other cities today as security forces used live ammunition and tear gas during a third day of unrest that has left 31 people dead.

North Korea tests ballistic missile: North Korea has confirmed it test-fired a new type of a ballistic missile, a significant escalation from the short-range tests it has conducted since May.

India’s first ‘corporate’ train Tejas Express launched on Delhi-Lucknow route: Railways make a huge shift in tracks as India’s first “private” train run by its subsidiary IRCTC flagged off on the Lucknow-New Delhi route. The first corporate train of the country may pave way for more if this experiment of handing over certain operations to IRCTC is successful.

Sensex plunges 434 points after RBI policy outcome: Equity benchmark BSE Sensex plummeted 434 points on Friday, dragged by heavy losses in banking stocks after the RBI slashed the country’s economic growth outlook for this fiscal.

Indian banking sector sound, stable: RBI Governor: Days after the PMC Bank came under scanner for alleged frauds, the RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said that all was well with the banking system and one incident could not reflect the health of the overall system.

Reserve Bank of India anounces fifth straight cut in key rates: Reserve Bank of India anounces fifth straight cut in key rates; Repo rate cut by 25 basis points, to 5.15 per cent while Reverse Repo rate reduced to 4.90 per cent; Revises GDP target for financial year 2019-20 to 6.1 per cent.

Securing affordable & sustainable energy is top priority for India: Petroleum Minister: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that securing affordable and sustainable energy is a top priority for India.

RBI to announce bi-monthly monetary policy for current fiscal today: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will announce its fourth bi-monthly policy for the current fiscal today.

Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian to reach 100 T20Is: Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday became the first Indian to play 100 T20 International matches. Harmanpreet, who captains India in the shortest format of the game, turned up for the team in their sixth T20I against South Africa in Surat on Friday to achieve the milestone.

India held 2-2 by Great Britain in last Tour of England match: The Indian women’s hockey team were held to a 2-2 draw by Great Britain in their last match of the Tour of England held in Marlow on Friday; The World No. 9 team ended the tour with another draw against a relatively stronger Great Britain side, performing exceptionally during the five matches as they won one, drew three and lost one match.

Women’s World Boxing Championships: Jamuna Boro gives India winning start: Jamuna Boro on Friday got India”s Women”s World Boxing Championships off to a good start by beating Mongolia”s Michidmaa Erdenedalai 5-0 in her 54 kg first round bout.

Vizag Test: Elgar, de Kock hit tons for South Africa: Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock score as South Africa rebuilds their first innings after early jolts; the visitors make 385 for eight at stumps, still trailing India  by 117 runs.

Jadeja becomes fastest left-arm bowler to take 200 Test wickets: India spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up his 200th Test wicket at the ACA-VDCA Stadium on Friday and in the process became the fastest left-arm bowler to reach the milestone.

Women’s Cricket: India defeat South Africa by 5 wickets in fifth T20: In women’s cricket, India defeated South Africa by five wickets in the fifth T20 International yesterday taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series.

Buddhist scholar and leader Satyapriya Mohathero passes away: The second highest  Buddhist leader of Bangladesh and head of Sima Bihar of Ramu in Cox’s Bazar, Satyapriya Mohathero passed away in Dhaka on Friday; He was 89 years old.

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