Current Affairs- 11th October

Science and Technology

e-Voting to be tested in Telangana on 20th Oct

  • Telangana State Election Commission and the state IT department have taken up a pilot project to test electronic voting in the limits of Kahmmam Municipality limits on 20th of this month. For the first time in the country, e-voting is being tested in Khammam. For this, electors have been urged to enroll themselves on the e-vote mobile app, which can be downloaded easily from the google play store.
  • Khammam Municipal Commissioner Adarsh Surabhi has informed that registration of electors will continue till the 18th of this month and mock polling will be held through a dummy ballot on the 20th

National

NITI Aayog VC launches UNDP Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management

  • NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar today launched the NITI Aayog- United Nations Development Programme, UNDP Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management in New Delhi. It provides a comprehensive overview of managing plastic waste by representing and discussing components of the entire plastic waste value chain.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kumar said, spreading awareness amongst the masses about the harmful effects of plastic is the need of the hour. He said, the NITI Aayog – UNDP Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management can be adopted by urban local bodies to good effect.

CCI imposes penalty on two firms for bid rigging of GAIL tender

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty upon two firms for bid-rigging in tender floated by Gas Authority of India Limited, GAIL. These two firms are PMP Infratech Pvt. Ltd. and Rati Engineering. The CCI found them indulging in concerted practices leading to bid-rigging of the tender floated in 2017-18 for the restoration of the well site located in Ahmedabad and Anand areas of Gujarat.
  • Based on the investigation, CCI found that the two firms were in regular touch with each other regarding the tender floated by GAIL and even after the submission of their bids.

International

MoS External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi addresses 60th anniversary of NAM

  • As the Special Envoy of Prime Minister, Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi today addressed the High-Level Meeting to mark the 60th Anniversary of Non-Aligned Movement NAM in Belgrade, Serbia. In her address, Ms Lekhi underscored the need to strengthen the role and influence of NAM on global outcomes.
  • She also stressed the need to check divisive tendencies so that voice of the global South remains unified. The Minister of State focused on contemporary issues of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism and climate change.

India, Kyrgyz Republic agree on 200 M US Dollar Line of Credit to support development projects

  • External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar has said that he had cordial and constructive talks with Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev of Kyrgyz Republic. In a tweet, Dr. Jaishankar said, they agreed on 200 million US Dollar Line of Credit to support development projects.
  • He also said that they concluded an understanding on executing high impact community projects. Both the leaders discussed need for early travel of Indian students and more liberal visa regime. He said that they reviewed defence and security cooperation positively. India and Kyrgyz Republic have a shared approach to developments in Afghanistan.

First ever talks between US and Taliban

  • The talks between the US and Taliban leaders have concluded in Doha, Qatar. This is the first ever meeting since the withdrawal of American troops in August from Afghanistan. The talks in Qatar focussed on containing extremist groups, the evacuation of US citizens and humanitarian aid. US officials said that while the group would be judged by its actions, talks had been “candid and professional”.
  • The US insists the meeting does not amount to recognition of the Taliban. In a statement issued by Taliban last night, claimed that the US had agreed to begin to provide humanitarian aid to the country.

Sports

Indian women's team beat Spain 3-2 in Uber Cup Finals

  • The Indian women’s badminton team registered a 3-2 win over Spain in Group B of the 2020 Uber Cup Finals, at Aarhus in Denmark yesterday. Though Spain were without former World No 1 Carolina Marin, the Indians will take the 3-2 win as amorable booster as it was their first match of the event.
  • London 2012 Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal played the first match for India and she conceded it after retiring hurt with an unknown injury against Spain’s Clara Azurmendi. The 20-year-old Malvika Bansod got India level at 1-1 with a swift 21-13, 21-15 win over Beatriz Corrales

Awards and Honours

Three US-based economists win economics Nobel Prize for work on natural experiments

  • A U.S.based Canadian David Card, Israeli-American Joshua Angrist and Dutch-American Guido Imbens today won the Nobel Economics Prize for insights into the labour market and “natural experiments”.
  • The Nobel committee said in a statement that the researchers were honoured for providing “new insights about the labour market” and showing “what conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn from natural experiments”.
  • Half of the prize went to Card, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley “for his empirical contributions to labour economics.” Card’s work has focused on labour market effects of minimum wages, immigration and education.

Astronautical Society of India Confers Aryabhata Award to G Satheesh Reddy

  • Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy has been conferred the prestigious Aryabhata Award by Astronautical Society of India (ASI) for his outstanding life-time contribution to the promotion of astronautics in India. The award function was held on October 09, 2021 at UR Rao Satellite Centre Bangalore with participants joining virtually from across the ISRO, DRDO and other academic institutions.
  • Dr G Satheesh Reddy is a pioneer in the area of R&D of advanced avionics, navigation and missile technologies. He has contributed immensely to strategic and tactical missile systems and helped the country become self-reliant in critical defence technologies.

Days and Dates

International Day of the Girl Child: 11th October

    • The International Day of the Girl Child (also known as Day of Girls and the International Day of Girls) is observed annually on October 11 since 2012. This international observance day was declared by the United Nations to raise awareness of issues facing girls internationally surrounding education, nutrition, child marriage, legal and medical rights. The theme for 2021 International Day of the Girl Child is “Digital generation. Our generation”.
    • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is themed on bridging the gender digital divide in the society

Other Important Affairs

  • Olympic sports person V.Suba was appointed as the Sports official in Tamilnadu Generation and distribution Corporation limited today. Chief Minister M.K.Stalin issued her the appointment order at the State Secretariat.
  • Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia has flagged off the Doon Drone Mela 2021 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Minister flagged off the event with a paragliding demonstration and also interacted with the drone companies exhibiting their prototypes at the Doon Drone Mela.
  • Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd (RNESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), has acquired 100 per cent shareholding of REC Solar Holdings AS (REC Group), a Chinese state-owned solar power company. RNESL has acquired the REC Group from China National Bluestar (Group) Co Ltd., for an Enterprise Value of $771 million.
  • In India, the National Postal Day is celebrated annually on 10 October, as an extension of World Post Day, which is celebrated on 9 October. The Day aims to commemorate the role played by the Indian postal department for the past 150 years, which was founded in 1854 by Lord Dalhousie.