General Knowledge & Current Affairs

October 2022 - 24th to 31st

  • ISRO’s Launch Vehicle Mark 3 rocket launches 36 OneWeb satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota (AP)
  •  Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan demands nine V-Cs to tender their resignations for alleged violation of UGC norms in the Vice-Chancellor appointment process
  •  Home Ministry cancels FCRA licences of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation & Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust for alleged violation of laws
  •  7th Ayurveda Day celebrated on Oct 23; theme: ‘Har Din Har Ghar Ayurveda’
  •  Karnataka Assembly deputy speaker Anand Manani dies at 56
  • Karnataka Governor gives assent to ordinance increasing reservation for SCs (15% to 17%) & STs (3% to 7%)
  •  Cyclone Sitrang: IMD issues advisory, suspends offshore activities in north Bay of Bengal
  • Partial solar eclipse seen in India and a few other places in the world
  •  United States appoints Elizabeth Jones to serve as Chargé d’Affaires at US Embassy in New Delhi
  •  Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan participates in ‘Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa’
  •  Indian envoy meets Kenyan President William Ruto over abduction of 2 Indians
  •  Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena launches one-time property tax amnesty scheme ‘SAMRIDDHI 2022-23’
  •  National Award-winning Bengali director Pinaki Chaudhuri dies at 82
  • Envoys of five nations present credentials to President of India — Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda, High Commissioner of Uganda, Nguyen Thanh Hai, Ambassador of Vietnam, Iraj Elahi: Ambassador of Iran, Jan Thesleff: Ambassador of Sweden, Didier Vanderhasselt: Ambassador of Belgium
  •  7th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry held under the co-chairmanship of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar 
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds telephonic conversation with Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu
  •  EAM Dr. S Jaishankar discusses bilateral relations, Ukraine conflict with British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly
  •  Two beaches in Lakshadweep (Minicoy and Kadmat) get Blue Beach certification for cleanliness from Denmark-based Foundation for Environment Education (FEE); 12 in India now
  • Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya to have gallery on present PM, open for public viewing in January 2023
  •  ‘Shaurya Diwas’ celebrated in Srinagar, J&K on Oct 27 to commemorate the 75th year of air landed operations of Indian Army at Budgam Airport in 1947
  •  Indian Army celebrates Infantry Day on Oct 27
  •  India, US to conduct ‘Yudh Abhyas’ at Auli in Uttarakhand near China border from Nov 15 to Dec 2
  •  Tamil Nadu to hand Oct 23 Coimbatore car explosion case to NIA (National Investigation Agency)
  •  Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya addresses second G20 Health Ministers Meet in Bali, Indonesia
  •  Chintan Shivir of Home Ministers of States being held at Surajkund in Haryana on October 27-28
  •  President Droupadi Murmu presents Silver Trumpet and Trumpet Banner to President’s Bodyguard
  •  Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with UK PM Rishi Sunak
  • Air forces of India and France to conduct ‘Garuda VIl’ exercise Oct 26 to Nov 12 at Jodhpur
  •  Navies of India and Singapore conducting Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) at Visakhapatnam from Oct 26 to 30
  •  Defence Minister dedicates to the nation 75 BRO (Border Roads Organisation) infrastructure projects, spread across six States & two Union Territories, during his visit to Ladakh
  •  UP: 27 tigers to be relocated to Ranipur Tiger Reserve (RTR) from Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
  •  Floating trash barrier of Bengaluru firm AlphaMERS Ltd. wins PSA’s (Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor) clean waterbody challenge
  •  India Space Congress 2022 (ISC-2022) being organised in New Delhi from Oct 26 to 28
  •  IIT Bombay best educational institution in India: ‘QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023’
  •  UNSC Counter Terrorism Committee meeting being held in Mumbai and Delhi on Oct 28-29
  •  India has registered 18% decline in TB incidence in last 7 year which is better than global average of 11%: Health Ministry
  •  6th High Level Dialogue on Migration and Mobility between India and EU held in Brussels
  •  Global Digital Health Summit, Expo and Innovation Awards being held in New Delhi on Oct 28-29
  • United Nations Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee adopts Delhi Declaration on ‘Countering the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes’
  •  India to contribute $500,000 for UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism
  •  Election Commission to host two-day international conference from Oct 31 in New Delhi; theme: ‘Role, Framework & Capacity of Election Management Bodies’
  •  PM Modi speaks to Qatar’s Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, two countries to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations in 2023
  •  External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar meets British counterpart James Cleverly in New Delhi, discusses Ukraine war
  •  Information technology (IT) rules amended, allow the government to appoint multiple grievance appellate committees (GACs) to redress complaints over social media content moderation
  •  Non-compliance of ambulance rule on highways will entail fines up to Rs 1 lakh
  •  Film director Esmayeel Shroff, known for ‘Thodisi Bewafaii’ and ‘Ahista-Ahista’, dies in Mumbai at 62
  •  Assamese actor Nipon Goswami dies in Guwahati at 80
  •  West Bengal govt’s Lakshmir Bhandar scheme bags SKOCH Award in women and child development category
  •  9th annual India Sweden Innovation Day 2022 celebrated on Oct 27
  • Gujarat: PM dedicates Maze Garden and Miyawaki Forest in Ekta Nagar, near the 182-meter-high Statue of Unity
  •  PM Modi addresses J&K Rozgar Mela at Kashmir International Convention Centre Srinagar
  •  Gujarat: More than 100 killed in collapse of suspension bridge on Machchhu river in Morbi
  •  J&K: 4 dead, at least 15 injured as landslides hit power project in Kishtwar
  •  Fourth Bangladesh Film Festival being held in Kolkata from Oct 29 to Nov 2
  •  Telangana withdraws general consent to CBI
  •  Defence Ministry setting up ‘DRDO Industry Academia-Centre of Excellence’ (DIA-CoE) at IIT Roorkee
    – Central Vigilance Commission conducting its annual ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ from Oct 31
    – US Secretary of State Blinken discusses Ukraine war with EAM S. Jaishankar

  • Giorgia Meloni takes office as first woman PM of Italy
  • World Development Information Day celebrated on Oct 24
  •  United Nations Day celebrated on Oct 24
  •  World Polio Day observed on Oct 24; birth anniversary of vaccine inventor Jonas Salk
  •  UN observing Disarmament Week from Oct 24 to 30
  •  UN observing Global Media and Information Literacy Week from Oct 24 to 31
  •  China yet again blocks UN proposal on listing of Pakistan-based terrorists including Talha Saeed, son of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed
  • Rishi Sunak officially announced as UK’s next PM after becoming Conservative Party leader
  •  13 dead in Bangladesh after Cyclone Sitrang hits the delta nation
  • New Zealand: For the first time, women outnumber men in Parliament
  •  Heat-related deaths worldwide up by 68% between 2000-04 and 2017-21: Lancet Report
  • COP27: 27th annual UN meeting on climate to take place in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt from November 6
  •  Energy prices to fall 11% in 2023 as economies slow down: World Bank study
  •  World Day for Audiovisual Heritage celebrated on Oct 27
  • Lebanon and Israel sign US-mediated sea border deal
  • Elon Musk to replace Parag Agrawal as Twitter CEO, reverse life bans
  • India-Mozambique-Tanzania Trilateral maritime exercise held in Tanzania
  •  Russia pulls out of Ukraine grain export deal over Crimea drone attack
  •  103 million people forcibly displaced worldwide in the first half of 2022: UNHCR
  •  Rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis dies in US at 87
  •  ECB doubles key interest rate to 1.5%, most in over a decade
  • Somalia: At least 100 killed, 300 injured in two car explosions in capital Mogadishu, al-Shabaab group suspected
  •  South Korea: 151 killed in Halloween stampede in Seoul
  •  Brazil: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva elected new President, defeats incumbent Jair Bolsonaro
  •  Lebanon: President Michel Aoun leaves presidential palace in capital Beirut

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  • Andhra, Telangana, Rajasthan and Punjab along with three north-eastern states repeatedly using RBI’s special short-term liquidity windows instead of market borrowings
  • Australia approves commercial release of GM variety of Indian mustard
  • Competition Commission of India imposes Rs. 936.44 crore penalty on Google for anti-competitive practices in relation to its Play Store policies
  •  BSE launches Electronic Gold Receipts for efficient price discovery of gold
  •  Indian Banks’ Association re-elects PNB MD & CEO A. K. Goel as chairman
  • Govt unveils new policy reforms for satellite communication services
  •  Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launches SAFAL (Simplified Application for Agricultural Loans) common credit portal for farmers
  •  Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attends the 7th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) through video conference
  •  Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommends environmental release of the genetically modified (GM) mustard variety DMH (Dhara Mustard Hybrid)-11
  •  Centre restricts use of herbicide glyphosate over health hazards
  • 3rd Advance Estimates of area and production of horticultural crops for the year 2021-22 released; record horticulture production estimated at 342.33 million tonnes in 28.08 million hectares area
  •  India to see biggest jump in energy demand globally: IEA (International Energy Agency) said in its World Energy Outlook
  •  India’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions far below world average: UNEP report “Emissions Gap Report 2022: The Closing Window”
  •  India’s Shefali Juneja named Chairperson of Air Transport Committee (ATC) of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)
  • India’s economy to grow 6.8% in FY23, 6.1% in FY24: IMF says in World Economic Outlook
  •  PM addresses expansion of ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India) Hazira plant
  • Foreign exchange reserves decline $3.8 billion to $524.52 billion in the week ended Oct 21
  • IFCI raises Rs 100 crore via preferential allotment of shares to govt
  • Xiaomi shuts down its financial services business in India
  • Indian Bank unveils digital products under ‘Project Wave’
  • India’s Ministry of Defence is world’s biggest employer with 2.92 million people: Statista Infographic
  • Centre extends ban on sugar exports for another year from Oct 31
  •  PM lays foundation stone of C-295 transport aircraft manufacturing facility in Vadodara, Gujarat
  •  World Thrift Day observed in India on Oct 30 to promote habit of savings
    Elon Musk reversed course, and promised that SpaceX, a rockets and satellites company that he runs, would continue to fund electronic communications in Ukraine through its Starlink internet network. Starlink has become a vital strategic tool for Ukrainian forces fighting Russia.
    Gunmen opened fire at a training ground for new recruits in Belgorod, close to the Ukrainian border, killing 11 people. The gunmen are reported to be Tajik nationals who had been recruited to fight in Ukraine and had got into a row over religion.
  • UK
    Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s new chancellor of the exchequer, ditched almost all of the unfunded tax cuts in the government’s minibudget; the cuts had helped cause mayhem in the markets when they were announced on September 23rd.
    Sweden’s parliament confirmed Ulf Kristersson as prime minister, more than a month after an election ousted the Social Democrats from power. His Moderate Party heads a centre-right governing coalition
    The head of Germany’s cybersecurity authority, Arne Schönbohm, was sacked for allegedly having close ties with Russian intelligence officers. A Russian firm linked to a former KGB officer was a member of a private cybersecurity organisation that Schönbohm established a decade ago.
    In Turkey 41 miners were killed by an explosion at a coal mine in Amasra, 400km east of Istanbul. The mine is owned by the state.
    In Pakistan Imran Khan won six of the seven parliamentary seats he contested in byelections. Khan turned the vote into a referendum on his popularity, to put pressure on the government to call an early general election.
    The UN discussed possible responses to the violent chaos in Haiti. A pair of resolutions have been drafted by the United States and Mexico. They would impose sanctions against gang members and their backers and leave open the possibility of sending a security force to the country.
    Ethiopia’s government forces captured Shire, a key town previously held by rebels in Tigray. The civil war is being waged as intensely as ever. A five-month truce was broken in August.
    Australia’s new left-wing government said it would no longer recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing the decision of the previous government.

  • T-20 World Cup: India (160/6 in 20) beat Pakistan (159/8 in 20) by four wickets at Melbourne
  •  Vidarbha (238/8 in 50 overs) defeat Punjab (206 in 47.4 overs) to win Vinoo Mankad Trophy at Thiruvananthapuram
  • ISSF World Championship in Cairo: India win silver in Women’s 25m Pistol Team event
  • BCCI announces equal match fee for both men and women cricket players
  • Red Bull driver Max Verstappen wins Formula One United States GP at Austin
  • India bags two gold medals in Asia Cup bridge in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • India beat Australia in U-21 Men’s Hockey to lift Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia
  •  Education Ministry signs MoU with FIFA and AIFF for implementing Football4Schools initiative in India
  •  Badminton: India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty win men’s doubles title at French Open Super 750 tournament
  •  T20 World Cup: South Africa (137/5 in 19.4 overs) beat India (133/9 in 20 overs) by 5 wickets at Optus stadium in Perth
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