Current Affairs of 16 October 2018 are as follows:-
1. World Food Day observed globally:-
- The World Food Day was observed globally on October 16, 2018. The day is viewed as a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger.
- The theme of World Food Day 2018 is ‘Our actions are our future – A zero hunger world by 2030 is possible’.
- The focus of the Indian Government is that food is a basic need and a fundamental human right. India aims to transform its agricultural sector to contribute to the achievements of global environmental objectives.
- India has also launched a new project known as ‘Green-agriculture: transforming Indian agriculture for global environmental benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes’.
2. Two-day Agri-startup and Entrepreneurship inaugurated in New Delhi:-
- The Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated a two-day Agri-startup and Entrepreneurship in New Delhi on October 16, 2018, on the occasion of World Food Day.
- The theme of the event was unleashing potentials in agriculture for young agri-preneurs. The conclave included deliberations on various issues faced by young agri-preneurs in the production of seasonal crops.
- Addressing the conclave, the Minister said that the government is continuously working on achieving the goal of zero hunger by 2030 in a systematic manner.
- He further said that 45 models on integrated farming for 15 different climate zones in the country have been devised.
3. RBI approved NBFC license for Kreditech:-
- RBI approved the license for Kreditech, the Germany-based company to operate as a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) license for digital lending business and app-based financing. The approval is with the first-of-its-kind.
- Kreditech’s product suite for India will offer individualized direct-to-consumer loans as well as its Lending-as-a-Service Solution for vendors, which allows partners to offer customized credit products to their customers.
4. R.R.Sonde recommended hydrogen-based technology for green energy production:-
- R.R.Sonde, Fellow of National Academy of Engineers (FNAE) and Executive Vice-President of THERMAX Ltd. said that the development of methanol and hydrogen-based technology for green energy production could turn energy-importing India into the energy-exporting country at the Dr.Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture at Central University of Karnataka.
- The biggest challenge the world is facing today is the global warming and energy crisis. He also said that an innovative and multidisciplinary approach could help in addressing them.
- The meeting was held to mark former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary.
5. Prema Gopalan won Social Entrepreneur of the Year award 2018:-
- She was awarded for her work in promoting women’s entrepreneurship and rural livelihood. She is the founder of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP).
- SEOY awards were founded by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in 2010.
6. Goa Maritime Symposium 2018 held:-
- The 2018 Goa Maritime Symposium, the second edition of the Goa Maritime Symposium (GSM) was inaugurated by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil in Goa on October 16, 2018.
- The theme of the seminar this year was “Building Stronger Maritime Partnerships in Indian Ocean Rim (IOR)”. It upholds the forum’s aim of fostering friendly relations with India’s maritime neighbors.
- The deliberations at the forum were focused on capacity building among IOR Navies to tackle emerging maritime threats, in addition to discussing cooperative strategies for enhancing interoperability among partner maritime agencies.
- Renowned national and international speakers articulated their views on these crucial issues, followed by theme based discussions.
7. Shekhar Mande appointed as Director-General of CSIR: Appointments Committee of the Cabinet:-
- He will serve as secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and head 38 labs of CSIR. He replaced biotechnologist Girish Sahni, who retired on 31 August.
- He is currently a director at the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune. He is also a life member of the Indian Crystallographic Association and is chairman at the National Committee for the International Union of Crystallography.
8. Scientist-developed worlds fastest camera, T CUP:-
- Scientists from California Institute of Technology have developed the world’s fastest camera, T-CUP (Compressed Ultrafast Photography), which can capture 10 trillion frames per second.
- The speed makes it possible to freeze time to see light in extremely slow motion.
- The advance may offer insight into as-yet undetectable secrets of the interactions between light and matter, say scientists.
- The camera set the world record for real-time imaging speed. It can power a new generation of microscopes for biomedical, materials science, and other applications.
- The first time it was used, the ultrafast camera broke new ground by capturing the temporal focusing of a single femtosecond laser pulse in real time.