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Nokia appoints Alia Bhatt as brand ambassador
Current Affairs Headlines of 17th October, 2018


Nokia appoints Alia Bhatt as brand ambassador

Alia Bhatt has been appointed as the new brand ambassador for Nokia phones in India.

In early 2018 Nokia had appointed Parineeti Chopra as the face of its mobile phones.

As part of the partnership, a print campaign with Alia Bhatt has been initiated already to mark the festive season.

HMD Global designs and sells phones under the Nokia brand.


‘Youth Learner Licence’ programme launched

The government of India launched the ‘Youth Road Safety Learners Licence’ programme in New Delhi on 15 October 2018.

The aim is to bring a formal and structured training program for young, first-time drivers as they apply for learner’s license.

The programme is an initiative to be run in collaboration with Diageo India and the Institute of Road Traffic Education.


Hawking’s final book launched

“Brief Answers to the Big Questions” written by Stephen Hawking was launched on 15 October 2018.

The book tackles issues from the existence of God to the potential for time travel.

The book has been completed by the theoretical physicist’s family and academic colleagues, with material drawn from his vast personal archive.


Priyank Kanoongo Appointed Chairperson Of NCPCR

Priyank Kanoongo appointed to the post of Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Government of India for a period of 03 years. Kanoongo has been member of the commission from November 2015.


Nimesh Shah elected as AMFI Chairman

Nimesh Shah, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, has been elected as Chairman of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI).

Shah was elected as Chairman on October 12 and replaced A Balasubramanian who took over as AMFI Chairman in October 2016.

Kailash Kulkarni, CEO, L&T Mutual Fund, will continue to remain Vice-Chairman of AMFI.


Korean War memorial to be built in Delhi

A Korean War memorial will be built in New Delhi to commemorate India’s role in the war which ended in 1953.

The idea to build the memorial was proposed by the Korean War Veterans Association in India.

As of now, there are Korean War memorials in about 20 countries around the world which had played a significant role in the war.


Prema won social entrepreneurship award

Prema Gopalan, founder of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), was awarded the 8th Social Entrepreneur of the Year award, 2018.

She was awarded for her work in promoting women’s entrepreneurship at the grassroots and ensuring rural livelihood.

The award was jointly founded by Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2010.


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, has died aged 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Allen was a philanthropist and also the owner of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and had a stake in Seattle’s Sounders soccer team.

Allen also founded Stratolaunch Systems, which built the world’s largest plane designed as a colossal rocket-launching aircraft.


IIT-Bombay topped QS ranking

Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai has topped the first QS ranking of India’s higher education institutes.

IIT Mumbai was followed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and IIT Madras.

According to the QS World University Rankings released earlier in 2018, IISc was ranked the best institution.


Award scheme launched under ‘Saubhagya’

Government has announced 100 crore rupee award scheme under Saubhagya scheme.

Awards would be provided for achieving 100% household electrification at DISCOM/Power Department level of the States.

Saubhagya was launched in September 2017 to achieve the goal of universal household electrification in the country by 31st March 2019.


West Bengal government extends food security

The West Bengal government has ensured food security to more than 8.5 crore people of the State under the ‘Khadya Sathi’ scheme.

As per this scheme, people would get rice and wheat at Rs 2 per kg.

The Khadya Sathi Scheme was launched on January 27, 2016.

Special assistance is also being given to the people of Jangalmahal and Hill areas besides Aila-affected areas and farmers of Singur.


‘Building A Legacy‘- Vice President Releases Biography Of Anumolu Ramakrishna

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu released a biography of late Anumolu Ramakrishna, a pioneer in the application of innovative systems and construction techniques in the Indian construction sector.

The biography titled ‘Building a Legacy‘ is authored by Chartered Accountant V Pattabhi Ram.

Ramakrishna, former president and Managing Director at Larsen and Toubro, was posthumously awarded Padma Bhushan in 2014.


Kreditech got NBFC licence

Kreditech has been licensed by the RBI to operate as Non Banking Financial Company (NBFC) for digital lending business and app-based financing.

Kreditech will offer individualised direct-to-consumer loans as well as its Lending-as-a-Service Solution for vendors.

Kreditech is a Germany-based digital lender and has operations in Russia, Poland, Spain and India.


Bharosa women’s centre inaugurated

‘Bharosa’, a 24-hour state-of-the-art centre to support women and children who are victims of violence and in distress, was inaugurated in Hyderabad Police on 16 October 2018 in Hyderabad.

The centre would help these women along with dealing in POCSO cases.

The centre is run by all women staff and provides counselling to women who face sexual assault or sexual abuse.


H M Pernal gets Vishwa Konkani book award

‘Beeg Ani Beegath’, a collection of short stories in Konkani by well-known writer, journalist and critic H M Pernal has bagged the prestigious ‘Vimala V Pai Vishwa’ Konkani best book award for the year 2018.

Konkani poet Sharathchandra Shenoy won the Vishwa Konkani best poetry award for his book ‘Idam Na Mama’.

Each award carries a purse of Rs one lakh each, a certificate, memento and shawl.


RBI approved appointment of ICICI Bank MD, CEO

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved Sandeep Bakshi’s appointment as Managing Director and CEO of the ICICI bank for three years.

Sandeep Bakshi was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ICICI Bank.

He was also the MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company.

Sandeep Bakshi was appointed as CEO after the resignation of Chanda Kochhar.


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