9 PM Current Affairs Brief – October 5th, 2018


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Fields of concern

Fields of concern News 1.The Union Cabinet approved the hike in minimum support prices (MSP) of wheat, masur, safflower and gram. Important facts: The decision is in line with the government’s announcement to provide farmers a 50 per cent profit over the cost of production. The government announced a 6 percent to 21 percent hike … Continue reading “Fields of concern”

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Amid U.S. threat, India, Russia set to sign three major deals

Amid U.S. threat, India, Russia set to sign three major deals News: India and Russia to sign major defence deals. Important Facts: With the visit of Russian President, India is expecting to sign three major defence deal with Russia such as: Five S-400 missile systems Four stealth frigates Deal for Ak-103 assault rifles to be … Continue reading “Amid U.S. threat, India, Russia set to sign three major deals”

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Saudi Arabia to invest in oil refinery in Gwadar

Saudi Arabia to invest in oil refinery in Gwadar News: Saudi Arabia agrees to invest in new oil refinery in Pakistan’s port of Gwadar Important Facts: Saudi Arabia will invest in a new oil refinery in Pakistan’s Gwadar Port. About Gwadar port Gwadar is part of Pakistan’s mineral rich southwestern Baluchistan province. It is being … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia to invest in oil refinery in Gwadar”

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Eyes on India

Eyes on India News: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia are trying to forge closer economic ties with India. Important Facts: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia are planning to divert their economic interest, away from mainland China and towards Southeast Asia and India. Why these Nations are sceptic about trading with China and inclining … Continue reading “Eyes on India”

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In a first, India deports 7 Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar

In a first, India deports 7 Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar News: For the first time, India has deported seven Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar. Important Facts: Immigrants were staying in India since 2012 illegally in Assam and since then they were lodged in Assam jail after court convicted them under the Foreigners Acts. Burmese Army organized … Continue reading “In a first, India deports 7 Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar”

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‘No trial in sewer death cases’

‘No trial in sewer death cases’ News:s Report released on Manual Scavenging by an NGO Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan. Important Facts: Study has been conducted by the NGO on the death due to sewer and septic tank cleaning since 1992. It covered a sample group of 97 deaths in 51 incidents across 11 States Important findings: … Continue reading “‘No trial in sewer death cases’”

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Use your face to zip through airports

Use your face to zip through airports News: The government is set to introduce the “Digi Yatra” facility to ease passenger travel by one-time verification at an airport. Important News: The “Digi Yatra” facility, which is voluntary, would require passengers to initially register themselves at a web portal by providing an identity proof. 3.The individual’s … Continue reading “Use your face to zip through airports”

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Next steps at Gir

Next steps at Gir News: Recently 21 Asiatic lions died in Gujarat’s Gir National Park in less than a month which raises  serious questions about the conservation of the big cats in their only habitat. Important Facts: Reasons for lion deaths: Infighting between lion prides: Male lions are known to maul each other to death … Continue reading “Next steps at Gir”

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Farm fires set to pollute NCR again

Farm fires set to pollute NCR again  News: A vast number of farmers in Punjab and Haryana have decided to continue their annual ritual of setting fire to paddy straw thus aggravating the Delhi pollution problem. Important Facts: This has brought back the issue of smog choking the region despite the Centre doling out more … Continue reading “Farm fires set to pollute NCR again”

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First known exomoon may have been discovered’

First known exomoon may have been discovered’ NEWS: Astronomers using Hubble and Kepler space telescopes have found compelling evidence for the existence of the first known moon outside our solar system. Important Facts: According to the finding published in the journal Science Advances, the presence of exomoon (moons orbiting planets in other star systems) is … Continue reading “First known exomoon may have been discovered’”

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ISA Work Plan to implement 5 projects

ISA Work Plan to implement 5 projects News 1.International Solar Alliance (ISA) has approved the Work Plan 2019 for 2019 and 2020. Important facts: 2.ISA has given approval for 5 projects under the Work Plan. These includes: agricultural pumps finance mobilization mini grid rooftop solar solar e-mobility and storage About International Solar Alliance 3.The International … Continue reading “ISA Work Plan to implement 5 projects”

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Draft Mariculture policy proposes special zones, offshore technology parks

Draft Mariculture policy proposes special zones, offshore technology parks News National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has formulated a draft national policy on mariculture with Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). Important analysis: Mariculture zones: Mariculture zones will be established by demarcating special areas in the sea for activities such as cage farming, bivalve farming, pen … Continue reading “Draft Mariculture policy proposes special zones, offshore technology parks”

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