Current Affairs in October

1. India is going to host G20 meet in 2018.

 New Delhi will be place to chair the annual G20 Summit in 2018. The decision was taken by G20 forum in a meeting headed by Turkey on September 2015. For 2016 the meeting will be chaired by China and subsequently it will be pass on to Germany in 2017.

 About G20 Meeting:-

  • Started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Federal Bank Governors of the top world economies after the financial crisis in Asian Market.
  • In 2008,the meeting held on a high profile level and the group pledged to play the significant role to cop with financial crisis.
  • G20 is an apposite model for global corporation across the globe.
  • Members of the G20 group consists of:- Brazil, China, Russia, India, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Canada, France, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Korea, United Kingdom (UK), United States (US) and European Union (EU).

2. Indian born Kartik Chandran honored with 2015 MacArthur Fellow.
Indian American eminent professor Kartik Chandran named as 2015 Mac Arthur Fellow. The fellowship will entitles him with a grant of $625,000. Mr. Chandran received this honor for his work in transforming pollutant from the drain water into usable products like fertilizers, commodity chemicals. etc.

About Mac Arthur Fellowship:-

It is an annual grant awarded by Chicago based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which is the 10th largest private foundation in the U.S.A . Basically it supports Non-profit Organizations in approximately 51 Countries.

3.  China Triumphantly launched 20th Satellite  for Beidou navigation Systems.

China succeeded in launching its 20th new generation satellite in space as a part of BeiDou Navigation Systems. The satellite is fitted with Hydrogen Atomic Clock  which shows the most accurate time as compared to other primary standards  for International Time distribution systems. Launched with Mach-3B carrier rocket from Xichang State Launch Center in the South  Western Province of  Sichuan.

4.US,Japan and India Join hands to coordinate China's approach in maritime affairs

The decision was taken in first trilateral meeting held between US,Japan and India in New York. The meeting was attended by US Secretary of States John Kerry, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Brief of the meeting:-

  • Japan expressed its concern  over China rapid ongoing activities in the South China sea.
  • In the meeting all the countries agreed to solve all the disputes peacefully with international law and regulations.
  • Three parties also agreed to launch a high level meeting of experts to enable relief efforts in case of calamities relief.

5. V. Shanmuganathan appointed as 17th Governor of Manipur

V. Shanmuganathan has sworn in as the Governor of Manipur. He is the 17th Governor of the state after Dr Syed Ahmed. The oath ceremony took place at Raj Bhawan in Imphal. Chief Justice of Manipur High Court Justice Laxmi Kant Mahapatra administered the oath of office to him  as per the provisions provided in Article 159 of Constitution of India.

6. Commemorative Stamp released on  B.R. Ambedkar by Central Government 

As a part of the  125th Birthday Celebrations of "Father of Constitution" B.R. Ambedkar,The govt has released a commemorative stamp. The main aim of year long celebrations is to make the people aware of the life and the work of DR. Ambedkar who was the champion as well as role model for uncountable underprivileged. Number of programs and activities will be coming around to mark the birthday celebrations of  Dr. Ambedkar.

 7. Hina Sidhu shots for Gold medal at Asia Air Gun Championship

The top rated shooter from India  Hina Sidhu  clinched the gold Medal in 10mt  air pistol event of Asia Air Gun Championships which took place in national Capital. She defeated Shweta Singh of India by .8 points to secure the first position. Where as  South Korea's  Seon A. Kim satiated herself by Bronze medal.  Hina is former world number one  and was the India's  first pistol shooter to get ranked number one in the pistol shooting.With the total of 17 medals including 6 Gold, India  has emerged on the top position in the Championship.

8. India placed on 55th Rank in Global Competitiveness Index  as per the WEF Report.

India has been placed at 55th Position on Global Competitiveness Index. It was published in Global Business Competitiveness report of World Economic Forum

Key Facts:-
  • Switzerland has maintained its top echelon for seventh year in a row.
  • Top Countries in this list are:- Switzerland, Singapore, United States, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong, Finland, Sweden and United Kingdom.
9. 2nd October celebrated all over the world as International Non-Violence Day

2nd of October is celebrated as International Day of Non-Violence throughout the world on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.To promote the principle of peace through public awareness.This day is also known as Gandhi Jayanti. The resolution was put forwarded in UNGA (United Nation General Assembly) meet which held in 2007 to promote Non Violence.

10. 1st October celebrated as International Day of Older Persons

Every year 1st October is observed as International day of Older Persons. It was on 14th December 1990, the United Nation chosen October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons. The theme of the 2015 celebration of this day was"Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”

11. ADB to grant loan for improving India-Bangladesh Electricity link.

Asian Development Bank will help with $120 Million loan to upgrade the electricity network between India and Bangladesh. This loan will help Bangladesh to meet its increasing demand of electricity  from its neighbor and support power transmission across various SARC region.It wont be wrong if it is said that The inter connectivity of the project is  the first step in the direction of South Asia regional Electricity Grid, which boost the power exchanges between South Asian Countries. 

12.  Sheila Watt-Cloutier wins 2015 Right Livelihood Award

Renowned Canadian Activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier has won the Right Livelihood Award 2015. She was bestowed with this award for her continuous work dedicated to protect Inuit of arctic and protects their right to maintain their livelihoods and culture which was in danger by the climatic changes. Sheila Watt will share the prize with Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Ugandan activist who fights for the basic rights of LGBTI. and Gino Strada, Italian doctor who is founder of medical charity to rehabilitate war victims. 

13. India surpasses China to become world’s largest cotton producer

India has emerged as the world largest Cotton producer in the world leaving behind its neighbor China, as the season ends in September 2015. This year India has produced 6.51 million tonnes of the cotton where as China registered its cotton production as 6.48 mt 


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