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China to launch three artificial moons
Current Affairs Headlines of 20th October, 2018

China to launch three artificial moons

China will launch three artificial moons in space in 2022.

The artificial or man-made moon is a satellite carrying a huge space mirror, which can reflect the sun light to the Earth.

The man-made moon is expected to be put on an orbit within 500 km from the Earth.

Man-made moon is especially useful in civil area.

India‘s Highest Tricolour Unfurled At Haj House In Mumbai

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi unfurled India’s highest tricolour on the terrace of the majestic Haj House in Mumbai.

The national flag measured 20x30 feet and stood 350 feet above the ground level.

The flag atop a 20-metre high mast on top of the iconic building is near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai.

The tricolour is made of non-fading polyester and manufactured by The Flag Company, which is famous for manufacturing big flags.

PM Modi to inagurate Police Memorial & Museum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the refurbished National Police Memorial and museum in Delhi on 21 October 2018.

The museum will show the history, artefacts, uniform and gear of central and state police forces.

The museum project is being steered by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in coordination with the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).

6th meeting of NDMA held

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the sixth meeting of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at New Delhi on 18 October 2018.

NDMA is an agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs

NDMA was established through the Disaster Management Act enacted by the Government of India in may 30 2005.

The Prime Minister is the ex-officio chairperson of NDMA.

Festival to promote organic farming

The Women and Child Development Ministry will organise the fifth edition of the ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ in Delhi.

It will be held from 26 October 2018 to 4 November 2018.

The move aims to empower women to boost organic culture and promote women organic farmers and entrepreneurs.

Women entrepreneurs would be coming together from across the country with their organic products

Arshdeep won 2018 Wildlife Photographer award

Arshdeep Singh is among the winners of the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in the 10-years-and-under category.

He won the award for his ‘Pipe Owls’ photograph.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is organised by the Britain’s Natural History Museum.

Arshdeep recently won the Junior Asian Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Canelo Alvarez Signs Richest Contract In Sports History, Worth $365 Million

Professional Boxer Canelo Alvarez has signed the largest contract in the history of sports, agreeing a five-year, 11-fight deal worth at least $365 million with streaming service DAZN.

Under the deal, Alvarez will participate in 11 fights, starting December 15, 2018. The previous richest contract was the 13-year, $325-million deal signed by New York Yankees‘ Giancarlo Stanton in 2014.

Assam celebrated Kati Bihu festival

Assam’s third Bihu festival, known as Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu, was celebrated across the state on 18 October 2018.

The other two Bihu festivals are the Rongali and Bohagi Bihu.

The festival is held at this time of the year since the granaries of the farmers usually remain empty and therefore it is known as Kongali (poor) Bihu.

Breakthrough Prize winners announced

The winners of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize were announced on 17 October 2018.

Nine researchers were awarded a total of $22 million for their innovations in mathematics, fundamental physics and the life sciences.

The Breakthrough Prize is sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki.

Indian household wealth grows modest 2.6%

According to Credit Suisse Research Institute’s 2018 Global Wealth Report, wealth in India grew a modest 2.6% and wealth per adult stayed flat at US$ 7,020.

By mid-2018, there were an estimated 3.43 lakh millionaires in India and 3,400 ultra high net worth individuals.

Among major countries, India has one of the highest proportion of female billionaires at 18.6%.

Indo-Japan Joint Exercise - Dharma Guardian

India and Japan will hold the first-ever joint military exercise ‘DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018’.

The exercise will be held at Counter Insurgency Warfare School, Vairengte, Mizoram from 1 November to 14 November 2018.

The Indian contingent will be represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.

Japanese contingent will be represented by 32 Infantry Regiment of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force.

Vijayan Bala released his new book

‘Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections’ written by Vijayan Bala was released on 18 October 2018.

The book is a compilation of interviews of eminent sportspersons he has conducted since 1971.

He has earlier published a book called ‘Indian Test Cricket back in 1974’.

In 2016, he authored a second book “The Complete Indian Sports Quiz”.

Two apps launched by North Central Railways

The North Central Railways (NCR) launched two apps – ‘NCR RASTA’ (Railway assets Summarised Tracking Application) and ‘Yatri RASTA’ (Railway Approach to Station Tracking Application).

The ‘NCR RASTA’ app is for the use of railway officers and staff and has the exact mapping of all railway assets.

The ‘Yatri RASTA’ app will allow the general public to locate the railway stations easily.

BepiColombo mission launched by ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) will be launching a scientific mission to Mercury on 20 October 2018.

The mission is known as BepiColombo.

The mission is being led by ESA with cooperation from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The BepiColombo spacecraft will measure the composition and magnetic field of Mercury.

It will take approximately seven years to arrive at Mercury.


World Osteoporosis Day observed on 20 October

World Osteoporosis Day 2018 is observed on October 20.

The day is meant to raise awareness about osteoporosis, a condition which causes the bones to become weak and brittle.

World Osteoporosis Day 2018 calls for global action in order to improve bone health and prevent fractures caused by osteoporosis.

The day is organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

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