Current Affairs Daily Digest: October 8-9, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for October 8-9, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

RBI to soon launch financial literacy drive in 9 states

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is going to launch financial literacy drive in 80 blocks in 9 states on pilot basis to educate people on e-transactions, formal sector borrowings and insurance purchases. It will be commissioned in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh by 6 NGOs in collaboration with sponsor banks. The aim of initiative is to inculcate habit of making household budget and recording financial transactions, encourage transactions in savings accounts, and active saving by depositing in banks through recurring deposits and fixed deposits.

Scientists develop Algae-based footwear

Scientists have developed algae-based flip-flops that could be environment friendly alternative to petroleum-based slippers in countries like India and China. Every year, three billion petroleum-based footwears are produced worldwide, eventually ending up as non-biodegradable trash in landfills, rivers and oceans. These flip-flops and other polyurethane products are made from living algae oil which makes them biodegradable as it allows carbon bonds to be degraded by microorganisms.

Gurusaidutt wins Bulgarian International

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt won men’s singles title at Bulgarian International Future Series tournament. In final match, he defeated Muhammed Ali Kurt 21- 17, 21-16.

Anupama Ramachandran wins World Open U-16 Snooker Championship

India’s Anupama Ramachandran won World Open Under-16 Snooker Championship title in girls category held at St. Petersburg in Russia. In final match, she defeated her compatriot and top seed Keerthana Pandian 3-1 scoreline. Earlier in semifinals, she defeated Albina Leschuk of Belarus 3-0 and Alexsandra Riabinina of Russia in quarterfinals by 3-0 scoreline. Dylan Emery of Wales (England) won title in boys category. Federation of Billiards Sports of Russia had hosted this first ever World Open championships for Under-16 boys and girls.

Samiya Imad Farooqui wins gold at U-15 Asian Junior Championship

Indian shuttler Samiya Imad Farooqui won gold medal at Under-15 women’s singles competition at Asian Junior Championship in Yangon, Myanmar. In the finals, she defeated Indonesia’s Widjaja Stephani by 15-21, 21-17, 21-19 score. She is second Indian to win this championship after P V Sindhu who had won gold medal in U-19 Asia Junior championship in 2012 at Gimcheon, South Korea.

American Morgan Hurd wins all-around title at gymnastics world championships

American Morgan Hurd (16) won all-around title at gymnastics world championships in Montreal, Canada. She won by edging out Canada’s Elsabeth Black 55.232 to 55.132. With this Hurd became youngest Olympic or world all-around champion since Aliya Mustafina in 2010. It was US’ seventh straight Olympic or world all-around title. Russia’s Elena Eremina took third spoty with total of 54.799. Japan’s Mai Murakami was fourth, followed by Melanie de Jesus dos Santos of France.

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