Current Affairs - October, 2019

October 29: Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day 

Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day and National Day for Disaster Reduction is observed every year on 29 October to commemorate destruction brought by Super Cyclone 1999 and to prepare ourselves for future disasters. Key Highlights Theme of Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day for year 2019- ‘Empowering Community for Disaster Resilience’. To mark the occasion of Odisha Disaster ..

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Finance Minister chairs meeting of NIIF’s Governing Council

The governing council meeting of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) was chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in North Block, New Delhi. Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur was also present at the meet. About National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) NIIF is India’s first sovereign wealth fund set ..

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SEED Awards of United Nations: 4 Indian start-ups among 14 winners

The SEED awards are granted to organizations working towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDG). The 2019 SEED awards included SEED Low carbon, SEED South Africa Climate Adaptation, SEED Africa Awards and SEED Gender Equality Awards. 14 finalists from Asian and African countries were awarded for their works towards achieving SDGs. The SEED was founded by ..

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Rafael Grossi elected new Director General of IAEA

Rafael Mariano Grossi of Argentina has been appointed as the new Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations’ nuclear watchdog. The Argentine diplomat will succeed late Yukiya Amano as the new chief of IAEA. Key Highlights The 58-year-old Gossi will be appointed for a term of four years and will assume ..

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India-Saudi Arabia sign MoUs during PM Modi visit

PM Modi visited Saudi Arabia to attend the Future Investment Initiative. During his visit, the two sides held bilateral talks during which they reviewed historical and close relations between the countries. Highlights The leaders of the two sides re-affirmed their deep commitment to strengthen “Riyadh Declaration”. The leaders also expressed appreciation on the progress of ..

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