Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 31st October 2017

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i. The Government of India and the World Bank signed a $200 million Loan Agreement for the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project. The Project will support Assam to facilitate agri-business investments, increase agricultural productivity and market access.
ii. The Project will be implemented in over 16 Districts of Assam. Over 500,000 farming households will directly benefit from the Project.

Important Takeaways from Above News for IBPS PO Exam-
  • Jim Yong Kim is the President of World Bank.
  • The World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., United States.
  • Jagdish Mukhi is the present Governor of Assam.


i. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is on the 2-day visit to India. This is the first visit by an Italian premier in 10 years. Romano Prodi was the last Italian Prime Minister to visit India in February 2007.
ii. Here is the complete list of MoUs/Agreements signed between India and Italy during the visit of Prime Minister of Italy to India:

1. Joint Declaration of Intent of Cooperation for Safety in the Railway sector
2. MoU on 70 years of diplomatic relations between Indian Council of Cultural Relations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Government of the Republic of Italy
3. MoU on cooperation In the field of Energy
4. Executive Protocol on Cultural Cooperation
5. MoU between the Training Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
6. MoU for promoting mutual investments between Italian Trade Agency and Invest India

Important Takeaways from above News for IBPS PO Mains Exam-
  • Rome is the capital of Italy.
  • Euro is the currency of Italy.


i. Iran's key strategic port of Chabahar became operational with the maiden shipment of wheat from India to Afghanistan. It was flagged off from Kandla port in Gujarat.
ii. This is a major push for India's Afghan outreach bypassing Pakistan for the first time under the 2016 Indo-Afghan-Iran trilateral pact. Chabahar port is strategically located in Sistan-Balochistan province on energy-rich Iran’s southern coast in Gulf of Oman near its border with Pakistan and can be easily accessed from India’s western coast.

Important Takeaways from above News for RRB PO Mains Exam-
  • Tehran is the capital of Iran.
  • Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is the present President of Afganistan.


i. Turki Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia has announced that Saudi women will now be able to attend sports events in stadiums starting from 2018.
ii. The move is aimed at empowering and engaging women in the society as an integral part of the development process.

Important Takeaways from above News for IBPS PO Mains Exam-
  • Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia.
  • Mohammed bin Salman is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.


i. Navies of India and Japan began a three-day anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean region to deepen their operational coordination in the strategically important sea lanes around the two countries.
ii. Indian Navy's two P-8 I long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare aircraft and two P-3C Orion jets of the Japanese Navy will be part of the exercise. 

Important Takeaways from Above News for RRB PO Mains Exam-
  • Tokyo is the Capital of Japan.
  • The current Chief of Naval Staff is Admiral Sunil Lanba.


i. The 17th edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup took place for the first time in India.
ii. It is a biennial international football tournament of men’s under-17 national teams organized by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Quick Facts-
  1. The official Mascot for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 was clouded leopard named ‘Kheleo’.
  2. The official ball for Under-17 football World Cup is called ‘Krasava’.
  3. The final match of the event was held in Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.
First in U-17 World Cup 2017-
  1. This was the first time India hosted U-17 FIFA World Cup.
  2. Switzerland’s Esther Staubli became the first female football referee to officiate a match.
  3. Jeakson Singh creates history by scoring India’s first ever goal in FIFA World Cup.
  4. FIFA U-17 WC in India becomes most attended in event’s history for the first time.
  5. USA-Based Namit Deshpande becomes the First NRI to Play for India’s U17 World Cup Team.
Winners and Awards- 
  1. England has won the FIFA U-17 World Cup by defeating Spain by 5-2.
  2. Phil Foden of England has been adjudged tournament’s best player and has been awarded ‘Golden Ball’.
  3. Rhian Brewster from England has scored the most goals in the tournament (8 goals) and has been awarded, 'Golden Boot'.
  4. Gabriel Brazao the goalkeeper of Brazil’s national football team has won the ‘Golden Glove’.
  5. Brazil has won the Fair Play Award.


i. Yonex French Open 2017 Badminton tournament was held in Paris. French Open Badminton Tournament is held annually since 1909 in France.

Important Highlights-
  • Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth became the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at French Open badminton tournament.
  • Srikanth defeated Kento Nishimoto of Japan by 21-14, 21-13.
  • Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei has won women’s singles title at Yonex French Open Badminton 2017.
  • She defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.


i. Hosts India finished seventh overall with one gold, one silver, and a bronze, while Italy pipped China in the medals tally, as the ISSF World Cup Final, in New Delhi.
ii. Important wins from India side are as follows-
1. India won through Jitu Rai/Heena Sidhu (gold in mixed team 10m air pistol),
2. Sangram Dahiya (silver in men's double trap), and
3. Amanpreet Singh (bronze in men's 50m pistol).
iii. This was India's best ever result in the annual ISSF shooting centerpiece. China's Rio 2016 10m air pistol women's champion, Mengxue Zhang and Gengcheng Sui, were crowned Champion of Champions in pistol and rifle respectively.

Some of the concluding points of the events-
  1. India finish seventh on the medals tally overall with one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medal.
  2. 20 out of 45 participating nations win medals at annual ISSF season-ender.
  3. Spain’s Alberto Fernandez Wins Men’s Trap.
  4. Alexis Renauld of France Wins Men’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions.
  5. Keith Sanderson of USA claims Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol Gold.


i. Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah climbed to the number one spot in the latest ICC T20 rankings while his fifth-ranked team could go as high as second if it beats New Zealand in the three-match series beginning.
ii. Bumrah, who attained a career-best third position in the ODI rankings, has regained the T20 top spot after Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim slipped one place.

Important Takeaways from above News for IBPS PO Mains Exam-
  • India captain Virat Kohli edged AB de Villiers to claim the top ranking in ODIs.
  • New Zealand are the top-ranked side in the shortest format with 125 points.


i. Ace Indian shooter Heena Sindhu has bagged gold in women's 10m Air Pistol event at Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, Australia.
ii. Heena shot a score of 240.8 in the finals to beat Australia's Elena Galiabovitch, who has to settle for silver after posting 238.2. Kristy Gillman of Australia picked up the bronze medal with a score of 213.7. India also picked up their second medal through Deepak Kumar as he won bronze in men's 10m Air Rifle event. 

Important Takeaways from above News for RRB PO Mains Exam-
  • Heena and Jitu Rai has recently won the first gold medal of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event.

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