1. National Unity Day: 31 October
National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is celebrated on October 31 every year. The day was introduced by the Government of India in 2014 to mark the birth anniversary of Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
This year marks the 145th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter. He was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India.
2. NTPC ties up with JBIC
NTPC Ltd has signed an agreement with Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for loan of 3,500 crore.
Under the foreign currency loan agreement, JBIC will provide 60% of the loan amount and the balance will be covered by other commercial banks, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Bank of Yokohama, San-In Godo Bank, Joyo Bank and Nanto Bank, that are under JBIC guarantee.
3. Hyderabad FC announces tie-up with Marbella FC
Indian Super League side Hyderabad FC has announced a three-year strategic tie-up with Spanish club Marbella FC.
The Andalusia-based club currently plays in the Segunda Division B. Through this tie-up, Hyderabad FC can avail the facilities and infrastructure of Marbella FC for conducting preseason for HFC’s first-team players.
4. Ranjana Kala appointed as Uttrakhand PCCF
Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Ranjana Kala has been appointed as the Uttarakhand Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF).
Ranjana Kala, a 1985 batch IFS Officer, was designated to the post with the consent of Governor Baby Rani Maurya.
Principal Secretary of Forest, Anand Vardhan, issued orders in this regard on 29 October 2020.
5. India’s Global Himalayan Expedition Wins award
An Indian organisation has won a prestigious UN award for its efforts to combat climate change amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) is among the winners of the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Award.
GHE is one of the world’s first organisations using tourism and technology to bring solar energy to remote communities.
6. NABARD sanctions over ₹8504.30 lakh
NABARD has sanctioned loans worth ₹8504.30 lakh under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to the Govt of Goa for various Social Infrastructure Projects in the State.
With this, NABARD achieved 100% of the target fixed for sanction to the State Government during 2020-21.
RIDF was instituted in NABARD with the sole objective of giving low-cost support to State Governments.
7. Kerala to set up post-COVID treatment clinics
In Kerala, the State Health Department has decided to set up post-COVID treatment clinics across the state soon.
The draft plan for opening special clinics to treat health issues in recovered COVID patients has been prepared.
The post-COVID clinics will be opened in hospitals ranging from primary health centres to medical colleges.
8. OP Jindal University gets a tag
The OP Jindal Global University has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Education which officially recognised it as an ‘Institution of Eminence’.
The university was selected by the UGC, along with 13 other higher education institutions, for
loE status in 2019.
However, for official confirmation, the institution had to fulfil certain legislative and procedural requirements.
9. Delhi govt approves over ₹40 crore
The Delhi govt has approved more than ₹40 cr to provide medical insurance of ₹5 lakh and term insurance of ₹10 lakh to lawyers, who are residents of Delhi.
The lawyers will be insured under the Chief Minister Advocates Welfare Scheme, which was announced by the AAP government back in December 2019
The govt had set aside a corpus of ₹50 cr for the welfare of lawyers under the scheme.
10. UP Governor releases ‘sciencetoon’ book
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has released a ‘sciencetoon’ book with comprehensive information on the COVID-19 pandemic, its symptoms and prevention through precautions.
The book, named Bye Bye Corona, published by Vigyan Prasar of the Department of Science and Techrnology, makes people aware of COVID-19 in an engaging way.
The book has been written by Pradeep Srivastava.
11. RBL Bank and Visa unveil instant payouts
RBL Bank has joined hands with Visa Direct, in a bid to facilitate instant, real-time and secure fund settlement on debit and credit cards.
The alliance with RBL Bank will enable Visa in expanding the reach of its real-time payments platform1, Visa Direct, across India.
This partnership will help RBL Bank in levelling-up its technology-driven banking solutions.
12. Cochin Shipyard, Italy’s Fincantieri sign MoU
Cochin Shipyard and Italy’s Fincantieri have signed an MoU for co-operation in the areas of design, ship building, ship repair, marine equipment manufacturing, besides training & skill development.
This agreement sets the ground for a strategic partnership aimed at business development for mutual benefit as well as potential indigenization in the identified areas of cooperation.
13. Telangana electric vehicle policy launched
The Telangana government, as part of its new policy to promote electric vehicles, offers 100 per cent exemption of road tax and registration fee for the first two lakh electric two-wheelers purchased and registered within the state.
Telangana becomes the third state in India to launch an electric vehicle policy after Delhi and Gujarat. Telangana Ministers launched the policy 2020 to 2030.
14. Chris Gayle smashes 1000 sixes in
Chris Gayle becomes the first cricketer in T20 history to smash 1000 sixes in the shortest format.
The West Indian achieved this feat in an Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals.
He leads the six-hitting list in T20 cricket by a long-distance as second-placed Kieron Pollard has hit 690 maximums.
15. Chameleon last seen a century ago rediscovered
Scientists have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago.
Researchers from Madagascar and Germany had discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow’s chameleon during an expedition to the north-west of the African island nation.
The Voeltzkow’s chameleons’ habitat is under threat from deforestation.
16. New black coral species found
Three species of black coral have been discovered on the seabed of the northern Pacific Ocean, an area where several countries have contracts to explore for metals including cobalt and nickel as they race to find new supplies of the key battery elements.
The corals were discovered on deep seamounts and ridges in the mineral-rich Prime Crust Zone.
17. India’s first ‘Tyre Park’ in West Bengal soon
West Bengal will soon feature “India’s first” Tyre Park, where artworks made from scrap and defective parts will be on display.
The Tyre Park, which will come up at Esplanade area, would have a small cafe where people can sit, relax and enjoy.
The date of launch of the Tyre Park will be announced shortly.
18. Kerala considered as best governed state
Kerala has been named the best-governed state in the country while Uttar Pradesh was placed at the bottom of a list released by the Public Affairs Centre (PAC), a non-profit organisation.
The report was released by the committee headed by a former Indian Space Research Organisation chairman Kasturirangan.
19. Two face Malabar Exercise to take place in Nov
The Malabar naval exercise involving India, US, Japan and Australia will begin in the Bay of Bengal.
The first phase of Malabar Exercise is to be held in between November 3, 2020, and November 6, 2020, and the second phase to be held between November 17, 2020, and November 20, 2020.
Malabar Exercise began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the United States.
20. DST launches schemes for women scientist
Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan launched the SERB POWER schemes that aim to encourage emerging as well as eminent women researchers to undertake R&D activities in frontier areas of science and engineering.
The schemes will promote women researchers in regular service in academic and research institutions to take up R&D at the highest level.
21. Bangladesh to dredge 10,000 km riverway
The government of Bangladesh has launched a mega scheme to dredge 10,000 kilometres of riverways in the country to improve inland river navigability.
The dredging work will be carried out on 178 rivers of Bangladesh.
The dredging work is being carried out by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) at a cost of Taka 4371 crore. The project schedules to be completed by 2024.
22. Meghalaya Right to public service bill 2020
The Meghalaya cabinet approved a proposed legislation Meghalaya Right to public service bill that will be published in the assembly in the coming autumn session said by CM Conrad K Sangma.
The objective of the Bill is to ensure that a specific timeline is given for any kind of service that the government is providing to the people like caste certificate, driving license and others.
23. PM Modi launches seaplane service in Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a seaplane service between the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.
It will cover the distance of around 200 km from the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district to Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad in around 40 minutes.
24. KK Sharma resign as advisor to JK Lt.Governor
KK Sharma, an advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, resigned from his post and was appointed the State Election Commissioner.
Mr Sharma, a 1983-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, was appointed advisor to the Lieutenant Governor in November last year only.
25. Adille Sumariwalla Elected As AFI President
Incumbent Adille Sumariwalla was elected as Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president while former Indian athlete Anju Bobby George was elected as the senior vice-president during its Annual General Body Meeting,.
Sumariwalla was elected as the AFl president for the third time. Madhukant Pathak and Ravinder Chaudhary were elected as treasurer and general secretary of AFl respectively.
26. Punjab gov launches scholarship for SC student
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched a post-matric scholarship scheme for students belonging to the Scheduled Castes category.
The CM also inaugurated a new Ram Tirath ITI campus while giving the go-ahead for the establishment of a skill development centre that helps the Dalit students in the preparation of competitive exams.
27. IIT Roorkee develops biosensor
A five-member team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee have developed the World’s first specific reliable bacterial biosensor that can detect the presence of common environmental pollutant: Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS).
These are extensively used in soaps, toothpaste, creams, shampoos, laundry detergents, agricultural operations, laboratories and industries.
28. Tashi Gyaltson elected as LAHDC chairman
In Leh, advocate Tashi Gyaltson was unanimously elected as Chief Executive Councillor and Chairman of the 6th Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Leh general council.
LAHDC Leh CEO Deputy Commissioner Sachin Kumar Vaishya, Leh SSP Rajiv Pandey, Munsif judge Mr Cheemat Stobgyal, DLSA chairperson Spalzes Angmo present at the oath ceremony.