24-26 October 2018 Current Affairs

Longest Sea Bridge | GoM on sexual harassment | India-China | Heinz India deal | Self4Society |

Posted on Oct 26, 2018 07:17 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) World’s longest sea bridge was opened to public on 24 October 2018 by China. This bridge primarily connects Hong Kong which two regions? – Hong Kong and Zhuhai

Explanation: China opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge and tunnel for public on 24 October 2018. The entire length of this super structure is 55 km and it is thus the longest fixed link on the Earth. This bridge is officially called the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB). It was opened to the public after its inauguration a day earlier by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.

- The HZM Bridge connects Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai, three major cities on the Pearl River Delta. The governments of mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau contributed in this mammoth project that cost around USD$ 20 billion.

- This project is primarily a bridge-tunnel system consisting of a series of three cable-stayed bridges and one undersea tunnel, as well as two artificial islands. The undersea tunnel ensures ships to pass unhindered.

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2) The Union Government on 24 October 2018 constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into the issue of sexual harassment at workplace. Who is heading this group? - Rajnath Singh

Explanation: The Union Government on 24 October 2018 constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with and prevent sexual harassment at the workplace.

- The GoM has been set up in the wake of the recent #MeToo movement in the country. Former editor M.J. Akbar had to resign as Minister of State for External Affairs following allegations of sexual harassment against him by former colleagues.

- Other members of the GoM include Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.

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3) India and China during October 2018 achieved which important breakthrough in bilateral relations? – The two countries signed the first-ever internal security cooperation agreement

Explanation: India and China on 22 October 2018 signed their first ever internal security cooperation agreement, ensuring support to each other in dealing with problems of terrorism, human trafficking, smuggling of drugs and arms etc.

- The historic agreement was signed in New Delhi during a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and China’s minister for public security, Zhao Kezhi.

- In the absence of an extradition treaty with China, the two countries have not exchanged each other’s sentenced prisoners, but this pact may change that. There are at least 10 Indians in Chinese prisons and an equal number of Chinese citizens in Indian prisons.

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4) Which entity will acquire Heinz India, known for its brands like Complan, Glucon D and Nycil, as was announced on 24 October 2018? - Zydus Wellness

Explanation: Zydus Wellness, a part of the Ahmedabad-headquartered Zydus group will acquire Kraft Heinz’s India business (Heinz India Private Limited) at a valuation of Rs. 4,595 crore. This was announced on 24 October 2018.

- Heinz India’s portfolio includes four iconic brands - Complan, Glucon D Nycil and Sampriti Ghee. Its business also comprises two large manufacturing facilities in Aligarh and Sitarganj and teams devoted to operations, research, sales, marketing and support.

- Zydus Wellness has a presence in food, nutrition and the skin care markets and owns brands like Sugar Free, EverYuth and Nutralite.

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5) What is the new portal launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 October 2018 that will enable various organizations to create their own initiatives to serve the society better? - Self4Society

Explanation: “Self4Society” is the name of the new portal launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 October 2018 with the aim of enabling various organizations to create their own initiatives under the identified National Causes to serve the society better.

- The app availed under this portal aims to make corporate social responsibility (CSR) more collaborative and meaningful.

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