World Food Day 2017 observed across the world
World Food Day was observed globally on 16 October 2017 with the theme ‘Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development’. The day is celebrated annually on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN in 1945.
Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. The events mainly aim to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
The day is also a chance for everyone to show their commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.
Carnatic Singer T M Krishna wins Indira Gandhi National Integration award
Carnatic music vocalist, T M Krishna would be honoured with the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2015 -16 on 31 October 2017, on Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary.
He would be conferred the award by Sonia Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress Party. He is being awarded for his services in promoting and preserving national integration in the country.
Born in Chennai on 22 January 1976, T M Krishna was exposed to south Indian classical music at an early age. His first concert was at the Spirit of Youth series organised by the Music Academy, Chennai (India).
Defence Minister Commissions indigenously-built anti-submarine warship, INS Kiltan
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned INS Kiltan, an indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare on 16 October 2017.
INS Kiltan is a stealth corvette that portrays growing capability of the Indian Navy. The commissioning ceremony was attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and a host of other dignitaries.
The warship is an extension of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Kavita Devi becomes first Indian Woman to sign with World Wrestling Entertainment
Kavita Devi on 15 October 2017 became the first Indian woman to tie-up with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Besides, Shadia Bseiso became the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign a WWE developmental contract.
Devi, a former competitive powerlifter, took training from Dalip Singh Rana popularly known as The Great Khali. The 2016 South Asian Games gold medallist, Kavita shot to fame when her video of wrestling in a salwar kameez against woman wrestler B Bull Bull went viral on social media.
She is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida in January 2018.
Audrey Azoulay elected as Director General of UNESCO
Audrey Azoulay was on 14 October 2017 elected as the Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
UNESCO’s Executive Board voted 30 to 28 in favour of Azoulay against Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari. Her election will now be put forward for approval to UNESCO’s 195 members on 10 November 2017.
The board's selection of Azoulay came the day after the United States announced that it intends to pull out of UNESCO because of its alleged anti-Israel bias.