DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS- 25 OCTOBER 2019


2019-10-25 | Team PendulumEdu

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a visit to Saudi Arabia to attend Future Investment Initiative Forum

The Indian Prime Minister will visit Saudi Arabia on 29th October, and the two leaders will hold a bilateral meeting in Riyadh. He will attend the 3rd session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Forum.

During the visit, Indian PM will also launch Rupay Card in Saudi Arabia along with the signing of various agreements, including the launching of India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council, the oil and gas sector, the renewable energy sector, etc.

Future Investment Initiative is an investment forum that is organized annually by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia to discuss trends in World Economy, Investment, Trade, Technology, etc.

2. Golden Jubilee Celebration of Vishwa Shanti Stupa

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Rajgir to inaugurate Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) that will be attended by over 300 Buddhist monks, devotees and famous personalities from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, etc.

The stupa was built by Japanese Buddhist monk Fujii Nichidatsu also known as Fujii Guruji in 1969. The stupa is located on the Ratnagiri hills in Rajgir. Rajgir is a significant place for both Buddhism and Jainism as Gautama Buddha and Mahavira spent their time teaching their disciples in this area during the 6th and 5th centuries BC.

3. UP govt. launches Kanya Sumangala Yojana

UP government will launch Kanya Sumangala Yojana, which will be effective in all the districts of UP from today. The scheme aims to eliminate practices like female infanticide and promote family planning practices.

Under the scheme, the government will provide a total of Rs. 15,000, which will be given in 6 phases to the girl child from her birth until she becomes a graduate.

4. Global Bio-India Summit 2019

Global Bio-India Summit 2019 will be held in India for the first time from 21-23 November 2019. It will be organized by the Department of Biotechnology and PSU Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC). The summit provides a platform for various biotechnology stakeholders like international bodies, regulatory bodies, Central and State Ministries, investors, etc. to come together and share their views and explore the potential of the Biotechnology sector.

More than 200 exhibitors and 250 startups would be participating in the summit.

5. GC Murmu appointed as the first L-G of J&K and RK Mathur as the first L-G of Ladakh while Satya Pal Malik will be the new Governor of Goa

The President has appointed Expenditure Secretary Girish Chandra Murmu as the first Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir while former Chief Information Commissioner Radha Krishna Mathur has been appointed as the first Lt. Governor of Ladakh.

Satya Pal Malik has been transferred to the responsibility of Governor of Goa.

After the repealing of Article 370 and Article 35A and passing of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, the state of J&K has been separated from Ladakh, and both were made Union Territories with effect from 31st October 2019.

6. National Corporate Social Responsibility Awards to be presented on Oct 29

President Ram Nath Kovind will give away the National Corporate Social Responsibility Awards (NCSRA) to the corporates on 29th October 2019. The selections were made out of 528 entries, and the jury has finalized 19 winners and 19 honourable mentions in three award categories, viz.

1. Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR

2. Corporate Awards in CSR in Challenging Circumstances

3. Contribution to National Priority Schemes

National CSR awards were launched by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in 2017 to recognize the initiatives of corporates in CSR for the attainment of inclusive growth and sustainable development.

7. Karnataka won Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 Championship

Karnataka has clinched the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy by defeating Tamil Nadu. This is the 18th edition of Vijay Hazare trophy, in which 38 teams participated. Devdutt Padikkal has scored the maximum runs in this tournament.

Vijay Hazare Trophy or Ranji One-Day Trophy- Its first edition was held in 2002-03. Tamil Nadu has been the most successful team that has won five times.

8. Cabinet approves a full cadre review for ITBP

Union Cabinet has decided the cadre review of Group ‘A’ General Duty (Executive) Cadre and Non-General Duty cadre of ITBP, which was pending from the last 18 years.

Cadre review will increase and create new posts and enhance the capability and efficiency of ITBP personnel. It was also planned to form two new Commands- Western Command at Chandigarh and Eastern Command at Guwahati. Additional Director General will be heading the command assisted by Inspector General.

ITBP-Indo-Tibetan Border Police formed on 24th October 1962, has the responsibility of guarding the Indo-China border with personnel posted from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh. The current Director-General of ITBP is S S Deswal.

9. ‘One Touch ATVM’ launched by Indian Railways

Indian Railways has launched ‘One Touch ATVM’ at 42 stations of Central Railways to reduce the waiting time and standing in long queues.  

ATVM-Automatic Ticket Vending Machine will allow a passenger to get a ticket in two simple steps using the smart cards.

10. New Guidelines for Evaluation of Nanopharmaceuticals released

New Guidelines have been prepared by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) for the evaluation of Nanopharmaceuticals in India.

The guidelines apply to the Nano drugs in the form of finished formulations as well as Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) of a new or already approved molecule that will be used for the treatment, diagnosis, prevention of diseases, etc.  The tests for safety and efficiency of particular Nano drug should be decided on a case to case basis considering various factors like its biological and physiochemical nature, regulatory status in different countries, etc.

Nanopharmaceuticals are the drugs small in size developed at the nanoscale that have acquired a significant place in the field of medicine for targeted delivery of approved drugs.

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