? International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on October 17 across the world. It is the day to mark worldwide poverty, hunger, violence, fear, and find ways to mitigate it. This year’s theme is ‘Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all.
? India has been re-elected as the President of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). France was elected as the Co-President at the virtual meeting of ISA’s Third Assembly. Both nations have been elected for a period of two years.
? The Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has virtually launched the campaign ‘KAPILA’, which stands for Kalam Program for Intellectual Property Literacy and Awareness campaign on 15th October 2020. The day was launched in honour of 89th birth anniversary celebration of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
? India has become the first nation to be awarded Blue Flag certification for all the 8 recommended beaches in a single attempt. India is also the first nation in the “Asia-Pacific” region that has achieved this feat in just about 2 years.
? Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday announced that the government is coming up with a movement called ”My Town My Pride” from October 19 to provide governance at the doorsteps in urban areas on the pattern of the ”Back to Village” programme.
? Russia on October 14, 2020 announced that it has granted regulatory approval to its second COVID-19 vaccine, EpiVacCorona. The vaccine approval comes after Russia approved the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine-Sputnik V.
? The 36th Raising Day of National Security Guard (NSG) is observed on 16 October. NSG plays a crucial role in India’s security apparatus. It has been associated with the utmost courage and professionalism.
? A large World War II bomb was detonated underwater by the Polish Navy on October 12, 2020 during a delicate operation. The bomb, nicknamed ‘Tallboy’ weighed about five tonne. It was dropped by the British Royal Air Force in an attack on a Nazi warship in 1945.