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Topic: Appointments

1. Sajjan Jindal appointed chairman of World Steel Association.

  • Sajjan Jindal has been selected as chairman of the World Steel Association for the year 2021-22.
  • Jindal is the first representative from India to serve as Chairman of the World Steel Association.
  • World steel members represent approximately 85% of the world’s steel production.
  • JSW Steel is engaged in the manufacturing of iron and steel in India and the world.
  • JSW Steel is also investing in R&D for sustainable products and controlling emissions, improving resource consumption, and making processes efficient.

World steel association has been established in 1967. It is one of the largest industry representatives in the world.

World steel associations headquarters is located in Brussels, Belgium.

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

2. Department of Biotechnology launched India’s first ‘One Health’ consortium.

  • Department of Biotechnology has launched India’s first ‘One Health’ consortium.
  • This programme envisages carrying out surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic as well as transboundary pathogens in India.
  • This consortium is consisting of 27 organizations led by the DBT-National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad.
  • The consortium consists of AIIMS Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, IVRI Bareily, GADVASU, Ludhiana, etc.
  • It is one of the biggest health programme launched by the government in the Post Covid time.
  • Under this ‘One Health’ concept, man, animal, plants, and environment are needed to be considered complementary to each other for maintaining the health of all.



Topic: International News

3. India gets re-elected to UNHRC for record 6th term with overwhelming majority.

  • India has been re-elected to UN Human Rights Council for a record 6th term with an overwhelming majority.
  • India has been elected for 2022-24 term. Permanent Mission of India in UN said that India stands committed to work together with fellow members of the Council.
  • Indian Mission said that India will continue to work for the promotion and protection of Human Rights through Samman, Samvad and Sahyog.
  • Indian Mission congratulated other UN member states who have been elected to the council.
  • 76th UN General Assembly held elections on 14 October for 18 new members of the UNHRC. New members will serve for a period of three years, starting in January 2022.
  • UNHRC candidates are elected in geographical groups to ensure even representation. Members of UNHRC are elected for three years.

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC):

It is a body of the United Nations. It aims to promote and protect human rights worldwide.

It has 47 members elected for a three-year term. It was founded on 15 March 2006. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

4. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur launched MyParkings app.

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur has launched MyParkings app on 14 October.
  • The Minister launched the app in New Delhi in presence of Mukesh Suryaan, Mayor South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
  • Minister Anurag Thakur said that this app is an effort to reduce stress and help people plan their trips better.
  • The effort to digitize the parking places and their management has led to the creation of MyParkings application.
  • MyParkings is an Internet of Things (IOT) technology-enabled end-to-end digital solution. It offers on spot & advanced bookings of vehicle Parking.
  • It has been developed by Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) with South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Anurag Thakur launched MyParkings app

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Sports

5. CSK wins 2021 IPL title by beating KKR in the finals.

  • Chennai Super Kings Clinched their fourth IPL title by beating KKR in the finals by 27 runs.
  • Chennai Super Kings scored 193 runs in 20 overs while Kolkata Knight Riders made 165 runs in 20 overs.
  • The 2021 Indian Premier League is the fourteenth edition of the IPL.
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad scored most run in this edition of IPL. He scored 635 runs in 16 matches. He wins the Orange Cup of this season.
  • Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore has taken the most wickets in the IPL 2021. He has taken 32 wickets in 15 matches. He wins the Purple cap for this season.
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad of Chennai Super King also won the Emerging Player of the Season award.

Topic: State News/ Manipur

6. Manipur government launched “Chief Minister’s Health for All” scheme.

  • Chief Minister of Manipur has launched the “Chief Minister’s Health for All” scheme. It was announced by Chief Minister on 17th September.
  • Under this scheme, Door-to-door health screening will be conducted across the State. The patient will also get Jan Aushadhi medicines for primary health care.
  • Ayushman Bharat health cards will also be issued to patients having severe chronic illness.
  • On this occasion, Chief Minister also distributed ASHA Plus devices, smartphones, and tablets to CHOs, Nurses, and ASHA workers.
  • In the first phase, 1628 villages in 16 districts will be selected for this scheme across the state. The villages will be linked through Primary Health Sub Centres, Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres.
  • A hand held device known as ASHA Plus will be used by Asha workers to detect ten communicable diseases.
  • Manipur:
    • It is a state in northeast India.
    • It borders Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south and Assam in the west, and Myanmar in the east.
    • The Governor of Manipur is La. Ganesan and Chief Minister is N. Biren Singh.




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