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12 October, 2019 Current Affairs

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature has been announced along with the 2018 Prize.
Austrian author Peter Handke has won the 2019 Prize while Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk has received the 2018 Prize.
Tokarczuk becomes just the 15th woman to have won the prestigious distinction, out of 116 literature laureates honoured since 1901.

The Reserve Bank of India has given its final nod to the Kerala Government for the formation of the Kerala Bank.
With its formation, the proposed Kerala Bank will be the largest banking network in the state.

Government has constituted a 12 member committee of officers to suggest measures to augment Goods and Services Tax revenue.
The panel comprising state-level GST commissioners and central government officials has been asked to suggest urgent measures to arrest the fall in tax revenues and suggest steps to be taken to improve revenue collection.
The panel comprises state GST commissioners of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab besides central government officials including Principal Commissioner of GST and Joint Secretary (Revenue).
This development took place ten days after the collection for the month of September was found to dip to ₹91,916 crores, the lowest after February 2018.
The Government has set a target of collecting over ₹1 lakh crore every month during the current fiscal.

The first-of-its-kind 'Garbage Cafe' commenced in Ambikapur city of Chhattisgarh. In this unique Cafe', poor people and rag pickers will get free food in exchange for one kilogram of plastic, while breakfast will be provided if half a kilogram of plastic is brought to the cafe.

The Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is organizing the 38th India Carpet Expo (15th in Varanasi) from 11th- 14th October 2019 in Sampurnanand Sanskrit University Ground in Varanasi.

In Uttar Pradesh, the first 2-day long National Hindi Science writers conference started in Lucknow.
The aim of this conference is to release science writing from the clutches of English and to promote the use of Hindi and other vernacular languages.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan along with several State Health Ministers launched Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan, SUMAN, initiative in New Delhi.
The initiative was launched during the 13th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare.

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal will attend the 9th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, RCEP Intersessional Ministerial meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.
This will be the last Ministerial before the 3rd Leaders Summit to be held on the 4th of next month in Bangkok.
The 9th Intersessional Ministerial Meeting comes at a crucial stage where the RCEP is scheduled to be announced as concluded in November this year.

Singapore will become the first country in the world to ban advertisements for the most unhealthy sugary drinks.
The health ministry called the ban as its latest move to combat rising diabetes rates.