Current Affairs : 22-10-2019 in English

Important Day

  • World Iodine Deficiency Day - 21 October.
  • Police Commemoration day in India - 21 October.

Economy

  • New chairman of the Indian Banks Association (IBA) for fiscal 2019-20 - Rajnish Kumar.

International

  • The oldest known natural pearl in the world, dated to 5,800-5,600 BCE, during the Neolithic period, discovered in - Abu Dhabi, UAE (at a Neolithic site on Marawah Island and it dubbed the ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl’).
  • The G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting on 19-20 October 2019 held in - Okayama City, Japan.
  • World’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht, named – Aqua (designed by Netherlands-based Sinot Yacht & Architecture Design).
  • This Australian airline landed the world's first ultra long-haul research flight (more than 19 hours) in Sydney after travelling 16,200 kilometres from New York - Qantas.
  • The United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) announced the launch of its global cinema campaign “Feed Our Future” in - India.
  • World’s first app against global hunger which was introduced by UNWFP - ShareTheMeal.
  • According to the overall fragile states index (FSI) 2018, the five most fragile countries are - South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria and the Central African Republic.

National

  • India’s rank in the overall fragile states index (FSI) 2018 – 72nd.
  • This world's highest battlefield has now been opened to tourists - Siachen Glacier (India).
  • Engineering colleges in India will no longer be accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and the role will be taken over by a new company - IIT Foundation for Accreditation and Assessment (IFAA).

Persons in News

  • New President of the European Central Bank for 8 years - Christine Lagarde.
  • Winner of the Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award - K. Parasaran.
  • Author of a book titled ‘Bridgital Nation: Solving Technology’s People Problem’ - N Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushothaman.
  • Iranian person who has been elected as a member of the bureau of International Social Security Association (ISSA) - Mostafa Salari.

Sports

  • Indian badminton pair who won the mixed doubles title at the Egypt International 2019 in Cairo - Kuhoo Garg and Dhruv Rawat.

State Current Affairs

  • Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu Bridge inaugurated in – Ladakh (built at an altitude of 14,650 feet).

General Knowledge

  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) of India came into existence as the Crown Representative's Police in – 1939 (27 July).
  • European Union (28 member states) - Capital: Brussels, Belgium; Currency: Euro.
  • International Social Security Association (ISSA) – Founded: 1927; Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The first move towards a national health insurance system was launched in - Germany (in 1883).

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