Daily Current Affairs – 9th October 2015

Daily Current Affairs: 09th October, 2015

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  • Days after the Dadri Lynching case, PM Modi finally opens up and appeals for peace and unity in the country. With a reference to President’s speech a day earlier, PM followed suit and invoked the plurality of India as its strength and uniqueness an d also the need for unity to emerge as the next global powerhouse
  • Trying to score score some brownie political points, Delhi Government headed by Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Government headed by Mamta Banerjee have invited Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali to their states after a concert by the singer has to be cancelled in Mumbai and Pune \due to threats from Shiv Sena

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  • SC imposes pollution tax on trucks entering Delhi because of the carbon footprints they release in the capital city and make it one of the most polluted capital cities in the world
  • Apple removes a few applications from its app store over concerns over protection of users’data

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  • In a major relief to the British Telecom giant Vodafone in the transfer pricing case, Bombay High Court today ruled in its favour by setting aside a tax demand of Rs 3700 Cr imposed on it by the Indian tax authorities
  • Reserve Bank of India deputy governor HR Khan expressed hope that the unexpected 50 basis points cut by the apex bank will help the banks cut down their lending rates in the near future in order to boost industrial activity in the country
  • In a welcome move, the government has approved protocol for the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements with Israel and Vietnam. This means that now any information received by the government from these countries may be shared with the competent law authorities of the country
  • Steel sector is not at all looking at a good quarter on the back of reduced consumption in September along with a decrease in production. The consumption declined by 5.2% whereas production also saw a dip by 1.3% in the month of September
  • After its six day rally in the stock market, SENSEX came down by 190 points and closed at 26845.81 at the close of business on Thursday
  • TVS Logistics is going to pick up a majority stake in the Australian firm Transtar International Freight, in a move to strengthen the company’s position in the Asian Market

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  • The Nobel prize committee has decided to honour the Belarussian journalist and prose writer Svetlana Alexievich for her contribution to literature by “her polyphonic writings”
  • Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government as well as the Central government to ensure a healthy quality of air in the national capital. This came after the judges were moved b y a picture drawn by three toddlers showing the highly toxic air. The court has asked both the governments to ban firecrackers this diwali and posted the case for further hearing on October 16
  • Numbers of writers around the country are following suit and speaking up against the vicious killing incident in Dadri that shook the entire country. In a conference by famous Telegu writer P Subramanaiam, the writers Msayya Naveen, N. Gopi, Bhoopal, Ketu Viswanatha Reddy, Nalimela Bhaskar, D. Sujatha Devi, Rachapalem Chandrasekhar Reddy, R. Santa Devi and K. Katyayani Vidmahe issued a statement against killing incidents of Govind Pansare, M M Kulbargi amongst others
  • GVK Biosciences is in for some fresh troubles after the emails of one of its former employees revealed concern about the quality of drugs produced in the Hyderabad-based company

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  • According to the inputs from the meeting between railway minister Suresh Prabhu and his counterpart in the civil aviation ministry, Shatabdi express between Vijaywada and Vizag will be a reality sooner than expected
  • Neeranchal, World-Bank assisted National Watershed management Project has been approved by the Union Cabinet. The scheme is going to take care of the watershed management component of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana, an ambitious scheme to bring a change in the agricultural sector in the country
  • Ist BRICS Migration Ministers’ Conference was held in Sochi, Russia. Union Minster of State for Home Affairs, Mr Kiren Rijiju was the representative of the government in the conference
  • Indian Air Force is going to induct women pilots in fighter jets as a major shift from its present policy of posting them only in transport jets and helicopters. Though no time frame has been set for this historic step, IAF is going to be the pioneer among the three forces which do not allow women officers to directly engage in war-related activities till now
  • In the wake of use of social media for radicalization of youths as well as spreading hate messages, government is going to chair a meeting of all stakeholders in this regard and may ask social networking giants like Facebook to take down objectionable content from its platform
  • India is going to sign education agreements with Israel and Palestine during the President’s visit there. The agreements will facilitate exchange of faculty members as well as students of universities in these countries
  • “An Open Mind”, a coffee table book has been published by Union Minister of Rural Development, Chaudhury Birender Singh. The book highlights the stories of sanitation champions in the country and their experience about bringing positive changes in their own community
  • 4 Sri Lankan soldiers have been awarded a sentence of imprisonment for 25 years by a court for raping and sexually assaulting two women 5 years ago

Sports and Technology

  • In a first of its kind initiative in the country, Managluru will be the first city to start an IT-enabled initiative to check the malaria cases in the locality, on October 17, 2015. The system will help in detecting and controlling malaria cases in the city
  • In a major development for the medical community, the researchers have unearthed the reason why elephants are rarely affected by cancer. The reason has been a modified version of the gene that encodes p53 and prevents the formation of tumour
  • Former Australian pacer Brett Lee has started his movie career officially with the first premiere of his bollywood debut movie unINDIAN being held in Australia
  • The governing body of World football FIFA has suspended its president Sepp Blatter, vice president Michel Platini andf Secretary General Jerome Valcke for 90 days because of the ongoing corruption charges against them
  • Airports Authority of India is trying to promote the GAGAN platform developed by Indian scientists by convincing various airlines as well as airport developing companies to use the navigation system
  • In the last T20 match between India and South Africa, not a single over could be played in the Eden Gardens in Kolkata due to a heavy shower before the match
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