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Current Affairs 18-10-2018

A.P. hamlets shine in rural survey
Rural Development Ministry conducts a gap analysis of more than 3.5 lakh villages in the country Kuligod in Karnataka’s Belagavi district is the country’s best developed village, but more than a third of the gram panchayats ranked in the top 10 are in Andhra Pradesh, according to the findings of an ongoing Rural Development Ministry survey.

SC bars States from diverting money from CAMPA funds.
The Supreme Court has barred State governments from diverting money from their Compensatory Afforestation and Management Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds meant for environmental protection, rehabilitation of displaced persons due to issues like depletion of forest, mining, etc.

The apex court’s order came after realising that the Punjab government took Rs. 1.11 crore from CAMPA funds and to pay its lawyers and other legal expenses.

India, China set to resume drill
India and China will resume the annual joint Army exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand’ in December in China’s Chengdu region, an Army official said. The drill was cancelled last year due to tense relations in the aftermath of the Doklam standoff.

China tests world’s largest unmanned drone
China has successfully tested the world’s largest unmanned transport drone which can carry a payload of 1.5 tonnes, official media reported on Wednesday. A commercial drone Feihong-98 (FH-98) developed and modified by the China Academy of Aerospace Electronics Technology made a test flight in the Baotou site in north China

UN launches mental health strategy
The United Nations has launched a strategy to deal with workplace mental health issues and the well-being of its staff.

UN staff struggling with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder have reported feeling isolated and ashamed, with no one to turn to for help, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

Puerto Rico’s insects affected by climate change
After bees and birds, insects and other arthropods have also suffered massive losses, a study from a Puerto Rico forest published, citing the impact of climate change.

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