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Weekly Current Affairs October 2018: Week III

Published on October 22, 2018

Banking and Financial Awareness:

  • India's 1st Cryptocurrency ATM where Users can deposit money to buy currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum using an OTP received on their registered numbers. Installed in Bengaluru 


  • BankBazaar has appointed S S Mundra former RBI Deputy Governor as an advisor.
  • Nimesh Shah, has been elected as Chairman of trade body, Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI).
  • Priyank Kanoongo appointed to the post of Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

Honour, Awards and Ranks

  • In recognition of the work for rural electrification Union Minister Piyush Goyal will receive the prestigious Carnot Prize from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania.
Weekly Current Affairs October 2018: Week III
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Bagged by Marsel Van Oosten for the image, called "The Golden Couple,".
  • Arshdeep Singh, a 10-year-old boy from Punjab, has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 10 Years and Under category given by UK's Natural History Museum, for the picture titled 'Pipe Owls'.
  • Suheil Tandon Wins International Olympic Committee Award for his contribution to sports for development.
  • The 2018 Man Booker Prize won by Irish author Anna Burns for her novel 'Milkman'.
  • India has secured ninth rank out of top 50 valuable national brands, according to a report titled ‘Nation Brands 2018’ released by Brand Finance.
  • India has jumped five spots to become the 58th most competitive economy on the Global Competitiveness Index 2018 released by World Economic Forum.


  • Environmentalist G.D. Agarwal, passed away.
  • Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founded passed away.

Important Dates

  • World Food Day - 16 October in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945.
    • Theme - "Our Actions Are Our Future".
  • World Food Day - October 16
    • Theme - 'Our actions are our future- A zero hunger world by 2030 is possible'.
  • Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas - 15th October.

MOU’s, Agreement and Summits

  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu attend the 12th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Brussels, Belgium.
    • Theme - “Global Partners for Global Challenges”.
  • To review the progress being made in addressing the agreed actions of the previous meeting held in Abu Dhabi, 6th meeting of the UAE – India High Level Joint Task Force on Investments (‘the Joint Task Force’) was held in Mumbai.
  • C. R. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, attended the 6th RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting (IMM) in Singapore.

Important news – world

  • First joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats has been launched by India and China.

Important News- India

  • PM Narendra Modi dedicated the National Police Memorial (NPM) to the nation in New Delhi.
  • Government has increased the rate of interest for General Provident Fund (GPF) and other related schemes by 0.4% points to 8%.
  • To effectively manage and respond to disasters affecting the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the sixth meeting of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at New Delhi.
  • Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered Chabot- Ask Disha (Digital Interaction to Seek Help Anytime) 
  • To help users with various queries, IRCTC launches AI chat bot ‘Ask Disha’ to answer user queries.
  • 6th edition of India International Silk Fair (IISF) was held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, inaugurated by Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani.


  • First-ever joint military exercise 'DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018' between India and Japan will be held at Mizoram.

Sports News

  • India’s Akash Malik became first silver-medallist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games.
  • 3rd Asian Para Games took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, India wins 72 medals (15 gold, 24 silver, and 33 bronze medals.
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