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Important Current Affairs 26th October 2019

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

-UP CM Yogi Adityanath launches new emergency helpline number 112

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday launched an all-encompassing emergency helpline number '112'. He also launched a senior citizen safety initiative 'Savera'.

-Marigold flowers worth Rs 2 crore to be sold on Diwali

-Marigold flowers worth Rs 2 crore are estimated to be sold in Uttar Pradesh's   Meerut on Diwali

-Even though the harvest of the flower has been good this year, retailers are selling them at high prices to earn profits.

Migrating eagle's foreign trip makes Russian scientists bankrupt as bird flew to Iran

After some migrating eagles flew from Russia to Iran, scientists ran out of money for tracking the birds. They had to start crowdfunding to pay off the debts drawn by the SMS messages.

-India, China coordinate patrolling of disputed area 

Fish Tail-I and II are in the easternmost corner of Arunachal Pradesh. Fish Tail -I is largely glaciated terrain, and patrols from either side are few and far between.

India and China are for the first time patrolling Fish-Tail II, one of the 13 disputed areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in south-east Arunachal Pradesh, in coordination with each other in an attempt to build mutual confidence and maintain peace along the border, a senior official in the security establishment said on condition of anonymity.

Fish Tail-I and II are in the easternmost corner of Arunachal Pradesh. Fish Tail -I is largely glaciated terrain, and patrols from either side are few and far between.

-Centre appoints 29 joint secretaries in major reshuffle

Of these, 13 are from the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and the rest from the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS), Indian Information Service (IIS) and the Central Secretariat Service (CSS), among others.

Alaknanda Dayal, Punjab-cadre IAS officer, was appointed a joint secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, an order issued by the personnel ministry said.

Ashutosh Jindal, joint secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, has been transferred to the Cabinet Secretariat at the same post.

IAS officer Puneet Aggarwal will be joint secretary in the Department of Defence.

-5.4 lakh earthen lamps light up in Ayodhya for Deepotsav

More than 500,000 diyas or earthen lamps were lit on Saturday at Ram Ki Paidi on the banks of the Saryu River in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya as part of the BJP government’s Deepotsav celebrations this year.

Fiji’s minister Veena Bhatnagar, the chief guest at this year Deepotsav, lit the first earthen lamp as chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel and several ministers of the state government were present.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

-Washington banning US flights to all Cuban cities but Havana

Two people briefed on the matter say the Trump administration is banning U.S. flights to all Cuban cities but Havana in the latest move to roll back Obama-era easing of relations.

The people say the Transportation Department will announce that JetBlue and American Airlines flights to Santa Clara in central Cuba and Holguin and Camaguey in the island’s east will be banned starting in December. Flights to Havana account for the great majority of U.S. flights to Cuba and will remain legal.

Renewed anti-government protests in Iraq leave 42 dead

Renewed anti-government protests across Iraq left more than 40 people dead on Friday through tear gas, live rounds and fires, a watchdog and security sources told AFP.

The protests represent a second phase of a week-long movement in early October that ended with more than 150 people dead.

Rallies had been set to resume on Friday, with a range of actors from Iraq’s highest Shiite authority to the United Nations urging restraint.They began early and calm on Thursday evening, with protesters exchanging flowers with security forces and the interior minister insisting police would “protect” protesters.

But by Friday evening, demonstrations across the country had descended into violence that left 42 protesters dead -- at least half of them as they attacked the headquarters of armed factions or government bodies.Twelve died in the southern city of Diwaniyah alone, while setting fire to the headquarters of the powerful Badr organisation, part of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force.

SPORTS AFFAIRS

Tamim Iqbal pulls out of India tour, Imrul Kayes named replacement for T20s

Tamim Iqbal has pulled out of Bangladesh's upcoming tour of India as his wife is expecting their second child later this month, and the national selectors have called up Imrul Kayes as his replacement for the three T20Is.

IMPORTANT DATES

-26 Oct, 1959 - Space Moon Photos

1959 : The first photographs are seen on earth of the far side of the moon when the Lunik III, a Soviet satellite which are sent back to earth via radio signals.

-26 Oct, 1956 - Hungary October Revolution

1956 : The Hungarian October Revolution is now in it's third day with demonstrators fighting in the streets of Budapest with Soviet Troops. Estimates range from 3,000 to 5,000 dead and many lying in the streets where they have fallen. They are protesting for economic reforms and the withdrawal of Soviet troops and tanks. The new Prime Minister is appealing for calm.

-October 26th, 1965 : The Beatles were made members of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

-26 Oct, 1994 - Israel Jordan Peace TreatyIsrael and Jordan signed a peace treaty to end 46 years of war. The treaty was signed by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan and the ceremony was attended by President Clinton.

-26 Oct, 1998 - Honduras Hurricane....Hurricane Mitch the most deadly storm in modern times hits a number of Central American countries including Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua leaving a trail of destruction and death in the area caused from a combination of very heavy winds and rain causing flooding and huge landslides. The death toll at the end of the storm was over 3,000 with tens of thousands left homeless.

AWARDS

World largest School

Lucknow-based City Montessori School (CMS) has won the Guinness World Record for becoming the ‘world’s largest school’ in terms of strength of students.City Montessori School (CMS) has won the global award for having largest number of students in 2019-20. At present, the CMS has 18 branches and approximately 56,000 students all over the city.

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Important Current Affairs 25th October 2019

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

-Satya Pal Malik transferred to Goa, Girish Chandra Murmu made Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has been transferred to Goa while former IAS officers Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur have been appointed Lieutenant Governors of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh respectively.

-Radha Krishna Mathur to be LG of Ladakh: All you need to know about him

Radha Krishna Mathur is a retired 1977 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tripura cadre. Radha Krishna Muthur retired as the Chief Information Commissioner of India (CIC) in November 2018.

-IAS officer Radha Krishna Mathur has been appointed the Lieutenant Governor of the union territory of Ladakh, the reorganisation of which will take effect from October 31, 2019.

-PoK is terrorist controlled part of Kashmir, says Army chief Bipin Rawat

 The territory which has been illegally occupied by Pakistan is not controlled by the Pakistani establishment, it is controlled by terrorists.

-Karnataka: Fishing to commode, citizens protest in creative ways over state of roads

The state of roads in Karnataka has been playing a pivotal role in bringing out the lost creativity amongst the people of the state.Talking about the roads in Bengaluru, apart from traffic, the potholes and craters are the next major issue for the citizens.Fed up with the continuous apathy from the state authorities to deal with the problem, the people have resorted to unique ways of protesting and showing their discontentment.

-SFIO starts probe in deals between Videocon and Deepak Kochhar

The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has initiated a probe in the deals between Deepak Kochchar's NuPower Renewables and Videocon Group in connection with the ICICI Bank Videocon loan default case.

-Earlier, Ministry of Corporate Affairs had asked the SFIO to initiate investigations in dealings between Nupower Renewables -- a company owned by Deepak Kochhar.

-Terrorists in Kashmir trying to radicalise children using schools of banned Jamaat-e-Islami, say intel reports

Jamaat-e-Islami has been trying to establish a parallel schooling system at a local level in Kashmir to start an anti-government narrative among children.Recently terrorists had tried to burn down a school building in Chawalgam while more terror outfits are planning to target government schools.

-IMD issues cyclone alert for Goa, south Konkan and Karnataka

IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into the east-central Arabian Sea along and off Maharashtra - Goa - Karnataka coasts during the next 48 hours.

-Gujarat firms gets 229.7 crore contract to redevelop Parliment Building

The contract for redevelopment of Parliment building, Rajpath and Central Vista in Delhi was Awarded to Ahemdabad- based HCP Design, Plannin and Management on Friday.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

-UK Kashmir body to launch digital campaign in London

If turned down by the court to protest outside the Indian High Commission in London, the protestors will use a bus to launch their digital campaign. Metropolitan Police under Section 12 Public Order Act 1986 imposed restrictions on the protest "in order to prevent serious disruption to the community".

-South Korea to give up developing country status in WTO talks

South Korea will no longer seek special treatment reserved for developing countries by the World Trade Organization in future negotiations given its enhanced global economic status, its finance minister said.

-Storm-hit areas in Japan brace for heavy rains, 60,000 advised to evacuate

A wide swath of eastern Japan hit by flooding and landslides from Typhoon Hagibis two weeks ago braced for more heavy rains on Friday.

-Wind-whipped fires rage across California as lights go dark

In Northern California wine country, authorities ordered 2,000 people to evacuate as a wildfire exploded to more than 15 square miles (39 square kilometers), whipped up by the strong winds that prompted utilities statewide to impose blackouts to prevent such fires from igniting.

-Hundreds visit to Australia’s Uluru for last ever climb atop the sacred monolith

A permanent ban on scaling Uluru -- also known as Ayers Rock -- comes into place Saturday in line with the long-held wishes of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land, the Anangu.

-Indians will no longer require visas to visit Brazil

Bolsonaro, a far-right politician, came to power at the beginning of the year and has made it a policy to reduce visa requirements from a number of developed countries. But the announcement, made during an official visit to China, is the first he has made expanding that policy to the developing world.

Saudi Arabia names new foreign minister, hinting towards generational shift

Prince Faisal bin Farhan -- a one-time adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and currently ambassador to Germany -- will replace Ibrahim al-Assaf who was in the role for less than a year.

SPORTS AFFAIRS

-Vijay Hazare Trophy final: Abhimanyu Mithun first to pick hat-trick in summit clash

The right-arm pacer Abhimanyu Mithun on Friday also became the first Karnataka bowler to take a hat-trick in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

-R Praggnanandhaa became the world’s best Under-18 chess player

He started by observing his sister’s game. Today, 14-year-old R Praggnanandhaa from Chennai has emerged as the world’s best chess player in the Under-18 category

IMPORTANT DATES

•           2017 Chinese Premier Xi Jinping unveils his new ruling council in the Great Hall of the People, none of the five are young enough to succeed him

•           1875 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist

•           1964 Dutchman Anton Geesink is 1st non-Japanese Olympic judo gold medal winner•           18

54 The infamous "Charge of the Light Brigade" during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War results in over 100 killed

Awards and Honour

-Rajbhasha Awards were presented by Prasar Bharati

Prasar Bharati's CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati presented the Rajbhasha Awards to the winners of the Hindi Pakhwada competition.

 ♦ The theme of the competition was Plastic Free India and Cleanliness drive. 

♦ The competition was conducted in 10 categories, including essay writing, poster making, story writing, and others. 

♦ Prasar Bharati announced that from next year onwards, social media and technology would possibly be brought in to make Hindi competition more innovative

-Anup Singh was awarded the Udyog Rattan Award

Shri. Thakur Anup Singh, Marg ERP Ltd's Chairman, and Managing Director, was awarded the Udyog Rattan Award-2019 by the Institute of Economic Studies. The award recognized his exceptional work in transforming the Indian industry landscape how MSMEs can accelerate their business using technology.  Udyog Rattan Award-2019: The Udyog Rattan Award is presented every year to Indian citizens for their outstanding contributions to the economic development of the country. The award is presented by the Institute of Economic Studies, India (IES), an affiliate of the Government of India.

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Important Current Affairs 24th October 2019

National Affairs

-Kartarpur Corridor agreement signed, pilgrims can carry Rs 11000 and a 7kg bag

Kartarpur Corridor will go operational on November 8 as scheduled as India and Pakistan today signed an agreement to this effect. Those who wish to visit the holy shrine need to register with the home ministry.

-Humbled to have got people’s support yet again in Maharashtra: PM Modi

After over 9 hours of heated poll battle that we witnessed today on vote counting day for the Maharashtra assembly elections 2019, the results are now looking clear. With Aaditya Thackeray emerging as the winner from Worli, his electoral debut constituency, and the party winning 33 seats and leading in 24 constituencies, Shiv Sena looks to draw a hard bargain with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

-SC allows Centre’s plea to recover adjusted gross revenue of Rs 92k crore from telecom companies

-In an affidavit filed in the top court, DoT said that as per calculations, Airtel owes Rs 21,682.13 crore as licence fee to the government.

-Dues from Vodafone totalled Rs 19,823.71 crore while Reliance Communications owed a total of Rs 16,456.47 crore, DoT said.

-The BSNL owed Rs 2,098.72 crore while MTNL owed Rs 2,537.48 crore, it said.

-The total amount, which has to be recovered from all the telecom firms, accrues to Rs 92,641.61 crore as on date.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

-Iran executes children in violation of human rights law

The UN special investigator on human rights in Iran, expressed deep concern at the overall use of the death penalty in the Islamic Republic, saying its execution rate ‘remains one of the highest in the world’ even after a drop from 507 in 2017 to 253 in 2018.

-Journalists urge action against Google over EU copyright dispute

Hundreds of journalists called Wednesday for European officials to take action against Google over its refusal to pay media companies for displaying their content in defiance of a strict new EU copyright law. But Google said last month that articles, pictures and videos would be shown in search results only if media firms consent to let the tech giant use it for free.

-Sikh leader Jagmeet Singh emerges as pillar of new Canadian govt

Indian-origin Canadian Jagmeet Singh-led New Democratic Party (NDP), which won 24 seats in the general election, is likely to emerge as the "kingmaker" where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party held onto power in a nail-biting poll, albeit as a weakened minority government.

SPORTS AFFAIRS

Virat Kohli rested, no MS Dhoni for T20I series vs Bangladesh

•           Virat Kohli has been rested for the T20I series vs Bangladesh

•           Sanju Samson has returned to the India squad after more than 4 years

•           Shahbaz Nadeem who took 4 wickets in his debut Test doesn't find a place in the Test squad

-MS Dhoni endorses our view of backing younsters: MSK Prasad on Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson's selection

•           Selectors picked Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson as the two wicketkeepers for the T20s vs Bangladesh

•           It is yet not clear whether MS Dhoni made himself available for selection or not

•           Dhoni has not played any form of cricket since India's exit from the semi-finals of 2019 World Cup.

-FIFA unanimously appoints China as host of new Club World Cup 2021

•           FIFA announced it would revamp the tournament to feature 24 teams from 2021

•           FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the competition would take place in June-July of 2021

•           Infantino did not give an exact breakdown of slots but said there would be eight teams from Europe

-It's going to be thrilling: Yuvraj Singh on joining Maratha Arabians in Abu Dhabi T10 league

•           Yuvraj Singh is the latest signing by Maratha Arabians

•           Former England head coach Andy Flower is the new Maratha Arabians head coach

•           Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo will continue to lead the franchise like in the previous edition

TECH AFFAIRS

-Airtel goes for high data benefits: Popular plan of Rs 558 is for power users

•           Airtel last month also launched Rs 599 premium plan that comes with data and calling benefits.

•           Airtel's Rs 558 plan also competes with Jio's Rs 509 plan.

•           Airtel takes a lead here as it offers data benefit for a longer validity than Jio.

IMPORTANT DATES

-2008 "Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.

-1929 "Black Thursday", start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%

-1593 Alleged teleportation of Spanish soldier Gil Perez from the Philippines to Mexico

-1596 -26] Battle at Kerestes: Ottoman beat Austria-Hungary & Germany.

Awards

-National Panchayat Award 2019

Union Minister of Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar conferred the National Panchayat Awards 2019 at a function in New Delhi. The Minister also launched a Spatial Planning Application called ‘Gram Manchitra’ which is a Geo Spatial based decision support system for panchayats.

-Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award 2019

-The Vice President Shri Venkaiyah Naidu presented the “Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award” to scholar, legal luminary and former Attorney General of India Shri K Parasaran. He was honored with the award on the occasion of Elder’s Day celebration organized by Age Care India.

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Important Current Affairs 23rd October 2019

National Affairs

Zakir Musa’s successor among 3 militants killed in Kashmir encounter

Three militants of Ansar ul Gazwat ul Hind, a terror outfit linked to al Qaeda, were killed in an encounter in Tral area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

18 terrorists killed, JeM launch pads destroyed in PoK strikes by Indian army

Officials in Indian security agencies that have assessed the impact of the Indian Army’s artillery assault on terror launch pads in Neelum Valley and three other places in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), said on condition of anonymity that at least 18 terrorists were killed along with 16 Pak Army personnel on October 19 and 20. The army hasn’t confirmed the number of dead.

Satya Pal Malik may be Lt Guv of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh Union territories

 The union government is looking for candidates to take over as lieutenant governors (L-Gs) of the Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh, carved out following J&K’s reorganisation that will come into effect on October 31, according to people aware of the developments.

There has been speculation that J&K governor Satya Pal Malik, 73, could preside over both UTs--J&K and Ladakh--even as the J&K Reorganisation Act provides for separate L-Gs for both UTs.

Delhi HC dismisses plea against odd-even scheme

-The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a PIL challenging the AAP government's proposed odd-even road rationing scheme which is expected to be in force from November 4-15.

-A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar declined to entertain the plea as the petitioner had not made any representation to the government before approaching the court.

-The court also said that the petition was filed without the details of the scheme which is yet to be notified by the Delhi government.

Happy Fridge to ensure that no one goes hungry on Diwali

-In a bid to fight against hunger and poverty, Feeding India NGO has kickstarted an initiative and has come up with the idea of installing community refrigerators.

-In these community refrigerators, people can store surplus food or can donate food to the needy.

Govt hikes wheat MSP by Rs 85/qtl; pulses up to Rs 325/qtl

The government on Wednesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) for wheat by Rs 85 to Rs 1,925 a quintal and for pulses by up to Rs 325 per quintal.A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kerala cabinet reduces fine for certain offences under new Motor Vehicle Act

-The Kerala cabinet has decided to reduce fines for certain offences under the new Motor Vehicle Act

-The fine for speeding for light Motor Vehicle was between Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. The revised fine has been fixed by the state government to be Rs 1,500. The fine for the heavy vehicle was between Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000. It has been fixed to be Rs 3,000 by the state government.

-The cabinet has decided to fine violators Rs 2,000 if caught using mobile phones while driving. Earlier, the fine for this offence used to be between Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.

-For auto racing, the fine earlier was Rs 10,000 which has been reduced to Rs 5,000.

-The fine for driving without a permit was between Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000. It has now been fixed at Rs 3,000.

-The fine for not wearing a seat belt or riding without a helmet has been reduced to Rs 500 from Rs 1,000.

-The fine, however, for not giving side to an ambulance and fire service has been reduced to Rs 5,000 from Rs 10,000.

-For a repeated offence of driving without insurance, the fine has been reduced from Rs 4,000 to Rs 2,000.

-Parliament in July had passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to tighten road traffic regulations such as the issuance of driving licence and imposed stricter penalties for traffic-related violations.

BEST launches bus services without conductors in Mumbai

The Mumbai civic body's transport arm BEST has for the first time started conductor-less bus services on two routes here from Wednesday, a senior official said.

Passengers will have to buy tickets at the originating stops while boarding these non-stop buses.

HIGHLIGHTS

•           Assam has rolled out its two-child policy passed by assembly in 2017

•           Assam policy disqualifies people with more than two kids for government jobs

•           India was among the first countries to launch a family planning programme in 1951

Four opposition MLAs join BJP in Jharkhand

Sukhdeo Bhagat and Manoj Yadav of the Congress, Kunal Sarangi of the JMM and Independent MLA Bhanu Pratap Sahi joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Raghubar Das at the party office here.

11-Terrorists hurl petrol bomb at security forces in Srinagar

-Targeting the forces in Srinagar, terrorists hurled petrol bomb at them and fled the spot.

-The incident happened at Srinagar's Batmaloo.

-Hameed Lelhari was named its new commander by Al-Qaeda affiliated Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) after Zakir Musa's death in May, 2019.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Hong Kong extradition bill withdrawn, but protests unlikely to end

The rallying cry of the protesters, who have trashed public buildings in the Chinese-ruled city, set street fires and thrown petrol bombs at police, has been “five demands, not one less”, meaning the withdrawal of the bill make no difference.

-Will continue to pressurise Pakistan to act against Lashkar, Jaish and Hizbul, says US

The US has once again reiterated that it will continue to pressurise Pakistan to act against terrorism breeding on its ground.

•           US has said it will continue to put pressure on Pakistan to act against terror outfits

•           US has said it will pressurise Pakistan to against Lashkar, Jaish and Hizbul

•           US also supported Imran Khan's remark that terrorists are enemies of Pakistan too

-White House denounces ‘smear campaign’ against Donald Trump

The White House rejected damning testimony Tuesday from a US diplomat in Donald Trump’s impeachment probe as part of a “smear campaign” from the far left of the Democratic Party.

Stunning congressional testimony by Bill Taylor appeared to confirm allegations that Trump abused his office by conditioning foreign aid to Ukraine on its leader interfering on Trump’s behalf in the 2020 election.

Important Day

23 October - Mole Day

Mole Day is observed on 23 October every year. This day commemorates the Avogadro's Number which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. This day was created to generate interest in chemistry.

23 Oct, 2002 - Hungary Protests Against Soviet Rule

2002 : Fifty Chechen rebels storm a Moscow Theater taking 7,000 hostages. The rebels had explosives strapped to their bodies and were demanding the withdrawal of Soviet Forces from Chechnya. Three days later after the death of two of the hostages Russian Special Forces stormed the building and during the raid most of the terrorists and 120 hostages were killed during the raid.

23 Oct, 1915 - U.S.A. Suffrage Movement

1915 : As part of the women's suffrage movement 25,000 women march up Fifth Avenue in New York City demanding the right to vote.

23 Oct, 2007 - U.S.A. Space Shuttle Discovery

October 23rd, 2007 : Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-120) begins a 14-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver the Harmony module and reconfigured part of the station in preparation for future assembly missions. The crew commanded by American Pam Melroy, included Mission Specialist Paolo A. Nespoli from Italy where Harmony was built.

23 Oct, 2001 - U.S.A. iPod

October 23rd, 2001 : Apple releases the first iPod capable of storing 1,000 songs. The iPod came with a 5 GB hard drive and was fully Mac compatible. Sales worldwide of the iPod now exceed 150 million and Apple iTunes has now sold over 5 billion songs worldwide.

SPORTS

-Abhishek Nayar retires from all forms of cricket

Veteran Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar has retired from all forms of cricket.

“I’m absolutely satisfied... there are so many cricketers out there who would want to be in the position I am today. I can only be grateful and thankful to have had the opportunity to play for this long... absolutely no regrets...I’m a happy man,” Nayar said .

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Important Current Affairs 22nd October 2019

National Affairs

Railways to implement Rs 18,000-crore project to run trains at 160 kmph

The Indian Railways will implement a Rs 18,000-crore project to operate trains at a speed of 160 kmph on the busy Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata routes by upgrading infrastructure, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav.

Agra postal department stops booking posts for Pakistan

In reaction to the Pakistan government’s decision to deny the extension of international postal                     services to India following the deterioration of relations between the two countries, the Agra Postal department has now stopped booking posts for addresses in Pakistan.

    

Goan cows not the first to love meat but this may make Donald Trump happy

•           Goa government has sent meat-loving cows for rehabilitation

•           A band of 76 stray cows in Goa were found to be loving non-veg food

•           In an earlier case, cows were found to be eating live chickens in Bengal.

PMC bank scam: Protesters demand Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia for deceased account holders

The PMC bank account holders who are protesting at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai have put forth demands to the RBI including providing Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia for the people who died during the period when the bank scam came to light.

Kashmir's Iron Lady Parveena Ahanger on BBC list of 100 most inspiring women

Known as the 'Iron Lady of Kashmir' for her relentless protests against the alleged abduction of her son by the Indian Army in 1990 and thereafter forming the Association of Parents of Disappeared Parents (APDP) in 1994, Parveena Ahanger has featured on the BBC's list of top 100 inspiring women.

PM joked about media trying to trap me with anti-Modi remarks

•           Abhijit Banerjee met PM Narendra Modi at his residence on Tuesday

•           PM Modi lauded Abhijit Banerjee's list of accomplishments who recently won the Nobel Prize

•           Banerjee said PM Modi joked about the media trying to trap him with anti-Modi remarks

Kartarpur pact to be inked on ‘zero line’, India and Pak to not cross border

India and Pakistan will sign an agreement on October 24 to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian pilgrims to visit a gurdwara built at the site where Guru Nanak spent the final years of his life, capping protracted negotiations on the issue.

Delhi roads in for makeover, 9 stretches to be redone in first phase: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal said all roads will be redesigned, at the estimated cost of Rs 400 crore, as per international standards. This will include landscaping, space for non-motorised vehicles and wider footpath which will be differently-abled friendly.

Health ministry’s intensified immunisation drive to reach 90% children

About 87% children are covered under the government’s universal immunisation programme (UIP), which is a significant jump from the national average of 70% in 2014.

                                                          INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

President Ram Nath Kovind attends enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday attended the enthronement ceremony of Japan's new Emperor Naruhito who completed his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne after his father's abdication earlier this year.

Malaysia's Mahathir stands by Kashmir comments despite palm oil boycott by India traders

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday he would not retract his criticism of New Delhi’s actions in Kashmir even though Indian traders have urged a boycott of Malaysian palm oil.

                                                     TECH AFFAIRS

Apple iPhone XR, among world’s most popular smartphones, now made in India

Apple Inc has started selling its popular iPhone XR phones assembled in India, as it looks to expand its share in the world's second-largest smartphone market where it has struggled against cheaper products from rivals.

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma to take home Rs 3 crore in remuneration in FY20

The proposal pertaining to Sharma's remuneration was approved by members of One97 Communications Ltd at their Annual General Meeting on September 30, 2019, filings with the Corporate Affairs Ministry showed.

Govt to tighten social media rules, will make companies liable for content shared

The government has also stated on affidavit that they will look to finalise and notify the Draft Information Technology Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules by January 15, 2020.

World's biggest face recognition system arrives in India next month

With the tender submission date to procure the National Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) just 20 days away, India is closer to install worlds largest facial recognition system to track and nab criminals.

IMPORTANT DATES

 EVENT

•           1633 Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Dutch East India Company defeated by Chinese Ming naval forces in southern Fujian sea

•           1721 Tsar Peter the Great becomes "All-Russian Imperator"

•           1879 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

•           1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide, creating 24 international time zones with longitude zero at the Greenwich meridian

•           1907 Panic of 1907: A run on Knickerbocker Trust Company stock leads to US wide run on banks.

MUSIC

1883 New York's original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of the opera "Faust".

SPORTS

1978 8th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in her first appearance in world record time 2:32:30.

SPORTS AFFAIRS

UEFA Champions League: Barcelona seek sixth straight win at spirited Slavia

Barcelona will be looking to extend their five-game winning streak when they take on Champions League underdogs Slavia Prague in the teams’ first-ever encounter in Prague on Wednesday. Brushing aside political turmoil around them, Ernesto Valverde’s men eased past Eibar 3-0 away on Saturday with goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. Their fifth straight competitive win -- including a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in their last Champions League game - took them to the top of La Liga a point ahead of Real Madrid.

Roger Federer praises Andy Murray’s Antwerp comeback success

-Roger Federer praised Andy Murray’s weekend Antwerp title just 10 months after the former number one underwent a hip resurfacing

-Andy Murray has been selected for Britain’s Davis Cup squad 24 hours after winning his first tournament since 2017.

-Former world number one Murray clinched his first ATP Tour title for over two years on Sunday when he beat Stan Wawrinka in the European Open final in Antwerp.

CoA reign ends as Sourav Ganguly set to take over as 39th BCCI president

-One of India’s most decorated captains Sourav Ganguly will be taking over as the 39th president of the BCCI on Wednesday at its AGM, ending a tumultuous 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

-Ganguly is the unanimous nomination for the post of BCCI president along with Union Home ister Amit Shah’s son Jay as the secretary. Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand is the new vicepresident.

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Important Current Affairs 21st October 2019

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

UP police on alert ahead of Supreme Court verdict of Ayodhya issue

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh has said that security arrangements in Ayodhya and the rest of the state are being assessed and upgraded as needed ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya.

Heavy rains create flood scare in parts of Karnataka

Torrential rains in many parts of the state and Maharashtra have created a flood scare afresh as many rivers are in spate, especially in north Karnataka and Chikkamagaluru.

INX Media: Delhi court takes cognisance of CBI chargesheet against Chidambaram

A Delhi court has took cognisance of the CBI chargesheet in the INX Media corruption case accusing former finance minister P Chidambaram of causing loss to the exchequer by violating PMLA.

Over 100 terrorists were ready to infiltrate from six launch pads in PoK near Tangdhar

Over 100 terrorists were waiting in six launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir across Tangdhar sector to infiltrate Jammu and Kashmir in small batches, sources said.

Pakistan stops postal service to India: Breach of international law

 Ravi Shankar Prasad said Pakistan took the decision of stopping the postal mail services between the two countries without prior information.

Siachen area from Base to Kumar post open for tourists

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday declared Siachen area from Base to Kumar post open for tourists from across the world.

Pakistan to levy fees on Kartarpur pilgrims

Pakistan to levy service fee on pilgrims visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, considering the maintenance and development work going on in the Kartarpur Corridor. The Pakistan government said that it will charge $20 fee per pilgrim.

India to go ahead with Kartarpur agreement as Pak insists on levying $20 fee on pilgrims

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, "If Pakistan wants to levy a service charge despite India's objections, India will go ahead with the Kartarpur Corridor agreement keeping religious sentiments and longstanding demand in mind." The Kartarpur agreement between India and Pakistan will be signed on October 23.

Freedom, conditions apply: Detained J&K leaders can't comment or hold rallies on Art 370 for a year, says bond

While some detained Jammu and Kashmir leaders have been freed, they have had to sign a bond that forbids them from making any comments, issuing statements, giving public speeches or participating in any public event "related to the recent events in the state of Jammu and Kashmir" for one year.

Court allows ED to interrogate Ratul Puri in Tihar

A Special court at the Rouse Avenue Court Complex here on Monday allowed the Enforcement Directorate to further interrogate businessman Ratul Puri in Tihar jail for three days in connection with Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper money laundering case.

-Puri, who is the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, is accused of allegedly receiving kickbacks in the deal. He was arrested by the ED on September 3.

Zomato fined Rs 1 lakh for breeding mosquitoes in Chennai office

Food delivery giant Zomato has been fined by Greater Chennai Corporation for discarding bags used by its delivery executives on the terrace of its Chetpet office in Chennai.

The food delivery app has been asked to pay Rs 1 lakh for failing to destroy mosquito breeding sources.

IRCTC to pay around Rs 1.62 lakh as compensation for late running of Tejas Express

A delay of more than three hours in the running of Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express on October 19 has cost IRCTC around Rs 1.62 lakh which the railway subsidiary will pay through its insurance companies as compensation to around 950 passengers, a first in the history of Indian Railways.

Heavy rains batter Kerala, IMD issues 2-day orange alert for several districts

According to the weather forecast agency, an orange alert has been issued in 12 districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Wayanad, which will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall today accompanied with thunderstorm and lightning.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Imran Khan govt faces united opposition's march, over 1.5 million turnout expected

Political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) called for the anti-government protest, demanding the Imran Khan-led government to step down from power as they have failed to cater to the needs of the people of the country, who the party claimed, were under severe stress due to "government's policy failure".

North Korea says US, South Korea must present new solutions for conflict

The United States and South Korea must produce new solutions for the current standoff on the Korean Peninsula, a senior North Korean military official said on Monday, warning that hostile policies towards Pyongyang would lead to serious consequences.

China's defence minister says resolving Taiwan question is national priority

•           No force can prevent 'reunification' of China, he says

•           He calls China-US military relationship 'generally stable'

•           Taiwan says China has endangered world peace

All taxis in Dubai now fitted with surveillance cameras

The system has sensors that automatically activate the camera once the customer steps into the vehicle.

Egypt reveals details of 30 ancient coffins found in Luxor with inscriptions, paintings

The coffins were for men, women and children from the 22nd dynasty (945-715 B.C.) and had been collected and hidden by a priest for fear of being looted, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities .

China's next space rockets likely to make test flights in 2020, 2021

At about 116 tonnes and with a length of 31 meters, the Smart Dragon-3, set for a test flight in 2021, will be capable of sending 1.5 tonne payloads into orbit.

1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial in US removed after India protests

About three months after a '1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial' to the Sikh victims of the 1984 riots in India was installed at Otis Library here, the memorial was removed - in part following the urging of the Indian government.

HISTORICAL EVENTS

•           1805 Battle of Trafalgar: British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats combined French and Spanish fleet. Nelson shot and killed during battle.

•           1854 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War

•           1944 World War II: US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall

•           1948 UN rejects Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons

•           1950 Chinese forces occupy Tibet

•           1993 Military coup by Burundi President Ndadaye; 525,000 Hutus flee

In Film and TV

1964 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)

Music

1858 Jacques Offenbach's operetta " Orpheus in the Underworld" (Orphée aux Enfers) premieres in Paris, includes "Infernal Galop" (can-can tune)

Sports

1980 Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history

EVENTS

Oct 21 St Eusebius ends his reign as Catholic Pope

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Important Current Affairs 18th October 2019

                                                      International Affairs

-End terror or face action: Global watchdog FATF puts Pakistan on notice

FATF warned that a part of the action will include urging members to advise their financial institutions to give special attention to business relations/transactions with Pakistan.

-Trump to host G7 summit at his Miami golf resort next year

US President Donald Trump will host the Group of Seven (G7) summit in June next year at his golf resort in Florida, the White House confirmed.

-UK, EU hail new Brexit deal, but Parliament sign-off hangs in balance

The UK and the European Union (EU) declared that they have agreed a new Brexit deal for Britain's withdrawal from the 28-member economic bloc within the October 31 deadline. While UK PM Boris Johnson hailed the agreement as a "great new deal", EU President Jean Claude-Juncker branded it a "fair and balanced agreement".

           

-US announces Turkey has agreed to ceasefire in Syria

US Vice President Mike Pence announced that the US and Turkey had agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northern Syria to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone roughly 20 miles south of the Turkish border.

-Pak warns India against diverting water flow, says it would be act of aggression

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal made the remarks during his weekly media briefing here in response to a question regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent remarks to stop water flowing to Pakistan.

-Fate of Japan's imperial dynasty rests on shoulders of 13-year-old

Japan only allows males to ascend the ancient Chrysanthemum Throne and changes to the succession law are anathema to conservatives backing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

-Stocks, sterling rise on long-awaited Brexit deal

Wall Street rose as upbeat earnings from Netflix and Morgan Stanley affirmed a strong start to the US reporting season, while the dollar fell against the euro as the common currency got a lift on the long-awaited Brexit deal.

National Affairs

-Trading tyres: How the West fuels a waste crisis in Asia

Not long ago, Nabipur was a quiet farming village in northern India. Now the village is home to at least a dozen furnaces burning a steady stream of tyres to make low-quality oil in a process known as pyrolysis.

-Ranjan Gogoi recommends SA Bobde as 47th  Cheif Justice of India

Justice Bobde has in the past served as Additonal Judge at Bombay high court and Chied Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.

-Tranfer Assam NRC Coordinatpr to MP for max period possible

The Supreme Court ordered the transfer of Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateel Hajela of Madhya Pradesh on inter-cadre deputation for the “maximum period possible”.

-Oil companies defer decision to suspend fuel supplies to Air India

Officials said the decision to defer the move follows Air India making a written request for the same as also promising to make regular payments to clear over Rs 5,000 crore in overdue fuel bills.

-Non- recognised private school in Delhi wont be shut:AAP

Delhi Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sissodia said that Municipal corporation of delhi will not be allowed to close any mom-recofnised private school.

-50,000 OLA & Uber drivers to go on strike in Telangana on Oct 19

A joint action committee (JAC), comprising over 50000 Ola and Uber driver is joining Telangana state road transport corporation employees on a state wide strike on October 19.

SPORTS

-Sarfaraz Ahmed sacked, Pakistan name Azhar Ali and Babar Azam as captains for Test

Azhar Ali will lead Pakistan in Tests in the 2019-20 season while talented batsman Babar Azam has been given the T20 reins till the World Cup next year in Australia, announced PCB.

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Important Current Affairs 17th October 2019

                                                           International Affairs

India halved its poverty rate since the 1990s: World Bank report

India has halved its poverty rate since the 1990s and achieved a seven plus growth rate over the last 15 years. The country has achieved annual growth exceeding seven per cent over the last 15 years, halved its poverty rate since the 1990s, and enjoyed strong improvements in most human development outcomes.

Trade deal with China being papered, says Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the partial trade deal agreed with China last week is now being formally put on to the paper.

FATF to rule on harsher sanctions for Pakistan

 The support extended by Turkey, China and Malaysia resulted in the FATF deciding not to include Pakistan on its “black list”. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has reviewed steps taken by Pakistan to counter money laundering and terror financing during meetings underway in Paris and is expected to rule on whether harsher sanctions will be imposed on the country .

-China, Turkey and Malaysia also appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan though some concerns were raised about a tax amnesty scheme offered by the government.

35 pilgrims killed in bus crash near Saudi holy city of Mecca

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that four others were injured in the crash.

Barack Obama backs Canada’s Justin Trudeau for another term in office

Barack Obama is urging Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former American president.

Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Democrats walk out of WH meeting

Condemnation of Trump’s stance on Turkey, Syria and the Kurds was quick and severe during the day, not only from Democrats but from Republicans who have been staunch supporters on virtually all issues.

                                                                   National Affairs

In Odisha’s first robotic restaurant, two humanoids to serve customers

-A restaurant in Bhubaneswar first robotic restaurant opened its doors to customers claiming to be the first eatery in eastern India where two indigenously developed robots will serve customers.

-Named ‘Champa’ and ‘Chameli’, the two humanoid robots rolled on the floor of the “Robo Chef” restaurant in Chandrasekharpur area of Bhubaneswar in the evening and served food to the waiting customers. After serving them food, the two robots even chimed “Apana mane khushi to” (Are you happy), a phrase popularised by chief minister Naveen Patnaik during his 2019 election campaign.

Hindu Dalit Nauksham Chaudhary is BJP’s choice in Muslim-dominated Punhana assembly seat of Haryana

-The BJP, which has never won a seat in the Mewat region, has experimented by fielding a Hindu Scheduled Caste woman candidate, Nauksham Chaudhary (28), a rank outsider.

-The Meo-Muslim-dominated Punhana assembly constituency in Haryana’s Mewat region is all set to witness a keenly-fought contest between a debutante Hindu Dalit woman candidate and four Meo-Muslims.

Indian retail market to touch $1,200 billion by 2021

Indian retail market will reach $1,200 billion by 2021 and $1,750 billion by 2026, a FICCI-Deloitte report said, adding that the country’s e-commerce market is expected to touch $84 billion by 2021 and $200 billion by 2026.

                                                  SPORTS Affairs

Liverpool head to United with widest gulf in years

Premier League leaders Liverpool head to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Manchester United and rarely have the odds been so in favour of an away win. Liverpool have won just five times at United in the Premier League era and the Red Devils have won the fixture 16 times, but the gulf in quality between the sides has widened significantly in recent years.

Sourav Ganguly is all set to take charge as the BCCI 

-Sourav Ganguly is all set to take charge as the BCCI president, and the former Indian captain has categorically mentioned that he will speak with the national selectors regarding the future of MS Dhoni before giving his own take on the issue.

Mustafizur Rahman's selection for India tour in doubt amidst fitness concerns

Pacer Mustafizur Rahman will have to prove his match-fitness in the National Cricket League before being considered for selection for the upcoming tour of India.

Consistency will be my main focus at Kings XI Punjab, says new coach Anil Kumble

•           Anil Kumble was roped in as Kings XI Punjab's new head coach last week

•           This will be Kumble's return to coaching stint after he quit as India head coach in 2017

•           Anil Kumble had previously been the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore

           

Tech Affairs

Google has finally launched Nest Mini, here's how it is different from Home Mini

Google hosted its annual Made by Google event in the New York City earlier this week where it launched Google Home Mini successor, Google Nest Mini, alongside Pixel 4 smartphones, Pixelbook Go, Pixel Buds and Nest Wi-Fi.

Amazon Alexa gets smarter, allows users to pay bills using voice commands           

Paying various utility bills has always been an ardous task given the nature of services and the service providers. But that changed when Amazon launched Amazon Pay Balance in India back in 2016. Since then Amazon has added a number of new features to its mobile wallet allowing users to not only shop on its e-retail platform using Amazon but also enabling them to use the service to pay their utility bills all without leaving the company's ecosystem. Now, the e-retail giant is making it more easier for users to pay their bills. Amazon has introduced a brand new feature on to its virtual assistant, Alexa, that will enable them to pay their bills simply by asking her to do so.

Vodafone now offering double data on two prepaid plans: Up to 84GB data up for grabs with other mega benefits

•           Vodafone is offering double data offer on select prepaid plans.

•           Subscribers can get up to 84GB data with both these plans.

•           Subscribers will be able to make free unlimited calls.

REWARD and ACHIEVEMENT

Kiran Uniyal sets Guinness World record

Kiran Uniyal, the wife of a serving Colonel of Indian Army, has created Individual Guinness World Records for The most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) (female) with 263 strikes and The most full contact knee strikes alternate legs in one minute(female) with 120 strikes. The previous records were of 177 strikes and 102 in the female category, respectively.

GoAir received the Best Airline award

GoAir received the Best Airline award by Andaman Tourism Award 2019 in its first edition for its leadership in attaining on-time performance for 12 consecutive months. The Andaman Tourism Award ceremony was organized at Port Blair in association with the Andaman Ministry of tourism and Andaman Association of Tour Operators.

IMPORTANT DATES

-International Poverty Eradication Day

-American Revolutionary War

           

           

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Important Current Affairs 16th October 2019

                                                                National Affairs

Delhi bans diesel gen-sets as GRAP kicks in, air quality very poor in several parts:

National capital banned generator sets, barring those being used in essential and emergency services, on  16-Oct-2019, as the air quality in several places in the city and adjoining areas slipped to "very poor" level. The ban on generators is a part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), a set of stricter anti-pollution measures to be taken according to severity of pollution.

This is the first time that the ban on gen-sets has been extended to NCR cities of Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Sonepat, Panipat and Bahadurgarh.

India ranks below Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Global Hunger Index

-The annual index is designed to measure and track hunger at the global, national and regional levels and to assess progress and setbacks in combating hunger. India is now ranked below Pakistan (94), Bangladesh (88) and Sri Lanka (66) among South Asian nations.

The Supreme Court hearing on the Ayodhya land dispute case has entered the final leg.

- In anticipation of an order within a month's time the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which has spearheaded the Ram Janmabhoomi movement for decades and has kept construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya as its top agenda, has called a meeting of every "pracharak" with all Sangh affiliated organisation.

           

Springboard mentor helps professionals transition to Data Science & ML.

-Springboard ,US based learning platform , is now helping professional in transition into Data Science& ML, through its 1:1 mentoring model. Every learner is matched with a personal mentor based on their background  and aspiration to work on projects and help with industry insights.Mentors come from top companies like plipkart,Paytm,InMobi, Ola ,Uber and more.

KKR appoints David Hussey, Mills as chief mentor & bowling coach.

-IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday named Australian David Hussey as the chief mentor and former New Zealand pacer Kyle Mills as the team's new bowling coach.Both Hussey and Mills will work under former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum, who has been appointed as the head coach of KKR for the next IPL.

                                                        International Affairs

The study, released amid growing global alarm over climate change, found that intense heatwaves over the summer in Switzerland had dashed hopes that an exceptionally snow-filled winter would limit the glacier melt this year. Switzerland’s glaciers have lost a tenth of their volume in the past five years alone -- a melting rate unmatched during observations stretching back more than a century.

“Gender Imbalance in Unpaid Work”

 -The annual meeting of the IMF and the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund said that while men have increased their time spent on unpaid work, women still spend from 20 to 1,000 per cent more time than men around the world.

- Women in Hong Kong spend 2.6 hours a day on unpaid work, and in Mexico 7.1 hours. Gender imbalances in the distribution of unpaid work varies significantly across countries, the paper said.

Turkey launched a cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters on Wednesday after the US decided to withdraw troops from Syria, a move criticised by the Republicans, with some terming it a "betrayal" of the Kurds.

SPORTS

Mumbai's Yashasvi Jaiswal youngest batsman to hit double hundred in List A cricket.

Mumbai opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has become the youngest ever crickter to slam a double hundred in professional 50-over cricket. Jaiswal aged 17 years and 292 days, smashed 203(154) against Jjharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy on 16th October 2019.

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Important Current Affairs 15th October 2019

NATIONAL Affairs

1-         PM Modi holds talks with King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in New Delhi.

2-         India and Netherlands launch 2nd phase of LOTUS-HR (Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse) project in Delhi.

3-         Nirmala Sitharaman ask the firms to clear dues of MSME

a)         “The corporate affairs ministry has a complete list of companies, which have stated that they owe MSMEs nearly Rs 40,000 crore. We are taking a two-pronged approach so that before Diwali, MSMEs will get the dues,” Sitharaman said.

           

4-         Govt plans to train women across villages to combat water crisis.

a)         Women in villages across 256 water-scarce districts will receive training to ensure clean water supplies, Smriti Irani, the federal minister for women & child development, said in Mumbai Tuesday. The program will be expanded to cover all of India’s 750,000 villages, Irani said.

         

                                      INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

1-WTO gives US final authorisation to impose tariffs on EU products in retaliation for illegal subsidies given to Airbus.

2-US imposes sanctions, tells Turkey to stop Syria invasion.

3-Jay Chen CEO of  Huawei want to tie up with Reliance Jio. India is still thinking on this 5G ecosystem in the country.

4-Sino-Pak axis plans to sell arms to Nigeria and Myanmar

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