Top GKToday’s News Headlines – 18 OCTOBER 2019

Here are the top News Headlines of 18 October 2019 for all competitive examinations of India.

National Current Affairs

  • Kapurthala-Taran Taran road declared as NH- 703 A A named as Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg
  • V. Krishnamoorthy, who served as Station Director of the All India Radio (AIR) in Chennai, dies at 98
  • Former PTI journalist Kanwar Sain Jolly died at the age of 86 in Gurugram


  • The Railways will run its first Buddhist Circuit train from October 20 to 26, 2019 covering sites related to Gautam Buddha in India and Nepal.
  • IRCTC will run the train covering destinations like Lumbini, where Buddha was born; Bodhgaya, where he gained enlightenment; Sarnath, where he gave his first sermon; and Kushinagar, where he attained nirvana


  • NITI Aayog with Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner released the India Innovation Index (III) 2019 on October 11, 2019
  • Karnataka is the Most Innovative State among Major States
  • Sikkim is the Most Innovative State among North-Eastern & Hill States
  • Delhi is the Most Innovative among Union Territories

Economy & Business Current Affairs

  • BSE Sensex: 39,052 (+453), NSE Nifty: 11,586.35 (+122)
  • Neelkanth Mishra, Nilesh Shah and Anantha Nageswaran appointed as part-time members to the Economic Advisory to the Prime Minister
  • Facebook to train 5000 tribal girls in Indian villages in digital leadership skills under its ‘GOAL’ (Going Online as Leaders) initiative

International Current Affairs

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty observed on October 17, theme: Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families and Communities to End Poverty
  • Air Forces of India and Oman holding Exercise Eastern Bridge-V in Oman from October 17 to 26
  • Sri Lanka’s third international airport inaugurated in Jaffna with flight arriving from Chennai
  • EU and UK reach an agreement on Brexit deal; UK’s PM Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called it a fair outcome
  • Qatar to end the ‘kafala’ system that ties foreign workers to their employer and requires them to have their company’s permission to leave the country: ILO

Sports Current Affairs

  • Malaysians Ivan Yuen (Men’s) and Rachel Arnold (Women’s) win singles titles at HCL-Squash Racket Federation of India tour in Chennai


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