1.    Vancouver Gets World's First Bitcoin ATM
i. The world’s first Bitcoin ATM machine which can exchange digital currency - Bitcoins -for any official currency has launched in Vancouver, Canada on 29 October 2013.
ii. The ATM machine, named Robocoin, installed at Waves Coffee Shop at Howe and Smithe, allows users to buy or sell the digital currency known as bitcoins.
iii. The ATM in Vancouver is operated by Las Vegas-basedRobocoin and Vancouver-based Bitcoiniacs.

About Bitcoins
i. Bitcoin is a virtual currency that is unregulated by any central bank or government, but still works for purchasing goods and services from retailers willing to accept it.
ii. Bitcoins, which are created when they are "mined" or generated by a super computer, also trade on an open market that fluctuates much like a stock market.

How Bitcoin ATM works?
i. Customers will need to have their palms scanned in order to exchange up to 3000 US dollars  worth of bitcoins per day.
ii. The bitcoins will then be transferred to and from the customer's on-line bitcoin wallet.
iii. Users will have the option to receive a paper voucher representing the transaction.

Note: i. Bitcoin, which came into existence in 2009, is not controlled by any authority such as a central bank.
ii. The concept was introduced in 2008 by a pseudonymous developer known only as "Satoshi Nakamoto."
iii. The currency has reportedly gained notoriety for its use to buy illicit goods such as drugs on websites. However, bitcoins are increasingly being accepted by legitimate businesses around the world.

2.    Srishti Rana of India Was Crowned Miss Asia Pacific World 2013
i. Srishti Rana of India on 30 October 2013 was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 in Busan, South Korea.
ii. Srishti Rana, 21, is the second Indian in a row to win the oldest Miss Asia Pacific World 2013.

Note: Earlier, Zeenat Aman (1970), Tara Anne Fonseca (1973), Dia Mirza(2000) and Himangini Singh Yadu(2012) won Miss Asia Pacific World titles.

About Srishti Rana

• Srishti Rana is born in Haryana.
• Srishti Rana also won the National Costume Award in an outfit depicting the national Bird of India – Peacock.
• She was among the winners of Indian Diva Delhi 2013 along with Yashna Khurana.
• She was Finalist of Femina Miss India 2013 on 24 March 2013. 
• She was also crowned Femina Miss Fashion Icon.

3.    India gives 100 crore rupee aid to Bhutan for stimulus plan
i. India has given Bhutan one hundred crore rupees as assistance for the new government ’s stimulus plan.
ii. India’s Ambassador to Bhutan V. P Haran handed over the cheque to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in Thimhpu.
iii. This is part of the commitment of the union government to provide five hundred crore rupees, apart from the 11th plan assistance.
Note: According to a press release from the gross national happiness commission through the Economic Stimulus plan and injection of funds, the Bhutanese government seeks to ease the current financial crunch in the banking sector, as well as expand the financial sectors’ capacity to extend credit for productive economic activities, and priority sectors that can create jobs and provide revenue to the exchequer

4.    Bharat Joshi is new British Dy High Commissioner
i. Bharat Joshi is the new British Deputy High Commissioner to be based in Chennai, replacing Mike Nithavrianakis.
ii. Born in Croydon in the UK in 1969, Joshi joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1995 and has had diplomatic postings to Gambia, Dhaka, Qatar and Cameroon, it said.
iii. Based in Chennai since September 2013, Joshi’s portfolio focuses on enhancing the trade and investment partnership between the UK and Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, in specific, it added.

5.    Masood Ahmed wins K.K. Menon Award for 2013.
i. S. Masood Ahmed, chief scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), here has won the K.K. Menon Award for 2013.
ii. The award instituted by the Geological Society of India recognised his contributions in sedimentary geology.
iii. Ahmed has carried out extensive studies on marine sediment cores from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea to understand and interpret the paleoclimatic evolution of these basins.
iv. Earlier, Ahmed also won the National Geoscience Award for the year 2009.
v. He is Indian leader of the International Geoscience Programme on ‘Evolution of Asian River Systems’. He has published more than 50 research papers in international and national journals.

6.    Utpal Bhadra gets Radhakrishnan Gold Medal
i. Utpal Bhadra, senior scientist and group leader, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), has been selected for the Radhakrishnan Gold Medal for the year 2013 by the Global Economic Progress & Research Association (GEPRA), a Chennai-based research organisation engaged in academic research in economics and finance.
ii. Bhadra has received the gold medal at a function held in Chennai for his outstanding contribution in education and national science development as part of his research in the field of biotechnology and its related areas.
iii. His group has pioneered the Gene silencing and RNA interference technology. It was also the first group to identify RNAi (ribonucleac acid interface) and Gene silencing in animals, which have profound implications in understanding the development of characteristics and diseases in humans and animals.

7.    Subhas Goswami Appointed as the Director General of ITBP
i. Subhas Goswami, director of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy appointed as the Director General (DG) of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on 30 October 2013. He will succeed Ajay Chadha, IPS.
ii. Subhas Goswami is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre.
iii. He was decorated with the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2001 and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services in 2007.          

8.    SC suggests sweeping reforms in functioning of bureaucracy
i. The Supreme Court today directed the Centre and State governments to pass an order within three months, on giving fixed tenure to civil servants.
ii. A bench headed by Justice K S Radhakrishnan said that fixed tenure of bureaucrats will promote professionalism, efficiency and good governance.
iii. Suggesting sweeping reforms in the functioning of bureaucracy, the bench said, Parliament must enact a law to regulate postings, transfers and disciplinary action against bureaucrats.
iv. The apex court held that much of the deterioration in bureaucracy is due to political interference.
v. It said that civil servants should not act on verbal orders given by political executives, and all actions must be taken by them on the basis of written communication.

9.    Airtel Bangladesh signs managed VAS agreement with Mahindra Comviva
i. Bharti Airtel has signed a managed Value Added Services (VAS) agreement with Mahindra Comviva for its Bangladesh operations. 
ii. Under the three-year deal, Mahindra Comviva will manage Bharti Airtel’s service delivery platform inclusive of Mahindra Comviva’s deployed products like Messaging Service Delivery Platform (MSDP), Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Bulk Messaging Gateway (BMG) and dBILL VAS Charging solution.
iii. With this extended partnership, Mahindra Comviva will provide greater operational simplicity and enhance efficiencies, whilst enabling improved service performance to our customers in Bangladesh,” Airtel Bangladesh Chief Information Officer Lutfor Rahman said.

Note: A t present, Mahindra Comviva is managing over 4,000 VAS nodes for Airtel Africa in 17 countries, Airtel India and Airtel Sri Lanka from various partners to meet defined service-level agreements.

10.  Cameron in India on Nov 14, third visit since taking charge
i. British Prime Minister David Cameron will come on his third visit to India in last two years on November 14 and will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on key bilateral and regional issues. 
ii. Cameron will make a day-long visit before heading to Sri Lanka to attend Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on November 15-16, sources said. 
iii. This will be third visit by Cameron, who visited India in 2010 immediately after assuming charge as UK's Prime Minister.The second visit was in February this year. 
iv. His visit comes in the backdrop of various unresolved issues between the two countries including UK's controversial move to impose 3,000 pounds visa bond scheme for Indians which has been raised both at diplomatic and political level by India. 

11.  Pankaj Razdan Appointed as the CEO and MD of the Birla Sun Life Insurance
i. Pankaj Razdan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Birla Sun Life Insurance (BSLI), life insurance arm of Aditya Birla Group on 30 October 2013.

About Pankaj Razdan
i. He has 20 years of financial services industry experience across various functions and multiple lines of business.
ii. He acted as the managing director of ICICI Prudential.

iii. He joined in Aditya Birla Financial Services Group in 2007.

12.  Bhubaneswar and Imphal airports were Declared as International Airports
i. The Union Cabinet of India on 30 October 2013 gave its approval for declaring the Bhubaneswar and Imphal airports as international airports to fulfill the long pending demand of people as well as the State Governments of Odisha and Manipur. 
ii. Declaration of these airports as international airports will offer improved connectivity, wider choice of services at competitive cost to the air travelers resulting in boosting international tourism and economic development of the region and the country.

13.  India and Cuba signed MoU for cooperation in broadcasting between Prasar Bharati and ICRT
i. India and Cuba on 30 October 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in broadcasting between Prasar Bharati and Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT).
ii. The MoU was signed by India's ambassador to Cuba Chinthapalli Rajasekhar and vice-president of the ICRT Emillio Moises Garcia Borroto.
iii. Under the agreement both countries will explore co-production opportunites on matters of mutual interest.
iv. The pact would facilitate exchange programmes in fields of cultural entertainment, education, science, sports and news. It also opens up avenues for co-production of broadcast content for creative ventures including films and coverage of events. 
v. The MoU was signed during the official visit of India’s vice President Hamid Ansari to Cuba.

14.  Vladimir Putin topples Barack Obama in Forbes power ranking
i. Russian President Vladimir Putin was ranked as the world's most powerful leader by Forbes after Russia managed to put US threat of an attack on Syria at bay. Russia also gave asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who spilled the bins on US intelligence for the first time.
ii. It was the first time in three years that the US president has dropped to second place on the magazine's list and came as US-Russia relations slid to a new low.
iii. US President Barack Obama was ranked second after an embarrassing 16-day US government shutdown caused by a budget and debt crisis in Washington.
iv. Third prize went to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is expected to rule for a decade in which China is set to eclipse the US as the world's largest economy.
v. There were 17 heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of $48 trillion and 27 CEOs and chairs who control over $3 trillion in annual revenues.
vi. Only nine women made the cut despite representing half the world's population.
15.  Sonia Gandhi is world's third most powerful woman
i. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been listed the third most powerful woman as Russian President Vladimir Putin beat President Barack Obama to the top spot on Forbes' list of "The World's Most Powerful People". 
ii. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 81, takes the 28th spot with two other Indians, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, 56, ranked 38th, and ArcelorMittal chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal, 63, in the 51st position. 
iii. While Putin climbs to the top spot as he "continues to solidify control over Russia and the international stage", Obama drops to second spot with his "lame duck period (has) seemingly set in earlier than usual for a two-term president". 
iv. Obama is followed by Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping (No. 3), Pope Francis (No.4) and Merkel (No. 5).

16.  Sardar Patel remembered on his 137th birth anniversary
i. Nation pays tribute to the veteran freedom fighter and first Home Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on his137th birth anniversary.
ii. Born on 31st October, 1875 in Gujarat, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel is also known as the Iron Man Of India. He followed the path of righteousness from his childhood only.
iii. In the  year 1908, he became a barrister. The time when Mahatama Gandhi decided to commence the Quit India Movement with full force, Patel elucidated the framework of the movement to a gathering of around 1 lakh people in Ahmedabad.
iv. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was awarded Bharat Ratna in the year 1999. He expired on 15th december, 1950 at the age of 76. His ideology continues to guide the nation.

17.  Saina Nehwal slips to 7th spot in BWF ranking
i. The second-round exit from French Open Super Series proved costly for Saina Nehwal as the Indian badminton ace continued her downward slide, slipping one more spot to be placed at world number seven in the latest BWF ranking released today.
ii. The Olympic bronze medallist shuttler had slipped to world number six last week after failing to defend her title at Denmark Open.
iii. The 23-year-old had lost to World No. 6 Ji Hyun Sung in the quarterfinals of the Premier tournament after she slipped and hurt her ankle in the third game.
iv. Among others, P.V Sindhu has improved one place to be back at her 10th spot with 52352 ranking points, while men’s singles player Parupalli Kashyap lost one place to slip to world number 12.