1. Bryan Stevenson won ‘Alternative Nobel Award’

An Alabama human rights attorney whose work for fighting racial injustice was depicted in the Hollywood movie “Just Mercy” has won an honour, sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel”.

Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson was named a recipient of the annual Right Livelihood Award.

The award is presented annually by the Swedish Right Livelihood Foundation,

2. MCGM and Google collaborate

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Google have collaborated to mark Containment Zones in the city on Google Maps.

Making optimum use of technology, the BMC has now provided on Google Maps, information about civic-run hospitals and COVID Care Centres besides marking Containment Zones. This will help people to know the COVID infection situation in the city.

3. Swanirbhar Naari: Atmanirbhar Asom scheme

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has launched Swa-nirbhar Naari: Atmanirbhar Asom scheme. It has been launched in a bid to empower the economically disadvantaged women of the State.

The new scheme aims to create more than 3.72 lakh sustainable individual and 822 community assets. In case of individual asset creation, five identified activities would be implemented across all Development Blocks.

4. World Egg Day: 9 October

World Egg Day was observed on 9 October 2020. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the benefits of eggs and their importance in human
nutrition. The day was established at IEC Vienna in 1996 conference.

It was decided that the day will be celebrated on second Friday in October every year. Apart from protein, eggs are also rich in vitamin A, Vitamin B5, B12, phosphorus and selenium.

5. Avinash Kharshikar passes away

Veteran Marathi actor Avinash Kharshikar passed away in Oct 2020. A former resident of Dadar, Kharshikar had started his career in Marathi films in 1978, with a role in the movie ‘Bandiwan Mi Ya Sansari!

He later went on to earn roles in other films like ‘Aai Thor Tujhe Upkar, ‘Lapwa Chapavi’ and ‘Maficha Sakshidar

6. Justice KK Usha passed away

Justice K K Usha, former Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, passed away in Oct 2020. Justice K Sukumaran is her husband. Justice Usha became the first woman to join the High Court Judiciary from the Bar and became a Chief Justice.

After retiring from the high court, Justice Usha was made president of the Delhi-based Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal from 2001 to 2004.

7. Puducherry airport: 100% solar-powered

The Puducherry airport has become the first
airport of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) which is entirely solar-powered.

The 500KWp ground-mounted solar power plant was commissioned on 2nd October 2020. The approx cost of the plant is Rs 2.8 crore.

With becoming absolutely power-neutral, the airport will be able to meet its entire power requirement through the solar power plant.

8. Bird shelters near Sambhar Lake

The Rajasthan government will build temporary shelters for migratory birds near the famous Sambhar Lake.

They will be built before 2020’s winter season when a large number of birds from the cold northern regions of Central Asia are expected to arrive at the country’s largest inland saline water body.

More than 20,000 migratory birds had died due to avian botulism in the lake in 2019.

9. Two-day exercise Sagar Kavach concludes

A two-day Coastal Security Exercise -‘Sagar Kavach’, concluded on 8 Oct 2020.

It was organised to assess the preparedness of all agencies towards dealing with an asymmetric threat emanating from the sea.

20 ships of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard as well as 50 patrol crafts manned by various security agencies, took part in the exercise.

10. PM Modi addressed a conference in Canada

PM Narendra Modi virtually addressed the Invest India Conference in Canada.

The forum aims to give Canadian business community a first-hand perspective of the opportunities to invest in India and showcase India as an investment destination.

He said that Canadian Pension Funds were among the first investors to start investing in India.

11. WTO projected a fall in goods trade volume

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has projected a fall of 9.2% in goods trade volume in 2020, which is much less than the 12.9-32%
decline it had predicted in April 2020.

The growth projection for 2021, however, is lower at 7.2% compared to 21.3% predicted in April 2020. GDP growth is expected to pick up to 4.9 per cent in 2021.

12. ‘Kanaklata Barua’ commissioned in Kolkata

Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS ‘Kanaklata Barua’ of the Indian Coast Guard has been commissioned at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd.

ICGS Kanaklata Barua is one of the five FPVs built by GRSE, the Defence Public Sector Undertaking, for the Indian Coast Guard and it was delivered on June 9, 2020.

The FPVs are medium-range surface vessels with a length of 50 metres.

13. India’s 1328th species of butterfly

India’s 1328th species of butterfly was seen and photographed in Rajasthan six years ago. It has been declared so by Bhimtal-based Butterfly Research Centre, and validated by Wildlife Institute of India.

Spialia Zebra, the butterfly species that is normally found in Pakistan, was photographed at Sagwara in Rajasthan’s Dungarpur district on November 8, 2014.

14. Hero MotoCorp launches a program

HeroMotoCorp has launched a service under which it will be providing 24×7 roadside assistance (RSA) program for its customers across the country.

This new service will be available both on call via a toll-free number and also through the official Hero Customer App.

The company will be charging an inaugural annual subscription fee of 350 from its subscribers.

15. Zoom rolls out ‘SSO feature’

Zoom has introduced a new feature which will help virtual classrooms that use the platform as online classes.

The new feature is called Single Sign-On (SSO) and it was released a few days back.

This new feature allows users to log in just one person under one set of credentials to get access to all the apps, data and other services.

16. Ministry of Defence cancels a contract

The Ministry of Defence has cancelled Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd’s (RNEL) 2,500-crore contract to build naval offshore patrol vessels (NPOVS) for the Indian Navy.

The contract was cancelled two weeks ago due to the delay in the delivery of the vessels. The contract to build 5 warships was signed with the company in 2011 before the Reliance Group took over the Gujarat-based shipyard.

17. US, AstraZeneca strike a deal

The U.S. govt has awarded $486 million to AstraZeneca Plc to develop and secure supplies of up to 100,000 doses of COVID-19 antibody treatment.

The agreement, under the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, is for developing a monoclonal antibody cocktail that can prevent COVID-19, especially in high-risk population like those over 80 years old.

18. Srikant Datar: Dean of Harvard Business School

Eminent Indian-origin academician Srikant Datar has been named as Dean of Harvard Business School, succeeding Nitin Nohria.

He has become the second consecutive dean hailing from India to lead the prestigious 112-year-old institution.

Datar, an alumnus of University of Bombay and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration.

19. Amazon ends development of Crucible

Amazon.com Inc. ended development of its first big-budget video game Crucible, highlighting its continued struggle to make headway in the industry.

Crucible was seen as a key test for Amazon’s games division, which was formed in 2012. The game’s launch in May 2020 was a disaster, with negative reviews. The Crucible development team will now focus on another original game called New World.

20. Microsoft to let employees work remotely

Microsoft has announced the plan to give its employees an option to work from home permanently.

The move will be executed as part of a “hybrid workplace” strategy aimed at giving workers more flexibility once offices begin to open in the United States.

The policy was enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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