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1. World Students Day: 15 October

The Birth Anniversary of India’s 11th President Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is being celebrated under the auspices of the United Nations as World Student’s Day.

The theme for the year 2020 is Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace.

Dr Kalam, who was born in 1931 in Rameswaram.

He worked with the DRDO and ISRO as a scientist and an administrator before becoming the President of India.

2. Full scholarship for UPSC aspirants: Mizoram

The Mizoram government will provide full sponsorship, including coaching expenses, to students who aspire to join civil and other central services.

The state government decided to work with reputed coaching institutes in Delhi to facilitate aspirants to prepare for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams.

The state will conduct an entrance exam to select the eligible candidates.

3. Wipro to acquire Eximius Design

Wipro will acquire engineering services company Eximius Design for $80 million (about 586.3 crore).

This acquisition will help Wipro to expand into newer market segments and elevate the customer’s journey in next-generation technologies.

Eximius Design has around 1,100 employees and had registered consolidated revenues of $35.2 million in 2019,

4. GMR Hyderabad Airport receives ACI award

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) has received the trophies of the Airports Council International (ACI), Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Departures Awards.

It was awarded for being ‘Best Airport by Size and Region’ and for ‘Best Environment and Ambience by Size!

It received these awards in the Asia-Pacific region in 15-25 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) category.

5. Odisha CM Launches ‘Sujal Mission

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated “Sujal”- ‘Drink from Tap Mission’ scheme.

The scheme is for providing 24 hours supply of quality drinking water in all urban areas of the state.

The ‘Drink from Tap’ programme was launched at Salia Sahi in Bhubaneswar and Masani Chandi in Puri.

The scheme will benefit more than 1.8 lakh households in Bhubaneswar and Puri.

6. Joint anti-terror exercise in Pune

The Indian Army and Maharashtra Police carried out a joint anti-terror exercise in Pune on 9 Oct 2020.

The aim of the exercise was to harmonize the drills and procedures of both Army and Police for activating anti-terrorist Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) to counter any terrorist actions in Pune.

The exercise involved the participation of QRTS, Dog Squads and Bomb Disposal Teams of the Army.

7. Tata Power to develop 100 MW solar project

Tata Power has got a letter of award from Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) to develop a 100-megawatt solar project in Dholera Solar Park of Gujarat.

The energy will be supplied to GUVNL under a power purchase agreement valid for 25 years from scheduled commercial operation date.

The project has to be commissioned within 15 months from the date of execution of power purchase agreement.

8. Shobha Naidu passes away

Renowned Kuchipudi dance exponent, Shobha Naidu, passed away in October 2020. Naidu was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001.

In 1991 she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award. She also served as the Principal for the 40-year-old Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad and trained more than 1,500 students from India and abroad.

9. Meerut Post Office starts ‘My Stamp’ facility

The Meerut Post Office has started a new initiative called ‘My Stamp’ to issue postage stamps to customers on their birthdays, marriages, and anniversaries.

Customers can avail this service at Rs 300. 12 postage stamps cost Rs 5 each, which will bear beautiful images of a newborn, birthday boy or birthday girl and a newly married couple.

10. Dita: Ambassador for Half Marathon Championships

Romania’s 2008 Olympic champion Constantina Dita has been named an ambassador for the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020.

Dita competed at eight editions of the World Half Marathon Championships and earned seven medals in the process.

Her double victory in Edmonton in 2005, taking individual and team gold medals, remains one of the highlights of her career.

11. Bangladesh calls off a project

The Bangladesh govt has officially called off the development of a deep-sea port at Sonadia Island off the country’s southeastern coast.

Environmental concerns drove the Bangladesh government’s decision to scrap the project. Instead, a deep-sea port will be built at Matarbari, 25 kilometres away from Sonadia.

The idea of a deep-sea port at Sonadia was first conceived in 2006.

12. Charlie Moore passes away

Charlie Moore, the 400-meter hurdles champion at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, passed away in October 2020.

Moore also earned a silver medal in Helsinki on the United States’ 1,600-meter relay team.
After the Olympics, he set a world record of 51.6 in the 440 hurdles at the British Empire Games in London.

13. Russia approves 2nd COVID-19 vaccine

Russia has given regulatory approval to a second COVID-19 vaccine, named ‘EpivacCorona; after early-stage studies.

It has been developed by the Vector State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology.

Russia became the first country to give regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine in August when Sputnik V was officially registered ahead of a large-scale clinical trial.

14. International Day of Rural Women: 15 October

International Day of Rural Women is observed every year on 15 October. It focuses on developing measures to improve the life of these rural women.

It brings attention to the role of rural women, including those of indigenous populations to enhance rural development.

The theme for International Day of Rural Women 2020 is “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19”

15. John R Reid passes away

John Richard Reid, former New Zealand cricketer and their oldest surviving Test player passed away in October 2020.

He was the first captain ever to score 500 runs and pick up 10 wickets in a series with his tally of 546 runs and 11 dismissals in South Africa in 1962.

Reid was also the first cricketer to lead New Zealand to a Test victory.

16. Reliance receives Rs 5,550 crore from KKR

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has received Rs 5,550 crore from global investment firm KKR, which has picked up 1.28 per cent stake in its retail arm.

This was the second investment by KKR in Reliance Industries’ units. It had previously picked up a 2.32 per cent stake in the digital arm, Jio Platforms, for Rs 11,367 crore.

17. Demerger of Nagarnar Steel Plant from NMDC

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given approval to the demerger of Nagarnar Steel Plant (NSP) from National Minerals Development Corporation (NMDC) Limited.

It has approved strategic disinvestment of the demerged company (NSP) by selling the entire Government of India stake in it to a strategic buyer. NSP is an Integrated Steel Plant being set up by NMDC in Chhattisgarh.

18. Cabinet Committee gives an approval

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given approval to Rs. 3874 cr spending on stocking low priced oil in India’s three strategic underground crude oil storages.

It also allowed Abu Dhabi National Oil Co to trade the stocked oil. India saved over Rs. 5000 cr when the country in April-May used low international oil prices to fill up its three strategic underground crude oil storages.

19. Special package of Rs. 520 Crore for J&K

The Union Cabinet has approved special package worth Rs. 520 crore for J&K and Ladakh for a period of five years till 2023-24.

It has been approved under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana is a centrally sponsored programme that aims at eliminating rural poverty through promotion of multiple livelihoods for the rural poor households.

20. Biggest Zinc Smelter project in Gujarat

Gujarat govt has announced the setting up of the world’s biggest Zinc Smelter project in Dosawada in Tapi district. An MoU for this project was signed with Vedanta Group this evening.

The proposed 300 KTPA production capacity project would provide big employment opportunities to the local youths in this tribal area. The first phase of the proposed plant will be operational in 36 months.

21. “SAKHI” One-Stop Service Centre in J&K

In Jammu and Kashmir, a “SAKHI” One-Stop Service Centre for women in Ramban district has been inaugurated. Union Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing a scheme for setting up One Stop Centres since April 2015 to support women affected by violence.

The scheme aims to facilitate access to an integrated range of services to women including medical aid, police assistance, etc.

22. UP govt exempts license fee of multiplexes

UP Government has announced exemption of license fee of multiplexes and cinema halls for six months period, starting from 1 April to 30 September 2020.

The decision was taken by CM Yogi Adityanath to lend support to the battered industry, which has been closed for the last six months.

Meanwhile, cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes are set to reopen across the state from 15 Oct 2020.

23. Bangladesh rejects a request

Bangladesh will not co-finance the phase 3 trial of the Corona vaccine being developed by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech.

Co-financing was not in the agreement and the company never asked for money when they approached the Bangladesh government.

Sinovac had agreed to bear all expenses and give 1.10 lakh free vaccines to the country.

24. Commemorative Rs 75 coin to be released

PM Narendra Modi will release a commemorative coin of 75 rupees denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, on 16 Oct 2020.

He will also dedicate 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of eight crops to the nation.

These varieties, along with other food ingredients, will transform the normal Indian thali into Nutri-thali.

25. NTPC collaborates with cement manufacturers

NTPC Limited has collaborated with cement manufacturers across the country. It will supply fly ash as part of its endeavour to achieve 100 per cent utilization of the by-product produced during power generation.

NTPC Rihand is the first power plant in Uttar Pradesh to send conditioned fly ash to cement manufacturers.

26. Cabinet approves MoU with Australia

The Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between India and Australia. It will promote cooperation in surface and groundwater training, education and research to achieve water security for agricultural, urban, industrial and environmental purposes.

The MoU was signed by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), under the Ministry of Jal Shakti in October 2019,

27. CPCB deputes 50 teams

Government has stepped up its effort to ensure the better air quality in Delhi and adjoining states in the winter season.

50 teams of Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB will make extensive field visits in Delhi and NCR region from 15 Oct 2020 which will continue till Feb 2021.

These teams will do the spot reporting of major air pollutants sources with the use of SAMEER App.

28. Jan Andolan Campaign launched

The Ministry of AYUSH has launched the Jan Andolan Campaign on COVID-19.

This Andolan is regarding “Public Health Response to COVID-19: Campaign for COVID-Appropriate Behaviour” which has been launched by the Prime Minister.

The three key messages which are being highlighted across it are – “Wear Mask, Follow Physical Distancing, and Maintain Hand Hygiene.

29. India gets re-elected as President of ISA

India has been re-elected as the President of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and France as the Co-President for a term of two years.

This was decided during the virtual meeting of the third assembly of the International Solar Alliance attended by 34 ISA members on 14 October 2020.

Four new Vice-Presidents were also chosen to represent the four regions of ISA.

30. 2nd phase of “Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna”

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched the second phase of “Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna”. It is for the underprivileged Thalassemic patients.

He also informed that blood transfusion facilities have been made available in every district hospital while some districts also offer the facility in health centres at sub-district level.

31. Special Kisan Rail flagged off

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on 14 Oct 2020 flagged off a Special Kisan Rail Nagpur-Adarsh Nagar New Delhi from Nagpur Railway Station through video conferencing.

This train will carry the first consignment of 205 tonnes of oranges from districts in Vidarbha.

He also inaugurated the Central Railway’s Santra Kisan Railway website which has booking facility for agricultural produce.

32. MSME Ministry introduces Al and ML

MSME Ministry has introduced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for strengthening its single window system portal ‘Champions’ to assist the MSMEs in the country.

Champions Portal was launched by the Prime Minister in June 2020. This multi-modal system also comprises technology equipped physical control rooms at around 69 locations in the country.

33. ZojiLa Tunnel work started with blast

Union Road Transport and Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari started Zojila Tunnel works with a ceremonial blast, at Zojila in Kàrgil district on 15 Oct 2020.

The tunnel is strategically important for the all-weather movement of troops on National Highway No. 1 as and when required.

The ZojiLa is a comparatively shorter route than the existing ones to Amarnath holy cave.

34. Cabinet approves ‘STARS’ project

The Union Cabinet has approved World Bank-supported Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States-STARS project.

The Project seeks to support States in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving interventions with direct linkages to improved education outcomes.

The total project cost is Rs 5,718 cr with the financial support of World Bank amounting to 500 million US dollar.

35. India contributes $1 mn for Palestine Refugees

India has contributed 1 mn dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in Near East.

This will support the Agency’s programmes and services, including education, health care, relief and social services.

The Representative Office of India in Ramallah said, India’s support for the Palestinian cause is an integral part of the nation’s foreign policy.

36. OnePlus set to invest 100 crore for expansion

OnePlus will invest 100 crore towards expanding its offline retail network as it looks to strengthen its reach in tier ii cities and beyond in the country.

The company is also focused on strengthening its manufacturing in India and will make its complete line up of smart TVs locally by 2021.

The company is looking at launching 14 new stores in the next six months.

37. Chandigarh University bags first rank in India

Chandigarh University Gharuan has emerged
as Top Stand-Alone University in India for filling the highest number of patents in a year, i.e. 336.

The annual rankings for the year 2018-19 were recently released by Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Government of India.

In the overall patents filing category, 27 IIT’s have collectively filed 557 patents.

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