Current Affairs: 29 October 2018 – Daily News Update

Current Affairs: 29 October 2018 – Daily News Update

1. International Animation Day 2018

International Animation Day is celebrated on October 28, commemorating the day in 1892 when Charles-Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique made its first public appearance in Paris.

  • The day recognises and celebrates the artists, technicians and scientists behind the art of animation in all its forms and avatars.

2. Gandhian Thought and Swachhata seminar organized in Wardha

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) organized a seminar in Wardha district of Maharashtra.

  • The seminar, titled “Gandhian Thoughts and Sanitation”, was centered on the Gandhian ideology on sanitation and the implementation of the same through the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
  • The seminar ended with a visit to Sevagram, to experience and learn from Gandhiji’s time there.

3. Kerala the best State for teenage girls in India: Report

Kerala tops the TAG index which compares the performance of each State based on the status of their teenage girls, as a part of the survey findings of The Teen Age Girls (TAG) Report, conducted by Project Nanhi Kali.

  • Compiled and published by the Naandi Foundation, with grant support from Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, this report is touted as the nation’s first report on what it means to be a teenage girl in India.
  • Conducted by an all-women team of 1000 surveyors, the survey covered over 74,000 girls across the country and traversed 30 States and 600 districts.
  • Kerala is followed by Mizoram, Sikkim, Manipur and Himachal Pradesh as the top States, while the top three cities were found to be Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.

4. IIT Kharagpur organises Young Innovators Programme


To make the younger generation more oriented towards scientific and technological innovations, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur organised a science and technology competition for students of class 8 to 10.

  • The competition called the ‘Young Innovators Programme YIP 2018’ was attended by many schools in the country and also from Singapore.
  • Kaanger Valley Academy, Raipur, Chattisgarh emerged on the top of the Young Innovators Programme.

5. SBI, Hitachi to set up card acceptance, digital payment platform

State Bank of India (SBI) and Hitachi Payment Services Pvt Ltd have signed a definitive agreement to enter into a joint venture for the establishment of a latest card acceptance and future ready digital payment platform for India.

  • According to a joint statement, India’s largest bank will have a majority stake in the proposed joint venture.
  • The joint venture agreement is subject to requisite regulatory approvals.
  • Hitachi Payment Services Pvt Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, Japan.

6. Arunachal, British Council sign MoU for cultural cooperation

The Arunachal Pradesh government signed a MoU with The British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation.

  • As per the MOU, as many as 50 faculty members from government higher education institutions will be trained by the British Council every year, starting from December.
  • Further, 50 students of higher and technical education institutes will be trained in English language skills annually.


7. Michael D Higgins re-elected as Irish president for second term

Michael D Higgins has been re-elected as Irish president after receiving 56% of the country’s election vote.

  • Businessman Peter Casey came second with 23.1%, while none of the other four candidates polled more than 10%.


8. Pakistani lawyer Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize posthumously

Pakistan’s iconic human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir was posthumously awarded the 2018 UN Human Rights Prize.

  • She was one of the four winners of the award which was announced by the United Nations.
  • Other recipients are Tanzanian activist Rebeca Gyumi, Brazil’s first indigenous lawyer Joenia Wapichana and Ireland’s human rights organisation Front Line Defenders

Current Affairs: 29 October 2018 – Daily News Update