ISRO successfully launches GSAT-18 from Kourou in French Guiana
i. India's latest communication satellite GSAT-18 has been successfully launched by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
ii. GSAT-18, built by the ISRO, aims at providing telecommunications services for the country by strengthening ISRO's current fleet of 14 operational telecommunication satellites.
J&K Bank appoints Parvez Ahmed as Chairman & CEO
ii. He has been appointed Chairman for a period of three years, Jammu and Kashmir Bank
iii. He replaces Mustaq Ahmad, who completed his term on October 5.
New Solar Powered Guard Van of Goods Train flagged off
i. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flags off the newly manufactured Guard Van of Goods (Freight) Train, in New Delhi.
ii. The newly manufactured Guard Van of Goods Train has been equipped for the first time with Solar powered Light, Fan, Mobile Charging Point along with the facility of Zero discharge Bio Toilet.
Finance Ministry to set up public debt management cell
i. Union Finance Ministry has constituted a Public Debt Management Cell (PDMC). The cell was created to streamline government borrowings and better cash management with the overall objective of deepening bond markets.
ii. The Joint Secretary (Budget), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance would be the overall in-charge of the ODMC.
First BRICS U – 17 Football Tournament kicked off in Goa
ii. The initiative of the Government of India aims at taking the ongoing interaction and cohesion amongst the BRICS nations.
Former Portugal PM, Antonio Guterres set to become next UNSC
i. Former Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations after the Security Council declared him to be the unanimous choice in the sixth straw poll.
Election Commission of India collaborates with Facebook to register young voters
i. Social networking site Facebook is collaborating with the Election Commission of India in five states ,which are going to polls next year, to run a voter registration drive aimed at encouraging youth to participate in the democratic exercise.
IAF inducts renowned space scientist UR Rao in Hall of Fame
i. The International Astronautical Federation's renowned space scientist U.R. Rao has been inducted into its Hall of Fame for his contribution to development of India's space technology.
ii. Rao, 84, is the Chairman of the space agency's Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
Arundhati Roy’s next novel to be out in 2017
ii. Arundhati Roy has announced the release of her next novel titled "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" in June 2017.