Current Affairs Daily Digest: October 29-30, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for October 29-30, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

Vikram Singh appointed as Private Secretary to President

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Vikram Singh as Private Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind for a period of two years. He is 1997 batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS). Currently, he is posted as a senior director in the Traffic Commercial directorate in the Railway Board. In Railways, he was working in the vertical responsible for increasing revenues from passenger segment and create policies for commercial earnings within passenger-amenities ecosystem.

B C Khanduri to head parliamentary standing committee on defence

BJP MP B C Khanduri will head the recently constituted parliamentary standing committee on defence. The committee will examine operational preparedness of armed forces and review accidents involving strategic defence assets. It will also assess the procurement policy relating to defence equipment. It will also critically review accidents involving strategic defence assets and look into quality of ration provided to forces especially in border areas.

Microsoft Partners Karnataka Government to bring AI to agriculture

Karnataka government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with tech giant Microsoft for empowering farmers with technology-oriented solutions like Cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics. The move is also aimed at using digital tools that have the potential to deliver cutting edge innovations and AI to help farmers get higher crop yields in state. The MoU will experiment with Karnataka Agricultural Price Commission (KAPC) and Department of Agriculture to help improve price forecasting practices to benefit farmers.  It will help enable the use of intelligent technologies to deliver solutions in the agriculture sector.

Sharmila Tagore honoured with 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by PHDCCI

Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore was honoured with 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) for her contribution in the field of cinema. She was presented with the award by Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari. Sharmila Tagore is celebrated actor who had debuted in movies with legendary director Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film Apur Sansar (1959). Apart from her, Filmmaker-poet Muzaffar Ali was conferred with Special Award for his outstanding contribution to promote and arts, fine arts and literature. Music legend Usha Mangeshkar and singers Prem Bhatia, Ankit Tiwari, Kavita Seth, Akriti Kakar, Rahul Vaidya, Manmeet of Meet Brothers and actor Sukhmani Lamba were also felicitated at the event.

England wins FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

England won 17th edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup by defeating Spain by 5-2 goals in the final match held at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan/Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal. England’s Phil Foden was adjudged tournament’s best player and was awarded ‘Golden Ball’. Besides, Rhian Brewster of England who scored most goals in tournament (8 goals) was awarded ‘Golden Shoe’. Brazil’s goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao was awarded ‘Golden Glove’. 17th edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup was held in India from 6th – 28th October 2017. The official Mascot for FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 was clouded leopard named ‘Kheleo’. FIFA U-17 WC is biennial international football tournament of men’s under-17 national teams organised by FIFA.

Pakistan to 2018 Asian Cricket Council Emerging Nations Cup

Pakistan will host the 2018 Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Nations Cup in April 2018. The decision was taken during the meeting of the ACC held in Lahore on October 2017. In it, six ACC teams including five full members will play in the tournament.