16th October 2019 Current Affairs_Detailed

Dear Aspirants, Notesbag is sharing with you all the important current affairs of 16th October 2019. Our aim to provide you up to date current affairs for the preparation of upcoming competitive exams.

National News

(1) ICAR released two kits for the control of Swine and Detection of Antigen.

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) released two diagnostic kits developed under the Make in India initiative. The kits were released by Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying and Dr. T. Mahopatra, Secretary DARE and DG, ICAR at New Delhi.
  • The two kits are:

Bluetongue: Sandwich ELISA (sELISA) for the detection of Antigen

Japanese Encephalitis IgM ELISA kit for the control of Swine.

(2) IIT Madras to collaborate with ExxonMobil for research in Energy and Biofuels.

  • IIT Madras will collaborate with ExxonMobil on Research in Energy and Biofuels. The 5-year joint-research agreement focuses on biofuels, data analytics, gas conversion and transport, and is intended towards finding low-emission solutions. ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) for research on energy and biofuels is the research and engineering arm of ExxonMobil Corporation, a leading global oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals company. ExxonMobil works with over 80 universities around the world.
  • India is the 3rd highest producer of agro-residues globally with the surplus potential of over 230 million tonnes per year after China and Brazil. India’s huge biofuel potential is expected to get realized shortly with the ‘new biofuel policy’ of Government of India, which targets to convert the country’s biofuel industry into a $15.6 billion economy.

(3) Air India became first airline to use Taxibot on A320 aircraft.

  • Air India became the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on a A320 aircraft with passengers on board. Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taxiing an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice versa. The national carrier’s Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani flagged off flight AI665, which was carried to runway using Taxibot at terminal 3 of the Delhi airport to Mumbai.
  • It is a pilot-controlled semi-robotic towbarless aircraft tractor used as alternate taxiing equipment. Taxibots will also help in decongesting boarding gates and the apron area by providing efficient pushbacks. it is the first such usage on any Airbus aircraft worldwide.

(4) Kishan Dan Dewal concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to Georgia.

  • Kishan Dan Dewal (IFS officer of 2003 batch), has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to Georgia. He will replace Yogeshwar Sangwan. Dewal is presently serving as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Armenia.

(5) CBIC launched programme to strengthen Make in India.

  • Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs has launched a revamped and streamlined programme to attract investments into India and strengthen Make in India through manufacture and other operations under the bond scheme, of Customs Act, 1962.
  • The Section enables conduct of manufacture and other operations in a customs bonded warehouse. The scheme has been modernized with clear and transparent procedures, simplified compliance requirements ICT-based documentation and account keeping, by the issue of Manufacture and Other Operations in Warehouse Regulations 2019.
  • CBIC has collaborated with Invest India to launch a dedicated microsite for providing information and promoting the scheme and for the facilitation of investors. The site can be accessed at www.investindia.gov.in/bonded-manufacturing.

International News

(6) Kais Saied elected as new President of Tunisia.

  • Kais Saied is elected as the new President of Tunisia after a landslide victory in recently concluded Presidential runoff. The Independent law professor Kais Saied won against his rival, Nabil Karoui. He won Tunisia’s presidential election with 73% of votes. The elections followed the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi in July 2019.

Banking & Finance

(7) IMF cuts World and India growth rates.

  • AT The World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meetings IMF downgraded global growth in 2019 to 3%, the slowest since the global financial crisis.
  • India’s growth projections have also been downgraded to 6.1% and 7.0% in 2019 and 2020 respectively, down by 1.2 percentage points and 0.5 percentage points relative to April projections, owing to weaker than expected domestic demand. India’s growth rate in the April-June quarter had hit 5%, the lowest in six years, as per government data. Consumption, investment and exports were down.


(8) Indian Railways launched 09 ‘Sewa Service’ Trains.

  • Indian Railways launches 09 ‘Sewa Service’ Trains to connect smaller towns around major cities. These services were launched by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry.
  • These trains will provide connectivity to the far-flung areas where stoppages of premiere trains was not possible. These trains will act as link trains to serve the common man of the country.
  • Sewa Service’ trains have been planned with spare rakes as a part of ‘sweating of assets’ initiative by the Indian Railways to have better utilization of the rolling stock.


(9) ‘Dilli Series’ Sea Power Seminar – 2019 to be conducted at Indian Naval Academy.

  • Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala will host the the prestigious Dilli Series Sea Power Seminar on 17th and 18th of October 2019. The theme for this year’s seminar is “Role of Sea Power in Shaping of Nations”.
  • The seminar, named after the historic Mount Dilli located within the INA, with considerable historical importance, has witnessed five earlier editions conducted to date. The annual Dilli seminar helps young officers and cadets to keep an eye on developments in the maritime domain whilst simultaneously laying a strong foundation of history.
  • The seminar will be covered under three sub – themes, Sea Power Vs Land Power – A Historical Perspective, Sea Power and Geo Economics and Centrality of Sea Power to Global Politics.


(10) India won four UNESCO heritage awards.

  • UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation announced recently where Indian bagged four awards in three categories. India’s Flora Fountain and three other landmarks in Mumbai are among the four sites that have been chosen from India.
  • Renewal of Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong received the Award of Excellence, which is the highest award among all categories.
Heritage landmark   Award categoryPlace 
Flora FountainHonourable mentionMumbai
KenesethEliyahoo SynagogueAward of MeritMumbai
Our Lady of Glory ChurchAward of MeritMumbai
Vikram Sarabhai Library from (IIM)Award of DistinctionAhmedabad


(11) Priyanshu Rajawat won men’s singles title at Bahrain International Series.

  • Indian shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat won the men’s singles title at the Bahrain International Series Badminton at Isa Town, Bahrain. 17-year-old Rajawat beat top-seed Jason Anthony Ho-Shue from Canada in the finals 16-21, 21-7, 21-12 in the summit clash.

(12) Zimbabwe, Nepal readmitted as ICC members.

  • Zimbabwe and Nepal were re-admitted as ICC members in a meeting held in Dubai. Zimbabwe will now be able to take up their place in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in January and the ICC Super League later in 2020.
  • Zimbabwe Cricket had been suspended from membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect in July this year. Nepal had been banned in 2016 for “governmental interference” as well.

(13) Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas won 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

  • Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas (Finland) won the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix held at the Suzuka International Racing Course in Suzuka in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (Germany) and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (Britain) were ranked at the 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
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