GK Eduwrap – 19th Oct 2015

National:

1. An Indian short film, An Old Dog’s Diary has won prestigious Best Short Film Award at the 2015 London Film Festival (LFF).

The award was bestowed by the British Film Institute (BIF) at 59th edition of LFF.

2. Maharashtra Government has declared drought-like condition in 14,708 villages of the state’s total 43,000 villages.

This means the drought covers 34% of the state.

3. Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare modified National Blood Policy, 2002 to identify two major initiatives towards better utilization of blood and blood components.

The first is permitting the transfer of blood from one blood bank to another in case of shortage.

The second is fixing an exchange value for surplus plasma available at some blood banks in the country.

4. The book titled Smita Patil: A Brief Incandescence authored by Maithili Rao was launched on 18th October 2015.

International:

1. Pakistan and Russia have signed a major agreement to build a 1,100-km North-South gas pipeline from Lahore to Karachi.

In this project, Russia will invest 2 billion dollars and it will be built by Russian company RT Global Resources, a subsidiary of Russian state corporation Rostec.

Sports:

1. China’s Xuerui Li has won the prestigious 2015 Denmark Open Badminton Title in the women’s single category.

2. Great Britain won the 2015 Sultan of Johor Cup under-21 field hockey tournament by defeating defending champions India.

3. Novak Djokovic won 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis title.

4. India’s ace tennis player Saketh Myneni has won the 2015 Vietnam Open trophy.

5. Great Britain beat India to win Sultan of Johor Cup Hockey tournament.

Awards & Recognition:

1. Pope Francis canonized the parents of St. Therese Lisieux- Louis and Zelie Martin at a special ceremony held at the St. Peter’s Square in Vatican. With this, they became the first couple to be canonized in modern times.

2. ET Awards 2015: Uday Kotak wins Business Leader of the Year award.

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. India’s second largest software services exporter Infosys Ltd announced a definitive agreement to acquire Noah Consulting, LLC.

Appointments:

1. Maharashtra government has appointed Shreehari Aney as the Advocate General (AG) of the state as per provisions of Article 165 of Constitution.

2. All India Football Federation (AIFF) appointed the former India Football captain Baichung Bhutia as the advisor for overall issues of the game and the Federation.

Science & Technology:

1. Powerful Typhoon Koppu has hit the northern Philippines with powerful winds of 240 kph speed.

The eye of tropical cyclone Koppu has struck the remote northern coastal town of Casiguran which is 215 kms northeast of Philippines capital city Manila.

2. Telecom Regulatory Authority of Indian (TRAI) has made it mandatory for telecom operators to compensate consumers by Rs.1 for call drops with effect from 1st January 2016.

3. Kumar Mangalam Birla led Aditya Birla Group has launched a new online fashion store Abof.com.

Important Dates:

1. Every year 17th October is being observed as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty throughout the world.

Death:

1. Egyptian novelist and journalist Gamal al-Ghitani passed away in Cairo, Egypt. He was 70.

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