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Current Affairs of 18th October

Neelakshi Das, Published On:18-Oct-2018


Current affairs

1. Kuligod in Karnataka’s Belagavi district is the country’s best developed village, according to the findings  of an ongoing Rural Development ministry survey.


2.India and China will resume the annual joint Army exercise ‘Hand-­in-­Hand’ in December in China’s Chengdu region.


  • About 175 personnel from each side will take part. The Indian side would be represented  by troops from the 11 Sikh Light regiment under the Northern Command.
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    • Capital of China - Beijing
    • Currency of China - Renminbi
    • President: Xi Jinping


3. Canada became the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational cannabis((Marijuana)

  • Uruguay the first country in the modern era to legalize cannabis.


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    • Capital of Canada - Ottawa
    • Currency of Canada - Canadian Dollar
    • Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau

4. Kerala is set to become the first smoke-free State with public sector oil companies eyeing 100% LPG penetration here. The target has almost been achieved in most villages, mofussil towns and cities. With three bottling plants at Kochi, Kozhikode, and Kollam, LPG is being brought to 49.79 lakh customers.


5. Group of Ministers (GoM) to be formed to brainstorm on ways to deal with sexual harassment at workplace. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and women Ministers would be members of this GoM.

  • Women and Child Development Minister - Maneka Gandhi


  • Textile Minister - Smriti Irani


6. Delhi Government announces Urban Leaders Fellowship Programme providing a unique opportunity to young leaders across India to work with the Delhi government to address some of the most pressing urban challenges in India.


7. China has successfully tested the world’s largest unmanned transport drone, Feihong­98 (FH­98) developed and modified by the China Academy of Aerospace Electronics Technology which can carry a payload of 1.5 tonnes.


Business News

1. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) acquires controlling stake in DEN, Hathway for ₹5,230 cr.

  • Acquisitions will support JioGigaFiber expansion


  • RIL to held  66% stake in DEN Networks.
  • 51.3% stake in Hathway Cable and Datacom


2. Adani Group and Total enter into a retail partnership to jointly develop multi­energy offerings for the Indian market, adding that the diversified portfolio will include LNG and fuel retail. 1500 service stations to be set up.


3. Ramco Systems has teamed up with Airbus Helicopters SAS to develop a MIS Data Pack Connector – a product feature that automates Airbus’ fleet management data, with Airbus systems.

Ramco would build a Management Information System (MIS) data pack connector for Airbus, which would be bundled with Ramco’s aviation software for fleet maintenance and engineering.


4. Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. and  Ford Motor Co. have formed a strategic alliance on powertrain sharing and connected car solutions.

  • Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd MD:  Pawan Goenka


Appointments and Resignation

1. Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar resigns amidst allegation of sexual harassment from about 20 former colleagues.


2. UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura to step down at the end of November. He is the longest serving of three UN mediators


3. Former chairman of State Bank of India  Arundhati Bhattacharya has joined as additional director, designated as  independent director, Reliance Industries.

  • Present chairman of State Bank of India: Rajnish Kumar


4. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has ruled out the prospect of an extension for Yes Bank CEO and managing director (MD) Rana Kapoor beyond his current tenure of up to January 31, 2019.



1. Praveen Chitravel, from Tamil Nadu, clinched the bronze medal in the men’s triple jump in the ongoing Youth Olympics.

  • Summer Youth Olympics 2018 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina


2. S. Vasudevan will assume the role of president of Volleyball Federation of India.

Awards and Recognitions

1. Anna Burns has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction for  Milkman.

  • Milkman talks of political and sexual oppression in the 1970s in Northern Ireland

  • Anna Burns is the first Northern Irish writer to win the Man Booker Prize.




Source: The Hindu


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