Current Affairs of 13 October 2018 are as follows:-
1. Bank of Baroda’s MD and CEO PS Jayakumar gets a one-year extension:-
- On October 12, 2018, Bank of Baroda’s Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, PS Jayakumar got a one-year extension on his role by the government.
- This is effective from October 12, 2018. This was due to the amalgamation between Bank of Baroda (BoB), Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, where the government wants to keep the top management intact.
- Bob is the largest of the three banks that are getting consolidated.
- Prior to this, he was the MD & CEO of VBHC Value Home Pvt Ltd till August 2015.
2.AirAsia India names Sunil Bhaskaran as MD and CEO:-
- AirAsia India has appointed Sunil Bhaskaran as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 15th November 2018.
- AirAsia India is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.
- At present, Sunil Bhaskaran is vice president of corporate services at Tata Steel. He has vast experience in manufacturing, export, and commercial operations with the Tata group.
3. Indian Naval Ship & Aircraft reach Belawan Indonesia for 32nd India – Indonesia coordinated patrol (CORPAT):-
- On October 11, 2018, Indian navy ship and aircraft joined in for the 16-day 32nd edition of India – Indonesia coordinated patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) held from 11 – 27 Oct 2018 in Belawan harbor, Indonesia.
- the The Indian side is represented by -Indian Naval Ship Kulish, a Kora class missile corvette, commanded by Commander Deepak Bali and Indian Dornier (naval maritime time patrol aircraft) from Andaman and Nicobar command.
- The Indian delegation is led by Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Naval Component Commander, Andaman, and Nicobar Command.
- Under CORPAT, both the countries would undertake to patrol on the respective sides of 236 nautical miles long International Maritime Boundary Line.
- It would be conducted in three phases:-From 14 – 24 Oct 2018 followed by a closing ceremony at Port Blair, Andaman, and Nicobar Island, scheduled from 25 – 26 Oct 2018.
- It is a part of the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region).
4.Deep Depressions: cyclone ’TITLI’ over Odisha & Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, ‘LUBAN’ over west central Arabian Sea move:-
- On October 12, 2018, the Deep Depression over Odisha moved east-northeastwards advancing towards West Bengal with a speed of 8 kmph. The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘LUBAN’ over west central Arabian Sea moved slightly northward about 450 km east-southeast of Salalah (Oman), 460 km east-northeast of Socotra Islands (Yemen) and 610 km east-southeast of Al-Ghaidah (Yemen).
- It is estimated to advance west-northwestwards towards and cross Yemen & adjoining South Oman Coasts as a severe cyclonic storm.
5. Gujarat Government starts vaccination of Gir lions against deadly Canine Distemper Virus (CDV):-
- On 7th October 2018, Gujarat Forest Department started the vaccination of lions in the Gir Forest National Park to protect them from deadly Canine Distemper Virus (CDV).
- Nearly 23 lions have died in the Gir sanctuary in less than a month. Most of them died due to Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) and protozoa infections.
- Asiatic lions are an endangered species. They are vaccinated under intensive veterinary care complying with the standard protocol.
- CDV is a dangerous virus. It has destroyed 30% of the African lions in East African forests.
- CDV is largely found in wild dogs, jackals, and wolves. It can spread to lions through the infected animals they eat.
6.IWAI launches Ro-Ro service from Neamati to Manjuli Island in Assam:-
- On October 11, 2018, Inland Water Authority of India (IWAI) launched a Roll-on-Roll-off (RO-RO) service from Neamati to Manjuli island in Assam. It will reduce the road route distance of 423 km to 12.7 km via the river route.
- For the commencement of the service a new vessel MV Bhupen Hazarika has been procured at a cost of Rs. 9.46 crore.
- The vessel is 46.5-metre-long, 13.3-metre-wide and has the carrying capacity of 8 trucks and 100 passengers.
- The IWAI is also planning to procure more such Ro-Ro vessels for use on river Brahmaputra.
- Earlier, IWAI had started a similar Ro-Ro service between Dhubri and Hatsingimari with 190 km of reduced distance.
- Further, Floating terminals have also been constructed at 11 locations along the length of the Brahmaputra waterway. These are Hatsingimari, Dhubri, Jogighopa, Tezpur, Silghat, Biswanathghat, Neamati, Sengajan, Bogibeel, Dibrugarh/ Oakland and Triumphant.
7.13th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission inaugurated by President:-
- On October 12, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 13th Annual Convention of the Central Information Commission (CIC) in New Delhi. It consisted of the Annual Convention on the topic “Data privacy and Right to information, Amendment in the RTI Act and Implementation of the RTI Act.
- The Convention will have three specific subjects:
- “Data privacy and Right to Information”
- “Amendment in the RTI Act” and
- “Implementation of the RTI Act.”
- The convention focused on discussions of free flow and availability of information to the citizens.
- For this reason, the Government is committed to strengthening the RTI Act and Institutions.
- Also, the government has already initiated the process of selection of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioner (ICs).
8. Home Ministry exempts Sikh women from wearing the helmet in Chandigarh:-
- On 11th October 2018, Home Ministry issued an advisory asking the Chandigarh administration to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmets while driving two-wheelers. This decision has been made following the representation of Sikh bodies, led by Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
- ii. Home Ministry has directed Chandigarh administration to follow the Delhi government’s notification, with an exemption to Sikh women from wearing helmets while driving two-wheelers in Chandigarh.
- Delhi government’s transport department notified on June 4, 1999, to carry out the amendment in Rule 115 of Delhi Motor Vehicle Act 1993, which makes it optional for women whether riding on pillion or driving motorcycle to wear a helmet.
- The rule has been further amended through a notification on August 28, 2014, in which the word “women” has been replaced by “Sikh women”.
9.Special Central Government Package for Footwear and Leather Sector:-
- Central Government has approved a special package for the generation of employment in the leather and footwear sector. The package consists of an implementation of Central Sector Scheme – Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP) with the approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore for 2017-20.
- This scheme aims to develop infrastructure and address environmental issues related to the leather sector, help with additional investments, generate employment and increase production.
- Under IFLADP 4 projects worth 107.33 crores have been approved in Tamil Nadu by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). They are:
- upgradation of Tala Trichy Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Trich
- Pallavaram CETP at Nagalkeni Chrompet
- SIDCO Phase-I CEPT at Ranipet
- Perundurai leather industries Eco Security Pvt. Ltd. at Erode.
- DIPP has also approved mega leather cluster at Bantala in West Bengal. This will attract an investment of Rs. 400 to 500 crore.
- Leather Technology, Innovation, and Environmental Issues sub-scheme under IFLADP offer financial support at 70% of the project cost to leather clusters to manage pollution control discharge norms.
10. The National Electronics Policy 2018’ states $400 billion manufacturing ecosystem turnover by 2025:-
- On October 12, 2018, a draft electronics policy named ‘The National Electronics Policy 2018’ was released by the government that aims a turnover of $400 billion in domestic electronics manufacturing by 2025.
- The policy targets to double the manufacturing to 1 billion mobile handsets by 2025 worth $190 billion including export of 600 million mobile handsets valued at $110 billion.
- It has also proposed the creation of 200 electronic manufacturing clusters (EMC) by 2020.
- Under this, 20 greenfield EMCs and three brownfield EMC projects have been sanctioned with an outlay of Rs 3,898 crore, including Rs. 1,577 crore from the Government of India.