1. NASA is ready to conduct all female spacewalk again
NASA has planned to conduct an all-female spacewalk again.
- The first attempt had to be canceled due to a shortage of available spacesuits at the International Space Station.
- The space agency has announced that Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are held to participate in the spacewalk together on 21 October.
2. Rajnath Singh avowed a 4 fold hike to families of battle casualties
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a 4-fold hike in assistance to the next of kin for all categories of battle casualties. The fund was hiked from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.8 lakh. The amount will be granted under the Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (ABCWF).
A provision of Rs 2 lakhs can be availed for war casualties which are fatal for disabilities of 605 and above, battle casualties invalided out due to disability and Rs.1 lakh to disability less than 60%. This comes in addition to liberalized family pension, Army Group Insurance, Army Welfare Fund and financial support from Ex-Gratia.
3. Scotland became the first country in the UK to ban the smacking of children
Scotland has become the first part of the United Kingdom, where a child smack is banned. The country introduced a law that makes it a criminal offense for parents and carers to use corporal punishment against children.
The purpose of the change in the law is to protect children from attack like adults. The legislation has brought Scotland in line with UN recommendations. Currently, parents and caregivers are allowed to use appropriate physical force to discipline children.
4. UNESCO elected Yalitza Aparicio as ambassador for indigenous peoples
Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio has been appointed as its goodwill ambassador for indigenous peoples by the United Nations’ cultural agency, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She will help UNESCO work among indigenous people around the world by preserving their cultural heritage and environmental knowledge and fighting for equal access to education.
Yalitza Aparicio made history as the first indigenous performer nominated for a best actress honor at the Academy Awards 2019 for her performance in the film Roma. In the film she spoke in an indigenous language and in Spanish.
The 25-year-old actress was born in the poor Mexican state of Oaxaca. She set her commitment to fight racism and advocate for gender equality and indigenous rights.
5. 05 October as World Teacher’s Day
World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is an international day held annually on October 5.
- It is observed to adopt the recommendation of the 1996 ILO / UNESCO regarding the status of teachers, their rights and responsibilities.
- This year’s theme for the teachers’ day is “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession”.
6. Nepal celebrates Festival of Fulpati
In Nepal, the festival of Fulpati is being celebrated with grandeur and religious fervor.
- Fulpati is celebrated on the seventh day of the Dashain festival.
- In Nepali, “Ful” means flower and “Pati” means leaves and plants.
- In Nepal, there is a tradition of bringing nine types of Fulpati to homes on the seventh day of Navratri.
- Dashain is the biggest festival in Nepal. It is believed that Fulpati represents the nine Goddesses and they bring health, wealth and prosperity to the homes.
7. Vijay Patil appointed as president of Mumbai Cricket Association
Vijay Patil and Sanjay Naik have been selected unopposed as President and Secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association.
- The president, vice-president and secretary were elected unopposed while voting was held for the posts of treasurer, joint secretary and nine council members.
- Mr. Amol Kale was appointed as the Vice-President.
- Mr. Vijay Patil is the son of former Governor and Congress Politician Dr. DY Patil.
8. Greta Thunberg and Divina Maloum conferred children’s international peace prize
The international organisation for the defence of children’s rights KidsRights has awarded it’s International Children’s Peace Prize to the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) and Divina Maloum (14) from Cameroon.
- The award ceremony will take place near The Hague (Netherlands) on World Children’s Day on November 2019.
- Both winners have been selected from among 137 candidates from 56 countries for the prize.