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News in Short - 17-October-2019

Andhra Pradesh launches Rythu Bharosa scheme

Date: 17 October 2019 Tags: Agriculture
  • Andhra Pradesh CM Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy has launched the Rythu Bharosa assistance scheme for farmers of the state.
  •  Rythu Bharosa is a welfare scheme under which financial assistance of 13,500 will be provided to the farmers of the state.
  • The list of eligible farmers will be prepared and financial assistance will be given to them as per the scheme.
  • Under this flagship scheme, the amount will be deposited in three instalments of 7500, 4000,2000 based on the cropping season.

Yashasvi Jaiswal becomes youngest cricketer to hit limited overs double century

Date: 17 October 2019 Tags: Sports
  • Mumbai cricketer Yashasvi Jaiswal has become the youngest player at 17 years to hit a double century in limited overs first-class cricket.
  • Jaiswal scored 203 runs from 154 balls against Jharkhand in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019.
  • Jaiswal also became the seventh Indian batsman to score a double century in List A cricket and fourth to achieve it in the domestic circuit. 

India reduces import of Malaysian palm oil

Date: 17 October 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Indian refiners have stopped buying Malaysian palm oil for shipment in November and December fearing New Delhi could raise import taxes or enforce other measures to curb imports.
  • India is considering restricting imports of some products from Malaysia including palm oil after Kuala Lumpur criticized New Delhi for its actions in Kashmir.
  • India is the largest buyer of Malaysian palm oil and lower purchase by it could lead to higher inventories and put pressure on Malaysian palm oil prices .
  • It could also help rival Indonesia increase its shipments to India.

Global Hunger Index

Date: 17 October 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • India has obtained a rank of 102 among 117 countries with a score of 30.3 in the Global Hunger Index that has been released recently.
  • The Global Hunger Index or GHI scores countries on a 100-point severity scale, where zero is the best score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst.
  • The GHI is a peer-reviewed annual report, jointly published by Ireland's Concern Worldwide and Germany's Welthungerhilfe.
  • Among India’s neighbours, Pakistan at 94, Bangladesh 88 and Nepal 73 , fare better than India.