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October 26, 2015

26th October 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit begins in New Delhi today.
    • Heads of States and Representatives of all 54 African countries are participating in it. 
    • This is one of the biggest gathering of African Nations outside Africa.
    • The 4-day summit will address the key challenges faced by Africa, which includes food, health and environmental ecurity. 
    • India hopes to create conditions that stimulate trade and investment flows between India and African countries.
    • Note : This will be the biggest summit that New Delhi will be hosting since the NAM summit of 1984.
  • A strong earthquake measuring 7.5 rocks Pakistan and Afghanistan this afternoon killing at least 150 people.
    • The earthquake also shook north India with tremors that lasted almost a minute.
  • Today is National Day of Austria.
    • On this day in the year 1955, Austria declared permanent neutrality after World War II and regained status as an independent and sovereign nation. 
    • About Austria
      • President - Heinz Fischer
      • Capital - Vienna
      • Official language - German
      • Currency - Euro

National Affairs
  • The Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from today (26th October) to 31st October, 2015.
    • Theme of Vigilance Awareness Week 2015 : “Preventive Vigilance as a tool of Good Governance”. 
  • The Ministry of Law & Justice has notified that the Delhi High Court Amendment Act, 2015, which received the assent of the President on 10th August 2015, has been brought into force from today.
    • This Act provides for enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of the District Courts of Delhi from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 2 crore. 
    • Note : The last revision of pecuniary jurisdiction of District Courts in Delhi was done in 2003, when it was raised from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
  • The NDRF, country's elite disaster mitigation combat force, has tied up with about 30 PSUs in order to develop mutual understanding and enhance capabilities to jointly tackle man-made or natural emergencies.
    • NRDF -  National Disaster Response Force

People in News
  • Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan after accidently crossing the border over a decade ago, arrived in India today.
  • Underworld gangster Chota Rajan, one of India’s most wanted criminals who has been on the run for nearly two decades, has been arrested in Bali by Indonesian police today.

  • Noted Bengali actor Pijush Ganguly, who was critically injured in an accident last week, passed away.
    • Ganguly acted in several critically-acclaimed movies including Aparna Sen-directed Goynar Baksho and Srijit Mukherjee's Autograph.
  • Irish-American star actress Maureen O’Hara passed away.
    • She starred in the famous movies “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, Miracle on the 34th Street, The Parent Trap, The Quiet Man opposite John Wayne.

Science & Technology
  • A newly-installed tsunami early warning system siren was successfully tested in Mumbai today.
    • The siren and a digital electronic board is part of a system for issuing early warning in case of a tsunami threat in the Indian Ocean region.
    • In case of a threat, seven tsunami buoys with sensors will record the height and speed of waves and will alert the monitoring centre in Hyderabad. 

  • Abhishek Verma Makes History in Archery World Cup Final by becoming First Indian to Win Silver Medal in Compound
  • Indian Archer Deepika Kumari has also won Silver medal at the Archery World Cup in Mexico city.
    • This is her 4th Silver medal in 5 years.
  • 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.

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