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- The World Development Information Day (WDID) was observed on 24th October to draw attention of the world to development problems and necessity of strengthening international cooperation to solve them.
- The United Nations Day is observed every year on 24th October to mark the anniversary of entry into force of UN Charter in 1945. With the Charter’s ratification by majority of the members, the UN officially came into existence. UN succeeded League of Nations after World War II.
- The Paika Rebellion (Paika Bidroha) of 1817 will be named as the First War of Independence against British Rule in history books from the next academy section. Earlier, the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 was regarded as the First War of Indian Independence. Paikas were the traditional landed militia under the Gajapati rulers of Odisha. If you would like to read up on the rebellion, please click here.
- Dineshwar Sharma has been appointed as the representative of the Union Government to initiate and carry forward sustained dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir with all stakeholders.
- The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended 40% reduction in carbon emissions in telecom networks by 2022-23 considering 2011-12 as the base year in order to make telecom sector greener.
- INSV Tarini carrying all-women crew members of Navika Sagar Parikrama, India’s first ever circumnavigation all-women crew entered west Australian port of Fremantle. The expedition aims to promote ocean sailing and spirit of adventure. It will circumnavigate the globe in 165 days and is expected to return to Goa in April 2018.
- The Reserve Bank of India has constituted a high-level task force on public credit registry (PCR) for India, which will be chaired by Y M Deosthalee and will have nine other members. The registry keeps an extensive database of credit information that is accessible to all stakeholders and helps good borrowers in securing credit at lower costs and also improves access of cedit to small and medium enterprises.