Current Affairs, October 2020

27th October, Current Affairs:

• India and US today held the 3rd bilateral two plus two Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi and signed the landmark defence pact BECA. The signing of BECA is significant as it allows India to use global geospatial maps of the United.
• NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed the presence of water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.

24th October, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Modi inaugurates India's biggest cardiac hospital at U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Center in Ahmedabad. He also launched the world's longest temple ropeway project at Girnar in Junagadh. Girnar ropeway project consists a total of 25 cabins and is of 2.3 kilo meters length and 900 meters height.
• Indian Navy has operationalized the first batch of three Women Pilots on Dornier Aircraft by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi.
• Pakistan will remain on the grey list of global terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
• Today is United Nations Day. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter.
• The Income Tax Department on Saturday extended the deadline for individual assesses to file their returns for financial year 2019-20 (assessment year 2020-21) till 31st December.

22nd October, Current Affairs:

• India starts to celebrate Durga Puja from today.
• INS Kavaratti, an Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvette was commissioned into the Indian Navy today by Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane at a ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
• India today successfully carried out the final trial of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)-developed Nag anti-tank guided missile with a warhead.
• The Union labour ministry has revised the base year of the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers to reflect the latest consumption patterns of the target group.

21st October, Current Affairs:

• The Union Cabinet approved the adoption of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 that was amended by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
• Shikhar Dhawan became the first batsman to score hundreds in consecutive matches in Indian Premier League (IPL) when he scored his second straight hundred during Delhi Capitals' match against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai.
• The Police Commemoration Day is celebrated today.

20th October, Current Affairs:

• The poll spending limit for candidates contesting Lok Sabha and Assembly elections has been enhanced by 10 percent. The notification issued by the Law Ministry last night said the maximum expenditure a candidate can incur for campaigning in Lok Sabha polls is now Rs. 77 lakh. For Assembly election, it has been hiked from Rs. 28 lakh to Rs. 30.80 lakh.
• India successfully test fired the Stand-Off Anti-Tank Missile named as SANT. It will be inducted in the Indian Air Force.
• Punjab became the first State in the country to formally reject the Central government’s three agriculture sector legislations, with its Legislative Assembly unanimously passing three Bills to negate the Union laws.

19th October, Current Affairs:

• Former World Champion Nozomi Okuhara clinched the Denmark Open title badminton championship after beating three-time world champion Carolina Marin in women's singles.
• The 8th annual joint exercise between Indian and Sri Lankan navies - SLINEX-20 - will begin today off Trincomalee coast.
• Mumbai Metro has resumed its services today after being shut for nearly seven months due to Covid-19 pandemic.
• BRAHMOS, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai.
• Israel and Bahrain signed an agreement at Manama to establish formal diplomatic ties.

17th October, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's centre-left Labour Party won a landslide victory in New Zealand's general election.
• India ranked 94 among 107 nations in the Global Hunger Index 2020.
• Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF have received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct an adaptive phase 2/3 human clinical trial for Sputnik V vaccine in the country.
• The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed today.

16th October, Current Affairs:

• World Food Day being observed today. The day marks the foundation of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945.
• Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has resigned after days of protests over a disputed parliamentary election.

15th October, Current Affairs:

• India has been ranked No. 3, after China and the US, in recording the highest number of natural disasters over the last 20 years (2000-2019). In a report released by the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
• Today is observe as World Student Day. United Nations Organization declared October 15 as World Students' Day in 2010 in honour of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India.
• India's first Oscar winner, costume designer Bhanu Athaiya died at her home after prolonged illness. She was 91.

12th October, Current Affairs:

• US economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson won the Nobel Economics Prize for work on commercial auctions.
• Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has virtually inaugurated and dedicated as many as 44 different bridges of Border Roads Organisation across the country, today.
• The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a commemorative coin of 100 rupees in honour of Vijaya Raje Scindia.
• Union minister Jitendra Singh said that interview for recruitment in government jobs has been abolished in 23 states and eight union territories so far, according to a Personnel Ministry statement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested abolition of interview and making the job selection totally on the basis of written test.

11th October, Current Affairs:

• World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October.
• Iga Swiatek defeated fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 to win her maiden French Open title. Swiatek became the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam singles title.
• Kuwait’s new crown prince Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber took the oath of office.
• The International Day of the Girl Child is observed today.
• Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic for French Open men's singles title. Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to win his 20th Grand Slam title.

9th October, Current Affairs:

• The Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 has been awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP).
• Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan passed away late on Thursday.
• Union Minister Piyush Goyal today was assigned the additional charge of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He was given the additional charge following the death of Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) founder and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
• India today successfully test fired the ‘Rudram’ Anti-Radiation Missile from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft off the east coast. It is the tactical anti-radiation missile that the Indian Air Force can launch from its Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets to take down enemy radars and surveillance systems. The Missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

8th October, Current Affairs:

• Indian Air Force celebrates its 88th anniversary today. The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932.
• American poet Louise Glück has won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice".
• The Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) which is first of its kind in the country will be jointly set up by World Economic Forum and Guidance in Tamil Nadu. The Advanced Manufacturing HUB or AMHUB is one of the 19 platforms designed by the WEF.
• The Government of India (GoI) has appointed M. Rajeshwar Rao as the new Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

7th October, Current Affairs:

• Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the United States today won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for developing the gene-editing technique known as the CRISPR-Cas9 DNA snipping "scissors".
• The University Grants Commission (UGC) today announced a list of 24 fake universities in the country, with the maximum of them operating from Uttar Pradesh followed by Delhi. While eight of these universities are from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi has seven, and Odisha and West Bengal two each.

6th October, Current Affairs:

• The 12th BRICS Summit will be held on 17th November 2020 via video conference. The theme of the Meeting of the Leaders of BRICS countries which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.
• Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering work on space involving the black holes and the Milky Way's darkest secret.

5th October, Current Affairs:

• Two Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and one British-born scientist Michael Houghton won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for work in identifying the Hepatitis C virus.
• The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully flight-tested supersonic missile assisted release of 'SMART' torpedo. The system, Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) was successfully flight-tested from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
• The World Habitat Day is observed today. The day is observed on the first Monday of October month every year.

3rd October, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel, which reduces the distance between Manali and Leh. It will reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours. Atal Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in the world, and the 9.02 km long tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year.
• India today successfully test-fired a new version of nuclear-capable Shaurya missile off the coast of Odisha, which can strike targets at around 800 kms.

2nd October, Current Affairs:

• Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on their Birth Anniversary today. Mahatma Gandhi's Birth Anniversary is also observed as the International Day of Non-Violence.
• The Swachh Bharat Awards-2020 were given to States, Districts, Blocks and Village Panchayats today by Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Under the Swachh Sundar Samudayik Shouchalaya category Gujarat bagged the first position at state level whereas Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu got the Award for cleanliness at District Level.

1st October, Current Affairs:

• Uttar Pradesh becomes first state in country to undertake over one crore tests to screen Corona virus.
• Home Ministry has issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones.
• A custom-made B777 aircraft, which will be used to fly the President, Vice President and Prime Minister, has arrived in Delhi from the US today. The B777 planes will have state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).
• Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS 'Kanaklata Barua' of the Indian Coast Guard was commissioned at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd in Kolkata. It is the fifth and final ship in the series of FPVs for the Indian Coast Guard and this is also the 105th vessel delivered by the defence PSU shipyard.

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