Daily GK Update: 23rd October 2021

By Vijay Kumar|Updated : October 23rd, 2021

 National & International Appointments

1. Barbados elects Dame Sandra Mason as its first-ever president

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  • Dame Sandra Mason (72-years) has been elected after securing two-thirds of the votes in the country's two houses of Parliament.
  • Mason has been the governor-general since 2018 when she was appointed by the queen.
  • Barbados has elected its first-ever president as it prepares to become a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state.
  • Barbados is an island country, located in Lesser Antilles of the West Indies.
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 National Affairs

2. UK Navy Chief Admiral meets Indian counterpart in New Delhi

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  • United Kingdom Navy Chief Admiral Sir Tony Radakin met Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh in New Delhi and laid a wreath at the National War Memorial as a tribute to fallen soldiers.
  • Amongst other naval bilateral cooperation issues, the Chiefs emphasised collaborative mechanisms towards ensuring peace and security in the region.
  • Admiral Radakin is on a three-day visit to India.
  • He is also scheduled to visit the Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command in Mumbai.
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 Sports

3. Namibia defeat Ireland to qualify for Super 12 stage

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  • Namibia defeated Ireland by 8 wickets at Sharjah in the Group A of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
  • Ireland won the toss, chose to bat and set the target of 126 runs.
  • Namibia achieved the target with 9 balls remaining. 
  • With this win, Namibia has progressed from Group A to the Super 12 stages.
  • As a result of finishing at the top of Group A, Namibia will join India's group featuring Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan.
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 International Affairs

4. India hands over Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail link to Nepal govt

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  • India handed over a 34.9 km long cross-border rail link connecting Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Nepal to the Nepal government.
  • The handing over ceremony took place in the presence of the Nepal minister for physical Infrastructure and transport Renu Kumari Yadav and Indian ambassador to Nepal Vinay M. Kwatra.
  • The Jaynagar - Kurtha section is part of the 68.7 km Jaynagar - Bijalpura- Bardidas rail link built under the Government of India's grant assistance programme
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 State Affairs

5. J&K LG Manoj Sinha e-inaugurates “Jashn-e-Zafraan”

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  • Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha e-inaugurated the “Jashn-e-Zafraan”, Harvesting Saffron in presence of Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Kailash Choudhury.
  • The income of J&K farmers is at the fifth position in the whole country, 46% higher than the national average.
  • As per data of the National Statistical Survey, the farmers of J&K have a monthly income of 18,918 rupees, way above the national average of 10,218 rupees.
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 Important Dates

6. International Snow Leopard Day : 23rd October

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  • World Snow Leopard Day is observed globally on 23rd October every year.
  • The main purpose of this day is to show the importance of snow leopard conservation and raise awareness about this incredible animal.
  • The first Snow Leopard Day occurred on the 23rd of October in 2014.
  • Snow Leopard is found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
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 Sports

7. PaceJames Pattinson announces retirement from International Cricket

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  • Australia fast bowler James Pattinson (31-years) has announced his retirement from test cricket.
  • Pattinson, who has battled injuries throughout his career, has 81 wickets from 21 Test matches for Australia since he made his debut in December 2011.
  • The right-arm played 21 Test Matches, 15 One-Day Internationals and four T20 Internationals for Australia.
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 National Affairs

8. Textile Ministry issues notification for setting up seven PM MITRA Parks

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  • Textiles Ministry has issued notification for setting up of seven PM MITRA Parks.
  • It will be set up at Greenfield or Brownfield sites located in different willing States
  • The Union Development Capital Support will be 30% of the Project Cost, with a cap of 500 Cr rupees and for Brownfield sites 30% of the project cost of balance infrastructure and restricted to a limit of  200 crore rupees
  • It will reduce logistics costs and improve the competitiveness of Indian Textiles.
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 National & International Appointments

9. SAI appoints Arjuna Awardee Commodore PK Garg as new CEO of TOPS

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  • The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has appointed Commodore PK Garg as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
  • He will replace Commander Rajesh Rajagopalanwho held the post from 2018 till the Tokyo Olympics.
  • The appointment was officially ratified at SAI's Mission Olympic Cell meeting
  • Mr Garg represented India in five Asian Games from 1986 to 2002 in the Enterprise Class Sailing Event and has been a National Champion five times.
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 Defense

10. Indian Navy conducts Offshore Sailing Regatta from Kochi to Goa

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  • As part of the commemorative activities of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Indian Navy is conducting an Offshore Sailing Regatta from Kochi to Goa under aegis of Indian Naval Sailing Association, INSA.
  • Six Indian Naval Sailing Vessels Mhadei, Tarini, Bulbul, Neelkanth, Kadalpura and Hariyal will participate in the event.
  • The Flagging ceremony of the race will be presided over by the Commandant, Naval War College at Goa on the 29th of this month.
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Daily GK Update: 23rd October 2021

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