Current Affairs October 2015 - Competitive Exams - GK Power Capsule October 2015 Part 3

141.Foreign investors would now be able to invest up to 100 per cent equity in white label ATM operations with the government notifying the regulations for the same. 
142.A team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will go to Bangladesh to investigate the trail of a huge consignment of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) seized at Chittagong port on September 21. 
143.Facebook remains the most popular social networking site in India with 51 per cent of users logging on daily, while WhatsApp tops the list of instant messaging (IM) apps. 
144.French government has shown great interest in Smart city mission with AFD — French Development Agency — rolling out a whopping loan of 2 billion Euros for three cities: Puducherry, Nagpur and Chandigarh. 
145.The Supreme Court ushered dance back into beer parlours and hotels in Mumbai by staying the operation of a Maharashtra law banning it, agreeing with the contention that there are alternatives to a ban on dance performances to ensure the safety of women.
 146.After years of waiting to return home, Geeta, the deaf and mute girl in Pakistan, who is believed to have crossed the border by mistake after being separated from her family in 2003, is heading back to India. 
147.Nirbhay, the subsonic cruise missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), failed again when it lost control after about 12 minutes of flight and fell into the Bay of Bengal. 
148.Nestle India said all samples of Maggi have cleared tests conducted by three laboratories, as mandated by Bombay High Court. 
149.The Reserve Bank of India opened a sub-office in Imphal, which will have separate departments for financial inclusion and development, consumer education and market intelligence. 
150.An Indian short film, An Old Dog’s Diary , directed by Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel, has won the best short film award at the 2015 London Film Festival (LFF). 
151.Telecom services provider Vodafone said it will start offering fourth generation (4G) communications service that will make surfing the web on mobile phones and tablets much faster that 3G, in Delhi NCR area by December 2015. 
152.China’s central bank cut interest rates for the sixth time since November. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said that it was lowering the one-year benchmark bank lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.35 percent, effective from Oct. 24. 
153.Public broadcaster Doordarshan claimed that it has emerged as the most watched Hindi channel in terms of time spent per viewer ahead of top General Entertainment Channels. 
154.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced that the Railways would soon start country's firstever double decker Shatabdi Express that would ply between Mumbai and Goa. 
155.National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has partnered with about 30 Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to jointly tackle and mitigate man-made or natural disasters or emergencies. 
156.Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off Vigithon marathon in Mumbai to sensitise people for a fight against corruption at the grass-root level. Vigithon was a run for corruption free India and was organised by public sector lender Union Bank of India. 
157.World Polio Day was observed on 24 October 2015. The day was observed to create awareness about the hazards of the crippling disease. 
158. Sin Tax has been included under the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) law that will be effective from 1 April 2016. GST is being seen as one of the biggest tax reforms in the country. 
159.Renowned Irish-American actress and singer Maureen O’Hara passed away in Boise, US. She was 95. She was one of the last living stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood of the 1940s and 1950s. 
160.Bengali film, television and stage actor Pijush Ganguly passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. 
161. Indian archer Abhishek Verma 24 October 2015 created history by winning a silver medal in the Archery World Cup Final medal in the compound section held in Mexico City. With this, he became the first ever Indian to bag Archery World Cup Final medal. 
162.Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on 25 October 2015 won the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix title. It was the third title for Hamilton at the Circuit of the Americas in Elroy, Texas of the USA where championship is being held annually. 
163.The third India-Africa forum summit (IAFS) began in New Delhi on 26 October 2015. The four day summit (from 26 October to 30 October 2015) is one of the largest gatherings of African countries outside Africa as all 54 nations of the continent have participated. 
164.The Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) came out with draft national policy on capital goods. This is the first time that such a policy is being framed after active consultation with industry associations. 
165.Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare enhanced delegated financial powers of designated Central Government Hospitals and institutes under the Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) scheme. After the enhancement, only cases for financial assistance beyond 5 lakh rupees would now be required to be referred to the Ministry from the earlier upper limit of 2 lakh rupees per patient. 
166.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 26 October 2015 notified that the Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs)/Registered Foreign Portfolios Investors (RFPIs) can now invest up to 74 percent of the paid up capital of DEN Networks Limited under the Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS). 
167.Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian, swept to power in Guatemala's presidential election. He will take the office on 14 January 2016. In the presidential election, Morales won more than 67 percent of votes. 
168.China successfully launched the Tianhui-1C mapping satellite into its designated orbit from Jiuquan satellite launch centre in the northwestern province of Gansu. 
169.BlackBerry today said it has appointed Narendra Nayak as the Managing Director of its India operations to steer the Canadian handset maker's restructuring efforts. He replaces Sunil Lalvani, who had quit the organization in June. 
170.The Reserve Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh Bank for exchange of supervisory information. 
171.Reliance Industries today became the first corporate to sign the revised listing agreement with the BSE as mandated under the newly introduced Listing Regulation notified by SEBI. 
172.Indian-American farmer is among 12 individuals from across the country who will be recognised as White House Champions of Changefor sustainable and climate-smart agriculture at an event in the US. 
173. South African batsman Hashim Amla has broken yet another record held by India's ODI vice-captain Virat Kohli. 
174.Indian archer Deepika Kumari on bagged the silver medal in the Archery World Cup Final held in Mexico City. Kumari went down 2-6 in finale to South Korea’s Chou Misun. 
175.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed nonresident Indians (NRIs) to subscribe to the National Pension System (NPS) enabling them access old age income security. 
176.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted permission to the Indian corporate to issue offshore rupee-denominated bonds outside India. 
177.China, world most populous country has announced to abandon its three decades-long onechild policy and changed it two-child policy. The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) in this regard has issued an official communiqué at the end of party’s 4 day plenary session headed by President Xi Jinping in Beijing. 
178. Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been selected for European Union’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for human rights for year 2015. 
179.John Pombe Magufuli of ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has won the 2015 Tanzanian Presidential election. 
180.China’s first lunar rover, Yutu, has set the new record for the longest stay by a rover on the lunar surface. 
181. Sociologist and founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak on 29 October 2015 was selected for the prestigious New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award for his contribution to sanitation and improving the quality of life for millions of manual scavengers. 
182.Indian para-athlete Amit Kumar Saroha on 28 October 2015 won silver medal in men's club throw F51 event in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. With this, Amit sealed a berth for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. 
183.The Asia Pacific region is the most disaster prone part of the world as it had suffered around 1,625 disasters in the decade through 2014. 
184.Union Government has appointed a 5 member committee to review the research grants offered by University Grants Commission (UGC). The Review Committee will submit its report to the Ministry by December 2015. 
185.Indian and France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conserve, develop and publicize written heritage at the National Library in Kolkata, West Bengal. 
186.Madhya Pradesh government has decided to provide 33 percent reservation to women in government jobs. Decision in this regard was taken by state cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. 
187.Bidhya Devi Bhandari of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist)-CPN-UML has been elected as first female President of Nepal. 
188. Senior IRS officer Najib Shah was on 28 October 2015 appointed as Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), apex body on Indirect Taxes. His appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). 
189.United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 October 2015 overwhelmingly approved the Resolution condemning an economic embargo imposed by the US on Cuba. It stated that existence of such restrictions undermines multilateralism and credibility of the UN. 
190.Hockey India (HI), the top body governing the sport in the country, on 28 October 2015 signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sports Authority of India (SAI) to help regain hockey its position as the top sport of the country. 
191.World Bank on 27 October 2015 announced that India ranked 130 out of the 189 countries surveyed in terms of ease of doing business for domestic firms. It was revealed in the report entitled Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency. 
192.The Union Government on 27 October 2015 constituted RV Easwar Committee with a view to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The committee will be headed by Justice RV Easwar (Retd.), former Judge of Delhi High Court and former President of ITAT. 
193.The fourth edition of Sri Lanka-India bilateral naval exercise SLINEX 2015 began off Trincomalee coast, Sri Lanka. 
194.Luxembourg ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Sylvie Lucas on 27 October 2015 was appointed as the Chair of the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) on UN Security Council (UNSC) reforms. Lucas, who was appointed by 70th UN General Assembly session President Morgens Lykketoft, replaced Ambassador Courtenay Rattray of Jamaica. 
195.The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 27 October 2015 launched the e-Sahyog pilot project of the Income-Tax Department to facilitate taxpayers by reducing their need to physically appear before tax authorities. The e-Sahyog project is aimed at reducing compliance cost, especially for small taxpayers. 
196.Troubled British bank Barclays announced the appointment of former JP Morgan investment banker James Staley as its new chief executive. 
197.Tata Trusts and Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) today announced collaboration on knowledge creation and capacity building for social and economic empowerment in India. 
198.Citibank on 27 October 2015 announced that it has appointed Samiran Chakraborty as Chief Economist for India. 
199.K Gupta will be elevated as Managing Director of country's largest lender State Bank of India in place of Corporate Banking head P Pradeep Kumar, who is superannuating this month-end. 
200.Pune-based realty developer ABIL (Avinash Bhosale Group) is partnering with Versace to develop a new exclusive residential project in Hughes Road, South Mumbai. 
201.Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Youth Services and Sports Molvi Imran Raza Ansari on 27 October 2015 announced that Kashmir Valley will host South Asian Rugby 7’S Championship in 2016. 
202.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach on 26 October 2015 announced that all the highly qualified athletes who are refugees will be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games. This is for the first time that refugee athletes will be competing in any Olympic Games.


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