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31st October, 2023 Current Affairs

31st October, 2023 Current Affairs
31st October, 2023 Current Affairs

Road accidents claimed over 1.68 lakh lives, injured 4.43 lakh people in India in 2022: Transport Ministry Report

  • Road accidents in the country have increased in the last year claiming more than 1.68 lakh lives and causing injuries to over 4.43 lakh persons. This was stated in the annual report on Road Accidents in India-2022 published by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  • According to the report, the number of road accidents in 2022 increased by 11.9 percent compared to previous year 2021. The number of deaths due to road accidents also increased by 9.4 percent. A total of 1,264 accidents and 462 deaths have been registered every day.
  • The report underscores the urgency of adopting a comprehensive approach to address the contributing factors to these accidents, including speeding, reckless driving, drunken driving, and non-compliance with traffic regulations.

Arbitration tribunal asks West Bengal Government to pay Rs766 crore rupees to Tata Motors as compensation in Singur Nano plant case

  • An arbitral tribunal has asked West Bengal Industrial Development Corp (WBIDC) to pay Tata Motors 766 crore rupees compensation in connection with losses incurred on its manufacturing site in Singur. Tata Motors had to shift its plant to produce small car Nano from Singur in West Bengal to Sanand in Gujarat in October 2008 due to a land row. Tatas, by then, had already put over 1,000 crore rupees in Singur.
  • In a regulatory filing, Tata Motors said, a three-member Arbitral Tribunal has ruled that the company is entitled to recover from West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation a sum of 765.78 crore with interest of 11 percent per annum from September 1, 2016, till actual recovery.
  • Tata Motors has also been held entitled to recover from the WBIDC a sum of 1 crore rupees towards the cost of the proceedings.
  • In June 2010, Tata Motors inaugurated a new plant in Sanand to produce Nano car. The inauguration took place nearly two years after it was forced to shift the plant out of West Bengal due to the land row.

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Climate change expert Prof. Saleemul Huq passes away in Dhaka

  • Eminent climate change expert Professor Saleemul Huq, director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development, passed away on Saturday night at his residence in Dhaka.
  • Saleemul Huq was Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB). He was an expert in adaptation to climate change in the most vulnerable developing countries and a lead author of the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He also advised the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • Prof Huq was affiliated with the UN Food System Summit for 2021 as co-chair of the Action Track 5 on Building Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks & Stress.

Israel to allow more humanitarian aid to enter southern part of Gaza from Egypt

  • Israel has said, it will allow an increase in aid to Gaza in the coming days. A senior official of the Israeli Defence Ministry said that in the coming week, they are planning to increase dramatically the amount of assistance headed for Gaza from Egypt. The official called on Palestinian civilians to head to what he described as a humanitarian zone in the south of the territory.
  • Colonel Elad Goren of Cogat, the Israeli Defence Ministry agency said, they still recommend that the evacuated civilian population should go to the humanitarian zone, the southern region of Khan Younis.

Max Verstappen Dominates Mexico City Grand Prix, Sets New Season Victory Record

  • Max Verstappen, the Red Bull racing sensation, showcased his exceptional skills at the Formula One Mexico City Grand Prix. He snatched the lead by the first corner after splitting the Ferrari front row occupied by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Verstappen’s incredible start marked his record-breaking 16th victory of the season, surpassing his own previous season’s record.
  • Max Verstappen’s win at the Mexico City Grand Prix was his third consecutive victory at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
  • Lewis Hamilton secured the second position in the race, continuing his consistent performance.

India Grabs 111 Medals At The 4th Asian Para Games

  • Indian para-athletes achieved a historic milestone at the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou with India achieving their most impressive medal count to date, amassing a total of 111 medals: 29 gold, 31 silver, and 51 bronze.
  • Dilip Mahadu Gavit secured 100th medal in the competition by wining a gold medal in Men’s 400m.
  • Dilip Mahadu Gavit, an Indian para-athlete, secured 100th medal in the competition by claiming a gold medal in the Men’s 400m T47 event.
  • Rowers Anita and Narayana Konganapalle secured a silver medal in the PR3 Mixed Doubles Sculls event.

West Bengal Teacher Deep Narayan Nayak Named Finalist for Global Teacher Prize 2023

  • Deep Narayan Nayak, a dedicated teacher from West Bengal, has achieved recognition as one of the top 10 finalists for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize 2023. This esteemed award, organized annually by the UK-based Varkey Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO and Dubai Cares, a UAE-based philanthropic organization, celebrates exceptional educators from across the globe.
  • Deep Narayan Nayak is a teacher at the Tilka Manjhi Adivasi Free Primary School in Jamuria, Asansol, West Bengal, India. During the COVID-19 lockdown, he earned the title of “Teacher of the Streets” for his extraordinary efforts in education. He took innovative steps by transforming outdoor spaces, turning mud walls into blackboards and streets into classrooms. His goal was to bridge the digital divide and provide education to marginalized children living in remote and economically disadvantaged communities.

Nita Ambani Receives USISPF Global Leadership Award for Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Nita Ambani, Founder and Chair of Reliance Foundation, was honored with the 2023 USISPF Global Leadership Award for Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility. The award was presented by John Chambers, Chairman of USISPF, at a reception in New Delhi attended by prominent figures from the USISPF, Indian
  • Nita Ambani became the first Indian Honorary Trustee on the Board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acknowledging her significant contributions to arts and culture.
Published date : 31 Oct 2023 04:04PM

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