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1 ©Vision IAS VISION IAS CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 2018 Copyright © by Vision IAS All rights are reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Vision IAS.
2 ©Vision IAS Table of Contents 1. POLITY AND GOVERNANCE _____________ 4 1.1. Independence vs Accountability of RBI ____ 4 1.2. Demand for Gorkhaland ________________ 5 1.3. Live-Streaming of Supreme Court Proceedings _____________________________ 7 1.4. Sub-Ordinate Courts ___________________ 8 1.5. Sabki Yojana, Sabka Vikas ______________ 9 1.6. Urban Slums ________________________ 10 2. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ___________ 13 2.1. India-Japan Relations _________________ 13 2.2. India-Russia Relations ________________ 14 2.3. African Continental Free Trade Area _____ 17 2.4. Europe's Answer to China's Belt and Road 18 2.5. 12th Asia-Europe Meeting _____________ 19 2.6. US to withdraw from Russia Missile Pact _ 19 2.7. International Solar Alliance (ISA) ________ 20 3. ECONOMY __________________________ 22 3.1. Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2018 _____ 22 3.2. Fixed-Term Employment Rules _________ 25 3.3. National Council for Vocational Education & Training ________________________________ 26 3.4. National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign ______________________________ 27 3.5. Agriculture Census ___________________ 27 3.6. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) _______________________________________ 30 3.7. Rural Haats in Gram Scheme ___________ 31 3.8. Fisheries & Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund_______________________ 32 3.9. Draft Policy on Mariculture ____________ 33 3.10. Fourth Industrial Revolution __________ 34 3.11. Bali Fintech Agenda _________________ 36 3.12. Draft Electronic Policy _______________ 37 3.13. Data Localisation____________________ 39 3.14. Insurance Sector In India _____________ 41 3.15. Direct Tax Collection _________________ 42 3.16. Road Safety ________________________ 43 3.17. Nobel Prize in Economics _____________ 45 3.18. Global Competitive Index 4.0 _________ 45 4. SECURITY ___________________________ 47 4.1. “Lone Wolf” Attacks __________________ 47 4.2. National Security Council ______________ 48 4.3. Terrorist Travel Initiative ______________ 49 5. ENVIRONMENT ______________________ 50 5.1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report _________________________________ 50 5.2. Ocean Cleanup ______________________ 51 5.3. Minimum River Flow for Ganga _________ 53 5.4. Draft River Basin Management Bill, 2018 _ 54 5.5. India’s 1st Soil Moisture Map __________ 55 5.6. Global Soil biodiversity Atlas ___________ 56 5.7. Industrial Disasters in India ____________ 56 5.8. Earmarking Eco-Sensitive Area _________ 59 5.9. Banni Grassland _____________________ 60 5.10. Eurasian Otter ______________________ 61 6. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ___________ 62 6.1. Call for Two Time Zones in India ________ 62 6.2. Polio Virus __________________________ 63 6.3. Zika Virus ___________________________ 64 6.4. WHO TB Report and Roadmap _________ 64 6.5. Bisphenol A (BPA) ____________________ 66 6.6. Noble Prizes 2018 ____________________ 66 6.6.1. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ____ 66 6.6.2. Nobel Prize in Physics _________________ 67 6.6.3. Nobel Prize in Chemistry ______________ 67 6.7. Space Missions ______________________ 68 6.7.1. NASA Missions ______________________ 68 6.7.2. European Missions ___________________ 69 6.8. Schemes related to Research ___________ 69 7. SOCIAL ISSUES _______________________ 71 7.1. State of Internal Migrants in India ______ 71 7.2. Women in Agriculture ________________ 73 7.3. Teenage Girls (TAG) Report ____________ 75 7.4. Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) 76 7.5. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Urban) ________ 76 This document is personalised for Deepak Dohare([email protected])
3 ©Vision IAS 7.6. Global Hunger Index 2018 _____________ 78 7.7. Non-Communicable Diseases___________ 80 8. CULTURE ___________________________ 82 8.1. UNESCO Global Geopark Network Status _ 82 8.2. Azad Hind Government _______________ 83 8.3. Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan _______ 83 8.4. Sir Chhotu Ram ______________________ 84 8.5. Bathukamma Festival _________________ 84 9. ETHICS _____________________________ 85 9.1. Gandhian Ethics _____________________ 85 10. NEWS IN SHORT ____________________ 87 10.1. CAPAM Awards _______________________ 87 10.2. ISSA Good Practice Award, 2018 _________ 87 10.3. United Nations Human Rights Council _____ 87 10.4. South-East Asia Regulatory Network ______ 87 10.5. Sovereign Blue Bond __________________ 87

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