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October 24, 2016

24th October 2016 Events - Important Current Affairs

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Dear Gr8 Ambitionists, here are today's (24th October 2016) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Current Affairs of 24th October 2016

International Current Affairs

  • The Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) is celebrating its 55th Raising day today. 
    • The force was raised on 24th October in 1962.
  • Today (24th October) is World Polio Day.
    • This day observes the importance of ending polio.
    • World Polio Day 2016 Theme : Make History Today.
  • Today is United Nations Day.
    • Unted Nations was formed on 24th October 1945.
    • October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. 
    • The organization turns 71 today.
    • Note : United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week, which runs from 20 to 26 October.
    • Theme of this year's UN Day Celebrations : ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World
    • Important Details about United Nations :
      • Headquarters : New York City
      • Formed on : 24th October 1945
      • Total Member States : 193 (2 observers)
      • Key People :
        • Secretary‑General : Ban Ki-moon
        • Deputy Secretary-General : Jan Eliasson
        • General Assembly President : Peter Thomson
        • Economic and Social Council President : Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava
        • Security Council President : Vitaly Churkin
  • World Development Information Day is being observed today.
    • The purpose behind celebrating this day is to drawing the attention of world public opinion towards the development problems and for strengthening International cooperation to solve them.
  • Today (24th October) is Independence Day of Zambia.

National Current Affairs

  • Indian government is hosting the first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), scheduled to be held from 3rd November to 5th November 2016 in New Delhi. 
    • Note : It is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda and is aimed at identifying targets and priority action areas towards reducing disaster risk in the Asian region caused by natural hazards like earthquakes.
  • PM Narendra Modi has today laid the foundation stone for 'Urja Ganga' project in Varanasi.
    • The 1,500-km-long pipeline project will provide piped cooking gas to Varanasi's residents within two years. 
  • The 22nd meeting of the Western Zonal Council was recently held at Mumbai.
    • This meeting was Chaired by : Rajnath Singh (Union Home Minister). 
    • Note : The Western Zonal Council consist of the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

New Appointments

  • Tata Sons today announced that its Board has replaced Cyrus Mistry as Chairman of Tata Sons. 
    • The company's Board has named Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata as the Interim Chairman. 
    • The Board has constituted a five-member selection committee to choose a new Chairman within a span of four months.
Business & Economic Affairs

  • China has overtaken the US to become the world's largest market for Apple's iOS App Store revenue.
    • The country earned over $1.7 billion from the iOS App Store in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the US by over 15%. 
    • Note : The US had been the number one iOS market since 2010.
  • Ukraine's Energy Minister Igor Nasalik has announced that they will not be paying Russia around ₹1,338 crore (around $200 million) yearly to remove spent nuclear fuel from Ukraine 2017 onwards. 
    • Ukraine will build its own used nuclear fuel storage facility. The facility will be located in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
  • Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has today announced that Individuals and entities can pay taxes online using debit or credit cards after GST is rolled out.
    • Note : The government proposes to roll out GST by April 2017.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has today inaugurated helicopter maintenance plant in North Goa. 
    • This is a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and a French company, SAFRAN Helicopter Engines. 
    • The facility named Helicopter Engine MRO PVt Ltd. will have a investment of 170 crore rupees.

Awards & Honors

  • Bayern Munich and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches has been named 2016’s European Golden Boy, ahead of Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, who finished in second place. 
    • Note : Sanches is the first Portuguese player to win the award after Cristiano Ronaldo's runner-up finish in 2004.

Sports Current Affairs

  • Football's governing body FIFA today confirmed Guwahati as the Fifth venue for the 2017 U-17 World Cup, to be held in India. 
    • Note : Previously, Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa and New Delhi were confirmed as venues.
  • Bangladesh's all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the country's first player to complete 150 Test wickets
    • Shakib achieved the feat on day four of the first Test against England at Chittagong, in which he took a five-wicket haul in England's second innings.
  • MS Dhoni broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of most ODI sixes by an Indian, hitting his 196th in the third ODI against New Zealand yesterday. 
    • Sachin had hit 195 sixes in 463 ODIs, while Dhoni completed 196 sixes in his 281st match. 
    • Important Note : Shahid Afridi holds the record for the most sixes in ODIs, with 351 sixes in 398 matches.
This is the end of today's Current Affairs session friends. You can check below links for more Current Affairs of October 2016 Month. All the Best :)
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