Current affairs updated on Dec 2019

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31st OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1999 EgyptAir Flight 990 crash

  • 1984 Indira Gandhi assassinated

  • 1978 South Yemen adopts constitution


NATIONAL


  • Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde appointed next Chief Justice of India (CJI), will take oath on Nov 18

  • Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day observed on October 29

  • Delhi Police doubles ‘PRAKHAR’ anti-street crime vans


WORLD


  • 2 killed in as an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck the southern Philippines

  • Argentina’s Rafael Grossi elected new Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

  • PM Modi calls on Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh.

  • PM Modi meets King Abdullah II of Jordan in Riyadh

  • Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui wins Golden Dragon Award at the Cardiff International Film Festival in Scotland

  • Japan’s Sadako Ogata, the first woman to head the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR, dies at 92


ECONOMY


  • BSE Sensex: 39,832 (+582), NSE Nifty: 11,786.85 (+160)

  • Finance Minister chairs Governing Council (GC) meeting of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)

  • RBI imposes penalty of Rs 1 crore on Bandhan Bank for not bringing down the promoter shareholding to 40%

  • India exported organic products worth Rs 5,151 crore in 2018-19: APEDA

  • APEDA: Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority

  • India, US sign SOI (Statement of Intent) to strengthen dialogue on defence technology cooperation

  • CBI arrests Pailan group chief Apurba Saha in Kolkata Rs 574-crore ponzi scam case

SPORTS


  • ICC bans Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh for two years over breach of Anti-Corruption Code for not reporting being approached by a bookie during IPL in April 2018.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE







29th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 2005 Bombings in Delhi

  • 1998 Oldest person to fly in space

  • 1863 Red Cross founded


NATIONAL

  • Delegation of European Union Members of Parliament (MPs) calls on PM Modi and VP M. Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi

  • Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada Colindres visits India, to reopen country’s embassy in New Delhi


WORLD

  • European Union agrees new January 31, 2020 Brexit deadline; UK not leaving EU on October 31

  • Alberto Fernandez of Frente de Todos party elected new President of Argentina

  • Prominent Soviet-era dissident Vladimir Bukovsky dies at the age of 76 in England


ECONOMY


  • Air India depicts ‘Ik Onkar’ on tail of aircraft on Amritsar-Stansted flight to mark 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev


SPORTS


  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One Mexican Grand Prix at Mexico City

  • Armenia’s Evgeny Shtembuliak (Open) and Russia’s Polina Shuvalova (Girls) win World Junior (under-20) Chess titles in Delhi


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE






27th OCTOBER



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1999 Shooting in the Armenian Parliament

  • 1838 State of Missouri Passes the Extermination Order

  • 1682 City of Philadelphia Founded



NATIONAL 


  • UP govt. breaks its Guinness World Record for the largest display of oil lamps by lighting 5.5 lakh diyas in Ayodhya

  • Odisha Govt. ties up with UNICEF to provide safe drinking water under ‘Drink From Tap Mission’

  • Birender Singh Yadav appointed as India’s next Ambassador to Iraq

 

WORLD

  • Third International Day of Diplomats was celebrated in Madagascar’s capital on October 24

  • Ministerial meeting of BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) countries on Climate Change held in Beijing 

 

ECONOMY

  • World Bank President David Malpass calls on PM Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Delhi

  • Civil aviation sector in India is highly taxed, says Ajay Singh

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

 

  • Emperor Naruhito is the emperor of Japan.

  • DRDO developed the Akash missile system in India

 



26th OCTOBER

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 2001 Patriot Act Comes into Effect in the US

  • 1947 The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir Joins India

  • 1863 The Football Association is Formed


ECONOMY

  • BJP leader P.S. Sreedharan Pillai appointed Governor of Mizoram

  • Satya Pal Malik appointed new Governor of Goa

  • Girish Chandra Murmu appointed as the first Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

 

WORLD


  • Evo Morales re-elected as President of Bolivia

  • Incumbent Mokgweetsi Masisi wins another five-year term as President of Botswana

  • Britain’s Natural History Museum names blind and wingless beetle after Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg


SPORTS

  • Karnataka defeat Tamil Nadu to lift the Vijay Hazare trophy in cricket in Bengaluru


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • A&B organized the International Rail Conference 2019

  • DRDO is working on manufacturing a hypersonic missile to strengthen the armed forces





25th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1962 Uganda joins the UN

  • 1940 First African-American made general in US military

  • 1760 George III starts his reign


ECONOMY


  • India’s foreign exchange reserves rise to a new life-time high of USD 440.751 billion for the week ended October 18

  • Mahindra Two Wheelers Europe to fully acquire France-based Peugeot Motocycles (PMTC) for an undisclosed amount


NATIONAL


  • Lucknow-based City Montessori School entered Guinness Book of World Records for having largest number of students at 55,547

  • Odisha govt. launches social service initiative ‘Odisha Mo Parivar’ (Odisha, my family) aimed at encouraging environment protection, blood donation and the welfare of Odias in distress.


WORLD


  • Evo Morales re-elected as President of Bolivia

  • Incumbent Mokgweetsi Masisi wins another five-year term as President of Botswana

  • Britain’s Natural History Museum names blind and wingless beetle after Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • The International Rail Conference 2019 was held in India

  • D.Tuhin Kanta Pandey is appointed as the secretary of the Department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM)

  • A polio case reported for the last time in India in 2014.


24th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1945 United Nations founded

  • 1926 Last performance of Houdini

  • 1964 Zambian independence


ECONOMY


  • relaxes norms for setting up petrol pumps allowing non-oil companies to venture into the business

  • MSPs of rabi crops of 2019-20 hiked: Lentil by Rs 325 per quintal, gram by Rs 255 per quintal and of wheat by Rs 85 per quintal

  • accords ‘Maharatna’ status to PSUs HPCL and Power Grid Corporation, thus giving them greater operational and financial autonomy


NATIONAL


  • International Snow Leopard Day celebrated on October 23

  • Economist Bibek Debroy launches English translations of Hindu mythological texts in Sanskrit – ‘Markendya Purana’ and ‘The Bhagavad Gita’

  • Delhi HC directs Facebook, Google, Twitter to globally remove links to video disparaging Ramdev

  • CBSE, NCERT to launch ‘Tamanna’ (Try And Measure Aptitude And Natural Abilities) aptitude test for Class 9, 10 students



WORLD


  • Indian President lays foundation stone for Sri Sathya Sai Sanathana Samskruti Project at Sai no Sato, Kakegawa, Japan

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar attends Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan



GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  •  YES Bank won the DigiDhan Mission Digital Payments Award 2018-19

  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was formed in 2009

  • The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh is Pema Khandu



23rd OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 2001 Apple announces the first iPod Player

  • 1998 Swatch Announces Internet Time

  • 1964 Jean-Paul Sartre Turns Down Nobel Prize


ECONOMY




NATIONAL


  • Indian Army to conduct exercise codenamed ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ in the deserts of Rajasthan from Nov 29 to Dec 4.

  • Bureaucrat Braj Raj Sharma appointed Chairman of Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

  • Bureaucrat Pankaj Kumar appointed CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

  • Union Health Ministry to launch nationwide immunisation program under ‘Mission Indradhanush 2.0’ from December 2


ENVIRONMENT


  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 15, 2019 slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakhs on Goa government for the “absolute laxity and indifference” shown towards illegal mining and the failure on the part of the mining agency and the state in closing the mined out areas scientifically.


  • The NGT on October 15 directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to take steps to prevent polluting activities of units engaged in the process of manufacturing gitti (recycled plastic granules) for use of plastic pipes at Malegaon.


  • The NGT on October 15 directed the Centre and state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab to publish data of crop fire incidents, list of responsible officers and action taken reports on their websites.


WORLD


  • Liberal Party, led by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wins 157 seats in 338-seat House of Commons

  • President Kovind attends enthronement ceremony of Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  •  International Stuttering Awareness Day is observed at 22 october

  • The US Air Force receives its first anti-drone laser weapon from B.Raytheon

  • The Chief Justice of the J&K High Court is A.Gita Mittal



22nd OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 2008 India Launches its First Lunar Mission

  • 1779 First Person to Jump With a Parachute

  • 1936 End of the Long March in China


NATIONAL


  • Siachen area, world’s highest battlefield, now open to tourists: Defence Minister

  • Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel launches E-Portal, YouTube Channel of Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT)

  • UN World Food Programme (WFP) launches campaign ‘Feed Our Future’ against hunger and malnutrition in India

  • Nepali officers begin training on ‘Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism’ in India at the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN), Bengaluru

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

  • Five people die each week in Bristol as a result of high levels of air pollution, a study has revealed.

  • The UK needs 1.5bn new trees to tackle the climate crisis – a Northumberland project is showing one way forward

 

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Raunak Sadhwani becomes India’s 65th chess Grandmaster at 13 years, nine months and 28 days

  • Andy Murray wins men’s singles title at European Open tennis in Antwerp

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

 

  •  A.Safdarjang Hospital is the first Central Government hospital in India to start the latest Robot Surgery facility.

  • Germany has announced it plans to invest 200 million euros in reforming the bus sector in Tamil Nadu.

  • IAF is to acquire 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).

 



21th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1943 Provisional Government of Free India Declared by Subhas Chandra Bose

  • 2014 Oscar Pistorius Convicted for 5 Years


NATIONAL


  • Ex Attorney General K Parasaran given the ‘Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award’ by Age Care India in New Delhi

  • Tamil Nadu CM K. Palaniswami conferred honorary doctorate by the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

  • The Liberal Democrats have pledged to plant 60m trees every year if they get into government, increasing the UK’s forest cover by 1m hectares by 2045.

  • Amazon deforestation 'at highest level in a decade'

 

WORLD

 

  • Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan attends G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Okayama City, Japan

  • Britain asks EU for Brexit delay beyond the current October 31 deadline, EU leaders to decide

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  • C.B.S Nakal is the chairman of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO)

  • Novak Djokovic won the 48th edition 2019 Rolex Paris Masters. 

  • The first India International Science Festival (IISF) was held in chennai



 20th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 2011 Muammar Gaddafi is Captured

  • 1968 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis

  • 1962 War Breaks Out Between India and China


ECONOMY


  • India’s livestock population increased to 535 million.


ENVIRONMENT


  • The European Investment Bank has agreed to phase out its multibillion-euro financing for fossil fuels within the next two years to become the world’s first ‘“climate bank”.


  • Veneto’s regional council rejected a plan to combat climate change minutes before its offices on the Grand Canal, in Venice, were flooded, it has emerged as the city continues to battle high water levels.


WORLD


  • Indian President addresses the India-Philippines Business Conclave and the 4th ASEAN-India Business Summit in Manila

  • Indian President gifts a statue of goddess Tara to his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte

  • Union Finance Minister. Nirmala Sitharaman attends Annual Meetings of IMF and the World Bank Group in Washington DC

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • B.Jair Bolsonaro is the President of Brazil.

  • IIT-Kharagpur  invented methods to generated electricity from clothes drying in the natural ambience





19th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 2005 Trial of Saddam Hussein Begins

  • 1914 First Battle of Ypres

  • 1943 Streptomycin is Discovered


ECONOMY


  • The first set of trains for Chennai Metro’s Phase I extension project, from Washermenpet to Thiruvittiyur/Wimco nagar in North Chennai, was flagged off on Saturday


  • V Anantha Nageswaran has been appointed as a non-permanent member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to the Prime Minister, for a period of two years.


  • Former Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Vinay Dube, has joined budget carrier GoAir in an advisory role


ENVIRONMENT


  • Report claims 400,000 insect species face extinction amid heavy use of pesticides


  • New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time.


  • The climate crisis will determine the lifelong health of today’s children, doctors have warned, noting that global warming was already causing harm.


WORLD


  • President Kovind and Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte hold talks at the Malacanang Palace in Manila

  • International terror financing watchdog FATF (Financial Action Task Force) retains Pakistan on the Grey List

  • US imposes tariffs on USD 7.5 billion worth of EU goods including Airbus aircrafts, French wine and Scottish whiskies


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE



  • The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa

  • W. giri got the Bharat Ratna award before becoming the president of India

  • Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan is the first non-Indian to receive the Bharat Ratna



                                              18th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1867 Alaska Becomes a Part of the United States

  • 1851 Moby Dick is Published for the First Time

  • 2007 Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan after exile


ECONOMY


  • India rallied 51 nations to reject the memorandum of US Government asking developing nations to let go of their WTO Special and Differential Treatment flexibilities before 24 October 2019 failing which the US may reportedly name and shame them at the US trade representatives websites as also at the White House.


  • Cipla, India’s third-largest pharmaceutical company acquired Elores, a novel and patented anti-infective drug from Venus Remedies.


  • According to the Hurun Global Unicorn List 2019, India emerges as the third largest ecosystem for successful startups right behind China & the US


DEFENSE


  • India, Japan to hold joint military exercise from October 19


  • No human rights violation in J-K ever since Article 370 was abrogated: Rajnath Singh


ENVIRONMENT


  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 16, 2019 ordered the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) to stop the construction of a hotel in the cantonment area of Chamba district till the requisite consents are obtained.


  • Illegal mining is taking place within a distance of 20-30 metres from a river and a school at Beejadoah village in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh with the knowledge of the concerned officers


WORLD


  • European Union leaders will discuss a new budget plan today that could allow the bloc to spend up to 1.1 trillion euros ($1.2 trillion) in the 2021-2027 period


  • China's economy grew at its slowest pace since the early 1990s in the third quarter, official figures showed.


  • Boris Johnson will attempt to persuade MPs to back his Brexit deal today ahead of what is expected to be a knife-edge vote in the Commons tomorrow.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • Mahatma Gandhi founded ‘Indian Opinion’ newspaper in 1903 in South Africa

  • Mother Teresa is known as “The Saint of Gutters”



   17th OCTOBER    



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1814 London Beer Flood

  • 1956 Bobby Fischer Wins the Chess Game of the Century

  • 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake Rocks California



ECONOMY


  • According to the ambitious scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 53.40 lakh houses were grounded a few days back while 27.17 lakh houses have been completed.


  • Netherlands to cooperate with India to become the food factory of the world


DEFENSE


  • The initiative to train veterans to the modern industrial needs in the IT sector has been taken jointly by the Indian Army, NASSCOM and US-based multinational financial services firm Wells Fargo which is also being supported by Amazon India.


  • Indian Army causes heavy damage to Pakistan side after 2 soldiers, 1 civilian killed in cross border firing


  • 292 cops martyred in India in the last one year



ENVIRONMENT


  • The Saharan silver ant, the world's fastest ant clocks nearly a metre per second in speed


  • Greece fights for its beaches and gets tough on plastic pollution


  • Asian metropolises top list of world’s greenest commuter cities


WORLD

  • Brexit will happen on Oct. 31 despite PM's unsigned delay request, UK says

  • Protests sweep Lebanon as fury at ruling elite grows over economic corruption


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  •  The book ‘Rajatarangini’ was written by Kalhan

 

  •  During the freedom struggle, Aruna Asaf Ali was a major woman organizer of underground activity in Quit india movement

 

  • The oldest form of composition of Hindustani Vocal Music is Khayal



 16th OCTOBER



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1964 First Chinese Nuclear Test

  • 1945 Food and Agriculture Organization established

  • 1923 The Walt Disney Company is Founded


ECONOMY


  • India's aim of being a $5 trillion economy 'challenging' but 'realisable': Nirmala Sitharaman


  • According to CEA KV Subramanian, it is the right time to invest in the country as labour cost and other expenditure would be lower owing to the slowing economy and that it is an investment which would spur economic growth.


  • The team of precision agriculture department has been working with Coffee Board of India to address the needs of the coffee farmers.


DEFENSE


  • The Indian Air Force will be flying its MiG 29 (UPG) and C-17 Globemaster alongside Oman's Eurofighter Typhoon and F-16, in this bilateral exercise.Exercise Eastern Bridge V is being held at the Air Force Base Masirah in Oman from October 17-26.


  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in his first interview since taking charge of South Block has strongly backed indigenous production of weapons for the armed forces.


ENVIRONMENT


  • Botswana rhinos risk wipeout as poaching rises, 9 rhinos were poached since april.


  • The intensity of summer algal blooms in large freshwater lakes worldwide has increased over the past three decades.


  • London police arrest 21 climate activists; protests heat up


WORLD


  • Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte was slightly injured in a fall from a motorcycle in the grounds of his residence, aides said on Thursday, but the 74-year-old fan of big bikes was recovering well.

  • High-resolution satellite images show that the construction of China’s first full-sized aircraft carrier is progressing steadily alongside expansive infrastructure work that analysts say suggests the ship will be the first of several large vessels produced at the site.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • Muslim League first demanded partition of India in 1940

  • Brahma Samaj mainly insisted upon Monotheism

  • The first to start a joint stock company to trade with India were the Portugese





                                                 15th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 2003 Shenzhou 5, China's first human space flight mission launched

  • 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1783 World’s First Manned Balloon Flight


ECONOMY


  • Indian chemical giant was defeated in court Friday by a small Philadelphia agrotech company that sued it for stealing its main trade secret


  • Nearly a fourth of their hybrid cotton seeds production of Kaveri next year would be through GMS technology and entire hybrid cotton seeds production will shift to GMS technology over the next 2-3 years.


DEFENSE


  • Article 370 abrogation a 'decisive battle' against proxy war and terrorism in Kashmir: Shah

  • The US carried out a secret cyber strike on Iran in wake of Saudi oil attack, officials say

  • China urges Turkey to 'stop military action' in Syria


ENVIRONMENT

  • Greta Thunberg tells Denver rally: 'We are the change'

  • Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate.

  • Wildfires burn out of control in Lebanon and Syria


WORLD

  • Trump: Kurds ‘may be releasing' ISIS prisoners in Syria to get the US involved

  • Riot police clashed with anti-government protesters across Hong Kong Sunday as masked activists vandalized businesses deemed sympathetic to Beijing in another weekend of chaos in the financial hub.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • EPROM stands for Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory


  • The confirmatory test for the HIV virus causing AIDS is called ELISA test.


  •  The discovery of viruses was made by Ivanowski



                                                            14th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1994 Two Israelis and a Palestinian Share the Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1947 First Human to Fly Faster than the Speed of Sound - Chuck Yeager

  • 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh Makes his Literary Debut

 

ECONOMY

  • Govt asks dal millers to import pulses by Oct 31, the industry seeks time till year-end

 

  • A group of 45 nations including India and China has insisted that countries must be allowed to make their own assessments regarding their developing country status. In a submission to the World Trade Organization (WTO)

 

  • The trade deficit hit a 7-month low of $10.86 bn as exports of petroleum, engineering and other goods fell while imports declined to a 3-year low of $36.89 bn, indicating weak domestic demand in a slowing economy.

 

DEFENSE

 

  • India will need to speed up the process to acquire Naval Multi-Role Helicopters for its Navy to deal with security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region, especially since China displayed its indigenously developed Z-20 choppers earlier this October.

 

  • Pakistan yet to respond to India's proposal to host meeting between BSF and Pak Rangers

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

  • Tigress Avni, blamed for 13 deaths, killed in Maharashtra

  • Brexit hits UK science funding and workforce

  • Houses 'rattled' as minor earthquakes shake Shropshire


WORLD

  • Unveiling the UK government plan, Queen Elizabeth says the priority is to exit the EU on Oct. 31

  • In 2020 campaign fight, Biden backers worry about being outgunned by Trump


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  •  The father of Economics is Adam Smith.


  • Economy survey is published by the Ministry of Finance.


  • Chairman of the Planning Commission in India is the Prime minister.




                                                       13th OCTOBER



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1792 Construction of the White House Begins

  • 1773 First Spiral Galaxy Discovered

  • 2012 Mauritanian President injured


ECONOMY


  • Maharashtra Elections: With redevelopment stuck, residents of 22 housing societies to boycott polls


  • Decrease in Pakistan's trade and fiscal deficits: Finance advisor


  • India recognizes the need for environmentally sustainable development strategy: IMF


DEFENSE


  • India's security vulnerabilities are going to be 'much greater' in times to come: NSA Doval


  • We will fight and win the next war with indigenous weapon systems: Army Chief Bipin Rawat


  • If you want to tackle terror in Pakistan, we'll send our armymen there: Rajnath Singh to Imran Khan



ENVIRONMENT


  • Karnataka Govt order to kill a man-eating tiger in Bandipur


  • New Climate Report: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more


WORLD


  • Trump imposes sanctions on Turkish officials over Syria incursion

  • Typhoon Hagibis: Death toll hits 66 as rescuers slog through mud

  • Climate disruption is helping drive rise in global hunger, report says


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • The headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation is in Rome

  • The headquarters of UNESCO is in Paris.

  • SAARC was founded in Dhaka.




                                          12th OCTOBER    


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1492 Christopher Columbus Steps Foot on the New World

  • 1964 First Multi-Person Space Flight

  • 1968 Equatorial Guinea Gains Independence


ECONOMY


  • The RBI MPC revised the GDP growth estimate to 6.1 percent from the earlier 6.9 percent.



  • During the reporting month, the Central bank had purchased $615 million and sold $4.687 billion in the spot market.


DEFENSE


  • The choppers, known as 'Tank Killers', provide close air support to armored formations and ground forces by flying at 'tree-top heights'.



ENVIRONMENT


  • Extinction Rebellion protests continue in London despite ban


  • The Japanese prime minister has said typhoon shelters "should be open to everyone" - after two homeless people were turned away during the country's worst storm in decades.


  • Electronic devices 'need to use recycled plastic' says The PolyCE campaign, funded by the European Commission


WORLD


  • California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria immediately, warning it could spark further destabilization of the region and a resurgence of the IS jihadist group.

 

 


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • The International Criminal Police Organisation(INTERPOL) has its headquarters at Paris.


  • Red Cross was founded by Trygve Lie.


  • The UN Day is celebrated on October 24th.

 





                                          11th OCTOBER



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1984 Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan First American Woman to walk in Space

  • 2000 100th Mission of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program

  • 1899 Second Boer War Begins


ECONOMY


  • Kaveri Seeds to adopt GMS technology for hybrid cotton seeds


  • Indian buyers slash Malaysian palm oil purchases fearing duty hike: Traders

  • India’s wholesale inflation eased to 0.33% in September, its lowest in more than three years led by lower inflation in fuel and manufactured goods.


DEFENSE


  • Ever since the abrogation of article 370 on August 5, there has been significant improvement in all the violence parameters in Kashmir," Lt Gen Singh told reporters here.


  • Amid drone sightings, security forces cleared to shoot down UAV on the international border


  • India calls for cooperation between FATF, UN to combat terror financing


ENVIRONMENT


  • Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago


  • Almost 400 all-time high temperatures were set in the northern hemisphere over the summer, according to an analysis of temperature records.


  • Central heating boilers 'put climate change goals at risk'


WORLD

  • Trump says acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan is stepping down

  • One man dies as wind-driven Los Angeles wildfire forces 100,000 to flee


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  •  The first UN agency to accept Palestine as its full member in October 2011 is UNESCO.


  •  National Dairy Research Institute is located in Karnal.


  •  The office of the UN General Institute Assembly is in New York.




                                                        10th OCTOBER




ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1970 Fijian independence

  • 1964 The Tokyo Summer Olympics Begin

  • 1933 United Airlines Boeing 247 explosion


ECONOMY


  • India will get more capacity to assess huge multinationals, for example, Google, Apple and Facebook working together inside their fringes under a proposed upgrade of decades-old principles.


  • The new toll policy considers exempting e-cars from toll or provide up to 50% discount.


  • India's negotiating position has emerged as a challenge to concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership due to its stance that it has witnessed limited benefits from the earlier trade agreements.


DEFENSE


  • Third suspected Pakistani drone spotted in Punjab


  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday displayed the lofty President's Colors to the Army Aviation Corps at a function here. 



  • India has denounced any direct or indirect money related help to terrorists and dread gatherings by countries that empower them to pursue their actions, including in shielding criminal arguments against them. 



ENVIRONMENT


  • Three scientists are awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries.


  • A lawsuit brought by 16 Alaska youths claims climate change will devastate the environment.


WORLD


  • A New Orleans-based hereditary qualities testing organization and its three principals will pay $42.6 million to determine charges they cheated the national government by paying kickbacks for referrals and charging for therapeutically pointless tests, the U.S. Branch of Justice said on Wednesday.


  • Turkish soldiers and their Syrian agitator partners assaulted the Kurdish state army in upper east Syria on Wednesday, beating them with airstrikes and gunnery before beginning a cross-outskirt ground activity that could change an eight-year-old war.



GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • The headquarters of the International Court of justice is at The Hague.


  • The first summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Corporation (FIPIC) was held in New Delhi


  • The first Asian Secretary-general of U.N.O. was Trygve Lie








                                       9th OCTOBER




ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 2012 Assassination Attempt on Malala Yousafzai

  • 1962 Ugandan independence

  • 1986 Phantom of Opera makes its theatrical debut


ECONOMY

  • SBI writes off Rs 76,600 crore of 220 defaulters.

  • Beijing sharply rebuked Washington on Tuesday for adding some top Chinese artificial intelligence startups to its blacklist, crushing hopes for progress in high-level talks aimed at ending a 15-month trade war between the both of them.


DEFENSE


  • Two custom-made B777 planes will be used to fly Prime Minister Narendra Modi from July next year, will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force, not of Air India, said a senior.


  • PM Modi releases stamp on Marshal of the Air Force, Arjan Singh


  • NHAI is planning land appreciation taxes to finance projects for India.


ENVIRONMENT


  • Antarctica's Emperor penguins will be in real difficulty come 2100 if the climate warms as expected.


  • Climate scientists say Greta Thunberg's efforts are building real momentum and how it’s very important.


WORLD


  • Delhi is set to turn into the principal Indian city to completely execute a law that ensures road sellers against the danger of expulsion, experts in the capital said on Thursday, five years after the milestone enactment was first presented.


  • U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions during an event to sign executive orders on "transparency in federal guidance and enforcement" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • Kathak is a classical dance form of Uttar Pradesh.


  • The first Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro


  • The total number of judges of the International Court of Justice(ICJ) is 15.



                                            8th OCTOBER



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1948 World’s first internal pacemaker implanted

  • 1919 World’s first transcontinental air race

  • 1871 Great Chicago fire begins


ECONOMY


  • India slips to 68th on Global Competitiveness Index; Singapore on top

  • India needs to invest in its foundations to attract foreign investors 

  • Cabinet hikes dearness allowance by 5% for government employees


DEFENSE


  • India, France to deepen defense ties; agree to combat terrorism


  • Moving quickly ahead on the administration's advantage monetization drive, the National Highways Authority of India has welcomed recommendations from offices to ponder and recognize a stock of street extends that can be monetized to meet its non-budgetary subsidizing prerequisite throughout the following couple of years. 


  • Back Admiral Mohit Gupta, leader of the recently made Defense Cyber Agency (DCA), said on Thursday that the nation needs a different law, budgetary designation, and a team to handle digital wrongdoing at the national level. 


ENVIRONMENT


  • Consumer-grade 3D printers have grown in popularity in recent years, but the particles emitted from such devices can negatively impact indoor air quality and have the potential to harm respiratory health.


  • An almost 20-year-long investigation has demonstrated a yearly increment in the number of plant species within fragments after some time, and a drop in the quantity of species vanishing from them totally.


WORLD


  • Iran frees detained Russian journalist - Russian embassy


  • A gunman who denounced Jews opened fire outside a German synagogue on the holiest day of the Jewish year and killed two people as he live-streamed his attack.


  • Venezuelans urgently investigated piracy workarounds on Tuesday to keep utilizing Adobe programs after the product designer said it will cut access to its items for the nation's clients, referring to U.S. sanctions.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • The paintings in the Ajanta and Ellora caves are indicative of the development of art under the Chalukyas


  •  Drupad Dhamar style of singing was started by Amir Khusro


  • Boat races are a special occasion at Onam




                                             7th OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1996 Fox News broadcasts for the first time

  • 1959 People on Earth Get the First Glimpse of the Dark Side of the Moon

  • 1919 KLM is formed


ECONOMY


  • The administration on Monday propelled the national re-evaluation which is relied upon to introduce unremarkable appraisal of expense cases and shut out the collaboration of citizens with authorities and usher in transparency.


  • The government on Monday set up a high-level inter-ministerial committee chaired by the revenue secretary for better coordination among various departments and law enforcement agencies to prevent money laundering activities.


DEFENSE


  • the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday said there is no arrangement to import cutting edge warrior planes and it will depend on Indian endeavors to build up the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) for future necessities


  • The unintentional shooting down of the Mi17 V5 chopper in February as pressures mounted on the fringe was a 'major slip-up' and remedial measures have been placed in to guarantee that no such episode is rehashed, the Air Force Chief said. 


  • In the scenery of Pakistan's rehashed discussion about the atomic war, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that the Indian Navy's "second-strike capacity" as an atomic impediment may be "generally noteworthy". 


ENVIRONMENT


  • Utilizing a nuclear power magnifying lens fitted with a cathode tip multiple times littler than a human hair, University of Oregon analysts have distinguished continuously how nanoscale impetuses gather charges that are energized by light in semiconductors.


  • A triple-drug combination has been used to extend the lifespan of fruit flies by 48% in a new study led by UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing.


WORLD


  • Turkey told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that its military activity in northern Syria would be "proportionate, estimated and dependable" in front of a shut entryway meeting of the 15-part body to talk about Ankara's hostile.


  • Kuwait said on Wednesday that the Turkish offensive in upper east Syria is an immediate risk to dependability and harmony in the region and called for restriction, state news organization KUNA said.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  •  "Whether I earned your vote or not, I have Listed to you, I have learned from you. You have made me a better President", as said by Barack Obama


  •  First Hindu-American to enter in the US House of Representative as a senator is Tulsi Gabbard


  •  The most powerful woman in business in India as related by the "Fortune" for the year 2012 is Chanda Kochhar





                                       6th OCTOBER                 



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

  • 2007 First successful human-powered attempt to circumnavigate the world

  • 1981 Assassination of Anwar Sadat

  • 1908 Bosnian crisis


ECONOMY

  • India will expand the cotton assistance program to 5 more African nations in the 2nd phase.

  • India could potentially be one of the big winners from the US-China trade war, India can win big from inevitable $350-550bn exports moving out of China


DEFENSE

  • Modi-Xi summit could make way for the launch of the LAC clarification process. There is a divergence between India and China over the 4,056-km long LAC.


  • Due to increasing instances of militant activities in Punjab, the Centre is setting up a regional hub of the National Security Guards.


  • India and Bangladesh today signed seven agreements, where Bangladesh sign MoU for setting up a coastal surveillance system radar in Bangladesh


ENVIRONMENT


  • The breeding season of seabirds in the Arctic regions takes place earlier as a result of the temperature rise caused by climate change


  • Pressure turn heat into electricity and could potentially be used to create clean generators.


WORLD

  • Indonesia launches agency to manage environment funds


  •  Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman tried to give $1 million to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s election campaign after being promised protection for his cocaine shipments, a witness at Hernandez’s criminal trial in New York said.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • YES bank has slipped down and attains 10th spot as most valued bank


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Khelo India Mobile App in Delhi





                                  5th OCTOBER



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 2000 Bulldozer Revolution in the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

  • 1984 First Canadian to go into space - Marc Garneau

  • 1962 James Bond makes his theatrical debut


ECONOMY


  • The agriculture ministry has proposed a 5-7% increase in minimum support price (MSP) of rabi crops to improve farmers.


  • Banks that are looking to move to the new tax regime will have to write off or reinstate deferred tax assets (DTAs).


DEFENSE



  • Three Indian engineers held by the Taliban since May 2018 have been freed by the militant group in exchange for 11 of its top members from Afghan jails.


  • The Indian Air Force is prepared to fight and is fully ready to respond to any terror strike from Pakistan according to Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.


ENVIRONMENT


  • The Jason-2 satellite provided insights into sea-level rise with tangible benefits to understand forecasting and meteorology. It has been discontinued today. These observations are being continued by its successor, Jason-3.


  • The costs of major disasters like hurricanes or the massive tornado swarms in the Midwest have increased to a larger extent than those of lesser events.


WORLD


  • Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday did not rule out asking Beijing for help, as the Asian financial hub struggles to deal with months of often violent anti-government protests that are damaging its economy.


  • The People’s Daily lashed out on Tuesday at Apple for allowing an app on its app store that tracks the movement of police around Hong Kong and is used by protesters in violent demonstrations.



GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • NASA's First Planetary Defense Technology told that we will collide with Asteroid in 2020


  • The Financial service company, which has planned to invest $1 billion in India is Mastercard.


  • Indian Navy's missile destroyer that INS Ranjit decommissioned recently is situated in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh





                                    4th OCTOBER, 2019



ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1895 - First US Open for Golf

  • 1582 - Last day of the Julian Calendar in Catholic countries

  • 1957 - World's first artificial satellite launched



ECONOMY 


  • The onion traders of Maharashtra are threatening to boycott and keep their markets closed by October 7 due to a sudden decrease in onion prices.


  • The Reserve Bank Of India is planning to deliver a fifth straight interest rate cut, although the economists are really unsure of this due to an unconventional 35 basis point easing last time.


  • The US said that neither Indian nor American government is going to agree on a trade in five minutes but it does not see any structural reason which might stop both the nations to have a trade agreement in the near future.


  • Pakistan used the threat of nuclear weapons to deter India from punishing terrorists hiding across the border, but that changed after the surgical strikes and the Balakot airstrikes


DEFENSE


  • Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will fly a sortie ( a small aircraft mainly used to go over enemy lines to bomb them) on a 36 Rafale aircraft in France on October 8, defense sources said here on Thursday.


  • The locals in the Hiranagar sector of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir are really scared to lead their lives as they see bullets from Pakistan cross borders whizzing past them.


ENVIRONMENT

  • Prime minister Modi said that plastic wastes are going to be a big issue in the future and because of this; agriculture farms are going to be wastelands.


  • Veterinarians have harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos and because of that, they’re able to save these animals from extinction.


  • India has installed 10 billion LED streetlights and it saved 9 billion units of power and 6 mt of CO2 emission.






WORLD


  • Pakistan's religious party announces Azadi March from October 27 to drive out the Imran Khan government.

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will present his new Brexit plan which contains major changes to the proposed arrangements that would regulate trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • For Buddhists, their Sacred books are called as Tripitakas.

  • The system of competitive examination for civil service was accepted in principle in the year 1853.

  • The swaraj party was formed by CR Das.


                       



                                                     3rd OCTOBER, 2019


   

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 1932 Iraq finally gets freedom from the United Kingdom.

  • 1863 National Thanksgiving Day proclamation

  • 1952 UK tests its first atomic bomb



ECONOMY

  • The corporate tax breaks declared by the administration as of late will offer advantages to recorded corporates, banks and NBFCs, and utilized and non-utilized areas in various degrees yet without anyone else, may not be sufficient to stimulate private sector Capex over the near to medium term 


  • The legislature is battling to discover extra room for expected rice stocks before the obtainment season begins this month, as storage facilities are flooding and there is no arrangement to diminish stock.


  • Onion costs declined under Rs 30 for each kg level at Lasalgaon in Maharasthra, Asia's biggest discount showcase for the bulb crop, after the administration prohibited fare and forced stock farthest point on merchants.


DEFENSE

  • The proposed inconclusive strike, HAL stated, is against the enthusiasm of national security and will influence the need to keep up armada functionality of Armed Forces


  • Indian infantry officers presently at long last have another weapon to obliterate propelling adversary tanks on the western front with Pakistan. The Army has started to draft a set number of Israeli Spike hostile to tank guided rockets (ATGMs) to meet quick operational prerequisites till the indigenous man-convenient "tank executioners" being created by DRDO are prepared for acceptance.


  • Air Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Friday portrayed as a "major misstep" the IAF shooting down its helicopter in Kashmir on February 27, when Indian and Pakistani powers occupied with a dogfight and said the correctional move is being made against the liable.




ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Our efforts for lion conservation with the support of local people have yielded good results. The number of lions now in Gujarat has reached the 600 mark" Rupani said.


  • Forest areas across the country like Pachmarhi and Gir are "over” because of urbanization and construction of five-star hotels for which politicians, social workers, and even courts are responsible.




WORLD


  • The Pope urges action to save the Amazon. He asks to take care of the native people and give them better care.

  • North Korea said on Sunday it has "no aim" to proceed with atomic talks except if the U.S. finds a way to end threats, a day after dealings in Sweden broke down.

  • England indicated on Sunday that it could be available to changes to its most recent Brexit recommendations for Northern Ireland, as European leaders heaped weight on Prime minister Boris Johnson to update the plans.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  • The name Pakistan was coined by Muhammed Iqbal.

  •  Vande Mataram's author is Bankin Chandra Chatterjee.

  • The British capital of India shifted from Kolkata to Delhi on 1911

 



                                               2nd OCTOBER, 2019




ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1958 Guinea declared its independence from France.


  • 2002 A series of coordinated sniper attacks occurred in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The attacks lasted 3 weeks and resulted in the killing of 10 people


  • 1992 A prison riot in Carandiru Penitentiary, Brazil, led to the killing of over 100 inmates by the police.


ECONOMY


  • Stocks slide as evidence mounts of Slowdown fueled by Trade War, as an ongoing rush of selling has finished a generally quiet stretch for stock markets.


  • Amitabh Kant asserted that each Indian today has a biometric ID card, cell phone, and financial balance as 300mn Indians are lifted above their poverty lines in the past 17 years.


  • Old borrowers have not benefited from four successive rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India since February and the central bank has blamed the small savings rate system for causing rigidities in transmission.



DEFENSE


  • Abhinandan Varthaman's 51 Squadron to be granted unit citation; the number nine squadron, whose Mirage 2000 fighter jet completed the Balakot aeronautical strikes on February 26 during 'Operation Bandar', will also get awarded.


  • The Pathankot Air Force station will finally get upgraded security almost four years after it went under an assault by Pakistan fear-based oppressors that left seven security faculty dead.


  • Rajnath Singh approves a four-fold increase in monetary assistance to families of battle casualties



ENVIRONMENTAL


  • Rice Irrigation Intensified Landslides in the Deadliest Earthquake of 2018, Finds NTU Study

  • According to new research, breathing dirty can also make you more aggressive.




WORLD


  • India on Thursday will lift a warning requesting that voyagers and explorers leave Jammu and Kashmir, further moving back advances taken during a crackdown propelled before the government scrapped the special status of the Muslim dominant state two months prior.


  • Democrats are willing to risk 2020 chances to impeach Trump.


  • Turkish forces, together with the rebel Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border “shortly”, President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said early on Wednesday, as a surprise withdrawal of U.S. troops made way for the Turkish incursion.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • The Battle of Plassey was fought in 1757


  •  The theory of economic drain of India during British imperialism was propounded by 1951


  • Raja Ram Mohan Roy was called as ‘Father of Indian Renaissance’



                                       1st OCTOBER


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


  • 1961 Formation of Federal Republic of Cameroon


  • 1957 Thalidomide, an anti-nausea drug, and sleep-aid was launched.


  • 1949 People's Republic of China is established



ECONOMY


  • A DIN will be mandatory for every type of communication with the income tax department and if you don't have it,  the document and communication will be invalid.


  • Indirect tax officials suspect that organizations may have claimed an input tax credit on expenses incurred before the switchover to the GST regime in July 2017, said people aware of the matter.



DEFENSE


  • Border Security Force personnel sighted a drone four times on the Pakistani side, while once it was seen almost a kilometer inside the Indian territory.


  • The rifles factory in Amethi is set to get an order to manufacture a record 6.7 lakh Kalashnikovs.


  • India plans to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets with advanced avionics, radars, and weapons to further sort their combat capabilities.


ENVIRONMENTAL


  • More than a quarter of the world's population has vision impairment, WHO says.


  • Milky Way’s black hole exploded 3.5 million years ago: Study says


WORLD


  •  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare signed agreements with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing in the first official visit since the two countries established diplomatic relations.


  • House Democrats subpoena U.S. diplomat Sondland in Trump impeachment probe.


  • Iraq’s government made the second package of social reforms in an attempt to meet the demands of protesters who have demonstrated nationwide for 8 days, with the loss of 110 lives and 6,000 wounded.



GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


  • Arun Asaf ali is known as the ‘heroine of 1942 Quit India Movement’.


  • Muslim league first demanded partition of india in 1940


  • Brahma Samaj mainly insisted upon Monotheism




























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