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Welcome to today’s roundup of the most important current affairs for October 18, 2023. We bring you the latest news and insights to keep you informed.
1. National Film Awards 2023
- The 69th National Film Awards were presented by President Draupadi Murmu.
- Best Film Award went to ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ directed by Madhavan.
- Alia Bhatt was awarded Best Actress for ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi,’ and Kriti Sanon for ‘Mimi.’
- The award for the Best Entertainer was given to the popular film ‘R-R-R.’
2. Asian Para Games in China
- The fourth Asian Para Games are set to be held in Hangzhou, China, from October 22 to 28, 2023.
- India will be represented by a 446-member contingent, including 303 athletes, with 191 male and 112 female participants.
- In the recently concluded Asian Games, India secured fourth place with 107 medals.
3. Defense Ministry Signs Agreement with Cochin Shipyard Limited
- The Defense Ministry has signed an agreement with Cochin Shipyard Limited for the mid-life upgrade of INS Beas at a cost of Rs 313.42 crore.
- After the upgrade, INS Beas will rejoin the Indian Navy by 2026.
4. Global Maritime India Summit 2023
- The Global Maritime India Summit 2023 is being organized in Mumbai from October 17 to 19.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the summit through video conferencing.
- PM Modi also launched the long-term blueprint of Blue Economy ‘Amrit Kaal Vision 2047’ and laid the foundation stone of Tuna Tekra ‘All Weather Deep Draft Terminal’ at Deendayal Port Authority.
5. Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Unveiled in Vietnam
- Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Tao Dan Park, Vietnam.
- He emphasized the symbolism of this moment for friendship between India and Vietnam.
6. EV-Ready India Dashboard
- Union Minister RK Singh launched the EV-Ready India dashboard.
- The dashboard is a free digital platform that offers real-time assistance on electric vehicle-related matters.
- It projects a 45 percent increase in electric vehicles by 2030.
7. Same-Sex Marriage Petition Rejected
- A five-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, rejected a petition demanding the legalization of same-sex marriage.
8. Green Energy Corridor Phase-II
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the Green Energy Corridor (GEC) Phase-II project for a 13 GW Renewable Energy Project in Ladakh.
- The project is aimed to be completed by FY 2029-30 with a total estimated cost of Rs. 20,773.70 crore.
- This project will contribute to India’s target of 500 GW of installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2030.
9. Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for Rabi Crops
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved increased Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all mandated Rabi Crops for the Marketing Season 2024-25.
- The highest increase in MSP was approved for lentils (masur) at Rs. 425 per quintal, followed by rapeseed & mustard at Rs. 200 per quintal.
- This move aims to ensure remunerative prices to farmers and incentivize crop diversification, reducing dependence on imports.
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