October 30, 2019

National

  1. Air India paints ‘Ik Onkar’ symbol to celebrate Guru Nanak’s 550th Birth Anniversary
  • The symbol of Sikh religion ‘Ik Onkar’ has been made on the tail of an Air India aircraft in order to commemorate the 550th Guru Nanak Jayanti.
  • This aircraft will fly between Amritsar to Delhi thrice (Monday, Thursday and Saturday.) in a week.
  • This flight service will help Sikh pilgrims to visit India on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
  1. PM Modi to launch RuPay card in Saudi Arabia
  • The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that India will launch RuPay card in Saudi Arabia during Prime Minister NarendraModi’s visit to the country to help the Indian pilgrims visiting Mecca Madina.
  • With this, Saudi Arabia would become the third country in the Gulf region to get the RuPay card facility after the UAE and Bahrain.
  • Prime Minister NarendraModi is slated to visit Saudi Arabia, where he will hold a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh.
  • RuPay has been launched in India, Singapore, Bhutan, Maldives, Bahrain, UAE and will be launched in Saudi Arabia which will help the Indian pilgrims visiting Mecca and Madina.
  • RuPay has also tied-up with international players like Discover, Japan Credit Bureau and China Union Pay to enhance its international acceptance and recently achieved a milestone of issuing 25 million RuPay-Discover global cards.
  1. Nirmala Sitharaman released a special coin on Paramahansa Yoganandas 125th birth anniversary
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released a special commemorative coin on Paramahansa Yogananda to mark his 125th Birth Anniversary on 29th October.
  • He was recognized globally by the message of his that brought harmony. Paramahansa Yogananda: Paramahansa Yogananda was born in 1893.
  • He is considered one of the preeminent spiritual figures of modern times. He died in 1952.

State

  1. Delhi to extend free ride scheme to senior citizens and all students
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the free-ride scheme for women on Delhi public buses might be extended to senior citizens and all students.

Free-ride scheme:

♦ The scheme aims to help in women empowerment by bridging the gender gap that exists in society.

♦ This will help the girls and women who had to drop out of schools and colleges because of high transportation costs.

  1. Odisha launched Meal in exchange for plastic waste initiative
  • Odisha’s Kotpad Notified Area Council (NAC) launched a unique initiative to deal with plastic waste. Under the initiative, it is giving away a free meal for one kilogram of plastic waste.
  • Aahar centres are accepting polythene bags, plastic bottles, single-use plastic materials in exchange for a Rs.5 meal.
  • The initiative aims to sensitize people and create awareness among the people about plastic waste.

International

  1. India to sign Strategic Partnership Council Agreement with Saudi Arabia
  • India will become the fourth country to sign the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement with Saudi Arabia. It would strengthen the robust relations of India and Saudi Arabia.
  • Experts believe that this agreement will begin a new era of cooperation among various sectors of India and Saudi Arabia.
  • Both the countries also agreed to hold a comprehensive security dialogue mechanism and they have also reached the level of entering into agreements on security cooperation, collaboration in defence industries.
  1. 80 immigration counters set up for speedy clearance at Kartarpur Corridor
  • Pakistan has established 80 immigration counters for the pilgrims coming to Kartarpur. Work will be done on these counters to give quick clearance to the process of pilgrims coming to Pakistan.
  • India and Pakistan signed an agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor which would allow Indian pilgrims to travel visa-free at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
  • Guru Nanak Dev, spent the last 17 years, 5 months and 9 days of his life here. His entire family had settled here.
  1. California declares state of emergency over wildfires, winds
  • California’s governor declared a state-wide emergency as a huge wind-fuelled blaze forced evacuations and massive power blackouts, threatening tourist towns in the State’s famed Sonoma wine region.
  • The so-called Kincade Fire, north of San Francisco, spread to 30,000 acres overnight, with only 10% containment.
  • The Kincade Fire — the most devastating in California this year — ignited and spread quickly due to powerful wind gusts up to 145 kilometers per hour.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Sunday due to the “unprecedented” high winds that have led to the fires.

Banking & Finance

  1. RBI imposes Rs 35 lakh penalty on Tamilnadu Mercantile Bank
  • The Reserve Bank has imposed a penalty of Rs 35 lakh on Tamilnadu Mercantile Bank (TMB) for violating norms on frauds classification and notification.
  • The bank has been penalised for non-compliance with certain provisions of directions issued by RBI on frauds classification and reporting by commercial banks and select FIs directions 2016

Business & Economy

  1. TRAI says railways should get spectrum only for captive use, not commercial WiFi
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended allotting spectrum to Indian Railways only for captive use.
  • The regulator has advised the department of telecommunications (DoT) not to give the national transporter any frequency for it to offer commercial WiFi services.
  • While the DoT adopts the auction route to give spectrum to mobile services companies for commercial use, it allots the same to government agencies like the railways, Indian Space Research Organization, and the defence services for captive use for a certain licence fee and royalty charges.
  • Currently, 35 Mhz of spectrum is available for use by all. Of this, Trai has said railways could be given 5 Mhz and the rest put to auction in the exercise expected to be conducted by March. Spectrum in 700 Mhz band is useful for 5G services.
  • Further, the 1.6 MHz spectrum already assigned to railways in 900 MHz band may be taken back from on migration to LTE-based network, Trai has suggested to DoT.
  1. Philippines to buy Indias BrahMos missile
  • The Philippines revealed its plan to buy India’s BrahMos missile which can be launched from all four platforms, ship, a plane, submarine, or on land.
  • The announcement was made by the Vice Commander of the Philippine Army Major General Reynaldo Aquino during his visit to India.
  • The Philippine Army is to acquire BrahMos missile as its First Land-Based Missile System Battery (1LBMS).
  • The country aims to strengthen its coastal defences.

Sports

  1. Woods equals the world record for most career titles on PGA Tour
  • Tiger Woods has equaled the world record for most career titles on PGA Tour.
  • He set this feat by winning the Zozo Championship in Japan as his 82nd US PGA Tour victory.
  • The previous world record for most career titles on PGA Tour was set by Sam Snead. Slammin’ Sam Snead set the record in 1965.
  • Result of Zozo Championship 2019: 1) Tiger Woods 2) H. Matsuyama 3) S.J. Im 4) R. McIlroy 5) G. Woodland Zozo Championship 2019 is a professional golf tournament in Inzai, Japan.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Evo Morales Re-elected as President of Bolivia
  • Evo Morales has narrowly won a controversial fourth presidential term.
  • Morales won 47.07%, fractionally clearing the 10-point margin he needed to avoid a second-round run-off against the main opposition candidate, Carlos Mesa, who won 36.51% of the vote.
  • Morales, who came to power in 2006 as Bolivia’s first indigenous president
  1. Bogota, Colombia’s capital, elects first woman and lesbian mayor
  • BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s capital city elected its first female mayor,is being hailed as an important advancement for both women and LGBTQ rights.
  • Claudia López won the race for mayor of Bogota on a platform promising to combat corruption and advance equal rights for minority communities.
  • With her victory, López also becomes the first openly lesbian mayor of a capital city in Latin America, a region slowly advancing in improving LGBTQ rights but where long-standing cultural biases and inequality remain barriers.
  1. Justice SA Bobde appointed as the next Chief Justice of India
  • President Ram NathKovind signed a warrant appointing Justice SharadArvindBobde as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).
  • He will take oath on November 18 just a day after RanjanGogoi retires
  • Justice Bobde would be become the 47th CJI and is expected to demit office on April 23, 2021.
  • He is the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court to take up the judiciary’s top post.
  • Bobdejoined the Bombay High Court as an additional judge. He was nominated as the Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice in October 2012. In April 2013, he was elevated to the Supreme Court.

Award & Honors

  1. Ram Nath Kovind confers first CSR Awards
  • The first National Corporate Social Responsibility Awards were recently conferred by the President Ram Nath Kovind.
  • This award was given to the various companies for their outstanding contribution in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • The award was initiated in the year of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. These awards will be conferred on October 2 every year.
  1. Nirmal Purja becomes world’s fastest mountain climber
  • Nirmal Purja, a Nepali mountaineer, has become the fastest mountain climber as he scaled 14 highest peaks in just over six months.
  • The previous record of fastest mountain climbing was 7 years, 11 months and 14 days.
  • He completed all 14 mountains, all over 8,000 metres (26,250 feet) in seven months under ‘Project Possible’.

Obituary

  1. Japanese academic Sadako Ogata passed away
  • Japanese academic and diplomat Sadako Ogata died at the age of 92. She was the first female to be appointed UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  • Sadako Ogata: Ogata was born in Tokyo in 1927. She is the daughter of a Japanese diplomat father. She became the first woman, the first Japanese person, and the first academic to be installed as the (UNHCR) in 1991.
  • Ogata worked on some of the largest crises of the decade during her time in service from 1991 to 2000.
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