1.National Affairs

CRPF collaborated with IIT Delhi, DRDO, JATC in order to augment R&D capabilities

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) collaborated with IIT Delhi, Defence Research and Development Organisation, and Joint Advanced Technology Centre (JATC) in order to augment its Research and Development capabilities.

CRPF is the country’s largest para-military force.

The CRPF officers/subordinate officers who are trained by the IIT Delhi will be associated with joint research projects undertaken by DRDO and IIT Delhi in the field of defence/security tech solutions.

The initiative aims at the capacity building to make optimal use of police technologies and will also help in integrating with DRDO labs for realistic indigenisation of technologies on the internal security grid.
Quick Fact: The Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force is AP Maheshwari.

2.Sports

Denmark Open 2020

Nozomi Okuhara has won the Women’s Single Denmark Open title in Badminton by beating three-time world champion Carolina Marin

Anders Antonsen from Denmark defeated Rasmus Gemke to win the Men’s Single title.

Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich defeated Chris and Gabby Adcock to clench the Mixed Doubles title.

The women’s doubles title was bagged by Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota who defeated Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge defeated Valdimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov to get hold of the Men’s Doubles title.
Quick Fact: The Denmark Open was earlier known as Danish Open and is organized by Danmarks Badminton Forbund.

3.Person in News

Rajkiran Rai elected as the new chairman of IBA

Rajkiran Rai G was elected as the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for 2020-21.

He is the Managing Director and CEO of Union Bank of India.

He will succeed Rajnish Kumar as the IBA Chairman.

Dinesh Kumar Khara, the Chairman of State Bank of India was elected as the deputy chairman of the association.

Quick Fact: IBA was founded on 26 September 1946 and has its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

4.India and the World

Indian and Sri Lankan navies begin exercise SLINEX

The annual joint exercise between Indian and Sri Lankan navies – SLINEX-20 began on 19th October.

This is the 8th edition of SLINEX.

The exercise will take place off the Trincomalee coast.

It’s a three day exercise and concludes on 21st October.

5.Defence and Security

Naval version of BrahMos missile test-fired

The Naval version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile successfully test-fired  on October 18, 2020. 

The missile was test-fired from INS Chennai.

INS Chennai is an indigenously built stealth destroyer of the Indian Navy.

The missile successfully hit the target with pin-point accuracy after performing “extremely complex” manoeuvres.
Quick Fact: BrahMos was developed as a joint venture of the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.

6.Person in News

Aishwarya Sridhar bags Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award

Mumbai based Aishwarya Sridhar has won the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

She has become the first Indian woman to receive this honour.

Her image is titled ‘Lights of passion’, and won amongst 50,000 entries from over 80 countries across the world.

This is the 56th year of the prestigious awards.
Quick Fact: The award winners were announced at the Natural History Museum in London.

7.Defence and Security

Successful trial of nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 missile conducted

India successfully conducted the night trial of its nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 missile.

The trial was conducted from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore, off Odisha coast.

The flight trial was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command of the armed force under the watch of DRDO scientists as part of a training exercise.

Quick Fact: The 9-metre tall liquid-propelled Prithvi-2 has a range of 350 km and can carry a 1-tonne warhead.

8.International Affairs

Jacinda Ardern re-elected for 2nd term as New Zealand’s PM

Jacinda Ardern was re-elected for 2nd term as New Zealand’s Prime Minister.

She won a landslide victory in the country’s election, to be elected as the PM for the second consecutive three-year term.

She will be serving as the 40th Prime Minister of the country.

Ardern was alone among her western peers in pursuing an explicit elimination strategy and imposed one of the strictest nationwide lockdowns in the world, in the battle against COVID.

Quick Fact: New Zealand’s capital is Wellington.