1. Jacinda wins 2nd term as New Zealand’s PM

Jacinda Ardern has won a second term as New Zealand’s Prime Minister after her success at handling the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Preliminary results show that Ardern’s centre-left Labour Party has won 49% of the vote.

That result means her party is projected to win 64 out of 120 parliamentary seats, making it the first party to be able to govern alone under the current system.

2. Rohan Jaitley elected as DDCA President

Rohan Jaitley, the son of former finance minister late Arun Jaitley, has been elected unopposed as the new president of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

He is slated to remain in the post till June 30, 2021. Notably, late Arun Jaitley had also served as the president of DDCA between 1999 and 2013. For the rest of the office bearers, elections will be held from 5-8 Nov’20.

3. India successfully test-fires BrahMos missile

India for the first time successfully flight-tested supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from the Navy’s indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Chennai against a live target.

BrahMos has a strike range of over 300 km and with a very low-cruise altitude of 10m at terminal phase and precision hit capability has turned the warship into one of the deadliest platforms of Indian naval fleet.

4. NDMC fines Rs 38.43 lakh for burning garbage

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has
challans, 1,761 polluters for Rs 38.43 lakh for burning garbage and contributing to air pollution in the national capital.

As may as 1,702 challans for Rs 26.43 lakh have been issued for open burning of garbage from October 1- October 17 and 59 challans have been issued for Rs 12 lakh for dust pollution from October 1-16.

5. ACB chief SS Puri passes away

Former Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) chief SS Puri suffered a heart attack and died.

He was a 1967-batch IPS officer known for his administration. He was appointed to head a special investigation team for a probe into the multi crore stamp paper racket, called the ‘Telgi scam’ after the main accused Abdul Karim Telgi.

6. RBI fines Indusind bank

RBI fines Indusind Bank Rs 4.50 crore for non-compliance with predestined provisions relating to exposure norms, prudential norms on income recognition, asset classification and provisioning about advances.

The penalty has been imposed based on the deficiencies in regulatory compliance.

7. 36th Raising Day of NSG

National Security Guard (NSG) celebrated its 36th Raising Day on 16 Oct 2020. The NSG is a Federal Contingency force to deal with anti-terrorist activities.

Established in 1984, NSG is popularly known as the Black Cats and is an elite striking force in the country, trained and equipped to handle situations like a terrorist attack, hijacking, and hostage captivity.

8. Paytm to issue 2 million credit cards

Paytm will be partnering with various card issuers to introduce co-branded credit cards.

It plans to issue two million cards to customers in the next 12-18 months. The company also announced that it has been building ‘Next generation’ credit cards which include – insurance protection against fraudulent transactions, a personalised spend analyser, and will offer instant one-touch services.

9. Railways will operate special festival trains

Indian Railways will operate 392 festival special trains starting from 20 Oct 2020 till 30 November 2020 in view of upcoming festival season.

These trains will run for destinations such as Kolkata, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow among others.

‘Special charges’ will be levied making the tickets costlier by 10-30% as compared to the fares of mail/express trains, depending on the class of travel.

10. DLF raises 2,400 crore to refinance debt

DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), the rental arm of India’s largest real estate firm DLF Ltd, has raised 2,400 crores from State Bank of India (SBI).

It is one of the largest lease rental discounting (LRD) deals in recent times.

The debt transaction, at an interest rate of 7.35% for 15 years with a structured repayment schedule, enables DLF to reduce the cost of its debt.

11. IRDAI comes up with guidelines

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has come up with guidelines for a “standard” product-Saral Jeevan Bima.

It has specified the terms and conditions, benefits, and features that life insurance companies must include.

This means that you will get the same product across insurers, and won’t have to analyze or understand the variations between different plans.

12. Indian and Sri Lankan Navy drill

The navies of India and Sri Lanka are conducting a three-day military exercise ff Trincomalee.

The Eighth Edition of annual Indian Navy (IN) – Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-20 is scheduled off Trincomalee, Sri Lanka from 19 to 21 October 2020.

The previous edition of SLINEX was conducted off Visakhapatnam in September 2019.

13. Trial of Intranasal Covid-19 vaccine-soon

The clinical trials of nasal coronavirus vaccine in India begin soon.

Pune’s Serum Institute of India & Hyderabad’s Bharat Biotech will begin the late-stage clinical trials of the nasal Covid-19 vaccine in India.

The vaccines currently in Phase 3 trials, all are administered by injection, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

14. True North to produce low-cost ethanol

True North Venture Partners will invest to produce low-cost ethanol in India.

The government has targeted 10% blending of bioethanol in petrol by 2022, which will rise to 20% by 2030, to reduce dependence on oil imports and cut carbon emissions.

Currently, the US Department of Agriculture pegs the rate at 5.2, according to its annual report on biofuels.

15. Geetha Manjunath wins an award

Geetha Manjunath, Co-founder and CEO, Niramai Health Analytix was awarded
‘Accenture ‘Vaahini’ Innovator of the Year’ at the ETPrime Women Leadership Awards (ETPWLA) 2020.

ETPWLA sets a benchmark of success for women in business and inspires a million others to come forward.

The awards recognise women leaders who have helped create a new and lasting template for leadership.

16. Foundation stone of the new education complex

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has laid the Foundation Stone of the new education complex named after Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in the Central University of Jammu campus.

Central University is one of the 1st Central Universities in India to have such an educational complex named after him.

Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya was among the leading academicians of the first half of 20th century.

17. CSIR-CMERI develops a facility

The Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute has developed a Municipal Solid Waste Processing Facility that has helped in achieving decentralised decimation of solid wastes.

It has been developed under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. It has also helped create value-added end-products from abundantly available redundant stuff such as dry leaves, dry grass etc.

18. Ministry of Steel to organise a Webinar

Ministry of Steel is organizing a Webinar on ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Fostering Steel Usage in Rural Economy, Agriculture, Rural Development, Dairying and Food Processing!

It is being organised in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 20 Oct 2020.

The objective is to identify present and future requirements of steel and steel products in Rural Development Sector.

19. PM Modi to deliver a keynote

PM Modi delivered the virtual keynote address at the inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting (GCAM) 2020 on 19 Oct 2020.

Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates will present the plenary framing conversation.

Grand Challenges India was set up as a partnership between the Dept of Biotechnology, Govt of India and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012.

20. Corona virus in India shows no major mutation

2 Pan India studies on the Genome of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19 virus) in India conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Bio-Technology suggest that the virus is genetically stable and there is no major mutation in the virus.

Coronavirus vaccine will not be affected as no major mutation was in the virus. This was informed in a meeting of PM’s Office.

21. ITBP launches cycling expedition

The Eleventh Battalion Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) launched a cycling expedition from its Pegong base in Sikkim to border villages of the state, on 18 Oct 2020.

The Minister of Culture, Road and Bridges Department of Sikkim Samdup Lepcha flagged off the expedition.

Total 218 Kilometers will be covered by the ITBP team in the course of 20 days in difficult terrains.

22. Joseph Mar Thoma passes away

Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, the primate of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, passed away in October 2020. He was the head of the Marthoma community.

He was ordained as Ramban on January 11, 1975, and designated as suffragan metropolitan on 15 March 1999, when Philipose Mar Chrysostom, the suffragan metropolitan, was designated as the officiating metropolitan.

23. Ajay Kumar Bhalla gets extension

The government has extended Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla’s tenure till August 22, 2021.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension in service of Bhalla.

Bhalla is also holding additional charge as secretary of the department of personnel and training.

A 1984 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Bhalla was appointed as the Home Secretary in August 2019.

24. Israel, Bahrain formally establish ties

Israel and Bahrain have formally established diplomatic relations after signing the US-brokered deal in Arab countries capital Manama.

Bahraini and Israeli officials have signed eight bilateral agreements, including a joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic, peaceful, and friendly relations. The two countries are now expected to open embassies.

25. Bangladesh invites PM Modi

Bangladesh has invited PM Modi to join the celebrations of the 50 years of the country’s independence on 26 Mar 2021.

Earlier, he was scheduled to visit Bangladesh to join in the birth centenary celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

A virtual meeting between the PMs of India and Bangladesh is also likely to take place later in 2020.

26. Mohun Bagan receives I-League trophy

Mohun Bagan received its l-League trophy on 18 Oct 2020, in the presence of West Bengal sports minister Aroop Biswas and l-League CEO Sunando Dhar.

Mohun Bagan will also display the trophy from November 2-5, 2020 for a photo opportunity by the members of the club and its supporters.

Mohun Bagan clinched the I-League crown on March 10, 2020, after defeating Aizawl FC.

27. Nozomi Okuhara clinches Women’s Singles title

In Badminton, former World Champion Nozomi Okuhara clinched the Denmark Open title beating three-time world champion Carolina Marin in women’s singles.

In the men’s singles final, Anders Antonsen of Denmark defeated Rasmus Gemke by 18-21, 21-19, 21-12.

In the mixed doubles, Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich became the first German mixed doubles players to win a Super Series event.

28. Madurai railway division initiates programmes

Madurai railway division has initiated novel awareness programmes using mime performances to motivate people to travel safely during the festival times.

Mime performances were held on 18 Oct 2020 at the Tirunelveli railway junction in South Tamilnadu. Demonstrations on the proper way to wash hands and how to wear face masks properly were enacted during the awareness programmes.

29. DMRC launches a special drive

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has launched a special drive across its construction sites to ensure adherence to pollution norms to combat air pollution.

The teams headed by senior officials from the Environment dept of DMRC are visiting all the sites and checking the arrangements.

The teams will ensure that construction activities continue to be carried out only within barricaded areas.

30. Purnea IG passes away due to COVID-19

In Bihar, Inspector General of Police (IG) of Purnea range Vinod Kumar who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away in October 2020.

The IG had been admitted to AiIMS, Patna three days ago after he tested positive for Corona.

Earlier, senior JD(U) leader and state Panchayati Raj minister Kapil Dev Kamat passed away due to COVID -19 infection on 16 October 2020.

31. First-ever SCO Startup Forum to be launched

The first-ever SCO Startup Forum will be launched on 27th October 2020 ahead of the SCO trade ministers meeting on 28th October 2020.

The Forum shall identify areas of cooperation by launching multiple entrepreneurial activities.

It will help to understand the cultural and economic features of the startup ecosystem in the SCO Member States.

32. China passes new law on exports

China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports to protect national security, allowing Beijing to reciprocate against the U.S. as tensions mount between the sides over trade and technology.

Export controls under the law will apply to civilian, military, and nuclear products, as well as goods, technologies, and services related to national security.

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