Current Affairs – October, 2018

Latest Current Affairs October, 2018 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of October, 2018 for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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Government launches Closing the Skills Gap Task Force

Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has launched Closing the Skills Gap Task Force in India in collaboration with World Economic Forum (WEF). It will be co-chaired by Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan along with Salil Parekh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Infosys.

Closing the Skills Gap Task Force

The goal of Task Force is to develop action plan to address skills gaps in India and make Indian workforce ready for jobs of future. It will bring together leaders from business, Government, civil society, and the education and training sectors to accelerate future-proofing of education and training systems in the country.


More than half of India’s population is in the working age, thus skills development is critical to sustaining inclusive growth and development in the country. The task force will be significant step to accelerate the impact on skills development already achieved by bringing together relevant stakeholders to act collectively. It will the second country-led public-private collaboration of  WEF’s Closing the Skills Gap Project after South Africa.

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Pankaj Sharma appointed India’s Ambassador to UN Conference on Disarmament

Pankaj Sharma has been appointed as ambassador and India’s permanent representative to United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, an official statement said. He will replace Amandeep Gill. Sharma is currently joint secretary (Disarmament and International Security Division) in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

UN Conference on Disarmament

UN Conference on Disarmament (CD) is not formally United Nations (UN) organization. It is linked to UN through personal representative of UN Secretary-General. It is multilateral forum established in 1979 by international community to negotiate multilateral arms control and disarmament agreements. It is headquartered in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

The conference has 65 members represent all areas of the world, including all known nuclear-weapon states (including India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) Resolutions adopted by UN General Assembly often request conference to consider specific disarmament matters. In turn, conference annually reports its activities to UNGA.

In the 1990s, the Conference had held intensive efforts to draft CTBT text and its two annexes, but it did not succeed in reaching consensus on the adoption of the text. Currently UNCD conducts discussion on Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), a pact to prevent an arms race in outer space, nuclear disarmament and negative security assurances (NSA).

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