Current Affairs: 28 October 2018 – Daily News Update

Current Affairs: 28 October 2018 – Daily News Update

1. 3-day India Mobile Congress 2018 concludes

India Mobile Congress(IMC) 2018 – a marquee event which provided a peep into the exciting future in the rapidly evolving area of digital communications – ended, with participants and organisers promising to be back next year.

  • This year’s event, with its’ theme of “New Digital Horizons – Connect. Create. Innovate” established the IMC as a regular platform for global and local stakeholders in the sector to collaborate in the cause of exploring opportunities and leveraging possibilities, with specific focus on South and South-East Asia.
  • The mega 3-day event was inaugurated on October 25 by Shri Manoj Sinha,Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications.

2. First Regional Review Meeting for “Sustainable Sanitation” Held In Nagpur

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, in coordination with the Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra, organized the first in a series of regional review meetings on Sustainable Sanitation.

  • The regional review was held in Nagpur, attended by State Secretaries in-charge of rural sanitation, Mission Directors, and other State Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) officials, including representatives from 25 districts from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat.
  • The review meeting was chaired by Mr. ParameswaranIyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

3. Department of Consumer Affairs & NCDRC organizes conference

The Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India along with National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) jointly organized a Conferenceat Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi to review the functioning of the State Commissions and District Fora.

  • The Conference was attended by Presidents of State Commissions and Secretaries in charge of Consumer Affairs of States and UTs.
  • The Conference was presided over bythe Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food, Public Distribution & Commerce and Industry, Shri C.R. Chaudhary, andPresident, NCDRC, Justice R. K. Agarwal.
  • The Conference is being held at a crucial time, when the Government has introduced a new Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 in the Lok Sabha repealing the Consumer Protection Act of 1986 with substantial changes for meeting the emerging challenges faced by consumers in the new markets.


4. India and UK collaborate on research on Ganga delta region and the Bay of Bengal

India and the United Kingdom will collaborate on research on different aspects of the Ganga delta region and the Bay of Bengal.

  • The Bay of Bengal is also critical to India in terms of resources and also has an impact on the Southwest Monsoon, the lifeline of the country.
  • Speaking at the event, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith said the partnership through the UKRI has generated innovative scientific and technological solutions that will “transform both our societies and economies”.


5. Sanjay Mishra appointed interim ED chief for 3 months

The government appointed IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra as the Interim Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for three months as incumbent Karnal Singh will retire on October 28.

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) also said that it has approved Mishra’s appointment to the post of Principal Special Director of the financial probe agency.


6. Young Indian scientist wins World Health Summit Startup award in Berlin

Roopam Sharma, a 23-year old Indian scientist, won the World Health Summit Startup award, 2018 for his invention, Manovue.

  • It is the world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for the visually impaired.
  • Sharma was awarded at an annual event of the health summit in Berlin recently.


7. Sourav Kothari wins World Billiards Championship title

India’s Sourav Kothari defeated Peter Gilchrist of Singapore to clinch the 2018 WBL World Billiards Championship title.

  • The former national and Asian Billiards champion was pipped at the post for the coveted World Billiards crown on two occasions in the last two years.


8. Former Delhi CM Madan Lal Khurana passes away

Former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 82.

  • A veteran of the BJP, Khurana was the chief minister of Delhi from 1993 to 1996 and was appointed the governor of Rajasthan in 2004

Current Affairs: 28 October 2018 – Daily News Update