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National News – Today Current Affairs October 24 2017
Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani will meet PM Modi in Delhi today.
- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will have detailed talks with PM Narendra Modi today on furthering the shared objective of promoting security and stability in Afghanistan.
- The Afghan president would be in Delhi on a one-day working visit at the invitation of the Prime Minister.
- The invitation was extended by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval during his Kabul trip on October 16.
- They will also discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman To Meet US Counterpart Jim Mattis At ASEAN Conference.
- US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will meet his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman in the Philippines this week.
- They will meet at a conference of ASEAN defence ministers.
- This would be the first meeting between the two leaders after Mattis’ successful trip to India last month.
India’s first all-woman crew on the circumnavigation of globe arrives in Australia.
- INSV Tarini with its team of six women officers arrived at Fremantle Australia after sailing for 43 days to complete the first leg of the Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition
- The crew is covering 21,600 nautical miles around the world in eight months and will return to Verem, Goa from where the cast-off.
- The INSV Tarini has been built in Goa at Divar by Aquarius Shipyard.
Rs 7 lakh crore highway plan set to get Cabinet’s nod today.
- The government is set to approve the biggest ever highway development plan to develop and expand approximately 83,000 km of roads at an investment of Rs 6.9 lakh crore by 2022.
- The announcement will include the new 28,400 km Bharatmala highway programme connecting border areas.
- National Highways Authority of India(NHAI) has already prepared detailed project reports (DPRs) for about 10,000 km of the identified network.
Current Affairs Today – International Updates
Philippines announces the end of five-month long militant siege with ISIS – Today Current Affairs October 24 2017
- Philippines’ Defense Secretary declared that the five-month-long militant battle with ISIS had finally ended on Monday.
- A five-month battle against Islamic State supporters in the southern Philippines has claimed more than 1,000 lives.
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and security analysts said the militants were trying to establish a Southeast Asian caliphate in Marawi.
China asks Pakistan to step up its security after newly-appointed diplomat faces threats.
- China has asked Pakistan to step up the security of its newly-appointed ambassador in Islamabad.
- They are asking for more security because the newly appointed ambassador is getting threats to his life from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
- China has appointed Yao Jing, who has served as Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, as its new envoy to Pakistan.
24th October 2017 Current Affairs – Appointments News
Ex-Intel Chief Dineshwar Sharma is the interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir.
- The central government appoints ex-intelligence chief Dineshwar Sharma as its interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir.
- They gave him “complete freedom” to talk to all groups and individuals” including Kashmiri separatists.
- This is the first concrete initiative by the NDA government in three years to reach out to Kashmiris.
HSBC appoints Jayant Rikhye as CEO India.
- The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) appoints of Jayant Rikhye as the chief executive officer for India.
- The appointment would be effective from December 1 subject to regulatory approvals.
- In his new role, Rikhye will lead HSBC’s next phase of growth in the country, where he first joined the Group in 1989.
Sports News – Today Current Affairs October 24 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA World Player of the year award for the fifth time.
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning last season saw him win the 2017 Best FIFA men’s player of the year trophy.
- Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA men’s player of the year award last year following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and the Ballon d’Or.
- Real boss Zinedine Zidane took the corresponding manager of the year award.
Manchester City first EPL club to reach million YouTube subscribers.
- Manchester City beat their rivals to become the first EPL club to reach a million YouTube subscribers.
- The club celebrated the landmark with a series of videos including one from Yaya Toure.
- City’s most famous YouTube videos include players taking on the Harlem Shake (9.2m views).
Latest Current Affairs Updates – Sports Updates
Everton sack manager Ronald Koeman – Today Current Affairs October 24 2017
- Everton has sacked manager Koeman after they dropped into the relegation zone following defeat by Arsenal.
- Koeman took over 16 months ago and spent a significant amount of money overhauling the squad.
- Everton has won two out of nine league games in their worst start to a season since 2005-06.
Indian women boxers won five more medals at the Balkan meet.
- India’s women boxers rounded off the ‘Balkan’ International Boxing Championship by clinching five more medals including a coveted gold.
- The country’s youth boxers had set the tone on Saturday by sweeping eight medals and also becoming the most successful team in the competition.
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