21 October 2022


ActorRobbie Coltrane Passes Away at 72:-

Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, died at the age of 72. In addition to the ITV detective drama Cracker, he appeared in the James Bond films Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough. His agent, Belinda Wright, confirmed the actor’s death in a hospital near Falkirk, Scotland, in a statement. His career began in the TV series Play for Today in 1979, but he rose to prominence in A Kick Up the Eighties, a BBC TV comedy series starring Tracey Ullman, Miriam Margolyes, and Rik Mayall.


Liz Truss resigns after six weeks as UK prime minister:-

Liz Truss announced her resignation as British Prime Minister on October 20, having been brought down only six weeks into the job by an economic programme that roiled financial markets, raised living costs for voters, and enraged much of her own party. The Conservative Party, which has a large majority in parliament and does not need to call a national election for the next two years, will choose a new leader by Oct. 28. Truss became Britain’s fourth prime minister in six years after being elected by Conservative Party members to lead the party in September.


World Bank Extends Loan Of $250 Million For SALT Project In Andhra Pradesh:-

B. Rajasekhar, Special Chief Secretary (School Education), announced that the World Bank (WB) has extended an unconditional loan of $250 million to the Supporting Andhra’s Learning Transformation (SALT) project in recognition of the State government’s groundbreaking reforms.Addressing the media at the Secretariat, Mr. Rajasekhar said that the reforms initiated under the SALT project had brought about a paradigm shift in the way education was imparted and that the outcomes had been encouraging.

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Retail Inflation Highest Since April Stands At 7.41%:-

The National Statistical Office (NSO) reported that retail inflation in India increased to 7.41% in September from 7% in August, with food price inflation increasing sharply from 7.62% in August to 8.6% in September. September’s retail inflation rate of 7.41% is the highest since April of this year, when prices rose to a nearly eight-year high of 7.79%. Inflation has remained above the Reserve Bank of India’s upper tolerance threshold of 6% for the ninth month in a row. Food inflation in urban areas rose to 8.65% in September, up from 7.55% the previous month.


Google Launches Play Points Rewards Programme In India:-

Google is bringing Play Points to India, which were previously available in 28 countries around the world. Users will be able to earn points when they make Google Play purchases, such as in-app purchases, apps, games, and subscriptions. According to Santos Cohen, Director, Go-To-Market, Google Play Points, in a blog. The rewards programme will assign users to one of four categories based on the number of points they have accumulated: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Depending on the category, they will receive different benefits and prizes.


Himachal Pradesh Govt Starts New Scheme “HIMCAD” To Help Farmers:-

The Himachal Pradesh government has launched a new irrigation scheme called HIMCAD to help farmers in the state. According to the most recent data, approximately 80% of Himachal Pradesh’s agricultural area is rain-fed. The scheme will connect farmers’ fields from end to end, allowing for better water conservation, crop diversification, and integrated farming. By March 2024, it is planned to provide command area development activities to 23,344 hectares of cultivable command area under the scheme.


Maharashtra: Mumbai Airport Completely Switches To Renewable Energy:-

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) recently achieved 100% renewable energy use after becoming the country’s first airport to install a captive, hybrid vertical-axis wind turbine and solar photovoltaic system for power generation. According to CSMIA spokespersons, the move is part of the airport’s goal of achieving “net zero” emissions by 2029, which will include cutting emissions from not only energy consumption but also waste management, transportation, and other sectors. This does not include emissions from aircraft, which are significantly higher.


Israel And Lebanon Agreed To ‘Historic Agreement’ On The Maritime Dispute:-

Israel and Lebanon have agreed to settle a decades-old dispute over control of an eastern stretch of the Mediterranean Sea, according to the leaders of the two countries, in a major diplomatic breakthrough between two neighbours who are technically at war and have no direct diplomatic relations. If both countries ratify the agreement, it is expected to avert conflict between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, as well as make it easier for energy companies to extract gas from the eastern Mediterranean Sea.


Indian Discus Thrower Kamalpreet Kaur Banned For 3 Years:-

Kamalpreet Kaur, an Indian discus thrower, has been banned for three years for using a prohibited substance (Stanozolol). The Indian athlete’s ban will take effect on March 29, 2022, according to an Athletics Integrity Unity (AIU) statement. Kaur, 26, rose to prominence after finishing sixth in the Tokyo Olympics and becoming the first Indian woman to break the 65-meter barrier, but she was temporarily suspended after testing positive for Stanozolol, a banned anabolic steroid, in May 2022.


Odisha MP Aparajita Sarangi Elected To IPU Panel:-

Aparajita Sarangi, a Lok Sabha MP from Odisha, has been elected to the executive committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) from Asia Pacific Group (APG) countries. In the election to the post, Sarangi received 12 of the total 18 available votes. Kigali, Rwanda, hosted the election. Sarangi will represent India on the union’s 15-member executive committee. S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, extended his best wishes to Sarangi. Om Birla, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, also congratulated the MP on her election victory.

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