Latest Current Affairs 17th October 2019

PM Modi says Govt committed to build strong and unified India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that BJP-led Government at the Centre and State is committed for building strong and unified India.

Kerala extends maternity leave benefits to teachers, other staff of private educational institutions: In a path-breaking development, Kerala is extending maternity leave benefits to teachers and other staff of private educational institutions, including those in the unaided sector. The Central Government has approved the Kerala Government’s decision to bring these teachers and employees under the Maternity Benefit Act.

Odd-Even scheme to be implemented in Delhi from Nov 4 for 12 days; no exemption for private CNG vehicles: The odd-even road rationing scheme will be implemented in Delhi from 4th November to 15th November. The move is aimed at combating high levels of air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

Campaigning for Assembly Elections in Haryana, Maharashtra reaches peak: In Maharashtra, with just three days left for campaigning to on Oct 21, leaders across the political spectrum are crisscrossing the state to reach out to the electorates.

Inviting global investors to India, Finance Minister says there is no better place in world: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that investors can find no better place in the world than India. Ms Sitharaman said that India has a democratic environment that respects capitalists. She was speaking at an event hosted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in association with the US India Strategic and Partnership Forum, at the IMF headquarters in Washington.

Tamil Nadu, Puducherry to receive heavy rainfall: IMD: The India Meteorological Department has said that isolated places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal are likely to receive heavy rainfall on Thursday.

HM Amit Shah inaugurates seminar on Skandagupta at BHU: Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates a 2-day international seminar on “the role of famous ruler of Gupta Dynasty, Skandagupta Vikramaditya and the political future of the nation” at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.

India-Bangladesh rail links closed after 1965 war with Pakistan will reopen: Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina announced on Wednesday that all the rail links with India closed after the 1965 war will be reopened. Speaking after the inauguration of the first intercity train between Dhaka and Kurigram she said that these railway lines will develop communication between two countries while helping Bangladesh railways to earn profit also.

Ayodhya land case: SC concludes hearing; Judgement on 17 November: Supreme Court concludes hearing in Ayodhya land case; Reserves order after 40 days of day to day proceedings; Judgment to be pronounced by 17th November.

Campaigning for Assembly polls in Maharashtra & Haryana intensifies: Campaigning for Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana intensify; Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Working President JP Nadda addressing election rallies across Maharashtra; Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh addressed public meeting in Haryana.

Jammu & Kashmir: Three LeT terrorists gunned down: Three LeT terrorists gunned down in an encounter in Bijbehara in Jammu and Kashmir; Terrorists kill two civilians in different incidents in Kashmir; This is the third such incident within two days.

President Kovind embarks on two-nation visit to Philippines and Japan: President Ram Nath Kovind embarks on a two-nation trip to the Philippines and Japan; President will attend the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor of Japan Naruhito in the second leg of his visit.

Bus crash near Saudi holy city of Mecca kills 35: 35 people killed in a bus crash near Mecca in Saudi Arabia; Pilgrims from Asian and Arab countries inside the bus; Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses grief over the accident.

Brexit: Crucial 2-day European Union Summit begins today: U.K. & EU settle on BREXIT draft text for all but one significant issue concerning Northern Ireland; Draft text comes just in time ahead of 2-day European Council summit in Brussels beginning on Thursday.

Pakistan on the verge of strong action by Financial Action Task Force: Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by the international terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force or FATF and the country may be put in the ‘Dark Grey’ list.

Syrian town Tel Abyad remains calm following Turkish army advances: Syrian town of Tel Abyad witness calm several days after Turkish offensive; U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to hold emergency talks with Ankara; US President Donald Trump warns of ‘devastating’ sanctions if U.S.-Turkey meeting not successful.

PMC Bank former Director sent to Police Custody: Former director of PMC Bank Surjit Singh Arora arrested in connection with multi crore rupees scam, sent to police custody till 22nd October; Former Managing Director Joy Thomas sent to judicial custody for 14 days by Mumbai’s Esplanade court.

FM Sitharaman says more reforms on anvil this fiscal to boost growth: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said more reforms are on the anvil this fiscal to boost growth as fresh economic data and subdued corporate earnings point to a deeper economic downturn.

Union Minister Gadkari for political measures to create jobs in rural areas, verify migration: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday highlighted the need for policy measures to create jobs in rural areas and check migration to cities for employment.

Sensex posts longest winning streak in more than three months: The Sensex ended 93 points higher to 38,598 as the benchmark index posted its longest winning streak in more than three months.

Yashasvi Jaiswal becomes youngest cricketer to score List A double hundred: Mumbai opener Yashasvi Jaiswal on Wednesday scripted history as he became the youngest batsman in the world to score a double century in List A cricket.

Sultan of Johor Cup: India beat Australia 5-1, qualify for final: The Indian junior men’s hockey team thrashed Australia 5-1 to qualify for the final of the 9th Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Bahru on October 16.

Denmark Open: Saina Nehwal crashes out in Round 1: Saina Nehwal was shocked by Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in the first round of Denmark Open as the Indian lost 15-21, 21-23 in just 37 minutes to crash out of the tournament on Wednesday.

Odisha’s first Robot Restaurant opens in Bhubaneswar: Now robots will take orders and serve food instead of waiters. Yes, sounds strange but true, as Odisha’s smart city Bhubaneswar gets it 1st Robo Chef Restaurant in Odisha.

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