1. Mixed Martial Arts: Khabib Retires
Khabib Nurmagomedov choked Justin Gaethje unconscious in the second round to successfully defend his UFC lightweight title and then said he was retiring from the sport following a fierce brawl at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi.
He notably competed in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he was the longest UFC Lightweight Champion from April 2018 until his retirement.
2. UN nuclear weapons ban treaty
The United Nations announced 25 Oct that 50 countries have ratified a UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days.
A move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers.
The treaty had 49 signatories, and UN officials said the 50th ratification from Honduras had been received.
3. Wroclaw named square after HR Bachchan
The City Council of Wroclaw, Poland, has named a square after Amitabh Bachchan’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, as a tribute to the late poet.
The Bollywood icon shared the news on his verified Instagram account.
Earlier in July, students of the University of Wroclaw paid tribute to the veteran Hindi poet by reciting his popular poem Madhushala.
4. No mask, no service policy in Bangladesh
The Bangladesh government has decided that no service will be provided to people who don’t wear masks.
The cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided that no one will be allowed to enter offices without a mask.
It decided that all offices must install notice boards saying no mask, no service in order to control the spread of COVID 19 virus in the country.
5. Pakistan could be next polio-free nation
Pakistan could be the next country on the journey to a polio-free world, the World Health Organisation.
Pakistan is one of the three countries, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, where polio is still endemic.
Last year, 144 polio cases were reported in Pakistan, far higher than 12 in 2018 and eight in 2017.
6. Mahesh Kumar Kanodia passes away
Gujarati musician and former BJP MP Mahesh Kanodia has died on 25 Oct morning.
Kanodia’s special thing was that he could sing in the voice of 32 singers and women singers are also present in them.
7. Hyderabad Jeweller Sets Guinness Record
A jeweller in Hyderabad has bagged the Guinness World Record for creating a ring with the most number of diamonds.
Kotti Srikanth, from The Diamond Store by Chandubhai in Hyderabad, curated a ring which he named ‘The Divine – 7801 Brahma Vajra Kamalam’
The ring contains 7801 natural diamonds and that got him the world record.
8. ICICI Bank shuts down operations in Sri Lanka
ICICI Bank has shut down operations in Sri Lanka after getting approval from the Sri Lankan monetary authority.
The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, having considered the request made by ICICI Bank, has granted approval to close down the business operation of the bank in Sri Lanka and cancel the licence issued to it.
9. Accession Day: 26 October
October 26 marks the occasion of successful accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. India is celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the
Accession Day in 2020.
The Instrument of Accession (lammu and Kashmir), a treaty between the state of Jammu and Kashmir and India, was signed on October 26, 1947, by Maharaja Hari Singh. Lord Mountbatten accepted it a day later.
10. Second VVIP aircraft for President, PM
The second B-777 WIP’s aircraft, Air India One landed at the Delhi airport on 24 Oct. Air India One aircraft is exclusively for the President, Vice President and Prime Minister.
The first of the two VVIP aircraft Air India One arrived in India earlier this month.
11. Warburg to sell CleanMax stake
Warburg Pincus Llc is exploring the sale of its stake in rooftop solar power company CleanMax. A potential deal could rank among the largest in India’s green energy segment.
In July 2017, Warburg Pincus said it will invest as much as $100 million in CleanMax. India is home to the world’s largest clean energy programme.
12. Lewis Hamilton breaks Schumacher’s win record
Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the most victorious driver in Formula One history following his crushing 92nd career win in 25 Oct’s Portuguese Grand Prix.
Hamilton is poised to become the sport’s most successful driver of all time as early as next month, with a seventh world championship certain to follow this season.
13. Virat Kohli Unlocks Major Records
Virat Kohli attained a special record during his half-century innings. Kohli became the only batsman in IPL history to have a record of hitting 200 sixes and 500 fours.
Virat Kohli is now the fifth batsman to score 200 or more sixes in IPL and became the third Indian batsman to do so.
Kohli tops the list of batsmen who have scored the most runs in IPL. He has scored 5827 runs so far.
14. India launches flash flood guidance services
India has launched first of its kind Flash Flood Guidance services for India and other South Asian countries — Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
To issue impact-based forecasting at the watershed and also city level, of floods which are very sudden and of short duration.
The Flash Flood Guidance is a robust system designed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
15. Dubai introduces facial recognition
Dubai is introducing a facial recognition system on public transport to beef up security, officials said Sunday, as the emirate prepares to host the global Expo exhibition.
This technology has proven its effectiveness to identify suspicious and wanted people.
The emirate already operates a biometric system using facial recognition at its international airport.
16. BSE signs MoU with ICCI to support SMEs
Stock exchange BSE on 24 Oct signed an agreement with Inventivepreneur Chamber of Commerce and Industries to support small and medium enterprises and start-ups, and promote their listing on the exchange.
Through this association, ICCI will offer assistance in evaluating SMEs and start-ups for listing on BSE SME board.
17. 4-day Commanders Conference of Indian Army
A 4-day Commanders’ Conference of Indian Army began on 26 Oct 2020 in New Delhi.
Army Chief Gen MM Naravane chaired the apex level biannual event that formulates important policy decisions through a collegiate system of deliberation.
It was attended by all Army Commanders, Principal Staff Officers of the Army headquarters, and other senior officers.
18. Phase-7 of Vande Bharat Mission to begin
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has informed that the Phase-7 of Vande Bharat Mission will begin from 29th October 2020.
There will be more destinations, flights, and bubble arrangements.
International travel of more than 2.7 million people has been facilitated till now through the mission.
4,322 people came to India from abroad on 25 Oct 2020.
19. National Conference on Vigilance
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, on the theme of ‘Vigilant India, Prosperous India on 27 Oct 2020.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) organizes this National Conference coinciding with ‘Vigilance Awareness Week which is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November 2020.
20. 3 crore dwellings constructed under PMAY
3 crore dwellings have so far been constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in the country and 1.5 crore more are in the pipeline.
This was informed by Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar.
He informed that Pune Municipal Corporation has so far completed construction of 2,918 dwellings under 5 different PAY projects, which have been approved by the centre.
21. A philately exhibition inaugurated
On the occasion of the 75th UN Day, Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan inaugurated a philately exhibition on ‘India and the UN: A Postal History.
This was done during a virtual event organized by the UN in India.
He highlighted India’s multifaceted contribution to the work of United Nations over the last seven decades.
22. Indian Army shot down Pak’s quadcopter
Indian Army troops shot down a Pakistan Army quadcopter along Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on 24 Oct 2020.
The Pakistani quadcopter has been made by Chinese company DJI Mavic 2 Pro model.
Pakistan has been trying to push across terrorists before the snowfall closes all possible routes of infiltration on the border.
23. Bangladesh seeks support from World Bank
Bangladesh has sought dollar 500 milion support from the World Bank for COVID 19 vaccine in the country.
It will use this money for procurement, preservation, transportation, and distribution of the vaccine.
The amount is in addition to the funds allocated by the World Bank under IDA 19 for Bangladesh in the current financial year.
24. SAI approves a camp for Table Tennis
Sports Authority of lndia has approved the national coaching camp for Table Tennis. The camp will commence on 28th October and continue till 8th December 2020.
The camp comprising 11 players and four support staff will be conducted by the Table Tennis Federation of lIndia at Delhi Public School, Sonepat. It has been sanctioned at a total cost of about 18 lakh rupees.
25. An investigation from IWF
A three-year investigation into the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has uncovered cases of suspected urine substitution and doppelgangers being used by impersonating athletes.
Eighteen weightlifters from six countries are suspected of giving manipulated samples.
The discovery was part of multiple and ongoing WADA probes that began in 2017, including Operation Arrow.
26. UP govt secures first rank under a scheme
UP govt has secured the 1st rank in PM Atmanirbhar Nidhi Scheme (SVANidhi Scheme) by approving the highest number of loans under the scheme in the country.
The State ranked first in all the categories- Applications, Sanctions, and Disbursements of the loans under the scheme.
As many as 6,22167 applications were received under the scheme in the state which is highest in the country.
27. J&K’s Kupwara Police organises a programme
In order to sensitize the public about the seriousness of drug addiction, Kupwara Police organized a drug awareness programme at District Police Lines in Kupwara on 24 Oct 2020.
Around 200 students from various schools of Kupwara took part in the programme.
On the occasion, ASP Kupwara Ifroz Ahmad and others spoke about drug addiction and highlighted its scenario in Kashmir.
28. J&K’s grievance system integrated
The online grievance system of J&K has been integrated with the central grievance portal.
The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) has collaborated with the J&k administration on this.
With this, it has become the 1st UT to have its district-level grievance offices integrated with the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) portal.
29. 3rd Buyer-Seller meet in Srinagar
The 3rd Buyer-Seller meet was organized in Srinagar on 25 Oct 2020.
Various fresh and dry fruits were put on display/ sale to create awareness among the public for the consumption of fresh fruit to help boost the immune system.
Value-added products were also displayed in the event to boost the home scale processing of horticulture produce.
30. MAI: Kamal Gianchandani appointed as President
The Multiplex Association of India has announced the appointment of Kamal Gianchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures, as president. Former president Deepak Asher has decided to step down from his role.
MAI is a group of cinema operators that works with regulatory bodies and industry partners nationwide to highlight opportunities and address various challenges faced by the cinema exhibition sector.
31. Israel to start human trials of COVID vaccine
Israel Institute for Biological Research (IBR) will start human clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate Brilife from Nov 1, 2020.
It has received all the necessary approvals from the Ministry of Health and the Helsinki Committee.
The Helsinki Committee deals with research approval and human experiments. The 3 stages of the human clinical trial are likely to last till mid-2021.
32. Aurobindo Pharma inks pact with New Mountain
Aurobindo Pharma has inked a pact with private equity firm New Mountain Capital. The pact has been signed to divest Natrol, a wholly-owned unit of its US-based subsidiary to New Mountain Capital for USD 550 million (around Rs 4,048 crore).
Aurobindo Pharma had acquired Natrol in December 2014. Natrol is a unit of Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.
33. MoD sets new rules for land transfer
The Defence Ministry has approved changes to land transfer rules. These will allow the armed forces to receive infrastructure equivalent in value to the land under their control which is needed for public utilities.
The move is expected to reduce the defence forces expenditure on development works, including new offices and housing for soldiers.
34. Defence Ministry acquires strategic land
The Defence Ministry is taking control of over 200 acre of strategic grazing grounds near Lungro La pass.
It was one of the flashpoints during the Sumdorong Chu incident in 1986, when the Indian Army stood up to and thwarted a Chinese bid to occupy territory in Arunachal Pradesh.
It will develop a new defence infrastructure close to the border with China.
35. Water supply schemes inaugurated
Manipur CM N Biren Singh has inaugurated two water supply projects for two villages under Jal Jeevan Mission.
The water supply system has been designed keeping in mind the projected population of about 1,000 till 2041.
With an estimated cost of Rs. 60 lakh, this gravity-based water supply system ensured tap water connection to all 82 households with a present population of about 450.
36. Leicester City won at Arsenal for the 1st time
Leicester City won at Arsenal for the first time in 47 years on 25 October 2020.
The win lifted Brendan Rogers side to fourth on 12 points, while the Gunners stay in 10th place on 9 after six games
Jamie Vardy’s 1th Premier League goal against the Gunners more than any other player apart from Wayne Rooney – gave his side their first win at Arsenal since September 1973.
37. Ramkalawan is elected Seychelles President
Indian-origin Wavel Ramkalawan is elected Seychelles President.
Ramkalawan, a former Anglican priest, defeated incumbent Danny Faure after three decades of unsuccessful runs for the presidency of the East African nation.
Ramkalawan captured 54.9% of the vote while Faure got 43.5% in the vote.
38. India and Philippines commence negotiations
India and the Philippines have commenced negotiations on a new bilateral investment treaty.
The first round of talks on a new treaty took place a few days back in a virtual meeting between the Department of Economic Affairs and the Philippines department of trade and industry.
Both sides are seeking to reach early agreement on a range of initiatives.
39. Indian Digital Media Association
Indian Digital Media Association (IDMA) has been launched on 26 Oct 2020.
It is the country’s largest conglomeration of digital media platform. IDMA is a pro-nation, Indian-owned, Indian-edited, and Indian-controlled digital news association.
As a self-regulatory body, IDMA will be the eyes and ears of digital media platforms, to serve as an intermediary on its behalf.
40. 64th Dhammachakra Pravartan Day
In Maharashtra, 64th Dhammachakra Pravartan Day was celebrated at Nagpur Holy Dikshabhoomi on 25 Oct 2020.
Dhammachakra Pravartan Day also called Dhamma Deeksha Day is one of the special festivals for Buddhist families across the world.
On this day, local Buddhist and Ambedkarite families come together at the Deekshabhumi Nagpur to take refuge to Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.
41. ‘HOHO’ bus services to return in 2021
Delhi’s only official Hop-On-Hop-Off (HOHO) sightseeing bus service will resume early next year with several new features and attractions.
The tourism department of the Delhi government, which operates the facility, is planning to ring in changes including route rationalisation to revive the flagging interest of the users.
India’s first hop-on hop-off bus launched in Oct, 2010.
42. 24 Oct: World Polio Day 2020
October 24 is also known as the World Polio Day, which is marked to highlight the global efforts toward a polio-free world.
The day also honours the contributions of those on the frontlines in the fight to eradicate the polio virus from every corner of the globe.
Polio is a viral infection that can affect the central nervous system. “A Win Against Polio ls A Win For Global Health”