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October 30, 2015

30th October 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • According to the United Nations' recent report, the Asia Pacific region is the world's most disaster prone part.
    • As per the organisation, the part needs regional cooperation to address cross boundary disasters since natural disasters have killed half a million people in Asia and the Pacific over the past decade.
    • Important Points to Note
      • In the last 10 years, the region has been struck by 1,625 disasters
      • Disasters in Asia Pacific region accounted for 40 percent of the global total
      • The report says that the region needs to spend more on adapting to climate change. The region also needs to prepare for more extreme weather and disaster risks
      • Other disasters affecting the region include floods, tropical storms and droughts. The report calls them as 'silent killers'
      • Over 1.4 billion people were affected by these incidents
      • 90 percent of the world's seismic activity originates in the 'ring of fire' which is situated in the basin of the Pacific Ocean
  • Nepal signed its first ever fuel agreement with China for Beijing to supply petroleum to ease a crippling shortage after protests blocked imports from sole supplier India.
National Affairs
  • In Punjab, 2 lakh 6 thousand plants were planted today in a record time of 33 minutes in lesser green area of Mansa district of the state.
    • This has set a new world record of such large plantation in a short period.
    • Earlier record was of plantation of 1 lakh 450 trees in 45 minutes in Australia.
  • The nation will celebrate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas tomorrow.
Science & Technology
  • China's first lunar rover, Yutu, has been operating on the moon for almost two years, setting a record for the longest stay by a rover.
    • Yutu was deployed and landed on the moon via China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe in 2013, staying longer than the Soviet Union's 1970 moon rover Lunokhod 1, which spent 11 months on the
New Appointments
  • Tanzania's ruling party candidate John Magufuli won presidential elections.
Business & Economy
  • The defence ministry today cleared new military modernisation proposals worth over Rs 12,000 crore, ranging from the acquisition of two additional regiments of the indigenous Pinaka multiple-launch rocket systems to the upgrade of 26 Ilyushin transport aircraft by Russia.
    • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, cleared the pending proposal to procure four multi-purpose vessels for the Navy, each costing Rs 700 crore.
    • The Council also cleared the proposal of procuring two Deep Submerge Rescue Vessel, each costing Rs 750 crore.
  • Aiming to improve air connectivity among smaller cities, the government today announced draft aviation policy aimed at popularising air travel among the people.
Awards & Honors
  • Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been selected for European Union’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for human rights for year 2015. 
  • Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis defeats Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in round robin league of WTA Finals in Singapore.
  • The 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL) contributed Rs 11.5 billion ($182 million) to India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
    • The BCCI appointed KPMG Sports Advisory Group to undertake a survey on the economic impact generated by the IPL on the economy of India, which brought forward the figures.

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