Daily GK Update: 20th October 2021

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : October 20th, 2021


1. Bhavani Devi wins Charlellville National Competition in France


  • Fencer Bhavani Devi (28 years) has won 2022 Charlellville National Competition in France in the individual women’s sabre event
  • She also made history at Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to compete in the sport at the Games by winning her round of 64 match 15-3 against Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi before going down to eventual bronze-medallist, Manon Brunet of France.
  • She is currently ranked 50th in the world and is the top-ranked fencer from India.
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 Summits & Conferences

2. Fourth General Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) organized

  • The Fourth General Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) has been organized virtually.
  • It is being held from 18th to 21st October 2021.
  • It is being presided over by President of ISA Assembly RK Singh
  • Key initiatives during the Assembly:
    • Operationalization of OSOWOG (One Sun One World One Grid) initiative, $1-trillion Solar Investment Roadmap for 2030
    • Blended Financial Risk Mitigation Facility approved
    • Strategic plan of the ISA for the next five years.
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 National & International Organizations

3. India ranks 71st on 2021 Global Food Security Index

  • India has been ranked 71st in the Global Food Security (GFS) Index 2021 among 113 countries with a score of 57.2 points
  • GFS Index is published by London-based Economist Impact and is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience
  • Top performers: Ireland, Australia, UK, Finland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Japan, France, US
  • Worst performers: Burundi
  • China has been ranked 34th, Pakistan ranked 75th, Sri Lanka (77th Position), Nepal (79th position) and Bangladesh (84th position)
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 Summits & Conferences

4. CII organizes ‘Future Tech 2021’ conference

  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has organized an International Conference and Exhibition on Digital technologies, ‘Future Tech 2021- a Journey of digital transformation to technology adoption and acceleration’
  • It is being held from October 19 to 27, 2021.
  • Theme of Future Tech 2021: Driving technologies for building the future, we all can trust
  • Theme will have 5 pillars: Strategy, Growth, Resilience, Inclusiveness, Trust.
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 Books & Authors

5. Gulzar pens book titled “Actually… I Met Them: A Memoir”

  • Legendary Indian poet-lyricist-director Gulzar has come out with his new book title as ‘Actually… I Met Them: A Memoir’.
  • It is being published by Penguin Random House India publishing group.
  • In this memoir book, Gulzar has shared many interesting unknown facts about legends like Kishore Kumar, Bimal Roy, Ritwik Ghatak, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Mahasweta Devi, among others.
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 National & International Organizations

6. India ranks 40th in 2021 Mercer CFS Global Pension Index survey

  • India has been ranked at 40th spot out of 43 countries in the 2021 Mercer CFS Global Pension Index survey with overall index value of 43.3.
  • Top Performer: Iceland with an index value of 84.2.
  • Worst performer: Thailand with index value at 40.6
  • India was ranked 34th out of 39 pension systems in 2020
  • According to survey, workforce in India manages most of the retirement provision themselves, as the coverage of private retirement provision in India is only around 6%.
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 National Affairs

7. Home Minister Amit Shah flags off ‘Modi Van’

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah has flagged off ‘Five Mobile Medical Vans’ dubbed as Modi Van in Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Modi vans have been launched under ‘Seva Hi Sangathan’ programme of BJP to commemorate Prime Minister Narendra Modi 20 years as the Head of Government.
  • Five Mobile Medical Vans will operate in five Assembly Constituencies in Kaushambi.
  • These vans will work under the aegis of Kaushambi Vikas Parishad run by BJP’s National Secretary Vinod Sonkar
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 National & International Organizations

8. WHO releases Global TB Report 2021

  • World Health Organization (WHO) has released its annual Global tuberculosis (TB) report 2021 to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of TB epidemic at global, regional and country levels.
  • Key findings:
    • Number of people dying from TB increased in 2020 due to COVID-19.
    • India is among top 30 countries with the highest TB burden.
    • Very few people were diagnosed, treated, or provided with TB preventive treatment in 2020 compared with 2019.
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 Summits & Conferences

9. India, Israel, UAE, U.S. decide to launch quadrilateral economic forum

  • India, Israel, United Arab Emirates and United States have decided to launch new quadrilateral economic forum.
  • Quadrilateral builds on ongoing cooperation between U.S., Israel and UAE after the Abraham Accords last year
  • This QUAD grouping had decided to establish an international forum for economic cooperation, and discussed possibilities for joint infrastructure projects expanding economic and political cooperation in the Middle East and Asia
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 Important Dates

10. World Osteoporosis Day: 20th October

  • World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) is observed every year on October 20 to raise global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.
  • The day is organized by International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).
  • Global WOD Campaign theme for 2021: Serve Up Bone Strength.
  • Osteoporosis means 'porous bone’ and is a disease that weakens bones, and if you have it, you are at a greater risk for sudden and unexpected bone fractures.
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 State Affairs

11. Piyush Goyal inaugurates 250mm Seer Water supply scheme in Kashmir.

  • Union Minister Piyush Goyal has inaugurated 250mm Seer Water supply scheme during his two day visit to Pahalgam as part of the public outreach programme of the central government.
  • It will benefit around 10000 people and will be completed under Jal Jeevan Mission within three months.
  • He also inaugurated tourist hut of Pahalgam Development Authority at Golf Course Pahalgam
  • Forest Departments Deodar sapling plantation drive was also being conducted under Green JK Drive.
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 Important Dates

12. International Chef’s Day: 20 October

  • International Chefs Day is being observed every year on 20 October to celebrate and honour the noble profession and educate people around the world about eating healthy.
  • Theme of International Chefs Day 2021 campaign: Healthy Food for the Future.
  • It is also the day for experienced chefs to pass on their knowledge and culinary skills to the next generation with a sense of pride and commitment.
  • It was created by Dr. Bill Gallagher in 2004.
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 Summits & Conferences

13. Tourism Minister addresses ‘Tourism in Buddhist Circuits – A way forward'

  • Union Minister for Culture & Tourism G Kishan Reddy addressed the inaugural session of Tourism in Buddhist Circuits – A way forward’ at Hotel Royal Residencey in Kushinagar.
  • It is a two day conference which will highlight Buddhist Circuit and Buddhist tourism
  • On the occasion, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate Kushinagar International Airport on 20th October 2021, whose inaugural flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka will land at the Kushinagar airport.
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Daily GK Update: 20th October 2021


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