Current Affairs Daily Digest: October 22-23, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for October 22-23, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

India’s new chancery complex opened in Dhaka

India’s new chancery complex opened at Baridhara diplomatic enclave in Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh. It was inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the last day of her Bangladesh visit. She also inaugurated 15 development projects of Bangladesh being funded by India. These projects cover priority infrastructure in health, education, water and social welfare with an outlay of 71.64 crore takas and will be completed within a period of one month.

ONGC plans to raise oil output by 4 MT by 2020

State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has drawn a blueprint to raise crude oil production by 4 metric tonne (MT) and almost double natural gas output by 2020. It is in line with Government’s call to cut country’s oil imports by 10% from 77% in 2013-14. by 2022. Under this roadmap, ONGC, nation’s biggest oil and gas producer will raise its crude oil production from 22.6 MT in 2017-18 to 26.42 MT in 2021-22. India has spent almost $1 trillion on crude imports from financial year 2005-06 to 2015-16.

Government de-affiliates 400 ITIs for failing quality norms

The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has de-affiliated close to 400 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) after inspections found that the institutes lacked requisite infrastructure and trainers for imparting vocational training to students. The de-affiliation comes amid of skill development ministry’s strict vigil on ITIs with view to maintain their quality standards and also introduced voluntary self-grading by the institutes.

Maruti becomes top exporter of passenger cars from India

According to latest data by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has become largest passenger cars exporter from India in first half (April-September) of ongoing fiscal. It exported 57,300 units of passenger cars and dethroned Hyundai Motor India Ltd (exported 44,585 units) which has now been pushed to fourth spot behind Volkswagen (50,410 units) and General Motors (45,222 units).

CISF to analyse social media trends & data in monitoring security

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will analyse Social media trends and data for first time in monitoring security. This project is being done on experimental basis and based on the experiences this smart centre will be further strengthened. The data will be used to monitor the country’s most vital assets such as airports, aerospace and nuclear installations. Special team of CISF men and women has been trained to track social media trends, news, reports and indicators across various platforms, collate them and dish them out as vital pieces of actionable intelligence to its various airports and other vital units.

Government appoints ex-IB Chief as its representative on Kashmir dialogue

The Union Home Ministry has appointed former director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Dineshwar Sharma as central government’s representative to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders in insurgency-hit Jammu and Kashmir. The initiative has been taken as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address Dineshwar Sharma is 1979-batch (retired) officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS). He had served as the IB director between December, 2014 and 2016.