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October 27, 2015

Highlights of October 2015 Current Affairs (One-Liners)

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Friends, here are the Major Current Affairs Highlights of October 2015. These one-liners cover all important International, National, Banking, Technology and Sports affairs of October month (from 1st to 27th October 2015). We are posting it a little early for those aspirants who are appearing for IBPS PO V Main Exam on 31st October 2015. We will try to provide the pdf version soon, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best :)

October 2015 Current Affairs Highlights

  • 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit begins in New Delhi on 26th October.
  • A newly-installed tsunami early warning system siren was successfully tested in Mumbai.
  • Abhishek Verma Makes History in Archery World Cup Final by becoming First Indian to Win Silver Medal in Compound
  • Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis have won the 2015 Wuhan Open Women’s Doubles Trophy.
  • Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to oversee operations of Kattupalli Port in Tamil Nadu.
  • Ahead of the climate change summit in Paris later this year, India has pledged to curb its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 35% by 2030 from the 2005 level.
  • An Indian short film, An Old Dog’s Diary, has won the best short film award at the 2015 London Film Festival (LFF).
  • Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich? has won the 2015 NobelPrize? for literature.
  • Cabinet approves agreement between India & Egypt on Maritime Transport, for cooperation on merchant shipping & maritime related issues.
  • Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R K Dhowan was on a visit to Australia for Six-days to consolidate existing maritime cooperation initiatives, as well as explore new avenues.
  • China has successfully launched Tianhui-1C, a third mapping satellite of the Tianhui-1 series into its designated orbit. 
  • China’s Xuerui Li defeated P V Sindhu to win the Women's Single title in Denmark Open 2015
  • China's Chen Long defeated Tommy Sugiarto in the final to win the Men's singles title in Denmark Open 2015.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron signed a number of investment agreements including one to finance nuclear power stations in Britain.
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the world’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre near Pengong Lake at Changla in Ladakh.
  • Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India’s military research and development organization, has decided to rename its missile complex in Hyderabad after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, bestowing an honour to one of the country’s most popular scientists.
  • External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj visited Male, during which, she along with her Maldivian counterpart Dunya Maumoon co-chaired meeting of the India-Maldives Joint Commission.
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the social network is planning to launch a satellite that will provide internet access to remote parts of Africa.
  • FIFA has suspended its President Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Vice-President Michel Platini for 90 days.
  • Finance minister Arun Jaitley attended the G-20 finance ministers meeting at Lima in Peru.
  • Following the Reserve Bank of India’s decision to issue licenses to 11 payments banks, Mahindra Comviva, which has a 25 per cent market share in the global mobile money market, has announced that it is entering the Indian market to provide the technological solutions and infrastructure to the payments banks in India. 
  • From January 1st next year, there will be no requirement of interview for Group D,C and B non-gazetted posts in central government.
  • Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan after accidently crossing the border over a decade ago, arrived in India.
  • Germany celebrated 25 years of reunification on 3 October 2015 marking the day in 1990 when communist East Germany and capitalist West Germany reunited country.
  • Governing Centre Right coalition parties led by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho have won the Portugal’s 2015 general election.
  • Government recently launched UTS on mobile, a Mobile app under the Digital India programme to save time and avoid the usage of paper for tickets.
  • Govt has received an amount of 3,770 crore rupees from 638 declarations under the onetime black money compliance window which was closed on 30th September.
  • Great Britain beat India 4-3 in the Sultan of Johor Cup Junior Men's Hockey tournament at Johor Bahru in Malaysia.
  • Great Britain wins the Johor Cup of Hockey 2015 by defeating India.
  • Gujarat Government has launched a special Khadi Utsav in Ahmedabad to promote khadi on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 146th birth anniversary.
  • In a landmark decision, the Indian government approved the induction of women into combat stream of the Indian Air Force (IAF). [first women officer will enter a fighter pilot cockpit by June 2017]
  • In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court has upheld the Collegium system of appointment of judges and has struck down the constitutional amendment that introduced National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC).
  • In a major modification to the National Blood Policy, blood banks will now be able to borrow units from one another in case of a shortage.
  • India & Jordan sign 6 MoUs in various fields including Agreements on Maritime Transport, Communication and Information Technology and Cultural exchange.
  • India and Germany have signed 18 agreements and Memorandum Of Understanding (MoUs)  to fast-track business approvals and make arrangement to make it easier for German companies to operate in India.
  • India and Israel have signed two agreements. They are, A cultural exchange programme for 2015-2018 and The amendment to the protocol on Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement.
  • India and Maldives inked two MoUs on Cooperation between Foreign Service Institutes of both countries and for cooperation sports and youth affairs.
  • India and South American nation Ecuador signed an agreement to set up a Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) to strengthen the trade relations between the countries.
  • India has finally surpassed China in Cotton production and emerged world’s largest cotton producer in the season ended September 30, 2015.
  • India ranked as the most attractive investment destination in the world for the next three years.
  • Indian Archer Deepika Kumari has also won Silver medal at the Archery World Cup in Mexico city.
  • Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi selected for the prestigious Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award 2015.
  • Indian Shuttler Ajay Jayaram wins Men's singles title at the Dutch Open Grand Prix.
  • Indian Tennis player Saketh Myneni wins 2015 Vietnam Open Tennis Trophy.
  • Indirect Tax Revenue (Provisional) collections have increased from Rs 46,224 crore in September 2014 to Rs. 61,284 crore during September- 2015.
  • Industrialists from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal have set up the BBINF, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal Investment Forum to boost sub-regional trade and investment inspired by the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement.
  • Internet Search engine giant Google has officially has converted into new parent company Alphabet Inc. after US markets closed on 2 October 2015.
  • Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier,  Ugandan activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera and Italian doctor Gino Strada are the winners of the 2015 Right Livelihood Awards.
  • Iran's parliament approved the country's nuclear deal with world powers, paving the way for the historic agreement curbing Tehran's atomic programme to take effect and for sanctions to end.
  • Leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau elected as Canada's new Prime Minister.
  • Lewis Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix Title
  • Luis Leao Pinto of Portugal has won 2015 MTB Himalaya Title, Asia’s premier mountain biking race for the second time in the Solo Men’s category.
  • Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help finance the increased transmission capacity of the cross-border electricity link between India and Bangladesh.
  • Marlon James, a Jamaican novelist has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2015 for his novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings"  inspired by attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1970s.
  • Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won his third Formula 1 World Championship to become only the second British driver after Sir Jackie Stewart to achieve the feat.
  • Micro blogging site Twitter has appointed its co-founder and interim chief executive officer (CEO) Jack Dorsey as permanent CEO for second time. 
  • Nation observed 111th Birth Anniversary of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on 2nd October 2015.
  • Nation observes 146th Birth Anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October 2015.
  • NATO has launched Trident Juncture Military Exercise 2015 in Italy.
  • Nepal Parliament has unanimously elected UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Onsari Gharti Magar as the Speaker of the House [She will be Nepal's first woman speaker].
  • Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa was on a visit to India [This is his First Foreign visit after assuming office].
  • Odisha Government has launched citizen portal www.citizenportal-op.gov.in to facilitate citizens with various services.
  • One of India's greatest music composer A. R. Rahman has been named the cultural ambassador of Seychelles.
  • P S Jayakumar, the former chief executive of VBHC Value Homes, took charge as the new MD and CEO of the state-owned Bank of Baroda for three years.
  • Pakistan and Russia signed a major agreement to build a 1,100-kilometre gas pipeline from Lahore to Karachi at an estimated cost of $2 billion, a collaboration that is expected to take ties between the two Cold War-era adversaries "to a new level".
  • 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.
  • PM Narendra Modi has recently announced that the process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23rd January 2016, Netaji's birth anniversary.
  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurated India's 1st solar plant in Khunti district of Jharkhand.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee visited Jordan, Palestine and Israel from October 10th to 15th. [first visit by a President of India to Jordan]
  • President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a maiden visit to Palestine, has announced Five projects worth 17.9 million US dollars including a technology park at Ramallah.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 26th November,  the day Constitution was adopted, will be observed a Samvidhan Divas (Constitution Day).
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched the new commercial bank IDFC Bank in New Delhi on 19th October.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Mudra scheme in Dumka (Jharkhand) under which people can take loans up to Rs 10 lakh to start businesses.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Andhra Pradesh  capital Amravati on 22nd October.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship programme SwachhBharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) completes one year.
  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) claimed the Beighton Cup hockey tournament at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ground in Kolkata.
  • Rajasthan government has issued a notification to provide 5% quota to Gujjars and other Special Backward Classes (SBC) for which the Assembly has passed a bill last month.
  • RBI allows banks to fix their own interest rates on gold deposit scheme.
  • RBI has announced merger of two funds to create a new Financial Inclusion Fund (FIF) with a corpus of Rs 2,000 crore to support 'developmental and promotional activities' for expanding reach of banking services.
  • Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani launched Noted technocrat Sam Pitroda’s autobiography Dreaming Big- My Journey to Connect India.
  • Retired Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua has been appointed as the new National Security Advisor (NSA) of Pakistan.
  • Russia’s Sergey Karjakin wins the 2015 Chess World Cup, hosted at Azerbaijan.
  • SainaNehwal lost her World No.1 crown to All England and World champion CarolinaMarin of Spain
  • Scottish economist Angus Deaton wins the Nobel memorial prize in Economic Sciences 2015 for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.
  • Shashank Manohar has been elected unopposed as President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the second term.
  • Spain and the United States signed an agreement to further discuss the cleanup and removal of land contaminated with radioactivity after a mid-air collision in 1966 dumped four U.S. hydrogen bombs near the southern Spanish village of Palomares.
  • Supreme Court refused to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar card for welfare schemes other than PDS and LPG
  • Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada have won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the year 2015 the discovery of neutrino oscillations.
  • Tamil Nadu government has banned the use of Ketoprofen, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is used extensively for veterinary purposes.
  • The 9th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 9) next year (2016) will feature 8 teams with 2 new sides replacing Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals. 
  • The Centre recently cleared the National War Memorial and National War Museum to be constructed at the India Gate circle in the national capital.
  • The Delhi government is going to set up a Panel with a Group of Ministers to examine enhancing punishment for those found guilty of Raping minors. [Headed by Manish Sisodia(Deputy Chief minister)]
  • The Government has amended the Central Order under Essential Commodities Act, 1955 with immediate effect to increase availability and to prevent hoarding of pulses.
  • The Government has exempted the banking correspondents from service tax for opening savings account under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).
  • The government has introduced a Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF) scheme, with an initial corpus of Rs 200 crores, to enable support to victims of rape, acid attacks, human trafficking and women killed or injured in the cross border firing.
  • The greatest ever footballer of all times Mr Edson Arantes da Nascimento, also known as Black pearl or “Pele” has arrived on a 3 day visit to Kolkata.
  • The India-China Combined Military Training Exercise, ?Hand In Hand 2015?, began at ?Kunming?, China on 12th October.
  • The Indian Navy has commissioned Indian Naval Ship (INS) Astradharini.
  • The Indian Railways is going to launch the 'Alternative Train Accommodation Scheme' christened as 'Vikalp' .
  • The Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis has won the 2015  Women’s Doubles Title of China Open.
  • The Maharashtra government has declared a "drought-like condition" in 14,708 of the state's 43,000 villages.
  • The Ministry of Urban Development has approved the first batch of state level Action Plans under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) aimed at enabling water supply as per the norm and providing water supply and sewerage connections to all urban households.
  • The National Green Tribunal directed all commercial vehicles entering Delhi to pay an environmental compensation charge in addition to the toll tax.
  • The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the ?Nobel Peace Prize? for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian? National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed an information sharing pact with the Central Bank of UAE.
  • The Telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made it mandatory for telecom operators to compensate consumers by one rupee for call drops with effect from first January 2016.
  • The union cabinet approved the setting up of Three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) [Nagpur in Maharashtra, Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani in West Bengal] under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which involves financial implications of Rs.4,949 crore.
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for the Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of Rs.2904.04 crores for the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project in Myanmar.
  • The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has adopted a consensus resolution on accountability for the alleged human rights violations during the Sri Lankan civil war.
  • The World Bank has said that for the first time less than 10% of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015.
  • Three scientists (Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar) shared Nobel prize in Chemistry 2015 for discoveries in DNA repair.
  • Transport Ministry is going to invest more than 50 thousand crore rupees for development of Roads and National Highways in Rajasthan over the next two years.
  • Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the second phase of Mission Indradhanush to achieve full immunisation of children below two years.
  • 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.
  • Veteran atomic scientist Dr Sekhar Basu has been appointed as New Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission. 
  • Veteran batsman Virender Sehwag has formally announced his retirement from international cricket, more than two-and-a-half years on from his last appearance for India.
  • Vijender Singh, India's first Olympic medal winning boxer, defeats Briton Sonny Whiting to win his debut Pro-Boxing bout.
  • West Bengal Govt will give ?LTC? facility to visit foreign countries to its employees.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) confirms October first week as first full week with no new Ebola cases, since March 2014.
  • Zaheer Khan, one of India's greatest fast bowlers has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket. 

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