28-31 October 2019 Current Affairs

J&K and Ladakh | New UTs | Lt. Governors | al-Baghdadi | HCP Design | Belgium PM | Haryana CM | Dushyant Chautala |

Posted on Oct 31, 2019 11:02 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Two new Union Territories Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh came into existence from 31 October 2019 as the provisions associated with the repealed Section 370 became non-existence officially. With this the Indian Union has now how many States and Union Territories (UTs)? – 28 States and 9 UTs (With the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)being split into two Union Territories - J&K and Ladakh, the total number of States in the Indian Union has come down from 29 to 28 while that of UTs has increased from 7 to 9. The Centre will be in direct control of police and law and order in the erstwhile J&K state. The Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. had repealed the Section 370 of Indian Constitution on 5 August 2019 and the provisions associated with this repealing came into effect from 31 October 2019)

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2) Who took over as the first-ever Lt. Governors of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh respectively from 31 October 2019? - Girish Chandra Murmu and R K Mathur (IAS officers Girish Chandra Murmu and R K Mathur, respectively, took over as the first-ever Lieutenant Governors of newly formed Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. These appointments by President Ram Nath Kovind were announced on 25 October 2019 as the erstwhile post of Governor of Jammu & Kashmir was abolished and the incumbent Governor Satya Pal Malik shifted as new Governor of Goa)

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3) What was the official name given to the raid by the US special force commandos in Syria on 26-27 October, which resulted in death of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? – “Operation Kayla Mueller” (ISIS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed after he blew-up himself on 26-27 October 2019 as the US special force commandos carried out a raid at his place of hiding in Barisha, Syria. The operation was named after Kayla Mueller, a young aid worker who was one of several Americans killed while being held by the ISIS. She was kidnapped in 2013 in northern Syria during a visit to a hospital. US officials confirmed her death in 2015. President Donald Trump confirmed that Baghdadi killed himself and three children when he detonated a suicide belt during the raid)

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4) Which entity was chosen for the job of redeveloping the Indian Parliament and surrounding areas in Lutyens’ Delhi, as announced during October 2019? - HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd. (Ahmedabad-based HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd. was given the prestigious job of redeveloping the Parliament building, the Central Secretariat and the Central Vista by 2022. This was announced by the Union Govt. on 25 October 2019. HCP Design was the Sabarmati riverfront project contractor and is redeveloping the Kashi Vishwanath temple complex. Besides the company has also designed BJP’s new headquarters)

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5) A pilot-project to ship e-commerce consignments on its EMU services was completed successfully by Indian Railways during October 2019. This project was undertaken between which EMU route? - Sealdah to Dankuni in West Bengal (Indian Railways in a bid to increase its revenue from non-fare sources has decided to ship e-commerce consignments on its EMU services in non-peak hours. Under this initiative a pilot-project was undertaken during October 2019 when route from Sealdah to Dankuni was used to ship consignment of e-commerce major Amazon through an EMU train in non-peak hours)

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6) Who was named Belgium’s first-ever woman Prime Minister on 27 October 2019? – Sophie Wilmes (44-year old Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes was named Belgium’s care taker Prime Minister to take responsibilities of Charles Michel. Michel is set to take over as President of the European Council from 1 December 2019. Wilmes will thus become the first-ever woman to hold the post of Prime Minister of Belgium)

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7) BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar took oath as Haryana CM for a second consecutive term on 27 October 2019. Who took over as state’s Deputy Chief Minister? – Dushyant Chautala (Dushyant Chautala, the President and founder of the 11-month old political party Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), took over as the Deputy CM. BJP had staked claim to form government in the state after forging a post-poll alliance with JJP)

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8) During October 2019 which duo became first Indian duo to reach the final of World Tour badminton doubles final? - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty (Indian badminton duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty created history as they became the first Indian duo to reach the final of World Tour badminton doubles final by reaching the final of BWF World Tour 750 French Open doubles final. However, they lost the final to top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia by 18-21 and 16-21)

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