1. 15 October observed as World Students Day
Every year, 15 October is celebrated as the World Students’ Day. The day remembered as the birth anniversary of the former Indian President and great scientist, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has declared 15 October, the birthday of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam as the World Student’s Day in 2010. Since then, the day is celebrated worldwide on 15 October. The United Nations declared a day of respect for Kalam’s love, dedication to education, students and efforts to promote their focus and education.
2. World Standards Day is observed on 14 October
Every year, 14th October is celebrated as World Standards Day to raise awareness of the significance of standardization to the global economy.
The day is celebrated globally by the members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Employees (IEEE), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), etc.
The theme for World Standards Day 2019 is Video Standards create a global stage.
3. 13 October as International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
Every year, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) is observed on 13 October. The day is to raise awareness about the risks to people and communities around the world due to disasters.
The theme for 2019 is “Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and the disruption of basic services”. The day focuses on one Target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of services through developing resilience by 2030.
4. India listed as 7th most valuable nation brand in the world
India has became the seventh most valuable nation brand in the world. The Brand Finance compiled annual report on the world’s most valuable nation brands.
- The report showed India’s brand value increased by 19% in the year 2018-2019 to $2,562 billion. The Indian economy recovered quickly after the global financial crisis. India’s economic growth is now reduced by the recent slowdown in both manufacturing and construction sectors.
- America topped as the most valuable nation brand with a brand value of $ 27,715 billion followed by China and Germany is in third place after China.
5. India got 4 medals at the AIBA Womens World Boxing Championships
India completed with one silver and three bronze medals at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 2019.
- The tally of 4 medals placed India in third place among the 51 nations participating in the championship.
- Russia topped the tournament with six medals, followed by China with 5 medals.
- Manju Rani won silver bronze under 48kg category
- Mary Kom won bronze under 51kg category
- Lovlina Borgohain won bronze under 69kg category
- Jamuna Boro won bronze under 54kg category
6. Lakshya Sen got the Dutch Open mens singles title at Almere
Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen has got the Dutch Open men’s singles title 2019 at Almere, Netherlands. This is his maiden Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour title by defeating Yusuke Onodera of Japan in the summit. He secured 15-21 21-14 21-15 to defeat Onodera.
Lakshya Sen currently ranked 72nd. He had won the Belgian Open in September and reached the finals of Polish Open 2019.
- Men’s Singles: Lakshya Sen (India)
- Women’s Singles: Wang Zhiyi (China)
- Men’s Doubles: Vladimir Ivanov, Ivan Sozonov (Russia)
- Women’s Doubles: Gabriela Stoeva, Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva (Bulgaria)
- Mixed Doubles: Robin Tabeling, Selena Piek (Netherlands)
Dutch Open (badminton) 2019:
- Dates: 8–13 October
- Location: Almere, Netherlands
- Total prize money: US$75,000
- Organized by: Badminton Nederland
Dutch open 2019 has been held since 1932. It is the 9th Super 100 tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour.
7. Gauff became the youngest American woman to claim WTA title
Coco Gauff has won the Linz Open title on 13 October 2019 in Austria. She has became the youngest American woman to win a tour singles title since 1991 to win the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title. Because of this win, Coco Gauff is set to become World No. 71.
The previous record was set by Jennifer Capriati in 1991. Venus and Serena Williams won their first WTA titles when they were 17.
- Women’s singles: United States Coco Gauff
- Women’s doubles: Czech Republic Barbora Krejčiková, Kateřina Siniaková
Linz Open 2019:
- Founded on: 1987 (Wels, Austria)
- Location: Linz, Austria
- Prize money: $250,000
- Sponsored by: Generali Gruppe
8. IIT Guwahati partnered with KIT to organize ASP symposium
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Guwahati has partnered with Japan’s Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) to organize an international symposium on Advances in Sustainable Polymers (ASP-19) from 14 October to 18 October at the KIT, Matsugasaki, Kyoto, Japan.
The symposium aimed to provide a platform to share recent cutting-edge advances in the field of permanent polymers to researchers.
9. Pradeep Kumar elected as Member Signal and Telecom, Railway Board
Shri Pradeep Kumar has become and taken charge as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary on 11th October 2019. Shri Pradeep Kumar served as Director-General, National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR).
Shri Pradeep Kumar:
Shri Pradeep Kumar is an Officer of the Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineer (IRSSE) of batch 1981. He is a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communication) and Master of Engineering (Communication Systems) from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He also did his Master of Business Administration (Marketing & Finance) from Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia.
In 1983, he joined Northern Railway. He served on Northern Railway, South Eastern Railway, South Central Railway, West Central Railway, Railway Electrification, Railway Board and RailTel Corporation of India Limited, New Delhi, besides serving as DG/NAIR, Vadodara.
10. Abhijit Banerjee, Duflo and Kremer won Nobel in Economics
Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee with his Wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer has won Nobel For Economics for the year 2019. The award is to recognize their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. The new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics in a flourishing field of research.
Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Harvard University, where he secured his Ph.D. in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to his profile on the MIT website.