Current Affairs - October, 2017

Government constitutes Alternative Mechanism Panel for PSBs consolidation

The Union Government has constituted Alternative Mechanism Panel headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to oversee merger proposals of public sector banks (PSBs). The other members of the panel include Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Key Facts This alternative mechanism has been set up by the government to ..

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Article 35-A: SC adjourns hearing by 3 months

The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of plea challenging Article 35A of the Constitution by three months. The apex court’s order came after it was told by Centre that government has appointed a representative (interlocutor) to hold talks with all stakeholders to resolve Kashmir issue. The court was hearing on batch of four petitions ..

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31 October: Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) is observed every year across India on 31 October to commemorate birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel who had played important role in unifying the country. Observance of day provides an opportunity to re-affirm inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand actual and potential threats to unity, ..

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India, Italy sign six pacts and to enhance counter-terror cooperation

India and Italy have signed six agreements to boost cooperation in the fields of railways safety, energy and promoting mutual investments, among others They were signed after detailed talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni. He is first prime ministerial trip from Italy to visit India in more than a ..

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India tops list of new TB cases in 2016: WHO Report

According to the Global TB Report 2017 released by World Health Organisation (WHO), India has topped list of seven countries, accounting for 64% of the over 10 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide in year 2016. India was followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa. Key Facts The report said, an estimated ..

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