10-15 October 2018 Current Affairs

Ganga River | Solicitor General of India | Arundhati Bhattacharya | Titli Cyclone |

Posted on Oct 15, 2018 08:27 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) During October 2018, the Union Government came out with which first-ever regulations pertaining to flow of Ganga? – The minimum quantity of water that various stretches of the Ganga must necessarily have all through the year

Explanation: In a first, the Union government has mandated the minimum quantity of water that various stretches of the Ganga must necessarily have all through the year. The new norms would require hydropower projects located along the river to modify their operations so as to ensure they are in compliance. This was announced on 10 October 2018.

- National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has laid down the flow specifications. The upper stretches of the Ganga - from its origins in the glaciers and until Haridwar - would have to maintain: 20% of the monthly average flow of the preceding 10-days between November and March, which is the dry season; 25% of the average during the ‘lean season’ of October, April and May; and 30% of monthly average during the monsoon months of June-September.

- For the main stem of the Ganga - from Haridwar in Uttarakhand to Unnao, Uttar Pradesh - the notification specifies minimum flow at various barrages: Bhimgoda (Haridwar) must ensure a minimum of 36 cubic metres per second (cumecs) between October-May, and 57 cumecs in the monsoon; and the barrages at Bijnor, Narora and Kanpur must maintain a minimum of 24 cumecs in the non-monsoon months of October-May, and 48 cumecs during the monsoon months of June-September.

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2) Who was appointed the new Solicitor General of India by the Union Government on 10 October 2018? - Tushar Mehta

Explanation: The Union Government on 10 October 2018 appointed senior advocate and Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta as the Solicitor General of India, the country’s second most senior law officer.

- Mehta, who was appointed ASG in 2014 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power, will hold the post till 30 June 2020, or until further orders.

- The post of Solicitor General was lying vacant since 20 October 2017, when Ranjit Kumar put in his papers.

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3) Which private equity firm appointed former SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya as an adviser, as was disclosed on 10 October 2018? – ChrysCapital

Explanation: Homegrown private equity firm ChrysCapital appointed former SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya as an adviser. She has joined her new designation.

- Bhattacharya will work alongside the PE firm’s managing partner Kunal Shroff and others to advise the company on strategy. She will also be an integral part of the meetings for the PE firm’s global institutional investors and will serve as a mentor to the team.

- Founded in 1999, ChrysCapital manages assets of around $3 billion across seven funds. It largely provides growth capital to companies in India across sectors such as consumer goods and business services, infrastructure, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, information technology and financial services.

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4) What is the name of the severe cyclone that made landfall between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of 11 October 2018 and devastated the two states resulting in death of at least 8 persons? – “Titli”

Explanation: “Titli” is the name of the severe cyclonic storm that made landfall between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of 11 October 2018. It devastated Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam district in Odisha with surface wind reaching speeds of 126 kmph. At least 8 persons were killed in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

- The cyclone triggered heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts of Odisha, causing minor damage to power and communication. On the other hand numerous trees were uprooted and huge damage to property reported in Andhra Pradesh. More than 2,000 electric poles were uprooted by strong winds in the state.

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5) On 10 October 2018 who was appointed the new chief of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)? – Lt. Gen. Asim Munir

Explanation: Lt. Gen. Asim Munir was appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. This was announced by Pakistan Army’s media wing on 10 October 2018. He replaced Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar. Mukhtar assumed the office of the ISI chief in December 2016.

- Munir has previously served as the head of the Military Intelligence (MI). He has also served as the commander of the Force Command Northern Areas.

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