Current Affairs, October 2021

31st October, Current Affairs:

• National Unity Day is observed today to pay tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
• Actor Puneeth Rajkumar was laid to rest at Kanteerava Studios in Bengaluru with full state honours. He passed away on October 29 after suffering a heart attack. He was 46 years old.
• The Indian Navy received its first P15B stealth guided-missile destroyer. The destroyer was being built at Mazgaon Dock Limited (MDL).
• South Africa's left-arm leg spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has broken the record for most wickets in a calendar year in T20Is during his team's third game of the ongoing T20 World Cup, against Sri Lanka in Sharjah. The leg-spinner now has 32 wickets to his name in 2021.

30th October, Current Affairs:

• World leaders meet in Rome for the G202 Summit. Italy has been holding the presidency of the G20 since December last year. The G20 is a leading global forum that brings together the world's major economies. Its members account for more than 80 per cent of the global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent of the population of the planet.
• The bypolls to three Lok Sabha seats and 29 Assembly constituencies in 13 states and a union territory conducted today. Among the 29 Assembly constituencies going to the bypolls, five are in Assam, four in West Bengal, three each in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, two each in Bihar, Karnataka and Rajasthan and one seat each in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Telangana.
• Elon Musk has become the first human to be worth more than $300 billion. His fortune surged by over $10 billion in one day after Tesla became the first automaker to be valued over a trillion dollars.
• Former England wicket-keeper batter Sarah Taylor has become the first woman coach in men's professional franchise cricket after she was named assistant coach of Team Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi T10 league beginning November 19.

29th October, Current Affairs:

• The government has extended the term of Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das by another three years up to December 2024.
• Facebook changed its parent company name to "Meta".
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Rome to attend the G20 Summit. Modi's visit to Rome is the first by an Indian PM in 12 years.
• Actor Puneeth Rajkumar died in a Bengaluru hospital today after suffering a heart attack. He was 46.

28th October, Current Affairs:

• India successfully test-fired the Agni-5, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile that can accurately strike targets up to 5,000 km away.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 18th ASEAN-India Summit today via video conferencing.

27th October, Current Affairs:

• The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed today.
• The national sports awards committee today released the names of 11 athletes nominated for the Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna and 35 for the Arjuna award for 2021. Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj and football legend Sunil Chhetri are among the athletes nominated for this year's Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna Award.
• Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has appointed Indian-origin Canadian politician Anita Anand as new Defence Minister of Canada.

25th October, Current Affairs:

• Debutant director PS Vinothraj’s Tamil film Koozhangal (Pebbles) has been announced as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2022.
• The 67th National Film awards were presented by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today. While actor Rajinikanth was conferred with 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Manoj Bajpayee, Kangana Ranaut and Dhanush won acting honours. Manoj Bajpayee got the Best Actor award for his film ‘Bhonsle’ and Dhanush got it for ‘Asuran’. Actress Kangana Ranaut received the Best Actress award for her film ‘Manikarnika’ and ‘Panga’.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, one of the largest pan-India schemes for strengthening healthcare infrastructure in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

21st October, Current Affairs:

• The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore milestone today. Around 75% of India's all eligible adult population has been administered at least the first dose and around 31% has received both the doses of the vaccine.
• The Union Cabinet has approved a 3 per cent dearness allowance and dearness relief hike for central government employees and pensioners.
• Pakistan will continue to remain under ‘increased monitoring’ or the ‘grey list’ of the FATF (Financial Action Task Force), for non-compliance in one critical parameter on checking terrorism in the country it had agreed to.

20th October, Current Affairs:

• At least 34 people are dead and five are missing as heavy rainfall battered Uttarakhand for a third straight day today.
• India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States decided to launch a new quadrilateral economic forum.
• India's Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath awarded life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), joining 16 other cricketers who were given the honour this year.

18th October, Current Affairs:

• The first black United States’ Secretary of State and top military officer Colin Powell died at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications.
• Russian actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko returned to Earth Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit.

17th October, Current Affairs:

• At least 21 people have been killed in Kerala as heavy rain triggered landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts.
• Sunil Chhetri equalled the iconic Lionel Messi with his 80th international strike as an inspired India blanked Nepal 3-0 for their eighth SAFF Championship title.
• Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan go past Lasith Malinga's previous record of 107 wickets and become the highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals after taking wickets in the T20 match against Scotland.

16th October, Current Affairs:

• Chennai Super Kings clinched their fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title, beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in the 2021 final at the Dubai International Stadium.
• Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batter, Ruturaj Gaikwad held the Orange Cap, while Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowler Harshal Patel took the Purple Cap in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
• China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked today at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay.
• NASA launched a spacecraft called Lucy on a 12-year mission to explore Jupiter's Trojan asteroids for the first time on Saturday, gathering new insights into the solar system's formation.

15th October, Current Affairs:

• Vijaya Dashami is celebrated today.
• India has slipped to 101st position in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 of 116 countries, from its 2020 position of 94th. Eighteen countries, including China, Brazil and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI score of less than five.
• Former Indian wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni became the first captain to lead 300 matches in the T20 format.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated to the nation seven new defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs), carved out of the erstwhile Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which was dissolved on October 1.

14th October, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Rs 100 lakh crore national master plan called “Gati Shakti National Master Plan”.
• American President, Joe Biden formally recognize October 11 as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in USA.
• Former higher education secretary, Amit Khare, was appointed as advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
• As per the Henley Passport Index 2021, in the lists the most travel-friendly passports of the world, India ranked at 90th place this year. Japan and Singapore have topped the list as their passports holders are allowed to travel across 192 countries visa-free.
• Rumeysa Gelgi from Turkey becomes the tallest living woman in the world with a height of 215.16cm (7ft 0.7in).

12th October, Current Affairs:

• The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Covid-19 has granted emergency use approval to Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children in the 2-18 years age group.
• Former bureaucrat Amit Khare has been appointed as advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for two years on contract basis
• World Arthritis Day is observed today. This year's theme is 'don’t delay, connect today'.
• Ireland's Amy Hunter became the youngest player to score an ODI century, striking an unbeaten 121 against Zimbabwe on her 16th birthday, bettering the record previously held by India's Mithali Raj. The record previously held by India's Mithali Raj, who scored 114 not out against Ireland at the age of 16 years and 205 days in June 1999.
• Germany becomes first team to qualify for 2022 World Cup.
• Captain Sunil Chhetri equalled the legendary Pele with his 77th international goal as his 83rd minute strike helped India beat Nepal 1-0 in the SAFF Championships.

11th October, Current Affairs:

• Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, has joined Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the world’s most exclusive wealth club with a fortune of at least $100 billion.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Indian Space Association (ISpA). The space association is represented by leading home grown and global corporations with advanced capabilities in space and satellite technologies.
• Three U.S-based economists won the 2021 Nobel prize for economics on Monday for work on drawing conclusions from unintended experiments, or so-called “natural experiments.”. David Card of the University of California at Berkeley was awarded one half of the prize, while the other half was shared by Joshua Angrist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Guido Imbens from Stanford University.
• Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in Alexander Schallenberg, currently the foreign minister, as chancellor.

8th October, Current Affairs:

• Indians who are fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other UK-approved vaccine will not be quarantined when they arrive in Britain from October 11.
• Tata Sons today won the bid for acquiring national carrier Air India offering Rs 18,000 crore for acquiring 100 per cent shareholding.
• The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia.

7th October, Current Affairs:

• Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize in literature for works that explore the legacies of imperialism on uprooted individuals.
• Wrestler Anshu Malik became the first Indian woman to win silver in World Championships as she went down fighting against Helen Maroulis in women's 57kg final in Oslo.
• FICCI's Economic Outlook Survey projects 9.1% GDP growth for India for FY22.

6th October, Current Affairs:

• The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry today awarded to German scientist Benjamin List and Scotland-born scientist David WC MacMillan “for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis.”
• India's Harmanpreet Singh and Gurjit Kaur won men's and women's the best player awards respectively while PR Sreejesh and Savita won the men's and women's best goalkeeper awards in the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Hockey Stars Awards 2020/21.

5th October, Current Affairs:

• Scientists Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics for their “groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems”.
• India men and women's national hockey teams will not participate in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
• A Russian crew of two cosmonauts, a movie director and an actress blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) today to shoot the first movie in space. The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft is set to dock at 1212 GMT at the station, which orbits Earth at an altitude of around 220 miles (354 km). The Russian movie titled "The challenge" focuses on a story of a doctor, portrayed by actress Yulia Peresild.

4th October, Current Affairs:

• US scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the Nobel Medicine Prize 2021 for discoveries on receptors for temperature and touch.
• Russia today tested a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine in the Barents Sea in the Arctic. Hypersonic missiles travel at over five times the speed of sound and can change direction midway making it very difficult to intercept.
• Pakistan captain Babar Azam became the fastest batsman to complete 7,000 runs in the T20 format, surpassing the likes of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli to reach the milestone. Babar achieved the feat during the National T20 Cup match between Southern Punjab and Central Punjab in Rawalpindi.
• Shree Saini becomes the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss World America.

3rd October, Current Affairs:

• West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee won the Bhabanipur Assembly bypoll on Sunday by a record margin of 58,832 votes against her nearest rival Priyanka Tibrewal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This victory makes Ms. Banerjee a member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and will allow her to continue as Chief Minister of West Bengal.
• In Uttarakhand, the joint military exercise Surya Kiran-15 between the armies of India and Nepal ended today in Pithoragarh.
• The procurement of paddy in Haryana and Punjab will start today.
• The pink ball Test between India women and Australia women ended in a draw today at the Carrara Oval in Queensland.

2nd October, Current Affairs:

• Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated today to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
• Nation also paid tributes to Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary.
• Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry becomes the first woman cricketer to have achieved the double of 5,000 runs and 300 wickets in international cricket.

1st October, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the second phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). PM Modi said the main aim of Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 is to make the "cities garbage-free".
• Indian women's team opener Smriti Mandhana became the first Indian woman cricketer to reach the three-figure mark on Australian soil in Tests. Mandhana also became the first Indian woman to score a ton in pink-ball cricket.