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Current Affairs-2019 October 17TH

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Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday stressed on the need to rewrite history from India’s point of view. While inaugurating a two-day international seminar in Varanasi on ‘Guptvanshak-Veer: Skandgupta Vikramaditya’ at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Shah said, “Indian history should be rewritten from India’s point of view. We do not have any research work on the struggles of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The sacrifices of Sikh Gurus and Maharana Pratap are also not authenticated. Had there not been Veer Savarkar, perhaps the revolution of 1857 would not have been history.”

Amit Shah ✔
भारतीय इतिहास का भारत के दृष्टिकोण से पुनर्लेखन होना चाहिए। हमारे पास छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज के संघर्षों का भी कोई शोध ग्रंथ नहीं है। सिख गुरुओं और महाराणा प्रताप के बलिदानों का भी प्रमाणिक ग्रंथ नहीं है। यदि वीर सावरकर न होते तो शायद 1857 की क्रांति का भी इतिहास न होता।

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said Savarkar had inspired “nationalism which is the core of nation-building”.


Jammu and Kashmir: The 62-year-old State Legislative Council of Jammu & Kashmir came to an end with the State administration issuing orders for its abolition and asking its 116-member staff to report to the General Administration Department. Jammu & Kashmir would spilt into two Union Territories— Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir— on the midnight of October 31.

New Delhi: Two-wheelers will be exempted from the odd-even road rationing scheme, which will be in force from November 4 to 15 in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today. Reading out a list of exemptions during a press conference, Mr. Kejriwal said that “vehicles carrying children in school uniform” would be exempted.

Swachh Survekshan: The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has asked the Madhya Pradesh government to submit a “detailed report” within 15 days on alleged irregularities in the ‘Swachh Survekshan’ 2019.

Ayodhya Case: The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has advised all television channels broadcasting the Supreme Court hearing on the Ayodhya matter to refrain from showing any archival footage of the demolition of the Babri Masjid and ‘exercise caution’ while reporting on the issue. In a two page advisory, the authority, a self-regulating body for news channels, asked the channels to ensure that no speculative news was telecast on the impending judgment.

NITI AYOG : Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra were ranked the top three major states in Niti Aayog’s first ever innovation index released on today while Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand occupied the bottom three positions. The NITI Aayog index that has been developed in partnership with the Institute for Competitiveness

KARTAPUR CORRIDOR: India on Thursday urged Pakistan not to levy a service fee of $20 on pilgrims using the Kartarpur Corridor and expressed the hope that the agreement on the project can be concluded and signed in time for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

  • 311 Indians deported by Mexico to arrive in Delhi on  tomorrow Friday
  • In INX media case, P Chidambaram sent to ED custody till October 24
  • A BSF soldier shot dead by Bangladesh border guards after flag meeting


U.S lawmakers: With less than a week to go before a Congressional hearing on Human Rights in South Asia, India is exerting its diplomatic muscle on Capitol Hill to explain the government’s point of view on Kashmir to U.S. lawmakers. A team of five Indian diplomats, led by India’s Ambassador to the U.S., Harsh Vardhan Shringla, briefed members of the U.S. House of Representatives on October 16.

China: China will remove business restrictions on foreign banks, brokerages and fund management firms, a cabinet meeting chaired by premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday said, according to state television.China has stepped up efforts to open its financial sector amid a festering trade war with the United States, with increased access to its financial sector among a host of demands from Washington.

e-COMMERCE: Netflix, Amazon face censorship threats in India. Concerns around possible censorship had prompted Netflix and Indian rival Hotstar to signs a self-regulation code in January, Amazon did not sign up and said “the current laws are adequate”

  • Britain, EU reach Brexit deal, PM Boris Johnson now faces Parliament hurdle
  • Donald Trump’s golf resort in Miami to host next year’s G-7 Summit: White House


World Bank: India has halved its poverty rate since the 1990s and achieved a seven plus growth rate over the last 15 years, the World Bank said on October 15.

MAT: Ninety-nine companies, which also include some unlisted ones, have more than Rs 100 crore each of minimum alternate tax (MAT) credit on their books, cumulatively adding up to Rs 75,000 crore. Of these, 15 heavyweights such as NTPC, Reliance Industries, Bharti Airtel, Vedanta, and TCS have MAT credit in excess of Rs 1,000 crore each.

SBI: Public sector lender SBI today said its joint venture partner IAG will sell entire 26 per cent stake in its subsidiary SBI General Insurance to Napean Opportunities and WP Honey Wheat lnvestment Ltd for an undisclosed amount.

Economic Advisory to PM: After reconstituting the Economic Advisory to the Prime Minister, the centre has added three more part-time members to the advisory body – Neelkanth Mishra, Nilesh Shah and Anantha Nageswaran.


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Important days:

World Food Day – October 16 (theme 2019-Our actions are our future, healthy diet for a #zero hunger world)

World Standards Day-October 14

World Day against the Death Penalty – October 10

International Day for Eradication of Poverty – October 17

World Students day – October 15 (In the memory of Dr APJ Abdul kalam)


  1. The World Economic Outlook, released on October 15, showed that the global economy is now at the slowest pace of 3% growth.
  2. In September 2019, Retail inflation stood at 3.99%.
  3. In October, the Indian Railway has started special Seva Service trains to connect small towns of India with the nearest big cities.
  4. India’s rank on the Global Hunger Index 2019 is 102.
  5. New Comptroller and Auditor General of Accounts – J.P.S Chowla.
  6. India has signed a MOU with Sierra Leone to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production.
  7. Dharma – Guardian is a joint military exercise between India and Japan which will take place in October.
  8. Air India has become the 1st airline to use Taxibot (a robot used aircraft tractor) on A-320 aircraft.

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