Current Affairs 21 October, 2019
1. PM Modi releases book titled 'Bridgital Nation'
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the book titled Bridgital Nation in New Delhi. He presented the first copy of the book to Shri Ratan Tata.
- The book was written by Shri N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, and Ms. Roopa Purushottam, Chief Economist & Head of Policy Advocacy of Tata Sons.
- The book Bridgital Nation presents a powerful vision of the future where human beings and technology co-exist in a mutually beneficial ecosystem.
2. Sri Lanka removed from FATF’s Grey List
- FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system
- Sri Lanka has been removed from the “Grey List” of the international terror financing watchdog FATF.
- The FATF, whose five-day plenary concluded in Paris, said Sri Lanka made significant progress in addressing the strategic AML/CFT deficiencies identified earlier. In October 2016, the FATF announced that Sri Lanka will be subjected to a review of the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) of the terror financing watchdog to assess the progress of AML/CFT effectiveness in the country.
1. FATF: Financial Action Task Force
2. Headquarters: Paris, France
3. President: Xiangmin Liu
4. Founded: July 1989
3. India, Myanmar hold naval exercise IMNEX at Visakhapatnam
- The India-Myanmar Naval Exercise called IMNEX-2019 is being organised in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The opening ceremony of the second edition of Indo-Myanmar joint naval exercise was conducted onboard INS Ranvijay.
- Myanmar naval ships UMS Sin Phyu Shin (F-14) and UMS Tabinshweti (773) arrived at Visakhapatnam. The exercise would be conducted in two phases: Harbour phase and Sea Phase.
- The joint exercise will encompass a variety of operations including anti-air and surface firing exercises, flying exercises using integral helicopter and seamanship evolutions at sea.
About Indian Navy
1. Vice Chief of the Naval Staff: Ashok Kumar
2. Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh
3. Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff: Vice Admiral M. S. Pawar
4. Delhi government gives nod to implement Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme
- Ahead of assembly polls, the AAP-ruled Delhi government has come on board to implement the ambitious central scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) under which income support of 6,000 is provided to each eligible farmer.
- Around seven crore farmers have received benefit under the scheme. But, West Bengal and Delhi Governments had earlier refused to implement the scheme. AIR correspondent quoting official sources reports, Delhi Government has now sent names of 11,000 farmers for availing the benefits.
5. Joko Widodo Sworn in as Indonesia's President for Second Term
- Joko Widodo was sworn in as the President for his second and final five-year term of service. The move comes amidst fresh challenges around security, corruption, and economic slowdown.
- General elections were held in Indonesia in the month of April 2019. Indonesia’s Joko Widodo was re-elected as President of the country in May 2019. He beat his rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general. Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5% to 44.5% margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
- The president announced that he would push two bills to replace laws that have hampered job creation. He also said he could sack underperforming civil servants.
1. President: Joko Widodo
2. Vice President: Jusuf Kalla
3. Capital: Jakarta
6. World’s oldest known natural pearl discovered on Abu Dhabi Island
- The oldest known natural pearl in the world has been discovered by Abu Dhabi archaeologists working at a Neolithic site on Marawah Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
- Dubbed the ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl’, it was found in layers that have been radiocarbon dated to 5,800-5,600 BCE, during the Neolithic period.
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
7. India's Highest Altitude All-weather Permanent Bridge Inaugurated by Rajnath Singh in Eastern Ladakh
- Col Chewang Rinchen Setu inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is India's highest altitude all-weather permanent bridge, located in eastern Ladakh at nearly 45 km from the country's border with China.
- The bridge was constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) of India. The bridge is built between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh at an altitude of 14,650 feet.
- The bridge is named in honor of Colonel Chewang Rinchan, who was one of the highly decorated officers in the Indian Army from Ladakh, and he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakara twice.
8. Indian Banks Association elects Rajnish Kumar as chairman
- SBI's head Rajnish Kumar has been elected as the chairman of the banking industry lobby Indian Banks Association for fiscal 2019-20.
- The body, which represents banks' interests with the government and regulators, said it has three top bankers from various lenders as its deputy chairmen.
About Indian Banks' Association (IBA)
1. Formed on: 26 September 1946
2. Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
3. Chairman: Mr. Sunil Mehta
9. Rohit Sharma breaks Don Bradman's 71-year-old record
- Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma surpassed former Australia cricketer Don Bradman's record of highest average in Test cricket on home soil. He achieved the feat on day two of the third Test match against South Africa.
- The right-handed batsman broke the 71-year-old record previously held by Bradman. The legendary cricketer had an average of 98.22 on home soil in Test Cricket.
- Rohit's average rose to 99.84 after the batsman smashed his first double hundred in the longest format of the game.
10. Oracle Co-CEO Mark Hurd passes away
- Former Co-Chief executive Officer(CEO) of Oracle Mark Hurd, passed away.
- He was previously served as chairman, CEO, and president of Hewlett-Packard (HP). He was also in the Board of Directors of Globality and a member of the Technology CEO Council and board of directors of New Corporation.
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