Read : Current Affairs: 22nd October, 2020

Posted on :- 2020-10-28 17:38:48
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                                        Current Affairs(22nd october)

 

                                                                                                   

18TH SCO MEETING OF PROSECUTORS GENERAL

 

  • The 18th meeting of Prosecutors General of SCO was held on 20 October 2020, via video conference. India was represented by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

 

  • During the meeting, all the prosecutors agreed to strengthen cooperation in preventing and combating corruption, mutual legal assistance and exchange of regulatory legal acts.

 

  • India will host the SCO Prosecutors General Meeting in 2021. SCO is an important regional grouping which gives India an opportunity to engage its extended neighbourhood especially central Asian countries.

 

  • Recently the Seventh Meeting of Ministers of Justice of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States is also hosted by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law & Justice, Communication and Electronics & Information Technology.

 

  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced in 2001 in Shanghai, China by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It has its headquarters in Beijing, China.

 

NK SINGH'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY "PORTRAITS OF POWER"

 

  • Veteran Economist and bureaucrat N K (Nand Kishore) Singh has released his autobiography titled “Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside”.

 

  • NK Singh had served in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), as the Secretary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1998 ­2001).

 

  • The book portrays the life of NK Singh who played an active role in the development of the Indian economy. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission. The book is published by Rupa Publications India.

 

  • The book portrays NK Singhs’s stents from 1964 when he joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), serving in higher positions of the Indian Government before entering politics as a member of Rajya Sabha.

 

  • This book covers all the personal and national movements that happened in his life.

 

RPF'S INITIATIVE "MERI SAHELI" FOR SECURITY OF WOMEN

  • Railway Protection Force (RPF), Visakhapatnam has started implementing ‘Meri Saheli’ initiative in AP Express (Visakhapatnam to New Delhi), in order to provide proactive security to women passengers.

 

  • The main motto of ‘Meri Saheli’ is to provide safety and security to women passengers travelling in trains throughout their journey.

 

  • A team of women Sub Inspectors and women constables of RPF will enter all coaches including ladies coaches and identify women passengers, who are travelling alone before the departure of the train.

 

  • These passengers will be briefed about all precautions to be taken during the journey and informed about help no. 182 apart from giving contact numbers of RPF to contact in case of any issue.

SINGAPORE: FIRST COUNTRY TO USE FACIAL RECOGNITION

 

  • Singapore became the World’s First Country to attach Facial verification in the National Identification Database. The function is called “SingPass Face Verification”.

 

  • This technology is being rolled out to the city-state’s SingPass digital identity scheme, offering access to no less than 400 online services, including tax declarations and public housing applications.

 

  • According to the Singapore authorities, the technology helps ensure that the right person is genuinely present in front of their screen, rather than a photograph, a video, a replayed recording or a deep fake.

 

  • Facial recognition is increasingly being used to access other online services, such as banking. The function is designed to work via home computers, tablets and cell phones, as well as at public kiosks.

 

  • Prime Minister of Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong.
  • Singapore Capital: Singapore City.

 

NASA AND NOKIA: TO BUILD CELLULAR NETWORK ON MOON

 

  • Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first cellular network on the moon. NASA aims to return humans to the moon by 2024 and dig in for a long-term presence there under its Artemis programme.

 

  • The first wireless broadband communications system in space would be built on the lunar surface in late 2022. The network will configure itself and establish a 4G/LTE communications system on the moon, the aim would be to eventually switch to 5G.

 

  • It will partner with a Texas-based private spacecraft design company, Intuitive Machines, to deliver the equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.

 

  • The network will give astronauts voice and video communications capabilities, and allow telemetry and biometric data exchange, as well as the deployment and remote control of lunar rovers and other robotic devices.

 

PARLE AGRO: PRIYANKA CHOPRA AS BRAND AMBASSADOR

  • Parle Agro has roped in Priyanka Chopra Jonas as the national brand ambassador to maximise reach and awareness of its fruits plus fizz portfolio ‘B-Fizz’.

 

  • The campaign will be aggressively promoted across IPL on Hotstar and YouTube. B-Fizz is a unique and refreshing apple juice-based malt flavoured carbonated drink that is set to revolutionize the taste experience of consumers across age groups.

 

  • Parle Agro CEO: Schauna Chauhan.
  • Parle Agro HQs: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

 

 

 

 

 

UTTARAKHAND'S FIRST RAMSAR SITE

  • Asan Conservation Reserve has become Uttarakhand’s first Ramsar site, making it a ‘Wetland of International Importance’, announced the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

 

  • The Reserve is located on the banks of Yamuna River near Dehradun district in Garhwal region of the Himalayan state. “Asan Conservation Reserve cleared five out of the nine criteria needed to be declared as a Ramsar site and get identified as a Wetland of International Importance.

 

  • It cleared the category on species and ecological communities, one on water-birds and another on fish. Ramsar declares Asan Conservation Reserve as a site of international importance.

 

  • With this, the number of Ramsar sites in India goes up to 38, the highest in South Asia and Uttarakhand gets its first Ramsar site.

 

  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is a Treaty adopted in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar, on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea. Those wetlands which are of international importance are declared as Ramsar sites.

 

IAF FIRST WOMAN OFFICER PASSED AWAY

 

  • Indian Air Force 1st woman officer, Wing Commander (retd) Dr Vijaylakshmi Ramanan passed away. She was born in 1924; she did her MBBS and later was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps in August, 1955.

 

  • Besides having served as a gynaecologist at various Air Force Hospitals, including here, she had also attended to the troops wounded during wars and performed administrative duties.

 

  • Ramanan was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander in August 1972 and honoured with the Vishist Seva Medal five years later.

 

  • She had retired in February 1979. Ramanan was also trained in Carnatic music and had been an artist with the All India Radio at a very young age.

 

NATIONAL POLICE COMMEMORATION DAY 2020

  • In India, the National Police Commemoration Day is observed on 21st October every year. The day is marked to remember and honor the brave policemen who have laid down their lives in the line of duty.

 

  • On 21 October 1959, twenty Indian soldiers were attacked by Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Hot Spring area, in which ten Indian policemen lost their lives and seven were imprisoned.

 

  • Since that day, 21 October has been observed as Police Commemoration Day in honor of the martyrs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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