31st October 2018 Current Affairs

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PM Modi dedicates Sardar Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ to the nation

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the ‘Statue of Unity’ (world’s tallest Statue) on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Surat, Gujarat.
  • The Statue of Unity (bronze statue) is the tallest statue (182-metre) in the world, taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue (153-metre) and almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 metres) in the US.
  • The statue of unity located on the Sadhu Bet island (near Rajpipla) on the Narmada river, located between the Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges.
  • A 3.5 km highway will be used to connect the statue to Gujarat’s Kevadia town.

Seychelles launches world’s first Sovereign Blue bond

  • The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first Sovereign Blue Bond.
  • Sovereign Blue Bond is a financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects.
  • The bond demonstrates the potential for countries to harness capital markets for financing the sustainable use of marine resources.
  • The bond raised USD 15 million from international investors.

World's largest Airport 'under one roof' opened in Istanbul

  • The world’s largest airport terminal “under one roof” has been officially opened in Istanbul, with a capacity to serve 90 million passengers.
  • Overall the first phase has cost 7.5 billion Euro.
  • The airport has been envisioned to have a total capacity of up to 200 million passengers (once all four phases are completed) in the next 10 years.

Malala Yousafzai to be honoured by Harvard University

  • According to the Harvard’s Kennedy School, Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai (20-year) will be honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls’ education.
  • Yousafzai will be conferred with the Gleitsman Award 2018 at a ceremony on 6th December this year.
  • The Gleitsman Award provides 125,000 US dollars for activism that has improved quality of life around the world.
  • Now, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England.

31st October: National Unity Day

  • The ‘National Unity day’ (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) is being celebrated every year on 31st October in India.
  • The objective of this event is to pay tribute to the Iron man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, on his birth anniversary by remembering his extraordinary works for the country.
  • The Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh has flagged off the Run for Unity from Major Dhyanchand Stadium, New Delhi.
  • It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who really unified the country.

NASA probe gets closest to the sun

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, mankind’s first mission to ‘touch’ the sun, has set a new record for closest approach to the sun by a human-made object.
  • Parker Solar Probe was launched on 12 August 2018.
  • The previous record for closest solar approach was set by the German-American Helios 2 spacecraft in April 1976.

NASA’s Kepler mission has come to an end

  • NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel, and its mission has come to an end.
  • The unmanned space telescope was launched in 2009.
  • The unmanned space telescope revealed that billions of hidden planets are in space.
  • The Kepler mission was named in honour of 17th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion.

INS Tarangini returns after Voyage

  • The sail training ship of Indian Navy ‘INS Tarangini’ returned to its naval base in Kochi on 30 October 2018 after a seven-month-long voyage.
  • The voyage named ‘Lokayan 18’ was flagged off on 10 April 2018 from Kochi.
  • It also participated in the culminating event of the ‘Three Festival Tall Ships Regatta’ at Bordeaux in France and the ‘Tall Ships Races Europe 2018’.

Successful night trial of Agni-1 missile

  • A night trial of India’s indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile was successfully conducted on 30 October 2018 from a test range off Odisha coast.
  • It has a strike range of 700 km.
  • The missile can carry payloads up to 1000 kg.
  • Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

UP government to develop ‘food value chain’

  • The Uttar Pradesh government in assistance from Japanese government will develop ‘Food Value Chain’ in the state.
  • The UP Cabinet presided over by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath cleared a proposal in this regard.
  • Under the agreement, in the first five years, Japanese companies will invest in agri-related and food-related industries.

‘Little India Gate’ inaugurated in Indonesia

  • ‘Little India Gate’ was inaugurated in northern Indonesia .
  • It recognises the contribution of the Indian community in the development of Medan city, Indonesia.
  • The new structure was inaugurated jointly by India’s ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste Pradeep Kumar Rawat and Mayor of Medan H T Dzulmi.
  • Medan city is the fourth largest city in Indonesia.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the ‘Statue of Unity’ (world's tallest Statue) on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Surat, Gujarat. What is the actual height of Statue of Unity?

Correct! Wrong!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the ‘Statue of Unity’ (world's tallest Statue) on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Surat, Gujarat. • The Statue of Unity (bronze statue) is the tallest statue (182-metre) in the world, taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha statue (153-metre) and almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 metres) in the US. • The statue of unity located on the Sadhu Bet island (near Rajpipla) on the Narmada river, located between the Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges. • A 3.5 km highway will be used to connect the statue to Gujarat's Kevadia town.

2. World’s first Sovereign Blue bond has launched by which country ?

Correct! Wrong!

• The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first Sovereign Blue Bond. • Sovereign Blue Bond is a financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. • The bond demonstrates the potential for countries to harness capital markets for financing the sustainable use of marine resources. • The bond raised USD 15 million from international investors.

3. World's largest Airport 'under one roof' opened in which country ?

Correct! Wrong!

• The world's largest airport terminal "under one roof" has been officially opened in Istanbul, with a capacity to serve 90 million passengers. • Overall the first phase has cost 7.5 billion Euro. • The airport has been envisioned to have a total capacity of up to 200 million passengers (once all four phases are completed) in the next 10 years.

4. Malala Yousafzai to be honoured by which university?

Correct! Wrong!

• According to the Harvard’s Kennedy School, Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai (20-year) will be honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education. • Yousafzai will be conferred with the Gleitsman Award 2018 at a ceremony on 6th December this year. • The Gleitsman Award provides 125,000 US dollars for activism that has improved quality of life around the world. • Now, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England.

5. Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is being celebrated every year on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

• The ‘National Unity day’ (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) is being celebrated every year on 31st October in India. • The objective of this event is to pay tribute to the Iron man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, on his birth anniversary by remembering his extraordinary works for the country. • The Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh has flagged off the Run for Unity from Major Dhyanchand Stadium, New Delhi. • It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who really unified the country.

6. NASA probe gets closest to the sun. what is name of that probe?

Correct! Wrong!

• NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, mankind’s first mission to ‘touch’ the sun, has set a new record for closest approach to the sun by a human-made object. • Parker Solar Probe was launched on 12 August 2018. • The previous record for closest solar approach was set by the German-American Helios 2 spacecraft in April 1976.

7. Recently NASA’s unmanned Kepler mission has come to an end , which year it was launched ?

Correct! Wrong!

• NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel, and its mission has come to an end. • The unmanned space telescope was launched in 2009. • The unmanned space telescope revealed that billions of hidden planets are in space. • The Kepler mission was named in honour of 17th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion.

8. INS Tarangini returns after Voyage to which naval base ?

Correct! Wrong!

• The sail training ship of Indian Navy ‘INS Tarangini’ returned to its naval base in Kochi on 30 October 2018 after a seven-month-long voyage. • The voyage named ‘Lokayan 18’ was flagged off on 10 April 2018 from Kochi. • It also participated in the culminating event of the ‘Three Festival Tall Ships Regatta’ at Bordeaux in France and the ‘Tall Ships Races Europe 2018’.

9. A night trial of India’s indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile name is ___________________.

Correct! Wrong!

• A night trial of India’s indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile was successfully conducted on 30 October 2018 from a test range off Odisha coast. • It has a strike range of 700 km. • The missile can carry payloads up to 1000 kg. • Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

10. "Food value chain" program launched by which state Govt?

Correct! Wrong!

• The Uttar Pradesh government in assistance from Japanese government will develop ‘Food Value Chain’ in the state. • The UP Cabinet presided over by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath cleared a proposal in this regard. • Under the agreement, in the first five years, Japanese companies will invest in agri-related and food-related industries.

11. ‘Little India Gate’ inaugurated in which country ?

Correct! Wrong!

• ‘Little India Gate’ was inaugurated in northern Indonesia . • It recognises the contribution of the Indian community in the development of Medan city, Indonesia. • The new structure was inaugurated jointly by India’s ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste Pradeep Kumar Rawat and Mayor of Medan H T Dzulmi. • Medan city is the fourth largest city in Indonesia.

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