9 PM Current Affairs Brief – October 30th, 2018

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Modi, Abe back ‘free Indo-Pacific’

Modi, Abe back ‘free Indo-Pacific’ News: India and Japan outlined a vision document for strengthening bilateral relations at the 13th annual summit held in Japan recently. Important Facts: 2. Highlights of the vision document: Both sides called for a “free and open Indo-Pacific” which is usually seen as a response to China’s growing dominance in … Continue reading “Modi, Abe back ‘free Indo-Pacific’”

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The great game in West Asia

The great game in West Asia News: The article discusses about the Jamal Khashoggi disappearance which Turkey has used to sharpen the battle lines with Saudi Arabia. Important Facts: About Jamal Khashoggi: He was a journalist who was once a Saudi government insider, but had gone into self-imposed exile in the U.S. in 2017. He’d … Continue reading “The great game in West Asia”

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Missionaries of Charity gives nod for adoption

Missionaries of Charity gives nod for adoption News: Missionaries of Charity (MoC) has decided to  give children in its homes up for adoption,by  joining hands with the country’s nodal agency for adoption. Important Facts: 2. Background: In 2015, an ideological row erupted between the ministry and the Mother Teresa-founded organisation over issues such as the … Continue reading “Missionaries of Charity gives nod for adoption”

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Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem

Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem News: A study was conducted recently by the  Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) to reveal the moths as pollinators in the ecosystem. Important Facts: 2. Under the project titled “Assessment of Moths (Lepidoptera) As Significant Pollinators in the Himalayan Ecosystem of North Eastern India”, scientists collected moth … Continue reading “Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem”

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ICF rolls out Train 18, the NextGen Shatabdi

ICF rolls out Train 18, the NextGen Shatabdi News: India’s first engine-less semi-high speed train named “Train 18” was rolled out recently by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here and will eventually replace the Shatabdi Express for inter-city travel. Important News: 2. Features: This is the first long-distance train without separate locomotive (engine) and thus … Continue reading “ICF rolls out Train 18, the NextGen Shatabdi”

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Time to talk: on Centre-RBI differences

Time to talk: on Centre-RBI differences News: The simmering tensions between the Reserve Bank of India and the Centre found spectacular release recently through a public speech by Deputy Governor  Viral Acharya. Important Facts:  2. A certain amount of creative tension is systemically in-built between Reserve Bank of India and Centre given their different perspectives. … Continue reading “Time to talk: on Centre-RBI differences”

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Children under 15 at serious risk from polluted air: WHO

Children under 15 at serious risk from polluted air: WHO News:   WHO released a new report that puts into numbers the devastating impact that air pollution is having on the global population’s health. Important Facts: 2. The report named  “Air pollution and child health” is being launched on the eve of WHO’s first ever … Continue reading “Children under 15 at serious risk from polluted air: WHO”

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