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News Digest - October 1-15

  1. Union Minister Piyush Goyal has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution following the demise of Ram Vilas Paswan. India becomes the first nation to be awarded Blue Flag certification for 8 beaches in a single attempt.

  2. Goa becomes the first state to provide 100 pc tap water connections in rural areas.

  3. Uttar Pradesh government has launched a 6-month long women empowerment campaign ‘Mission Shakti’ to raise awareness and tackle crime against women in the state.

  4. Indicator of pollution levels in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand forest department has claimed to have developed India’s first lichen park in Kumaon’s Munsiyari area.

  5. The United States and Russia will hold a round of nuclear arms control talks in the Finland’s capital, Helsinki, to follow up on negotiations in Austria this summer.

  6. India and Myanmar have agreed to work towards the operationalisation of the Sittwe port in the Rakhine state in the first quarter of 2021.

  7. Kuwait’s government, chaired by Prime Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, has submitted its resignation to Emir Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah in anticipation of the upcoming general elections.

  8. Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid female actor in the world, according to Forbes’ latest list. She made $43 million in a one-year period, which is the equivalent of Rs 315 crore.

  9. The Puducherry airport has become the first airport of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) which is entirely solar-powered.

  10. Qatar has ranked first worldwide on the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation Index 2020 (DARE Index 2020) released by the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict).

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

  12. Equipped with an admirable network of entrepreneurs and absolute will power, WICCI bring up India’s first Creative-arts mental health council in Uttar Pradesh.

  13. Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio has become the first mobile service provider in the country to cross 40 crore customers’ mark.

  14. Dinesh Kumar Khara has assumed charge as the new Chairman of the country’s largest lender State Bank of India.

  15. M Rajeshwar Rao, has been appointed as the fourth deputy governor of the RBI.

  16. India ranked 94 out of 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index published by Concern Worldwide (international humanitarian organization) and Welthungerhilfe (private aid organisations in Germany).

  17. India has been designated the Vice-Chair of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Working Group of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

  18. Union Bank of India’s MD and CEO Rajkiran Rai G has been elected as the Indian Bank Association’s chairman for the term 2020-21; State Bank of India’s Chairman Dinesh Kumar Khara has been elected as the deputy chairman.

  19. Google’s parent Alphabet and Soft Bank successfully tested the world’s first LTE internet connectivity from a solar-powered unmanned aircraft flying above 62,000 feet.

  20. Mohali’s Gharuan-based Chandigarh University has emerged as the top varsity in India which filed the highest number of patents in a year; the university had filed 336 patents in a year.

  21. Asan Conservation Reserve has become Uttarakhand’s first Ramsar site, making it a ‘Wetland of International Importance’.

  22. Heeng, or Asafoetida, an essential spice in many Indian dishes, was planted for the first time in India in India by at Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh.

  23. Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal won the 13th French Open title.

  24. Veteran Pakistani wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal became the world’s first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in T20 cricket, the shortest format of the game.

  25. Prayagraj to house Uttar Pradesh state’s first solar tree and perhaps the tallest in the world will be erected in Sangam city under the Smart City project.

  26. A 35-year-old male elephant was radio-collared in Uttarakhand for the first time in the state’s history to monitor its movements ahead of Maha Kumbh 2021

  27. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha announced the ‘My Town My Pride’ programme, a part of the public outreach initiative “in J&K’s towns to deliver services at doorsteps to the urban population”.

  28. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin of Rs. 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO.

  29. India’s first Oscar winner Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya died at her home in Mumbai after prolonged illness at the age of 91. She won an Oscar for her work in the 1983 epic film “Gandhi”.

  30. Indian-origin philanthropist Harish Kotecha has been awarded the prestigious Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work in the US for meeting the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

  31. Aishwarya Sridhar became the first Indian to win the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. It is the 56th year of the prestigious award.

  32. Britain’s Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, launched a new 50-million pound Earthshot Prize, aimed at funding the most innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

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