1. European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a Finance agreement with Indian Government for lending of €300 million for Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II Line R6. The objective of project is to bring in quantum improvement in transportation sector in city in tandem with Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and other modes of urban transport. It aims to ensure modern transport facility for the commuters.
2. President of India Ram Nath Kovind and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome have signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
3. Banwarilal Purohit was sworn in as 25th Governor of Tamil Nadu on 6th Oct 2017.
4. 2017 Nobel Prize in literature - Kazuo Ishiguro (62) was selected by the Swedish Academy . He is Japanese-born English novelist. The award was given for his works that are of great emotional force which uncovers the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world. He had received four Man Booker Prize nominations and won it in 1989 for his novel ‘The Remains of the Day’. His latest book, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015.
5. Scientists for first time have captured images of Snow Leopard at Thembang village’s Community Conserved Area (CCA) in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh using camera trap. The camera trap study was conducted by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-India) in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Environment and Forest Department to focus on unexplored snow leopard habitats.
6. 2017 Nobel Peace Prize- Norwegian Nobel Committee has selected Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for its decade-long campaign to get rid the world of atomic bomb and for its work to draw attention to catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and its ground-breaking efforts to achieve treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.
7. 21-member Committee on corporate governance headed by banker Uday Kotak was constituted by SEBI in June 2017 has submitted its report to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). It has recommended major overhaul of corporate governance norms for listed firms. The recommendations are Separation of the roles, Minimum board strength, Independent Directors, Shareholder meeting and cash flow statement, Credit ratings, Minimum remuneration, Risk management and IT committee:
8. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed two more advance pricing agreements (APAs) in September 2017 with Indian taxpayers in order to reduce litigation by providing certainty in transfer pricing.
9. ‘Cbas Zika test’ has approved by United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for detecting Zika virus in donated blood. It is first of kind test approved by FDA for detecting Zika virus in donated blood.
10. The First Meeting of India-Australia Joint Steering Committee (JSC) was held in New Delhi. During JSC meeting both countries discussed scope for cooperation in counter-terrorism and checking extremism and radicalization besides steps to checking extremism and radicalization besides steps to check illegal financial transactions and counterfeiting and cybercrimes.
11. Scientists from US have developed a smart bandage which is the first bandage that is capable of dose-dependent drug release and can be used to heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries.
12. A study group was formed by the Union Home Ministry headed by Rina Mitra, Special Secretary in Home Ministry to examine various problems faced by people residing near International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir in wake of regular ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
13. PM Modi has inaugurated Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. PMGDISHA aims at imparting digital literacy to citizens in rural areas free of cost by March 2019, making it one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world.
14. Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty Scheme under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology has received 260 applications from foreign scientists of whom 70 will be shortlisted. The scheme is meant to attract top international talent to country’s research and development (R&D) ecosystem. The applicants will be screened now and the shortlisted scientists will begin work by December 2017.