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Day To Day Current Affairs - 19th October

Day To Day Current Affairs - 19th October 2014

1.    Joko Widodo is the new Indonesian President 
i. Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's new President om Monday, facing the challenges of rebooting a slowing economy and working with a potentially hostile opposition that has already landed some early blows against his administration. 
ii. Widodo, the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country's established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at parliament in the capital, Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and US Secretary of State John Kerry. 
iii. A former furniture salesman, the 53-year-old Widodo rose from humble beginnings to become Jakarta's governor before winning July's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote.

Note: Indonesia is the biggest economy in Southeast Asia, and about 90 percent of its 250 million people are Muslims, more than any other nation. 

2.    WHO declares Nigeria free of Ebola
i. The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease.
ii. Nigeria’s containment of the lethal disease is a “spectacular success story,” WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Nigeria reported 20 cases of Ebola, including eight deaths. One of those who died was an airline passenger who brought Ebola to Nigeria and died soon after.
iii. WHO said Nigeria had traced nearly every contact of Ebola patients in the country, all of whom were linked to the country’s first patient, a Liberian man who arrived with symptoms in Lagos and later died
iv. The disease continues to spread rapidly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and has claimed more than 4,500 lives.

3.    BJP emerged as the largest party in the 2014 Assembly Elections of Maharashtra
i. Election Commission of India on 19 October 2014 announced the results of the 2014 Assembly elections of Maharashtra. The elections were held on 15 October 2014 for total 288 seats. 
ii. Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) by winning 122 seats emerged as the largest party but none of the parties succeeded in securing a clear majority. 63.13 percent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra. The elections were held for 288 seats

4.    BJP won the Assembly Elections of Haryana; secured majority for the first time
iBharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won the state assembly elections of Haryana. The results of the elections were announced by the Election Commission of India on 19 October 2014. 
ii. BJP by securing 47 seats emerged as the largest party, with clear majority. The elections were held for total 90 seats on 15 October 2014. In this elections, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 percent.

5.    MP to celebrate 2015 as Tourism Year
i. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared that 2015 would be celebrated as Tourism Year in the State and said that during the year Madhya Pradesh’s tourism potential would be displayed before the world.
ii. The Chief Minister further said that Madhya Pradesh would be developed as pioneer State in tourism sector and added State had immense potential for tourism.
iii. The State Government had chalked out a pro-active policy. Impressive tourism infrastructures were being constructed in the State, he added.
iv. New tourist circuits were being developed. The State had also immense potential of religious tourism. Sanchi, Khajuraho and Bhim Bhetka were world heritage.
v. Madhya Pradesh has also a number of National Parks and sanctuaries. The state government wishes to develop tourism facilities for every section so that people can spend some peaceful time in present-day complex life.

6.    Union Cabinet approved inter-governmental MoU to upgrade Chabahar port of Iran
i. The Union Cabinet on 18 October 2014 approved an inter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran to upgrade the Chabahar port Phase-I.
ii. Under the Chabahar port Phase-I project India will set up a Joint Venture (JV) Company with an investment of 85.21 million US dollar and operate the port for 10 years, through a leasing agreement.
iii. The Company will equip two fully-constructed berths in Chabahar port within 12 months, one as a container terminal and second as a multi-purpose cargo terminal.

About Chabahar port
Chabahar port is located in the Sistan-Baluchistan Province on south-eastern coast of Iran, which lies outside the Persian Gulf and it is easily accessed from western coast of India. India can access to Zaranj in Afghanistan which is at a distance of 883 km by using Chahbahar port.

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