Daily GK Update 22nd October 2016, Important Current Affairs

Daily GK Update 22nd October 2016, Important Current Affairs
1. The Union Government has launched the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam naagrik) which seeks to get more people to fly in the smaller towns.

2. The Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGSs) ‘Aryaman’ and ‘Atulya’ were commissioned into Indian Coast Guard in Kochi, Kerala. These ships are the eighteenth and nineteenth in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited.

3. Smooth-coated otter was sighted for the first time in the mangrove forest near the Krishna wildlife sanctuary (KWS) in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.

4. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given its consent for using the Decision Review System (DRS) in the forthcoming five-Test series against England in November 2016. BCCI will use the DRS on a trial basis to evaluate the improvements and changes made to the system over a period of time.

5. Supreme Court has frozen all financial transactions between the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and state cricket associations.

6. The Union Government has signed $650 million loan agreement with the World Bank for construction of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC)-III project.

7. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik last evening allotted the health portfolio to Finance Minister Pradeep Amat while Forest Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh was given the additional charge of the Department of Information and Public Relations (I&PR), earlier also held by Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak Nayak.

8. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended to imposition of 3,050 crore rupees penalty on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular for allegedly denying inter connectivity to newcomer Reliance Jio.

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