Current Affairs : 16-10-2020


Important Day

  • Theme for World Food Day 2020 (16 October) - “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future”.


  • Person who would be conferred upon the honorary rank of 'General of the Nepal Army' by the Nepalese President - Army chief General M.M. Naravane.


  • A standard individual term life insurance product, proposed by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), to be offered by all the life insurance companies that will be non-linked non-participating individual pure risk premium life insurance plan - “Saral Jeevan Bima” product.


  • Elected President and Co-President of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for a term of two years - India (President) and France (Co-President).
  • Four new Vice-Presidents of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) - Fiji & Nauru (Asia Pacific Region); Mauritius & Niger (Africa); UK & Netherlands (Europe and others); Cuba and Guyana (Latin America and Caribbean).
  • Winner of the Visvesvaraya award at the Solar awards, instituted by ISA - Japan (Asia Pacific region) and the Netherlands (Europe and Others).
  • Winner of the Diwakar award instituted by ISA - Arpan Institute (Haryana) and Arushi Society.
  • On 14 October 2020, the virtual G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting was held under the - Saudi Arabian Presidency.
  • Country that has been designated the ‘Vice-Chair’ of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Working Group of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), recognising the contribution of the Indian GLP programme - India.


  • World Bank supported project that approved by the Union Cabinet which seeks to support States in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving interventions with direct linkages to improved education outcomes - STARS (Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States).
  • STARS project would be implemented as a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme under Department of School Education and Literacy and it will cover - Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha.
  • National Authority for Recycling of Ships - Director General of Shipping.
  • Under Ship Recycling Act, 2019, India has acceded to Hong Kong Convention for Ship Recycling under - International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  • National Authority of Ship Recycling will be set up in - Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • This department established the National Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Compliance Monitoring Authority (NGCMA) - Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

Persons in News

  • Winner of GOLD Stevie Award in the Lifetime Achievement- Business category in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business - Mrs. Seema Gupta (Director-Operations, Power Grid).
  • Indian conservationist that awarded by the Royal Society for Conservation of Birds (RSCB), UK, with its prestigious Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Nature Conservation for his work on vulture conservation - Ram Jakati.
  • Malayalam poet and Jnanpith laureate who passed away in Kerala on 15 October 2020 - Akkitham.


  • Cricketer who scored his 39th 50-plus score in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to become the top half-century maker among the Indians in the history of the lucrative league - Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals batsman).

State Current Affairs

  • New initiative of the Delhi government to tackle air pollution - “Red Light On, Gaadi Off”.
  • This state government scrapped the previous government’s decision to create a new election department and consider the office of the Chief Electoral Officer as a branch of the general administration department - Maharashtra.
  • This state cabinet has approved an amendment to the Cooperative Societies Act to give powers to the Board of Directors of a cooperative body instead of the Annual General Meeting for clear key financial and related matters - Maharashtra.
  • Winner of the Kalpana Chawla awards, instituted by the Haryana government to recognise outstanding contribution of scientists and engineers working in the field of solar energy - Dr.Bhim Singh (IIT Delhi) and Dr. Aaesha Alnuaimi (United Arab Emirates).
  • This state government announced the USD 12,330 awards named after Bharat Ratna M. Visvesvaraya to the representatives of the countries of Japan for the Asia and the Pacific region and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Europe and other region - Karnataka.
  • The world’s biggest Zinc Smelter project with 300 KTPA production capacity that will be set up in - Dosawada (Tapi district, Gujarat).

General Knowledge

  • Oman - Capital: Muscat; Currency: Rial.
  • Pakistan - Capital: Islamabad; Currency: Pakistani rupee.
  • Palestine - Proclaimed capital: Jerusalem; Currency: Egyptian pound, Israeli new shekel, Jordanian dinar.
  • Papua New Guinea - Capital: Port Moresby; Currency: Papua New Guinean kina.
  • Asia’s largest ship breaking and ship recycling industry in the world - Alang, Gujarat.
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