1. World Migratory Bird Day: 10 October

World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated every year on 10 October. It spreads awareness about the conservation and ecological importance of migratory birds in the global ecosystem.

The theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2020 is “Birds Connect Our World”. India has launched a National Action Plan for Conservation of migratory birds along the Central Asian Flyway.

2. Mukesh Ambani tops the Forbes India Rich List

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, remains the wealthiest Indian for the 13th consecutive year on Forbes India list. His net wealth stands at $88.7 billion.

Gautam Adani is at second with 25.2 billion dollar, Shiv Nadar at third with 20.4 billion dollar, Radhakishan Damani is at fourth with 15.4 billion dollar, and Hinduja brothers at fifth with 12.8 billion dollar.

3. Nobel Prize winner Mario Molina passes away

Mario Molina, a chemist whose work on the ozone layer earned him a Nobel Prize in 1995, passed away in October 2020.

Molina’s work was crucial to enacting the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987.

Molina and Frank Sherwood Rowland published a paper in 1974 that found chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were destroying the ozone layer.

4. Meghalaya partners with Israel

The Meghalaya govt has decided to partner with Israel for establishing a Centre of Excellence (COE) on high-value vegetables.

It will also act as an impetus for further research and expansion into multi-fold aspects, including tourism potential considering the State has a gene pool of important vegetables, fruits and plants such as the Citrus fruits in Nokrek, East Garo Hills District.

5. RK Chhibber term extended by 6 months

The RBI has extended the term of RK Chhibber as the Chairman and Managing Director of Jammu & Kashmir Bank for a period of six months.

This is in effect from 10th October 2020 or till the appointment of MD & CEO, whichever is earlier.

In June 2019, RBI had approved his appointment as interim CMD of the bank, following the removal of Parvez Ahmed from the post by the state government.

6. World Mental Health Day: 10 October

World Mental Health Day is observed every year on 10th October.

The day raises awareness about mental health issues and provides information on different programmes on the treatment of mental illnesses.

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2020 is ‘Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access!

The first-ever World Mental Health Day was celebrated on October 10, 1992.

7. Centre permits export of Krishnapuram Onions

The govt has allowed the export of Bangalore Rose onions and Krishnapuram onions up to 10,000 metric tons each, till 31 Mar’21.

Onions will be only exported through the Chennai port.

The exporter will have to get a certificate from the respective horticulture officers of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh for export of Bangalore Rose Onions and Krishnapuram Onions respectively.

8. Caution-listing of exporters to discontinue

The RBI has decided to discontinue the system-based automatic caution-listing of exporters.

This has been done in an effort to provide flexibility to exporters in the realisation of export proceeds.

As part of the automation of the Export Data Processing and Monitoring System, the ‘Caution/De-caution Listing’ of exporters was automated in 2016.

9. Kisan Kendra & Agriculture Mall in Jammu

In J&K, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated Bawa Jitto Kisan Kendra and Agriculture Mall in Jammu on 9 Oct 2020.

This infrastructure would serve the farming community by providing them with a point to
meet and get trained on the latest techniques and technologies used in Agriculture.

All the farmers have also been linked with PM KISAN initiative irrespective of their landholdings.

10. Goa becomes first ‘Har Ghar Jal’ State

Goa has become the 1st Har Ghar Jal State in the country by providing tap water connection to every rural household.

The state has provided tap water connection to 2,30,000 rural households.

North Goa with 1,65,000 rural households and South Goa with 98,000 rural households in 191 Gram Panchayats are fully saturated with assured piped water supply through tap connections.

11. Jai Jeet Singh as new ATS chief: Maharashtra

Maharashtra govt has appointed Additional Director General of Police Jai Jeet Singh as chief of the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Mr Singh, currently posted as ADG, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), will now head the ATS.

The 1990-batch IPS officer will succeed Deven Bharti who has been transferred as ADG, State Security Corporation.

12. Resumption of visa services

The High Commission of India in Dhaka has announced the resumption of visa services in several categories for Bangladeshi nationals.

Services for medical, business, employment, entry and journalist category have been resumed.

Bangladesh sends the largest number of foreign tourists to India. A large number of Bangladeshi citizens visit India for medical purposes and as students.

13. Japan, Mongolia to cooperate

Foreign ministers of Japan and Mongolia have agreed to cooperate in promoting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

The move is being seen as a step to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

The recent meeting of foreign ministers of QUAD nations – India, United States, Australia and Japan held in Tokyo had agreed to seek more countries support for the Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

14. Construction of road length of 3,951 kms

Road Transport and Highways Ministry has successfully completed construction of road length of 3,951 kilometres during the first six months of this fiscal year.

It has achieved a construction pace of 21.60 kilometres per day despite COVID-19 difficulties.

The Ministry has set an ambitious target of constructing 11,000 kilometre road length during this fiscal year.

15. National Postal Week celebrations start

India Post has commenced the celebration of National Postal Week from World Post Day, i.e 9
Oct 2020.

Dept of Posts celebrates National Postal week undertaking a programme, aimed at generating a broader awareness of its role and activities among the public and media on a national scale.

An Online campaign will be organised to create awareness about citizen-centric services in Post Offices.

16. Forest and wildlife helpline 1926

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat has launched a forest and wildlife helpline number 1926.

It will ensure the protection of forests and tackling human-wildlife conflict.

The helpline will prove useful in resolving public grievances linked for forests and wildlife only if complaints received on it are addressed expeditiously.

17. India successfully test-fires Rudram Missile

India successfully test-fired Rudram Anti-Radiation Missile developed by DRDO from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft off the east coast, on 9 Oct 2020.

The missile will provide air superiority, tactical capability for the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft.

It can be launched from a varying range of altitudes for destroying enemy surveillance radars, tracking and communication systems.

18. Govt to set up bamboo clusters across country

Government will set up bamboo clusters across the country beginning from Jammu and Kashmir.

Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), Dr Jitendra Singh said this while chairing a high level meeting of his Ministry

Three bamboo clusters will be developed in Jammu, Katra and Samba areas for making bamboo basketry, agarbatti and bamboo charcoal.

19. Paddy procurement goes up by 48%

The total procurement of Paddy across all States in the country has increased by 48% from 17.7 Lakh tonne in 2019 to over 26 lakh tonne in 2020.

In the ongoing Kharif Season, Punjab registered an unprecedented increase of procurement from 1.76 lakh tonne in 2019 to around 16 lakh tonne in 2020.

In Tamil Nadu, paddy procurement was 9,517 tonne as against 320 tonnes.

20. Physical distribution of property cards

PM Modi will launch the physical distribution of Property Cards under the SWAMITVA Scheme on 11 Oct 2020.

The SWAMITVA scheme aims to provide the record of rights to village household owners in rural areas and issue Property Cards.

The Scheme is being implemented across the country in a phased manner over a period of four years and will cover around 6,62,000 villages of the country.

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