Current Affairs: 30 October 2018 – Daily News Update
1. Angela Merkel to step down as German chancellor in 2021
Germany’s Angela Merkel has said she will step down as chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks.
- She also said she would not seek re-election as leader of the centre-right CDU party in December.
- She has held the post since 2000.
2. PM addresses ‘Make in India’ Seminar in Tokyo, Japan
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the ‘Make in India: India-Japan partnership in Africa and digital partnership’ seminar, in Tokyo.
- The Prime Minister explained how the Union Government is focused on improving ease of doing business, and ease of living for the citizens.
- He expressed happiness at the large presence of Japanese companies in India. Noting that Japan has been a partner in many important industrial projects in India, the Prime Minister explained the strength of India’s economic performance over the last four years.
- He said India is today the fastest growing major economy. He mentioned other major transitions in the Indian economy, including the move from informal to formal economy, digital transactions and GST etc.
3. Maharashtra Coast to be Developed as Tourism hotspot: Suresh Prabhu
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, has written to Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, K.J. Alphons, and Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, for developing Maharashtra coast as atourist hotspot.
- He said that the marine leisure sector is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry and growth ofcruise ship industry, seaside destination resorts, marine parks, scuba diving and aquariums.
- India, with a coast line of 7500 km., has tremendous potential for development in this sector.
4. Conference on Cyber Security – Challenges and Innovations
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in association with Cyber Peace Foundation and Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) organised a conference on Cyber Security – Challenges and Innovations at DRDO Bhawan.
- It was inaugurated by Member NITI Aayog, Dr. V K Saraswat.
- Addressing the gathering, Dr. Saraswat emphasised to convert a challenge into an opportunity through innovation.
5. Conference on “CCTNS–Good practices and success Stories”
The Union Minister of State for Home , Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir inaugurated the two-day conference on “CCTNS–Good practices and Success Stories” organised by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).
- MoS (Home) Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir also released a Compendium of “CCTN–Good practices and Success Stories”.
- In his Inaugural address, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that in a huge democracy like India, having population of 130 crore, CCTN System and associated technologies can help us get information quickly and track the criminals.
6. Gadkari to lay the foundation for India’s largest Dry Dock at Cochin Shipyard
The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan will lay the foundation for India’s largest Dry Dock at Cochin Shipyard in Kerala on 30 October.
- The Dry Dock will give an impetus to “Make in India” initiative under Sagarmala and raise India’s share in global shipbuilding to 2 percent. India currently occupies 0.66 % share in global shipbuilding market.
- The commercial ship building industry in India is worth Rs. 3,200 Croreand focuses primarily on small-medium sized offshore vessels and cargo/bulk carriers.
- At present, Cochin Shipyard has two dry docks, one predominantly used for ship building of size 255m x 43 x 9m and capacity 1,10,000 DWT and the other one for ship repair of size 270 x 45 x 12m and capacity 1,25,000 DWT.
7. CSIR develops Less Polluting Firecrackers named – SWAS, SAFAL and STAR
“CSIR scientists have developed Less Polluting Firecrackers which are not only environment friendly but 15-20 % cheaper than the conventional ones”, said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest & Climate Change.
- These crackers have been named as safe water releaser (SWAS), safe minimal aluminium (SAFAL) and safe thermite cracker (STAR).
- Highlighting that the Indian Fireworks industry is over 6000-crore worth of annual turnover and provides employment opportunities to over 5 lakh families directly or indirectly, the Minister said that this endeavour of CSIR aims at addressing the pollution concerns at the same time protecting the livelihoods of those involved in this trade.
8. Paraguayan Clara Sosa wins Miss Grand International Contest
The Paraguayan Clara Sosa was crowned as the new Miss Grand International in the competition in the city of Yangon in Myanmar.
- Sosa, Miss Paraguay, reached the final together with Miss India, Meenakshi Chaudhary Kumar.
9. India & Pakistan declared joint winners of Asian Champions Trophy
In Men’s Hockey, India and Pakistan were declared joint winners of the Asian Champions Trophy at Muscat in Oman.
- The tournament director declared both teams as winners after the summit clash was called off due to heavy rain.
- Defending champions India, thus, ended the tournament unbeaten. Before this edition, both India and Pakistan had won the tournament twice each
Current Affairs: 30 October 2018 – Daily News Update