18 October 2018 Current Affairs

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Union Minister MJ Akbar Resigns
MJ Akbar, who faces multiple charges of sexual harassment, resigned as Union minister of state for external affairs. Akbar is facing allegations of sexual harassment and had filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani, who was the first to report against him.

India’s 1st Cryptocurrency ATM installed in Bengaluru
An ATM for deposit and withdrawal of money for cryptocurrencies has been installed in Bengaluru’s Kemp Fort Mall by virtual currency exchange Unocoin. Users can deposit money to buy currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum using an OTP received on their registered numbers. In order to withdraw money, a request has to be first made on the Unocoin website.

India ranked 58th most competitive economy in WEF index
World Economic Forum (WEF) released the Index on Most Competitive Economy for 2018, in which India ranked 58th out of 140 Countries.India jumped 5 places from 2017. India Scored 62.0 in the latest Global Competitiveness Index.This is the largest gain among all G20 economies.

Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior: A book authored by Rima Hooja released
A new book on Maharana Pratap named ‘Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior’ authored by historian Rima Hooja has been released. The book narrates the life of Maharana Pratap, the great Rajput warrior and also talks about the famous battle of Haldighati.

Akash Malik wins India’s Maiden Archery Silver at YOG
Akash Malik became India’s first silver-medallist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games, providing a fitting finale to the country’s best-ever campaign at the marquee event Buenos Aires.

Northern Irish Author Anna Burns wins 2018’s Man Booker Prize
Milkman” by writer Anna Burns scooped the 2018 Man Booker Prize, with the Northern Irish writer winning the literary award for her third full-length novel. Set in an unnamed city during the bloody “Troubles” of Northern Ireland, the ‘Milkman’ tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl’s affair with an older man.

Stephen Hawking’s final book ‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ launched
Stephen Hawking’s final work, which tackles issues from the existence of God to the potential for time travel, was launched by his children, who helped complete the book after the British astrophysics giant’s death. Hawking was forever being asked the same things and started work on ‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ last year.

N D Tiwari, former CM of UP and Uttarakhand, passed away
N D Tiwari, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, passed away after a prolonged stint of hospitalisation in New Delhi. Mr.Tiwari began his career with the erstwhile Praja Socialist Party (PSP) to then serve his entire career in the Congress was 93 at the time of his death.


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