Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: October 15, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for October 15, 2021

INDIA

– Home Ministry enhances BSF’s powers to “arrest, search and seize” near international boundary
– AIIMS launches ‘Healthy Smile’ mobile app for oral hygiene awareness among children
– Department of Biotechnology launches ‘One Health’ project for surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections
– Defence Minister presides over breakthrough blast of main tube of Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh
– Online booking of community halls of Cantonment Boards made live on eChhawani portal
– DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy lays foundation stone for construction of the Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) in the campus of Central University of Jammu. Reddy
– Home Minister Amit Shah lays foundation of 3rd Campus of the National Forensic Science University (NFSU) at Dharbandoda, Goa
– Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur launches MyParkings app of South Delhi Municipal Corporation
– India gets re-elected to UN Human Rights Council for 2022-24 term
– Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane calls on Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo
– Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) seminar on the role of women in the armed forces
– India resumes COVID-19 vaccine export; vaccines sent to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Iran
– Armies of India and USA holding exercise “Yudh Abhyas” in Alaska from October 15 to 29

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– Govt. approves launch of 1000 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) as a pilot project
– WPI (Wholesale Price Index) inflation at 6-month low of 10.66% in September
– Railways to set up 500 multi-modal cargo terminals under Gati-Shakti scheme says Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw
– Govt notifies rules to settle Vodafone retrospective tax case
– UCO Bank MD & CEO A. K. Goel elected Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association for 2021-22
– Navrang Saini given additional charge as Chairperson of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI)
– RBI clears re-appointment of Amitabh Chaudhry as MD & CEO of Axis Bank
– PNB Housing Finance (PNB HFC) scraps Rs 4K-crore deal with Carlyle-led group of investors
– BPCL launches automated fuelling technology “UFill” for customers

WORLD

– India 101st on Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 of 116 countries; GHI launched by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German NGO Welt Hunger Hilfe
– WHO forms scientific advisory group to identify Covid-19 origin, other future outbreaks
– World Bank Group President David Malpass highlights ‘tragic reversal’ in development amid pandemic
– G7 finance ministers and central bankers endorse principles for central bank digital currencies
– G20 finance ministers and central bank governors endorse global deal to revamp corporate taxation
– 46 people killed in a fire incident in Kaohsiung city of Taiwan
– China and Russia holding ‘Joint Sea 2021 naval exercise’ in Peter the Great Gulf in Russia
– Philippines: 19 killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by tropical storm Kompasu
– William Shatner (90) becomes the oldest person to fly into space on ‘New Shepard’ space capsule of Blue Origin from Texas (US)

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