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Here is an update containing all the important current affairs for 13th October. You can download the Important Current Affairs 13th October 2016 with pdf capsule too.

  • Pakistani footballer Shahlyla passed
    • Pakistan striker Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch passed away in a car accident late on Wednesday night in Karachi.
    • Baloch was sitting in the passenger seat when the accident occurred in Karachi’s DHA Phase VIII area.
    • Baloch, 20, was one of the finest strikers for Pakistan women’s football team. She represented the country at the South Asian Football Federation Women Football Championship 2014.
  • Chandigarh airport building wins award
    • The new integrated terminal building of Chandigarh International Airports has bagged the 2014-15 IBC Award for Excellence in Built Environment.
    • CHIAL, a joint venture company has been conferred with IBC award and trophy for excellence in built environment in infrastructure projects.
    • The integrated terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September last year.
  • MoU between India and Qatar
    • The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the MoU signed on April 7, 1999 with Qatar on bilateral cooperation in the field of Youth and Sports signed.
    • This will help in expanding knowledge and expertise in the areas of sports science, sports medicine and coaching techniques.
    • It would be equally applicable to all sportspersons irrespective of their caste, creed, region, religion and gender.
  • Approval for IIM Jammu
    • The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment and operationalisation of Indian Institute of Management  at Jammu.
    • The project will involve a cost of Rs.61.90 crore in temporary campus for the initial four years from 2016 to 2020.
    • The student strength intake for this year in the PGDP in Management is 54 which will progressively go up to a cumulative student strength of 120 in the 4th year.
  • MoU between Exim Bank with NDB
    • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of a MoU on General Cooperation with NDB through the BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism by Government at the level of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs/ Export Import Bank of India.
    • The proposal will enhance trade and economic relations among the BRICS countries.
    • There is no financial implication involved with signing of the MoU.
  • 42nd Edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair to open
    • IHGF-DELHI FAIR AUTUMN 2016 is being held at India Expo Centre & Mart, in NCR Delhi, from 14 – 18 October, 2016.
    • Director, EPCH, Mr. Rakesh Kumar has informed that the 42nd edition of India Handicrafts and Gifts Fair will have more than 2,950 exhibitors from all over the Country.
    • He added that the speciality of this fair is that the products on display are all of good quality & high variety.
  • 6th Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers
    • The 6th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers was held on 13 October, 2016 in Delhi on the threshold of the 8th BRICS Summit on 15-16 October, 2016 in Goa.
    • The Meeting was preceded by the 13th meeting of the BRICS (CGETI) which was held from 11-12 October, 2016.
    • The Trade Ministers meeting made an assessment of the BRICS economic scenario in relation to areas of cooperation on trade & investment.
  • Meeting between India and Brazil.
    • Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industry Minister and her Brazilian counterpart Mr. Marcos Pereira held bilateral talks on 13th October, 2016 in New Delhi.
    • The Investment Facilitation Treaty being initialled between India & Brazil at Goa.
    • Both Ministers expressed the need to strengthen the India-MERCOSUR PTA & expand the items on offer from both sides to at least 2500 from the current 450.
  • Inauguration of India Int. Silk Fair
    •  The Indian Silk Export Promotion Council will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, on 15th October.
    • Union Textiles Minister has lauded the efforts of the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council in organizing such a product-specific exhibition.
    • It provides an opportunity to small and medium entrepreneurs in showcasing their unique products.
  • PetroFed signs MoU with TERI
    • PetroFed, signed a MoU with TERI to undertake study on “Climate Change Risks: Preparedness for Oil and Gas Sector”.
    • The MoU was signed in in the presence of Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) and Sh. K.D. Tripathi, Secretary, M/o Petroleum & Natural Gas.
    • It will provide a missing link between the policy and the practice in the Hydrocarbon sector.
  • Goa Tourism launches amphibious bus
    • A 32 seater amphibious bus was launched in Goa on the auspicious day of Dusshera by Goa Tourism.
    • Called ‘Goa Duck Tours’, the new bus will offer tourists in Goa a ride down the River Mandovi.
    • This is the first time in India, that such a bus service has been launched.
    • This amphibious bus has received sanctions from the transport department and is set to begin full operations from November 2016.
  • Centre can hold Referendum on Talaq
    • Member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Zafaryab Jilani suggested that the government can hold a referendum on the issue of triple talaq.
    • Jilani claimed, “Ninety per cent Muslim women support the Sharia Law.”
    • The centre had opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ & polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.
  • WHO urges countries to tax sugary drinks
    • All countries are being urged to consider introducing a sugary drinks tax by the WHO in fighting obesity rate.
    • The WHO’s advice comes as more and more countries are considering fiscal measures to dissuade people from buying the soft drinks.
    • It will strengthen the hand of campaigners in countries like Colombia, where drinks industry has succeeded in having an anti-sugar broadcast banned.
  • Sino-India ties need recalibration
    • Sino-India relationship, which is under stress, needs to be “recalibrated”.
    • Former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon told this as the 1988 arrangement is no longer an ‘effective tool’ with the changed situation.
    • How do we deal with climate change for instance, energy security and climate change together. These are issues that I think, would more than just continuity,” Menon said.
  • Bankruptcy code: Centre issues guideline
    • To put the recently enacted Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code into practice, the government unveiled three sets of draft rules.
    • The rules have been issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs seeking public comments by October 31.
    • The government has already constituted the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India. Chaired by MS Sahoo, the Board held its first meeting last Friday.
  • UPI is almost like being on a highway
    • Nandan Nilekani, former chairman of the UIA says India has a unique edge over other countries when it comes to payment systems.
    • His observation comes at a time the NPCI is preparing to launch an upgraded version of the Unified Payments Interface.
    • He said that once some of “the teething issues” are sorted out, the system will be ready to take off in a big way, especially in e-commerce.
  • Pakistan greatest threat to world peace
    • India told the UN that there was a dangerous correlation between Pakistan’s unchecked development of nuclear weapons and state and jihadi groups.
    • Tehmina Janjua responded this during a reference to J&K during Conference on Disarmament.
    • He said the biggest threat to peace and stability comes from active promotion of terrorism and unbridled expansion of fissile material production.
  • 15.2% of Indians are undernourished
    • India has a “serious” hunger problem with 15.2% of its citizens undernourished and 38.7% of under-five children stunted.
    • This is according to Global Hunger Index report.
    • India, which ranked 97 among 118 developing nations, fares worse than all its neighbours such as China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (75), Sri Lanka (84) and Bangladesh (90), except for Pakistan (107).
  • Early childhood development as priority
    • A recent study by Chunling Lu, the director of the Program in Global Health Economics and Social Change at Harvard Medical School published that China & India have contributed the most to reducing the number of children at risk of poor development.
    • Yet, India continued to have the largest number of children at risk in 2010.
    • This was printed in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.
  • US strikes Yemen in self defence
    • 3 US warships fired cruise missiles at a radar installations in Yemen.
    • The three sites, in Houthi-controlled territory targeted by the US warship were located in remote areas, where there was little risk of civilian casualties or collateral damage.
    • Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said, “There was no damage to the ship or its crew. USS Mason will continue its operations.”