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October 2015 Current Affairs

European Parliament gave status of whistle-blower to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden

Oct 31, 2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

A resolution in this regard was approved by the parliament by 285 votes to 281.

Paul Ryan elected as 54th Speaker of US House of Representatives

Oct 31, 2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

With this, Ryan, the nine-term congressman from Wisconsin, becomes the third Catholic in a row in the position, after John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi.

Sanjeev Mohanty appointed as CEO and MD of Jabong

Oct 31, 2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Mohanty served United Colors of Benetton Indian unit for 11 years, during which he made the Italian giant the largest international fashion brand in the country.

Shaktikanta Das nominated on RBI Central Board of Directors

Oct 31, 2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The nomination of Das is effective from 30 October 2015 and until further orders.

National Unity Day observed across India

Oct 31, 2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

On this occasion of 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, PM Narendra Modi flagged off Run for Unity at Rajpath in New Delhi.

BRICS nations signed Moscow Declaration for supporting Multilateral Science Projects

Oct 31, 2015
Important for Exam: 34 people agreed

The Moscow Declaration was signed during the third meeting of the BRICS Ministers for Science, Technology and Innovation that was held in Moscow, Russia.

Ministry of Civil Aviation released Revised Draft National Civil Aviation Policy

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The policy aims to bring India to third position from the current 10th position in the global aviation sector and create an eco-system to enable 30 crore domestic ticketing by 2022 and 50 crore by 2027.

China abandoned its decades old 'One Child Policy'

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The restriction was introduced in 1980 as a way to curb the population and limit demands for water and other resources.

Activist Bindeshwar Pathak selected for New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

He founded the Sulabh International Social Service Organization in 1970, combining technical innovation with humanitarian principles.

Bombay HC asked NEERI to study River Godavari’s pollution during Kumbh Mela

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The division bench asked the NEERI to form a committee for this purpose and submit a report before 11 December 2015.

RBI allowed NRIs to subscribe to National Pension System

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

RBI took the decision in consultation with the Union Government to enable National Pension System (NPS) as an investment option for NRIs under FEMA, 1999.

Global Tuberculosis Report 2015 released by WHO

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

The 2015 edition focuses on whether 2015 global TB targets set in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were achieved worldwide and at regional and country levels.

HCL Technologies acquired CRM services firm PowerObjects for 299 crore rupees

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The acquisition will bolster HCL’s global applications business, which offers transformational programs and complex application management for a multitude of clients’ technology landscapes.

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi awarded 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

Sakharov Prize is awarded by the European Parliament to individuals or organisations for their contribution to the fight for human rights and democracy.

WCD Ministry launched initiative to spread awareness about Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

The initiative was launched in partnership with Celltick Mobile Media India Pvt. Ltd. to generate awareness about BBBP Scheme to an estimated 100 million mobile users in India.

Defence Acquisition Council cleared military projects worth over 12000 crore rupees

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

In addition, two more Pinaka MLRS regiments for the Army at a cost of 3306 crore rupees were cleared by the DAC. The Pinaka MLRS, which comes with a strike range of 40-km.

John Pombe Magufuli won the Presidential Elections of Tanzania

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

This win cements Chama Cha Mapinduzis (Party of the Revolution) firm grip on power, after ruling Tanzania since 1977.

Amit Kumar won silver in men's club throw F51 event of IPC Athletics World Championships

Oct 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Amit clinched silver with an effort of 25.44m, behind Serbia's Zeljko Dimitrijevic who won gold in a championship record of 26.29m. Milos Mitic of Serbia bagged the bronze in 25.40m.

India-Africa Forum Summit 2015 held in New Delhi

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

It was the third IAFS since its inception. The previous summits were held in 2008 and 2011 in New Delhi and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) respectively.

Narendra Nayak appointed as Managing Director of BlackBerry India

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Prior to this appointment, Nayak was working in venture-funded software company Linguanext Technologies.

191 UNGA-members voted a resolution condemning US embargo on Cuba

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The United States and Israel were the only two countries that voted against the resolution. The resolution stated that existence of such restrictions undermines multilateralism and credibility of the UN.

Nepal signed MoU with China to ease fuel crisis

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The MoU was signed between Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and China National United Oil Corporation (PetroChina) in Beijing.

Amaravati-Next milestone in India's Urbanisation

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 31 people agreed

Amaravati is not only the fifth planned capital city in Independent India, next to Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Gandhi Nagar and Naya Raipur, but it is also the country’s first green-field smart city.

SC reinforced its earlier view of No Reservation in Super Specialty Courses in Medicine

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Echoing its judgements of 1988, SC said that it is inclined to convey the same message to the Union and state governments over reservation in institutions of higher education.

Hockey India signed three years partnership with Sports Authority of India

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 59 people agreed

As per the terms of agreements, SAI will promote hockey, which is amongst the world’s most popular sports, as a tool for youth development and excellence in sports.

Najib Shah appointed as Chairman of CBEC

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Shah will serve the office till 11 March 2017, when he will attain the age of superannuation that is 60 years.

IBM and TASK signed MoU to ensure cloud technology in Telangana colleges

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The agreement aims at making the IBM cloud available to colleges in Telangana for faculty and students to utilize it for practicals and project work.

Internet freedom is partly free in India: FOTN 2015 Report

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

As per the report, India tied with African countries like Malawi and Zambia with 40 points overall on a 0-100 (Best-Worst) scale to retain the partly free status.

Freedom on the Net 2015 Report released

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

As per the annual report, global online freedom declined for a fifth consecutive year as governments continue to clamp down on dissidents who are using social media platforms on the internet.

Madhya Pradesh Government declared 33 percent quota for women in government jobs

Oct 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

In addition, the state Cabinet also gave its nod to a proposal providing compensation to farmers wherein they have to repay 90 thousand rupees on a loan of one lakh rupees.

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