Current Affairs 1st November 2020

1. Harpreet Singh appointed CEO of Alliance Air

Air India’s first woman pilot Harpreet Singh has been appointed as the CEO of the state-run airline’s subsidiary Alliance Air, becoming the first-ever woman to head an Indian carrier.

Singh, who is currently Air India’s executive director (flight safety), was appointed as the first woman commercial pilot of India in 1988.

2. Assam becomes first state to add transgender

The Assam Public Service Commission has introduced ‘transgender’ as an option in the gender category in the state civil and allied services examination application form and has received 42 applications in this category.

The examination is similar to the civil services examinations conducted by UPSC and selects candidates for state civil service, police and other allied services for the state.

3. First actor to play James Bond, dies at 90

Sir Sean Connery, best known for his portrayal of the fictional James Bond, has died. He was 90 years old.

It was his performance as an Irish cop in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables that brought him an Oscar

He also won two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes in his long and storied career. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth Il in 2000.

4. Mr Bimail Julka appointed as chairman of FIFS

The Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), India’s first and only self-regulatory industry body for fantasy sports announced the appointment of Mr Bimal Julka as its Chairman.

Mr Julka is taking over from Mr John Loffhagen, who served as the Chairman of FIFS for over three years.

He will work closely with all stakeholders to strengthen the standards of FIFS further.

5. A 200-km walkathon ‘Fit India’ in Rajasthan

A 200-km walkathon aimed at promoting ‘Fit India’ was flagged off by Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

It was flagged off from a desert location along the India-Pakistan International Border in Rajasthan.

The walking marathon or walkathon aims to create awareness for a fit and healthy lifestyle among the people.

6. Punjab CM extends 100% tax waiver

In a major relief to bus operators in Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered 100% waiver on Motor Vehicle Tax till 31 December for all stage carriage, mini and school buses.

The decisions and directives were announced by the Chief Minister at a virtual conference.

The move will result in a total financial benefit to the transport sector to the tune of Rs. 100 crore

7. IBM, IOCL collaborate for digital services

Tech giant IBM has collaborated with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) to transform the latter’s customer experience using digital tools.

Around 12,400 IOCL distributors covering about 130 million consumers can now use the Indian Oil One mobile app and portal, developed by 1BM Services.

This platform ensures real-time updates to inventory, orders, and invoices.

8. The world’s longest immersed tunnel

The construction of the world’s longest immersed tunnel has officially begun.

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel that will connect Denmark and Germany, is scheduled to be officially opened by 2029.

The tunnel will have an 18 kilometers extension and will be built across the Fehmarn Belt, a strait between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland.

9. MTR plans a center to protect vultures

The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) plans a center to protect and bolster the last remaining populations of critically endangered species of vultures in south India.

It is hoped that the survival rate of vulture fledglings could also be improved once the center is established and if established, the center will be the first of its kind in south India.

10. Government extends ESI Scheme to AP

In order to cover more workers under ESI Scheme, the government has now extended the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Scheme for the first time to Arunachal Pradesh, with effect from November 1, 2020.

The covered employees and their dependants shall become eligible for a host of benefits including Cashless Medical Care Services, Sickness Benefit, Maternity Benefit, Employment Injury Benefits.

11. Luis Arce wins in Bolivian elections

Bolivia’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal formally announced that Luis Arce won the presidential election.

The candidate of former President Evo Morales’ Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party, captured 55.1% of the votes.

The main opposition candidate Carlos Mesa received 29%, according to official results,

12. Government set up high level Committee

The Centre has set up a high-level committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur.

The mandate of the 70-member committee includes approval of policies, plans, programmes and supervision and guiding the commemoration, besides deciding broad dates for detailed programmes of celebration.

13. Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister Dies At 72

Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R Doraikkannu, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died lastnight 31 oct private hospital in Chennai. He was 72.

The 72-year-old minister, elected from the Papanasam assembly constituency was admitted to the hospital on October 13 with serious breathlessness and tested Covid-19 positive.

14. Oscar Race With Deepa Mehta’s “Funny Boy”

Deepa Mehta’s “Funny Boy” will represent Canada in the race for best international feature film at the 2021 Oscars.

Based on the best-seling novel by Shyam Selvadurai, the film follows a young boy’s sexual awakening in Sri Lanka during the turbulent Tamil-Sinhalese conflict leading up to the civil war.

The film will premiere on Netflix outside of
Canada on December 10.

15. UN defeats Russia resolution

The UN Security Council defeated a Russian resolution to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a UN measure demanding equal participation for women in activities promoting global peace, with opponents objecting to its failure to adequately address human rights and the key role of civil society in pushing for gender equality.

Russia, China, Vietnam, Indonesia & South
Africa supported the draft.

16. 31 October: World Cities Day 2020

The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as VWorld Cities Day.

The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

17. Former Turkish PM Mesut Yilmaz passes away

Mesut Yilmaz, a former Turkish prime minister and veteran politician who served as premier three times during a tumultuous political era in his country, died at 72.

Yilmaz led the now-defunct center-right Motherland Party or ANAP from 1991 to 2002 and served as prime minister 3 times in the 1990s.

Two of those premierships lasted only months because of the fall of his coalition governments.

18. US seizes Iranian missiles, imposes sanctions

The United States revealed it had seized Iranian missiles shipped to Yemen and sold 11 million barrels of previously seized Iranian oil that was bound for Venezuela.

The Trump administration’s latest move to increase pressure on Tehran less than a week before Nov. 3 election.

19. Central banks sell gold for the first time

Central banks became gold sellers for the first time since 2010 as some producing nations exploited near-record prices to soften the blow from the coronavirus pandemic.

Net sales totalled 121 tons of bullion in the third quarter, compared with purchases of 141.9 tons.

Selling was driven by Uzbekistan and Turkey, while Russia’s central bank posted its first quarterly sale in 13 years.

20. Rare Assam Tea Sells For Record Price of 75K

A rare variety of tea in Assam was sold at a record price of Rs 75,000 per kg at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC).

The speciality tea, known as Manohari Gold Tea, is produced by the Manohari Tea Estate in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district.

The earlier record was also set by the same mark of tea at Rs 50,000 per kg by the same tea garden last year 2019 breaking their record.

21. US Crowned World’s Leading Plastic Generator

The United States leads the world in plastic waste creation and is also among the top marine polluters, according to new research.

The US produced the largest mass of plastic waste of any country in the world and also had the largest annual per-capita plastic generation among surveyed nations.

22. October 29: International Internet Day

Every year International Internet Day is celebrated globally on October 29.

The first International Internet Day was celebrated on October 29, 2005.Tthe Internet was known as ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network).

Charley Kline, a student programmer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). transmitted the first-ever electronic message on October 29, 1969.

23. ICICI Bank net rises sixfold to ₹4,251 cr

ICICI Bank’s profit after tax jumped to ₹4,251 crore as against ₹655 crore in the year-ago period, which is the highest quarterly growth in its history.

ICICI Bank on October 31 reported over four-fold jump in consolidated net profit at ₹4,882 crore for September quarter driven largely by core income growth and lesser provisions for the pandemic-related impact.

24. Pune police to restart vehicle anti-theft department

To curb the rising cases of vehicle theft and boost the detection rate, Pune police plan to restart the vehicle anti-theft department after directions from Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta.

The vehicle anti-theft department was instituted in 2015 the objective to curb the rising number of vehicle thefts, but it was defunct from 2019.

25. China: Extremely rare golden tiger cubs born

A zoo in China welcomed four extremely rare golden tiger cubs.

The four cubs, one male and three females, were born at Taihu Lake Longmont Paradise, an amusement park featuring a zoo in Huzhou, in the eastern Zhejiang Province.

The golden tiger is a mutant tiger species produced by the genetic mutation of the Bengal tiger.

26. 29 October: World Psoriasis Day 2020

World Psoriasis Day takes place each year on 29th October 2020. The annual event was created in 2004 and is active in over 50 countries globally.

The theme for 2020 is ‘PSORIASIS. IT’S NOT CONTAGIOUS’.

Psoriasis is a skin disease, a chronic disease and an autoimmune disease.

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