Current Affairs Capsule – 3 October 2019
- October 3, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘The Gandhian Challenge’ for school children was launched by the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog’s Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India, including Generation Unlimited. It provides a platform for every child across India to ideate innovative solutions for a sustainable India of their dreams, using Gandhi’s principles. Generation Unlimited is a new UNICEF-led global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person between ages 10 to 24 is admitted in some form of learning, school, self-employment, training or age-appropriate employment by 2030.
- The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the appointment of Surjit S Bhalla as the Executive Director for India on the Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a period of three years. The 71-year old Bhalla will succeed former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn, who died in the US on July 30th after a brief illness.
- The International Day of Older Persons is observed every year on 1st October to highlight the contributions made by the older population to the society and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in the world. The theme for this year is “The Journey to Age Equality”. On 14th December, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1st October as the International Day of Older Persons.
- Union Consumer Affairs Ministry launched a mobile app called ‘Consumer App’ to help consumers across the country to register their grievances online as well as to provide suggestions on several consumer-related issues. Developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), it is a step towards achieving the objective of Digital India. The Ministry will process the complaints for redressal for nearly 250 categories of products and services.
- The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog released the School Education Quality Index (SEQI), which evaluates the performance of states and union territories in the school education sector. Among large states, Kerala has recorded the highest incremental performance with a score of 77.6% in 2015-16 to 82.2% in 2016-17. Among small states, the incremental performance was shown by Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Goa. NITI Aayog was established in 2015.
- Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took charge as the new Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who retired after 41 years of service in the IAF on 30th September, 2019. He is now the 26th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.
- World Heart Day is observed every year on 29th September, 2019 to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use, 80% of premature deaths caused by Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD) can be avoided. Founded in 2000, World Heart Day is an initiative of the World Heart Federation. According to the World Health Organization, around 18 million people die of CVD every year.
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Q1. Who has been appointed as the Executive Director for India on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)?
- Subir Gokarn
- Harish Kumar
- Surjit S Bhalla
- Suresh Verma
Q2. On which day is the International Day of Older Persons observed?
- September 30
- October 1
- October 2
- October 3
Q3. Which large state has recorded the highest incremental performance as per the School Education Quality Index (SEQI)?
- Andhra Pradesh
Q4. Who is the new Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF)?
- Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa
- Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria
- Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora
- Air Marshal B Suresh
Q5. According to the World Health Organization, around _______million people die of CVD every year.