Current Affairs Pocket : 16th Oct. 2018

India and France are in talks for a bilateral tri service military exercise

  • India and France are in talks for a bilateral tri-service military exercise. This is to take forward the strategic cooperation while exploring ways to operationalise the logistics agreement. These issues were discussed during the visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Paris last week. An agreement has been signed to identify specific aspects to implement it.
  • This will be India’s third such joint exercise. The first joint tri-service exercise was held with Russia in October last year and has finalised one with the U.S. to be held next year. India and France currently hold bilateral exercises between individual services, Shakti, Varuna and Garuda respectively for the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Priyank Kanoongo appointed chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

  • Priyank Kanoongo has been appointed the Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) by the appointments committee of the cabinet for a term of 3 years.
  • Priyank Kanoongo will be the 5th Chairperson of NCPCR. He replaces Stuti Kacker, whose tenure ended on September 16, 2018.

Shekhar Mande appointed as Director-General of CSIR

  • India’s leading expert in DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics, 56-year-old, Shekhar C. Mande was appointed Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
  • He will serve as secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and head 38 labs of CSIR.
  • He replaced biotechnologist Girish Sahni, who retired on 31 August.

Nimesh Shah elected new chairman of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI)

  • ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company MD & CEO Nimesh Shah was elected as the chairperson of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI).
  • Nimesh Shah has replaced A Balasubramanian, chief executive officer of Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund. A Balasubramanian became AMFI chairman in 2016.
  • Kailash Kulkarni, CEO of L&T Mutual Fund, remains the vice chairperson of AMFI.

India wins triangular series by defeating Sri Lanka in Blind Cricket

  • Indian blind cricket team defeated Sri Lanka and won the triangular series in Goa.
  • Indian team defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the final. Indian captain Ajay Reddy was named man of the match.
  • Goa Governor Mridula Sinha was invited as the chief guest for the final. India played the tri-series against England and Sri Lanka.

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