Top Current affairs - 19 October: New UN Ambassador, State Governors Appointed, PhonePe's Success, DA Increase, Rice Export, and Historical Events

Good evening, I’m Manish, reporting Current Affairs governors for HundiTimes . Today’s news is packed with significant developments, including the appointment of India’s new Ambassador to the UN, changes in state governors, PhonePe’s financial triumph, a hike in government employees’ Dearness Allowance (DA), rice export approvals, and historical events.

Appointment Shake-up: New Governors for Odisha and Tripura

Top Current affairs - 19 October: New UN Ambassador, State Governors Appointed, PhonePe's Success, DA Increase, Rice Export, and Historical Events
In a move by President Draupadi Murmu, former Jharkhand CM Raghuvar Das is now the Governor of Odisha, and Indra Sena Reddy Nallu takes up the position of Tripura’s Governor.

India’s Voice in the UN: Arindam Bagchi Takes Charge

On October 16, Arindam Bagchi was appointed India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, replacing Indramani Pandey. Bagchi, a senior Indian Foreign Service officer, is known for his involvement in critical issues such as the Eastern Ladakh border dispute and India’s COVID-19 response.

PhonePe’s Remarkable Financial Growth

PhonePe, the fintech giant, has reported an impressive 77% increase in revenue for the year 2023, reaching Rs 2,914 crore. This achievement marks a substantial rise from the previous year’s Rs 1,646 crore.

DA Hike for Government Employees: A 4% Raise

Central government employees are in for good news as their Dearness Allowance (DA) has been increased by 4%. This boost raises the DA from 42% to 46%, effective from July 1, 2023.

Rice Exports Approved to Seven Countries

The Indian government has granted approval to export 1 million tonnes of rice to seven countries, including Nepal, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Philippines, Seychelles, and Malaysia. This decision follows a temporary ban on non-Basmati rice exports to ensure domestic food security.

India’s Ranking in the Global Remote Work Index

India has secured the 64th position in the Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) 2023, a list that assesses factors like cyber security, economic security, digital and physical infrastructure, and social security. India dropped 15 places from the previous year, now holding the 64th spot.

Historical Events: on 19 OCT

  • In 1963, India welcomed its first domestically produced fighter jet, ‘MiG-21,’ into the Indian Air Force.
  • In 2012, Starbucks inaugurated its first coffee house in India, starting in Mumbai.
  • On this day in 1993, Benazir Bhutto became Pakistan’s Prime Minister for the second time.
  • In 1987, a significant Wall Street sell-off led to global stock market turmoil.
  • Indian-American scientist S. Chandrashekhar won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983.
  • Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and in 1950, she established the ‘Missionaries of Charities’ in Calcutta.
  • Basketball was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1936, as announced by the ‘Berlin Olympic Games Council’ in 1933.
  • In 1932, the British government signed a trade agreement with the Soviet Union.
  • In 1689, Aurangzeb captured the fort of Raigarh.

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FAQ: Important Information from the Article

1. Who is India’s new Ambassador to the United Nations?

  • Arindam Bagchi has been appointed as India’s Ambassador to the UN, replacing Indramani Pandey.

2. Which two state governors were appointed by President Draupadi Murmu?

  • Raghuvar Das was appointed as the Governor of Odisha, and Indra Sena Reddy Nallu became the Governor of Tripura.

3. What is the significant financial achievement of PhonePe in 2023?

  • PhonePe reported a remarkable 77% increase in revenue, reaching Rs 2,914 crore.

4. How much has the Dearness Allowance (DA) for government employees increased, and when will it be effective?

  • The DA for central government employees has been increased by 4%, effective from July 1, 2023.

5. Which countries received approval for the export of rice from India?

  • India approved the export of 1 million tonnes of rice to Nepal, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Philippines, Seychelles, and Malaysia.

6. In which position does India stand in the Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) for 2023, and what factors are considered in this ranking?

  • India holds the 64th position in GRWI for 2023, with factors like cyber security, economic security, digital and physical infrastructure, and social security being assessed.

7. Can you provide a brief overview of the historical events mentioned in the article?

  • Sure, the article highlighted historical events, including the induction of India’s first domestically produced fighter jet, ‘MiG-21,’ the opening of India’s first Starbucks coffee house, Benazir Bhutto’s second term as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, a significant Wall Street sell-off, and more.

8. Who were the Nobel Prize winners mentioned in the historical events?

  • Indian-American scientist S. Chandrashekhar won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983, and Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

9. What is the relevance of the inclusion of basketball in the Olympic Games mentioned in the historical events section?

  • In 1933, the ‘Berlin Olympic Games Council’ announced the inclusion of basketball for the first time in the ‘Olympic Games’ to be held in 1936.

10. Why did the Indian government temporarily ban non-Basmati rice exports, and when was the ban lifted?

  • The government banned non-Basmati rice exports in July 2023 to increase domestic production, but the ban was lifted due to the food security concerns of some countries.

11. Who is responsible for releasing the Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) list, and how often is it published?

  • The GRWI list is released by the cyber security firm Nordlayer on an annual basis.

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