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October 14, 2015

14th October 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (14th October) is World Standards Day / International standards day.
    • This day was initially launched in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated by nations around the globe.
    • This day honors the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
    • The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.
    • IEC President - Dr. Junji Nomura
    • ITU Secretary General - Houlin Zhao
    • ISO President - Zhang Xiaogang
    • World Standards Day 2015 Theme : “Standards – The World’s Common Language
  • President Pranabh Mukherjee, who arrived in Jerusalem after visiting Jordan and Palestine called on President Reuven Rivlin of Israel at President House, Jerusalem today.
National Affairs
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development had notified the revised ‘Guidelines for
    Governing Adoption of Children
    • The revised guidelines coupled with the new IT enabled adoption system - CARINGS‬, provide a transparent process of adoption under which all the child care institutions of the country have been brought into an integrated system.
    • The Ministry has also simultaneously started country-wide workshops to enable child care institutions understand the new guidelines and work under the new IT environment.
    • Ministry of Women and Child Development - Maneka Gandhi
  • PM Narendra Modi today announced that the process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23rd January 2016, Netaji's birth anniversary.
    • The Govt also request foreign Governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them.
    • Modi shall begin this with Russia in December 2015.
  • Tamil Nadu government has banned the use of Ketoprofen, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is used extensively for veterinary purposes. 
    • The step has been taken to save critically endangered vultures in the state.
    • The drug was included in the procurement list of the Animal Husbandry Department in 2014-15.
People in News
  • Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission’s (UPPSC) Chief Anil Kumar Yadav was today  removed from his post following Allahabad High Court’s verdict.
Awards & Honors
  • 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.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will rename the country’s prestigious Missile Complex in Hyderabad as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex.
    • The landmark event will take place at Research Centre Imarat tomorrow (15th October 2015) on the occasion of the 84th Birth Anniversary of Dr Kalam, fondly known as the Missile Man.
    • Dr Kalam had joined the complex, which is under the Defence Research and Development Organisation, in 1982 and was part of it for nearly two decades. 
    • It comprises the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI) which is considered to be the brain child of Dr Kalam.
      • As founder director, Dr Kalam conceived and steered RCI as a generator of critical missile technologies.
  • Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman will be honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai on October 26.
    • Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai will present the fifth Hridaynath Award to Mr Rahman on the birth anniversary of Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, younger brother of legendary playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
New Appointments
  • 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.
    • He will replace S S Mundra, who moved to Reserve Bank of India as deputy governor in July 2014.
Business & Economy
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today 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 project will provide an alternate access route to the North-Eastern region of India and contribute towards the region's economic development. 
    • Being a key connectivity project, it will promote economic, commercial and strategic links between India and Myanmar.

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