Current Affairs(1ST NOVEMBER)
VIETNAM HIT BY STORM 'TYPHOON MOLAVE'
- Recently, Vietnam has been hit by one of its biggest storms in two decades - Typhoon Molave.
- Vietnam is prone to natural disasters in the rainy season between June and November, with central coastal provinces commonly impacted, but the storms have notably worsened in recent years.
- Typhoon is a regionally specific name for a strong "tropical cyclone". Tropical cyclones are known as ‘typhoons’ in the northwest pacific ocean, hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean, Willy-willies in north-western Australia and Tropical Cyclones in the Indian Ocean Region.
- A tropical cyclone is a generic term used by meteorologists to describe a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has closed low-level circulation.
- The Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) Tokyo - Typhoon Centre assigns a tropical cyclone a name from the five lists. The name ‘Molave’ is contributed by the Philippines.
TELANGANA CM LAUNCHES 'DHARANI' PORTAL
- Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao has launched the web portal
‘Dharani’ for land and property registrations.
- The state government will now undertake all the property transactions, including registrations and mutations, through a web portal. The Dharani is a one-stop portal for all land and property-related transactions as well as documentation.
- The portal will do away with any loopholes in the registration process as well as store all land and property-related information online.
- It will simplify the registration, succession and even partition of agriculture lands, to ensure that the entire process is completed within a few minutes and the e-pattadar passbook is provided to the landowners immediately.
- Chief Minister of Telangana: K Chandrasekhar Rao
- Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan.
MOU SIGNED BETWEEN INDIA & CAMBODIA IN HEALTH SECTOR
- The Union Cabinet approved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Cambodia on cooperation in the field of health and medicine on October 29, 2020.
- The MoU will make cooperation strong between the two countries through joint initiatives and technology development
in the health sector. The pact when becomes effective will remain in force for a period of five years.
- The main areas of cooperation between India and Cambodia include -- mother and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS and TB, drugs and pharmaceuticals, technology transfer, public health and epidemiology, disease control (communicable and non-communicable) and medical research.
- It also includes development-subject to the approval of the National Ethics Committee of Cambodia and the clearance by concerned department/Ministry in India, medical education, health human resources development in the field of public health, training in clinical, para-clinical and management skills.
TUMMALA SRINIVASA AS THE NEW DIRECTOR OF INCOIS
- Tummala Srinivasa Kumar took charge as the new Indian
National Centre for Ocean Information System (INCOIS) Director. INCOIS is an autonomous organization of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
- India has a tsunami early warning system established at Indian
National Centre for Ocean Information System (INCOIS).
- India can detect large undersea earthquakes in real-time and provide a tsunami warning in 10 – 20 minutes after the earthquake occurrence.
- For Indian Ocean earthquakes where the network of seismometers is reasonably good, quakes can now be detected in less than five minutes and a tsunami warning issued within 10 minutes if the quake occurs elsewhere in the globe.
- Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) accredited Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre as Tsunami Service Provider (TSP) for 28 Indian Ocean rim countries, along with Indonesia and Australia in 2011, for issuing regional warnings.
ASSAM: FIRST TO ADD 'TRANSGENDER' IN CIVIL SERVICES
- Assam has become the first state in the country to add a
‘transgender’ option in the gender category of the civil service examination form.
- A total of 42 transgender persons have applied for the combined competitive (preliminary) examination (CCE), 2020, which is conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).
- The examination is similar to the civil services examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and selects candidates for state civil service, police and other allied services for the state.
- The Union Public Service Commission commonly abbreviated as UPSC, is India's premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services.
- The Commission's charter is granted by Part XIV of the Constitution of India, titled as Services under the Union and the States. The commission is mandated by the Constitution for appointments to the services of the Union and All India Services.
- The commission is headquartered at Dholpur House, in New Delhi and functions through its own secretariat. Pradeep Kumar Joshi has been the Chairman of UPSC since August 2020.
BIMAL JULKA AS THE CHAIRMAN OF FIFS
- Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) has announced the appointment of Bimal Julka as its Chairman.
- In his new role, Julka will work closely with all the stakeholders to further strengthen the operating standards of the Indian fantasy sports industry.
- Bimal Julka is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of the 1979 batch belonging to the Madhya Pradesh Cadre. Julka is taking over from John Loffhagen, who served as the Chairman of FIFS for over three years.
- Loffhagen will assume the role of a Strategic Advisor and support FIFS on collaborating with relevant international bodies in the industry.
WORLD CITIES DAY: 31ST OCTOBER
- The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day. Theme for the year 2020 is Valuing Our Communities and Cities.
- The Day is celebrated to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and
addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.
- Urban October was launched by UN-Habitat in 2014 to emphasize the world’s urban challenges and engage the international community towards the New Urban Agenda.
- World Cities Day 2020 is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched on 31 October 2014 in Shanghai, China.
WORLD PSORIASIS DAY 2020: 29TH OCTOBER
- World Psoriasis Day is commemorated by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) annually on 29th World Psoriasis Day Theme for 2020 is INFORMED.
- It aims to create awareness and promotes empowerment, taking action regarding improving the quality of life for citizens with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
- Psoriasis is a kind of a skin disorder that reasons skin cells to multiply up to ten times Psoriasis causes the skin to build up into bumpy red patches embraced with white scales.
- President of International Federation of Psoriasis Associations: Hoseah Waweru.
- International Federation of Psoriasis Associations Headquarters: Sweden.
'UNION TERRITORY OF J&K' LAND REORGANISATION 2020
- Recently, the Centre notified ‘Union Territory of Jammu and
Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020', which states that any Indian citizen can now buy land in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) without being a domicile.
- The introduction of the UT of J&K Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020 has resulted in the repeal of at least 11 land laws in J&K, including the J&K Big Landed Estates Abolition Act that had resulted in famous ‘Land to tiller’
- Features of Latest Order:
- No domicile or permanent resident certificate is required to purchase non-agricultural land in the Union Territory.
- Amended the Jammu & Kashmir Land Revenue Act, 1996, under which only agriculturists of J&K can purchase agricultural land.
- The Centre also notified the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, which paves the way for the acquisition of land in J&K by all Indian
- The Kashmir Valley had a history of cruel exploitation of tillers through the periods of Afghan, Sikh and Dogra rule. This led to most radical land reform anywhere in the world outside the Communist bloc.
- It brought a social transformation that has few parallels. It ended landlordism in J&K and paved the way for rural prosperity.