Current Affairs : 01-10-2019 in English

Days in Focus

  • Theme for International Day for Universal Access to Information 2019 OR International Right to Know Day (28 September) - ‘Leaving No One Behind!’.
  • International Translation Day - 30 September.

International 

  • The annual meeting of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) was held in - Kampala, Uganda.
  • According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), this country jumped to the world's second biggest military purchaser in 2018 – Australia (1st place - Saudi Arabia).
  • This gulf country is looking at investing $100 billion in India in areas of petrochemicals, infrastructure and mining among others - Saudi Arabia.
  • Regional winners of the 2019 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award - Evariste Mfaume from Congo (Africa), Bianka Rodriguez from El Salvador (Americas), Alberto Cairo from Afghanistan (Asia), Humanitarian Corridors from Italy (Europe), Abeer Khreisha from Jordan (Middle East).
  • India is hosting the ‘Second Lead Author Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report’ in - New Delhi (during 30 Sept & 4 Oct 2019).

National

  • The Doing Business Report 2020, commissioned by the World Bank has ranked India as one of the top - 20 improvers.
  • India’s rank in the Doing Business Report 2020 of the World Bank - 77th.
  • The government on 29 September banned exports of - onions.
  • Railway station of South-eastern Railways in West Bengal that became the 5000th railway station in the country to get access to free public wi-fi - Midnapore.

Persons in News

  • Recipient of the prestigious MP Birla Memorial Award 2019 - Thanu Padmanabhan (Physicist and cosmologist).
  • Former Foreign Secretary who died in Thiruvananthapuram on 29 September – K. P. S. Menon (junior).
  • An asteroid between Mars and Jupiter named after India's artist and musician, named - Pandit Jasraj ('Panditjasraj (300128)') (first Indian artist).

Sports

  • Indian tennis player who won the Buenos Aires ATP Challenger 2019 - Sumit Nagal.
  • Athlete who broke Usain Bolt’s record for the most gold medals in world championships history with 12 - Allyson Felix.
  • Winner team of SAFF Under-18 Football Championship 2019 in Kathmandu – India.
  • Winner of Formula One Russian Grand Prix 2019 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

State Current Affairs

  • This state government is going to launch a campaign 'Plants for Plastic' in Bongaigaon District administration - Assam.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir state Election Commission will hold Block Development Council (BDC) elections on 24 October in 310 of - 316 blocks.
  • This state is holding its annual flower festival Bathukamma from 29 September to 6 October - Telangana (in Warangal district).

General Knowledge

  • International Astronomical Union (IAU) – Founded: 1919; Headquarters: Paris, France.
  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) – Founded: 1911; Secretariat: London (UK).  
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in – 1988.
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Founded: 1972 (5 June); Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya.
  • International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of - St. Jerome (Bible translator).
  • International Federation of Translators (FIT) – Founded: 1953; Secretariat: New zealand (since October 2010).

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