Current Affairs of 30th October 2016
- The United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York celebrated Diwali for the first time, by beaming Diwali greetings on the facade of its building.
- The words 'Happy Diwali' were prominently displayed on the building below a diya.
- Note : From 2016 onward, Diwali was made an optional holiday for the UN.
- UN member countries voted 123-38 in favour of starting negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons despite opposition from nuclear nations like US, UK, Russia, and Israel.
- Critics warned that without the support of the nuclear-armed states, the treaty cannot succeed. However, supporters of the treaty said it will introduce moral responsibility in them.
- India celebrates Diwali, the Festival of Lights, today.
- People decorate their homes with rangolis and diyas during the festival, which celebrates the victory of light over darkness.
- In north India, people celebrate the return of King Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.
- Meanwhile, in south India, people celebrate Diwali as the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
- The 47th International Film Festival of India will be held in Goa between November 20 and 28.
- It will screen 26 feature films, including 'Airlift' and 'Sultan', and 21 non-feature films. Award-winning films on 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' will also be screened during the festival.
- The festival is being held jointly by the Goa Government, Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Directorate of Film Festivals.
- Odisha is set to unveil a new tourism policy focusing on infrastructure development at tourist sites and promoting the hotel industry, state Tourism Minister Ashok Panda announced today.
- Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan today launched Paddy cultivation in about 56 hectares of land allotted for a proposed airport at Aranmula.
- Note : Tthe land had been lying vacant for about 20 years due to waterlogging.
- On this day (30th October) in the year 1961, the former Soviet Union detonated the 'Tsar Bomba' - world's largest nuclear weapon test in history.
- The 27-ton hydrogen bomb had a yield of 50 megatons of TNT, around 1,400 times stronger than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs combined.
- The explosion generated a mushroom cloud 7 times higher than the Mount Everest.
- Kristalina Georgieva, a former head of EU humanitarian affairs and vice-president of the European Commission, was today appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank.
- Spain's 350-member parliament today voted 170-111 in favour of re-electing People's Party's Mariano Rajoy as the Prime Minister after a 10-month deadlock following two failed general elections.
- Ratings agency CRISIL has downgraded rating for UCO Bank's tier-II bonds from "AA-" to "A+".
- This comes following higher-than-expected deterioration in asset quality, which impacted the bank's June quarter profits.
- The country’s largest state lender State Bank of India is going to issue equity shares on preferential basis to the Centre for capital infusion of ₹5,681 crore.
- The transaction is subject to the approvals by the Government of India and the Reserve bank of India.
- The Labour Ministry has decided to fix the minimum wage at ₹350 per day for unskilled agricultural labour in C-class towns in the central sphere.
- Note : Currently, the national floor level minimum wage is ₹160 per day.
- The trio of Dhanush Babu, Vikram Ingale and Nikhilesh Tabhane have won India’s first ever senior international roller skating medal, by securing the bronze medal in the 3000m team relay event in Lishui, China.
- India defeated Pakistan 3-2 in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey final in Malaysia today, to win the title for the second time.
- Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami has become the top-ranked female bowler in the ICC ODI rankings, seven years after she last held the spot.
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