National & International Appointments
1. MCA appoints Sangeeta Verma as acting Chairperson of CCI
- The government of India has appointed CCI member, Sangeeta Verma as the acting chairperson of the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
- Her appointment came into effect from 26th October 2022.
- She will remain in office for three months or till appointment of regular Chairperson or till any further orders, whichever is the earliest.
- She has replaced Ashok Kumar Gupta, who relinquished office after a four-year tenure.
- CCI HQ: New Delhi; Formed: 14 October 2003
2. Tata Steel's Dutch arm signs MOU to supply Ford with green steel
- Tata Steel's Dutch arm has signed an MoU with the Ford in Europe to supply "green" steel after 2030.
- Tata has planned to produce green steel (steel made without using fossil fuels) in 2030 at its plant in Ijmuiden, Netherlands.
- Ford has also signed supply MOUs with Tata, ThyssenKrupp (Germany) and Salzgitter (Germany) to supply "low carbon" steel for use in manufacturing the new electric crossover model.
- It would help to meet a target of having zero emissions by 2035.
3. CCI imposes Rs 936 crore penalty on Google for abuse of dominance
- The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed another penalty of Rs. 936.44 crore on Google.
- Reason: Abusing its dominant position with respect to its Play Store policies.
- Google dominance in the markets for licensable OS for smart mobile devices & market for app stores for Android smart mobile OS, in India.
- Earlier, CCI had imposed a penalty of ₹1,337.76 crore on Google for abusing its dominant position in multiple markets in the Android Mobile ecosystem.
4. Bengali film director Pinaki Chaudhuri passes away
- Bengali films director, Pinaki Chaudhuri has been passed away at the age of 82 in Kolkata.
- He was suffering from lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
- He had been awarded the two national awards for Shanghaath (Conflict) in 1996 and for Ballygunge Court in 2007.
- His other notable films: 'Kakababu Here Gelen?' (Kakababu defeated?), 'Ek Tukro Chand' (A slice of the moon) and 'Arohan' (Ascension).
5. Gujarati celebrates new year 'Bestu Varsh'
- Bestu Varas, Gujarati New Year has been celebrated a day after Diwali on the Pratipada Tithi in the month of Kartik.
- The day is also called Varsha Pratipada or Padwa.
- In 2022, Gujaratis were celebrated their New Year on October 25.
- Significance: Gujarati businessmen and traders start new books of account and close the old ones.
- These account books are called chopda or bahi-khata.
- The Gujarati New Year coincides with Govardhan Puja.
6. Upper Bhadra scheme will be first national project of Karnataka
- Karnataka CM, Basavaraj Bommai has announced that the Union cabinet will soon approve the Upper Bhadra lift irrigation scheme.
- It will be the first national project of Karnataka.
- It will revive the drought-prone districts of Chitradurga, Chikkamagaluru, Davanagere and Tumakuru, as it is expected to irrigate about 2.3 lakh hectares by drawing water from the Tunga and Bhadra rivers.
- He has also announced that the Tumakuru-Davanagere railway line has been reviewed.
Honours & Awards
7. RRR wins Best International Film award at 50th Saturn Awards
- RRR has won the Best International Film award at the 2022 Saturn Awards.
- The movie has been directed by SS Rajamouli.
- Prior to this, SS Rajamouli had received Saturn Awards for Baahubali: The Conclusion.
- Saturn Awards:
- It is awarded for Best in genre fiction film, television and home media releases
- Country: United States
- Presented by: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
- The award was created in 1973.
8. Aman Sehrawat wins first ever gold for India in U23 World Championships
- Indian wrestler, Aman Sehrawat (16) has become the first Indian wrestler to win a gold medal at the U-23 World Wrestling Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.
- He has defeated Ahmet Duman of Turkey by 12-4 in the finals.
- India has finished with six medals - one gold, one silver, and four bronze at the U-23 World Wrestling Championships 2022.
- Sajan Bhanwala became the first Greco-Roman wrestler from India to win a medal bronze at the U23 world wrestling championships.
9. Microsoft launches ARM-based computer for developers
- Microsoft has launched the Windows Dev Kit 2023, a new personal computer designed for developers using the ARM chip design.
- It is available in eight countries; Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, U.K., and U.S.
- It is a part of ‘Project Volterra’, that was started in May 2022.
- With the help of this new device, developers can build, run, and test Windows apps for Arm on a single compact device.
- It is powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC.
Books & Authors
10. Akshay Shah & Stephen Alter compiled and edited “The Corbett Papers” book
- A new book "The Corbett Papers" has been co-edited by educator Akshay Shah and writer Stephen Alter.
- This book was published by Hachette India.
- This book has brought together lesser known parts of Jim Corbett's life through unpublished letters, documents and a privately-published book.
- Corbett was born in Nainital in 1875, was known for tracking and hunting down a number of man-eating tigers and leopards in different parts of North India.
Banking & Finance
11. IRDAI formed panel to develop insurance coverage for rural inhabitants
- IRDAI has set up a committee of 24-member to develop and suggest an affordable and comprehensive cover for the rural population.
- Headed by: Thomas M Devasia, Member (non-life), IRDAI.
- While the proposed cover will be a benefit based / parametric structure, called Bima Vistaar.
- IRDAI has asked committee to develop and suggest constitution and operation of women centric distribution channel to focus on reaching rural areas and recommend regulatory framework.
12. Jakson Green to invest ₹ 22,400 crore for green project in Rajasthan
- Jakson Group has signed a pact with the Rajasthan government to set up a green hydrogen and green ammonia project in the state at an investment of ₹ 22,400 crore.
- Jakson Green will set up a 3,65,000 tons per annum green hydrogen and green ammonia plant along with an integrated hybrid renewable power complex in phases.
- The project is expected to generate over 32,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities.
Arts & Culture
13. J&K LG, Manoj Sinha inaugurates cultural festival Jashn-e-Kashmir
- J&K, LG, Manoj Sinha has inaugurated a three-week-long cultural festival “Jashn-e-Kashmir”- New Kashmir at Srinagar
- The Cultural Festival is being organized by All J&K Folk Artists Association, Shah Qalander Folk Theatre, in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages and Office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir
- The govt has taken steps to reconnect youth to their roots and provide an environment to showcase goals and values.