19th & 20th October 2017 Current Affairs – GK Today
1.The Income Tax department has launched an ‘online chat’ service for taxpayers so that they can seek answers to their basic queries and doubts relating to direct tax issues.
2.Assam State Government rolled out ‘Tourism Policy of Assam 2017’ with an aim to increase tourist inflow in the state by at least two to three times within next five years, which will be effective from January 2018.
3.The RBI said banks will provide funds to women SHGs (self-help groups) in rural areas at 7% under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) in the current fiscal.
4.The world’s most prestigious award for pioneers in environmental science was given to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber in Tokyo.
5.India, Brazil and South Africa signed the IBSA Trust Fund Agreement that seeks to fight poverty in developing countries at the 8th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting in Durban.
6.World Statistics Day is celebrated on 20th October.
7.Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the first phase of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply system in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
8.Canada will be the partner country at the 23rd iteration of the Tech Summit, India’s largest knowledge and technology conference, and exhibition to be held in New Delhi.
9.The first-ever Tri-Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces, INDRA-2017 began near Vladivostok in Russia.
10.Kotak Mahindra Bank and fintech firm ‘Zeta’ launched a multi-wallet digital prepaid solution for salaried employees named “Paymint”.
11.Jaipur and Srinagar Airport got First and Second rank respectively in the category of 2-5 million passengers in Airport Council International (ACI)-Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey.
12.Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Palghar district, has won the ‘green platinum award’.
13.World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has appointed NRI businessman Sunny Verghese as the new chairman of the organization from 2018.
14.Manika Jain was appointed as Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
15.Arunachal Assembly passed a bill paving way for creation of a new district to be named Kamle.
16.American Chess grandmaster William James Joseph Lombardy was passed away.
17.Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and rural development, Akinwunmi Adesina has received the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) Laureate award.
18.Labour Party leader, Jacinda Ardern will be the youngest-ever female Prime Minister of New Zealand.