Welcome to today's current affairs roundup! The world is ever-changing, and it's crucial to stay updated with the latest happenings. Today, we bring you a comprehensive list of the most important news headlines from October 18, 2023. From national developments to international relations, economy, and more, we've got you covered. So, let's dive right in!
India's Massive Infrastructure Investment
- India plans to invest ₹143 Lakh Crore in infrastructure by 2030, more than doubling the ₹67 Lakh Crore spent since 2017.
- A significant ₹36.6 Lakh Crore will be allocated to green projects.
- The hydrogen sector is expected to attract ₹1.5 Lakh Crore between 2024 and 2030.
IndiaSkills 2023-24 Launched
- Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan unveiled the IndiaSkills 2023-24 program.
- India secured the 11th position in the global skill development competition last year.
- The program aims to increase the number of participants and focus on employable skills.
India-Sri Lanka Ferry Service Reopens
- A passenger ferry service from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu to Kankesanthurai in Northern Sri Lanka has been launched.
- The service aims to boost religious tourism in both countries.
Israel's 'IRON BEAM' Missile Defence System
- Israel tested its new laser-based 'Iron Beam' missile defence system.
- The system can destroy short-range rockets, artillery, and mortar bombs.
Biden's Visit to Israel
- U.S. President Joe Biden is set to visit Israel amid ongoing conflict with Hamas fighters.
- The visit aims to emphasize strong support for Israel and discuss humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Free Gas Cylinder for Ujjwala Scheme Beneficiaries
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced free cooking gas cylinders as a Diwali gift for Ujjwala scheme beneficiaries.
PM Modi's Vision for India's Maritime Economy
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a long-term vision document for India's maritime economy.
- The document outlines strategic initiatives like enhancing port facilities and promoting sustainable practices.
RBI Penalizes Four Co-Operative Banks
- The Reserve Bank of India imposed monetary penalties on four Co-Operative Banks for failing to follow certain banking regulations.
Tokyo Olympics Medalists Honored
- The Indian government honored Tokyo Olympics medalists with cash rewards and job offers.
- Neeraj Chopra, the gold medalist in Javelin Throw, received a cash prize of ₹2 Crore.
FIFA World Cup 2023 Qualifiers
- India defeated Bangladesh 3-1 in the FIFA World Cup 2023 qualifiers.
- Sunil Chhetri scored two goals, becoming India's highest-scoring player in World Cup qualifiers.
SpaceX's Starlink Internet in India
- SpaceX plans to launch its Starlink satellite internet service in India by 2024.
- The company aims to provide high-speed internet in rural areas.
Apple's New iPhone 14
- Apple announced the iPhone 14 with a new A16 chip and improved battery life.
- The phone features a 120Hz ProMotion display and starts at $999.
New Malaria Vaccine Approved
- The World Health Organization approved the first-ever malaria vaccine.
- The vaccine has an efficacy rate of 75% and aims to eradicate malaria by 2030.
COVID-19 Booster Shots
- The Indian government announced the rollout of COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers and the elderly.
- The booster shots will be available from November 1, 2023.
Bollywood Film 'Unity' Breaks Records
- The Bollywood film 'Unity,' starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, broke box office records, earning ₹300 Crore in its opening week.
Grammy Awards 2023
- Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for her album 'Evermore.'
- Billie Eilish won Song of the Year for 'Happier Than Ever.'
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