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Daily G.K. - Top Stories

26 Oct 2021

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Sudan General Declares State of Emergency after Arrest of PM

  • Sudan's leading general has declared a state of emergency, hours after his forces arrested the Prime Minister and other senior government officials.
  • In a televised address, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan announced that he is dissolving the country's ruling Sovereign Council, as well as the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Uzbekistan Leader Secures Second Term

  • Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was re-elected for a second five-year term.
  • Uzbekistan's Central Election Commission said that Mr. Mirziyoyev had taken 80.1% of the vote against four token opponents, according to a preliminary count.
  • The vote was held with no real opposition facing Mr. Mirziyoyev, who came to power in 2016 after the death of his mentor, dictator Islam Karimov, who ruled Uzbekistan for 27 years.
  • Mr. Mirziyoyev has been credited with launching what he calls a "New Uzbekistan" programme, ending a decades-old system of forced labour with roots in the former Soviet Union and introducing limited media freedoms.
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BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

SBI, UCO Bank Agree to Invest in Amrapali Projects

  • The Supreme Court was told that the State Bank of India (SBI) and the UCO Bank have agreed to invest Rs. 450 crore in Amrapali projects, but other banks, who were part of a consortium, are delaying the process.
  • Senior advocate and court-appointed receiver R. Venkataramani submitted before a bench headed by Justice U.U. Lalit that six banks have agreed in principle, but things have not moved in the desired direction for nearly two months. He added that in order to accelerate the process, a little nudge from the top court was needed.

Eicher Shareholders Approve Proposal to Re-appoint Siddhartha Lal as MD

  • Eicher Motors' shareholders have approved a proposal to re-appoint Siddhartha Lal as the company's managing director for a period of five years with effect from May 1 this year.
  • The members also cleared the proposal to increase Lal's remuneration.
  • In the latest round of voting, 93.75 per cent votes favoured the re-appointment, while 6.25 per cent votes opposed the proposal.

CCI Clears Phoenix Parentco's Acquisition of Parexel International Corp

  • Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved acquisition of Parexel International Corporation by Phoenix Parentco Inc.
  • Headquartered in the US, Paraxel provides biopharmaceutical outsourcing services to biopharmaceutical companies.
  • The proposed transaction pertains to acquisition of 100 per cent of the equity shareholding of Parexel International, according to a notice filed with the regulator.
  • Phoenix Parentco is a special purpose investment vehicle that operates solely as an investment holding company. It is jointly controlled by EQT Fund Management S. r.l. and The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Super-Jupiter Found Circling Very Young

  • The discovery of a super-Jupiter exoplanet around the M-type dwarf star 2MASS J04372171+2651014 challenges models of planet formation by either core accretion (which requires time) or disk instability (which requires mass).
  • 2MASS J04372171+2651014 (2M0437 for short) is a single mid-M type dwarf located 421 light-years away in the constellation of Taurus.
  • The star is between 2 and 5 million years old, has a mass of 0.15-0.18 solar masses and an effective temperature of 3,100 K.
  • Otherwise known as TIC 125843782, it is a member of the 1- to 5-million-year-old Taurus star-forming region.
  • The newly-discovered planet, designated 2M0437b, is up to five times more massive than Jupiter.
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SPORTS

New IPL Teams: CVC Capital Wins Bid for Ahmedabad, RPSG Group Gets Lucknow

  • Business tycoon Sanjiv Goenka and international equity investment firm Irelia Company Pte Limited (CVC Capital) shelled out a combined Rs. 12,715 crore (approx $1.7 billion) to win the bids for two new IPL teams, a windfall that far exceeded BCCI's expectations.
  • The BCCI was hoping for a cumulative bid in the range of Rs. 10,000 crore but to their surprise, earned Rs. 7,090 crore from Goenka's RPSG Group for the Lucknow franchise, while CVC capital forked out Rs. 5,625 crore for the Ahmedabad team. The two new sides will take part in the 2022 IPL. The mega auction for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League, IPL 2022, will be held later this year (2021) in December.

FIFA Ranking 2021: India Ranks 106th

  • India was ranked 106th in the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Rankings 2021, the position of team India increased to one spot. After the victory in the SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship 2021 of team India led by Sunil Chhetri, it has secured the 106th position. Under the FIFA Rankings, Belgium is at 1st position. Brazil holds 2nd position, France holds 3rd position.
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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

PM Launches Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission in Varanasi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission worth Rs. 64,000 crore in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, to address gaps and strengthen the critical health care network from village and block to the district and national level in the next four to five years.
  • Those whose governments remained in the country for a long time, instead of the all-around development of the country's healthcare system, kept it deprived of facilities. The PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission aims to tackle this deficiency.

PM Narendra Modi to Attend Virtually ASEAN-India Summit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend virtually the annual ASEAN-India summit that will review the status of strategic partnership between the two sides and take stock of progress made in areas of trade and investment, post-COVID-19 economic recovery and connectivity.
  • Modi attended the 16th East Asia Summit to be held virtually that discussed matters of regional and international interest and concern including maritime security and terrorism.
  • The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is considered one of the most influential groupings in the region, and India and several other countries, including the US, China, Japan and Australia, are its dialogue partners.
  • The East Asia Summit is the premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region to deal with issues relating to security and defence. Since its inception in 2005, it has played a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic evolution of East Asia.
  • Apart from the ASEAN member states, the East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia.

Two UP Congress Leaders Join Trinamool

  • Two senior Congress leaders of Uttar Pradesh joined the Trinamool Congress in presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Siliguri in north Bengal.
  • The two leaders, Rajeshpati Tripathi and Lalitpati Tripathi, would carry on the fight to oust the BJP from power in UP and the Centre under the leadership of Banerjee, the TMC supremo.
  • Rajeshpati Tripathi is an ex-MLC while Laliteshpati Tripathi is former UP Congress vice-president and an ex-MLA. Rajeshpati and Laliteshpati are the grandson and the great-grandson of former UP Chief Minister Kamalapati Tripathi, respectively.
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DEFENCE

Turkey and South Korea Sign Deal for Turkish Altay Tank

  • Turkey and South Korea have signed a letter of intent by which two Korean companies will supply engines and transmission mechanisms for the Altay, Turkey's indigenous tank in the making.
  • The deal came at a meeting of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Korean Minister in charge of the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration, Kang Eun-ho.
  • Turkish armored vehicles manufacturer BMC, the maker of the Altay, has been negotiating strategic agreements with two South Korean companies for joint work on a power pack for the new tank.
  • Under the deals, South Korean manufacturers Doosan and S&T Dynamics will supply the engine and transmission mechanism for the Altay.
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PERSONS IN NEWS

First Ecuadorian to Win Global Medal Shot Dead

  • Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quiñónez was fatally shot in the port city of Guayaquil.
  • Quiñónez, who was 32, became a national hero in 2012 when he reached the 200-metre final at the London Games, finishing seventh in a race won by Usain Bolt.
  • Then in 2019 he became the first Ecuadorian athlete to win a global medal in a track event when he finished third at the World Championships in Doha.
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AWARDS AND HONOURS

Rajinikanth Honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

  • Actor Rajinikanth was honoured with the prestigious 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the 67th National Film Awards ceremony, for his contribution as an actor, producer and screenwriter. He received the prestigious award from Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu for his stupendous contribution to Indian cinema.
  • Instituted in 1969, the award is the highest honour for an artiste in Indian cinema. The award was decided by a jury consisting of five members: Asha Bhonsle, director Subhash Ghai, Mohanlal, Shankar Mahadevan and actor Biswajeet Chatterjee. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 was to be announced last year but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as were the National Film Awards for 2019.
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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION

IIT Bombay Launches Certificate Courses in Digital Transformation and Power Electronics

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, in partnership with edtech platform Coursera, has launched two new certificate programmes — digital transformation and power electronics and motors for electric vehicles (EVs). These programmes will help learners gain technical, managerial, and leadership skills. Interested candidates can enroll in both programs until November 19, 2021. The classes will begin in November 2021.
  • Four-month-long digital transformation certification, with live lectures, is designed for non-IT managers leading digital transformation initiatives. The course teaches how to identify opportunities to transform the organisation through strategic implementation of new technologies and builds analytical skills to understand how to implement and execute the right solutions.

Govt. Launches Phase-II of Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship

  • Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the second phase of Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship, a two-year programme to create opportunity for youth and enhance skilling at the grass root level.
  • The fellowship seeks to combine classroom sessions by academic partner IIMs with on-field exposure at the district level to create credible plans and identify barriers in raising employment, economic output, and promote livelihoods in rural areas.
  • Dharmendra Pradhan urged district collectors and academic partner IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) to facilitate the fellows and script a success story of change through this fellowship.
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BOOKS AND AUTHORS

"Writing for My Life" Anthology of Ruskin Bond

  • "Writing for My Life", an anthology of author Ruskin Bond was released. It contains some of the most exemplary stories, essays, poems and memories of Ruskin Bond. This anthology has been released 25 years after the first anthology of Bond titled, "The Best of Ruskin Bond". The selections for this anthology have been made by Bond himself and his editor Premanka Goswami. Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. His first novel is The Room on the Roof.
  • An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler; it may be a collection of plays, poems, short stories, songs or excerpts by different authors.
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