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♦India wins four UNESCO heritage awards
- Mumbai’s iconic 155-year-old Flora Fountain and two other heritage landmarks in the country’s financial capital are among the four sites that have been chosen from India for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation announced on 15th
- The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation awards were announced at a ceremony held in Penang, Malaysia, marking 20 years since its institution.
|Heritage landmark||Award category||Place|
|Flora Fountain||Honourable mention||Mumbai|
|KenesethEliyahoo Synagogue||Award of Merit||Mumbai|
|Our Lady of Glory Church||Award of Merit||Mumbai|
|Vikram Sarabhai Library from (IIM)||Award of Distinction||Ahmedabad|
Note: About UNESCO
- Headquarters: Paris, France
- Head: Audrey Azoulay
- Founded: 16 November 1945, London, United Kingdom
- Formation: 4 November 1945
♦A.P. govt. launches Rythu Bharosa scheme that provides ₹13,500 to farmers
- Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said his ‘farmer-friendly’ government is committed to providing input assistance of ₹13,500 per year to all eligible ones.
- Launching the YSR Rythu Bharosa-PM Kisan scheme amid fanfare at Kakaturu near Sarvepalli in SPSR Nellore district.
- About Scheme: ₹7,500 would be provided to each farmer before start of the kharif season, another ₹4,000 at the time of harvesting and just before the start of the rabi season, and the last instalment of ₹2,000 at the time of the farmers’ festival of Sankranti.
Note: About Andhra Pradesh
- Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
- Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
- Literacy rate: 67.41% (2011)
- Population: 4.97 crores (2011)
♦Govt. launches ‘food safety mitra’ scheme for scaling up ‘Eat Right India’ movement
- On the lines of ‘arogya mitras’, the government on 16 October launched a scheme for engaging ‘food safety mitras’ to sensitise street food vendors on hygiene aspects and assist businessmen to comply with standards and facilitate licensing and registration.
- Aims: scaling up the government’s ‘Eat Right India’ movement. ‘Food Safety Mitra’ would undergo training and certification by FSSAI to do their work and get paid by food businesses for their services.
♦Indian Railways to become ‘net zero’ carbon emitter by 2030
- As part of India’s strategy to combat climate change, Indian Railways will become “net zero” carbon emitter by 2030, said railways and commerce minister Piyush Goyal.
- National carrier has a rail network of around 125,000km, making it the world’s largest railway network under a single management. It also has large tracts of land along its network, which will be used to set up solar power generation capacities.
♦India At 102 In Hunger Index Of 117 Nations
- The Global Hunger Index or GHI scores countries on a 100-point “severity scale”, where zero is the best score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst. “With a score of 30.3, India suffers from a level of hunger that is serious,” the report says.
- India fell from 55 in 2014 to 102 in 2019 in the GHI. However, the number of countries has differed from year to year. India ranked 55 out of 76 nations in 2014, 100 out of 119 countries in 2017, and 103 out of 119 countries in 2018. This year’s report calculated the index from a sample of 117 nations and India came on 102.
- Pakistan is at 94, Bangladesh 88 and Nepal 73 in this year’s GHI report that the authors say is designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at the global, regional, and national levels.
♦Mumbai 12th wealthiest city in the world, New York number one with 65 billionaires
- Delhi, Bengaluru & Hyderabad among Indian cities expected to grow strongly over the next 10 years.
- New York City, one with the highest number of wealthiest people in the world, has 65 billionaires and over 380,000 millionaires, a report by New World Wealth.
♦World Giving Index: India ranks 82, USA tops the list
- India ranks 82 among the 128 countries surveyed by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), an international organisation that promotes giving to transform lives and communities across the world.
- USA stood at the top followed Myanmar, New Zealand and Australia. Others in the top ten countries included Ireland, Canada, UK, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. India at 82 on the index falls below Nepal (53), Pakistan (69), Mexico (73) and Brazil (74). At the bottom of the list are Yemen, Greece and China.
♦First time serving judge appointed as the Union Law Secretary
- In a first, a serving District and Sessions Judge has been appointed as the Union Law Secretary.
- Anoop Kumar Mendiratta is currently the District and Sessions Judge, North-East District, Karkardooma Courts, New Delhi.
- Mendiratta has been appointed to the post on contractual basis till March 30, 2023.
- Normally, the posts of Secretary (Legal Affairs and Legislative Department) are held by Indian Legal Service Officers.
♦Valtteri Bottas wins Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes win constructors’ title
- The result sealed the constructors’ title with four races to go and, while Hamilton is not quite world champion yet, only Bottas can catch him.
- It breaks the record set by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari from 2000 to 2004, and confirms this Mercedes team as the greatest in F1 history.
- Briton Hamilton leads Bottas by 64 points and needs to be 78 clear of the Finn to win his sixth drivers’ title at the next race in Mexico.
♦16th October: World Food Day
- World Food Day is celebrated by several organisations which are concerned with food security like International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Program, etc. The main focus of this day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right.
- Theme 2019:“Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World”.
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