Read : Current Affairs: 18th October, 2020

Posted on :- 2020-10-26 10:24:33
Source :- The Hindu Newspaper


                                        Current Affairs(18TH october)



  • Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has announced that the government is coming up with a movement called “My Town My Pride” to provide governance at the doorsteps in urban areas on the pattern of the “Back to Village”


The three main objectives of the programme:

  • Public outreach in towns
  • Strengthening grassroots democracy
  • Service delivery at doorsteps


  • The programme will also ensure on-the-spot grievance redressal, instant delivery of services to the masses, and on the ground speedy execution of people-centric projects.


  • The “My Town My Pride” programme anticipates the time-bound delivery of documents like domicile, SC/ST/OBC certificates, and revenue services.


  • This programme will also ensure the time-bound delivery of benefits of various welfare schemes like pensions, scholarships, PMAY, KCC, Health golden cards, Ladli Beti, etc.




  • Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has virtually launched the campaign ‘KAPILA’, which stands for Kalam Program for Intellectual Property Literacy and Awareness campaign on 15th October 2020.


  • The day was launched in honour of 89th birth anniversary celebration of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.


  • Through the campaign, the government will spread awareness through educational programs about the importance of patenting an invention, to lead India towards self-reliance.


  • In order to promote awareness in the field, the Ministry has decided to celebrate the week from 15 to 23 October as ‘Intellectual Property Literacy Week’.


  • Various awareness programs will be organized to create awareness about the system and the importance of the process of applying for a patent.



  • Renowned Author and Politician, Shashi Tharoor is set to release his new book titled “The Battle of Belonging” is set to be released in November 2020.


  • The book is published by Aleph Book Company. Shashi Tharoor described this book as his “magnum opus” on the Theory, evolution and practice of Nationalism across the globe and especially in India.


  • The book appears to be an extension of his book “Why I Am a Hindu”. It provides the historical context to the ideas of nationalism, patriotism, humanism, democracy and their origins.


  • This book established the actual Indianism and what it means to be a patriotic and nationalistic Indian in the 21st century.


  • Shashi Tharoor has been serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009. He was formerly Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and contested for the post of Secretary-General in 2006.


  • The 36th Raising Day of the National Security Guard (NSG) is observed on 16 October. NSG plays a crucial role in India’s security apparatus. It has been associated with the utmost courage and professionalism.


  • The NSG is a Federal Contingency force to deal with anti-terrorist activities. The NSG is a force equipped and trained to deal with the specific situation and is therefore used in exceptional circumstances to thwart serious acts of terrorism.


  • It was established in 1984, NSG is popularly known as the Black Cats. It is an elite striking force in the country trained and equipped to handle situations like a terrorist attack, hijacking, and hostage captivity.


  • The motto of the National Security Guard is Sarvatra Sarvottam Suraksha. It has its headquarters in New Delhi. Whereas Anup Kumar Singh is the current Director General of the NSG.




  • Dr Michael Irani of Great Britain (GBR) has been appointed as the Interim President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), at the meeting of the IWF Executive Board, in accordance with the constitution of IWF.


  • Michael Irani was appointed following the resignation of IWF President Tamás Aján. Prior to this, Michael Irani was serving as the chairman of the IWF Medical Committee.


  • Michael Irani was born in Bombay, India. He is a leading physician in Rheumatology who works as a Consultant Rheumatologist at Ashford Hospital NHS Trust.


  • He was the former Chairman of the anti-doping Commission of IWF. He was a member of the IWF Medical Committee since 1992. He served as the President of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF) Medical Committee from 1995 to 1999.


  • International Weightlifting Federation Headquarters: Budapest, Hungary.
  • International Weightlifting Federation Founded: 1905



  • The Ministry of External Affairs announced that India’s next envoy to the UN’s cultural body will be Vishal V. Sharma, who had been the officer on special duty to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was heading Gujarat.


  • Vishal V. Sharma has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the Permanent Delegation of India to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with the rank of Ambassador


  • He will replace Jawed Ashraf. Sharma is expected to take up the assignment shortly.


  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.




  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed globally on 17 October every year. The day aims to raise awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution around the world, particularly in developing countries.


  • 2020 Theme: “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all”. The theme for the Day this year addresses the challenge of achieving social and environmental justice for all.


  • This year marks the 27th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.


  • This year also marks the 32nd anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.




  • The “Nightingale of Gujarat”, Kaumudi Munshi passed away due to COVID-19. During the early stage of her career, Munshi sang mostly in Gujarati, gaining fame with songs like ‘Sachi re mari satre bhavani maa’.


  • The singer also sang Bhojpuri songs, for the 1963 movie Bidesiya she sang ‘Neek Saiyan bin’ with renowned singer Geeta Dutt.


  • Singer and musician Kaumudi Munshi was born in Varanasi. She completed her education with an arts degree in music from Banaras Hindu University. She trained under the likes of Siddheshwari Devi and Taj Ahmed Khan.


  • After shifting to Mumbai, she got selected in an audition for All India Radio. This is also where she met and later married Ninu Mazumdar, a music director associated with All India Radio.



  • The Supreme Court has appointed Justice Madan B Lokur, a former judge of the apex court, as a one-man monitoring committee to prevent stubble burning in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, amid rising levels of pollution in the national capital and adjoining regions.


  • The bench also directed court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and chief secretaries of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to help the Lokur panel with physical surveillance of fields to check instances of stubble burning and other related matters.


  • The new committee will monitor the stubble burning and take preventive steps. It will get assistance from chief secretaries of all states as well as National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme and Bharat Scouts. The panel shall submit its report on stubble burning within 15 days to the apex court.








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