Current Affairs 17 October 2018

Current Affairs of 17 October 2018 are as follows:-

1. Sandeep Bakshi appointed as MD & CEO of ICICI Bank:- 

  • Private sector lender ICICI Bank announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the appointment of Sandeep Bakshi as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ICICI Bank for three years. 
  • Sandeep Bakshi, in his 32 years at ICICI, he has looked after the insurance, corporate and lending businesses of the group. Under his leadership, the company redesigned various products, re-engineered the distribution architecture and made a significant improvement in productivity.

2. 17 October is observed as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:-

  • The theme for International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2018 is "Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity". 
  • It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

3. Health on GeM workshop organized:-

  • The six-week-long National Mission Series concluded with a workshop on Health on GeM in New Delhi. 
  •  The workshop organized by Government eMarketplace (GeM), in partnership with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was aimed to sensitize vendors, suppliers and buyers from various parts of the country and different government agencies on the proven benefits of GeM.
  •  Presently, GeM records close to 15000 transactions for healthcare products which are about Rs 220 crore worth of business.
  • Two-panel discussions were held during the workshop.
  • The first panel discussion focused on the challenges in transforming procurement of medical equipment, medical devices, and drugs through GeM. 
  •  The second panel discussed issues from sellers' perspective on how GeM can be a game-changer in making the public procurement in the health sector open, inclusive and efficient.

4. Alembic Pharma received USFDA approval for diabetes drug:-

  • Alembic Pharmaceuticals received a tentative approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), the U.S. health regulator for its Alogliptin tablets.
  • The drug is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.  The Alogliptin tablets are made in the strengths of 6.25 mg, 12.5 mg, and 25mg.
  • The product is a generic version of Takeda Pharms USA’s Nesina tablets.

5. Kamal Haasan launched a safety app named Raudram:-

  • Kamal Haasan, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder, launched a safety app named ‘Raudram’. The app aimed at ensuring the safety of women in the city.
  • The launch function held at Sri Sairam Engineering College. One can store three contact numbers upon registration in the app. 
  • If the person feels any trouble, she should press the power button thrice within a minute. Once this is done, the emergency contacts, the call center, and the nearby police station will receive an instant alert.
  • The alerts are generated via the mobile net as well as SMS. The app also enables the recording of audio and video footage of the situation and sends it.
  • GPS tracking of the location is part of the comprehensive safety features that the app offers.

6. Panwar won the silver medal at Youth Olympic Games:- 

  • Suraj Panwar Soren won the silver medal in the men’s 5000m race walk event at the Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He opened India’s account in athletics in the third edition.
  • The athletic events were held in two stages. Suraj finished the first stage in 20:23.30s, the second stage in 20:35.87 and won the silver. Ecuador’s Oscar Patin won the first stage in 20:13.69, won the gold after finishing second. 
  • The Youth Olympics’ Asia Area qualification meet in Bangkok in July, Suraj had finished second in the 10,000m race walk behind China’s Xin Wang.

7. NITI Aayog launches guidelines for public-private partnership in the treatment of NCDs:-

  •  NITI Aayog on October 17, 2018 launched the model guidelines for Public-Private partnership in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Under the guidelines, the private partner will invest in upgrading, building and deploying human resources.
  • They will be responsible for operational management and service delivery. 
  • The model guidelines also suggest that the state governments will provide the required physical space.
  • They also suggest that the tariff structure for the services offered under the NCD care facility may be linked to the existing state and central government health insurance scheme.

8. Electric autorickshaws are set to be launched in Kerala:-

  • Electric autorickshaws are set to be launched in Kerala. A committee of six autorickshaw driver unions signed a pact with a Kinetic Green, a private firm, to roll out 200 Electric autorickshaws in Kochi.
  • These vehicles are expected to be on the road in November. It will primarily operate as feeder services to Kochi metro and buses, providing last-mile connectivity to commuters. 
  • Manufactured by Kinetic Green, each auto can carry four passengers and can attain the speed of up to 35 kmph.
  • It will be fitted with GPS. The autorickshaws will be powered by lithium-ion batteries as it provides more torque than conventional batteries. 
  • Kinetic Green will bear the cost of each auto, that is approximately Rs.1.80 lakh, while the coordination committee of autorickshaw unions will bear their operational and maintenance expense.
  • The per km expense on electricity will be around 30 paise. 

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