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International (Current Affairs)
♦G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
- G20 Okayama Health Ministers’ Conference in Japan on 20 October. Harshvardhan represented by India.
- The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.
- Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).
Note: About G20
- Formation:26 September 1999
- Chairman: Japan Shinzō Abe (2019)
Banking & Financial
♦PayPal and Synchrony join hands to launch co-branded Venmo credit card
- PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) and Synchrony (NYSE: SYF) announced an expansion and extension of their strategic consumer credit relationship.
- As part of their expanded partnership, Synchrony will become the exclusive issuer of a Venmo co-branded consumer credit card in the U.S., which is expected to launch in the second half of 2020. PayPal and Synchrony also announced an extension of their overall consumer credit program relationship.
♦M Venkaiah Naidu presents Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award to K Parasaran
- Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presented Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award to legal luminary and former Attorney General K. Parasaran at a function in New Delhi. Mr Parasaran was honoured with the award on the occasion of the Elder’s Day celebration of Age Care India, an organization working for the welfare of the elderly.
♦IMNEX-2019 -India-Myanmar Naval Exercise in Visakhapatnam
- The opening ceremony of the second edition of ‘India Myanmar Naval Exercise’ IMNEX-2019 was conducted onboard INS Ranvijay. Myanmar naval ships UMS Sin Phyu Shin (F-14) and UMS Tabinshweti (773) arrived at Visakhapatnam and would engage in professional interaction with Indian Navy personnel for sharing of expertise on various maritime issues between both the navies.
- The harbour phase of IMNEX-19 scheduled 17th October to 20th October includes visits to Indian Naval units, training and maintenance facility at Visakhapatnam.
Note: About Myanmar
- Capital: Naypyitaw
- Currency: Burmese kyat
- Presidnet: Win Myint
♦Sudarshan Chakra Vahini exercise of Indian Army begins at Jaisalmer
- Two-day long manoeuvres by Sudarshan Chakra Vahini of Indian Army started at Jaisalmer field firing range in Rajasthan. In this war exercise, the army is going to exhibit its strength regarding Agni Missile and artillery.
- Artillery, Arms and mechanized forces, Army air defence and helicopters of army aviation are participating in this exercise to test mutual coordination
♦Great Britain wins 9th Edition of Sultan of Johor Cup hockey Tournament 2019
- The 2019 Sultan of Johor Cup was the ninth edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup, a international men’s under–21 field hockey tournament in Malaysia. It was held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia from 12 to 19 October 2019.
- Great Britain defeated India in the finals by 2-1 in the 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2019. Britain win 3rd times Sultan Johor cup.
♦20 October: World Statistics Day
- The first World Statistics Day was celebrated in 2010, as decided in resolution 64/267, and was deemed an overwhelming success, with activities organized in more than 130 Member States and by at least 40 international and regional organizations and entities.
- Theme 2019: Better Data, Better Lives
♦21st October: Police Commemoration Day 2019
- National Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21 to remember remembering the brave policemen who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties. Rich tributes are paid to the martyrs on this day.
- On Police Commemoration Day 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people to visit the National Police Museum and saluted police forces and their families.
Book and Author
♦PM Modi releases book titled ‘Bridgital Nation’
- Releasing a book titled ‘Bridgital Nation’ in New Delhi on 21st October, PM Modi said that positivity, optimism and faith in talent and resources is the thought of New India. He said that technology and talent were not a threat but force multiplier. He added that technology is the bridge between aspiration and achievement.
- The book has been authored by Chairman, Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushothaman.
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