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On 14th October 2019, India has signed six agreements with which of the following countries including 30 mn dollar line of credit for rice cultivation?
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Who: India, Sierra Leone
What: sign six agreements including 30 mn dollar line of credit for rice cultivation
When: published on 14th October 2019

India and Sierra Leone signed six agreements including extending a credit line of 30 million US Dollars for rice cultivation. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio yesterday committed to further strengthening bilateral relations.

Mr. Naidu reached Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone for the second leg of his ongoing five-day visit to the West African countries yesterday. The two sides agreed that the United Nations need to be reformed to reflect the realities of today and address current global challenges.

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Which of the following IIT Institutes has recently partnered with Japan's Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) to organize ASP symposium?
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Who: IIT Guwahati
What: to organise international symposium on advances in sustainable polymers
When: published on 14th October 2019

The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in collaboration with Kyoto Institute of Technology is organizing an International Symposium on Advances in Sustainable Polymers (ASP-19) from October 14 to 18, 2019 at Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan. ASP-19 is the fifth international symposium of the ASP series following ASP-17 (Guwahati, India), ASP-16 (Kyoto, Japan), ASP-15 (Guwahati, India), and ASP-14 (Guwahati, India).

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https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/iit-guwahati-to-organise-international-symposium-on-advances-in-sustainable-polymers-1609247-2019-10-14
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Name the person who takes charge as Member Signal and Telecom, Railway Board, recently.
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Who: Pradeep Kumar
What: takes charge as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board
When: published on 15th October 2019

Pradeep Kumar has taken over as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to Govt. of India on 11th October, 2019. Prior to this, Pradeep Kumar worked as Director General, National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR). Pradeep Kumar is an Officer of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineer (IRSSE) of 1981 batch.

Pradeep Kumar is Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communication) and Master of Engineering (Communication Systems) from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) & Master of Business Administration (Marketing & Finance) from Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia.

Kumar joined Northern Railway in 1983. During the course of his illustrious career, Kumar has held several important executive and managerial positions on Indian Railways. He has served on Northern Railway, South Eastern Railway, South Central Railway, West Central Railway, Railway Electrification, Railway Board and RailTel Corporation of India Limited, New Delhi, besides serving as DG/NAIR, Vadodara.

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http://www.thenewsmanofindia.com/pradeep-kumar-takes-charge-as-member-signal-telecom-railway-board/
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Which of the following program was launched by Union Govt. to help girl students inculcate interest in areas like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)?
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Who: Centre
What: plans ‘Vigyan Jyoti’ to aid girl students to opt for STEM education
When: published on 14th October 2019

Alarmed by the low percentage of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the Centre has planned a programme to help girl students inculcate interest in these areas and also fund them if they get into any top institute for pursuing these underrepresented subjects, officials said on Sunday.

The programme ‘Vigyan Jyoti’ aims to tap 100 girl students in 550 districts from 2020-2025, the officials said. The students will be chosen based on their percentile, they added.

The initiative is likely to be launched by the end of this month, Sanjiv Mishra, Scientist with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), said. Mishra is overseeing the programme.

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https://www.hindustantimes.com/education/centre-plans-vigyan-jyoti-to-aid-girl-students-to-opt-for-stem-education/story-rOVQ6k0jxim2aBUOCnmiVL.html
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Which of the following companies was named India's overall most outstanding company in Asiamoney's 2019 poll?
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Who: TCS
What: named India's overall most outstanding company in Asiamoney's 2019 poll
When: published on 14th October 2019

Tata Consultancy Services said on Monday it has been voted as the overall most outstanding company in India and the most outstanding company in India's IT services sector in Asiamoney's 2019 Asia's outstanding companies poll.

Additionally, TCS was recognised as the most awarded company of the decade in India for topping Asiamoney's various investor surveys and awards like the best-managed companies award, the corporate governance poll and Asia's outstanding companies poll -- the most number of times over the last ten years.

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https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/company/corporate-trends/tcs-named-indias-overall-most-outstanding-company-in-asiamoneys-2019-poll/articleshow/71583467.cms

Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers: 16th October 2019
 
1. International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October.
(16th October 2019 Current Affairs Questions and Answers)

International Day of Rural Women is observed on 15 October every year to raise awareness about the important role that rural women play in climate action. 

Climate Change nowadays is a major concern that the world is facing. Rural women and girls are playing a vital role in agriculture, food security and nutrition, land and natural management and unpaid and domestic care work. The main impact that rural women and girls have on building resilience is undeniable as they can recover quickly from the difficulties, toughness, etc.

The theme of the International Day of Rural Women 2019 is “Rural women and girls building resilience”. It focuses on the role of rural women in enhancing agriculture and rural development worldwide.

2. State Bank of India re-entered the elite club of top-10 most valued domestic firms by market valuation after a gap of two weeks.
(Important Current Affaires Quiz of 16th October 2019)

State Bank of India re-entered the elite club of top-10 most valued domestic firms by market valuation after a gap of two weeks. The bank had on October 1 lost its spot to Bajaj Finance in the coveted club of top-10 most valued domestic companies.

Bajaj Finance had replaced SBI as the 10th most valued firm then.

At close of trade on Monday, SBI's market capitalisation (m-cap) was at Rs 2,27,979.20 crore, which is Rs 2,899.12 crore more than that of Bajaj Finance Rs 2,25,080.08 crore valuation on the BSE.

Shares of SBI closed flat at Rs 255.45, up 0.37 per cent, while those of Bajaj Finance fell 2.37 per cent to Rs 3,881.65.

3. Bihar govt to provide assistance of Rs 6,000 each to flood-affected families.
(Most Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers of 16th October 2019)

In Bihar, the state government has taken decision to provide an assistance of rupees six thousand each to the flood-affected families. This decision was taken in a meeting of the Disaster Management Department which was chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Mr Kumar said that the amount will be transferred to the accounts of beneficiaries through direct benefit transfer. Over seven lakh 22 thousand people of 15 districts including Patna, Bhagalpur, Nalanda and Bhojpur were affected by floods.

4. Anoop Kumar was appointed as the new Union Law Secretary.
(Top 10 Objective Current Affairs Quiz of 16th October 2019)

Sitting District & Sessions Judge (North East) of the Delhi's Karkardooma Courts Anoop Kumar Mendiratta has been appointed as the new Union Law Secretary.

As per reports, it is the first time a sitting judge has been appointed as Law Secretary.

AK Mendiratta has been appointed till March 30, 2023, or until he attains the age of 60, whichever is earlier.

Before his stint at Karkardooma, Mendiratta was serving as Principal Judge of the Family Courts at Saket District Court till May 2019. Prior to that, he served as Principal Secretary (Law) for the Delhi government.

The post of Law Secretary has been vacant since December 2018, when Suresh Chandra resigned after the Centre decided against extending his tenure. Secretary of the Department of Justice Alok Shrivastava has since been handling the additional charge of Law Secretary.

5. Andhra Pradesh Govt. launched YSR Rythu Bharosa PM Kisaan scheme.
(Top 10 MCQs on Current Affairs of 16th October 2019)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy is going to launch YSR Rythu Bharosa - PM Kisan Samman Yojana in Nellore district on Tuesday. Under the scheme, farmers will get financial assistance of Rs 13,500 per annum in three instalments, with the State Government contributing Rs 7,500 and the Centre Rs 6,000. Rythu Bharosa is one of the nine major promises (Navaratnalu, or nine gems, as they are being known) made by the ruling YSR Congress Party in its manifesto.

Earlier, it was said that under the scheme - christened YSR Rythu Bharosa - farmers would get Rs 12,500 per annum, with the State contributing Rs 6,500 and the Union Government Rs 6,000 per annum. However, there was widespread criticism that the ruling party was diluting the promise by including the central assistance of Rs 6,000 per annum in it and that the schemes should be implemented separately, farmers, thus, should get Rs 18,500 per annum (Rs 12,500 per annum promised by the ruling party plus the central assistance of Rs 6,000 per annum). The demand was voiced not only by the opposition Telugu Desam Party leaders but by the BJP leaders as well. The BJP also objected to the name - YSR Rythu Bharosa - as the central assistance was also being included in it. The scheme should be named after the Prime Minister, it demanded.

6. TCS named India's overall most outstanding company in Asiamoney's 2019 poll.
(Latest Current Affairs PDF of 16th October 2019)

Tata Consultancy Services said on Monday it has been voted as the overall most outstanding company in India and the most outstanding company in India's IT services sector in Asiamoney's 2019 Asia's outstanding companies poll.

Additionally, TCS was recognised as the most awarded company of the decade in India for topping Asiamoney's various investor surveys and awards like the best-managed companies award, the corporate governance poll and Asia's outstanding companies poll -- the most number of times over the last ten years.

7. Centre plans ‘Vigyan Jyoti’ to aid girl students to opt for STEM education.
(Today’s Current Affairs Capsule of 16th October 2019)

Alarmed by the low percentage of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the Centre has planned a programme to help girl students inculcate interest in these areas and also fund them if they get into any top institute for pursuing these underrepresented subjects, officials said on Sunday.

The programme ‘Vigyan Jyoti’ aims to tap 100 girl students in 550 districts from 2020-2025, the officials said. The students will be chosen based on their percentile, they added.

The initiative is likely to be launched by the end of this month, Sanjiv Mishra, Scientist with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), said. Mishra is overseeing the programme.

8. Pradeep Kumar takes charge as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board.
(Current Affairs in Short of 16th October 2019)

Pradeep Kumar has taken over as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to Govt. of India on 11th October, 2019. Prior to this, Pradeep Kumar worked as Director General, National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR). Pradeep Kumar is an Officer of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineer (IRSSE) of 1981 batch.

Pradeep Kumar is Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communication) and Master of Engineering (Communication Systems) from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) & Master of Business Administration (Marketing & Finance) from Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia.

Kumar joined Northern Railway in 1983. During the course of his illustrious career, Kumar has held several important executive and managerial positions on Indian Railways. He has served on Northern Railway, South Eastern Railway, South Central Railway, West Central Railway, Railway Electrification, Railway Board and RailTel Corporation of India Limited, New Delhi, besides serving as DG/NAIR, Vadodara.

9. IIT Guwahati to organise international symposium on advances in sustainable polymers.
(Current Affairs And GK Quiz of 16th October 2019)

The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in collaboration with Kyoto Institute of Technology is organizing an International Symposium on Advances in Sustainable Polymers (ASP-19) from October 14 to 18, 2019 at Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan. ASP-19 is the fifth international symposium of the ASP series following ASP-17 (Guwahati, India), ASP-16 (Kyoto, Japan), ASP-15 (Guwahati, India), and ASP-14 (Guwahati, India).

10. India, Sierra Leone sign six agreements including 30 mn dollar line of credit for rice cultivation.
(Latest Current Affairs PDF of 16th October 2019)

India and Sierra Leone signed six agreements including extending a credit line of 30 million US Dollars for rice cultivation. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio yesterday committed to further strengthening bilateral relations.

Mr. Naidu reached Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone for the second leg of his ongoing five-day visit to the West African countries yesterday. The two sides agreed that the United Nations need to be reformed to reflect the realities of today and address current global challenges.
 
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