Pari Singh, 22-yr-old Jharkhand girl heads Australia High Commission for a day
She got the opportunity after winning an annual programme held to mark the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl Child.
Pari Singh hails from a naxal-affected village in Jamshedpur.
In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution adopting 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, recognizing girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls around the world face realizing them.
Delhi’s Signature Bridge inaugurated 14 years after conceptualisation
Signature Bridge over the Yamuna river is double the height of Qutub Minar and connects the Wazirabad across the river Yamuna to the inner city.
It’ll reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi from 45 minutes to just 10 minutes, saving the pollution and fuel.
With features like a 154-metre high observation deck and selfie spots, the bridge will also serve as a tourist spot.
Delhi’s Signature Bridge is the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India which will enable and will offer a panoramic view of the city.
18th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers Meeting held in Durban, South Africa
The Theme of the IORA meeting was: “IORA: Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through enhanced cooperation for Peace, Stability And Sustainable Development”.
South Africa is the current chairman of the IORA organization.
Launch of a special initiative entitled the “IORA Nelson Mandela ‘Be the Legacy’ internship programme” was done to empower the youth and pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Maldives was admitted as the 22ndmember of the Association while Turkey and the Republic of Korea were admitted as the 8th and 9th Dialogue Partners in IORA. This made membership of IORA increase to 22 and the number of Dialogue Partners was increased to 9.
South Africa will hand over Chairmanship of IORA to UAE in 2019 and Bangladesh will assume the Vice-Chairmanship of IORA.
♦ Full Form: Indian Ocean Rim Association.
♦ Headquarters: Mauritius.
♦ Established: 7 March 1997.
♦ Secretary-General: Dr. Nomvuyo N. Nokwe.
Singapore is Asia’s most sustainable city: Arcadis
Singapore has maintained its rank as number one Asian city in the Sustainability Index by engineering firm Arcadis.
The Sustainability Index assessed cities based on 3 pillars: profit pillar, people pillar and planet pillar.
Singapore secured fourth place in global rankings. As per the study, Singapore ranked first for the profit pillar that assesses the business environment and economic performance of cities.
Singapore ranked 31st out of 100 cities, for the people pillar that tests social mobility and quality of opportunity and life.
Singapore secured 41st spot for the planet pillar that assesses the management of energy use, pollution and emissions.
As per the study, Singapore is one of the world’s most active Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) testing environments.
♦ Capital – Singapore
♦ Currency – Singapore dollar
♦ Official languages – English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
♦ President – Halimah Yacob
♦ Prime Minister – Lee Hsien Loong
World’s largest supercomputer ‘SpiNNaker’ switched on for the first time
The world’s largest neuromorphic supercomputer SpiNNaker (‘Spiking Neural Network Architecture’ machine), which was designed and built to work like a human brain, has been switched on for the first time.
Made up of one million processors, SpiNNaker can complete over 200 million-million actions per second.
The supercomputer will help scientists better understand how neurological diseases like Parkinson’s impact the brain.
India ranked 12th globally in web-borne threats: Kaspersky Lab
India has ranked 12th in the world in terms of web-borne threats, according to a recent report by global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab.
About Kaspersky Lab:
♦ CEO – Eugene Kaspersky
♦ Headquarters – Moscow, Russia
Changsha Declaration for agricultural and rural development
Over 20 countries committed to the Changsha Declaration at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China.
26 countries and 11 international organisations including Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) signed the Changsha Declaration.
The Changsha Declaration focuses on agricultural and rural development. It aims to eliminate poverty and hunger.
About Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO):
♦ Director-General – Jose Graziano da Silva
♦ Headquarters – Rome, Italy
Economy and Finance
Reliance Industries receives India’s first LC payment via blockchain
In a first for India, British bank HSBC Holdings Plc has executed a trade finance transaction using blockchain for a deal involving an export by Reliance Industries to an American client, Tricon Energy.
Blockchain massively reduced the time taken for processing the documents.
Simone Biles sets record by picking up 13th world championship gold medal
Simone Biles became the first ever gymnast to win 13 world championship gold medals, by winning her 13th gold medal at the world gymnastics championships in Doha, Qatar.
Simone Biles has surpassed the previous all-time record of 12 world championship gold medals by Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo, made in 1996.
Ambati Rayudu retires from first-class cricket
Ambati Rayudu has retired from the long-form of cricket, including the Ranji Trophy, to focus on limited-overs cricket.
Ambati Rayudu is 33 years old. He will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version.
World Tsunami Awareness Day being observed today
In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day.
Over the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, which is the highest number of deaths than in any other natural hazard.