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October 21, 2015

21st October 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • US and Russian military officials have signed a memorandum of understanding that includes steps their pilots should take to avoid an inadvertent clash over Syria as they carry out separate air strikes against armed groups.
  • Canadian Liberal prime minister designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Canada will withdraw its fighter jets from the US-led mission against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
  • Cabinet today approves agreement between India & Egypt on Maritime Transport, for cooperation on merchant shipping & maritime related issues.
  • Cabinet also approves Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters between India and Maldives for investigation of crimes.
National Affairs
  • Today (21st October) is Police Commemoration Day.
    • The history of Commemoration Day traces back to 21st October 1959, when a patrol party of CRPF, led by SI Karan Singh, was ambushed by the Chinese forces at Hot Springs Ladakh and 10 jawans were killed.
    • The bravery and resultant sacrifice of jawans fighting at 16,000 ft. altitude, in extremely cold conditions and against all odds, is an epitome of the rarest of the rare courage. 
    • Indo-Tibetan Border Police sends a representative party of all police forces, of the country, to Hot Springs, Ladakh every year to pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives on 21st October 1959 while guarding national  frontiers.
  • PM Narendra Modi releases a book named "Warriors Remembered" on the occasion of the Police Commemoration Day.
    • This is a compilation book on CRPF martyrs.
    • The book chronicles the life and heroics of over 2,000 gallant men and women of the Central Reserve Police Force who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty over these years.
    • Senior officers of the country's largest paramilitary force led by CRPF director general Prakash Mishra handed over the copies of the book to the PM.
  • Delhi will observe the first Car-Free Day tomorrow (22nd October) on the stretch connecting Red Fort to India Gate between 7 AM to 12 noon.
    • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and other cabinet ministers will take part in the event which aims to encourage people to use public transport.
  • PM Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Andhra Pradesh's capital city Amaravati at a village in Guntur district tomorrow.
Awards & Honors
  • South Korea's Seong-Jin Cho, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw.
    • The competition, held every five years, is one of the few in which pianists play pieces by a single composer.
    • It has been a launching pad for many internationally-renowned pianists.
  • Noted criminologist K Chockalingam has been conferred with the Paul H Appleby Award 2015 for his distinguished services to public administration.
Business & Economy
  • The Cabinet decided to double the wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers and establishments with 20 or more workers.
    • Note : The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to enhance the monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from existing Rs 3,500 was approved by Union Cabinet today.
New Appointments
  • Former Delhi High Court judge, Justice Reva Khetrapal will be Delhi’s new Lokayukta
    • The post of the anti-corruption ombudsman has remained vacant since November 2013, when retired Justice Manmohan Sarin relinquished office.
  • E-commerce giant Flipkart today announced the appointment of Samardeep Subandh as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).
  • Pakistan withdraws from the Asia Cup for blind cricketers to be held in India next year, claiming threats to the security of the players due to the protests faced by visiting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials this week.

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