Daily Current Affairs: GK Today- 30 October 2017

India organises tourism promotion campaign in China’s Sanya

India has organised a tourism exchange seminar in China’s Sanya city as part of its efforts to create awareness about the country’s tourist destinations.

Indian Consulate in the Guangzhou organised ‘India-China (Sanya) Tourism Exchange Seminar’ at Sanya. The seminar was one among a series of events organised as part of the continued efforts to create awareness about India’s tourism destinations.

The seminar was held to coincide with a 3-day Global Yoga Exchange Conference 2017 being organised in Sanya where many prominent Indian Yoga Gurus are participating.

China is currently world’s top tourism source market. In 2016, around 135 million Chinese travelled overseas.


NASA spots ‘interstellar object’ passing through solar system

In a first, NASA scientists have discovered an interstellar object – a small asteroid or comet that appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy.

The object – designated A- 2017 U1 – is less than 400 metres in diameter and is moving remarkably fast. A- 2017 U1 was discovered by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope during the course of its nightly search for near-Earth objects for NASA.

Astronomers are working to point telescopes around the world and in space at this notable object. Once these data are obtained and analysed, astronomers may know more about the origin and possibly composition of the object.


India to host UN wildlife summit in 2020

The UN for Environment Programme announced that India will host the next United Nations (UN) global wildlife conference in 2020.

An announcement in this regard was made in the Philippine capital on the last day of the six-day 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, or CMS COP12, the only international treaty devoted exclusively to migratory animal species. Delegates from over 120 countries had gathered there. The CMS COP is held once in three years.


Mobile Aadhar can now be used as ID proof to enter airports

According to a circular issued by aviation security agency Bureau of Civil Aviation and Security (BCAS), Mobile Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof to enter airports, while identification documents will not be required for minors accompanied by parents.

In its latest communication, the BCAS has said that passengers entering an airport premises need to produce any one of the 10 identity proofs, which include passport, voter ID card, Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar, PAN card and driving licence.

A passbook issued by a nationalised bank, pension card, disability photo identification and service photo ID card of central/state government, PSU, local bodies and private limited company will also be acceptable.

Differently-abled people will have to produce a disability photo ID or a medical certificate. Students also have the option to furnish a photo identity card issued by a government institute.


Visit of Chief of the Air Staff to Vietnam

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff is on an official visit to Vietnam from 30 Oct 17 to 03 Nov 17.

During his visit, he is scheduled to hold bilateral meeting with top brass of the Vietnam People’s Air Force and Air Defence (VPAF) on security challenges in the current geopolitical scenario and explore ways to deepen the defence cooperation further. The main focus of the visit would be on improving bilateral relations, promoting defence ties and evolving steps to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two Air Forces.

The CAS would visit the Headquarters of Vietnam People’s Air Force and Air Defence (VPAF) and a few operational air bases as well.