Current Affairs, News & Facts of 17 Oct 2014

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  • 'Nirbhay', nuclear-capable sub-sonic cruise missile, successfully test-fired from the Integrated Missile Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha.  
    • It flies low enough to escape the radar and has an impressive strike range of above 700 km.
    • Its maiden test-flight, conducted in March 2013, had to be aborted mid-way after technical snag.
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  • Centre rolls out a string of labour reforms under the "Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate programme" to boost “Make In India” campaign.  
    • The reforms will make doing business easy by offering industry-friendly labour laws.
    • It will make inspection of businesses quick and transparent and simplify rules for employees to smoothly move their social security funds when they change jobs.
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  • Dr Arvind Subramanian is appointed as the Chief Economic Adviser of India for a period of 3 years.  
    • In further bureaucratic shake-up, Rajiv Mehrishi replaced UPA-appointee Arvind Mayaram as the Economic Affairs Secretary.
    • Ratan P Watal will be the new Finance Secretary.
    • Arvind Mayaram, holder of both above office, has now been shifted to Tourism Ministry.
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  • Its 'International Day for the Eradication of Poverty' today (October 17).  
    • 2014 Theme: Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.
    • The annual day, in observance since 1993, is celebrated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.
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  • World Food Day 2014 celebrated across the globe on October 16.  
    • This year theme is: "Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth”, to focus on the significant role it plays in eradicating hunger and poverty. 
    • Its observed to mark the founding anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. 
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  • Veteran Telugu writer and radio artiste, Turaga Janaki Rani dies aged 80.  
    • Popularly known as ‘Radio Akkayya’, she won the back-to-back national best broadcaster award in 1991 and 1992.
    • She has also served as assistant station director of All India Radio.
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  • India has the largest burden of global blindness – about 3.5 million with 30,000 new cases being added each year.  
    • Only about 35,000 corneas are collected in the country each year whereas 150,000 are needed to combat corneal blindness. 
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