Current Affairs Daily Digest: October 14, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for October 14, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

Bihar Cabinet approves reservation for ‘Divyangs’ in Government Jobs

Bihar State Cabinet approved reservations for persons with disabilities (divyangs) in government jobs and educational institutions. This provision was made in accordance with Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The state cabinet also approved establishment of state advisory board for empowerment of ‘Divyangjan’ as envisaged in the Act.

Kolkata to host international puppet festival

Kolkata, capital city of West Bengal for first time will host an international Puppet festival named ‘PUN (Puppets Unite Neighbours) International Puppet Festival’ at Mohorkunj from 26th to 31st October 2017. The puppet festival is aimed at regenerating the emotions attached to puppetry. Puppet artists from UK, Germany, Peru, Portugal, Italy, Lithuania, Brazil, Singapore and India will participate in the festival.

Hamas, Fatah ink deal on Palestinian reconciliation

Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatah have signed reconciliation deal in an effort to end a decade-long rift. It was brokered by Egypt. The reconciliation deal was signed to implement a unity agreement that was signed in 2011, but not put into action. The agreement states that legislative, presidential and national council elections should be conducted within one year of its signing. However, details of reconciliation deal were not yet been made public.

HPCL becomes first Indian oil company to trade lubricants in Myanmar

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), a public sector oil company became first Indian oil company to trade lubricants in Myanmar. HPCL started operations in Myanmar’s commercial hubs of Yangon and Mandalay. . Other public sector oil companies of India such as Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) are also evaluating opportunities of fuel retailing in Myanmar.

M K Sanu awarded Mathrubhumi Literary Award

Renowned writer M K Sanu (89) was chosen for Mathrubhumi Literary Award for 2016 to honour his contribution to the Malayalam literature. He was selected by jury headed by eminent poet Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri. M K Sanu’s important literary works are “Nakshtrangalude Snehabhajanam”, “Changampuzha Krishnapilla”, “Mruthyunjayam”, “Narayanaguru Swami”, “Kavyajeevitham”, “Viswasathilek Veendum American Sahityam” and “Prabhatha Darshanam” Mathrubhumi Literary Award is instituted by leading Malayalam daily ‘Mathrubhumi’. It honours – writer’s overall contribution to the Malayalam literature. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh, a citation and a statuette.

Gautam Bambawale appointed as India’s ambassador to China

India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam H. Bambawale was appointed as next ambassador to China. He will replace Vijay Gokhale in China as ambassador. Bambawale is Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS) of batch 1984. He is presently the High Commissioner of India to Pakistan. He is believed to be an expert on China. Previously he had held Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian embassy China, Ambassador to Bhutan.

Indian Air Force launches ‘MedWatch’ mobile health App

The Indian Air Force (IAF) launched an innovative mobile health App named ‘MedWatch’ on the occasion of its 85th anniversary. It consists of features that will provide authentic health information to all IAF personnel. It consists of features that will provide authentic health information to all IAF personnel. It is available on the IAF’s AFCEL (Air Force Cellular) network. The concept and content of the app was developed by Directorate General of Medical Services (Air) and was developed in-house Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) without any financial support. It also has reminder tool to enable timely immunization of children of all Air Warriors.

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