1. India’s first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passes away

She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012. She had been bedridden since 2016 when her right side got paralysed.

Bhanu Rajopadhye Athaiya, a colossus of costume design who became India’s first Oscar winner for her work in Richard Attenborough’s, Gandhi (1982). She shared the award for Best Costume Design with John Mollo.

In her 56 years and over 100 films career as costume designer, she had worked in many big blockbuster movies- Shri 420, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam, Sangam, Guide, Waqt, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Nikaah, Lagaan.

2. Vishal: Permanent representative to UNESCO

Vishal V Sharma has been appointed as the next permanent representative of India to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Sharma has succeeded Jawed Ashraf.

Sharma is expected to take up the assignment shortly. His appointment was announced by the Ministry of External Affairs.

3. J&K Government inks MoU with Flipkart

The J&K Govt has signed an MoU with Flipkart to provide a platform for local artisans, craftsmen, weavers to reach customers across the globe.

This is a significant step to promote the rural economy and to boost the sale of genuine products of J&K.

This e-marketing channel shall involve and benefit artisans and weavers both in organized and unorganized sector and for the first six months.

4. BoG picks Central Bank of the Year award

The Bank of Ghana (BOG) has been honoured at the seventh Central Banking Awards.

The Governor of the BoG, Dr Ernest Addison received the Central Bank of Year award on behalf of the bank.

The annual Central Banking Awards, now in their seventh year, recognises excellence in the central banking community.

The Central Banking Awards trophies are made of sustainable materials.

5. Hughes to empower 5,000 India villages

Hughes India, a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, will provide internet services to 5,000 remote villages in 15 states and UTs.

It will use ISRO’s communications satellites, GSAT-19 and GSAT-11. Hughes India was awarded the contract by Bharat Broadband Nigam Ltd (BBNL), a special purpose vehicle created to implement the government of India’s BharatNet project.

6. UP government launches a campaign

The Uttar Pradesh government observed the “Global Hand Washing Day” on 15 October 2020. It observed it with the theme “Hand Hygiene for All” in all 75 districts of the state with the involvement of every major department.

The state government has launched a social campaign with the hashtag #Hath Dhona Roke Corona to urge people to keep washing their hands at regular intervals.

7. Army Chief Naravane to visit Nepal

Army Chief General M.M. Naravane will be visiting Nepal in November 2020.

He will be conferred the honorary rank of General of the Nepali Army in an investiture ceremony.

Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will confer the honorary rank upon him.

Nepal and India have, since 1950, followed the tradition of decorating the chiefs of each other’s armies with the highest Army rank.

8. Uttarakhand Cabinet approves sports policy

The Uttarakhand government has approved a new sports policy providing a slew of incentives for talented sportspersons of the state.

The policy provides for an incentive of Rs 2 crore to an Olympic gold medallist from the state, Rs 1.5 crore to a silver medallist and Rs 1 crore to a bronze medallist.

Anyone participating in an Olympic event will get Rs 10 lakh.

9. Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri passes away

Renowned Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri passed away in Oct 2020. Akkitham had won the 55th Jnanpith Award 2019.

He had also won many awards including Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards and Ezhuthachan Puraskaram. He was honoured with Padmashri in 2017.

He has penned many poems in Malayalam and ‘Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam’ (Epic of the 20th Century) is one of his major works.

10. Disaster management preparedness in Odisha

The Odisha govt has decided to take disaster management preparedness to next level by inducting hi-tech equipment, enhancing training and capacity building.

205 crores has been sanctioned for this purpose. The decision in this regard was taken at the State Executive Committee meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A. K. Tripathy.

11. Shai Evra bags Sastra Ramanujan prize

The 2020 Sastra Ramanujan Prize will be awarded to Dr Shai Evra of Princeton University, USA and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions in mathematics by individuals below 32 years of age.

Shai Evra was chosen for his outstanding work on high dimensional expanders in the area of combinatorial and geometric topology.

12. Piramal Enterprises: Kunal Bahl as Director

Piramal Enterprises has appointed Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl and Economic Law Practice Managing Partner Suhail Nathani as independent directors to its board.

The appointments took effect from October 14, 2020. They will hold office as independent directors of the company for a term of five years, subject to the approval of the shareholders.

13. Axis Mutual Fund launches ‘Axis Banking ETF’

Axis Mutual Fund has launched a new fund offer of ‘Axis Banking ETF!. It is an exchange-traded fund that offers investors an opportunity to invest in the biggest banks in India at their own pace as it gives exposure to them all in a neatly packed bite-sized exchange-traded fund.

The fund is designed in a manner that it tracks the performance of the 12 largest banks listed on the NSE.

14. Kishore Bhimani passes away

Veteran sports journalist and cricket commentator Kishore Bhimani passed away in October 2020. Bhimani was one of the most recognised English voices of the 1980s.

Bhimani was commentating when Sunil Gavaskar became the first player to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket, during the drawn match against Pakistan in Ahmedabad in 1987.

15. World Food Day: 16 October

World Food Day is being observed on 16 October 2020. The day marks the foundation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945.

In 1979 for the first time, it was observed as a Day for action against hunger. The Day stresses the need for global solidarity to help all populations, and especially the most vulnerable to recover from the crisis.

16. Kyrgyzstan President steps down

Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov announced his resignation on 15 Oct 20. This is in a bid to end the turmoil that has engulfed the Central Asian nation after a disputed parliamentary election.

Kyrgyzstan, a country of 6.5 million people located on the border with China, was plunged into chaos following an October 4 vote that election officials say was swept by pro-government parties,

17. Govt bans imports of ACs with refrigerants

The government has banned imports of air conditioners with refrigerants. The government is taking steps to promote domestic manufacturing and reduce the import bill of non-essential goods.

In June 2020, the government imposed curbs on imports of certain new pneumatic tyres used in motor cars, busses, lorries and motorcycles.

18. Global Handwashing Day: 15 October

Global Handwashing Day is observed on 15 October every year. The day aims to raise awareness and highlight the importance of handwashing as an effective means of disease prevention.

The theme for the year 2020 is Hand Hygiene for All. Handwashing has always been one of the most effective ways of keeping diseases at bay and is also one of the key cornerstones of COVID-19 prevention.

19. New terminal building of Trichy airport

The new integrated passenger terminal building of Trichy airport in Tamil Nadu will be functional from March 2022.

The existing integrated passenger terminal is in use for both international and domestic air traffic and has exhausted its design capacity.

Equipped with 48 check-in counters and 10 boarding bridges, the terminal will be an energy-efficient building with sustainable features.

20. Women help desk in every police station: UP

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has ordered to establish women help desks in each and every police station of the state. Women police personnel will be given the charge of these women help desks so that every woman in the state can register her complain freely and fearlessly.

The government had also made arrangements to drop working women to their homes at odd hours.

21. International Institute of Advanced Virology

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated operations of the first phase of the International Institute of Advanced Virology at the Life Science Park in Thiruvananthapuram.

The institute will become an institution of world-class standards in the field of health research.

The institute will conduct research on various viruses, viral infections and review its clinical aspects.

22. Centre notifies DG Shipping as the NASR

The Centre has notified the directorate general of shipping as the National Authority for Recycling of Ships.

DG Shipping is designated as apex authority under the Recycling of Ships Act, 2019 for the ship recycling industry of the country.
The office of the national authority will be set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

23. World Bank to propose 25 billion

World Bank has called for emergency financing of 25 billion dollars to help the world’s poorest countries grapple with the massive challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The package would be proposed later in October 2020 to deputies of the International Development Association (IDA).

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund have proposed a joint action plan to help these countries.

24. 1st edition of Lectures for foreign diplomats

The first edition of Lectures designed to introduce India to foreign diplomats posted in New Delhi was inaugurated on 15 October 2020 by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

It has been named as Sushma Swaraj Lectures 2020. 45 foreign diplomats are attending the lectures which will give them an introduction to Indian history, polity, culture and economy.

25. India-to-deliver INS Sindhuvir to Myanmar

India will be delivering a Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhuvir to Myanmar Navy as part of defence cooperation.

This will be the first submarine of Myanmar Navy. The step is in accordance with India’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and also in line with India’s commitment to building capacities and self-reliance in the neighbouring countries.

26. DAC&FW organizes Mahila Kisan Diwas

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare organized Mahila Kisan Diwas through Video Conferencing on 15 October 2020.

The event was held under the guidance of Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

An e-book on ‘Inspiring Stories of Progressive Women Farmers’ was launched and two short films were also released.

27. Centre to borrow Rs 1.10 lakh crore

The Centre will borrow up to 1.10 lakh crore rupees on behalf of the states to bridge the shortfall in GST collections.

The amount so borrowed will be passed on to the states as a back-to-back loan in lieu of GST compensation cess releases.

The borrowing will not have any impact on the fiscal deficit of the Government of India.

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