Daily GK Update: Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 25.10.2016

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Latest Current Affairs Contains in following Titles:
  • Can't allow triple talaq to ruin lives, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Engineering bulk hiring drops by 40% in Tamil Nadu
  • China: US envoy's Arunachal visit is interference
  • Embraer in $205m graft settlement with US and Brazil
  • Survey: One in every 20 people is depressed
  • Andhra Pradesh Assembly building may become Museum
  • Living in China’s expanding deserts
  • ISRO starts landing tests for Chandrayaan-2 mission
  • Uttarakhand latest State to adopt animal birth control
  • Rise in cotton output likely in northern States
Can't allow triple talaq to ruin lives, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • In a direct reference to the triple talaq controversy , Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday (24.10.2015) that the lives of Muslim women could not be allowed to be ruined by the practice and targeted political rivals for prioritising vote banks over gender justice.“The issue of talaq has come up. Just like if any Hindu commits female foeticide he will have to go to jail, similarly what is the crime of my Muslim sisters that someone says talaq over phone and her life is destroyed,“ Modi said while addressing a `maha parivartan rally' here in UP's Bundelkhand. Arguing that he was batting for gender equality across religions, Modi said, “Female foeticide is a sin. So what if the sinner is a Hindu? My government has taken a number of steps (to stop this practice). Daughters, mothers, sisters should be protected. One should not consider religion. Mothers and sisters should be respected.
Engineering bulk hiring drops by 40% in Tamil Nadu
  • In what seems like a sequel to the downtourn in the IT industry , hiring by software service companies dropped by 40% in engineering campuses across Tamil Nadu this year.Over 30,000 students have been placed across campuses in the state and while the overall number is almost the same as last year, it is the super dream (pay package of over `20 lakhs per annum) and dream companies (pay package of over `10 lakh pa) including startups and core engineering companies that have hired in large numbers.“It is too early to comment. More companies will visit campuses in the next 6 months and we have a positive outlook on placements as of now,“ said K Purushottaman, senior director, Nasscom. 
China: US envoy's Arunachal visit is interference
  • India reiterated on Monday that Arunachal Pradesh was an integral part of India after China protested US ambassador to India Richard Verma's visit to the state last week. Verma had visited the state which China claims as its own to attend the Tawang festival at the invitation of chief minister Pema Khandu and also tweeted his photographs from there. “The US ambassador visited Arunachal Pradesh, a state which is an integral part of the country to which he is accredited. There's nothing unusual in it,“ said MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup. Earlier in the day , China slammed the US for the visit saying that any interference by Washington in the Sino-Indian border dispute was going to further complicate the issue and disturb hard-won peace
Embraer in $205m graft settlement with US and Brazil
  • Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA on Monday reached an agreement with US and Brazilian authorities to settle a six-year corruption investigation, paying $205.5 million to turn the page on signs of graft in four foreign contracts. Embraer said an internal probe, launched in 2010 after receiving a subpoena in the United States, found evidence of wrongdoing in deals with Saudi Arabia, India, Mozambique and the Dominican Republic in the five years through 2011. The fine due to US and Brazilian authorities is in line with a $200 million provision Embraer made in July .
Survey: One in every 20 people is depressed
  • While studies in the past have pointed to increasing prevalence of depression, mood swings, anxiety, thoughts of self-harm and substance abuse, the recent National Mental Health Survey has now confirmed it with empirical data. It says that one in every 20 people in India suffer from depression.Conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neruo Sciences (NIMHANS), depression was reported to be higher in women in the 40 to 49 age group and among those residing in metros. Equally high rates were reported from among the elderly with 3.5 per cent of the population affected.
Andhra Pradesh Assembly building may become Museum
  • Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is said to have told Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan that he wished to convert the AP Legislative Assembly building into a museum. While he did not elaborate on what type of museum would come up in the old heritage structure, Mr. Rao said his government was exploring the possibility of constructing a new Legislature complex on 15-acres in Erramanzil where the Irrigation and Roads & Buildings department offices were located.
Living in China’s expanding deserts
  • The Tengger Desert lies on the southern edge of the massive Gobi Desert, not far from major cities like Beijing. The Tengger is growing.For years, China’s deserts spread at an annual rate of more than 1,350 square miles. Many villages have been lost. Climate change and human activities have accelerated the desertification.Nearly 20 per cent of China is desert, and drought across northern China is getting worse. One recent estimate said China had 21,000 square miles more desert than what existed in 1975 — about the size of Croatia.As the Tengger expands, it is merging with two other deserts to form a vast sea of sand that could become uninhabitable. Across northern China, generations of families have made a living herding animals on the edge of the desert. Officials say that along with climate change, overgrazing is contributing to the desert’s growth.
ISRO starts landing tests for Chandrayaan-2 mission
  • The Indian Space Research Organsiation started a series of ground and aerial tests linked to the critical Moon landing of Chandrayaan-2 on Friday, at its new site at Challakere in Chitradurga district, 400 km from Bengaluru. ISRO Satellite Centre or ISAC, the lead centre for the second Moon mission, has artificially created close to ten craters to simulate the lunar terrain and test the Lander’s sensors.The mission includes an Orbiter, a Lander and a Rover, all being readied at ISAC in Bengaluru. The Orbiter spacecraft when launched from Sriharikota will travel to the Moon and release the Lander, which will in turn deploy a tiny Rover to roam the lunar surface — all three sending data and pictures to Earth.
Uttarakhand latest State to adopt animal birth control
  • Uttarakhand has become the latest State to launch an Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme, aimed at reducing the stray dog population. Andhra Pradesh had initiated its ABC programme three months ago
Rise in cotton output likely in northern States
  • Though farmers have sown less cotton this kharif season, the production in key northern States is likely to be higher in 2016-17 against 2015-16, on expectation of better yield due to conducive weather conditions. In north India, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan are the major cotton producing States. After the genetically-modified cotton crop suffered huge damage last year in Punjab and Haryana due to the whitefly pest attack, distressed farmers had sown less cotton this year.According to ICAL, in Punjab, cotton was sown on 2.56 lakh hectares this season while in Haryana, it was on 4.98 lakh hectares. In Rajasthan, the area under cotton was nearly 4.78 lakh hectares.

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