Daily GK Update: Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 19.10.2016

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Latest Current Affairs Contains in following Titles:
  • Modi likens surgical strikes in POK to Israeli army's exploits
  • Reservoir storage at 13%, city looks to sky for water
  • World Trauma Day observed - 17th October
  • 500 central schemes to go DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) way next fiscal year
  • Gujarat girl aims for the sky, gets flying licence at 16
  • Driverless taxi hits lorry in Singapore
  • Scientists grow mouse eggs in lab from stem cells
  • Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC athletes' commission
Modi likens surgical strikes in POK to Israeli army's exploits
  • In his first direct reference to the September 29 surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while Israel was known for such operations, the Indian Army had proved it is no less capable.“Today the entire nation is talking of the valour of our Army . Earlier, we used to hear of Israel having done something like this. But the country has seen that the Indian Army is no less than anyone else,“ the PM said, addressing a rally here on Tuesday. The PM's increasingly assertive stance seems to re flect BJP's calculations that the cross-LoC raids will yield political dividend with sizeable constituencies like ex-service personnel and also resonate with the party's “nationalist“ plank.
Reservoir storage at 13%, city looks to sky for water
  • The combined storage level of the four reservoirs that cater to the city ­ Poondi, Chembar ambakkam, Red Hills and Cholavaram -stood at 13% of their total capacity, just sufficient for a month. Ironically, the reservoir that brought grief last monsoon has been the city's saviour, with Chennai Metrowater sourcing 30% of the 831 million litres of water it supplies per day from Chembarambakkam. The civic body is now banking on Krishna water, released by Andhra Pradesh, to boost the storage levels in the reservoirs.
World Trauma Day observed - 17th October
  • Apollo Shine Foundation observed World Trauma Day on Monday along with various educational institutions. World Trauma Day (17th October) aims at highlighting the increased occurrences of accidents and injuries which cause death and disability and the methods to prevent them. According to the World Health Organization, trauma is the leading cause of death and disability across the world.
500 central schemes to go DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) way next fiscal year
  • The Centre is looking to move nearly half its 1,000-odd schemes to direct benefit transfer (DBT) from the next financial year in the biggest-ever thrust to track beneficiaries, improve efficiency and check leakages. At least 447 DBT-applicable schemes have been identified across 58 ministries after a rigorous exercise of scrutinising 1,061 schemes from 73 ministries. A decision on another 160 is expected over the next few weeks and ministries and departments are being asked to ensure that Aadhaar numbers of all beneficiaries are seeded and cash payments are made directly to bank accounts.
Gujarat girl aims for the sky, gets flying licence at 16
  • Varija Shah is yet to get learning licence to drive a two-wheeler. But 16-year-old Varija Shah has already got a licence to fly! On Monday evening, she flew Cessna aircraft and hovered over the city for 20 minutes. Varija is probably the youngest person in Gujarat to have a student pilot licence and fly a plane.
Driverless taxi hits lorry in Singapore
  • A car taking part in the world's first public trial of driverless taxis on Tuesday collided with a lorry in Singapore, police said.No one was hurt in the accident in One North, a research campus where the vehicle has been on a limited run since August, US firm nuTonomy said. “The nuTonomy car, which was operating with two engineers onboard, was travelling at a low speed at the time of the incident,“ it said. The authority said the taxi was changing lanes when it collided with the lorry. NuTonomy is the world's first company to launch driverless taxi trials in public.
Scientists grow mouse eggs in lab from stem cells
  • Japanese scientists said on Monday they had grown mouse eggs entirely in the lab, then fertilised them to yield fertile offspring, a scientific first cautiously hailed by experts in human reproduction. The technique -which involved coaxing stem cells into becoming mature eggs -was still much too risky and controversial to be reproduced in humans, commentators said. “This is the first report of anyone being able to develop fully mature and fertilisable eggs in a laboratory setting right through from the earliest stages of oocyte (immature egg) development,“ commented Richard Anderson of the University of Edinburgh's MRC Centre for Reproductive Health. 
Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC athletes' commission
  • In a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson, star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission.Saina has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach last night. “Following your candidature for the elections of the IOC Athletes' Commission during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, it is with great pleasure to appoint you in consultation with the Chair, as Member of the Athletes' Commission,“ the letter said.
Sources: The Times of India
Courtesy: The Times of India

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