Current Affairs 25-26 October, 2019


Current Affairs 25-26 October, 2019

1. Ayurveda Day to be celebrated on October 25

  • The Ayurveda day was observed on 25 October 2019. Every year, the National Ayurveda Day is celebrated on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti (Dhanteras). The government organized the fourth Ayurveda Day at the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Dhanwantari Pujan and National Dhanwantari Ayurveda Awards 2019 ceremony was held at NIA. On this occasion, the government organized a National Conference Ayurveda for Longevity on 24 October.
  • The day aims to promote Ayurveda into the mainstream. The day focuses on the strengths of Ayurveda and its unique treatment principles.

2. Lucknow-based ‘City Montessori School’ bags Guinness World Record title for having 55,547 students

  • A Lucknow-based school has won the Guinness World Record for becoming the 'world's largest school' in terms of strength of students.
  • City Montessori School (CMS) has won the global award for having 55,547 students in 2019-20, as stated by CMS founder, Jagdish Gandhi.

3. J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik transferred to Goa.

  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Goa. Former IAS officers Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur will take his place as Lieutenant Governors of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh respectively. The two Union Territories will come to existence on October 31.
  • Satya Pal Malik was the former Governor of Bihar. Malik was also given an additional charge Governor of Odisha for a couple of months in 2018. Satya Pal Malik has represented Aligarh Constituency from 1989 to 1991.
  • He was a member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh from 1980-86 and 1986-1992. Malik has also been a member of Uttar Pradesh Assembly from 1974 to 1977.

4. Former IAS officers Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur will take place as Lieutenant Governors of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

  • The new J&K lieutenant governor, Girish Chandra Murmu, currently holds the post of expenditure secretary in the Finance Ministry and is a 1985 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer. He was the principal secretary to Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
  • Radha Krishna Mathur is a retired 1977 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tripura cadre. Radha Krishna Muthur retired as the chief information commissioner (CIC) in November 2018.
About Jammu and Kashmir
1. Capitals: Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)
About Ladakh
1. Capital: Leh

5. Social welfare initiative ‘Odisha-Mo Parivar’ set in motion

  • Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik launched ‘Odisha-Mo Parivar’, a social service initiative of the party aimed at encouraging environment protection, blood donation and the welfare of Odias in distress.
  • The Chief Minister said under the programme, party leaders will dedicate themselves to protect the environment and undertake extensive planting of trees, and create awareness among the public.
  • Stating that the programme is a tribute to late Biju Patnaik, who had always been working for welfare of Odisha people and lending support to poor and needy people, the Chief Minister said following the footprints of the legendary leader, the party is committed to serve the State.

About Odisha
1. Capital:
2. Governor: Ganeshi Lal
3. Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik

6. Birender Singh Yadav appointed as Indian Ambassador to Iraq

  • Birender Singh Yadav appointed as India's next Ambassador to Iraq, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). A 1997-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Yadav is expected to take up the assignment shortly
  • The appointment of Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi as India's next High Commissioner to Samoa. Pardeshi, who is already serving as the Ambassador to New Zealand, will concurrently work as the next High Commissioner to Samoa, with residence in Wellington.

About Iraq
1. President: Barham Salih
2. Capital: Baghdad
3. Currency: Iraqi dinar

7. Former IB Chief Dineshwar Sharma appointed Lakshadweep Administrator

  • Former Intelligence Bureau Chief Dineshwar Sharma and at present Interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir was appointed as Administration of the Lakshadweep Union Territory.
  • Mr Sharma, an IPS officer of Kerala cadre, was Intelligence Bureau Director for two years from January 2015 to 2017.
  • During the first term of the Modi Government, his appointment as Government's representative for Jammu and Kashmir was announced by the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh in October 2017.

Foot Notes:
About Lakshadweep
Capital: Kavaratti

8. Britain's Natural History Museum named a tiny, blind and wingless beetle after climate activist Greta Thunberg.

  • Britain's Natural History Museum on Friday named a tiny, blind and wingless beetle after climate activist Greta Thunberg. The honey-coloured insect, measuring less than one millimetre, was discovered in the Kenyan capital Nairobi in the 1960s.
  • But it apparently remained nameless until the venerable London museum's scientific associate Michael Darby stepped in.
  • "So it is appropriate to name one of the newest discoveries after someone who has worked so hard to champion the natural world and protect vulnerable species."

9.Thakur Anup Singh Awarded Udyog Rattan Award

  • Shri. Thakur Anup Singh, Marg ERP Ltd's Chairman, and Managing Director, was awarded the Udyog Rattan Award-2019 by the Institute of Economic Studies. The award recognized his exceptional work in transforming the Indian industry landscape how MSMEs can accelerate their business using technology.
  • The Udyog Rattan Award is presented every year to Indian citizens for their outstanding contributions to the economic development of the country.
  • The award is presented by the Institute of Economic Studies, India (IES), an affiliate of the Government of India. The existing members nominate the eligible person. The winners for the award will be selected by a panel of judges who are usually eminent citizens with economic backgrounds.

10. E.U.’s Sakharov human rights prize awarded to jailed Uighur intellectual

  • The European Union awarded its highest human rights prize to the imprisoned Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti in a move that pointedly rebuked China’s treatment of the Muslim ethnic minority and may draw a reprisal from Beijing.
  • Tohti, an economist who advocated greater autonomy for the Uighurs of Xinjiang in western China, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 on separatism charges.
  • He had spent years criticizing Chinese government restrictions and crackdowns on Uighur culture and calling for dialogue between his people and the Han ethnic majority in China.

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