Nawazuddin Siddiqui wins big at 2019 Cardiff International Film Festival

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1.World Stroke Day: 29 October

World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.Since June 2019, World Stroke Organisation (WSO) has started a campaign to raise awareness about the risk of stroke to each and every individual worldwide.

For this, supporting members, partners and communities aim to arm people with information and the tools to protect them from strokes.

2.‘Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue’ at Cox’s Bazar

The ninth edition of Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue will be held at Cox Bazar in Bangladesh from November 1.The two-day dialogue will cover a wide range of issues like trade and investment, connectivity, technology, energy, regional security, extremism and sustainable development among others.

The dialogue aims to draw from learning and experiences in these sectors between India and Bangladesh.

3.PM Modi delivers the keynote address at Saudi Arabia’s FII Forum in Riyadh

PM Modi addressed the third session of Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative Forum.He talked about India’s economy, its challenges and opportunities for equitable growth and prosperity.

Before addressing the third session of Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative Forum, PM Modi met the top Saudi leadership and two countries and signed several agreements to boost the bilateral relations.

Saudi Arabia has been one of the largest and reliable suppliers of India’s energy needs.

4.Nirmala Sitharaman releases special commemorative coin of Paramahansa Yogananda

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has released a special commemorative coin on Paramahansa Yogananda to mark his 125th Birth Anniversary.Paramahansa Yogananda was a great son of India, who became so recognized globally.

He was an Indian monk, yogi and guru who introduced millions to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his organization Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) / Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India.

5.Odisha govt inks LoU for ‘drink from tap mission’ with UNICEF

In a bid to provide quality drinking water to every urban household in the state, Odisha has inked a Letter of Understanding (LoU) on “drink from tap mission” with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Providing quality drinking water to every household in the state is one of the top priorities of the government.

To ensure the availability of safe water in each and every urban area, the government will adopt a community-based water management system at ward-level.

It involves Women Self help Groups, which will ensure the household connection for every household, meter reading, billing, collection of water tariff, complaint management, filed quality testing by using standard tools, etc.

6.Nagaland partners with Madhya Pradesh under ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’

Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ programme has brought in the states of Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh as one to celebrate the spirit of national integration through a deep and structured engagement between the two states.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of a sustained and structured cultural connection between citizens of different regions of the country through ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ has seen a positive impact between the state of Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh. 

With Madhya Pradesh as a partner state, Nagaland under this programme has the endeavour of sharing and learning knowledge of culture through various activities undertaken by the nodal department the State directorate of Higher Education along with Art & Culture, Tourism, Industries and Commerce.

Department of Art and Culture, Government of Nagaland organized Exchange of Cultural troupes- Madhya Pradesh cultural troupes participated in the Hornbill Festival from 1st to 10th December this year and Nagaland cultural Troupe participated in the Lokrang Festival held at Bhopal from 26th to 30th January last year.

7.Argentine diplomat Rafael Grossi appointed IAEA chief

Argentine diplomat Rafael Grossi was appointed to succeed late Yukiya Amano as the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations’ nuclear watchdog.He will be appointed for a term of four years and assume office no later than January 1, 2020.

Grossi is a nuclear and diplomatic veteran from Buenos Aires in Argentina.

He headed the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which is a multinational export control regime, the Convention on Nuclear Security and was deputy to the head of the OPCW between 2014 and 2016.

8.Anup Kumar Singh takes charge as new DG of National Security Guard

Senior IPS officer Anup Kumar Singh has taken charge as the new Director General (DG) of National Security Guard (NSG).A 1985-batch IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, Singh’s appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The NSG is a counter-terrorism unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It was raised in 1984.

9.Nawazuddin Siddiqui wins big at 2019 Cardiff International Film Festival

Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been bestowed with the Golden Dragon Award at this year’s Cardiff International Film Festival in the UK.Cardiff Festival also honoured veteran Hollywood actor Judi Dench with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Moreover, the actor was also part of the festival’s official jury along with Indian TV actor Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya among others.

10.ICC bans Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh Test and T20 Captain Shakib Al Hasan have been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from all cricket for two years.One year of the punishment has been suspended after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Shakib was found guilty for not reporting to the ICC that he was approached by the bookies.

He was approached by the bookies during the home tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka last year in January.

Bookies approached him during the Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab in April 2018.