21-22 October 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

21-22 October 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

21-22 October 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

1. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates 'Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan' in Maharashtra

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated a three-day 'Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan' at Mangi Tungi in Nashik district of Maharashtra.
  • The conference has been organized by Bhagwan Rishabhdev Murti Nirmaan Samiti.
  • The President has also given the first international 'Bhagwan Rishabhdev Award' to Teerthanker Mahaveer University based in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
  • President Kovind also released a book, titled 'Sarvoccha Digambar Jain Pratima', on the occasion.
  • The award carries a cash prize of 11 lakh rupees, a memento, and a citation.

Honors & Awards

2. Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award for Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

  • Hindustani classical music instrumentalist 'Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt' will be honored with the annual Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Pandit Bhatt is best known for his Grammy award winning album "A Meeting by the River".
  • The award founded in 1940 by Ustad Chand Khan Sahab to conserve and promote an awareness of both the rich and heterogeneous cultural tapestry through focus on the classical arts.

3. US-based Dalit writer Sujatha Gidla wins 2018 Shakti Bhatt Prize

  • US-based Dalit writer Sujatha Gidla (55-years) has won 2018 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for her book “Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India”.
  • It carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs.
  • The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize is funded by the Shakti Bhatt Foundation, set up in 2008 in memory of young writer and editor Shakti Bhatti.
  • It honors first-time writers from Indian sub-continent for their outstanding work of fiction or non-fiction.

National Appointment

4. Govt appoints the chief of child rights body

  • The appointments committee of the cabinet has appointed Priyank Kanoongo as the new chief of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for a period of three years.
  • Kanoongo will be the fifth NCPCR chief since the commission was formed.
  • The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was set up in March 2007.
  • National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is a statutory under the administrative control of the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.

National Affairs

5. Prime Minister dedicates National Police Memorial to the Nation

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the National Police Memorial to the nation, on Police Commemoration Day.
  • PM Modi also announced an award in the name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, to honor those involved in disaster response operations. 
  • The award would be announced every year, recognizing the bravery and courage displayed in saving the lives of people, in the wake of a disaster.
  • Every year, 21st October is observed as the Police Commemoration Day in memory of the 10 policemen killed in an ambush by Chinese troops in 1959 in Ladakh's Hot Spring area.

6. Maharashtra CM Fadnavis & Nitin Gadkari inaugurate new domestic cruise terminal in Mumbai

  • Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra Chief Minister) and Union minister Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari have inaugurated the new domestic cruise terminal in Mumbai.
  • The Goa cruise service ' Angriya' will be operated between Mumbai and Goa on alternate days.
  • The rates for the luxury Mumbai-Goa ride begin from Rs 7,000 dorm room per person and goes up to Rs 11,000 family suite per person.
  • There will be multiple restaurants offering a wide array of food genres, coffee shops, swimming pool, massage and spa services.
  • India's first ever passenger cruise ship service is a joint venture between Mumbai Port Trust and Angriya Sea Eagle Pvt Ltd.
  • The cruise ship Angriya has been named after first Maratha Navy Admiral Kanhoji Angre and the great Angria bank coral reef near Vijaydurg, Maharashtra.

7. 4th Edition of NITI Lecture Series held in New Delhi

  • NITI Aayog has organized the 4th edition of NITI Lecture Series at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has also attended the 4th edition of NITI Lecture series.
  • The theme this year is “AI for ALL: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive Growth”.


8. Japanese Nobel Chemistry laureate Shimomura passes away

  • Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura (90-years) has passed away in Japan’s southern city of Nagasaki.
  • Shimomura, one of three scientists who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery and development of a jellyfish protein that contributed to cancer studies.
  • Shimomura was born in Kyoto and studied in Nagasaki, where he survived in Aug. 9, 1945, U.S. atomic bombing.
  • In 1951. After earning a chemistry degree, he moved to Princeton University, where he found the protein from 10,000 jellyfish samples on America’s West Coast.

International Affairs

9. 7th Meeting of Education Ministers of SCO Member States held in Astana

  • The 7th meeting of education ministers of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • The Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr. Satya Pal Singh participated on behalf of Government of India.
  • The objective of SCO is military cooperation between members. It also works towards intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia.
  • SCO is Eurasian economic, political and security organization headquartered in Beijing, China.


10. Ethiopian Belihu wins Delhi Half Marathon men's race

  • Ethiopia's Andamalak Belihu (19-year) overcame stiff competition from compatriot Amdework Walelegn in the men's elite field to win his maiden Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
  • Belihu improved on his personal best timing to clock 59.18 seconds (last year he finished second).
  • Walelegn clinched the Silver (59.22- seconds), while Kenya’s Daniel Kipchumba grabbed the third sport (59.48-seconds).
  • Among the Indians, runners Abhishek (1:4:14) and Sanjivani Jadhav topped in the men’s and women’s category (1:13:58).
  • Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) is an annual half marathon foot-race held in New Delhi, India, established in 2005.
  • The event includes the half marathon, the 7 km Great Delhi Run, a 4.3 km run for senior citizens and a 3.5 km wheelchair race.

11. Praveen Kumar announces retirement from all forms of Cricket

  • India’s medium pacer Praveen Kumar (32-years) has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Mr. Kumar played six Tests, 68 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India, picking up 112 wickets across the formats.
  • Praveen Kumar made his limited-overs debut in 2007 and Test debut against West Indies cricket team at Kingston in June 2011.

12. Grappler Bajrang Punia enters 65 kg Final of World Wrestling Championships in Hungary

  • Star Indian grappler Bajrang Punia (24-years) has booked a place in the 65 kg Final at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
  • In a thrilling semi-final, Bajrang Punia edged past Cuba's Alejandro Valdes, 4-3 to put himself in contention for a historic World Championship gold medal.
  • Olympian Sushil Kumar (in 2010) is the only Indian to have won the coveted yellow metal at the event.
  • Bajrang had won a bronze at the Championships in 2013.

13. Mumbai beat Delhi to win Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018

  • Mumbai defeated Delhi by four wickets to win their 3rd Vijay Hazare Trophy title at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Mumbai bowled out Delhi for a paltry 177 in 45.4 overs.
  • The Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018 (17th-season) has been contested by the 37 domestic cricket teams of India.
  • The Vijay Hazare Trophy was started in 2002–03 as a limited-overs cricket domestic competition.
  • It is named after the famous Indian cricketer Vijay Hazare.a

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