Daily Current Affairs 6th October 2018

Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently conferred Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018 to top ranked states and districts. The rankings were based on the National Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 of the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

  • Haryana was ranked as best State
  • Satara District of Maharashtra was ranked as best district
  • Uttar Pradesh was rewarded for maximum citizens’ participation

Zonal Ranking – Top States

  • Northern: Haryana
  • Southern: Andhra Pradesh
  • Eastern: Chhattisgarh
  • Western: Gujarat
  • North-East: Sikkim
  • Union Territories: Dadar & Nagar Haveli

Zonal Ranking – Top Districts

  • Northern: Rewari (Haryana)
  • Southern: Peddapalli (Telangana)
  • Eastern: Surajpur (Chhattisgarh)
  • Western: Satara (Maharashtra)
  • North-East: Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)

GI Tag for Alphonso

About GI tag:

What is it?

A GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.

Alphonso from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Thane and Raigad districts of Maharashtra, is registered as Geographical Indication (GI).

The king of mangoes, Alphonso, better known as ‘Hapoos’ in Maharashtra, is in demand in domestic and international markets not only for its taste but also for pleasant fragrance and vibrant colour. It has long been one of the world’s most popular fruit and is exported to various countries including Japan, Korea and Europe. New markets such as USA and Australia have recently opened up.


Biometric based digital processing of passengers at airports: Digi Yatra

Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has released policy on biometric based digital processing of passengers at airports called Digi Yatra. With this initiative, ticket booking, airport entry and boarding pass security check-in will be made digital.

Digi Yatra:

The initiative seeks to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel. It will be operational by end of February, 2019 at Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports. In later phase, Airports Authority of India (AAI) will roll out this initiative at Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune and Vijayawada airports by April 2019.

Under it, there will be one-time verification at departure airport while travelling for first time using ID. After successful verification, facial recognition biometric will be captured and stored in Digi Yatra ID.

For this system, passengers will be registered through centralized system and will be given Digi Travel ID. This ID will include details such as names of passengers, their e-mail id, mobile number and any other identity card in case of non-basis. Travelers can also use this ID when booking tickets.


UN Conference on Disarmament


Mr. Pankaj Sharma has been appointed as ambassador and India’s permanent representative to United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

About the Conference on Disarmament:

The Conference on Disarmament (CD) is a multilateral disarmament forum established by the international community to negotiate arms control and disarmament agreements based at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Conference meets annually in three separate sessions in Geneva.

The Conference was first established in 1979 as the Committee on Disarmament as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community. It was renamed the Conference on Disarmament in 1984.

The Conference succeeded three other disarmament-related bodies: the Ten-Nation Committee on Disarmament (1960), the Eighteen-Nation Committee on Disarmament (1962–68) and the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament (1969–78).

Membership: The conference is currently composed of 65 formal members, representing all areas of the world, as well as all known nuclear-weapon states. Additionally, members are organized into a number of informal regional groups to facilitate their preparation for, and representation in the plenary meetings of the Conference.

India International Science Festival (IISF-2018)


  • India International Science Festival (IISF-2018) has Begun in Lucknow.
  • Theme: “Science for Transformation”.

About IISF- 2018:

IISF is conceivably the biggest platform in India that brings together students, researchers, artists and general public to celebrate our nation’s achievements in science and technology.

It is a medium to encourage the young minds towards the field of science and to promote the networking of stakeholders working towards the propagation of science.

Through this festival, the largest of its kind in the country and in this region, it is expected that the message of excitement of Science and scientific temper will be spread to the students and will be inspiring for the youth.

All stakeholders collectively work towards “Vigyan se Vikas”- contributing to the Making of a New India.

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