01 October 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

01 October 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

01 October 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. INDO-KAZAKHSTAN Joint Military Exercise ‘KAZIND – 2019’

  • India and Kazakhstan will conduct Joint Military Exercise ‘KAZIND-2019’ at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand (2nd to 15th October 2019).
  • The exercise will comprise of nearly 100 soldiers from both Indian and Kazakhstan Army.
  • Exercise KAZIND-2019 is the fourth edition of an annual event which is conducted alternatively in Kazakhstan and India.
  • The aim of this exercise is to conduct company level joint training with the emphasis on counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain.
Source: PIB

2. DRDO test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

  • DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) successfully test-fired a land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Chandipur coast in Odisha’s Balasore district.
  • BrahMos is the world’s fastest supersonic missile, which can fly at almost three times the speed of sound.
  • It has been fitted with increased indigenous equipment and is a version used by the Army.
  • On 11th March 2017, the first extended version of the missile was successfully tested.
  • The BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land.
  • It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) who together have formed BrahMos Aerospace.
  • The name BrahMos is a portmanteau formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.
Source: PIB

3. Rajnath Singh launches a website of DefEXpo

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has launched the website of 11th edition of DefEXpo, to be held in Lucknow (5th to 8th February 2020).
  • The websitewww.defexpo.gov.in provides online services to exhibitors, besides hosting informative content about the product profile of Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories.
  • Exhibitors can avail early bird discounts by booking space on the website before the 31st of next month.
  • The website enables exhibitors to register and book space online as per their requirements on the first-come-first-serve basis, make online payments, book conference halls and venues for Business-to-Business meetings.
Source: AIR News

Important Days

4. 1st October: International Day of the Older Persons

  • The International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1st October every year to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse.
  • It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
  • The theme of the 2019 commemoration is ‘The Journey to Age Equality’.
  • The theme focuses on pathways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequalities.
Source: Un.org

5. MNS Celebrates 94th Raising Day today

  • The Military Nursing Service (only all women corps in the Armed Forces) celebrating its 94th Raising Day today.
  • On the occasion, nursing officers will re-dedicate themselves to render high quality, selfless nursing care to their patients by reading the Florence Nightingale Pledge.
  • The mission of the MNS is 'Excellence In Patient Care’ both in peace and war which is being pursued with utmost zeal. fervour and zest.
  • The Military Nursing Service (MNS) came into on 28th March 1888 with the arrival of the first batch of 10 qualified British Nurses in Bombay, to organize nursing in Military hospitals in India.
  • In 1893, it was designated as Indian Army Nursing Service and in 1902 as Queen Alexandra Military Nursing Service.
  • On September 15, 1943, the IMNS officers became a part of the Indian Army and the members of service became Commissioned Officers.
Source: PIB

6. Legendary Mexican Singer Jose Jose passes away

  • Legendary Mexican singer Jose Jose (71-years) passed away at a hospital in Florida.
  • Jose Jose was often called ‘El Principe de la Cancion’ or ‘The Prince of Song,
  • His most successful album, Secretos was released in 1984.
  • In a career of more than four-decade, the singer sold millions of albums and picked by 6 Grammy nominations.
Source: Washington Post

7. Celebrated opera singer Jessye Norman passes away

  • Renowned international opera star Jessye Norman (74-years) passed away at New York hospital in the USA.
  • She established herself in Europe in the 1970s and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1983.
  • Norman earned many prestigious Kennedy Center Honor (in 1997), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (in 2006); a National Medal of Arts (in 2009) and France's Legion d'Honneur.
Source: BBC.com

Honour & Awards

8. Infosys Wins UN Global Climate Action Award for ‘Carbon Neutral Now’ Category

  • Digital services and consulting major Infosys has won the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category.
  • Infosys is the only corporate from India to earn the recognition for its efforts to combat climate change.
  • The award will be presented to Infosys at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile (December 2019).
  • Infosys began its action to combat climate change in 2008 with an assessment of its carbon footprint.
  • The UN Global Climate Action Awards are organized by the Momentum for Change initiative of the UN Climate Change Secretariat.
  • The award-winning projects are recognized for their innovative solutions that address climate change and help drive progress on many other sustainable development goals, such as poverty alleviation, gender equality and economic opportunity.
Source: Infosys.com
Banking & Finance

9. RBI announces contests to promote innovations, ideas in payment

  • Reserve Bank of India has announced two contests to promote innovations and ideas in the payment and settlement systems.
  • Shortlisted participants will get an opportunity to present their ideas before a jury of eminent persons while outstanding innovators will be awarded prizes and citations.
  • The contest will be organised through the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad.
  • While individuals, groups, entrepreneurs, companies, start-ups and similar entities can participate in ‘Payment and Settlement Systems Innovation Contest’, students at the undergraduate or above levels can participate in ‘Payment and Settlement Systems Innovative Ideas Competition’.
  • The submissions can be made under the categories of Offline payments, Payment options for feature phone users, Simple and easy Know Your Customer, Automated online dispute redressal systems, Cross border remittances and Safety and security in payment systems among others.
Source: AIR News

10. PNB MetLife India Insurance Co. Ltd. ties-up with Religare Health Insurance

  • PNB MetLife India Insurance Co. Ltd. has tied-up with Religare Health Insurance to offer a product which covers health, death and illness.
  • The tie-up will offer the additional earning opportunity for the life insurer’s distribution channel partners.
  • The product will be a seamless integration exercise to ensure that it comes as a single policy to a customer.
National Affairs

11. Gandhi Film Festival to be organised in Mumbai

  • A Gandhi film festival is being organized by Films Division in association with India Tourism in Mumbai (from 2 to 6th October 2019).
  • This film festival (Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary) will focus on Gandhiji’s message of non-violence and Swachh Bharat.
  • The select documentaries and feature films will be screened at the Films Division Complex, including, The Making of Mahatma, Gandhi, Gandhi My Father and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara.
Source: PIB

12. RBI appoints Jai Bhagwan Bhoria as administrator for PMC Bank

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed Jai Bhagwan Bhoria as the PMC bank's administrator with all powers of the board.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has superseded the Board of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Limited, Mumbai.
  • According to an official release, the amount of withdrawal from the bank allowed to depositors has been increased from one thousand to ten thousand rupees.
  • The RBI's directives will remain in force for a period of six months.
  • As per RBI’s Notification, The PMC Bank was placed under All-Inclusive Directions on account of major financial irregularities, failure of internal control and systems of the bank and wrong/under-reporting of its exposures under various off-site Surveillance.

13. K S Dhatwalia appointed as chief spokesperson of govt

  • An Indian Information Service (IIS) officer, Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia (1984-batch) has been appointed as the 28th principal spokesperson of the Union government.
  • He has replaced Sitanshu Kar.
  • Mr. Dhatwalia has been posted as the new principal director general of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), the publicity wing of the central government.
  • The officer will function as the principal spokesperson of the government of India.
  • Currently, Mr Dhatwalia was serving as the Director-General (DG) Training and Research in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, besides holding the charge of the DG of the Indian Institute Mass Communication (IIMC).
Source: ND TV


14. Fraser-Pryce wins World Championship 100m gold

  • Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won a gold medal in 100m race of 2019 IAAF World Championships held in Doha.
  • This was her 4th women’s 100 metres world title.
  • She defeated Britain’s European champion Dina Asher-Smith who took silver medal while Marie-Josee Ta Lou finished 3rd.
Source: AIR News

15. Wilson Singh-Satish Kumar pair wins gold at Asian Age Group C'ships

  • In Swimming, India's N Wilson Singh and Satish Kumar Prajapati won a gold medal in 10 metres platform synchronised event at the ongoing 10th Asian Age Group Championships in Bengaluru.
  • The duo scored 290.19 scores to beat Uzbekistan's Zaynetdinov Marsel and Khasanov Botir (280.53 points).
  • Thus, India extended their total tally to 60 medals (17 gold, 23 silver and 20 bronze) in the prestigious championships, which is the largest aquatic event in Asia.
  • The bronze medal went to Mojtaba Valipour and Masood Vakili of Iran with a score of 266.16
Source: AIR News

16. Annu Rani qualifies for Javelin Throw Final at World Athletics C’ships

  • Indian javelin thrower Annu Rani (27-years) has become the first Indian to qualify for Women's Javelin Throw final at World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
  • She smashed her own national record during the qualification round of the Championships with the best attempt of 62.43 metres.
  • Annu Rani is the current national record holder, with a record of 62.34m in March 2019.
  • Those who touch the automatic qualifying mark of 63.50m or 12 best performers from Group A and Group B taken together will qualify for the final round.
Source: DD News 

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