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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Government set to Sell the Subsidiaries of Air IndiaAfter Air India, government set to sell Alliance Air under asset-disposal programmeFollowing the privatisation of Air India (AI), the Government of India (GoI) started its asset disposal programme of AI’s subsidiaries.

  • Air India Asset Holdings Pvt Ltd (AIAHL), the wholly-owned regional subsidiary of AI consists of a company of ground handling, engineering, and Alliance Air to be privatised for clearing of its liabilities and disposal of assets.
  • Recently, Talace Pvt Ltd (the subsidiary of Tata Sons Private Ltd) won the final bid for acquiring the national carrier AI by submitting Rs 18,000 crore bid.
  • In 2019, GoI has formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) AIAHL for holding debt and non-core assets of the Air India group.
  • The 4 subsidiaries of Air India include Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL), Airline Allied Services Ltd (AASL), Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) and Hotel Corporation of India Ltd (HCI) along with non-core assets, painting and artefacts, and other non-operational assets, were transferred to AIAHL.

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SNV Aviation Pvt Ltd gets NOC from MoCA to operate ‘Akasa Air’ by 2022Rakesh Jhunjhunjwala-backed Akasa Air gets govt approvali.On October 11, 2021, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) gave NOC (No Objection Certificate) to SNV Aviation Pvt Ltd to operate commercial flights across India under the brand name ‘Akasa Air’ from summer 2022.
ii.This NOC will be followed by a security background check after which the airline will apply for AoP (air operator permit) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
iii.It should be noted that this proposed airline is backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, the Big Bull or Warren Buffett of India; and former Jet Airways CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Vinay Dube.
About Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA):
Union Minister– Jyotiraditya Scindia (Constituency– Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State (MoS)– General Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd.) (Constituency- Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh)
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Highlights of the Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen’s Visit to India from October 9-11Highlights Of the Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s Visit to IndiaPrime Minister (PM) of Denmark H.E. Mette Frederiksen visited India from October 09 to 11, 2021. It is Mette Frederiksen Blinken’s 1st State visit to India.

  • The visit is aimed at further strengthening and enhancing the friendly relationship between the two nations.
  • The two nation’s PMs have reconfirmed their commitment to Green Strategic Partnership and have firmed up a 5-year action plan (from 2021 to 2026) to implement it focused on ways to augment and consolidate green and low carbon growth.
  • Four Government -to- Government Agreements were signed in the fields of traditional knowledge, skill development, mapping of groundwater resources.
  • Danish pump and water solutions company Grundfos signed an MoU with Tata Projects on Saturday to cooperate and explore projects jointly in the area of environment, sustainability and water.

About Denmark:
Capital – Copenhagen
Currency – Danish krone
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Quad Nations conduct 2nd Phase of Malabar 2021 Exercise in Bay of BengalIndia, US, Japan & Australia kicks-off second phase of Malabar naval exercise in Bay of Bengal (1)On 12th October 2021, QUAD countries – India, Australia, Japan & USA started the second phase of the 25th edition of joint Naval exercise ‘Malabar 2021’ in the Bay of Bengal region. The 3-day long naval exercise is aimed at building coordination & interoperability among the navies that was established during the 1st phase.
i.In the 2nd phase the Indian side is represented by INS Ranvijay, INS Satpura, P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft, and a submarine.
About QUAD:
i.QUAD or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is a grouping of 4 countries – India, Australia, Japan & USA, that was initially established in 2007 under the proposal of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.
ii.Later in the 2017 ASEAN Summit, the 4 countries agreed to revive the QUAD alliance.
Motive – To counter China’s rising influence & maintain a free Indo-Pacific region.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff – Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy) – New Delhi
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Low-Income Countries’ Debt rose 12% to record $860 bn in 2020: WB ReportPoor countries' debt rose 12% to record $860 bln in 2020i.On October 11, 2021, World Bank (WB) in its report titled ‘International Debt Statistics 2022’ warned against a 12% debt rise of the world’s low-income countries to $860 billion in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report called for urgent efforts to reduce debt levels.
ii.Half of the world’s poorest countries were in external debt distress or at high risk of it.
iii.The external debt stocks of low- and middle-income countries combined raised 5.3% in 2020 to $8.7 trillion.
About World Bank (WB):
It was created at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
President– David R. Malpass (13th President)
Headquarters– Washington DC, United States
Member Countries – 189 Countries
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“Annually 22,000 Girls die of Pregnancy in Child Marriage” – ReportChild marriage kills more than 60 girls a day globallyGlobally, Child marriage kills over 60 girls a day, of which South Asia is responsible for 6 deaths a day, as per the “Global Girlhood Report 2021: Girls’ Rights in Crisis” report released by Save the Children International on the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ (11th October).

  • The report estimates that annually 22,000 girl child die due to child marriage, with pregnancy & childbirth being the major cause of death.

Note – In 1978 Government of India had amended the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 & raised the legal age for Marriage is 18 years for Girls and 21 years for Boys.
Overview of the Report:
i.West & Central Africa is responsible for over half the deaths related to Child marriage, nearly 9,600 annual deaths or 26 deaths a day. The region also records the highest number of Child marriages in the world.
ii.South Asia is responsible for 2,000 child marriage-related deaths every year, which is around 6 deaths a day, which is followed by East Asia & Pacific with 650 annual deaths or 2 daily deaths.
iii.Nearly 80 million child marriages were prevented in the last 25 years, but the situation worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic.
iv.Girl children faced increased risk of violence during the lockdown, and an estimated 10 million girls will be victims of Child marriage by 2030.
v.The report advises governments to prioritize issues related to girl child & gender-based violence.
vi.The organisation is calling on governments to Raise girls’ voices; Address immediate and ongoing risks of gender-based violence, including child marriage; Guarantee the rights of all girls; Ensure the safe and unrestricted participation of female humanitarian staff in all humanitarian response efforts; Join the Generation Equality movement.
About Save the Children:
CEO – Inger Ashing
Founded – 15th April 1919
Headquarter – London, United Kingdom

BANKING & FINANCE

IIFL Finance: 1st Indian NBFC to launch Instant Business Loan on WhatsAppIIFL Finance launches instant business copyOn October 11, 2021, IIFL (India Infoline Limited) Finance became the first NBFC Indian NBFC (non-banking financial company) that has launched instant business loans on WhatsApp up to Rs 10 lakh (Rs 1 million).

  • This facility will enable the Whatsapp users to avail loan with minimum documentation and get approval in five minutes.
  • The technological services for the same will be provided by Setu, IIFL Finance’s technology service provider.

Key Points:
i.It will benefit WhatsApp’s 45 crore-plus users across India who can avail this 24×7 loan facility.
ii.Powered by AI (Artificial Intelligence) Bot, it matches the users’ inputs to the loan offer, and facilitates the application through KYC, Bank Account Verification (BAV) and mandate setup.
iii.Borrower has to send a text to 9019702184 on the instant messaging app and share basic details and loan requirement, which will be matched to loan offerings by an artificial intelligence (AI) powered bot.
About IIFL Finance:
Managing Director– Venkataraman Rajamani
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Setu:
Co-founder and CEO– Sahil Kini
Headquarter– Bengaluru, Karnataka

Bharti AXA Life Launches New Savings Product ‘Bharti AXA Life Unnati’ Bharti AXA Life Insurance launches Bharti AXA Life Unnati

Bharti AXA Life Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and AXA, one of the world’s largest insurance companies, launched a new participating savings product named ‘Bharti AXA Life Unnati’.

  • Objective: To provide long term financial stability to individuals with the dual benefits of savings and protection in a single product.
  • It offers 4 plan options along with flexible premium payment terms and multiple add-ons and enables the customers to customize the product as per their needs and life goals. It offers immediate assured income options and protection up to the age of 100.

4 Plan Options:
i.Whole Life Income option: It is a ‘4G’ plan option, which provides guaranteed income (from the 2nd year onwards) with cash bonuses till age 100 years.
ii.Endowment option: This option will provide a lump-sum benefit to meet long term goals. It has two variants, waiving off premiums in case of death of the life insured and providing an option for a higher life cover.
iii.Moneyback Option: Through this option, a guaranteed money back equal to 1 annualized premium could be obtained every 4th year during the policy term along with a lump sum amount at the end of the policy term.
iv.Immediate Income Option: It provides regular income in form of cash bonuses (if declared), from the 2nd policy year and provides a lump sum amount at maturity.
About Bharti AXA Life Insurance:
Establishment – 2006
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO – Parag Raja

Ezetap Partners with Axis Bank to Bring ‘My Vyappar’ for the Retail SegmentEzetap Partners with Axis Bank to Bring 'My Vyappar' for the Retail SegmentEzetap has collaborated with Axis Bank to offer a new service app  ‘My Vyappar’ to retail businesses in India. The app also aims at motivating the merchants to increase the use of digital payments, by incentivizing them with rewards, upon achieving bank goals.
Highlights
i.Through this service, the Axis Bank will provide digital payment management for the merchants.
ii.Around 50,000 smart Point of Sales (POS) devices have been deployed with My Vyappar across more than 1600 cities in India.
My Vyappar app-
i.My Vyappar app provides businesses with a single view of all credit transactions that can be accessed anytime anywhere
ii.It offers a full suite of Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) options that can boost revenue.
iii.EMI facilities would be available for ticket sizes as small as even INR 3000.
iv.The app provides multilingual capability by adding Hindi as an additional language to help retailers better understand their digital payments.
About Axis Bank
Chief Executive Officer– Amitabh Chaudhry
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Founded– 3 December 1993
Tagline: Badhti ka Naam Zindagi

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

CCI Imposed Penalties on 2 Firms for Bid Rigging GAIL’s Tender; CCI Approved Internal Restructuring of TVS Group

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed monetary penalties on 2 firms, PMP Infratech Private Limited and Rati Engineering Private Limited, for allegedly rigging a bid floated by Gail (India) Limited in 2017-2018 to restore a site in Ahmedabad and Anand Areas of Gujarat.
The 2 firms have contravened the provisions of Section 3(3)(d) read with Section 3(1) of the Competition Act, 2002 which prohibit anti-competitive agreements including bid-rigging.
Penalty:
i.CCI imposed a penalty of Rs 25 lakh on PMP Infratech Pvt. Ltd and Rs 1 lakh penalty on individuals who managed and controlled the firm.
ii.CCI imposed a penalty of Rs 2.5 lakh penalty on Rati Engineering Pvt. Ltd and Rs 50000 on the individual who managed and controlled the firm.
iii.CCI has also passed a cease and desist order.
CCI Approves Internal Restructuring of the TVS Group:
Under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002, CCI has approved the internal restructuring of the TVS Group.  The approved internal restructuring of the TVS group is on the basis of a Memorandum of Family Arrangement, the Composite Scheme of Amalgamation and Arrangement and board resolutions.

  • The parties involved in the transaction include T V Sundram Iyengar & Sons Private Limited (TVSS), involved in the production & distribution of automotive components, Sundaram Industries Private Limited (SI), engaged in providing tyre solutions and manufacturing rubber compound, Southern Roadways Private Limited (SRW), engage in road transport, and parcel services and 12 others.

Welspun Corp Ltd to Develop World’s 1st Guideline for Transportation of Hydrogen Gas in Pipelines

Welspun Corp Limited(WCL), the World’s 2nd largest manufacturer of large diameter pipes based in Mumbai, has joined a global industry project to develop the World’s 1st guideline for the transportation of Hydrogen Gas in existing and new offshore pipelines.

  • WCL is the first company from India to join the H2pipe joint Industry project on Hydrogen Pipelines launched by the DNV AS Energy Systems Pipeline Technology, a leading industrial certification body.

Key points:
i.As a member of the steering committee, WCL will collaborate with 24 premier energy companies which include, Shell, BP, Total Energies, Equinor, Wood, Orsted, Gassco, Wintershall Dea, Intecsea, Subsea7, TechnipFMC and Saipem, to provide technical expertise in the H2pipe project.
ii.In this project, WCL will assist to develop a recommended practice for design, re-qualification, construction and operation of pipelines for hydrogen gas transportation in offshore pipelines and complement DNVGL ST F101(submarine pipeline systems) and other existing standards.
H2Pipe project:

H2Pipe Project is an industry-first project which will provide guidance to the global energy sector, which is shifting towards clean energy using alternate sources.

  • Hydrogen is one of the important elements of the energy transition.

Execution:
i.The H2Pipe project will be executed in multiple phases.
ii.Phase 1 will focus on the assessment of existing standards, including the offshore standard DNVGL-ST-F101, to identify the scope and additional considerations for hydrogen transportation.
iii.The following phases will be experimental to define the requirements and acceptance criteria for offshore hydrogen pipelines
About Welspun Corp Ltd (WCL):
WCL, a flagship company of the Welspun Group, is one of the world’s leading welded line pipe manufacturers.
Chairman– Balkrishan Goenka
Managing Director & CEO– Vipul Mathur
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Vice President Naidu presents Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence to AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presented the 22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence to Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)  Dr Randeep Guleria. The Vice President also paid tribute to the former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri at Upa- Rashtrapati Nivas, Delhi.
Highlights
i.22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence was presented to honour the exemplary standards of morality in public life.
ii.Dr Guleria got the award for creating awareness about the pandemic and devotion to duty, nurturing the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders in AIIMS.
Constitutional provision for Vice President
Article 63 : The Vice-President of India.
Article 64 : The Vice-President To Be Ex-Officio Chairman of The Council of States.
Article 65 : The Vice-President To Act As President or To Discharge His Functions During Casual Vacancies In The Office, or During The Absence, of President.
Article 67 : Term of Office of Vice-President.
About Lal Bahadur Shastri
Born- 2 October 1904 ( Mughalsarai, Bihar)
Nickname- Man of Peace        

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS 

EESL appoints Arun Kumar Mishra as Chief Executive OfficerArun Kumar Mishra copyThe Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of NTPC Ltd (formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) Rural Electrification Corp. Ltd, Power Finance Corp. Ltd, and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) appointed Arun Kumar Mishra as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on deputation. He will be responsible for EESL operations. He will succeed the vice-chairperson of EESL, Saurabh Kumar.
Key points
i.EESL, an energy service company (ESCO), is among the earliest entrants in India’s energy efficiency market estimated at around INR 74,000 crore and is presently running the world’s largest domestic lighting programme.
ii.It was set up under the union Ministry of Power, it has been allotted the demand aggregation of electric three-wheeler and electric bus components under the INR 10,000 crore Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme of the central government.
iii.EESL is also collaborating for the smart metering programme in India with IntelliSmart, a  joint venture of EESL and National Investments and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) (India’s quasi-sovereign wealth fund).
iv.It is working with the government’s UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) scheme, which offers the world’s cheapest LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs in rural areas at INR 10.
About Arun Kumar
He has working experience of around 30 years in NTPC and PGCIL and also has been the Director of National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) – Project Management Unit (PMU) and Vice-Chair, International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN).
About Energy Efficiency Services Limited ( EESL):
Chairman– K Sreekant
Headquarters- New Delhi, Delhi
Founded– 2009

Former SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar Appointed as Chairman of the Board of BharatPeRajnish Kumar joins BharatPe Board as the Chairman

Rajnish Kumar, former chairman of the State Bank of India(SBI) has been appointed as the Chairman of the board of BharatPe, an ‘Indian’ leading fintech company.

  • He will mentor the BharatPe team during its transition into a small finance bank.
  • He will also take part in defining the short term and long term strategies of BharatPe.

About Rajnish Kumar:
i.Rajnish Kumar has served as the chairman of SBI from 2017 to 2020.
ii.He has also served as the managing director of SBI and the managing director of compliance and risk at SBI.
iii.At present he is serving as an independent non-executive director at HSBC Bank, Asia and Additional Director in the capacity of an Independent Director of the L&T Infotech.
iv.Previously he was appointed as the senior advisor by Baring Private Equity Asia and an advisor to Kotak Investment Advisors.
About BharatPe:
Bharatpe has emerged as the largest B2B (business-to-business) lender in the financial services industry and has become a unicorn startup (a company with a valuation of over 1 billion USD).
CEO– Ashneer Grover
Group President- Suhail Sameer
Head office– New Delhi,Delhi
Founded in 2018         

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Germany unveils world’s first driverless train  Germany unveils copyGerman rail operator Deutsche Bahn and industrial group Siemens unveiled the world’s first automated, driverless train in the city of Hamburg, Germany. According to them, it is more punctual and energy efficient than traditional trains.

  • Four more driverless trains will join the northern city’s S-Bahn rapid urban rail network.
  • These rails will start carrying passengers from December, using the existing rail infrastructure and will be sharing tracks with other regular trains.
  • It is part of a 60 million euro ($70 million) modernization of Hamburg’s rapid urban rail system.
  • The automated trains can transport up to 30 per cent more passengers, improve punctuality and save more than 30 per cent energy.
  • Although the train is fully automated, a driver will still be present to supervise journeys whenever there are passengers on board.

About Deutsche Bahn
It is a German railway company.
CEO – Richard Lutz
Headquarters – Berlin, Germany
Founded – 1994
About Siemens
CEO – Roland Busch
Headquarters – Munich, Germany
Founded – 1847
About Germany
President – Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Capital – Berlin
Currency – Euro

ITCA to launch 75 satellites made by students in 2022ITCA, Bengaluru launches 75 Students’ SatellitesIndian Technology Congress Association (ITCA) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, focuses on building synergies between academia, industry and research organisations.

  • To commemorate the 75 years of India’s Independence, it has launched 75 Student made Satellites Consortium: Mission 2022.
  • Under this mission , ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will launch these 75 satellites which made by Indian students in schools and colleges into space in 2022.
  • To design and launch the student-built satellite, the ITCA has collaborated with various organizations such as TMISAT of Israel, CSPD of Serbia and UNISEC of Japan.

About ITCA
It stands for Indian Technology Congress Association
President: Dr. L.V. Muralikrishna Reddy
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka

SPORTS

FIFA reveals Ibha, Asiatic lioness as mascot For U-17 2022 WWCOfficial Mascot revealed for FIFA U-17 (1)FIFA unveiled Ibha, an Asiatic lioness as the official mascot of the U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022. Ibha represents women power.

  • The objective of the mascot is to inspire girls and women around the world to work up to their full potential.
  • The seventh edition of biennial international football tournament, the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is being hosted by India from October 11 to 30, 2022.
  • The announcement coincided with the International Day of the Girl Child.

About Ibha
i.Ibha is a strong, playful and charming Asiatic lioness.
ii.Aims to inspire and encourage women and girls by using teamwork, resilience, kindness and empowering others.
iii.It will play an important role in engaging with fans, as well as encouraging and inspiring more women and girls across India.
Germany becomes first team to qualify for 2022 World Cup
Germany became the first team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup by beating North Macedonia 4-0 and to secure top spot in qualifying Group J with two games to spare.
About FIFA
It stands for Federation Internationale de Football Association
President –Gianni Infantino
Headquarters – Zurich, Switzerland

Australia wins by 14 runs against India in WT20I

Australia beat India by 14 runs in final T20I to claim series 2-0

Australia beat India by 14 runs in the third and final T20 Women’s International to seal the multi-format series by 11-5 points.

  • All three formats have been clubbed together and India after losing the WODI series by 1-2 margin, lost the WT20I 0-2.
  • Unbeatable scores by opener Beth Monney 61 and Tahlia McGrath 44 helped Australia to put up a decent score of 149 for five.
  • For India, left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad took 2 wickets of 37, Renuka Singh 1 for 23, Pooja Vastrakar 1 for 24 and off-spinner Deepti Sharma 1 for 24.
  • Chasing the total, Smriti Mandhana scored 49-ball 52 but India kept losing wickets to eventually manage only 135 for 6 in their stipulated 20 overs.

Smriti Mandhana becomes first Indian woman to score ton in pink-ball test
Indian women’s cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana became the first Indian woman to score a century in a pink-ball Test, when she played a 127-run knock against Australia in the one-off Pink Ball Test.

  • She is also the Indian first woman to score a century on Australian soil.

About Australia
Prime Minister – Scott Morrison
Capital – Canberra
Currency – Australian dollar

BOOKS & AUTHORS

NITI Aayog VC launches NITI Aayog- UNDP Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste ManagementPlastic Waste Management copyThe vice chairman (VC) of NITI (National Institute for Transforming India) Aayog, Rajiv Kumar launched the ‘NITI Aayog- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management in New Delhi.
The book  provides an outlook for comprehensive overview of managing plastic waste by representing and discussing components of the entire plastic waste value chain.
Key points
i.The handbook has suggested urban local bodies across states adopt the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) model and  implement it as a public-private partnership (PPP) model for sustainable management of urban plastic waste.
ii.The materials reclamation facility or recycling facility is a specialized plant that receives, separates, and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.
iii.The model is initially funded by private players, supported by urban local bodies (ULBs), and operated by service providers including local organizations and waste management agencies.
Additional Info:
The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 was amended in August 2021 to phase out single-use plastic by 2022 to tackle the adverse impacts of littered plastic on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Click here to know more
About  NITI (National Institute for Transforming India) Aayog
Chairperson– Narendra Modi ( Prime Minister)
Founded- 1 January 2015
Headquarters- New Delhi, Delhi

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Migratory Bird Day 2021 – October 9 World Migratory bird copyWorld Migratory Bird Day(WMBD) is annually observed across the globe on two peak days each year (second Saturday in May and in October) to create awareness of migratory birds and the importance of international cooperation to conserve the migratory birds and their habitats.World Migratory Bird Day 2021 was celebrated on 8th May and 9th October 2021.

  • World Migratory Bird Day 2020 was celebrated on 9th May and 10th October 2020.
  • World Migratory Bird Day 2022 will be observed on 14th May and 8th October 2022.

The theme of the World Migratory Bird Day 2021 is “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!”, which focuses on the phenomena of bird song and bird flight.
2 day meeting of Central Asian Flyway countries:
i.The two day Online Meeting of 30 countries (including India) under the Central Asian Flyway(CAF) region started on 6th October 2021.
ii.Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India addressed the meeting and highlighted the importance of conservation of migratory birds.
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World Arthritis Day 2021 – October 12 World Arthritis Day - October 12 2021 copyWorld Arthritis Day(WAD) is annually observed across the globe on October 12th to create awareness about the existence and impacts of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases(RMDs).
Arthritis is a term used for more than 100 joint-related diseases, which causes swelling in or around a joint, resulting in pain, stiffness, and sometimes difficulty moving.
12th October 2021 marks the observance of the 25th WAD.
Background:
In 1996, the Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) established World Arthritis Day(WAD), as a global initiative to raise awareness of issues affecting people with RMDs.
EULAR celebrates WAD 2021 focusing on its Campaign entitled “Don’t Delay, Connect Today: Time2Work”.
About EULAR – European Alliance of Association for Rheumatology:
President– Prof. Annamaria Iagnocco(Italy)
Headquarters– Zürich, Switzerland
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World Day Against the Death Penalty 2021 – October 10 World Day Against the Death Penalty copyWorld Day Against the Death Penalty is annually observed across the globe on 10th October with an aim to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls across the globe.The day unifies the global abolitionist movement and mobilizes civil society to support the abolition of capital punishment.
10th October 2021 marks the observance of the 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty.
Women Sentenced to Death: An Invisible Reality:
The World Day Against the Death Penalty 2021 is dedicated to women who risk being sentenced to death, who have received a death sentence, who have been executed, and to those who have had their death sentences commuted, exonerated, or pardoned.
Background:
i.The World Day Against the Death Penalty was initiated by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, a coalition of NGOs in 2003.
ii.In 2007, the Council of Europe and the European Union officially recognized World Day as European Day Against the Death Penalty.
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S.no Current Affairs 13 October 2021
1 Government set to Sell the Subsidiaries of Air India
2 SNV Aviation Pvt Ltd gets NOC from MoCA to operate ‘Akasa Air’ by 2022
3 Highlights of the Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen’s Visit to India from October 9-11
4 Quad Nations conduct 2nd Phase of Malabar Exercise in Bay of Bengal
5 Low-Income Countries’ Debt rose 12% to record $860 bn in 2020: WB Report
6 “Annually 22,000 Girls die of Pregnancy in Child Marriage” – Report
7 IIFL Finance: 1st Indian NBFC to launch Instant Business Loan on WhatsApp
8 Bharti AXA Life Launches New Savings Product ‘Bharti AXA Life Unnati’
9 Ezetap Partners with Axis Bank to Bring ‘My Vyappar’ for the Retail Segment
10 CCI Imposed Penalties on 2 Firms for Bid Rigging GAIL’s Tender; CCI Approved Internal Restructuring of TVS Group
11 Welspun Corp Ltd to Develop World’s 1st Guideline for Transportation of Hydrogen Gas in Pipelines
12 Vice President Naidu presents Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence to AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria
13 EESL appoints Arun Kumar Mishra as Chief Executive Officer
14 Former SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar Appointed as Chairman of the Board of BharatPe
15 Germany unveils world’s first driverless train
16 ITCA to launch 75 satellites made by students in 2022
17 FIFA reveals Ibha, Asiatic lioness as mascot For U-17 2022 WWC
18 Australia wins by 14 runs against India, seals multi format series by 11-5
19 NITI Aayog VC launches NITI Aayog- UNDP Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management
20 World Migratory Bird Day 2021 – October 9
21 World Arthritis Day 2021 – October 12
22 World Day Against the Death Penalty 2021 – October 10