CURRENT AFFAIRS 13TH & 14TH OCTOBER

The first -ever National Hindi Science writers conference has started in Lucknow

In Uttar Pradesh, the first -ever National Hindi Science Writers conference has started on 11th of October in Lucknow with an aim to release science writing from the clutches of English and to promote use of Hindi and other Vernacular languages. More than one thousand science writers from across the country are participating in this conference.

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life. Her first novel, “The Journey of the People of the Book,” was released in 1993. She has also won the Booker International Prize for her 2007 novel “Flights”. She became the 15th woman to have won the prestigious distinction, out of 116 literature laureates honored since 1901.

Austrian author Peter Handke has been honored with the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature

Austrian author Peter Handke has been honored with the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience. His notable works include “Short Letter, Long Farewell” and “A Sorrow beyond Dreams”. He will receive 9 million Swedish kronor (£740,000), as well as a medal and a diploma.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN)

On 11th October 2019, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) initiative in New Delhi during the 13th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare.  The aim of the initiative is to assure dignified, respectful and quality health care at no cost and zero tolerance for denial of services for every woman and newborn visiting the public health facility in order to end all preventable maternal and newborn deaths. It also provides a positive birth experience to both mother and infant.

Kadri Gopalnath, the well known Saxophone master & Padma Shri awardee, has passed away

Kadri Gopalnath (69), the well known Saxophone master & Padma Shri awardee, has passed away in Mangaluru on 11th October 2019.  He was considered as a pioneer in playing Carnatic ragas on his Saxophone.

The first-ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) has started

The first-ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) has started at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on 11th October 2019. The 3-day fair is a major platform to promote export of Indian cooperative produce which will lead to enhanced rural and farm prosperity. The event is also packed with exhibitions, B2B/C2C meetings, conferences, cultural programmes etc. The organizations from 36 countries are participating in the Fair.

NASA has recently launched its new Ionospheric Connection Explorer (Icon) Satellite

NASA has recently launched its new Ionospheric Connection Explorer (Icon) Satellite from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. The refrigerator-size Icon satellite will study the airglow formed from gases in the ionosphere and also measure the charged environment right around the 360-mile-high (580-kilometer-high) spacecraft. Apart from this, a NASA satellite ‘Gold’ (launched in 2018) is also studying the upper atmosphere, but from much higher up.

The INCOIS and AAI has launched a new satellite-based GEMINI system

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) has launched a new satellite-based GEMINI system that will alert deep-sea fishermen of upcoming disasters. The acronym ‘GEMINI’ stands for “GAGAN Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and Information”& is works on GAGAN (GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation) satellite system of ISRO & AAI.

The Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme “DHRUV” has been launched

On 9th October 2019, the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme “DHRUV” has been launched by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Headquarters at Bengaluru and will conclude on 24th of this month at IIT Delhi. 60 brightest and talented students from Science, Mathematics and Performing Arts have been chosen for the program. The program is named after the Pole Star and every student to be called ‘DHRUV TARA’.

The Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has recently launched ‘Ganga Amantran’

The Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has recently launched a unique initiative called ‘Ganga Amantran’ to connect with the stakeholders of the river. It is one-month-long pioneering exploratory open- water rafting and kayaking expedition on the Ganga River. The expedition has started at Devaprayag and will culminate at Ganga Sagar covering the entire stratch of over 25,000 kilometres of the River.


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