General Knowledge & Current Affairs

October 2022 - 17th to 23rd

  • India to host 90th General Assembly of INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) in New Delhi from Oct 18 to 21
  •  Home Minister Amit Shah launches first Hindi version of MBBS course books in Bhopal (MP)
  •  Home Minister Amit Shah lays Foundation stone of new terminal building of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia airport in Gwalior, MP
  •  ORS (oral rehydration solution) inventor Dr. Dilip Mahalanabis dies in Kolkata at 88
  • Number of poor people in India fell by 415 mn between 2005-06 and 2019-21: UN
  •  India has the largest number of poor people worldwide (228.9 mn) followed by Nigeria (96.7 mn): UN
  •  Justice DY Chandrachud appointed 50th Chief Justice of India; will retire on Nov 10, 2024
  • UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres arrives on 3-day visit to India
  •  Indus Waters Treaty: World Bank appoints Chairman of Court of Arbitration regarding Pakistan’s objections over India’s Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric power plants
  •  Uttarakhand: Helicopter ferrying pilgrims crashes near Kedarnath shrine; all 7 dead
  •  India ranked 51st on internet freedom by US NGO Freedom House
  •  India, France re-elected as President and Co-President of International Solar Alliance (ISA) at fifth general assembly in New Delhi
  •  PM addresses 90th Interpol general assembly at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
  • PM launches projects worth Rs. 5860 crores in Rajkot, Gujarat; dedicates 1100 houses constructed under Light House Project, inaugurates India Urban Housing Conclave 2022
  •  PM lays foundation stone of various development projects worth around Rs 3580 crore in Junagadh, Gujarat
  •  PM launches Mission Schools of Excellence at Trimandir, Adalaj, Gujarat
  •  US repatriates 307 antiquities valued $4 mn stolen, trafficked from India
  •  Mallikharjuna Kharge elected President of Congress, defeats Shashi Tharoor 7,897-1,072
  •  Sanjay Malhotra appointed new revenue secretary
  • DEFEXPO22
    – PM inaugurates DefExpo22 at Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gandhinagar, Gujarat
    – Unveils HTT-40 indigenous trainer aircraft designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
    – Launches Mission DefSpace to develop solutions for Defence Forces in space domain through industry & startups.
    – Lays foundation stone of Deesa airfield in Gujarat
    – India-Africa Defence Dialogue held on sidelines of Defence Expo 2022
    – PM announces 4th ‘Positive Indigenisation List’ of 101 defence items
  • PM Modi, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres launch Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) for climate-friendly behaviour
  •  PM lays foundation stone of multiple development initiatives worth over Rs. 1970 crore in Vyara, Tapi, Gujarat
  •  Dharmendra Pradhan launches National Curriculum Framework for the Foundational Stage and the pilot project of Balvatika 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country
  •  “Kashi Tamil Sangamam” is to be organized in Varanasi (Kashi) from Nov 16 to Dec 19: Union Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
  •  Hyderabadi Haleem wins ‘Most Popular GI’ (Geographical Indication) food award
  •  Music director Sapan Sengupta dies at 90 in Mumbai
  • Police Commemoration Day observed in India on October 21
  •  PM lays foundation stone of road and ropeway projects worth more than Rs 3400 crore in Mana, Uttarakhand
  •  India test fires medium-range ballistic missile of 1000-2000 kms range
  •  3 die in Army helicopter crash in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh
  •  Maharashtra govt restores general consent to CBI to probe cases in state
  • PM launches Rozgar Mela – recruitment drive for 10 lakh personnel; appointment letters were handed over to 75,000 inducted appointees
  •  PM participates in ‘Griha Pravesham’ of more than 4.5 Lakh beneficiaries of PMAY-G in Madhya Pradesh
  •  Kerala govt launches ‘Kunjapp’ mobile app to prevent cybercrimes against children

  • 20th National Congress of Communist Party of China (CPC) being held in Beijing on Oct 16-22, held once every 5 years
  •  World Food Day celebrated on Oct 16; theme: ‘Leave NO ONE behind’
  •  Global Handwashing Day observed on Oct 15; theme: ‘Unite for Universal Hand Hygiene’
  •  Gunmen kill 11 at Russian army base near the Ukrainian border
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty observed on Oct 17; theme: ‘Dignity for all in practice’
  •  World Trauma Day observed on October 17
  • Booker Prize 2022 awarded to Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka for his novel ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’
  •  Russian warplane crashes into residential area near Sea of Azov after suffering engine failure, killing 13
  •  Australia drops recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
  • European Union’s Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to people of Ukraine for their resistance to Russia’s invasion
  •  Global steel demand downgraded, to drop 2.3% in 2022: WorldSteel
  •  Putin declares martial law in four unilaterally annexed regions of Ukraine
  •  In a snub to India, US Congress approves $450 million F-16 package for Pakistan
  •  Sweden: Ulf Kristersson elected new PM by Parliament
  • UK: Liz Truss quits as Prime Minister after 45 days in office
  •  World Statistics Day celebrated on Oct 20, ‘Data for Sustainable Development’
  •  International Chefs Day celebrated on October 20
  • Italy: Giorgia Meloni appointed first woman PM
  •  Sri Lanka passes Constitutional amendment curtailing President’s powers
  •  Pakistan taken off FATF’s (Financial Action Task Force) grey list for terror financing, money laundering
  •  Pakistan EC disqualifies Ex-PM Imran Khan for five years for selling state ‘gifts’; disqualified as member of national assembly
  •  UNGA Csaba Korosi appoints leaders for UN Security Council reform negotiations
  • 91st Interpol General Assembly to be held in Vienna, Austria in 2023
  •  Financial Action Task Force (FATF) blacklists Myanmar, calls for due diligence to transactions in nation
  •  China’s Premier Li Keqiang dropped in leadership shuffle in party Congress
  •  China’s President Xi Jinping secures third straight term as general secretary of ruling Chinese Communist Party
  •  Pakistan and China agree to launch 3 new corridors besides CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) in agriculture, health and IT sectors
  •  Japan, Australia upgrade security pact against China rising assertiveness

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  • India may attract $475 bn in FDI over next five years: CII-EY survey
  •  PM Narendra Modi dedicates 75 Digital Banking Units across 75 districts
  •  India’s First Aluminium Freight Rake inaugurated at Bhubaneswar Railway Station in Odisha Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw
  • PM inaugurates PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 at Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi
  •  PM inaugurates 600 Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras to retail agri-inputs
  •  PM launches Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Urvarak Pariyojana – One Nation One Fertiliser
  •  PM launches Bharat Urea Bags to enable companies market fertilisers under the single brand name ‘Bharat’
  •  PM launches ‘Indian Edge’, an e-magazine on fertilisers
  •  India’s sugar output to be higher at 36.5 million tonnes in 2022-23 marketing season: ISMA
  • Cabinet approves Minimum Support Prices for all Rabi Crops for Marketing Season 2023-24; wheat MSP raised by ₹110 to ₹2,125 per quintal
  •  DefExpo 2022 inaugurated in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, theme: ‘Path to Pride’
  •  Senior ICAS officer Bharati Das takes charge as Controller General of Accounts
  •  Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar announces creating fund of Rs 500 crore as accelerator program for Startups working in agriculture sector
  •  Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh launches Integrated Pensioners’ Portal for central govt pensioners
  •  India ranks 41st out of 44 countries 2022 Global Pension Index: Mercer
  •  Reliance Jio overtakes BSNL to become largest landline service provider in August
  • 14th Edition of World Spice Congress (WSC) to be held at Mumbai in Feb 2023
  •  CCI slaps penalties totalling Rs 392 cr on online travel firms MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, OYO for unfair business practices
  •  CII and Indian Oil Corporation launch project ‘Vayu Amrit’ in Sangrur, Punjab to mitigate stubble burning
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gives away Raksha Mantri’s Awards for Excellence in defence and aerospace sector for 2021-22
  •  HCL founder Shiv Nadar gets 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award of USISPF (US-India Strategic Partnership Forum)
  •  HCL’s Shiv Nadar most generous: Hurun India Philanthropy List 2022
  •  Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposes Rs 1,338-crore fine on Google for ‘anti-competitive practices’
  •  Pradeep Singh Kharola appointed CMD of India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO)
  •  Rupee falls below 83 mark against US dollar for first time
  •  Piramal Pharma falls 5% on stock market debut
  • 16 Licensing Agreements for Transfer of Technology for 10 indigenous technologies handed over to 13 industries by DRDO during ‘Bandhan’ ceremony of DefExpo 2022 at Gandhinagar
  •  Jaxay Shah nominated as the new Chairman of Quality Council of India
  •  T20 World Cup Silver Souvenir coin of 40 gms released by India Govt. Mint, Kolkata
  •  RBI lifts ban on new branches by Tamilnad Mercantile Bank imposed in June 2019
  •  Punjab govt decides to restore old pension scheme for its employees
  •  DGCA removes 50% capacity cap on SpiceJet flights from October 30
  •  Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) to demerge and list financial services business
  • 3-Day Indian Urban Housing Conclave 2022 organised at Rajkot, Gujarat on October 19-21

  • Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon: Chala Regasa (1:00:30) of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Irine Cheptai (1:06:42) win men’s and women’s titles
  •  India win gold medal in men’s 10-metre air rifle team event at ISSF World Championships in Cairo
  •  Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational golf tournament in Chandigarh
  •  Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship in New Delhi: Manish Sureshkumar and Vaidehi Chaudhari win singles titles
  •  Boxing: Devin Haney of US becomes undisputed lightweight world champion; defeats Australia’s George Kambosos in Melbourne
  • Real Madrid & France footballer Karim Benzema awarded Ballon d’Or trophy in Paris; Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas of Spain wins Women’s Ballon d’Or
  •  Roger Binny elected BCCI president, takes over from Sourav Ganguly
  • 2023 Khelo India Youth Games to be held across 8 cities of MP from Jan 31 to Feb 11
  •  Jyothi Yarraji breaks her own national record in women’s 100m hurdles, clocks 12.82 sec at National Open Athletics Championships in Bengaluru
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