Current Affairs October 2015 : 11th and 12th Oct Current affairs: International Day of the Girl Child observed on 11 October.
- The Fourth International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) was observed across the world on 11 October 2015 with the theme The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.
- To mark the occasion campaigns, meetings and workshops were held to across the world to raise awareness about importance of girl child and steps to promote gender equality.
- The theme was selected in recognition of the importance of investing in adolescent girls’ empowerment and rights, both today and in the future
Nobel Prize in Economics 2015 : Angus Deaton
- Angus Deaton is a British economist who has won 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics for his analysis of consumption, poverty and welfare.
- Angus Deaton is a professor in the Economics Department at Princeton University, where he looks at the determinants of health in rich and poor countries, as well as on the measurement of poverty in India and around the world.
- He also maintains a long-standing interest in household surveys.
- The award was established by Sweden’s central bank, Sveriges Riksbank, in 1968 in memory of Alfred Nobel.
World Bank Group and IMF held their Annual meetings between 9 October and 11 October 2015 in the Peruvian capital Lima.
- The meetings saw the attendance of central bankers, finance ministers and development and private senior executives and academics from the member countries of both the World Bank Group and the IMF.
- The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his capacity as India’s Governor on Board of Governors of IMF and the World Bank led the Indian delegation that included RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian among others.
RBI gave its approval to YES Bank for setting up mutual fund, AMC and trustee company.
- In a regulatory filing, YES Bank said it “has received an approval from the RBI to sponsor a mutual fund, and to set up an asset management company and a trustee company.”
- Asset management companies and trustee companies will be wholly owned subsidiaries of YES Bank.
Geoffrey Howe, Britain’s former treasury chief, passes away on 9 October 2015 due to a suspected cardiac arrest in Idlicote, England. He was 88.
- Howe, who administered Britain’s recovery from recession in the 1980s, was a champion of closer European unity.
- He was Margaret Thatcher’s longest-serving Cabinet minister who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1979 to 1983, Foreign Secretary from 1983 to 1989, Leader of the House of Commons from 1989 to 1990 and Deputy Prime Minister from 1989 to 1990.
Lewis Hamilton won Russian Grand Prix, closes in on F1 world title in Sochi.
- Russia’s Daniil Kvyat managed to finish in the points as he claimed sixth place.
- Starting second on the grid, Hamilton took advantage of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s early crash to move into the lead.
- The 30 year-old Briton never looked back as he cruised to victory ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
- In winning for the second successive year in Sochi, Hamilton passed the legendary Ayrton Senna’s record of 41 wins.
- The Briton was delighted and honored to have surpassed his hero’s achievement.
Jioji Konrote elected as President of Fiji on 12 october 2015.
- Fiji’s Parliament on 12 October 2015 elected the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote, as the country’s next President.
- Konrote was nominated by the ruling FijiFirst party.
- He fetched 31 votes in the presidential election held in the parliament.
- On the other hand, the opposition SODELPA party’s candidate Ratu Epeli Ganilau received 14 votes.
PM Narender Modi lays the foundation stone of fourth terminal of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai.
- The ambitious project will augment JNPT’s present capacity situated off the financial capital’s eastern seafront by doubling it in next two years.
- The fourth terminal project will be carried out in two phases at estimated cost of 7,900 crore rupees and will be complete by the end of 2017.
- The project involves construction of two berths of 1 km in each of the two phases.
Veteran Tamil actress Manorama passes away.
- Legendary Tamil actress Gopishantha, popularly known by her stage name Manorama, died on 10 October 2015 due to multiple organ failure in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She was 78.
- Manorama acted in over 1500 movies in her career spanning almost six decades.
- She was also a brilliant comedian, singer and a stage artiste.
- Her first film was Malayitta Mangai, which released in 1958.
- She sang her first song in Ratha Thilagam in 1963. She also sang a song composed by A R Rahman for the film May Madham in 1994.
- She was affectionately called as Aachi Manorama for her popular grandmother roles in TV serials, which she played in the later part of her career.
- She also fetched a Guinness World Record for acting in more than 1000 number of films.
Khagda Prasad Sharma Oli of CPN-UML elected as new PM of Nepal.
- He became first Prime Minister of Nepal under the newly adopted secular, republic and federal Constitution of Himalayan country. It was adopted in 20 September 2015.
- In the election for PM post in Nepalese Parliament, Mr. Oli received 338 votes out of a total of 598.
- He had secured 39 votes more than the 299 votes needed to get elected as PM as per provisions of new constitution.
- His rival Sushil Koirala of Nepali Congress President on the other hand received 249 votes.
Punjab National Bank (PNB) on 11 October 2015 won Beighton Cup hockey tournament at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ground in Kolkata.
- PNB defeated Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) by 5-3 in penalties.
- At the end of regulation time, both teams were locked at 1-1. Satpal Gulia of PNB had put the team in front in the 30th minute via a penalty corner.
- Beighton Cup, one of the oldest field hockey tournaments, was instituted in 1895.
- It is organised by Bengal Hockey Association and is held on Astro Turf (artificial grass) at Sports Authority of India in Kolkata.
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Novak Djokovic defeats Rafael Nadal to win China Open Men’s Singles Title.
- Novak Djokovic on 11 October 2015 won the China Open Men’s Singles title by defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain.
- In the summit clash held at the National Tennis Centre in Beijing the top seeded Serbian overpowered Nadal by 6-2 6-2.
- For Djokovic, it was the fourth consequent win in Beijing and the fourth consequent title since 2012.
- Overall, he is the only player to have won the title six times. His other two titles were in 2009 and 2010.
Sania Mirza and Martine Hingis wins China Open doubles title.
- It was their eighth trophy of the season and fourth in a row, winning the WTA China Open on Saturday.
- The top seeds faced stiff resistance from sixth seed Taipei girls Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan before winning 6-7 (9) 6-1 10-8 in the final which lasted one hour and 40 minutes.
- It is the fourth title in a row for the Sania-Martina pair. In a remarkable run, they have dropped only two sets in their last 17 matches in four tournaments.
Mission Abaas launched in Odisha to provide affordable houses to urban poor.
- Odisha Govt launched Mission Abaas, state’s urban housing mission to provide affordable houses to Economically weaker sections (EWS), Low income Groups(LIG) and slum dwellers.
- Objective : The scheme aims at fulfilling the promise of protection and welfare of slum dwellers by providing affordable housing along with basic amenities such as piped water supply, electricity, concrete roads, drainage and community centre.
- Abaas will be the nodal agency to execute the Policy for Housing for All in Urban areas. 10000 houses for EWS and Low Income Groups will be constructed in Bhubaneswar.
- Free land will be provided by the government for affordable housing projects in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode to developers.
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram clinched Dutch Open Men’s Singles badminton title 2015.
- In the summit clash held at Almere in Netheralnds, the World Number 26 ranker defeated Estonia’s Raul Must by 21-12 21-18.
- While Jayaram won his maiden title in 2014, it was the fourth overall title for India.
- The other two titles were won by Prakash Padukone and Chetan Anand in 1982 and 2009 respectively.
- Dutch Open is a Grand Prix category tournament that is held annually since 1932 in Netherlands.
- It is currently organized by Nederlandse Badminton Bond (NBB) and is a part of the European Badminton Circuit.