Latest Current Affairs 16th October 2020

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates Food and Agri Week 2020:Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Food Processing Industries, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar today virtually inaugurated the India – International Food & Agri Week being organised from 16th to 22nd October 2020.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates and lays foundation stones for 16 NH projects in Andhra Pradesh:Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for 16 National Highways projects with a total length of 1411 kms worth Rs 15,592 crore in Andhra Pradesh.

NDRF continues to operate in flood affected southern states:The rescue and evacuation operation by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in flood hit cities of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra continues as water logging took place in many of the areas due to heavy rainfall.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank addresses the students of the 1st Batch of ASEAN PhD Fellowship Programme:Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today virtually addressed the students from ASEAN member states who have been selected for the prestigious ASEAN PhD Fellowship Programme (APFP) funded by the Government of India and congratulated them on their selection in the IITs, the country’s premiere technological institutions.

Raksha Mantri’s Trophy for the Best and Second Best Command Hospitals Presented:The Raksha Mantri Trophy for the Best and Second Best Command Hospitals of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2019 were presented by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh today.

PM releases commemorative coin of Rs. 75 denomination to mark 75th anniversary of FAO:Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin of Rs. 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO on Friday. In order to mark World Food Day, PM also dedicated 17 new biofortified varieties of 8 crops to the nation.

COVID-19: PM reviews research and vaccine deployment ecosystem:Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a review meeting of the research and vaccine deployment ecosystem against the COVID-19 pandemic including testing technologies, contact tracing, drugs and therapeutics etc.

Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ will be addressing the students from various ASEAN nations at the virtual Welcome Meet for the 1st Batch of ASEAN PhD Fellowship Programme on Friday at 11 AM.V-shaped recovery seen in high-frequency indicators: FM:Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the plenary meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the Ministerial-level committee of IMF, through video-conference on Thursday.

Bangladesh to hold Durga Puja in 30,225 mandaps:The largest festival of Hindus of Bangladesh Durgapuja will be celebrated all over the country in 30,225 mandaps this year.

Kyrgyzstan President resigns after protests over disputed election:Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has resigned after days of protests over a disputed parliamentary election, saying he wants to prevent clashes and bloodshed.

Countries in Europe witness resurgence in COVID-19 cases:Leaders in European nations are trying different strategies including lockdowns in order to tackle COVID-19 resurgence.

COVID-19 claims over 11 lakh lives worldwide:Take a look at updates on covid-19 from across the world.

UK PM to set out brexit plan today:European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier has said that he would continue intensive talks with Britain over the coming weeks to strike a deal and added that the bloc was ready to continue talks “until the last possible day”.

Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire hopes sink as death toll rises:Hopes for a humanitarian ceasefire ending fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh sank further as the death toll mounted on Thursday.

Thailand declares emergency:In Thailand, leaders of Thai anti – government protests were arrested after the government banned protests and the publication of sensitive news in the face of escalating protests.

Govt lifts restrictions on export of alcohol-based hand sanitizers:Government has lifted all restrictions on export of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

IRDAI Chairman urges health insurance providers to develop disease-specific products:Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) Chairman Subhash Khuntia has urged health insurance providers to develop disease-specific products which could help policy holders in preventing different ailments.

Centre to borrow Rs 1.10 lakh crore on behalf of states to meet GST shortfall:The Finance Ministry has said that the Centre will borrow up to 1.10 lakh crore rupees on behalf of the states to bridge the shortfall in GST collections.

COVID-19: World Bank to propose 25 billion in extra funding for poorest countries:World Bank has called for emergency financing of 25 billion dollar to help the world’s poorest countries grapple with the massive challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Elaborate hygiene and safety standards in place at SAI Lucknow as Women’s Wrestling Camp gets underway:The national camp for the Indian women’s wrestling team commenced on October 10th at SAI Lucknow.

Lovlina Borgohain tests COVID positive:Double world championship bronze medalist boxer and Olympic quota winner Lovlina Borgohain has tested positive for coronavirus.

Denmark Open Badminton Championship: Kidambi Srikanth storms into QFs:In Badminton, ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth stormed into the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open with a straight-game win over Jason Anthony Ho-Shue, at Odense on Thursday.

Track weather updates for today:Take a look at the weather of your city.

For isolated tribe, Philippine rickshaw brings learning amid pandemic:When the pandemic shut Philippine schools, a group of teachers living near the indigenous Aeta people became so concerned about the impact on the children of the isolated community that they initiated a novel approach to help them – learning by rickshaw.

Egyptian designer tailors clothing brand for people with disabilities:When Ashgan al-Abhar’s wheelchair-using friend said she dreamed of wearing a dress that did not obstruct her mobility, she decided to launch a clothing brand for people with disabilities and those of short stature.

Ig Nobel science award: An alligator on helium sounds like …?:If humans sound like Minnie Mouse after inhaling helium, would an alligator squeak on the gas used to float balloons?

23 YO Indian Entrepreneur in London – Meet Kotadia, on his way to making – Life Hassle Free, for International Students across the Globe:23 years old Meet Kotadia, who has recently completed his Masters from Kingston University in London started the Post Landing Services for International students with Ocxee Ltd. in the end of 2018.

World Food Day being observed today:World Food Day marks the foundation of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945. In 1979 for the first time it was observed as a Day for action against hunger.

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