Current Affairs Today October 14th 2017 Updates

Presenting current affairs today October 14 2017 with regular updates of today events from various areas. Aim of our current affairs section is to help you to get high marks in competitive exams you are going to attempt.

Bihar cabinet approves reservation for ‘Divyangs’ in govt jobs

Bihar government in a meeting presided by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Cabinet Secretariat Department Special Secretary Upendra Nath Pandey has given approval to provide reservations for persons with disabilities in government jobs and educational institutes. It has been implemented as per the provisions of Persons With Disabilities Act, 2016.

Safe Cities Index 2017: Tokyo Safest in World, Delhi at 43, Mumbai 45th

Safe Cities Index 2017 has been released and Tokyo has been at the top of the list becoming the safest in the world. The report was released by The Economist Intelligence Unit under the sponsorship of NEC.

Major Points:

Total 60 cities were figured in the index and were judged on the basis of 49 indicators such as digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.

The report was prepared by doing in depth research and interviews with experts in the field.

Top five cities of Safe Cities Index 2017 are: Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka, Toronto, and Melbourne

Two Indian cities Delhi and Mumbai has got place in the list. Delhi has got 43 rank with 62.34 score whereas Mumbai has been placed at 45th place with a score of 61.84.

Krachi city has occupied the bottom place (60)

Global Hunger Index: India Slips down Three Places

In the latest released Global Hunger Index 2017, position of India is getting more worsen as India slipped down three places to rank at 100th place among total 119 countries. The hunger situations of India among Asian countries are worse than North Korea, Bangladesh, and Iraq. India is only better than Pakistan and Afghanistan among Asian countries.

India has slipped down 45 positions over last three years from its earlier position of 55 in 2014. However this also is due to the change in the data collection method. Earlier formula was to calculate GHI scores from 2006 to 2014 whereas current formula was introduced in 2015 and standardizes indicator values, and the ‘child underweight’ parameter has been replaced by ‘child stunting’ and ‘child wasting’.

MasterCard launches India innovation centre

US-based fintech company Mastercard has announced to launch and innovation center in India with an aim to solve problems faced by its specially in India in technology and financial enablement areas. This will be MasterCard’s second innovation center, first one was launched in Singapore and is ninth globally.

MasterCard also had recently signed a MoU with Andhra Pradesh Government to collaboratively provide safe and secure digital solutions at state level. At India innovation centre, MasterCard will recognize, work and experiment future technologies with various financial institutions and merchant partners from the Fintech community.

The areas to be covered will be digital payments, data solutions, financial inclusion, alternative payments, safety and security.

The support will also be provided by the lab startups developing next generation, breakthrough commerce solutions through Mastercard’s Start Path program.

An investment of over $750 million in the next five years has already been announced by the MasterCard.

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